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YOKE DU YOUR (naughty!)
An American businessman is entertaining some overseas business guests on the golf course.
The first guest, who is from Italy, tees off and hits a good shot 200 yards down the fairway. As the American businessman knows a small amount of Italian he says: “Buon tiro”, which means “Good shot”. The Italian businessman replies: “Grazie”.
The second guest, who is from France, tees off and hits a fantastic shot that lands on the green thirty feet from the hole. As the American businessman knows a small amount of French he says: “Tir fantastique”, which means “Fantastic shot”. The French businessman replies: “Merci”.
The third guest, who is from Japan, tees off and amazingly the ball goes straight in the hole, a hole in one! The American businessman doesn’t know many Japanese words or phrases but when he dated a Japanese girl during his overseas business trips she used to cheer him on when he made love to her and she would shout out “Ura-ana, ura-ana”, and which he repeats to his Japanese guest.
The Japanese businessman replies: “What do you mean, wrong hole?”
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? Umbrellas by artist, Rie Nakajima.
Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft? Drawer pulls.
IDEA I LOVE
I really do love this idea for BOUQUET BOMBING. Now that the garden flowers are beginning to come into their own, I would love to give this idea a shot. And speaking of shot — given our gun laws (or lack thereof) I would hate to get shot in the ass for trying to sneak up on somebody’s door with a handful of flowers. Take a look:
IDEA I LOVE
Every table needs a covering at one time or another and July 4th is no exception! Here’s a super simple idea for using red,white and blue bandanas that you simply sew together and use. No quilting, not a stitch of additional sewing. All fun and patriotic theme (even in you live in France or England)! Take a look:
IDEA I LOVE
Applique the easy way. Love these 40’s fabrics. They are always so welcoming and crisp. Check this out:
My heart just skipped a beat when I saw these engraved rolling pins! Yes, there are some fun engravings but the real kick in the buttinski is that you can customize a rolling pin — with your own name or design! I’m freaking out here, kids, salivating on my newly pressed shirt! Take a look at them all:
COLD PEANUT NOODLES PICNIC SALAD
Cook 1 pound Chinese egg noodles; drain and rinse. Whisk 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons each soy sauce, Sriracha and rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon each sesame oil and grated peeled ginger. Toss with the noodles, 1 each chopped red bell pepper and cucumber, and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro; season with salt.
ITALIAN DELI PASTA PICNIC SALAD
Cook 1 pound penne; drain and rinse. Mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons each olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss with the pasta, one 16-ounce jar giardiniera (drained and chopped), 1 cup each diced provolone and salami, 1/4 cup each chopped parsley and basil, and salt and pepper.
BLACK BEAN – CORN PICNIC SALAD
Whisk 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons honey and the juice of 3 limes. Toss with two 15-ounce cans black beans (rinsed), 1 cup thawed frozen corn,1 diced bell pepper, 1 bunch chopped scallions, 1/2 cup cilantro, and salt and pepper. Add 1 diced avocado.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
IDEA I LOVE
You still have time to put together this rustic DIY July 4th all-fabric scrappy banner! Gather you scraps, your rotary cutter and start a’cuttin’ Take a look at the blog:
And when you actually paid for what an amusement park ride was worth.
INA GARTEN’S EASY FLAG CAKE
Celebrate Independence Day with a festive starred-and-striped cake from Food Network made with fresh berries and cream cheese frosting.
Here’s the step by step tutorial plus icing recipe:
A piece of embroidered art by fiber artist, Cathy Cullis
Flatform Googley Eye shoes
IDEA I LOVE
This is a quilt for a baby or toddler called Baby Bowties by Janeen Getz. All you have to do is make more blocks to increase the size.
Anybody else getting tired of the never-ending flat looking and uber simple quilts? I know they’re modern but it time to ramp up the design sensibilities, ladies. Well, at least the patterns are free and their “designers” generous. By the way, I do like this quilt (even the color and fabric choices — which is a miracle, I know). I’m speaking in generalities and not about this specific project.
I digress. Here’s the tutorial for Baby Bowties:
WHY THIS FORMAT IS NEW:
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…