Quilted Table Tinsel Table Runner! DIY Mandala Embellished Sweater! Make a Playing Card Holder! Christmas Button Wreath! Sock Pattern For A New Knitter! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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An elderly gentleman went to the local drug store and asked the pharmacist for Viagra. The pharmacist said “That’s no problem. How many do you want?”

The man answered, “Just a few, maybe four, but cut each one in four pieces.”

The pharmacist said, “That won’t do you any good.”

The elderly gentleman said, “That’s alright. I don’t need them for sex anymore. I am over 80 years old. I just want it to stick out far enough so I don’t piddle on my shoes.”

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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? Jason Poremba’s Jackie O Line, 2014

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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?   Bridge of Sighs, Venice. 

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IDEA I LOVE

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This would be cool to upcycle a sweater but also fun for a thermal top (even a Target or Kohl’s cheapie).  Put your creative skills to work, grab some “gems” at your local craft store and dazzle ’em this holiday season!   Here’s how:

 http://monsterscircus.com/2014/12/05/diy-mandala-embellished-sweater/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Dig into you button stash and make these cute button wreaths (that can be used as favors/napkin rings for your dinner guests).   So easy to make and who says you need only red buttons, not me, toots!   Here’s how you make them:

http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2014/12/diy-christmas-button-wreath.html

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YUMMY DISH!

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU

Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • chicken skinless thighs/ OR chicken breasts, Veal Filet Tenderloin etc.
  • Garlic Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh thyme, leaves only
  • prosciutto di Parma
  • Smoked Gouda
  • flour
  • eggs
  • panko bread crumbs

IDEA I LOVE

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This is a really simple sock pattern for crappy knitters!  Won’t everyone fall at your feet for you to make them a pair (don’t tell them how easy they are to whip up).  Here’s the pattern:

http://ideas.stitchcraftcreate.co.uk/simple-sock-knitting-pattern/ 

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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!

Bone mosaic boxes.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

MAPLE BUTTER TWISTS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • active dry yeast
  • milk
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • eggs
  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • butter
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • maple flavoring (optional)
  • walnuts, 
  • powdered sugar

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MEMBA?

Ashtrays on airplanes and inflight smoking. (I also remember the airline headphones!)

AGAIN

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COOKIES!

PEPPERMINT SUGAR COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • sugar
  • egg
  • egg yolk
  • peppermint extract
  • Red gel paste food coloring
  • Red decorating sugar (optional)

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/peppermint-sugar-cookies/

 

IDEA I LOVE

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I don’t know about your house, but Pickle Road is a dust magnet.  Here’s how to transform you told t-shirts into dust rags that don’t really look like rags at all.  Elevate, cupcake, elevate.  Here’s how:

http://creativesavingsblog.com/house-and-home/old-t-shirts-into-dust-rags/

BE DAZZLED!

Cartier Belle Epoque Diamond Rock Crystal Brooch; $37,500   (I see some applique inspiration!)

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This Christmassy table runner  is so easy to piece that you will amaze yourself  how many you can make before Christmas Eve!  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.fonsandporter.com/content_downloads/FP-A-2866_TableTinsel_WEB.pdf 

SHOEspiration

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VALENTINO Bow detail court shoe. Last seen at $833

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DESSERT!

CHOCOLATE-MALT STUMP de NOEL

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  1. flour, plus more for dusting
  2. unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  3. salt
  4. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  5. instant espresso powder dissolved in 1/4 cup of hot water
  6. large eggs, at room temperature, separated
  7. sugar
  8. pure vanilla extract
  9. cream of tartar
  10. unsalted butter, melted
  11. Malted Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Buttercream
  12. Meringue mushrooms, candied cranberries and candied rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional; see Note)

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-malt-stump-de-noel

ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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Scrappy, easy, primitive, with the component of relaxing handwork.  I’d fill these suckers with pine-scented fir needles, or lavender, etc.  Here’s the quick tutorial:

http://www.sprinkleofcinnamon.com/christmas-tree-decoration/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I know this Playing Card Holder is supposed to be for kids, but I hate the fanning of my cards.  I want one of these for my Gin Rummy games!  Easy to make, held together with a magnet (and stitching) and a fun stocking stuffer, too.  Here’s how:

http://swoodsonsays.com/diy-playing-card-holder-kids-tutorial/

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Did You Miss Saturday’s Book Reviews? 

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Check it out here:  https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/its-book-review-saturday-3/

MUST HAVE

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Yowza!  This is a toy I have to get for my iPhone. Wouldn’t photos and videos in 3-D be TOO  cool?   Check this out:

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3 Comments on “Quilted Table Tinsel Table Runner! DIY Mandala Embellished Sweater! Make a Playing Card Holder! Christmas Button Wreath! Sock Pattern For A New Knitter! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. judymorningstar judymorningstar
    December 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

    Those glitzy bows on the high heels would look fabulous on a pair of sneakers. Thanks for the idea for Christmas dress-me-up! Glue gun and rhinestones, here I come!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Liz
    December 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

    Thanks for the Quilted Table Tinsel Table Runner. Your items to make are always so helpful.
    Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lolissa
    December 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

    Totally agree…one can live by bread alone…………well……..once in awhile.

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