Smocking! Upcycled Window Coffee Table! Embroidered Autumn Brooch! Philadelphia Pavement Quilt! Cluster Burst Crochet Edging! Woven Jewelry! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

 

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I’d really appreciate it!  xoxom

 

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“C’mon Ma you have got to try it” I pleaded to my elderly Mother. I don’t know how my Mother lasted this long without ever using the internet, but enough was enough! I thought.

“Ok” she said reluctantly settling down by the computer and slowly putting on her reading glasses “what do I do now?”

“Now I’m going to open the home page of google”, I explained. “OK here it is! Now type in ANY question you want into the bar over here and you will find an answer to your question.” I confidently assured her.

My Mother looked at me warily, thought for a second, and slowly began to type, How is Gertrude doing this morning?

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? Ellen Dittebrandt; “Under Over”

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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? Brigid Berlin’s Tabloid Needlepoint Pillows.

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Don’t mock the smock! My friend, Sherry, is a smocking maniac, and actually it was through Sherry  that I saw smocking for the first time. Luckily for me, Sherry just had another granddaughter, so that means she will be smocking for many years to come! I think smocking is remarkable because it is actually a very versatile  fabric manipulation. If you would like to learn to smock just followed this tutorial…

 http://mellysews.com/2012/05/smocking-tutorial.html

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Summer is the time when people get their windows replaced and there are old window sitting along the curbs in almost every neighborhood in America! Now’s your chance to grab a few and to make this really cool looking window coffee table. It looks terrific as is, but it could be a great place in which to display some of your treasures, or to store your toddler when she starts to act out (just sayin’) Start here…

http://martysmusings.net/2012/05/unbelievable-window-table-or-my-husband.html

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Believe it or not, the first of August is on Friday! That means you have about 35 to 40 days until the official start of fall weather. Why not start your creative autumnal  crafting now instead of waiting for September and finishing your fall project by January! (Oh yeah, I know your type! You think I don’t know your type?) Here’s the tutorial for these pretty embroidered leaf brooches…

http://fiberluscious.blogspot.com/2012/10/tutorial-autumns-inspiration-leaf-brooch.html 

YUM

SUNCREST GARDENS FARM’S PESTO PIZZA

Heather Secrist uses kale in her pesto for this tomatoey creation, though you can substitute arugula, spinach or basil if you prefer. “Pesto can be frozen in ice cube trays for use throughout the year,” says Heather, owner of Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin. “Once frozen, place the cubes in a freezer bag to pull out as you need them.”

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ingredients

  • 1 12 – 14 – inch Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (see Recipe Center) or desired pizza crust
  • 1/3 cup Kale Pesto (recipe follows) or purchased basil pesto
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2 medium fresh garden heirloom tomatoes, such as Cherokee Purples, green zebras, and/or Marvel Stripe, or desired red or yellow tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices or 1 cup mixed baby tomatoes, such as sungolds, yellow pear, and/or sweet 100s, halved
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pizza seasoning 

directions

  1. Bake whole wheat crust in 450 degree F oven 7 to 9 minutes or until light brown; remove from oven. (Or grill as directed in crust recipe.)
  2. Spread Kale Pesto evenly over crust. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange tomato slices over cheese. Sprinkle with pizza seasoning.
  3. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes more or until heated through and crust bottom is crisp and brown. (Or grill as directed.) Remove from oven. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges to serve. Makes one 13- to 15-inch pizza (four 2-wedge servings).

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  • * If you like, substitute 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, torn fresh arugula or spinach leaves with stems removed for the kale.

Source: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/vegetables/suncrest-gardens-farms-pesto-pizza

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

22 year old Singapore Business student Grace Ciao, is the surprising designer behind this beautiful and elegant collection of fashion design illustrations. Rather than utilizing your everyday creative utensils, Grace chooses to manipulate the petals flowers to create her unique fashion garments. The shapes and tones of the petals present Grace with a whole new world of fashion, “They help me create prints which I otherwise couldn’t have thought of”.

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Source: inspirationhut

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PATCHWORK, BABY! 

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Sometimes antique quilts are actually the best  quilts. I love this Philadelphia Pavement quilt which was featured in an old issue of McCall’s Quilting. Of course, it is a modified Trip around the World,  but it is a stunner and you will get tons more compliments on this than you will any square-in-a-square (with a white or gray background) quilt. Trust me on that one. Here is the PDF…

 http://www.mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Vintage_View_-_Philadelphia_Pavement.pdf

MEMBA DIS?

Cake rouge.

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WHAT I LOVE!

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Crocheting an afghan is one thing,  finishing is another. Here is a tutorial for you, that gives you a pattern for  edging your crocheted blanket with this cluster burst effect. It just has a finish that most crocheted afghans do not have – – or at least the crocheted afghans that I’ve seen. Go for it…

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2014/07/cluster-burst-afghan-crochet-edging-pattern/

DESSERT! 

FRENCH TOAST BREAD PUDDING

This is an nice variation of a bread pudding that uses whole slices of bread, along with strips of croissants, and cinnamon, for a delicious breakfast dish or dessert.

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Ingredients
12 slices of cinnamon bread (regular white bread or raisin bread may be used as a replacement)
1/2 cup of butter (softened to room temperature)
2 croissants
6 eggs
1 cup of granulated white sugar (plus a bit more)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 quart of half and half
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (ground)
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg (ground)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Slice your croissants length-wise, into quarter-inch strips.
Butter the bottom of a nine-by-thirteen inch baking pan.
Butter one side of each piece of bread, and layer them in the bottom of the pan, alternating with strips of croissant.
In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs on medium-high speed until they become somewhat thickened (about five minutes).
Add the sugar and vanilla, and continue to beat until combined.
Next, lower the speed, and add the half and half, mixing until smooth.
Pour the wet mixture over the bread in the pan slowly, until the bread has absorbed the mixture, and all of the mixture is in the pan.
In another bowl, mix the cinnamon and nutmeg with 1/8 teaspoon of granulated sugar (the extra mentioned above).  Sprinkle this mixture over the bread.
Find a larger baking pan, and fill it half-way with hot water.  Place this pan in the oven.
Carefully place the baking pan into the larger water-filled pan, and bake for 45-50 minutes at 325 degrees.
Throw out the water, and chill the bread pudding until cooled (at least a couple of hours, or overnight).

Enjoy with maple syrup, a sweet sauce, preserves, whipped cream, or mascarpone cheese.

Source: (and, oy, the daisy already! LOL)  http://www.theardentepicure.com/2011/04/whats-for-dessert-french-toast-bread.html

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SHOEspiration

 

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I totally dig these wild elven shoes called Needle and Thread by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design student . Displayed at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week 2012 as part of the academy’s “Design Bonanza” installation, the shoes are made out of locally-sourced pine needles and depict a combination of playfulness and respect for nature, as well as an incredible attention to detail.  Imagine  what you can do when the needle start falling off of your Christmas tree this year! Shoes for everyone!  – See more at: http://www.designboom.com/design/pine-needle-shoes-by-hadas-ilani/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Conjure that hippie chick inside of you and leave this terrific DIY woven necklace. Look, if you are a serious fiberholic,  you can’t not wear one of these at some point this season.  I really like it, I think it is a conversation piece, and I think that the whole point of wearing jewelry is for conversation as well as adornment. Strut your stuff…

http://sayyes.com/2014/07/diy-woven-necklace.html

 

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Hey Michigan!

THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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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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YOU’LL LEARN MY LEMON CATHEDRAL QUILT

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT WEBSITE?

The new Slow Stitching Movement blog has been posted. This blog is about “Semper Tedium! What I Learned (and you can, too)!” 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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15 Comments on “Smocking! Upcycled Window Coffee Table! Embroidered Autumn Brooch! Philadelphia Pavement Quilt! Cluster Burst Crochet Edging! Woven Jewelry! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. Lisa
    July 29, 2014 at 7:38 AM #

    Love your blog and Facebook page. So many things to inspire!!

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    • July 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

      Thank you, Lisa! It means so much to me that you wrote! 🙂 Please tell your friends about the site! xooxm

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  2. July 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

    Thanks for sharing our window table!

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    • July 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

      Are you kidding?!? Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your talent with the world! xooxm

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  3. July 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM #

    Mark – I stumbled upon you when I signed up for the Slow Stitching class and now I can’t wait to open your blog each day. You totally rock!

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  4. Mary PW
    July 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

    Mark – thanks for the daily dose of inspiration and great new ideas. This is the first thing** I seek out every morning… I can’t wait to try out new things. Today…pizza spinning!

    (**Ok, I lied. It’s the 2nd thing I reach for, but I can’t even open my computer top without my coffee first.

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    • July 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM #

      Thanks, Mary! So happy you like it. Please tell your friends to subscribe! xoxom

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  5. Pam Brees
    July 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

    Mark …I do love the blog. Don’t love how complicated it has become to share the ones I want to. I understand why you did it. I do miss your thoughts for the day though! I shared a lot of those! xox Pam

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    • July 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM #

      I know, Pam. It sucks, that for every gain there seems to be some kind of a set-back. I’m happy that in a few weeks over 2000 people a day are seeing some inspiration as opposed to FB’s 100 or less per post (and that’s with almost 17,000 LIKES!). Thoughts for the day? You mean the ones I used to write on my blog? Write back! xoxom

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  6. Alice Thomas
    July 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

    Thank you Mark
    I do look forward to your post. Now I’ll be a follower of your blog. Sure wish I was in Michigan to take the class.

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  7. July 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

    I love the flower dresses! They remind me of those little flower fairies by Cicely Mary Barker, so fresh and sweet. 🙂 And the ARTspiration photo–breathtaking.

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    • July 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM #

      You are so nice to have written, Phyllis! Thank you! xooxm

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  8. Patricia Hart
    July 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM #

    Hey Mark:

    Would you come to Chautauqua and teach this one? Maybe 2015. Just contact Judy Fenton at Millcreek Sewing and Vac. Erie, Pa. She usually has it in September at the end of the season. Who doesn’t like to be here in the northeast in the beautiful fall. Please consider it. Thanks.

    PS Pat Sloan is teaching this year.

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    • July 29, 2014 at 8:10 PM #

      Sure! Just have your program person give me a call to schedule (I’m pretty booked through 2015 — already started booking 2016 — but you’re close enough, and only a drive). xoxom Here’s my studio/office #
      (908) 876-1208

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