Embroidered Postcards! Hexie Granny Square! Native Arts Quilt! Binder Creative Supply Holder! Clear Crochet Hook Case! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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A little old lady answered her doorbell and saw a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

“Good morning,” said the young man. “If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners.”

“Go away!” said the old lady. “I haven’t got any money!”

As she closed the door, the young man quickly wedged his foot in the door and pushed it open.

“Don’t be too hasty!” he said. “Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.”

And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

“If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, ma’am, I will personally eat the remainder.”

The old lady stepped back and said, “Well I hope you’ve got a damned good appetite, because they cut off my electricity this morning.”

 

ARTspiration

Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity?  Collage art by Hollie Chastain.

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DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  Look for themes in color. 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Postcards Schmostcards!  These embroidered and embellished photos are so incredibly fun that I think they work as simple works of art — yes, to be framed!  Of course, you can send them through the mail, and who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end, but don’t let the “postcard” descriptor limit you!  Take your selfies.  Take your photos! Go for ART, BABY! ART! Start here:

https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/how-tuesday-embroidered-postcards/

IDEA I LOVE

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Needless to say, I’m not going back to school, nor is my kid, but that won’t stop me from craving one of these zippered suckers!  What a great colored or drawing pencil holder or even a floss and needle holder for your cross stitch projects (HINT:  I ALWAYS scan and print my xs pattern, put it in a 3-ring notebook. Now I can have everything together.  Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/binder-zipper-pouch-a-z-series-b.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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This Granny Square Hexie afghan is so pretty and pretty quick to make and I LOVE the boarder and the ‘a-little-off-shade” jewel tones.  Not much crocheting difference  than the traditional granny square, so if you can crochet that, you can crochet this!  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.petalstopicots.com/2014/08/crochet-hexagon-afghan-pattern-tutorial/

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YUM

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AVOCADO SPRING ROLLS

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The chef used a tasty, firm, local black pepper tofu, but any good tofu will work well.

 

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh oregano
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 large garlic clove
scant 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1 cup cooked brown rice, cold
6 ounces pan-fried tofu, cut into thin strips
1 medium, ripe avocado, thinly sliced

6-8 rice paper wrappers

First, make the oregano sauce by combining the olive oil oregano, parsley, garlic, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Transfer to a jar, any you don’t use in the rolls, you can use on eggs, rice, or pasta later. Combine the hazelnuts and rice.

Assemble the spring rolls: In bowl of hot water, dip each rice paper wrapper for just 3 seconds. Resist over-soaking, even if the paper is a bit stiff it will continue to absorb water as you assemble the wrap. Place on a flat work surface, and in the bottom third of the wrapper, arrange a bit of rice, a smear of the oregano sauce, a few tofu strips, and a few slices of avocado (see lead photo). Then, tuck and roll, folding in the edges mid-wrap.

Makes 6-8 rolls.

Source:  101 Cookbooks http://www.101cookbooks.com/

 

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

I LOVE the artwork of Sarah Schoenfeld.  After Sarah put drops of various liquid drug mixtures onto negative film which had already been exposed, the drops altered the coating of the film and created these pieces d’inspiration!

Carefully check out each of the photos and see how the shapes, colors and textures can be incorporated into a design you might want to explore! 

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Caffeine  (now I know why I feel all tingly inside!)

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Crystal Meth

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Ecstasy

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Heroin

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Ketemine

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Katamin

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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  This is called Native Arts.  I’m not so into the indigenous colors and textures of this piece, myself (I don’t dislike them, it’s just not my thang) but I do like the twists and turns of the pattern.  I wonder what kind of piecing and color-combo mischief you can come up with using this pattern and other kinds of textures, tones and hues.   Dude, when you click on the link below, it’ll take you to a page, where you click on the link that says DOWNLOAD MORE INFORMATION.  The PDF pattern will pop up!

Download the pattern here  

MEMBA DIS?

When you would rather FIGHT than SWITCH!

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 (Did you recognize model, Martha Stewart, in the above ad?)

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IDEA I LOVE!

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This wooden salad set looks like it may be a bit more than I would spend to play on with my wood burning set.  So why not practice first on wooden utensils that you find at your local Dollar Store?  Don’t forget to unplug the damn thing!  Take a look:

 http://www.evermine.com/blog/diy-wood-burned-salad-servers/

 Wooden Spoon Embellishing FAIL …

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MUST HAVE!

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Holy Fat Ass, Batman! You mean I can get homemade ice cream with this 50′s inspired double ice cream machine?   This sucker can make up to 2 pints of 2 flavors at a time.

All you hafta do is put your favorite ingredients in the pre-frozen mugs, and let machine do the rest. In just 20 minutes, you’ll be enjoying old-fashioned flavor without the time-consuming fuss – and just 20 day you will need a seat extender for the airplane (trust me on that one). About $60-bucks

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DESSERT!

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MIXED-BERRY DUTCH BABY

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 A Dutch Baby, also known as a German pancake, is a mixture of eggs, flour, and whole milk that gets baked in a heavy skillet until it becomes puffy and golden. In this terrific version, we fold in fresh berries to create a wonderful summer dessert that’s also great for breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup(s) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup(s) milk
  • 2 cup(s) raspberries
  • 2 cup(s) blackberries
  • 4 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over moderate heat. In a medium bowlwhisk the eggs with the finely grated lemon zest, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the flour and milk and whisk until smooth. Add 1 cup each of the raspberries and blackberries.
  2. Melt the butter in the skillet and add the batter, spreading the fruit evenly. Bake in the center of the oven for about 22 minutes, until the edges are browned and puffed and the center is lightly browned in spots. Transfer the skillet to a trivet and dust the Dutch Baby with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with the remaining fresh berries.

Source: http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/mixed-berry-dutch-baby-recipe

SHOEspiration

Jerome Rousseau’s Juda shoe. $6,495.00

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IDEA I LOVE

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This clear view crochet hook case is puuuuuuurfect for the traditional crochet hook (personally, I prefer the ergonomic Addi Swing hooks and I have ‘em all  -  just for the COLORS alone).  Just adjust your sizes to fit your hooks if you’re an Addi Swing fan like moi.  Here’s the tutorial:

http://theinspiredwren.blogspot.com/2014/08/tutorial-clear-view-crochet-hook-case.html

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THE LEMON CATHEDRAL TOUR CONTINUES!

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Next stop:   SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS 

Drive into Springfield from St. Louis!  Chicago!  Indianapolis! 

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MQX BANNER

 

Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois

September 24-27, 2014

 Attend my Banquet Lecture on September 26

And an all day Lemon Cathedral workshop on September 27

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

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This is just one variation of the Lemon Cathedral quilt . . . 

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And here’s what the students who took the workshop are saying:

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“I had an absolutely amazing time this weekend at the quilting retreat!! Mark Lipinski was fabulous and so much fun! His lecture had us laughing so hard we were practically crying, and his quilts were outstanding. He’s a talented, entertaining and generous teacher. Even though I’ve been quilting for a long time, I learned some new exciting techniques and tips to help me advance my art! Can’t wait to hang out with him again.”  

Karen L.,  Quilter

We had such a great time in the Lemon Cathedral workshop. Thanks for a fabulous class and you are sooooo much fun.”

Carolyn S., Quilter

“My Lemon Cathedral class with Mark Lipinski at MQX was everything that I imagined. He had a way about teaching that put you at ease at learning a new technique. He was funny and engaging. I felt like everyone got his individual attention. I would definitely take another class with him.”

Michelle W., Quilter

“The lecture and lemon cathedral quilt class with Mark Lipinski was amazing and well worth the money! His lecture was filled with excitement, energy, laughter and spectacular quilts! The class was electric! Everyone loved the easy trick for making a quite complicated block! There were so many techniques used in this class, even the most advanced sewer will walk away with a “wow”!”  

Michelle Strassburg, Owner, Fabric Affair Quilt Shop

“The MQX Lemon Cathedral workshop was like five classes in one. Learned so many tips . Mark made us feel we could do anything. Best class ever.”

Donna  M., Quilter

“I highly recommend taking Mark Lipinski’s Lemon Cathedral quilt workshop. I took his workshop this past weekend and it was great. Mark is an excellent teacher. He is right there to answer any questions and give any help or advice you might need. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be with and learn from Mark. It is more fun than you could ever imagine.”

Diane H., Quilter

“I have always been intimidated to try raw edged appliqué but this class was so fun and free spirited that all fear has vanished….now I’m looking for new applique projects. The cathedral windows block works like magic, thanks Mark.”

Lynn K., Quilter

“When I found out at the last minute that Mark would be in town I dropped everything to see him again. An evening of creative inspiration, warm camaraderie, fun stories and belly laughs was just what I needed to fill my cup. Spread the word: Mark Lipinski is back, and he’s better than ever!”

Lea P., Quilter

“Thank you Mark! We had sooo much fun and loved working with you on the Lemon Cathedral! Come back soon!”

Diane  L ., Quilter

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One Comment on “Embroidered Postcards! Hexie Granny Square! Native Arts Quilt! Binder Creative Supply Holder! Clear Crochet Hook Case! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. August 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

    Those micoscopic photos are amazing. How beautiful!

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