10 Inspiring D.I.Y. Jewelry Displays

10 Inspiring DIY Jewelry Displays

Somedays I wish the internet never existed…and that we could go back to a simpler time when we looked up books in card catalogs and found our way using paper maps.  But then I remember that if it weren’t for the internet, I would have never met my kindred spirit who lives and blogs over in Germany.  She sends me real mail, necklaces made from twisted wire, and lets me ramble on her blog sometimes.  Now, it’s my {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…}

Souvenir Seashell Paperclips

Souvenir Seashell Paperclips

If you didn’t already know, in my other life, I’m a theatre director, and right now we’re in the throes of performances.  So, over the next week, you’ll be introduced to three fabulous bloggers with three fabulous projects to share with you.  I’m delighted to introduce you to the first in the bunch, Emily!  She hit the paperclip on the head with this craft.  Let’s give her a warm Thinking Closet welcome! *         {read more…}

Desk Styling 101: Say Goodbye to Styling Anxiety

Roll-Top Desk Makeover! Such a dramatic before & after. Amazing what fresh paint and a little vision can do!

Hand me a paint brush, and I’ll paint until the cows come home.  Give me a stencil, and I won’t bat an eye.  But mention the word “styling,” and I immediately break out into cold sweats, my mouth dries up like the Sahara Desert, and I start to feel all verklempt.  (Talk amongst yourselves!)   Am I striking a chord of resonance with any of you? Well, lo and behold, I not only survived the process of “styling” {read more…}

Roll-Top Desk Makeover: Business on the Outside, Party on the Inside!

Roll Top Desk Makeover. The best part? The element of surprise on the inside of the drawers: gem turquoise!

How’s this for an analogy?  I believe I have created the mullet haircut of furniture transformations. Now, hear me out: what sets a mullet apart is its element of surprise, right?  “Business in the front, party in the back,” as the saying goes. And similarly, with my new and improved roll-top desk, we’ve got business on the outside, party on the inside! Want to know how this beachy keen wonder came to be?  Well, who {read more…}

Our DIY Wedding Ceremony & The Art of Being Present

Our DIY Wedding Ceremony via thinkingcloset.com. Snapshots, music playlist, DIY wedding tips, and the art of being present. Great read for all brides-to-be!

Do you hear those wedding bells chime?  Here’s the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series. To start at the beginning, click here. As Mark and I near our 5th wedding anniversary (coming this July!), I thought it was high time I picked back up with Our DIY Wedding series.  We’re so close to the grand finale, after all!  To recap: We planned the wedding without Pinterest! We sent messages in bottles to our wedding party. We found a wedding {read more…}

Recycling Pallets into a Rustic Recycle Bin

Rustic Pallet Recycle Bin. Gotta love that the recycle bin itself is made from recycled materials! And it's actually big enough that it doesn't need to be emptied every other day. Such a great way to transform the recycle bin corner, so it's no longer an eye sore!

There’s one corner of our kitchen that has never ever been photographed to appear on the blog; not even close.  It’s the corner I always crop out of photos because…well…it’s the definition of a hot mess.  Or rather, it was the definition of a hot mess.  I give to you our recycle bin corner: before and after. Now, ain’t she a beaut?  Here’s the backstory on how our Rustic Pallet Recycle Bin came to be. Mark and I were {read more…}

Receipt Organization with Free Cut File

Stay organized this year with custom labeled Receipt Organizers (with 12 month dividers inside!). Gotta love the $1 bin at Target!

It’s like there’s some kind of magnetic force field around the $1 bin section at Target.  It just draws me in like a moth to the flame, and before I’ve even begun to tackle my shopping list, my cart is filled with goodies.  It doesn’t help that it’s the first thing you walk by after grabbing your cart.  It’s like they’re intentionally trying to get you to buy stuff, or something.  {Grin.} But I’m not complaining because 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…}

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome... Help Find Affordable Lodging. via thinkingcloset.com

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series!  To start at the beginning, click here. When Mark and I were planning our wedding back in 2009, one of the things we were most excited about (besides getting hitched, of course), was the fact that all of our nearest and dearest would be gathered together in the same place at the same time. That.  felt.  epic. I mean, when else in life does that happen?  Besides at {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…}

Wall Unit to Kitchen Hutch Makeover

Hutch-Makeover

Today, I have a very special lady with an out-of-this-world furniture transformation to share with you all.  Seriously, my jaw is still agape over it.  She needs very little introduction because by now, you’ve already been acquainted with this creative Canadian with an eye for style.  You see her face here most Fridays.  Have you figured it out yet?  That’s right, it’s the talented and lovely Thalita! Hi you guys, I’m Thalita from The Learner Observer. {read more…}

Vinyl Labels Tutorial, Silhouette Promo & Cameo Giveaway!

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway at The Thinking Closet! August 6th - 11th. Earn up to 11 entries on your first day!

Greetings, friends!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  Mine was super special in that I got to journey to Atlanta, Georgia for Haven, a blog conference for d.i.y. bloggers.  You can look out for my recap post in the coming days! But man-o-man, do I have some exciting news for you this morning: starting today, Silhouette is running a special promotion on vinyl and Cameo bundles.  Also, I’ve got a brand new giveaway for {read more…}

Operation Organization with Rubbermaid All Access Bins

Custom Vinyl Labels using a Silhouette | The Thinking Closet

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Home Depot & Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #AllAccessOrganizers http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO. For months now, I’ve been ignoring the mess in our hall closet.  I suppose it felt low on the totem poll of priorities when there were so many fun crafty projects calling my name, and I think that deep down, I had this hope that one {read more…}

Black Distressed Buffet Makeover

Black Distressed Buffet Makeover by The Thinking Closet

Our black distressed table and chairs have a new best buddy: a black distressed buffet!  Look at them hanging out together, all matchy-matchy.  All they need now are friendship bracelets! Now, the story of this buffet makeover begins with a problem…a printer problem to be exact. You see, our house does not have an office; and since we spend most of our laptop time in the living room, it only makes sense to have our {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…}

IKEA Hack: Whitewashed Fjell Wardrobe with Pallet Shelves

IKEA Hack: Whitewashed Fjell Wardrobe with Pallet Shelves | The Thinking Closet

Mark and I recently completed our first “IKEA hack.”  What’s an IKEA hack, you ask?  Well, here’s the definition according to ikeahackers.net: Essentially, an IKEA hack is a modification/repurposing of an IKEA product. Why I chose to call it a hack? In it’s own little way, it breaks into the IKEA code of furniture assembly and repurposes, challenges and creates with surprising results. So, there you have it.  Some of you may have seen a {read more…}

20 DIY Chalkboard Projects

20 DIY Chalkboard Projects | The Thinking Closet

I think that by now, chalkboard projects have graduated from “flavor of the week” to “design staple.”  Prime example, just look at all the chalkboard products we have at our fingertips: chalkboard paint, spray paint, vinyl, contact paper, and {wait for it} even chalk cloth vinyl.  They’ve made it easy as 1-2-3 for us to transform practically anything into a chalk-able surface.  And I am guilty as charged! Since I can’t seem to get enough of chalkboard {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…}

Filing Fabric & A Fabric Organization Round-Up

Filing Fabric & Fabric Organization Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

In case you missed it, here’s my fabric organization solution that I shared at Made with Hugs & Kisses a few weeks ago…plus 15 other ideas to suit your fancy. When Hannah generously invited me to be a part of her “Spring Clean Your Sewing Space” series, I leapt at the opportunity to join in on the fun.  In fact, it was just the motivation I needed to come up with a new organization system {read more…}

Yes, I Filed my Fabric

Filing Fabric & Fabric Organization Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

None of us wake up and decide, “I’m going to be a disorganized slob today!”  Most of us start off with the best of intentions; but as the second law of thermodynamics tells us: There is a universal tendency for all systems to go from order to disorder. My fabric stash was no exception to that rule.  What began as a neat, nice stack quickly turned into the leaning tower of Pisa…three leaning towers, in fact. {read more…}

I Heart Labels: Sugar & Flour Jar Edition

I Heart Labels: Sugar & Flour Jar Edition | The Thinking Closet

I am one of those people for whom it is one of life’s big thrills to label things.  Yes, I’m a dork type A, an oldest sibling, a perfectionist…all of those personality traits that point straight to label-loving.  Yes, I totally own a label maker…you know, one of these: Although I’m not into labeling “tax forms” as this photo would suggest, when I taught English, I did label nearly every single thing in my classroom.  Scissors {read more…}

DIY Birthday & Anniversary Calendar

DIY Chalkboard Projects Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…” that Lauren is atrocious at remembering birthdays.  And when it comes to anniversaries?  Fuggetaboutit.  They don’t even stand a chance.  Even my besties will attest that they’ve received many a belated birthday wish from me…and not just a day late, but in some shameful cases, months late!  It’s embarrassing, really.  And something just had to be done. I present to you, The Thinking Closet’s edition of a Birthday & Anniversary Calendar: Below, you’ll {read more…}

Craft Drawer Organization for the Budget Savvy

Craft Drawer Organization for the Budget Savvy by Lauren from The Thinking Closet

Hi friends!  If you missed my post on Or So She Says last month where I shared my major organization overhaul for my craft drawers, here’s the whole shebang. Let’s start with an “after” picture: They’ve undergone quite the change.  For way too long, my craft storage drawers were in a sad state of disorganization and in desperate need of some purging and a bit of structure.  They were becoming more like junk drawers than craft drawers, and {read more…}