Scrappy Kitschy Napkin Rings! Labor Day Plastic Silverware Upgrade! Push Patchwork Pumpkins! Sweet Peach Daiquiri! The Perfect First Quilt Pattern! Tips for Fall Container Crops! Felted Craft Case! Preparing Your Fabric for Hand Embroidery! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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If you’re liking this blog Please tell your friends about it!

I’d really appreciate it!  xoxom

OMGOSH!  WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THIS!  LOL

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Quilt in a Day’s, Eleanor Burns, takes the Ice Bucket Challenge (and there is a surprise in here, too!) Take a look and have a laugh for a good cause! 🙂

 

Thanks, Eleanor!  xoxom

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YOKE DU YOUR

 

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A drunk is driving through the city and his car is weaving violently all over the road. An Irish cop pulls him over and asks, “Where have you been?”

“I’ve been to the pub,” slurs the drunk. “Well,” says the cop, “it looks like you’ve had quite a few.”

“I did all right,” the drunk says with a smile.

“Did you know,” says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms, “that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?”

“Oh, thank heavens,” sighs the drunk. “For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.”

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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?  Oliver Herring pieces together thousands of fragments of digital photos to create his cubistic sculptural portraits, such as Alex, 2009, which was included in “Slash: Paper Under the Knife,” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

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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?   A Syrian Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Chest of Drawers.  $6,800.00 here:  http://bit.ly/1CaZwu6

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IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s the perfect project to use up your scraps!  These are so cute and so personal.  You HAVE to make a set!  I love how they are stitched together.  These are great.  Here’s how to make some of your own:

 http://frolickingfrecklesblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/kitschy-napkin-ring-tutorial.html

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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September is literally around the corner and fall is right behind.  Start to make your plush patchwork pumpkins for friends, family and the gals at BINGO.   Here’s how to make them:

http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2012/09/plush-patchwork-pumpkin-tutorial.html 

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GARDENspiration

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Top tips for container crops

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Autumn is coming, but from chard to rocket or sorrel, it’s simple to keep tasty homegrown salad crops coming through winter

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 Here’s the article:  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/29/container-crops-to-sow-in-september-top-tips-for

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IDEA I LOVE

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Why embroider without the proper preparation?  What in the world would the EGA think of you should you just iron and stitch? Please, please I beg you, save the reputation of your family.  Read all about it here:

 http://www.red-brolly.com/2014/08/preparing-your-fabric-for-hand-embroidery/

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YUMMY!

 

 WILL ZUCCHINI WAFFLES

 

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INGREDIENTS:

shredded zucchini
egg
milk
Parmesan
flour
nonstick cooking spray
Salt
Black pepper

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://food52.com/blog/11174-will-zucchini-waffle-yes-it-will

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

Xaverine Bates creates fabric and art from shreds of photographs

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

 

 SWEET PEACH DAIQUIRI WITH WHITE PEPPER & GREEN TEA

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For the White Pepper-Green Tea Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons white peppercorns, whole

For the cocktail:

  • 8 ounces white rum, such as Selvarey
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed juice from 4 limes
  • 2 ripe peaches, roughly cubed (about 3 cups)
  • 2 1/2 ounces White Pepper-Green Tea Syrup
  • 4 cups ice
  • 4 peach slices and lime zest for garnish

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE:  http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/08/frozen-daiquiri-peach-green-tea-easy-recipe-for-parties.html

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

 

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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The Modern Solids Quilt.  I LOVE that it’s tied (I’ve never tied a quilt, myself).  I like it – the simplicity, the off colors, and the casualness of it. Here’s how you make one:

Here’s the pattern and instructions: http://www.thesweetersideofmommyhood.com/blog/how-to/2014/08/the-perfect-first-quilt/

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MEMBA?

Your SONY Walkman

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MUST HAVE!

Attach Mr.Sponge to your kitchen wall and let him hold your sponge to dry in all his elegance.  $13.00

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Buy Mr. Fancy  here:  http://fancy.com/things/674973209640044884/Mr.-Sponge-Holder

DESSERT!

MAPLE STREUSEL SCONES 

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INGREDIENTS

SCONES:
 all-purpose flour
sugar
baking powder
baking soda
kosher salt
pumpkin pie spice
butter
buttermilk
egg

STREUSEL TOPPING:

Flour
pumpkin pie spice
brown sugar
uncooked oats
salt
chopped pecans
butter

MAPLE GLAZE:

powdered sugar
melted butter
vanilla extract
pure maple syrup
buttermilk

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click here for the recipe: 

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2014/08/maple-streusel-scones/

 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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Won’t your Labor Day guests be impressed with your patriotic eating utensils?  I’ll bet you’ll find your plastic silverware missing after your company go home . . . who could help themselves?   Here’s how you Washi Tape your silverware:

http://artzycreations.com/washi-tape-silverware/ 

 

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SHOEspiration

Provenza Schouler woven shoes, $1175.oo

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s a felted hook or pencil case to make. Felting is fun, you guys.  You knit one thing but you end up with something very different after the felting process.  I love that transformation.

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2012/10/felted-hook-pencil-case-pattern/ 

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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: 

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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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2 Comments on “Scrappy Kitschy Napkin Rings! Labor Day Plastic Silverware Upgrade! Push Patchwork Pumpkins! Sweet Peach Daiquiri! The Perfect First Quilt Pattern! Tips for Fall Container Crops! Felted Craft Case! Preparing Your Fabric for Hand Embroidery! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. August 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM #

    Thanks for the “linky blog love” Mark. Have been FB friends for a long time. Muchly appreciated.

    Red Brolly

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  2. September 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM #

    the red brolly link doesn’t work from the email subscription of this blog, but it does work from this page! that’s really strange.

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