Sew a Self-Designed Hoodie! Whip Up a Beach Towel and Pillow Combo! Make a Cool Messenger Bag from Old Cargo Pants! Spruce Up Your Garden with a DIY Garden Umbrella Planter! Create a Cord Organizer from Your Favorite Fabrics! Piece an Idiot Proof Quilt! Craft a Glass Bead Votive or Vase! Stitch a Hexagon Needle Book! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

 

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There was a papa mole, a momma mole, and a baby mole. They lived in a hole out in the country near a farmhouse. Papa mole poked his head out of the hole and said, “Mmmm, I smell sausage!” Momma mole poked her head outside the hole and said, “Mmmm, I smell pancakes!” Baby mole tried to stick his head outside but couldn’t because of the two bigger moles. Baby mole said, “The only thing I smell is molasses.”

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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, Wayne Thiebaud ‘Powder with Puff’, 1966

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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?   Painted interior of the Tomb of Ahmad Shah Bahmani I, Bidar, ca. 1436.

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IDEA I LOVE

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So it’s a little hot right now for a hoodie but I think I want to make a giant-sized version of this for myself.  I can’t tell you how much I love the fabric choices out there to style my own version.  Check it out here:

 http://www.theboytrifecta.com/2011/09/oversized-hoodie-pattern.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Just in time for fun in the sun, roll up beach towel with a sewn in pillow.  Bliss and melanoma rolled into one! Start here:

 http://verydarkhorse.blogspot.com/2011/09/summer-series-project-2.html

YUMMY DISH!

SALMON BURGERS

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • red onion
  • fresh basil
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • salmon fillet, skinned and chopped
  • hot pepper sauce
  • egg
  • Cooking spray
  • focaccia

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/salmon-burgers-1


IDEA I LOVE

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I know where I’m headed today — the Goodwill to find an old pair of cargo pants.  How much do I love these bags?  Let me count the  …  oh, hell, I love them 45,000 ways!  Here’s how you make one:

 http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/01/tutorial-messenger-bag-from-cargo-pants.html

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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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GARDENSPIRATION

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It’s an umbrella holder!  It’s a planter!  It’s an umbrella holder!  It’s a planter!  It’s an umbrella holder!  It’s a planter!   It’s BOTH!  Make one for your yard or patio starting here:

http://www.madebymarzipan.com/?tutorial=diy-patio-umbrella-stand-planter

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

TRIPLE-CHOCOLATE QUICK BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1-1/2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINK:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/triple-chocolate-quick-bread

MEMBA?

The 1980’s Wedding

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COOKIES!

S’MORES RICE KRISPIES TREATS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • miniature marshmallows
  • butter
  • Rice Krispies cereal
  • graham cracker crumbs
  • marshmallow creme
  • Hershey’s chocolate bars

IDEA I LOVE

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I so need one of these. I’m carrying my cords in a Disney Princess lunch bag right now and everything gets tangled.  Now, to choose the fabric from my stash …. something fabulous, of course!  Here’s the instructions for making your own:

http://www.liveitloveitmakeit.com/2014/09/makers-month-make-it-cable-cozy.html 

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BE DAZZLED!

This Sevan Biçakçi ring is made in 24-karat gold and sterling silver with more than 3,000 hand-set multicolored diamonds, 164 hand-set seed pearls, and one South Sea baroque pearl.bc705fef7c221f818a8f1752263d5899-1
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PATCHWORK, BABY!

 

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A moron could make this quilt.  You don’t even need to cut your fabric.  Check it out:

http://swimbikequilt.com/2011/08/storytime-squares-tips-tricks.html

SHOEspiration

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SIMONE ROCHA, 30MM PRINTED FAUX LEATHER DERBY SHOES 

$ 921.00

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DESSERT!

MAPLE CARAMEL BACON CRACK

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1 pkg Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://thedomesticrebel.com/2014/09/23/maple-caramel-bacon-crack/

IDEA I LOVE

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I love the look of these votives for the sitting outside at night or for a romantic evening inside, too. I think I might mix up the colors for some whimsey ….  Perfect for wedding  reception tables, too!   Start here:

 http://momluck.com/dollar-store-crafts-glass-bead-vase/

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JUNE 12 & 13

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Pieceful Quilting
4468 Middle Country Road
Calverton Commons
Calverton, NY 11933 

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PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop
CLASS: Stars & Stripes Quilts of Valor

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JUNE 19 & 20

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Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild
PO Box 30247
Elkins Park, PA 19027

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PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop
CLASS: Throw Me a Curve Mystery Quilt

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 JUNE 27 & 28

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Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204
609-898-2300 

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PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop

IDEA I LOVE

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Who can’t use another needle book?  OK ridiculous question. I have too many already…but I do like this concept.  Now play wit the hexies a little and create your own version.   Here’s how to make this basic pattern:

 http://mythreesonsknit.blogspot.com/2010/05/hexagon-needle-book-tutorial_1452.html

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13 Comments on “Sew a Self-Designed Hoodie! Whip Up a Beach Towel and Pillow Combo! Make a Cool Messenger Bag from Old Cargo Pants! Spruce Up Your Garden with a DIY Garden Umbrella Planter! Create a Cord Organizer from Your Favorite Fabrics! Piece an Idiot Proof Quilt! Craft a Glass Bead Votive or Vase! Stitch a Hexagon Needle Book! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Melanie
    May 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM #

    Always love to see your posts. Those wedding dresses – scary how we thought they looked great at the time!

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  2. Kathryn Jones
    May 28, 2015 at 9:13 AM #

    Scott This site is one I used to enjoy for the creativity/quilting but he is “strange” and I just continue for the Joke at the beginning. This is definitely not for Saturday, but after taking a few minutes to “get it” I did get a chuckle. So, know that I am thinking of you!

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  3. May 28, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

    Love it – may make the candle holders for my mom’s house. And you always post the most interesting shoes and dresses. My favorite was the gold embroidered cocktail dress a few weeks ago. Thank you Mark for all the inspiration. Hugs.

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  4. Sally Maxwell
    May 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

    Mark, I love the diversity of your postings! Today, I took a second look at the painting “Powder with Puff.” I started to think about the rendering of the object to mimic 3 dimensions and the obviously 2 dimensional picture plane. How can I use that in my art? Very thought provoking…

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    • May 28, 2015 at 3:31 PM #

      How can you use the image? Contact the artist or owner of the piece. How can you mimic 3 dimensions and the 2 dimensional picture plane? I have no idea — that’s why they call it ‘art.’ LOL Love you, Sal gal! xoxom

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  5. Mary Pimentel-Wheeler
    May 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM #

    Hey Mark – had a great time in your Throw me a Curve class in Concord, and was surprised to see the pic of my quilt in progress (black, red & yellow chickens) on your blog page. I ended up making a bunch more curves out of the “leftover” pieces – which took a little arithmetic to get the right sized circle shape. I can’t wait to play with those in the final design too. I’ll send a pic when it’s done.

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    • May 29, 2015 at 9:33 AM #

      Oh!! Terrific about the leftover pieces. What’s the math (I can’t add 2+2) By the way, there was the same chicken fabric in Santa Rosa in a student chose for The Lemon Cathedral workshop! LOL Laurie and I thought of you IMMEDIATELY!
      xooxm

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      • Mary Pimentel-Wheeler
        May 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM #

        Mark – I’m not that great at math either, but deduced this from observing how the A and B template pieces fit together. I traced the B piece template and add a 1/4 inch seam allowance to all three sides. So what was the CUTTING line on the exiting B template became the SEWING line on the new “C” template Does that make sense? It seemed to work just fine, and now I have a bunch more blocks to play with. Yay!

        I’d love to see how the Cathedral Chickens turned out! I fell in love with the colors and graphic nature of the design before I realized they were chickens….

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  6. Shari Rich
    May 29, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

    I always love your posts! My brain works on fast forward afterwards, with ideas tumbling out, you are so good for us!! Thanks for being you!

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  7. May 29, 2015 at 12:32 PM #

    Mark, I love your blog. I think I have followed it since the beginning or close to. Always interesting content, fun things to try and laughter.

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  8. May 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    Hey Mark, am enjoying your blog. I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful Throw Me a Curve Mystery quilt workshop in Santa Rosa last week. I have never gotten so much accomplished in one class, learned so much, or laughed so hard!! Thank you again. I loved your idea of the clam shell binding but the thought of cutting out all those circles gives me headaches! Wish I had a diecut machine!! I probably won’t take that much time to do it. Oh well.

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