Learn Bobble Stitch Crochet! Piece a PLUS SIGN Quilt! Craft a Lop Eared Sock Bunny! Make Graphic Easter Eggs! DIY a Spring Wreath! Sew a Ruffly Dish Towel! Decorate an Easter Egg Tree! Piece a Giant Tote! Kitchen Dishes Cross Stitch! Make a Simple Mesh Bag! Pick a Bunch of Crafty Carrots! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

 

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Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: “First Question: Which tire was flat?”

 

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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?   painted by Ron Griswold. 

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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? Castle Coch, near Cardiff.

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This kitchen dish towel is so cute you’ll have to make a dozen (for yourself and as hostess, shower, and house warming gifts).  The hearts and ruffles just make this such a happy accent for any kitchen.  Make yours, starting here:

 http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/01/shabby-hearts-and-ruffles-dish-towel/

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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 arestartingtolook 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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You gotta love this Pottery Barn inspired tote.  It will hold everything you need to carry and then some!  Love the side pockets (although I might add a tad o’velcro to secure them shut, otherwise my junk will be flying all over the damn place).  Here’s how you make one:

 http://kojo-designs.com/2011/04/sincerest-form-of-flattery-guest-tutorial-pottery-barn-inspired-tote-by-creation-corner/

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YUMMY DISH!

EASY CHICKEN FAJITA CASSEROLE

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INGREDIENTS:

 

  • skinless chicken breasts
  • onion
  • green pepper
  • Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita Kraft Recipe Makers
  • flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love this shirt up-cycle to make a little tomato pincushion. I know it’s early, but this is a great Secret Santa or Secret Pal (do they still do that?) gift.  Easy to make, inexpensive, and useful, too!   Here’s how you make one:

 http://blah-to-tada.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post.html

 

SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

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Ingredients:

  • blackberries
  •  Simple Lemon Syrup 
  • Bushmills Irish Whiskey (hell, maybe I’ll just have the whiskey)
  • Crushed Ice

For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.kleinworthco.com/2014/03/blushing-whiskey-sour.html/2

 

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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!

FAIRY GARDENS

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Cute and easy kitchen dishes cross stitch patterns that can be done up in any color (just be hyper mindful of the value and tone of the floss colors you choose).  Why not pick up some linen and give one a whirl?   Here’s the pattern:

http://free-cross-stitch.rucniprace.cz/kitchen-dishes-cross-stitch.php

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 IDEA I LOVE

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Cool, cool, cool!   Here’s a tutorial for making this simple mesh bag.  I think I might have to make one for my dirty clothes while on the road.  I hate mixing my soiled with my clean.   Speaking of on the road — if you want to book me for lectures and/or classes in 2016, you better contact me FAST. I’m filling up!  I still have a few dates I can squeeze in for the end of 2015.   Here’s the tutorial:

 http://theinspiredwren.blogspot.com/2014/07/tutorial-simple-mesh-bag.html

 

MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

BRAIDED PESTO BREAD 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Loaf:
water
dry yeast
granulated sugar
flour
white whole wheat flour
sea salt
Parmesan cheese

Pesto:
fresh basil
garlic
Parmesan
olive oil

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 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/braided-pesto-bread-recipe/
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COOKIES!

CARMELITAS

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Ingredients: 

caramel squares
heavy cream
butter, melted
brown sugar
flour
rolled oats
baking soda
semisweet chocolate chips

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2012/11/carmelitas.html

 

 JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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This evening ensemble is an early example of Hanae Mori’s work. Here she uses two types of fabric printed with the same motif to create a shadow effect. The cape sleeves are reminiscent of the extended sleeves of the furisode, a formal kimono style worn by young, unmarried women.   

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Easter is SOON!  Here’s a lop eared bunny that you make from a sock!  I’ve got to hit the Dollar Store today to find some fabulous socks to use!   Start here:

 http://www.craftpassion.com/2014/03/sock-bunny-lop-eared.html

 

BE DAZZLED!

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A very rare Georgian diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire giardinetti ring. An important piece, set with an oval old mine diamond in a closed back silver cutdown setting. Yellow gold and silver, circa 1760. $37,206.87

PATCHWORK, BABY!

 

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 Here’s the recipe for a cute little “Plus Sign” quilt.  Easy to make from simple squares and rectangles.  (a great ‘thinking of you’ gift).

http://fortheloveofgeorge.com.au/archive/plus-quilt-in-progress/

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SHOEspiration

ALEXANDER WANG, CARLA WOVEN PUMP, $595

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love the crocheted bobble stitch … now you can, too!   Start here to learn this new stitch:

http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/bobble-stitch-crochet.html 

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Cheap plastic eggs, a styrofoam tree form and some Easter “straw” can produce these cute Easter Egg Trees lickity split!  Make several in large and small and group them on your dinner table as a centerpiece!  Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.sweetfloweret.com/2011/03/easter-egg-tree-tutorial.html 

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MUST HAVE

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Don’t make it, BUY IT!  I know just the person who needs this little Fairy Garden “Glamper”  (Glamorous + Camper) as much as I do!  Here’s where to get yours:

 http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_790_2332_1665-35779-vintageinspired_fairy_garden_camper.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=fairy+garden+camper&pp=0

 

IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s how to make a gaggle of decorative mesh carrots for your door or Easter table:

http://blog.mardigrasoutlet.com/2012/03/how-to-make-deco-mesh-carrots.html 

 

DESSERT!

CHERRY PIE CRUMBLE BARS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

For the Crust & Crumble Top Pastry

  • unbleached all-purpose flour, such as Gold Medal®
  • granulated organic cane sugar, such as Zulka®
  • baking powder
  • kosher or regular salt
  • unsalted butter
  • egg yolks
  • pure vanilla extract
  • pure almond extract
  • Shortening
  • For the Tart Cherry Pie Filling
  • Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling, by Wicked Good Kitchen™

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/cherry-pie-crumble-bars-gluten-free-option/Cherry-Pie-Crumble-Bars

IDEA I LOVE

 

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I haven’t made a frilly spring door wreath since my last home, but I do like this flowery one.  Easy enough to make with Dollar Store flowers and embellishments, you can get started on yours today!  Start here:

http://howtonestforless.com/2012/03/20/spring-wreath-time/ 

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….

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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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Love the idea of these modern decorated eggs!  Not so difficult to make, either.  Give it a shot:

http://neuerstoff.knobz.de/osterdekoration-in-schwarz-und-weiss-netzei-diy 

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MARK’S IN ALBANY, NY!

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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!
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Phone: 518-399-0128
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2 Comments on “Learn Bobble Stitch Crochet! Piece a PLUS SIGN Quilt! Craft a Lop Eared Sock Bunny! Make Graphic Easter Eggs! DIY a Spring Wreath! Sew a Ruffly Dish Towel! Decorate an Easter Egg Tree! Piece a Giant Tote! Kitchen Dishes Cross Stitch! Make a Simple Mesh Bag! Pick a Bunch of Crafty Carrots! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. March 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

    Thanks Mark! SO much inspiration in one package! I hardly know where to start. The kitchen towel for sure, and the fairy garden is a must (as soon as warmer weather arrives) with my almost 4 year old granddaughter who wants to be a fairy when she grows up. And so much more. Thank you so much!

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  2. Ellen
    March 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM #

    Thanks Mark, your. Site is wonderful! I look forward to all your emails.

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