Wow, Sew a Simple Spring Table Runner and Placemat Combo! DIY Heart Handwarmers! Crochet a Long John Cowl Pattern! Craft a Bow-Tie Patchwork Pillow! Felt an Amazing Pair of Love Birds! Dye Watercolor Napkins! Instagram Magnets! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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A father says to his son,”You had better pass your test today or you can forget that I’m your father!”

“Sure, Dad,” answers the boy.

After school, the boy come home and his dad  is waiting for him.

“Well,” he says, “how did you do on the test?”

“Who are you?” says the kid.

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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? By artist, Igor Sychev.

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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?   Roof in Kuwait City. 

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SPEND THIS 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!

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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

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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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Oh, baby it’s cold outside and I know your fingers must be freezing!  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to DIY heart hand warmers, to keep your hands as warm as your heart . . . Awwwwwwwwwww.   Check it out here:

 http://hellonatural.co/diy-heart-hand-warmers/

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IDEA I LOVE

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I really should get on Instagram, shouldn’t I.  I’m always a day late and a dollar short.  Besides, if I did all that social media demands, I wouldn’t have time to do anything else!  Anywho….  If you’re an Instagramanic (you’ll thank me for making up this word, one day), you might want to take all of your Insta-selfies and life chronicles and create a set of magnets.  Because when being on the ‘net isn’t enough, why not torture yourself with a fridge full of your photobombed pics?   Here’s an easy step by step to make several dozen:

 http://www.thesurznickcommonroom.com/2014/06/diy-instagram-magnets.html

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YUMMY DISH!

CORN DOG MINI MUFFINS

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INGREDIENTS:

all-purpose flour
yellow cornmeal
baking soda
salt
buttermilk
sugar
unsalted butter
egg
beef franks

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://moonirokami.blogspot.com/2015/01/recipe-of-day-corn-dog-mini-muffins.html 

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OK, I have to eat humble pie (and it’s not one of my favorite tastes, by the way).  In my last several book reviews I have been bemoaning how many cowl patterns, I mean infinity scarves, are floating around.  A gazillion, I’m sure.  I wondered if the planet really needed that many cowls, oops — I.S.?  Apparently, it does.  In my Manhattan writing class on Monday  4 of the 10 women in the class were cowled. I blanched.   Then, on the train heading home, I sat across from Katie, who was, yes, wearing a cowl. Oh, surprise, surprise!  I stand corrected … BUT I still don’t know what all the fuss is about unless it’s just an easy dumbed-down (see Slow Stitching) way to sell yarn.  (FYI the gals in my Manhattan class only wore cowls the shades of grey, dark grey, darker grey, and black — what else for NY?).   Here’s yet another pattern.  Go for it:

 http://www.handsoccupied.com/2015/01/long-john-cowl-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!

Take a look inside some real life artist studios…

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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SLOW STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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 MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

POVITICA

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

To activate the Yeast:
Sugar
All-Purpose (Plain) Flour
Warm Water
Dry Yeast

Dough:
Whole Milk
Sugar
Table Salt
Eggs
Unsalted Butter
All-Purpose Flour

Topping:
Cold STRONG Coffee
Granulated Sugar
Melted Butter

Filling Ingredients
Ground English Walnuts
Whole Milk
Unsalted Butter
Egg
Pure Vanilla Extract
Sugar
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Cinnamon

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MEMBA?

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And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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COOKIES!

SALTY OAT COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • butter (unsalted)
  • light brown sugar
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  • unsulphured molasses
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt
  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • raisins
  • chopped nuts
  • Coarse sea salt

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.motherwouldknow.com/journal/salty-oat-cookies

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IDEA I LOVE

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OK, so maybe subtly dyeing your own cloth napkins doesn’t appeal to you.  Let me clue you in….it appeals to your guests and company.  Why not just bite the bullet and create a fun little project of napkin dyeing and spritzing to match your china, your wallpaper, paint,  or whatever…  Here’s how it’s done (and notice how nice it looks when you have a color plan):

http://ruffledblog.com/diy-watercolor-napkins/ 

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LEARN THIS

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These little love birds are terrific and learning to Needle Felt is a nice skill that is relaxing and very creatively flexible (unlike your rigid and unforgiving mother-in-law).  Here’s all you need to know about needle felting this pair of feathered friends.  Why not take a shot at it (so to speak):

 http://joeandcheryl.com/love-birds/

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BE DAZZLED!

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Jay Strongwater , Sonia Daffodil Pin, $175.00

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Make these and you not only get a colorful table runner, you also just quilted yourself a set of pretty placemats.  I really love this piece and the embellishments that go with them.  Take a look at the link to see some of them in detail:

 http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/03/simple-spring-table-runner-or-place-mats.html

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DESSERT!

CHOCOLATE AND AMARETTO PUDDING PIE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Pie Dough
all-purpose flour
unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
white vinegar (any pale vinegar will do)
ice cold water

Chocolate Amaretto Pudding
cornflour
cocoa powder
superfine sugar
whole milk
eggs
bittersweet chocolate
unsalted butter
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Amaretto Swiss Meringue
eggs
superfine sugar
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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.designsponge.com/2015/01/in-the-kitchen-with-edd-kimbers-chocolate-and-amaretto-pudding-pie.html

JUST BECAUSE I LOVE IT (no pattern)!

Paper Quilling

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DIDJAMISS? 

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Check it out here:  https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/book-review-saturday-january-10-2015/

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IDEA I LOVE

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 I’m so not the “let’s make a pillow” person (how many damn accent throw pillows does any breathing soul need?)  But I do like this bow-tie patchwork pillow.  Maybe it’s the colors?  It is really simple to piece and you can have this cut and pieced  in an hour or less.  The time is in the quilting and the difficulty is making the piping  (listen here, the piping isn’t really difficult unless you’ve never made or sewn piping before.)  Piping is a really nice way to finish a look.  Take a look:

http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/01/bow-tie-patchwork-pillow-tutorial.html/

 

MUST HAVE

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 This beeswax food storage wrap is kind need and is a must have for a green kitchen.  Check it out:

http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/gear/food-drink/abeego-beeswax-food-storage-wrap.asp

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SHOES

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Alexander McQueen, Double-Band Wedge Slide Sandal, $1,720.00

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SLOW STITCHING

I met Sally Maxwell last year, after having given The Slow Stitching Movement lecture in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Since that time Sally has embraced both The Slow Stitching Movement and the writing of her morning process pages. I am very impressed with Sally’s dedication and diligence in approaching her process work.  In this Slow Stitching podcast Sally talks about her morning pages, the impact it has had, and  how she approaches both her writing and what she writes!   Find 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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Then visit The Slow Stitching Movement blog . . . .

 Guest Blogger, Kit Dunmore 

The Biggest Problem With Slow Stitching Is The Time Involved.  Or Is It?

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READ THE BLOG POST HERE


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6 Comments on “Wow, Sew a Simple Spring Table Runner and Placemat Combo! DIY Heart Handwarmers! Crochet a Long John Cowl Pattern! Craft a Bow-Tie Patchwork Pillow! Felt an Amazing Pair of Love Birds! Dye Watercolor Napkins! Instagram Magnets! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Jan
    January 14, 2015 at 5:57 PM #

    LOVE those shoes!

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  2. Bonnie
    January 14, 2015 at 6:19 PM #

    My first taste of Povitica was when I was living in Montgomery, Alabama. A friend’s Polish grandmother sent her a package. We opened it and she smiled and said get the toaster and lots of butter! It was fantastic!

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  3. January 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM #

    I LOVE ❤ YOUR BLOG/NEWSLETTER. CAN'T WAIT TO READ THEM.

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    • January 14, 2015 at 8:36 PM #

      Thanks, Caroline! Please tell your friends and share the creative wealth. xoxom

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  4. January 14, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

    Brilliant = love the studios, shoes, recipes and especially your wit. The Amaretto chocolate pie recipe looks fabulous and I will make it right after Road To California quilt conference. Thanks Mark.

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  5. Lynn
    January 15, 2015 at 11:52 AM #

    Thanks for the inspiring quote about learning skills other than stitching to keep our brains active. I’ve sewn since I was 5, and now, at 61, have learned to blow glass (though Chihuly has nothing to worry about!). I didn’t think that one had anything to do with the other, but approaching color and design from a different perspective and skill set encourages and enhances both art forms.

    Love your newsletters. They do inspire!

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