Quilt Wonky Bird Coasters! Crochet Fall Leaves! Stencil Fabric! Craft a Textured Picture Frame! A Giant Cross Stitch Tutorial! Quilt a Set of Holiday Placemats! Make Your Own Rubber Stamps! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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I HAVE A NEW CRAFT DAILY ONLINE CLASS!

Halloween and Thanksgiving Quilt Borders

from Strips of Fabric

Create festive borders for your Halloween and Thanksgiving quilts

In Holiday Borders Using Strips with Mark Lipinski, Pt. 1, Mark Lipinski – fabric designer and quilter extraordinaire – shows you how to construct and assemble borders for two very fun quilts just in time for the holidays! Follow along as Mark demonstrates how to create festive borders for your Halloween and Thanksgiving quilts. Adopt some great seasonal ideas while getting into the quilting holiday spirit!

Included with this class are free downloadable templates available after purchase.”

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CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE: 

http://craftdaily.com/p-1478-holiday-borders-using-strips-with-mark-lipinski.aspx

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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Old man comes into a restaurant, sits at his usual table, and orders the usual — matzoh ball soup.

The waiter sets it down in front of him, and stands back to watch him enjoy it. But the man just sits there.

“Is there something wrong?” the waiter asks.

“I can’t eat this soup,” the man replies.

“Is it too hot?” the waiter asks. “No.” “Too cold?” “No.” “Too salty?” “No.”

The waiter calls for the maitre d’, and for the chef, and each goes through the same routine: “Too hot?” “Too cold?” “No, no no.”

Finally the chief, at his wits end, says, “Sir, I will taste the soup myself. Where is the spoon?”

Says the old man: “A-ha!”

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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? By Jersey City artist,  Thomas John CarlsonOil on Canvas – 2009

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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?  Asparagus photographed by  Alexa Sedl of Washington, D.C.

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IDEA I LOVE

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These wonky bird coasters are screaming to be made from your scraps and unused stash! They are so cute that they just bring a smile to your face. When I look at these I see Secret Santa or Secret Pal gifts that would be welcomed and cherished. Besides, who wouldn’t love a bird you didn’t have to feed? Here is the link to make a set of your own:

http://www.sameliasmum.com/2014/10/wonky-bird-coasters-tutorial.html#.VEPqjb7-qzA 

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IDEA I LOVE

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 Autumn is a great time of year to take out your  long ago used crochet hook and  learn a new pattern like these crocheted to fall leaves. What I love about these leaves is that they are crocheted from six-strand embroidery floss (Note to self: don’t forget to grab a few Aurifil embroidery floss spools and get a few extra spools to play with). These would be so incredible appliquéd to a knitted or  finely-crocheted scarf, or as an embellishment to an autumn table runner for your Thanksgiving feast.  Follow this tutorial:

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YUMMY DISH!

GNOCCHI AND CHICKPEA SKILLET DINNER

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

 1 16-18 oz package of gnocchi
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 strips turkey bacon, diced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 small head of broccoli crowns, chopped
1 can (19 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

READ MORE, CLICK HERE:  http://foodwhine.com/2011/11/gnocchi-and-chickpea-skillet-dinner.html

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TIPspiration

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I don’t know where I read this tip, or who told me about it, but at last I tried the salt and baking soda experiment. Mr. Electric has a terrible habit of frying eggs, or cooking on the stove top, without immediately cleaning up the mess. By the time I get around to cleaning the stove top a few days later, it looks like the wreck of the Hesperus.

WARNING: This is a cleaning tip so look away if it is going to ruin your Sunday.

Here’s how I cleaned my stove this week with both ease and amazement. I mixed 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of table salt with a little water to make a  paste.  With a damp cloth, I picked up a little of my paste and went to work cleaning my stovetop of all the grime and cooked-on schumtz. It was like a miracle the way  the grease and cooked-on grime came off! I can’t tell you how surprised I was because it seems I have used every toxic chemical known to mankind to lick this problem. I swear it even made the stovetop sparkle, to boot.  Try it.  You’ll thank me.

 

IDEA I LOVE

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I have seen a lot of stenciled dishtowels over the years,  but I really like the way this one turned out using the gold paint and a wall stencil. I am not quite sure how I feel about driving my dishes with a towel that has been painted rather than dyed,  but this technique would be perfect if you are doing another kind of fiber art… Like quilting, or covering a lampshade, or making pillow shams, etc.  This idea is worth keeping in your arsenal of  creative techniques. There may come a time when you will want to do this.  Here’s how:  htttp://www.blitsycrafts.com/2014/10/stenciled-dish-towel.html

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BREAD!

5-MINUTE PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING IN A MUG

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups cubed bread (pref. white bread)

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://bakingbites.com/2014/10/5-minute-pumpkin-bread-pudding-in-a-mug/

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

A single thread wrapped around thousands of nails!
Artwork by KUMI YAMASHITA
Website | Faebook

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IF YOU HAVEN’T SUBSCRIBED TO THIS BLOG: 

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For well over 2 years, I have been posting up to 20 links per day or every other day, on the Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page on Facebook. Of course, in Facebook’s never ending quest to make lots of money, Facebook seems to have abandoned their mission of a real social networking site and it has become more about Facebook revenue.

Several months ago, Facebook, without warning, had implemented a new business model. As a result, the vast majority of “LIKErs” who have been faithful readers of this Fan Page have been blocked from receiving my posts, time and time again, from getting all or a few of the postings onto their timeline feed.

The reason is, Facebook would like pages like, Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page, to pay money every day, and on every post, in order to advertise and lure readers like you, onto the Fan Page.

With out “BOOSTING” a post, only about 5% of people who clicked LIKE on the Fan Page are actually seeing anything I post — and it could be random – sometimes you get a post, and sometimes not. Basically, it sucks for all of us. I am finding that we are all better served if I posted my tips, ideas, links, and jokes, etc. to my blog. You can subscribe to my blog (only if you wan to) and get an email each time I post a grouping of ideas, links, etc.

I AM NOT shutting down Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page on Facebook and you are welcome to follow me there, too. What I am doing is putting everything that used to be on the Fan Page individually onto my blog, AND there will be a daily link to the idea blog on the Fan Page, just as there were multiple links to the various blogs that I’ve always linked to in the past. It’s not that different, really. It will save me a lot of time, and guarantee those who want to see the creative posts will actually get to see them. And Facebookers, will STILL have to click on “GET NOTIFICATIONS” in your Facebook Settings if they want to see what I post on Facebook (sometimes that works, but not all of the time).

Actually, my new model gives you at least TWO ways to get all of the ideas, etc. PLUS you can PIN them and they will be TAGGED so you can find them again in the search bar even years later. – through the FACEBOOK FAN PAGE and YOUR CHOICE (not mandatory) to subscribe to the blog and get email postings that way.

 

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

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PUMPKIN OCTOBERFEST FLOAT

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree {not filling}
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ bottle of oktoberfest beer {I used Yuengling Oktoberfest}
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:   http://www.galonamission.com/pumpkin-oktoberfest-float-spiked/

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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  Display your art or your most treasured photographs in a DIY textured picture frame. This vintage looking frame is very reminiscent of the kinds of frames used in the 30s 40s and 50s. It really is easy to make. Why not consider painting, or stitching, or quilting, a postcard-size series of art then crafting your own textured picture frames to display them? Start here:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/10/make-a-textured-picture-frame.html

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MEMBA?

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IDEA I LOVE!

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The truth be told, while I like the giant cross stitch idea, putting all this work and in some geeky superhero vignette makes me roll my eyes and shake my head. That said, imagine the artwork – even wall sized artwork – you could stitch up using this technique! I am so inspired by this because I think that the options would be limitless! Creates read from used plastic grocery bags and create art for the outside, make a headboard, picture frames, or even a self-portrait using cross stitch software. I am so in… Learn the technique here:

http://weelittlestitchescrossstitch.blogspot.com/2014/10/giant-cross-stitch-tutorial.html 

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PURSEspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere EVEN IN PURSE designs! How can you incorporate the beauty that women carry  into your art or craft?  Valentino 1973 Rockstud Micro Mini Shopper. $2,175

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DESSERT!

MAPLE ICE CREAM WITH PECAN PRALINE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 cup half-and-half
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar
6 egg yolks
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1 cup maple syrup
A pinch of sea salt

For the praline:
1 cup pecans
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-maple-ice-cream-with-pecan-praline-recipes-from-the-kitchn-210594?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Category%2FChannel%3A+Main

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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With the foodie holidays coming up, Hugh had better start making your hand stitched, quilted, and  color-designed placemats and napkins now. In just a little more than a month your judgmental in-laws will descend on your turkey scented home and will expect something fabulous from you. This is a way to keep them at bay before they find something else to pick on you for. Placemats are so easy and fun to do, you feel like you’ve really accomplished something as you see them pile up, and you can flex your creative muscle without bursting blood vessel. Try this pattern out for size…

 http://jacquelynnesteves.com/tutorials/quilted-place-mats-tutorial/

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT Webinar is now ON DEMAND!

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At last! The much talked about SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT webinar is now available ON DEMAND for download directly to your computer. This is a recording of the record-breaking webinar hosted by Mark Lipinski in June. Here is the link:

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SHOEspiration

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From the American Landscape Collection by designer Ana Locking.

 

MUST HAVE

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 When I hear the word,RÅSKOG, I get all excited because I know there must be an IKEA product attached to it. Well, cupcake, there is. This kitchen cart is the RÅSKOG kitchen cart from IKEA. Surprise! Surprise! And you know I need about three dozen in order to get me organized. I love the turquoise color, but I also love the deep wells for storage and the wheels for movement flexibility.  $49.99  ( Now, what’s $49.99 multiplied by 35?)

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IDEA I LOVE!

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  I know you knitters, quilters, upholsterers, sewists, and fiber crazies look at making rubber-stamps as a waste of time and something only paper people would invest any time in. Oh, how wrong you are! You need to try this. You need to get out of your comfort circle. You need to go to your craft store  (my son, during his early teen years, would fondly refer to my place of worship as a “crap store”) and pick up some fabric paint, a brayer, and braying surface. Go home and create some fabric for your fiber art using your own, unique and handcarved stamps. It could just change your life. Start here:

http://thealteredpast.blogspot.com/2014/10/make-your-own-rubberstamps-with-3.html?m=1

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16 Comments on “Quilt Wonky Bird Coasters! Crochet Fall Leaves! Stencil Fabric! Craft a Textured Picture Frame! A Giant Cross Stitch Tutorial! Quilt a Set of Holiday Placemats! Make Your Own Rubber Stamps! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. October 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM #

    Got a big kick out of the “wreck of the Hesperus” reference! Wonder how many people, other than you, me and my 92-year-old mother, have ever used that term? Always enjoy the crafts, thoughts and jokes, not necessarily in that order. Thanks, Mark!

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    • October 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM #

      LOL I’m going to have to Wikipedia “wreck of the Hesperus.” I have no idea what it is/was other than something my own mother always said. LOL xoxom

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      • Judy Mayfield
        October 19, 2014 at 9:46 PM #

        Maybe you could find Mad magazine’s version of “Hesperus”, it’s a riot. Almost as good as their “Moby Dick”.

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  2. Barbara Wortman
    October 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM #

    I have often used the reference “wreck of the Hesperus” but not recently. Lol. But then I am 84 years old and my mother used to use it. Don’t know anything about it either.

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  3. Sally Maxwell
    October 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM #

    I gotta say that your art by Thomas John Carlson intrigued me. It doesn’t seem quite as straightforward as some of your other choices. If I could make a suggestion: please include the title along with the artist. And as far as that goes, could you include the size, too? There’s always a story that’s part of the self-expression and I think I’d like to know more about what the artist was thinking.

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    • October 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM #

      Unless I can’t find it, the artist and title are always mentioned in the post. The size isn’t always presented.

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      • Sally Maxwell
        October 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM #

        I did follow that link, but I didn’t see that particular work. But I do appreciate your showcase of art that I might not see 🙂

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  4. Sally Maxwell
    October 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM #

    so sorry! I DID find the work in question: “Supper at Emmaus” with an explanatory poem! It’s 24 X 22. I’ll be thinking about this one for some time!

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  5. Gayle Grier
    October 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM #

    I really enjoy your blog posts, Mark. The crafts, recipes and jokes are very entertaining. Thanks for taking the time.

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  6. Judy Mayfield
    October 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM #

    The purse you showed is perfect, I want 2!

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  7. October 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

    Thanks for mentioning my place mat tutorial here on your blog, Mark. And I am DONE with Facebook too- greedy little creeps, ha ha. I’m doing a lot more on Instagram now, and I love it. Lots of “eye candy” and inspiration over at Instagram (however, IG was purchased by Facebook a while back, so we’ll see if they mess that up, too.)

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  8. Cathy
    October 20, 2014 at 7:37 PM #

    I love those ikea carts. I have only one, and it’s for my laundry supplies. I would love to have an entire fleet of them.

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  9. Cathy Dillehay
    October 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM #

    I love your blog and look forward to all your good ideas. Thanks for the inspiration and the chuckles!

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  10. Rose & Wayne Olmstead
    October 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM #

    Have not received any of the pictures from your blog for the last 3 or 4 blogs. Miss them but don’t know how to fix it. Please help.

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    • October 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

      I can’t imagine why not, unless your server or computer is an older version? xooxm

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