Felt Locker Caddy! Greek Metaxa Orange Sidecar Cocktail! Valori Wells’ Summer Quilt Pattern! Geometric Book Covers! Raised Fishbone Feathers Embroidery, Appliqué Tote! Granny Square Pencil Case! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

 

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YOKE DU YOUR

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A young man walks into a singles bar with a roll of quarters taped inside the crotch of his jeans. He looks around, then sits next to the most attractive woman there. He was very pleased with himself after he noticed her constantly glancing down at his crotch.

“Hi, there, I’m Jerry,” he said, as he went into one of his well rehearsed routines, “and I help produce a T.V. quiz show. Is there any question I can answer for you?”

“As a matter of fact there is,” she said as she glanced down once more toward his embellished jeans. “Do you have change for a dollar?”

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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?   Frida Kahlo” is a little piece in oils by Joe Fig,

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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?   Stones and moss. 

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IDEA I LOVE

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This granny square pencil holder is brilliant!  I love everything about it and need one!  (Luckily, I know how to crochet a granny square!)   Here’s how you can make one:   http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/08/15/crochet-granny-square-zippered-pouch-tutorial/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Now, you know you have to make this embroidered camera tote bag for all of your autumn shopping and running around.  Perfect for your book club carry-all or your appliqué and needlework projects.   Here’s how you create your won camera-themed artistry!   http://www.minkikim.com/?p=978

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GARDENspiration

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a private garden created by Charles Jencks,  inspired by science and mathematics.

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IDEA I LOVE

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There is no human alive who shouldn’t learn how to embroider these fabulous raised fishbone feathers!  Here’s a tutorial:

http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/stitch/fishbone-stitch/raised-fishbone-stitch/

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POLAND: ALL ABOARD!

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Guess who is leading a creative stitching/quilting tour though POLAND  September 2015?

POLSKA

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Come along with me and other fun & creative people!

More details soon! xoxom

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YUM

 

SLOW COOKER ASIAN LETTUCE WRAPS

Sweet hoisin and rice vinegar flavor slow-cooked beef chuck pot roast in these low-carb wraps.

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ingredients

  • 3 – pound boneless beef chuck pot roast
  • 1 1/2 cups diced jicama or chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • tablespoons cold water
  • 24 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

directions

  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Place meat in the cooker. In a medium bowl, combine jicama, green onion, vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, salt, chili oil and pepper. Pour over meat in cooker.
  2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Remove meat from slow cooker. Using two forks, shred meat and transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
  4. For sauce: Skim fat off cooking liquid; discard. Transfer cooking liquid (and any vegetables) to a small saucepan. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and the water; add to cooking liquid. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until slightly thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Add sauce to shredded meat; toss to coat.
  5. To serve, spoon about 1/4 cup of the meat mixture onto each lettuce leaf. Fold lettuce around filling; secure with a toothpick, if you like.
 
CHECK OUT MORE on Midwest Living online: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/asian-lettuce-wraps/

 

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

This very sweet mini embroidery is by Oxford based illustrator Chloe Giordano, she uses size 8 sewing needles with poly sewing thread and draws the designs on with vanishing fabric markers. Chloe shades as she goes for a 3D look. I love that there are no gaps and the stitches all run together yet rarely overlap.   See her website: http://karenin.tumblr.com

 

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GREEK METAXA ORANGE SIDECAR

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Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Metaxa Liqueur ( I use the 5 Star)
  • 1/3 cup of orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar, plus extra to rim glasses

Lemon wedge to rim glasses

Directions: Rim martini glasses with a lemon wedge and dip the rim in superfine sugar coating the edge of each glass, about 1/4-inch down the glass. Chill the glasses in refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.

In a medium-sized pitcher, stir to combine the brandy, orange liquor, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Superfine sugar dissolves quickly, but make sure to stir a few times so the sugar has a chance to completely dissolve. Earlier in the day, you can chill the cocktail mixture at this point to save time. Just cover your cocktail mixture with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill. Sure helps to have your cocktails made ahead of time!

For my smaller cocktail shaker, I like to make one cocktail at a time. So, let’s get started. Place half the cocktail mixture into a large cocktail shaker and fill with ice, shake until icy cold and pour into chilled martini glass. Repeat for second cocktail. Serve icy cold.

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CHECK OUT THE BLOG:  http://strandedfoodie.com/stranded-foodie-cocktail-of-the-month-my-greek-metaxa-orange-sidecar-recipe/

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Valori Wells SUMMER Quilt is an explosion of circular patchwork. Use striped fabric or make your own stripes from your scrap stash!  Howz about using GIANT designs?  What fun!  Here’s the pattern:

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MEMBA DIS?

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MUST HAVE!

Corsair Vengeance K70 RGB LED Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Cherry MX Red!  $169.99

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DESSERT!

 

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

Too many garden zucchinis and not enough recipes! 

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Ingredients

    • 2 medium zucchinis
    • 7 Tbls cocoa powder
    • 2 Tbls butter, softened
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 c sugar
    • 1 1/2 c applesauce
    • 1 Tbls vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 all purpose flour
    • 1/2 c wheat flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 c semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Glaze
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grate the zucchinis and set on paper towels to absorb excess moisture. I ended up with a couple of cups of grated zucchini but it honestly doesn’t affect the recipe if you have more or less. I would say between 2-3 cups is perfect.
    3. Combine sugar, eggs, applesauce, zucchini, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl.
    4. Combine the chocolate chips with a couple tablespoons of the flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom while the cake is baking.
    5. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.
    6. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
    7. Pour the batter into a well-greased bundt pan. Bake the cake for 60-70 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for ten minutes before inverting onto a plate.
Chocolate Glaze
  1. Combine butter, chocolate chips, and corn syrup in a microwaveable dish. I use my Pyrex glass measuring cup because it makes it easy to drizzle the glaze over the cake. Heat in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals at 50% power, stirring in between, until nicely melted. Pour over cake and enjoy!

 CHECK OUT Mom on Timeout:  http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/07/chocolate-zucchini-cake-recipe/

BONUS:

IDEA I LOVE

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It’s not too late to whip up this felt locker caddy to hold this and that (and, if your kid is like mine …. it would hold NOTHING.  I would have been surprised if it had even made it to the locker in the first place).  Anywho, check this out and make one for your favorite kiddies.   Wouldn’t it be fun to make ‘seasonal’ caddies?   One for each holiday?   Start here:

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SHOEspiration

Lemonico!  Pastel cut-out Oxfords.  I love pastels!  $195.00

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Aren’t these pretty?  Now, I’m going to have to cover all of my books and jazz the covers with the tutorial for making geometric designs.  You can do it, too.  Start here:

http://www.blackandwhiteobsession.com/2014/08/back-to-school-geometric-textbook-covers.html 

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ATLANTA!

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT

Saturday, September 13, 2014

TAKE A LOOK: 

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THE LEMON CATHEDRAL TOUR CONTINUES!

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Next stop:   SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS 

Drive into Springfield from St. Louis!  Chicago!  Indianapolis! 

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Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois

September 24-27, 2014

 Attend my Banquet Lecture on September 26

And an all day Lemon Cathedral workshop on September 27

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

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This is just one variation of the Lemon Cathedral quilt . . . 

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And here’s what the students who took the workshop are saying:

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“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

“I totally enjoyed Mark’s Lemon Cathedral Quilt Retreat! This was my very first quilt retreat so I didn’t fully know what to expect. Well, it was two fun-filled days with Mark’s big magnetic personality. This man has incredible life stories! Also, I absolutely loved his quilts, so creative from a master quilter! Finally, during the Saturday class, Mark led us step by step in the creation of our quilt. I learned many new quilting techniques and now I’m looking forward to my next retreat!”

Rita J., 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

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  1. Frank W
    August 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

    thanks for the daily dose of humor and the inspirations. Nice to see art each day. Looking forward to Sept 13th.

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