All blog posts will be un-linked. Two blogs
disappeared when I changed webhosts 4/2012.
11-27-10 New Blog Post:
A Dozen New
Hats After Thanksgiving.
A dozen hats after
Thanksgiving. Needlework nattering, a bit of family stuff and plans to
cook a turkey for Christmas.
Experimenting with brims that are adjustable, mixing
different yarn types together, and other design. Slide show 04-07-11
Removed slide show and finally added captions.
8 hats from Late October to mid November. All these have gone out
the door. I've been experimenting
with different types of yarn: cotton, wool, acrylic. As well as
experimenting with different style designs. I'm always stunned when
someone loves a design I feel unsure of. Big Whew Time. LOL
11-24-10 Thanksgiving Eve post to CITY-o-Clay.
I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, for those who are
My family is scattered or working tomorrow. We decided we're calling out
Chinese food delivery today and having left overs tomorrow and being
for that. It was a relief to everyone that we're keeping things simple
I'm cat sitting for my neighbor as she goes out of town for a handful of
Her two Siamese cats, Anthony and Cleopatra, love me because I play with
and groom them as well as make sure that they have fresh food and water.
neighbor said she never saw Cleo take to someone as she has done with
cats and I are happy to visit every day.
Hilda's family is scattered tomorrow so I will stop by and socialize
Her family is getting together on Sunday and she's ok with that. She and
talk "news of the day" in the evening until she's had her fill and tells
is time for me to go home.
For those who are cooking and preparing for visitors - pop in and let us
what you're making when you're in between preparing dishes.
For those who are not cooking or visiting or receiving visitors:
The group is here and I welcome you to post if you desire company.
It is ok to be low key if you wish to be .
It is ok to simplify the observance of Thanksgiving because it is the
being appreciative that is more important than the food.
Russell Brand wrote on FaceBook the other day, "Gratitude unlocks the
of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial
acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal
feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes
our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. X"
a profound philosophical side to that comic/actor.
For those who are meeting up with family you have not seen in a while,
not hold the same views you do on hot button issues, my suggestion is to
those topics for a day when people do not have sharp knives in their
the topics of conversation loving and you'll weather the family
grace and peace of mind.
For those in other countries who do not observe Thanksgiving please post
group and let us know what is on your work table. This is an
after all and not everyone is wrestling a turkey or traveling to and
So safe and sane Thanksgiving for those who partake. Let's hear from our
ClayMates outside of the USA more during this time than we usually do.
Did I crochet 60 hats? Making effort to blog more regularly. After
taking a count of the hats on my table and thinking of the hats that
went out the door, I reckon I've crocheted 60 hats since September. "Are
your wrists bothering you, yet?" My sister asks me. "Not that much." I
I’ve been putting this off because I was held back
by THE FEAR! But no more... so
http://norajean.com/Designs/ is now merged with
http://norajean.com/Blog/ There may be duplicate
posts, announcements and stuff, but if you’re
scrolling back in time you’re liable to find all
sorts of stuff that isn’t relevant....
11-22-10: This is a political win, my son points out. See how your
collective voice of protest changed the policy of a large
corporation. Know that you can exercise your collective voice in the
rest of your life. You are not powerless when you work as a group. I
am proud of the polymer clay community. We did a big thing and
victory is sweet.
Our voices have been heard about zinc yellow and cobalt
blue, 2/3rds of the primary colors and Polyform has
Here is the response that just came in an hour ago.
Polyform Products @ FaceBook
Polyform has reviewed all of your heartfelt comments inreference
to Premo Cobalt Blue and Premo Zinc Yellow. In response to
your needswe are
going to find a way to keep these colors available for you.
We will workwith
distributors and will post the information as soon as we
To answer some of your other concerns:
Frost has been renamed White Translucent in order to clarify
it’s color to new
users. The color has not changed.
Copper has changed, there will be a color recipe to create
the older version of
this color. The new Copper color is closer to the color of a
new copper penny.
The fluorescent colors have been discontinued. Two new
colors, Wasabi and CandyPink, are quite bright and sure to make a “color pop”
in your creations.
The recipes for discontinued colors, with the exception of
colors, will be available. Many of the recipes use new
colors so releasing the
formulas now will not help you. We’ll release the formulas
on January 3rd when
the new colors are going to be available to ship.
We are really excited about our new line of Premo Accents,
Premo and Sculpey
III, as we’re sure you will be. Designers who have already
used these colors are
singing their praises. They’re on trend, as well as colors
Your comments were heard, your loyalty appreciated.
11-21-10: Protest the color changes by PolyForm. They discontinued
Premo Zinc Yellow and Cobalt Blue, 2/3rds of the traditional primary
colors! What were they thinking? Serious artists who use Premo
polymer clay have been cut off at the knees. My tutorials here have
been made obsolete with this color change.
If you have a FaceBook account and use Premo, and you are dismayed
traditional colors of zinc yellow and cobalt blue are discontinued
your complaint on PolyForm's FB page announcing new colors.
There are only 114 comments there... we are over 2,000 here. This is
wrote as my complaint...
Dumb down the product line and lose the serious artists. We need
primary colors: zinc yellow and cobalt blue. Since 1999 I have been
polymer clay art online and I ONLY use Premo. I used Premo because I
depend on getting traditional primary colors. I have over a gig of
everything on my website is made from a dozen colors:
All the other colors seen on my website are mixed with these dozen
Now all my tutorials that use zinc yellow and cobalt blue are made
Thanks the big one Polyform. All my tutorials are available to the
free. Since 1999 I've been giving Polyform and Premo free
advertising. I'm going
to put a notice on my home page saying that Polyform has decided to
the colors available and have abandoned the serious artist.
You will lose customers because this information is spreading like
The only reason why I used Premo exclusively is because I come to
polymer clay from the traditional art world. I was thrilled that
Premo had traditional colors. This made the mixing of secondary
colors and pastels controllable, repeatable, and were the basis of
my color card tutorials.
Now all the tutorials on my site that have zinc yellow and cobalt
blue are made obsolete. My color card tutorial is made obsolete
because PolyForm felt that doing away with traditional colors is a
good business move?
The squeeky wheel gets the oil and if enough polymer clay artists
put pressure on PolyForm, threatening to take their business
elsewhere, we can get a bad business move reversed.
I approve of this protest because the discontinuation of these two
colors has hurt the free tutorials I've been offering on my website
Their postal address is: Polyform Products Company
1901 Estes Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-5415
I've been so consumed with crocheting hats that I've neglected my
blogs. This is a "checking my pulse" blog post, letting y'all know I'm
healthy, happy and very productive making hats.
11-21-10: When 100 people plan and practice for God only knows how
long, only to surprise strangers in a public space with a thrilling
rendition of the
Hallelujah Chorus ... well it
just makes my heart warm.
The Holiday season has officially started for me.
Family: 11-07-2010: My five grand children. The most current photos I have. It's
so amazing being a grandma. I can see so many relatives in these young
2010: Miles, 13 years and Simon, 11 years old.
this is the most current
photo I have. She was born 2003 and the last I saw of her was in 2005.
Her mother spirited her away and even though Rhiannon comes to San
Francisco with her mother to visit other folks they do not visit me.
Sad, since all we want to do is to love her. But I guess we're too
poor to pay attention to.
She has my father's red hair. She is so
much like her relatives on the Brummett side of the family. It's a shame
she doesn't get to know them for they would just love her to bits.
I am not usually a big baseball fan but who could resist following the
World Series when the whole town was following it? I found a website
where I could watch game 5 streaming live because I do not have
CableTV. Thank goodness for technology. I do like this team, a rag tag
motley crew, they done good.
11-01-2010- 10 Hats, slide show best seen in IE. Edie sent me a huge
box of yarn and these are some of the hats I made for her to choose
I plan to create a separate web
section showing the yarns used in close up and the hat off of my head.
No link for this hat or the other hats I've been making this last month.
Been on a knitting and crochet roll and haven't taken the time to take
photos or add them to the site.
This is just a little note to let you all know I'm alive, well, and
head first in a basket of yarn. I'll come up for air when my hands give
from Uganda is the only person who knew how to wear this hat.
There is an old saying - do not wear a hat that has more character than
you do and she has enough character to pull this off.