Pinterest Tested & Approved: Fourth of July

Fourth of July - Pinterest Tested & Approved! By The Thinking Closet

I can almost see the fireworks in the sky and smell burgers on the grill.  You know what that means: the Fourth of July is almost here!  So, I thought I’d share two different ideas for what you might bring to your family get-togethers and BBQs.  Last July, I found both of these ideas on Pinterest and decided to put them to the test.  (SPOILER ALERT: They both pass the test and receive the official {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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

Practical Gift Ideas for Moving & Housewarming

Merry Moving Kit & Other Practical Ideas for Moving or Housewarming Gifts | The Thinking Closet

Here’s reason #459 why my M.I.L.  is awesome: Last summer, the night before we moved into our new home in Orlando, she gave us one of the most precious gifts a Floridian could ask for.  A gift some deem more precious than gold…. That’s right: RAID!  She is a Floridian herself and knows how very pesky critters down here in tropical climes can be (even in the cleanest of households).  Roaches or “palmetto bugs” are resilient little big {read more…}

Burp Cloth Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist

Burp Cloth Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist by The Thinking Closet

With my friends having babies left and right, you didn’t think I would stop at the rhinestone and heat-transfer vinyl onesies, now, did you? No siree, Bob!  Time to bust out the sewing machine for some super cute, super easy burp cloths: I have to credit my M.I.L. for inspiring me with this one (and she credits her friend, Robyn!).  Last year, she made some burp cloths for expectant mothers, including my two sisters-in-law, so, {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…}

The Art of the Surprise Note

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For those of you lovelies who may have missed my guest post last week: When Jessica and Linz generously invited me to share something on their blog Sweet Athena on the theme of celebrations, I got to thinking not just about the grand fanfare celebrations, but the little ways one feels celebrated in a day.  You know what I mean? Like that hug that you get out of nowhere from a friend.  Or that tilt of the hat {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…}

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…}

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…}

The Menu Planner to Rule Them All

The Menu Planner to Rule Them All via The Thinking Closet

Since moving to Florida this summer, Mark and I have taken the initiative to create a bit more structure in our lives…from the food inside our cabinets, to our exercising, and now…to our meals! Menu planning is one thing we both agreed would not only make our lives easier, but so much healthier. We’ve never done it before (chalking it up to busyness), but we’ve gotten into that chips-and-queso-for-dinner scenario one too many times of {read more…}

Denim Skirt Reveal

Denim Skirt Reveal via The Thinking Closet

Remember the denim skirt I made for my sister, Lisbeth?  The one from my Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist? Well, I promised pictures, and here they are.  Brace yourself for amazingness: I think I literally gasped when I saw these for the first time.  She has just taken my simple denim skirt and turned it into something fantasmagorical.  And I love that she tucked in her shirt in the second photo for {read more…}

Felt Flower Wreath: Fall-ify Florida Part I

Felt Flower Wreath via The Thinking Closet

Though we’re still rocking highs of 85 degrees in Florida, though leaves are still green and flip flops are still the footwear of choice, I’ve decided…it’s time…TO FALL-IFY. I wouldn’t consider myself a “wreath girl,” but a little while back, I had come across a winter wreath on Pinterest by Colour Her Hope that had me inspired.  So, I decided to take on fall colors for my version and try my hand at the popular {read more…}

Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist

Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist via The Thinking Closet

They say the best way to learn something…is to teach it.  Right? So, I’m going to attempt to teach what I just learned in my beginner sewing class at my local Jo-Ann’s Fabric store last Monday: how to sew a denim skirt. There is no pattern involved, and it’s a very do-able project for novices – – I can attest.  Our instructor, Jeanette, has been teaching at Jo-Ann’s for fourteen years, and this project is {read more…}

Rustic Key & Sunglasses Holder

Rustic Key & Sunglasses Holder via The Thinking Closet

Our keys and sunglasses were becoming regular loiterers on our kitchen counter; frankly, they needed a home of their own. So, we put our heads together, found some inspiration via Pinterest, and came up with this lil do-dad – – a Mark and Lauren Incorporated creation: I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  It’s not only cute, but functional! SUPPLIES:  I picked up the unfinished wood picture frame at Hobby Lobby for under $10 {read more…}

White Letters on White Canvas – D.I.Y. Artwork Tutorial

White words on white canvas - finished product. Inexpensive DIY artwork.

Floating around on Pinterest are some pretty cool canvases with white wood lettering by the U.K. design team Gorgeous Graffiti. The only hitch is that they’re selling for $300 – $500.  Egads!  Right? Actually, the same effect can be achieved quite inexpensively as some other bloggers verified like this one and this one, so that gave me the courage to create my own with the title phrase from one of my favorite hymns, “It is Well {read more…}

You haven’t had nachos…until you’ve had Apple Nachos!

Apple Nachos via thinkingcloset.com

Wait, Apple what? That’s right.  Apple Nachos.  Stay with me, folks.  Here’s a picture of them in all of their glory, just to get you salivating. This Pinterest find comes from Allyson of Manifest Vegan who shared her recipe for this apparent “craze” in the blogging world.  I’ve made them three times in the last five days, so that most definitely qualifies as a craze in our household. How are they awesome?  Let me count {read more…}