Black Distressed Buffet Makeover

Black Distressed Buffet Makeover by The Thinking Closet

Our black distressed table and chairs have a new best buddy: a black distressed buffet!  Look at them hanging out together, all matchy-matchy.  All they need now are friendship bracelets! Now, the story of this buffet makeover begins with a problem…a printer problem to be exact. You see, our house does not have an office; and since we spend most of our laptop time in the living room, it only makes sense to have our {read more…}

Celebrating Four Years of Marriage & A New Series

Fist Pump for Four-Years of Marriage | The Thinking Closet

July 18th, 2013: Today marked the four year anniversary of the day that I said “I do” to Mark Lanker and danced the day away in his arms.  We got hitched on the Jersey shore where my family has vacationed since the days of playing with paper dolls.  And unfortunately, because of certain reality TV shows, whenever I tell people that fact, it’s often met with the follow-up question: “Was Snooki there?”  To which I {read more…}

How to Get a Second Wind Out of Your Gel Manicure & Silhouette Winner!

How to Get a Second Wind out of your Gel Manicure by The Thinking Closet

Greetings, dear readers!  I hope your weekend was as grand as Texas. Well, before I dive into sharing a whole new category of D.I.Y. never before explored here at The Thinking Closet (cough…nail art!), we have a Silhouette winner to announce.  Thanks to each and everyone of you who entered this month’s giveaway.  With a trip out of town last week with very little internet access, I was unable to respond to all of your {read more…}

Animal Place-Card Holders at Or So She Says

Transforming Plastic Toy Animals into Gold Place-Card Holders | The Thinking Closet

If you would have told me a few weeks ago that I’d have a gold rhino at my breakfast table, I would have laughed you out of town. “Well, look who’s laughing now,” chuckles the gold rhino…at my breakfast table. So, remember those sketch pen place cards that I shared yesterday?  Well, they needed a fun way to be displayed, and somehow, my brain landed on the idea of taking plastic toy animals from the Dollar {read more…}

Sketch Pen Place-Cards, Silhouette Promotion & Giveaway!

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway ($229 value) at The Thinking Closet, July 1-7!

Howdy, folks!  It’s a brand new month, which means there’s a brand new Silhouette promotion comin’ your way via yours truly…plus, another Silhouette Portrait Giveaway! This month it’s all about the Designer Edition software.  Rumor has it that this is one of their most popular promotions, and there’s good reason why.  The Designer Edition software is “boss,” as my students would say.  (Yes, you can imagine me and my air-quotes to amp up the nerdiness {read more…}

16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas

16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas | The Thinking Closet

I recently had the opportunity to share 16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas over at Titi Crafty (thanks, Camila!).  Here they are for those who may have blinked and missed their mention in The Friday Five. If you stopped by my blog this spring, you might have noticed that I’ve been a baby-gift-making machine.  (Note that I did not say “a baby-making machine.”  At least, not yet.)  It seems as though all of my friends got {read more…}

A Non-Scrapbooker’s Guide to Creating a Wedding Scrapbook

A Non-Scrapbooker's Guide to Creating a Wedding Scrapbook | The Thinking Closet

There’s a reason that the last time I scrapbooked was 13 years ago: scrapbooks take a lot of time. But when Laura contacted me about creating a wedding scrapbook as a first anniversary gift for her daughter Justine and son-in-law Andrew, how could I refuse?  Justine happens to be one of my best friends.  She’s the reason I not only survived high school, but actually loved it.  She was the Laverne to my Shirley.  The Ethel to {read more…}

What Do You Give The Man Who Has Everything?

A Cowboy's Toothpick Holder | The Thinking Closet

It’s a known fact that men are the worst to shop for.  I mean, what do you give the man who has everything?  This question has stumped women for centuries.  TV commercials and magazine ads will tell you cologne, a sweater, a tie….  But I dare say it’s toothpicks in jar. Let me explain. My Father-in-law loves to relax after a meal with a toothpick in his teeth.  On our family cruise this past May, I {read more…}

Reader Showcase: Spring 2013

Reader Showcase: Spring 2013 | The Thinking Closet

If Michael Scott can declare bankruptcy, then I can declare that The Thinking Closet readers are the best readers in blogland.  And yes, I mean you! Let me take a moment to share just a few of the reasons why: Time is precious, and the fact that so many of you who aren’t even blood-relatives take the time to click over from your email or social media or bloglovin’ to read about my latest onesie {read more…}

Filing Fabric & A Fabric Organization Round-Up

Filing Fabric & Fabric Organization Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

In case you missed it, here’s my fabric organization solution that I shared at Made with Hugs & Kisses a few weeks ago…plus 15 other ideas to suit your fancy. When Hannah generously invited me to be a part of her “Spring Clean Your Sewing Space” series, I leapt at the opportunity to join in on the fun.  In fact, it was just the motivation I needed to come up with a new organization system {read more…}

Color-Blocked Bobby Pin Tutorial

Color Blocked Bobby Pin Tutorial | The Thinking Closet

Hello, lovelies! In case you missed my contributor post on Or So She Says last month, here you have it: You’ll never guess what got a makeover recently…my bobby pins!  Didn’t know it was possible, did you?  Well, it is.  And it’s super easy, too.  Painter’s tape and nail polish are all you need to transform plain ole bobby pins into trendy color-blocked hair accessories.  They’re the perfect compliment to your bright n’ bold summer {read more…}

Yes, I Filed my Fabric

Filing Fabric & Fabric Organization Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

None of us wake up and decide, “I’m going to be a disorganized slob today!”  Most of us start off with the best of intentions; but as the second law of thermodynamics tells us: There is a universal tendency for all systems to go from order to disorder. My fabric stash was no exception to that rule.  What began as a neat, nice stack quickly turned into the leaning tower of Pisa…three leaning towers, in fact. {read more…}

How to Create a Blog Signature in Your Own Handwriting

How To Create A Blog Signature in Your Own Handwriting | The Thinking Closet

“Yo yo yo, this is your girl L-Money, comin’ at you live on the microphone with a bliggitty blogging tip to help give your John Hancocks some suga’ and spice.  Bricka, bricka, what?!  It’s gonna be tight, y’all.  You feel me?” Before you all run for the hills, let me explain that intro.  I taught 9th grade English for three years when we lived in Ohio, and I would sometimes start my classes in a {read more…}

I Heart Labels: Sugar & Flour Jar Edition

I Heart Labels: Sugar & Flour Jar Edition | The Thinking Closet

I am one of those people for whom it is one of life’s big thrills to label things.  Yes, I’m a dork type A, an oldest sibling, a perfectionist…all of those personality traits that point straight to label-loving.  Yes, I totally own a label maker…you know, one of these: Although I’m not into labeling “tax forms” as this photo would suggest, when I taught English, I did label nearly every single thing in my classroom.  Scissors {read more…}

DIY Birthday & Anniversary Calendar

DIY Chalkboard Projects Round-Up | The Thinking Closet

“It is a truth universally acknowledged…” that Lauren is atrocious at remembering birthdays.  And when it comes to anniversaries?  Fuggetaboutit.  They don’t even stand a chance.  Even my besties will attest that they’ve received many a belated birthday wish from me…and not just a day late, but in some shameful cases, months late!  It’s embarrassing, really.  And something just had to be done. I present to you, The Thinking Closet’s edition of a Birthday & Anniversary Calendar: Below, you’ll {read more…}

Color-Blocked Bobby Pins at “Or So She Says”

Color-Blocked Bobby Pin Tutorial | The Thinking Closet

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We enjoyed a game night with our small group, a birthday party for my niece Clara, and a breezy bike ride around Orlando.  The rains finally gave way to some gorgeous weather, which meant I got to rock some brightly-colored spring clothes and my newest d.i.y. creation, color-blocked bobby pins! My bobby pins went from plain-and-simple to bright-n-bold…just the way I like it…and all in the matter of {read more…}

Black Distressed Table Makeover

Black Distressed Table Makeover by The Thinking Closet

This would be an opportune time to grab a snack, a cozy blanket, and perhaps silence your cell phone.  Why?  Because it’s story time, folks.  Gather ’round for… Once upon a time, there was an old chair.  And there was a girl who sat in the old chair.  But because it was an old chair, an old folding chair, it was an uncomfortable chair.  It made her back hurt and ache. When the girl sat {read more…}

Craft Drawer Organization for the Budget Savvy

Craft Drawer Organization for the Budget Savvy via Lauren from The Thinking Closet

Okay, taking a poll here: does anyone have craft storage that looks a little scary?  Like this: If so, welcome to the club.  But we don’t have to live like this! I came up with a budget savvy solution to my craft drawer organization, and I’m sharing my tutorial over at Or So She Says today.   The best part: I only spent a few bucks and was able to use a lot of items I already had lying {read more…}

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

In you case you missed my first craft contributor post on Or So She Says, here it is in full for your d.i.y. pleasure! So, I’m eager to share with you all my newest d.i.y. creation: Winter Mason Jar Lanterns.  This project combines three of my loves: mason jars, candlelight, and SNOW! Mark and I moved to Florida this past summer, so this is my first “tropical” winter.  Although I’m loving the warmer weather, I do {read more…}

“A Thousand Thanks” Card & Free Cut File

Letter-Sized Thank You Cards - Silhouette Tutorial & FREE Cut File by The Thinking Closet

Here’s my first completed project in my new series, The Silhouette Challenge: a thank you card a la William Shakespeare.  What I love about the shape of this stationery is that it’s designed to fit easily into a legal-sized envelope, which is unexpected for a thank you card.  It also suits people like me who tend to be a bit (ahem) verbose. My initial inspiration came from these letter-sized thank you cards by Kolette Hall that I {read more…}

My First Crafty Contributor Post!

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Today, over at Or So She Says, I am kicking off my first craft contributor post with a tutorial on how to make Winter Mason Jar Lanterns: It was an honor to receive Mariel’s invitation to join her team of contributors this year.  As a monthly craft contributor, I’ll share a project, tip, or tutorial during the first week of every month.  I’ll be sure to give y’all a heads up when I do, so {read more…}

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…}

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet

Here’s my tutorial that was part of Sugar Bee Craft’s guest posting extravaganza last week.  Enjoy! I don’t know about you, but it seems like I never have the right wrapping paper on hand – – don’t get me wrong, I have plenty, but it’s either too feminine or too childlike, not the right holiday or not the right size.  So, I’ve been experimenting lately with alternatives to store-bought wrapping paper, and I’ve come across {read more…}