Make a Cinnamon Spice of Life Table Topper! DIY a String of Autumn Fairy Lights! Piece a Modern and Wonky Mini Quilt! Sew a String of Fabric Birds! Cross Stitch Snowflakes! Knit an Easy Sweater! Make Your Own Dishwasher Soap! Craft a Set of Thanksgiving Napkin Rings! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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A NEW BLOG POST! 

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

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Letting go of Perfect and Jumping into Creative: 10 Tips for Busting Your Blocks

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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A young lady came home and told her Mother that her boyfriend had proposed but she had turned him down because she found out he was an atheist, and didn’t believe in Heaven or Hell.

“Marry him anyway dear.” the Mother said. “Between the two of us, we’ll show him just how wrong he is.”

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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?  “Tomato with Garlic” painting by Lili Anne Laurin. 

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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?   Straw flowers.

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IDEA I LOVE

 

CINNAMON SPICE OF LIFE TABLE TOPPER

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Use your fall colored fabrics to create this easy Cinnamon Spice of Life table topper. The design is very easy – a few half-square triangles and eight  4-patches. I have a huge round table in my dining room and, frankly, all of the run of the mill table runner  patterns don’t really work for me. This is perfect. Here is the pattern:

http://www.debbiemumm.com/Projects/Quilting/2010/01/ 

 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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It’s time to start thinking of the winter weather and some portable stitchery for your travels. This easy snowflake cross stitch is not really my cup of tea in the  pink tones,  but might look sensational using hand dyed,  icy blues. Also, cross stitch always look so much better on linen. If you are skittish about using linen because of the variation in  weave,  considering asking your local needlework shop to suggest an appropriate evenweave linen. Here’s the free pattern:

http://www.cross-stitch-pattern.net/Snowflakes-14-169-Free-Design.aspx

 

 

YUMMY DISH!

CHICKEN PUFFS

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 INGREDIENTS:

boneless, skinless chicken breast, halves – cubed
 onion, chopped
clove garlic, peeled and minced
cream cheese
butter
refrigerated crescent roll dough

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Puffs/Detail.aspx

 

IDEA I LOVE

 

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This pretty knitted sweater is categorized as “easy.” That means even a moron like me can knit it. Why not check out the pattern, choose some colored yarn that works for you, and try your hand at knitting your own sweater? If you start now you may be able to wear your couture creation at your Thanksgiving dinner! Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.berroco.com/sites/default/files/downloads/patterns/sawtelle_adult.pdf

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

POMEGRANATE AND BLUEBERRY CREAM SMOOTHIE

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INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
2 Tbsp coconut milk
1 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
4 oz Pure Pomegranate juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a thicker shake add less water or more ice cubes.

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IF YOU HAVEN’T SUBSCRIBED TO THIS BLOG YET: 

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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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Quickly gather the most colorful autumn leaves in your yard or along your morning walk, press them, and add them to a string of twinkle lights for a  whimsical fall bunting  that will warm your decor and celebrate the season. This is really easy to do, especially since all of the Christmas decorations are already on your local store shelves. Start here:

http://wallflowergirl.co.uk/diy-autumn-leaf-fairy-lights/ 

 

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

These miniature crochet animals are by SuAmi, she is based in Vietnam and all of her creations are handmade and are ridiculously small. The materials she uses are: plastic eyes, embroidery thread, polyfil, felt and acrylic paint. SuAmi has sold over 3,543 of her micro crochet animals on her online Etsy store.

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EDUCATION!

SIX THINGS EVERY DESIGNER SHOULD KNOW

ABOUT COPYRIGHT

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IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s how you make your own dishwashing soap! I don’t know whether I would do this regularly, but there are times when I run out or Mr. Electric has forgotten to tell me he used the last drop on the last load, 2-days ago!  Here’s the recipe:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/01/diy-dishwasher-soap_n_6087290.html

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Using pretty papers from your craft store, and then embellishing with string and buttons, you can make the cutest napkin rings for your Thanksgiving table! These little works of art will take practically no time at all to construct and once everyone finds out you made them you will bask in the glow of the “I Am Truly Talented and Wonderful” compliments of your guests and family. Here’s how you make them:

 http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/10/pilgrim-thanksgiving-napkin-rings.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

 

APPLE PIE BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

 

  • BREAD
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • milk
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • apple pie spice (substitution: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg)
  • apples, peeled, sliced and cut into bite-size chunks

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2014/9/11/apple-pie-bread.html

 

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MEMBA?

Do They Know It’s Christmas? 1984

And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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DESSERT!

3 PIES IN 1

CHEESECAKE PUMPKIN PECAN PIE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Flaky Pie Crust
    • All-purpose flour, chilled
    • granulated sugar
    • salt
    • unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch chunks and frozen
    • lard or vegetable shortening, frozen
    • ice-cold water
Cheesecake Layer
    • cream cheese, softened
    • sugar
    • vanilla extract
    • egg
Pumpkin Pie Layer
    • unsweetened fresh or canned pumpkin puree
    • heavy cream (you can use evaporated milk, if you prefer)
    • brown sugar
    • granulated sugar
    • all-purpose flour
    • vanilla extract
    • salt
    • ground cinnamon
    • ground ginger
    • ground nutmeg
    • ground allspice
    • eggs
Regular Gooey Pecan Pie Topping
  • whole and coarsely chopped pecans
  • granulated sugar
  • dark brown sugar
  • light or dark corn syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  •  salt
  • butter

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://parsleysagesweet.com/2011/11/15/11750/

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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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Little, wonky and colorful.  Why not make one of these fun patchwork babies?   Here’s the pattern:

http://www.stitchinpost.com/images/free_patterns/Paradise-2013ShopHopQuilt.pdf

SHOEspiration

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DOLCE & GABBANA, METALLIC NAPPA LEATHER & MESH FLATS, $ 1495.00

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 ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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 Gather your scraps of felt,  a good pair of scissors (I like Kai),  and create a dozen or so beautiful Felt, Flora, and Merry ornaments for your Christmas tree or as gift decorations. Here are the instructions and the templates that you will need to create your own ornaments (and don’t be a scaredy-cat – choose your own fabulous colors and embellishments!):

http://stumblesandstitches.blogspot.com/2011/07/christmas-in-july-felt-flora-and-merry.html

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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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I love that this doormat that is guaranteed to make your visitors laugh because it’s both FUNNY and RUDE.

Also makes for a great gift for family and friends who love to goof around or offend people.

Now, don’t take offense.  I always tell my family, friends and  acquaintances that if I am teasing and insulting you that means I like you. If you find me to be totally appropriate and respectful… chances are we can’t be friends.

 http://www.amazon.com/Shit-Not-You-Again-Doormats/dp/B00I3NL8RA

 

IDEA I LOVE

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I love these hanging birds that you could make from all those scraps of fabric you been saving since 1903. Here’s the pattern:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/12/vintage-inspired-hanging-birds.html

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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 “Make a Cinnamon Spice of Life Table Topper! DIY a String of Autumn Fairy Lights! Piece a Modern and Wonky Mini Quilt! Sew a String of Fabric Birds! Cross Stitch Snowflakes! Knit an Easy Sweater! Make Your Own Dishwasher Soap! Craft a Set of Thanksgiving Napkin Rings! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Mrs. Plum
    November 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM #

    Yikes, Mark, even when you feature a pair of flat shoes, my feet hurt just looking at them. I understand they are design inspiration to you, but to me, they look like instruments of torture. Except for the shoes, I do enjoy your blog, especially the quotes.

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    • November 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

      Mrs. Plum, LOL They ARE torture devices. You are not wrong. That said, as a grand creative experiment, why not quickly jot down something — a design, quilt block, cross stitch idea, art journal image, idea, drawing, or inspiration that is provoked by look JUST at the shoes. Try it and you may find that your imagination expands and serves you! 🙂 xooxm

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      • Stephanie
        November 5, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

        Honest, Mark, they shoes are not torture devices. I tried them on, the leather is nice and soft. Except for the price them are cool shoes.

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  2. Stephanie
    November 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM #

    OMG I actually tried those shoes on. I love them, believe it or not, there was nothing tortuous about them…except the price 🙂

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  3. November 4, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

    Mark, I have been sickie for a week or so and your blog has made me feel better. Thanks for the IV respect. You are dear and I thanks you for sharing your time and talents. shelly beth

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    • November 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

      I hope you’re feeling much, much better, Shelly Beth! Thanks for being here! xooxm

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  4. Jean Usner
    November 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM #

    I was inspired by the pink cross stitch designs. Made me think of looking at cross stitch books to see if I could take squares of fabric to make these designs into quilts.

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  5. Jean Usner
    November 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM #

    About those shoes – I love seeing them even if my feet are too old to wear them – I am not too old, but my feet complain a lot.

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