the thinking closet Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:38:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FREE Printable Pack: 12 Months of Pre-Planned Dates, Version 2.0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Some gifts are so much fun to give…they deserve to be given again.  And again.  To all of your loved ones.  And all of your loved ones’ loved ones. That’s how I feel about the 12 Months of Pre-Planned Dates Mini-Book. It started as a Christmas gift for Mark last year…. …and then grew to become my most popular freebie by a landslide with over 10,000 downloads (gulp!). Here are just a few of your creative renditions that {read more...} ]]> 3 The Grand Reveal of my eBook Title, Cover, & Launch Date! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:27:19 +0000 G’day, mateys!  And a very good day it is.  I am biting my nails at a higher rate than usual because of some very exciting eBook updates I get to spill today. As most of you know, one of my biggest bloggy dreams for this year was to write and publish my first eBook.  And after loads of brainstorming, I settled on the topic of gift-giving, and have spent the past few months doing research, writing rough drafts, and {read more...} ]]> 26 20 Punny Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:00:41 +0000 So, in 2012, I created my round-up of 20 Punny Halloween Costume Ideas…not knowing how many other pun-lovers there were out there.  But y’all came out of the woodwork! And with your pun-tastic reaction to that post, I just had to follow it up with 20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas last year.  And you all ate that up like Garfield eats lasagna. So, I’m back this year with more sweet puns, but keep it interesting, I decided {read more...} ]]> 7 Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Tutorial Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:00:43 +0000 First, there were The Black Eyed Ps. Then, there was When Life Gives You Lemons….  And his friend, Blessing in Disguise. No, I’m not talking about chart-topping hip hop groups or cliché phrases!  I’m talking about our punny Halloween costumes from the last two years, which you may recall. Of course, the word-play tradition just had to continue, and I’m ecstatic to reveal this year’s punny Halloween costume to you today…and it’s just as groan-worthy as its predecessors! Are {read more...} ]]> 29 Fall Cleaning Before & After Videos with RYOBI’s “Miracle Maker” Pressure Washer Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:27:52 +0000 One of the many “perks” to living in the most humid state in the union is that our backyard possesses magical powers to transform into a jungle almost overnight.  In fact, by the end of the rain-soaked summer, a thick layer of dirt, grime, and mold had grown onto our dock, pavers, and fence…blanketing everything in gray.  Well, that’s no way to start the fall! We knew we needed a little more power than old-fashioned elbow grease could offer to clean {read more...} ]]> 17 30 D.I.Y. Coaster Gifts Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:02:47 +0000 Balance has been my word of the year this year.  And in the words of Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, “How do we keep our balance?  That I can tell you in one word: tradition!” The last two Novembers, I’ve made it a tradition to make a few sets of D.I.Y. coasters: a set to keep, and the rest to give away as gifts! In 2012, I discovered how to get my hands on free {read more...} ]]> 21 Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Summer 2014 Sat, 04 Oct 2014 10:02:32 +0000 First, I’m just bursting at the seams to share a piece of exciting news with you all: Wednesday was a big day for me because…I finished the first draft of my eBook!  {Squeal.} There are still many miles to go before I sleep and heaps of behind the scenes work that needs to happen in order to hit a November launch date, but I feel I have summited the highest mountain in the journey.  And I couldn’t have done {read more...} ]]> 9 DIY “Give Thanks” Fall Sign Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:00:10 +0000 The other day, my MIL and I were talking about how many fantastic friendships I’ve made as a result of blogging.  And it’s true!  Blogging has put me in direct contact with so many women whose interests align with mine…it’s almost like meeting dozens of long-lost twins all around the world!  One of those long-lost twins is Courtney.  She shares in my love of Silhouette creations as well as coastal decor.  Plus, in the dictionary, {read more...} ]]> 12 The Beginner’s Guide to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:57:42 +0000 You’ve heard of the five stages of grief, right?  Well, have you heard of the five stages of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®?  No?  Well, let me enlighten you…. (Perhaps this experience will ring true for some of you.) STAGE #1: Intrigue: “A paint that requires no stripping, sanding, or priming?  Tell me more!” STAGE #2: Intimidation: “Oh wait – - I have to seal it with wax?  Then buff it?  That sounds scary!  I don’t think {read more...} ]]> 65 10 Inspiring D.I.Y. Jewelry Displays Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:00:47 +0000 Somedays I wish the internet never existed…and that we could go back to a simpler time when we looked up books in card catalogs and found our way using paper maps.  But then I remember that if it weren’t for the internet, I would have never met my kindred spirit who lives and blogs over in Germany.  She sends me real mail, necklaces made from twisted wire, and lets me ramble on her blog sometimes.  Now, it’s my {read more...} ]]> 11