Sew a Kantha Needle Book! Crochet Tribal Moccasins! Make a July 4th Door Hanger! Decorate Beachy Heart Cookies! Stitch Rainbow Cross Stitch! Piece an American Anthem Table Runner and Placemats! Sew Zipper Cases! Sculpt Chicken Wire for Your Garden! Create Yarn from Plastic Bags! Learn Scribbly Stitching! Create a Reverse Hop Scotch Quilt! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Videos, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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A skeleton walks into a bar and says, “Give me shot — and a mop.”

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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 George Segal, Untitled Still Life (Sink & Sponges III), 1999, $35,000

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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?  Antique French embroidery made by French nuns.

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IDEA I LOVE

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Love this tribal moccasins that you crochet!  What a fun, small, summer project (who in the hell wants to be buried under a yarn blanket or shawl?).  Imagine how everyone will covet your talent and creativity, especially when choosing your own colors!  Start here for the tutorial:

http://justbcrafty.com/2014/01/crochet-tribal-moccasin-tutorial.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Loving all things Indian and Pakistani, I am in love with this little kantha needle book!  Grab a few of your Kaffe Shot Cottons and whip up a few of your own.  Here’s how:

http://radianthomestudio.com/kantha-needle-book/

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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!

MIXED GRILL WITH CILANTRO PESTO

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For a savory restaurant-quality meal, grill bone-in pork chops and beef tenderloin fillets and top with a fresh herb-filled pesto.

 INGREDIENTS:

  • Center-cut bone-in pork chops
  • Beef tenderloin fillets (about 2 inches thick)
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Cilantro Pesto
  • Garnishes: fresh cilantro sprigs, rosemary sprigs, chives

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IDEA I LOVE

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Nobody ever said you had to color, or sew, in the lines.  Free yourself!  Liberate your appliqué!  Libérer votre esprit! Faites ce que vous voulez! Find out how to appliqué with scribbly stitching here:

http://www.threadingmyway.com/2015/06/how-to-applique-with-scribbly-stitching.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!

SWISS BEER BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • butter

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK THE LINKhttp://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/swiss-beer-bread/print

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Aluminum Kitchen Canisters

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PATCHWORK PLEASE

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Easy and different.  Modern with traditional.  It’s a baby quilt you’ll love to make over and over again.  Here’s how this blogger did it:

http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2013/04/v-and-co-reverse-hopscotch-done.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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The 4th is coming up and your door looks like a hawt mess.  Quick!  Grab some clothespins and cheap paint and create fireworks, cupcake!   Start here:

http://www.missbutterbean.com/4th-of-july-clothespin-door-hanger/

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And now a word from our sponsor . . .

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COOKIES!

BLACK & WHITE COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED

granulated sugar
unsalted butter
eggs
milk
vanilla extract
lemon extract
cake flour
all-purpose flour
baking powder
salt
confectioners’ sugar
water
very bitter or unsweetened chocolate
light corn syrup
unsweetened cocoa (optional)

FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/09/black-and-white-cookies/

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Just a cookie decorating idea (take a look)

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Not a cookie recipe but a tute on how to decorate heart shaped cookies into summer loving’ beach heart cookies.  Take a look:

http://www.makemecake.me/2013/06/30/summer-lovin-beachy-heart-cookies/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Aida cloth or linen, some floss and you can create rainbow cross stitch (just in time for Pride weekend).  Start stitchin:

http://thecraftymummy.com/2014/08/sets-7-rainbow-cross-stitch/

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DRINK! CHUG A LUG!

MINTY TEA PUNCH

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Forget sugary (and boring) sodas for your next potluck and treat your family and friends to a refreshing homemade punch. Serve up in mason jars with striped paper straws and really “wow” the crowd. 

  • water
  • mint sprigs
  • tea bags
  • orange juice
  • lemon juice
  • sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange and lemon 

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FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/minty-tea-punch

BE DAZZLED!

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Dior Joaillerie Victoire de Castellane Kings and Queens Roi de Sugilite Pendant, $487,296.97

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Decorate in American style this July with this table runner and placemat ensemble.  The American Anthem Table Set pattern is from Studio e.  Find it here:

http://www.studioefabrics.com/media/uploads/2015/06/15/files/American_Anthem_Table_Set_Pattern_05272015.pdf

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THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY! JUNE 27 & 28 

IT’S QUILT AND FIBER WEEKEND AT COLD SPRING VILLAGE!

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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  2:00 PM Saturday and Sunday!  See you there!  xoxom

SS Workshop

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IDEA I LOVE

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These up cycled water bottles are terrific as little holders once you add the zipper.  So what’s stopping you?  Head to the trash and salvage your bottles!  Here’s how you make them:

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2015/01/no-sew-zipper-cases-from-old-soda-or-water-bottles.html

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SHOEspiration

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The Everlane Street Shoe, $155

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DESSERT!

NO FREEZER GINGER MANGO LIME SORBET

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

● mangoes
● ginger beer
● honey
● lime

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.nydailynews.com/sponsor?prx_t=ObwBAfusCALloLA

GARDENspiration

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Ever wonder how you sculpt with chicken wire?  Wonder no more, here’s how:

 http://www.ehow.com/how_5635113_sculpt-chicken-wire.html

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MUST HAVE

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I am weary of paying out the butt for simple shaving blades.  If you are, too, then this may be the solution.  I’m joining today!  So long, Gillette, you suck!

https://www.dollarshaveclub.com/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=bday_him&utm_content=desktop&cvosrc=cpc.pinterest.desktop&pp=0

IDEA I LOVE

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Why risk your phone, iPad, or Kindle getting wet at the beach or pool this summer.  Here’s a quick tutorial for making a splash proof phone case!  Start sewing, then squeeze into that bikini (you know, the one you still can fit into from 1978. Yeah, that one.)   Start here:

http://www.polkadotchair.com/2015/06/splash-proof-phone-case-sewing-pattern.html/

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Montana, New York, North Carolina, Kentucky

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I’m coming to MONTANA!

 July 16 – 18

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BIG SKY QUILTS 
101 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT
406-727-1757

http://www.bigskyquilts.com

Program:  The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture 

SS Workshop

Program: Stars & Stripes Class

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Program:  Throw Me a Curve Mystery Quilt IMG_5983

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Program:  Bull in a China Shop or The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control Quilter Travelling the World and What He Encountered Along the Way: A Trunk Show & Lecture

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Hey NEW YORK, here I come!  

July 28, 2015

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Warwick Valley Quilters’ Guild

Senior Center @ Warwick Town Center

132 Kings Highway

Warwick, NY 10990

http://wvqg.org

 Program:  The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop

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Buckle up, NORTH CAROLINA! 

AUGUST 10 & 11, 2015

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SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILTERS’ GUILD

Tartan Hall of the Presbyterian Church

26 Church Street

Franklin NC, 28734

http://www.smokymtnquilters.org

Program:  The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop

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KENTUCKY, I’m on my way!

August 21, 2015

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Program:  The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

SS Workshop

Quilts of Valor Benefit

The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson

Paducah, KY 42001

270-442-8856

http://quiltmuseum.org

http://www.qovf.org

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love this idea for making ‘yarn’ from plastic grocery bags.  Give it a shot:

http://www.wecanmakeanything.net/2015/04/how-to-transform-plastic-bags-into-yarn.html

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Help support the artists and crafters who so generously share their talent with us everyday!  xoxom

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6 Comments on “Sew a Kantha Needle Book! Crochet Tribal Moccasins! Make a July 4th Door Hanger! Decorate Beachy Heart Cookies! Stitch Rainbow Cross Stitch! Piece an American Anthem Table Runner and Placemats! Sew Zipper Cases! Sculpt Chicken Wire for Your Garden! Create Yarn from Plastic Bags! Learn Scribbly Stitching! Create a Reverse Hop Scotch Quilt! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Videos, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Judith Juhl
    June 24, 2015 at 1:09 PM #

    I have those exact aluminum kitchen canister! They were my Mom’s.

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  2. June 25, 2015 at 9:31 PM #

    I made a zippered pencil case – great fun!

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  3. Jennie
    June 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM #

    Loved those shoes! Missing you doing Creative Mojo, but am enjoying past episodes on iTunes

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    • June 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM #

      I might pick it up again, but just a talk with a friend or two. xoxom

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  4. Louise
    July 3, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

    How do we we arrange to come and see you in NC? Am I missing something? The link to the hosting club shows only the guild information.

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