Make a Fold Up Felt Bag! Learn Sashiko! Piece a Wingin’ It Quilt! Make a Coconut Oil Lotion Bar! Craft a Clutch! Crochet an Ocean! Mix an Anti-Wrinkle Spray! Plant a Teacup Garden! Weave a Scarf! Learn Traditional Mexican Yarn Art! Fabric Cover Switch Plates! Craft a Tasseled Rope Basket! Bake a Lemon Pie! Quilt a Valentine’s Day Table Topper! Avocado Your Blouse! Knit a blanket! Embroider a Pillow! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!  

ARTspiration

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Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my soul.  This piece is called FIRST CLASS by James Rieck, painted in 2016.  It’s 84″x60″ oil on canvas and its current price is $24,500

 

YOKE DU YOUR

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A father buys a lie detector that makes a loud beep whenever somebody lies around it. The son comes home in the afternoon. Father asks him, “So, you were at school today, right?”

Son: “Yeah.”

Detector: “Beep.“

Son: “OK, OK, I went to a movie.”

Detector: “Beep.”

Son: “Alright, I was drinking beer with my friends.”

Father: “What?! At your age, I wouldn’t touch alcohol!“

Detector: “Beep.”

Mother laughs: “Ha ha ha, well, he really is your son!”

Detector: “Beep.”

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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?

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IDEA I LOVE

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I LOVE this folded felt bag.  When Jodie and I were filming Quilt Out Loud, we shot an episode from Brooklyn General Store in, of course, Brooklyn. They had an amazing selection of heavy felt and I’m sorry, to this day, that I didn’t buy some while I was there.  Here’s the tutorial for making this Fold Up Felt Bag (which I think is perfect for holding craft supplies):

http://www.instructables.com/id/Fold-up-Felt-Bag/?ALLSTEPS

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EMBROIDERYspiration! 

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Who doesn’t long for “Home Sweet Home” (especially when everything seems to be utter chaos)?   Settle in and embroider this easy and colorful pillow.  It’s the next best thing (or in my case, even better than) ever going back to Mayer Drive! 🙂   Here’s the tutorial:

http://www.homedit.com/embroidered-throw-pillow/

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YUMMY DISH!

Thai Beef Stew with Lemongrass and Noodles

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Ingredients

  • lemongrass stalks
  • garlic
  • kaffir lime leaves
  • chopped peeled ginger
  • Thai chiles
  • boneless beef chuck
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • star anise pods
  • cinnamon stick
  • reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • light brown sugar
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • shallots
  • carrots
  • scallions
  • wide rice noodles
  • Lime wedges

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/thai-beef-stew-lemongrass-noodles

 

IDEA I LOVE

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I’m kinda hoping that using this skin-loving, winter-hating coconut oil lotion bar won’t eat away your nail polish … I’m also hoping that the manicure above isn’t a new trendy fashion statement.  If the cold winds has your skin stinging and singing “How Dry I Am” then you might want to whip up a few lotion bars for yourself (wear gloves?!?).   Here’s how:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Coconut-Oil-Lotion-Bar

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION 

Needlepoint artist, Ulla Stina Wikander of Sweeden, transforms old items and transforms them into needlepoint art by covering them in gorgeous needlepointed designs.  Take a look.  For more, here is a link t0 her website:  http://www.usw.se/konst/index.htm

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

WILLIAM FAULKNER’S HOT TODDY RECIPE

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Faulkner’s niece gives directions for making his version of this hot wintry cocktail.

Pappy alone decided when a Hot Toddy was needed, and he administered it to his patient with the best bedside manner of a country doctor. 

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He prepared it in the kitchen in the following way: Take one heavy glass tumbler. Fill approximately half full with Heaven Hill bourbon (the Jack Daniel’s was reserved for Pappy’s ailments). Add one tablespoon of sugar. Squeeze 1/2 lemon and drop into glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with boiling water. Serve with potholder to protect patient’s hands from the hot glass.” 

Pappy always made a small ceremony out of serving his Hot Toddy, bringing it upstairs on a silver tray and admonishing his patient to drink it quickly, before it cooled off. It never failed.

Ingredients

  • Bourbon
  • Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Boiling Water

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For original resource, CLICK http://literaryman.com/2012/09/25/faulkners-hot-toddy-cures-everything/

IDEA I LOVE

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Sorry, you’re going to have to live with the bags under your eyes and crow’s feet that can hold a 3-day rain.  But if you want to get rid of wrinkled clothing without ironing, try this simple DIY Wrinkle Release Spray.  Here’s how:

http://www.popsugar.com.au/smart-living/DIY-Wrinkle-Release-Spray-42366839

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 IDEA I LOVE

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Gather your indigo blues and make a patchwork clutch with sashiko!  Look, I know what traditional sashiko is.  I think I might up the ante of this generous tutorial and start mixing different colored threads, and even fabrics to make this project “my own.”  Start here for wonderous inspiration and for the tutorial:

http://www.lindseycrafterblog.com/2017/01/make-patchwork-clutch-with-sashiko.html]

MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

MARZIPAN TWIST SWEET BREAD

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Ingredients:

Dough:
milk
sugar
yeast
flour
salt
butter
lemon
egg

Filling:
almonds
eggs
sugar
water
almond extract

Glaze:
powdered sugar, sifted
emon juice
water 

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For the full recipe CLICK HERE:  https://cookiescakespiesohmy.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/dscn06802.jpg

MEMBA?

Formica kitchen tables . . .

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And now a word  . . .

Now that the weather is cool, I’m heading back upstairs to continue clearing out my studio.  Get first dibs on all of my eBay listings when you follow the  Pickle Road Stash Busting page on Facebook!  Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PickleRoadStashBusting/

I also started a YouTube page and will, eventually be doing some live broadcasts and probably a few online classes there.  I will be uploading all of the Facebook Live videos to my channel first (and adding retroactive links to this blog).  I already have some uploaded and am working backward — hopefully, I can organize them later. Then, I’ll think about creating and adding original content.  Please subscribe to my channel, here:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeWRvfCwPVqbXXvphw6bsVg

If you missed the last Facebook LIVE, you can watch it here…

If you’d like me to address anything, comment or answer any specific questions on my live feed, please just email me and I’ll get right to it.  Email me at pickleroadstudios@me.com

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COOKIES!

BUTTERMILK COOKIES

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Ingredients

For cookies

  • all-purpose flour
  • grated lemon zest
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • pure vanilla extract
  • buttermilk

For glaze

  • confectioners sugar
  • buttermilk
  • pure vanilla extract

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/buttermilk-cookies-241199

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JUST BECAUSE, I SWOON 

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This is a superb and early example of the brilliant Marimekko textiles that were made into simple clothing that went with the Marimekko lifestyle brand. The Marimekko company was founded in 1951 by Armi and Viljo Ratia and they quickly became known for making pieces of boldly printed fabric. The label on this dress dates it to the late 1960s and it is very unusual and striking in its cut. It is cut slim through the shoulders and then expands with a massive amount of volume from there. The sleeves mimic this with a narrow shoulder and then end in a wide cut sleeve. Both the hem of the dress and the sleeves are cut in gentle curves with the front portions of each significantly shorter then the back. The effect if these giant curves against the sharp angular print is genius. It is an amazing piece of fashion history. $625.00

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IDEA I LOVE!  CROCHETspiration

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This is called the OH MY crocheted blanket.  What a pretty stitch and the colors take me away from snowy Pickle Road to the beaches of San Juan, one of my favorite getaway places.

FOR THE FREE PATTERN, CLICK ON THE LINK:   http://www.mooglyblog.com/oh-my-blanket/

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BE DAZZLED!

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Chaumet Hortensia ring in pink gold, set with rubies, pink sapphires, diamonds, red tourmaline drops and an 8.6ct round faceted pink tourmaline in the centre.

PATCHWORK, BABY!  QUILTspiration!

WINGIN’ IT QUILT

Adapted from a Quilt Designed by Sandra Clemons for McCall’s Quilting

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This free queen size quilt pattern is super easy and fast to piece! The Diamond Panes quilt blocks go together quickly and give an illusion of sashing when set together. Don’t miss the Wingin’ It lap quilt pattern in the McCall’s Quick Quilts issue

Download the FREE Wingin’ It queen size quilt pattern.

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SHOEspiration

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Don’t judge . . .

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IDEA I LOVE! VALENTINEspiration

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Just about 4 weeks until Valentine’s Day. That means you have enough time to have this ‘Encircled Love’ mini-quilt table topper pieced and then actually quilted by Valentine’s Day 2037.  Here’s the tutorial:

http://kittensandthreads.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/EncircledLoveMiniQuiltPattern.p

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LOVE this KNITTED afghan worked in the Slip Stitch. The waffle weave it creates is perfect for the men in your life. The color choices here are terrific, too. No, we don’t need another Granny Square and/or Clam Shell stitched blanket, but thanks for asking.  Here’s the PDF pattern:

https://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-Site/Sites-siteCatalog_michaels_US/default/v1411505193064/project_pdf/54711_revised.pdf

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GARDENspiration

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This little fairy cup garden is super cute and easy to take care of (that is, if you’re not packing it with orchids).  It’s also an amazing little gift for a hostess, a sick friend, birthday surprise, or a just because I’m thinking of you.  Here’s how to make one:

http://www.thecraftaholicwitch.com/2016/08/20/create-a-cute-cup-garden/

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MUST HAVE

Are there words for this? Are there?  Words?

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Well, I don’t care. I don’t even have a cat and I want this handicat kitty finger puppet.  And it’s on sale.  Get yours here:

http://www.perpetualkid.com/handicat-kitty-finger-puppet/

IDEA I LOVE!

How to make a Fabric Covered Switch Plate cover tutorial at TidyMom.net

So you’ve spent a crap-load of dough on making a new quilt, to match your room.  Why not use your scraps to cover your switch plate for a total custom look?  All of your friends will be green with envy and begging you for the name of your decorator.   Start here:

http://tidymom.net/2010/fabric-covered-switch-plate-tutorial/

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IDEA I LOVE

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This DIY Coiled Rope Tassel Bowl would be great for holding all of your crochet hooks, rug-making hooks, spools of threads, notions or small rulers. Filling anything with ‘power bars’ is so foreign to me that it confused me. I mean, when you’re on a diet, don’t you eat all of them at one time?   Here’s how to make a rope bowl so you can put what you want in it:

http://fallfordiy.com/blog/2017/01/06/diy-coiled-rope-tassel-bowl/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Move your weave so you can hear me!  THIS PROJECT LOOKS LIKE HUGE FUN. Here’s how to make your own DIY woven scarf without a loom!  It’s like magic.  Here’s where you start:

http://www.hefty.co/dyi-woven-scarf/

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DESSERT!

CLASSIC LEMON MERINGUE PIE

January 23, 2017 is National Pie Day

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Ingredients

  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • shortening
  • cold water

FILLING:

  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • water
  • egg yolks
  • butter
  • grated lemon peel
  • lemon juice

MERINGUE:

  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • cold water
  • egg whites
  • vanilla extract

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/classic-lemon-meringue-pie

IDEA I LOVE

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The first time I saw a truly remarkable piece of Mexican yarn art was in the design studio of Karen Kay Buckley (I hope I’m remembering correctly).  I remember thinking then, “I wonder how they did that?”   This piece is super easy, elementary, and fairly uninspired, but, Oh cupcakes, imagine learning the technique then soaring with your own creative interpretation.  Learn the fundies here:

http://www.zombieswearinghelmets.com/2011/06/paint-with-yarn.html

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 IDEA I LOVE

Judging from what I’ve been seeing online, it seems like avocados are the new trendy thang. I have to be honest, I would NEVER paint on a new shirt (unless I found it super cheap and then 75% off) but I would get a second-hand store blouse or shirt to customize.   Why look like everybody else?  Do your own Project Runway unique design challenge. Start with painting and changing buttons here:

http://studiodiy.com/2017/01/12/diy-avocado-buttons/

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10 Comments on “Make a Fold Up Felt Bag! Learn Sashiko! Piece a Wingin’ It Quilt! Make a Coconut Oil Lotion Bar! Craft a Clutch! Crochet an Ocean! Mix an Anti-Wrinkle Spray! Plant a Teacup Garden! Weave a Scarf! Learn Traditional Mexican Yarn Art! Fabric Cover Switch Plates! Craft a Tasseled Rope Basket! Bake a Lemon Pie! Quilt a Valentine’s Day Table Topper! Avocado Your Blouse! Knit a blanket! Embroider a Pillow! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!  ”

  1. Sherry Starr
    January 15, 2017 at 2:41 PM #

    Bill’s parents had Formica table and chairs.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barb Deshler
    January 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM #

    Wow, Mark! Thanks for all the fun stuff! It will take days to do all the cute projects in there.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sally Maxwell
    January 15, 2017 at 5:01 PM #

    Mark, when do you start Live Youtube? I’m confused!

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  4. kyquilter
    January 15, 2017 at 5:27 PM #

    As usual, you have presented us with lots of inspirations. I happen to live in bourbon country, real close to Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Four Roses, and Makers Mark distilleries. Its a shame I am not into bourbon. Apparently, we have very good grape growing ground in this area so wineries are popping up everywhere. Yea!!

    On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 1:44 PM, Mark Lipinski’s Blog wrote:

    > marklipinski posted: “ARTspiration Artists or art that turns me on and > feeds my soul. This piece is called FIRST CLASS by James Rieck, painted in > 2016. It’s 84″x60″ oil on canvas and its current price is $24,500 YOKE > DU YOUR A father buys a lie detector that makes a lou” >

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  5. January 15, 2017 at 6:36 PM #

    Just a thank you for not only all the great ideas but also for making me laugh. You always have some snarky comment …this time about bags under the eyes and not finishing a project until 2037… You put the “joie ” in ” joie de vivre “!!

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  6. Susan
    January 15, 2017 at 7:43 PM #

    You are my hero. Your upbeat spirit, positive outlook, creativity and grit are always always always an inspiration. Thank you.

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  7. January 16, 2017 at 1:35 PM #

    I have spent a morning with you and am happier for it. Well done!! I loved the read! So many cool projects, my first will be the wrinkle reducer!

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  8. January 16, 2017 at 2:50 PM #

    Do you stlll have your go fund me account? If so, how do I access it?

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  9. January 16, 2017 at 8:57 PM #

    I have the kitty puppet! So much fun!

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  10. January 20, 2017 at 1:58 PM #

    I love all the wonderful things you pack into your blog entries! It’s like opening a gift. Thank you for all the hard work it takes to organize and share these ideas.

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