Make a Caravan Trailer Sewing Machine Cover! Make a Dollar Store Wood Slice Pumpkin! Learn the Boucle Stitch and Knit a Scarf! Protein Pumpkin Shake Recipe! Buttoned Baby Booties to Knit! Make an Irish Dresdan Plate Quilt! Craft a Set of Short Pumpkin Candles! Create Fabric Acorns from Vintage Yo-Yos! 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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This guy walks into a coffee shop and asks the waitress: “How much is the coffee?”

“Coffee is three dollars the waitress said”.

“How much is a refill?” the man asked.

“Free”!!!!! said the waitress.

“Then I’ll take a refill.”

 

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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?   This oil painting is called, RAINY ENCOUNTER by Leonid Afremov of Mexico.

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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?  Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Did someone just stab me?  Did I die? Am I dead?  Because, when I saw this caravan sewing machine cover, it FELT like I had died and gone to heaven!  How could you not make one of these?  If you have several sewing machines, as I do, you can craft yourself a very colorful and wonderful sewing machine trailer park!  Here’s how: http://www.rainbowhare.com/2014/04/vintage-caravan-sewing-machine-cover.html

 

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Hit up your local Dollar Store and you can make oodles of these for a 10-spot.   Aren’t these wooden disc pumpkins fun? I think they’d look great if you stain them, too.  Check it out:

http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/09/wood-slice-dollar-store-pumpkin.html

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GARDENspiration

This garden photograph would make an amazing piece of fiber art.

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IDEA I LOVE

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You’re going to need a warm and pretty knitted scarf this winter.  The knitted boucle stitch is the perfect stitch to knit using perfect for knitting scarves in self striping yarns.  Here’s how:  http://www.craftmehappy.com/2014/09/knitted-boucle-stitch.html

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YUMMY DISH!

JALAPENO POPPERS WITH MAC AND CHEESE CHEETOS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Jalapeno chilis
  • uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
  • unsalted butter
  • all purpose flour
  • whole milk
  • Salt and black pepper
  • white grated sharp cheddar
  • Cheetos chips
  • green onions

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://foodnessgracious.com/2014/08/jalapeno-poppers-with-mac-and-cheese-cheetos/

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

I am so inspired by the embroidered spring sampler done by Maryland blogger,  Kelli, of “My Lovely Life.”  I am so blown away by this piece.  Check out Kelli’s blog, My Lovely Life for more of her work on this project and others, by clicking here: http://kef-mylovelylife.blogspot.com/2010/05/its-finished.html

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

PROTEIN PUMPKIN SHAKE 

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INGREDIENTS

  • pumpkin puree
  • banana
  • nonfat yogurt, plain
  • almond milk, vanilla flavored
  • protein powder
  • honey
  • hia seeds
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • ice
  • Granola

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:   http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2014/04/protein-pumpkin-shake.html

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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 Aren’t these the cutest baby booties EV-AH?  Grab your knitting needles and whip up a pair for every baby and baby-to-be you can think of!  So sweet.  Here’s how:

 http://www.smallfriendly.com/small-friendly/2014/05/bitty-baby-booties-.html

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MEMBA?

Wishing you had one of these after watching The Wizard of Oz?

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DESSERT!

NO-BAKE WHITE CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN FUDGE 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • white chocolate chips
  • coconut oil
  • canned pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • allspice
  • nutmeg
  • vanilla bean

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.texanerin.com/2012/10/no-bake-white-chocolate-pumpkin-fudge.html

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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I love this Barbara Clayton design called, Irish Dresden Plate, from Quilter’s World magazine!   Here’s the PDF pattern: http://www.quiltersworld.com/newsletters/images/2014/20801314-12/IrishDresdenPlate.pdf

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SHOEspiration

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Just sayin’

 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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This is an easy, E-A-S-Y Halloween decoration that can be made in minutes with the re-pay value of smiles and silly vignettes all around your home.  Here’s how to make some for yourself (and another set or two for your buddies).  Here’s how:

http://thethingsshemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/sunday-short-pumpkin-candles.html 

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MUST HAVE

I don’t think I can continue living without this Corn Dog Maker . . .

 

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Make mouth-watering corn dogs anytime right in your own kitchen with the CORN DOG MAKER.

Features an easy clean non-stick cooking surface, one-touch control, power and preheat indicator lights, plus convenient cord storage.

Cook up to six snacks on a stick in just 5 to 8 minutes AND it comes with 24 bamboo sticks.  $26.48 at Walmart.

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Of course ….

It will end up sitting in my kitchen cabinet along with my tortilla maker, quesadilla maker, my mini doughnut, bread maker….

WOW (my Etsy find)!

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Uncouth as I am, I usually just pop olives into my mouth.  I know that your refined and delicate sensibilities dictate that you use a fork or spoon.  Here is a set of handmade olive-grabbing tools for you.  But why did God make fingers?    Get a set here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/190421628/authentic-olive-spoon?ref=sr_gallery_24&ga_search_query=olive+spoon&ga_explicit_scope=1&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery 

IDEA I LOVE

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Such a cute idea!  Here’s how to make fall acorns from vintage fabric yo-yos or pretty repro designs, wool, or homespuns.  Every squirrel in your neighborhood will have an opinion.  Here are your DIY instructions:

 http://craftsncoffee.com/2014/09/09/how-to-make-fall-acorns-from-vintage-fabric-yo-yos/

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6 Comments on “Make a Caravan Trailer Sewing Machine Cover! Make a Dollar Store Wood Slice Pumpkin! Learn the Boucle Stitch and Knit a Scarf! Protein Pumpkin Shake Recipe! Buttoned Baby Booties to Knit! Make an Irish Dresdan Plate Quilt! Craft a Set of Short Pumpkin Candles! Create Fabric Acorns from Vintage Yo-Yos! PLUS. . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. September 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    Thanks for the inspiration and a few chuckles this morning, and thank you for including my Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns, too. (Not so sure about those “snakeskin” boots, however . . .)

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  2. Linda Nichols
    September 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

    I don’t know how you do it Mark – so much variety of ideas and such fun! I’ve been a fan for a long time and enjoy all you do, especially your sense of humor.

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  3. Jan
    September 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM #

    I LLLLLLLOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEE the shoes you show in each blog! Wonderful! Oh! there was a time I could have/would have worn them!

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  4. Nell Rae Dwyer
    October 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM #

    Wonderful site-Thanks to Marie Bostwick for telling me about you-I do realize you are one of her great friends-Thanks for the subscription look forward to the next one-Making the White Chocolate Fudge for the family.

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  5. ginny
    October 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

    new follower to your blog (previously,just followed on fb) Really love everything about you!!

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