Catching Up! New Stuff! Make Amazing Soldered Charms! Pop Up Flower Cards! Capture Faries in a Jar! DIY Pressed Flower Phone Case! Sew a Rope Rug! Pittsburgh Fabric! Put Together a Pope Rope Boat Tote! Make Some Pillows! Sew Cloud Oven Mitts! Piece a Rainbow Quilt! Knit a Spring Tote! Create a DIY Sewing Organizer! Craft Button Stepping Stones! How to ‘Moss’ Your Garden! 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 called, MAY DAY CELEBRATION, by an unknown artist.  Why not take out your paints, markers, fabric or whatever and try a small creative piece on May?  Better than coloring in someone else’s lines.

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YOKE DU YOUR

How do you get a man to stop biting his nails?

Make him wear shoes.

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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 is the Sewing School Steel-Earth located in Niamey, Niger.

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IDEA I LOVE

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 Aren’t these quilted cloud oven mitts heavenly? I love whomever designed these finger savers. I have been baking so much lately that I am going to have to make a pair for myself. Not to mention, I have giant hands and have a very difficult time trying to find oven mitts that fit my mitts.  For the DIY pattern, click on the link:

http://www.designsponge.com/2016/03/diy-quilted-cloud-oven-mitts.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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It’s a clutch! It’s a shoulder bag! She’s my mother. My daughter. Mother. Daughter. This is a cute knitted clutch that I thought you might like. For the free pattern click on the link:

http://eatmeblog.com/blog/2016/03/18/knitted-clutch-free-pattern/

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YUMMY DISH!

15-Minute Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

Mr. Electric and I had this curry noodle bowl for dinner the other night. We both loved it, so I wanted to share the recipe with you. xoxom

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INGREDIENTS:

  • oil
  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • fresh ginger, grated
  • Thai red curry paste
  • boneless chicken breast or thighs, sliced
  • chicken broth
  • water
  • fish sauce
  • coconut milk
  • dried rice vermicelli noodles
  • lime
  • Sliced red onion, red chilis, cilantro, scallions to garnish

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://thewoksoflife.com/2015/05/15-minute-coconut-curry-noodle-soup/

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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 Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I have been coveting these little DIY charms. Well, I found an online tutorial, check out the process at a local stained-glass shop, and I’m now ready to go. Of course my first attempt will not look like these, but I don’t what imperfection stop me! Just look at my waist!  Make some charms along with me by clicking on the link below. By the way, if you know how to do this and would be willing to FaceTime (Apple) with me, that would be so much fun. Let me know. xoxom

http://tatertotsandjello.com/2011/04/guest-project-make-soldered-pendants.html

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MY CRAFT UNIVERSITY CLASS

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Instead of adding plain borders, elevate even the simplest quilt top to a work of art. Mark uses humor and creativity to teach borders step-by-step, making this a great online course for beginning and advanced quilters. After you learn these borders, you will want to make them again and again.

You Will Love This Course If You:

  • Want to add new borders to your skill set
  • Enjoy making your own artistic choice
  • Want to make your borders shine
  • Like to learn more about working with panels
  • Enjoy getting inside info and history about quilting
  • Enjoy creating holiday-themed quilts
  • Enjoy quilting for yourself and others
  • Want to add a holiday theme to your quilt borders
  • Want to add interest to your borders
  • Want to design your own holiday border blocks

For more information on how to take my class or to take the class, Just click here:  http://bit.ly/20yUzWK

 

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

FIESTAS PATRIAS COCKTAIL

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CINCO DE MAYO IS IN JUST A FEW DAYS!

Sean Muldoon modeled the Fiestas Patrias (“patriotic holidays” in Spanish) on the Armillitta Chico, a tequila concoction made with lime, orange flower water and grenadine. He particularly likes the drink with Mexican food.

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Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • single-malt Scotch, preferably Islay
  • añejo tequila
  • unsweetened pineapple juice
  • fresh lime juice
  • grenadine
  • orange flower water
  • Lime

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For the Full Recipe Click Here: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/fiestas-patrias-cocktails-2010

 

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

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Salvador Dalí’s diary, circa 1930-1935, includes 42 pages of ink drawings and sketches, together with his notes, thoughts, and daily expenses.

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IDEA I LOVE

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 With all of the spring flowers coming into bloom, now is your chance to start collecting them them impressing them for your flowery projects. Here is the tutorial for how to make a pressed flower phone case. Just tap the link.

https://blog.etsy.com/en/diy-pressed-flower-iphone-case/

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BECAUSE I SWOON

I have no idea who made this gown, who designed it, who photographed it, nor do I care really, except to give them credit.  All I know is that I loved it and found great inspiration in both the color and design (appliqué anyone?). I know it is rather Cindarella-ish, but sometimes you just need to exploit your inner Disney.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

 

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STUFF TO SHOW YOU!

Windy City Christmas by Diana Richards and Jan McGrath

Quilted Memories of Marshall Field’s • 15 Charming Embroidery & Quilt Projects

Diana Richards recently sent me a copy of her book, Windy City Quilts, that she co-wrote with the late, Jan McGrath.  It’s a great little book for Christmas and frankly, now is really about the time you should start thinking about your serious Christmas projects. The book includes a lot of hand work, crystals, embroidery, appliqué, and piecing. What’s really neat is that the book was photographed in the Marshall Fields building in Chicago, where Diana found her inspiration for this book (See? Inspiration is everywhere).  Ask your local quilt shop to order your copy, visit your local bookstore, or if all else fails – buy a copy from Amazon.

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 Pittsburgh Bound?

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have read Mr. electric and I are considering a move from Pickle Road.  We are free, and almost opened any city or town.  One city we are seriously considering is my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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When Pittsburgh quilt and notions designer, author, The Quilt Company shop owner, and celebrity, Karen Montgomery, read the news, she dropped a surprise for me in the mail.

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Karen had the most fun Pittsburgh fabric printed exclusively for her shop  by Timeless Treasures (so it’s not crappy fabric — it’s really high quality)!  The photo I took for this blog does not do the fabric  justice, and I only shot a portion of the design. ALL of Pittsburgh seems to be on this fabric as you unfold it. It was drawn by Pamela Haithcoat Wagner.   I can’t wait to start embroidering all over it.  If are from Pittsburgh, went to school there, married someone from there, visited, or even just know someone from the Steel City, you have got to get them a couple of yards of this fabric… or better yet, buy a bunch of yardage and make a quilt or shirt or pajamas, etc. as a gift for them or for yourself.  They will love you forever.

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ORDER your fabric by calling Karen’s shop:

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And visit her website, too.  Here’s the link:

http://www.thequiltcompany.com/

I love Karen’s website, too.  While you are there pick up a couple of her Scrap Crazy  books and tools. They are so much fun to work and play with

 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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 There are 1 million variations for making a rope rock and this is just another one of them. I think the black-and-white is striking. These are so easy to make, and the technique can be adapted to make placemats and bowls and pillows, etc.  Why not give it a try? Click on the link below for the tutorial.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/05/make-your-own-rope-rug.html

Speaking of rugs . . .

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

As a part of my physical therapy regime I have begun making homemade bread once a week. The clamor for the recipe has been so loud that I couldn’t help but post it here. The recipe originally comes from my late aunt, Penny Lipinski-Olszanski, my father’s sister. She was a nut. All you did was laugh when you were around her.  This is her basic white bread recipe. Enjoy!

AUNT PENNY’S WHITE BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 3 cups “scalded’ milk
  • 4 T sugar
  • 1 ½ T salt (heavy)
  • ½ cup sweet butter
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 11 cups sifted flour

Scald milk, add sugar, salt, and butter. Stir to dissolve sugar, then cool.

Mix yeast into ½ cup warm water and dissolve.

Pour the yeast mixture into the cooled milk mixture.

Add 11-cups of sifted flour. Mix well.

Knead 11 minutes.

Let raise to 1 ½ to 2 hours in a warm place. Punch down and let raise again (1 hour).

Shape dough for loaves and place in well greased bread pans. Let raise until double in size.

Bake at 400-degrees for 10 minutes, then at 325-degrees for 30 minutes.

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To make 1 loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Bread, simple roll out half of this recipe’s dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.  Brush liberally with butter, sprinkle lots of cinnamon sugar on the dough, covering the whole thing, and add raisins.  Spread the raisins all over the dough, then lightly push them into the dough with your rolling pin. Roll up the dough tightly with the cinnamon sugar and raisins on the inside of the roll., fold over the ends and tuck them underneath, and bake the bread as above.

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MEMBA?

 Davey and Goliath.

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MARK’S LEMON GLAZED COOKIES RECIPE

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IDEA I LOVE

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These sure look like fun to make, and they look like great fun to receive too. Just in time for Mother’s Day.  Wouldn’t a few of these make a great luncheon table decoration? How about mailing one from a ‘secret pal’ or just to say “hello”?  Here is how you make them:

https://peterdahmen.de/en/2013/07/23/peony/

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STYLEspiration

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INCREDIBLE

EMILIO PUCCI FULLY HAND BEADED and EMBROIDERED GOWN

 
An amazing combination of crystals, beads, sequins and threads. Australian singer Iggy Azalea looked sexy and fabulous on the MTV music awards wearing this gown. $11,500
Buy it here:

https://www.1stdibs.com/fashion/clothing/evening-dresses/new-incredible-emilio-pucci-fully-beaded-embroidered-gown/id-v_1111072/

 

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NEW PRODUCT!

My buddy, Jim at Colonial Needle, sent me this really nifty product. It’s tape that measures awkward things that you have to kill yourself while trying to measure difficult or large things! I love that is totally repositionable and has a 12 inch repeat. So all of those hideous times that you’re ready to kick your dog because you’re trying to hold a tape measure while you’re marking a quilt are over! I really like it for measuring the circumference of things, or really odd shaped vases or containers for crafting. There  is 25 feet on a roll, which means it won’t quite fit around my waist, but should be more than enough for your quilting and sewing needs. Check out the Colonial Needle website (I love everything they sell.  I visited the warehouse once and had to say a novena to the Virgin Mary on the way home to save me from jealousy and coveting!) http://colonialneedle.com/

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IDEA I LOVE!

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These would be terrific for summer lighting, tucked into your garden, window boxes, or displayed as a cluster on a table…. I love them.  Check out how to make a set for yourself when you click on the link. 

http://www.fabartdiy.com/diy-mason-jar-fairy-lantern-tutorial-video/

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LOL

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IDEA I LOVE

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Now is the time, kids!  Choose your outdoor target and grow your own moss all over it!  It’s actually gorgeous in its creepiness.  Here’s how to start mossing EVERYTHING in your yard:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-grow-you-119033

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BE DAZZLED!

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Carlo Giuliano Highly Important Renaissance-Revival Brooch   $335,455.58

An important Giuliano Renaissance-Revival gold and enamel gem-set brooch, the brooch decorated with the figure of Venus enamelled en ronde bosse, holding up a diamond-set mirror and an enamelled drape, seated under a canopy set with cushion-shaped rubies and rose-cut diamonds, a tiger couchant and a spray of pink roses at her feet, flanked by a pair of white doves holding pearl garlands connected to a pair of male mask heads supporting pearl fringes, an additional pearl fringe at the base, signed C.G., gross weight 64.5 grams, circa 1890

Buy it here:

https://www.1stdibs.com/jewelry/brooches/brooches/carlo-giuliano-highly-important-renaissance-revival-brooch/id-j_197086/?utm_content=test&gclid=COn218DEucwCFQEmhgodshcLcA

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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You can never have too many bed-size quilts or throw quilts! This FREE quilt pattern, Color Play Rainbow by Melanie Greseth and Joanie Holton, is an explosion of color that will brighten any home. Toss it over a twin-size bed or use it in your family room!

http://www.fonsandporter.com/bed-sized-quilt-patterns/color-play-rainbow-quilt

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SHOEspiration

 Valentino Haute Couture

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IDEA I LOVE

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Hmmmm.  I was just writing about sewing rope when this little ditty popped up.  C’mon, now.  You gotta love this rope tote.  If you embroider the face of Pope Francis on one side, and the Titanic on the other,  you can have your own original Pope Rope Boat Tote!  Jus’ sayin’     Check it out here:

http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2013/04/09/diy-rope-bag/

 GARDENspiration

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Button Button Who has the Button.  Now is the time to  make your own button stepping stones for your summer garden.  Cute, right?   Here’s how:

http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/2014/06/button-stepping-stones-diy.html

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SEEN IN THE MOVIES

So Mr. Electric and I rented the movie Carol  a couple of weeks ago. We both liked it. That said, when Carol was serving coffee or tea to her new”friend” she served it in Hall China’s Autumn Leaf! Of course, I had to share it with you, cupcakes, because I have been collecting Autumn Leaf for a gazillion years. Mr. Electric couldn’t care less, so the only folks I could tell is you. You know how  we hoarders are.

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MUST MAKE BAGELS!

Every New Year’s Eve my Grandma and I would make bagels. I don’t know why. It was just a tradition that the two of us started when I was 10 or 11 years old. She and I were very close. Of course, being the eldest of all the grandchildren I was spoiled rotten by her and I adored the ground she walked on. Here’s the recipe we used. It’s very easy and only takes about an hour and a half and most of the time you’re not doing anything but waiting for the dough to rise.  Let me know if you try the recipe and how they turn out.

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  • One package RAPID RISE yeast
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water from the tap
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour. I use bread flour because they came out  chewy and wonderful but you can use any flour, really.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • A Dutch oven full of boiling water and 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar.

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large bowl I sift my flour, salt, and 1 1/2  tablespoons of sugar.

Next, I add the rapid rise yeast and mix all of the dry ingredients with a spoon or whisk.

Now pour about half of your warm water into the dry ingredients and start mixing. Keep adding the warm water, little by little, and until it’s gone.

Scrape the inside of the bowl,  any extra flour, and whatever you’ve mixed so far onto your table, or counter top and knead this for about 10 minutes.  The dough should be sticky but not super wet and totally not dry.

Put the dough into a greased bowl (I use the same bowl I just scraped everything out of and just spray Pam all over it.)

Cover the ball with the damp dishcloth and let it rise for about an 1 hour and 15 minutes. The dough should double in size.

Preheat your oven to 425° F

Next, pounded the dough down and let it sit in the bowl, covered with a damp cloth for about 10 minutes.

The next step is to divide your dough into six or eight pieces. Form the dough into balls, and put your finger through the ball to make the hole and stretch it out a little. Now if you’re gentle, you can get a really smooth top and not worry about a really ugly bottom.  That just comes with practice.

After you have all of your raw bagels made, cover them again with a damp cloth and then let them sit for another 10 or 15 minutes. 

Here’s the fun part: Drop two or three of your raw bagels into the pot of boiling water to which you have added the 2-3 tablespoons of sugar.  Let the bagels boil for two minutes on one side, then turn them over and let them boil for two minutes on the other side. Don’t crowd the pot because they EXPAND!  Take them out and set them on a cookie sheet that is covered in parchment paper. I guess you could spray Pam on your cookie sheets, too, you’re not the parchment type.

Once all of your bagels have been boiled, scramble an egg in a coffee cup, and brush the raw egg onto the tops of your bagels. Don’t be stingy with the egg, but do not drown them either. While the egg is still wet, you can add sea salt, or poppy seeds, sesame seeds, minced garlic, onion, or whatever else floats your boat. I even a bathe my plain bagels in the egg wash to give them that shiny crust.

I bake them in the hot oven for about 20-25 minutes. Cool them on a rack, immediately after getting them out of the oven.

That’s it! Hope you like it

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IDEA I LOVE

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I needed some pillows for our TV room (Baby Dumplin’s old bedroom) and was going to buy them, but thought better of it. I’m making my own.  I got some fabulous Kaffe Fassett  upholstery fabric from Glorious Color to match a foot stool I had covered with Kaffe fabric several years ago.  I was off and running to find a pillow pattern and I found this.   I wanted to share it with you:

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

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DESSERT!

HOMEMADE TWIX BARS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • salted butter
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
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  • semisweet chocolate morsels
  • caramels
  • half-and-half

 

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://food52.com/blog/10505-how-to-make-twix-bars-at-home

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Cake is never around Pickle Road long enough for me to need to give it any kind of respectable shelter — but there are a million  things I can think of that  I would love to cover using this idea.  Stay tuned for a project I’ve had in mind.   Check out how to make these domes, here:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/08/diy-cake-dome-cloche-jars.html

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CATCHING UP

I know that it has been a while since I posted my last blog and I hate missing weeks at a time, but I really struggle since this fungus was among us. I can only do what I can do and I just have to leave it to the universe that you’ll still be interested when I come back more regularly.  The tremors don’t seem to be as bad. By that, I mean they come and go and are not regular as they were. And for the record, I’m using voice recognition software so the shakes don’t screw up my typing (which ain’t so grand to begin with).  Errors on this blog are totally the fault of the voice program. LOL

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You know, when I left the hospital at the end of December, I have pretty much lost all of my nouns. I knew people, places, and things, but I could not articulate what they were. It felt to me like I was in early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s. I am happy to report that all of my nouns came back about 4 to 6 weeks ago. Thank goodness. Now I can’t shut up.

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My doctors want me to now go to physical therapy and have even given me a prescription (and it’s been a couple of weeks and I haven’t done anything with it). I’m still having a difficult time with coordination especially when I walk. I find myself tripping all over my feet and running into things, and falling into walls etc. As a matter of fact I almost fell down the stairs the other day––and I wasn’t on the stairs! Yeah, I almost flipped over the railing on the second floor because I lost my balance on the way to my bedroom. I don’t know? Maybe physical therapy will work, maybe not. What do you think?

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I tried something kind of fun on Facebook. I was able to talk through a 100% LIVE feed, video and audio, AND everyone on my Facebook page who clicked on the image was able to chat with me and each other. Initially, I thought I might sew just chat with you all while I was making an auction quilt top for The Quilts of Valor Foundation.

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As it turned out, I ended up talking for an hour and a half and sewed  only 3 strips together! More sewing today.

Anyway, I am going to do it again next Sunday morning at 11 AM. You do not have to be my friend on Facebook to be a part of it or to see the replay. You just have to log into Facebook and go to my personal Mark Lipinski page. It’s that simple. I may end up using Periscope or YouTube in the future, but I just wanted to try it out on Facebook first.

If you missed the original broadcast event, and over 2500 of you were there or watched later <thanks!>, you can see a recording of it on my Facebook page, Mark Lipinski. Just scroll through my page until you see my face with an arrow over it.  I think you can also subscribe to it so that it alert you when I’m doing a live vidcast, or have posted a replay.

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I have a question for you… would you rather me do less labor intensive blog posting more regularly or just save up a lot of things and do a more elaborate blog posting less often?  While I am not feeling well enough to travel or teach, I am feeling well enough to work on my art and projects a little each day.  I’m fine from about 8 AM until about 2 then I’m toasted. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for me to devote 7 hours or so to write a blog post with all of the bells and whistles. I don’t know, I’m ambivalent. I’m leaving it up to you.

Until next time… oh, another thing —-  Do you want me to add personal stuff to the blog like I did today or would you rather just be ideas and recipes, etc. ?  Be honest, you can’t hurt my feelings. I’m immune to hurt feelings–that’s what you learn from a near death experience. LOL

Please leave comments in the comment section at the end of the blog. I love to hear from you.  Feel free to ask questions or suggestions, etc. 

xoxom

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IDEA I LOVE

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Like 3 pounds of chocolate a day, you know you need this project.  Here’s how to make it:

http://tallystreasury.com/2013/07/crafting-caddy-for-the-car/

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    May 3, 2016 at 12:29 PM #

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      Sandy, I think you have to do that. I don’t keep any kind of file or lists. You must have subscribed at some point and you can unsubscribe. 😦 xoxom

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        Just glad you are able to post!Will be happy to read when ever and what ever you feel like posting. Have learned so much watching you starting with quilt out loud!

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  2. DIANN CASTIAUX
    May 3, 2016 at 12:32 PM #

    Yes, you definitely should go to physical therapy. Will improve your balance, coordination, endurance etc. PT’s ROCK. I still go as a private fitness client would not miss it for the world.

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  3. Cathy McFarland
    May 3, 2016 at 12:35 PM #

    I like the longer blogs with all the info.. It is like getting your former magazine! I’d rather wait longer for a blog because I take the time for myself when I read it.

    As for relocating, look into Bloomington, Indiana. We’re one oF the top places for relocating. The arts here are fantastic.

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    • May 3, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

      That’s what I was kind of thinking, too. I’m curious to see what the polls reveal. Thanks for your comments! xooxm

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  4. Mary Salmon
    May 3, 2016 at 12:43 PM #

    You have been busy!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Lori Roth
    May 3, 2016 at 12:59 PM #

    I like the longer blog. It makes me feel like I was reading a magazine. I’m will to wait longer for a posting if it’s longer. Love the personal stuff added to your posts because I worry about you! Yes go to PT!!! If nothing else, it is a start to doing some much needed exercise to maintain your svelte figure. Welcome Back .

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  6. Sharon Green
    May 3, 2016 at 1:07 PM #

    You should at least give the physical therapy a try….it may help you in more ways than just the physical challenges it can lessen. I think about all you have been through and it always brightens my day to see and read your blog, posts and just to hear how you are doing. You are one of a kind and I love seeing and hearing from you however and whenever you post.

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  7. Beckie K
    May 3, 2016 at 1:08 PM #

    I prefer shorter blogs with just 3-4 ideas, but more frequent posts. The longer blogs make me feel a bit over-whelmed. I like the personal stuff mixed in.

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  8. Susan
    May 3, 2016 at 1:11 PM #

    You are amazing Mark! I have such respect for the way you follow your path. Go to physical therapy and do what they tell you!!! It may really help with your vertigo issues. But don’t expect immediate results 🙄 just keep doing what they say. Love your blog posts…love you 😘

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  9. May 3, 2016 at 1:32 PM #

    Mark, you should definitely go to Physical Therapy. At least, give it a try, you have nothing to lose and lots to gain. Love the longer blogs, but what you do should be determined by your energy level.

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  10. Kathleen Mitchell
    May 3, 2016 at 1:55 PM #

    xoxo

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  11. May 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM #

    I’m glad you’re back, along with your nouns. I never know what I’m going to get from reading your posts, but it’s always fun and unusual. Yes to physical therapy. For all the reasons mentioned above and because physical therapists are great people who may help you with things your doctor missed. Just saying…

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  12. Lee Pinkerton
    May 3, 2016 at 2:04 PM #

    Hi Mark – I would be happy with a shorter blog if it means hearing from you more often. You put a lot of hours into writing it, and with your health challenges you may need to ease up a little bit. No matter what you write (or how much), I always enjoy hearing from you. Take good care of yourself. I like hearing how you’re doing and the personal stuff. Makes me feel like I know you. With all good wishes, Lee

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  13. Teresa
    May 3, 2016 at 2:05 PM #

    Glad to have you back in whatever form you choose. Short blogs work for me. I don’t have the time to read and write down everything and so miss some of the stuff that I swear I’ll get back to. The short blogs give me time to catch it all. Definitely do the physical therapy. If it doesn’t work for you, at least you tried. It will take time. Be good to yourself and make allowances for not being on top of your game all the time. Look forward to next post!

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  14. Kira
    May 3, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

    Loved your rag rug instructional. Want to make one for our next home, since this one is kinda done! Glad to hear your feeling more like your self

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  15. May 3, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

    HI Mark
    First and foremost I’m so glad you are feeling better and posting again! Understandably I’m sure you are still in the recovery mode –but steady improvement is great! I enjoyed the post—my suggestion would be to post smaller amounts, perhaps more frequently as opposed to such long posts. I think you would put less stress on yourself and would make the read more digestible at one sitting. As far as your personal input –of course we love you to share your current happenings and fun sense of humor! As quilters and fiber artists we need to connect on many levels to learn and grow —so keep your personal fun stuff coming! By the way will you be lecturing at the Warwick quilt guild? I’ll be there doing a lecture and trunk show on May 24th!—“Living a Soulful Life”– Hugs and blessings as you continue to heal!💗
    Renee

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  16. Carey Japhet
    May 3, 2016 at 2:38 PM #

    I’m so glad you’re back and feeling better. I’ve kept all your quilt magazines (yes, all!) And go through them for ideas and your cheerfulness. I prefer short more frequent blogs because of a short attention span and I love all your personal details and yes you should at least give physical therapy a try. Who knows, you may love it.

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  17. May 3, 2016 at 2:43 PM #

    Mark–Glad you are feeling better. Have missed your fun stuff! Do try the physical therapy. My mother, who is 94, has had some of the same balance issues as you have described, and it has done wonders for her!! There are even exercises for people who have balance problems related to inner ear issues–who knew? It can’t hurt to give it a try. Best of luck!

    Janice Griffin

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  18. May 3, 2016 at 2:44 PM #

    Well, that was fun reading through your blog, you did a great job putting all that together. I really liked the rug, may try that. I feel it would do you much good to try some physical therapy soon. it really will help your balance. Do take care!

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  19. sharon
    May 3, 2016 at 2:45 PM #

    thanks Mark for all your hard work – 5 minute mini posts would be as fun from you, oh but I get those on FB right? the video thing will be cool, I would love it if you posted it to you tube, easier to view later from my roku box…..love watching vid blogs while I craft!

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  20. May 3, 2016 at 3:07 PM #

    Definitely go to physical therapy. Occupational therapy, too. You will be so glad you did. Thank you for sharing a project by Peter Dahmen. He is fabulous! Take care of yourself and don’t worry about posting to your blog on a schedule. We’ll just wait patiently here for you, lol!

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  21. Sharon Dickman
    May 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM #

    Wow! When you said new blog post, I was not expecting a book chocked full of ideas. Yes to PT. And don’t laugh, but consider a yoga class a couple of times a week. Will build your strength and perhaps help with balance. I started yoga at age 65 and go three times a week now. Try it for at least three months. Took me at least that long to get the basics. And do not eat for two hours before class.

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  22. Katy De
    May 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM #

    What drew me to when we first met in your magazine was your humor and dedication to your talents. Keep sharing. As to physical therapy. Do it, do it, do it. They will help you adapt, improve or overcome your balance troubles. So glad your doing better.

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  23. pamela illingworth
    May 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    Hello honey,
    Please take it easy you look tired x I’ve been following your blog from England for a while. Glad you’re up and about more. You’ve been amazing. Your blog’s and updates are so much fun and very inspirational…. Even if it just means my when I get chance list grows longer every time!!
    Best wishes to you and Mr Electric,
    Much love
    Pamela x x

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  24. Barbara Gifford
    May 3, 2016 at 4:06 PM #

    Glad that you are on the mend. Is Pittsburg a good place for you to be? Isn’t that one of the places in the country that is filled with the mold that made you so sick? Think about New Hampshire, no sales tax or personal income tax. Boston is not that far away, and lots to do in New Hampshire. Many quilt shops and lots of quilters too, with MQX in Manchester in the spring. Do take care of yourself and physical therapy is a very good thing, Your body went through a lot this last year and needs to rebuild. Love your blogs, long is better as long as you don’t push yourself too much to do it.

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  25. Jean mau
    May 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM #

    Do the physical therapy. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make. My husband had a cerebral hemorrhage and 6 weeks later I brought him home in a wheelchair barely waking. Today he goes to the gym 3 days a week, drives and is mostly self sufficient. It’s taken a lot of hard work but he never would be able to do the things he does now without therapy

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  26. Sandi Ippolito
    May 3, 2016 at 4:19 PM #

    So glad you’re looking so well. Listen to your body tho…when it says you are done for the day LISTE and chill out for the rest of the day! Love the blog with all the ideas and links…and love the personal stuff you include….makes us feel like part of the family. 🙂

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  27. Sharon Kriesel
    May 3, 2016 at 4:53 PM #

    Glad things are moving forward for you, little improvement each . Take care of yourself, and I believe physical therapy would help you. Hope you continue to improve and it was nice to hear from you! Personally speaking…..shorter blog posts more often…when you feel like it.

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  28. Peggy Hobbs
    May 3, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

    Mark do what is easy for you. Hearing from you always makes my day. Now take care and just be easy on yourself.

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  29. Jodi
    May 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM #

    Mark, take good care of yourself and do what you can. Love hearing from you at any time…..

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  30. Brenda Hojonski
    May 3, 2016 at 6:34 PM #

    Mark, You have developed a following of people who will be happy with whatever your health can stand for a blog frequency. Do not push yourself so hard you gett sick again for us! I loved this long blog, though. Like someone else said, it was like reading a magazine. 🙂 I’m not for drugs, but the PT will be an enormous help to you! It is amazing what those folks can do to help a person get their body better. Pittsburgh will be a great place for you to move back to. As I’m 60 miles away, I might actually have a chance at getting to a class you hold, when your good health returns. Thank you for your cheery blog posts with such great information and fun! You rock, Mark!

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  31. Marcia
    May 3, 2016 at 7:04 PM #

    Markie Mark: Puh-leeze come back to da ‘Burgh! We miss you around here. You can join our monthly “Creative Hands” art group in beautiful downtown Mars, PA, a loosey, goosey group where we do nothing but create, and where we have no drama, no divas, and no dictators! And, where we just won a third place ribbon in the North Pittsburgh Quilt Guild show in the Innovative category for our “Art School” quilt, made up of 12 individually designed and quilted fish joined together on one quilt back. SOOO much fun! And, I’m working with Rhonda McCann at the Quilting Needle on Saxonburg Blvd. Having a blast – great customers, fabulous unusual fabric, and I’m designing this years’ Row by Row after only 2 months of working there 🙂 What a way to close out a cancer battle, yes?

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  32. Maria
    May 3, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

    Hi Mark, I love any size blog post your energy can handle. You have always been an inspiration to me from the Quilters Home days. God bless and try to give PT a chance. xoxo, Maria

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  33. Lorraine Sanzalone
    May 3, 2016 at 7:38 PM #

    Hi Mark,
    Even though your progress may feel slow to you it is still progress! I would like you to continue your blog using this one as a sample. I like your blog and knowing your progress as a person is also good. Do what you can. I always look forward to them.

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  34. Julie
    May 3, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

    Please, please give physical therapy a try. Occupational also if that is offered. These people are amazing and will have very constructive suggestions for you! (The PT people will make you work hard.) Take care of yourself so you can continue to inspire the creativity in the rest of us.

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  35. quiltipatti
    May 3, 2016 at 10:41 PM #

    what a nice surprise to see you in my mail box. i’ve wondered how you are doing but knew you would return when you could. my opinion is ‘do what you feel able to do.’ this is a hard lesson i’m having to learn. when you get too tired, it’s not good for you. alot of my older than me (80-90’s) friends, do the yoga. it would probably help and so would the pt. i’m always so glad to see a post from you, especially the personal stuff. you can write long notes or short ones or whatever floats your boat that day. just take care of yourself, do what you can, when you can and we will keep praying for you. hugs from patti in florida

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  36. Sherry Starr
    May 3, 2016 at 11:05 PM #

    I like the longer blogs, but you have to listen to your body and do what you can do. I’m looking forward to Sunday morning.

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  37. cindy reaper
    May 3, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

    Mark, your stumbling and tripping sound like my Vertigo. Certainly get PT, but have them check you for Vertigo too. I love your blogs…long, short, in between, it’s like we’re having a cuppa and we’re catching up on stuff! Keep at it…slow but sure wins the race!

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  38. Junie Miles
    May 4, 2016 at 12:26 AM #

    The Bagel recipe calls for 1 1/2 warm water, but does not say if it is cups. tablespoons or?
    I like your blog post and I enjoyed watching your video on facebook yesterday!!

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  39. Susan McLaughlin
    May 4, 2016 at 1:12 AM #

    PTs specialize in developing hope. Accept their services.
    Why either or on the blog? When you get up, do it if you have the energy. Leave it for the next day if you don’t. Moan a bit on line; that fills the “personal” quota. Pictures are good, too. About the time you’re sick of all that, you’ll be ready for some serious work!

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  40. Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer
    May 4, 2016 at 2:17 AM #

    I’m just happy to hear from you Mark, so do what you are able….take care of yourself first. I have fibromyalgia so i know what it feels like to to “hit the wall” or toasted as you said. When it’s time to stop…just stop. Give the pt a try, I found it helps somewhat and any little bit means a lot! I remember the days when I would stumble and catch myself no matter what gyrations i had to go thru….now it’s just flat on the face…pt really can help with that even if it’s just teaching you how to slow down. LOL The hardest thing I’ve had to learn…am still learning…is to pace myself. Good luck with that.

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  41. Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer
    May 4, 2016 at 2:19 AM #

    By the way….I live in the “Burgh” as well and love the Quilt Company. Hope you do move over this way, I’ll look forward to running into you fabric shopping there.

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  42. Tricia Urbanowski
    May 4, 2016 at 7:09 AM #

    Wow! That blog will have to be reviewed several more times
    just to fully appreciate all that you packed into it!! So glad to see that the nouns have returned, but I vote for the PT. It couldn’t hurt, and the therapist might be cute 😛

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  43. Sue H
    May 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM #

    l love to receive your news, please continue as and when you feel fit enough. Always lots of fun and inspiration. Always interested to hear how your recovery progresses.

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  44. May 4, 2016 at 8:35 AM #

    Welcome back! And please Mark, for Pete’s sake, find me a pair of shoes! I’ve been looking for a month for a pair to match a dress and all I can find are slut shoes!

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  45. Pat D
    May 4, 2016 at 8:56 AM #

    Welcome back – so glad you now have your nouns back!!!!! I would say, do what you are able to do. Thank you for sharing your struggles.

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  46. Chris Nagle
    May 4, 2016 at 4:47 PM #

    Mark – You do whatever works best for you. We are all out here and always happy to hear from you, if it’s more infrequent…we will STILL be here. Go to PT, after reading all of the above posts is there any doubt left that you should? I know that I appreciate those little personal tidbits that you toss in here and there. Makes me feel that we have so much more in common, although I have nothing to blame my walking into doors and walls on. Moving back to the state that made you so sick! Pffftttt! Take care of yourself and go wherever your heart leads you.

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  47. May 4, 2016 at 4:58 PM #

    Dearheart, glad to see you on the mend. Take it slow and easy; know that we adorning fans will be glad to have whatever little bit of yourself you can share. I am normally not a proselytizer, but I truly care about your health. I have been wanting to mention that I changed the way I eat significantly about a year and half ago, dropped a ton of weight, no longer border-line diabetic, hi blood pressure, nor hi cholesterol. My non-stop allergies have stopped – health has returned. No chocolate cake or bagel ever tastes as good as being healthy, energetic and thinner feels. I follow Dr Joel Fuhrmann’s Eat To Live program, but there are other Whole Food Plant Based diets out there. Just mentioning this because so many people have reversed severe medical conditions following Whole Food Plant Based diets and it breaks my heart to see you so sick. Apologies if I am being too butt-in-ski.

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  48. May 4, 2016 at 6:31 PM #

    Sew glad to have you in my in box in any way shape or form! It is your blog and I enjoy anything you want to share. I love it all!! Hugs, Allison in Plano, Texas USA

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  49. May 4, 2016 at 6:54 PM #

    Call tomorrow for PT. They will evaluate and then do the exercises with you, and if you don’t care for the person or the facility, do not hesitate to change. You have to regain your balance, so there will be no injuries from falls and it will give you confidence and peace.

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  50. Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer
    May 5, 2016 at 2:02 AM #

    Hi, i just saw the response mentioning occupation therapy…this was the best therapy I received. Such good info on how to move and not create more pain! Simple things I just never thought about but help tremendously. I strongly encourage you look into this. Best wishes for your fast and total recovery!

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  51. May 6, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    Two comments:

    First, run, don’t walk (just kidding, toddle if you want) to PT. It’s wonderful for you and you will feel so much better. If you are going to a gym-type venue, you’ll make friends in no time, and the time will fly by.

    Second, any which-way you blog is a ray of sunshine whether it’s long or short. And the personal stuff is like having a cup of tea and 3 pounds of chocolate together. Do whatever you are up to and know that we all look forward to seeing your name in our emails. I save them for last so I can savor them.

    I’ve missed you all along and even tho we’ve never met, you are counted among my favorite people.

    Sharon Madison 😊

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  52. Lisa Burke
    May 6, 2016 at 5:16 PM #

    It’s so good to have you back! Yes, go to therapy! It will help. I’m an ex Occupational Therapist, currently an RN, and I’ve seen near-miracles. We don’t want you falling; we do want you to recover fully. Your rainbow cake made me think of my friend’s, Teresa Anderson’s, seed art piece of cake, which won a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. Seed art is a big deal at our fair and often has a political (and always liberal, for some unknown reason) message. She created the piece of rainbow cake in celebration of the defeat of the “defense of marriage amendment”, in 2013. The previous year she made a seed art 3 dimensional wedding cake, “Marriage Sanctity Layer Cake”, with the names of famous philanderers beautifully imbeded.. It appeared in the Huffington Post. I hope you’ll check them out here:
    http://cropart.com/teresaanderson/index.htm
    Again, it’s good to have you back!

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  53. Betty Akana
    May 9, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

    I love coming across your blog when it shows up on Facebook or my email. I click on all the recipes, patterns, and whatever floats your boat. I vote you try physical therapy at least once. I always cringe when my doc says I should go because it hurts and takes valuable time out of my day–time i could be goofing off. Also weighing in on a move to Pittsburgh. I grew up in the beautiful little mountain town of Ligonier and went to school in the big city at Pitt. I love The Quilt Company and also a shop out in Finleyville–the name escapes me. Living the good life in Delaware where you visited our local guilds a number of years ago. Do you remember the firehall?!? Good things in your future, and hopefully fewer encounters with the dark side.

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    • May 13, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

      You might be surprised to find out that I was Captain Idlewild in the late 1970’s LOL

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  54. Karen Falvey
    May 12, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

    Your blogs have SO MUCH variety and are so fun. I like less frequent with lots, although I’ll wait til I have time to go through it. Keep the personal stuff, it makes crazy more fun.

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  55. Faye
    May 14, 2016 at 9:59 PM #

    Just glad you are doing so much better. Captain Idlewil as in Idewild Park on Rte 30 outside Latrobe?

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  56. May 16, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    I LOVE your blog. I miss the frequency, but must tell you that this latest one blew me away. Every time I see you in my e-mails, that’s the first one opened! Like a little birthday present, always. So glad you are feeling better. Go to PT. They’ll help you get stronger more quickly.

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  57. SuzKuhns
    May 16, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

    I agree with so many other people here – love everything you post and you should do what makes you happy and keeps you healthy! I look forward to all the posts and enjoy them all. Love that you are thinking of moving back to Pittsburgh – my in-laws are from that area and my son is a major Steelers fan! Got to go to Market there are few years back and truly enjoyed the city. Think about PT – I find working out at Planet Fitness, following my physical therapist’s suggestions for my RA, has done wonders for me.

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  58. Trish Palmer
    May 21, 2016 at 6:53 AM #

    I’m so glad I found your blog Mark. I took a class with you in CT a few years ago and have been a fan. Continue to good health. I look forward to more blogs

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