Nautical Star Burlap Banner: Stencil Material Tutorial

Nautical Star Burlap Banner: love that this can be used for everyday decor as well as for the Fourth of July! Also, is it not amazing that you can cut stencil material with a Silhouette machine?! Game-changer!

I think one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a new home feel like your home is through hanging pictures and decorating bare walls.  Don’t you?  Even just adding one piece onto a previously blank wall can infuse a space with so much warmth and life. And yet, I find that the initial excitement over decorated walls all too quickly wears off for me, and wall art can quickly become “white noise,” fading into the background.  It’s like I don’t {read more…}

Silhouette Giveaway & “The Breakfast Club” of Craft Supplies

Super sweet Silhouette Portrait Giveaway happening over at thinkingcloset.com, now through May 27th, midnight eastern. Open to US and Canada residents! Enter it up!

Did anyone else grow up watching the 1980s classic, The Breakfast Club?  Five students meet in the school library on a Saturday to serve detention with a ruthless principal; it’s every high school student’s living nightmare. They’re a motley crew.  At first glance, it’s all too easy to slap a label on each of them.   You’ve got a brain… …and an athlete… …and a basket case… …a princess… …and a criminal. And yet by the end of the film {read more…}

Rustic Vintage Spring Mantel & Balsam Hill Giveaway!

Rustic Vintage Spring Mantel via thinkingcloset.com

As an adolescent, I went through a stage where I rebelled not only against my parents’ rules, but my Mom’s home decor style.  I remember turning up my nose to her hard-wood floors and vintage furniture, declaring that when I had a house of my own, everything would be modern: white walls, clean lines, wall to wall carpets…nothing that was “old.” Flash-forward 15 years. I’ve (thankfully) outgrown most of my angst, and I now really admire the ways {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…}

3 MORE Gender-Neutral Onesies & Silhouette Giveaway

Gender Neutral Onesies: 3 NEW Silhouette cut files from thinkingcloset.com

Around this time last year, I had just tackled my first heat transfer vinyl project with my new-ish Silhouette machine: some cutie-patootie onesies of the gender-neutral variety. Well, a whole new set of my friends are about to give birth, so it’s time for a brand new batch of gender neutral onesies!  {Cheers!} Oh, and in addition to some FREE cut files I have for you lovelies today, we also have a Silhouette Portrait to give {read more…}

How Many Trends Can I Fit Into One Wreath?

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath. Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! Instead of pranking you all with a virtual bucket-o-water-above-the-door trick, the joke’s on me today.  And I’m letting you in on it! The name of the game?  Trend-Fest 2014 The players?  Myself and five of my fab bloggy buddies! The challenge?  To incorporate as many current trends as possible into one craft project without it being too over-the-top.  (Though in a way, I feel at a distinct disadvantage as most {read more…}

5 Tips for Your First Foray into Silhouette Stamping & Special Promotion

5 Tips for Your First Foray into Stamping with your Silhouette! {So you can learn from my mistakes.} via thinkingcloset.com

G’day, mates!  I hope your Friday is off to a fantastic start. Since I don’t want to enrage the northerners, I won’t mention what gorgeous weather we’ve been having down here in Orlando.  Won’t do it!  Nope.  I won’t even share an Instagram photo of my cousin, husband, and I on a scenic boat cruise this past Wednesday.  Where we didn’t need to wear jackets.  And even got a little sun-kissed.  Because that would be cruel {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 thinkingcloset.com

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…}

Have Tote, Will Travel & Silhouette Giveaway!

Farewell friends.

I still have such vivid memories of the TV commercial jingles from my childhood in the 80s.  Puppy Surprise, Connect 4, Toys R’ Us…and one in particular came to mind this past week.  Does anyone else remember “My buddy and me?” Well, as I took my Silhouette Cameo machine out-and-about with me this past week in my new Tweed Rolling Tote, I couldn’t help but sing to myself: My Cammie (my Cammie), my Cammie (my {read more…}

NEW Weekly Email Launch & Giveaway!

Custom Handmade Wood Sign by Signs by Andrea! Love the rustic edges...

Don’t mind me while I squeal with excitement over the fact that I’m crossing an item off of my Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2014 list…and that is to offer up a weekly email option for my email subscribers!  Whoo hoo!  And to add to the joy, we’re celebrating today with a really fun giveaway, which I’m eager to share with you about, but first… The Weekly Email Launch So, why is this weekly email {read more…}

A Few of My Favorite Silhouette Supplies & Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway at The Thinking Closet! 1/11 - 1/13.

Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from the classic musical, The Sound of Music: Heat transfer vinyl and rhinestones for onesies, Printable foil in gold: also fun-sie. Tattoos to print out and cut ‘n any size, These are a few of my favorite supplies! (Rogers and Hammerstein are rolling in their graves right now, so we’ll stop there.) The reason for my lame attempt at a song parody?  Well, one of the most frequently {read more…}

8 Vinyl Projects & Silhouette Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway (valued at $180) at The Thinking Closet 12/26 - 12/29

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a joyous day! We spent the day up in Ocala with Mark’s family.  It was chock full of hugs… …unexpected gifts… …childlike wonder… …and thanks to my MIL, lots of good eatin’. We even had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in our family.  In fact, I’ll share a sneak peek at my Secret Santa gift for my SIL Ashlee shortly. But first…I am giddy {read more…}

(Rein)Deer Head Holiday Banner & $155 Amazon Giveaway!

Rudolph! The star of the Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring Santa's Reindeer. Tutorial and FREE cut file at thinkingcloset.com

You know how deer heads are all the rage these days? Well, I thought it’d be fun to play on that trend with a holiday twist…with a Deer Head Holiday Banner featuring everyone’s favorite deer…Santa’s Reindeer!  Ahem, cue the music: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer), had a very shiny nose (like a lightbulb), And if you ever saw it (saw it), You would even say it glows (like a flashlight)….” Well, I whipped up this {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…}

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway (And I Made You a Music Video)

Watch out, YouTube!

Ladies and germs, it’s a red-letter day here at The Thinking Closet.  I have the opportunity to give-away to one lucky Thinking Closet reader the powerhouse of crafting tools…the Sultan of Slicing…the Queen Bee of Cutting.  That’s right, a Silhouette Cameo machine! Yup.  This is the big time, folks.  These Cameo giveaways don’t come around everyday.  But we are gearing up for a huge Black Friday sale next week, and our fine friends at Silhouette {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…}

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…}

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

FallDecor-Square

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…}

Glass Etching Silhouette Promotion & Giveaway!

Glass Etching Starter Kit

We’ve all been there: it’s the church pot luck event and you’ve brought your MIL’s famous cheesy potato casserole dish.  It sits on a folding table beside a row of casserole dishes that look just the same.  At the end of the night, when you go into the kitchen to retrieve your dish, you’re 99% sure you’re taking home a different one.  It’s confirmed when you later find that its plastic cover no longer fits. {read more…}

The Friday Five: Downton Arby’s & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

Downton Arby's

Okay, so I definitely got teary-eyed reading the barrage of comments you all left me on my First Blogiversary post.  Y’all sure know how to make a girl feel loved!  And your responses were just further evidence that I’ve been blessed with the best community of readers a blogger could ask for.  (As if it were even in question.) And the survey proved way more invaluable than I ever anticipated.  Thanks a heap to everyone who took {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…}

First Blogiversary Video & Giveaway for 6!

1st Blogiversary Giveaway - 6 Awesome Prizes for 6 Awesome Readers - at thinkingcloset.com 9/6 - 11!

Today is no ordinary day.  Oh no.  Today is my first blogiversary!  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: The Thinking Closet turns one to–day! As I sat on the couch in our cabin up at HoneyRock Camp two weeks ago, reflecting on this past year of blogging, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  And you know why?  Because of YOU. And so, I made a video expressing that gratitude and posted it for the world to see {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…}