Sew a Zippered Pouch! Make a Dandelion Paperweight! Learn the Art of Sashiko Embroidery! Piece an Andromeda Quilt! Crochet Sweet Egg Hats! Sew Pretty Slices of Cake! Make a Lucky Clover Bracelet! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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“I hate to have to tell you this”, said the Doctor in a sad compassionate voice,  “but you have been unfortunately been diagnosed with a highly contagious disease, we will have to quarantine you and you’ll only be fed cheese and bologna.”

“That’s terrible!” Said the distraught young man, quickly sitting down before he could faint. “I don’t know if I could handle being in quarantine…and the cheese and bologna diet… What’s with the cheese and bologna diet anyway? I’ve never of such a diet before?!”

“It’s not exactly a diet”, responded the Doctor matter of factly, “it’s just the only food that will fit under the door!”

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?  Smoke Screen by artist, Cody Ferguson.

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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?   Whitewash Round Decor from Pier 1 Imports

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IDEA I LOVE

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Make a 15-minute zipper pouch! It’s perfect for carrying your small handwork projects, make-up, important papers, or even your meds!  I love this little tutorial because there is always a need for a zippered pouch in my humble opinion. I think making one from laminated fabric would be sensational!  Start here: http://mellysews.com/2015/02/sew-zipper-pouch.html 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Keep spring around you all year long when you make these wild dandelion paperweights from the dandelions that grow wild in your lawn!  This is such a super cool idea, although I’ll bet there could be some major trail and error involved here.  Today dandelions, tomorrow my pulled, 3-pronged wisdom tooth!  Here’s how you do this:

 http://www.dandelionpaperweights.com/pages/how-to-make-a-dandelion-paperweight

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YUMMY DISH!

CHEESEBURGER QUESADILLA

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Ground Beef
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Real Bacon Bits
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Canola Oil For Brushing
  • Red Crushed Pepper Flakes For Sprinkling

IDEA I LOVE

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This is either the hugest of time wasters or the most magnificent of all Easter egg decorations that I’ve ever seen!  Oh, lighten up, me! Why not grab some of your woolly yarn extras and crochet these cute little egg hats.  The tutorial is in Italian, but you can figure it out, I’m sure.  Check it out:

 http://islaura.it/cappellini-a-crochet-per-le-uova-di-pasqua/ 

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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!

 Simone Crestani’s contemporary glass sculptures are inspired by natural forms and repurposing them through a decorative key that preserves the elegance and poetry. Simone grew up near Venice which is the capital of the glass world, this explains his love for glass from a young age.

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See more:  http://inspirationhut.net/inspiration/delicate-glass-sculptures-simone-crestani/

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

OATMEAL RAISIN ROLLS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

water

instant dry yeast

egg

honey

canola oil

salt

bread flour

old-fashioned whole rolled oats

raisins

cinnamon

unsalted butter

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINK:  http://www.averiecooks.com/2012/11/oatmeal-raisin-rolls.html

MEMBA?

Gregg Shorthand! (Yes, there is an F on my high school permanent record. That’s Gregg!)  Needless, to say, I haven’t one iota of an idea what this says and only remember “ooo”  “kay”  “gay” 

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And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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COOKIES!

NEW YORK CHEESECAKE COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

graham crackers
flour
baking powder
unsalted butter
brown sugar
egg
cream cheese
granulated sugar
lemon zest
vanilla extract

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/new-york-cheesecake-cookies

 

QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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IDEA I LOVE

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Sashiko and big stitch embroidery and quilting is coming back, I see. Learn how to get into the trend by making this pretty stitched sashiko embroidered fabric!   Here’s how:

 http://hugsarefun.com/february-tsnem-sashiko-embroidery/

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BE DAZZLED!

RUBY & DIAMOND Bracelet set with 74 white diamonds and 13.43 Cts pave white Diamonds and 28 Burmese Rubies  with a natural 12.06 Cts oval Ruby centre from Mozambique in a pigeon blood color.

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Pretty, simple, graphic, traditional with a modern flair.  Piece this Andromeda quilt to finish a simple quilt before warmer spring weather calls you away from your BabyLock!  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.fonsandporter.com/content_downloads/Andromeda.pdf

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THIS WEEKEND!

  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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SHOEspiration

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Giuseppe ZanottiMetal Wing Sandals, $1,595.00

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DESSERT!

MAGIC CAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • sugar
  • butter
  • flour
  • milk
  • powdered sugar

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/cakes/magic-cake/

IDEA I LOVE

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Let them eat cake!  Well, let them try! LOL   Here’s how to sew up pieces of non-caloric, fabric cake slices.  I don’t know, in one of my frenzied sugar craving rushes, this sewing project could very well end up “missing.”   Here’s the pattern:

http://ideas.stitchcraftcreate.co.uk/fabric-cake-tutorial/ 

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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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IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s an easy lucky clover bracelet to make for St Pat’s day but also something you can wear all year round, too!   It’s easy.  Take a shot at making one and then shake your wrist whenever possible to call attention to it.  Start here:

http://www.craftsunleashed.com/jewelry-main/lucky-clover-bracelet/

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SLOW STITCHING

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT BLOG

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 Guest Blogger, LORRI LEE CHAMBERS

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READ THE BLOG POST HERE

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT PODCAST

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Posted on THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT WEBSITE PODCAST PAGE….

Avid cross stitcher and owner of the Fenton, Michigan cross stitch and needlework shop, Stitches ‘n Things, Deb Kline Koch, shares her insight on needlework, healing, creativity, the health benefits of slow stitching,  and The Slow Stitching Movement.

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 The Slow Stitching Movement Podcast’s are sponsored by Aurifil and GloriousColor.com

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4 Comments on “Sew a Zippered Pouch! Make a Dandelion Paperweight! Learn the Art of Sashiko Embroidery! Piece an Andromeda Quilt! Crochet Sweet Egg Hats! Sew Pretty Slices of Cake! Make a Lucky Clover Bracelet! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    February 25, 2015 at 10:22 AM #

    I LOVE those glass bonsai trees! I tried a real bonsai tree once, but killed it pretty quickly. I can’t understand how someone grows them for years and years! But Crestani’s are my kind of bonsai–beautiful, delicate and organically inorganic 😉

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  2. February 25, 2015 at 7:06 PM #

    not to be pedantic (ok, maybe a little) but the image you posted under gregg shorthand is actually Pitman’s shorthand. (although the video is of an excellent example of gregg written at speed)

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  3. cathy
    February 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM #

    Mark
    I like the variety of your blog.
    I am looking for some place that would sell a quilting grab bag. You know the old fashioned grab bags that were a great price with a wide variety of items in it so when opening it up you are totally thrilled enough to tell all your friends so they would want one.
    Any ideas on an online store that sells them?
    Thanks cathy

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