DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG!
YOKE DU YOUR
The ambitious coach of a girls track team gives the squad steroids. The team’s performance soars. They win the county, state and eventually national championship. A few days before the international grand finals, Penelope, a 16-year-old hurdler visits her coach and says, “Coach, I have a problem. Hair is starting to grow on my chest.”
“What?” the coach says in a panic, “How far down does it go?”
Penelope replies, “Down to my testicles. That’s something else I want to talk to you about.”
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? “Peeled Grapefruit” by artist Faith Te.
Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft? The Airavatesvara Temple,” Located in Chatram, Darasuram, near Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India. All KINDS of inspiration in this photograph!
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Here is a little tutorial for you to teach you how to sew decorative floating rickrack trim and insertion on your projects. I like the look of this very much, but not sure how I can use it – but I will find a way, trust me, cupcake. Start here:
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I am officially one of the world’s lousiest knitters. That said, I think even I could knit these fun dishcloths. Look, we are washing dishes with these puppies, not framing them and hanging them above our fireplaces. So what if they suck? It’s all in the enjoyment of the process of fiber work and art. Here’s the pattern:
River of Flowers, Holland
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With the colder winds starting to blowing your direction, it might be time for you to recycle an old pair of denim jeans and create this cute pair of denim slip on slippers to poodle around your house. The instructions are fairly clear that they don’t look like they are too difficult to make. My feet are so big that I might need the old overalls of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not fattest man in the world. No matter. Here’s how you make a pair:
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- ground beef
- elbow macaroni
- garlic powder
- can tomato sauce
- tomatoes, stewed or diced
- whole kernel corn, drained (from can)
- salt & pepper
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.allthecooks.com/hillbilly-dinner.html
Clothing items carved from marble is by sculptor Alasdair Thomson
SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG
- 2 oz. Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
- 1 oz. Gold Tequila
- Add tequila and Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur and fill with coffee. Garnish with whipped cream.
FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT: http://fultonsharvest.com/recipes.php?gclid=CJ3K0-D-4MACFcRzMgodBjUAXg
WORDS TO LIVE BY
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I’ve always loved these stamped jewelry pieces and now I have found a simple tutorial for you to be able to make your own, using the words and sentiments that mean something to you. Why not give it a shot? It really does look very gratifying. Start here: ttp://www.the36thavenue.com/believe
When everybody had a haircut like this . . .
SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINE CAKE
WITH BUTTER SAUCE
“It’s really so easy a kid can make it!”
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Butter Pecan Cake Mix
Coconut Pecan Frosting
Sweetened Condensed Milk
FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/11/southern-pecan-praline-cake-with-butter.html
Gather your scraps and create this fun pumpkiny pumpkin patch of patchwork is a simple table runner. You can transform any of these pumpkin blocks into pillows, quilt blocks, or – with a little artistic license and some black triangles – jack-o’-lanterns. Here’s where to find the pattern:
Arnoldo and Battois Sculpted Platforms
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Imagine the fun you can have gifting candles with personalized messages and art melted into them! Here’s a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving with candles listing quotes of gratitude tucked into your table vignette. You can almost hear the laughter in your office when your boss opened her gift find a beautifully personalized candle that says, ” Happy Birthday, You Old Bat!” Get creative with both your designs and your words and like the world with inspiration. Start here:
Okay, this Moleskin livescribe notebook almost threw me into a credit card spending tizzy. I so need this… I so want this…
These Moleskine notebooks look like everyday pieces of paper bound together. But they’ll work with Livescribe’s smartens thanks to the super-tiny dots printed on them that the pen scans in order to function.
Now, this is a a notebook that looks like a regular Moleskine—complete with ivory-colored paper, rounded corners, and a ribbon bookmark—but whose acid-free paper is embedded with a dot pattern that transfers handwritten notes to your digital device when used with a Livescribe smartpen. Instructions for using the digital technology are tucked in the customary notebook pocket, leaving the pages looking relatively blank. Livescribe is selling this innovation as “the perfect bridge between the analog and digital” while Moleskine claims that the “new notebooks combine [the] intuitive feel of pen and paper with the latest digital technology.”
The notebooks are available now via the Livescribe store for $29.95 each.
As for the Livescribe smart pens, they’re a bit pricier—just over $100 for the company’s 2GB Echo Smartpen (THE DIRTY BASTARDS!), and jumping up considerably higher if you opt for a version with even more onboard storage.
Some of you may be able to pull this off creatively, but not me, and this is not a tutorial. I just posted this scarf that I found on ETSY because I thought it was beautiful. I’m guessing it is a photograph of desert clouds that has been transferred onto a silk scarf. So what else is new? Haven’t scarf makers been using this technique for 1 million years? Well, the artist who creates these does them by hand and is only doing a fixed number, making your score for work of art. I love this.
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
“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