Make a Mexican Folk Art Glass Plate! Piece a Winter Roses Quilt! Brioche Stitch a Pretty Cowl! Make Beeswax Candles for Your Home! Hack a Anthropologie Duvet Cover! Craft a Sock Monkey and Friend! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards.
She says to the clerk, “May I have 50 Chanukah stamps?”
The clerk says, “What denomination?”
The woman says, “Oh my God. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform.”

 

 

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? Bathers by artist, Yuri Gorbachev.

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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?   Latvia. 

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OH SHIT!

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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I love taking an inexpensive glass plate and transforming it into a colorful platter. Follow the tutorial instructions and come up with your own design ideas and color choices. You can even personalize the plate for holiday gift giving or special occasions. Start here:

http://jaderbomb.com/2012/09/13/mexican-folk-art-glass-paint/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Yes, it’s another cowl, only this time using the simple brioche stitch.  Here’s the pattern:

http://milk-shed.com/2014/12/14/simple-brioche-cowl/ 

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YUMMY DISH!

BAKED BRIE WITH APRICOT CHUTNEY

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INGREDIENTS:

  • brie or Camembert cheese
  • dried apricots
  • granulated sugar
  • rice vinegar
  • water
  • fresh ginger
  • sea salt

IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s how to transform a flat piece of fabric into a textured duvet.  Don’t let the fact that this thing looks like the inside of a a coffin freak you out. LOL  Here’s the Anthropologie hack tutorial:

http://neroliblossoms.blogspot.com/2011/11/anthropologie-cirrus-duvet-diy-tutorial.html

 

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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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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

Nigerian fiber artist, Victoria Udonian

 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

HOLIDAY BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter or margarine
  • ricotta cheese
  • dried tart cherries or other dried fruit, coarsely chopped
  • pecans, toasted and chopped
  • vanilla extract
  • grated fresh lemon peel
  • eggs
  • Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/holiday-bread-ghk1207

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The Pinecone People Orchestra

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COOKIES!

EGGNOG THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Cookies:
  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • salt
Frosting:
  • unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar
  • spiced rum (or ¼ teaspoon rum extract)
  • Ground nutmeg, for garnish

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.whitelightsonwednesday.com/eggnog-thumbprint-cookies/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Getting a pair of socks for Christmas is a drag.  Getting a sock monkey for Christmas is a SCORE.  Make a monkey and/or his friend for guaranteed smiles on Christmas morning.  Start here:

 http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/04/sock-monkey-and-friend-diy.html

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BE DAZZLED!

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Chanel Ruby Pate de Verre Holly Brooch: Goossens, $3,850

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Winter Roses from the Maywood Studios Collection, Seasons Greetings!  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.fabshophop.com/downloads/freepatterns/winter-roses_maywood.pdf

SHOEspiration

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MANOLO BLAHNIK, Alaleone Pumps, $1,135

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DESSERT!

BERRY CHRISTMAS PAVLOVA

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Pavlova

  1. eggs whites
  2. Pinch of salt
  3. fine sugar
  4. cornstarch
  5. 1 tsp white wine vinegar
Raspberry Coulis
  1. fresh raspberries
  2. lemon
  3. fine sugar
  4. brandy (optional)
Topping
  1. cream – whipped
  2. pomegranate
  3. Raspberries, cherries and strawberries to decorate
  4. Bunch of holly or fresh mint
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JUST CHRISTMAS CUTE!

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Quick! Find a store that sells strawberries!

http://www.prakticideas.com/diy-christmas-dessert-mini-strawberry-christmas-tree/

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ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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I love love love these.  Yes, they take a little more elbow grease than a run of the mill DYI ornament but these are so cool.  Just imagine the kind of scenes you can create inside . . . 50 Shades of Santa?    Ah, go for it, scaredy cat!   Here’s how:

http://www.mysocalledcraftylife.com/2014/11/21/diy-vintage-inspired-diorama-ornaments/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Nothing beats the smell of a beeswax candle burning in your home.  I think these would make a fantastic gift (I’d love a few).  Hurry up and make a few before all of the bees are dead!  Here’s how you make them:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/09/homemade-beeswax-candles.html

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Did You Miss Saturday’s Book Reviews? 

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Check it out here:  https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/book-review-saturday-december-13-2014/

MUST HAVE

 

Ever wish your food had a bit more flair? Man, me too. I find myself longing for a home-brewed cup of coffee that’s artfully presented, say topped off with a doodle of a mouse or something.

The CinniBird — “the world’s first and only spice pen” — might be the answer. The pen lets you decorate dishes and drinks with ground materials like cinnamon, paprika, cocoa powder and sugar. It funnels the materials into a thin stream, making it simple to add a little pizzaz to pretty much anything. To use it, just fill the little gadget with the ground ingredient of your choosing, press the button and voila! With a steady hand, you’re ready to create a doodle, write a message or play tic-tac-toe with a pal if you like. You could even fill it with colored sugars and compose pretty designs on your cookies and cakes.


CinniBird  The kitschy kitchen tool has already exceeded its goal of $5,000 goal on KickStarterand is currently available for purchase for $34.90.

 

SLOW STITCHING

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SLOW STITCHING GUEST BLOGGER, Kelly Martinez, talks about Slow Stitching as a “maker.” She says, “Slow stitching means setting aside time to find myself somewhere in the thread and spread myself out on a piece of fabric.”

https://theslowstitchingmovement.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/slow-stitching-means-setting-aside-time-to-find-myself-somewhere-in-the-thread-and-spread-myself-out-on-a-piece-of-fabric/

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Gail Pan, Australian designer and author of “Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Hand Pretty Projects,” discusses Slow Stitching and The Slow Stitching Movement. Listen here: http://www.slowstitching.com/podcasts.html   Listen to her podcast here:

http://www.slowstitching.com/podcasts.html

 

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The Slow Stitching Movement Podcast’s are sponsored by Aurifil and GloriousColor.com

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STASH SLASHING!

One creative’s hoard is another creative’s treasure . . . read on: 

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When I began The Slow Stitching Movement I asked stitchers and quilters to reduce their impact on the planet and their creative psyches by letting go of the stash of books, papers, patterns fabrics, and tools that they have been collecting over many years and haven’t used.  I have been preaching to myself.  So, in an effort to put my money where my mouth is, to open my creativity by being less boxed in by ‘stuff’, I have begun posting boxes of book and fabric bundles on eBay for various charities.

Here’s how I price the packages . . . I research the amount an individual could buy each of these books or fabricss, pre-owned, at their lowest online price.  I total the price, split it in half and add Priority Mail Flat Rate Shipping (about $12.65).  Then I add a little surprise from my stash as a bonus (it could be extra fabrics, a book ,or notion).

I WILL BE ADDING  NEW PRIORITY MAIL BOXES FULL OF GOODIES OFTEN!

Please visit my eBay store to do me, you, and a few of my local charities a favor and check out my eBay store for what I’ve listed each day:

 

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Here are the current listings: 

Quilting and Fiber Books from Saturday Book Review! FREE SHIPPING
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7 Comments on “Make a Mexican Folk Art Glass Plate! Piece a Winter Roses Quilt! Brioche Stitch a Pretty Cowl! Make Beeswax Candles for Your Home! Hack a Anthropologie Duvet Cover! Craft a Sock Monkey and Friend! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    December 17, 2014 at 9:06 AM #

    I actually said “WOW” out loud when I saw Victoria Udonian’s work. Thanks, Mark, for gathering such eclectic and elevating pieces in one place! It’s always thought provoking and mind-expanding 🙂

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    • nanmags
      December 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM #

      Victoria Udonian is an amazing artist! Magnificent work!

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  2. Marilyn Carrigg
    December 17, 2014 at 1:58 PM #

    I love your blog and look forward to the read. Thank you

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  3. HelenMarie Marshall
    December 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

    Sorry but that duvet or whatever it is…OMG! Did your family take photos of the deceased in the coffin? Mine did. Creepy.

    Hugs hmm

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • December 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM #

      I’ve heard of funereal photography, but it’s not something my family ever did. On the other hand, I had an Italian mother. Funerals, at least when I was a kid, were EVENTS! I’ve been to a gazillion of them, from mild to wild. 😉 xooxm

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  4. Claudia W
    December 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM #

    Mark – You crack me up! I knew there was something about those ruched duvet covers and comforters that I didn’t like, now I know why…”the inside of a casket”! I will never look at that type of comforter again without thinking of your comment! Claudia W

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    • December 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM #

      Claudia, I feel EXACTLY the same way about Austrian Drapes/Curtains. OMGosh, they just give me the cold-shiver creeps. BOO! xoxom

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