Flower Incense Bundle! Last Chance Crochet Scarf! Piece a Merry Quilt! Add a Cargo Pocket to a Tote Bag! Paper Folded Frames! Valentine’s Day Felt Bears! DIY Garden Journal! Sew a Cat Head Door Stopper! Double Zipper Tablet Sleeve! Vintage Button Pendant Necklace! Upcycled Grocery Bag! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!


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YOKE DU YOUR

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Jesus, Moses, and an old man go golfing. The first one to tee off is Moses. He smashes the ball and it is heading right for the water hazard before the green. Moses raises his club, the water parts, and the ball makes it to the green. Jesus gets up to swing, cranks it out, and it is headed for the water hazard. Jesus closes his eyes and prays. The ball skips across the water and lands on the green two feet from the hole. The old man’s turn comes and he drives the ball. The ball looks like it is going to drop directly into the water. A fish jumps from the water hazard swallowing the ball, as an eagle drops from the sky, grabbing the fish. As the eagle flies over the green, a bolt of lightning strikes the eagle, making it drop the fish. As the fish hits the green, it spits out the ball and the ball falls into the hole, making a hole in one. Jesus looks at Moses and says, “I really think I’m leaving Dad at home next time!”

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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?  Mind-Bending Painting By Canadian Artist Rob Gonsalves

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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 Spear laundry basket.

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IDEA I LOVE

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What  cute little Valentine’s Day bears. These felt fuzzy sweeties are the perfect surprises for your special Valentine. Of course, I want mine to be holding a $500 bill instead of a damn felt heart, but that’s another story. Here’s how you make them:

http://liagriffith.com/mini-valentines-day-bears-from-felt/

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IDEA I LOVE

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First of all, I love this fabric but besides that, I’m always looking for stylish ways to protect my iPad. This is a pretty cool double zipper device sleeve that will protect your expensive investment and keep you connected with all of us here. Don’t blow it. Make yours today starting here:

http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/double-zipper-device-sleeve

YUMMY DISH!

JALAPENO BASIL PORK CHOPS

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This recipe’s great flavor and impressive appearance will fool everyone. The secret is a jar of jalapeño pepper jelly. Mixed with white wine and fresh basil, the pepper jelly makes a wonderful marinade and sauce. 

INGREDIENTS:

jalapeño pepper jelly

dry white wine
fresh basil
bone-in pork loin chops
salt
pepper

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/jalapeo-basil-pork-chops

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IDEA I LOVE

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If you are a hoarder like I am,I know you have a stash of antique buttons buried somewhere in your creative garbage. Well, sister, start digging them out because you need this DIY button pendant necklace. What a way to impress your friends and influence people, eh?  I think they’re pretty great for craft fairs too, don’t you? Here’s how you make them:

http://mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca/2015/01/diy-button-pendant-necklace.html#.VMT738b-rwN
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Russian beader, Elena Emelina.

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QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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Ingredients:

 – black pepper syrup (see recipe below)

– Sombra Mezcal
– Leopold’s American Orange Liquor
– pineapple juice
– blood-orange juice
– Garnish: Allspice dram liqueur, orange peel

To make the syrup, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, ¾ teaspoon ground pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain pepper out with cheesecloth or a fine sieve. This makes much more than you’ll need, so keep the extra in the fridge.

For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_22332205/recipes-winter-cocktails-warm-up

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!

Artists from around the world beautify old pianos . . .

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 See the video: http://vimeo.com/94469924

IDEA I LOVE

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Terrific! Now I’m going to have to be super conscious of the designs on my dog food and bird food bags when I go to this market. I love this up cycle grocery bag tutorial. This is a terrific way to use the designs and beauty of packaging to create a very useful grocery bag. I can’t wait to get started, how about you? Here’s the tutorial:

 http://zaaberry.blogspot.com/2015/01/upcycled-grocery-bag-tutorial.html

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IN TWO DAYS!

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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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Okay, this is a really super neat idea, and  I am totally into trying this one, kids! This is a DIY on how to make a flower incense bundle, And since I enjoy burning incense while I meditate or write my morning process pages, I’m really excited was found this tutorial. Look, I know not everybody likes incense… As a matter of fact, Mr. Electric complains unceasingly as soon as I light up (too damn bad, go for a walk).  But the aromatic smoke automatically puts me in a spiritual mood in that empty space where I need to recharge my spirituality. Here’s how you make them:

http://www.poppytalk.com/2015/01/diy-flower-incense-bundle.html 

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DIDJAMISS?

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Check it out here:  https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/book-review-saturday-january-24-2015/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

CRANBERRY CORNBREAD 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  •  Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Corn meal
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Cranberries
 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cranberry-corn-bread

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COOKIES!

HONEY COOKIES

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Ingredients: 

  • oil
  • sugar
  • honey
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • turbinado sugar, for rolling

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://lilmisscakes.com/2011/honey-cookies

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JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

Rami Kadi Houte Couture

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IDEA I LOVE!

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We just had another giant snowfall the other evening but I’m not sure how much longer these cold winds are going to continue to blow. Spring is not all that far away. Maybe 90 days at the longest? You still have time to crochet this striped rib fringe scarf before you’re running around your neighborhood in a crop top and Daisy Dukes (Bonnie Espenshade). Here’s the pattern:

http://www.deliacreates.com/striped-ribbed-fringe-scarf-free-crochet-pattern/ 

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BE DAZZLED!

Bulgari A Gem-Set Diamond Balinese Dancer Brooch, $24,500

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This Merry and Bright pattern was designed by Sue Falkowski, featuring fabrics from the collection Merry & Bright by Buggy Barn for Henry Glass & Co..   Click here to download this free pattern.

SHOEspiration

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GARDENspiration

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I’m lucky I am able to pay close enough attention to my hygiene, let alone a garden. If anyone has a brown thumb, make that black, it’s me. For those of you who can nurture, and love, and grow a beautiful garden, you might be very interested in this really beautifully made Garden Journal. It is not so hard to construct so why not give it a try and actually document your flora?  Spring is coming! Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.sabrinaalery.com/2015/01/garden-journal/

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IDEA I LOVE

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I can’t tell you what appeals to me about this stupid doorstop except that I just find it very silly and I like it. If you’re not a cat person, just change up the pattern a little and create the animal face that you want. How about your husband? Wouldn’t an embroidered doorstop that looks like him be a perfect? I’ll have to take a closer look at Mr Electric. Here’s where you start…

http://supersuperhq.com/diy-embroidered-animal-doorstop/ 

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MUST HAVE

 Mechanical Music Box Set, $22.00

Whether we’re singing out loud, tinkering with instruments, or simply humming along to the tunes of nature, we simply crave melody. That’s why musical instruments have been around since people can remember, and mechanical music boxes since we’ve, well, mastered mechanics. The Mechanical Music Box Set is a unique variation on the old classic. Holes punched into special paper strips are fed into a hand-cranked “box,” which produces tones quite unlike those of any other musical instrument. Makes a great gift for budding and professional musicians alike. Comes with three blank paper strips, a hole puncher, an instruction manual, and a pre-punched “Happy Birthday” song strip.

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IDEA I LOVE

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What a cool and easy idea for sewing a cargo pocket on to a canvas craft store tote bag. I think having an extra pocket on the side of one of these things is a really helpful addition. Here’s how you sew one on:

http://radianthomestudio.com/sew-a-cargo-pocket-tote-bag/

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DESSERT!

EASY RICH GERMAN CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

butter or margarine

all-purpose flour

sugar

vanilla

baking powder

salt

eggs, beaten

Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy coconut pecan frosting

semisweet chocolate chips

chopped walnuts

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/rich-german-chocolate-brownies/df4b2d93-3e46-4fc8-91a7-c3539bea109f

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SPEND TIME WITH ME IN ORLANDO!

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Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15! 

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2 Classes 

1 Lecture

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

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

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Workshop: Mark’s Impovisational Throw Me A Curve Mystery Quilt!  Make anybody’s pattern your own!

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Lecture Saturday evening:  The Slow Stitching Movement!

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Wondering Stitches Quilting Studio
5818 Hoffner Ave
Suite 905
Orlando, FL 32822
407-658-4044
http://www.wanderingstitches.com

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IDEA I LOVE

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I’m sorry to say that this tutorial is in German, but the idea is so cool I had to share with you. All you have to do is use an online translator to get everything you need to make your own wonderful paper folded frames. Start here:

http://blog.kreativbuehne.de/2015/01/basteln-mit-papier-bilderrahmen.html

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SLOW STITCHING

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Eye of the Beholder designer, Margaret Willingham, talks about what slow stitching means to her, in her creativity process, finding the time, spirituality, and creating an integrated life. 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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I still have not given up on paper books so I’m always on the hunt for a great bookmark. With all the stash I have, and have to get rid of, I can make a bookmark for every human on this planet. Here’s a cute little tutorial so that you can make bookmarks for every person on this planet, too. Here’s how:

http://www.downgrapevinelane.com/2015/01/tutorial-zakka-bookmark.html

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4 Comments on “Flower Incense Bundle! Last Chance Crochet Scarf! Piece a Merry Quilt! Add a Cargo Pocket to a Tote Bag! Paper Folded Frames! Valentine’s Day Felt Bears! DIY Garden Journal! Sew a Cat Head Door Stopper! Double Zipper Tablet Sleeve! Vintage Button Pendant Necklace! Upcycled Grocery Bag! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Linda Ward
    January 25, 2015 at 12:29 PM #

    I can’t tell you how I enjoy your blog! There is ALWAYS something, or many somethings I am inspired by! My daughter is ill, and I’m a caregiver, so your blog is such a bright spot in my day! Thanks!!

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  2. Paule-Marie
    January 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

    Love your blog as usual. The Rami Kadi dress is out of this world. If I were taller, skinnier, richer and had a place to wear it, I would own it. Heck, I’d even wear it around the house and I’m a jeans and sweatshirt kind of girl. I don’t have enough words to describe how much I love that dress.

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  3. Kira Carolan
    January 26, 2015 at 10:06 PM #

    I will be at the Orlando airport on Wednesday February 11 and then on the 15th! Will just miss you! On way to Altoona for horse show. Check out this we site for inspiration: cryptic. Very cool patterns. Kira

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    • January 30, 2015 at 2:21 PM #

      That’s too bad, Kira! We’ll hook up soon, I hope! xoxom

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