Bringin’ the Mojo! March 27, 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


Here I am with “Kidney Mary”—my sweet friend Mary Eichler who has donated my much-needed new kidney. This pic was taken on March 26, 2013, aka Transplant Day! My gratitude to Mary is immense, and her friendship is a treasure.

NEWS FLASH, 3/26 at 3:50 PM eastern:

Both Mary and Mark have completed their surgeries! HOORAY!!

Jeff says: “Just saw Mark. He looks incredibly good. He’s fully awake and making jokes. Mary’s husband just got done visiting Mary in recovery. She is doing great. Thanks for all your support.”

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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…


Of course we’ll share the latest news on Mark and Mary’s Kidney Adventure!


…with a huge thank you to Mr. Electric, Jeff Turner, for keeping everyone informed of Mark’s progress!

All this has Nessa thinking about HEROES…

We’ll be talking about Barny, Belina, Eowyn, Gimli, Sally, Maggie, Max: forever friends and the heroes who love and nurture them…

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And, from Nessa’s Vinyl Vault…


CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!


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Quilter, Designer, Teacher, Shopowner, Organizer 


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About LYNN…

Lynn says, “I am a quilter with a quilt shop and get to spend every day working side by side with my longarm quilting husband, Bob! Playing with fabric, teaching new quilters and designing quilts are my passions. Jacksonville Jaguars fan, furry kid collector, lover of life!” Along with her retail store, Country Crossroads Quilt Shop in Orange Park, Florida, Lynn designs patterns for quilting and sewing under the name Thimblemouse Designs.


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In 2012, Lynn was the ringleader and happy spark-plug behind the Cupcake Crew’s fabulous collaborative quilt, presented to Mark Lipinski on his birthday (and believe me, it was a total surprise!)


The Cupcake Crew’s quilt, on display at Pickle Road!


CLICK HERE for Lynn’s website!

Lynn blogs HERE! (don’t miss Meowza Mondays!)




Cake Designer Extraordinaire, Owner of The Cakehole




Jovanna says, “My parents have 4 daughters. My youngest sister got married in 2009 and for the first time in almost 30 years, my parents had no daughters in the house. I wanted to do something with my mom that would be fun for both of us and would get her out of the house. So I talked her into taking a Cake Decorating Class for Beginners at Michaels. We finished the class and while she enjoyed it…I LOVED it! I decided to teach myself more skills and take it to another level. I wanted to be able to make AMAZING cakes for my boys.

I have dabbled in a lot of things: I’ve done administrative work, worked at a law firm, worked in Real Estate, gone to school for social work, also become certified in American Sign Language, and even worked at a maximum security men’s prison. While I enjoyed several of these things, I wasn’t passionate about any of them the way I was with cake decorating. I just knew that this was what I was supposed to do.

So I started off making my boys’ cakes. Then I made some family members’ cakes. Then cakes for friends. Then for friends of friends. And the next thing I knew, The Cakehole was born and had become a full-blown business. While it’s ‘my baby’, I could not do what I do without the help of my mom. She is with me every step of the way and even enjoys it. 🙂

Screen shot 2013-03-26 at 2.52.02 PMWe started off in my kitchen. Then we were approached by the owner of a large catering company downtown Indianapolis. He wanted us to move The Cakehole to his kitchen. We did so and it worked out great for the time. I’m a mom, so my schedule adjusts around my 2 boys’ schedules. Once my oldest started full-day kindergarten and my youngest started preschool, we couldn’t keep making the drive each day. We found a commercial kitchen closer to home and it’s working out great! There is a HUGE room right next to the kitchen where my youngest stays while we work, when he isn’t in preschool.

Eventually, I will open a store-front, but not until my youngest is in full-day school. I’m a mommy first. 🙂 A mom who gets to be a full-time mom AND have my dream job!”


Jovanna crafts custom-made works of art…and they taste heavenly!

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CLICK HERE for The Cakehole’s website!

The Cakehole is on FACEBOOK!



Quilter, Designer, Author, Artist




Thomas Knauer holds MFAs from both Ohio University and the Cranbook Academy of Art, and before entering the quilting world he held faculty positions at Drake University and the State University of New York. He currently designs fabric for Andover Fabrics and is expecting his first book with F+W in early 2014. His newest fabric collection, Asbury, is currently available in quilt shops nationwide, and his next collection, Thesaurus, is due out in late April.

We’ll be talking about In Defense of Handmade, Thomas’ thought-provoking quilt that debuted at QuiltCon 2013 in February…


And meet Asbury!


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CLICK HERE for Thomas’ website and blog!

Thomas is on FACEBOOK!



Architect, Executive Director of the FDR Four Freedoms Park



About GINA…

School groupGina Pollara currently serves as Executive Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park which was designed by the architect Louis I. Kahn on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City. Prior to this, she served as Associate Director of the Architecture Archives of The Cooper Union and co-curated a number of exhibitions including the seminal one on FDR Park in January/February 2005. It was an article in The New York Times about this exhibition that brought the Park project to the attention of its major funder, Alphawood Foundation Chicago.

Ms. Pollara maintained a practice from 1993 to 2001 designing and overseeing construction of a number of City apartments and residential additions, while concurrently working as: Owner’s Representative for the reconstruction of The Manhasset, an Upper West Side apartment building gutted by a ten-alarm fire; Consultant to the Chief Executive, Division of School Facilities, New York City Board of Education; Analyst for New York City Public School District 10 in The Bronx and Consultant to United Cerebral Palsy in association with the Mayor’s Office of Developmental Disabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union and a Bachelor of Art degree from Bennington College.

The FDR Four Freedoms Park is a meaningful, memorable place to visit in NYC:

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The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an enduring tribute to the life and work of President Roosevelt

On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that shaped this nation, now known as the Four Freedoms speech. He looked forward to a world founded on four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

In the late 1960s, during a period of national urban renewal, New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential community. The New York Times championed renaming the island for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and constructing a memorial to him, remarking: “It has long seemed to us that an ideal place for a memorial to FDR would be on Welfare Island, which…could be easily renamed in his honor… It would face the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired.” The man chosen to give shape to this idea was the architect Louis I. Kahn, one of the masters of 20th century architecture. Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay announced the project in 1973 and the appointment of Louis Kahn as its architect. In short order, the Governor became Vice President of the United States, Louis Kahn finished his work and died unexpectedly, and the City of New York approached bankruptcy. It required patience, memory and determination – on March 29, 2010, 38 years after its announcement, construction of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park began. The Park opened in 2012.

If you want to visit:

FDR Four Freedoms Park is open Thursday-Sunday, 9 am till 5 pm.

Take the Tramway Car at 59th Street & 2nd Avenue Station.  Exit at Tramway Station on Roosevelt Island.  Walk approximately 15 minutes south to Park.  Alternately, walk north to Main Street and catch the Red Bus south.  Cost is 25¢. Tram and Red Bus are wheelchair accessible.


Take Queens-bound F train to Roosevelt Island stop.  Walk approximately 15 minutes south to Park.  Alternately, walk one block east to Main Street and catch the Red Bus south.  Cost is 25¢.

Limited parking available on Roosevelt Island. Consider public transportation instead.

CLICK HERE for the FDR Four Freedoms Park website!



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2 Comments on “Bringin’ the Mojo! March 27, 2013”

  1. March 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM #

    So glad to hear that Mark and Mary’s surgeries went well. 🙂


  2. March 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM #

    You sounded great, Mark! Glad you and Mary are doing so incredibly well!


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