the thinking closet Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:09:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thrifty Upcycled Nautical Serving Set Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:48 +0000 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...} ]]> 10 The Actor’s Survival Kit & Silhouette Promotion Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:03:41 +0000 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...} ]]> 10 Souvenir Seashell Paperclips Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:34 +0000 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...} ]]> 3 My Haven Business Card SWAG: Temporary Tattoos! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:05:04 +0000 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...} ]]> 19 Desk Styling 101: Say Goodbye to Styling Anxiety Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00:44 +0000 Hand me a paint brush, and I’ll paint until the cows come home.  Give me a stencil, and I won’t bat an eye.  But mention the word “styling,” and I immediately break out into cold sweats, my mouth dries up like the Sahara Desert, and I start to feel all verklempt.  (Talk amongst yourselves!)   Am I striking a chord of resonance with any of you? Well, lo and behold, I not only survived the process of “styling” {read more...} ]]> 11 Adding Scallop Stencil Details to a Roll-Top Desk Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:19:11 +0000 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...} ]]> 15 10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:05:43 +0000 First things first, a ginormous thank you for all of the kind and generous words everyone shared over our Roll-Top Desk Makeover.  It definitely made it worth the countless hours of painting, painting, and more painting.  I think my favorite comment of the day on Tuesday was Melissa’s because it made me laugh (and I love to laugh): You have no idea how much joy it brings me to know that the term “mullet desk” has officially been coined.  And {read more...} ]]> 4 Roll-Top Desk Makeover: Business on the Outside, Party on the Inside! Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:00:01 +0000 How’s this for an analogy?  I believe I have created the mullet haircut of furniture transformations. Now, hear me out: what sets a mullet apart is its element of surprise, right?  “Business in the front, party in the back,” as the saying goes. And similarly, with my new and improved roll-top desk, we’ve got business on the outside, party on the inside! Want to know how this beachy keen wonder came to be?  Well, who {read more...} ]]> 49 Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Spring 2014 Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:35:54 +0000 As we enter into this summer season with its lingering light… …and road trips… …beach days… …and bonfire nights… …it’s a most fitting time for some reflection.  And I’m not talking about personal reflection…but reader reflection.  My, my, my…you all have been quite the busy bees this past spring! So, it brings me great pleasure to turn the spotlight on you today dear reader and showcase your creative projects!  Consider it a virtual fist bump, Cory and Shawn style. And {read more...} ]]> 6 Personalized Milk Bottles & Silhouette Promotion! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:05 +0000 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...} ]]> 10