the thinking closet Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:43:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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]]> 13 10 Inspiring Instagramers to Spark Your Creativity Sat, 14 Mar 2015 02:23:15 +0000 Okay, this post is totally impromptu (literally, just decided this afternoon to write it), but I’ve got a burst of energy thanks to my signature Starbucks drink and a fresh new haircut, so I’m riding this wave of spontaneous inspiration! Let’s Talk Instagram I’ve always enjoyed Instagram.  But the past month that enjoyment has transformed into a slightRead more]]> 4 Bride and Groom Baseball Shirts with FREE Cut File Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:00:42 +0000 The engagement. I had an inkling of an idea that it might happen this Christmas.  And on that inkling, I fired up *the ‘ole Silhouette machine and set to work to make some Bride & Groom gear for my lil’ sis and her beau. My inspiration?  Baseball t-shirts.  Because that’s the thing about marriage.  Together,Read more]]> 10 Fancy Dancy Mason Jar Upcycle Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:00:53 +0000 Welcome to Swap It Like It’s Hot!  (More formally known as the Flea Market Swap.) The Gist Lauren (ahem…that’s me) goes thrifting for treasures with potential.  Treasures to be given a fresh coat of paint or disassembled and reimagined into something completely new. She can spend $10 max. Then, she packages up said treasures and sendsRead more]]> 14 1980s Fashion Plate Greeting Cards: FREE Printable Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:09:54 +0000 First, a little poem to set the stage.  Feel free to lower the lights, put on your beatnik cap, and get your snaps ready. I am from Annie and Peter Pan on the old record player, which skipped every time we went “flying.” From homemade scrunchies and wrist-bruising slap-on bracelets. I am from open upstairs windows on hot summer nightsRead more]]> 12 Five Minute Friday: Opening Up to the Here & Now Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:35 +0000 Usually when I see the one-word prompt for Five Minute Friday, a specific story will flash to mind, and I’ll know exactly where to begin when the timer starts. But not today. No, when I saw the word “when“ as the topic on which to write this week, absolutely nothing came to mind.  No story.  No vision.  No ideas.Read more]]> 10 30 MORE Last Minute DIY Gifts for Your Valentine Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:00:24 +0000 I’m not a procrastinator.  I just work well under pressure.  At least that’s how I’m choosing to see it!  {Smile.} The tick of the clock, the quickened beat of my heart, the rattle of the impending deadline like a freight train charging down the track…they have been the soundtrack to some of my very best gift-giving. Because while last-minuteRead more]]> 11 My One Word for 2015 Sun, 08 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 For the last two years, I’ve chosen one word for the year.  One word to inspire my dreams and help focus my goals.  One word to help me see the bigger picture.  One word to give a name to the tugging on my heart. Though the truth of the matter is that I don’t really chooseRead more]]> 21 “What I Love About You from A to Z” Mini-Book Gift Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:10:47 +0000 So, I’m sort of a gift fanatic–we’ve established that fact–and some of my favorite gifts are the ones that just keep going and going (insert token Energizer bunny reference here). And going.  …  For instance: Why give the gift of one date night when you can plan out 12 Months of Dates? Why give one birthday gift when youRead more]]> 12 Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Fall 2014 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:34 +0000 Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock… …and we underwent a season change from fall to winter over a month ago.  Of course, can you blame me for being out of touch when we’ve had shorts weather recently?  (Northerners, please don’t send me hate mail.  Instead, come and visit sunny Florida!) That said, I’m lonnnnng overdue for ourRead more]]> 8