Piece a Classic Churn Dash Quilt! Christmas Ornament Countdown! Pincushion Frames! Make a Penny Rug Purse! Crochet a Multi-Colored Striped Scarf! The Creative Gifts of ADHD! Create a Simple Felt Scissors Pouch! Knit a Beautiful Textured Afghan! A NEW Slow Stitching Webinar for YARN LOVERS! DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin! Craft Fabric Covered Styrofoam Balls! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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Murphy and Declan were walking home from the pub.  Murphy says to Declan, ‘What a beautiful evening, look at the moon.’

Declan stops and looks at Murphy, ‘You are wrong, that’s not the moon, that’s the sun.’ Both started arguing for a while when they come upon a real drunk walking in the other direction, so they stopped him.

‘Sir, could you please help settle our argument?

Tell us what that thing is up in the sky that’s shining. Is it the moon or the sun?’  The drunk looked at the sky and then looked at them, and said,

‘Sorry, I don’t live around here.’

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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?  New Hope, by Lambertville, NJ artist, Valeriy Belenikin.

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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?   A stream’s bottom. 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I’m now making penny rugs I’ll share my tutorial with you in a few weeks).  Here’s how to make a zippered “Penny Purse!”  There are so many, many beautiful wool hand-dyes, you have no excuse to make anything fugly or to be stoned for on the street.  Start here (and please get some pretty wool, kiddo!):

http://pennyrugsandmore.blogspot.com/2008/05/penny-purse-tutorial.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Finally, some balls that are fun to play with (needless to say, I loathe sports — oh, and you have a filthy mind).  These pretty little things are perfect in a bowl or as a holiday ornament!  Make oodles and oodles!  Here’s the tutorial:

 http://diyready.com/fabric-covered-styrofoam-balls/#

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YUMMY DISH!

BARBECUE CHICKEN BUBBLE UP BAKE

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Homestyle refrigerated original or buttermilk biscuits
  • barbecue sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/barbecue-chicken-bubble-up-bake/87bae4ac-6334-47ff-945e-fa7ea1bab02a

 

IDEA I LOVE

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When those winter winds start to howl, you’ll wish you had crocheted this multi-colored striped scarf.   Should we not have a freezing winter, wear it anyway and sweat!  Beauty is work, girl!  Here’s the pattern:

 http://rescuedpaw.com/post/100664281563/crochet-multi-colored-striped-scarf-pattern#.VFK5A77-qzB

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

LITE PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE

 

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INGREDIENTS:

pumpkins (or 1 1/2 cups chopped pumpkin)
vanilla extract
unsweetened almond milk
white grape juice
roasted almonds
pumpkin pie spice
cacao nibs
ice (about 4-5 ice cubes)
medjool date (optional)

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:  http://divinehealthyfood.com/light-pumpkin-smoothie/

 

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

Artist Augusto Esquivel takes the minuscule and transforms it into the grandiose. He uses thousands of small sewing buttons to craft larger-than-life sized portraits of celebrities.

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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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IDEA I LOVE

 

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I love transforming these little frames into pincushions!   I also find it wild that I can find a pincushion pattern or idea for everything.  I can’t wait to find used D-Con mouse wedges fashioned into pincushions!  KIDDING!    Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/adorable-pin-cushion-tutorial-kits

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EDUCATION!

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

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To read about “The Creative Gifts of ADHD” click on the link:

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-barry-kaufman/the-creative-gifts-of-adh_b_6068400.html

WORDS TO LIVE BY

Be strong, but not rude

IDEA I LOVE

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LOVE the texture on this knitted afghan.  A beginner?  So damn what!  Get you azz off of the computer and take a class!  Grow, become inspired, learn a craft, and perfect a technique.  No excuses.  KNIT!   Start here.

https://www.paradisefibers.com/downloadable/download/linkSample/link_id/17/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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This Thanksgiving pumpkin is so darn easy that you’ll want to make a few as gifts.  The worst part for me was ‘how am I going to write those words so perfectly…?”  Well, don’t sweat it, cupcake, because you don’t.   Just follow the directions — then impress the uncreative relatives at your Thanksgiving soiree!  Here’s how you make this:

http://www.damasklove.com/diy-autumn-decoupage-pumpkin/

 

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MEMBA?

Reel to Reel.

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DESSERT!

CHOCOLATE CHIP-COOKIE DOUGH TRUFFLES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • butter, softened
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • all-purpose flour
  • semisweet chocolate pieces
  • dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • chocolate-flavor candy coating, chopped
  • shortening

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-truffles/

IN PRINT!

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My latest article, BEST IN SHOW, is in the latest issue of International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene. I’m very happy with the results! Pick up a copy! I hope you like it! xoxom

GET YOUR COPY HERE: http://bit.ly/MarkInQuiltScene

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Someone who likes butter as much as me (or Paula Dean) would naturally like a Churn Dash quilt.  This quilt is a traditional classic and fairly easy and quilt to piece.  So what are you waiting for?   Rotary cut, dammit!  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/PImages/Pdf_291.pdf

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NEW SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT Webinar:

KNITTING, CROCHET, NEEDLE ARTS!

 

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Quick, fast, easy. In our busy, multitasking world, those buzzwords capture our attention. But speed can kill creativity and the enjoyment of our creative pursuits.

Maybe what we really need to do is slow down, enjoy the process, and create knit, crochet, and needlework projects that we’re really proud of. But how?

 

This NEW and ILLUMINATING web seminar introduces a revolution within the yarn and needlework industries: The Slow Stitching Movement, launched by international quilt and fiber art personality Mark Lipinski. With Mark as your inspiration and guide, The Slow Stitching Movement web seminar will prepare you for a higher form of creativity and important knit, crochet, and needle crafts.

With this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Approach your yarn and needle projects in a totally different way.
  • Recharge your passion for patterns.
  • Engage the connection between your body, your fiber art, and your legacy.
  • Expand your creativity, self-esteem and even your spiritual journey.
  • Tap into your right brain, to train and develop your imagination.
  • Find the creative genius in you.
  • Implement your creative thought in today’s too-fast world.
  • Heal your life, emotions and boost your physical health.
  • Create groups and habits to support your creative vision.

If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more yarn and thread than you do inspiration, if all of your projects are beginning to look alike, or if you’ve been knitting, crocheting, and/or stitching for years and have nothing wonderful to show for it—The Slow Stitching Movement is for you.

Mark brings years of professional and personal experience to the seminar, as he explores with you informational and transformational message of The Slow Stitching Movement.

There will be an opportunity for discussion through a question-and-answer session during the web seminar, and after.

click the link to attend:

http://www.interweavestore.com/mark-lipinski-presents-the-slow-stitching-movement-for-knitting-crochet-and-needlework 

SHOEspiration

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PAUL ANDREW, Nya suede and patent-leather sandals, $945

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 ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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Yes, dumplings, Christmas is about 55 days away, so I’m going to start posting one ornament tutorial per blog.  Make just one a day, and your tree will be the envy of everybody at your local school for the blind.   Let’s start with houses:

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IN BOOKSTORES NOW! 

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Well, look who is on the cover of Eleanor Burns’ new book,  All-Star Quilts! it is me along with quilting celebrity icons Marianne Fons, Nancy Zieman, and Alex Anderson!  What an honor!  I haven’t actually seen the book yet but we can get our copy here (I’ll take 35 copies, please, Eleanor!):

http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponline/book/66010 

MUST HAVE!

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OMG!!  I could so lounge in this while I’m tapping out my blog.  Who needs pillows.  I can fill it with empty TWIX wrappers!   Israel-based Merav (Salush) Eitan and Gaston Zahr of OGE Creative Group were inspired by the structure of a bird’s nest to develop this large, playful reclining space. Called Giant Birdsnest for Creating New Ideas, the circular wooden structure is filled with soft, egg-shaped pillows and is intended to function as a “fusion of furniture and playground.”

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IDEA I LOVE

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A little felt (…that’s what she said), thread and embellishment can create a felt scissors pouch in about a half hour.  And you’re waiting for…..?

Here’s the tutorial:  http://albiongould.com/felt-scissors-pouch-diy/ 

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MARK’S ON CRAFT DAILY: AN 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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8 Comments on “Piece a Classic Churn Dash Quilt! Christmas Ornament Countdown! Pincushion Frames! Make a Penny Rug Purse! Crochet a Multi-Colored Striped Scarf! The Creative Gifts of ADHD! Create a Simple Felt Scissors Pouch! Knit a Beautiful Textured Afghan! A NEW Slow Stitching Webinar for YARN LOVERS! DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin! Craft Fabric Covered Styrofoam Balls! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    November 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM #

    I saw a creek bottom in real life (similar to the one you show) and I tried to recreate it for a postcard. In the end, I used a popcorn-print fabric and buttons for texture. No, I didn’t send it by mail. I kept it to remember a lazy summer day on the James River. A legacy piece? I wonder…

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    • November 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM #

      Hi Sally! 🙂 EVERYTHING is a creative opportunity for a legacy piece! Start dreaming . . . xoxom

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  2. chrissi vergoglini
    November 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    Hi! I love the bird nest seat/bed but once in I doubt I could climb back out! I also sent for a copy of Quilting International. Can you Pin that bed/seat to Pinterest? I don’t know how? Look forward to your inspiring words & art-the shoes are too funny-can’t imagine how one could stay balanced without a walking stick!! Ha Ha Hugs to you! Chrissi Vergoglini(former Jersey girl)

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    • November 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

      Chrissi — who would WANT to get out of the nest? LOL Once I’m in, it’s all takeout food, books, and trash TV. As for Pinterest, you need to set up an account and just click not the PIN button when you hover over the pics you like. And the shoes are for inspiration only — who could walk in them except — NOBODY? Thanks for being here. Spread the word. xoxom

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  3. November 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM #

    ahhhhh I love the quilt!! I got best of show at the Northwest Washington fair on my quilt …because…wait for it…..Dani Fisk quilted Eleanor’s quilt and she did mine ( not the same pattern) to!!!!
    Whoot Whoot Dani is the bomb…I love her quilting. Apparently Eleanor and Mark do to!!

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  4. SuzK
    November 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

    as always, I found a number of things I loved…totally love churn dash quilts … and you put the Doctor in here – can’t get better!

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    • November 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM #

      There is nothing better than an old-fashioned, traditional quilt! Keep coming back and thanks for writing! xooxm

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