Create a Cute Caravan Pincushion! Sew a Handmade Chenille Blanket! Make a Quilted Keyhole Scarf! Craft a Bird Bath from Recycled DVDs! Weave a Circle Mat! Piece an Autumn Elegance Table Topper! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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One morning Tom telephones his boss.

“Good morning, boss,” says Tom. ” Unfortunately I’m not coming to work today. I’m really sick. I got a headache, stomach ache, and my both hands and legs hurt, so I’m not coming into work.”

“You know Tom,” the boss replies, “I really need you today. When I feel like this I go to my wife, and tell her to give me sex. That makes me feel better, and I can go to work. You should try that.”

2 hours later Tom makes another phone call to his boss.

“Boss, I followed your advise, and I feel great!” Tom exclaims.   “I’ll be at work soon. By the way, you got nice house.”

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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 forgotten painting discovered in a Pittsburgh Public School building sold at Sotheby’s  for a whopping $750,000. It’s called “Interiors” by Henri Le Sidaner.

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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?   

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IDEA I LOVE

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What a terrific little lap blanket to whip up while the winds are still blowing icy air all over the place. If you haven’t yet made chenille (it was popular in quilting when I was a 34″ waist) you should give it a try.  It’s a lot of fun and warm too.  It’s a terrific baby gift, too.  Try it:

 http://beautifullycontained.blogspot.ca/2012/09/handmade-chenille-blanket.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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You don’t need to know how to knit or crochet to make a quilted keyhole scarf like this.  Fast to make and super warm.  Use your favorite fabrics and brighten up the world with your artistry, eh?  Oh, why not . . . we have 6 weeks of winter left, if not more.  Here’s how:

http://www.purlbee.com/2015/01/05/quilted-keyhole-scarf/ 

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YUMMY DISH!

CHICKEN ALFREDO PASTA BAKE

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 INGREDIENTS:

 Alfredo Sauce

  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • grated Parmesan
  • ground black pepper, to taste
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  • penne pasta
  • sour cream
  • eggs
  • ricotta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • cooked chicken
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parsley

IDEA I LOVE

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This tutorial was interesting.   This bird bath is made from  old DVD’s and CD’s,  cut into shapes and then glued into place.  How much fun will your birds have this spring?  Here’s how you make it:

 http://www.meandmydiy.com/2013/05/mosaic-tile-birdbath-using-recycled-dvds.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!

Tokyo-based florist artist Azuma Makoto sets flowers in ice to observe their life cycle in stunning sculptures.  Placed in an inorganic chamber, the “flowers will show unique expressions that they do not display in everyday life,” says Azuma.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

PEANUT BUTTER BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • fat-free milk
  • eggs
  • granulated sugar
  • peanut butter
  • kosher salt
  • baking powder
  • flour
 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/252975704044381730/

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MEMBA?

When everything in the supermarket drink aisle was bottled in glass instead of aluminum.

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COOKIES!

ROSE WATER SHORTBREAD COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • ground cardamom
  • white rice flour plus more for rolling 
  • powdered sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • egg
  • rose water
  • poppy seeds

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/rose-water-shortbread-cookies

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QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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IDEA I LOVE

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Wow! What a wonderful use for your old yarn scraps! Make a simple loom from cardboard and use your imagination and your stash to create something unique and beautiful.  Start here:

 http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/01/woven-circle-mat-diy.html

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BE DAZZLED!

Alouette” Ring with Blue Topaz & Diamonds in 14k, by Erte, “Father of Art Deco.”  $1698

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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I know that the name of the quilt is “Autumn Table Topper”  by you sure don’t have to use autumnal colored fabrics.  I’ve always loved an orange peel block, of course I love sewing curves.  Learn to love them as I do starting with this little table topper.  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.studioefabrics.com/media/uploads/2015/01/09/files/Autumn_Elegance_Table_Topper_Pattern_11202014_DRAFT.pdf

CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU!

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SHOEspiration

 2014 Dr. Martens Women’s 1460 8 Eye Victorian Flowers Lace-Up Boot. $129.92

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IDEA I LOVE 

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Such a pretty cowl, don’t you think?  It’s called the Falling Water inspired cowl. These will be in style well into spring.  Why not knit one?  Here’s the pattern:

http://milk-shed.com/2013/07/01/falling-water-inspired-cowl/

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DESSERT!

“MIDNIGHT KISS” AMARETTO PARFAIT WITH VANILLA POUNDCAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

• Amaretto-Spiked Whipped Cream (recipe below)
• vanilla pound cake
• \amaretto (almond liqueur)
• Chocolate Ganache Sauce (recipe below)
• Dark chocolate
• Silver or gold edible sprinkles

Whipped Cream

• whipping cream
• powdered sugar
• almond extract
• amaretto liquor

Chocolate Ganache

•low-fat milk
• sugar
• cocoa powder
• agave nectar
• semi-sweet chocolate
• salt
• butter

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IDEA I LOVE

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So cute.  Start thinking of summer, vacations, and just getting away from it all when you sew this little stitched caravan pincushion project.  I love it.  Check out the pattern here:

 http://www.crafts-beautiful.com/projects/stitched-caravan-pincushion-project

SLOW STITCHING

Stephanie Hilker is a knitter and a personality in the blogosphere at Milk-Shed.com.  I loved her opinions on the good and not so good of fiber blogging, her theory on stitching mistakes, and why slow stitching may be the wave of the future.

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

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 CLICK HERE to read the most recent Slow Stitching Movement Blog.

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!

MEDIUM Slow Stitching

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

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