Sew a Set of Microwave Potholder Bowls! Weave a Ribbon Shamrock! Knit an Afghan Sampler! Piece a Bunny Bricks Quilt! 5 Common Sewing Machine Mistakes! Create a DIY Tablet Stand! DIY Notebook Cover from Craft Paper! How to Transfer a Picture from a Magazine to Paper! Sew Some Bunny Surprise Pouches! DIY Graphic Needlepoint Picture! How to Craft Wire Picture Holders! DIY May Day Seed Bombs! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

 

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YOKE DU YOUR

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Kevin told Pat that his wife was driving him to drink.

Pat thinks he’s very lucky because his own wife makes him walk.

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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?  This is called, She Has Also Been Spotted, by painter, Kelly Reemsten

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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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I have to admit that I love these little “microwave bowls.”  You put the stuff you want to heat into your bowl, set it in the fabric “dish”, microwave and then don’t burn your hands taking out your heated food!  Pretty cool, eh?  Here’s how you make them:

http://bionicgearbag.com/fabric-dish-for-notions-tutorial/ 

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Knit this pretty afghan by making blocks of different colors and speciality stitches. It’s a way to learn new stitches and techniques while creating something beautiful and functional.  You can start using your scrap yarn to knit this beauty today.  Here’s how:

http://pinchmebeautiful.blogspot.com.au 

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YUMMY DISH!

BOURBON CHICKEN

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INGREDIENTS:

  • boneless chicken breasts
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • apple juice
  • light brown sugar
  • ketchup
  • cider vinegar
  • water
  • soy sauce

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.food.com/recipe/bourbon-chicken-45809

 

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I love this idea for up cycling an old 1980’s style desk lamp and transforming it into a handy dandy tablet holder.  It’s perfect for the kitchen, is’t it?  Make one yourself by using this tutorial:

 http://www.instructables.com/id/Create-a-DIY-tablet-stand/?ALLSTEPS

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QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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PINEAPPLE CINNAMON MOJITO COCKTAIL

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Ingredients:

  • fresh pineapple
  • sugar
  • cinnamon
  • lime
  • Sailor Jerry Rum
  • mint leaves
  • French vanilla whipped cream (regular will work fine too)
  • cinnamon

 

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For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.tattooedmartha.com/2013/12/27/pineapple-cinnamon-mojito/

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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 MARK LIPINSKI’S 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 this blog. You can subscribe to this blog (only if you want to) to get an email each time I post a grouping of ideas, links, etc. and never miss a chance at inspiration.  

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

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Jennifer Collier transforms music sheets, vintage wallpaper, old maps, newspapers and more into intricately crafted decorative paper art models. Jennifer often creates objects like cameras, shoes, type writers, telephones, a variety of garments and more. Her works have been published in an ample amount of magazines, blogs and exhibited in many galleries.

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Sometimes it’s the simple things that screw us up when we sew.  Here’s a little article about the 5 common sewing machine mistakes we make.  Check it out.  Yes, you might be the Machine Goddess of Des Moines, and have heard this stuff before, but for we mortals, you might find it helpful.  Here goes:

http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2014/09/five-common-sewing-machine-mistakes-how.html 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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LET’S CONNECT IN NEW JERSEY on SUNDAY

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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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I don’t know when or if I’ll ever use this technique, but I thought it was kind of neat and I wanted to share it.  I want to try the rubbing then watercolor or colored pencil over it to see what that does.  If you’ve just become inspired, then take a whack at it (and feel free to throw the whole bunch of it in the trash if it sucks).  Start here:

 http://diy-is-fun.com/creative-ideas/homemade-arts/how-to-transfer-a-picture-from-a-magazine-on-paper/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

IRISH SODA BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • cake flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • orange
  • dried currants

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CUPCAKES!

GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES with COFFEE ICING

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Ingredients: 

  • stout beer, such as Guinness
  • brewed coffee
  • molasses
  • baking soda
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • ground ginger
  • cinnamon
  • cardamom
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • cloves
  • canola oil
  • dark brown sugar
  • fresh ginger
  • eggs
  • powdered sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • brewed coffee
  • molasses
  • vanilla
  • instant espresso powder
  •  crystallized ginger

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com/2015/02/gingerbread-cupcakes-with-coffee-icing.html

 

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A wonderful haute couture example by one of the greatest couturiers of the 20th century. Crafted in fine celadon silk, the dress is entirely hand-beaded in squares of bugle beads and strung round beads in the same celadon shade, creating a checkerboard effect that sways as the dress is worn. The dress is lined and interlined and fitted with the original double zip, creating a magnificent, modern example of vintage haute couture at its very finest.

Haute couture by Jean Desses is the stuff of legend and his work is sought-after around the World. His draped chiffon ballgowns from the 1950s have graced red carpets around the World and Renee Zellweger notably wore a canary yellow Jean Desses to the Academy Awards in 2004. Desses is considered by many to be one of the great masters of fashion of the 20th century and it was Desses who trained both Valentino and Armani.

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A Jean Desses haute couture dress, circa 1956, $4386.18

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Gather all of the junk around your house and check them out.  This “junk” could be your ticket to making the most adores wire picture holders.  That’s right, old wooden spools, dull salt and pepper shakers, blocks, or whatever.  Check out this blog for more ideas:

 http://mamiejanes.blogspot.ca/2009/11/holiday-project-1-wire-pictures-holders.html

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BE DAZZLED!

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Antique Diamond, Emerald, Ruby & Pearl Bird Brooch: featuring three Rose cut diamond and gem set birds (diamonds, emeralds and rubies) with carved hardstone wings, watching over a nest of pearl eggs , fashioned in 18k gold and silver. Circa 1900. $4800.00

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Boing! Boing! Boing! Make like a rabbit and make this simple quilt as quick as a bunny.  I would probably have gone with the springy, Eastery, pastely colors, but to each their own.  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.jedicraftgirl.com/2014/03/bunny-bricks-quilt-tutorial.html

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SHOEspiration

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Carvela Giraffe Black Strap Tie Heeled Sandals, $257.00

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GARDENspiration

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 Seed bomb your garden and toss a few balls to your friends and family!  These are great giveaway favors for graduations, communions, and spring weddings.  I like this idea.  Here’s how you make your own seed bombs:

http://www.projectwedding.com/blog/2013/05/01/diy-wednesday-may-day-seed-bombs


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IDEA I LOVE

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Make a few of these cute Easter Bunny pouches and fill them with goodies (like cold, hard cash) for your fav kidlets.  What kid wouldn’t like a pouch full of change?  I would like a pouch filled with a gastric sleeve, but that’s another story.   Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.sewingmamaraeanna.com/2015/03/easter-bunny-pouch-tutorial.html

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MUST HAVE

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I was just talking about this ruler in my Puyallup class last weekend.  It’s the best ruler I’ve ever owned (and easiest scallop/wave ruler to use)! Honest! xoxom

Add a fancy finish to all of your quilts with ease with this handy template. You can make vine and wave borders, waved edges, or scalloped edges. A 16-page booklet is included with the template with instructions on its use. This template can be used with any quilt that you wish to dress up with a unique finish. The Template measures 9″ across. From highest point to bottom of ruler in the middle is 6.75″. From highest point of ruler to highest point or arch in the middle is 4.5″. Outside vertical edge top to bottom is 5.75″. Made of heavy gauge acrylic and is laser precise.   $16.95

ORDER YOURS HERE:  http://bit.ly/1EXrr2q

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Always a sucker for a notebook,  here’s a cover made from craft paper.  Imagine the possibilities, cupcake!  Here’s the tutorial:

http://thecraftsworld.com/tcw/archives/622 

DESSERT!

OREO & FUDGE ICE CREAM CAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • 1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 8 OREO Cookies, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 12 vanilla ice cream sandwiches

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/oreo-fudge-ice-cream-106562.aspx

MARK’S IN BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN!

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inspiration_signMAY 9:   If your well of quilting inspiration has dried up, or you haven’t had a good quilting idea in years, fret no more. Mark will guide you through new places to turn for amazing quilting ideas, with practical examples that will give you motivation and inspiration for better quilting and a happier life. This lecture will open your mind to sources of creative inspiration you may have never considered. Bring along a notebook to jot down every last suggestion you hear.About Mark Lipinski:

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

Register now and get a free 2015 limited edition Sewing Weekend souvenir pin. Limit one per order.

 

 

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MAY 7 and again on MAY 9 In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!About Mark Lipinski:

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

Register now and get a free 2015 limited edition Sewing Weekend souvenir pin. Limit one per order.

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MAY 7:  If you’ve ever wondered why a successful television producer would give up a hefty salary for poverty wages to quilt, this lecture will surprise you. Travel with Mark from his boyhood home in Pittsburgh, to San Francisco, Miami, New York, Chicago and New Jersey to learn how each of these places led him to become the quilt master he is today.

From his first quilts to his most recent work, see how he transformed from a duckling to a swan – and feel better about your own quilting transformation. He’ll bring some of his UFOs and explain why he lost interest in finishing them. Hear what inspires him, and allow his life experience and outlook on the creative process to inspire you.

About Mark Lipinski

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

One evening event attendee will win a Baby Lock Melody and Ott-Lite Marietta Lamp—a $1,894.98 value. No purchase necessary to enter and win.

Register now and get a free 2015 limited edition Sewing Weekend souvenir pin. Limit one per order.

IDEA I LOVE

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This DIY geometric embroidery project is quick and easy, even if you’ve never done needlework before.  Here’s how you can make one just like this, or create one of your own designs:

 http://www.shemakesahome.com/2013/01/DIYGeometricEmbroideryProject.html

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SLOW STITCHING

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT BLOG

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 Guest Blogger, LISA BINKLEY, on Connecting and Slow Stitching”

 

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READ LISA’S BLOG POST HERE

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT PODCAST

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Karen Montgomery is a nationally recognized quilt teacher, fabric, notions, and quilt designer!  Her shop The Quilt Company was established in 1993, included in Quilt Sampler Magazine in 1997 and featured as one of America’s Favorite Hometown Quilt Shops by McCall’s Quilting in 2010. It is the largest shop in western Pennsylvania. Located in the Pittsburgh area, the shop showcases Karen’s fabric designs for Timeless Treasures, her original patterns and the Quick Trim Ruler she designed for Creative Grids.  Karen’s projects can be found in catalogs and magazines around the world.  Visit Karen’s website at: http://www.thequiltcompany.com/home.aspx

Karen Montgomery’s Slow Stitching Movement Podcast is Posted on

 THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT WEBSITE PODCAST PAGE….

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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IDEA I LOVE

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Pick up some green ribbon at your local craft shop and weave together a field o’shamrock for you and your lassies.  Here’s the tutorial:

 http://www.sewmccool.com/woven-ribbon-shamrock-tutorial/

 May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.

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JOIN MARK’S SLOW STITCHING INTENSIVE! 

APRIL 17 & 18, 2015

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LECTURE:  In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!
CLASS:  This is a class of Mark’s Slow Stitching workshops!  How to write morning process pages from the inside out!  Learn several of Mark’s slow machine sewing techniques.  Practice finding inspiration all around you. How to plan, develop and create your legacy quilt.  Plus, more!
19 Glenridge Rd
Glenville, NY 12302
Phone: 518-399-0128
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2 Comments on “Sew a Set of Microwave Potholder Bowls! Weave a Ribbon Shamrock! Knit an Afghan Sampler! Piece a Bunny Bricks Quilt! 5 Common Sewing Machine Mistakes! Create a DIY Tablet Stand! DIY Notebook Cover from Craft Paper! How to Transfer a Picture from a Magazine to Paper! Sew Some Bunny Surprise Pouches! DIY Graphic Needlepoint Picture! How to Craft Wire Picture Holders! DIY May Day Seed Bombs! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Judy Ullmann
    March 8, 2015 at 11:02 PM #

    I love your blog! There is always something to be found that peaks my inspiration or makes me smile. Thank you.

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  2. Sally Maxwell
    March 10, 2015 at 5:45 PM #

    Was I the only one who wondered about the “Bourbon” Chicken that didn’t have bourbon in the ingredients? Was I the only one who went to the source and found out it was named that because the chef was from Bourbon Street? Sometimes ya just gotta KNOW these things 🙂

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