Pallet Christmas Photo Display

Pallet Christmas Card Display by The Thinking Closet

I know, I know…it’s Christmas Eve Eve, and I’m still making things.  I promise, this is the last project!  After this, it’s church, then time to pack for our trip to New York (icanhardlycontainmyexcitement!). Remember all of those pallets we piled on top of our car?  Well, we’ve had great fun using the wood for various projects here and there.  I had this idea for a Christmas card & photo display that Mark helped me {read more…}

An Indie Christmas: Free Mix & Printable

An Indie Christmas Mix by The Thinking Closet

Needing a new Christmas mix to get you through these last few days until Christmas?  How about some last-minute Christmas gifts?  I’ve got you covered.  Just check out this post that I shared yesterday on my sister’s blog. I sort of take pride in my mix-making abilities.  As a wee lass, I used to craft mix tapes from songs on the radio, and later, when things got high-tech, I even burned mixes on CDs.  I {read more…}

D.I.Y. Twine Ball Tree Topper

D.I.Y. Twine Ball Tree Topper by The Thinking Closet

In the words of my husband, “Welp, better late than never.” Even though there are only four days until Christmas, I decided to make my own tree topper.  We keep our tree up through January anyway, so it’ll have some quality time on this year’s tree as well as on the trees in years to come.  I found my inspiration atop the trees in our church’s lobby.  Here are a few pics I snapped on {read more…}

Room Tour from the Sister of The Thinking Closet

My sister Lisbeth’s blog was a part of the inspiration for me in starting The Thinking Closet.  So, you can imagine how overjoyed I am that she is guest posting here today!  We’re doing guest post swaps, so I’m over at her blog, squeeze it into little inkdrops, sharing my Indie Christmas mix.  Feel free to stop by.  And now, let the magic begin:  Hello everyone at The Thinking Closet! I’m Lisbeth, the creator of {read more…}

Expected and Unexpected Guests

Christmas Photo Collage by The Thinking Closet

What a whirlwind week it has been! We’ve been busy hosting company…and not just the human kind.  A group of possums have taken up residency in the crawl space above our bedroom.  That’s right: possums.  (We have visual confirmation thanks to Mark’s headlamp.)  Their partying gets extra rowdy from 2 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., and between the air vent and thin walls, it almost sounds like they’re in the room with us.  Suffice it to {read more…}

Christmas Cookie Baking Party

Christmas Cookie Baking Party - The Thinking Closet

Did I ever tell you that I have a sweet tooth?  (More like sweet teeth, plural.)  So, naturally, baking is one of my favorite things.  Right up there with eating baked goods.  Tee hee. When it comes to baking, I love it all – – from carefully following a recipe to licking the bowl clean.  Go one step further and make it a social event, and I’m in heaven. And that’s exactly what I got {read more…}

Punched Tin Ornament Tutorial

Punched Tin Ornament Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

In case you missed my guest post on Lines Across last Wednesday, here it is, friends. Happy ornamenting! I’m eager to share with you my new favorite d.i.y. project: a punched tin ornament.  What I love most about this ornament is that it can be made using items from your recycling bin and toolbox!  How sweet is that? “Where did the inspiration for this ‘lil guy come from?” I’m so glad you asked!  Well, it {read more…}

Spend Less to Give More: Food for Thought

Spend Less to Give More...Food for Thought this Christmas via thinkingcloset.com

Do you ever see a film or a commercial that just strikes you somewhere deep, and you never forget it? That’s what happened to me when I first saw “The Christmas Conspiracy” video a few years back when our friend Denice P. posted it on her Facebook wall. If you have two-and-a-half minutes to spare, here it is: It’s a simple concept, but one that I think we all need to be reminded of.  I {read more…}

10 Ways to Go Green with Christmas Cards

10 Ways to Go Green with Christmas Cards via The Thinking Closet

In case you missed my guest post on Blissful & Domestic last week, here it is in full!  Keep in mind, this is meant to inspire- -not to inflict guilt.  There are many ways to love our environment.  These are just 10 of the ways…. So, let’s talk Christmas cards. I don’t know about you, but the thought of compiling address, stamping envelopes, and signing 70 Christmas cards during the busiest time of year makes {read more…}

D.I.Y. Wrapping Paper Tutorial – Guest Posting at Sugar Bee Crafts

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet

Today, I am taking part in the guest posting extravaganza over at Sugar Bee Crafts, sharing my D.I.Y. Wrapping Paper Tutorial. (I know it may seem like I’m going guest-post-crazy, but for those who don’t know, sometimes you write guest posts several weeks before they “go live,” so let me clarify that I am not superwoman doing all of these projects in just a few days.  Such feats of crafty strength would be pretty incredible, though.) {read more…}

D.I.Y. No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

D.I.Y. No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt by The Thinking Closet

I like ruffles…A LOT.  And my new obsession is burlap. So, when I saw Ashley Johnston’s tutorial for a ruffle Christmas tree skirt, I knew it was my next d.i.y. project.  Here’s my completed skirt: I’m in love with how it turned out, however, let me shoot straight: this project is not for the faint of heart. It’s time-consuming.  Although a few bloggers mentioned this only taking two hours, it took me closer to eight!  {read more…}

Punched Tin Ornament Tutorial – Guest Posting at Lines Across

Punched Tin Ornament Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Hi, everybody!  How is your tree trimming coming along? Ours is up… lights are on… tree skirt is made (post on that project later today!)… and I’ve created my first d.i.y. Christmas ornament of the season! I was so honored that Rachel from one of my favorite blogs, Lines Across, invited me to be a part of her guest series on handmade ornaments.  (Fun fact: Not only does Rachel also live in Orlando, but she {read more…}

My First Guest Post!

10 Ways to Go Green with Christmas Cards via The Thinking Closet

Today is an exciting day because my first {ever} guest post goes live over at the blog, Blissful and Domestic. Danielle was gracious enough to invite me to share my ideas for “going green” this holiday with her incredible audience. The inspiration for this post stems from a new tradition that my husband and I started two years ago: we send our Christmas newsletter to family and friends via email instead of snail mail.  However, {read more…}

Mulling Spices Recipe

Mulling Spices Recipe from The Thinking Closet

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope that wherever this finds you, that your heart is overflowing with gratitude. Since Mark works today and my bro-and-sis-in-law, Todd and Ashlee, arrive from L.A. tonight, our Thanksgiving won’t be until tomorrow.  So, that’s why in the world I have time to post today! I wanted to share with you a delicious recipe for mulling spices courtesy of my Mom, Carolyn.  She originally got it from a Scandinavian store in {read more…}

DIY Wedding Invitation Ornament

Fran & Arturo

My dear friend from high school, Fran, is getting married to the love of her life, Arturo…TODAY! They have already been on many adventures together, traveling the world, but I trust this new adventure of marriage, will be the best one yet! It was all I could do to hold off posting about my wedding gift to them until today.  I’m über excited about it.  Here it is: their wedding invitation ornament. This project was {read more…}

Les Misérables: Start Getting Excited

I’m sometimes skeptical when a new movie comes out, and it’s the millionth version of a story we’ve seen time and time again.  You know what I’m talking about right?  Spiderman.  Again. Robin Hood.  Again.  A Christmas Carol.  Again.  Again.  And again. Such was my prejudice when I first heard they were doing another film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables.  I thought, “Didn’t they just release the remake with Liam Neeson?”  Then, Mark looked it up {read more…}