5 Tips for a Successful Wedding Photo Shoot

How to Have a Successful Wedding Shoot: 5 Tips for the Bride & Groom via thinkingcloset.com

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series!  To start at the beginning, click here. Okay, we’re finally here: it’s July 18th, 2009 – – our wedding day! Mark and I went unconventional and decided to take our wedding portraits before the wedding.  Because our reception would immediately follow the ceremony in the very same space, we didn’t want to miss out on an hour of our reception in order to take photos.  So, an hour-and-a-half {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…}

Our Seaside Rehearsal Dinner: A Photo Journey

A Seaside Rehearsal Dinner - - the photo journey of a magical evening of laughter, BBQ, dear friends and family, and happy tears. via thinkingcloset.com

And so continues Our DIY Wedding series! If you’re just joining us, click here to start at the beginning. The night of our rehearsal dinner, I remember it all feeling suddenly very, very real.  Our friends and family had arrived in Ocean Grove, NJ from out of town, we had actually gone through the motions of our wedding ceremony at the rehearsed hours earlier, the planning phase was over, and the actual wedding was nearly upon {read more…}

The Friday Five: Version 2.0

The Friday Five with The Thinking Closet & The Learner Observer

Who’s excited that it’s Friday?!  The Jonas Brothers are: Michael Scott is…time to bust out the boom box: Napoleon Dynamite is…though his facial expressions will never give way to his true emotions: And I sure am!  Because there’s excitement to be had even beyond the fact that the weekend is upon us: The Friday Five” just got bigger and better.  (Didn’t think it was possible, did you?  wink.)  In fact, I’ve dubbed today’s post Version {read more…}

How to Edit Photos with Pixlr Express: A Video Tutorial

How to Edit Photos with Pixlr Express: A Video Tutorial | The Thinking Closet

One small step for YouTube.  One giant leap for The Thinking Closet. Today, I share my first ever video tutorial, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.  Sure, I’m a theatre person, and I’ve gotten up in front of some tough crowds in my day (remember, I teach high school students).  Still, there’s something about putting yourself out there on video for the world wide web to see that is a little {read more…}

You know you’re in Florida when…

You know you're in Florida when... Florida Citrus Center visit. By The Thinking Closet

You know you’re in Florida when… the gas station convenience store looks like this: And instead of boasting the typical collection of sunglasses and keychains, you’ve got an array of citrus and alligators to choose from. One of my husband’s college friends (and one of our groomsmen), Brent, was in town and stayed with us over the weekend.  Doesn’t he have the best cheshire-cat-smile? We took him on a surprise “road trip” up to Ocala, {read more…}

Cord on Strike…So Let’s Watch a Video!

What it looks like when my camera cord goes on strike and decides to thwart all plans of posting fun photo tutorials.

True story.  The cord that connects our camera to the computer has decided to go on strike and stop working.  This indeed thwarts all plans of posting my awesome furniture makeover or any future posts involving photos for that matter.  Sigh.  That is until UPS delivers a new cord in the next 1-3 days or I break down and use my cell phone camera. Do you have any objects in your household that have decided {read more…}

Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2013

Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2012 by The Thinking Closet

We’ll make new traditions in place of the old ‘Cause life without revision will silence our souls. -”Snow” by Sleeping at Last Tomorrow marks the start of a new year.  A fresh start.  An uncharted path in the woods.  My lantern is at the ready. After reflecting on my blogging highlights from these first four months, it’s time to look forward.  I have so many dreams and goals for The Thinking Closet – – in {read more…}

Blogging Highlights of Year 2012

Blogging Highlights of Year 2012 by The Thinking Closet

As we near the “gate of the year,” I’ve been reflecting on all that happened in my first four months of blogging – – and it has been WAY more than I ever dreamed or imagined. Here are some of my blogging highlights from The Thinking Closet’s inception in September 2012 through now: I have followers! This still boggles my mind, but there are people, all over the world, over 500 of them in fact, {read more…}

10 Ways to Go Green with Christmas Cards

10 Ways to Go Green with Christmas Cards via The Thinking Closet

In case you missed my guest post on Blissful & Domestic last week, here it is in full!  Keep in mind, this is meant to inspire- -not to inflict guilt.  There are many ways to love our environment.  These are just 10 of the ways…. So, let’s talk Christmas cards. I don’t know about you, but the thought of compiling address, stamping envelopes, and signing 70 Christmas cards during the busiest time of year makes {read more…}

10 Tips for New Bloggers…From a New Blogger

Ten Tips for New Bloggers...From a New Blogger via The Thinking Closet

It was two months ago today when I clicked that glowing button on the WordPress homepage inviting me to “sign up now.”  After much deliberation, I gave my blog a name, wrote my first post, and bolted full-speed ahead into blogland. Wow.  To think that just two months ago, blogger jargon like “link parties,”  “trackbacks,” and “grabbing a button” might as well have been Greek to me…. I have learned a lot in these first {read more…}

A Slice of Humble Pie Served Up by Craftgawker

I'd Like to Order a Slice of Humble Pie, Please? - Reflections on craftgawker - via The Thinking Closet

Here’s a story about craftgawker, and self esteem, and being human. So, for those of you who don’t know, craftgawker is a site a lot like Pinterest in that it boasts a smattering of inspiring images just asking to be collected and clicked on.  It’s truly a beautiful site if you have an eye for things created by hand. However, I have learned recently that craftgawker is not like Pinterest in one noteworthy way: you {read more…}