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…}

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…}

T-Shirt for the Pun-Loving Dad, Silhouette Promotion & Giveaway!

T-Shirt for the Pun-Loving Dad | The Thinking Closet

Do you ever just feel like being shocking and unpredictable? Backstory: The other day I panicked and thought, “Father’s Day!  Did I miss it?”  (This is a regular occurrence–this panic over important dates–and usually, it’s legitimate.)  However, the Google told me I still have 12 more days until Father’s Day.  Did you hear that?  12.  more.  days. After the reality of this fact actually settled in, I tented my fingertips and said in my very best {read more…}

Layered Fabric Flower Embellishment

Layered Fabric Flower Embellishment | The Thinking Closet

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope this weekend finds you in good health and with loved ones.  For Mark and me, we’ve found ourselves sniffling and coughing and with wild ones.  Wild animals that is…. First there was Mr. Turtle who we caught trying to take up residence in our garage.  Not so fast slow little guy; back to the lake where you belong! Then, there was Mr. Snake who slithered across our path while taking {read more…}

Fabric Applique Onesie Tutorial & Free Cut File

Fabric Applique Onesie Tutorial & Free Cut File | The Thinking Closet

“Rubber ducky, you’re the one.  You make sewing appliques lots of fun!  Rubber ducky I’m awfully fond of you.  Bo-bo-bo-di-o.” Yes, I was a child of the 80s, and yes, I grew up learning my letters and numbers with Big Bird and The Count on Sesame Street.  So, inevitably, when one works on one’s first applique project involving a cute rubber ducky shape, one inevitably hums Ernie’s bath song.  It’s just what one does. As promised yesterday, {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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

100 Followers Giveaway!

100 Followers Giveaway at The Thinking Closet

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Check out the follow-up post here. Today is a big day.  We have reached 100 followers here at The Thinking Closet.  I can hardly believe it.  Triple digits! Whenever I receive a message in my inbox informing me of a new follower, it truly makes my day, so you can imagine my disbelief at reaching this milestone.  I think it made my month!  {Confession: I did a happy dance 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…}