5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper

5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper by Katie from Upcycled Treasures

Do you ever hap upon a blog where every – single – project just blows you away?  And you think, “There’s no way this person can be human!  It’s just TOO creative!” And then, you have the rare and distinct privilege of getting to meet this person, and you learn that not only are they human, but they’re as down to earth as you had dreamed.  And they just exude joy.  Well, this hypothetical situation is my reality. {read more…}

Throwback Puffy Paint Pillow Covers

Puffy Paint Pillow Cover! | Puffy paint is baaaaack, folks, and looking chic as ever. Emily has some great tips and tricks for using puffy paint to embellish d.i.y. envelope pillow covers. Such a fun and easy way to change up decor!

Friends, Romans, countrymen (and women).  Lend me your ears!  It is only befitting to start this introduction with the words of Shakespeare because the wonderful lady you are about to meet is not only a fellow English major…but she also possesses a bust of The Bard, which earns her ultimate cool points in my book.  Oh, and she happens to be one of my dearest bloggy pals of Haven 2013 & 2014 fame.  Alas, I have {read more…}

Elastic Waist Tank Dress Tutorial

Elastic Waist Tank Dress: Do-able step-by-step tutorial over at thinkingcloset.com. On my to-make list!

In the words of Monty Python’s King Arthur, “Victory is mine!” I finally finished a project that has been on my “to make” list for a year now: an Elastic Waist Tank Dress. I mean, there’s really no good reason for why it took me so long.  I had the elastic.  The tank.  The fabric.  I even made a flower embellishment for this very dress last May!  So, what was the problem? Still considering myself a beginner sewist, I suppose {read more…}

How to Make a Gift Box Out of Paper & $100 Jewelry Giveaway

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper! Perfect for Mother's Day jewelry. FREE printable template by thinkingcloset.com

One of the first Mother’s Day gifts I remember giving to my mom was a circular pin I painted for her in my kindergarten class.  I remember thinking it looked fierce…until it dried.  Then, the pink paint took on an orangey hue and my brushstrokes looked more splotchy than artful.  And yet, you know what silenced my perfectionist insecurities?  The fact that my mom wore that pin like it was her most prized possession.  That’s {read more…}

Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {In a Box!}

The inspiration behind an Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {in a box}! via thinkingcloset.com

This May 29th is a very momentous occasion.  My sweet sister Lisbeth will graduate with her Master’s in Counseling from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania.  And since I cannot be there in person to hoot and holler as she crosses the stage to accept her diploma like the proud sister I am–I thought I would send some fun graduation party decor to do the hooting and hollering for me.  I give to you… Graduation Party in {read more…}

IKEA Side Table Hack: Such Great Heights

IKEA Hack: Hol Side Table

They will see us waving from such great heights.  “Come down now,” they’ll say. But everything looks perfect from far away.  “Come down now,” but we’ll stay. -“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service This is the anthem of our IKEA HOL side tables.  Because if you looked closely at the “before” and “after” photos of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover and you thought it looked like our side tables grew legs…you were spot on! The Origin {read more…}

So You Want To Build a Pallet Headboard?


What is it about reclaimed pallet boards pieced together that our eyes love so much?  Making order out of chaos?  The Japanese principle of Shizen: nature with purpose and intention. I see such beauty in the rough hewn boards…especially when they turn gray like driftwood.  Mark’s favorites are the ones with the criss-cross marks.  So, we made a headboard out of them.  It helps bring the “rustic” to our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover. “All {read more…}

How to Build a Custom King Size Bed Frame

How to Build a Custom King Size Bed Frame via thinkingcloset.com.

So, first of all, let’s just pause for a moment to talk about the fact that you all rocked my metaphorical socks off last week when we shared the Grand Reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover.  I guess I’ve been building it up for so long, I started to doubt myself in the final hour.  I’ve never done a total room makeover before, let alone shared it with blogland.  Before clicking publish, I {read more…}

Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover & How We Found Our Shared Style

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover via thinkingcloset.com

There’s a famous story I tell from the first month Mark and I were married. We were at Target, trying to pick up a few items to fill our very bare condo.  We hit the lamp aisle, where I thought of a fun little “getting to know you” game we could play.  I curiously asked Mark, “Okay, which three lamps are your favorite?”  Biting my lip, I eagerly awaited his response, guessing in my mind {read more…}

Fall Decor: Lime Green is the New Orange


Okay, first of all, let’s just get one thing straight.  Two years ago, the words “fall decor” translated to “stuff I don’t have time for.”  One year ago, it meant a wreath and one metallic pumpkin (baby steps).  This is the first year in my life where I’ve decided to “deck the halls” for fall, and tackle our home’s transition from summer to fall a bit more intentionally. You see, I was feeling inspired to make a {read more…}

Stamped Wrapping Paper Tutorial & Silhouette Winner!

Stamped Wrapping Paper Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Did you know that the pineapple is considered a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome?  My Mom, who is the queen of gift-giving, taught me that!  So sometimes, I bring a pineapple as a gift to a friend’s home I’m visiting. We’re planning a trip to California soon, and I have plans to bring hospitality gifts for the family and friends with whom we’re staying.  But since I can’t really pack a few pineapples in {read more…}

Haven Business Card Round-Up & MOO Giveaway Winners!

I loved collecting business cards from my blogger buddies turned real life buddies at Haven 2013!

Hiya, friends!  So, I have to say, I was floored by the enthusiastic response to my new MOO business cards last week.  You folk do wonders for a girl’s self esteem.  Thank you!  Also, it just affirms the fact that you don’t have to be a professional designer with fancy software to create biz cards that make a lasting impression. Today, I’m going to share the survey results from last week, as well as a {read more…}

My New MOO Business Cards & Giveaway for 3!

My New Moo Business Cards! by The Thinking Closet

One of my goals for 2013 was to attend a blog conference, and that dream will become a reality tomorrow (eek!) when I’ll be rubbing shoulders with Ana White, Sherry Petersik, and Beckie Farrant at Haven blog conference.  Actually, what’s more likely is that I’ll be so starstruck, I’ll trip and fall into their shoulders.  So, I need to have something to hand out during the awkward silence after that moment.  What better than a snazzy blogger business card?! {read more…}

Planning a Wedding Before There Was Pinterest

Planning a Wedding Before There Was Pinterest by The Thinking Closet

Welcome to Part 1 of my D.I.Y. Wedding series! If you missed my anniversary post and intro to this series, click here. I remember when there was an art to making a mix tape, carefully timing the recordings around the babbling voice of the radio D.J. I remember when you couldn’t be on the Internet and the house phone at the same time…and the Internet made robot noises. I remember when you had to memorize {read more…}

How to Get a Second Wind Out of Your Gel Manicure & Silhouette Winner!

How to Get a Second Wind out of your Gel Manicure by The Thinking Closet

Greetings, dear readers!  I hope your weekend was as grand as Texas. Well, before I dive into sharing a whole new category of D.I.Y. never before explored here at The Thinking Closet (cough…nail art!), we have a Silhouette winner to announce.  Thanks to each and everyone of you who entered this month’s giveaway.  With a trip out of town last week with very little internet access, I was unable to respond to all of your {read more…}

Color-Blocked Bobby Pin Tutorial

Color Blocked Bobby Pin Tutorial | The Thinking Closet

Hello, lovelies! In case you missed my contributor post on Or So She Says last month, here you have it: You’ll never guess what got a makeover recently…my bobby pins!  Didn’t know it was possible, did you?  Well, it is.  And it’s super easy, too.  Painter’s tape and nail polish are all you need to transform plain ole bobby pins into trendy color-blocked hair accessories.  They’re the perfect compliment to your bright n’ bold summer {read more…}

How to Create a Blog Signature in Your Own Handwriting

How To Create A Blog Signature in Your Own Handwriting | The Thinking Closet

“Yo yo yo, this is your girl L-Money, comin’ at you live on the microphone with a bliggitty blogging tip to help give your John Hancocks some suga’ and spice.  Bricka, bricka, what?!  It’s gonna be tight, y’all.  You feel me?” Before you all run for the hills, let me explain that intro.  I taught 9th grade English for three years when we lived in Ohio, and I would sometimes start my classes in a {read more…}

Color-Blocked Bobby Pins at “Or So She Says”

Color-Blocked Bobby Pin Tutorial | The Thinking Closet

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We enjoyed a game night with our small group, a birthday party for my niece Clara, and a breezy bike ride around Orlando.  The rains finally gave way to some gorgeous weather, which meant I got to rock some brightly-colored spring clothes and my newest d.i.y. creation, color-blocked bobby pins! My bobby pins went from plain-and-simple to bright-n-bold…just the way I like it…and all in the matter of {read more…}

My Blog Migration Story: Part 4

My Blog Migration Story: Part 4 | The Thinking Closet

Click here to start at the beginning with Part 1 of My Blog Migration Story. (It’s a very good place to start.) I’m baaaaaaaaaack with part 4 of My Blog Migration Story.  A week ago today my lil wordpress.com blog migrated to wordpress.org.  And she’s growing up so fast…{tear}. Before I get overly emotional, let’s review.  In Part 3, I introduced you to the two lovely ladies behind my new blog design and migration, and I gave {read more…}

My Blog Migration Story: Part 3

My Blog Migration Story: Part 3 | The Thinking Closet

Click here to start at the beginning with Part 1 of My Blog Migration Story. Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, it appears as if all of my subscribers safely made the journey from my old WordPress.com site to the new one…even my WordPress Reader followers!  After having read so much about what to expect and bracing myself for the worst, it appears that I’ve been blessed with the best-case-scenario; the one that I didn’t even {read more…}

My Blog Migration Story: Part 2

My Blog Migration Story: From Wordpress.com to Wordpress.Org - Part 2 | The Thinking Closet

If you’re just tuning in now, click here to start with Part I of My Blog Migration Story.  So, in Part 1, we covered the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, and why I’m choosing to migrate to WordPress.org.  Today, I’m going to devote this entire post to answering one simple (or maybe not-so-simple) question: Q: How does one prepare for such a move? A:  Preparation is my middle name…or at least, it should be, and {read more…}

My Blog Migration Story: Part 1

My Blog Migration Story from Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org - Part 1 - by The Thinking Closet

In the wintertime while birds migrate from north to south, bloggers migrate from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  At least, this blogger does! As many of you know, one of my goals for 2013 was to make the migration to WordPress.org.  After several weeks of work behind the scenes, the new site is slated to go live very soon, my friends…very soon.  Maybe even later this week!  Suffice it to say, I’m teeny weeny bit excited about it.  {Lauren {read more…}

“A Thousand Thanks” Card & Free Cut File

Letter-Sized Thank You Cards - Silhouette Tutorial & FREE Cut File by The Thinking Closet

Here’s my first completed project in my new series, The Silhouette Challenge: a thank you card a la William Shakespeare.  What I love about the shape of this stationery is that it’s designed to fit easily into a legal-sized envelope, which is unexpected for a thank you card.  It also suits people like me who tend to be a bit (ahem) verbose. My initial inspiration came from these letter-sized thank you cards by Kolette Hall that I {read more…}

Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2013

Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2012 by The Thinking Closet

We’ll make new traditions in place of the old ‘Cause life without revision will silence our souls. -”Snow” by Sleeping at Last Tomorrow marks the start of a new year.  A fresh start.  An uncharted path in the woods.  My lantern is at the ready. After reflecting on my blogging highlights from these first four months, it’s time to look forward.  I have so many dreams and goals for The Thinking Closet – – in {read more…}