Ombre Shoe Strings! Postage Stamp Quilt! Baby Sandals! Granny Square Crochet! Garden Umbrella! Watermelon Margaritas! Jokes, Art, Design & Memories


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Ombre your shoe laces!  What fun and you can choose any color — even colors to match your outfit du jour!  Isn’t this fun?  I think you’ll love the process.  Today shoe laces, tomorrow — your hair!  You go!  Start here:




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






Dog healthcare.

A woman, in the pharmacy, asks the pharmacist,  “Can I get Viagra here?”

“Yes, of course you can,” answers the pharmacist.

“But can I get it over the counter?” she inquires.

“If you give me two of them, you can.”


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, Jayasri Burman.



Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?  Awesome Photo of The Stained Glass Ceiling of The Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona, Spain.



There is almost no quilt that I love more than a scrappy postage stamp quilt, a bunch of scrappy little squares sewn tougher in no random order.  I’m working on a primitive, very primitive, postage stamp quilt in 30’s fabrics right now (process is key, hand piecing is mandatory, and primitive is key to the design).    Here’s a tutorial for stash busting your junk and creating something beautiful.   Here’s a link, and hopefully some inspiration to begin your own:



I need a baby.  I NEED a baby.  These little strap flip flops to crochet are absolutely the cutest fashion accessory for jr. this summer that I can think of.  Choose different colored yarns and you have a boy pair.   How can you resist?   Check out the PDF pattern:



I love Margaritas and I love watermelon.  Put them both together and you have a swig of nirvana!   Here’s a little video tutorial that will get your week off to a good, drunken start!   Check it out:


Calamityware Combines Delicate Porcelain And Monster Attacks!  Spaceship. Giant robot attacks.  Attack from space invaders.








1 lb of mild ground italian sausage 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes with italian herbs, undrained 1 15oz jar of marinara of choice 1 9oz pkg of refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini 1 cup of shredded mozzerela cheese 1 cup of fresh sliced mushrooms 1) In a skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, then drain. 2) Spray the inside of your pot with cooking spray. Then mix in the cooked sausage, marinara sauce, mushrooms and tomatoes. 

3) Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.

4) Stir in torellini and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook on low for an additional 15 minutes.





Have it made in the shade, cupcake, with a unique planter pot and shade umbrella holder.  It’s really easy to create and not expensive either.  Keep your eyes out for trashed pots and smaller shade umbrellas while you are out and about and make your outdoor living, schweet!  Here’s how you make it:



Milton Bradley Makes the Best Games in the Woooooooorld . . .



Isn’t this the prettiest wallpaper for your computer, iPad or iPhone?   I love the colors and if you download it for your computer, too, we can be twinsies!   LOVE!   Here’s the link:



“…these are extremely addicting”




  • Ingredients
  • 32 caramel squares, unwrapped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 pan or you can line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easier removal. The caramel gets very sticky. (This can also be made in a 9×13, by doubling the ingredients)
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Add flour, oats, and baking soda. Mix until combined well.
  3. Divide the cookie mixture in half and pat half of the mix into the bottom of the 8×8 pan. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
  4. While the crust is baking, combine the caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until completely melted and smooth. The caramels can also be melted in the microwave, just stir after every 30 seconds being careful not to let it burn.
  5. Remove pan from the oven, immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the crust. Pour warm melted caramel mixture over the chocolate chips and crumble remaining cookie dough on top.
  6. Return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Once removed from the oven, allow them to completely cool and the caramel to set up. The caramel is like molten caramel right out of the oven and you want to let it cool. You can speed up the cooling process by putting it in the fridge if needed.
  8. Gluten Free Version
  9. Use gluten free flour.
  10. Use certified gluten free oatmeal, can be found at Trader Joe’s




This handcrafted porcelain pot is all ceremony and no tea: It exists solely to be adored. Exquisite blanc de chine flowers, tendrils, and foliage spill down its sides. In Japan and China, vessels like these are given as presents to bring peace, luck, and fortune. Who doesn’t need a little of that? Sakura teapot, $5,000.    

Buy one here:







This is the kind of crocheted Granny Square blankets I love to make.  It’s just one big granny square.  That means you only have to change yarn colors less and less frequently and there is no “joining” squares at the end.  Super easy for a beginner.   Here’s how:




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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17 Comments on “Ombre Shoe Strings! Postage Stamp Quilt! Baby Sandals! Granny Square Crochet! Garden Umbrella! Watermelon Margaritas! Jokes, Art, Design & Memories”

  1. Pat Rahrig
    July 6, 2014 at 6:20 AM #

    I LOVE all of your FB postings and this blog is so easy to see everything you post together. Keep it up!


  2. Carolyn
    July 6, 2014 at 6:45 AM #

    Mark, the blog always brings a smile. Weeks past you posted the owls. I made a few. It was great fun. Glad you are back on the circuit making sewists laugh and for me, being a little more creative. See you in august in Troy,mi.


  3. Geri
    July 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM #

    Hi mark. You always, always find such beautiful/interesting/unusual bits & bobs to share. Thank you. Geri in England


  4. Maria Chisnall
    July 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM #

    Love your blog. I find it uplifing and inspiring. Thank you


  5. July 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

    Mark, I love the blog format for these postings – I’ve already put some of the recipes in my recipe books and am getting lots of great ideas from things you post. Thanks!


  6. Robin
    July 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM #

    This format is great! I can find everything you post in one place and don’t have to search Facebook. I especially appreciate the recipes and quilt patterns. I love your uplifting words and ideas. Keep up the good work. Thanks


  7. Mary in New Mexico
    July 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM #

    Mark, I love this new format as I do not have a Facebook account and I don’t want to….. so getting to your facebook page has presented quilte a challenge and is time consuming.
    Thanks so much for your inspiration – and I love the Creative mojo radio show!


  8. July 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

    Loving the new blog format. I’ve been missing about 3/4 of your facebook posts and now I see them all


  9. July 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

    Love the blog. Now I just need time to do all the fun things. xoxox


  10. Lori
    July 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

    Hello Mark…..any info on where to find those funny plates with the disasters mixed in with traditional blue and white patterns? LOVE THEM!!


    • July 6, 2014 at 7:14 PM #

      I’m fairly sure they are just designer art as opposed to being able to buy a set, but I could be wrong (it’s been known to happen!) xoxom


  11. July 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM #

    Hi mark Weze here on cape cod , one of your pickles that made your quilt. hope your well and your family is great. nice here today nice breeze we had a lot of wind and rain up to 6 inches but we needed it from the storm. love your new blog and hope all goes well for you. have you been sewing at all?. i have a few gifts i have to make 3 sets of sunflower place mats, and a wall hanging. well got to dash hang out my wash nice drying day . oh do you still have your chickens? oh also how is Mary doing too! love ya weze aka Louise R
    a very proud retired navy wife O:-)


  12. July 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM #

    This new format is great.I love the snappy eye candy


  13. Jackie
    July 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM #

    Keep this up!!! Awesome ideas!!!


  14. Karen Lieberman
    July 6, 2014 at 6:39 PM #

    I love the new format for your blog Mark! I look forward to every post. 🙂


  15. July 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM #

    Lovin’ your Blog!



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