Break Out the Creative Mojo! April 17, 2013


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Hello Mark

News from Mark (& Mary)!

Today makes three weeks since my kidney transplant. This morning I went to the hospital to have my staples removed which I was dreading. As it turns out I barely felt a thing. It was nothing. No pain, no discomfort, it’s all good.

I am officially off all high blood pressure medications and we are gradually upping one of my antirejection medications, the one that I had a bad reaction to. I am anticipating smooth sailing.

The staff continues to tell me that I am the poster boy for a successful transplant. That is not to say that if I am not careful, that I could find myself in trouble so… I am going to stop bitching and follow the rules to a tee. That means no visitors, no shopping and running around, still getting a lot of rest and taking good care of myself and my body.
I am going to start distance walking again to increase my energy. I still feel quite tired most of the time. I need to get some real oxygen into these lungs.
Mary is doing just fine. She developed a little bit of a sinus infection and is on the mend. Kidney-wise, and anything having to do with the surgery, she is A-OK, thank goodness!

On the design front, check out my newest scrappy quilt, CURVY! You can pick up this quilt pattern in the current issue of LOVE OF QUILTING magazine (May/June 2013)! I used Andover Fabrics, Aurifil Threads and the Simple Curves Ruler from Phillips Fiber Art. I hope you like it! xoxom


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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:

1. ♥Boston…


2. When Fashion had Mojo…



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3. Junk Food Bulletin!


Then, from Nessa’s Bottomless Vinyl Vault…


CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!


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Quilter, Longarmer, Graphic Designer, Author 




With a background in graphic design, Rebecca thought she would be an artist growing up. Little did she know about the quirks of professional artistry and left her field to spend more time at her mom’s quilt shop, Cottonpicker’s Quilt Shop in Chardon, OH. The quilt shop seemed just like fun at first, but over time the designs began to evolve and the fabrics grabbed her in their clutches. She turned into a quilter and hasn’t looked back since.

Rebecca started designing and designing quilts and published her first pattern in the Fall of 2009 with her new company Ruby Blue Quilting Studio. Many more patterns have been published since and several designs also appeared on the Moda Bake Shop in the following years. Since then, Rebecca has broadened her horizons and began a long arm quilting division of her business as well as published her first book, Seamingly Scrappy. Rebecca applied her love of scrappy quilts with precuts and combined all of that with the tips and tricks she has been giving to customers through the years working in the quilt shop for a jam packed book!

To learn more about Rebecca, visit her blog where you’ll find more quilts, recipes, tutorials, and the occasional dog or squirrel picture at

Scrappiness is…Rebecca’s new book!

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Sew many ideas for vibrant scraps

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And take a gander at Rebecca’s longarming talents…


CLICK HERE for Rebecca’s website and blog!

CLICK HERE to buy Rebecca’s book!

Buy Rebecca’s patterns HERE!




Jewelry Designer, Bead Shop Owner, Vintage Lucite Lover 




Heather DeSimone has been putting together random parts & calling it jewelry since she was small.  She has been co-owner of The Beadin’ Path, a jewelry supply company with a focus on vintage goods, since 1993.  Her jewelry designs have been published in loads of fun places.  You can find her repurposed vintage lucite goods at Leetie  She lives in Maine with her 2 young boys, 2 cats, a dog Lola and her beau of 20 years, Chris.

Heather’s heavenly haven of beautimous beads!


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Heather’s also producing a new local artisan market venue in southern Maine!


CLICK HERE for The Beadin’ Path website!

CLICK HERE for the Leetie Lovendale website!

CLICK HERE for the Maine Markets website!

The Beadin’ Path is on FACEBOOK & TWITTER!

Leetie Lovendale is on FACEBOOK & TWITTER!



Soap Opera Expert, Journalist, Talk Show Host



About DAN…

soapcentral_logoDan J. Kroll is the owner and founder of, the Internet’s most popular destination for soap opera news and information.

Dan initially became interested in soaps while attending high school with a performer on All My Children. Though he only planned to watch for a few days to see how his friend fared, Dan became and has been watching ever since. While attending Temple University, where he studied medicine, Dan created a personal web page that would become, a site that now boasts over 30 million pageviews per month.

scl_logo_largeJPGIn 2010, Dan launched Soap Central Live, an online radio program on the Voice America Talk Radio network. Like its website counterpart, the show quickly rocketed in popularity and became the premiere destination for celebrity interviews.

A sports fan, Dan roots for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, and the Temple Owls men’s and women’s basketball teams. Dan’s wide-ranging hobbies include tennis, mini-golf, photography, cooking, and sharing laughs with friends.

Dan lends his support to various animal conservation projects, including the Philadelphia Zoo and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. In the past ten years, has donated more than $75,000 to various charities.

Dan resides in Philadelphia with the world’s cutest rabbit and more fish than he can count.

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Dan interviewing Emmy winner Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, Guiding Light; ex-Kelly Cramer, One Life to Live)

Dan interviewing Emmy winner Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, Guiding Light; ex-Kelly Cramer, One Life to Live)

Dan and I are dishing about a trio of classic soaps…

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CLICK HERE for Dan’s Soap Central website (jam-packed with the latest news on every show)!

Soap Central’s on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!


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