Free Spring Bunny Cross Stitch Pattern! Piece a Union Forever Quilt! DIY African Fabric Sweat Shirt Embellishment! Fabric Line Your Stationary Envelopes! Craft a DIY Coffee Pot Terrarium! Sew a Set of Fabric Buttoned Napkin Rings! Crochet Bright Baskets for Your Home! Sew Cute and Funny Fabric Birds! Create a Modern Acrylic Bowl! Make a Scrap Fabric Basket! Knit a Pair of Easy Snow Days Slippers! Create Pretty Poppy Pillow Patterns!

 

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YOKE DU YOUR

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A woman is having a hard time getting her tomatoes to ripen so she goes to her neighbor with her problem.

The neighbor says, “All you have to do is go out at midnight and dance around in the garden naked for a few minutes, and the tomatoes will become so embarrassed, they will blush bright red.”

The woman goes out at midnight and dances around her garden naked for a few minutes. The next morning, the neighbor comes over to the woman’s house and asks the woman if her tomatoes have turned red.

The woman says “No, they’re still green, but I noticed the cucumbers grew four inches!”

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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?  Artist Mary Werner’s, “Grandma Buster’s Hot Plate”

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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? Crushed cans.

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IDEA I LOVE

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With Easter right around the corner (April 5) you might want to gather some floss and linen to cross stitch this free springy bunny pattern.  Napkins?  A table runner?  Pillow?  Side table cover?  The pattern is yours to enjoy anywhere you think you’d like it — but start now!   Here’s the pattern:

 http://thesnowflowerdiaries.blogspot.hu/2014/03/free-pattern-for-my-first-blogiversary.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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If you can crochet, you’ll get some jollies out of crocheting these bright and beautiful baskets.  Just imagine all of the junk you can hide display in these babies.  Here’s how you make them:

 http://www.thingsdeeloves.com/2013/08/26/loving-crochet-baskets/

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YUMMY DISH!

SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN AND BISCUITS

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INGREDIENTS:

  • round red potato
  •  carrot
  • onion
  • celery
  • mushrooms
  • garlic
  • thyme
  • sage
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • quick-cooking tapioca
  • chicken
  • chicken broth
  • frozen peas
  • cream cheese
  • Cheesy Biscuits 

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chicken/slow-cooked-chicken-and-biscuits

 

IDEA I LOVE

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OK, so I’m up to my nipples in snow but I know that spring is right around the corner.  Put yourself in a  green and leafy frame of mind by sewing a flock of these sweet little birdies.  Easy enough to make from felt, thread, and a length of embroidery floss, what a nice way to welcome (or force) warmer weather!  Could make a sweet pincushion, or Easter basket stuffer, donjathunk?  Here’s where to start:

http://craftideas.bitchinrants.com/diy-funny-fabric-bird/ 

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Hand embroidered Phulkari Bagh shawl.

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QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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THE MID-WINTER WARMER COCKTAIL

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Ingredients:

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lemon juice
orange juice

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For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.thekitchn.com/cocktail-recipe-the-midwinter-warmer-recipes-from-the-kitchn_1-183812

 

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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!

Hand painted china by artist, Molly Hatch Hand-Painted-Ceramic15 Hand-Painted-Ceramic7 Hand-Painted-Ceramic6 Hand-Painted-Ceramic5 Hand-Painted-Ceramic4 Hand-Painted-Ceramic3-1 Hand-Painted-Ceramic2 Hand-Painted-Ceramic1 Hand-Painted-Ceramic8 Hand-Painted-Ceramic9 Hand-Painted-Ceramic10 Hand-Painted-Ceramic12 Hand-Painted-Ceramic13 Hand-Painted-Ceramic3

IDEA I LOVE

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Who says that knitted booties are just for babies?  These knitted adult booties are just about easy enough to knit for a beginner.  I can’t say that I love this color combo but I’ll bet you could come up with something that would rock your hardwood floors!  Also, this pattern is so plain, just imagine the embellishment ops for you….a bow?  Woven designs?  Embroidery?   Oh, go for broke — knit a green pair and  affix sparkly shamrocks all over them!  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.gina-michele.com/2015/02/snow-day-slippers-knitting-pattern.html 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IN 6 DAYS!

  I’M COMING BACK TO PUYALLUP!!!

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Spend some time with me at the SEWING & STITCHERY EXPO!!

SATURDAY NIGHT, 6:30 PM :  QUILTER’S NIGHT OUT!   It’s a night of fun, laughs and quilts!

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SUNDAY, 8:30 AM:  The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture 

 

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2508D The Slow Stitching Movement – Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Quick, fast, easy. In our busy, multitasking world, those buzzwords capture our attention. But speed can kill creativity and the enjoyment of our creative pursuits. Maybe what we really need to do is slow down…

SUNDAY, 11 AM:  Finishing Your Quilts with Simple Binding Techniques!

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3538D Binding Workshop – Sunday 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Finishing our quilts is bliss! Why stop with design and embellishment opportunities once we finish sewing on our borders? Make your quilts stand out with your creative finishing techniques. In this mini-workshop…

Oh, Puyallup! I hope my binding class will be EPIC! Get ready for some Henry Glass & Studio E fabrics, trims from Wrights, and trims from Berwick-Offray! PLUS A SURPRISE FROM Aurifil Thread! It’s a Party! (get on the waiting list if it’s sold out, which I think it is)! See you next Sunday for the class @ 11:00 AM!

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love how fun and bright these pillow are (buy you already know that I don’t need any more pillows).  This is a great tutorial to create a quilt using this patten, a bag, or other projects where fabric is needed and where a design like this would rock it.   Here’s how you make these appliqué poppies:

 http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/2015/02/pretty-poppy-pillows.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

PRALINE-APPLE BREAD 

Sour cream is the secret to the rich, moist texture of this praline-apple quick bread recipe. There’s no butter or oil in the batter—only in the glaze. 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • chopped pecans
  • sour cream
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • Granny Smith apples
  • butter
  • light brown sugar

 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/praline-apple-bread/print/

MEMBA?

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COOKIES!

GINGER CHOCOLATE COOKIES

These moist, chewy chocolate cookies have a pleasant ginger kick and are a real crowd pleaser. 

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Ingredients: 

  • unsalted butter
  • flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ground ginger
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • light brown sugar
  • molasses
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • bittersweet chocolate
  • granulated sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/ginger-chocolate-cookies

JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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CLOVER CANYON, Rose Matador Printed Neoprene Dress,$268

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IDEA I LOVE!

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I love African fabric.  I especially love  the technique this blogger shares with applying your favorite fabrics to a sweatshirt!  Also, if you watch the video I posted here, you might be inspired by some of the men fashions on how fabric was applied to other kinds of clothing.   Check this out … I have a  feeling it’s going to be sweatshirt weather for a little longer:

 http://thefeltedfox.blogspot.com/2015/01/african-print-sweatshirt-diy.html

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BE DAZZLED!

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Georgian Miniature Eye Brooch, $3,771.44

A rare original Georgian miniature brooch of a lady’s eye. It has a charming gold mount with two hearts incorporated in the design. The painting is highly detailed with hints of her bonnet on the right hand side. The intent was to keep the lover’s identity partially secretive by not revealing the whole face.

Prince Regent, a leader of fashion, reputedly started the trend by commissioning an eye miniature of his mistress Mrs Fitzherbert. Consequently eye miniatures set as jewellery, such as this, became very popular in the late 18th century up until the early decades of the 19th century. It was however a short-lived trend. By the 1820s eye jewellery was no longer in vogue.

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This is a simple quilt with the look of history.  The ‘look’ is all about your fabric choices.  Why not whip up this Union Forever quilt while your cooped up in your snow bombarded house.

http://www.marcusfabrics.com/images/project/the_union_forever.pdf 

SHOEspiration

 Sissy by Benjamin Adams, $687.50

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GARDENspiration

 

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Oddly, I just bought a new coffee maker and hated to toss the pot.  I love this terrarium idea (although Mr. Electric might have a stroke if he sees another “craft” sitting around Pickle Road — he’s a “will you throw the damn thing away, already…” kind of guy.  I think this would look great in a kitchen and, don’t forget, terrariums don’t need a lot of care.  Here’s where you start to annoy your Mr. Electric:

 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/diy-coffee-pot-terrarium

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IDEA I LOVE

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I know people don’t write or mail notes much anymore. I still do.  I know some of you do, too.  I always love when you send me notes or cards that you’ve made.  This tutorial inspires me to  create matching stationary along with fabric lined envelopes.  Cool, don’t you think?   Here’s how:

 http://seekatesew.com/fabric-lined-envelopes/

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MUST HAVE

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Start growing earlier and keep on growing late in the season with this handcrafted cold frame, which fits on top of the Gronomics Stained Elevated Bed to protect delicate seedlings from the elements. The robust wood-frame construction includes a shock absorber lid for gentle closing. $329.95

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I’m not Perle Mesta so I don’t use napkin rings for our Pickle Road meals — but if you’re planning an Easter or Passover dinner, formal shower, wedding or whatever, why not make some of these pretty fabric and buttoned napkin rings?   Here’s how:

http://www.livingwithpunks.com/2011/06/sys-bhldn-napkin-rings/ 

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DESSERT!

LEMON UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

Cal Peternell likes teaching recipes that are extremely versatile, like this one. The cake is wonderful when it’s made with almost any type of fruit, from figs and blood oranges to pineapple. Cal usually uses sweet Meyer lemons from his neighbor’s tree. Regular lemons are tasty too and add a bitter note that’s a lovely contrast to the gooey brown-sugar topping. 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

unsalted butter

light brown sugar

lemons

all-purpose flour

baking powder

salt

sugar

vanilla extract

eggs

whole milk

cream of tartar

Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/lemon-upside-down-cake

 

IDEA I LOVE

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You don’t have to celebrate Easter in order to appreciate these pretty scrap fabric baskets.  Make a few, handles or not and fill them with pots of flowering plants, fruit, or tons of candies!  Here’s how you build your own scrap fabric baskets:

 http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/03/fabric-easter-basket.html

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SLOW STITCHING

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Melissa Jackson isn’t famous, nor is she a stitching celebrity. She’s a needlework enthusiast who hasn’t met a fiber art that didn’t pull her in. While I met Melissa as a cross stitcher, I was surprised and delighted that her reach into the fiber arts is wide and ongoing.

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The concept of The Slow Stitching Movement wasn’t new to Melissa. She was familiar with the Slow Food Movementand appreciates the connection between slow food and slow stitching. From practicing ethical shopping, to healing and growing through her art, and practicing slow stitching in her own work, I found her insight illuminating.

Find her podcast here: http://www.slowstitching.com/podcasts.html

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The Slow Stitching Movement Podcast’s are sponsored by

Aurifil Thread and GloriousColor.com

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IDEA I LOVE

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Now you house can look like a modern art gallery when you display your DIY abstract plastic bowl.  This is super easy to make and no two will look-alike.  Lean how to make your piece d’art here:

 http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2014/08/abstract-plastic-bowl.html

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LET’S CONNECT IN NEW JERSEY!

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The Quilt Fest of New Jersey XI

March 5 – 8, 2015

 

Escape from Cabin Fever by joining us for The Quilt Fest of New Jersey at the Garden State Exhibit Center. The Quilt Fest will feature a Merchants Mall offering the best in fabrics, notions, sewing machines, wearable art, embroidery and everything for the quilter and home sewer!

In 2015, the Quilt Fest of New Jersey will continue the “Tri-State Quilt Competition” open to quilt artists who are residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

We hope you will enjoy the variety of The Quilt Fest – its exhibitions, workshops, lectures and Merchants Mall.

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The Slow Stitching Movement:  Creating, Promoting, and Sustaining a New Vision in Quiltmaking, Lecture

Sunday, March 8, 1:30 pm

If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric, floss, threads, and notions than you do inspiration, if all of your projects are beginning to look-alike, or if you’ve been creating in the needle arts  for years and have nothing especially wonderful to show for it . . . The Slow Stitching Movement is for you. The Slow Stitching Movement is an illuminating revolution within the industry. This lecture will prepare you for a higher form of creativity and important work in the quilting arts and provide you the personal benefits of better health, finances, increased spirituality, and emotional satisfaction. 
LEC #102 … $22.00

 

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One Comment on “Free Spring Bunny Cross Stitch Pattern! Piece a Union Forever Quilt! DIY African Fabric Sweat Shirt Embellishment! Fabric Line Your Stationary Envelopes! Craft a DIY Coffee Pot Terrarium! Sew a Set of Fabric Buttoned Napkin Rings! Crochet Bright Baskets for Your Home! Sew Cute and Funny Fabric Birds! Create a Modern Acrylic Bowl! Make a Scrap Fabric Basket! Knit a Pair of Easy Snow Days Slippers! Create Pretty Poppy Pillow Patterns!”

  1. mythumpa
    February 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM #

    That coffee pot terrarium is the best thing I’ve seen in months. It could also be a fish bowl for a Betta. SCORE!!

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