DIY Slate Cheese Board, Fairy Garden, Crochet Blanket Pattern, Seascape Quilt, Preparedness Candle Jar, Foldable Hamper! Plus Recipes, Jokes, Art & Memories

I want to try something and I would really like your input on it.

For the past year or so, I have been posting links on my Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page on Facebook. Of course, in its never ending quest to make lots of money, Facebook cares less about you and me and more about cash in spite of the fact they have more money than they know what to do with. As a result, those of you who have been faithful readers of the Fan Page have been removed, time and time again, from getting any of my posts onto your timeline feed. The reason is, Facebook would like me to pay money every day in order to advertise and length readers like you, to the Fan Page.


I think we would all be better served if I posted my tips, ideas, links, and jokes, etc. to my blog.

You can subscribe to my blog and get an email every time I post a grouping of ideas, links, etc.

I’M NOT shutting down my Facebook Fan Page. What I am doing is putting everything that used to be on the Fan Page individually on my blog, AND there will be a daily link to the idea blog on the Fan Page, just as there were multiple links to the various blogs that I’ve always linked to in the past. It’s not that different, really. It will save me a lot of time, and guarantee those who want to see the creative posts will actually get to see them. And Facebookers, will STILL have to click on “GET NOTIFICATIONS” if they want to see what I post here. Is that more clear?

Actually, this way gives you TWO ways to get all of the ideas, etc. — through the FACEBOOK FAN PAGE  and YOUR CHOICE (not mandatory) to subscribe to the bLog and get email postings that way

So, what do you think? Have you been as frustrated with Facebook as I have been? Should we try?



Well, I think it’s worth a shot at least in the short term, let’s see what happens…



What has a bunch of little balls and screws old ladies?

WAIT FOR IT . . . 

A bingo machine.



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?  This is mosaic portrait of Camillo Rospigliasi, 1630 .. ˙ He was the brother of Pope Clement IX and Knight Commander of the order of Santo Stefano.  This artwork can be found at the Getty Center.



Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  A bouquet of balloons!



 I really like taking a piece of slate and turning it into a fantastic summer cheese board! This is so easy to do, cupcake, that you will want to have a late serving tray for everything you serve.   You can take THAT to the bank —  because it will only cost you about eight bucks!   Here’s how you make one… 0r ten:



For obvious reasons, I have had very little problem attracting fairies to my garden. That said, I have had fairy gardens around the Pickle Road property for years. Here are a few tips to create your own fairy garden around your house. Granted, these are not monumental fabulous fairy garden revelations, but it will get you started on the right track. If you visit,  I create a fairy garden near my pool in one of the very first episodes of season one (if you’re interested). Here’s the link for these fairy garden ideas:



 you are going to want this pattern, cupcake, to while away the hours with your crochet hook and brightly colored yarn. What I really like about projects like crochet afghans is that you can make them as small or as large as you like, and choose the colors that really speak to your soul. Here’s the free pattern for this colorful sucker:



Take the “sloppy” out of the sandwich by ditching the bun and wrapping the hearty beef or turkey mixture, sprinkled with Cheddar, in a soft corn tortilla. This fun twist on the meaty dinner staple that can be on the table in less than 15 minutes.


  • 4 white corn tortillas
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 can sloppy-joe sauce (such as Hunt’s) or 1 package sloppy-joe
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Wrap all the tortillas tightly together in foil and place in oven for 5 minutes. In a medium skillet, brown the beef or turkey. Add the sloppy-joe sauce (or seasoning, tomato paste, and water, according to the label directions). Place 1 tortilla on each plate. Spoon the sloppy-joe mixture evenly onto each tortilla. Divide the Cheddar evenly among the tortillas and fold them over. Serve with a green salad.






If you are dreaming of the ocean yet don’t have a free minute to get there, cupcake, then you will want to piece this quilt called,  Seascape. Nothing can get you more in the mood to flop around in your string bikini then appliquéing starfish and piecing seashells to fabric!   Here’s the free pattern:

Click to access SEASCAPE%20quilt%20pattern%20LR.pdf





With the summer thunder and lightning storms in season, I know I will be prepared for the loss of electricity (but here on Pickle Road, a Robin just need to fly over the house for my electricity to go off).   The notion of having a few of these preparedness candles in a jar around  is really a super good idea!   Grab some old Mason jars, plumbers candles, and some wooden matches in a box, and you are well on your way! Come on, cupcake, don’t be caught in the dark. Do this:



 When gas stations had no gas, and gas rationing was based on license plate numbers.   Honestly? I wonder whether was better to have no gas or gasoline that now costs almost $5-dollars a gallon in some places? Can we win, cupcake? Can the consumer ever win…?



BOAT DRINK  (Fizzy Lime Coladas)
Makes about 4 large cocktails

1 cup sweetened cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/4 cups white rum
2 cups club soda
Limes for garnish

Combine cream of coconut, lime juice, and rum in a blender, and puree until smooth. (Can also be whisked vigorously in a pitcher.)

Divide evenly into 4 16oz glasses filled with ice, stir once, then top off with club soda.

Garnish with a lime and serve immediately.


coconut lime colada cocktail


I really like the idea of this DIY hamper for the house, but I’m thinking about making one just like it for the pool area, for towels and suits and stuff.  Not too shabby (although I like the shabby chic look of the total package).  Here’s how to make your own:


Well, does this work for you?  better or worse?  xoxom


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36 Comments on “DIY Slate Cheese Board, Fairy Garden, Crochet Blanket Pattern, Seascape Quilt, Preparedness Candle Jar, Foldable Hamper! Plus Recipes, Jokes, Art & Memories”

  1. June 25, 2014 at 6:08 AM #

    I will subscribe to a blogfeed. I use


  2. Melissa
    June 25, 2014 at 6:14 AM #

    Aloha Mark,
    The FB method can be wonderful, but you are right. The financial hook is getting very expensive, I always enjoyed your blogs. Sometimes, we have to mix it up a bit… Love your creative ideas! I am going to make a fairy garden in the middle of my herb garden…maybe this will compensate for my brown thumb!
    Mahalo nui loa,
    Koloa, Hawaii


    • June 25, 2014 at 6:58 AM #

      But I’ll still be posting the link to my blog on my Fan Page! THREE ways to get the information. Facebook Fan Page only. Visit the blog. Subscribe to the blog. Never miss a thing.


  3. June 25, 2014 at 6:36 AM #

    i don’t do Facebook. will subscribe to the blog. thanks


  4. Sue
    June 25, 2014 at 6:42 AM #

    I’m looking forward to getting your emails!


  5. June 25, 2014 at 6:47 AM #

    I love this – much better than wondering what I missed on FB. And I love being able to get it all in one email blast as well.


  6. Roberta
    June 25, 2014 at 6:51 AM #

    Like it


  7. June 25, 2014 at 6:58 AM #

    I love your blog and I’LL BE BACK again and again and again. Hugs ❤


  8. June 25, 2014 at 6:58 AM #

    Stick with the blog – Facebook is so oldschool now, LOL!!! Or even better yet – instagram!!


  9. Carole S
    June 25, 2014 at 7:07 AM #

    Love it.s


  10. Carolyn
    June 25, 2014 at 7:28 AM #

    I like the blog better.


  11. June 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    Good plan – FB is getting a bit too big for their britches.


  12. PATRICIA Raygor
    June 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM #

    Hi, Mark,
    Old me responding to the gas rationing. I’m as old as mud so I was there. Every car had a sticker A – little gas, B – more gas, C – unlimited gas. Amount depended on one’s work. My dad was a traveling salesman so got the unlimited. Neighbor only drove a short way to work so got an A.
    Love ya,
    Pat Raygor, Standing on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona

    Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:56:38 +0000


  13. Cindi
    June 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM #



  14. Marcia Cook
    June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

    Blog is better. Facebook has creeped me out. I looked for leather on ebay now I’ll getting the pic from ebay on my feed and in the ads on the right hand side. One time would be okay but this is stalking me now, dozens of times. ICK.


  15. Aloha, Jo
    June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

    I like being able to share the random Joke du Jour and easy recipe to my mom’s FB page. It gives her a laugh and shows her that (even at 80+) there are new dishes that can be thrown into the weekly menu. That won’t be as easy to do with everything as a single blog post BUT I am smart enough to figure something out – maybe a screen shot and posting that to mom?

    Anyways – registered for blogmail and will follow you either way

    Aloha, Jo


  16. Vickie in Cleveland
    June 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

    Oh, I like this, Mark. So much “cleaner” and easier to read. Facebook is ok, but the advertising is getting annoying.
    Love reading your posts!

    Vickie in Cleveland


  17. Thomas Turner
    June 25, 2014 at 8:36 AM #

    I don’t care which you do. I just don’t want to lose contact with you.


  18. June 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM #

    Blog works well for me!


  19. June 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM #

    Yay! I love that you’re moving to the blog. 🙂 There have been so many times that I wanted to comment on something on the fan page but couldn’t because I’m not on Facebook.


  20. Shirley
    June 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM #

    Will definitely subscribe to your blog. Don’t want to miss a thing 😍.


  21. June 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM #

    Facebook/Blog/Instagram/Twitter . . . There are many fishies in many different bodies of water. Cast your net where ever the fishies are looking for food (inspiration). The real hungry ones will follow your boat no matter where it floats. They all love the chum.


  22. Kathryn Dalheim
    June 25, 2014 at 10:17 AM #

    Kathryn near Cleveland (Solon, OH). I LIKE the blog choice. Sign me up!


  23. June 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

    why not both? is that possible?


  24. June 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

    I like this format because it allows all your cool ideas and lookie-look pics 🙂 to be in one stream…like, here are the things Mark has been thinking of TODAY. It’s really lovely to browse this way, much less chaotic than FB. ❤


  25. Lois Neville
    June 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM #

    This works!!


  26. June 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM #

    I love seeing everything on your blog and for me this is better. However, I won’t be able to share the individual ideas I really like with my friends and family which I do quite often. I don’t know if you read individual comments on individual facebook posts but with everything on your blog you won’t have that interact with your followers.
    I agree that facebook has made it difficult for people to see pages they want to. I had started a page similar to your with sharing what I was making along with other fun things I found on the internet. The page never grew because no one was seeing it.
    Back to the plus side, it will be easier to pin from your blog than from facebook.
    Good Luck.


  27. Dee W
    June 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM #

    I have always liked the blog better. Personal preference, I feel out of sorts with facebook that’s for sure.


  28. Joleen Graham
    June 25, 2014 at 7:18 PM #

    I like your blog better.


  29. June 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM #

    Donna in Ohio
    Since I am not on Facebook I have always just read your blog. Love this idea!


  30. Verona
    June 26, 2014 at 1:51 AM #

    I follow your blog and was happy to see this post – once I week I’d check the fan page for anything that I missed in my feed and now I won’t need to


  31. June 26, 2014 at 3:21 AM #

    Do what you gotta do….I’ll find you and read you and use all the great ideas you have to share. FB or blog, I’ll be there. 🙂 Thanks for the info you share with all of us cupcakes or in my case an upside down cake.


  32. Melanie Erhart
    June 26, 2014 at 4:06 AM #

    I love it! Now I am sure that I have seen all of your posts. Also, it will be easy to find posts at a later time.


  33. June 26, 2014 at 4:43 AM #

    Thanks for Mentioning My Blanket in your Post!! I’m glad you like it!! 🙂


    • June 26, 2014 at 4:47 AM #

      I don’t like it at all, . . . . I LOVE IT!!! Thank you for sharing it with us! BTW, would you mind giving me a call at my studio? I have a project I’d love to talk with you about! xoxom 908/876-1208


  34. Dianne Huling
    June 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM #

    I love the idea of having everything on your blog. Great idea. All of the ideas you share with us as well as the recipes will be in one place. See you in Illinois in September.


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