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Let's connect!  (Over virtual coffee perhaps?)

Let’s connect! (Over virtual coffee perhaps?)

Lovely comments so far...

    • says

      Yay! I’m thrilled that you want to join us in the Silhouette Challenge; look out for an email from me with more deets. Now, I’m going to head over to your blog to check out your recent projects. I’m still learning the ropes, so I’m sure I could learn a lot from you. Thanks for dropping by!

  1. Pop pop and Mor mor says

    We’re impressed with the new location, layout and artistry of “The Thinking Closet.” Congratulations. Each project
    seems to say “look at me.”

    • says

      Thanks Mor Mor and Pop Pop! And I love your personification of my posts. They are scrambling for our attention, aren’t they? Ha ha! Thank you both for following along in my adventures in blogging and for being such a source of inspiration for me!

  2. Magda Kratynska says

    Hi. I love the new look of your blog. I’m thinking about starting a blog but I’m not brave enough. Not yet :)
    I’m looking forward to your new posts and projects. Good luck and take care :) x

    • says

      It does take bravery to put yourself out there for the whole world wide web to see…but I’ve found it extremely life-giving. May I ask, Magda, what kind of blog you are thinking about starting? Would it be a d.i.y. blog with projects or more of a lifestyle blog?

      Thanks for the well wishes!

      • Magda Kratynska says

        I would love to start crafty blog- a bit of DIY, maybe crochet – but I can’t find time for this.
        I’m addicted to Pinterest :)
        I’ve got two daughters Melissa 3yrs old and Erin 10 mths old. They do keep me busy.

        • says

          What I would recommend if you’re considering starting a blog, but not 100% sure you have the time for it is to write a few posts just in Microsoft Word or even on paper. Take photos. Do it all like you have an audience. After you build up 5 posts or so, re-evaluate to see if you think you’d ever like to make these posts public or if you have the time for it. If so, you’ll have 5 solid posts built up as a great starting point. That’s my two cents. I’m sure a 3-year-old and 10-month-old keep you occupied, though! Best of luck.

  3. says

    Hi Lauren,
    I’m super happy as I’m writing this e-mail to you because I made hubby watched your ‘All I want for Christmas Cameo’ video days ago and that same evening, I opened the ‘Michaels Store’ flyer and there it was, for the first time they had a ‘Silhouette Cameo machine’ available in our area. I was jumping because I was too excited. Hubby surprised me with my own days ago.
    I wanted to let you know about this Lauren because you know how much I love all your projects and I’m always excited when I see one of your Silhouette projects pop in my inbox.
    Thanks to your lovely and funny video I was able to convince hubby of how much I really wanted my own for Christmas. Well, Christmas came early this year for me and I’m happy to be sharing this with you :-)
    Thanks again friend for inspiring me with everything you do in your blog

  4. Johnnie Hoffman says

    I like your tin can (hole punched) luminary. What I need to know is: Instead of putting a Christmas tree light in the drilled hole, could I leave the bottom solid and just place a tea size candle in it without the paint blistering on the inside and outside.
    Thanks for your prompt reply.

    • says

      Oh yes, you’d have no problem at all placing a tea-light inside! Those don’t get very hot at all, so I don’t anticipate any blistering. In fact, I’m kicking myself for not thinking of that idea! 😉 Do send me a photo of your ornament if you give it a whirl. I’d love to see it!

  5. Mary Lucero says

    Okay Lauren, you are too precious Girl! I was looking at a pallet project you posted on Pintrest and it brought me here. I love that you’re a fellow Starbucks Chai lover and that you have a favorite scripture! Your blog so made me smile today! Keep it going! I plan on visiting often!!

  6. Maureen the Budget Queen says

    I found your site via a pin for organizing fabric and I am in love. Love the idea of the filing cabinet!! I moved in August and have been setting up my sewing area since September. Suddenly mid-Sept I fell and broke my leg. Never enough to hold a creative mind still for long. I had purchased hutches to hold my fabric and wanted the shabby chic look for my sewing area. so I painted (chalk paint-my new best friend and homemade of course) painting the inside of hutches white and cream to display fabric and sewing related items inside. Revived my very old ugly but nostalgic sewing desk, hubbys grandma made for herself and I bought it at estate sale, I painted it in cream chalk paint, did faux leather (ie paperbag top) and decoupaged a vintage scrapbook print on the drawers, with knobs that spell sew and the others with buttons, I am putting the finishing touches on now. ie varnish top and put knobs back on. ve been sewing for 35 years now and have hoards of fabric, I (sigh) did let go of some on the move. But am determined to no longer use cardboard boxes and am fed up with totes and have to dig for pieces. the filign cabinet is awesome. I already have a pattern filing cabinet from a fabric store when they remodeled. Now I am going to hunt for a large tall filing cabinet for the fabric pieces. I will keep large ones, ie quilt backings, draperies, coat fabrics in totes or bottom of hutch but love this filing cabinet idea. I am going to follow your blog as I have been at your site for more than a hour now, my mocha has gone cold and I must get to work organizing. thank you so much, will send you pictures when I am done.

    • says

      Maureen the Budget Queen! What an awesome title! And I love how much we share in common between our love of Chalk Paint and fabric organization. Sounds like you have a great plan for getting your fabric filed. I will look forward to that pic when you’re done! Cheers!

  7. Tori Dawn says

    Hi Lauren! I’m wondering if I have to use Annie Sloan paint? I had already bought a different brand of chalk paint before I saw your awesome blog… and now I want know if I can still follow the same steps on how to use chalk paint that I found on your blog? I want to use up the paint I already have.
    By the way, you have a really amazing blog! I’m so glad I found it!

  8. barb. says

    Just found you – wow! Am interested in doing a bedroom framed art of sheep (as in counting sheep) that uses paint chips in an ombre mode. Can you point me in the right direction for dimensions, etc. Many thanks – and if you dont have this info available, that’s fine too!

    • says

      Sadly, I’m not quite sure what the dimensions would be. I’m guessing it all depends on what size frame you want to use. The project sounds fun, though! I’d just go to your nearest hardware store and start collecting paint chips in the colors you’re hoping to ombre. And definitely search Pinterest – – there’s loads of inspiration to be found. Best of luck, Barb!

  9. says

    Hi Lauren! Just found your site after someone pointed me towards it and I have to as i LOVE your work!! I just purchased a Silhouette Portrait so am excited to get going with it and your works have been very inspiring to get creating myself! I look forward to keeping track with you – thanks for sharing your blog and ideas, truly exciting!

    Sheridan (Surrey, UK)

  10. Barbara says

    Hi Lauren,

    Welcome to Florida! I’m also an ex-New Yorker, which will always be home! I live in Oviedo!

    It’s around the corner from Orlando. Just stopped by to say Hi…

    I LOVE your blog, I’ll be following you!

    Warm Regards…Barbara

    • says

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Barbara! We are not far from each other at all! Thanks for the warm words and for following along with my crazy adventures here. Happy to have you along for the ride! Hugs.

  11. Danielle says

    I just wanted to give a shout out to you, Lauren! I read your Bible Journaling post and went CRAZY for it! All of my supplies finally arrived last night and I went straight to work. I’ve been trying to find a way to get back into reading the bible and really delving into the stripture… plus, I love to doodle :) This just seemed like a *win*win*win*!

    Thank you for your amazing creativity & sharing it with the communtiy!

    • says

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Danielle. Bible journaling has been such a spiritually enriching and creativity awakening experience for me these past several months…and I trust the same will be true for you! Enjoy!

  12. Hector says

    Hello mam,

    I bought the Portrait for my kids 12 and 9 years old last Christmas. I wanted for them to create small wood pieces with inspirational messages and scripture to share with family members. But we don’t know where to start. Do you know where we could find basic tutorials on how to create ‘just’ font/letter messages to use chalk style paint on wood? Thank you!!!


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