Follow the Fabric Box Tutorial! Piece a Summer Blooms Quilt! Make a Weaving Loom and Woven Mat! Hand Stitch a Pretty Posey Pincushion! Crochet Wedding Ring Placemats! Sew a Vintage-Inspired Dinner Roll Holder! Make a Reversible Bag! PLUS. . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG!

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NEW JERSEY

I will be presenting the Slow Stitching Movement lecture, LIVE, on Friday, October 17, 2014, for the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild in Readington, New Jersey at 9:30 AM (refreshments will be served). Here’s the address: Readington Reformed Church; 124 Readington Road; Readington, NJ. (between White House Station and Flemington)

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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A guy goes to pick up his date for the evening. She’s not ready yet, so he has to sit in the living room with her parents. He has a bad case of gas and really needs to relieve some pressure.
Then, the family dog jumps up on the couch next to him. He decides that he can let a little gas out and if anyone notices they will think that the dog did it.
He toots, and the woman yells, “Spot, get down from there.”
The guy thinks, “Great, they think the dog did it.” He releases another little toot, and the woman again yells for the dog to get down.
This goes on for a couple more toots.
Finally the woman yells, “Dammit Spot, get down before he poops on you!”

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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 on canvas piece is called, Drawings in Mirror, by artist, Stewart MacFarlane. 

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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?  I am so inspired by the imperfection of this perfectly handblown glass bowl. 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Use a craft store or old picture frame to craft your own weaving loom!  Christmas & Hanukkah  gifts, here we come!  Start here:

 http://emusing-emma.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/weaving-loom-and-woven-mat.html

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GARDENspiration

How can you incorporate the beauty and design of this garden into your own art and craft? One of the best things to see in Thailand is the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.

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IDEA I LOVE

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 This felt flower pincushion is both pretty and functional and allows you to use your creative muscle for color selection and embellishment acquisition.  Have some fun with this and make bouquets for you and your sewing or quilting buddies.  Here’s how you make them:

 http://www.sewmccool.com/felt-flower-pincushion/

Materials

YUMMY DISH!

EASY SLOW COOKER BEEF AND NOODLES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • stew meat, cubed
  • French Onion Soup
  • Cream of Celery Soup
  • Noodles,Rice or Mashed Potatoes to serve on the side

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://pocketchangegourmet.com/slow-cooker-beef-and-noodles/

IDEA I LOVE

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Crochet these vintage wedding rings luncheon placemats!  Too cool:

BREAD!

CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

for the muffins:
    1. ll-purpose flour
    2. light brown sugar
    3. baking powder
    4. ground cinnamon
    5. baking soda
    6. salt
    7. milk
    8. vanilla extract
    9. Vgetable or canola oil
    10. eggs
for the crumb topping:
  1. granulated sugar
  2. light brown sugar
  3. cinnamon
  4. salt
  5. unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
  6. all-purpose flour

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/2014/05/17/cinnamon-coffee-cake-muffins-recipe/

SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

GINGER TEA LATTE

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INGREDIENTS

For the Ginger Syrup:

  • water
  • cane sugar
  • fresh ginger

For the Latte:

  • ginger syrup
  • plain almond milk
  • Optional: ginger tea | ginger powder or cinnamon (or other spices) for topping

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:   http://minimalistbaker.com/3-ingredient-ginger-latte/

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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With the “foodie” holidays on the way, you might want to take some of your stash favorite fabrics to make this vintage-inspired dinner roll holder.  In my family, I’d need one for each guest.  Why not match your table runner and placemats with your dinner roll holder?   Start here:

http://gingercake.typepad.com/files/vintage-inspired-dinner-roll-holder.pdf 

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MEMBA?

When living rooms looked like this. Oh dear . . . that lamp gives me bad dreams, but I would LOVE to make a rug like this!

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THIS INSPIRES ME . . . 

 

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A stunning gown made of recycled shirt collars by Junky Styling. Picture taken at Ethical Fashion Forum booth, London Clothes Show.

And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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IDEA I LOVE!

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This bag is amazingly easy to make and a project on my bucket list.  I have some ideas.  How about embroidering your life story on the bag?  Check out the pattern:

http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/making-reversible-bag/

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DESSERT!

SPARKLING CANDY CORN COOKIES 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Butter, 
sugar
Egg
orange juice
freshly grated orange zest
salt
flour
baking soda
 Orange paste or gel food color 
 Yellow paste or gel food color
sugar
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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Who cares if this pattern is called, Summer Bloom.  I still like it.  Of course, the magic of this patchwork is FLORALS. Take that solid, graphic, computer generated fabric lines!  Humph!  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/summer_bloom/ 

 

SHOEspiration

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Christian Louboutin’s Mumbai and Bollywood range has launched to a flurry of excitement.  $1,279.00

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MUST HAVE

Cleanse and purify with the Amazing Humidifier from Satechi.

This portable device is USB-powered and works to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria from the air.

Simply attach this little device to the top of your bottled water and watch as your oxygen becomes richer and cleaner.  $27.99

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Sew a bunch of fabric boxes.  Easy and perfect for your quilting or sewing retreats.  Check it out:

 http://seaside-stitches.blogspot.ca/2013/03/fabric-box-tutorial.html

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  1. Lynette tom
    October 7, 2014 at 7:16 AM #

    Very interesting. I liked such a variety of info.

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  2. Jennie
    October 7, 2014 at 7:34 AM #

    I love the fabric boxes!! Can’t wait to make one-

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  3. October 7, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

    Thanks so much Mark!! Such fabulous ideas, and I really appreciate the nod to my blog and the felt flower pin cushion! 🙂

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  4. Paula K.
    October 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM #

    SO many great ideas to try. Thanks Mark

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  5. Candy S
    October 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM #

    Mark,
    I love your blog! From the “Yoke du jour” to the shoes of the day and all in between. You find the most interesting things to share. Thank you for all you do.
    Candy

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  6. October 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM #

    I will make the reversible purse and fabric boxes for Christmas gifts, but the Laboutin shoes? Really? Just looking at them made my feet ache. Love ya!

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  7. Judy Leisle
    October 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

    Love the blog. Topic of discussion at our annual retreat

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  8. debby siccardi
    October 7, 2014 at 11:24 PM #

    Hi Mark, I just found out today that you are coming to my guild in Warwick, NY in January. I’m looking forward to it.

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  9. Mindy
    October 8, 2014 at 12:37 AM #

    Love everything in this posting…

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  10. Mary Ann
    October 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM #

    I have made some of those fabric boxes………..so easy and quick to do. Loving your blog and all the different photos you show. Really like to see all the shoe photos.

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