Kitty Cat Basket! LP Notebooks! Hello Kitty Quilted Cosmetic Bag! Pom Pom Table Runner! Reverse Applique! Tea Light Paperweights! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

 

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I’d really appreciate it!  xoxom

 

Hey MICHIGAN!

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On Friday and Saturday, August 1 & 2

I’ll be visiting Fabric Affair in Troy, Michigan!

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On Friday evening I’ll be giving my wild talk (the fun one)!

All day on Saturday, I’ll be teaching my Lemon Cathedral Workshop!

Sign Up for the Workshop TODAY! 

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YOKE DU YOUR 

 

Close-up of Mixed-Breed monkey between Chimpanzee and Bonobo smiling, 8 years old

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.

“I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want Novacaine because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.”

The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?”

The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

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?  By Iranian painter, Iman Maleki.

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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? Hand embroidery embellished with colorful buttons.

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IDEA I LOVE

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This is a pretty straightforward tutorial for how to make a clothesline basket, but this time adding a little embellishment will give you a kitty cat basket! If you like cats but are allergic to them, this is the basket for you. If you don’t like cats I am thinking that this basket can be adapted to many other things. What about doing the basket in orange and then adding Jack O lantern embellishments? What about in red and white striped for Christmas? How about brown, gold,  and red fibers to fashion some kind of turkey for Thanksgiving? Well, the turkey was lame but it was worth a shot. Start here:

http://www.henryhappened.com/diy-rope-basket.html 

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This is the coolest the  DIY notebook that I have seen for a long time. Dig into that stash of your mother’s old LPs, grab a couple, and bind  stacks of paper using the cut albums as your sturdy covers. This is  neat. Now, to find my copy of Frankie Yankovic the Polka King!   Here’s where you begin:

 http://www.homemadeginger.com/2014/07/handmade-vinyl-record-book-video.html

 

IDEA I LOVE

 

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This  tutorial had me at Hello Kitty! This is just another variation of a Vera Bradley inspired quilted cosmetic bag (except the fabric used in this tutorial is much better than anything Vera Bradley has ever used). You will be a guaranteed hit in any ladies how her room across America when you pulled this out of your bag and start to apply your Sea Blue eyeshadow. Here are all the directions you need:

http://believeninspire.com/2014/07/vera-bradley-inspired-quilted-cosmetic-bags-tutorial.html 

YUM

ZUCCHINI FRITTATA

WITH TOMATO-ONION SAUCE

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  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Sweet Onion, undrained 
  • 1 teaspoon Gulden’s® Spicy BrownMustard 
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • PAM® Original No-Stick CookingSpray 
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped zucchini 
  • 1 cup finely chopped white button mushrooms 
  • 1 carton (16 oz each) Egg Beaters® Original
  • 2 green onions, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine undrained tomatoes, mustard and honey in medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat; cook 10 minutes or until thickened and most of juice has cooked away, stirring several times.
  2. Spray shallow 10-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until starting to brown on edges, stirring several times. Reduce heat to medium-low; pour Egg Beaters over vegetables. Cover skillet. After 6 minutes, lift edge of frittata with spatula and tilt skillet to allow Egg Beaters to flow underneath several times. Cover; continue cooking 4 minutes or until set.
  3. Stir green onions into tomato sauce. Cut frittata into 4 wedges. Top each wedge with tomato sauce.

COOK’S TIPS

By covering the skillet after adding the Egg Beaters, one can save energy and eliminate the need to finish the frittata under the broiler. Use a piece of foil as a cover if the skillet has no lid.

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Now this is a table runner!. Yes, I am a fan of table runners, but after a while every one of those quilted table runners start to look identical.  Admittedly, this one is a major dust catcher but it is also a major eye-catcher. And should it just  “happen to” fall to the floor, it might do a better job of clearing the dust  than your Swifter!   Here is the pattern for your DIY pom-pom table runner:

http://www.fortheloveof.net/diy-pom-pom-table-runner/

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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PATCHWORK, BABY! 

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Maybe I am just a glutton for punishment, but I really do like reverse appliqué. Here is a little project to teach you the technique of reverse appliqué. I’m wondering what this particular block might look like if it were done in color gradations?  Or, one block white, one block black. It could be a rather striking quilt. Also, something all of  that intentional stitching could lead to every benefit that The Slow Stitching Movement has to offer. Try it out:

 http://betteroffthread.com/2013/06/18/reverse-applique-tutorial/

 

MEMBA DIS?

1958’s Edward Mobley Lamb plastic baby toy.

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IDEA I LOVE

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My buddy, Mark Montano,  created these are really super tea-light paperweights. And who doesn’t need a paperweight? Wouldn’t these make great personalized gifts, or stocking stuffers, for the holidays? Time to put on your thinking, cupcake. Take a look at Mark’s video tutorial:

http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/2014/07/Tea-light-paperweight.html

 

DESSERT! 

RASPBERRY AND PEACH SORBET

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 oz raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups peaches (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

  1. Click here for the remainder of the recipe. Keep in mind I adapted the recipe for a raspberry and peach variation, so scroll to the bottom of recipe and read the instructions for adapting the original recipe.
  2. If you do not have peaches readily available, use one that is and keep the ratio to two cups and follow the rest of the recipe.  Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

SOURCE: http://www.bakersroyale.com/cocktail-popsicles-2/raspberry-and-peach-sorbet/

 

MUST HAVE

 

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Now you just know I need to be buying some of these rubber stamps!  Practice your basting stitch or knit and purl! Each Assemble rubber stamp set includes four hand-assembled rubber stamps of varying sizes–made of high-quality rubber adhered to wood.   About $32 per set (YIKES!)

http://shop.assembleshop.com/product/assemble-rubber-stamp-set-crafting-studio

 

 

 

 

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SHOEspiration

These Mojari’s shoes are made of soft leather and the upper shoe is hand embroidered.

 

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Have you checked out …

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT WEBSITE?

The new Slow Stitching Movement blog has been posted. This blog is about “Creating and Participating in a Slow Stitching Salon.” I’d love for you to take a look at it and give me any feedback. Thanks! xooxm

 

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Just CLICK on the SLOW STITCHING BLOG box on the Slow Stitching Movement website: http://www.slowstitching.com/    (please subscribe while you’re there)

DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG! 

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6 Comments on “Kitty Cat Basket! LP Notebooks! Hello Kitty Quilted Cosmetic Bag! Pom Pom Table Runner! Reverse Applique! Tea Light Paperweights! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. Shirley
    July 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM #

    Mark, I always look forward to your great ideas that you give us. Thanks for all of them!

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  2. Jean Usner
    July 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    Your blog is a great way to start my day! Fun and inspiring!

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  3. July 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM #

    Oh my, so many great ideas. Just spent my coffee break time reading about the salons, Love love the idea!

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  4. July 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM #

    Hi Mark, I’ve always loved reading or listening to your ideas, comments and humor, so it’s only the “next step” for me to follow your blog. It’s fun, bright, and full of ideas I can actually see myself doing. Love that you keep “keeping on!”

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