Scarf Week Recap, Giveaway Winners, & My Epic Scarf Fail

Scarf Week 2014! 16 Scarf Tutorials in one week from 4 different bloggers...what a ride!

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; and well...the Shark Week pun is just too fun to retire just yet. So, save the Read more

“Sew Easy” Turban Headband: Video Tutorial

"Sew Easy" Turban Headband: This video tutorial walks you through every step, making it a fun and easy beginner sewist project! Love how versatile these headbands are...and what great gifts they'd make!

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 far as to say that it is "sew easy."  (I know, I know.  So Read more

Stamped “Word Search” Scarf: Video Tutorial

With a stamped "Word Search" scarf or bandana, you can create a gift of great significance for any person of any age In this video tutorial, learn how to transform any acrylic paint into fabric paint; and pick up a handy dandy method for stamping straight(ish) lines on a square scarf. Happy Scarf Week!

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 give to you, my Stamped "Word Search" Read more

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

15 Minute T-Shirt Yarn Infinity Scarf. Upcycle an old t-shirt into a chic infinity scarf. The video tutorial will walk you through every step in the process. This is one of those rare projects that really only takes 15 minutes. On your first try!

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 took me 15 minutes.  I repeat: 15 minutes!  I almost Read more

Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf: Video Tutorial

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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 out.  I give to you the... Tie-Dye Infinity Scarf Not only is Read more

Scarf Week Kick-Off, Link Party, & Giveaway!

Welcome to Scarf Week!

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 head a few months back, I knew I had to take the idea and run with Read more

Remember That Time I Wrote My Entire Haven Recap in Haiku?

My Haven Conference Recap {entirely written in haiku}...because why not? Let me entertain you, as I share about my "sophomore summer" at Haven in Hotlanta!

I love poetry-- how it gives freedom in form. So, here's my wild plan: I'll write in haiku {syllables five - seven - five, rarely any rhymes} to recap my trip to Haven Blog Conference three short weeks ago. 'Twill be a challenge, no doubt. I'm a wordy gal; be sure to keep count! Flashback This story begins in August 20-13. 'Twas my first Haven. I was like a pig wallering around in mud, soaking it all up: The sessions wowed me; inspiration out my ears! And that's Read more

10 Lessons I Learned from Planning My Own Wedding

10 Lessons I Learned From Planning My Own Wedding. Hindsight is 20/20, right? So, if you can learn from my mistakes and takeaway from my tips, my hope is that you'll be able to truly enjoy the planning process and remember with fondness your special day.

Today marks a year and 12 days since I first kicked off Our DIY Wedding Series. We've already established that I'm a perfectionist...and of course, I had initially planned to share this grand finale post on our five-year-wedding anniversary 12 days ago on July 18th.  But when you're in the midst of directing a musical about grace, it turns out you're more likely to give yourself grace.  And so I did.  And here we are.  One year and 12 days from the series start. You all have made fantastic Read more

Table Transformation with Custom Blue Chalk Paint

Custom Blue Chalk Paint Table

I have a very special gal to introduce to you all today.  Ever since our first email correspondence, I felt like we had been friends since girl-hood.  Bre is the queen of furniture transformations, and guess what?  She has an outrageously awesome one to share with you all today involving Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  After this inspiring post, working with chalk paint is first on my TO DIY list!  Take it away, Bre.... *                    *                    *                    * Hi everyone! Read more

Thrifty Upcycled Nautical Serving Set

Nautical Serving Set

The nautical crafting continues today with the fabulous Katie.  She has a knack for transforming thrifted items and hardware store purchases into chic home decor and serving-ware.  In fact, I can almost guarantee you are going to want to throw a summer shin-dig after checking out the fun project she has to share with you all today.  The closet floor is yours, Katie! *                    *                    *                    * Hello Thinking Closet Readers! It's Katie, and I blog over at Read more

The Actor’s Survival Kit & Silhouette Promotion

The Actor's Survival Kit: A fun idea for an opening night gift that is both thoughtful and practical! The actors will be bound to break a leg or two.

Another op'nin', another show In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo', A chance for stage folks to say hello, Another op'nin' of another show. --"Another Op'nin', Another Show" from Kiss Me Kate Perhaps the only thing that thrills me more than feeling the stage lights hot on my face as I bring a character to life before a live audience...is directing a show in which my actors feel the stage lights hot on their faces as they bring their characters to life before a live audience. As director, I Read more

Souvenir Seashell Paperclips

Souvenir Seashell Paperclips

If you didn't already know, in my other life, I'm a theatre director, and right now we're in the throes of performances.  So, over the next week, you'll be introduced to three fabulous bloggers with three fabulous projects to share with you.  I'm delighted to introduce you to the first in the bunch, Emily!  She hit the paperclip on the head with this craft.  Let's give her a warm Thinking Closet welcome! *                    *                    *                    * Hey there readers Read more

My Haven Business Card SWAG: Temporary Tattoos!

DIY Temporary Tattoos! Such a fun addition to business cards, especially for crafters and DIYers. Tutorial includes FREE cut files!

G'day mates!  Just got back from my sophomore year at Haven Blog Conference in Atlanta, and boy did I have fun!  The kind of fun that plum tuckered me out (I actually went to bed last night before the sun went down, which is a rarity for this night owl).  Looking forward to sharing a recap of my experience later in the week {UPDATE: it's HERE!}...but you're going to get a sneak peek at my business cards TO-DAY! Actually, my business cards themselves are the same as last year because I ordered Read more

Desk Styling 101: Say Goodbye to Styling Anxiety

Roll-Top Desk Makeover! Such a dramatic before & after. Amazing what fresh paint and a little vision can do!

Hand me a paint brush, and I'll paint until the cows come home.  Give me a stencil, and I won't bat an eye.  But mention the word "styling," and I immediately break out into cold sweats, my mouth dries up like the Sahara Desert, and I start to feel all verklempt.  (Talk amongst yourselves!)   Am I striking a chord of resonance with any of you? Well, lo and behold, I not only survived the process of "styling" our Roll-Top Desk, but I somehow managed to overcome some of my anxiety about it Read more

Adding Scallop Stencil Details to a Roll-Top Desk

And such a simple way to dramatically transform furniture!

Now, everybody knows... If there's something strange in your neighborhood Who you gonna call?  Ghostbusters! But did you also know that... If you're stenciling on your Roll-Top Desk Who you gonna call?  Royal Design Studio! And call them I did!  And it's because I knew their stencils are la crème de la crème. You see, I've had the opportunity to work with Royal Design Studio stencils twice in the past: first at their booth at Haven Blog Conference last summer, and second during the Read more

10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

10 Tips for Painting Furniture with Latex Paint. This is a great guide for beginners...with clever tips for all mediums of paint!

First things first, a ginormous thank you for all of the kind and generous words everyone shared over our Roll-Top Desk Makeover.  It definitely made it worth the countless hours of painting, painting, and more painting.  I think my favorite comment of the day on Tuesday was Melissa's because it made me laugh (and I love to laugh): You have no idea how much joy it brings me to know that the term "mullet desk" has officially been coined.  And now, having earned that accolade, I think I can Read more

Roll-Top Desk Makeover: Business on the Outside, Party on the Inside!

Roll Top Desk Makeover. The best part? The element of surprise on the inside of the drawers: gem turquoise!

How's this for an analogy?  I believe I have created the mullet haircut of furniture transformations. Now, hear me out: what sets a mullet apart is its element of surprise, right?  "Business in the front, party in the back," as the saying goes. And similarly, with my new and improved roll-top desk, we've got business on the outside, party on the inside! Want to know how this beachy keen wonder came to be?  Well, who am I kidding?  We all know, I'm going to tell the story no matter what Read more

Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Reader Showcase at The Thinking Closet. A quarterly series where we turn the spotlight on YOU, the reader, and the creative projects you've been churning out! Such a talented bunch....

As we enter into this summer season with its lingering light... ...and road trips... ...beach days... ...and bonfire nights... ...it's a most fitting time for some reflection.  And I'm not talking about personal reflection...but reader reflection.  My, my, my...you all have been quite the busy bees this past spring! So, it brings me great pleasure to turn the spotlight on you today dear reader and showcase your creative projects!  Consider it a virtual fist bump, Read more

Personalized Milk Bottles & Silhouette Promotion!

Personalized Plastic Milk Bottles: such a fun throw-back to the days of the vintage milk bottle. These would make such great shower gifts or hostess gifts (for the kids!). Super easy to customize, too!

Sigh....  I remember the good old days when we'd hear the clink of milk bottles arriving on the front doorstep.  The glass bottles would be icy to the touch.  For once, I actually wanted to drink my milk. No, I didn't grow up in the early 1900s.  When I was in middle school, my Mom signed up for a service that would deliver milk in glass bottles to our doorstep each week.  Like magic.  We'd leave the empty bottles in the same place from whence they came, and they'd be picked up by the same Read more

Our DIY Wedding Reception: A Party to Remember

Creative ideas for how to incorporate rip-roaring dancing, heartfelt moments, and handmade touches into your DIY wedding reception...to make it a party to remember!

Welcome to the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series.To start at the beginning, click here. It's July 18th, 2009.  The time: approximately 11:30 a.m.  Lauren and Mark have said their wedding vows, exchanged rings, and have been pronounced man and wife.  They scurry downstairs to dig their toes in the sand as their first act as a married couple.  Their photographer, Emily, follows close behind and captures these moments: the dip kiss under the boardwalk...standing on the Read more

One Change I Made That Is Bringing Me More Balance

One Change I Made That Is Bringing Me More Balance

I think it's easy for bloggers to come across as leading picture perfect lives, when that is so far from the truth.  In fact, the past 7 months have been more trying for me than I like to admit...even to myself. But today, I want to talk about it--about my struggle to achieve more balance in my life--and the small triumph I've experienced recently.  My hope is that my story might be an encouragement to you, dear reader. It all starts with my one word for 2014: B A L A N C E The Read more

Nautical Star Burlap Banner: Stencil Material Tutorial

Nautical Star Burlap Banner: love that this can be used for everyday decor as well as for the Fourth of July! Also, is it not amazing that you can cut stencil material with a Silhouette machine?! Game-changer!

I think one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a new home feel like your home is through hanging pictures and decorating bare walls.  Don't you?  Even just adding one piece onto a previously blank wall can infuse a space with so much warmth and life. And yet, I find that the initial excitement over decorated walls all too quickly wears off for me, and wall art can quickly become "white noise," fading into the background.  It's like I don't even see it anymore. {Does this happen to Read more

Our DIY Wedding Ceremony & The Art of Being Present

Our DIY Wedding Ceremony via thinkingcloset.com. Snapshots, music playlist, DIY wedding tips, and the art of being present. Great read for all brides-to-be!

Do you hear those wedding bells chime?  Here's the next installment in Our DIY Wedding series. To start at the beginning, click here. As Mark and I near our 5th wedding anniversary (coming this July!), I thought it was high time I picked back up with Our DIY Wedding series.  We're so close to the grand finale, after all!  To recap: We planned the wedding without Pinterest! We sent messages in bottles to our wedding party. We found a wedding venue on the beach (and with Read more

30 D.I.Y. Baby Onesies

Holy cuteness, Batman! This collection of 30 baby onesies is my one-stop-shop for inspiration! No more wracking my brain for shower gift ideas.

One of your 31 amazing questions for my Birthday Video this year was, "What is your favorite craft to do?"  And do you remember my answer? "Baby onesies!" Of course. You've seen a slew of them here on The Thinking Closet in the past, and you're about to see a whole bunch more. I've reached out to my friends over at The Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group I coordinate to give me their onesie best...and boy did they deliver. I've gathered up a collection of 30 fab-tastic baby Read more