Crochet a Rippling Trellis Afghan! Create a Fresh Lavender Wreath! Paint Your Nails Perfectly! DIY Cyanotype Fabric! Hosting a Proper Tea! Grow an Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine! How to Make a Cute Kitty Pincushion! Make a Drunkard’s Path Table Runner in 120-Minutes! Piece Floor Pillows from Jelly Rolls! Paper-Piece a Graphic Carry All! Try Your Hand at Pyrography on Wooden Pencils! Create Easy Rope Coasters! Sew a Reading Pocket Pillow! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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A butcher is leaning on the counter toward the close of day when a dog with a basket in its jaws comes pushing through the door.

“An’ wot’s this then? ” he asked. The dog knocks the basket sharply into the butcher’s shins. “You dumb dog. ” As he reaches down to smack the dog, he notices a note and a ten-dollar bill in the basket. The scribble on the note asks for three pounds of his best ground beef.  The butcher figures this is too easy. He goes to the window and reaches for the dried up stuff that’s been sitting out all day. The dog growls at him. The butcher turns around and, glaring at the pup, gets the best mince from the fridge.

Weighing out about 2 1/2 pounds, he drops in on the scale with his thumb. “Hmmmmm, a bit shy. Who’ll know? “Again, the dog growls menacingly. “Alright, alright,” as he throws on a generous half pound. He wraps it out, drops it in the basket, and drops in change from a five. The dog threatens to chew him off at the ankles. Another five goes in the basket. The butcher is quite impressed and decides to follow the piddy pup home. The dog quickly enters a high-rise buildings, pushes the lift button, enters the elevator , and then pushes the button for the 12th floor. The dog walks down the corridor and smartly bangs the basket on the door. The door opens, and the dog’s owner screams at the dog.

“Hey, what are you doing? That’s a really smart dog you’ve got there,” comments the butcher.

“He’s a stupid dog–that’s the third time this week he’s forgotten his key.”

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 Russian artist, Konstantin Somov.  Self portrait.

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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 Palm and World Islands, Dubai

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IDEA I LOVE

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This is an interesting stitch for an afghan.  It’s called the Rippling Trellis blanket.  C’mon, you can do it. Think of how cozy you’ll be in the file.  Here’s the pattern:

 http://rescuedpaw.com/post/118127093578/rippling-trellis-crochet-blanket#.VW4iAc7-rwM

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GARDENspiration

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I love the lavender that grows around Pickle Road.  Now it’s time to make this easy lavender wreath. I’ll bet it would dry really well, too.  I have to make one of these.  I think it’s beautiful and I can smell it already!  Start here to make your own:

http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2015/05/how-to-make-lavender-wreath.html 

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ON THE NEWSSTANDS NOW

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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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Take 40% Off at Interweave with Offer Code FFSUMMER40

YUMMY DISH!

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • cornstarch
  • lower-sodium soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • sugar
  • ider vinegar
  • can  pineapple chunks
  • canola oil
  • minced ginger
  • bell pepper
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IDEA I LOVE

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Now that the sun is bright and strong, you might want to grab some fabric and try your hand at cyanotype printing.  Cyanotype is just a form of sun printing.  Give it a try.  Start here:

 http://www.fishandbull.com/diy-cyanotype-wall-hanging/

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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!

SWEET POTATO SODA BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • sweet potato
  • butter
  • spelt flour
  • baking powder
  • bicarbonate
  • salt
  • sugar
  • nutmeg
  • yogurt
  • milk
  • egg

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINK:  http://pleasepasstherecipe.com/2012/12/02/sweet-potato-soda-bread/

 

MEMBA?

Looking THROUGH your hand a fingers with a flashlight!  I LOVED that!

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COOKIES!

TEA CUP COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Vanilla sandwich cookie wafers
  • Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
  • Ice cream sugar cones
  • Circle pretzels
  • Chocolate frosting (chocolate pudding, chocolate ganache, etc.)
  • Chocolate or vanilla candy melts

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love the colored kitties and all you need is a little wool and some complimentary embroidery floss.  Here’s how you can make these pincushions for yourself and your friends.  Go for broke — choose some funky, whimsical colors!  Here’s how:

http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/how-to-make-cute-cat-pincushion.html 

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BE DAZZLED!

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I couldn’t find out anything about these rings (like the price or where to buy them), but I wanted share them with you.  Not all jewelry has to be serious!
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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Make this easy Drunkard’s Path table runner in a 120-minutes (that’s 2-hours, kids).  It’s an easy project, you just need to choose the right fabric combos.  Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/12/120-minute-gift-drunkards-path-table-runner.html 

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SHOEspiration

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IDEA I LOVE

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Yup, you can make these big floor pillows from Jelly Rolls.  Check out this site for instructions and a tutorial on how you can make these comfy pillows yourself:

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/07/jelly-roll-floor-pillows.html

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DESSERT!

STRAWBERRY-SUGAR BISCUIT TRIFLE

Serve a dish that’s as pretty as it is tasty. Layer Sugar Biscuits, brushed with orange liqueur, with strawberry halves and Trifle Custard in a large glass bowl. Garnish with mint leaves for an extra pop of Spring.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Sugar Biscuits:

1 (12-count) package frozen buttermilk biscuits
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar $
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ingredients: 
  • Sugar Biscuits (see above for ingredients)
  • orange liqueur or orange juice, divided
  • strawberries

Trifle Custard:

  • whipping cream
  • powdered sugar
  • strawberries, mint leaves

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-sugar-biscuit-trifle/print

MUST HAVE

COLD BREW INFUSION BOTTLE!

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MAKE YOUR OWN COLDBREW, AND TAKE IT WITH YOU!  $19.99

IDEA I LOVE

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Making these big hexies and appliquéing them onto a bag is a snap.  I think it would be really cool to use Katja Marek’s, The New Hexagon book tecnique and the FaceBook Millefiore Quilt-Along group.

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Once you master the gorgeous New Hexagons, visit this site to create the bag:  http://www.handsoccupied.com/2015/05/paper-piecing/ 

 

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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

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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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Some unfinished pencils and a wood burning set is all you need to create these very creative, super interesting pencils.  Go for it, cupcake.  Here’s how:

http://journeycreativity.blogspot.com/2015/04/pyrography-wooden-pencils.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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I get that these are not the most gorgeous coasters I’ve ever seen but I think that the way you make them is both fascinating and super graphic.  I’m wondering what else I could make/do using this rope coaster making technique?  Make a set of summer coasters following these instructions:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/01/easy-rope-coaster-diy.html 

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT

Guest Blogger, Lucie Dutton, Sewed Thousands of Squares and Learned a Lesson in Slowing Down

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READ ABOUT LUCIE’S JOURNEY HERE: https://theslowstitchingmovement.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/guest-blogger-lucie-dutton-sewed-thousands-of-squares-and-learned-a-lesson-in-slowing-down/

Blog Your Slow Stitching Movement Experience

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Talk about Slow Stitching

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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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All I have to do is pull out a book or turn on my Kindle and I’m out like a light.  Making a book-holding pillow is the perfect solution for me.  Howzaboutyou?   Make your own pocket pillow using this sewing pattern here:

 http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/05/pocket-pillow-sewing-pattern.html/

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2 Comments on “Crochet a Rippling Trellis Afghan! Create a Fresh Lavender Wreath! Paint Your Nails Perfectly! DIY Cyanotype Fabric! Hosting a Proper Tea! Grow an Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine! How to Make a Cute Kitty Pincushion! Make a Drunkard’s Path Table Runner in 120-Minutes! Piece Floor Pillows from Jelly Rolls! Paper-Piece a Graphic Carry All! Try Your Hand at Pyrography on Wooden Pencils! Create Easy Rope Coasters! Sew a Reading Pocket Pillow! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. June 3, 2015 at 12:42 PM #

    Love the shoes and the Hello Kitty ring. Just wish I had more time to do some of the design ideas. Pincushions are a great idea since our guild is having an auction/tea in October….. Thanks Mark – U r awesome

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  2. Barbara
    June 5, 2015 at 7:43 AM #

    Umm, here’s a better link for Hello Kity Bling: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/hello-kitty-diamond
    The rings aren’t exactly the same, but the metal is 18k white gold with diamonds and semiprecious stones.

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