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CREATIVE MOJO WITH MARK LIPINSKI is a live, two-hour entertainment program broadcast on the Internet. It's fun, entertaining, informative, inspirational and illuminating. 

Hosted by the amusingly candid Mark Lipinski, Creative Director for All American Crafts publishing and Executive Editor for Mark Lipinski's Christmas 365, Mark Lipinski's Fabric Trends, andMark Lipinski's Create and  CREATIVE MOJO is dedicated to the modern crafter and crafting lifestyle.    Infused with Mark's off-the-cuff  and no-holds-barred humor and love of the creative spirit, the show boldly encourages listeners to discover and harness their own creative spirit by living creatively everyday. 

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Corduroy Quilting, End Creative Procrastination, Creating Flowers for you Medium

March 26, 2014

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Meet

Author, Designer

STEPHANIE DUNPHY

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It's All About Stephanie. . .

After two less-than-stellar attempts at home economics in 7th and 9th grades, Stephanie's talented mom probably feared that the creative gene had skipped a generation. Stephanie preferred playing softball and running track.

Fast-forward to the early 1990s and Stephanie was married with two small children, living in Japan and needing Halloween costumes. She finally learned to sew and discovered a newfound love for quilting. She learned the sewing basics, and then took the first quilting class offered at the military base's recreation center.

A decade later, Stephanie was living in Pickerington, Ohio; her kids were in college and she learned about Etsy and blogs from her daughter. With her daughter's encouragement and help, she set up Loft Creations and started selling handmade items.

Stephanie's style is an eclectic mix, and she's a proud lover of buttons, polka dots, and all things tea. She's lucky to have the support of her family and friends. Happiness to her is sipping tea and sewing with her dear dog, Abby, by her side. Through her sewing journey, Stephanie has learned that handmade is best!

 

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Corduroy--it's not just for pants! Celebrate the velvety goodness of corduroy with this collection from popular blogger Stephanie Dunphy. So versatile and easy to use, corduroy is what's hot--and these exciting designs show what to do with it!

  • Choose from 17 fun projects, including quilts in different sizes, a variety of stylish bags, and a scarf
  • Try corduroy alone, use it with traditional quilting cottons, or combine it with other fabrics such as flannel
  • Find projects for skill levels from beginner to experienced and for tastes ranging from traditional to modern

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On this broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, Stephanie talks with me about about all of the tools, tricks and resources for working with corduroy in piecing quilts and bags!

Here is a sampling of just some of Stephanie's quilts from her book, Uncommonly Corduroy:

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Visit Stephanie Dunphy's blog by CLICKING HERE

Find Stephanie Dunphy's Etsy shop by CLICKING HERE

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Meet

Writer, Teacher, Actor,

Creativity Specialist

SAM BENNETT

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Sam, Procrastination Takes Too Long…

Sam Bennett is the creator of http://www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com, dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck from whatever way they're stuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Originally from Chicago, Bennett is a writer, actor, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist who has counseled thousands of artists on their way to success. She is the author of the surprisingly popular book of poems, "By The Way, You Look Really Great Today," and the daily inspirational book, "365 Reasons To Write."

Still a working actor, Bennett started her career at the world-famous Second City Theatre (www.secondcity.com ) and moved to Los Angeles in 1994. She's worked with many of Los Angeles' premier theatre companies, including The Open Fist Theatre Company (www.openfist.org), LA TheatreWorks (www.latw.org) and ComedySportz (www.comedysportz.com). She also has extensive television and film credits.

Despite having no background in business, computers, internet sales or programming, Bennett is pleased to find herself an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant. She is one of a handful of experts certified by Infusionsoft, the leader in small business sales and marketing. She was honored as an Ultimate Marketer Finalist at Infusioncon 2010, and if you'd like to talk about automated business systems, she'd LOVE to and she promises it will be neither boring nor sales-y. Email her at Samantha_Bennett@TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com.

Now based in the tiny beachside town of Carpinteria, CA, Bennett offers her revolutionary Get It Done Workshops, teleclasses, public speaking engagements and private consulting to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

On this broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, Stephanie talks with me about how to identify if you are a creative procrastinator and how to overcome creative procrastination to finally get your work finished, make money or a reputation with your creative work.

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Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Progress

Creative people tend to see the world a little differently than everyone else. But that doesn’t mean they can’t zero in on their goals, get focused, get organized, and not only accomplish what they want to achieve but earn money doing it. In Get It Done, a beloved teacher and successful writer, actor, and comedian helps you get a handle on your own particular — even peculiar — creative process and harness your energies in positive, productive, and income-generating ways. Sam Bennett’s innovative exercises, inspiring true success stories, and bonus online components will shift your thinking and prompt the kind of insights that turn underperforming geniuses into accomplished artists.

 

Visit Sam Bennett's Organized Artist Company website by CLICKING HERE

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Meet

Artist, Illustrator, Author, Collector

LISA CONGDON

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Listen to Lisa …

Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and collages. Since 2007, she has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, The Obama Campaign and Simon & Schuster, among others. Lisa is also known for her intricate line drawings and pattern design and has licensed her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to illustrating full time, Lisa maintains a thriving Etsy shop and writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc., both set to be released by Chronicle Books in 2014. Lisa periodically shows her work in galleries around the country. In 2011, she had her first major solo show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco and was in her first museum show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She’s an avid cyclist and swimmer. She lives and works in Oakland, California.

To learn more about Lisa in her own words, listen to this podcast of Lisa’s interview with Meighan O’Toole about her work & making art for a living. You can also read this interview with Lisa on The Great Discontent and view this short film about her artwork and life.

 

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Karen about terrific new book, 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.  Karen also discusses IN DETAIL what kinds of ideas and authors she is looking for to publish books, and what the process is to get your foot in the publishing door, whether you are a quilter, knitter, crocheter or other kind of needleworker!

This inspiring sketchbook is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes–tulips, roses, dahlias, and much, much more–over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip.
This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the stylized flowers, snap dragons, and zinnias, are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw. Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item, providing loads of inspiration for your own drawing. Presented in the author’s uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.
Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip!

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On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Lisa Congdon about her latest book, 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers.  Lisa also discusses why non-artists need this book how how they can use it with their creative medium -- whether it be fabric, clay, thread, journaling, etc.

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Here are just a few of the pages from Lisa's book, 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip

Just a few other (but not all) books by Lisa   . . .

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Visit Lisa Congdon's website by CLICKING HERE

 

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How to Publish Your Quilting/Crafting Book and More!

March 19, 2014

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Meet

Author, Editor, Quilt Collector, Designer

DONNA DI NATALE

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There’s Something About Donna . . .

Donna is a third-generation quilter. Her mother, grandmother and aunt all were quilters — some for necessity and some for pure pleasure. When she was 5 years old, Donna received a Raggedy Ann and Andy embroidery kit as birthday gift. Her mother taught her how to embroider the designs on the pre-stamped blue fabric. Her mother then taught her how to turn those small pieces into a quilt for her dolly using a little Singer sewing machine. That little quilt disappeared long ago, but Donna’s love of quilts and quilting is still strong.

Donna is also a quilt collector. Her collection began when she discovered the quilts her mother had stored away in the attic. They were quilts her mother, aunt and grandmother had made. The fabrics in those quilts from the 1930s to ’50s told so many stories. Her collection seems to be filled mostly with quilts from the ’30s. Her interests now include quilts from the late 1800s, perhaps because of knowledge she has gained as a member of the American Quilt Study Group. Studying the history of quilts and quiltmakers has only increased her passion for the art of quilting.

Today, her passion is also her livelihood. When she’s not quilting, she’s editing quilt books for Kansas City Star Quilts, which has given her the opportunity to meet and work with talented quilters from around the world. Donna is still seeking and collecting quits and shares them with others through her presentation “Confessions of a Quiltaholic.”

She and her husband love to travel, and Donna enjoys visiting quilt shops wherever they go and learning what quilters all over the country are working on.

Donna is the author of Anna’s Quilt: A Classic Design for Modern Quilters, and her new book is called, Prized Quilts; the Omaha World-Herald Quilt Contests, both published by Kansas City Star Books!  

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From 1931 to 1940, the Omaha-World Herald encouraged readers to make quilts from patterns published in the paper and then enter them to be exhibited and judged at local department stores. Quilts came by the hundreds, and viewers came by the thousands. It was the Great Depression, and valuable prizes, such as furniture, refrigerators, bicycle and linens, enticed people of all ages to enter this prestigious contest. Ten timeless designs selected from patterns published in the paper have been redrafted for today's quilter. Whether you enjoy patchwork, foundation piecing or appliqué, you can craft your very own prized quilt.   See pages from the inside of Prized Quilts by CLICKING HERE.

On this broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, Donna talks with me about … What it's like to be an editor for quilting publications, her creative journey, the importance of labeling your quilts, collecting quilts, inspiration for writing both Anna’s Quilt: A Classic Design for Modern Quilters, and her new book Prized Quilts; the Omaha World-Herald Quilt Contests, and more!

Here is a sampling of just some of Donna's quilts from Prized Quilts:

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Donna says, "The templates for Anna's quilt are based on the original design. For the other projects, I simplified the daisy and morning glory templates. And because I love wool applique, I have included a wool applique wall hanging or table quilt and a small table topper. The templates for some of the projects have been reduced in size, and new designs were added to the wallhanging, but every project in this book contains the rose applique found in Anna's original quilt to demonstrate the timelessness of this design. I hope that at least one of these projects will find a special place in your home."

Visit Donna Di Natale’s blogs on the Kansas City Star Books site, by CLICKING HERE

Find Donna Di Natale's Facebook page by CLICKING HERE

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Meet

Gallery Owner, Author, Artist

SUSAN SCHWAKE

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Desperately Seeking Susan…

Susan Schwake grew up in a creative family. Her mother supported her interest in art from a very young age and made sure that she followed her dream. Doing just that, Susan studied fine art at Plymouth State University with a concentration in painting and printmaking in the 70's. For the past 20 years she has run an independent art school. She developed, wrote the curriculum for and continues to work with people of all ages and abilities. For the past ten years the art school has been part of artstream, llc which she owns with her husband Rainer.  artstream is a gallery and design studio. She has curated over 70 shows both in her own gallery and as a guest curator in others. She has been blogging since 2005 at artesprit.blogspot.com about her life as an artist, gallery owner and instructor.Susan has worked with hundreds of people making art through residencies, community organizations and private schools over the past 13 years. During 2011 she wrote a book called Art Lab for Kids 52 projects in drawing,painting, printmaking, paper and mixed media. It is a smattering of lessons pulled  from her experiences in teaching art to children and adults. It has become a strong seller in it's first year.

What is most near and dear to her heart is her own creative expression through fine art. Her work has been in exhibitions throughout the United States, New Zealand, Germany, Romania and Mexico. Her illustrations have been featured by United Airlines, Small Magazine from China, ON magazine, and others. She has been featured online at The Working Proof with two of her gelatin prints, at Juxtapoz with an illustration and she has written for WhipUp and Illustration Friday Blog about artists, DIY and teaching art.
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Developed for the younger set (4-6 year olds) and targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group.

As in Susan Schwake’s first book, Art Lab for Kids (Quarry Books, 2012), the Labs can be used as singular projects, or used to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. The book begins with an introduction on materials and setting up a space for making art. The lessons that follow are open-ended to be explored over and over – with different results each time. They are geared for children being taught or guided by adults and are successful on all levels of experience and age. They do not result in “cookie cutter” end products, but are a method of learning something new each time they are used.

This motivational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student’s own voice, marks and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. Art Lab for Little Kids is a fresh source of creative activities for families and community groups or will work as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers in home school, preschool, and kindergarten environments.

CALL INTO THE SHOW at (877) 864-4869 with a question or comment for Susan and you might win a copy of her new book!  

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Susan about her new book, Art Lab for Little Kids.  We'll explore what this book can mean for you, your children and/or your grandchildren.  I'm also very exited to talk with Susan about the ins and outs of teaching art ... and learning art (there might be hope for me yet).

You can take a class from Susan. Check out her online course, Art Class: Let's Paint.

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A few of Susan's other books  . . .

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Here is a sampling of just some of Susan's own art:

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Visit Susan Schwake's website by CLICKING HERE

Get a signed copy of Susan Schwake's book, Art Lab for Little Kids by CLICKING HERE

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Meet

Martingale Acquisitions Editor

KAREN BURNS

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Calling on Karen…

Karen Burns started with Martingale as an office-tour guide (getting paid in quilt books), and then quickly worked her way into the heart of the company. She’s spent time as an account manager and as communications coordinator, and now works as an acquisitions editor. As a machine quilter, Karen has contributed to several Martingale books, including A Baker’s DozenJelly BabiesQuilting with Precuts and Shortcuts, and Quilting with Fat Quarters. With a stack of over 30 of her own quilts at home ready to be quilted, Karen compares herself to the cobbler whose children have no shoes—she is the quilter with no finished quilts.

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Karen will also discuss the Martingale-published book (and my fav) 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.  This value-packed book features 101 inspiring quilt patterns in a wide array of colors and popular styles. Create doll quilts, wall quilts, table runners, candle mats, lap quilts, and so much more.

  • Enjoy designs from such trusted names as Country Threads, Kathleen Tracy, Kim Diehl, Little Quilts, Lori Smith, and Mary Hickey
  • Styles range from two-color quilts to totally scrappy designs--use convenient precuts and fat quarters or fabrics pulled from your stash
  • Try a variety of techniques with a minimal investment of time and money

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On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Karen about terrific new book, 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.  Karen also discusses IN DETAIL what kinds of ideas and authors she is looking for to publish books, and what the process is to get your foot in the publishing door, whether you are a quilter, knitter, crocheter or other kind of needleworker!

Here are just a few of the 101 quilts from Karen's book, 101 Fabulous Small Quilts

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Visit MARTINGALE's website by CLICKING HERE

Submit a book proposal to THAT PATCHWORK PLACE by CLICKING HERE

Write to Martingale Acquisitions Editor KAREN BURNS, at kburns@martingale-pub.com

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March 12, 2014

Fabric, Jewelry, Machine Quilting, Quilts of Valor 

March 12, 2014

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Meet

Quilt Alliance Auction Winner and Friend

MICHELLE WELSH

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About Michelle…

I am so excited to introduce you to Michelle!  Actually, I only met her about a hour before the show myself!  She is a wonderful and warm quilter from Cape Cod, mother of two, and wife of a career Coast Guard-er (is that a word?).  Lot's of stuff planned.  I had to invite her as my co-host, don't you think?   This is too much fun!  She is now a wonderful new friend!

Michelle bid on and won my quilt during the Quilt Alliance “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” auction!  Here's the quilt that Michelle won . . .

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These are some of the things we did over the two days . . .

Lunch on Pickle Road with my buddies . . .

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Michelle gets to take as many books as she likes from my stash (sadly she didn't take enough)

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Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ

Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ

The Round Bobbin in Ambler, PA

Sew Smart Fabrics in Doylestown, PA (I was trying to get to  Bryne Sewing Connection in Doylestown but I was going in the wrong direction and got lost)

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I tried to convince Michelle  to take home a long arm from Olde City Quilts!

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Michelle with Pennington Quilt Works owner, Jan Crane.

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Meet

 Author, Teacher, Quilt & Fabric Designer

KATHY BROWN

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About Kathy…

Kathy is an accomplished quilter, fabric designer and sought after teacher in the quilt industry. Kathy has self-published over 125 patterns and 7 booklets as well as having a book published with Martingale and two books published with The House of White Birches.  She has been a featured contributor in numerous magazines including The Quilter, Create and Decorate, Quick and Easy Quilting, McCalls Quick Quilts and Fabric Trends. Two of her quilts have been featured on the covers of The Quilter and Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home.  Her patterns are geared toward both the experienced and beginning quilter in mind, and are designs that may look intricate but are very simple to construct, as evidenced by her most popular pattern Take 5 and new book Strip-Smart Quilts II. Kathy’s quilts are designed to be made in a day or a weekend whereby the quilter can get instant gratification! When Kathy is not busy designing a new fabric line or new quilt patterns, you can find her teaching and lecturing for quilt guilds and quilt shops across the United States.

Kathy is married to Michael, her best friend of 33 years, and they live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with  Maddie and Mia - their two German Shepherds, Ella Fitzgerald - their  Welsh Corgi, and  Abbie – their rescued Catahoula Leopard dog as well as six very independent cats. They are the very proud parents of a daughter, Erin, who is an emergency room/ trauma nurse in Houston, TX. When Kathy is not at her sewing machine, you can find her watching old movies with Michael or enjoying their lovely backyard oasis and tending to their mini zoo!

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with my longtime friend, Kathy Brown,  about designing her fabric lines with Red Rooster Fabric, and her new book, Strip-Smart Quilts II: Make 16 Triangle Quilts with One Easy Technique

Kathy's book, Strip-Smart Quilts II

In this follow-up to her popular Strip-Smart Quilts, Kathy Brown provides an astonishing collection of 16 quilt patterns--all based on the same cut from a single ruler. Smart indeed!

  • Create mesmerizing designs with speed and accuracy using the Creative Grids 90° Double-Strip Ruler (or another right-angle triangle ruler)
  • Make intricate-looking projects easily using fat quarters, precut strips, or yardage
  • Find visually appealing quilts for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced

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Here is a sampling of just some of the quilt projects from Kathy Brown's book:

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Kathy has  other sensational books. Here is just a handful . . .

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To buy any of Kathy Brown's books, CLICK HERE

Visit Kathy Brown's website by CLICKING HERE

Visit Kathy Brown's blog by CLICKING HERE 

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Meet

Artist, Author, Metalsmith, Designer, Teacher

JOHN SARTIN

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About John…

"I didn't decide to become a metalsmith," says John Sartin, award-winning maker of truly original wearable art, "it chose me."
John was a potter before a metalsmith. All it took was "playing in the metal arts" for him to become hooked. His work has garnered numerous awards from some of the best art shows in the Southwest, yet he humbly states that he learns something new every time he makes a piece…even if he's done the technique hundreds of times.

John loves watching his students come to the realization that a technique they thought would be too difficult is entirely attainable. For John, the processes of teaching and learning are organically intertwined. While he's creating a piece or teaching in front of students, he's also learning in those dynamic moments. When asked what his most memorable teaching moment was he said, "Actually writing my book last year was. It was what I taught myself during the process that has so far been the most memorable."

John's stunning designs are handcrafted using time-intensive ancient metalsmithing techniques along with techniques of his own invention. Being mostly self-taught, Sartin first presented his work to the public in 2004. His work has been published in, and featured on, the covers of multiple publications including Art Jewelry Magazine, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine and in several Lark Books publications. He is also the author of The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry, a Creative Publishing International publication.

The first piece of jewelry John made that he was proud of? "A small pierced brooch with an asymmetrical cab set in the middle," he says, "it was the very first piece I sold."

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski John talks with me about … the art of metal jewelry making and his book, The Complete Guide to Making Metal Jewelry (Great book).  When  is an artist a "sell out" and is there really such a thing?  Where to get supplies and tips on how to find affordable tools!

John's book, The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry

With beautiful illustrations and step-by-step instructions, this how-to book includes all the techniques involved in crafting metal jewelry, including:

—Cutting and filing

—Cold connections

—Soldering

—Texturing

—Forging and forming

—Setting stones

—Applying specialty finishes

The book’s clear organization provides easy access to information with straightforward directions and hundreds of full-color photos. You’ll also find easy projects for trying the techniques, as well as a stunning gallery of metal jewelry pieces by experienced designers. Find beautiful jewelry examples and gain skills and inspiration with The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry!

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CLICK HERE to see the inside of John's book!

Here is a sampling of just some of John's art:

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Meet

Co-Founder of MACHINE QUILTERS EXHIBITION (MQX), Long Arm Quilter

JANET-LEE SANTEUSANIO

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About Janet-Lee

Janet-Lee Santeusanio has been a machine quilter since 1999. Her machine quilting has won many awards and has been published in numerous quilting magazines. She also owns and manages a highly successful, machine quilting discussion group of almost 3000 members. Janet-Lee lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire with her husband and two children. Her previous work experience has been in sales and marketing with experience in the medical and computer industries.

Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC (MQX) is an annual machine quilting show and conference founded by Janet-Lee and fellow machine-quilter, Mary Schilke. MQX embraces all machine quilters, regardless of the size or model of machine used to complete the quilting process. What started out as a get-together for longarm quilters in New England rapidly morphed into the largest machine quilting show in the United States. Well known for its friendliness, attention to detail and dedication to their vendors, students and teachers, MQX is looking forward to its next show in April 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Just a few examples of Janet-Lee's art . . .

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 MQX's Work with the Quilts of Valor Foundation

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CLICK HERE for information on Janet-Lee and Mary Schilke's AMAZING MQX QUILT FESTIVALS

Get on board for Janet-Lee's Quilts of Valor Foundation quilt block collection by CLICKING HERE

Have Janet-Lee long-arm your quilts by CLICKING HERE for Janet-Lee’s website!

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Mojo From the Other Side; March3, 2014

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MEET

Psychic Medium

SILVIA ROSSI

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About Silvia:

Silvia Rossi is a modern-day Psychic-Medium who has experienced communications from the spirit side throughout her life. As a toddler she saw “shadows” in the room and as a young teen she saw “people” at the foot of her bed. Silvia was born with a gift that filled her days with images and information about people she would come into contact with.

Unsure of what these apparitions of the deceased meant, Silvia tried to ignore and even suppress the powers she possessed. Through her teens and while she attended college and graduate school these spirits became more and more persistent in their behavior and their need to communicate through Silvia. In her mid twenties while attending intense meditation classes, Silvia met a man who became her mentor and guide within the spiritual world. It was at this time that Silvia began to understand that all of these experiences she was having were proof that not only did Life exist beyond what we call death, but also this life was only one phase in the eternal journey of the soul.

Silvia understands that she has been chosen as a conduit between “this life” and the spiritual world and she feels obligated to use and share her gift to bring comfort, information and sometimes closure with the messages she receives from the spiritual world, to those here around her.

During the past 21 years Silvia has hosted her own Radio Show, Make Contact With Silvia Rossi, appeared on the Sally Jessy Rafael Show and has been a guest and co- host on the radio show Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski. Silvia conducts workshops to teach others on  how to understand and better their connection to the spirit world. She has worked with the police, helping them solve cold cases and murder cases. Silvia had the difficult task and honor of working with families and support groups of the victims of September 11th.  Throughout the years Silvia has developed a loyal following.

Silvia met John Edward at a workshop he conducted in 2003 and he was thoroughly impressed with her abilities after she relayed a message from the spirit world to an audience member at his event.

She has had the privilege of working with many psychologists in the tri-state area who continue to refer their patients to her when conventional methods have failed. She conducts her practice out of offices in New York City and New Jersey.

Silvia has made it her mission to help individuals and families understand their eternal connection to loved ones that have passed on; bringing relief and comfort to the countless who have been touched by her gift.

Currently, Silvia lives with her family in New Jersey and enjoys lecturing, teaching. On occasion, she indulges in her favorite past time, performing at local nightclubs singing and playing her guitar.

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On today’s show, Silvia reads:

Quilt Alliance President, Meg Cox

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Television Personality and author, Jodie Davis

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Artist, designer and author, Michelle Muska

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Fiber Artist Extraordinaire, Frances Holliday Alford

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Fabric and Quilt Designer, Author, Linda Lum DeBono

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MEET

Author, Fiber Artist, Designer

CHERYL POTTER

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About Cheryl:

Cheryl Potter’s love for knitting began at age eight when she created a lime green-and-yellow striped T-shirt with a sparkle yarn called Dazzle Working part time for various yarn shops, she knit her way through Middlebury Collage in Vermont. In graduate school she was heavily influenced by Kaffe Fassett, who inspired her first set of hand-dyed colorways.

After earning her master of fine arts degree at the University of Arizona, Cheryl returned to Vermont and founded a hand-painted yarn company called Cherry Tree Hill, the name of her mountaintop farm. In an old milk house, she dyed and designed wearable art garments until she was discovered by Interweave Knits magazine in 1997. Cherry Tree Hill yarns are now sold in hundreds of stores all over the world, and Cheryl’s work regularly appears in magazines and catalogs, as well as on television. Today she is best known for her innovative colorways, painted on a variety of natural and synthetic fibers.

During her years as a fiber artist Cheryl has been a prolific writer and teacher of workshops that focus on fiber, color and texture. Her first published book in the field is called Handpaint Country, and was done with the photography skills of Alexis Xenakis. The most recent, Skein for Skein is her sixth book. She’s working now on an E-book Called Potluck yarn that’s free to read online at www.potluckyarn.com. Come to http://www.cherryyarn.com to see her work or read her blog.

Cheryl’s New Book Combo . . .

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The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches (Potluck Yarn Trilogy, Book 1)

The Broken Circle is the first book in the Potluck Yarn trilogy by Cheryl Potter. Combining Fantasy with fiber, and including patterns to guide young readers in making the magical garments worn by the characters, Potter spins a tale redolent with magic and layered with themes of friendship, loyalty, good vs. evil, the value of natural resources, the meaning and texture of courage, and even mortality. Follow the twelve knitting witches through adventures fraught with mayhem and mischief and knit your way through 21 patters as the Potluck witches seek to save their world. Twenty Years have passed since the fire beneath the great dyepot was lit and the circle was complete. Now, the folk of the Middlelands face a danger worse than any can remember. Darkness and chaos threaten to destroy the delicate balance of the natural world, and the magic of the dye crystals that have always been a way of life and a great source of power for the people has been outlawed. Readers age 11 and up will find themselves engrossed by this fanciful cross-over tale of magic and mayhem.

Knitting Patterns inspired by Book One of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy

Knit your way through all 21 patterns from the first book of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy in this Companion Pattern Book to The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches and the Broken Circle is due out in Early Spring 2013. All 21 magical patterns are worn by the witches who hand dyed and knit the garments in situ in the Potluck Middlelands.

Here are a few designs from The Broken Circle!

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Cheryl Potter’s OTHER New Book from Martingale:

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Does lace have to be knit on size 0 needles and take years to complete? No! Let this primer on knitted lace put any worries to rest. Go from a skein of fiber to a fantastic finished piece with this unique approach. Simple techniques, helpful hints, and an extraordinary palette of colorways will inspire you to play with the possibilities of hand-painted yarns.

  • Create over a dozen scarves and shawls that guarantee no hassles with fitting or shaping–one size fits all
  • Have fun with an incredible variety of exotic textures, colors, and fibers
  • Catch on to techniques quickly with a bounty of specialized tips for patterns from beginning to advanced

Here are a few designs from Lavish Lace

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Some of Cheryl’s Designs

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Television Personality, Designer, Author

Quilts of Valor Foundation Board Member

MARIANNE FONS

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About Marianne:

I serve as liaison between Quilts of Valor Foundation and the quilting industry. My involvement with QOVF began in 2008 when I met Catherine Roberts in person at International Quilt Festival in Houston. QOVF allows me to express my patriotism in a way I can understand, by making red, white, and blue quilts, giving them to military service members touched by war, and encouraging others to do the same. As a person in the quilting industry, I view QOVF, and the Under Our Wings program I helped create, as a way to draw new quilters to our hobby. Many people start quilting because they wish to make a quilt for a special reason. I believe many Americans would love to make a quilt for a combat veteran but don’t know how. My personal mission is to encourage avid quilters to take non-quilters under their wings to help them make a Quilt of Valor.

You can contact me by email at marianne.fons@QOVF.org. I look forward hearing from you.

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Mojo Strikes Again!

I had so much fun doing this show!

So much information!

Some laughs!

Interesting guests!

 

February 26, 2014

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Meet

 Quilt Designers and Authors

CAROL GILHAM JONES & BOBBI FINLEY

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About Carol and Bobbi…

Carol Gilham Jones lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her sweetheart, Charles, and their dogs, Sumo and Grace. Bobbi Finley Lives in San Jose, California, with Her Cat, Thomas, near her son and  daughter-in-law, Todd and Kimberly.  Bobbi and Carol have the good fortune of meeting at a San Francisco Bay Area quilting retreat in 1990. The friendship the grew out of they are meeting soon included working together on quilts, despite their geographic distance. After collaborating on many quilt projects over the years, they wrote their first book together, Tile Quilt Revival: Reinventing a Forgotten Form, which was published by C&T Publishing in 2010. And now, reinventing again, they offer this book, their latest collaboration

Bobbi is pleased to have one of her quilts in the collection of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York and feels fortunate that her quilts, have been recognized in books and exhibits. Her love for exploring the history of quilts and their makers have led her to actively participate in the American Quilt Study Group, serving as a board member and former coordinator of this study quilt exhibits.

Carol's quilts have twice appeared on the cover of the magazine Quilters Newsletter and in many other publications, including Judy Warren Blaydon's Collage+Cloth = Quilt, published by C & T publishing in 2010. In 2004 and 2005, a quilt Carol made with Bobbi and Georgann Eglinski travel throughout Japan in the exhibition Japanese Imagery in 100 Quilts, which featured the work of 75 artists from Japan and 25 from other countries.

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with these two talented women about their reinventing 18 classic quilts from that International Quilt Study Center & Museum and their book, Fresh Perspectives, published by C&T Publishing.

You’ll love these contemporary interpretations of antique quilts from the International Quilt Study Center. Bobbi Finley and Carol Gillham Jones pored through the museum’s collection to find inspiration quilts for their latest project designs, ranging from simply functional to delightfully pictorial. These projects show off a remarkable array of styles, settings, and colorways—each adaptation uniquely mirrors the essential qualities of each quilt. Celebrate our rich quilt heritage by making these projects using various techniques like appliqué or improvisational piecing with traditional blocks. Plus you’ll learn how to approach designing an artistic spin on your own antique treasures.

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Here is a sampling of just some of the quilt projects from Carol and Bobbi's book:

One quilt went from this . . .

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The Bobbi & Carol Dynamic Duo  has  another sensational book . . .

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Visit Carol Gilham Jones' blog by CLICKING HERE

Visit Bobbi Finley's blog by CLICKING HERE

 

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MEET

Editor, Writer, Mixed-Media Master

CATE COULACOS PRATO

About Cate…

Cate says, “A lifelong writer and editor, I’ve been with Cloth Paper Scissors since its debut in 2004. I’m editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios and Online Editor for Quilting Daily.

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My book, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits, Inspiration & Techniques (Interweave), was published in 2008 and I dabble in an ever-widening variety of art media, primarily fabric collage and embroidery.  I live with my husband, two teenage daughters, and various pets in an antique home in central Massachusetts. I brake for vintage fabrics and linens, and the occasional roadside table and chair.”

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski,  Cate and I chat about the nagging self doubt that creative people and artists are plagued by and how to stop doubt in its tracks!

Of course you’ve seen the wondrous mags Cate mentioned…right?

   

And definitely don’t miss Cate’s books…

 

 

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Cloth Paper Scissors is on FACEBOOK!

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Meet

Beading Designer, Author, Crafter

AMY KOPPERUDE

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Chasing Amy…

Amy grew up in rural Minnesota and began a life of crafting with a box of leftover fabric scraps, wallpaper samples, ribbon, buttons, and unwanted notions. She entered her teens with a passion for drawing, her college years with a passion for sewing, and her early thirties with a passion for beading. Today, she loves to experiment with all media--learning to paint, solder jewelry, and more. She loves to brainstorm ideas for more creative projects and books.

Create 23 cute and clever bugs and little crawly critters out of beads, wire, and other craft materials with Amy's new book,  Bead Bugs! Each project is shown in step-by-step photos with clear instructions that anyone can follow. Variations of each project encourage the crafter to imagine all kinds of ways to make the bugs unique. Bead bugs and critters can be used in various ways—as ornaments, put on display, made into jewelry, made into mobiles, displayed in a terrarium, or framed in shadow boxes.

On today's Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Amy Kopperude about her new book, Bead Bugs: Cute, Creepy, and Quirky Projects to Make with Beads, Wire, and Fun Found Objects.

Here are just a few projects from Amy Kopperude's book, BEAD BUGS: 

Stick Insect Hat Pin

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Honey Bee Tea Infuser

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Picnic Ant Magnets

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Scorpion Sand Garden

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Take a look at Amy's half-way point in her 365 Spider Project:

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Meet

Quilt Designer, Author, Entrepreneur

JANNA THOMAS

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About Janna ...

USAUS LLC has been created by husband and wife team, Paul and Janna. Paul, an Australian, was an aircraft maintenance engineer  and Janna, an American, is the author of Courtship Quilts; Inspired by the Victorian Language of Flowers, published by Martingale & Co 2005 and a quilt designer.The USAUS trademark was a blend of their two countries. The western side of the U.S and the eastern side of Australia. Hence, the U.S. and AUS.Now based in Loveland Colorado, USAUS LLC manufacture, distribute and sell their own patent pending products which are new and innovative, made of the highest quality materials by the old fashioned standard of making products which are built tough enough to last from one generation to the next!

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Because USAUS are the manufacturers, distributors and retail sales, mark ups are low, and the savings are passed on to you, the customer.  When we get better deals on supply, those savings are passed on directly to you, the customer. For this reason, prices will fluctuate from time to time. Most of USAUS's products are not available in stores.

USAUS 's products are:

Pin n Press TM    the ultimate pinning and pressing station.

Hang in a Round TM    can easily store  36 or more rulers and templates without losing any of their valuable work area. We are always developing new models and strive to excel!

Slide n Hide TMwill pamper the Quilter with a huge drawer under the table to hold the largest of rulers and cutting mats safely out of sight. Slide n Hide is available in two sizes, the Petite and the Xtreme.

Bloc_Loc TM  will take the Quilter to a whole new level of accuracy when squaring up half square triangles and Flying Geese. No more "ruler rock" using Bloc_Loc, guaranteed !

Navigator TM will give the novice and experienced longarm quilter alike,  greater control of their longarm when doing intricate free hand quilting.

USAUS prides itself on bringing new and innovative products to the quilting market that serve the specialized needs of quilters everywhere, but, we only release a new product after it has been thoroughly tested and refined by Quilters.

USAUS is proud to be publishing quilt books that take all the math and guesswork out of quilting so that quilters can spend their precious time creating. Border Bling! will be the first title to be released around the end of 2010 (Janna has promised!) by USAUS Publications and it features easy, strip-pieced borders (with no math guaranteed). It will be printed in USA.

All of the products made by USAUS must adhere to our five production principles:

  • Made in USA, with good old-fashioned durability
  • Must be innovative, fulfilling quilters needs
  • Must be simple and easy to use
  • Must be tested extensively by Quilters to ensure quality
  • Must in some way bring  bliss to quilters

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Why does Janna love Niagara Spray Starch and how does she use it?   Listen in!

Take a look at the Bloc Loc ruler in action!

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. . .  then you haven’t really sewn!

Why not start off with my BASICS ?

 

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