IKEA Hack: Whitewashed Fjell Wardrobe with Pallet Shelves

IKEA Hack: Whitewashed Fjell Wardrobe with Pallet Shelves | The Thinking Closet

Mark and I recently completed our first “IKEA hack.”  What’s an IKEA hack, you ask?  Well, here’s the definition according to ikeahackers.net: Essentially, an IKEA hack is a modification/repurposing of an IKEA product. Why I chose to call it a hack? In it’s own little way, it breaks into the IKEA code of furniture assembly and repurposes, challenges and creates with surprising results. So, there you have it.  Some of you may have seen a {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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

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…}

Vintage Purse Makeover

Vintage Purse Makeover | The Thinking Closet

For those of you who may have missed my guest post over at Dream a Little Bigger last month, here it is in full…plus a new photo addition of my “Teenage Mutant Ninja Polka Dots.”  Intrigued?  I hope so! About Ruth This purse holds great significance for me because it originally belonged to a beloved family friend named Ruth.  I can’t remember a holiday meal during my childhood when Ruth wasn’t at our table, warming {read more…}

Sister Summer Camp & A Book Page Banner

Sister Summer Camp | The Thinking Closet

So often, summer passes us by like a hazy dream, but the summer of 2008, my sister and I were determined not to let it.  We decided that if we could be intentional with our enjoyment both of summer and each other, we could savor our time more fully.  Thus, Sister Summer Camp was born. Here’s how it worked: about once every few weeks, one of us would “lead” sister summer camp and plan out an afternoon {read more…}

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial

Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Now that it’s officially spring, here’s the full tutorial for my fabric spring wreath. You may have seen this earlier in the month on Or So She Says. This is my eighth month living in Florida, and I’m starting to notice that we don’t experience much of a change of seasons here.  Well, I guess you could say there are two seasons: stinkin’ hot and less stinkin’ hot.  But I figured that wreaths could be {read more…}

Vintage Purse Makeover at Dream a Little Bigger

Vintage Purse Makeover | The Thinking Closet

Looking at this post’s title, you might be thinking, “Dream a Little Bigger…we know that name!”  And you sure do if you saw the amazing Gold Shoe Makeover Allison, author of Dream a Little Bigger, shared here on Monday. Well, Allison and I are totally in cahoots with a guest post swap this week (mwah ha ha!), so I’m sharing my makeover (also involving gold) over at her corner of the blog-o-sphere right now.  A Vintage Purse Makeover to {read more…}

Gold Shoe Makeover

Gold Crochet Shoes by Allison from Dream a Little Bigger

Friends, it is an honor to introduce you to my blog pal, Allison.  After leaving my millionth comment on her blog saying, “Oh my goodness.  I LOVE this!” I decided to invite her over here to one of her amazing refashions here with y’all today.  Allison, they’re all yours! Hi, everybody at The Thinking Closet! Let me introduce myself, I’m Allison and I’m a blogging craftaholic over at Dream a Little Bigger. I’m a huge {read more…}

Craft Drawer Organization for the Budget Savvy

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

Hi friends!  If you missed my post on Or So She Says last month where I shared my major organization overhaul for my craft drawers, here’s the whole shebang. Let’s start with an “after” picture: They’ve undergone quite the change.  For way too long, my craft storage drawers were in a sad state of disorganization and in desperate need of some purging and a bit of structure.  They were becoming more like junk drawers than craft drawers, and {read more…}

Rhinestone Onesie Tutorial: Part 2

Rhinestone Onesie Tutorial - Everyone loves a blinged out baby. Am I right? Or am I right? | The Thinking Closet

Good mornin’, lovelies! Last week, I shared a tutorial for how to create a custom rhinestone name design using the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.  As promised, I’m back today to show you my completed onesie along with a tutorial for how to use the Rhinestone Template Kit to apply the rhinestones.  But don’t worry, I won’t make you wait until the end to see a photo of the blinged-out onesie.  Here she is in {read more…}

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial | The Thinking Closet

After all of these heady posts on blog migration, I’m guessing some of you might be chanting, “We want crafts!  Show us the crafts!”  Well, today, I can answer that cry as I’m sharing my Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial over at Or So She Says.  It’s a great project for stash-busting, I can attest, and the little flowers could easily be made into hair accessories or gift wrap embellishments.  I’d love for you stop by and check it {read more…}

Rhinestone Onesie Tutorial & Silhouette Promotion

Rhinestone Onesie Tutorial & Silhouette Promotion | The Thinking Closet

Stop the presses!  Lauren is partnering with one of her favorite brands in the whole wide world, and you betcha she’s going to tell you all about an exciting promotion they’ve got going on right now. Let’s not waste a second longer and just dive right in to the good stuff: Silhouette is having a massive sale right now on their craft-cutters, as well as the Designer software.  By clicking here, you’ll access Silhouette’s special {read more…}

Burlap Love Banner & Free Cut File

Burlap Love Banner & Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet

Since sharing my January Silhouette Challenge project, exciting things have been happening behind the scenes.  I created a Facebook group for Silhouette users looking to collaborate and encourage one another (wanna join us?  shoot me an email!).  And our group has grown to over 20 women in a matter of a few weeks.  Several of those lovely ladies are joining me in The Challenge this month!  How cool is that?  Look out for links to their projects at {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…}