Make a DIY Thread Hanger! Crochet a Cute Bunch of Carrots! Whip Up a Pair of Comfy Boxers! Hand Paint a Meditation Pouf! Appliqué a Retro Clothes Pin Bag! Piece a Tulip Quilt Beauty! Make DIY Clay Garden Chimes! Sew a Microwave Baked Potato Bag! The Right Way to Whip Stitch Your Binding! Create Painted Canvas Bowls! Learn How To Repeat a Pattern! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

 

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A husband was advised by his psychiatrist to assert himself.
“You don’t have to let your wife henpeck you. Go home and show
her you’re the boss.”

The man was on fire with enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to try
the doctor’s advice! He rushed home, slammed the door, shook
his fist in his wife’s face, and growled, “From now on, you’re
taking orders from me. I want my supper right now, and when you
get it on the table, go upstairs, and lay out my best clothes.
Tonight, I’m going out with the boys and you’re going to stay
home where you belong. And another thing…you know who’s going
to comb my hair, iron my pants, polish my shoes and tie my tie?”

“I certainly do,” said his wife calmly, “The undertaker.”

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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, Miles at the Beach, in acrylic and gold leaf painted on a particle wood panel (cool, right?)  This is by artist, Chris Lopez.

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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?  Indian Summer Designer Wear Bridal Dresses at Ensemble Karachi 2015.

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IDEA I LOVE

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Who can’t use another method for storing your spools of thread!  Of course, my board would be full of Aurifil, I guess you could hang thread on yours! Here’s how you make one:

http://planb.annaevers.com/en/diy-thread-hanger/ 

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VISIT ME 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 9In 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 startingtolook 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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Why not crochet up basket of pretty carrots?  Just in time for Easter, these beauties can really make a table setting shine, puts you in a springy mood, and are perfect for decorating your house. Here’s the pattern for making your own batch of carrots:

http://messyla.typepad.com/messyla-blog/2015/03/a-bunch-of-crochet-carrots.html 

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YUMMY DISH!

CHEETOS CHICKEN

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Crunchy Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks (or any other Brand)
  • parmesan cheese, grated
  • flour
  • salt
  • egg
  • water
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HEREhttp://www.food.com/recipe/cheetos-chicken-262458

 

IDEA I LOVE

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Nothing is as comfortable as a giant pair of cotton boxer shorts to wear as you run around the house.   Of course, I would need 3 yards of fabric to make a pair for myself, but you might do well with just using a couple of fat quarters. Here’s how you make them:

http://www.ehow.com/info_12340439_make-easy-womens-boxer-shorts-with-pattern.html

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

ENGLISH ROSE GIN MARTINI

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Ingredients:

  •  gin
  • dry vermouth
  • apricot brandy
  • lemon juice
  • grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry

For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://cocktails.about.com/od/cocktailrecipes/r/englsh_rse.htm

 

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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!

Men’s High Heels through the Ages

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IDEA I LOVE

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Hand paint your fabric then sew together this painted meditation pouf. Look, you do not need to be able meditator  in order to enjoy this giant pillow that you design with your own hand. Take a look at how this is created:

 http://vickiodell.com/make-hand-painted-meditation-pouf/#sthash.KR8GA4Jz.dpbs

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 IDEA I LOVE

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 I don’t know anyone who still hangs their laundry out to dry, but this peg bag sewing project has me wanting to run out to the snow-covered lawn and start stretching laundry rope from tree to tree to tree. I love the little appliqué embellishment on this piece. Here’s how you make one:

http://ideas.stitchcraftcreate.co.uk/mothers-day-gifts-peg-bag-sewing-project/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

BASIC BEER-CHEESE BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

olive oil
yellow onion
black pepper
garlic
flour
sugar
baking powder
salt
Monterey Jack cheese
lager-style beer (such as Budweiser)
Cooking spray
butter
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 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/basic-beer-cheese-bread

MEMBA?

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CUPCAKES!

APPLE BUTTER CUPCAKES WITH FLUFFY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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Ingredients: 

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground ginger
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • apple butter
  • milk

***Cream Cheese Frosting***

  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://southernfood.about.com/od/cupcakerecipes/r/apple-butter-cupcakes.htm

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 JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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Vintage Scaasi Party Dress ~ Vintage 80s Polka Dot Prom Dress ~ 1980s Amazing Pink Polka Dotted Party Dress

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Don’t wait until the last-minute to decoupage your Easter eggs!  This is a simple tutorial for getting some big bang for your egg-buying buck.   Have some fun and fill glass vases with dozens of pretty, colorful eggs. Start here:

 http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2015/03/13/decoupageeggs/

 

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BE DAZZLED!

 Van Cleef & Arpels Carnelian Alhambra Gold Necklace, $16,500

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Boasting a stylish 18k Yellow Gold design and a strong showing of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic floral motif, this Carnelian Necklace is something truly special. Van Cleef & Arpels has extremely high standards when it comes to Carnelian, scouring the specific region of Idar-Oberstein in Germany as well as rural Brazil in order to source only the best quality possible of this precious material. The results of that hard work are evident the moment one admires the deep red hues of this fashionable Necklace; it is, quite simply, astonishing!

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This is a great quilt to celebrate spring! Not only are tulips my favorite spring flower, but the little birds sewn into the blocks just make this quilt  for me. Here’s the pattern:

https://allspiceabounds.wordpress.com/tag/tulip-quilt/ 

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SHOEspiration

Shoes by Carolin Holzhuber

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‘Conjoined Illusion’ is based on reflection, mirroring, visual illusions and conjoined twins. Every pair of shoes consists of four carbon fibre soles that are connected, conjoined in different ways.

GARDENspiration

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It won’t take you long to make this DIY clay wind charm for your garden. I love a wind charm. Here are the directions:

 http://www.designsponge.com/2015/03/diy-clay-wind-charm.html

 
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IDEA I LOVE

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I need to start adding baked potatoes into my diet like I need another 50 pounds on my butt. I do, however, like this tutorial for a how to sew a microwave potato bag. Make a few as gifts:

http://www.patchworkposse.com/how-to-sew-a-microwave-potato-bag/ 

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MUST HAVE

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This flannel design wall really rocks and I urge each of you to grab several yards of it. You won’t be sorry.

Grey Design Wall Flannel Fabric:  100% cotton, 44″ wide.  Minimum quantity 1-yard;. 2 yards recommended.

https://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=514 

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IDEA I LOVE

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If you love your doodles and would like to learn the art of repeating your pattern (such as for fabric design), then you will love this tutorial. Give it a shot. Start here:

http://www.thejungalow.com/2015/02/repeating-pattern-tutorial.html 

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DESSERT!

MAPLE SHOOFLY PIE

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 This classic Pennsylvania Dutch pie is usually made with molasses. Crown Maple pastry chef Jacob Griffin uses maple syrup instead for a less-intense version of this custardy two-tone pie.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

CRUST

  1. flour
  2. kosher salt
  3. unsalted butter
  4. ice water

FILLING

  1. flour
  2. maple sugar
  3. kosher salt
  4. pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A dark amber
  5. unsalted butter
  6. hot water
  7. baking soda
  8. unsulfured molasses
  9. eggs

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/maple-shoofly-pie

IDEA I LOVE

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Whip stitching bindings onto my quilt is one of my favorite things to do. As a matter of fact, if I could make a living just by putting on bindings I would be one happy man. Here is an example of the right way to hand sew your bindings:

http://www.purlbee.com/2015/03/15/slip-stitch/

SLOW STITCHING

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT PODCAST

JESSICA DARLING 

JESSICA DARLING is a designer, blogger, teacher, and freestyle battle rapper that specializes in fresh talk on modern quilts.  I had the chance to meet and talk with Jessica in Portland, Oregon, and was blown away by her energy, honesty, and transparency.  If she’s an example what the future of patchwork and stitching is about, then count me in for the long haul (as though it’s not been long enough already).  I love how she plays with intentional stitching and am so impressed by her courage to say what most professionals in the industry will not when it comes to creating fast and easy quilts.

You can follow Jessica at www.jessicakdarling.com

Listen to her Slow Stitching Movement podcast at: http://www.slowstitching.com/podcasts.html

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Jessica’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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IDEA I LOVE

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A sewing machine, bits of canvas, and a little paint will have you well on your way to creating these colorful canvas containers. Here’s how you make them:

http://makezine.com/craft/flashback-colorful-canvas-containers/

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MARK’S IN ALBANY, NY!

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APRIL 17 & 18, 2015

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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!
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3 Comments on “Make a DIY Thread Hanger! Crochet a Cute Bunch of Carrots! Whip Up a Pair of Comfy Boxers! Hand Paint a Meditation Pouf! Appliqué a Retro Clothes Pin Bag! Piece a Tulip Quilt Beauty! Make DIY Clay Garden Chimes! Sew a Microwave Baked Potato Bag! The Right Way to Whip Stitch Your Binding! Create Painted Canvas Bowls! Learn How To Repeat a Pattern! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Paule-Marie
    March 19, 2015 at 12:36 AM #

    I hang my wash still. in fact, I have my mother in law’s clothespin bag. It’s shaped like a dress with trim on it. too cute.

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  2. March 19, 2015 at 8:58 AM #

    Hey Mark!
    I think you have a wrong link for the binding…..it just takes me to the repeating design! I need to learn to sew a better binding, if there is no link, I would hire you to do it!!!!!! You probably could make a living sewing the binding from me!!!LOL!!!!! thanks for the fab blog ideas-I always come away learning new stuff!!!!!
    suzie s

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    • March 19, 2015 at 12:02 PM #

      Thanks for catching that. It has been repaired. I’m just good looks, not brains, you know . . . xoxom

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