Round Totes! Spirograph Embroidery, Mini Table Quilt! Little Can Bedroom! Fiber Jewelry! Jokes, Art, Design &Memories


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John is paying a visit to his Italian neighbor in the hospital, who just had a very serious traffic accident. He doesn’t look like very much: in plaster, completely wrapped in a bandage, tons of hoses and infusions. He looks like a mummy. John tries to have a conversation, but his neighbor has his eyes closed and isn’t responding.

Suddenly his eyes jump wide open and he starts to gurgle and during his last gasp for air he says: “Mi stai bloccando il d’tubicino ossigeno, Pezzo di merda ….” John inscribes the words in his heart.

At the funeral John tells the black-clad widow that her husband had something to say. ‘And, she asks with tearful eyes,”was it that he loved me? ”

“I do not know,” said the man, “but it sounded like Mi stai bloccando il d’tubicino ossigeno, pezzo di merda ….” The widow screams and faints.

“What?” John ask startled to the daughter, “what did he say, what does that mean?”

And the crying daughter says: “You are standing on my oxygen hose, you dope…”




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? By artist, George Towne.



Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  Tempered glass mosaics by Susan Crocenzi.




There is no doubt that thisTraveling in Circles Tote,  is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen! I have to tell you, even though it’s a very femmie look, I am drawn to the shape and the technique in order to pull this off. I think you should give it a try and use one for your sewing and crafting supplies – when you’re on the road – and another for makeup and hair junk when you’re traveling! Here’s the tutorial:






Making your own jewelry is always cool even if you suck at beading. Here’s a simple tutorial for making a jewelry pendant that requires no beading whatsoever. What’s really groovy about this craft is that you get to use the cheap-o round plastic canvas as your base. It’s going to take you back to your scouting days (and you know you were better at crafting than you were at building a fire, anyway). Here’s how you make it:




OK. I am smitten. I love this idea of finding an old spirograph (I think that Target might be selling a new version these days), working its magic directly on fabric, then embroidering the hell out of it! Imagine, if you will, enlarging your designs at a copy shop, then transferring those designs to fabric, and creating your own hand-embroidered fabric from which to cut out patterns for bags, skirts, placemats, or table runners! Dude, I think we’re onto something… There are no tutorial instructions here but just use this blogger as an inspiration! Here’s what she did:



Why not bust this out at your Fourth of July picnic?    Happy Man Corkscrew. $12.95




Original recipe makes 10 servings
  • 2 (9 ounce) packages cheese tortellini
  • 1 (8 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 bunch green onions, slice
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until pasta floats to the surface, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Mix tortellini, feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, walnuts, green onions, and garlic together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk vinegar, olive oil, and basil together in a separate small bowl. Pour dressing over tortellini mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.





It is too damn hot to do any serious piecing work over a machine! Well, it’s too damn hot in 1865 house with no air-conditioning! Anywhoooo,  here’s a simple mini nine-patch quilt that would look great on your table as an alternative to the long rectangular table runners that we always see. I have a round table – two round tables, actually — and  long rectangular table runners look kind of silly on them. At least I think so.    I guess I’ll be piecing a little nine-patch.   here’s the tutorial:





Barbie with ‘bubble hair’ wearing a dress your mom made for her!




Just in time for summer’s patriotic holidays, here’s a red, white and blue dessert made with berries, mini marshmallows and JELL-O.



3 cups   boiling water, divided
1 pkg.   (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1-1/4 cups  raspberries
1 pkg.   (3 oz.) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
2 cups  JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1/4 cup  milk
1 tsp.  vanilla
1 cup  BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 cup  blueberries

make it

 ADD 1-1/2 cups boiling water to strawberry gelatin mix in bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour half into 9-inch round pan sprayed with cooking spray. Add raspberries to gelatin in pan; refrigerate 25 min. Top with remaining strawberry gelatin; refrigerate 30 min. or until set but not firm. Meanwhile, add remaining boiling water to berry blue gelatin mix in separate bowl. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

MICROWAVE marshmallows and milk in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until marshmallows are puffed; stir until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in vanilla; cool 5 min. Blend in sour cream. Pour over strawberry gelatin layer. Refrigerate 30 min.

SPREAD blueberries over sour cream layer; drizzle with 1/2 cup berry blue gelatin. Refrigerate 15 min. Cover with remaining berry blue gelatin. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Unmold before serving.

kitchens tips

Allow gelatin to set several hours or overnight until completely firm. Before unmolding, dip knife in warm water and run knife around edge of gelatin to loosen. Dip mold in warm water, just to rim, for 15 sec. Lift from water and gently pull gelatin from edge of mold with moistened fingers. Place moistened serving plate on top of mold. Invert mold and plate and shake to loosen gelatin. Gently remove mold.
Pour first layer of prepared gelatin into serving dish or mold. Refrigerate until set, but not firm, before adding the next layer. The gelatin for each additional layer should be cooled and slightly thickened before pouring over each chilled layer.
A 6-oz. pkg. of fresh raspberries contains the 1-1/4 cups berries needed to prepare this creamy dessert.


You know you love this tiny bedroom scene  in a can! Something about this tutorial just inspires me. Kinda makes you think of some other secret rooms you’d like to make for your own empty can, doesn’t it?  Honestly, nothing funny or even naughty is coming to mind at the moment, but rest assured, as soon as I hit PUBLISH, it’ll all flood to me like Niagara Falls.   Oh, the pain!  The pain of it all!  Here’s how you make the lil’ bedroom in any event:





ENCORE! DON’T MISS IT this time around! On Thursday, July 10 from 1 until 2:15-ish PM EST, I will be giving an ENCORE and LIVE presentation of The Slow Stitching Webinar! And, of course, and there will be a LIVE response to all of your questions and comments about Slow Stitching. Sign up today and see what all the buzz has been about, how to get unstuck, and how to ramp your patchwork up a notch for your own, physical, emotional, creative, spiritual and financial benefit. Can’t make this time either? Sign up and a copy of the webinar will be sent to you so you can watch and listen at your own leisure! xoxom




I’ve had some of my spatulas since spatulas were invented, so it’s time to get a few new ones.  Of course, I love the polka dot ones.


But, truth be known, I really like to bake and will go with function over beauty.  That’s why I want a set of these Tovolo silicone spatulas!  I like the curved side and the straight side (for a change! LOL).



Balmain. Fall 2014

79b723ce24241a3a3d4c12470aad3707IDEA I LOVE

I need these paper spheres like I need another hole in my head, but there’s something about woven paper that just calls my name… Plus, I like baskets full of thing sitting all over the place. Yes, I am a hoarder ( but I’m handsome so people forgive me this crafty foible).   Anyway, here are the first steps in paper weaving your own balls, so to speak:




I want to try something and I would really like your input on it. For the past year or so, I have been posting up to 20 links per day 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 lure readers like you, to the Fan Page. Otherwise, only about 5% of people who clicked LIKE on the Fan Page are actually seeing anything I post — and it could be random.  Basically, it sucks for all of us. 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 (only if you want) 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 on Facebook. Is that more clear? Actually, this way gives you TWO ways to get all of the ideas, etc. PLUS you can PIN them and they will be TAGGED so you can find them again in the search bar!  — through the FACEBOOK FAN PAGE  and YOUR CHOICE (not mandatory) to subscribe to the bLog and get email postings that way. Well, I think it’s worth a shot at least in the short term, let’s see what happens…


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4 Comments on “Round Totes! Spirograph Embroidery, Mini Table Quilt! Little Can Bedroom! Fiber Jewelry! Jokes, Art, Design &Memories”

  1. Anna Jane Hudock
    July 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM #

    Love, love your new format. I am finally getting all your posts every day. Keep it up.


  2. Betty Lerner
    July 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM #

    I LOVE getting your posts in my e-mail!!! Works for me


  3. Bonnie
    July 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM #

    You know I will be making that sewing tote in the not to distant future!


  4. July 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM #

    Whoops, that joke doesn’t work as well when you know Italian — the punchline came too soon. 🙂 FYI, pezzo di merda actually means shithead. 😉


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