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 {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 {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 {read more…}

Dishwasher Magnets: FREE Cut File & Printable

Now, I will never mix up the clean and dirty dishes again! This tutorial includes both a Silhouette cut file and a FREE printable for those who want to cut out the magnets the old-fashioned way: with scissors! These would make great shower, housewarming, or hostess gifts!

Let me play out a little scenario of our dishwasher woes.  Perhaps you can relate? Person A sees the dishwasher is getting pretty full and decides to run it.  After its cycle, person A pops it open to grab a clean spoon.  The green “clean” light is deactivated. Hours later, person B finishes her bowl of ice cream and decides to be proactive and load it in the dishwasher.  Plus, she spies a few used cups {read more…}

Recycling Pallets into a Rustic Recycle Bin

Rustic Pallet Recycle Bin. Gotta love that the recycle bin itself is made from recycled materials! And it's actually big enough that it doesn't need to be emptied every other day. Such a great way to transform the recycle bin corner, so it's no longer an eye sore!

There’s one corner of our kitchen that has never ever been photographed to appear on the blog; not even close.  It’s the corner I always crop out of photos because…well…it’s the definition of a hot mess.  Or rather, it was the definition of a hot mess.  I give to you our recycle bin corner: before and after. Now, ain’t she a beaut?  Here’s the backstory on how our Rustic Pallet Recycle Bin came to be. Mark and I were {read more…}

Silhouette Giveaway & “The Breakfast Club” of Craft Supplies

Super sweet Silhouette Portrait Giveaway happening over at thinkingcloset.com, now through May 27th, midnight eastern. Open to US and Canada residents! Enter it up!

Did anyone else grow up watching the 1980s classic, The Breakfast Club?  Five students meet in the school library on a Saturday to serve detention with a ruthless principal; it’s every high school student’s living nightmare. They’re a motley crew.  At first glance, it’s all too easy to slap a label on each of them.   You’ve got a brain… …and an athlete… …and a basket case… …a princess… …and a criminal. And yet by the end of the film {read more…}

Elastic Waist Tank Dress Tutorial

Elastic Waist Tank Dress: Do-able step-by-step tutorial over at thinkingcloset.com. On my to-make list!

In the words of Monty Python’s King Arthur, “Victory is mine!” I finally finished a project that has been on my “to make” list for a year now: an Elastic Waist Tank Dress. I mean, there’s really no good reason for why it took me so long.  I had the elastic.  The tank.  The fabric.  I even made a flower embellishment for this very dress last May!  So, what was the problem? Still considering myself a beginner sewist, I suppose {read more…}

Five Minute Friday: Grateful

Truth by Maya Angelou

I tried something I’ve never tried before, and I posted a one-question survey on Facebook asking for your vote on what post to share this Friday.  And you surprised me with your results. Freewriting!  By George, you wanted freewriting!  So, freewriting you shall get, my dears. Five Minute Friday It has actually been nearly a year since my last Five Minute Friday post, and I was eager to bring it back today.  For those of {read more…}

Rustic Vintage Spring Mantel & Balsam Hill Giveaway!

Rustic Vintage Spring Mantel via thinkingcloset.com

As an adolescent, I went through a stage where I rebelled not only against my parents’ rules, but my Mom’s home decor style.  I remember turning up my nose to her hard-wood floors and vintage furniture, declaring that when I had a house of my own, everything would be modern: white walls, clean lines, wall to wall carpets…nothing that was “old.” Flash-forward 15 years. I’ve (thankfully) outgrown most of my angst, and I now really admire the ways {read more…}

Retro Canvas Shoe Makeover

Retro Canvas Shoe Makeover: easy and entertaining tutorial by Lauren from thinkingcloset.com

Wanna transform some plain canvas shoes from Target into retro-fab kicks, and then break them in by traipsing all over St. Augustine, Florida with me?  Oh, goodie because that is exactly what I have on the docket for us today! I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I would have never dared to tackle today’s project if it hadn’t been for Allison over at Dream a Little Bigger. Do you know Allison?  If not, {read more…}

How to Make a Gift Box Out of Paper & $100 Jewelry Giveaway

Create your own Flower Tab Gift Boxes out of paper! Perfect for Mother's Day jewelry. FREE printable template by thinkingcloset.com

One of the first Mother’s Day gifts I remember giving to my mom was a circular pin I painted for her in my kindergarten class.  I remember thinking it looked fierce…until it dried.  Then, the pink paint took on an orangey hue and my brushstrokes looked more splotchy than artful.  And yet, you know what silenced my perfectionist insecurities?  The fact that my mom wore that pin like it was her most prized possession.  That’s {read more…}

Baby Shower Gift Package & Printable

Baby Shower Gift Package: DIY Burp Cloths that any beginner can sew! via thinkingcloset.com

There’s something about scrubbing bathroom floors together while belting out angst-filled Alanis Morissette songs that bonds you.  Amidst giggles and soap suds and “you oughta knows,” a friendship can be born.  A friendship strong enough to span 14 years and counting.  This truth is one Gianna and I know firsthand. And to think, it’s all thanks to bathroom-cleaning duty for having the messiest campsite at mission trip training camp. Since then, we’ve journeyed together through {read more…}

3 MORE Gender-Neutral Onesies & Silhouette Giveaway

Gender Neutral Onesies: 3 NEW Silhouette cut files from thinkingcloset.com

Around this time last year, I had just tackled my first heat transfer vinyl project with my new-ish Silhouette machine: some cutie-patootie onesies of the gender-neutral variety. Well, a whole new set of my friends are about to give birth, so it’s time for a brand new batch of gender neutral onesies!  {Cheers!} Oh, and in addition to some FREE cut files I have for you lovelies today, we also have a Silhouette Portrait to give {read more…}

35 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths

35 Gorgeous Spring Wreaths! Inspirational round-up by thinkingcloset.com

There’s no better way to welcome in a new season than to display it on your front door in the form of a wreath!  Am I right?  In fact, I may have gone a little wreath-overboard this spring season because I have not one, not two, but tha-ree spring wreaths decorating our home.  (Yowza, Lauren!  Obsessed much?) I have my Trend-tastic Felt Flower Wreath on our red front door… …my Fabric Spring Wreath on the inside of {read more…}

Bird Nerd Easter Eggs

Bird Nerd Easter Eggs

Peculiar things start happening to you when you move to Florida. For one, you live in flip flops.  “Dressing up” means putting on flats.  You completely give up on blow-drying your hair because “It’s Too Darn Hot” as the song goes.  Children tack “Miss” onto the front of your first name when they address you.  When you flip on the lights in a room, your eyes automatically start scanning the floor and walls for “uninvited {read more…}

“Together Since” T-Shirts: Creative Anniversary Gift Idea

"Together Since" T-Shirts - Such a great idea for an anniversary gift! via thinkingcloset.com

On April 12th, 1980, my beloved parents, Carolyn and Jay, got hitched!  That was 34 years ago.  Ten years plus ten years plus ten years plus four!  (Sometimes I need to break numbers down like that so their value really sinks in.)  Now that’s not nothin’! Fun facts: It rained on their wedding day.  My mom wore her mother’s handmade wedding dress.  Baby’s breath decorated the church and her veil.  And my father successfully calmed down {read more…}

Wreck This Journal: A Perfectionist’s Nightmare

Wreck This Journal: A Perfectionist's Nightmare by thinkingcloset.com

Yesterday, I put on my lime green rainboots, ran around in the muddy backyard, and then stomped on an open book.  All in the name of creative recklessness. You see, two Christmases ago, my sister gave me a book by Keri Smith called *Wreck This Journal.  It’s full of creative prompts, many of which invite you to pretty much destroy the book.  Here are a just a few of them: “Sew this page.” “Find a {read more…}

Because You Didn’t Really Want To Be Productive Today, Anyway….

10 Videos of YouTube Gold Status for your viewing pleasure...because you didn't really want to be productive today, anyway.... via thinkingcloset.com

I mine for awesome YouTube videos like a forty-niner pans for gold in the California riverbeds.  With a mission.  A sense of purpose.  A hunger for something mighty. Sometimes I give up on my responsibilities for the day just to seek out after that video that will entertain or inspire.  And when I find that treasure of a video, I don’t want to hoard it away in a private collection like a miser.  No, I {read more…}

How Many Trends Can I Fit Into One Wreath?

Spring to Summer Felt Flower Wreath. Step by step tutorial by thinkingcloset.com

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! Instead of pranking you all with a virtual bucket-o-water-above-the-door trick, the joke’s on me today.  And I’m letting you in on it! The name of the game?  Trend-Fest 2014 The players?  Myself and five of my fab bloggy buddies! The challenge?  To incorporate as many current trends as possible into one craft project without it being too over-the-top.  (Though in a way, I feel at a distinct disadvantage as most {read more…}

Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Winter 2014

The Thinking Closet Reader Showcase: Winter 2014

With the recent celebration of my 31st Birthday, winter gave us its farewell, and thus spring is here!  Or at least, for my friends up north, it’s running a little late, but it will surely be here soon. Even for a Florida spring, it has been a little chilly here the past few days–chilly enough that I’ve actually turned on the space-heater in the mornings and at night.  Although, I know I’m such a wuss. {read more…}

Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {In a Box!}

The inspiration behind an Instagram-Themed Graduation Party {in a box}! via thinkingcloset.com

This May 29th is a very momentous occasion.  My sweet sister Lisbeth will graduate with her Master’s in Counseling from Westminster Seminary in Pennsylvania.  And since I cannot be there in person to hoot and holler as she crosses the stage to accept her diploma like the proud sister I am–I thought I would send some fun graduation party decor to do the hooting and hollering for me.  I give to you… Graduation Party in {read more…}

Chill Pills Gag Gift & Silhouette Giveaway

Chill Pills! A great gag gift idea and all you need is a glass jar, some candies, and the FREE printable labels from this Silhouette tutorial via thinkingcloset.com!

There is power in playing pretend.  Let me explain. This winter, when Mark and I started jokingly talking about needing “chill pills” when were feeling stressed out, I seized the opportunity to make a gag gift for Mark this Christmas: an actual glass bottle of Reese’s Pieces “Chill Pills” in a glass jar, old-timey drugstore labels and all. The front label reads: “Take two or more for instantaneous relief of stress and anxiety.  Side effects {read more…}

31 Questions Birthday Video!

31 Questions Birthday Video

Hello lovies!  It’s your girl Lauren here…and guess what day it is today?  Yes, yes, it’s the last day of winter, but it’s also…my 31st birthday!  {What whaaaaat!}  And it’s my joy to have you over here for a small celebration. Now, for those of you who may have missed it, a few weeks ago, I published a call for questions from you all…31 of them to be exact…so I could better connect with you, {read more…}

The Thrifty Girl’s Guide to Coastal Decor

Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover: Source Guide to what was Bought, Borrowed, and Brought up from the Basement via thinkingcloset.com

It has been five weeks since the grand reveal of our Rustic Nautical Master Bedroom Makeover…and the high from your incredible reception to it all still hasn’t worn off.  So, thank you to each of you who has taken time to click through to read this series or leave an encouraging word.  It means more to us than you know. And amidst your pure-gold comments have been some great questions, too, the most popular being, “Where in the {read more…}