Make a Picnic Blanket in 15-Minutes! Try the Simple Art of Batik! Piece an American Flag Quilt for July 4th! DIY Knitting Needles! Make a Hexagon Table Runner! DIY Fabric Needle Holder Magnets! Sew a Felt Travel Sewing Kitty! Create Gift Card Holders for Father’s Day! Turn an Old T-Shirt into a Market Bag! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Videos, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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A woman walks into a bar and orders a shot of whiskey then looks into her pocketbook. She does this over and over again. Finally, the bartender asks why she orders a shot of whiskey and afterwards look into her purse.

The woman responds, “I have a picture of my husband in there and when he starts to look good thenI’ll go home.”

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, Adrian Cox, who is a painter currently based in St. Louis, Missouri, his works have been included in many solo and group exhibitions.

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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?  Sometimes nature inspires the best design!
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IDEA I LOVE

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Make this picnic blanket in just about 15 minutes and save your quilts for the bed!  Look, at this age, once I get on the ground for a sweet outdoor lunch, between the calories and the knees, it ain’t so easy to get up…

Make this table cloth in just about 15 minutes . . . !    Start here:

http://lilluna.com/15-minute-summer-picnic-blanket/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Learning how to batik on fabric is fun. This short video will give you a lesson for making a 2 color batik without having to buy special tools and such.  Start here, then grow to add colors, multiple shapes and different dyeing techniques:

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AND SPEAKING OF WORKING WITH WAX:

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ON THE NEWSSTANDS NOW

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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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YUMMY DISH!

HAM AND VEGETABLE COBBLER

Pretty much anything goes in this catch-all cobbler. We made ours with ham, sweet peas, mushrooms, carrots, and a flaky piecrust. Feel free to add other veggies, or try turkey instead.

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 INGREDIENTS:

butter

flour

milk

dried thyme

chicken bouillon granules

diced cooked ham

1frozen sweet peas and mushrooms

frozen crinkle-cut carrots

refrigerated piecrusts

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IDEA I LOVE

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Summer is a great time to teach your home-from-school kidlets (no matter how old) to learn to knit!  Why not start the process with helping them make their own wooden knitting needles.  When you teach a young mind (young to me is anything under 40), they never forget.  I learned to knit on wooden skewers that came in packages of meat for a regional Pittsburgh recipe called City Chicken, and I have never forgotten my knit and purl.  I would have loved to have made my own super-D-duper knitting needles.  Try it here:

http://www.trulymyrtle.com/2012/04/diy-knitting-needles.html

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IF YOU HAVEN’T SUBSCRIBED TO THIS BLOG YET: 

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!

LEMON CREAM SCONES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

For the Scones:

  • sugar
  • lemon zest
  • flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • butter
  • egg
  • heavy cream

For the Glaze:

  • powdered sugar
  • lemon juice
  • butter
  • vanilla extract

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINKhttp://www.foodfanatic.com/recipes/lemon-cream-scones-recipe/  

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THE GLORIA VANDERBILT FASHION YEARS

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 IDEA I LOVE

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This felt travel sewing kitty is perfect for those of us on the go — even if it is only to a doctor’s visit or ballgame.  I love it.  Here’s how you make it:

http://www.sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-accents/felt-travel-sewing-kitty

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And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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COOKIES!

TRIPLE-THREAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Prepare to abandon all restraint when you try one of these cookies, made with melted chocolate and chocolate chips in the batter and layered with a chocolate ganache filling.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Cookies

  • bittersweet chocolate
  • unsweetened chocolate
  • unsalted butter
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • instant espresso powder
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • bittersweet chocolate chips
  • chopped toasted pecans

Ganache

  • bittersweet chocolate
  • heavy whipping cream

IDEA I LOVE

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Stumped on what to get dad next week?  Howzabout a gift card with  custom made gift card holder from you (you’ll feel like you’ve actually done something for the old guy).  Here’s all you need to know:

http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/fathers-day-gift-card-holders-and-free-printable

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BE DAZZLED!

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Art Deco Mauboussin platinum, diamond, emerald and black onyx bracelet, Estimate: $170,000

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Can you believe we’re literally 2 1/2  weeks away from the middle of summer.  The 4th of July will be here before you know it and Flag Day is June 14.  Why not celebrate this year by making an easy flag quilt?   Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.livingwithpunks.com/2013/06/american-flag-quilt-tutorial/

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TOMORROW AND SATURDAY!

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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IDEA I LOVE

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Mad about hexes (ummm, the new chevron)?  You don’t have to commit to some huge big deal thing, make a table runner!  Here’s how:

http://mypoppet.com.au/makes/2013/05/how-to-hexagon-table-runner.html

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SHOEspiration

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http://bit.ly/1JF8Wn2 Floral Pumps Punk Street Snap, $63.25

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DESSERT!

BANANA MERINGUE PUDDING

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Pudding

  • eggs
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • whole milk
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • kosher salt

Assembly

  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • bananas
  • egg whites
  • sugar

Believe it or not, the singing banana in the video tells you everything you need to know about bananas!

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/banana-meringue-pudding?mbid=social_twitter

IDEA I LOVE

She Cuts The Sleeves Off An Old T-Shirt And Turns It Into THIS

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FATHER’S DAY MUST HAVE

MG01203_TANSport shirt made from authentic Indian madras.  $59

  http://bit.ly/1JJKsYc

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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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Great for needlework, embroidery, cross stitch, crewel, quilting, etc.  Don’t misplace your needle ever again using a simple to make, and pretty to look at, DIY magnetic needle minder!  Here’s how you make ’em, cupcake:

http://www.flamingotoes.com/2015/03/diy-magnetic-needle-minders/

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4 Comments on “Make a Picnic Blanket in 15-Minutes! Try the Simple Art of Batik! Piece an American Flag Quilt for July 4th! DIY Knitting Needles! Make a Hexagon Table Runner! DIY Fabric Needle Holder Magnets! Sew a Felt Travel Sewing Kitty! Create Gift Card Holders for Father’s Day! Turn an Old T-Shirt into a Market Bag! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Videos, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. June 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM #

    Hi Mark. Love your blog. I was so sad your trip to Poland didn’t work for me. Hope you can do it again.
    On today’s blog–I don’t get the t-shirt makeover. I watched the video–it doesn’t make sense.
    Thanks.

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  2. June 12, 2015 at 1:31 AM #

    This is great! So glad you have this! I just wish you were in LA! 🙂

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  3. Hilda Berlinguette
    July 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

    Mark, I love your blog and am inspired by what I see and read. Recently you posted photos of a dryer top ironing pad. Now I cannot find it and I would like to make one. When you have time between your lectures, I would appreciate receiving it or a link to it.

    Have fun in Montana. It is a beautiful state.

    Regards,

    Hilda Berlinguette

    Sent from my iPad

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    • July 27, 2015 at 7:33 PM #

      Oh my gosh, I don’t catalog these. Just go to the main page and read the headlines. I’m sure it’s in a headline! 🙂 xoxom

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