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...

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