the thinking closet Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:40:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “You Make Beautiful Things Out of the Dust” Mirror Decal & Silhouette Promo Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:15:24 +0000 One of the wonderful things about living in Orlando, Florida is that our guest room actually serves its intended purpose and isn’t just a “catch-all” for junk like our former guest room was. We have friends and family passing through Orlando quite frequently these days: some to visit Mickey, others in town for conferences, and most just to escape the frigid winters up north. Regardless, we love the opportunity to host, and we’ve been slowly but surely working on making {read more...} ]]> 6 Exciting eBook Updates & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:00:15 +0000 So, I pretty much had a permanent grin slapped on my silly ‘ole face starting last Friday and lasting an entire week thanks to you rascals and the barrage of love you poured on me through your Second Blogiversary comments.  Seriously, y’all are too much! I wish I could give each and every one of you a gorilla hug and then secretly leave a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies on your doorstep to surprise you when you get home.  In this {read more...} ]]> 16 Second Blogiversary Giveaway: 10 Prizes for 10 Winners! Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:29:26 +0000 Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!  Today is totally tubular because it marks my Second Blogiversary.  That’s right: the Thinking Closet’s turning TWO!  {Whoo hoo!} Way Back When… Two years ago, on an ordinary Thursday, I created a WordPress account, picked a blog theme by the name of Splendio, and published my first post: The Namesake where I told the story behind the original “Thinking Closet” of my youth. In fact, let’s take a jaunt back in time for a {read more...} ]]> 171 100 Projects to Usher in the Fall! Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:00:01 +0000 I don’t know about you, but we Floridians are sooooo ready for fall!  Things have been roasty-toasty in these parts since early May, and while the thermometer doesn’t seem to be letting up, I figure I’ll do my part to usher in the fall indoors, hoping that maybe our outdoors will catch a hint! Well, considering my enthusiasm about the new season, you can imagine how excited I was when Corey and Chelsea invited me to be a part {read more...} ]]> 23 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...} ]]> 10 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...} ]]> 4 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...} ]]> 3 “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...} ]]> 9 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...} ]]> 9