Mojo On! March 13, 2013


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While I’m away for several weeks recovering from surgery, Nessa Reifsnyder will be GUEST HOSTING “Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski” from Mount Desert Island, Maine! Same time (Wednesdays at 3 PM EST). Same place ( Same fun, inspiration and LIVE creative juice. Tune in. Call in! xoxom

Mark and Mary

Here I am with “Kidney Mary”—my sweet friend Mary Eichler who is donating my much-needed new kidney. (In a shopping mall…of course! We are transplant matches in every way!) My gratitude to Mary is immense, and her friendship is a treasure.

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Writer, Quilter, Craft Shop Owner, Scrapbooker, Genealogist



About NESSA…


Nessa is a memory artist, ranging across scrapbooking, small-scale handsewn quilting, decoupage, family history, and writing. She writes young-adult fiction, memoir essays, and poetry. She’s also written for various publications, including Mark Lipinski’s Christmas 365 and Mark Lipinski’s Fabric Trends. And she’s a pop culture maven who owns more than 5,000 vinyl LPs (K-Tels a specialty!) and collects 1960s/70s craft & design books, showbiz bios, Sears catalogs, and cookbooks. Nessa graduated from Bowdoin College dreaming of becoming a jazz deejay, but instead worked as a writer, designer, and editor for 22 years.


She says, “Four years ago, after much soul-searching, I took a leap: I resigned from a longtime desk job to open a quilting and scrapbooking shop on Mount Desert Island, Maine with my business partner, Erin Early Ward. This decision was as exhilarating and terrifying as you think it was. Fabricate opened on August 15, 2008, and on that very first day (unbeknownst to us!) the Quilter Magazine’s Cruise for a Cure ship docked in our home port of Bar Harbor. Nearly sixty customers (and lots of encouragement!) later, we knew we’d made the right choice.”

In August 2012, Nessa published her first book of poetry, The Reporter Gene (she designed the book, too, and illustrated it with her own photographs). In September, Fabricate launched its first line of 12×12 scrapbooking papers, Vacationland. The papers feature Nessa’s photography, and she designed the line in Photoshop. Maine-themed scrapbooking has never been easier! “As a shopowner,” Nessa summarizes, “I’m busier and dizzier than I’ve ever been (and I say that as a mom of 4 kids!). I meet thousands of crafters a year, and share stories with them about what inspires us. And I love that leap I took!”

CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!


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Photographer, Artist, Author, Attorney 


This is me



Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alison Uher is a self-taught photographer with an eye for detail. She got her first camera at age seven and has been shooting obsessively ever since. The aim with all of her photography is to capture simple moments in a way that triggers an emotional response out of the viewer. Alison combines photography with artistic processing to turn the bits and pieces of every day life into art.  Also a licensed attorney, she feels blessed to have found in photography a creative outlet in which she is both passionate and emotionally invested.  Life is in the little details and her goal is to capture as many of those details as possible.
Alison has been featured in multiple print and online publications, including the SoulPancake book, Fourx5 Magazine, Musically Challenged Vol. I, Digital Photography School: 18 Stunning Self Portraits, and recently had some of her boudoir work showcased at the International Dirty Show 14 in Detroit, Michigan.
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CLICK HERE for Alison’s website!




Designer, Quilter, Teacher, Author




Kristine Poor is a quilter and designer who enjoys sharing her love of sewing, quilting and fabric with others. Her project ideas are based on her view that quilters can develop their skills with smaller projects that encourage experimentation with color and technique! Kristine Poor lives in Derry, NH with her husband and two sons who encourage her every step of the way! She is the owner and designer of Poorhouse Quilt Designs.

Kris says, “I started Poorhouse Quilt Designs in September 2006, after designing the Sampler Tote as a gift for a family member. The tote was a hit and a pattern company was born! I have a degree in Engineering and a love of fabric; these seemingly conflicting pursuits have come together. I work with Jean Johnson (my mom/pattern editor/sample maker/creative assistant) to develop patterns that are a canvas for your creativity.

Our patterns are designed with the quilt teacher in mind. Contact us if you would like a teaching plan for any of the patterns we have created. We include visual aids/handouts/class timing ideas. Quilt Guilds:  We have a trunk show available!  Please contact us to find out more.”

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CLICK HERE for Kristine’s website!

Kristine blogs HERE!

Kristine is on FACEBOOK!



Musicians, Artists, Hot-Sauce Inventors


Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

About LUCY and WAYNE…

Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing are “Hymn for Her”, a band that hails from anywhere they can park their trailer.

H4H live, tour and record in their 16 foot, 1961 Bambi Airstream (comes with Spirit Dog, Pokey, and daughter, Diver). Their last release, “Lucy & Wayne and THE AMAIRICAN STREAM,” was entirely recorded in their classic trailer on a coast to coast U.S tour. They stopped at various campgrounds and friends’ driveways between shows, set up their gear in their Bambi/home recording studio, rolled tape and rocked out. Armed with a bullet mic, a three-stringed broom handle/cigar box, banjo, bass drum, hi-hat, and harp, this ‘lil duo causes massive earthquakes wherever they play.

36208_401144812410_6719107_nHymn for Her says, “We are a band of 2, a family of 3, traveling the lands sharing our music. Our last album, Lucy & Wayne and THE amAIRican STREAM was recorded in our 16 foot 1961 Bambi Airstream, which was also our home for 2 years. (“high-octane, fruit jar firewater and trash can symphony of demented country blues and punk attitude turned up to 11”) We spent the past two years on the road in the US and overseas supporting the record and working on new material. We play a cigar box guitar, banjo, acoustic guitars, kick drum and high-hat, harmonica and we both sing a lot.

We recently recorded a new CD in Detroit, MI: ‘Hymn For Her Presents . . . Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames’, which will be released in the Spring of 2013. It will be dedicated to our beloved dog, Pokey, aka Pokey Joe, our companion for 14 years. This summer, he became our Spirit Dog.

We will also be putting out a hot sauce (same name as album) that will feature bananas and jalapenos. mmm. A new Orlando, FL company (Armando y Jorges Orlandonian hot sauce) have been mixing, tasting and testing with us to get the perfect flavors that will rock like the record. We can’t wait to get the new music and hot sauce in your ears and mouths.”




Photo credit: Peter Christopherson



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Hymn for Her live:

A sweet guest appearance by Lucy and Wayne’s daughter, Diver:

CLICK HERE for Hymn for Her’s website!

Find H4H’s upcoming tour dates HERE!

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One Comment on “Mojo On! March 13, 2013”

  1. Mattie Rhoades
    March 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

    Hi Mark!!!!! Well, I hardly recognized you! I read things quickly, but it looks like you did not have the surgery yet….I’m so happy you found a donor!!! What a treasure she is! I’ve sure missed you and hope to see you soon! You are loved! hugs and kisses and wishes….. Mattie 🙂

    Sent from my iPad


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