Make a No-Sew Blind! DIY a Summer Pom Pom Throw! Personalize Your Pillowcases! Indigo Dye Napkins! Whip Up a Whimsical Fabric Sewing Machine! Make Your Own House Stamp! DIY Envelope Pillow Covers! Piece a Pyramid Quilt! Crochet with Twine! Tips for Gardening in July! How to Grow Lavender! Canvas Mount Your Special Photographs! Tie a Macrame Curtain! How to Paint a Watercolor Pineapple! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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YOKE DU YOUR

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Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything.

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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?   Lavender fields in Provence oil painting by Christian Seebauer.

DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?

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IDEA I LOVE

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This ridiculously easy no-sew blind is a must for that window you just don’t want anyone to peek through.  Check this out:

http://www.charmingzebra.com/2013/06/ridiculously-easy-no-sew-blind.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/JKetxk+(Charming+Zebra)

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NEXT WEEK!

VISIT ME IN GREAT FALLS, MONTANA!

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 TO SIGN UP FOR MONTANA CLASSES AND LECTURES:

JULY 16-18, 2015

Big Sky Quilts 
101 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT
406-727-1757


PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

PROGRAM: Creative Inspiration for Your Quilting Life Lecture

CLASS: Throw Me a Curve Mystery Quilt

CLASS: Stars & Stripes Quilts of Valor

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If your well of quilting inspiration has dried up, or you haven’t had a good quilting idea in years, fret no more. Mark will guide you through new places to turn for amazing quilting ideas, with practical examples that will give you motivation and inspiration for better quilting and a happier life. This lecture will open your mind to sources of creative inspiration you may have never considered. Bring along a notebook to jot down every last suggestion you hear.
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In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

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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

If you’ve ever wondered why a successful television producer would give up a hefty salary for poverty wages to quilt, this lecture will surprise you. Travel with Mark from his boyhood home in Pittsburgh, to San Francisco, Miami, New York, Chicago and New Jersey to learn how each of these places led him to become the quilt master he is today.

From his first quilts to his most recent work, see how he transformed from a duckling to a swan – and feel better about your own quilting transformation. He’ll bring some of his UFOs and explain why he lost interest in finishing them. Hear what inspires him, and allow his life experience and outlook on the creative process to inspire you.

About Mark Lipinski

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

Program: Creative Inspiration for your Quilting Life

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CLASS: THROW ME A CURVE MYSTERY QUILT 

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CLASS:  STARS & STRIPES QUILTS OF VALOR QUILT

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IDEA I LOVE 

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I love this!  Not so much as a closet door (you should just see the insides of my clothes closet) but most certainly as a room divider.  What are you waiting for?  1977 is calling you, cupcake!   Start here:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/02/make-your-own-macrame-curtain.html

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YUMMY DISH!

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN AND CABAGE TACOS WITH CILANTRO CREAM

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Chicken and Cabbage Tacos with Cilantro Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  1. cilantro leaves
  2. sour cream, preferably reduced-fat
  3. fresh lime juice
  4. extra-virgin olive oil
  5. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. red cabbage
  7. pickled jalapeños
  8. scallions
  9. rotisserie chicken
  10. Warm corn tortillas, for serving

IDEA I LOVE

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Sometimes even summer weather, or sitting in an air-conditioned room can get chilly.   Here’s the cure!  Whip up a DIY summer pom pom throw.  Start here:

http://sugarandcloth.com/2014/05/diy-summer-pom-pom-throw/#more-10258

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WHAT I LOVE

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Why not take out your paints and escape for a few minutes and learn to freehand watercolor a pineapple.  You never know when you might need it!  Start here:

http://growcreative.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-to-paint-watercolor-fruit-pineapple.html

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

MALIBU COCO-COOLER

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Ingredients:

Malibu

Coca Cola

Angostura Bitters

Fresh Lime

For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.maliburumdrinks.com/us/rum-drinks-and-cocktails/malibu-coco-cooler1/

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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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IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s a pretty easy way to create a DIY personalize pillowcase!  Wouldn’t it be so cool to make your pillowcase with just the right end fabric before you begin?  Just follow the steps!

http://www.letsmingleblog.com/diy-personalized-pillowcases/

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 IDEA I LOVE

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Have so memories you’d like to display?  Why not try this DIY canvas mounted photo technique?  It’s easy and fun, too.  Here’s how:

http://hellolittlehome.com/diy-canvas-mounted-instagram-photos/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

SPICED PEACH-CARROT BREAD 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • chopped pecans
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • ground nutmeg
  • peaches
  • carrots
  • vegetable oil
  • milk
  • eggs

 FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spiced-peach-carrot-bread

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COOKIES!

3-D SUNGLASS COOKIE RECIPE

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Ingredients:

Chilled Sugar Cookie Dough (or your favorite recipe that holds it’s shape when baked)
Hard Candies (Such as Jolly Ranchers)
Small Breadsticks (Such as Wheat Thins Honey Stix)
Bikini Top Cookie Cutter
1 1/4″ Oval Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing Mix
Squeeze Bottles
Pastel Confettiquins
Disposable Piping Bag
1/2 Sheet Tray with Parchment
Hammer
Ziplock Bags

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://cakejournal.com/tutorials/3d-sunglass-cookies/

 JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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1991 Gianni VERSACE Iconic Strapless Short Embroidered Dress, $10,259.81

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Design a home or recreate the house you live in with this make your own house stamp tutorial.   Then, design your own fabric, stationary, or wrapping paper!  Too cool.  Check this out:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/09/make-your-own-house-stamp.html

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BE DAZZLED!

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Stanley Hagler Pastel Beaded Brooch and Earrings, $575

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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I love the bright big triangles used in this Pyramid Pals quilt.  It’s an easy quilt to make and the results are “Ahhhhhh” worthy.  Here’s how you make one of your own:

http://fancytiger.blogspot.com/2013/01/pyramid-pals-three-chicopee-quilts.html

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Tom Ford Red Velvet Shoes$795

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love an envelope pillow.   Here’s an easy DIY envelope pillow cover tutorial.  You’ll want to make a few of them in different fabrics so you can change the look of your room with your mood.  Here’s where you start:

http://liagriffith.com/easy-diy-envelope-pillow-covers/

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IDEA I LOVE

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OK, so this tute is in Italian.  You’ll get the gist.  I never thought of crocheting with twine.  I love the end result!   Take a look:

http://www.islaura.it/centrino-a-crochet-in-spago/

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GARDENspiration

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It’s JULY and time to harvest your garlic and dry your garden lavender.  Check out this link for all of the gardening tips you need to accomplish before July runs out:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11713818/July-gardening-calendar-harvest-garlic-and-dry-lavender.html

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Pic by Philip Hollis

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MUST HAVE

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Caroline Williamson is Managing Editor of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and writes about her life, inspirations and creative pursuits on her element75 blog.

You can follow Caroline Williamson on TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagramGoogle. Read all of Caroline Williamson’s posts.

IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s how to dye your own indigo inkodye napkins.  There is no magic to the design, just wet, dye, and you’re made in the shade, cupcake!   Try this DIY:

http://www.homeyohmy.com/diy-indigo-inkodye-napkins/

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DESSERT!

LEMON BLUEBERRY CAKE with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

    • cake flour
    • all-purpose flour
    • baking powder
    • baking soda
    • salt
    • granulated sugar
    • unsalted butter
    • lemon zest
    • eggs
    •  lemon extract
    • vanilla extract
    • milk
    • sour cream
    • lemon juice
    • fresh blueberries

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • cream cheese
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • lemon extract*
  • powdered sugar
  • Blueberries and lemon slices, for garnish (optional)

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/05/lemon-blueberry-cake/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Customize your air freshening reed diffuser using this DIY tutorial.  From start to finish, you’re looking at 5-minutes.  If you have a bit more time, figure out how to expand this tutorial to get more dramatic and creative results:

http://sugarandcloth.com/2011/12/5-minute-diy-reed-diffuser/

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MARK’S IN FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA!

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LECTURE:  In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

FOR INFORMATION:

AUGUST 10 & 11, 2015
Smoky Mountain Quilters
Tartan Hall
First Presbyterian Church
26 Church Street
Franklin, NC 28734

PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

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LECTURE: In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

CLASS: THROW ME A CURVE MYSTERY QUILT 

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MARK’S IN PADUCAH, KENTUCKY!

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Quilts of Valor Benefit

The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson

Paducah, KY 42001

270-442-8856

http://quiltmuseum.org

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PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

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LECTURE: In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts are starting to look alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!

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Just follow the photos to make this cure little sewing fabric sewing machine.  Use it as a decoration or as a pin cushion.  What a great holiday gift for your sewing buddies. (get started now).   Here’s how:

http://www.deshilachado.com/2015/06/tutorial-maquina-de-coser-de-tela.html

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4 Comments on “Make a No-Sew Blind! DIY a Summer Pom Pom Throw! Personalize Your Pillowcases! Indigo Dye Napkins! Whip Up a Whimsical Fabric Sewing Machine! Make Your Own House Stamp! DIY Envelope Pillow Covers! Piece a Pyramid Quilt! Crochet with Twine! Tips for Gardening in July! How to Grow Lavender! Canvas Mount Your Special Photographs! Tie a Macrame Curtain! How to Paint a Watercolor Pineapple! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. July 9, 2015 at 3:43 PM #

    I’m thinking Spiced Mango-Carrot cake, since I have a crazy over abundance of mangoes!

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  2. gretchen brown
    July 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM #

    How do i contact SMokey Mt Quilters Guild for the Franklin show in August…do you have a phone number?? Thanks..Gretchen

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  3. Susan
    July 25, 2015 at 7:33 AM #

    Your blog is inspiring, interesting and fun! Just like you! I have baby and kids clothes that I want to make into a quilt. I don’t like the standard tee shirt quilt pattern, and the pyramid quilt just might work for this idea! Thanks Mark. Hope to see you somewhere in 2015!

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