Thursday, December 31, 2009

Quilt for Exchange

I have joined a few social networking sites over the past year to interact with other quilters.

One the Quilting Gallery site we are having an exchange of a mini quilt. The Theme was fall and the moderator sent us a fellow quilter to design and sew our quilt.

I have created this mini quilt with a center block from my embroidery machine and the borders are from the Pumpkin and Spice collection by Moda.

Each recipient does not know who her quilt maker is until she receives it. I will also receive on from someone other than the person I made mine for. I can't wait and will it when I receive it.

Of you are a quilter and are interested in The Quilting Gallery I have posted the link below.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Tote Bags for Granddaughters

I wanted to show off the tote bags I made for the girls. I couldn't believe my ears and eyes when they described a bag that was similar to what I would have carried in the 70's, with the tie dye fabrics and fancy stitching. So grandma went to work and this is what I greated. I was so happy that I came through again with something they liked. Now I have to make them quilts with Ed Harding designs in mine.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Guide Week 4

This week although I can easily find wonderful items for the gift guide, I found that I didn't have the time to do the searching, but I believe I once again found some unique items for gifts.

My first this week is a Pink Poppy Bottle from the shop of
This hand painted bottle has a variety of uses from the

kitchen and bathroom to the laundry room.

Now I have seen many mug coasters in my search, but these are the
first that I found that were knitted. Find them in


Now bringing you own lunch can be a little boring at times, but here
is a reusable veggie fabric lunch bag to make a little more exciting This also has a variety of uses.
You can find this in the shop

My final choice for this week is a Cotton Candy Felt Ring.
With this gift they will be wearing a piece of art on your finger or
toes. Find this ring and others at

Monday, November 23, 2009

Blog winner

Well I am happy to announce that the winner of my Thanksgiving Blog giveaway is Debbie Brown of Pinkfink. Debbie said she is "thankful for the season because it makes us pause and look at just how many blessings we have in our lives". Debbie is a member of the UWIBTEAM and her shop is

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gift Guide Week 3

I must admit that I am really enjoying myself looking through all the shops to find unique gifts for the Holiday Season.

Here are this weeks picks and I hope everyone enjoys them.

Miriam featured one of my items recently in her blog so I search

her shop to find a unique item and came across this cute little pouch.
It is very versatile, can be used for coins, cards or phone.

You can find it at

Many designers make business card holders, but I came across one
that makes card holder stands and if you know someone who is a great

cook this can also hold up a recipe card will cooking. This can be
found at the shop

When I came to this shop, there were so many unique ideas that I
had a hard time choosing until a came across this Lemon Drop Pencil
Holder Set. With a variety of colors and flowers this can go anywhere,

desk, kitchen counter and much mores. Find this at

Are you or do you know of someone who is a birdwatcher, well then then here is a great gift A Golden Birdhouse Christmas Ornament. This is hand painted and of heirloom quality. Find this at

To help keep keys from getting lost here is a great keychain or fob.
Although I chose this one she offer these in a variety of fabric

colors and patterns. Visit her shop at

As a quilter and sewer myself, I know that I love all things sewn or
quilted and these magnets are no exception. She describes them as
"looking like they just came out of the backwoods of Appalachia".
Very rustic. For all you artist and quilters out there you must visit

her shop, her art quilts are breath taking.
You can then them at

The description for this next one says made to show off you
Texas pride, but I don't think you need to be from Texas to appreciate

and own this gorgeous wristlet with a detachable wrist strap.
This comes from the site of

When I spotted these I immediately thought of my oldest
granddaughter. Lauren calls them Tattoo Potholders, but I don't
think you need to have a tattoo to appreciate the beautiful fabric used to
make theses. These would look great in anyone's kitchen.

Find Lauren at

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gift Guide week 2 - 11/19

This week features for you gift buying. Remember all items are under $15.00

Many of us are trying to go green and this recycled tote can help
us do just that. It is from and made from
recycled cotton flannel sheet. It is perfect for the you shopping needs.

This one is for all you Disney lovers, which includes me.
Denim Coin purse with a Sleepy Dwarf embroidered patch is from

And who wouldn't want to brighten up o seat belts.
Maybe if we all had this beautiful polka dot and oxford stripe seat strap cover we would all wear are seat belts.
This is from the shop of

Have a book lover you know, well then this Crazy Daisy Bookmark is just
for them. Makes me want to curl up with a book and a cup of hot

chocolate. This comes from one of our newest member of the Quiltsy

These reversible coasters have a retro 70 appeal. This would make a
great stocking stuffer or grab bag gift. They come from the shop of

Now if this were a little larger I think I would get it for my
hubby. Mororcycle and Flames Baby Bib for the feature Harley

rider from

I found this one not only creative but unique.
Crochet Flower Broach with Freshwater Pearls.
This was made my

And let's not forget the men in our lives. He needs to be
also and what better way then
Juniper Sage Foaming Shower Scrub.
This can be found in the

Monday, November 16, 2009


Even with all the stress that we are all under, be it illness, loss of job, lack of sales I believe we all need to take time and think of what we do have that we can be thankful for. So I decided to have a Thanksgiving Giveaway,.

To participate all you need to do is leave a comment under this post about what you have to be thankful for this Holiday Season. You do not need to be a follower of this blog, although if you are and also leave a comment you are entered twice. I am also posting this on my facebook fan page, so if you leave a comment there then you are entered again, and if you are a fan and leave a comment you are entered 2 more times. So you actually have 4 chances to be entered and win. I will draw a name next Monday, Nov. 23 and send out the pot holders that day, so hopefully you will have them by Thanksgiving. Please also tell me where I can find you such as you a member of uwib, or quiltsy or creatibility or live the name of you shop so I can contact you if you are the winner

To get started I want to state what I am thankful for. I actually have many reasons, my husband has a good steady job, we are reasonably healthy, but I think what I am most thankful for is a wonderful family, husband, daughter, grandkids, son-in-law and more.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gift Guide 11/12/09

Well it is that time of the year again. The holidays are approaching us. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas we are all looking for gift ideas and with the struggling economy we are looking for the best quality for our money. So I have decided, starting this week, I will be offering a Gift Guide on my blog.

Each week I will be featuring my fellow Etsians and a link to their
shop. All items will be $15.00 and under. Here are the items I have select for this week.

She makes this adorable Memory Games. This set is
Noah's Arch
This lover zipper bag is made from Michael Fabric.

There is a variety you can choose from.

From are these lovely
embossed butterfly note card. I have to admit, I like these so much
I may have to purchase these myself. is offering a pair of

Chanukah Glycerin Soap Pair

When I found these I couldn't resist showing these unique pair
of Heart and Key Earrings from

Of course lets not forget our little four legged friends.
from are a blue bandana dog

Who doesn't need something is basic black has just that with black and silver


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Features of the week 11/8/09

In the past year in order to help promote my Etsy Shops I have joined a few Etsy Teams.
Unique Women in Business( UWIB), Quiltsy, and The Carried Away Bag Team (CABT). Through these teams I have met some very interesting and creative artist/crafters and of course what unites us all is that we love to create. I discovered that many have more than one interest in their creations. So I have decided over the next few weeks to feature a few of the artist and their shops. Each week I will try and features at least 2 and give you an insight into what they sell and why t
hey have chosen to have more than one shop.

The owner of the first shop is Gail. Gail owns and Gail says that when she first opened her shop on Etsy in Jan.2009 she did so because she mostly wanted to sell some excess inventory of quilts. But she also made and sold many things over the years and in trying to put them in one shop it became a jumble so she started the second shop.

From QuiltSew Pieceful shop I choose to feature one of Gail's beautiful quilts. It is an applique medallion style quilt-Primrose Lane and from her QuiltSewCover shop I have chosen a checkbook cover.

My second feature artist is Jamie. Jamie owns and destinationhandmade.etsy. Jamie I would say is very much like myself, not only does she sew, but she also likes to design and make her own jewelry. For her features I have choosen
a animal print I-Phone Protector from her destinationhandmade shop and from
the jmjcreations a gorgeous Butterfly Pin. In her description she state that she wanted to "attempt to capture the delicate beauty of God's amazing creation". I believe she did.

I had to get myself in somewhere so I chose my shops. My two shops are creationsbynoramarie.etsy. and I chose to have two shops because I felt that sense
I was creating very different categories of designs that in order to be taken seriously in each shop I need to separate them. By doing so it tells the customer that I am experience in each craft.
For my features I have picked my newest Christmas Table Topper from my creationsbynoramarie and from designbynoramarie I have chosen my butterfly

Follow me over the next few weeks as I feature more of
these wonder desiners/artist.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fall Harvest

Well I ended up having a great week. I received an email last night telling me that my Breast Cancer Eye Glass Case is part of a feature this week on the Team Quiltsy blog so take a look. That made me feel just great.

Secondly I just listed the last of my fall table runners and placemats on Etsy.

Each of the items are made with warm fall colors that will only contribute more color to you fall tables. As you all know I love to use my embroidery machine, so I embroidered a cornucopia on 3 blocks on one of the runners.

The placemats are reversable and can be used other either side

Monday, October 5, 2009

Halloween Table Runners

Normally I never make items for Halloween unless they are a special order, but this year I first decided to make my daughter a Halloween Tablerunner for her birthday, she and my grandkids are big, big fans of Halloween, well I had more material than I needed and instead of putting it in my stash bin I decided to make more and to quilt/embroidery them on my machine. Here are the results.

You can find them in my Etsy Shop at

You can also email for more information on them

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

As I know many of you are aware of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a disease that has hit's almost all of us one way or another, family member, friend or yourself.

Last year I decided to help raise awareness and possible make a contribution for research.
I collected a variety of embroidery designs and designs this very simple lap quilt. I dedicated the quilt to my aunt and a very dear friend who both lost there battle. I also have a web page that is dedicated to all the courageous women who are fighting or are still fighting this battle.

You can find the quilt and several of the other items for sale at my etsy shop

These designs can also be embroidered on t-shirts, sweatshirts, pillows, robes and more. My most popular items last year where my t-shirts, pillows and the eyeglass case.
Prices range from $6.00 to $30.00 and $80 for the quilt.

Every item I sell I donate a portion to the Susan G Komen Foundation in my aunts memory.

If you are interested in having any of these designs you can contact me through my etsy shop or directly through email

Mixed Media Artist

I admit I have neglected my blog lately, so before I start the rest of my day I have decided to blog about a new artist I was recently introduced to.

Her name is Kathren. Kathren is a mixed media artist who creates handpainted premitive items and one of a kind whimsical scupltures.

I found her through another Facebook friend and I love here work.

She bost that her favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas and you can see this reflected in her work.

She is having a fantastic giveaway on her blog She is giving away this adorable little orne called Bella. I hope my readers will log on and participate and help support a fellow artist.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Winner of giveaway

The winner of my giveaway is Erica from Hippo Baby. Congratulations Erica. I have emailed you with the details

Door County

Just came back from a wonderful vacations toWisconsin's Door Peninsula. It was our first time there and the scenery was spectacular. Although I had expected the colors to have started to change more into fall colors, everywhere we went the landscaping was a work of art. The trees were still mostly green with just a hint of autumn colors of reds and oranges, but what I admired the most was the layout of the flowers throughout every step of the way. The landscapers used arrangements of yellow and purple blackeyed susans and mixed in were a variety of impatient.

Our room was a hundred feet off the bay and the first night we say the most gorgeous sunset I have ever experience. It took my breath away.

Door County is very well noted as an artisan colony. I found shops and museum everywhere we went. Pottery, paintings, sculptures, tiles, plates, sewing creation each more beautiful and creative then the next and of course I can't forget the the wineries were they produce some of the most delicious wines. I came back an abundance of ideas for quilting, totes and new line of jewelry. Just hope I have enough time to do them all.

Our time was much to short a trip to see the entire countryside and visit all the historical sites of lighthouses and see where over 200 ships have been lost to see in Lack Michigan so we do intend to visit again, but this time I believe we will bring the Motorcycle.