Here’s How You Punch Needle! Try Your Hand at a Miniature Appliqué Quilt! Sew a Recycled Paper Basket! Crochet a Yo Yo Throw! Piece an Apple Blossoms Table Runner! Make a Snowy Hat from an Old Sweater! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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The Jacksons were getting their house painted. While Mr. Jackson was in office, Mrs. Jackson was supervising the paint job at their home.

Mr. Jackson came home from work and leaned against a freshly pained wall.

The next day, Mrs. Jackson said to the painter, “Let me show you where my husband put his hand last nite.”

Painter Joe nodded his head in disgust and said, “Listen lady, I have a whole day of work ahead of me. Do you mind making some coffee for me instead.”

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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? Beautiful oil painting by Rob Hefferan.

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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?   Cactus chair. 

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SPEND THE WEEKEND WITH ME!

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Join the Sew Inspired Quilt Shop and Studio in January 2015  for entertaining lectures and workshop with Mark Lipinski!

Friday, January 16, 6:00 PM.

Lecture: A Bull in a China Shop.  Tickets on sale now; seating limited.

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 The above photos are from Empire Quilters in New York City

Saturday, January 17,  9:00 AM until 5:00 PM

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    Workshop: Mark’s Stars and Stripes Quilt of Valor. Now enrolling.

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FREE lecture Saturday evening:  The Slow Stitching Movement!

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Register for both lecture and workshop

 

Sew Inspired Quilt Shop and Studio
8 Wilcox Street Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 651-8885
http://www.sewinspiredquilts.com/index.htm

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IDEA I LOVE

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There is nothing like up cycling your old clothes to make something warm and useful.  I’m not quite so sure I’m willing to cut up my “Eat Turkey and Smoke Weed” sweater for this hat, but I’m sure I could find something in the gazillions of clothes that no longer fit me.  Here’s how you make this hat:

http://seekatesew.com/snowy-day-hat-pattern-free/ 

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Everything looks better with giant pom poms, doesn’t it?   Here’s a quick way to elevate a simple throw using scads of unused yarn.  Start here:

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YUMMY DISH!

SATURDAY NIGHT BEEF VEGETABLE SOUP

For retired home-economics teacher Pollie Malone of Ames, Iowa, Saturdays used to be family time, ending with a meal of hearty soup. “Today, my grown children make this soup and serve it to their children,” she says. “What great memories of cold Iowa nights enjoying a memory meal!”

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INGREDIENTS:

  • beef chuck roast
  • cooking oil
  • diced tomatoes
  • salt
  • dried thyme
  • bay leaf
  • water
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • chopped onion
  • frozen peas

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IDEA I LOVE

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Why toss your old brown grocery bags into the trash when you can cut, fold and sew them into the most adorbs basket for your yarn, cross stitch, needlepoint or quilting?  Really easy and fun to make, too.  Hey, I have an idea!  Why not write messages or draw all over your brown paper strips before you weave them?  Cool!  Here’s where you begin:

 http://www.designsponge.com/2012/01/sewing-101-recycled-paper-basket.html

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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!

Phrenology Studies (of celebrities) by cross stitch and fiber artist, Alicia Ross.   I thought it was pretty cool . . . but beware: before you go to the artist’s site, know that much of her stitching is NSFW.  xoxomNadya_Suleman_head britney_spears_head_met LindsayLohan_weblarge Anna_Nicole_web_large Kate_Gosselin_High_Web_550 Michelle_Duggar_large_web

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

CRANBERRY BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

fresh or frozen cranberries
sugar
vegetable oil
milk
lemon zest
vanilla extract
eggs
flour
walnuts
baking powder
salt

 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://blogchef.net/cranberry-bread-recipe/

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MEMBA?

When Liza dated Desi (Ahemmmm . . . what’s she grabbing at anyway?)

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COOKIES!

LEMON DIMPLE COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

unsalted butter, softened
confectioners’ sugar
granulated sugar
egg
lemon zest
lemon juice
vanilla extract
baking powder
flour
lemon curd

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.womansday.com/recipefinder/lemon-dimples-recipe-122290

 

IDEA I LOVE

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This is a cute little appliqué quilt to get you all psyched for Springtime!  “I hear music and there’s no one there!  I smell flowers but the trees are bare . . . ”

You’ll love making this.  Here is the pattern and templates:

http://www.womansday.com/home/craft-ideas/diy-decor-miniature-applique-quilt-106425 

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LEARN THIS

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I think needle punch embroidery is a lot of fun and easy, too.  You oughta’ give it a try.  Here’s all you need to know:

http://hellocraft.com/2010/09/the-whats-whys-and-hows-of-punch-needling/

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BE DAZZLED!

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

 

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 Time to start thinking spring colors for you projects (because you know it’ll take you 5 months to complete this 5-hour project).  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/content_downloads/APPLE_BLOSSOMS.pdf

 

DESSERT!

BEST EVER APPLE CAKE

This delicious cake has earned its designation as “Best-Ever.” You may not be able to stop with just once slice.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • pecans
  • flour
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • apples
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • unsalted butter
  • orange juice
  • Vanilla extract

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/best-ever-apple-cake-recipe

JUST BECAUSE I LOVE IT (no pattern)!

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No, these aren’t really indie yo yos like you might make for a yo yo quilt.  These ‘yo yo’s’ are all crocheted together and at one time, row by row.  Here’s the pattern (great in school colors):

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/yo-yo-throw 

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MUST HAVE

I’m a moron and I’d lose my underwear if I wasn’t literally stuffed into it (I really need to think about a diet).  Anywho . . . I need one of these key finders that you can track with your cell phone!  Oh, yeah!

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PURSEspiration (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Marchesa, Lily Crystal Embroidered Clutch, Black Multi,  $2,995.00

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SLOW STITCHING

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Meg Cox, Liza Prior Lucy, and I have been working on putting together an event to celebrate your creativity and how to enrich our lives and fiber art through The Slow Stitching Movement.

 

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APRIL 21 -24, 2015

This intimate, inspiring retreat will include 3 full days of skill-building tutorials, lectures, trunk shows and more, but most of the time, you’ll have a chance to work on your own projects in a stunning, relaxing setting that encourages your unique slow stitching journey and sharing your time with like-minded old and new friends.

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Our retreat will be held at the picturesque Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn, situated on the banks of the Delaware River, where the food and service are as outstanding as the inspiring views from our glass-enclosed ballroom retreat space.

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Located in charming Lambertville, New Jersey, you’ll find a wide range of restaurants, world-class antique emporiums (amazing for patchwork inspiration), welcoming art galleries, unique shops, and parks. Just a short walk across the The New Hope-Lambertville Bridge is historic and artsy New Hope, Pennsylvania, full of boutiques, galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, cafes, and restaurants. Be sure to bring your camera!

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During the retreat, international quilt teacher and designer, Mark Lipinski will give his lecture “The Slow Stitching Movement: Creating, Promoting, and Sustaining a New Vision in Quilt Making”, why he started The Slow Stitching Movement, and how retreats such as this one can help quilters slow down to deepen both their creative skills and satisfaction levels.

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Mark will also share his secrets to daily process journaling for increased creativity, developing your legacy project, and will share the current projects he’s working on, and resources that inspire him.

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Author/journalist/teacher Meg Cox will share her slow-stitching projects and inspiration, and give a humorous but practical slideshow on how to take better photographs of your quilts.

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Renowned crazy quilting guru and author Allie Aller will join us on our retreat as our special guest teacher, offering multiple tutorials on making fabric flowers and combining both machine and hand-stitched embellishment. Allie will also give a trunk show sharing some of her prize-winning quilts. She’ll be selling and autographing her two books, as well as selling “squishes”, special bags full of silk, velvet, ribbon and other scraps so you can practice some of her embellishing techniques.

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Nationally known teacher and author Liza Prior Lucy will be on hand as well, offering a tutorial on paper-piecing hexagons. And, she’ll be selling Kaffe Fassett fabric, and special kits for an optional retreat project.th-1

To keep the group small, and give everyone plenty of room, this retreat is limited to just 30 people!

 

 

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2 Comments on “Here’s How You Punch Needle! Try Your Hand at a Miniature Appliqué Quilt! Sew a Recycled Paper Basket! Crochet a Yo Yo Throw! Piece an Apple Blossoms Table Runner! Make a Snowy Hat from an Old Sweater! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. January 6, 2015 at 8:18 PM #

    Mark, you make my soul sing!
    Your ideas and fun flair encourge the creative side of me to want to break-out and just have fun.
    I hope you are taking good care if you Mark.

    Like

  2. Brenda Hojonski
    January 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM #

    I adore that beadwork of the peacock! You will have me chuckling all night about your comments about Liza. (When you work all night, somethings just strike you as probable far funnier than they really are!)

    Like

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