10 Lessons I Learned from Planning My Own Wedding

10 Lessons I Learned From Planning My Own Wedding. Hindsight is 20/20, right? So, if you can learn from my mistakes and takeaway from my tips, my hope is that you'll be able to truly enjoy the planning process and remember with fondness your special day.

Today marks a year and 12 days since I first kicked off Our DIY Wedding Series. We’ve already established that I’m a perfectionist…and of course, I had initially planned to share this grand finale post on our five-year-wedding anniversary 12 days ago on July 18th.  But when you’re in the midst of directing a musical about grace, it turns out you’re more likely to give yourself grace.  And so I did.  And here we are.  One year and {read more…}

Table Transformation with Custom Blue Chalk Paint

Custom Blue Chalk Paint Table

I have a very special gal to introduce to you all today.  Ever since our first email correspondence, I felt like we had been friends since girl-hood.  Bre is the queen of furniture transformations, and guess what?  She has an outrageously awesome one to share with you all today involving Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  After this inspiring post, working with chalk paint is first on my TO DIY list!  Take it away, Bre…. *     {read more…}

Thrifty Upcycled Nautical Serving Set

Nautical Serving Set

The nautical crafting continues today with the fabulous Katie.  She has a knack for transforming thrifted items and hardware store purchases into chic home decor and serving-ware.  In fact, I can almost guarantee you are going to want to throw a summer shin-dig after checking out the fun project she has to share with you all today.  The closet floor is yours, Katie! *                    *       {read more…}

The Actor’s Survival Kit & Silhouette Promotion

The Actor's Survival Kit: A fun idea for an opening night gift that is both thoughtful and practical! The actors will be bound to break a leg or two.

Another op’nin’, another show In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo’, A chance for stage folks to say hello, Another op’nin’ of another show. –”Another Op’nin’, Another Show” from Kiss Me Kate Perhaps the only thing that thrills me more than feeling the stage lights hot on my face as I bring a character to life before a live audience…is directing a show in which my actors feel the stage lights hot on their faces as they bring their characters to life before a live {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…}

My Haven Business Card SWAG: Temporary Tattoos!

DIY Temporary Tattoos! Such a fun addition to business cards, especially for crafters and DIYers. Tutorial includes FREE cut files!

G’day mates!  Just got back from my sophomore year at Haven Blog Conference in Atlanta, and boy did I have fun!  The kind of fun that plum tuckered me out (I actually went to bed last night before the sun went down, which is a rarity for this night owl).  Looking forward to sharing a recap of my experience later in the week {UPDATE: it’s HERE!}…but you’re going to get a sneak peek at my business {read more…}

Adding Scallop Stencil Details to a Roll-Top Desk

And such a simple way to dramatically transform furniture!

Now, everybody knows… If there’s something strange in your neighborhood Who you gonna call?  Ghostbusters! But did you also know that… If you’re stenciling on your Roll-Top Desk Who you gonna call?  Royal Design Studio! And call them I did!  And it’s because I knew their stencils are la crème de la crème. You see, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Royal Design Studio stencils twice in the past: first at their booth at Haven Blog Conference {read more…}

10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint. This is a great guide for beginners...with clever tips for all mediums of paint!

First things first, a ginormous thank you for all of the kind and generous words everyone shared over our Roll-Top Desk Makeover.  It definitely made it worth the countless hours of painting, painting, and more painting.  I think my favorite comment of the day on Tuesday was Melissa’s because it made me laugh (and I love to laugh): You have no idea how much joy it brings me to know that the term “mullet desk” has officially been coined.  And {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…}

Personalized Milk Bottles & Silhouette Promotion!

Personalized Plastic Milk Bottles: such a fun throw-back to the days of the vintage milk bottle. These would make such great shower gifts or hostess gifts (for the kids!). Super easy to customize, too!

Sigh….  I remember the good old days when we’d hear the clink of milk bottles arriving on the front doorstep.  The glass bottles would be icy to the touch.  For once, I actually wanted to drink my milk. No, I didn’t grow up in the early 1900s.  When I was in middle school, my Mom signed up for a service that would deliver milk in glass bottles to our doorstep each week.  Like magic.  We’d leave the {read more…}

Our DIY Wedding Reception: A Party to Remember

Creative ideas for how to incorporate rip-roaring dancing, heartfelt moments, and handmade touches into your DIY wedding reception...to make it a party to remember!

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series.To start at the beginning, click here. It’s July 18th, 2009.  The time: approximately 11:30 a.m.  Lauren and Mark have said their wedding vows, exchanged rings, and have been pronounced man and wife.  They scurry downstairs to dig their toes in the sand as their first act as a married couple.  Their photographer, Emily, follows close behind and captures these moments: the dip kiss under the boardwalk…standing on the surfboard…dancing on {read more…}

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…}

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…}

30 D.I.Y. Baby Onesies

Holy cuteness, Batman! This collection of 30 baby onesies is my one-stop-shop for inspiration! No more wracking my brain for shower gift ideas.

One of your 31 amazing questions for my Birthday Video this year was, “What is your favorite craft to do?”  And do you remember my answer? “Baby onesies!” Of course. You’ve seen a slew of them here on The Thinking Closet in the past, and you’re about to see a whole bunch more. I’ve reached out to my friends over at The Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group I coordinate to give me their onesie best…and boy {read more…}

Dishwasher Magnets: FREE Cut File & Printable

Now, I will never mix up the clean and dirty dishes again! This tutorial includes both a Silhouette cut file and a FREE printable for those who want to cut out the magnets the old-fashioned way: with scissors! These would make great shower, housewarming, or hostess gifts!

Let me play out a little scenario of our dishwasher woes.  Perhaps you can relate? Person A sees the dishwasher is getting pretty full and decides to run it.  After its cycle, person A pops it open to grab a clean spoon.  The green “clean” light is deactivated. Hours later, person B finishes her bowl of ice cream and decides to be proactive and load it in the dishwasher.  Plus, she spies a few used cups {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…}

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…}

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…}

Baby Shower Gift Package & Printable

Baby Shower Gift Package: DIY Burp Cloths that any beginner can sew! via thinkingcloset.com

There’s something about scrubbing bathroom floors together while belting out angst-filled Alanis Morissette songs that bonds you.  Amidst giggles and soap suds and “you oughta knows,” a friendship can be born.  A friendship strong enough to span 14 years and counting.  This truth is one Gianna and I know firsthand. And to think, it’s all thanks to bathroom-cleaning duty for having the messiest campsite at mission trip training camp. Since then, we’ve journeyed together through {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…}

35 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths

35 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths! Inspirational round-up by thinkingcloset.com

There’s no better way to welcome in a new season than to display it on your front door in the form of a wreath!  Am I right?  In fact, I may have gone a little wreath-overboard this spring season because I have not one, not two, but tha-ree spring wreaths decorating our home.  (Yowza, Lauren!  Obsessed much?) I have my Trend-tastic Felt Flower Wreath on our red front door… …my Fabric Spring Wreath on the inside of {read more…}

Bird Nerd Easter Eggs

Bird Nerd Easter Eggs

Peculiar things start happening to you when you move to Florida. For one, you live in flip flops.  “Dressing up” means putting on flats.  You completely give up on blow-drying your hair because “It’s Too Darn Hot” as the song goes.  Children tack “Miss” onto the front of your first name when they address you.  When you flip on the lights in a room, your eyes automatically start scanning the floor and walls for “uninvited {read more…}

“Together Since” T-Shirts: Creative Anniversary Gift Idea

"Together Since" T-Shirts - Such a great idea for an anniversary gift! via thinkingcloset.com

On April 12th, 1980, my beloved parents, Carolyn and Jay, got hitched!  That was 34 years ago.  Ten years plus ten years plus ten years plus four!  (Sometimes I need to break numbers down like that so their value really sinks in.)  Now that’s not nothin’! Fun facts: It rained on their wedding day.  My mom wore her mother’s handmade wedding dress.  Baby’s breath decorated the church and her veil.  And my father successfully calmed down {read more…}