the thinking closet Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:45:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Winter & Spring 2015 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:45:04 +0000 Happy weekend, friends.  And better yet, happy summer! You know what that means… school’s out… …the grills are heating up… …and in between those thrilling summer thunderstorms… …the beach is calling your name! Well, when the seasons change, I like to do a little event here at The Thinking Closet called The Reader Showcase.  What’s itRead more]]> 4 How to Build a Loyal Blog Following Through Storytelling & A Giveaway Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:10:54 +0000 In kindergarten, my friends and I would crouch down on the big black rocks and dedicate our recess hour to scraping the shiny mica with our fingernails.  It came off in small, thin sheets that we collected in our jacket pockets.  To the teacher looking on, we were just kids being kids.  That mica wasn’t worthRead more]]> 124 DIY Burlap Chair Signs for the Bride & Groom Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:00:09 +0000 “Oh they say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life!” My dear younger sister Lisbeth is getting married this June.  And it only feels fitting to be humming along to a song from one of our favorite movie musicals, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as I work on some of her receptionRead more]]> 25 “Should It Stay or Should It Go?” | A Decor Date Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:06 +0000 Here’s a new first: This past Tuesday, Mark and I planned a date to discuss decor. Yes, you read that correctly: my dear hubby and I dedicated an entire hour to assessing each furniture item and accent piece in our living room and kitchen area, asking ourselves, “Should it stay or should it go?” And yes,Read more]]> 13 Our Cash Budget Envelope System: 3 Month Update! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:22 +0000 They say it takes 90 days to form a new habit. Well, I’m proud to say that as of this May, Mark and I reached 90 days of using our new Cash Budget Envelope System.  And we are still goin’ strong, people! Now, paying for our unfixed expenses with cash instead of plastic hasn’t been easy breezy.  We’veRead more]]> 14 The Art of the Etched Casserole Dish: Your Questions Answered! Mon, 11 May 2015 14:00:03 +0000 I’m giddy as a pig in mud when a project creates such a buzz, that it merits a follow-up post. Ever since first publishing my Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware Tutorial, I’ve encountered a slew of “frequently asked questions” about it.  I think that the strong chemicals and rubber gloves amp up the intimidation factor.  It kind of feels like you’re doing aRead more]]> 5 50 Do-Able DIY Photo Backdrops Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:04:13 +0000 There’s a myth about blog photos – – those bright, crisp images on non-distracting backgrounds (you know the ones). The myth goes that those blog photos are shot in professional studios with expensive lighting equipment and fancy backdrops.  Oh, and the bloggers behind the cameras have about 20 different lenses to choose from for different effects and compositions.Read more]]> 18 DIY Coastal Wood Plank Photo Backdrop Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:00:58 +0000 If you enjoy learning what goes on behind the scenes for a blogger or shop owner, you are in for a treat today! Because I’m going to show you what my new-and-improved photo shoots actually look like. {SPOILER ALERT: they involve two DIY pallets of white planked wood, and you’re gonna get the full run-down for how to makeRead more]]> 21 Permission Pages: A Perfectionist’s Approach to the Journaling Bible Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:08:16 +0000 I’m not perfect.  But sometimes I try to be. And that is one futile battle.  Salvador Dali said it best: Have no fear of perfection.  You’ll never reach it. Yet even though I know that in my head, oftentimes my actions and heart-attitude reflect otherwise. And perfectionism can be paralyzing, lemmetellya. It can stifle creativity.  Confuse our motives.Read more]]> 7 Welcome to My Journaling Bible: heART in the margins Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:08:25 +0000 There’s an artistic movement sweeping the margins of Bibles everywhere.  And I’m joining in. Honesty Moment Now, before we go any further, I wanted to acknowledge that some of you may find the Bible offensive.  Or maybe you have an aversion to it for whatever reason.  Or maybe you want to get into reading it, but it’sRead more]]> 56