DIY Oxford Sneakers! Valentine Heart Pillow! Knit a Pom Pom Beanie! Make a Ribbon Table Runner! Easy Fabric Covered Button Earrings! Burlap and Wood LOVE Sign! Beach and Boots Quilt Block Quilt! Mini Succulent Planters! Hot Air Balloon Embroidery! Safe Bottle Drinking Glasses! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!


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YOKE DU YOUR

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Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son.
“Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!”
“But why, Mom? I don’t want to go.”
“Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.”
“Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!”
“Oh, that’s no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.”
“Give me two reasons why I should go to school.”
“Well, for one, you’re 52 years old. And for another, you’re the Principal!”boy_principal_office_ha

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?  Chrysanthemums by Claude Monet.

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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?  A mercado basket (a shopping basket).

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IDEA I LOVE

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These hand drawn oxford sneaks are pretty cool.  Of course, I’d have to add some color, but just think of the design ops using simple canvas sneakers and a little creative buzz!  Try it out!  Start here:

http://ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/hand-drawn-oxford-sneakers.html 

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IDEA I LOVE

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What the heck?  Didn’t we just finish with Christmas (on my way back from Connecticut the other day I was still seeing lighted Christmas trees in the front windows of houses)?  We have less than a month until Valentine’s Day.  Better start your crafting — and get back on your New Year’s resolution, cupcake!   Here’s how you make this DIY heart pillow:

 http://danabueno.com/diy-heart-pillow/

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YUMMY DISH!

BLACK BEAN AND LENTIL CHILI

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INGREDIENTS:

olive oil
sweet onion, diced
celery, diced
carrots, diced
garlic, minced
chili powder
paprika
chipotle chili powder
allspice
cumin
bay leaf
vegetable or chicken broth
lentils, sorted and rinsed
tomato sauce
black beans, drained and rinsed
sweet corn kernels
jar roasted red peppers, diced
Tabasco sauce
honey (use agave to keep this vegan)
salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com/2013/04/15/black-bean-and-lentil-chili/

IDEA I LOVE

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I LOVE this pom pom knitted beanie.  So pretty and warm, I’m sure.  Hey, winter ain’t over until the Heat Miser sings!   Start knitting!  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.prettyquirkypants.com/2015/01/18/diy-colorwork-knit-beanie-pom-pom-free-pattern/

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Delish!  I love needlepoint (most especially the speciality stitches)

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From Not your Grandmother’s Needlepoint; stitches by Ruth Schmuff

QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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SPICY ORANGE-BOURBON HOT CHOCOLATE

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Ingredients:

  • Whole Milk
  • Orange Peel
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Bittersweet Chocolate
  • Bourbon
  • Whipped Cream

For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2014/12/03/spicy-orange-bourbon-hot-chocolate/

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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!

The Historic New England, is an institution that sought to bring 4,200 pieces of vintage wallpaper to the internet, making a collection of works dating from the 1750s to the 1950s accessible to the public. Since 2002, the inception of the project, the wallpaper collection has grown to over 6,000 pieces, which conservators at the Historic New England are tasked with repairing, correcting and treating for posterity.

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“Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…” –William Morris(1834-1896)

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IDEA I LOVE

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Who woulda’ thunk that ribbons could make such a cool table runner?   Perfect for wedding or shower colors, a bit of medieval style and a touch of glamour.  Not really appropriate for a guy’s night out.   Here’s how you make one:

http://www.thedecorfix.com/diy-ribbon-table-runner/ 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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SPEND TUESDAY WITH ME!

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 TUESDAY, January 27,  10:00 AM. 

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Join the WARWICK VALLEY QUILTERS’ GUILD  on January 27, 2015  The Slow Stitching Movement lecture with Mark Lipinski!

Senior Center @ Warwick Town Center

132 Kings Highway

Warwick, NY 10990

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IDEA I LOVE

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Go ahead. Pierce your ears.  Then you can make some nifty fabric covered earrings from your fav stash.  These are so easy that a moron could make them.   Here’s how:

http://makesomething.dritz.com/sewing-projects/easy-crafts-diy-cover-button-earrings/#.VL-yMMb-rwM 

MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY SCONES 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Half & Half or Heavy Cream
  • French Vanilla Creamer
  • Chopped Dark Chocolate
  • Seeded & Chopped Cherries
 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://domesticallyblissful.com/dark-chocolate-cherry-scones/
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MEMBA?

1980’s  Hair Crimping!

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And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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COOKIES!

LEMON SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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Ingredients: 

DOUGH:

  • salted  butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • lemon

FILLING:

  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • lemon juice
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/chuck-hughes/lemon-shortbread-cookies.html#

JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

I love this Valentino!  Yummy!

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Grab some burlap and some paint and you’ve got yourself the most charming and prim Valentine’s Day decor booster for tu casa.  I like this.  Understated.  It’s says I YOU without all the frillies.  Here’s how you make one of your own:

 http://burtonavenue.blogspot.com/2013/01/burlap-and-wood-love-sign.html

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BE DAZZLED!

 Vintage Juliana Style Pink and Green Rhinestone Brooch

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This tutorial is for the Beach to Boots block (there’s a Beach to Boots block?).  Put your blocks together and you’ve got yourself a Beach to Boots quilt, I guess.  The added triangles make this one of several gazillion chevron patterns palatable to me.   Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2015/01/how-to-beach-boots-quilt-block-30-days.html

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SHOEspiration

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Alexander McQueen
Leaf Cutout Open-Toe Ankle Boot, Multi Colors, $1245.00

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GARDENspiration

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 What an easy and inexpensive way to perk up a small succulent!  I’m thinking I’m in the mood for some African Violets…. Off to the garden shop!   Dress up your tiny houseplants like this:

http://www.stylelist.com/read/easy-to-make-diy-mini-succulents/

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WHAT I LOVE

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Pretty embroidery in pretty colors, pretty easy, and pretty cool.  Here’s how:

http://www.spoolandspoonblog.com/2012/08/hot-air-balloon-embroidery-pattern.html

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MUST HAVE

Wish Upon A Seed

Some of the best things in life need a bit of nurturing, cultivation and patience; Just like this Garden of Wishes flower kit. The kit comes with six different types of seeds, all with special meaning, which you plant in your garden or in containers. There are also stakes and pencils to mark your plants. Now, just give these seeds water and sunlight and watch your wishes come into bloom.

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Friendship – Sweet Pea
Strength – Pinks
Love – Forget Me Not
Clarity – Daisy
Happiness – Lavender
Joy – Baby’s Breath

 $20.00  

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DESSERT!

CHOCOLATE RAVIOLI

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • eggs
  • water
  • mascarpone
  • sugar
  • pure vanilla extract
  • fresh mint

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.bellalimento.com/2012/10/01/how-to-make-chocolate-ravioli/

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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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IDEA I LOVE

Here is a simple way to create a safe drinking glass from a beer bottle with just a few household items!

 

 http://laughingsquid.com/a-simple-way-to-create-a-safe-drinking-glass-from-a-beer-bottle-with-just-a-few-household-items/



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3 Comments on “DIY Oxford Sneakers! Valentine Heart Pillow! Knit a Pom Pom Beanie! Make a Ribbon Table Runner! Easy Fabric Covered Button Earrings! Burlap and Wood LOVE Sign! Beach and Boots Quilt Block Quilt! Mini Succulent Planters! Hot Air Balloon Embroidery! Safe Bottle Drinking Glasses! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    January 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM #

    Gosh! I really wish I could hear what Claude Monet was saying! What if he were explaining his process? And did you see how quickly he picked up the paint? Just a dab here and there…et voila! C’est magnifique! Thanks, Mark, for finding that gem!

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  2. January 21, 2015 at 8:21 PM #

    OMG = Love those shoes. But my shoe wardrobe consist of flip flops (I’m a California/beach girl), Ugg’s when it gets cold and I’m not going out or workout shoes. But those are gorgeous. And the black bean/Lentil chili recipe will be made. I’ve been trying to go more vegetarian/healthier eating and this will do the trick. Thanks Mark – you are awesome. P.S; I wish Road to California would have you as an instructor…….

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  3. Brenda Hojonski
    January 22, 2015 at 4:39 AM #

    Mark,

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane! I so needed to view your blog after the crappy week I’ve had! Thank you for making my third shift work night brighter!

    I remember many of those wallpapers, some in my homes growing up in MA and VT, some in my grandmothers’ houses too! The dress is divine! The pom pom beanie is printed to be made this summer and I could eat those chocolate ravioli now!

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