Make a Table Runner Trivet! Try a Naked Whipped Body Butter Recipe! Keep Bugs Away From Your Campfire! Sew a Chic Butterfly Mug Bag! Stir Up a Beach House Cosmo! Craft Glass Flowers From Old Plates! How to Weave Brown Paper Baskets! Piece a Curvy Sheildmaiden Quilt! DIY a Driftwood Planter! Create a Coffee Cup Sleeve! Make a Set of Picnic Placemats! Sew an Easy Terrycloth Soap Pouch! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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Every morning a man passes a house in his street and every morning he sees a woman in her front garden beating her husband over the head with a French loaf. This goes on for months until one morning he passes the house and sees the woman is beating her husband with a large éclair. Later that day he meets the woman in the street. ‘Aren’t you the woman who beats her husband with a French loaf?’ asks the man. ‘Only, today, I could have sworn you were hitting him with a big cake.’ ‘Oh, I was,’ replies the woman. ‘Today is his birthday.’

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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? Jeanne Mammen captured the powerful and sensual aspects of women during Weimar era Germany.

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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?  Wallpaper I spotted in a room of a condo Mr. Electric and I looked at yesterday.  I see many appliqué elements in this dated paper.

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ON THE NEWSSTANDS

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Not to brag … OK, to brag . . .  I have two different articles in two different magazines this month!  McCall’s Quilting and Quilting Arts magazines.

Order your copies of Quilting Arts and McCall’s Quilting by clicking on the links here:

http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Purchase_McCalls_Quilting_July_August_2015

http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting-arts-magazine-june-july-2015

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IDEA I LOVE

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Not only is this an easy table runner to put together, this little masterpiece can be used as a hot dish trivet because of what’s inside.  Here’s how you make one:

http://theinspiredwren.blogspot.com/2014/11/table-runner-trivet-tutorial.html 

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Here’s a tip:  Adding sage to your campfire or fire pit keeps mosquitoes and bugs away. Good to know for an outdoor fire pit!

YUMMY DISH!

THE BEST SPICY SHRIMP PASTA

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Ingredients: 

  • medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • kosher salt
  • crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • olive oil
  • yellow onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • Anaheim or Cubanelle pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • garlic, minced
  • dry white wine
  • diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil leaves
  • ]tomato paste
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • spaghetti or linguine, cooked

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For the Full Recipe Click Here: 

http://everydaydishes.com/simple-food-recipes/best-spicy-shrimp-pasta/

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To be honest, I hate the appliquéd butterfly on the flap of this cute little mug bag, but I LOVE the mug bag and the entire concept of a mug bag. Pack up your mug, your teabags or sweetener packets in your lil carryall and the world will be good.  Here’s the tutorial:

 http://www.red-brolly.com/2012/09/chic-butterfly-mugbag/

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Fainted when I saw this and inspired by my buddy, Julie Balzer.  Isn’t it time you make a little handmade art?   Take a look:

http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2014/07/embroidery-update.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=handmadeart

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG

BEACH HOUSE COSMOS

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Ingredients:

limeade
vodka
cranberry juice
triple sec
lime slices

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For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.recipegirl.com/2014/07/18/beach-house-cosmos/

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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!

Martin Tomsky  is the artist behind the laser cut wood art you see below, they are created using layers of laser cut, stained plywood. Each piece is hand made and combines illustration with sculpture perfectly.

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IDEA I LOVE

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Using old glassware, decorate your garden or you home with these whimsical (and breakable) flowers.  What a nice touch to a planter or table.  Check out how to create a glass bouquet of your own:

http://coolbuzz.in/using-recycled-glass-to-make-flowers-diy-glass-flowers/ 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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REST IN PEACE 

MICHAEL KOCZAN   Age 54, of Green Tree, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Beloved son of Michael George and the late Loretta A. (DeRose) Koczan; dear brother of Paula A., Robert A., and Mary Koczan; loving uncle of Brendan Dazen, Megan Jones, Shane Dazen, Robert A. Koczan, Jr., Garrett Koczan and Nicole Koczan; nephew of Joseph DeRose and Jeanette Koczan; best friend of his beloved Rottweiler, Rex. Michael fought a long battle with Polycystic kidney and heart disease. He loved music, was an avid Pirates fan and served two years at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 2nd Squadron/1st Cav. Blackhawks.

Michael is my cousin, who like my his mother and my mother (both who died from Polycystic Kidney Disease), and myself, suffered with this hereditary disease.  He was unable to find a transplant.

As always, THANK YOU to Mary Eichler whose selflessness literally saved my life through the donation of her kidney. 

IDEA I LOVE

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I’m loving these paper bag baskets (especially the crumpled one in the back).  No more plastic at the grocery — ask for paper instead and weave until your heart’s content and your family tires of your OCD paper folding!  Start here:

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Paper-Bag-Baskets-30999537 

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

LEMON, ROSEMARY & THYME FOCCACCIA

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

For the dough:

  • active dry yeast*
  • whole milk
  • brown sugar
  • olive oil
  • flour
  •  salt
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh thyme
  • lemon zest

For the herb drizzle:

  • olive oil
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh thyme
  • red pepper flakes
  • lemon
  • sea salt

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MEMBA?

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COOKIES!

VANILLA BEAN SHORTBREAD CELEBRATION COOKIES

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Ingredients:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • purpose flour
  • corn starch
  • salt
  • vanilla bean paste*
  • Vanilla Buttercream
  • butter, at room temperature
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla bean paste*
  • almond extract
  • half and half

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2013/08/vanilla-bean-shortbread-cookies/

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JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON

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Iconic  1990 Thierry Mugler Rainbow Wool Skirt Suit, $6,451.77

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Who wouldn’t want to make this sweet lil’ pouch for your bath and shower soap?  Once you finish that task, find yourself some hottie to soap up!   Here’s how you make the pouch (not how to get the hottie — you’re on your own for that):

http://www.whimsy-love.com/2012/04/diy-soap-pouch.html 

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BE DAZZLED!

Mid Victorian Peridot Burma Ruby Diamond Corsage Brooch, $19,750

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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 Gather your scraps and start your curved piecing, cupcake, because this is one cute quilt!  Here’s the free pattern:

http://felice-regina.com/downloads/shieldmaiden-quilt-pattern.pdf

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SHOEspiration

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GREAT FOR KILLING . . .

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GARDENspiration

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While you’re on the beach this summer, pick up an interesting piece of driftwood, take it home, and begin your succulent planter!  What a terrific look.   Here’s how:

http://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/diy-driftwood-planter-succulents/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love these patio placemats!  Not only does it dress up your outdoor eating, your plates and utensils won’t blow away!  Here’s the tutorial:

 http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2012/07/patio-place-mat-tutorial.html

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Patio Placemat

MUST HAVE

Rainbow Keyboard Stickers for MacBook Pro 13, 15, 17 and MacBook Air 13″,  $10.99

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IDEA I LOVE

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I use a coffee cup sleeve for hot and cold drinks (on cold drinks it controls the condensation drops from hitting your table tops).  Here’s a pattern for a coffee cup sleeve that you can whip up in minutes:

http://craftystaci.com/2011/01/10/reversible-coffee-cup-sleeves/ 

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DESSERT!

S’MORES CHEESECAKE 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Crust
graham cracker crumbs
butter
sugar
Cheesecake filling
cream cheese
sugar
flour
cocoa
eggs
sour cream
vanilla extract
mini marshmallows
hot fudge topping
marshmallows
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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/07/21/smores-cheesecake/

 IDEA I LOVE

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I know we’re a little behind, but I love the idea of learning how to crochet different stitches during the year while completing a sampler afghan!  Don’t worry, you can catch up.  Start here:

http://theinspiredwren.blogspot.com/2015/05/square-5-crochet-along-afghan-sampler.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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These little spool “cars” are the bomb.  I can’t think of a better guild activity, that includes making your ‘car’ and then racing to see who wins the evening’s prize!  Here’s how you make them:

http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/HOW-TO-MAKE-A-WOODEN-SPOOL-RACE-CAR

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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 

COLDSPRING
PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop

IDEA I LOVE

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Treat yourself to naked wonderment as you slather on mega handfuls of this Naked Whipped Body Butter [Parkay!].  Find the recipe here:

Materials:
coconut oil
mango butter

http://woodsofbelltrees.com/naked-whipped-body-butter/

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  1. May 31, 2015 at 3:50 PM #

    Another fabulous offering. With the driftwood, be advised that some cities will give you a ticket even if you take a broken shell off the beach. My home town of Laguna states it on all their signage that nothing is to be taken from the beach – shells, rocks, pieces of wood, etc. Only your trash can be removed…..
    Those shoes are great and I love the brooch……. Thanks again Mark.

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  2. Anita
    May 31, 2015 at 5:55 PM #

    I had forgotten how much I enjoyed your blog. Read your article in McCalls Quilting yesterday. Enjoyed that too. Hope all is well..

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  3. May 31, 2015 at 6:26 PM #

    mark, i’m sorry for the loss of your cousin, michael. may your memories help you accept his passing knowing that he is in no pain. take care. patti in florida

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  4. Machelle
    June 1, 2015 at 4:22 AM #

    Congratulations on you magazine articles! Good luck on the downsizing(will “flat mark” be going? Lol ) I always enjoy this blog! Will continue to share/refer people here 🙂 On a serious note, so sorry for your family’s loss of your young cousin.

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  5. cjroubaix
    June 1, 2015 at 10:04 AM #

    Wonderful post, so many great ideas I’ll need to add hours to my day.
    Thinking warm and positive thoughts for you on the passing of your cousin Michael. I am so grateful for “Kidney Mary” and her gift of you for all of us!
    Be well friend.

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  6. June 1, 2015 at 6:46 PM #

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and prayers for comfort and peace. ❤

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