Create a fast Valentine Love Letter Pillowcase! Sew a Sewing Machine Apron/Oraganizer! Bake the Most Beautiful Double-Chocolate Rose Cupcakes EVER! Make a Valentine Breakfast! Crochet a Summer Shawl! Make an Easy Frayed and Knotted Scarf! Embroider a Branching Out Heart! Piece a Color Optics Quilt Pattern! How to Make Valentine Eggs! DIY a Felted Hot Water Bottle Cover! Sew a Primitive Button Heart! Nail Heart for Valentine’s Weekend! Create a Monogram Topiary! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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ARTspiration

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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 artist Alison Blickle’s “New Keys” done in 2015. Oil on canvas and glazed ceramics.

YOKE DU YOUR 

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When a man on the staff of the school became engaged, a friend and colleague offered him some advice. 

‘The first ten years are the hardest.’ 

‘How long have you been married?’ he asked. 

‘Ten years’, she replied.

DESIGNspiration

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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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Fiber folks!  I love this Love Note pillowcase! You simply write out your personal thoughts on fabric and whip up a simple pillowcase.  It’s not too late!  Grab some solid fabric and impress your Valentine!  Here’s how:

http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2016/02/diy-valentines-day-craft-pillowcase-love-notes.html

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IDEA I LOVE

Here’s another pretty sewing machine apron and organizer.   If you’re like me, you’ll need to make two!  One for under your machine and the other to wrap around your neck to catch crumbs and to safely hold your Twix, Hershey Bars, Good n Plenty, and an array of Little Debbies.   Here’s how you make yours:

http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/sewing-machine-apron-organizer-fabric-depot

YUMMY VALENTINE’S DAY BREAKFAST!

RED VELVET WAFFLES with                  CREAM CHEESE ICING DRIZZLE

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INGREDIENTS:

  • red velvet cake mix, plus the ingredients listed on the box
  • cream cheese, softened
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • warm milk
  • mixed berries
  • sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/red-velvet-waffles-with-cream-cheese-icing-drizzle/

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Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Drizzle | www.tasteandtellblog.com

IDEA I LOVE

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Summer is coming and you’re going to need this Vanna White glamorous Summer Sonata crocheted shawl.  It won’t make you sweat but will keep any early summer chill at bay.  Plus, it’s pretty and looks like lace.  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.michaels.com/lion-brand-vannas-glamour-summer-sonata-crochet-shawl/B_80255.html?productsource=projects#start=26

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG

THE ROMEO & JULIET COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

Patron Silver tequila
Grand Marnier
cherry or Chambord raspberry liquor
peach juice
maraschino cherries
Orange spiral

For the Full Recipe Click Here: http://www.hgtv.com/content/hgtv-com/en/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/articles/2012/r/romeo-and-juliet-cocktail.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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You can look like Cupid this weekend by just grabbing some red fabric, fray  it then knot it, for a Valentine’s Day scarf (and it’s totally cold enough out there).  It’ll take you an hour, max, and it will give you an excuse to go fabric shopping!   Here’s where you start:

www.skiptomylou.org/knotted-frayed-scarf-tutorial/

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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Heart: Branching Out embroidery pattern

 

Here’s a free embroidery pattern called a Heart Branching Out.  I am a simple chain stitch embroiderer. I’d love to see some modern embroiderer take a needle-stab at this.  It’s all about the color and texture.  Floss is cheap. Why not try your hand at it.  Here’s where you can download the design:

http://www.needlenthread.com/2016/01/heart-branching-out-free-hand-embroidery-pattern.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

APPLE CINNAMON CARAMEL

MONKEY BREAD

 

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

apple filling
apples
granulated sugar
ground cinnamon
lemon
unsalted butter

dough
milk
unsweetened apple juice
granulated sugar
salt
unsalted butter
bread flour
active dry yeast

brown sugar coating
light brown sugar, packed
ground cinnamon
unsalted butter

icing
powdered sugar
milk or water
vanilla extract

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MEMBA?

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There was nothing better than scoring a Popsicle during a hot summer day.  I remember when they were .50-cents!  It was the wrapper, the red ball, that caught our eye and now brings a sense of nostalgia.  Sometimes the paper would freeze to the popsicle and we’d lick it until it came off.  Trying to seperate the frozen treats wasn’t for the faint of art either. If you wanted to share your popsicle, you had better find a sharp counter top edge or (in my ‘hood) a fairly even street curb. Memba? 

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 MUST HAVE

Giant Cross-Stitch Furniture by Ellinor Ericsson

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I must have a piece of this cross stitch furniture by Copenhagen based and educated furniture designer Ellinor Ericsson! A significant trademark is the application of textiles in her furniture, which often root in traditional handicraft techniques.

http://ellinorericsson.com/

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COOKIES!

SACHER TORTE HEART COOKIES

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Ingredients:

  • all purpose flour
  • cocoa powder
  • almond meal or flour
  • powdered sugar
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • egg
  • marzipan
  • apricot marmalade or jam
  • dark rum
  •  bittersweet chocolate chips or good quality bittersweet chocolate
  • heavy cream

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THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.diaryofamadhausfrau.com/2016/02/sacher-torte-cookies.html#more

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JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON

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These pieces are by Indian designer, Manish Arora, for  Indian couture week in 2014.  His design work just rocks.  There is nothing of his I don’t love.  Take a look.  I’d love to know what you think.  http://www.manisharora.com/

LOL 

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IDEA I LOVE!

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BE DAZZLED!

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 Boucheron presented three eagle-inspired Chinha rings in a classic trio of  ruby, sapphire and emerald. This is the sapphire version. Only $75,900.oo (you’re worth it).

http://us.boucheron.com/en_us/chinha-the-eagle-ring.html#details

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

WILMINGTON

Who wouldn’t love this Essentials Color Optics quilt from Wilmington Prints? It certainly looks enough to piece and the different block scales add some fun visual interest and movement.  Follow the link for the free pattern:

http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/projects/essentials-color-optics-project

 

SHOEspiration

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Gucci ‘Malin’ Studded Sandal,$1,500.00.The shoe is featured on the inside pages of the new Vanity  Fair magazine, where I found it. Get yours here:

 

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gucci-malin-sandal/4263112?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=370 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Whether you’re sick or just cold, it’s worth making this easy felted wool hot water bottle cover. We have more than several cold weeks ahead of us, cupcake.  Click the link for how to make your cover — while you’re at it, why not applique something wonderful on it?

http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2014/01/12/mollys-sketchbook-felted-wool-hot-water-bottle-cover/

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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You heard it here first.  I think ‘primitive’ style is on its way back.  Here is a simple Valentine Heart to whip up in minutes.  I love the casual look of prim.  It works almost everywhere. Why not embroider your Valentine’s name on it? Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.lovetosew.com/buttonpillow.htm 

 

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DESSERT!

A DOZEN DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ROSE CUPCAKES with                                      VANILLA BEAN BUTTER CREAM

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Chocolate cupcakes
unsweetened cocoa powder
all-purpose flour
sugar
baking soda
baking powder
salt
eggs
hot water
heavy cream
canola or other vegetable oil
vanilla extract

Ganache filling
chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
heavy cream

Vanilla bean buttercream
unsalted butter, softened
vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste
Milk or heavy cream, optional

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2016/02/a-dozen-rose-cupcakes.html

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IDEA I LOVE

DIY Monogram Topiary

Recently, I noticed that Micheal’s Arts and Crafts looks like a letter  depository.  There are aisles full of all sizes and types of letters.  To quote Nancy Kerrigan, “Whhhhhhhhhhy?”  If you are so inspired, immortalize a letter in faux monogram topiary.  Here’s how:

http://www.shrimpsaladcircus.com/diy-monogram-topiary/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=emai

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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These nails are sweet enough to say ‘Be My Valentine’ without looking like a stripper. Here’s a tutorial on how to create this nail art:

http://nailartsdesign.com/valentines-day-heart-nail-art-tutorial/

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23 Comments on “Create a fast Valentine Love Letter Pillowcase! Sew a Sewing Machine Apron/Oraganizer! Bake the Most Beautiful Double-Chocolate Rose Cupcakes EVER! Make a Valentine Breakfast! Crochet a Summer Shawl! Make an Easy Frayed and Knotted Scarf! Embroider a Branching Out Heart! Piece a Color Optics Quilt Pattern! How to Make Valentine Eggs! DIY a Felted Hot Water Bottle Cover! Sew a Primitive Button Heart! Nail Heart for Valentine’s Weekend! Create a Monogram Topiary! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Sue Fenwick
    February 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM #

    Your blog reminded me of when I used to make valentines for my kids. I don’t do it anymore because they are grown, but I SHOULD! My Dad used to send me valentines and I always loved getting them. Thanks for the inspiration today, Mark! ❤ Sue

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  2. sharon
    February 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

    glad to see we both loved Davy Jones – one Monkee that is gone but not forgotten… I think one of my first real “crushes” I know they were the first band who’s albums I bought….

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  3. shelly beth grappe
    February 12, 2016 at 1:41 PM #

    It is 73 degrees and sun is brightly shining. Seeing you are bogging again and sharing your witticisms with the world makes the day even more glorious. shelly beth Rockport, TX

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  4. Mary Bird
    February 12, 2016 at 1:51 PM #

    Thanks for adding me, Mark! Love to see your stuff…quilting/craft related of course! Hope you’re feeling well.

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  5. Sandy (Yoho) Trachsel
    February 12, 2016 at 2:19 PM #

    Mark, as always I thoroughly enjoy my “visits” with you! Your blog is great! I hope you are feeling better.

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  6. February 12, 2016 at 2:50 PM #

    He’s baaaaack!!!!!

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  7. Sally Maxwell
    February 12, 2016 at 5:29 PM #

    I know what you mean about Michael’s (and AC Moore’s in my neck of the woods). Great idea to green things up with the simple letters! The Groundhog said that spring is near, but I’ve got SNOW on the ground 😉

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  8. June Sabatinos
    February 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

    Hope you’re feeling better! Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:12:45 +0000 To: junesabatinos@msn.com

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  9. Kathryn A. Dalheim
    February 12, 2016 at 6:49 PM #

    Mark, I love this – one of your best ever blogs. The Indian designer clothes are awesome; those ain’t shoes, they’re weapons (Malin). Hope you are feeling well!! Kathryn Dalheim

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  10. Mary O.
    February 12, 2016 at 6:51 PM #

    Thank you for your fun post! Wishing you love for Valentine’s Day and every day.

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  11. Susan Brooks
    February 12, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    Love the blog this month. Those vintage Valentines bring me back to my school days. The fear of not getting any valentine’s made my stomach hurt. All good now.

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  12. Susan Forsythe
    February 12, 2016 at 7:51 PM #

    So happy you are up to posting a blog – and such a great one, too! Thanks!

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  13. annieb523
    February 12, 2016 at 10:10 PM #

    This was just wonderful! I loved the Grace Kelly wedding, Baby Snooks, and even the guy blowing up a hot water bottle – because? Thank you so much for a lovely valentine!

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  14. February 13, 2016 at 7:30 AM #

    I love your blog. Today’s was wonderfully done. You always do a good job, but today’s was very special. I am glad to hear that you are up and at it again. Don’t overdo!!

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  15. Jennifer
    February 13, 2016 at 8:43 AM #

    Wonderful Valentind memories and ideas!

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  16. Pat Rychlowski
    February 13, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    I enjoy your blog so much. thank you for lighting up my day. PS, thanks for the cool crochet pattern, I am just learning and this looks like my next project. Pat

    On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Mark Lipinskis Blog wrote:

    > marklipinski posted: ” 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 artist Alison Blickle’s “New Keys” done in 2015. > Oil on canvas and glazed ceramics. YOKE DU YOUR W” >

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  17. February 13, 2016 at 11:40 AM #

    Great blog! Your ideas rock as do you. So glad to hear from you. Hope you are doing better.

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  18. Susanne
    February 13, 2016 at 1:26 PM #

    It’s so good to have you back! I really enjoyed reading your blog and all those neat Valentines retro illustrations. My hubby had as usual a great laugh over your “Viagra” cartoon. Wish you a great Valentine’s Day💙

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  19. Machelle
    February 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM #

    What fun ideas Mark!!! Thank you for sharing .Hope you are well and Mr Electric , Jeff is too! Machelle Smith

    Sent from my iPhone

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  20. Tricia Urbanowski
    February 14, 2016 at 7:51 AM #

    Happy Valentines Day to you!!!Thank you for all of the design inspirations and fun old time valentines. Hope your day is great! Tricia Urbanowski

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  21. Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer
    February 14, 2016 at 11:09 PM #

    Happy Valentine Day to you as well. Mark…do they even make water bottles anymore?? I love my electric heating pad and throw size cover! LOL
    thank you for the introduction to Manish Arora! Love love love his style! Color and patterns and yet the design is still recognizable.
    Enjoy the day

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  22. February 17, 2016 at 6:47 AM #

    Great inspirational post! Lots to look at! Thanks!

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  23. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words
    February 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM #

    did you rest after putting all this together 🙂
    I love the cross-stitch chair and sofa…as with each piece a new smile was shared
    Thank you for a fun Valentine thought or two or three 🙂

    ( i’ll have to wander through again, this look like a new version of Pinterest 🙂 )
    Hope you had a good one …… I wish you many more days being filled with love
    and did she like the flowers?
    Take Care…You Matter…
    maryrose

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