Create a Quilted Summer Table Runner! Crochet a Summer Shawl, Piece a Stepping Stones Quilt! Craft Lawn Dice! Sew a Screen Beach Bag! Sun Dye Fabric without Special Sun Dye Paints! Make Lotion Bars with Drawstring Bags! Needle-Felt a Robin! Knit a Summer Sweater! Cross Stitch a 4th of July Design! Craft Outdoor Bug Protectors for your Drinks! Up-cycle an Old Tire into a Charming Planter!

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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 piece is by acclaimed Chinese-American artist, Hong Nian Zhang.

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YOKE DU YOUR

An older man walks into a bar wearing a stovepipe hat, a waistcoat and a phony beard. He sits down at a bar and orders a drink. As the bartender sets it down, he asks, “Going to a party?” giphy “Yeah, a costume party,” the man answers, “I’m supposed to come dressed as my love life.” “But you look like Abe Lincoln,” protests the bartender. “That’s right. My last four scores were seven years ago.”

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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 will be our next entry stairs paint job.  Listening, Mr. Electric?

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IDEA I LOVE

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Don’t you think this is a great little mesh screen beach bag?  Who cares if it gets wet or sandy, all it has to do is hold your junk (well, not your “junk”… the stuff you bring to the beach). Here’s how to make one:

http://www.designsponge.com/2012/07/diy-project-mesh-screen-beach-bag.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Here is how to win back your kids’ college education money. Play a game of lawn dice with them. I love the way they look. Here’s how you make a set:

http://www.remodelaholic.com/diy-yard-dice-tutorial/

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

Artist Fraser Smith just floors me with his woodwork. Here are some examples of his wooden fiber art. I actually was privileged to see his work in Paducah. I didn’t realize until after I touched it that you weren’t allowed. It was baby soft, like it might of been carved from balsa wood, but I know that’s not the case. Make sure you check out his website, the link is below, for some real eye candy and amazement!

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Here is the link to Fraser Smith’s website: http://www.gofraser.com/

YUMMY DISH!

VIETNAMESE-STYLE SUMMER ROLLS

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I made these this past week for Mr. Electric and me.  They were pretty spectacular (…and it’s really all about the sauce).  You can get the hang of the wrap pretty quickly.  Of course, I just did what I wanted!

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For the peanut sauce:

  • creamy peanut butter
  • water
  • hoisin sauce
  • limes
  • soy sauce
  • sugar
  • chile-garlic paste
  • garlic
  • sesame oil

For the summer rolls:

  • medium shrimp
  • dried rice stick noodles or rice vermicelli
  • round rice paper wrappers
  • mung bean sprouts
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh basil or Thai basil leaves
  • cilantro sprigs
  • serrano chiles (optional)
  • cucumber
  • scallions
  • Bibb lettuce leaves

 

For the full recipe and wonderful tutorial, click here:  http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/vietnamese-style-summer-rolls-with-peanut-sauce-10641

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IDEA I LOVE

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Just because it isn’t winter doesn’t mean you won’t need lotion. After being in the sun your skin can really dry out. Here’s a recipe for lotion bars plus a pattern for sewing drawstring bags. What a nice gift for friends at your Beachhouse, or while you’re hosting in the Hamptons or your Italian villa. Check it out:

http://mellysews.com/2015/12/make-lotion-bars-sew-drawstring-bags.html

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

THE HAPPY DAD COCKTAIL

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Vikingfjord Vodka
  • Blood Orange Juice
  • Champagne / Dry Prosecco
  • Aperol

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Find the full recipe for this cocktail and others here:  http://www.lifelovebeauty.com/fathers-day-cocktails-and-drink-ideas/

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I was really drawn to these drink protectors that double as coasters. There really is no tutorial for these so just go to the link to get what you need, then watch the YouTube video I posted that will teach you how to melt these inexpensive, plastic perler beads.  Make them fast, Summer is ticking away. Here’s the link:

http://makezine.com/2015/04/09/keep-the-bugs-out-of-your-beverage/

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

 

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

BACON, CHEDDAR & ZUCCHINI BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.lovefoodies.com/bacon-and-cheddar-zucchini-bread.html#.U9C8XfmSzhQ

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MEMBA?

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I know. I know. This video hair video is so mean that I wondered whether I should include it in my post. On the other hand, it makes me belly laugh every time I see it. Of course, I have very little hair on top so I am hardly a sympathetic audience… (besides it was on AFV and the poor kid was a guest on numerous TV shows after the clip went viral)

And now a word from  . . .

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Join one of our Block of the Month Clubs to get exclusive quilt blocks each month and build yourself a quilt masterpiece at your own pace. Imagine receiving a box each month with new quilt blocks – you can with our Block of the Month quilt projects!

Block of the Month Quilt Kits at Keepsake Quilting

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Strip-piece your way to a striking padded handbag with four outside and eight inside pockets. Kit has directions by Nancy Green of Pink Sand Beach Designs, batik fabrics for the outside and lining, including precut 2-1/2″ strips, and a magnetic snap.

Amethyst Hampton Handbag Kit at Keepsake Quilting

AMERICA

At the beach, or in your own backyard, celebrate and enjoy the All-American style of these great red, white and blue projects and fabrics!

Let Freedom Ring with Patriotic Fabrics and Projects at Keepsake Quilting

(Please contact me to see your logo and link here and viewed by thousands – PickleRoadStudios@me.com)

COOKIES!

CREAM CHEESE STRAWBERRY COOKIES

WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNKS

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • fresh strawberries
  • lemon juice
  • white chocolate
  • sanding sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/strawberry-cookies/

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FASHIONspiration

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Ralph & Russo Couture, Spring/Summer 2016.   White silk gazar ball gown with pale blue lining and hand painted floral design, embellished with crystal and glass bead 3D petals.

Client Service: +44 (0) 20 8878 5399

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IDEA I LOVE!

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This little English Robin is the cutest, and Robins are one of my favorite birds.  Honestly, I need it’s the gray and swap it out for black, So it looks like an American Robin, like the Robin who make a cameo in Mary Poppins.  Here’s how to make your own Robin:

https://liagriffith.com/diy-needle-felted-robin/

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BE DAZZLED!

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Natural Fancy Color Pink Blue and Green 3 Stone Diamond Gold Platinum Ring

A unique colored three stone ring, featuring GIA Certified Radiant cut natural fancy color diamonds. A total carat weight of the three center diamonds are 5.91 carats, made up of 1.73ct Radiant cut natural very light blue IF (internally flawless) diamond, a 1.73ct Radiant cut natural light pink VS2 diamond, and a 1.71ct Radiant cut natural fancy yellow-green IF (internally flawless) diamond. Mounted in Platinum and 18K White and Rose gold, this diamond ring is both rare and highly desirable for the color and clarity of the naturally colored diamonds.

$172,500.00

Wouldn’t this be terrific to wear while you’re handing out  lotion bars in your  home-sewn sack?

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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I’m really just am drawn to the colors and the greens and blues on the white background. It is a really pretty quilt and I like that the block is so versatile, how great it looks in other colors, and how this blogger/designer highlighted that on her blog.  Why not whip one up today?  Here’s how:

http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com/2015/01/stepping-stones-quilt-block-tutorial.html

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SHOEspiration

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

SUEDE LACE-UP SANDALS  $ 1128.00

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IDEA I LOVE

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Yes, I know most of you even get cold even during the summer, and in fairness, after it’s been so hot during the day, or you’ve been on the beach, you need a little sweater, a cotton sweater, to keep your chilled bones warm.  I love the way this locks. It’s a simple design and would go with everything. If you are into knitting, you’re going to want to make this pattern. Here it is:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer09/PATThoneychurch.php

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IDEA I LOVE

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Yes, you can have this completed easily by July 4. All you really have to do is start. Then, make all of your drawstring bags from a 28ct. Evenweave and give each of your barbecue guests a little cross stitched Fourth of July bag (filled with the lotion bar)?  Get the full sized pattern by clicking here:

http://plumstreetsamplers.typepad.com/plum_street_samplers/2010/07/happy-independence-day.html

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MUST HAVE

Worn Jean Stool

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Trompe l’oeil meets functional design in this stool made from reclaimed blue jeans. Constructed of two pairs of jeans thrifted from stores in and around Brooklyn, the draped denim stool is coated in resin and left to harden for three days. The resin allows this unique design to maintain its shape without a substructure, making it lightweight but strong, with the capacity to hold up to 450 pounds! Because each stool is individually formed from denim with it’s own unique wear, every piece is one-of-a-kind. Handmade by Vedat Ulgen in Brooklyn, New York.  $640

Due to the recycled and handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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IDEA I LOVE

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CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!  I love the table-cloth gingham along with the very subtle “watermelon” trim.  Do not be afraid of the curved scallop border.  Need a lesson?   Check out my class at Craft University.   Here’s the pattern for the table runner:

http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/content_downloads/QNMP-130900-SUMMER_FP.pdf

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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

GARDENspiration

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This will have you begging for a flat tire.  Cute right?  All of the charm of an old  time tree swing without any of the litigious neighborhood kids.  Here are a few more ideas for tire planters:

http://diyshowoff.com/2013/07/02/diy-tire-planter-tutorial/

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DESSERT!

SKILLET BLUEBERRY SLUMP RECIPE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • fresh or frozen blueberries
  • sugar
  • water
  • lemon peel
  • lemon juice
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • 2% milk
  • Vanilla ice cream

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/skillet-blueberry-slump

IDEA I LOVE

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The colors say AUTUMN but I say bring on the sweet summer colors to crochet this, Solomon’s Knot shawl for a stroll along the ChampsÉlysées,  enjoying the outdoor cafe’s of La Jolla , or a on super brisk run through Lumberton, North Carolina (no, don’t stop to use any restroom here, no matter the might of NC’s specially-trained, Junk-Inspecting Police).  Here’s the pattern: 

http://blog.redheart.com/ultimate-guide-crochet-solomons-knot/#more-13332

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DIDJAMISS?

These are a couple of vids of a live streaming session I’ve been streaming LIVE on Facebook on Sunday mornings. It was fun for me. Thousands have been watching — THANK YOU!  You can watch some of the past recordings here. I’ll be LIVE this Sunday morning at 11 AM for another crack at a live visit but it you miss it on Facebook, you can catch them here.  I really want to do this on YouTube but can’t figure it out. If these live things are like everything else on FaceBook, they’ll start holding the videos for ransom and not allowing viewers unless  (I) pay up. Anybody know how to do live chats on YouTube?  Help!

LIVE STREAM 4  (Tossing my stash)

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LIVE STREAM 3 (Meet Kidney Mary, my kidney donor)

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LIVE STREAM 2  (Showing my Quilt Shop Collection)

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Personal Stuff

If you missed my Facebook posts this week, you’re him know that whatever little I have of my hair (I’m guessing due to the heavy medications I take twice a day), has gone from poker straight to very curly. Of course, I do not mind being confused with the Justin Timberlake as we are built similarly, but…

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I may resent other comparisons –

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Or . . . 

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Anchor’s away . . . 

Just a few days until I show you my final designed and constructed ring bearer pillow.  I’ll share it next Sunday along with the cross stitch pattern available on my website.  I like how it turned out.  

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Still plowing through my stash . . .

So, here’s the thing.  I am downsizing. While I talked about donating all funds raised on eBay sales to charity.  I was gently reminded by my friends, that 3-months in the hospital left us broke and, in fact, I am the charity.  Therefore, I am selling off my stash to continue to pay off my hospital bills, lab, and prescription fees.

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I’m guessing the first fabrics will hit the auction sites next week.  I just have to figure out how to organize them to sell.  Any ideas?   I’ve decided to add the super cute  Japanese children panel and the vintage silk hand-painted Tibetan wall hanging  that I showed you last week.  See?  I’m serious!

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I wish I had an army to help me move through this!  There is so much!

AND in boring Health News….

I still can’t see from my right eye for the cloudiness.  I have an appointment with the Transplant Team tomorrow where I will then secure a referral for a retinovitrous specialist.  I’m drinking gallons of agua.

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Clear pee is healthy pee!  And they make comments! Ugh

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I’m beginning to feel stronger.  I’m taking less naps. And may actually try a short ‘walk’ this week.  I need some oxygen in these veins. I’m still a little freaked that I still need more healing time and how long this is taking, but I do see tiny steps and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel — if I could see out of my darn eye!  I can finally muster small projects but nothing large.  As a matter of fact, my Sunday talks put me out of commission for the rest of the day –  but it hopeful that I can at least bring a little energy and laughter into my life for 60-minutes (and I’m not that entertaining). 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I like sun dyeing and even taught classes on it once upon a time. This blogger doesn’t use light sensitive paints!  Check it out:

 http://maryandpatch.blogspot.fr/2011/06/when-summer-is-back-quand-les-beaux.html?m=1

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13 Comments on “Create a Quilted Summer Table Runner! Crochet a Summer Shawl, Piece a Stepping Stones Quilt! Craft Lawn Dice! Sew a Screen Beach Bag! Sun Dye Fabric without Special Sun Dye Paints! Make Lotion Bars with Drawstring Bags! Needle-Felt a Robin! Knit a Summer Sweater! Cross Stitch a 4th of July Design! Craft Outdoor Bug Protectors for your Drinks! Up-cycle an Old Tire into a Charming Planter!”

  1. Alison Skar
    June 5, 2016 at 2:05 AM #

    I always look forward to reading your blog. Never dull, always interesting, and entertaining. Sending healing thoughts for your continuing recovery …what an incredible journey you have been on!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Alice Thomas
    June 5, 2016 at 7:27 AM #

    I truly enjoy and love your blogs. Awesome.
    Praying for you for positive and speedy healings.
    Best

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Suzette Keyser
    June 5, 2016 at 9:10 AM #

    Love your blog. You offer something for everyone. You are a joy. Thank you. Keep up the wonderful work. I’m so glad you are getting better every day.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Dodie Sarnoff
    June 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

    Happy to hear that you’re feeling better! You’re too creative to be sick! We need you!

    Love,

    Dodie Sarnoff

    Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”

    “ Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. ” ― Robert A. Heinlein

    Life is good! Thank G-d!

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  5. Carolyn Kerr
    June 5, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

    Love your blog posts…… just like reading a magazine… something for everyone! lol Hard to pick a favourite.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Barb Walsh
    June 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    Dear Mark, I love your blog!!!! It makes me smile, gives me new ideas, and all together brightens my day.

    Take care of you.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Mrs. Plum
    June 5, 2016 at 1:14 PM #

    Mark, I’m pondering how you can organize your sale items. Choices abound. One way could be by color, another by fabric type, i.e., hand-dyes, batiks, traditional prints, etc. You could also do it randomly, which would appeal to people who love surprises. If you have everything for a particular project, such as pattern, thread, fabric, etc., you could also sort it that way. If you have scraps you want to sell, you could bag those separately and sell large scrap bags.

    Thanks for your blog–I’m always entertained.

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  8. Jane McPhee
    June 5, 2016 at 4:52 PM #

    Well, Mark, I’m finally off the couch and into the living world. Not your long travel, but a 6 month tour of breast cancer surgery and chemo. My second trip. Thank God I only have two boobs! My hair is starting to grow in….straight!! I always had curly hair. I guess you take what you can! I wish you healthier days ahead …..

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  9. annieb523
    June 5, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

    I remember years ago – ok – around 1998 – I bought sun print fabric – maybe from Keepsake. I was making my son a College Quilt. I went on the internet onto Quotation sites and found all these cool quotations.

    I made them into Powerpoint slides and printed them onto clear paper for overhead projectors, and then put them upside down onto the sun fabric. It was really cool – these very snarky quotations, a few photos of his friends, some weird applique – and that was the back!

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  10. June 6, 2016 at 5:52 PM #

    Your sense of humor is so hilarious! Thank God I watched the you tube video before curling my hair. I was this close!! Love the girl on the tire swing. And away she goes!! Will definitely make the sweater and can’t wait to hand out the lotion bars in my hand made bags while wearing those fancy sandals!! Woo hoo. Keep on keeping on Mark.
    We just had our Yearly Quilt Show here in Santa Rosa and there were some Lipinski Mystery quilts shown.

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  11. Susan Forsythe
    June 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM #

    May each day find you feeling stronger! We need your humor to encourage us. Hope we can be encouraging to you. Measure your progress every now and again. Just keep moving forward!!! Yay, Mark!

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