Chill Pills Gag Gift & Silhouette Giveaway

Chill Pills! A great gag gift idea and all you need is a glass jar, some candies, and the FREE printable labels from this Silhouette tutorial via!

There is power in playing pretend.  Let me explain. This winter, when Mark and I started jokingly talking about needing “chill pills” when were feeling stressed out, I seized the opportunity to make a gag gift for Mark this Christmas: an actual glass bottle of Reese’s Pieces “Chill Pills” in a glass jar, old-timey drugstore labels and all. The front label reads: “Take two or more for instantaneous relief of stress and anxiety.  Side effects {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

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…}

Team Betty Tote Bag & Silhouette Winner!

DIY "Team Betty" Tote Bag: A Silhouette Tutorial via

I can’t even begin to catalog the number of hours in my childhood that were devoted to reading Archie comic books.  Countless!  At bedtime, my parents allowed us to crack open the door of our bedroom, so just enough hall light could spill in to read by. With my sister Lisbeth on the top bunk and me on the bottom, we would stay up reading page after page of the exploits of the perpetual teenagers {read more…}

30 Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine

30 Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine! via

We’ve all been there.  You’re reading your favorite book in bed, cool as a cucumber, when suddenly you remember something that catapults you out of Pemberley and into vivid reality. It has dawned on you that tomorrow is not just tomorrow.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  (Dun dun dun….)  And you have nothing to show for it. Well, panic no more my fellow procrastinators!  I’ve scoured the interwebs high and low for the best of the best, {read more…}

Oh Baby, It’s a Washi Card & Silhouette Giveaway!

New Baby Congrats Card with Washi Sheets! Tutorial and FREE Silhouette cut file via

Okay, crafters, if you weren’t already obsessed with washi tape, you’re about to be. Did you know there exists a magical material known as Washi Sheets?  Pretty much no surface is safe around me now because I want to plaster this stuff ev-er-y-where.  It’s essentially washi tape in 12″ x 12″ adhesive sheets that you can cut with your Silhouette machine, similar to the look I was going for with my Washi Tape Gift Tags this past {read more…}

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime!

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime! via

I have been truly amazed by the overwhelming response to my 12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights Gift.  Since that post went live last Tuesday, the FREE printable has been downloaded a whopping 1393 times!  That’s a lot of date nights.  Which is super duper exciting. And it got me thinking…for those of you plotting out your 12 months of date nights, I’d love to offer some inspiration for you. Because I believe in dating {read more…}

12 Months of Date Nights Gift & Free Printable!

12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights: Creative Gift Idea with FREE Printable from

Mark planned some pretty sweet date nights in 2013.  I mean, the guy feels constricted in most t-shirts, so you know that’s love when he willingly suggests we get dolled up to go out to eat, he in a tux, I in my black sequined jacket.  Everyone at the Mexican restaurant asked us where we were going.  To which we replied,  ”Here!” Our server was sweet enough to offer to take some photos of us to remember {read more…}

Personalized Insulated Mug Tutorial & Silhouette Winner


For Christmas this year, we had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in Mark’s family.  I drew my SIL Ashlee’s name, and one of the items on her wish-list was an insulated travel mug.  Naturally, I snatched up one of Pick Your Plum’s daily deals on stainless steal mugs and immediately started scheming how I might decorate it.  (They’re the nifty kind of mugs where the bottom unscrews so you can insert a {read more…}

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway with #myfavoritebloggers

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway hosted by #myfavoritebloggers. A prize pack valued at over $150. 12/2 - 12/8

My hot drink of choice at Starbucks is a non-fat chai latte with whip.  (The non-fat and the whip balance each other out, right?)  Just imagining that sweet warm goodness spilling down my throat makes me salivate.  It is the drink I buy as a reward on a Friday after a long week.  To stave off the cold when braving the wintry, wind-tunnel avenues of New York.  In preparation for a long musical rehearsal. So, {read more…}

DIY Washi Tape Christmas Tags

Christmas Gift Tags with Washi Tape! {Free cut file included.} Via

Happy Sunday, everyone!  How is everyone faring after the eating extravaganza and whirlwind shopping sprees these past few days?  Well, if you’re in need of some craft-therapy like I am, then I’ve gotcha covered.  It’s a holiday project featuring everyone’s favorite craft supply: washi tape! I was a wee bit late to the washi tape party…kind of like I am to most parties!  It has been all over Pinterest-land for forever-and-a-day, but it was only {read more…}

The EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale & Cameo Winner!

The EPIC Silhouette Holiday Sale is here! 11.28 - 12.8 at! Stop on by for the best Silhouette sale in the history of sales.

It’s here!  It’s here!  The epic Silhouette Holiday Sale is finally here!  Silhouette America is kicking things off a day before Black Friday, and I’m here to tell you all about it.  {Grin.} Seriously, this is the biggest sale they have ever offered EVER in the history of Silhouette sales, and you had better be sitting down because you are not going to believe it. Are you ready?  Are you in a sturdy four-legged chair with a {read more…}

Painted Cork Coasters with #myfavoritebloggers

DIY Painted Cork Coasters. Easy and inexpensive gift idea!

Do you have annual craft traditions?  Well, I’ve decided I’m going to make it a tradition that every November, I tackle a new coaster project.  Last November, I created my Anthropologie Wallpaper Coasters, and this November I’m all about the Painted Cork Coasters.  What do you think?  Are they a worthy platform for your hot drink of choice? What if I told you that each set of 4 coasters cost me under $4 to make?  Not {read more…}

Tattooing My Nieces and Nephews: A Silhouette Tutorial

Temporary Tattoos!

My nieces and nephews entered into their tattoo phase a bit early.  They’re 3, 4, and 5-years-old…but these are different times we’re living in people.  Annnnnd, I just may have had some Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper just begging to be turned into some gifts for my favorite little ones. The occasion?  Well, my niece Reagan and nephew Jeremiah enjoyed their birthdays earlier in the month, and this past Saturday, the whole family got together for {read more…}

Halloween Party Treat Bags & Free Cut File

Halloween Party Treat Bags & Free Cut File for Custom Labels via

I’ve never been a huge fan of the sinister side of Halloween.  And I blame it all on October 31, 1990. Although we had just moved in to our new house earlier that day, my sister and I begged our parents to take us out trick-or-treating.  Despite his utter exhaustion, my Dad conceded, and as we roamed our new neighborhood collecting candy in our plastic pumpkins, I noticed that our new neighbors took Halloween to a whole {read more…}

Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware Tutorial & Silhouette Winner

How to create Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware! Tips, tricks, and a step by step tutorial. Christmas gift-making, here I come! via

Okay, so my long-awaited Glass Etching Starter Kit arrived on Thursday, and I pretty much spent the entire weekend playing with it!  The verdict?  Well, I’ll let this photo speak for itself: Pretty snazzy, right?  4 of my most frequently used bakeware items are now etched using 3 unique designs (I’ll be offering those up as free cut files in this post, don’t you fret!), and I already know what my Christmas gifts will be {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…}

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…}

Handmade Gift Tags with Silhouette Stamping Material & Giveaway!

Handmade Gift Tags using Silhouette Stamping Material via The Thinking Closet

When Silhouette released word of their new line of products this July, everyone was all a’buzz about the Stamping Starter Kit.  I mean, the ability to cut your own custom stamps on your Silhouette machine…it almost seems too good to be true.  And then, you watch the Stamping 102 video by Silhouette America on YouTube and your jaw hits the floor (skip to 6:03 for the actual cutting and stamping): Out-of-this-world-amazing, right?! So, of course, I {read more…}

“Keep Calm” Onesie with Freezer Paper Stenciling & Silhouette Winner

"Keep Calm" onesie using freezer paper stenciling and fabric paint! Tutorial by The Thinking Closet.

G’day, mates!  It’s a brand new month for The Silhouette Challenge, so I have a brand new medium I’ve ventured into (cough…freezer paper stenciling…cough), but first, we have a brand new winner of a Silhouette Cameo to announce! Now, I just have to say how very much I enjoyed reading the comments you all shared about how you would use a Silhouette Cameo for labeling and organizing.  Y’all are some label-lovin’ fanatics!  Some of your {read more…}

16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas

16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas | The Thinking Closet

I recently had the opportunity to share 16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas over at Titi Crafty (thanks, Camila!).  Here they are for those who may have blinked and missed their mention in The Friday Five. If you stopped by my blog this spring, you might have noticed that I’ve been a baby-gift-making machine.  (Note that I did not say “a baby-making machine.”  At least, not yet.)  It seems as though all of my friends got {read more…}

A Non-Scrapbooker’s Guide to Creating a Wedding Scrapbook

A Non-Scrapbooker's Guide to Creating a Wedding Scrapbook | The Thinking Closet

There’s a reason that the last time I scrapbooked was 13 years ago: scrapbooks take a lot of time. But when Laura contacted me about creating a wedding scrapbook as a first anniversary gift for her daughter Justine and son-in-law Andrew, how could I refuse?  Justine happens to be one of my best friends.  She’s the reason I not only survived high school, but actually loved it.  She was the Laverne to my Shirley.  The Ethel to {read more…}

What Do You Give The Man Who Has Everything?

A Cowboy's Toothpick Holder | The Thinking Closet

It’s a known fact that men are the worst to shop for.  I mean, what do you give the man who has everything?  This question has stumped women for centuries.  TV commercials and magazine ads will tell you cologne, a sweater, a tie….  But I dare say it’s toothpicks in jar. Let me explain. My Father-in-law loves to relax after a meal with a toothpick in his teeth.  On our family cruise this past May, I {read more…}

The Friday Five: Inspiration for Your Weekend

The Friday Five: Inspiration for Your Weekend | The Thinking Closet

It’s Friiiiiiiidaaaay!  Whoo hoo!  Let’s link arms and side-step across the dance floor, k? On Collecting So…I’m a bit of a collector.  Buttons.  Ticket stubs.  Pins.  Anyone else with me? Well, just this week, my concept of collecting “links” was blasted into outer-space when I discovered the free online software known as  Evernote.  And I fully recognize that I’m unfashionably late to the Evernote party, but I may or may not have caught up on {read more…}

Toddler Train T-Shirt & Silhouette Giveaway Winner

Toddler Train T-Shirt: Tips for Layering with HTV | The Thinking Closet

I have a brand new heat-transfer vinyl creation I am just itching to share with you lovelies, but before I do, the first order of business is to announce the winner of the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!  We had a record-number of entries this time around (935!), so a hearty thanks to everyone who participated.  Y’all rock! Also, I really enjoyed hearing about all of the HTV colors you guys are excited about.  By far, the {read more…}