Sew a Doughnut Pincushion! How to Distress Your Jeans! Piece an Undies Block! Make a Pretty Grill Cover! Create Earbud Holders! Crochet a new Granny Square Blanket! Whip up a DIY Car Seat Protector! Upcycle Beautiful Citronella Candles from Wine Bottles! Quilt the ‘Making Ends Meet’ Pattern! Cement Memories in a Document Pillow! Easy Refrigerator Idea! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

 

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“A lady comes home from her doctor’s appointment grinning from ear to ear. Her husband asks, “Why are you so happy?”

The wife says, “The doctor told me that for a forty-five year old woman, I have the breasts of an eighteen year old.”

“Oh yeah?” quipped her husband, “What did he say about your forty-five year old ass?”

She said, “Your name never came up in the conversation.”

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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?  This is by artist, Hadieh Shafie, and called, “Spike 9”.  It’s made in  Ink, acrylic and paper with printed and handwritten Farsi text, “Eshgh” (Passionate Love)

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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? Cherub, Detail From Wall Painting, Pompeii por TyB en Flickr

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IDEA I LOVE

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If you are morning the passing of National Donut Day, then get to work on making this cutest of cute doughnut pincushion. Here’s how:

http://wrappedupinrainbows.blogspot.com/2015/04/doughnut-pin-cushion-tutorial.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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4th of July is right around the corner.  Whip up this Quick and Easy Bandana Wreath!  Show your Independence Pride!  Here’s how you make one for your door or wall:

http://craftsncoffee.com/2014/05/22/an-easy-patriotic-wreath-kids-or-anyone-can-make/

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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/

IDEA I LOVE

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Dress up your outdoor grill in the color and design choices that you get to make rather than drab black, blue, or gray! Here is an easy way to make your grill a pretty piece of outdoor art when it’s not in use:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-diy-grill-cover-132038

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YUMMY DISH!

EASY SINGAPORE MAI FUN

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Long popular in take-out menus, this curried noodle dish is a sure hit and ready in a snap–provided you have the ingredients prepped before you start. The leftovers are good cold, as well. You’ll find skinny rice noodles in the supermarket’s ethnic food section.

 INGREDIENTS:

  • skinny rice noodles (py mai fun)
  • fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • low-sodium soy sauce
  • sugar
  • salt
  • Cooking spray
  • peanut oil
  • egg
  • red bell pepper strips
  • grated peeled fresh ginger
  • crushed red pepper (I used green)
  • garlic
  • skinless, boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • curry powder
  • shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • slices green onions

FYI: I added a Tablespoon of fish sauce, used brown sugar, added much more curry

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/singapore-mai-fun#

IDEA I LOVE

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I get that these seat protectors are probably made for children, But if you would see the inside of my car you would know that I need a heavy-duty seat protector myself! Here’s a quick way to protect your seats in keep your car looking like new:

http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/06/diy-car-seat-protector.html/diy-car-seat-protector-2

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DRINK, CHUG-A! LUG CHUG-A-LUG!

ROSE SPRITZER

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  • Lemon slices
  • Peychaud’s bitters
  • St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • sparkling rosé

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http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/rose-spritzer?mbid=social_twitter

 

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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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Here is another excuse for you to drink all the wine you can handle until you have a collection of these really beautiful DIY wine bottle citronella candles that you make yourself. Here’s how:

http://hellonatural.co/diy-wine-bottle-citronella-candles/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

STRAWBERRY  BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  1. eggs
  2. sliced strawberries
  3. sugar
  4. cooking oil
  5. flour
  6. baking powder
  7. salt
  8. cinnamon
  9. baking soda

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINK: http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/2010/04/strawberry-bread.html

MEMBA?

 The Mock Apple Pie Recipe (notice the price: 47¢ for the box of Ritz!)

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 IDEA I LOVE!

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Update your old mom  jeans with the distressed look and become the envy of every teenager within a 30 mile radius! Up the ante and wear them to the mall so that you reach a wider audience. These are super cool and anyone with a seam ripper and rotary cutter can complete this looking a matter of seconds. Start here:

http://www.songofstyle.com/2015/06/diy-distressed-jeans.html

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 IDEA I LOVE!

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This undies block is adorable. I’m not sure I would want an entire quilt made from underwear blocks but it totally rocks as an accent block. Hey, What about a table runner? Kidding! Why not try a few blocks starting here:

http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewtakeahike/2014/03/undies.html

IDEA I LOVE!

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Fresh breath plus an earbud holder, is that so wrong? Watch the video and make a few earbud holders of your own:

JUST BECAUSE I SWOON!

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Chrome Hearts Tie Dye Suede Corset Lace Moto Jacket,$5,000

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COOKIES!

HOMEMADE GIRL SCOUT SAMOSAS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

butter
sugar
flour
baking powder
salt
vanilla extract
milk

Topping
shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
good-quality chewy caramels
salt
milk
dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

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IDEA I LOVE

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Grab your crochet hook and make this  granny square blanket in an unconventional design way. I like the black-and-white choice, but I think red and white or orange and white might be terrific, too. Here’s the pattern:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/03/how-to-make-granny-squares-and-a-blanket.html

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BE DAZZLED!

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1970s Cartier Yellow Enamel Citrine Diamond Gold Floral Pendant, $11,000

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This quilt is called MAKING ENDS MEET. I love the color choices but also think that this quilt would look terrific as a scrappy, stash buster. Here’s the pattern:

http://www.patchworktimes.com/2011/03/16/making-ends-meet-instructions-1/

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SHOEspiration

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TIP I LOVE! 

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Now, why didn’t I think of this? I think a Lazy Susan would work perfectly in the refrigerator, don’t you?

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DESSERT!

MY FAVORITE PEACH PIE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

For the crust:
flour
sugar
cold butter, cubed
cold water

For the filling:
frozen peaches, thawed*
vanilla extract
flour
corn starch
sugar
brown sugar
salt
butter

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/06/my-favorite-peach-pie.html

IDEA I LOVE

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Use an important document, memory, or even a ticket stub from a memorable concert to create these one-of-a-kind, very personal, pillows for your abode. Here’s how you do it:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2015/04/decorative-document-plush-pillows.html

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JUNE 12 & 13

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Pieceful Quilting
4468 Middle Country Road
Calverton Commons
East Northport, NY  

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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

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love cross stitching and I really love the simplicity of this pattern. Most of all I love that you don’t have to change colors every three stitches. Commit to a floss color that you love, pick up some linen (Aida cloth is for babies), and create this pretty little cross stitch pattern. Grab it here:

http://sewfrenchembroidery.blogspot.com/2015/05/redwork-roses-counted-cross-stitch.html

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4 Comments on “Sew a Doughnut Pincushion! How to Distress Your Jeans! Piece an Undies Block! Make a Pretty Grill Cover! Create Earbud Holders! Crochet a new Granny Square Blanket! Whip up a DIY Car Seat Protector! Upcycle Beautiful Citronella Candles from Wine Bottles! Quilt the ‘Making Ends Meet’ Pattern! Cement Memories in a Document Pillow! Easy Refrigerator Idea! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    June 7, 2015 at 10:28 AM #

    A couple of questions about cross stitch: since you’ve mentioned it before, why linen over Aida cloth? Fabric feel? Smaller weave? And I went to the tutorial, she starts at an edge but I always started at the center (but it’s been years since I could see to do cross stitch). Is that personal preference? Do you finish an “x” before you move on? I always did a row one direction and went back. Any benefit one way over another? Maybe a good reference would start me out again?

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    • June 7, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

      Linen has a better, prettier, more professional look. Aida is creepy and hard and isn’t a great look. For this project, and projects using only one color (and not variegated) you can do a row and go back to finish the x’s. I start in the middle most often. If I KNOW I have my measurements correct, I may start at an edge.

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      • Sally Maxwell
        June 7, 2015 at 11:46 AM #

        THANKS! Very helpful 🙂

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  2. June 8, 2015 at 7:34 PM #

    Linen vs. aida is mostly down to personal choice. Some people like the look of aida; some don’t. Designs calling for partial stitches or petit point are best done on linen or other evenweave fabrics because the blocks in aida fabric can be difficult to split, but otherwise, use what you like. And don’t be judgy if someone else likes what you personally don’t like.

    That said, a lot of stitchers are afraid to try linen/evenweaves because they think they won’t be able to figure out where to put the stitches without clear blocks in the fabric. Don’t be afraid; it’s not difficult at all. Just get a small project and try it out. If you don’t like it, go back to aida.

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