the thinking closet Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our Cash Budget Envelope System: 3 Month Update! Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:22 +0000 They say it takes 90 days to form a new habit. Well, I’m proud to say that as of this May, Mark and I reached 90 days of using our new Cash Budget Envelope System.  And we are still goin’ strong, people! Now, paying for our unfixed expenses with cash instead of plastic hasn’t been easy breezy.  We’veRead more]]> 4 The Art of the Etched Casserole Dish: Your Questions Answered! Mon, 11 May 2015 14:00:03 +0000 I’m giddy as a pig in mud when a project creates such a buzz, that it merits a follow-up post. Ever since first publishing my Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware Tutorial, I’ve encountered a slew of “frequently asked questions” about it.  I think that the strong chemicals and rubber gloves amp up the intimidation factor.  It kind of feels like you’re doing aRead more]]> 5 50 Do-Able DIY Photo Backdrops Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:04:13 +0000 There’s a myth about blog photos – – those bright, crisp images on non-distracting backgrounds (you know the ones). The myth goes that those blog photos are shot in professional studios with expensive lighting equipment and fancy backdrops.  Oh, and the bloggers behind the cameras have about 20 different lenses to choose from for different effects and compositions.Read more]]> 11 DIY Coastal Wood Plank Photo Backdrop Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:00:58 +0000 If you enjoy learning what goes on behind the scenes for a blogger or shop owner, you are in for a treat today! Because I’m going to show you what my new-and-improved photo shoots actually look like. {SPOILER ALERT: they involve two DIY pallets of white planked wood, and you’re gonna get the full run-down for how to makeRead more]]> 21 Permission Pages: A Perfectionist’s Approach to the Journaling Bible Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:08:16 +0000 I’m not perfect.  But sometimes I try to be. And that is one futile battle.  Salvador Dali said it best: Have no fear of perfection.  You’ll never reach it. Yet even though I know that in my head, oftentimes my actions and heart-attitude reflect otherwise. And perfectionism can be paralyzing, lemmetellya. It can stifle creativity.  Confuse our motives.Read more]]> 7 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]]> 49 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]]> 14 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]]> 14 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]]> 16 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]]> 16