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

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…}

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…}

So You Want To Build a Pallet Headboard?


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

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

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

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…}

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime!

101 Creative Date Nights on a Dime! via

I have been truly amazed by the overwhelming response to my 12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights Gift.  Since that post went live last Tuesday, the FREE printable has been downloaded a whopping 1393 times!  That’s a lot of date nights.  Which is super duper exciting. And it got me thinking…for those of you plotting out your 12 months of date nights, I’d love to offer some inspiration for you. Because I believe in dating {read more…}

How to Make a Mess: Tips & Tricks from an Expert!

How to Make a Mess: Tips & Tricks from an Expert Mess-Maker! via

I’m sorry, but today, you will not be getting pretty blog photos.  In fact, all of the clutter and trash and mayhem I work so hard to crop out of my photos are the subject of my photos today.  And none of them are Pinterest-worthy. {Gasp!}  Why? Well, one of my ongoing goals here at The Thinking Closet is to keep it real with you all, and that means sharing behind the scenes glimpses at what really goes {read more…}

10 MORE Tips for Bloggers…One Year Later

Ten MORE Tips for Bloggers

A year ago today, I hit “publish” on my post, 10 Tips for New Bloggers…From a New Blogger. In some ways, it felt strange to be offering up tips on blogging when I had only been in the game for two months.  That’s why I needed to make things clear in my title.  (“I’m still new at this, people!”) But in other ways, it felt right. For one, I’m the sort of person who processes things {read more…}

Amy Butler Origami Bags: Story of a Crafternoon

Amy Butler Origami Bags | Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration from

Do you ever get together with your friends just to craft?  Tackle DIY projects with your better half?  Bake cookies with your kids? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, high five! If you answered no, then I urge you to try it sometime.  You see, not only is it fun, but I find I am so much more creative when I can glean inspiration from the people around me.  And just {read more…}

5 Tips for a Successful Wedding Photo Shoot

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

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…}

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Glitter Glam Pumpkins & D.I.Y. Pedestals using supplies from...wait for it...Dollar Tree! Crazy, right? via

Sometimes, stubbornness is a good thing. I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for something that I know is not worth an arm and a leg.  Take faux pumpkins, for example.  I’ve been like a cat on the prowl looking for some faux pumpkins to add to my fall decor for over a year now.  You’d think they were solid gold with the price-tags they boast!  So, I held out for that deal {read more…}

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome

10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome... Help Find Affordable Lodging. via

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series!  To start at the beginning, click here. When Mark and I were planning our wedding back in 2009, one of the things we were most excited about (besides getting hitched, of course), was the fact that all of our nearest and dearest would be gathered together in the same place at the same time. That.  felt.  epic. I mean, when else in life does that happen?  Besides at {read more…}

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips: The Cardinal Rule I Broke & Why It Was Worth It

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips: The Cardinal Rule I Broke & Why It Was Worth It by The Thinking Closet

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series.  To start at the beginning, click here. When it came to wedding dress shopping, I broke a cardinal rule: I tried on dresses outside of my budget.  {Gasp!}  I know, I know.  I should have known better! But you see, I was running out of time and energy.  I had already visited wedding dress shops in three different states and tried on so many dresses, that {read more…}

Handmade Gift Tags with Silhouette Stamping Material & Giveaway!

Handmade Gift Tags using Silhouette Stamping Material via The Thinking Closet

When Silhouette released word of their new line of products this July, everyone was all a’buzz about the Stamping Starter Kit.  I mean, the ability to cut your own custom stamps on your Silhouette machine…it almost seems too good to be true.  And then, you watch the Stamping 102 video by Silhouette America on YouTube and your jaw hits the floor (skip to 6:03 for the actual cutting and stamping): Out-of-this-world-amazing, right?! So, of course, I {read more…}

The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009

The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009 & How You Can Learn From My Mistakes. Brought to you by The Thinking Closet.

And so continues Our DIY Wedding series!  Click here to start at the beginning. Today I have for you all a cautionary tale of a DIY project gone terribly terribly wrong.  This tale is set in spring of 2009, just a few month before our wedding on the seashore.  I give to you my inner monologue: “Invitations: they can’t be that difficult to do yourself.  Plenty of budget-savvy brides design and print their own invitations {read more…}

7 Tips for Finding A Wedding Venue

7 Tips for Finding the Best Wedding Venue for YOU!

Welcome to Part 3 of Our DIY Wedding series.  To start at the beginning, click here. Today, we’re going to be talking about that oh-so-fun process of hunting down a wedding venue.  Now, I’m going to tell you right off the bat that there’s no “perfect” wedding venue.  We ended up having our wedding at a very different venue than any of us first imagined, but it ended up being even better than our plan {read more…}

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogger’s Block

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogger's Block by The Thinking Closet

Hi, friends!  This post is coming at you live from Hot-lanta, Georgia where I am attending Haven, my first ever blog conference! Wow, wow, wow.  I already have so much to tell you, and so far, we’ve only had registration, a cocktail party, and dinner…but it is truly incredible to connect with so many fantastic d.i.y. bloggers in one place.  In fact, it’s kind of surreal meeting people whose face you know so well from {read more…}

Operation Organization with Rubbermaid All Access Bins

Custom Vinyl Labels using a Silhouette | The Thinking Closet

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Home Depot & Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #AllAccessOrganizers For months now, I’ve been ignoring the mess in our hall closet.  I suppose it felt low on the totem poll of priorities when there were so many fun crafty projects calling my name, and I think that deep down, I had this hope that one {read more…}

The Friday Five: Sharks vs. Sting Ray


It’s Friday morning, 8 a.m. eastern, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for The Friday Five!  And that bears celebrating (pun intended): As you may have seen on Instagram, I got to spend last weekend at the Jersey Shore for a little anniversary celebration with Mark and quality time with family and friends.  We’ve enjoyed summer vacations there for as long as I can remember…and as you may have picked up from my {read more…}

Planning a Wedding Before There Was Pinterest

Planning a Wedding Before There Was Pinterest by The Thinking Closet

Welcome to Part 1 of my D.I.Y. Wedding series! If you missed my anniversary post and intro to this series, click here. I remember when there was an art to making a mix tape, carefully timing the recordings around the babbling voice of the radio D.J. I remember when you couldn’t be on the Internet and the house phone at the same time…and the Internet made robot noises. I remember when you had to memorize {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 Get a Second Wind Out of Your Gel Manicure & Silhouette Winner!

How to Get a Second Wind out of your Gel Manicure by The Thinking Closet

Greetings, dear readers!  I hope your weekend was as grand as Texas. Well, before I dive into sharing a whole new category of D.I.Y. never before explored here at The Thinking Closet (cough…nail art!), we have a Silhouette winner to announce.  Thanks to each and everyone of you who entered this month’s giveaway.  With a trip out of town last week with very little internet access, I was unable to respond to all of your {read more…}

Pinterest Tested & Approved: Fourth of July

Fourth of July - Pinterest Tested & Approved! By The Thinking Closet

I can almost see the fireworks in the sky and smell burgers on the grill.  You know what that means: the Fourth of July is almost here!  So, I thought I’d share two different ideas for what you might bring to your family get-togethers and BBQs.  Last July, I found both of these ideas on Pinterest and decided to put them to the test.  (SPOILER ALERT: They both pass the test and receive the official {read more…}