You will love the FREE Scottie Toss Quilt Pattern! Shibori this Summer! The Great Dime Challenge! Sew a Zippered Card Pouch! ‘Mr & Mrs’ Ballard Design Hack! Queen of Hearts Cross Stitch! Make an Easy Magnetic Pin Holder! Knit an Ultimate Palette Blanket! Chug a Hurricane Cocktail! Craft a Delicate Floral Bib Necklace! Redesign a Kitchen Hand Towel! Whip Up a Scrappy Color-Block Mug Rug! Amazing BoHo Boots to buy! Blue Bird Embroidery Pattern! Microgreens You Can Grow Inside! How to Paint a Pineapple! Crochet a Log Cabin Throw! DIY Log Cabin Quilt Block! How to Give Yourself a Daisy Manicure! Make an Easy Wet Felted Coin Purse! Piece a Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner! The Correct Way to Wash Your Hands! 4 Weeks of Mark & Mr. Electric Facebook LIVE Videos! What’s New on Pickle Road Studios eBay (New Listings Today)PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

10500469_794735810557527_3646254998409989670_nARTspiration

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, The Double, is by artis, Jared French (1905-1987)

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YOKE DU YOUR

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The party’s host paid her guest a great compliment. “You are one good-looking man,” she said. “Honest—I’ve had only one beer.”

His glow was only slightly dimmed when his wife interjected, “Imagine how great he’ll look after two.”

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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?   I just love this photo.  Frankly, it’s what I feel like most days  . . .  LOL

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IDEA I LOVE

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The weather is beautiful and terrific for dyeing outside.  Why not try your hand a Shibori.  Look, I know I’m not suggesting dyeing ‘classic’ indigo shibori, but why not try the folding methods in a red dye, green, or purple   . . . Shiborify your creativity.   Start here with a FREE tutorial:

http://honestlywtf.com/diy/shibori-diy/

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LET THE DIME CHALLENGE BEGIN

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Start collecting your dimes in a 2-liter bottle.  The experts say that once you fill it, you’ll have saved $700 (how’s that amount of scratch for adding to your stash?).  The best part is, you won’t even feel it.  xoxom

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Keep your credit cards all in one place after you whip up this cuter than cute Sew Zipper Card Pouch!  Then again, you just might want to skip the zipper and sew your cards inside.  Here’s the FREE tutorial: 

http://www.craftpassion.com/2014/08/sew-zipper-card-pouch.html/2

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

SICK BOOK SCULPTURES BY GUY LARAMEE

Aren’t these terrific?  I really am in awe of the talent and vision of so many artists.  I may book-sculpt my sewing room — All I’ll have to do is buy an old book and crumple up the pages!

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Here’s a hack taken from Ballard Designs.   This sewist, inspired by* what she saw in the Ballard catalog didn’t want to fork out $118.00 for 2 burlap pillows.  Instead, she made a set for $3.99!   Here’s her tutorial on how she did it (and you can, too*):

http://sethandkait.blogspot.com/2011/01/ballard-designs-knock-off.html?m=1

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*Please notice that the designer did not rip-off the design but was ‘inspired by.’  That’s what copyrights and intellectual property are all about.

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YUMMY DISH!

GNOCCHI WITH SUMMER SQUASH, BASIL, AND FETA

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 This simple summer pasta calls for just a few ingredients.

What You’ll Need

  1. gnocchi, fresh or frozen
  2. olive oil
  3. yellow squash
  4. garlic
  5. kosher salt and black pepper
  6. Feta
  7. torn fresh basil leaves

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/gnocchi-summer-squash-feta

IDEA I LOVE

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Itching to cross stitch but don’t want to spend the last of your healthy 30  years trying to complete a never-ending project?  Why not give this schweet lil’ Queen of Hearts pattern a shot.  It’ll take you a day or two (if that).  You’ll be so hand-work content and you’ll also have a finished project under your belt.  Here’s the FREE pattern:

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/queen-of-hearts-3

 

SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

SUMMER HURRICANE COCKTAIL

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  • light rum
  • dark rum
  • passion fruit juice
  • orange juice
  • grenadine
  • Orange slices
  • maraschino cherries

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Get the Hurricane Cocktail recipe by clicking here:  http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a5631/hurricane-tropical-drinks-cocktails/

IDEA I LOVE

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I have pins stuck in every chair, sitting in every bowl, resting in every candy dish,  in needle boxes, the needle books, in various pincushions, etc. but nothing is as cute as this charming and easy-to-make vintage magnetic pin holder.   I think it’s time to hit the yard sales this weekend, don’t you? Click here for the FREE tutorial:

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IDEA I LOVE

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 I get that this isn’t everybody’s taste. For instance, I could never wear a floral bib necklace because one of my triple chins would cover it all the way down to the last link. Since you, of course, have nothing to worry about that department, you might consider making one of these delicate floral pickup necklaces (just keep picking up the next charm and adding it). While you’re at it, why not bling it up with some heat set crystals or your own touches of acrylic paint. Here’s how you make one:

http://www.patcatans.com/craft-projects/jewelry-making-ideas/delicate-floral-bib-necklace

 

WORDS TO LIVE BY

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(I’m kinda guessing that Gayle ran the bath and poured the champagne)

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 IDEA I LOVE

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Drying your hands in the kitchen can’t get any easier than this. Dripping water on the floor from the sink to the stove might be a problem, however. All you need is a hand towel, Velcro, and your trusty sewing machine. I love this idea but doesn’t this remind you of one of those creepy towel dispensers that used to hang in public restrooms in the 60s?  Find the tutorial here:

http://www.homeyhomedesign.com/2012/05/foiling-pet-peeve.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

SOUR CREAM BANANA BREAD

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What You’ll Need

  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • mashed bananas
  • sour cream
  • vanilla

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://reluctantentertainer.com/sour-cream-banana-bread/

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MEMBA?

When your mom would crochet Barbie clothes for your dolls ….

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…while everybody else got these?

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IN THEORY

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COOKIES!

FLUFFERNUTTER COOKIES

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What You’ll Need

  • creamy peanut butter
  • marshmallow fluff
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • baking soda
  • salt

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.jenniferthurstonwrites.com/?avada_portfolio=fluffernutter-cookies

 

FASHIONspiration

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Carretto Siciliano print dress

$2,495.00  55% off  $1,122.75  (Import duties included).  Buy yours here: 

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Believe it or not, I really love a mug rug. My friend Bonnie has made me a set, my friend Lynn sent me a duo of mug rug carrots (which reminds me . . . I need a Hello Kitty mug rug. Do they make them?). I use them all the time. The bright colors of this particular mug rug caught my eye and I just knew I needed to share it with you. For the pattern, click on the link:

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BE DAZZLED!

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Fabulous Nardi Venezia Enamel Sapphire Diamond Gold “Arlecchino” Brooch Pendant, $12,000 (what are you waiting for, you haven’t sewn your credit cards into the pouch yet, have you?)
This sensational jewel depicting a harlequin with a sleek black enameled mask and strewn with multicolor sapphires and other gems is from the famed Venice jeweler Nardi. Carnival is an important event in Venice during the pre-Easter season, and many people flock to Venice to celebrate the event. Nardi, famed for his moretti (moor’s head) jewels, created this unique piece to unite the concepts of the moor’s head and carnival in one jewel. Note that the stones are mounted bottoms up, which creates a softer, more subtle sparkle than if they were mounted face up. Measures 2 5/8″ up and down and 1 5/8″ across, 18 karat yellow gold, with an exquisitely carved white chalcedony face. Secure double pronged pin catch at the rear, plus a sturdy loop to wear the jewel as a pendant. Signed “Nardi Venezia”.
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PATCHWORK, BABY!

BRITE AND BUSY QUILT

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 I was so pleased to see that Marinda Stewart, my old buddy, is still designing quilts for fabric companies and magazines.  She designed this quilt for Michael Miller, and it’s called, Brite and Busy Quilt.  I really like this quilt. It’s modern but it’s not stark – and enough with the white space and quilting so dense your snuggly ‘quilt’ feels like plywood, already.  You can get the free pattern for Marinda’s quilt by clicking here:

http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/get-inspired/free-downloads/scottie-toss-quilt.html

SHOEspiration

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Boho Boots In Colorful Vintage Ethnic Hmong Patchwork.  Grab a pair of these terrific boots here:

http://www.siamesedreamdesign.com/collections/womens-boots/products/sadie-vegan-womens-boho-boots-in-colorful-vintage-ethnic-hmong-patchwork

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IDEA I LOVE

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There is embroidery, then there is embroidery. This free design and tutorial is yours for the taking — all you have to do is click on the link:

https://trishburr.com/?s=bluetit&submit=Search

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KNITspiration

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 Ready! Set! KNIT!   You realize that we have less than 30 days until September begins? It’s hard to believe that it won’t be long before we are sitting in front of the fireplace and wrapping ourselves in comfy Afghans. Here is a terrific color block, knitted blanket. The design is modern and simple, yet the color changes are so frequent that you won’t get bored knitting the same damn thing over and over and over and over again. Click on the link for the pattern (pretty, isn’t it?):

http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Ultimate_Knit_Palette_Blanket__D55756220.html

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LOL

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GARDENspiration

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How in the world did I get to be 59 years old without having identified microgreens in my salad? I guess the real question is ‘How do I get to be 59 years old and still hate salad?’   I am pretty sure it all comes down to growing microgreens in your home and adding them to your salads and meals. Here is all you need to know about microgreens, the salad you can grow inside. Just click on the link:

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/microgreens-the-salad-you-can-grow-inside?cid=OB-_-ROL-_-AF

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MUST HAVE

Better Houseware Corp. Silicone & Stainless Steel Collapsible 40 oz. Tea Kettle, about $35.00

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IDEA I LOVE

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Let’s be honest here… Could you really live a fulfilled life without having learned how to watercolor a pineapple? I didn’t think so. Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.linesacross.com/2016/07/paint-watercolor-pineapple.html/

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IMPRESSED!

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I’m sorry to say there is no tutorial for this little crocheted blanket, but I was so impressed because it’s so tiny. This dollhouse afghan literally fits in the palm of your hand, and I just wanted to share with you. To see more click on the link at the bottom of this post.

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DESSERT!

Individual Whole Peach Pies

(I’ll have 7, please….)

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What You’ll Need

  • prepared pie crust
  • very ripe peaches
  • honeycomb
  • egg
  • turbinado sugar

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2012/07/individual-whole-peach-pies.html

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CROCHETspiration

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 Grab your crochet needle, autumnal colored wool,  and start making this beautiful autumn log cabin throw now, so it will be all ready for you when the weather turns cooler. Can’t crochet? If you play your cards right, maybe this summer’s pool boy will keep you warm this winter and you can skip the crochet altogether…   Here’s the free pattern:

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/autumn-log-cabin-throw

 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 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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 I love needle felted  wool. It is so much fun to construct, yet I’m never quite sure what to do with my needle felted wool results. Look, I’m not going carry a little girly change purse but you can.   Find the free tutorial for how to make these wet felted coin purses by  clicking the link below.   Don’t these remind you of Baltimore Oriole nests?

https://feltmagnet.com/textiles-sewing/Wet-Felted-Coin-Purses-Easy-Tumble-Dryer-Method-Make-Multiple-Items-Fast

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FACEBOOK VIDEOS . . . 

Eight weeks ago, I began hosting LIVE Facebook chats. A few weeks ago, Mr. Electric joined me.  Catch us LIVE every Saturday morning at 11 AM on the Mark Lipinski Facebook page (except this Saturday as Mr. Electric will be attending his sister, Jill’s, wedding but I’ll be there at 11 AM EST sharp).  Replay will also be posted on Facebook.  

I’m still trying to figure out if I can move these recorded Facebook videos to my YouTube channel, and eventually how to present LIVE streaming videos through YouTube rather than Facebook (any help out there? I’m lost).   In any event, here are the last 4 videos we taped. xooxm

Introducing Mr. Electric . . .

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My Favorite Things . . .

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So, as I was pulling old books from my shelves to get ready for more “vintage” books to post to eBay, an old baby announcement fell from the pages of one of the needlework books that I must have purchased from a used bookstore ages ago. Now, I’m on the hunt to find the source and mail it to them. If they happen to be not so far away from New Jersey, I might do a LIVE Facebook Feed Door Knock.

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The surprise door knock to return the baby announcement . . .

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IDEA I LOVE

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Here is an easy, colorful, and graphic table runner to prepare you for fall.  The Maple Leaf design is a classic in patchwork, and patriotic in Canada, but I think, personally,  I might opt for some very traditional autumn colors, and maybe change up the direction of each leaf?   Just an old board man’s opinion — it’s just fine the way it had been designed.   Get the pattern to create your own colorful maple leaf table runner (along with a tutorial) by clicking on the link:

http://www.thesewingparty.com/2015/11/modern-maple-leaf-table-runner-tutorial/

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WHAT’S ACTIVE ON PICKLE ROAD STUDIOS eBAY THIS WEEK

 

For those of you who may not follow my Facebook pages, I have decided to sell off all of my stash – books, fabric, patterns, notions, watercolor books and supplies, books and manuals on creative writing, the works. Not only do I need to clear clutter in my life to allow for more creativity to creep in, I still have some outstanding and continuing medical bills that I have to pay. For me, it’s a win-win situation. Here are some of my auctions that are active on eBay as of today.

eBay Stash Slash-A-Thon! 

Stash Selling/Doctor Paying

Thanks for your help!  

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Just click on the photo to place your bid for that particular auction that you’re interested in. It will take you to the auction page.

 

All bids begin at 99¢*

FOLLOW ME ON eBAY at PickleRoadStudios

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If you’re on Facebook, you can join the Mark Lipinski Stash Busting, Doctor Paying eBay Listing Stuff group.

If you are a member of the Mark Lipinski Stash Busting, Doctor Paying eBay Listing Stuff group, you get first crack at all of the BUY IT NOW eBay auctions and direct sales. Anything posted there will be available only to the members of this group until midnight EST of the day they were posted. Once someone in this group, chooses to ‘auction ‘rather than ‘BUY IT NOW’ that specific auction will immediately be released to the masses.

I am busting my stash to both downsize and pay off my mountain of doctor bills after my kidney transplant and 3-month lung-issue hospital stay that left me unemployed and in debt. Let me know if I can help you in any way or if you have any questions. Thanks for your support. xoxom  

Join the group by clicking on this link: Mark Lipinski Stash Busting, Doctor Paying eBay Listing Stuff

Last chance, these auctions are almost finished! Just click on the photo to place your bid

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Newly listed today . . . Just click on the photo to place your bid

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OUT OF PRINT, COLLECTOR’S ITEM

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OUT OF PRINT, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

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COLLECTOR’S EDITION

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* except out of print or collector’s items.

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I’d really appreciate it!  xoxom

Just cut and paste this into an email or post on your Facebook and Twitter pages:  

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6 Comments on “You will love the FREE Scottie Toss Quilt Pattern! Shibori this Summer! The Great Dime Challenge! Sew a Zippered Card Pouch! ‘Mr & Mrs’ Ballard Design Hack! Queen of Hearts Cross Stitch! Make an Easy Magnetic Pin Holder! Knit an Ultimate Palette Blanket! Chug a Hurricane Cocktail! Craft a Delicate Floral Bib Necklace! Redesign a Kitchen Hand Towel! Whip Up a Scrappy Color-Block Mug Rug! Amazing BoHo Boots to buy! Blue Bird Embroidery Pattern! Microgreens You Can Grow Inside! How to Paint a Pineapple! Crochet a Log Cabin Throw! DIY Log Cabin Quilt Block! How to Give Yourself a Daisy Manicure! Make an Easy Wet Felted Coin Purse! Piece a Modern Maple Leaf Table Runner! The Correct Way to Wash Your Hands! 4 Weeks of Mark & Mr. Electric Facebook LIVE Videos! What’s New on Pickle Road Studios eBay (New Listings Today)PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. August 3, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    That blog was just plain ….fun. Oh, and those patchwork boots, to die for, must have those!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sally Maxwell
    August 3, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

    I’ve always enjoyed your choice of music! Oh, yeah, and the projects–those, too! Time to get the ol’ crochet hook out and try a different take on a log cabin block. It looks easy enough for ME to do it 😉 Thanks, Mark!

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  3. August 3, 2016 at 3:53 PM #

    Great Blog! Love it and you! Have a great day!

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  4. August 5, 2016 at 3:35 PM #

    Wow! This blog post was like Christmas morning–full of magic and delight. Thank you!

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  5. Shelley Gardner
    August 5, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

    Sadly, the white coffee mug and sharpie idea is totally bogus. The first tutorial on this said it was permanent, which we found out, it isn’t. This one is only “slightly” more honest- handwash and be gentle with it- um, yeah. If you take a dry rag and scrub the surface, the design comes right off. Baking really does nothing- none of these designs are permanent. The end result? White mugs. That cute dragon my daughter did for me only remains in the pictures we took of the mug right after we did it. If you plan on doing one of theses for Grandma or Grandpa, you have to tell them the cup is never usable if you want the design to stay as it is.

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