Mojo’s-a-poppin’! April 24, 2013


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News from Mark!

550317_10151383913470811_372020956_nHad a checkup on 4/23…my creatinine levels are slightly elevated, I’m having some mild pain (feels muscular around the bottom part of the incision) and the physician is being very vigilant. More tests on Thursday and Friday. I’m a little worried but my temps and blood pressure are perfect and I feel OK .. just a little tired). From now until the tests, they want me to force liquids, relax and lay low. (See?! >> I’m doing it! In a Hello-Kitty-pink mug, of course!)

Don’t forget to pick up CURVY, my latest 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 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’s the proud mom of 4 children, ages 13 to 22, and the proud wife of Peter, a scientist who studies aging. Six male cats have the run of their house—and every Wednesday, while she’s taping Creative Mojo, Nessa needs a Production Assistant to keep the felines at bay!

Nessa co-owns Fabricate, a vibrant crafts shop on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Fabricate’s been a busy place this month, hosting hundreds of Hoppers taking part in the Maine Shop Hop. And as vacation visitors begin to arrive, Fabricate’s scrapbooking room will be hopping, too! With those visitors in mind, Nessa designed her first set of 12×12 scrapbooking papers, “Vacationland,” which is sold under the Fabricate brand name. She’s working on six more double-sided sheets, plus embellishments. “Maine is such a visually memorable state,” she says, “and after years of writing about it, it’s really fun to be capturing its scenic places in a visual media, to help crafters commemorate their time here.”2012 Fabricate Proofs

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

1. A very specific shade of green…


2. Science students reaching for the stars (literally!)


And, from Nessa’s Bottomless Vinyl Vault…

Cabaret band

CLICK HERE for Nessa’s website!


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Architect, Writer, Teacher


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About KAY…

Kay Stevens Rosa and her spouse, Augusto Rosa, have been practicing architecture together for almost a quarter century since meeting in Barcelona, where he was working on his architectural doctorate and she was working on projects for the Barcelona Olympics. Kay somehow convinced Augusto that Maine is the place to be, and twenty-one “winters” later, the pair still delights in serving the diverse clients that seek out their firm, A4 Architects, for innovative and unique design solutions.

In their spare time, they love to travel and spend time with their four children (their best unpublished work). Kay also enjoys writing, mentoring students and serving as a Director of AIA Maine, while Augusto is an accomplished artist, photographer and gourmet cook.

Look at Kay’s sumptuous design work!



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CLICK HERE for Kay’s website!

Kay’s on FACEBOOK!



Artist, Quilter 


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About DEB…

Deb Hyde has been developing and creating her own original quilts for over 10 years. She says of her art, ”I represent the figure in the medium of fiber in the quilting tradition. The process is time-consuming, precise and restricting — it forces me to concentrate on bold form and intense color and forego the extraneous. Each artwork consists of thousands of one inch squares of fabric, painstakingly placed, stitched together and finally quilted. Hundreds of hours go into their formulation. My inspiration comes from ads, photographs I take myself, or my own life drawing sketches. I am the sole creator of each piece, starting with drawing and watercolor sketches, to the actual creation, sewing and quilting. No computers are used in this process.

The last 12 years have been an interesting journey from a lifelong avocation of creating art with paper, pencil, charcoal, canvas and paint, to the new medium of fiber. Actually, fiber is not really new to me as I have always had an interest in sewing for fashion and home decor. But to think of fiber as an art medium was really the first step to what has now become a passion to create something original out of a fundamental American craft. Most art has two important characteristics: The artist must have a vision of what he/she wants to create that is compelling both to themselves as creators and to the audience for which it is intended, and secondly, he/she must have the technical skill to execute that vision. I think about both of these issues as I go about my process of creation. I spend a lot of time thinking and imagining what I want to depict because it has to hold my attention for many, many hours. The process or technique of placing each bit of fabric, sewing, quilting and finishing, is the execution of that vision.

I find that the juxtaposition of contemporary, figurative subjects paired with a very traditional form of quilting — after all, there is nothing more basic than sewing squares of commercially available material together and then quilting them — leads to interesting and beautiful images.”

“Deb Hyde: Sunshine and Shadow,” opens Monday, April 29 at The ArtQuilt Gallery in New York City: 133 West 25th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues. On display through June 8.

If you’re in the area, go go go!


  • Oakland County Juried Art Show, Pontiac, MI, 2000*, 2005*
  • Pacific International Quilt Show, Santa Clara, California, 2002
  • Art of the Quilt, Novi Expo Ctr., Novi, MI, 2003*
  • “The Body Eclectic” Juried Show, Lawrence Street Gallery, 2005*
  • Solo Show, Arthaus, Rochester, Michigan, 2006
  • Gallery 194, Solo Show, Lapeer, MI, 2007
  • “Strut Magazine”, Cover Art, July 2008
  • Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland, MI 2012*
  • Our Town Juried Exhibition, Birmingham, MI 2012*
  • Michigan Great Artist Competition, 2012*
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art Festival, 2013*
  • LaQuinta Art Festival, CA, 2013*

Deb’s works amaze, even as they draw us into their intimacy…Bodyscape_org sm

Bodyscape (detail below)

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Pink Dress

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John in Sunshine and Shadow (detail below)

John in Sunshine_Shadow detail

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Sunlight and Shadow Girl (detail below)

Sunlight and Shadow Girl detail

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Profile in Grey on Green (detail below)

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Floating Nude (detail below)

Floating Nude detail

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Neck Study (detail below)

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Male  (detail below)

Male detail

Deb sent us a series of images that depict her painstaking, gradual creative process!

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CLICK HERE for Deb’s website!

CLICK HERE for The ArtQuilt Gallery’s website!

Deb is on FACEBOOK!



Artists, Crafters, Designers, Mom + Daughter



About DONNA…

Donna Salazar is a wife, mom, artist, designer, teacher and kid at heart. She loves Inky-Painty-Glitzy-Grunginess…what she calls her “Girlie Grunge” look. Her style is especially appealing to mixed media artists; however, her love of flowers and all things sparkly appeals to crafters of all types and styles. She currently has licensed products with 5 companies.

About GENNA…

Genna Salazar is a senior in high school, is planning on being an art major in college and is Donna’s daughter. The two have created a mother-daughter-denim-lovin’ Etsy shop called “Blue Gene Baby” where they sell reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled denim items. There is a really cute story behind the name of the shop: When Genna was born they were playing Tiny Dancer by Elton John in the delivery room… so Donna has always called Genna her Blue Jean Baby (from the first line of the song). Gene was used in the name instead of Jean because G-E-N-E is the first 4 letters of Genna’s full name (Genevieve).



Here’s some Blue Gene Baby goodness…



…and some scrappy denim design ideas!

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CLICK HERE for Donna’s website!

CLICK HERE for Blue Gene Baby on Etsy!


Genna’s on FACEBOOK!


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