Get Your Creative Mojo Here! February 1, 2012!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Author, Crochet Designer, Bocce Expert (!)


About Sheryl…

Retired from a 35 year career in healthcare.

Author of several Martingale publications — Ocean Breezes: Knitted Scarves Inspired by the Sea; Nature’s Wrapture: Contemporary Knitted Shawls; and Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet (more about THAT in a minute!). Her next book, Knitting by Nature, will be released in May.

Lives in Madison, WI, and is often found on the bocce court playing and referring. “We built a 60-foot court in our backyard,” Sheryl explains, “and we host ‘Bocce Sundays,’ where friends and neighbors drop by for a friendly game. Recently I refereed for the Italian Workman Club’s competitive championship games. As a bocce ref, I don’t use a whistle, just a tape measure—and as a knitter I know how to use it!”

Feast your eyes on Sheryl’s sumptuous designs:

Sheryl says, “I don’t really remember when or how I learned to knit. I do remember having plastic needles and some red yarn as a child. When I ran out of yarn, I ripped it out and knit again. In retrospect, I had a rather rocky start. I made my first sweater when I was in high school and didn’t understand how to put the pieces together. I used sewing thread to sew them together.”

“I love projects and managing them. I make a work plan and then work my plan. That way I can see my progress, and even when I get behind, I know where I am and what needs to be done. Yarn-related projects have few risks. When I screw up, which is often, I can rip it out and start over. For me, the joy of wrapping up a project is fleeting. I’m always ready to move on to the next challenge.”

“I don’t believe there’s just one perfect yarn for a project. When I see my designs worked in different yarn, I often think, ‘Why didn’t I think of using that yarn?’ Changing the yarn can give a whole different look to the project. That’s one way knitters can personalize their work.”

“I love playing with possibilities. Once I get a glimmer of an idea, my mind goes into overdrive turning out idea after idea for possible executions. I keep two notebooks, one for knitting and one for Tunisian crochet, although the ideas often overlap. After a few swatches, I can usually separate the few good and workable ideas from the many others.”

Sheryl and I will be talking about her mega-hit new book

(and my new passion!),

Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet!

CLICK HERE to see Sheryl’s designer page at Ravelry!

CLICK HERE for Martingale’s interview with Sheryl and links to her books!

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Quilt Shop Owners, Fabric & Quilt Designers, and Authors



About Jeanne and Shelley . . .

Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks own a quilt shop in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Customers enjoy the continuing change of quilts in the shop, and there is always something new or a new idea brewing. Twice a year, Spring and Fall, brings a whole new collection of projects, large and small, with that ‘Urban Country’ look that appeals to customers of all ages.

The most rewarding aspect of designing is to share ideas with others. With their first book ‘Tis the Season (Martingale July 2010), the girls introduced their chunky applique style using earth-toned fabrics and easy piecing. Urban Country Quilts (Martingale October 2011) is a continuation of that theme and really is the basis of their look.

The opportunity to design fabric for Clothworks has been as exciting addition to the business! Are there lots of balls to juggle? Yes indeed! It takes a lot of energy and a true passion for fabric and design to keep The Quilt Patch rolling along. Is life wonderful? Yes indeed! With a fabulous staff at the shop and family and friends offering love and encouragement, Shelley and Jeanne just keep rolling along!

Here are some of Jeanne and Shelley’s finished works!

CLICK HERE to visit Jeanne and Shelley’s shop!

CLICK HERE to see SHASTA, their first-ever collection for Clothworks!

CLICK HERE to keep up with The Quilt Patch’s blog!

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Are you an emotional eater?

I am!

That’s why I’m thrilled to welcome,

fresh from her Monday appearance on CBS’ The Talk

Celebrity Nutritionist, Author, Counselor


About Heather . . .

Heather Bauer says, “From a very young age it was my passion to help people eat well and live a better life. I knew that the strategies that I’d developed to help people eat well and lose weight were unique. I was determined to to reach as many people as possible with the same blueprint I use with clients in my office. Everything that I do with my company, whether it’s a book or another commercial affiliation, is geared to spreading the word that you can eat well and lose weight and be healthy. My philosophy is live your life, not your diet. My mission is to teach people how to eat in the real world .”

Heather is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, author, and founder of Nu-Train, a New York City-based diet and nutrition counseling center. Over the last decade Heather has taught thousands of people how to safely lose weight and keep it off for good. Her success stories range from those working long hours on Wall Street, to doctors, lawyers, mothers, athletes and celebrities.

Heather founded Nu-Train (short for Nutrition Training) in 2001 on the premise that in order to be successful and sustainable, a weight loss program must work with ones existing habits, not against them. As such, Nu-Train’s program goes beyond traditional nutrition

science taking into account critical and often overlooked factors such as lifestyle, taste, preferences and diet history.

Heather sits on Cooking Light magazine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and has appeared on popular TV and Radio shows such as CBS-TV’sThe Early Show, CNN, The Tyra Banks Show, FOX Morning News, and Martha Stewart Living Radio on SiriusXM.  She has also been a featured nutritionist in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalSelf magazine, In Touch WeeklyInStyle, ShapeGothammagazine and Ladies’ Home Journal.

Heather received her BS and RD from the University of Wisconsin and is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA). She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughter and twin boys. When she’s not chasing after her children, she’s usually out running.

In 2008 Heather released her first book, The Wall Street Diet, a program designed especially for busy people that don’t have time to diet. This month, St. Martin’s Press released Heather’s super new book, Bread Is the Devil. This valuable book provides time-tested strategies and a 21-day plan to help readers overcome common diet pitfalls, what Bauer refers to as “Diet Devils”.Some of the Devils include “The Late Night Shuffle” (for those midnight marauders that just can’t stay out of the kitchen), “Road Hogging” (for travelers who decide to put their healthy habits on hold when on the road) and “The Plunge” (for anyone that wonders where that whole sleeve of cookies went).

Heather knows what ails us!

Here’s some straight talk:

Stop mindlessly inhaling the breadbasket and stop shoveling in the M&M’S–Bread is the Devil is the solution to all of our diet saboteurs.

Heather Bauer can count on the fingers of one hand the number of her clients who don’t already know what they should eat to lose weight. So why can’t they (and their best friend and their neighbor) lose weight? Because Bread is the Devil! Yes, that’s Bauer’s shorthand for the inevitable, demonic pull that certain bad habits exert on people who try to change their eating routines to drop the pounds. Many of us have been there: You had a sensible, healthy breakfast, high in protein with complex carbs. Ditto for lunch—soup and a salad with a warm rush of accomplishment and self control for dessert. But now it’s dinnertime and you’re out with friends: enter a large basket of warm, sliced, crusty sourdough bread with a little tub of chive butter. Suddenly you’re in the seventh circle of hell—the one reserved for gluttons. Bread’s not your devil? How about ice cream or chips or that big slab of buttercream-frosted birthday cake?

Bread Is the Devil will help you fight those hellish cravings that stop you from losing the weight you want. By identifying how certain factors promote overeating, Heather will:

* Identify the top-ten Diet Devils that challenge healthy eating

* Provide specific, proven strategies that free you from these devils once and for all

* Offer up a simple, flexible guide that will help you reach your goal in twenty-one days andmake eating fun again

* Suggest an easy, affordable, and doable shopping list for eating at home as well as great meal choices when eating out

Bread is the Devil will help you say good-bye to your devils, for good.

CLICK HERE to visit Heather’s website…filled with great dietary advice!

CLICK HERE for Heather’s blog!

CLICK HERE to read Heather’s Huffington Post column!

CLICK HERE to join Heather’s Facebook page!

Follow Heather on TWITTER!


During the show, call Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski at

(877) 864-4869

with a question or comment for me, Sheryl, Jeanne, Shelley or Heather—and you will be eligible to win Karen Gibbs’ vibrant book from AQS Publishing, BITS OF BARGELLO!


And, when your Mojo listening’s done…

Get your small-quilt thinking caps on (look, mine is fur-lined!!) and make a resolution with me to enter the NEW Alliance for American Quilts contest (the prizes are amazing – and your small quilt isn’t due until JUNE!!!)

The 2012 theme is “Home Is Where the Quilt Is,” celebrating the form and the meaning of Home. All techniques and materials are encouraged. Entries must be 3 layers–top, filling and backing and must conform to our contest guidelines–click here to download the “Home” entry form (3 pages).

THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO QUILTERS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE (yes, you too, Australia, Canada, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Poland — anywhere and everywhere there are quilters!)

CLICK HERE to read more about this awesome opportunity to let your craftwork shine! DO IT DO IT DO IT WITH ME, cupcake!!! And thanks! xoxom


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3 Comments on “Get Your Creative Mojo Here! February 1, 2012!”

  1. Lynn Provencher
    January 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM #

    So sad I’ll be missing the “live” show on Wed – I LOVE Jeanne & Shelley’s “Urban Country Quilts” – fantastic book with ‘gotta make quilts” – Have a good show!


  2. Lezley
    February 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

    will be tuning in for sure! and following on the website at toginet! great group chatting behind the scenes.


  3. February 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM #

    Great show today, Mark! I’m glad you had Jeff as your co-host — you 2 are so funny! 🙂

    As to whether Tunisian crochet came from Tunisia, the short answer is: probably not. It just seems to be one of many random names the Victorians called this type of crochet.

    I found a few interesting things while researching the question:

    One was an article with Sheryl Thies saying she found no link between the craft and Tunisia.

    This article says the technique is very old, and examples have been found of Tunisian crochet worked by the Vikings and Druids, among others.

    And I found this really awesome book on Tunisian crochet on Google Books:


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