Create a Felt Bag! Sew a Quilted Lanyard! Piece a ‘Just a Small Slice’ Quilt! DIY Ecuador Necklaces! How to Arrange Tulips! Pinwheel Crochet Afghan Pattern! Whip up a Colorful Bursting Buds Table Runner! Make Primitive Fabric Balls! Starting Your Summer Garden! Make a Shamrock Brooch! Learn Eco Dyeing! How to Bead on a Loom! Knit then Knot a Stunning Necklace! Crochet a Bunny Basket! Arrange Mini Easter Bouquets! Sew a Chicken Pincushions! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!


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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, John Sonsini, who pays Latino day workers an hourly wage to sit for a portrait.

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YOKE DU YOUR

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Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Paris, Tennessee. After last call the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his truck and trailer and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

Finally, he got into the car and started the engine, switched the wipers on and off – it was a fine, dry summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons’ vehicles left. At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road.

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The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyzer test. To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, ‘I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken.’

‘I seriously doubt it’, said the truly proud man. ‘Tonight I’m the designated decoy.’

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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? This photograph by artist, Christopher Payne, was taken at Langhorne Carpet in Penndel, Pennsylvania.

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IDEA I LOVE

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Isn’t this little bag sensational? I love working with heavy felt when I can find it (I did run across some sensational felt in Brooklyn). I also love the little ‘drops’ design. Now’s the time for you to construct your own April Showers Bring May Flowers bag. Here’s how: http://www.handmadiya.com/2015/10/felt-bag-tutorial.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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How cool are these knotted necklaces?  Easy enough to make and totally perfect for matching anything you wear. You’re a believer in the personal power of crystals? This tutorial is perfect for you.  I’m a devotee of Amethyst, a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace.

Choose your own favorite stone or crystal and follow the tutorial by clicking on the link: http://www.quietlioncreations.com/2015/04/ecuador-necklaces-diy.html

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YUMMY DISH!

SMOTHERED CHICKEN CASSEROLE

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INGREDIENTS:

  • oil
  • boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • angel hair pasta
  • condensed cream of chicken soup
  • half-and-half
  • smoked paprika
  • Green Giant™ Steamers™ frozen broccoli florets, cut into smaller pieces
  • precooked bacon, crumbled

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/smothered-chicken-casserole/a68b963a-5f75-4ad4-be09-8e0004ee0d9e?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_830640

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IDEA I LOVE

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 Here’s a unique crochet pattern to construct a Pinwheel Blanket.  Here’s the FREE pattern: http://yarntwist.com/2016/02/pinwheel-blanket-free-crochet-pattern/

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 UP FOR AUCTION!

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LADY’S PRINTED WOOL ROBE with TAFFETA TRIM from the 1850’s. Mushroom wool with floral swags and flowering branches in red, pink, green, blue and white, having collared sleeve, cuff, yoke and front panel in plaid taffeta, red silk frogs to hem, back set-in waist with back drawstring, polished cotton lining.

On the auction block here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/11347782_ladys-printed-wool-robe-with-taffeta-trim-1850s

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IDEA I LOVE

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Knit then knot this beautiful yarn and clay necklace.  The pattern and knotting isn’t all that difficult and a pretty quick project.  Why not take a stab at making one this week?  Here’s how:

http://www.pagesfrommymoleskine.com/2012/06/weekend-project-wool-necklace.html

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

VINO FRANCESCA COCKTAIL

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Ingredients:

  • honey
  • sage leaves
  • bottle rosé
  • Ice
  • Lemon twists, for garnish

For the Full Recipe Click Here: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/vino-francesca

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

SO MUCH CAKE, SO LITTLE TIME!

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An art installation designed and made with cake! This is the floor to ceiling cake exhibition that has opened at a Los Angeles gallery covering 7,500 square feet of space. I could eat my way through this exhibit in 2-seconds, flat! 

SEE MORE HERE: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/02/break-bread-cake-room-scott-hove/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Never be without your name tag again or show your personality by making and wearing your own DIY quilted lanyard.  Click on the link for the FREE pattern: http://faithandfabricdesign.com/2016/02/quilted-lanyard-pattern.html

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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IDEA I LOVE

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Oh my gosh, I love these primitive balls made with scrap fabric and string! I don’t know what you’d use them for besides decorative purposes, or toys for your kitties and/or hounds, but they appeal to me. Here’s a tutorial for how to make them (although I think you could figure it out just by looking at the photos. No?).  Click the link for the FREE tutorial:  http://journeycreativity.blogspot.gr/2016/02/fabric-balls.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

QUICK AND EASY BREAD BOWLS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • active dry yeast
  • sugar
  • salt
  • bread flour

 

MEMBA?

 

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Here’s a doll from the 1960’s called Hedda Get Bedda. It’s the sick doll baby with a spinning head that rivals Linda Blair in The Exorcist! 
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Speaking of ‘memba . . . Memba when The Exorcist was released in 1973 and people started  storming hospital Emergency Rooms claiming demonic possession after watching the film? LOLOL  Idiots.
Anywho, Hedda’s faces turn from sick to happy with the twist of a knob that every baby has on the top of her noggin. 
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LOL

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COOKIES!

IRISH COFFEE COOKIES

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Ingredients: 

  • Wilton Irish Cream candy melts
  • butter
  • sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • baking soda
  • Irish whiskey
  • espresso powder
  • eggs
  • flour

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://blommi.com/irish-coffee-cookies-recipe-st-patricks-day-dessert/

 

IDEA I LOVE!

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with your own handmade shamrock of felt, beads, and thread.  Here’s how to make your own (March 16 is coming up fast).  Click on the link for the FREE tutorial:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Free-Instructions-on-Making-a-Green-Felt-Leaf-Broo/

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JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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1983 Oscar de La Renta Heavily Embroidered and Beaded Evening Jacket, $4,100

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IDEA I LOVE!

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I think that this Introduction to Eco Dyeing tutorial is really pretty good and inspiring. If you are a fiber addict, then I’m sure you will really get excited to start your own eco dyeing process!   Take a look by clicking on the link.  You won’t be sorry.  Here’s the link:  http://www.frankie.com.au/blogs/craft/5206-frankie-exclusive-diy-an-introduction-to-eco-dyeing

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BE DAZZLED!

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 A brooch designed as a sculpted 18k gold bouquet, the two blossoms centering upon either a circular-cut ruby or sapphire cluster pistil, extending elongated cushion-cut blue or yellow sapphire petals, enhanced by circular-cut ruby and sapphire buds, gathered by a gold ribbon. Signed and numbered Van Cleef & Arpels. France, circa 1940.  $78,000

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BUY IT HERE:   https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/brooches/brooches/retro-van-cleef-arpels-sapphire-ruby-gold-bouquet-brooch/id-j_1100012/

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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I kinda like how this piecing  and block shapes look like ‘slivers’ of moving water (at least to me). It’s a weird little quilt in that it’s not ‘modern’ nor is it entirely ‘traditional’ so I’m calling  it ‘contemporary’ and I find it appealing (and who cares what I call it anyway?)  I’d like a giant one.  Here’s the pattern and tutorial: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2015/08/just-a-small-slice-please quilt.html#more-31728

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SHOEspiration

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Aquazzura Colorado Woven Ankle-Tie Bootie, in Mondrian Blue. $850.00

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GARDENspiration

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 Here’s a few tips for stating your summer garden.  I love how this blogger starts her seeds.  Take a look:  http://www.housingaforest.com/starting-seeds/

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Less than a month until Easter!  YIKES!  Whip up this amigurumi bunny basket starting today!  Here’s the FREE crochet pattern: http://www.acmoore.com/projects/projects-yarn-and-needlecraft/holiday/lion-brand-vanna-s-choice-amigurumi-bunny-basket.html

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MUST HAVE

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love the idea of these Easter mini-bouquets as an Easter Brunch favor, or just as a little token of affection for your friends at church, neighbors, or local shopkeepers.  While this tutorial is focused on Easter, it doesn’t have to be. Simply snip your spring tulips and make somebody’s day.  Here’s how: http://sayyes.com/2016/02/mini-diy-easter-bouquets-2.html

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PLAYING WITH PHOTOSHOP

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DESSERT!

PINA COLADA POUND CAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

For the Cake:
  • unsalted butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • sour cream
  • crushed pineapple
  • rum flavoring
For the Glaze:
  • milk
  • powdered sugar
  • rum flavoring
  • sweetened coconut

 

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.shugarysweets.com/2012/08/pina-colada-pound-cake

IDEA I LOVE

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I have one of these mini-pincushions on my desk, gifted to me by one of my sweet cupcakes.  I think it’s just the cock-a-doodle-cutest.  Here’s the pattern to make your own clutch of chicks for yourself and your friends.  Here’s the FREE tutorial:

http://redfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2012/03/chicken-pin-cushion-tutorial-giveaway.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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What a way to wake up a table as spring and summer approaches. It is a terrific stash buster and the colors can be changed for any season.  I love this bright and happy combination of textures and color this designer chose.  Here’s the FREE pattern:

http://www.sameliasmum.com/2015/05/bursting-buds-table-runner-tutorial.html#.VtCvEBgYb0E

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FINALLY, THE STORY OF MY LIFE . . .

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DON’T GO!

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20 Comments on “Create a Felt Bag! Sew a Quilted Lanyard! Piece a ‘Just a Small Slice’ Quilt! DIY Ecuador Necklaces! How to Arrange Tulips! Pinwheel Crochet Afghan Pattern! Whip up a Colorful Bursting Buds Table Runner! Make Primitive Fabric Balls! Starting Your Summer Garden! Make a Shamrock Brooch! Learn Eco Dyeing! How to Bead on a Loom! Knit then Knot a Stunning Necklace! Crochet a Bunny Basket! Arrange Mini Easter Bouquets! Sew a Chicken Pincushions! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. Angi
    February 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    You made my day, missed you sooo much.

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  2. Nikki
    February 28, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    Like Angi I missed your blog…..Seems like you get in my mind and mix it up with ideas….

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    • February 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

      Thanks Nikki! You should get into MY mind. I’m ALWAYS mixed up! 🙂 xoxom

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  3. faithandfabric
    February 28, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

    Mark, thanks for sharing our lanyard!!

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    • February 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

      It’s such a great project! I hope you get lots and lots of hits and people join your blog! 🙂 xoxom

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  4. February 28, 2016 at 11:05 AM #

    Thank you for always being so entertaining & providing so many varied thoughts, ideas & inspirational tutorials! I am so happy that you are once again well enough to give so much to so many through your blog.

    I especially loved your ‘Memba segment. Hedda was my favorite doll when I was little! I loved her so much, and was horrified when I came home one day and discovered my mother had given her away to another little girl who needed her way worse than I did (I had outgrown the dolly stage, and she just languished on a shelf). Long story short; I found Hedda on eBay last winter, sans her pajamas, but I have tracked down a pattern with which to make them. I also was able to find an accessory set to go with.

    Thank you for making me smile every time you post!

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    • February 28, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

      Jeri, I LOVE your story. I had an OCD clean and organized mother who tossed everything ‘she’ was finshed with. I have found and bought a couple of my childhood toys on eBay. I like them as much today as I did then. Thanks for writing! 🙂 xoxom

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  5. Sally Maxwell
    February 28, 2016 at 11:20 AM #

    I always LOVE your music choices, Mark, but that doll is a bit creepy. No, I DON’T ‘memba her! It’s a little like that doll in the UPS (or was it FedEx) commercial that they sent back after Christmas…spooky! Let’s just move on to St Paddy’s Day…

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  6. February 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM #

    Thank Mark. the St Patrick picture looks a lot like George Carlin and the Cake looks great…..

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  7. Peta
    February 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM #

    I love these posts. I’m wondering if you have a mind like mine. Probably. Keep them coming. Get excited when I see the email is in. Love it.

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  8. Marcia
    February 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM #

    Hey Mark – it’s Marcia from the ‘Burgh! I, too, love your posts and usually laugh out loud when reading them. Plus your great ideas on gifts – large or small. Okay – must run – going to watch the Oscar’s and critique the dresses! Be well – you are my hero & inspiration (been battling the aftermath of breast cancer for one year and still no end in site…..) AGH is my “home away from home”, but I just can’t quilt there!

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  9. Kathy Egglesto
    February 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM #

    Always enjoy getting these! Thanks or owing the research for us!

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  10. Jan from NH
    February 29, 2016 at 4:50 AM #

    Just love having you back Mark!! I love having my morning coffee and reading what you have posted and exploring all the links!! I truly hope you are feeling better and feeling stronger, I did miss your wonderful personality so much and worried when info was so quiet, which I understand as well!! Take care, wishing you all the best for a healthy happy spring!!

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  11. SuzKuhns
    February 29, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    wow, this post was chock full of great stuff! I shared the sweatshirt on Facebook with a cousin – we have a mutual cousin who fits this! My mom was a professional cake decorator – I’d love to have had her spin on that cake! Thanks so much for taking the time to share all these great things with us. Hope you are feeling better.

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  12. gretchen
    February 29, 2016 at 9:49 AM #

    I am so blessed to have met you. These blogs make it all the more personal. You put a smile on my face and a jig in my jog! (course I don’t jog) You are a friend.Through prayers and tears you are back giving of yourself. Truly a love story.

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  13. February 29, 2016 at 3:32 PM #

    HAPPY happy you’re back! Missed you and your wonderful ideas……

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  14. March 4, 2016 at 5:26 AM #

    Hope you are feeling much better. Very glad you are back! 🙂

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  15. Polly Jones
    March 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM #

    Hope fun. .I see you on KRCB sewing Quilts of Valor … Hope your feeling better every day. .your in my thoughts! !

    Polly Jones On Feb 28, 2016 6:10 AM, “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 by artist, John Sonsini, who pays Latino day > workers an hourly wage to sit for a portrait. YOK” >

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