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YOKE DU YOUR
The city miser was on his death bed, as his last request he asked to be alone with his lawyer, doctor, and priest. “I know I am going to die” he said ” and I would like to take my money with me, so I am going to give each of you $150,000 and I want you to each make sure the money gets in the coffin.”
It was a few days after the funeral when the priest over flowing with guilt finally confided to the other two that he only put $100,000 back.
“I’m glad you brought it up” said the doctor, “because I have also been feeling guilty, I only put $80,000 back.”
“You people should be ashamed of yourselves” stormed the lawyer “stealing money like that, am I the only honest person here? Here look at this” he said pulling out his check book, “look I wrote out a check for the full $150,000!”
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? Constantin-Jean-Marie Prévost’s, The Tattooing of a Sailor
How to Fake a Tattoo
Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft? Keep your eyes open for public street art. These are in Jersey City, NJ.
IDEA I LOVE
I like to weave and have featured weaving projects on this page a lot. This is a new one – it’s called Branch Weaving and is really simple. You just use a simple Y-shaped branch as your loom! I love how it looks, and the conversations it is sure to start! Here’s the tutorial:
IDEA I LOVE
Go ahead! Grab some favorite stash fabric and make a series of fabric belts for you and your friends! Turn that plain-Jane frock of yours into a belted beauty with just a few steps. Prove, once and for all, that you HAVE a waist! Here’s how to make them:
IDEA I LOVE
Stamping, sewing, felt, fringe — what’s not to love? I’ll tell you what I love about this . . . the romance of it. So pretty as a gift tag (Christmas is coming) or tie it to a doorknob, hang it from the inside of a lamp. What a pretty way to spend your creative day! Go for it:
Guess who is leading a creative stitching/quilting tour through POLAND September 2015?
Want to come along?
Mariacki Church, Krakow, Poland
More details soon! xoxom
TREE OF LIFE Art Quilt by Polish fiber artist, Bozena Wojtaszek
ORANGE-GARLIC BUTTERFLIED CHICKEN
- 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
- 1/4 cup sweet orange marmalade
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 6 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 orange, quartered
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove chicken from packaging, saving giblets for another use. Turn chicken so it is breast-side down on cutting board. With kitchen shears, cut along both sides of backbone. Set aside with giblets. Flip over chicken and press down until breast cracks and bird lies flat on cutting board. Tuck wings under breast, if desired.
2. In a small bowl, stir together marmalade, orange juice, garlic, ponzu, salt, pepper and orange quarters. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour sauce over chicken and add 1 cup water to pan. Roast at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees , cover chicken with foil and continue to roast for 25 minutes or until chicken registers 165 degrees F on instant-read thermometer.
3. Remove to a platter and pour pan drippings into a fat separator. Slice chicken and serve with defatted drippings alongside.
Here is a detailed and intricate collection of human organs created using foraged plants, the idea comes from artist Camila Carlow who is currently based in Bristol, England. Camila’s website: http://eyeheartspleen.com
SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG
This light and refreshing cocktail is as reminiscent of the American South as it is of the South of France.
- 1/2 large peach, sliced
- 6 small basil leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce Lillet
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Club soda
- In a tall glass, muddle the peach with the 6 basil leaves and the lemon juice. Add the gin, Lillet and simple syrup. Add ice cubes and top with club soda. Garnish with basil.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
Make it small for your wall or table, or make it giant-sized for your bed, this easy Maple leaf quilt will get your ready for the upcoming chilly autumn nights! Start now, or you won’t have one until Fall 2016! By the way, Canadians, what a great red-and-white patriotic quilt this would be for you! Here’s the tutorial:
The Big Boy hamburger platter
IDEA I LOVE!
Merge your two favorite passions, sewing and getting wasted when you make this wine cork pincushion! All you need are the corks from the bottles of vino you just polished off this morning to have all of the supplies it takes to create one of these. Wouldn’t this be great as a souvenir of a romantic trip or trip abroad — just collect your wine corks to bring home with you.
IDEA I LOVE!
I hope this kid’s head is as big as yours, because this is a super cute chunky hat to crochet that only looks better with the flower and button accents. Shouldn’t take too long to whip up one of these and you’ll be happy you did when the winter winds begin to blow (just read that NJ should expect a polar vortex around THANKSGIVING!). Start crocheting today! Here’s the pattern:
PEACH CRISP A LA MODE
- 3 large fresh peaches, peeled and sliced, (or 6 cups thawed frozen peaches)
- 1 cup PLUS 2 Tbsp. original pancake and baking mix, divided
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt , divided
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® All Purpose Sticks, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 cups Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Combine peaches, 2 tablespoons baking mix, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt in large bowl. Divide evenly between 6 (8 to 10 oz.) ramekins. Place on baking sheet; set aside.
- Combine remaining 1 cup baking mix, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon salt with the almonds in medium bowl. Add I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® All Purpose Sticks and cut with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press together with fingers until clumps form. Sprinkle evenly over peach mixture.
- Bake 30 minutes or until bubbling in center and topping is golden. Serve topped with Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream.
- Recipe can also be made in shallow 2-quart baking dish. Increase baking time to 45 minutes.
EASY WAY to peel a peach (and how I’ve been peeling peaches for years) . . .
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IDEA I LOVE
If it weren’t for the fact that I weigh 478,000 pounds, I could rock this look. It’s a perfect project for the end of summer -A tie-dyeing project for the back yard, and a mock-sewing project to get your little animals hooked to fiber instead of heroin-chic when they go back to school. You can wear one, too. Check it out:
How to tie dye with brilliant colors
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THE LEMON CATHEDRAL TOUR CONTINUES!
Next stop: SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
Drive into Springfield from St. Louis! Chicago! Indianapolis!
Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois
September 24-27, 2014
Attend my Banquet Lecture on September 26
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
This is just one variation of the Lemon Cathedral quilt . . .
And here’s what the students who took the workshop are saying:
“I had an absolutely amazing time this weekend at the quilting retreat!! Mark Lipinski was fabulous and so much fun! His lecture had us laughing so hard we were practically crying, and his quilts were outstanding. He’s a talented, entertaining and generous teacher. Even though I’ve been quilting for a long time, I learned some new exciting techniques and tips to help me advance my art! Can’t wait to hang out with him again.”
Karen L., Quilter
“We had such a great time in the Lemon Cathedral workshop. Thanks for a fabulous class and you are sooooo much fun.”
Carolyn S., Quilter
“My Lemon Cathedral class with Mark Lipinski at MQX was everything that I imagined. He had a way about teaching that put you at ease at learning a new technique. He was funny and engaging. I felt like everyone got his individual attention. I would definitely take another class with him.”
Michelle W., Quilter
“The lecture and lemon cathedral quilt class with Mark Lipinski was amazing and well worth the money! His lecture was filled with excitement, energy, laughter and spectacular quilts! The class was electric! Everyone loved the easy trick for making a quite complicated block! There were so many techniques used in this class, even the most advanced sewer will walk away with a “wow”!”
Michelle Strassburg, Owner, Fabric Affair Quilt Shop
“The MQX Lemon Cathedral workshop was like five classes in one. Learned so many tips . Mark made us feel we could do anything. Best class ever.”
Donna M., Quilter
“I highly recommend taking Mark Lipinski’s Lemon Cathedral quilt workshop. I took his workshop this past weekend and it was great. Mark is an excellent teacher. He is right there to answer any questions and give any help or advice you might need. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be with and learn from Mark. It is more fun than you could ever imagine.”
Diane H., Quilter
“I have always been intimidated to try raw edged appliqué but this class was so fun and free spirited that all fear has vanished….now I’m looking for new applique projects. The cathedral windows block works like magic, thanks Mark.”
Lynn K., Quilter
“This class with Mark has something for everyone from quilters who wish to be precise to those who enjoy artistic freedom to create. An added bonus are the laughs you get listening and mingling with Mark. “
Betty C., Quilter
“When I found out at the last minute that Mark would be in town I dropped everything to see him again. An evening of creative inspiration, warm camaraderie, fun stories and belly laughs was just what I needed to fill my cup. Spread the word: Mark Lipinski is back, and he’s better than ever!”
Lea P., Quilter
“Thank you Mark! We had sooo much fun and loved working with you on the Lemon Cathedral! Come back soon!”
Diane L ., Quilter
“Mark’s lecture is worth whatever cost or trouble one goes through in order to hear it and see it. My husband and I saw Mark in Manchester, NH at the MQX show. The room was packed. We were at a table in the far back corner. In this position I could see the whole room. The problem with his lecture is that you are so sore from laughing and you can’t catch your breath. And he tells his stories as if you are the first audience to hear it. He has more to say than he does, skipping through quilts he brought to discuss at times. There were people at my table who also knew him, as I did. And others who hadn’t seen him before. He is very real…bearing it all. Therefore, we understand him and laugh because we have been there too. But, he is much more than that. He is at times frantic and crazy as he tells how he lives his life. If you haven’t seen his performance, make it a must on your bucket list before Mark gives it up. My husband and I think back on the things he said and did and laugh again. We have gotten great mileage out of his show. And if I ever have a chance to see him perform, I will do it. Because I had seen him previously, but knew I had to do so again. His show is always different and very worthwhile. And by the way, the people sitting at my table who had never seen him before were in shock…not knowing if his stories were real or not. But we who knew him assured them it was so, and they laughed harder than us. He’s great.”
Janet K., Quilter