Almost a Mojo Summer! June 19, 2013


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Crochet Artist, Designer, Author



Doris Chan is my guest and will  discuss her book, CONVERTIBLE CROCHET; Customizable Designs for Stylish Garments.


Convertible Crochet is a brand new way to think about crochet fashion, exploded lace motifs, and flattering silhouettes. Award-winning designer Doris Chan helps you get more out of crochet with these endlessly adaptable patterns and techniques that can work with a variety of different looks, personal styles, and body shapes. You’ll learn to personalize these designs by easily making alterations, adding removable elements, or simply styling the piece in an ingenious new way. Make it once. Wear it again and again.


Doris Chan broke into the crochet design scene when a photo of her first doily shawl attracted the attention of a notable yarn company, and she has been at the forefront of modern crochet design ever since. She supplies design support for yarn companies such as Tahki Stacy Charles, and her work has been featured in Vogue Knitting Crochet, Crochet!, Interweave Crochet, and PieceWork magazines, among others. Her latest venture is a self published pattern line, DJ C Designs, available exclusively at Doris is an avid professional member of the Crochet Guild of America and writes the popular blog Everyday Crochet at She lives in Pennsylvania.




Quilters, Designers, Authors



Susan Mah and Sally Bell will be my guests and will discuss their new book, Sew a Backyard Adventure; 21 Projects––TeePees, Hacks, Backpacks, Quilts, Sleeping Bags & More.


Get your kids camping, playing, and exploring with 21 fun–to–make projects that provide countless hours of indoor and outdoor enjoyment for both boys and girls. Everything you need to outfit a child to go adventuring is here: backpacks, teepees, sleeping bags, sun hats, cargo vests and shorts, outdoor–meaning bedroom sets with quilts, and much more. The whole family will also enjoy the bonus nature–themed crafts and recipes for camp treats like Peanut Butter S’mores.

  •  Encourage children to put down their electronics and discover the joy of the outdoors.
  •  Projects include detailed, step–by step instructions and template patterns.
  •  Bonus activities include finger puppets and reference cards for identifying animal tracks.


Susan Maw and Sally Bell have created together since they were kids on their parents’ farm using their cats as models for their doll close. They had a business together making dolls in the 1980s, and after taking a break to raise their families, they started their current business, Maw-Bell Designs.  They love to create the look for each book and follow through with the designs that add to the theme. They love all aspects of art, but playing with color and fabric is the most rewarding.

Susan and her family lived in northwestern Montana near beautiful Glacier National Park. She has 3 sons and a daughter. Sally and her family lived in western Montana in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley. She has one son, one daughter, and one granddaughter. They feel so fortunate to be sisters who both enjoy designing, talking about designing, and redesigning after they have talked about design.





Writer, Professor, Author



Barbara Abercrombie is my guest and will  discuss her book, Kicking in the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes To Help You Break through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals.


“I would go as far as I could and hit a wall,” said musician and memoirist Patti Smith. In response, playwright Sam Shepard advised, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” Writing teacher Barbara Abercrombie’s powerful writing prompts give us just the push we need to do it. Like a workout with a top trainer, her exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle.

Kicking In the Wall includes quotes from famous writers to accompany the exercises, as well as real-world examples of completed exercises by the author’s students in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit to five minutes per exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started in those five minutes, and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful method is essential fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.


Barbara Abercrombie has published novels, children’s picture books, such as the award–winning Charlie Anderson, and books of nonfiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications as well as in many anthologies. She received the Outstanding Instructor Award and the Distinguished Instructor Award at UCLA Extension, where she teaches Creative Writing In the Writers’ Program. She also conducts private writing retreats and writes a weekly blog. She lives with her husband, Robert V. Adams, and their rescue dog, Nelson, in Santa Monica and Lake Arrowhead, California.

CLICK HERE for the Barbara’s WRITING TIME blog


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