Creative Mojo Celebration! April 3, 2013


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EXTRA! EXTRA! Kidney Update!!

Hey, cupcakes! Kidney Mary and I finally had our surgeries on Tuesday, March 26th!


The team nephrologist told me that Mary and I are the “poster children” for a successful transplant, both physically and with our positive attitudes.

Mary and I recovered with the warmth of lovingly made quilts. (Thank you and xoxo to all the block-makers!!)

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I went home Saturday…just in time for Easter.


It’s been a rough few days but it looks like I’m finally off prednisone (and the emotional roller coaster that came with that) and haven’t needed pain management or Oxycodone in well over 30-hours (I loathe that detached feeling). I’m still a bit uncomfortable with a foot-long incision still held together with staples and with a fluid-gathering port still sticking out of my side. Smells are grossing me out — any kind of smell, but most especially sweet soapy, perfumed, scents. Food doesn’t taste quite right and I’m craving odd things like Eggos and Fish Sticks (neither of which I’ve ever had a fondness for).

Naively, I really thought that I’d be up and about and stitching, sketching, writing, and back to business as usual by now. I hate being kept down. I guess healing will take time and I need to try to stop controlling it. I’ve been given a second chance. I don’t want to waste a second of it. Love to you all, cupcakes. I can’t tell you what just knowing that you were all out there in cyber-land has meant to me. xoxom

P.S. Just heard from Mary. She’s already driving herself to the hospital for post op blood work! Amazing.

TTYL, cupcakes!!

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Writer, Quilter, Craft Shop Owner, Scrapbooker, Genealogist


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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:

The wondrous transplant gift that sweet Mary has given to Mark has Nessa thinking about…


Below are some furry friends…Nessa will share their stories (and the heroes who love and nurture them…)















Plus, from Nessa’s Bottomless Vinyl Vault…

Cory & Dr Buzzard

CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!


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Knitting Designer, Teacher, Author 


Sally Melville Author Photo

About SALLY…

On her website, Sally writes, “While the ‘high points’ may define us (to the eyes of the world and in our obituaries), isn’t it really the early stuff with its ‘low points’ that make us who we are? So here are the truly important events that made me a knitting designer / teacher / author.

  1. As a young girl, I couldn’t get gauge so had to write my own patterns.
  2. As a young woman, I made a truly weird sweater that, when fixed, was oddly appealing . . . enough that I could begin selling my work.
  3. The subsequent purchase of a knitting machine taught me how much I truly did not know.
  4. I enrolled in a one-day, knitting design class . . . where everyone wanted to know about the sweater I was wearing (referred to in point 2) and where I was thrown out for passing notes (the pattern for the sweater referred to in point 2).
  5. Back to my knitting machine where my math and writing (both studied in university) got to work and taught me what that class should have.
  6. Soon enough I started my own knitting design class . . . from which no student would ever be thrown out! This became an ongoing group and then the K-W Knitters’ Guild.
  7. I developed more classes—to stay one step ahead of the guild members.
  8. One of our guest teachers pushed me into the light of the public of knitting world.
  9. In 1993 my husband died, and all knitting came to a halt. I took a job as Study Skills Advisor at my local university.
  10. But my daughter asked me to knit a sweater for her boyfriend. So I did—out of leftovers. And it became the centrepiece of my first book: see Styles in BOOKS.
  11. Styles was wonderfully successful. But what would I do next?
  12. I had a desire to teach the world to knit….”

Sally’s newest book will guide you to confident, unique knitwork!

Knitting Pattern Essentials

In Knitting Pattern Essentials, acclaimed instructor and author Sally Melville redefines how a knitter approaches a sweater. Sally distills her many years of expertise into this guide, revealing the ins and outs of creating or modifying a garment pattern so the finished project looks and fits just the way you want it to.

Sally says, “This is the book I’ve always wanted to write.

This is where I put all the tools I have into your hands.

This is where you will learn skills that will keep your whole brain alive and healthy.

This is where you will find everything I can offer to make you a fully-empowered knitter!”

Check out a preview of Sally’s book HERE!

Some of Sally’s lovely, luscious designs…


caddy's request 9 brown alone medium 

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And don’t miss Sally’s other books, including…

Warm Knits Cool Gifts

Mother Daughter Knits

CLICK HERE for Sally’s website!

Sally blogs HERE!

CLICK HERE for Sally’s new book!

Sally’s on RAVELRY!



Storyteller, Documentarian, Producer and Director




Picture-32Heather Quinlan is a New Yorker who’s lived in all five boroughs and whose short film, “O Brooklyn! My Brooklyn!” about Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” was called “charming … an endearing way of making an old poem more relevant” by the New York Times.  She also directed Dinner With Wise Guys, a Little Italy spin on IFC’s “Dinner For Five”; and videos for TLC, the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel.  She started If These Knishes Could Talk as an homage to her father and grandparents, whose wonderful accents she missed hearing.  The knish became a symbol for the film after she remembered it was a Jewish food introduced to her by her Irish father in the heavily Italian borough of Staten Island.


“From Atlantic Ave. to Zerega Ave.,” Heather explains, “word on the street is the New York accent is disappearing — a casualty of a city that’s evolved into a vast expanse of banks, H&Ms and glass-blown high-rises.

But even though you may not hear ‘toity-toid and toid’ in Manhattan, you can still hear strains in Bensonhurst, Whitestone or Tottenville.  Or you can have a look-see through our film.

We’ve gathered some accent experts, official and non, to weigh in on what it means to tawk the talk in a city that may be slowly trying to quiet the noise.”

Check out the 100% New York Knishes trailer!

Starting 4/10/13, Heather’s taking part in an all-5-boroughs event, I’m Tawkin’ Here!, featuring storytellers, music and a 10-minute clip of Knishes!


CLICK HERE for Heather’s website!

CLICK HERE for the Knishes website (with lots of clips from the film!)

Knishes is on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!



Quilter, Seamster, Designer, Author, Teacher



About JEN…

Designer Jen Eskridge is a native Texan who has lived and traveled all over the world.  Her favorite residence to date is Daegu, South Korea.  The longest she’s lived anywhere, since college, in Baton Rouge, has only been 3 years.

logoIt was in South Korea, while shopping at fabric manufacturer’s mill markets that Jen decided to apply her Apparel Design Degree to her very own quilting and sewing pattern company, ReannaLily Designs.

10794Once she returned to the United States in summer 2008, Jen launched the company with the trademarked Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide and commissioned sewing jobs.  The company has evolved into a pattern and design company in addition to its humble sewing beginnings.

Jen has been featured in numerous magazines, Sew It All TV and Pat Sloan’s Radio show for her design work.  Jen is a contributing artist in a few collective books and has 3 books of her own on the market:  Deploy That Fabric, Hexagons Made Easy, and Learn to Sew Easy Curves.

ReannaLily Designs is largely focused on quick affordable designs for a range of skill leveled sewing enthusiasts.  Visit the website,, to view and shop the entire catalog.

Jen maintains a daily blog at to showcase sewing adventures, successes and mishaps.  She also has over 30 free sewing projects, tips, and tutorials listed on the blog site.

Jen’s new book takes the hexie trend to the next level: bigger-better-easier!


Create stunning hexagon quilts and so much more–without Y-seams or hand sewing. Sound impossible? Expert quilter Jen Eskridge makes it easy with a quick facing technique, a great alternative to English paper piecing. Learn to use hexagons two ways: appliquéd onto a background or stitched together without a background for a two-sided quilt. Select from 15 clever projects in a huge variety of sizes, from large quilts to pillows, wall hangings, table runners, pot holders, and more!

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CLICK HERE for Jen’s website (filled with tutes and ideas!)

Jen blogs HERE!

CLICK HERE for Jen’s book!




Recipe Developer, Food Stylist, Writer, Culinary Enthusiast




Monita is a culinary freelancer focusing on recipe development and testing, food styling, and teaching. She is also the creator and writer of, a blog  which covers stores around New York City to get unique tools; events that are around for a short time period; places that stimulate the senses; and must-see sites if you are a culinary creature.

Her passion for all things culinary comes from professional experience — she was the recipe tester for Martha Stewart Living Magazine for 9 years— and from the belief that food brings people together.

A former public relations executive, Monita Buchwald made the leap from the boardroom to the kitchen in 2003. Prior to her culinary career, Monita was Vice Chairman at the public relations agency Manning Selvage & Lee. During that time she represented many Fortune 500 companies such as Nestle, Nabisco, General Foods, and Procter & Gamble.

Monita is committed to preventing hunger and volunteers with Met Council, an organization that helps New Yorkers fight poverty. One of her favorite projects with them is cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 60 residents at their low income housing.

Among the yummies Monita’s documented on her blog…

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CLICK HERE for Monita’s blog!

Monita’s on TWITTER!


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5 Comments on “Creative Mojo Celebration! April 3, 2013”

  1. Pat Coble
    April 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

    Dear Mark, I’m glad you knew that your supporters, fans and cupcake lovers, have been and are thinking about you and are grateful to Mary. Please don’t rush getting back into the rush. Get well, stay well. Love from Monterey Bay Pat in Seaside. CA


  2. April 5, 2013 at 9:02 AM #

    Reblogged this on Quilting News from Around the World and commented:
    For those of you who follow Mark Lipinski’s antics through his blog or his Internet radio show, Creative Mojo, you’ll be happy to know that his kidney transplant went well & he was home for Easter Sunday.


  3. Deloris
    April 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

    I just want Nessa to know we really enjoying the show while Mark is out and I hope you will be able to do a show with Mark once he is back because you are very good.



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