Dye Your Embroidery Thread! Bling Pumpkin! Quilted Autumn Placemats! Cigar Box Embroidery! Autumn Russian Cocktail Recipe! DIY Birch Shadow Box! A Frugal Table Runner! PLUS. . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG!

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Did you know Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz could have gone back home because she did have a debit card with her?

But there were no banks in Oz.

That’s why she kept crying out “ATM! ATM!”

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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?   Madonna by artist, KATARZYNA KONIECZKA

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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 stained glass, finished in 1990 by Leopoldo Flores Valdes, includes 28 different colors of glass and is considered one of the largest artworks in the world. In the glass, Flores Valdes sought to depict his interpretation of time, movement and the contradictory phenomena taking place in matter, from a cosmogonic perception.

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IDEA I LOVE

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Because who doesn’t have the time to make a few dozen of these?   Make your traditionally spooky house a Halloween bling-fest using craft store beading and white glue (yup, doesn’t take a rocket scientist).   These are really cute for place settings or snuggled into your autumnal Thanksgiving table vignette.   Here’s how you make them:

http://www.theswelldesigner.com/2012/10/gold-bling-pumpkin-diy.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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This is fabulous!   Dye your own embroidery floss to create the colors and combos that only you dream about!  There are no expensive dyes or creepy processes here.  Just hit up your local supermarket for the supplies and give it a try.  You will so love stitching with your hand dyed booty!  Here’s how:

http://crossstitch.about.com/od/stitchdictionary/ss/Dyeing-Cross-Stitch-Floss_2.htm

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GARDENspiration

Lawn edging using pond stones!  It’s a great project for early fall. You’ll thank me next summer, dude.

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IDEA I LOVE

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I find so many wooden cigar box projects that I may have to pick up a stogie and begin another dreadful and terrible-for-me habit. Then again, maybe my peeps would think of me more of Winston Churchill rather than Phyllis Diller.  Here’s a project for embroidering (Yeeeeeeeeessssss, embroidering) a wooden box.  And who wouldn’t want one of those?   Here goes:

 http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-embroidered-cigar-box-sewing-box/

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YUMMY DISH!

5 INGREDIENT BACON ASPARAGUS PASTA

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • uncooked pasta (I used linguine)
  • uncooked bacon, diced
  • fresh aspagarus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • dry white wine (or you can double this if you’d like)
  • grated or flaked Parmesan cheese

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-bacon-asparagus-pasta-recipe/#_a5y_p=1827572

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

AUTUMN RUSSIAN COCKTAIL

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INGREDIENTS

  • pumpkin spice Kahlúa
  • vodka
  •  heavy cream
  • sprinkles for rimming, optional

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:    http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/autumn-russian/

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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I have always loved a shadow box and this little DIY birch shadow box is no exception.  This is particular piece is very modern graphic and maybe even a little cartoonish, but use the technique to up the ante and create something with depth and texture and detail.  Consider a shadow box created with your fiber art or clay.   Start here, pumpkin:

http://www.apieceofrainbow.com/diy-birch-shadow-box/

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MEMBA?

Bubble Umbrellas

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DESSERT!

 BUTTERSCOTCH APPLE PUDDING COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • butter, room temperature
  • light brown sugar
  • Instant Butterscotch Pudding
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • flour
  • Granny Smith apple
  • white chocolate chips
  • butterscotch chips

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://cookiesandcups.com/butterscotch-apple-pudding-cookies/#_a5y_p=2446335

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

PLACE

 With Thanksgiving on our sensible Pilgrim heels, it might be time to turn your attention to your table settings.  Making a set of these autumnal pumpkins (or using a fabric that screams your taste) is easy using this pattern from the Quilting Treasures website.  How could you resist?   Hate the math, points, or process of flying geese?  Screw it, cupcake.  Sew in a plain panel or a few easy-peasy log cabin blocks.  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.quiltingtreasures.com/stuff/contentmgr/files/ab2dc83069a0332ea4ecdf02bfb5921d/download/autumn_glow_placemat_b_2_c.pdf

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SHOEspiration

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Nicholas Kirkwood leather and suede pumps, $1190

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IDEA I LOVE

 Frugal Table Runner for Fall

Not only can you be frugal when making this table runner, you can be fairly untalented as well.  This is the easiest table runner I’ve ever seen — but it’s ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for those occasions when you need to dress up an hideous space but don’t want to invest the time or money into a project (think church, women’s club, fire hall wedding, etc.).  How could you go wrong with this?  The table looks like a million bucks, and you look like a creative genius!  Here’s how you make one:

 http://bebookbound.blogspot.com/2012/10/edgar-allan-poe-october-frugal-table.html

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MUST HAVE

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I saw these at Quilt Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and I went CRA-CRA!  Designed for artists, craftspeople and hobbyists of all types, CraftOptics Telescopes offer hands-free magnification at an ergonomic working angle and distance – custom made with your prescription installed. They’re comfortable, lightweight and easy to use. CraftOptics DreamBeam follows your line of sight, delivering bright, shadowless light within the high resolution field of CraftOptics Telescopes. Positioned between your eyes and weighing only 7 grams, the combination of magnification plus light results in outstanding visual acuity for all-day comfort  THEY AIN’T CHEAP, but I NEED a pair.  www.craftoptics.com

WOW (my Etsy find)!

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I love the buttons made by this Etsy artist (she also does magnets).

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113916714/wildlife-buttons-or-magnet-packalpaca?ref=related-2



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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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3 Comments on “Dye Your Embroidery Thread! Bling Pumpkin! Quilted Autumn Placemats! Cigar Box Embroidery! Autumn Russian Cocktail Recipe! DIY Birch Shadow Box! A Frugal Table Runner! PLUS. . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. September 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM #

    thank you so much mark for the feature, and for such great inspirations!!!

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  2. Sharon Brown-Adams
    September 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM #

    I love your blog!!! look forward to reading it every day. I’ll be at dinner in Springfield to hear you — can’t wait.

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  3. Dianne Huling
    September 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

    Hi Mark, Have a great time in Springfield, but, then, I think you have a great time wherever you go. I know I had a great time at the quilt retreat in Troy. I had originally signed up for the class in Springfield, but when I found out you were teaching in MI, I changed my plans. It was a much shorter drive from Ohio. Haven’t forgotten about sending you some Ohio maple syrup. Too many things started happening all at once in my life, after I came back from Troy. Everything should be back to normal soon. At least, as close to normal as life ever gets. 🙂 Have a safe trip. Dianne

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