Knot a Natural Rope Basket! Knit Mom a Mother’s Day Gift! Drool Over the Free Cathedral Stars Quilt Pattern! Craft a Starburst French Knot Pillow! Make an Amazing Apron from Up-cycled Potato Chip Bags! Embroidery a Monogramed Scissor Fob! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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Hi kids!  That’s for your patience while I’ve been on the road teaching and lecturing! I hate when I can’t regularly update this blog!  I will be back on the road in just about 6 days for several more weeks. I’ll update the blog as often as I can!  🙂  xooxm

YOKE DU YOUR

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Little Michael watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face.’ Why do you do that, Mummy?’ he asked

‘To make myself beautiful’, said his mother who then began removing the cream with a tissue
‘What’s the matter?’ asked little Michael, ‘Giving up?’

 

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?  Victory Unseen by J.C. Leyendecker

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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? Chrysler Building, New York City.

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IDEA I LOVE

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All you have to do to make this rope basket is knot and weave.  Easy, eh?   I love the look of this basket and wonder how large I can make one?  Here’s where we start:

 http://emmaruthjones.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tutorial-natural-rope-basket.html

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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 With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it might be time to take out your knitting needles and whip up this MOM pillow!  You know, even if you’re 354-years-old, your mom will LOVE it and be so proud of your talent.  Start stitching, cupcake.  Start here:

http://www.weareknitters.com/blog/free-patterns/mothers-day-cushion/

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YUMMY DISH!

LOADED PEPPERONI PIZZA GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Onion
  • Bell peppers
  • Portabella Mushrooms
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Thick cut bread
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • Land o’Lakes Deli American Cheese

IDEA I LOVE

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I LOVE this french knot burst pillow. I guess you can use seed beads as well.  Wouldn’t that be cool?  Try it out.  Here’s how:

http://www.justcraftyenough.com/2015/04/iron-craft-15-challenge-8-french-knot-burst-pillow/ 

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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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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

PINA COLADA BANANA BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • bananas
  • brown sugar
  • sugar
  • egg
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • rum extract
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • pineapple tidbits
  • sweetened shredded coconut
Pineapple-Rum Glaze
  • powdered sugar
  • pineapple juice
  • rum extract
  • toasted coconut

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINK:  http://www.momontimeout.com/2015/04/pina-colada-banana-bread-recipe/

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COOKIES!

LEMON BUTTER COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • lemon zest
  • lemon juice
  • all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar

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FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.ateaspoonofhappiness.com/lemon-butter-cookies/

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IDEA I LOVE

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OF COURSE, you need an embroidered scissor fob.  Donjaloveit?   Here’s how to make your own:

http://www.minkikim.com/?p=2543 

BE DAZZLED!

French Emerald Ruby Diamond Platinum Brooch, $4,500

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Love this Quiltville creation, Cathedral Stars.  Here’s the pattern:

 http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/cathedral-stars.html

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SHOEspiration

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Sophia Webster’s Amazona Leather Flower Sandal, Orchid/Magenta, $795.00

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DESSERT!

GRAHAM STREUSEL COFFEE CAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

 

  • graham cracker crumbs
  • packed brown sugar
  • chopped pecans
  • ground cinnamon
  • butter
  • yellow cake mix (and ingredients called for on the package such as eggs and oil)
  • powdered sugar
  • milk

 

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2015/02/graham-streusel-coffee-cake.html#cShoivKu8gzQrvKF.99

IDEA I LOVE

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Too cute.  Here’s all you need to know for making this schweet lil pouch.  Check it out:

 http://www.minkikim.com/?p=2412

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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.

 

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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Every creative stitcher has an opinion.

Every creative stitcher is on their own unique journey.

Please share with the slow stitching community your personal slow journey, process, projects, thoughts, and opinions in a Slow Stitching Movement podcast.   

To schedule a podcast interview email:  slowstitching@slowstitching.com

Or telephone: (908) 876-1208

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IDEA I LOVE

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this apron made from potato chip bags!  I could probably make a dozen a week.  You?   Start here:

http://vickymyerscreations.co.uk/tutorial-2/recycled-crisp-packet-apron-diy/ 

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6 Comments on “Knot a Natural Rope Basket! Knit Mom a Mother’s Day Gift! Drool Over the Free Cathedral Stars Quilt Pattern! Craft a Starburst French Knot Pillow! Make an Amazing Apron from Up-cycled Potato Chip Bags! Embroidery a Monogramed Scissor Fob! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Rose Olmstead
    May 1, 2015 at 9:19 AM #

    Love your site and all the wonderful ideas. I know that you love the warmth of California but would you ever consider coming to western Canada… in the summer?? Would love to see you here creating and sewing!

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  2. Norma Chapin
    May 1, 2015 at 12:25 PM #

    I love reading your newsletter! Love the french knot pillow, and can’t believe they put radiation on the models face years ago, good grief

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  3. Stephanie
    May 3, 2015 at 1:40 PM #

    Where is that Cathedral? It’s lovely.

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  4. Martha Northway
    May 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM #

    Is the most recent blog?

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    • May 24, 2015 at 3:54 PM #

      Yup. I’ve been on the road work a month or more Finally getting home for two weeks today. I’m sitting in an airport as I type. Hope to get back to normal by Tuesday! xoxom

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