Embroider a Sweet Ugly Christmas Sweater! Make a Painted Canvas Clutch! Piece a Simple Candy Shop Quilt! DIY a Fabric Tassel Scarf! How to Make a Peppermint Cupcake Stand! Free Modern Quilt Pattern! DIY Spoon Rings! Make Simple Felt Slippers! Decorate a Gingerbread Town! Crochet a Pyramid Afghan! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!


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YOKE DU YOUR

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On the first Xmas, the first of three Wise Men stepped carefully into the stable but sank his golden slipper into a big pile of manure.

”Jesus!” he yelled.

The woman beside the manger turned to her husband and said, “Now, Joseph, isn’t that a better name for the baby than Irving?”

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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?  A young woman in a white dress painted by the Belgian artist Eugène Laermans.

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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? Terrace rice fields in Yunnan Province, China.

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love this embroidery for many reasons, but most especially because this simple canvas will teach you many embroidery stitching techniques. Here’s the pattern:

 http://andstitches.blogspot.com/2014/12/ninth-day-of-stitchy-goodness-nine.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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  Isn’t this clutch neat? Take an old painted canvas and transform it into a modern piece of wearable art.  No old canvas? Paint your own canvas and transform it into something uniquely made for yourself. Here’s how:

 http://www.thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/2014/12/painted-canvas-clutch.html

 

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YUMMY DISH!

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS EVE

PASTA ALLA MAMA 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • squid
  • flour
  • salt
  • oil for frying
  • banana peppers
  • black olives
  • fresh garlic
  • olive oil
  •  lemon juice
  • chopped parsley
  • dried spinach linguine

– See more at: http://www.cookingwithnonna.com/italian-cuisine/christmas-eve-pasta-ala-mama.html#sthash.emboWCE8.dpuf

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.cookingwithnonna.com/italian-cuisine/christmas-eve-pasta-ala-mama.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Grab your favorite piece of fabric add some fringe and maybe a border and you have yourself a fashion statement like none other. Not only that, it will keep you warm and you’ll look good (especially if you dribbled pasta down the front of your blouse during dinner). Here’s how to make it:

http://www.ohohblog.com/2014/09/diy-tassels-scarf.html 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup(s) pear nectar
  • 1/4 cup(s) orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 bottle(s) (750-milliliter) Champagne

In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice.

Website:  http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/pomegranate-champagne-punch-recipe-mslo0112

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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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Why make a gingerbread house when you can make gingerbread community? I like this so much that I think this is on my “must do” list today. Boy, is in Christmas a pain in the butt or what? Not that I don’t have enough to bake and do, but now I’m adding this, too? Oh well, luckily the holiday only comes around once a year. Besides, I love the way you can light this! How impressed will you company be (although, I suck at Royal Icing). Why not make one of these today with me? Here’s how:

 http://www.onasweetsugarrush.com/gingerbread-town/

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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  This pyramid design is a classic crochet pattern for an afghan.   Simply select your yarn and color choices and to have something to do while you watch Winter TV. Here’s the pattern:

http://www.antiquecrochetpatterns.com/pyramid-afghan.html 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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 I have always loved a spoon, not that I would wear one myself, but there is a charm to them. Here is a DIY that will walk you through the process of making your own spoon rings for yourself or as gifts. Look out the risk and antique stores… I have a feeling there is going to be a run on old silverware. Start here:

http://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-spoon-ring/ 

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

HOLIDAY RUM EGGNOG BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • eggs
  • eggnog
  • rum extract   (hmmmm, that’s no fun at all)
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • sugar
  • butter,
  • vanilla extract
  • baking powder
  • ground nutmeg
 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://www.food.com/recipe/holiday-rum-eggnog-bread-35532

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Glass Ornaments

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COOKIES!

ROSENMUNNER

I’m making a version of these today using my Great-Aunt Mary Tutino’s recipe …. using cranberry jam!

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Ingredients: 

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Any flavor fruit jam

Directions:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Rosenmunnar/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

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IDEA I LOVE!

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All I know is that I’ve wanted to make these since I first saw heavy, heavy rolls of felt at The Brooklyn General Store.  At last, a tutorial!   Here’s how you make them:

 http://wonderfuldiy.com/wonderful-diy-simple-handmade-slippers/

BE DAZZLED!

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

 

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Why not get ready for spring while trying to get through winter? I love the vintage look of this Corner Candy Shop quilt from McCall’s Quilting Magazine. Here’s the pattern:

http://www.mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Corner_Candy_Shop_Web_Bonus.pdf

SHOEspiration

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CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA, Hibiscus embroidered satin sandals, $1,295

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WHAT I LOVE

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WHAT?!?  TWO QUILT PATTERNS TODAY?   How could I resist? It’s Christmas time!   This quilt is from Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine J and is designed by Jossie Carrier.  It’s called, In The Mirror. I rather like it.  Here’s the pattern:

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DESSERT!

THE BEST YELLOW CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk
  • vegetable oil
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs

Chocolate Icing

  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • cocoa
  • butter, divided
  • salt
  • vanilla

 FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://noblepig.com/2013/01/the-best-yellow-birthday-cake-with-chocolate-icing/

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ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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Making little sweaters as Christmas tree ornaments or gift tags is an incredibly fun way to use up all of your yarn scraps that you have been unable to let go of otherwise. Here’s the simple pattern for these easy Christmas ornaments:

http://milk-shed.com/2014/12/18/easy-christmas-ornaments-pattern-raglan-sweater/ 

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Did You Miss Yesterday’s Book Reviews?  (…you could win something)

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Check it out here: https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/book-review-saturday-december-20-2014/

 

AMAZ-BALLS

OH MY GAWD! Am I a horrible person to be so green with envy that some people have all the talent?  Rena Detrixhe collected thousands of seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, and she stitched the unlikely art materials into an amazingly delicate tablecloth with a lace-like pattern.

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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:

Books from Saturday’s Book Review! FREE SHIPPING!

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SLOW STITCHING

Liza Prior Lucy, author, designer, teacher, knitter, quilter, and business owner of www.GloriousColor.com discusses her attraction and participation in The Slow Stitching Movement in a newly posted Slow Stitching podcast. Listen 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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Then visit The Slow Stitching Movement blog . . . . 

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 Guest Blogger, Liz Kettle, asks

Looking for Nirvana?  Try Healing Stitch Meditations

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Here’s a variation on the melted peppermint candy trays that have been around for the last couple of years. I love the idea of making these sweet peppermint cupcake stands. Wouldn’t one of these be nice if every Christmas table place setting, topped with a festive cupcake, before you serve your dessert? Here’s how to make a set:

http://pizzazzerie.com/holidays/tutorial-how-to-make-a-peppermint-cupcake-stand/

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15 Comments on “Embroider a Sweet Ugly Christmas Sweater! Make a Painted Canvas Clutch! Piece a Simple Candy Shop Quilt! DIY a Fabric Tassel Scarf! How to Make a Peppermint Cupcake Stand! Free Modern Quilt Pattern! DIY Spoon Rings! Make Simple Felt Slippers! Decorate a Gingerbread Town! Crochet a Pyramid Afghan! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. December 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM #

    Appreciate all the work you put into your posts, thanks. Read them from start to finish every time…..enjoy your jokes as well.

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  2. Paule-Marie
    December 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

    love the celebrity Christmas photos, only problem is I can’t put a name to all of them, even though I recognize them. Yes a fan of old movies since I was a teenager.

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  3. Nancy McFarland
    December 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM #

    Love your blog and I especially love embroidery too so I connected to the link for the cool cat and it wasn’t there. Is there another link you could send to me so that I can find it?

    Thanks so much!

    Nancy McFarland

    Tacoma, WA

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  4. December 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

    We need a list of the celebrities, I got a few, recognized others and just drew a ?
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    3 Annette Funicello
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    6 Debbie Renyolds
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    8 Mary Tyler Moore
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    10 Shirley Temple
    11 Sandra Dee
    12 Leslie Ann Warren (?)
    13 Carol Channing (?) &
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    15 Vivien Leigh
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    This is my contribution, next……?

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  5. December 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM #

    Here we go … cjroubaix:

    1 Rita Hayworth
    2 Shirley Jones
    3 Annette Funicello
    4 Ann Francis
    5 Betty Grable
    6 Debbie Renyolds
    7 Marilyn Monroe
    8 Mary Tyler Moore
    9 Deanna Durbin
    10 Shirley Temple
    11 Sandra Dee
    12 Natalie Wood
    13 Carol Channing with Loretta Young
    14 Lana Turner
    15 Elizabeth Taylor
    16 Diana Dors
    17 Nobody! 🙂

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    • Sally Maxwell
      December 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM #

      They say that naming things is the hardest to do when you’re “older”…thanks for the help! They were right on the tip of my tongue 😉

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  6. Louise
    December 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM #

    Hey Mark! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Monday on Lifetime there is a movie about a boy growing up in a Catholic school in 1964. He is a cousin of Annette Funicello! It is called “Wishing and Hoping”. I think you will love it! DVR it if you can!

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    • December 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM #

      Thank you for the heads up, but I got rid of my television about a year and a half ago! Yes, downsizing… Slowing down… Reading much more. Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! xoxom

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      • Louise
        December 24, 2014 at 12:16 PM #

        Merry Christmas Eve! (My favorite day of the year). I often consider eliminating electronics. Not so much the TV, must watch the Chew and General Hospital, but I always think that if I spent as much time on my sewing machine as I do on the IPad, I could work wonders!

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      • December 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM #

        You can do it Louise! Get rid of your distractions and open your creativity and you life! 🙂 xoxom

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  7. Pat D
    December 22, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    Love your blog!!!! Sorry to say when I tried to link to the Spoon Ring link, it is unavailable. Is there another way to link up to it?

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  8. December 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM #

    Thanks for including my little sweaters!

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    • December 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your talent so freely on MilkShed! xoxom

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