Wow! Mojo for April 13, 2011

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My Fabulous Co-Host . . .


Lisa Shephard Stewart


Cultured Expressions

If you love to create with African fabrics, you’ve found the right place! From home decor to quilting & crafts, to fashion and accessories, Cultured Expressions fabrics & trims make it easy for you to create!

About Lisa . . .

LISA SHEPARD STEWART is an award-winning author and designer specializing in the use of African fabrics and world crafting techniques for decorating, sewing, crafts & quilting. In her how-to project books, African AccentsGlobal Expressions, and On The Go!, Lisa encourages others to express their creativity through culturally relevant techniques and materials. Her company, Cultured Expressions, Inc., offers her books, kits, imported fabrics & embellishments, lectures, workshops, projects and more. She also organizes retreats & special events internationally, combining crafting with her love for travel.

Lisa writes regularly for various web sites, and trade and consumer publications. She has demonstrated projects & techniques on HGTV and DIY networks, along with Discovery Channel and sewing & quilting programs on PBS. In her most recent on-air project, she shares ideas & projects as the recurring House & Home Decor expert on “Daily Connections”, a women’s lifestyle program airing on satellite station EBRU TV. For four years, she was the bi-weekly craft columnist for the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper with a daily readership of over 450,000.

Cultured Expressions:  Lisa Shepard StewartShe graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and an Associate degree in Communications. She has held various positions in the sewing, craft, and textile industries, including creative director, writer/ consultant, fabric buyer, merchandiser, and promotions manager. Lisa has collected African fabrics since 1986, after a visit to Senegal, West Africa. In addition to sewing and fabric collecting, some of her other interests include entertaining, holistic health, travel and yoga.

If you’d like to arrange media coverage, or a speaking engagement or workshop for your group, please

CLICK HERE for a link to Lisa’s website!

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Finding time to create when you’re dealing with special needs . . .

Meet Author



Julie Clark 

About Julie . . .

Like most writers, I’m more comfortable behind the scenes than grabbing any spotlight, shining it in my direction. That being said, for the curious, I’m an author (Asperger’s in Pink), artist, and mom, just like so many other women going about any other day, choosing to follow peaceful pathways, always looking to expand the concepts of acceptance and understanding.


Congratulations! It’s a girl … with Asperger’s! Join author and mom Julie Clark as she guides you through her family’s adventures raising a young child with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Whether you have a boy or a girl with Asperger’s in your life, you’ll nod and smile as you turn each invaluable page of real-life challenges and solutions.
On the way, you’ll be delighted and intrigued by candid commentary from her daughter Kristina, whose spirit and perseverance outweigh any obstacle she may face. Teeming with wisdom and wit, this book has much to offer parents as well as educators and professionals.
Together, you’ll explore:
  • The Road to Diagnosis
  • The Teacher Who “Gets It”
  • Occupational Therapy and “Group”
  • Tuning in to Social Signals
  • Winning the Daily Battles
  • Hope for the Future
  • And more!

CLICK HERE for a link to Julie’s BLOG!

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Do you have a novel in you?



Laura Whitcomb


About Laura . . .

Laura Whitcomb grew up in Pasadena, California in a mildly haunted house. She received her English degree at California State University at Northridge in 1993. She has taught Language Arts in California and Hawaii. She has won three Kay Snow Awards and was once runner up in the Bulwer-Lytton writing contest for the best first sentence of the worst Science Fiction novel never written. In her spare time she sings madrigals with the Sherwood Renaissance Singers and is the props mistress for the Portland Christmas Revels. She lives in Wilsonville, Oregon, with her son Robinson.The movie rights for A Certain Slant of Light sold to Kristin Hahn, producer of The Departed. ACSOL will be published in Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, Polish, and Turkish. The audio book is published by Listening Library. In 2005 ACSOL was also chosen for the “Discover Great New Writers” program at Barnes & Noble bookstores.The Fetch was #5 in the top ten of Children’s Indie Next List 2009 and was published as an audio book by Recorded Books. The paperback will be available in fall 2010.

CLICK HERE for a link to Laura’s website

Here a few covers from only some of Laura’s other books . . .


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The Best BBQ in America!

Meet Author

Ardie Davis!

About Ardie . . .

Ardie Davis, also known as Remus Powers, is a well-known judge on the barbecue circuit and the founder of Greasehouse University, the institution behind the fabled doctorate of barbecue philosophy (Ph.B.). Davis is also the founder of the American Royal International BBQ Sauce, Rub, & Baste Contest. He has been awarded several honors for his involvement judging barbecue competitions.

He is the author of five books on grilling and smoking and lives with his wife, Gretchen, in the Kansas City area.

Davis founded the Diddy-Wa-Diddy National Barbecue Sauce Contest in his backyard in 1984. It was renamed the American Royal International BBQ Sauce, Rub, & Baste Contest once it became part of theAmerican Royal, held annually in Kansas City.

He is also the author of the official judges’ oath that is taken at all competitions sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.


Davis has earned many awards for his expertise on the barbecue judging circuit. Accolades include the Smoky Angel Award from the Kansas City Barbecue Forum, the Judges’ Choice Award in the 2002 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and the Spirit of Barbecue Award from the National Barbecue News in 2002. In 2003, he was named a Kansas City Barbecue Legend by the Kansas City Star.[1]

Written Work

Davis writes a monthly column in the National Barbecue News and the Kansas City Bullsheet, which is the official newspaper of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. His writing on barbecue has also been featured on the ‘Cue Confessions blog.


Davis is also the author of a number of barbecue books:

​Ardie’s Deviled Eggs Recipe!


Deviled eggs do make trouble for my idle hands. If there’s a plate of deviled eggs nearby and both of my hands are not filled with drinks, they’ll shortly be filled with deviled eggs.

And yet as with any great temptation, I’m hoping it’s becoming more trendy. The Westside Local and The Dropfeature deviled eggs as on their small plates menu, and you know deviled eggs are on the comeback trail when Parade Magazine takes notice.

I took notice when Ardie Davis started talking about his recipe for Smoked Deviled Eggs in the 25th anniversary edition of the Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook (the full interview with Davis ran yesterday).

“This one is a bit of a twist on stuffed jalapenos and it’s definitely something different,” Davis said when I asked him about the recipe. In addition to recommending free-range eggs, he notes that if the carton has been the fridge for a week or so, the eggs will be easier to peel after being hard-boiled.

Ardie Davis’ recipe for smoked deviled eggs appears on page 26 of the KCBS’ cookbook.

Smoked Deviled Eggs.
Makes 24

12 eggs
²⁄3 cup canola or olive oil mayonnaise
¼ cup Dijon-style prepared mustard
¼ cup corn relish or pickle relish (sweet or dill)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
Pinch of cayenne
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (curly or flat-leaf), for garnish

Hard-boil the eggs. Cool them in cold water, then drain off the water and refrigerate the eggs (still in their shells) for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Light half a chimney of charcoal briquettes (about 25 briquettes). While they fire up, remove the eggs from the refrigerator and gently roll each egg on a hard surface, creating cracks on the shells. That’s where the smoke gets in.

When the fire is ready, place the eggs on a clean, oiled grill grate opposite the fire. Drop ½ cup hardwood chips (your choice; no need to soak in water) directly on the fire, cover your grill, and smoke the eggs for 5 minutes. Remove the eggs, let them cool, and then peel them.
Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and place the yolks in a bowl. Add the filling ingredients and use a table fork to mix until well blended. Add mayo, mustard or other ingredients as needed for texture and taste.

With a tablespoon, fill the hollow in each egg white with the yolk mixture. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley for garnish. –From The Kansas City Barbeque Society Cookbook, 25th Anniversary Edition, by Ardie A. Davis, Paul Kirk, and Carolyn Wells/Andrews McMeel Publishing

CLICK HERE for a link to Ardie’s website

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I’m a huge fan of this guy . . .



Drew Emborsky

About Drew . . .

Drew Emborsky, aka The Crochet Dude(r), was taught to crochet at age five by his mom while snowbound in Lake Tahoe. After studying fine art in college and doing the “starving artist” thing for a few years, he found solace in crocheting for charity while grieving the passing of his mother. It was during this time with the charity group that he became know as “The Crochet Dude”, which then led to the launch of his wildly popular blog in 2005.

Drew blogs and creates from his studio in Houston, TX with his cats Chandler and Cleocatra.

Drew is the crochet expert on the hit show Knit & Crochet Now! airing currently on PBS nationwide.

He has been featured in national publications including BUST Magazine, Interweave Crochet, Knit.1, Knit ‘n Style, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today!, as well as international newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph (in London).

Here are a few of Drew’s books . . .

Crochet it. Love it. Wear it!              The Crochet Dude's Designs for Guys: 30 Projects Men Will Love     Sweet Pet Comforts (Leisure Arts #75274)    Must Have Handbags (Leisure Arts #75273)

CLICK HERE for a link to Drew’s website

CLICK HERE for a link to Drew’s blog


Share the Warmth!


Karen Burns (she’s on the left)

Martingale & Company Home

Karen is the

Marketing Communications Coordinator


That Patchwork Place!

…and she has some exciting news…

All about Share the Warmth . . . 

As part of our 35th anniversary, Martingale would like to give back, and we want to encourage quilters, knitters, crocheters and others to give to the charity of their choice.  We are hoping to have over 3500 quilts/blankets donated this year, and the response we have received from people from all over has been fantastic!  We are asking people to let us know how many quilts/blankets they are donating, where they are donating them to, and a picture if possible.  We DO NOT want them to send us their quilts.  :o)  Just pictures.

As a company, many of us got together as a kick off for the campaign in February.  There were 14 employees that were able to participate, and we knit blankets, and pieced many quilts.  We started, and/or finished over 23 items!  Two of our “satellite” employees also finished an additional six quilts that they have donated to different causes.  We plan on getting together again in April this year, (after tax season,) so we can again work on additional charity items.

We are encouraging individual quilters, guilds, and shops to be involved, and we have asked that they send us pictures and/or counts of the items they are donating, and where they are being donated to.  We DO NOT want the quilts/ blankets sent to us, as we would like people to choose a charity that has a significance in their lives.  We have a blog badge, for bloggers to include on their blogs, along with much more information on the Martingale website.

CLICK HERE to get to the Martingale website!

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