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…}

Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {In a Box!}

The inspiration behind an Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {in a box}! via thinkingcloset.com

This May 29th is a very momentous occasion.  My sweet sister Lisbeth will graduate with her Master’s in Counseling from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania.  And since I cannot be there in person to hoot and holler as she crosses the stage to accept her diploma like the proud sister I am–I thought I would send some fun graduation party decor to do the hooting and hollering for me.  I give to you… Graduation Party in {read more…}

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 thinkingcloset.com!

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…}

The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Coastal Decor

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover: Source Guide to what was Bought, Borrowed, and Brought up from the Basement via thinkingcloset.com

It has been five weeks since the grand reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover…and the high from your incredible reception to it all still hasn’t worn off.  So, thank you to each of you who has taken time to click through to read this series or leave an encouraging word.  It means more to us than you know. And amidst your pure-gold comments have been some great questions, too, the most popular being, “Where in the {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 thinkingcloset.com

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…}

IKEA Side Table Hack: Such Great Heights

IKEA Hack: Hol Side Table

They will see us waving from such great heights.  ”Come down now,” they’ll say. But everything looks perfect from far away.  ”Come down now,” but we’ll stay. -“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service This is the anthem of our IKEA HOL side tables.  Because if you looked closely at the “before” and “after” photos of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover and you thought it looked like our side tables grew legs…you were spot on! The Origin {read more…}

Felt Fish Pillow Tutorial for the Nautically-Inclined

Nautical Felt Fish Pillow Tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy Friday, friends!  So, the Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover series continues, but we’re going to take a little break from this talk of building and staining and pallet-ing (yes, it’s a verb now) to get a little crafty today.  This should be a fun tutorial for ye lovers of felt and all things nautical! So, as you may have noticed from our “before” and “after” photos, a significant part of the transformation involved our {read more…}

So You Want To Build a Pallet Headboard?

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What is it about reclaimed pallet boards pieced together that our eyes love so much?  Making order out of chaos?  The Japanese principle of Shizen: nature with purpose and intention. I see such beauty in the rough hewn boards…especially when they turn gray like driftwood.  Mark’s favorites are the ones with the criss-cross marks.  So, we made a headboard out of them.  It helps bring the “rustic” to our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover. “All {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…}

How to Stain Wood with a HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer: Video Tutorial

How to Stain Wood with a HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer: A VIDEO Tutorial via thinkingcloset.com.

You know the adage, “You can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of the girl”? Well, it’s true.  I may call Florida my home now, buuuuut… I still crave a good hand-rolled bagel, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. I have an appreciation for public transportation and a special place in my heart for trains. I treat sidewalks like the highway.  Pass on the left. {read more…}

How to Build a Custom King Size Bed Frame

How to Build a Custom King Size Bed Frame via thinkingcloset.com.

So, first of all, let’s just pause for a moment to talk about the fact that you all rocked my metaphorical socks off last week when we shared the Grand Reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover.  I guess I’ve been building it up for so long, I started to doubt myself in the final hour.  I’ve never done a total room makeover before, let alone shared it with blogland.  Before clicking publish, I {read more…}

Team Betty Tote Bag & Silhouette Winner!

DIY "Team Betty" Tote Bag: A Silhouette Tutorial via thinkingcloset.com

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 thinkingcloset.com

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 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…}

Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover & How We Found Our Shared Style

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover: Source Guide to what was Bought, Borrowed, and Brought up from the Basement via thinkingcloset.com

There’s a famous story I tell from the first month Mark and I were married. We were at Target, trying to pick up a few items to fill our very bare condo.  We hit the lamp aisle, where I thought of a fun little “getting to know you” game we could play.  I curiously asked Mark, “Okay, which three lamps are your favorite?”  Biting my lip, I eagerly awaited his response, guessing in my mind {read more…}

12 Months of Date Nights Gift & Free Printable!

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

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…}

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…}

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…}

The Top 10 Posts of 2013

The Top Ten Posts of 2013! via thinkingcloset.com

Here’s the thing about blogging: Oftentimes that post that you think is going to rock the blog-o-sphere and send the masses in droves upon droves to your blog, and who knows, maybe Better Homes & Gardens will want to feature it because it’s the simplest thing but turned out cute-as-a-button, and then before you know it, you’re on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday just like Young House Love and, and, and {wakes up from irrational dream} well…it {read more…}

Personalized Insulated Mug Tutorial & Silhouette Winner

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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…}

Reader Showcase: Fall 2013

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In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may have blinked and missed that as of last Saturday, it’s officially winter.  Cold, snowy, frosty, windy, bone-chilling winter. “Wait a minute, Lauren.  I thought you lived in Florida….” Yes, yes.  I do.  I’m just using my vivid imagination to paint a picture of the winter I crave around Christmas-time; a sliding-on-your-belly-in-the-snow kind of winter. And while the change of seasons may come without much {read more…}

Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments with #myfavoritebloggers

Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornament...adding some rustic glam to your holiday decor!

Today, I have for you perhaps the easiest tutorial in the history of Thinking Closet tutorials: pine cone ornaments brushed in gold paint to add to our rustic glam Christmas decor.  It’s almost a joke that I’m devoting an entire post to it.  But it’s actually one of my personal goals to share more quick n’ easy projects…ones that don’t take 8 hours and hundreds of pins to complete.  So, hopefully this will be an inspiration {read more…}

The Mother-Lode of Beginner Silhouette Tutorials: A New Gallery

The Mother Lode of Silhouette Tips & Tutorials for Beginners!

Isn’t the term “the mother lode” just so evocative? For some reason, whenever I say it, I think of a climactic moment from my favorite 80s movie, The Goonies. SPOILER ALERT:  The kids have barely escaped capture by the criminal Fratellis and nearly escaped death by booby-trap as they follow where the treasure map leads them through the underground tunnels.  They reach some natural water-slides, which they of course slide down (wouldn’t you?), and they’re spit out {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…}