Sew a Vintage Fall Pumpkin Pillow! Put Together a Set of Hobby-Themed Scrabble Letter Coasters! Crochet a Basket Weave Stitch Afghan! Sip on an Apple Pumpkintini! Sew a Set of Pretty Acorn Mug Rugs! Learn the Secrets of the Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt! 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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A boy asks his father, “Dad, are bugs good to eat?”

“That’s disgusting — don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” the dad replies.

After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?”

“Oh, nothing,” the boy says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”

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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 called ‘Forgotten Planet’ by artist, Jon Rappleye.

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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?   “Off the Wall! Image Spaces and Spatial Images”, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg.

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IDEA I LOVE

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At last! It’s a pretty fall pumpkin pillow that is not only unique in color, but it will give you an opportunity to learn a new sewing and piecing technique! I am really taken with how fresh and contemporary this autumnal  home accessory looks. And what I like best about it is that this technique, and even this pattern, can be translated into a quilt or table runner or on the back of a jean jacket, etc. Here’s how you make it:

http://www.flamingotoes.com/2014/10/vintage-pumpkin-fall-pillow/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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 These Scrabble tile coasters were specifically designed for crocheters (mainly because they had to get the word HOOK in there and it was a four letter word).  Of course, cupcake, you can figure out four letter words for any of your hobbies, right? I mean, isn’t hook, yarn, wool, and love, also perfect for rug hookers? How about orts, aida, hoop, and knot for cross stitch.  Quilters might get a coaster with the words bias, yard, Olfa, and seam, right?   just imagine what four-letter words you might come up with for your sexy-time wine glass coasters on your nightstand?!  Start here:

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 And more . . .

 

 

YUMMY DISH!

CHICKEN PAD THAI

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 teas freshly zested lime peel
  • 3 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbs packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 1/2 teas rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs siracha
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size strips
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup scallions, sliced
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro, snipped

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://passthesushi.com/one-skillet-dinner-chicken-pad-thai/

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IDEA I LOVE

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  Crocheting a basket weave stitch is not as difficult as it might seem and the texture it gives even a baby afghan is  noteworthy.  speaking of babies, here’s a little crochet basket weave  stitched baby blanket that you could probably whip up over a long weekend. Grab your hook then find the pattern here:

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THIS MAN COULD LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

APPLE PIE BUTTERSCOTCH SNICKERDOODLE BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1¾ C all purpose flour
  • ½ C whole wheat flour
  • ¾ C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C apple sauce
  • ½ C vegetable oil
  • ½ C light brown sugar
  • ¼ C water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C butterscotch chips
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.thisgalcooks.com/2014/10/14/apple-pie-butterscotch-snickerdoodle-bread/

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

From Russian tattoo design artist, Edward Miller.

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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 Pageon 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 

APPLE PUMPKINTINI

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INGREDIENTS

  • pumpkin puree
  • apple cider
  • vanilla vodka
  • ginger ale
  • cinnamon and sugar (for the rim)

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:  http://eat-drink-love.com/2012/11/apple-pumpkintini/

 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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 I love the image of acorns is a representation of  autumn, hearth and home, and snuggly fireplace warmth. The truth is, if you are so unlucky to have to park your car under an oak tree, these little suckers can do some real damage to your wheels. When we lived in Fort Lee,  our neighborhood was covered with oak trees. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are beautiful, but my Honda Accord had just as many, or more, acorn-induces dimples on the body than I have on my ample derrière. Too much information? Anywho,  these pretty little acorn mug rugs are perfect as little take-home giveaways after your Thanksgiving dinner guests head toward the door.   They are also a great hostess gift. Here is how you make them:

http://www.letrecivettefattoamano.com/2013/09/tutorial-diy-ghiande.html    (hit the translate button on the blog for English)

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MEMBA?

Gaucho Pants

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DESSERT!

SUPER EASY CINNAMON TWISTS

WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • refrigerated breadstick dough
  • butter
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2014/07/09/super-easy-cinnamon-twists-cream-cheese-frosting.html#_a5y_p=1983755

 

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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The Disappearing Nine Patch has become a staple in the quilting design world. It’s easy to do, always looks good, and hard to screw up. Here is a tutorial on how to make a Disappearing Nine Patch for yourself:

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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:   http://bit.ly/1xE2l34

SHOEspiration

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MUST HAVE

Cees Braakman Pastoe Sewing Box,  1950 De stijl era, $850

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A NEW BLOG POST! 

KNITTING!  CROCHET!  CROSS STITCH!  NEEDLEPOINT! WEAVING! QUILTING!

Perfectionism-Creativity

Signals That Your Perfectionism is About to Spin Out of Control!

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10 Comments on “Sew a Vintage Fall Pumpkin Pillow! Put Together a Set of Hobby-Themed Scrabble Letter Coasters! Crochet a Basket Weave Stitch Afghan! Sip on an Apple Pumpkintini! Sew a Set of Pretty Acorn Mug Rugs! Learn the Secrets of the Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Robin
    October 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM #

    Thanks for the great blog Mark. I still get some of your posts via facebook but enjoy getting this on a regular basis and always enjoy the variety of information. The joke du jour is a great start. I love the craft ideas and the recipes. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Sally Maxwell
    October 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM #

    Lots of interesting ideas, as always, but I must confess that tattoos aren’t really my thing. Pretty pictures, and I appreciate the exposure to different things, but not for me. On the other hand, the patchwork today…really nice!

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  3. Margaret Ryall
    October 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

    Sent from my iPad Hi! I love reading you blog. It makes me smile, and laugh, and learn!

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  4. Brenda Hojonski
    October 22, 2014 at 4:01 AM #

    Mark, I just love your blog! Today’s patchwork just may be the perfect pattern for a quilt for my son. I’ve been looking for something that I could mix cats and chicken in! I’m more of a sneaker girl, but those shoes are amazing to look at! Thanks for sharing all you share.

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  5. October 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM #

    Thanks for the Love for my Scrabble Coasters!! 🙂 I love your idea of creating more coasters for different hobbies!!

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  6. October 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM #

    I really need to lose weight, but you are making that very difficult Mark! 🙂 I love reading your blog because it is always jam-packed full of a unique and fun mixture of items. It’s so funny that you show a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt here. When I first saw them, I was not a big fan but after playing around with them for a while, I like them. As a matter of fact, a couple of months ago, I hosted a “Charm School” for the local guild (35 people) and seven quilts (all different designs) started with Nine Patch blocks made from charm squares. Most of the members had not made a disappearing nine patch block so they were hesitant to cut them, but once they got going and saw how different each quilt looked, they were shocked and had a blast. I got a call yesterday to host a “Charm School” for another area guild that will have close to 60 people in attendance. I can’t wait! Thanks again and I’m headed to the panty to see if I have the ingredients for Pad Thai. 🙂

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    • October 22, 2014 at 1:08 PM #

      GOOD FOR YOU! SPREAD THE WEALTH (i.e. addiction) LOLOL xoxom

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  7. SuzK
    October 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM #

    love reading your blog – “‘Memba?” is always fun, however, some things, like gaucho pants, are best left forgotten! :0)

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