Create An Autumn Blanket Coat! Make a Halloween Door Wreath! Piece a Pretty Spring Quarter Quilt! Sculpt Spooky Spool Place Card Holders! Print on Fabric Using the Freezer Paper Method! Paper Piece a Zeppelin Block! Papier-Mâché Candy Bowls! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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DON’T MISS A THING, MISS THANG!

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NEW JERSEYBad-Dice-Live

 

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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CHECK OUT THE NEWLY POSTED BLOG AT:  www.slowstitching.com

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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 Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it, too.

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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 is a David Hockney digital landscape.

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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?  Vintage or antique folk art boxes.  These are Norwegian.

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IDEA I LOVE

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No Halloween is complete without a festive wreath! That’s what you need to get your butt in gear to make your Halloween decorations this weekend – you only have a couple of weeks ago before the big event. This is a fairly easy project that will bring smiles to the faces of all of your trick-or-treaters and bill collectors. Here’s the tutorial:

 http://blog.modcloth.com/2014/10/02/halloween-wreath-diy/?utm_source=huffpo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wreathdiy

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F.O.E. (what I found on Etsy)

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I love a secret box and this one of a kind carved jewelry puzzle box is not only pretty, the design is inspirational and lends itself to other of your creative  endeavors, and is also a lot of fun to play with. I found it on Etsy and you can buy it!  Check out the link:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/103490215/one-of-a-kind-carved-jewelry-puzzle-box?ref=related-2

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IDEA I LOVE

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You know I am a sucker for any craft that  includes a spool of thread. These polymer clay, Halloween place card holders, are not only fun to make there also a really cool Halloween decoration. Okay, I never have Halloween parties, but why not stick a vintage Halloween postcard into these little bearing baubles to celebrate the holiday? Here’s how you make them:

http://www.sculpey.com/project/halloween-place-card-holder-trio/

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YUMMY DISH!

EASY LO MEIN

 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • lo mein egg noodles*
    • olive oil
    • garlic, minced
    • cremini mushrooms, sliced
    •  red bell pepper, julienned
    • carrot, julienned
    • now peas
    • baby spinach
FOR THE SAUCE
  • reduced sodium soy sauce
  • sugar
  • sesame oil
  • ground ginger
  • Sriracha

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/03/easy-lo-mein/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Using your inkjet printer to print on fabric is nothing new. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years. That said, I am happy to a found this tutorial so that you can  print on fabric using the “freezer paper method.” The projects and creativity that can come from the simple technique  is practically boundless. So, put on your thinking and create! What are you waiting for?  Start here:
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SNACKS!

MAKE POTATO CHIPS IN YOUR MICROWAVE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • oil
  • potatoes
  • salt

Watch the short video for instructions: 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/29/microwave-potato-chips-wow_n_5889562.html

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

Though they may resemble the multicolored flock born of the imagination as it tries to count itself to sleep, these precious creatures actually exist in the world (through Photoshop, I’m guessing), thanks to a photographer named Gray Malin.

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

PUMPKIN COFFEE IN A CROCK POT

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INGREDIENTS

coffee
pumpkin puree
sweetened condensed milk
cinnamon sticks  OR
ground cinnamon

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:   http://www.instructables.com/id/Pumpkin-Coffee-in-a-Crock-Pot/

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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 I like papier-mâché. I have no excuse. I haven’t even jumped into it since I was a Cub Scout. These Halloweenie  papier-mâché candy bowls or so tremendous that I may have to buy a newspaper today! These are so easy to do, cupcake, that you will want to jump right in. Here’s how you make them:

https://blog.etsy.com/en/2014/how-tuesday-paper-mache-candy-bowls/ 

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MEMBA?

The Palm Pilot

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THIS INSPIRES ME . . . 

This is a Ruth McDowell quilt!  OMG!  http://www.ruthbmcdowell.com/

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IDEA I LOVE!

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According to Harper’s Bazaar magazine blanket coats are the new “it.” Here is an easy DIY  for making your own blanket coat this autumn ( if I gain one more ounce of weight, I will be worn blankets as shirts!)  Give it a try:

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-articles/diy-blanket-coats?spr_id=1447_96507030&src=spr_TWITTER#slide-1

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DESSERT!

NECTARINE AND BLUEBERRY PIE

WITH OAT CRUST AND STREUSEL TOPPING  

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Oat Crust ingredients 
sugar
golden brown sugar
rolled oats
flour
kosher salt
cinnamon
unsalted butter, melted

Filling ingredients 
nectarines
blueberries
lemon
sugar
kosher salt

Streusel ingredients
flour
golden brown sugar
sugar
kosher salt
unsalted butter

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.poppytalk.com/2014/09/goodbye-summer-pie-nectarine-blueberry.html

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This quilt is awfully pretty. I believe it is called The Spring Quarter Quilt.   This is a quilt any beginner can make, and that any experienced quilter could make much more interesting by cutting and taking some risks (not that it needs it.) Anyway, take a look at the blog where I found the quilt, and then download the pattern so you can make your own version:

Here’s where I found this quilt: http://teaginnydesigns.blogspot.jp/2013/05/spring-quarter.html

 Here’s the pattern download:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0nQ-Aa4lppMeno1Y1ZBbWVBRDA/edit?pli=1

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SHOEspiration

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Vivienne Westwood Satyr, $280

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MUST HAVE

Yippee!  I’ll be DEAD before I have to sharpen these knives!

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“The TB Groupe, one of France’s established knife makers, carries a history of five generations dedicated to the manufacturing knives. Their latest design, the FURTIF Evercut collection is the culmination of the company’s exploration of new materials and forms, a sharp edged stealth bomber of faceted geometry constructed using titanium carbide laser bonding to strengthen a blade of stainless steel to indefinite sharpness.

The blade’s durability is strengthened even further using machines to apply thousands of pounds per square inch (imagine carbon being pressed into a diamond), the knife exiting the process with a finish 300x stronger than a standard steel blade. All that pressure and care results in kitchen knives that can go 25 years between professional sharpening. That’s a lifetime of tomatoes and onions diced.”

http://www.aplusrstore.com/product/1499/furtif-evercut-knives

 

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IDEA I LOVE!

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I found this paper pieced block online and literally went wild for  bit. It’s called the Zeppelin block and I think that a quilt made from this block could really be spectacular.   Here is the website where I found the block:  http://wombatquilts.com/2013/08/26/paper-piecing-monday-presents-zeppelin/ 

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Here is the website where you can find the paper pieced pattern:  http://627handworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Block-Rockn-Week02-Zeppelin.pdf


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5 Comments on “Create An Autumn Blanket Coat! Make a Halloween Door Wreath! Piece a Pretty Spring Quarter Quilt! Sculpt Spooky Spool Place Card Holders! Print on Fabric Using the Freezer Paper Method! Paper Piece a Zeppelin Block! Papier-Mâché Candy Bowls! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. October 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM #

    Wow, so much good stuff today! Thanks, Mark!

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  2. Bonnie
    October 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

    You diD it again, added to my list of things I must make before I die – thanks Mark!

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  3. Bonnie
    October 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM #

    Ralph said said the potato chips are great!

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  4. October 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM #

    fun going to make and create yaay

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