100 Projects to Usher in the Fall!

100 Projects to Usher in the Fall!

I don’t know about you, but we Floridians are sooooo ready for fall!  Things have been roasty-toasty in these parts since early May, and while the thermometer doesn’t seem to be letting up, I figure I’ll do my part to usher in the fall indoors, hoping that maybe our outdoors will catch a hint! Well, considering my enthusiasm about the new season, you can imagine how excited I was when Corey and Chelsea invited me to be a part {read more…}

D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers

D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers. Such a creative and thorough step-by-step tutorial for creating your own personalized mini-pallet crates to help organize those school papers on the fridge and display kids' artwork!

Some people pour their heart into every single word they write, so that by the time you reach the signature on the first correspondence you’ve ever shared, you’re old friends. Stef is one of those people. And I know she is going to work her way into your heart, too, especially when you get hit with her out-of-the-box creativity today! The Space Jam soundtrack said it best: “Y’all ready for this?” *                 {read more…}

D.I.Y. Photo Booth Backdrop for $10

DIY Photo Booth Backdrop

So, did you spy that bright, colorful backdrop in the background of our Punny Halloween Costume photos? Would you believe me if I told you that I made it myself using $10 worth of plastic tablecloths and supplies from home? Or how about if I shared photos and a step-by-step tutorial?  Well, this is your lucky day because I’m going to do just that! Supplies 10 plastic tablecloths ($1 each at the dollar store) clear {read more…}

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & D.I.Y. Pedestals using supplies from...wait for it...Dollar Tree! Crazy, right? via thinkingcloset.com

Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing. I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I know is not worth an arm and a leg.  Take faux pumpkins, for example.  I’ve been like a cat on the prowl looking for some faux pumpkins to add to my fall decor for over a year now.  You’d think they were solid gold with the price-tags they boast!  So, I held out for that deal {read more…}

20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas via thinkingcloset.com

Last year, Mark and I pulled off Halloween costumes that were both last-minute and punny.  {Win-win.}  We dressed up as the Black-Eyed Ps and gave out candy to the 5 kids trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  We even sat out in the street to lure them down our dead-end.  Our costume was met with a look of confusion, right before the parent would go, “Ohhhh!  I get it.” Because every good Halloween costume requires some brain {read more…}

DIY Photo Booth Props & Silhouette Giveaway!

Create your own photo booth props!

When planning our Costume Party for this Saturday, the idea just seized me: This is the perfect opportunity to create my own photo booth! I mean, who doesn’t love a photo booth complete with goofy props and cliche Charlie’s Angels poses? And then, when I received a most-amazing-package-of-goodies from Silhouette full of their specialty media, I thought: this is fuel to my photo-booth-creating fire!  And I set to work to DIY my own props. Here’s {read more…}

Choose Your Own Adventure: Fall House Tour

Choose Your Own Adventure: Fall House Tour! (It's just like the classic books where you get to choose what comes next in the tour! So cool!) via thinkingcloset.com

Raise your hand if you grew up loving Choose Your Own Adventure books.  Whoa!  So, I’m not alone, eh? I loved how every few pages, you were confronted with a choice, and the story would alter based on your decision.  Some choices led to success and others to complete and utter disaster!  For instance, “As you ascend deeper into Gull Cave, your flashlight catches on two passageways ahead.  The passageway to the left takes a steep drop; {read more…}

The Friday Five: A World Where There are Octobers

Faux Cornhusk Wreath | Dear Emmeline

I’ve never appreciated the onset of fall more than I have since becoming a Floridian.  After the scorching heat of the long summer months, it’s such a welcomed respite.  And while we’re far from cardigan weather, it has gotten more bearable.  Mark and I even went on a bike ride yesterday in the late afternoon, which would have been unheard of just a few weeks ago.  Yes, yes…I already have visions of fall past-times dancing {read more…}

“Happy Fall” Banner Tutorial

"Happy Fall" Banner...one stop on the journey of the Choose Your Own Adventure Fall House Tour at thinkingcloset.com

We had a bonfire last night, which means at long last, fall has come to Orlando, Florida!  Now, it’s still a sauna during the daylight hours, but it’s finally cooling down enough at night to merit use of the fire-pit.  Which means…I’m a happy camper! And what better way to express my happiness than through a “Happy Fall” banner?! You caught a sneak peek of this banner last week, when I declared Lime Green as {read more…}

The Friday Five & Erin Condren Giveaway

Pumpkin Roll by Thistlewood Farms

Happy Friday, dearies!  You made it to the weekend!  Cheers to you. Perhaps some of you are a little worse for wear? Or ready for a nice, long nap? Well, maybe I can make it a bit better.  This is a red letter week here at The Thinking Closet because I have three giveaways going on right now.  You heard that right: tha-ree! Here’s what’s up for grabs: Silhouette Portrait Giveaway – $180 Value $200 {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…}

Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins with #myfavoritebloggers

Easy to make burlap and book page pumpkin. D.I.Y. Fall Decor!

We’re still rocking the 90-degree-weather down here in Orlando…but that’s not going to stop me from celebrating the oncoming fall!  And I’m celebrating the best way I know how: with a crafty home decor project.  Check out my Burlap & Book Page Pumpkins! Now, I’m not flying solo today with my pumpkin creation.  Ohhhhh no.  I’ve actually teamed up with a group of near-and-dear bloggy buddies who all have a pumpkin project to share!  Wanna meet these {read more…}

Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign Tutorial

Ruler Frame Chalkboard Sign Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Chalkboard and I go together like Jackson Pollock and splatter paint, like Martha Stewart and apple pie, like Marilyn Monroe and subway grates.  I’m sort of a chalkboard fanatic.  In fact, you’ll find further evidence in my latest chalkboard creation: a vintage ruler-framed chalkboard sign! This past July, my husband Mark and I got to spend our fourth wedding anniversary with my family in Ocean Grove, NJ.  We’ve done this every summer since we got {read more…}

Mulling Spices Recipe

Mulling Spices Recipe from The Thinking Closet

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope that wherever this finds you, that your heart is overflowing with gratitude. Since Mark works today and my bro-and-sis-in-law, Todd and Ashlee, arrive from L.A. tonight, our Thanksgiving won’t be until tomorrow.  So, that’s why in the world I have time to post today! I wanted to share with you a delicious recipe for mulling spices courtesy of my Mom, Carolyn.  She originally got it from a Scandinavian store in {read more…}

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Decor

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Decor via The Thinking Closet

Here’s how much decorating I’ve done for Thanksgiving. Until now, that is!  Last night, when doing my link party thang, I came across these Retro Giving Thanks Prints created by Bev from Flamingo Toes.  She has three cutie prints to choose from.  All you do is click on the one you want, it opens as a pdf, and bam!  You’re printing it off, trimming it up, and slipping it into a 8 x 10 frame {read more…}

20 Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas via thinkingcloset.com

This is what happens when you wait to create your Halloween costume until the last minute: Get it?!  We’re the black-eyed peas!  (Or rather, the black-eyed Ps.)  Just a bit of black eyeshadow and Ps cut out of duct tape paper (yes, they sell duct tape in 8.25″ x 10″ sheets!)…easy peazy. I actually find punny Halloween costumes quite funny; I love that they require a wee bit of brain power to understand.  (Step aside, {read more…}

Glitter House Number Pumpkin: Fall-ify Florida Part II

DIY Glitter House Number Pumpkin via The Thinking Closet

First things first: To my friends and family in the north east, know that I’m praying hardcore for all impacted by Hurricane Sandy – – for peace and restoration, especially for Ocean Grove, N.J. *                    *                    *                    * With just one more day until Halloween, I thought I’d glam up our pumpkin with some metallic spray paint and a glitter house number.  This is the chilliest it has been in Florida since we moved this {read more…}

Hot Drinks Station: Making Guests Feel at Home

Hot Drinks Station via The Thinking Closet

{This post was written earlier this afternoon….} To me, nothing is quite as soothing or homey as a warm cup of goodness clasped between your hands.  Can I get an “amen”? My most amazing parents are flying in today {jumping up and down} from New York to visit us in FL for the first time.  So, in preparation for their highly-anticipated arrival, I set up a special “hot drinks station” in our guest room.  What do {read more…}

Felt Flower Wreath: Fall-ify Florida Part I

Felt Flower Wreath via The Thinking Closet

Though we’re still rocking highs of 85 degrees in Florida, though leaves are still green and flip flops are still the footwear of choice, I’ve decided…it’s time…TO FALL-IFY. I wouldn’t consider myself a “wreath girl,” but a little while back, I had come across a winter wreath on Pinterest by Colour Her Hope that had me inspired.  So, I decided to take on fall colors for my version and try my hand at the popular {read more…}

You haven’t had nachos…until you’ve had Apple Nachos!

Apple Nachos via thinkingcloset.com

Wait, Apple what? That’s right.  Apple Nachos.  Stay with me, folks.  Here’s a picture of them in all of their glory, just to get you salivating. This Pinterest find comes from Allyson of Manifest Vegan who shared her recipe for this apparent “craze” in the blogging world.  I’ve made them three times in the last five days, so that most definitely qualifies as a craze in our household. How are they awesome?  Let me count {read more…}