20 DIY Chalkboard Projects

20 DIY Chalkboard Projects | The Thinking Closet

I think that by now, chalkboard projects have graduated from “flavor of the week” to “design staple.”  Prime example, just look at all the chalkboard products we have at our fingertips: chalkboard paint, spray paint, vinyl, contact paper, and {wait for it} even chalk cloth vinyl.  They’ve made it easy as 1-2-3 for us to transform practically anything into a chalk-able surface.  And I am guilty as charged! Since I can’t seem to get enough of chalkboard {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…}

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…}

Anniversary Gift & Frosted Vinyl Round-Up

Embellished Shadow Box: Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Idea

I had the opportunity to try my hand at a project using Silhouette’s frosted vinyl, which allows you to create the impression of etched glass on mirrors and glass, but without the scary chemicals or the permanence; if you don’t like it, you can just remove it!  That’s my kinda project. On the roll, the frosted vinyl almost looks silvery… …but you’ll see when you peel the vinyl from the backing that it’s transparent with {read more…}

The Silhouette Challenge: A New Series

The Silhouette Challenge: A New Series on The Thinking Closet

My husband Mark is pretty much one of the best gift-givers on the planet, but this year, he really outdid himself.  I think my jaw dropped to the floor when I ripped open the wrapping paper to reveal this beauty: My very own *Silhouette Cameo! In case you’re wondering, a *Silhouette is an electronic cutting tool that connects to your computer, allowing you to cut fonts and images on a variety of materials from paper {read more…}

10 Heartwarming Videos – Kids Edition

10 Heartwarming Videos - Kids Edition - by The Thinking Closet

If there’s ever a month for heart-warming, it’s December. So, to kick things off, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite YouTube videos that are guaranteed to make you smile.  After all, they involve kids. The soul is healed by being with children. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky These videos will restore your faith in humanity and your hope in the next generation…if you ever lost it. 1.  PS 22 Chorus “Viva La {read more…}

Sewing 101: Tucks

Sewing 101: Tucks via The Thinking Closet

It has been over a month since I last tackled Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 course…but it felt good to dust off the ole new machine and get back into the trenches today. I never knew what the term “tuck” meant in the sewing world…until now.  And I’m proud to say that I have conquered three different types!  Spaced tucks, blind tucks, and pin tucks: Apparently, tucks are well above Sewing 101 level, but once they’re {read more…}

20 Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

20 MORE Punny Halloween Costume Ideas via thinkingcloset.com

This is what happens when you wait to create your Halloween costume until the last minute: Get it?!  We’re The Black-Eyed Peas!  (Or rather, The Black-Eyed Ps.)  Just a bit of black eyeshadow and Ps cut out of duct tape paper (yes, they sell duct tape in 8.25″ x 10″ sheets!)…easy peazy. I actually find punny Halloween costumes quite funny; I love that they require a wee bit of brain power to understand.  (Step aside, {read more…}