Create Ric Rac Roses! Sew a Cozy Pillow Bed! DIY Embossed Metal Boxes! Learn to Make Sprocket Pillows! Crochet Sweater Boots! Paint Fabric using Inktense! Piece an Album Patch Quilt! Craft a Portable Watercolor Box! Knit a Flying Pig! Plant a Freshwater Terrarium! Embroider a set of Chain of Hearts Napkins! Create Stunning Stained Glass Windows! Sew Heart-Themed Coasters! Mini Embroidery Project! Make a Soda Can Rose! A Sewing Machine Tip! How to Spin Yarn! Sewing Ric Rac! 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 Girl With Pigtails
by Sir Samuel Henry William Llewellyn,  who was an English painter of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries

YOKE DU YOUR

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Two elephants walk in the wilderness and spot a guy peeing at the bushes. One elephant nudges the other, “Man, I wonder how he ever manages to eat anything with that thing!”

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DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! Keep your eyes open. 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 the look of these ric rac flowers.  They look pretty easy to make.  Check it out here: http://todayscreativelife.com/how-to-make-ric-rac-flowers/

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IDEA I LOVE

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What kid wouldn’t love this cozy pillow bed? I’m trying to figure out the proportions for making an adult sized version.   Click on the like to find out how to make your own for your munchkins:  http://dabblesandbabbles.com/how-to-make-a-cozy-pillow-bed/

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YUMMY DISH!

CLASSIC MARINARA SAUCE

(No Sugar like the jar versions)

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Ingredients

  • San Marzano tomatoes
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • garlic cloves
  • dried whole chile, or crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • fresh basil

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015987-classic-marinara-sauce?action=click&module=Collection+Page+Recipe+Card®ion=No-Sugar+Added&pgType=collection&rank=1

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IDEA I LOVE

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I’m a hoochie for little boxes, any kind of little boxes.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to find this cool tutorial for making embossed boxes from soda cans.  Let’s face it, it’s totally worth diabetes and morbid obesity just to get enough stash to create these little suckers.  Click on the link for the tutorial for making your own:

Click on the link for the tutorial for making your own: http://hackaday.com/2011/01/21/making-boxes-from-soda-cans/

BREATHLESS INSPIRATION 

Handmade marbles . . .

Aren’t these amazing?  You can buy your own handmade marbles and see more examples by clicking this link:  http://www.route66glassworks.com/Gallery.html

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

CHOCOLATE WHITE RUSSIAN 

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Ingredients

  • Vodka
  • Kahlua
  • Heavy Cream
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Ice

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://basilandbubbly.com/chocolate-white-russian/

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IDEA I LOVE

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Aren’t these sprocket pillows cute?  They’re not hard to make and are totally the right project to start with if you’re ever considering a Dresden Plate quilt block and fabric covered buttons are one of my all-time favorite idiot-proof things to make.  Heres’s the tutorial for making these fun pillows yourself: http://cluckclucksew.com/2011/03/tutorial-sprocket-pillows.html

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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 IDEA I LOVE, CROCHETspiration

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Grab your crochet hook and a pair of rubber flip-flops and, oh baby, you will have boots to die for. Make them even better by weaving ribbons into your crochet, embellish, hand-dye, etc.  If you have strong arches, these could be quite comfortable.  If you have feet as flat as Donald Duck, well, you’re screwed.    Here’s the tutorial on how to make a pair of your own boots:  http://makeanddocrew.com/crochet-boots-flip-flops-pattern-video/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

MARK BITMAN’S NO-KNEAD BREAD

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Ingredients:

  • bread flour
  • instant yeast
  • salt
  •  Cornmeal or wheat bran 

 

For the full recipe CLICK HERE:  http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread?action=click&module=Collection+Page+Recipe+Card®ion=No-Sugar+Added&pgType=collection&rank=6

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MEMBA?

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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/

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Check back here soon.  I’ll be a part of a blog hop and you can win the book I LOVE PRECUT QUILTS!

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SALE SALE SALE 

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$5.00

Over 40% OFF the regular price of my digital Palm Beauty pattern

Today and Tomorrow only (January 28 &29 2017)

Order your Palm Beauty pattern here:  http://www.marklipinski.com/shop-2/

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COOKIES!

TWIX COOKIES

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Ingredients

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • flour
  • vanilla
  • salt
  • caramel
  • milk chocolate chips
  • shortening

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://www.thisgrandmaisfun.com/twix-cookies-3/

LOL

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JUST BECAUSE I SWOON 

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 Documented 1971 Valentino Couture Italian Vogue Audrey Hepburn Gown Dress

DESIGNER: Valentino Couture, published in the 1971 Italian Vogue, in a different print, on model Isa Stoppi. The same blue version of this dress was worn by Audrey Hepburn in Italian Vogue 1971. The white long sleeve version of this dress, also seen in the photo with Isa Stoppi, was shown in the exhibit Valentino Retrospective.  $42,999

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You might disagree, but although this dress costs a mint, it reminds me of something that Eunice might wear.

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IDEA I LOVE!  

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I think painting on fabric is an amazing talent.  It’s an amazing way to create your own fabric. Can’t draw?  So what?  There are so many cheating tools you can use – lightboxes, computer printouts, embroidery transfer papers…  Why not try it. It won’t break the bank, and you might just learn to love it.  Click on the link for more information on how to rock your fabric:  http://uniqart.blogspot.com/2015/02/tutorial-painting-on-fabric-with.html

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BE DAZZLED!

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This is a vintage piece of costume jewelry from 1948. It is marked, Coro with Pegasus
and designed by Adolph Katz. It is in excellent condition.  $475 

Here’s how you can own this piece: http://www.trifari.com/pages/cor1377.html

PATCHWORK, BABY!  QUILTspiration!

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Call me sentimental, but I love cheddar in a quilt.  Make this easy traditional Album Patch quilt from McCall’s Quilting. Now, cupcakes, think out of the box.  This pattern can look totally contemporary with just a change of fabric colors.  Click-o on the link-o to get the pattern: http://www.mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Album_Patch_WEB_BONUS.pdf

SHOEspiration

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So what do you think of these Clear Floral Oxfords by Kunihiko Morinaga?  These are from the 2012 collection and made from leather, plastic, and embroidery!

IDEA I LOVE! 

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What a great idea for upcycling your Altoids tin.  Make a pocket-sized watercolor box.  Listen, I know you’ve always to create an art journal on the run. Now’s your chance to honor your creativity or try something completely new.  Click on the link for a tutorial on how to make your own version of you watercolor box:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Tin-Pocket-Sized-Watercolor-Box/?ALLSTEPS

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IDEA I LOVE!  KNITspiration!

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These are the absolute cutest knitted pigs I’ve ever seen. I wish I could knit better; I’d try to tackle this. Instead, I’m going to have to sell my soul for one.  Not only that, I’m guessing the knitting shops still don’t have pink yarn in stock after the run for the Women’s March hats (well, unless you’re in Franklin, Tennessee  http://huff.to/2jzY8fT).

Here’s the pattern:  http://blueskyfibers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Oink1.pdf

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GARDENspiration

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Yummy! Make a freshwater terrarium. It can’t be any easier.  Here’s how to put one together for your home or office.  Look, if this works out, say goodbye to the bathtub.

Here’s the tutorial:  http://artseachic.blogspot.com/2013/07/diy-freshwater-terrarium.html

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MUST HAVE

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They say (whomeverthehelltheyare) that our phones are the filthiest and grimiest possessions we possess. No more, babycakes.  I want to zap my smartphone with this sanitizer.  Get one for you:

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/phonesoap-smartphone-sanitizer

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IDEA I LOVE!

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A simple embroidery stitch can help you create the dopest border on napkins, collars, and almost anything (why not stitch on paper for homemade Valentine’s Day cards?).  To learn the technique, click on the link:

http://www.designsponge.com/2014/02/diy-project-chain-of-heart-napkins.html

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TIP I LOVE

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Isn’t this a great tip?  Organize your seam ripper, marking pencils, and snips by using a suction cup soap holder!  Take a look:

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EMBROIDERYspiration! 

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LOVE this teeny tiny embroidery. What is better there is a tutorial for how to embroider your own version. What a terrific little embellishment for you bib overalls, mittens, jeans, or wherever you need a little life.  Start your project by clicking the link:

http://randomactsofamy.com/2016/09/09/tiny-embroidery-tutorial/

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DESSERT!

BEST EVER JAPANESE COTTON CHEESECAKE

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INGREDIENTS

Full cream milk or Low-fat milk
Butter
Cheese cream
Plain flour
Corn flour
Egg yolks
Vanilla flavor
Egg whites
Cream of tartar
Sugar

 FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE  http://amirahwaznahku.blogspot.de/2014/06/best-ever-japanese-cotton-cheesecake.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Dollar Store here I come.  Grab several colorful bags of garden glass and glue them to a window.  Glorious.   It’s so darn simple, but if I were you, I would campaign for the death penalty for anyone breaking a stained glass window before you make yours.  Start here:

http://www.hometalk.com/26593919/easy-stained-glass-window

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 … and VALENTINEpiration IS HERE

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These are designed to be fabric heart coasters.  I love them but I’d be afraid that the seams might tip my full glass of Old Turkey onto my rug, leaving me no option than to suck the juice from the carpet (like it hasn’t been done before).  You could add a little ribbon to the top so they can be used as doorknob decor.  I’d also love to see some embroidery accenting the fabric used for the hearts.   Here’s how you make these pretty Valentine coasters: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/fabric-heart-coasters/

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19 Comments on “Create Ric Rac Roses! Sew a Cozy Pillow Bed! DIY Embossed Metal Boxes! Learn to Make Sprocket Pillows! Crochet Sweater Boots! Paint Fabric using Inktense! Piece an Album Patch Quilt! Craft a Portable Watercolor Box! Knit a Flying Pig! Plant a Freshwater Terrarium! Embroider a set of Chain of Hearts Napkins! Create Stunning Stained Glass Windows! Sew Heart-Themed Coasters! Mini Embroidery Project! Make a Soda Can Rose! A Sewing Machine Tip! How to Spin Yarn! Sewing Ric Rac! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More”

  1. Cathy Trumble
    January 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM #

    Love your blogs! I don’t know where you get all your ‘ingredients ‘ but I am gladyoudo. Love the ideas for working with ricrac. It is retro cool. I’m going to try the marinara sauce, my husband is diabetic and very sensitive to the sugar in jarred sauce. My grandsons like the site about the aluminum can box,too. Keep on keeping on, have a great day with your family! Love you!

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  2. January 29, 2017 at 9:15 AM #

    Your blog cheers my soul

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  3. January 29, 2017 at 9:16 AM #

    You are awesome!

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  4. January 29, 2017 at 9:20 AM #

    Lovely blog! My Dad used to send me valentines. They were always corny and sweet. I think I’ll try your sweet embroideries. Thanks for the love-spiration, Mark. ~Sue

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  5. January 29, 2017 at 9:48 AM #

    Nobody but you could put Meryl Streep from Devil Wear Prada, Eunice (Carol Burnett) and pink flying pigs that are knitted all in one blog. so many great ideas…..Thanks Mark

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  6. Sally Maxwell
    January 29, 2017 at 10:11 AM #

    Always love your music selections! You got me dancing this morning (to “Turning Japanese”)

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  7. Grace Patane
    January 29, 2017 at 10:16 AM #

    My head is spinning! So much inspiration, and not enough time!!! Excellent blog today, Mr. Lipinski!!!

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  8. Eileen Kicken
    January 29, 2017 at 11:04 AM #

    Thank you for your wonderful creativity and humor!

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  9. 54allie54
    January 29, 2017 at 11:05 AM #

    What a great morning read with my Sunday cuppa Joe. thanks, Mark! Can’t wait to find out who broke the vase!!!

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  10. Christine Olah
    January 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM #

    This is another blog that is a home run right outta the park! I do not know where you find all this stuff-that cake, those windows, the teensy embroidery, using the soap dish to hold stuff-:-}☆!

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  11. Karen
    January 29, 2017 at 12:34 PM #

    You have the best blog there is!

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  12. Carol
    January 29, 2017 at 2:15 PM #

    I love your blog posts. They are always cheerful and make me happy. In addition to the great projects and good food!

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  13. Ro
    January 29, 2017 at 2:30 PM #

    As I read your blog I am transported to Craft Nirvana. Each blog is like unwrapping the gift of one new idea after another. By the time I am done I have smiled, laughed, been wowed, have more must do’s and feel I have journeyed with a kindred spirit. Thank you Mark!!

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  14. Ann
    January 29, 2017 at 5:23 PM #

    Thank you for the wonderful blog! It makes my day!

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  15. ME
    January 29, 2017 at 6:53 PM #

    Wow, plastic dip flowers! Haven’t seen those since junior high (late 60s) when enterprising girls used to make them and sell them for $1.Everything comes back if you wait long enough, huh?

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  16. Val
    January 29, 2017 at 10:02 PM #

    Love the blog! So many fun and beautiful things. You are inspiring! Thank you!

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  17. January 29, 2017 at 10:07 PM #

    I had one of those Dip a Flower kits when I was young! Speaking of vapors . . . 😀

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  18. Leila Soffen
    January 31, 2017 at 11:22 PM #

    I had those Dip flowers. They never looked as great as the design books (which I wonder if I still have in my craft stuff). and the fumes…man they were killer!!!!

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  19. Elaine
    February 1, 2017 at 8:07 AM #

    Love your blog, so much eye candy, etc. Your blog has such amazing pictures and ideas. Thank you.

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