A Pocketful of Creative Mojo! March 20, 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 (www.toginet.com). 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…

Fabricate-int1 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. Nessa co-owns Fabricate, a vibrant crafts shop on Mount Desert Island, Maine. “Fabricate opened on August 15, 2008,” she says, “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.”

Among the random things on Nessa’s mind this week…

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CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!


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Author, Artist, Indie Publisher, Nature-Lover 



About LK…

LK Hunsaker is the author of a string of novels centered around the arts and societal issues. Raised in Central Illinois in the midst of an artistic family and surrounded by cornfields, she married a career soldier and spent the next 20 years moving around the U.S. and abroad. During that time, she raised two children, worked a few odd jobs, finished her psychology degree, and embarked on a writing career. She and her husband are now settled in Western Pennsylvania surrounded by trees and lakes, but they still get restless feet and the urge to travel. Along with novels, LK has published a children’s book, Stanley, which uses quilt blocks as half of the illustrations. She says, “Mom loved the story so much she did a quilt for it and in turn, I put the quilt into the book in an updated edition.” This year, LK has branched into a new realm of spicy, short romance on the darker side of life, with her latest book, Pier Lights by Ella M. Kaye. Pier Lights is the first of a new line of books, and is garnering great notices, like this one from Muddy Rose Reviews: “Kaye’s debut is a sensual story replete with poetic wordplay and vibrant imagery. Two flawed characters unite through self-expression in dance, revealing glimpses of their souls through performance art, …all the while searching for life’s meaning….”

All of LK’s and Ella M. Kaye’s books may be purchased from major e-book retailers…and via links on her websites!

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CLICK HERE for LK’s website!

LK blogs HERE!

CLICK HERE for Elucidate Publishing, LK’s company!


Learn more about Stanley HERE!

Ella M. Kaye’s website is HERE!




Doll Restorer, Photographer, ‘Zine Editor, Music Aficionado



About SUSAN…

“I am Suz.  I have been rescuing Vintage Topper Dawn Dolls* (and sometimes Vintage Mattel Barbie and friends!) since April 2005.  It is a labor of love rerooting, restoring and dressing these little beauties, creating ONE OF A KIND fashion dolls for your collection. My dolls are considered ‘rescues’; they are never MINT dolls.  I would never compromise the condition of a mint doll that a collector will treasure and love. My dolls are, however, in very good condition by the time they receive their day at the spa!  Typical issues may include ‘green knee syndrome’ (very common in these dolls) and perhaps pin holes or non-bending legs.  I never use dolls that are missing appendages.  It is also my personal mission to restore the dolls original beauty through repainting, only when necessary.”

Along with her Dawn doll restorations and artworks, Suz recently launched a second career as a concert and location photographer with her own company, Soulful Sights Photography. In fact, Creative Mojo is landing this interview fresh from Suz’s week at SXSW (South By Southwest), the hott annual indie-music showcase in Austin, TX. Suz accompanies her photographic work with the publication of an online ‘zine, The Soulful Sound Lounge. In her spare time (!), she’s a self-professed “bird nerd,” capturing gorgeous close-up images of birds in her yard.

*Dawn dolls are small fashion dolls that were made by Topper Toys between 1970 and 1973. They measure 6.5 inches in height and have painted eyes and lips. The girl dolls feature rooted hair and eyelashes. The boy dolls have molded hair. The dolls were quite popular and they topped sales of Mattel’s Barbie a while, but were discontinued when Topper went out of business in 1973. Dawn dolls were reissued in 2000 by Checkerboard as a 30-year commemoration of the first Dawn dolls made by Topper, and then again in 2004 by Toy O Rama. Although no longer manufactured, Dawn dolls are quite popular as collector’s items.

Suz’s amazing Starlight Memories of Dawn restorations…

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Wondrous images from Soulful Sights Photography…

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CLICK HERE for Starlight Memories of Dawn’s website!

Starlight Memories of Dawn is on FACEBOOK!

CLICK HERE for Soulful Sights Photography!

Soulful Sights Photography is on FACEBOOK!

CLICK HERE for The Soulful Sound Lounge!



Quilt Show Founder, Art Quilter, Longarmer, Teacher


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About MARY…

Mary Schilke has owned and operated Catamount Machine Quilting Services since 1999 and is also an experienced, award-winning, longarm machine quilter. Mary teaches her fabulous freehand style of quilting in her studio, private locations and at the Machine Quilting Exposition. Mary says, “I live in the North East Kingdom of Vermont with my husband Bill, 4 dogs and 8 puppies ! I have 2 sons and 3 grandsons. I started quilting in the 1980’s (self-taught), then, after moving to Vermont, I took some Adult Education classes at the local high school to develop my craft. I joined local guilds and went on to become the president of both the local and state guild for several years.

In and around 1998, my husband was in a motorcycle accident and hurt his shoulder. He decided he was going to buy a longarm quilting machine and quilt. The minute it arrived, I took it over and never looked back. Longarm quilting became my passion. After working several years in the insurance industry, I took the plunge , quit my job and started quilting full-time.

57Around this time, Janet-Lee Santeusanio had a meeting in her house for all the New England girls to get together and chat about our work and quilting; it was a great time with about 40 girls showing up. The following year I called to see if she was having it again, and since her kids were little she passed it to me. We went to an Inn in Sugar Hill, NH, where it expanded into a meeting…then to a meeting with classes taught by Janet-Lee, Donita Reeves, Mary Eddy and I. Next, everyone wanted a quilt show–so J-L and I teamed up, formed a partnership,and in 2003 MQX was launched!!

From there, MQX has expanded to North East, Pacific North West and–new in 2014!–a Mid West show. It is still Janet -Lee and I who do all the prep and handling of the show. We have fantastic volunteers who assist us every year, and a great core team of invaluable helpers. It is a show born of love and passion for what we do , and we strive to offer the opportunity for quilters to have a place to meet and explore new possibilities of our craft.

In the end, life is short, and I always say: You’re dead for a long time…live your dreams now, people!  Do what makes you Happy. I look forward to seeing you all come to the show!”

MQX East is coming right up, in Manchester, NH! Don’t miss it!


Mary’s quilts shimmer, dance, and glow with energetic stitching and beautiful colors…

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CLICK HERE for the MQX website!

New England – April 10-13, 2013, Manchester, NH

Pacific Northwest – October 9-12, 2013, Portland, OR

Midwest – September 24-27, 2014, Springfield, IL

Register HERE for the New England Quilt Festival!



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Many thanks to Nessa Reifsnyder of Fabricate, for assistance with Mark Lipinski’s Blog!


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