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…}

Retro Canvas Shoe Makeover

Retro Canvas Shoe Makeover: easy and entertaining tutorial by Lauren from thinkingcloset.com

Wanna transform some plain canvas shoes from Target into retro-fab kicks, and then break them in by traipsing all over St. Augustine, Florida with me?  Oh, goodie because that is exactly what I have on the docket for us today! I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I would have never dared to tackle today’s project if it hadn’t been for Allison over at Dream a Little Bigger. Do you know Allison?  If not, {read more…}

Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File

Ombre Paint Chip Earrings with FREE Silhouette cut file! Such an easy, inexpensive gift idea via thinkingcloset.com

For some women, their signature fashion piece is shoes.  For others, it’s bags.  And for me, without a shadow of a doubt, it’s big n’ bold earrings. And what do I love even more than big n’ bold earrings?  Well, big n’ bold earrings I made myself out of materials I got for free, of course!  Does it get much better than that?  I think not. I had been inspired by the paper earrings I’ve {read more…}

DIY Rake Necklace Hanger

D.I.Y. Rake Necklace Hanger by The Thinking Closet

I now have a garden tool hanging in my bathroom!  And I promise it’s not just to weird out my landlord.  It actually serves a purpose.  And an important one at that.  But first, a little backstory. I’m a messy person by nature.  In fact, let me describe to you my surroundings right now. I’m on the living room couch, half-sitting on some slippers.  To my right is a bowl of grapes, a random hanger, {read more…}

Perler Bead Earrings: A 10 Minute Craft!

Perler Bead Earrings

You know life is busy when you have to schedule phone dates.  But that’s what it has come down to for me.  And I might venture to guess I’m not the only one battling the busyness bug?  Maybe you have little munchkins running around your ankles or maybe you work long hours with barely a moment to catch your breath?  Maybe you have an unending to do list, too? I don’t know about you, but when {read more…}

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips: The Cardinal Rule I Broke & Why It Was Worth It

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips: The Cardinal Rule I Broke & Why It Was Worth It by The Thinking Closet

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series.  To start at the beginning, click here. When it came to wedding dress shopping, I broke a cardinal rule: I tried on dresses outside of my budget.  {Gasp!}  I know, I know.  I should have known better! But you see, I was running out of time and energy.  I had already visited wedding dress shops in three different states and tried on so many dresses, that {read more…}

25 Creative Solutions to Necklace Organization

25 Creative Solutions to Necklace Organization by The Thinking Closet

So, it has been on my crafty to do list for a while now to come up with a creative solution for my necklace organization system…or rather, lack thereof.  Here’s what we’re dealing with, people: Yep.  They’ve been clumped together like that for about a year now.  It’s pretty much a 10 minute process to untangle that rat’s nest of necklaces in order to get my hands on one that I want.  (Cue the music.) {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…}

Layered Fabric Flower Embellishment

Layered Fabric Flower Embellishment | The Thinking Closet

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope this weekend finds you in good health and with loved ones.  For Mark and me, we’ve found ourselves sniffling and coughing and with wild ones.  Wild animals that is…. First there was Mr. Turtle who we caught trying to take up residence in our garage.  Not so fast slow little guy; back to the lake where you belong! Then, there was Mr. Snake who slithered across our path while taking {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…}

Vintage Purse Makeover

Vintage Purse Makeover | The Thinking Closet

For those of you who may have missed my guest post over at Dream a Little Bigger last month, here it is in full…plus a new photo addition of my “Teenage Mutant Ninja Polka Dots.”  Intrigued?  I hope so! About Ruth This purse holds great significance for me because it originally belonged to a beloved family friend named Ruth.  I can’t remember a holiday meal during my childhood when Ruth wasn’t at our table, warming {read more…}

Vintage Purse Makeover at Dream a Little Bigger

Vintage Purse Makeover | The Thinking Closet

Looking at this post’s title, you might be thinking, “Dream a Little Bigger…we know that name!”  And you sure do if you saw the amazing Gold Shoe Makeover Allison, author of Dream a Little Bigger, shared here on Monday. Well, Allison and I are totally in cahoots with a guest post swap this week (mwah ha ha!), so I’m sharing my makeover (also involving gold) over at her corner of the blog-o-sphere right now.  A Vintage Purse Makeover to {read more…}

Gold Shoe Makeover

Gold Crochet Shoes by Allison from Dream a Little Bigger

Friends, it is an honor to introduce you to my blog pal, Allison.  After leaving my millionth comment on her blog saying, “Oh my goodness.  I LOVE this!” I decided to invite her over here to one of her amazing refashions here with y’all today.  Allison, they’re all yours! Hi, everybody at The Thinking Closet! Let me introduce myself, I’m Allison and I’m a blogging craftaholic over at Dream a Little Bigger. I’m a huge {read more…}

Sewing 101: Shirring

Sewing 101: Shirring by The Thinking Closet

My poor sewing machine was totally and utterly neglected over the holidays.  My crafty projects just seemed to call for a hammer and nail or glue gun instead.  I even thought I heard my “Brother” crying during those eight hours of working on my No-Sew Christmas tree skirt. Let’s just say I had some making up to do. Yesterday, I pulled my Bro out of the closet, sat him on the table, asked for forgiveness, {read more…}

Romantic Rose Headband

I want to extend a huge welcome to Robyn, my first guest blogger here at The Thinking Closet!  She has an awesome tutorial to share with you all that has me swooning.  Take it away, Robyn. Hi everyone! My name is Robyn, from Ruffly Ribbons & Ramblings, and I am super excited to be guest blogging on Lauren’s amazing blog! I met Lauren through one of her posts (check it out here) and she has {read more…}

Sewing 101: Tucks

Sewing 101: Tucks via The Thinking Closet

It has been over a month since I last tackled Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 course…but it felt good to dust off the ole new machine and get back into the trenches today. I never knew what the term “tuck” meant in the sewing world…until now.  And I’m proud to say that I have conquered three different types!  Spaced tucks, blind tucks, and pin tucks: Apparently, tucks are well above Sewing 101 level, but once they’re {read more…}

Denim Skirt Reveal

Denim Skirt Reveal via The Thinking Closet

Remember the denim skirt I made for my sister, Lisbeth?  The one from my Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist? Well, I promised pictures, and here they are.  Brace yourself for amazingness: I think I literally gasped when I saw these for the first time.  She has just taken my simple denim skirt and turned it into something fantasmagorical.  And I love that she tucked in her shirt in the second photo for {read more…}

Weekend Update

All Dolled Up for the Ball - The Thinking Closet

I just wanted to share three exciting updates from our weekend with you all: a ball, a blogiversary, and a goal achieved! 1) Mark and I attended our first big fancy event this Saturday night: the Hats & Heroes Ball for Kids Beating Cancer.  You may remember that I posted a picture of my new vintage hat (is that an oxymoron?) in my post, The Joy of Thrifting: 10 Tips & Tricks, promising a follow-up {read more…}

The Joy of Thrifting: 10 Tips & Tricks

Pale Pink Sequined Vintage Hat from Gechoes Thrift Store

Does anyone still wear a hat?  (Name that musical.) The answer is yes!  Especially people attending the Hats & Heroes Ball for Kids Beating Cancer next weekend.  We’re attending with some folk from Mark’s hospital and the dress code is black tie…and hats! So, today, I scoured the local Orlando thrift stores in search of the perfect hat – – a hat suitable for a ball.  I tried on hats that were too small, too {read more…}