the thinking closet Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Creative Ways to Use Contact Paper Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:00:10 +0000 Do you ever hap upon a blog where every – single – project just blows you away?  And you think, “There’s no way this person can be human!  It’s just TOO creative!” And then, you have the rare and distinct privilege of getting to meet this person, and you learn that not only are they human, but they’re as down to earth as you had dreamed.  And they just exude joy.  Well, this hypothetical situation is my reality. {read more...} ]]> 7 D.I.Y. Mini-Pallet Fridge Organizers Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:23 +0000 Some people pour their heart into every single word they write, so that by the time you reach the signature on the first correspondence you’ve ever shared, you’re old friends. Stef is one of those people. And I know she is going to work her way into your heart, too, especially when you get hit with her out-of-the-box creativity today! The Space Jam soundtrack said it best: “Y’all ready for this?” *                 {read more...} ]]> 3 Throwback Puffy Paint Pillow Covers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:25 +0000 Friends, Romans, countrymen (and women).  Lend me your ears!  It is only befitting to start this introduction with the words of Shakespeare because the wonderful lady you are about to meet is not only a fellow English major…but she also possesses a bust of The Bard, which earns her ultimate cool points in my book.  Oh, and she happens to be one of my dearest bloggy pals of Haven 2013 & 2014 fame.  Alas, I have {read more...} ]]> 0 “Keep Calm” T-Shirt Gift for Teachers with FREE Cut File Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:29:28 +0000 Apparently, lending out pencils as a teacher is akin to giving them away.  Because the second one of my students left the threshold of my classroom with a pencil in hand, I was essentially saying farewell to that writing utensil forever.  Au revoir.  Adios.  Have a nice life.  Teachers in the house, can I witness? When I taught freshman English in Ohio, the disappearing-pencil-problem was a serious one.  Initially, I refused to lend out pencils and {read more...} ]]> 4 Scarf Week Recap, Giveaway Winners, & My Epic Scarf Fail Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:40:26 +0000 Well friends, here we are at the grand finale of Scarf Week!  Thanks to each of you who came along for the ride.  It has been a killer week! (yuk yuk.)  I’ve been amazed by the incredible reception we’ve received through comments on our blogs and across social media, which makes me think that Scarf Week just might have to become an annual event.  The timing is just too perfect as we prepare for the onset of fall; {read more...} ]]> 7 “Sew Easy” Turban Headband: Video Tutorial Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:06:28 +0000 Welcome back to Scarf Week!  Can you believe we’re on our final day of tutorials?  Me neither!  What a fun and wild ride it has been. Welp, we’re changing things up today, friends.  Yes, we are!  After three no-sew scarves (1, 2, 3), I decided to throw in one with some sewing…but don’t get all verklempt!  It’s a fantastic project for beginners (like myself!) since it involves just three straight-ish stitches. In fact, I’d go so {read more...} ]]> 8 Stamped “Word Search” Scarf: Video Tutorial Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:16:25 +0000 Of the four scarf tutorials I’m sharing during Scarf Week this week, this one started in a completely different part of my brain than it ended up (ah, the creative process…).  Does that happen to you, too?  But the scarf I ended up creating was far better and far more meaningful than any of my initial ideas.  And it allowed me to shower some belated anniversary love upon my hubby because this scarf was stamped just for him.  (Awwwwww.) I {read more...} ]]> 6 15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:00:10 +0000 Well, I’m on a kick with the infinity t-shirt scarves, it seems…because this is my second one in two days.  I guess I’m just too lazy to make a craft store run when I can just raid my closet for supplies. Have t-shirt?  Will-upcycle-it-into-a-scarf.  A No-Sew T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf…to be exact. Oh, and you know how involved my craft projects usually are?  Well, I’m going to blow your minds, friends, because this one only {read more...} ]]> 8 Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:46:58 +0000 Did you catch the grand announcement yesterday?  It’s not only Shark Week in TV-land, but it’s Scarf Week in blogland!  Myself and three of my favorite bloggers are going to each be sharing a scarf tutorial a day for the next four days.  So, if you do the math, that’s 16 inspirational projects.  Go big or go home, right? Today kicks off the first of my four scarf tutorials, and I am as giddy as a schoolgirl over how it turned {read more...} ]]> 16 Scarf Week Kick-Off, Link Party, & Giveaway! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:00:54 +0000 Today marks the start of Shark Week, that epic week that only comes once a year when The Discovery Channel terrifies us to our heart’s content with non-stop shark footage.  We can’t bear to look…and yet we can’t bear to look away either.  We go to bed each night with the soundtrack to Jaws playing in our heads…. You Thinking Closet regulars know that I’m a sucker for puns, and so when the words “Scarf Week” popped into my {read more...} ]]> 11