Piece a Winter Berries Quilt! Create a Phrenology Head Pin Cushion! DIY Turkey Bread Basket! How to Trace an Embroidery Pattern! Make a Reusable Grocery Bag from Pillowcases! Vintage Inspired Cross Stitch Purse! Craft a Photo Night Light! Sculpt Your Pie Crusts! Acorn and Oak Leaf Granny Square Pattern! Needle Felt a Sheep! Christmas Sweater Gift Tags! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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ME LIKEY:

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These candle lanterns are from the French edition of Marie Claire magazine, March 2008.  I love the boho look and feel and the inspirational color combinations!

YOKE DU YOUR

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“One night, a husband drew his wife’s attention to the couple next door and said, “Do you see that couple? How devoted they are? She kisses him every time they meet. Why don’t you do that?”

“I would love to,” replied the wife, “But I don’t know him that well.”

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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?  Painting by Marsha Heimbecker.

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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?    Architectural inspiration.  This terra cotta work is by artist, Louis Sullivan. 

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JUST BECAUSE THIS SPOKE TO ME

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I think this is supposed to show you how to sculpt a pie crust using individual suggestions. I, however, love the mixture of the different decorative techniques, don’t you?

Take a look:  http://www.marthastewart.com/1035537/double-crust-pie-dough

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IDEA I LOVE

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If you use your head, cupcake, you’ll want to make this schwa phrenology head pin cushion.  I love it.   I’m just wondering where the spaces are for fabric hoarding, yarn stashing, and crazy are?   Here’s how you make your own heady pincushion:

http://thegraphicsfairy.com/crafty-project-phrenology-head-pin-cushion/

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IDEA I LOVE

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 Hurry!  Thanksgiving is coming — and fast!  Why not get into the spirit and whip up this DIY quilted turkey bread basket.  It would look great on your holiday table, or would make a supreme hostess gift.  Here’s how to gobble up the pattern:

http://haberdasheryfun.com/diy-projects/diy-quilted-turkey-bread-basket 


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YUMMY DISH!

 

EGGPLANT FRENCH FRIES

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 INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup flour
2 tsps garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp fresh parsley, minced
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, fresh ground
oil for frying
3 baby eggplants or 2 medium eggplants
salt for seasoning
honey

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://userealbutter.com/2010/11/07/eggplant-fries-recipe/

IDEA I LOVE

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You’re going to have to start now if you think you might want to adorn you Christmas and Hanukkah packages with wintery needlework labels.  I love these.  They can be used as tree decorations the next year.  Score!   Here’s how to make your a label wardrobe:

http://shopgirlmaria.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-sweater-gift-tags.html 

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

OMG! TOASTED MARSHMALLOW SHOT GLASSES 

 

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 Check out the short video for instructions on how to toast your marshmallows:

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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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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

The work of the conceptual artist Daniel Buren.

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love the colors of this Acorn and Oak Leaf crochet Granny Square.  Make a gazillion, then bow for the accolades!  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.craftside.net/2013/10/acorn-and-oak-leaf-crochet-granny.html 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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What’s better than a combination of a photograph of something or someone you love and fabric!?! This project is really cool and sparks my imagination.  Here’s how you make this sucker:

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love cross stitch. I like the way it looks and I like to stitch a gazillion little x’s, too.  Here’s a vintage inspired cross stitch purse tutorial for you so you can transform a piece of linen into a couture piece of swag!  Start here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-Inspired-Cross-Stitch-Purse/ 

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

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PUMPKIN BREAD ROLLS 

with CINNAMON BUTTER

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

FOR THE BREAD:

1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
1 cup whole milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces or 43 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, divided
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups (16.88 ounces or 479 grams) all-purpose flour

Sliced pecan pieces, for the “stems”

FOR THE BUTTER:

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.handletheheat.com/pumpkin-bread-rolls-cinnamon-butter/

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MEMBA?

1972. David, Donny & Bobby

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COOKIES!

PUMPKIN PIZZELLE COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Pumpkin-Pizzelle-Cookies

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IDEA I LOVE!

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This isn’t such a baaa  aaa aaad idea is it?  Make a needle felted sheep for your winter decor or just because it’s cute and you have some roving clogging up your creative space.  Here’s how to make a needle felted sheep of your very own.  Wouldn’t they be fun in different colors?  Here’s where to find out how to make them:

http://www.craftpassion.com/2014/11/needle-felted-sheep.html/2 

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IN PRINT!

 

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Most of us view work and play as mutually exclusive opposites, but now you can blend them together in your new route to joy-filled success. The 75 techniques in this book will guide you to be more playful and productive as you move through three vital phases of the manifestation process: dreaming (Hop), experimenting (Skip), and taking action (Jump). Discover your Play Personality and learn how to use it to create more experiences in which work feels like play, and struggle gives way to momentum, ease, and joy.

Includes a FREE downloadable Productivity Pack

 ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: http://artellaland.com/play.html

VISIT MARNEY’S SITE HERE:  http://artellaland.com

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This Winter Berries quilt pattern isn’t difficult to make but I would still start piecing it now if you want to have something to cuddle under by Christmas Eve.  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.hoffmanfabrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Winter-Berries-quilt-pattern-NEW-LR.pdf

SHOEspiration

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Lisa for Donald J Pliner Women’s Alexis Platform Pumps, $295

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EDUCATION

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Let’s face it — you want to learn how to transfer a pattern onto fabric for embroidery, right?  RIGHT?   Well, here’s how:

http://www.downgrapevinelane.com/2013/02/tutorial-how-to-trace-embroidery-pattern.html

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DESSERT!

DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE WITH HAZELNUT CRUNCH 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

CAKE

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 1/3 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 70%), melted, cooled slightly 

HAZELNUT CRUNCH

  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 70%), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 3 cups toasted rice cereal

FROSTING AND ASSEMBLY

  • 8 ounces high-quality milk chocolate (such as Lindt or Scharffen Berger), chopped
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61%), chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup 
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

 

 FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/devil-s-food-cake-with-hazelnut-crunch?adbid=530723899172847616&adbpl=tw&adbpr=25170188&mbid=social_20141107_35190507

 

ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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Is there a soul alive who wouldn’t want to stitch up a little Emma Plum Fairy ornament for their tree?  I didn’t think so…

http://dmc-usa.com/Inspiration/Projects/Memory-Thread-Cross-Stitch/Emma-Plum-Fairy-Ornament.aspx 

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MUST HAVE!

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Giant knitting needles.  Oh, yeah . . .  sign me up!   $68.00

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IDEA I LOVE

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This is cool.  Create a reusable shopping bag from … are you ready? …  PILLOWCASES!   Here’s how:

http://notmytreeblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/tutorial-tuesday-reusable-shopping-bag.html

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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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4 Comments on “Piece a Winter Berries Quilt! Create a Phrenology Head Pin Cushion! DIY Turkey Bread Basket! How to Trace an Embroidery Pattern! Make a Reusable Grocery Bag from Pillowcases! Vintage Inspired Cross Stitch Purse! Craft a Photo Night Light! Sculpt Your Pie Crusts! Acorn and Oak Leaf Granny Square Pattern! Needle Felt a Sheep! Christmas Sweater Gift Tags! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. November 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

    This reminds me why I make something (or part of something) everyday! I absolutely love this! Thank you!

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  2. Diana
    November 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM #

    I LOVE your posts! They never fail to produce a smile and chuckle. They inspire me and also provide something to share with spouse and friends. Please keep up the wonderful work.

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  3. SuzK
    November 18, 2014 at 9:29 AM #

    that needle-felted sheep is precious, but the sheep butting the guy into the pond…I could watch that for hours…

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  4. Sue McKelvy
    November 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM #

    Love your blog. Signed up for the Lemon Tree class in Springfield, cut fabric and then the fun at O’hara airport. Where do I find the instructions to finish this project?? Missed you!

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