Happy June! Creative Mojo, June 1, 2011

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!

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MEET my co-host 

New York Times Bestselling Author

Marie Bostwick

About Marie . . .

Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of uplifting historical and contemporary fiction. She lives in the state of Connecticut and travels fequently to sign books, speak to reading groups, and meet her readers. 

Marie’s LATEST book . . . .

CLICK HERE to buy Marie’s new book: Threading the Needle

Here are a few covers of Marie’s books . . .

CLICK HERE to visit Marie’s website

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Travel for Quilters, Artists and Fabulous people!

Who? What? When? Where? Why? 

Travel West


Travel Guru & Entrepreneur

Jim West

About Jim . . .

With over 1050 cruises logged in his nautical diary, Jim West is without doubt, one of today’s leaders in cruise planning. He has worked as a professional cruise director for over ten years, and has sailed on the ships of Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Orient Lines.

Jim has written four cruise – travel books, including the best seller, “The Essential Little Cruise Book”, now in its fourth edition. He is also a contributing author in “Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul”, with his story entitled, “Dancing with Isabel.”

Jim has explored all seven continents, including Antarctica with Sir Edmund Hillary. When West wrote his first cruise book, containing over 750 practical cruising tips, Hillary commented on its contents, “A very practical book with sound information for everyone, from people planning their first cruise adventure to hardened travel agents.”

In 2004, the Travel Channel tapped into Jim’s cruise expertise and starred him in their television show, “Cruise Ships FAQ”, which still shows in reruns. On the show, Jim provided dozens of ways people can enhance their cruise, based on the knowledge he has acquired.

As the founder and CEO of Travel Alliance, Inc., Jim West has created an unmatched travel company, which operates unique niche markets such as:Sew Many Places for quilters, ScrapMap for scrapbookers, Catholic Trips for Catholic pilgrimages, On Holy Waters for protestants, Bank Trips for banks who offer a travel program, Stonewall Tours for gay and lesbian cliental, Are We Hair Yet for hair stylists and salon owners, Tuscany Cooking Tours for people who travel to Italy, CME Trips for continuing medical education, Busy As a Bead for people who do beading, Away To Crochet for knitters andTravel West for independent travel planning. With ten more companies being developed, West’s entrepreneurship is unsurpassed in the travel industry.

Endorsed not only by the greatest explorer of our time, but Jim has also been featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers around the world, and has starred on numerous radio and television shows across the country, including the BBC in London. Jim is sought out by many large corporations to plan events at sea, from small groups of fifty people to chartering an entire ship with thousands of participants.

What makes Jim West stand out above the rest of the cruise agents in the market today, is his onboard experience. Very few travel agents, if any, can boast a ten year career working on cruise ships. So if anything should occur that would create any problems during a cruise event, Jim’s knowledge of where to go and who to talk to make his participation invaluable.

Then, there is Jim’s online magazine, Quiltposium!

CLICK HERE to subscribe to Jim’s FREE magazine, QUILTPOSIUM

I didn’t know Jim wrote a book!  (Now I do and now you do, too!)

CLICK HERE to order Jim’s book:

The Essential Little Cruise Book; Expert Advice fro Planning and Enjoying a Perfect Vacation at Sea!


From the QuiltDeal.com website:

As we prepare to launch our website on June 1st, we are giving all quilters, quilt shop owners, and anyone else who has something they would like to sell to the quilting community, an opportunity to do so for FREE!

This online flea market is the first of its kind, and we anticipate thousands of quilters from all over the world buying and selling with us. To get started, you need to register yourself on this website, and then you will have an opportunity to upload your items. You will be able to post up to six photographs of each item, provide a description, and list how you would like buyers to contact you, either by email, telephone or both. These items will stay on our website for a full month at no charge. At the end of this one month trial period, individuals can leave their items posted for two additional months for just $5.00 per item.

If you are a shop owner and would like to create a store in our QuiltDeal Mall, then at the end of this one month trial period, if you would like to continue having your store in our mall, you would pay $50.00 per month to keep it visible for quilters to shop in. There is no limit to the number of items you can upload in your shop, hundreds if you want, so go for it!

Just so you know, between now and our launch date June 1st, you will not be able to access anything on our website. You will only be able to upload your items.

CLICK HERE to visit Jim’s EXCITING new project, QUILTDEAL.COM

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(Who wouldn’t?!?!)


Designer & Author

Sarah Ahern Bellemare

About Sarah . . .

Sarah Ahearn Bellemare is an artist from New England who first began painting as a way to illustrate poetry. Her mixed media paintings are layered with found images, fragments of text from old books, and pieces of vintage maps. These ephemera become the fabric and focus of many of her whimsical paintings.

Sarah has taught art to many students in a variety of settings ranging from art camps to museums, teaching students age 3 to 63. Most recently, Sarah was invited to teach her mixed media techniques at Squam Art Workshops, and is thrilled to be returning for two more sessions in fall of 2010.

Sarah and her work have been featured in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine (Nov/Dec 2008), Artful Blogging (winter 09/10), Cloth Paper Scissors: Studios (fall 2008), and Memory Makers magazine (spring 2009), as well as on a number of prominent art and design blogs. She regularly exhibits her paintings throughout Northeast in galleries and art fairs, as well as online in her Etsy shop. Sarah can be found making messes in her studio on a daily basis.

Take a look at Sarah’s book:

Painted Pages; Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media

CLICK HERE to purchase Sarah’s terrific new book:

Painted Pages; Fueling Creativity with Sketchbooks and Mixed Media

This book shows how to use an artist’s sketchbook in a new way.  Instead of the “classic” idea of an artist sketching in a sketchbook, Sarah show how to use sketchbooks as a daily working tool!  While they begin as a place to collect ideas and inspirations, readers learn how those collections, scraps, ideas, and doodles can lead directly to, and fuel ideas for future mixed media paintings.  Specific how to’s, techniques, creative prompts, an d project ideas are introduced in each chapter to guide the reader through creating individual works of art which launch from a variety of themes!

Here are some examples of Sarah’s work . . .

CLICK HERE to visit Sarah’s blog!

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Be the Social Butterfly (you’ve always wanted to be)

Getting the most from social networking.  What does it take to be a cyber-Goddess?


Magazine Editor, Teacher & Lecturer

Morna Golletz

About Morna  . . .

Morna McEver Golletz has been where you are. She turned her passion for sewing and quilting into a business. She’s had a needle in her hands since the age of three when she threaded needles for her great-great grandmothers. She made clothes, first for her dolls and then for herself. And, a sewing machine was her first major purchase when she was out on her own. She learned to quilt in January 1977, after watching a quilter at a local show in Charlotte, N.C. After the first class, she bought a book of block patterns, went through her sewing scraps, and was hooked. It wasn’t long before she made quilting her profession. She began teaching locally, progressing to teaching on the national level. An award-winning quilter, she also sold her original design quilts and quilted clothing at juried and non-juried craft shows. She was the only quilter in The Creative Hand, a fine crafts cooperative, in a mall in Exton, Pa., where she further developed her business skills.

Many people ask Morna what led her to The Professional Quilter. Morna always loved writing and after a family move to Harrisburg, Pa., she went back to school, earned a masters of journalism and worked as a journalist. Of course, she wrote about quilts, quilters and quilting, but she also handled lots of free-lance assignments for a daily paper covering everything from food to health topics. When The Professional Quilter was for sale, Morna realized her dream to combine her avocation as a quilter with her vocation as a journalist.

Today in addition to managing the IAPQ, Morna teaches business-focused classes to quilters, fiber artists and other creative professionals. While Morna doesn’t find as much time to quilt today as she used to, she loves working in the quilt industry. It combines her love of fabric and quilting, her training as a journalist and her skills at marketing and business development.

Morna lives in Montgomery County, Maryland, with her husband, Rand, and their crazy and curious cat, Persephone.

Here’s the cover of Morna’s latest magazine issue  . . .

CLICK HERE to visit the Professional Quilter website!

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A Book to Knock Your Socks Off!

Knit socks like the pros (so they’re ready for this winter!)

Meet Master Knitter and Author

Ann Budd

A little about Ann Budd . . . 

Ann Budd is a book editor and the former senior editor of Interweave Knits magazine. She is the author of Best of Interweave Knits, Getting Started Knitting Socks, The Knitter’s Handy Book series, Simple Style, Interweave Presents Knitted Gifts, Knitting Green, and a coauthor of Bag Style, Color Style, Lace Style, and Wrap Style, all published by Interweave Press. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Here’s Ann’s new book . . .

Sock Knitting Master Class; Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designer

Take a look inside at some of the fabulous pages:

Take a look at a just a few of  knitprolific Ann’s other titles . . .

CLICK HERE to visit Amazon.com’s Ann Budd Page (featuring all of Ann’s books!) and order your copy of  Sock Knitting Master Class; Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designers

CLICK HERE to visit Ann’s website!

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Feeling Bored with Your Hobbies and Your Life?

We’ve got the cure!


Inspirational Author

Chuck Gallozzi

About Chuck . . .

Chuck Gallozzi lived in Japan for 15 years, immersing himself in the wisdom of the Far East. He is the author of the book, The 3 Thieves and 4 Pillars of Happiness, 7 Steps to a Life of Boundless Joy. He is also a Certified NLP Practitioner, speaker, and seminar leader. Among his additional accomplishments, he is also the Grand Prix Winner of a Ricoh International Photo Competition, the Canadian National Champion of a Toastmasters International Humorous Speech Contest, and the Founder and Head of the Positive Thinkers Group that has been meeting at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto since 1999. He was interviewed on CBC’s Steven and Chris Show, appearing nationally on Canadian TV.

Take a look at Chuck’s new book:

The 3 Thieves and 4 Pillars of Happiness; 7 Steps to a Life of Boundless Joy

End confusion about the nature of happiness and discover how to lead a life of boundless joy!

Happiness is the natural state of infants. But, as they are raised in a cynical world, they grow into children, adolescents, and adults who become jaded. They grow to believe happiness is no more than an elusive dream. Yet, this need not remain so, for we can reclaim our natural state of happiness.

This practical guidebook teaches you how you have been misled, the mistakes you are making, and how to once again experience the adventure and joy of life. This clearly written roadmap will lead you to your birthright of happiness.

In The Three Thieves and Four Pillars of Happiness, Chuck Gallozzi opens a window and illuminates what we must understand and accept: it is not the world that must change to make us happy, but our perception of it. This book is a delightful balance of anecdotes, insights, and an infectious exuberance for life.

Peppered with wisdom from the ancient sages to the latest thought in positive psychology, this invaluable life manual will teach you how to banish the three thieves of happiness and master the four supporting principles. With firm but gentle guidance, you will be led down a path of seven steps that will take you to a life of boundless joy.

CLICK HERE to order a copy of Chuck’s book!


If you’ve never used Auriful Thread. . .

. . .  then you haven’t really sewn!

Why not start off with the BASICS ?



When you purchase of any Aurifil Thread Collection from marklipinski.com!

Go to my web site to order YOUR collection — CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED.

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