Pickle is Burning . . .

If you listened to Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski last week, you know that I almost burned down Pickle Road with an electric cup heater, while trying to boil water for tea, while I was on air.  

Well, just in case you thought I was exaggerating, I wanted to show you the evidence.   Not only did the water boil out of the cup, but the actual electrical device began to melt — thus the smoke-filled studio!  I’m lucky I’m cute because otherwise I’m just just a hawt mess!  


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15 Comments on “Pickle is Burning . . .”

  1. Noreen Couture
    April 25, 2012 at 7:54 AM #

    Glad to hear all is OK…HATE HATE HATE it if Creative Mojo had to be canceled on accounta!!!!


  2. Judie Yates
    April 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM #

    Pretty scary. Maybe you should stick with cold, pre-made tea from now on.


  3. Sue Hopper
    April 25, 2012 at 8:02 AM #

    I’ve melted at least 4 tea pots on the stove. Put them on, then went outside, upstairs–whatever. Not good at all.


  4. April 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM #

    I heard this on the podcast and cringed. My job (so I can buy more fabric) is a Fire Prevention Specialist. We tell people to “Stand By Your Pan”. Hopefully, your smoke alarm beeped to let you know of the smoke…. Keep the batteries installed and change the device every 10 yrs.


  5. Mary Ellen
    April 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM #

    Mark, I went looking for the picture of the quilt from Vicki Conley on your website after listening to last weeks show and couldn’t find it-where did you post it????
    Love your show!


  6. April 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM #

    Mark, permision to use this picture for our http://www.ocsafeapartments.org safety blog? I won’t mention your name but would like to use the info and picture to help residents understand about not leaving cooking unattended. you can reach me at http://www.darcelonaquilts.com or work email darcibodin@ocfa.org. Thanks and I look forward to todays podcast.


  7. Kornelia Massner
    April 25, 2012 at 8:43 AM #

    Sorry, Mark….LOL…but you gave me the best laugh I’ve had in awhile over the tea burning at your house. Hawt mess or not I love ya! keep me in stitches….xoxox


  8. Debbie Tanovich
    April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM #

    Those water heaters are dangerous. My parents would take them with us on holiday to have a cup of tea in the room. Can’t tell you how many times we got our fingers burnt by touching the dopey thing. Toss the sucker and use a thermal cup! Be careful with those pinkies cupcake!


  9. April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM #

    Yikes! Be careful Head Cupcake!


  10. April 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM #

    I knew there was a reason I hadn’t bought one of those things. Glad you didn’t burn the house down.


  11. Shelly
    May 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM #

    Hey there handsome !!! I’m glad that you are all right after your electrical incident. I went on a FABULOUS quilting retreat in Okoboji (Iowa) two weeks ago and had 2 days of classes with Debbie Bowles. When it was time to leave the building to go to the dining hall (3 blocks away), Debbie made sure we all unplugged our irons. As it turns out, Debbie had a house fire some years back, caused by a candle. We had a large collection of her quilts in the building, and she wasn’t taking any chances. I don’t blame her. On an positive note, Debbie taught classes where we sew with curves. I haven’t sewn a curve since my set in sleeve on a blouse in high school, and I’m not saying how long ago THAT was !! Really enjoyed the class, take one with Debbie Bowles if you can !!! Again, glad you are all right !!!! BE SAFE, CUPCAKES !!!



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