Make a Button Bracelet! Create a Sewing Machine Organizer Mat! Piece a Petals Quilt Pattern! Craft a Pouf Pincushion! Crochet a Princess Anna Hat! Make a Halloween Penny Rug Table Runner! Coconut Margarita Recipe! PLUS. . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG!

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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A small boy is sent to bed by his father. . . [Five minutes later] “Da-ad. . . ” “What? ” “I’m thirsty. Can you bring me a drink of water? ” “No. You had your chance. Lights out. ” [Five minutes later] “Da-aaaad. . . ” “WHAT? ” “I’m THIRSTY. . . Can I have a drink of water? ? ” “I told you NO! If you ask again I’ll have to spank you!! ” [Five minutes later] “Daaaa-aaaAAAAD. . . ” “WHAT? ? !! ” “When you come in to spank me, can you bring me a drink of water? ”

 

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?   Autumn Android art by Ann (and you can do this, too, at http://www.onsuttonplace.com/2014/09/diy-fall-watercolor-printables/)

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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?   Photoshopped fish?

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IDEA I LOVE

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No sewist in his or her right mind would pass up an opportunity to create their own one-of-a-kind button bracelet.  It’s an idea so simple that I’m wondering what took so long?  Start here to make your own:

http://www.johannarundel.de/2014/09/ein-knopfarmband-sehr-bunt-und-etwas-anders/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Now your sewing area’s poufy bean bag chair and your pincushion can match!  Here’s an easy tutorial for making your  now pouf pincushion.  What  a great guild stocking stuffer, too.  Here’s how:

 http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?tfWeNuX2

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GARDENspiration

 

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Use blue mat and iridescent rocks to create a ‘river’ in your FAIRY GARDEN!

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IDEA I LOVE

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You need an easy and fast table runner and someone has heard your pitiful call!  All you need is felt, a few plates and bowls as a template and some embroidery floss.  Really?  You’re really going to tell your friends you slaved over this?   Oh, why not!?  Start here:

 http://chickenscratchny.com/2012/09/halloween-penny-rug-table-runner.html

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YUMMY DISH!

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CRISPY HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • chicken breasts
  • Flour
  • cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
Sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons thin soy sauce

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE http://www.thecookingjar.com/crispy-honey-garlic-chicken/

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

DIANNE MASI Pineneedle and Gourd artist.

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

COCONUT MARGARITA

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INGREDIENTS 

Coconut Ice Cube Ingredients:
    • Pure Coconut Water
    • cream of coconut*
Optional Rim Garnish:
    • lime wedges
    • sweetened shredded coconut
    • coarse rim salt
Coconut Margarita Ingredients
  • tequila
  • lime juice
  •  orange juice
  • simple syrup, if needed
  • coconut ice cubes

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:   http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/coconut-margarita-recipe/

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

I have often said that ‘falling apart is really ‘falling together.'”

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IDEA I LOVE

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It’s a great idea for storing your scissors, stiletto, and seam ripper — and thread dust, orts, scraps, stray straight pins, and rolling bobbins, but who could resist?  Here’s a step by step tutorial for organizing as your sew (using your favorite prints):

http://thecraftymummy.com/2014/09/sewing-machine-mat-with-pockets/

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MEMBA?

Shoes from the mid-1970’s (you know you wore them)

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SWEETS!

 PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE MUFFINS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

for the cream cheese filling:
cream cheese
powdered sugar

for the muffins:
flour
cinnamon
nutmeg
cloves
pumpkin pie spice
salt
baking soda
eggs
sugar
pumpkin puree
oil (I used canola)

for the streusel:
sugar
flour
cinnamon
cold butter, cut into pieces

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2014/09/pumpkin-cream-cheese-muffins.html

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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As you can see, you can fashion this Petals quilt in any number of colors to please yourself or the grateful recipient!  Textures, help make this simple design interesting.  Yes, these are ‘safe’ quilts, but that’s why it’s your mission to pump up the excitement using colors and combinations that you love!  Here’s the pattern from Quilting Treasures fabrics:

 http://www.quiltingtreasures.com/stuff/contentmgr/files/e751fa3637be64acdae7fae691e4e602/download/petals_quilt_b_2_c.pdf

SHOEspiration

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Oscar de la Renta, Abigail Metallic Green Feather Sandal, $1090.00

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IDEA I LOVE

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To hell with Princess Anna, we all want of these hats, right?   Who could deny us anything as we Prancercize around town wearing our colorful chapeau?   Here is the crochet pattern:

 http://overtheappletree.blogspot.com/2014/08/princess-anna-crochet-hat.html

 

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MUST HAVE

Shine  by Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell is a collection of vases that are “a game between light and form. An idea beyond crystal.” The textured vases are made of PMMA transparent plastic and are named I SHINE, U SHINE, HE SHINE, and SHE SHINE. The forms, which can only be achieved with plastic, play with light where there is open space.   http://eugeniquitllet.com/projects/kartell-shine-vase

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WOW (my Etsy find)!

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A handmade leather scissors case?  Yes, yes!  I do think I will . . . .

https://www.etsy.com/listing/57095787/20-off-sale-scissors-casehandmade?ref=sr_gallery_35&ga_search_query=handmade&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery

 



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I’ll see you in 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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  1. Roubaix
    September 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    Aaaagggghhhh, Camel Toe! (Prancercise .. where did you ever?)

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