Make a Sensational Cutting Table! Easy Paper Bookbinding! Slo Gin Fizz! Design Your Own Fabric! Granny Square Pussy! Creative Note Roll Board! Gomer Pyle! Slo Gin Fizz Recipe! Scarlett O’Hara! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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I’d really appreciate it!  xoxom

 

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A man speaks frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!”

“Is this her first child?” the doctor queries.

“No, you idiot!” the man shouts. “This is her *husband*!”

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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?   Op Art.    Victor Vasarely is considered as one of the fathers of op-art.  Born in 1906, he had a passion for art.  Painter Cezanne was his favorite artist, and as he grew older, his talent for art grew as well.  At first, he tried to take up a medical career.  After noticing that it was not working out too well, he decided to model his childhood artist fave and started working on various artworks, eventually developing his own style, later known as op-art.  He continued to work on his pieces until he died in Paris, 1997.

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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?   The pattern of a bloom’s disc flowers.  

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Meow!  Old granny square cat is begging you to make a few.   Here is the pattern and some tutorial photos:

 http://www.jammade.com/granny-cat/

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IDEA I LOVE

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I LOVE this!   It’s an easy-to-make, DIY note roll board for your creative space!  So, so wonderful! I need one so badly that I’m  drooling on my keyboard.   Take a look at how to make your own:

http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/08/diy-studio-note-roll-board.html 

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GARDENspiration

Living plant sculptures at the montreal botanical gardens!

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IDEA I LOVE

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Looking for fabric that you can’t find?  Colors that are impossible?  Design your own fabric using Sharpie Markers!  Here’s how to put your stamp on your next fiber project (just put a little in your patchwork, for instance, and you’ll feel so good about it).  Start here:

http://www.creativeinchicago.com/2014/06/design-your-own-fabric-super-easy.html

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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

 

YUM

CHICKEN AND CORN HASH-BROWN BAKE

This comfort food hotdish offers a new twist on the usual hash brown casserole. Try it for everyday meals as well as potlucks! 

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ingredients

  • reduced-fat and reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • dried dillweed or dried basil, crushed
  • ground black pepper
  • frozen diced hash brown potatoes with onions and peppers, thawed
  • chopped smoked or roasted chicken or turkey
  • fresh sweet corn kernels, one 10-ounce package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed (2 cups), or one 15.25-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • shredded Colby, cheddar or Swiss cheese (2 cups)
  • seasoned croutons, coarsely crushed (optional)

directions

Here’s the RECIPE:  http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chicken/chicken-and-corn-hash-brown-bake

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

“Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution” is a series dedicated to the dogs grouped under the name of pit bulls (the pit bull breed actually does not exist). I wished to portray this misunderstood group in a different light. I realized pit bulls were always portrayed in very urban, gritty photographs. The imagery associated with these dogs is often harsh, very contrasted, conveying the idea of them being tough. In my opinion, this feeds the myth that these dogs are dormant psychopaths. So I decided to take the other route and portray them like hippies, soft fairy-tale-inspired characters, feminine and dreamy. The idea of Flower Power blossomed.” – Sophie Gamand

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SEE MORE OF Sophie Gamand’s art by clicking here:  http://www.sophiegamand.com/#/flowerpower/

 

SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG

SLO GIN FIZZ

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 INGREDIENTS

2 oz vodka
½ oz of fresh lemon juice
½ tsp sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
Put all ingredients in cocktail shaker, shake briskly. Pour it into a chilled highball glass. Fill the glass with soda water and stir lightly.

SOURCE:  http://badgerandblade.com

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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 Shop your stash, kiddo!  Save some bucks and put your out-of-date and old fashioned fabric to good use and make a stunning string quilt using this pattern:

http://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com/VictorianaQuilters/CharityQuilt/CharityQuilt.htm

MEMBA DIS?

LUANN POOVEY

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AND TODAY . . . Luann Poovey actress, Elizabeth McRae  (Well, ACTually Gom-ah, I loved her!)

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MUST HAVE!

 

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This twisting Clockwork Pencil Sharpener is BRILLIANT!  WANT!  NEED!  $18.00-ish

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DESSERT!

 

PISTACHIO INSIDE OUTSIDE CAKE

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Pistachio Inside Outside Cake
recipe from 1976 Jell-O ad

1 pkg. (2-layer size) white or yellow cake mix
1 pkg. Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
3 eggs
1 cup club soda
1 cup oil
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Blend all ingredients in large mixer bowl, then beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Bake in greased, floured 10″ bundt pan at 350˚ for 50 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan and cool on rack. Split into 3 layers. Spread about 1 cup of frosting between layers, spoon rest into center. Chill. Garnish with chopped nuts.

To make frosting: blend 1 1/2 cups cold milk, 1 envelope Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix and 1 pkg. Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding. Whip until thickened; about 5 minutes.

 

IDEA I LOVE

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You know I’m a hound for notebooks and handmade book binding.  Here’s an easy way to make your own book using a pretty file folder and some paper!   Go for it.  Journal your life.  Start here:  

http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2014/07/project-file-folder-blank-book.html

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SHOEspiration

Brian Atwood Genie Suede & Mink Fur Sandals $1,325.00

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IDEA I LOVE

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Make your own cutting table in a few easy steps.  I was at Joann’s the other day and a local teacher from my area came int the the most beautifully done wooden frame, about 5 feet tall, that she was going to cover in fabric for her teacher’s lounge (I didn’t know that).  I thought it was the beginnings of a tapestry frame.  I said (are you ready), “Who made that amazing weaving loom for you?”  How mortified was I when she answered that SHE DID!  Honestly, I don’t think I could have done that.  OK, moral of the story — YOU CAN MAKE THIS YOURSELF.   Concentrate, follow the ‘recipe’ and you’ll have a fabulous workspace:

http://closetcasefiles.com/sewing-cutting-table-diy/ 

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I’M SPEAKING IN ATLANTA!

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT

Saturday, September 13, 2014

 

TAKE A LOOK and REGISTER HERE: 

http://www.sewingexpo.com/QuiltingLIVE/ClassDetail/tabid/1340/EventID/106/ClassID/7562/Default.aspx

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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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MQX BANNER

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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5 Comments on “Make a Sensational Cutting Table! Easy Paper Bookbinding! Slo Gin Fizz! Design Your Own Fabric! Granny Square Pussy! Creative Note Roll Board! Gomer Pyle! Slo Gin Fizz Recipe! Scarlett O’Hara! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. August 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM #

    Seven! Seven tabs open with fabulous things for me to learn more about. Thank you!

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  2. Marilyn Weiss
    August 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM #

    OMG. Just read the Hash brown casserole recipe and gained 50 pounds. Think I’ll drown my sorrows with a Slo Gin Fizz. BTW, that was my very first mixed drink when I was 18. (18 was the legal age, honest!)

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  3. SuzKuhns
    August 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM #

    I always love your blogs – so many things to follow up on…except Slo Gin Fizzes…to celebrate my 21st birthday (many, many years ago) my friends took me to the Merry-go-round Lounge in the Copley Plaza in Boston – those are tasty drinks and it isn’t until you try to get off that merry-go-round (which was maybe 5 inches off the ground) that you discover how potent they are – so I sat down on the edge of the platform, put my feet straight out and started yelling “weeee” … I was banned from there for life. Thanks for the memory and the laughs when I just told my co-workers about it.

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  4. Sally
    August 22, 2014 at 3:26 PM #

    I think you forgot the sloe gin in that recipe, otherwise it wouldn’t be pink with just vodka and lemon juice. Or maybe you had purple lemons?!

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  5. Marie
    August 23, 2014 at 2:54 AM #

    I LOVE the idea of designing your own fabric with Sharpie markers! I get how to make it, what about setting, washing? Does the base fabric need prewashing? or Prewashing before using? I’m going to use it for my next Mystery Quilt class1

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