Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Tutorial

Can you guess the pun in this PUNNY Halloween costume? | The knee-slapper of an answer to this visual word-play and the full tutorial for how to create your own couples' Halloween costume over at thinkingcloset.com! It's so much pun!

First, there were The Black Eyed Ps. Then, there was When Life Gives You Lemons….  And his friend, Blessing in Disguise. No, I’m not talking about chart-topping hip hop groups or cliché phrases!  I’m talking about our punny Halloween costumes from the last two years, which you may recall. Of course, the word-play tradition just had to continue, and I’m ecstatic to reveal this year’s punny Halloween costume to you today…and it’s just as groan-worthy as its predecessors! Are {read more…}

DIY “Give Thanks” Fall Sign

DIY Give Thanks Fall Sign by Crafts by Courtney | The perfect addition to a fall mantel display, especially one of the coastal variety! Courtney offers great tips on how to use a craft-cutter and some paint to transform a plain wood board into an inspirational work of art.

The other day, my MIL and I were talking about how many fantastic friendships I’ve made as a result of blogging.  And it’s true!  Blogging has put me in direct contact with so many women whose interests align with mine…it’s almost like meeting dozens of long-lost twins all around the world!  One of those long-lost twins is Courtney.  She shares in my love of Silhouette creations as well as coastal decor.  Plus, in the dictionary, {read more…}

The Beginner’s Guide to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

A Beginner's Guide to Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Wax: One Beginner's Tips to Another! | I let my intimidation over using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint keep me from exploring the medium for all too long. Now that I have finally given it a whirl, I'm eager to empower other beginners to give it a go. It's SO much easier than you think it is! Especially with this step by step run-down.

You’ve heard of the five stages of grief, right?  Well, have you heard of the five stages of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?  No?  Well, let me enlighten you…. (Perhaps this experience will ring true for some of you.) STAGE #1: Intrigue: “A paint that requires no stripping, sanding, or priming?  Tell me more!” STAGE #2: Intimidation: “Oh wait – – I have to seal it with wax?  Then buff it?  That sounds scary!  I don’t think {read more…}

“You Make Beautiful Things Out of the Dust” Mirror Decal & Silhouette Promo

Amazing how just some simple text on the edges of a mirror can hold such an impact! "You make beautiful things out of the dust.... You make beautiful things out of us."

One of the wonderful things about living in Orlando, Florida is that our guest room actually serves its intended purpose and isn’t just a “catch-all” for junk like our former guest room was. We have friends and family passing through Orlando quite frequently these days: some to visit Mickey, others in town for conferences, and most just to escape the frigid winters up north. Regardless, we love the opportunity to host, and we’ve been slowly but surely working on making {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…}

“Keep Calm” T-Shirt Gift for Teachers with FREE Cut File

"Keep Calm & Always Return My Pencils": Creative T-Shirt Gift Idea for Teachers. Step by step tutorial includes tips n' tricks for working with heat transfer vinyl on your Silhouette machine!

Apparently, lending out pencils as a teacher is akin to giving them away.  Because the second one of my students left the threshold of my classroom with a pencil in hand, I was essentially saying farewell to that writing utensil forever.  Au revoir.  Adios.  Have a nice life.  Teachers in the house, can I witness? When I taught freshman English in Ohio, the disappearing-pencil-problem was a serious one.  Initially, I refused to lend out pencils and {read more…}

Scarf Week Recap, Giveaway Winners, & My Epic Scarf Fail

Scarf Week 2014! 16 Scarf Tutorials in one week from 4 different bloggers...what a ride!

Well friends, here we are at the grand finale of Scarf Week!  Thanks to each of you who came along for the ride.  It has been a killer week! (yuk yuk.)  I’ve been amazed by the incredible reception we’ve received through comments on our blogs and across social media, which makes me think that Scarf Week just might have to become an annual event.  The timing is just too perfect as we prepare for the onset of fall; {read more…}

“Sew Easy” Turban Headband: Video Tutorial

"Sew Easy" Turban Headband: This video tutorial walks you through every step, making it a fun and easy beginner sewist project! Love how versatile these headbands are...and what great gifts they'd make!

Welcome back to Scarf Week!  Can you believe we’re on our final day of tutorials?  Me neither!  What a fun and wild ride it has been. Welp, we’re changing things up today, friends.  Yes, we are!  After three no-sew scarves (1, 2, 3), I decided to throw in one with some sewing…but don’t get all verklempt!  It’s a fantastic project for beginners (like myself!) since it involves just three straight-ish stitches. In fact, I’d go so {read more…}

Stamped “Word Search” Scarf: Video Tutorial

With a stamped "Word Search" scarf or bandana, you can create a gift of great significance for any person of any age In this video tutorial, learn how to transform any acrylic paint into fabric paint; and pick up a handy dandy method for stamping straight(ish) lines on a square scarf. Happy Scarf Week!

Of the four scarf tutorials I’m sharing during Scarf Week this week, this one started in a completely different part of my brain than it ended up (ah, the creative process…).  Does that happen to you, too?  But the scarf I ended up creating was far better and far more meaningful than any of my initial ideas.  And it allowed me to shower some belated anniversary love upon my hubby because this scarf was stamped just for him.  (Awwwwww.) I {read more…}

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a chic infinity scarf. The video tutorial will walk you through every step in the process. This is one of those rare projects that really only takes 15 minutes. On your first try!

Well, I’m on a kick with the infinity t-shirt scarves, it seems…because this is my second one in two days.  I guess I’m just too lazy to make a craft store run when I can just raid my closet for supplies. Have t-shirt?  Will-upcycle-it-into-a-scarf.  A No-Sew T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf…to be exact. Oh, and you know how involved my craft projects usually are?  Well, I’m going to blow your minds, friends, because this one only {read more…}

Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

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Did you catch the grand announcement yesterday?  It’s not only Shark Week in TV-land, but it’s Scarf Week in blogland!  Myself and three of my favorite bloggers are going to each be sharing a scarf tutorial a day for the next four days.  So, if you do the math, that’s 16 inspirational projects.  Go big or go home, right? Today kicks off the first of my four scarf tutorials, and I am as giddy as a schoolgirl over how it turned {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…}

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…}

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…}