Sew a Sweet Vintage Scrappy Quilted Bag! Crochet an Ordinarily Extraordinary Blanket! Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Crayon Holder! Craft a Leafy Autumn Pillow! Piece a Picket Fence Patchwork!Create Rosettes with Wool Roving! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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ME LIKEY!

I love wonderfully decedent coffee table tops, loaded with art and/or books!  Wow!  I found these in House Beautiful!

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A NEW BLOG POST! 

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

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 CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE ARTICLE

http://theslowstitchingmovement.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/7-things-slow-stitchers-should-never-apologize-for/ 

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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“A French fry walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “Hey, could I get a beer please?”

The bartender looks at him shaking his head and says, “No, we don’t serve food 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? I love this piece by artist, Toni Silber-Delerive.

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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?   Josef Hoffman’s Series B Drinking Set was exhibited at the Werkbund Exhibition of 1914.

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IDEA I LOVE

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 I can’t believe that it is only November 12, and there is snow everywhere! Well, everywhere except here on Pickle Road. We are still basking in the gentle falling of autumn leaves.   with fall still in the air, and with at least two weeks until Thanksgiving, now’s your chance to make a final, colorful, and squishy autumn leaf pillow from felt. I kind of like how this looks, but you better hurry and make it fast because snow is on the way! Here’s how:
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YUMMY DISH!

GOURMET PHILLY CHEESESTEAK WITH

ONIONS AND GREEN PEPPERS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • ribeye or strip loin, trimmed of fat
  • soft hoagie (sub) rolls
  • button mushrooms, sliced
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • vegetable oil
  • unsalted butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • whole milk, warmed
  • 1 cup provolone, grated (not sliced)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://12tomatoes.com/2014/11/gourmet-sandwich-recipe-philly-cheesesteak-with-onions-and-green-peppers.html

IDEA I LOVE

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Who knows how, or why, you might need to make these little woolen rosettes but they are awfully cute, aren’t they? I can see these as an embellishment on a larger piece, or is the focal point for a craft like hair barrettes, or a knitter’s hats, or as lapel pins! Why not make a few? Start here:

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IDEA I LOVE

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I like this leather handled, vintage scrappy patchwork tote, that can be made from real vintage fabrics that you have been collecting, or from fabrics that just looks vintage and retro. What a great bag to toss over your shoulder when you are just running to the grocery store or around town. It’s also a really good bag to store your appliqué, knitting, crochet, embroidery, or cross stitch projects when you’re on the run. Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.mysocalledcraftylife.com/2014/06/24/diy-sweet-vintage-scrappy-patchwork-tote/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

CRANBERRY ALMOND FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

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 HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • French Toast Mixture:
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • milk
  • French Bread/sliced or cubed
  • brown sugar
  • cranberries
  • slivered almonds
  • Glaze:
  • cream cheese (room temperature)
  • sugar
  • anilla
  • cinnamon

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.kristendukephotography.com/almond-cranberry-french-toast-casserole/

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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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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

 

KAHLUA HOT CHOCOLATE

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INGREDIENTS

  • milk
  • sugar
  • Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Salted carame
  • Chocolate syrup

FOR THE FULL RECIPE VISIT:  http://damndelicious.net/2013/12/03/kahlua-hot-chocolate/#_a5y_p=1122584

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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Calling all crochet hooks! Here is a very simple to crochet blanket that is both colorful and embellished with crocheted doilies, too. Choose the colors of the yarn that excite you and do a little slow crocheting to get you through the upcoming and stressful holidays.   Here is the pattern:

http://dottieangel.blogspot.com/2010/06/ordinarily-extraordinary-blanket-how-to.html 

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IN PRINT!

 

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The gift giving season is especially busy for crafters. “What to make for whom?” Not to worry. The premiere issue ofDIY Holiday: The Crafting Life (Interweave/F+W; $9.99; Available Now) is here!

Chock full of projects for quilters, sewists, beaders, knitters, crocheters, weavers, and mixed media artists, co-editors Amber Eden, Karin Strom, and team have assembled a new magazine catering to every crafter with seasonal, fun holiday projects. Whether exploring crafting for the first time, or interested in adding a new skill to your repertoire, DIY enthusiasts will find something truly special and unique to make.

“We love that the DIY crowd is a bootstraps bunch, willing to try anything, and we hope you bring that spirit of exploration to this issue,” say Amber and Karin. “We’ve filled it to the brim with beautiful and accessible gift projects to make for holidays and beyond. Whether you want to try your hand at crochet, knitting, quilting, sewing, needlework, beading and jewelry making, mixed media, or weaving, there is plenty in DIY Holiday that will inspire you to create.”

With beautiful photography and step-by-step instructions, these projects can be accomplished by anyone willing to take time to learn a new craft. Grouped by craft type, among many projects, DIY Holiday contains:

Crochet:

  • Holiday Garland by Linda Permann
  • Pine Trees by Yumiko Alexander

Knitting:

  • Garter Mug Cozies by Cathy Carron
  • Walker Scarf by Andrea Babb

Quilting:

  • Chevron Patchwork Apron by Mary Claire Goodwin
  • Scrappy Oven Mitt by Kaelin Telschow

Modern Sewing:

  • Boy’s Cozy Pullover by Jil Cappuccio
  • Felted Sweater Mittens by Carol Zentgraf

Needlework:

  • Tat a Snowflake by Trish Faubion
  • Sisha Ornaments by Susan Hayes Opdahl

Jewelry:

  • Lime Soda Earrings by Sara Richardson
  • Star of Wonder Earrings by Kate Wilson

Mixed Media:

  • Resin Bangles by Heidi Boyd
  • Key Keepers by Jennifer Heynen

Weaving:

  • A Tisket, a Tasket, a Ply-Split Basket by Louise French
  • Holiday Flower Lights by Benjamin Krudwig

Several projects were chosen in mind for cost conscience crafters. As such, these projects are designated as “Cool Crafts on the Cheap!” Additionally, DIY Holiday includes everything one needs to take on a new craft, including downloadable patterns, helpful PDFs, and a bonus tree skirt project at www.InterweaveStore.com/DIYHoliday.

 

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I love these little woven twinkle light covers!  Imagine them in colors and in sparkly fiber!

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I love a quilt made from other fibers than just quilter’s cotton.  This modern pattern is made with wool!  You go on with your bad self!

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This is another woven project from the magazine that caught my eye as something new and different.  Love these baskets and I am so inspired by them!

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These ornaments rocked my simple lil’ world, cupcake! There is nothing about these I don’t love and find that this pattern/technique alone is worth the price of the magazine

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AND, on a very personal note, I was thrilled to see my old friend, Susan DuBois, given props for her AMAZING (and I mean AMAZING) Treenway Silks! Yowza!

 

MEMBA?

When footballer, Rosie Grier, ‘came out’ as a needlepointer!

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And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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EDUCATION!

 

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This app has been making the rounds over the Internet for quite a while but I thought it was worth sharing again. From the Victoria and Albert Museum website, here is a simple program that you can use to manipulate photographs into modern quilt patterns. Play with it and see what you can come up with. Here’s where you can find this app:

 http://www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/quilts/patchwork

 

 

JUST A SNACK!

HOMEMADE COOKIE BUTTER 

(WITH ANY COOKIE!)

  

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

cookie crumbs
butter
sweetened condensed milk
evaporated milk
water as needed

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/10/make-homemade-cookie-butter-with-any-cookie.html

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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I have a picket fence in front of my house. It needs painting and I don’t plan to do it.   It would be easier for me to just re-create this Picket Fence quilt. Not only is it more colorful, it would certainly be more fun than scraping the paint from my old fence then repainting it again. Click on the link for the pattern:

http://quiltittoday.com/projects/picket_fences/picketFence.pdf 

 

SHOEspiration

shoes as art and inspiration 

pucci5 pucci3 pucci4EMILIO PUCCI, Embellished suede ankle boots, $2,735


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ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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Christmas is coming and if you are a sewist these personalized hoop ornaments should really appeal to you. Find some colorful buttons, and the color of embroidery floss you want to use, and you can quickly stitch up a family heirloom. Here’s where you begin:

http://burlapandblue.com/2013/12/02/personalized-hoop-ornaments-tutorial/

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MUST HAVE

My heart be still!   The Patchwork Backpack is available online for $330

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IDEA I LOVE

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I’m so old that every little kid I know is now grown up. That’s why I won’t be making any of these cute little crayon holding turkeys. But you could whip up a few for the kidlets whom you’ll be seeing on Thanksgiving day. I wish someone would have crafted one of these for me when I was a kid… That is if they could pull me away from the dessert table for a second or two. Want to make one or two? Click here:.

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/11/24/felt-turkey-crayon-holder/

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I HAVE A NEW CRAFT DAILY ONLINE CLASS!

Christmas Tree Quilt Borders from Strips of Fabric 

Create a festive border for your Christmas quilts or design a quilt of your own

 

In Holiday Borders Using Strips with Mark Lipinski, Pt. 2, You’ll Learn How To:

  • Create a random scrappy block for a Christmas quilt border
  • Use a Christmas tree template to cut your pieced fabric for a cohesive border
  • Sew your strips at various angles for a different or wonky look
  • Add visual interest to a Christmas tree border with alternating block placement
  • Create a 9-patch Christmas corner block for your quilt border
  • Add an interesting binding to a Christmas quilt that emulates piping

CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE

http://craftdaily.com/p-1494-holiday-borders-using-strips-with-mark-lipinski-part-2.aspx

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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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