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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…but you’re going to get a sneak peek at my business cards TO-DAY! Actually, my {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…}

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…}

Silhouette Giveaway & “The Breakfast Club” of Craft Supplies

Super sweet Silhouette Portrait Giveaway happening over at thinkingcloset.com, now through May 27th, midnight eastern. Open to US and Canada residents! Enter it up!

Did anyone else grow up watching the 1980s classic, The Breakfast Club?  Five students meet in the school library on a Saturday to serve detention with a ruthless principal; it’s every high school student’s living nightmare. They’re a motley crew.  At first glance, it’s all too easy to slap a label on each of them.   You’ve got a brain… …and an athlete… …and a basket case… …a princess… …and a criminal. And yet by the end of the film {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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

Have Tote, Will Travel & Silhouette Giveaway!

Farewell friends.

I still have such vivid memories of the TV commercial jingles from my childhood in the 80s.  Puppy Surprise, Connect 4, Toys R’ Us…and one in particular came to mind this past week.  Does anyone else remember “My buddy and me?” Well, as I took my Silhouette Cameo machine out-and-about with me this past week in my new Tweed Rolling Tote, I couldn’t help but sing to myself: My Cammie (my Cammie), my Cammie (my {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…}

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…}

8 Vinyl Projects & Silhouette Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway (valued at $180) at The Thinking Closet 12/26 - 12/29

I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas yesterday had a joyous day! We spent the day up in Ocala with Mark’s family.  It was chock full of hugs… …unexpected gifts… …childlike wonder… …and thanks to my MIL, lots of good eatin’. We even had a Secret Santa gift exchange among the adults in our family.  In fact, I’ll share a sneak peek at my Secret Santa gift for my SIL Ashlee shortly. But first…I am giddy {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…}