Knit a Bunny Hat! Free Art Quilt Pattern! Make a Felt Pear Pincushion! Sew a 4-Step Leather Tote! Knot a Button Clasp Macrame Bracelet! Make Plush Toys Using Stamps! Make a Triangle Patchwork Pouch! Create Drawer Pull Wine Stoppers! Craft Tunnock’s Teacake Brooches! A Love Birds Embroidery Project! Make a Mosaic Stone Planter! Design Plastic Bead Coasters! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

 

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Adam was walking around the Garden of Eden feeling very lonely, so God asked, “What is wrong with you?” Adam said he didn’t have anyone to talk to. God said he was going to give him a companion.

God said, “This person will cook for you and wash your clothes. She will always agree with every decision you make. She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will not nag you, and she will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you’ve had a disagreement. She will never have a headache, and she will freely give love and compassion whenever needed.”

Adam asked God, “What will this woman cost?”

God replied, “An arm and a leg.”

Adam said, “What can I get for just a rib?”

 

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?  Painting by artist, Aaron Smith.

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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 discus fish’s scales.

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IDEA I LOVE

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OK, I NEED this hat!  So do you and so does everyone you love!  Grab your knitting sticks and knit a few (as quick as a bunny).  Here’s how:

 http://www.mamainastitch.com/?p=412

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I love the idea of turning fun stamps into even more fun 3-D lovable stuffed plushies!  A better idea is to create your own rubber stamps and then sew, build, and sculpt a plushie from  your own design!  Start here:

http://stampedinhisimage.blogspot.com/2015/02/make-plush-toys-using-digital-stamps.html

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YUMMY DISH!

INSIDE-OUT SPAGHETTI PIE

Layers of ground beef, spaghetti, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese bake together for a filling and flavorful dinner your family will love. 

 

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INGREDIENTS:

evaporated milk
dry bread crumbs
salt
dried Italian seasoning
ground black pepper
ground beef
dried spaghetti
butter
egg
grated Parmesan cheese
pizza sauce

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pasta/inside-out-spaghetti-pie/

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It may still feel like Christmas out there (we’re buried in icy snow again) but this isn’t your Mama’s Partridge in a Pear Tree craft.  It’s a felt pear pincushion that is embellished with a feathered friend.  Make one starting here:

 https://mollyandmama.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/make-a-felt-pear-pin-cushion/

 

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QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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THE PERFECT COSMO COCKTAIL

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Ingredients:

  • citron vodka
  • triple sec (or cointreau)
  • cranberry juice
  • lime
  • ice

 

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For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.jolynneshane.com/how-to-make-a-cosmo.html

 

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!

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San Francisco based artist Alexis Arnold is the artist behind this collection of crystallized books, they are frozen with crystal growth.

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IDEA I LOVE

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I’ve never worked with leather but this project is delicious!  I love the simple and clean look of this leather tote.  If made correctly, it should last the rest of your days on the planet.  I might try this one.  Here’s the tutorial:

 http://www.deliacreates.com/four-step-leather-tote-tutorial/

 and speaking of leather  . . . IT’S TAN MOM!!!

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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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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Into every life a  little patchwork must fall.  Here’s a cute patchwork zippered pouch that takes it shape from a triangle.  Super cute.  Maybe a new home for a ‘script of Xanax?   Here’s how you make one:

http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2015/02/patchwork-triangle-pouch/ 

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PURSEspiration!

MarchesaLily Medium Embroidered Stone Box Clutch, $3295.00

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

APRICOT LIGHT FRUITCAKE

This moist, spice-less fruitcake is one of our family favorites. It is not nearly as heavily flavored as dark fruitcake. Since no spices or molasses are used this cake relies purely on the flavor of the dried fruits. 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • water
  • light raisins or sultana raisins
  • dried apricots chopped
  • sugar
  • butter
  • sugar
  • cream cheese
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • glace cherries, chopped
  • mixed dried fruit
  • vanilla extract
 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://www.rockrecipes.com/apricot-light-fruitcake/

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MEMBA?

Gorgeous Mid-Century Clusters of Lucite Grapes

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COOKIES!

MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES

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Ingredients: 

  • pecans
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract

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JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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1980’s Spectacular Michaele Vollbracht Bead Dress & Coat

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IDEA I LOVE!

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I love this free pattern for love birds that you can embroider.  Don’t forget, you can transform almost any embroidery pattern into your interpretation of appliqué!  I love to embroider….  Here’s the link for the pattern:

 http://twolittleaussiebirds.blogspot.com/2012/09/free-pattern-love-birds-embroidery.html

 

BE DAZZLED!

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Gorgeous Edwardian 18 karat rose gold and platinum ring centering 1 old European-cut diamond approximately 1.90 carats, surrounded by 12 round mixed-cut rubies and 32 round single-cut diamonds. $25,OOO

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This is not so much a pattern but lesson in technique, and I love it.  Be fearless, cupcake!  Cut and stitch with abandon.  Piece like there is no tomorrow!  Here’s the free pattern:

 http://fibermania.blogspot.fr/2013/07/thank-you-all-and-free-pattern.html

SHOEspiration

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GARDENspiration

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And why not make your own stone planters ?  I love the classic, old-time. look of these cement planters which remind me of 1930’s architecture.  Make a few and impress your friends.  Here’s how:

 http://everydaydishes.com/creative-crafts/diy-mosaic-stone-planter/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Find the perfect decorative button in your stash then whip up some simple macrame to make this cute and casual bracelet.  Wear several at a time!  Here’s how:

http://songbeads.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/macrame-button-loop-clasp-tutorial.html

 

MUST HAVE

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I love this tool!  EZ Accessories Big Stitch Marking Wheel- Create evenly spaced hand stitches without having to “judge it by eye”. Works just like a tracing wheel but this wheel will produce evenly spaced dash marks when used with transfer paper!   Ask your local shop to order one for you!  Too cool! xoxom

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Don’t these DIY wine stoppers look like fun?  It’s a great way to jazz up your bottles without spending a fortune on the store-bought stoppers.  Keep your eyes open in antique and junk stores for the perfect drawer pulls! It’s a great gift idea!   Here’s how you make them:

 http://everydaydishes.com/creative-crafts/decorative-wine-stoppers/

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DESSERT!

EARTHQUAKE CAKE

 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

German Chocolate Cake Mix

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water

shredded coconut

chocolate chips

chopped pecans

buttercream cheese

powdered sugar

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://thefirstyearblog.com/earthquake-cake/

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I’ve never had a Tunnocks Teacake but I’m going to.  These little felt brooches are inspired by the Tunnocks wrapper.  Cute.  Gobble some teacakes and stitch away, m’dear!  Here’s the pattern:

 http://emusing-emma.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/tunnocks-teacake-brooches.html

 

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SLOW STITCHING

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT BLOG

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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 ThingsDeb 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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I don’t know whether I like these or hate them (plastic crafts are not my thang) but I’ll let you decide if these coaster’s are something you might like for yourself.   I only posted it because I see a quilt or needlework block in the design and not because I want plastic coasters.  Ahem….with holes in them so any liquid would still stain my table!  Actually, it could be a fun project with your kids.  Start here:

 http://emusing-emma.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/fleur-de-lis-coaster.html

 

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10 Comments on “Knit a Bunny Hat! Free Art Quilt Pattern! Make a Felt Pear Pincushion! Sew a 4-Step Leather Tote! Knot a Button Clasp Macrame Bracelet! Make Plush Toys Using Stamps! Make a Triangle Patchwork Pouch! Create Drawer Pull Wine Stoppers! Craft Tunnock’s Teacake Brooches! A Love Birds Embroidery Project! Make a Mosaic Stone Planter! Design Plastic Bead Coasters! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. possemama
    March 4, 2015 at 8:28 AM #

    Good Morning. I thought you might enjoy this beautiful exxhibit. Special events are happening at multiple exhibits within the Del-Valley. Pat Gottshalk http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/817.html

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    • March 4, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

      Possemama, I think I just drooled a little on my keyboard. I have to see this stuff. I just love it (and I love that you thought of me). Thanks for writing! xoxom

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  2. March 4, 2015 at 10:14 AM #

    Mark, each blog is better than the last one. Love the shoes and jewelry and the blogs make me want to try some new crafts and pick up some past crafts. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

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    • March 4, 2015 at 12:56 PM #

      I am so touched by your note, Darci! Thank you for being a part of the mix here! xoxom

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  3. Sally Maxwell
    March 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM #

    Once again, Mark, you’ve lured me away from my TO-DO list to come and play! Where do you find these things?!! I’m tempted to bake and knit and… basically stay at the computer for the rest of the day! But DON’T STOP! Even if I’m not tempted to try it, I enjoy seeing what’s out there. AND I wish I could come to New Jersey for the lecture 🙂

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    • March 4, 2015 at 12:55 PM #

      I think, my sweet Sally, that you should do EXACTLY what your heart is telling you to do, without angst, guilt, or a second thought! You always rock it! xoxom

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  4. March 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM #

    Still LOvInG this blog! Despite the first joke! I cannot tell you how much I look forward to your inspirations!

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    • March 4, 2015 at 12:54 PM #

      Well, I do the best I can without repeating a joke. It’s getting slim out there! 🙂 xooxm

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  5. March 4, 2015 at 11:59 AM #

    I love your blog. There’s always an idea or 2 in there. My friends and I attended your show Saturday night in Puyallup, WA. We were the ladies in the neon orange ( in case you missed us) We didn’t win the machine but we were a few people away from the lady whom you teased as a winner……and then gave her the thread box. We thought you should give us , the whole row, thread to 🙂 LOL because we were disappointed to!!
    Love Aurifil and loved your show…pay the 5 bucks for chapstick!!! Were still laughing. Thanks for a great evening.

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    • March 4, 2015 at 12:54 PM #

      Thanks for the note…. you might find this amusing BUT #9 actually won a machine, too! She just may not know it yet! 🙂 Thanks for being there! And for your note. It means a lot. And I will NEVER pay $5 for a tube of Chapstick! LOL xoxom

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