Sew a Patchwork Journal Cover! Piece a Big Block Modern Quilt! DIY Thread Holder! Pom Pom Your Crocheted Edges! Make a Simple Travel Kit! Air Dry Sleek Clay Pots! Embroider a Cute Kitty Bread Cloth! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

 

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A little girl and her mother are at church when the little girl starts to feel sick. Her mother tells her to go throw up in the bushes behind the church.

When the little girl returns, her mother asks her if she threw up.

“Yes,” the girl says. “But I didn’t have to go all the way around the back. There was a box near the front door that said ‘For the Sick.'”

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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?  By artist and painter, Thomas Nozkowski.

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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?   The blue-tiled floor of the restaurant Maritim Barcelona features a mix of patterns.

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IDEA I LOVE

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If you’re now a convert to the Slow Stitching morning pages, then this is a project you’re going to want to dive into.  I love this patchwork book cover that’s pretty easy to make!  Start here:

 http://radianthomestudio.com/quilted-sketchbook-cover-tutorial/?lang=en&utm_campaign=SendToFriend&uid=48338233&utm_content=article&utm_source=email&part=sendtofriend&utm_medium=flipboard.sendtofriend.article&position=0&china_variant=False

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IDEA I LOVE

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Sometimes a sewer gotta do what a sewer gotta do … and I gotta do this cool craft store plaque spool holder.  Why not make one for yourself?   Here’s how:

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YUMMY DISH!

EASY TATER TOT FUSION TACOS

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • flour tortillas,
  • black beans
  • cayenne
  • cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • tater tots
  • red bell pepper & green onions

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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A simple washcloth and a dream can create this really super handy DIY washcloth travel kit!  Here’s how you make one:

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/diy-washcloth-travel-kit

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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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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

BROWN SODA BREAD

Whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and steel-cut oats (also called Irish oatmeal)make this a super-healthy interpretation of the classic Irish bread

 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Cooking spray
  • whole-wheat flour
  • all-purpose flour
  • steel-cut oats
  • brown sugar
  • wheat germ
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  •  low-fat buttermilk
  • egg

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINK:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/brown-soda-bread-0

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Pudding Snack Packs!

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COOKIES!

LEMON DROP COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ lemon cake mix
  • orange-flavored liqueur
  • citrus-flavored vodka
  • vegetable oil
  • egg
  • powdered sugar
  • orange-flavored liqueur
FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://eclecticrecipes.com/lemon-drop-cookies

 

IDEA I LOVE

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Every good piece of fiber art has a fab-o element that makes one stop and ponder.  This crocheted pom pom edge tutorial will help you take your next crochet project to the next level.  Learn how to pom pom here:

http://onceuponapinkmoon.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/pom-pom-edge.html?lang=en&utm_campaign=SendToFriend&uid=48338233&utm_content=article&utm_source=email&part=sendtofriend&utm_medium=flipboard.sendtofriend.article&position=0&china_variant=False

 

BE DAZZLED!

VINTAGE 1960’S Italian Micro Mosaic Floral Bracelet. Brass link bracelet with micro mosaic glass pieces hand-set in a floral design. $219.00
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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Yeah, I know, it’s another modern big block quilt … but sometimes we just HAVE to make fast and simple patchwork.  I like this Simple Stripes quilt from Diary of a Quilter’s blog.  Here’s how you make it:

 http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2011/06/simple-stripes-quilt-tutorial.html

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THIS WEEKEND!

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NEW LECTURE JUST ADDED on SATURDAY!!!

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JOIN MARK’S SLOW STITCHING INTENSIVE! 

APRIL 17 & 18, 2015

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LECTURE:   THIS LECTURE IS STANDING ROOM ONLY 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:   THESE CLASSES ARE  SOLD OUT 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!

NEW LECTURE JUST ADDED!!!

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NEWLY ADDED LECTURE:  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.
19 Glenridge Rd
Glenville, NY 12302
Phone: 518-399-0128
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SHOEspiration

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SOPHIA WEBSTER, Flamingo PVC and patent leather sandals, $550

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DESSERT!

HONEY NUT & CREAM CHEESE BAKLAVA

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup spreadable honey nut cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (16 ounces, 14×9-inch sheets) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/honey-nut—cream-cheese-baklava/print#ixzz3XR2pjSE5

IDEA I LOVE

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Air dry clay around a can and you can create some very modern and pretty pots.  Start eating lots of soup, kids!  Here are the DIY  instructions:

 http://www.makery.uk/2015/04/diy-clay-wrapped-pots/

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BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN!

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http://www.nancysnotions.com/category/store/sewing+weekend.do 

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MAY 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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Slow LOGO
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 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.

McLEAN, VIRGINIA

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McLean Quilters Unlimited

There may be room for the lecture but there is a waiting list for the Throw Me a Curve class.

10 AM, Tuesday, April 28  CONTACT: Sherry Cowley at sbcowley26@yahoo.com

Fellowship Hall at the Mclean Baptist Church

1637 Chain Bridge Road

McLean, Virginia.

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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA

Moonlight Quilters Guild of Sonoma County 

May 20 and 23, 2015

Slow LOGO

LECTURE, Tuesday May 20:    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, Saturday May 23 – Simple Simon 

Santa Rosa Quilt Guild 

MAY  21 – 22, 2015

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LECTURE, Monday May 21:  BULL IN A CHINA SHOP LECTURE: 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.

Class, Tuesday May 22 – Lemon Cathedral

CONCORD, CALIFORNIA

Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County

May 18 – 19, 2015

Slow LOGO

LECTURE, Monday May 18: 

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, Tuesday May 19 – Throw Me a Curve Mystery Quilt

Anybody can duplicate someone else’s patchwork pattern. This class will teach you how to take any pattern and rework it so the design becomes 100% your own.  This easy quilt will allow you to learn the basics of “reworking” a pattern and learning to sew curves.

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The Slow Stitching Movement Getaway:           SPRING 2015 

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I do love embroidery .  . . and this bread cloth is so cute that I might have to bite the bullet and whip up a few.  Here’s everything you need to know:

http://wildolive.blogspot.com/search?q=bread+cloth 

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4 Comments on “Sew a Patchwork Journal Cover! Piece a Big Block Modern Quilt! DIY Thread Holder! Pom Pom Your Crocheted Edges! Make a Simple Travel Kit! Air Dry Sleek Clay Pots! Embroider a Cute Kitty Bread Cloth! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    April 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM #

    Melissa Gillbert! Easy one! And I do like that patchwork. One day I’m gonna do something like that (she says hopefully). And last comment: did you use that tile floor for one of your designs? It looks familiar.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

      Just found the tile floor design yesterday! 🙂 So, no . . . 😦

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      • Sally Maxwell
        April 16, 2015 at 10:56 AM #

        but it reinforces your point that you can find inspiration anywhere 😉

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  2. Machelle
    April 21, 2015 at 11:59 AM #

    Love the floor I find inspiration every where. Today en-route to looking up something else( as usual) I found a site online of a blogger who creates amazing art with a variety of media embroidery,cloth paper etc. any how, I thought you may like to check this out. Inspired me thought it may inspire others too. http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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