Sunday, April 05, 2015

TV Spot about my fiber art!

I had a fantastic time taping a segment on BCTV on March 30th with Jan Doyle. I'll admit that I was nervous at first but Jan is a wonderful interviewer and put me right at ease. She wants me to come back to tape more segments of her show and I'm really looking forward to doing more! The link to see the show on YouTube is:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Published! Breast Cancer Awareness "Pocket" appears in the April/May 2015 Issue of Quilting Arts

I'm pleased that my art was chosen to be in this issue to help raise awareness about breast cancer.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Published agian!

My first published watercolor was chosen to be in this book. The painting is called, "The impossible poker hand". I'm thrilled it was picked to be in the book!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ahhh Christmas time, I love it. Today I got out the soldering iron and made some special ornaments. They weren't difficult just time consuming but I do like how they turned out. :-)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My new Mixed Media class project!

My latest class offering is a combination of two of my published works: Penobscot Bay mixed media painting technique (published and on the cover of Kraft-tex Style by C&T Publishing 2014) and my Magic Wallet (published in Quilting Arts Magazine 2006). Contact me at if you would like more info on this class.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Doggie Treat Bag is featured in this issue- QA Gifts Special Edition Aug 2014

I'm a dog lover through and through so creating a little pet related project was perfect for this edition according to the editor.

My Penobscot Bay Journal featured and on the cover August 2014

My Penobscot Bay Journal is featured in this book and also appears on the cover! Compiled by Roxane Cerda and
Published by C&T Publishing August 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another card using Tim Holtz die cuts.

I love Tim Holtz dies! It only took a few minutes to whip up this 3-D card using the sand dollar and seahorse diecut. :-)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SAQA 2014 auction quilt

My 12" x 12" art quilt for the SAQA 2014 benefit auction.

Monday, March 03, 2014

I've created a little bit of magic for you!

Deliver you business card or a credit card with panache!

I created this fiber art wallet using a real magic trick as inspiration. Quilting Arts liked it so much they asked me to share the magic with their readers. That was a few years ago and since then the magic has been published twice more. You too can have a little bit of magic! The wallet has two compartments to hold your valuables.  Hand crafted using my original pattern published in Quilting Arts Magazine, $30 and free USA shipping if you use the code FATnHAPPY. Send comment to this post with inquires.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I've never written a knitting pattern before but for those who asked how to make the gray cowl that I posted on Facebook here goes...

The Old Gray Cowl, (it ain’t what it used to be) be)

1 skein Gray yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft acrylic in a 4 weight)

Size 8 Circular knitting needles or any that equals 15 stitches = 4 inches

The circumference is apx. 22” and 7” tall.


CO 80 stitches (long tail)


Place marker and join


K first row

then begin pattern,

K5, P5 for six rows (this is unit 1) then switch to

P5, K5 for six rows (this is unit 2).

Repeat this pattern alternating unit 1 and 2 until you are satisfied with the length.  (I had total of 3 unit 1’s and 3 unit 2’s)

Knit one entire row then,

cast off .

I hope that the pattern is clearly written but if not drop me a line.


Monday, October 28, 2013

RISD sample featuring Lutradur and TAP

This is one of the class samples that I created for the Rhode Island School of Design when I was there earlier this month.


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

September Classes in Hatteras, NC

I am so excited about my upcoming classes at the Blue Pelican in Cape Hatteras, NC on the beautiful Outer Banks this month. I have 3 different classes scheduled that you can sign up for (pictured below), Beach Scene Needle Felting, Mixed Media Book and Kumihimo Braided Bracelet. For dates and times, check the gallery,  or their page on Facebook, Blue Pelican Gallery.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Quilting Bees... Sew Bee It!

Oh what fun! A rainy day always makes me want to quilt.... so I did! I've had the Bee blocks hanging around for a while in my stash and thought that they would look cute in a table runner. Sew Bee It!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

"Random Words", Class samples!

I've been working on some class samples recently. Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yesterday I mailed off the four "Adventures in" books to C&T publishing that I created to demonstrate the ways that Kraft-Tex can be used. They want to display them at trade shows. I've been working with the C&T Creative Troupe for quite a while now and love getting to see and experiment with their new products before it hits the market. LOVED working with this product and have already ordered a bolt of it. If you are one of my Fiber Art Trader members
stay tuned in to hear more about Kraft-Tex! You can also check out Kraft-Tex at,

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

All for me????????????
Good news! Pike went for a recheck with the doggie neurologist yesterday and he said that all things considered she's doing well. The meds seem to be holding the seizures at bay so we are hopeful that the tumor in her brain is not growing too fast. Removal of it is out of the question at her age (14). So we cherish each day with her and just make sure that she is pain free. I call her my Sweet Baboo like Lucy called Charlie Brown.

Monday, June 03, 2013

While on vacation in the Outer Banks of N.C. I worked on the latest Quilting Arts Challenge. The theme is "Passages" and you know me, I have a thing for doors. This 10"x10"art quilt is titled "Night Flight". Allow me to share with you the story behind it. My mom passed away on 4-29-10 and I hadn't been able to bring myself to quilt anything to signify her passing until I heard of this challenge. Immediately I envisioned the quilt that I would create to honor her. My mom passed on a star filled, bright and clear night. On the drive home from the hospice center I looked into the sky and said, "what a great night for flying Mom", and my heart was at peace knowing that she was winging her way to Heaven. This quilt represents my mom as she departed this world and made her "Passage" to join all those who went before her. My mom was my best friend and until we are joined again there will always be a hole in my heart that no one else can fill. I feel that I have finally honored her coming and going with this piece. Rest in peace mom.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tim Holtz class

This weekend I attended a book signing and a class with Tim Holtz, it was amazing!!! Nothing like being around creative people to jump start your imagination. :-) Pic of Tim, Me and Mario!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Pika

Today is Pika's 14th birthday. Happy birthday sweet baby girl. However, it's a sad day from me knowing that it will be her last birthday here on earth. Yesterday we got the news that any dog parent would dread, "your dog has a tumor" and it's in her brain. If you met Pika you know what a sweet girl she is and how close I am to her. She mirrors my every move, I've never had a dog like her before, she's a very special gal. My daughter Eden was 7 years old when we got Pika, they grew up together. Eden left for college 4 years ago and Pika and I grew even closer. Saturday she went into seizures that wouldn't stop and we rushed her to the emergency vet where they stabilized her and kept her until Monday morning. We picked her up and took her to main veterinarian facility in Middletown where they kept her to do and ultrasound and MRI. Yesterday we went for the consult with Dr. Hammond and he delivered the news. (Sigh) Such a shock and so sad. We were given several options for treatment, each one risky and with not good results. She's on anti seizure meds and steroids to ease brain swelling. For now she is comfortable. We need to think about this more. I'm devastated by this news but feel a need to blog. Sometime you just need to share your grief, I know that many of you have been through this yourself and can feel my pain.
Hugz, Normajean

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Happy Joy Joy I'm published again!

This week I received my advance copy of the new Craft Tree book that I've been published in, "Evening Bags"! I'm tickled pink to be in this new book.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Favorite Videos of Designer Ann: Welcome to my video blog.  These are videos that I...

Favorite Videos of Designer Ann: Welcome to my video blog.  These are videos that I...: Welcome to my video blog.  These are videos that I want to watch 'one more time'.  Somehow I get a better picture on my blog that on the or...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

More Magic Wallets

My Magic Card Case Wallets invention was published years ago in Quilting Arts and I still sell them by the dozen to galleries but on occasion I made them for individuals. Cecille has become a great customer recently placed another order for more for gift giving. I hope that she likes these.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our grandson Liam is about to start loosing teeth so last night I made him a tooth fairy pillow to hang on his door. His sisters each got one but I had to make his a little more for a boy and without the frills. It has a pocket on the back for tooth and for the fairy to leave some cash. :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fiber art postcard for FAT

In my Fiber Art Traders group, my friend Diana Welte asked us to create a fiber art postcard that depicts something that we are grateful for. I am grateful for my home in the Seaside town of East Lyme, CT and my card depicts the seashore map along with a bathing beauty with the home and seagulls. I used both fabric and paper to make the card pictured here.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Another Breast Pocket

Another breast pocket for Melanie. Join me in helping Mel reach her goal:

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Mel's cause

A cause worth stitching for. Melanie Testa has put out the call for Breast Pockets, see her blog to find out the details. Here's my breast pocket for Mel, it's ready to mail and awaiting addressing!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kumihimo Krazy

I've been bitten by the beading bug!!! It's small, it's portable and I love having little take along projects. Here are a few that I'll be putting up on Etsy (once I figure out just how to do that). These are all Kumihimo beaded bracelets.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Made a kumihimo bracelet for sweet Izzy to match the outfit that she made in fashion camp. Hope that she likes it. :-)

Friday, July 20, 2012

I've had another special order come in for a magic wallet. Here's what I made...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My sweet BFF Dee Dee and I went to a beading class today. We learned a stich called Kumihimo and both made a bracelett. Wish that I had gotten a pic of hers too it was awesome. I love how mine sparkles with gold crystal beads woven in with black matt beads. I can't wait to start on another one! Oh I feel a new addiction coming on. :-) It's difficult to get a photo but here's mine.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Had a wonderful time in my studio this week making things to send to the Pea Island Gallery in the Outer Banks (Salvo) NC. I love being a part of the culture down there, if not in person, than in my art endeavors. Here's some of the things that I created.

Magic wallets purse style.
More magic wallets with a "leash".
Small vacation journals.
Larger vacation journals that I call "Jump Start Journals".

If you happen to be in the OBX this summer stop by and say hi to Kimmie the gallery owner and tell her that I sent you. :-)