I know! I know! I’ve missed posting for a couple of weeks. I promise I’ll get those shows posted by the end of this week.

They were terrific shows, too — Author and designer, Eleanor Levie, and Jerseylicious’ Tracy DiMarco, were co-hosts along with some AMAZING guests!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Just log onto www.toginet.com for a brand new 2-hour, Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!

3 pm -5 pm EST    2 pm – 4 pm CST

1 pm – 3 pm MST    12 pm – 2 pm PST

Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski

is the place to

oil your creativity

get unstuck

share your ideas

voice your opinions

have a few laughs


take a break from the world!

Call in with your questions or comments  for my guests
and win a PRIZE!
(877) 864-4869

Can’t listen live?

Now, you can subscribe to the FREE iTunes podcast, or listen anytime on www.toginet.comunder the ‘podcasts’ menu!

CLICK HERE to get to iTunes!

Here’s who’s on the next

Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski —

And my co-host is . . . .

Fiber Artist and Shop Owner

Ken Jones, Jr.

Here’s how I found Ken . . . .

A couple of weeks ago, Jeff and I went exploring Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania, looking at bookstores, antique shops, yarn stores, fabric haunts, art supply joints and planned to top it off with a visit to the Crayola Factory (yes, where they make crayons) in Easton.

When we escaped the clutches of screaming, horrid and out of control children, accompanied by their bored, indulgent and if-you-scream-louder-I’ll-ignore-you-more parents we began to explore the town.  That’s when we found Mercantile, a terrific loft-like space filled with fabric, hand crafts, and creativity.  Honestly, I could have lived there.

Ken Jones and his partner own Mercantile. Ken and his staff were making covers for notebooks!

This is the historic building Mercantile is located along with the storefront.

A little about Mercantile Home:

Mercantile Home creates and sells beautiful objects and curiosities seen nowhere else in the world. The Easton studio is always buzzing with creation. It is a one-of-a-kind place where contemporary art meets old-time general store. They design and make everything on the premises. Charming bags with style and flair, scented candles to fill the air, quirky cards to say hello, and fun surprises you’ll love the show.

You can visit Mercantile Home at 140 Northhampton St. in downtown Easton, Pennsylvania. Their hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11 AM to 8 PM. Their phone number is (610) 258–4046. And their are e-mail address is info@mercantilehome.com

CLICK HERE for a link to the Mercantile Home website.

Call in with your questions or comments  for my guests
and win a PRIZE!
(877) 864-4869

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

Author Neil White will be on this show!

I loved this book, put it to a  vote and listeners decided that we should read “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” as our Mojo book selection.   If you read it, you loved it.  If you haven’t read it yet, don’t hesitate!

Here’s what the book is about:

Following conviction for bank fraud, Neil White spent a year in a minimum security prison in Carville, Louisiana, housed in the last leper colony in mainland America. His fascinating memoir reflects on the sizable group of lepers living alongside the prisoners, social outcasts among the motley inmate crew of drug dealers, mob types and killers. Narrating and colorful, entertaining snapshots, White introduces the reader to an excellent supporting cast in his imprisonment: father Reynolds, the peerless spiritual monk; Mr. Flowers, the no-nonsense case manager; Anne, the sorrowful mother with leprosy whose baby was taken from her arms; and Ella the Earth mother, with wisdom to spare. Brisk, ironic and perceptive, White’s introspective memoir puts a magnifying glass to a flawed life, revealing that all of life is to be savored and respected.

Meet author NEIL WHITE during his visit on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski

Watch Neil White speak about his book:


Call in with your questions or comments  for NEIL WHITE
and win a PRIZE!
(877) 864-4869


What have I been missing!??!

Zentangles are an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a http://www.d-originals.com/ new art form that is a fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangles provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. Zentangles is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.

This is just a mild example of a Zentangle.

Meet Suzanne McNeill!

Suzanne is often known as “the trendsetter” of the arts and crafts industry.  Dedicated to hands-on creativity, she constantly tests, experiments and invents something new and fun. Suzanne is the creative woman behind Design Originals, a publishing company dedicated to all things fun and creative. She is an artist, designer, publisher, TV personality, columnist, art instructor, author and lover of everything hands on.

To visit the Design Originals website just CLICK HERE

Here are a few books done by Suzanne on Zentangles:

Here’s an example of a Zentangle done on a gourd!

Here is Suzanne talking about the origins of Zentangles and a new Zentangle trend!

Call in with your questions or comments  for SUZANNE MCNEILL
and win a PRIZE!
(877) 864-4869


Bonnie K. Hunter

is on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski

Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do.” She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting became her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of “Needle in a Haystack!!” creating over 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel. Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into 7 languages, and sold around the globe through fabric stores.

But Quilting has always been Bonnie’s first love. She started machine quilting her quilts in 1988 and spent many years professionally long arm machine quilting for the public after purchasing her first long-arm machine in 1995. She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to it’s full potential.

Bonnie is dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting. She enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the USA, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.

Her first book, Scraps & Shirttails, was released in 2008 followed by her second book, Adventures With Leaders & Enders” released in early 2010,also published by Kansas City Star. Be on the look-out for Scraps & Shirttails II, due for release in early 2011!

Her large website, Quiltville.com is visited by thousands of quilters around the globe daily, providing many with ideas for using those precious scraps, including free patterns to get you started!

Bonnie’s favorite motto? “The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!” of course!

Call in with your questions or comments  for BONNIE K HUNTER
and win a PRIZE!
(877) 864-4869

Here are a few of Bonnie’s books that are available on her website:




Rick Rodgers has taught numerous classes on Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday meals and is the author of the best-selling Thanksgiving 101 and Christmas 101. Not surprising, as Rick is one of the busiest and most versatile people in the food business. He is a cooking teacher, food writer, cookbook author, freelance cookbook editor, and radio and television guest chef.

Rick has written more than 35 cookbooks on a wide range of subjects including  Thanksgiving 101 and Fondue, and IACP Cookbook Award nominees, Kaffeehaus and The Carefree Cook. Williams-Sonoma has chosen Rick to write nine titles in their various cookbook lines, and his recipes have appeared in Food & Wine, Cooking Light, and Fine Cooking, and he is a frequent contributor to Bon Appétit.

In the publishing world, Rick is known for his behind-the-scenes work on an additional 30 books with other cooks, providing everything from recipe testing to writing to editing. His clients are a diverse group: Alfred Portale (The Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook), Dan Leader (Bread Alone), fashion guru Lilly Pulitzer (Lilly’s Essential Holidays), the late Leslie Revsin, PBS’s Jeffrey Nathan (Adventures in Jewish Cooking), Patti LaBelle (LaBelle Cuisine), and Oprah Winfrey’s former chef Art Smith (Back to the Table and Kitchen Life). The last two authors reached theNew York Times Best Seller list, and a number of Rick’s projects have gone on to win James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards. He was a contributor to both The Bon Appétit Cookbook and The 75th Anniversary Joy of Cooking.

His encyclopedic culinary knowledge brought him the assignment of head writer to the 2001 edition of The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook, as well as the role of American consultant to The Illustrated Kitchen Bible and The Barnes and Noble Essentials of Cooking. He has also created corporate cookbooks for Nordstrom, Kingsford Charcoal, Splenda, and has an upcoming book for Sarabeth’s Bakery.

Rick’s combination of down-to-earth humor and solid information brought him the prestigious Bon Appétit Food and Entertaining Award for Outstanding Cooking Teacher. In addition to his publishing work, Rick teaches cooking classes from coast-to-coast, as well as the occasional international stint (including Korea and France). He is a speaker at many festivals and seminars, including the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals and Greenbrier Food Writers conferences.

Rick has made countless television and radio appearances, often acting as a media spokesperson for top food, beverage, and housewares companies, including Perdue Farms (seven years), Grand Marnier (five years), Absolut Vodka, All-Clad, Beatrice Foods, Libby’s Pumpkin, Entenmann’s Baked Goods, Kingsford Charcoal, Hershey’s Cocoa, and Jell-O.  He has been guest chef on the national television shows Today, CBS  Morning Show, Good Morning America, Cooking Live with Sara Moulton, and many others, including media appearances in every major local market.

Former chef/owner of the Manhattan catering firm Cuisine Américaine, he has the distinction of being an American chef cooking for the French government, and created parties for such celebrities as Marcel Marceau, Yves St. Laurent, and Gerard Depardieu. Cuisine Américaine now acts as a food consultant firm, providing recipe development and public relations support to Absolut Vodka, El Paso Chili Company, and others.

Call in with your questions or comments  for my guests
and win a PRIZE!
(877) 864-4869

Here’s a YouTube vid of Rick:

And these are just a couple of Rick’s books!


Check out Rick’s website by CLICKING HERE!


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2 Comments on “HEY KIDS!”

  1. Fran
    March 2, 2011 at 12:17 AM #

    How wonderful that you are sponsored by JANOME the best sewing machine manufacturer in the world! I can not say enough complimentary things about their machines that work so beautifully and help me create flawless items.

    I have owned four different models, always upgrading as new MC’s become available.

    Best Wishes in all you do.


  2. March 3, 2011 at 4:07 AM #

    It is wonderful! xoxom


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