Connie Norman
Connie Norman

“Look! The Stylish Blogger???” “Really…Where?”

Wow, I am so honored to be picked for the Stylish Blogger Award.  But I’m really surprised!!!  Style and I don’t really know each other very well.  So that’s why I’m so surprised. Thank you to Meredith at Whynot Pottery and Cindy Shake at Art Making in the North, I can’t believe I ended up on both of their lists.  I do love and read both these blogs.  They make blogging look easy.  And both these blogs would be on my list of recommended blogs if they hadn’t given it to me. 

 Before I get started here is what the award requests!  And I hope everyone who reads this finds some new blogs and old ones to follow and read. 

This Award has 4 Requests:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award, by providing a link to their site.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself that other bloggers might not know.
  3. Give the Award to 15 newly discovered or interesting bloggers.
  4. Notify each of those bloggers to present the Award.


Here is seven things about me that have not been on my blog.

1. My husband is incredible.  I don’t give him enough credit about all the stuff he does for me.  He helps me so much.  I would lose my head if it wasn’t for him.  He is (and now also Vander) the heart and soul of my life. 

2. I’ve been to Japan 13 times and I was born in Japan and lived there until I was 2ish.  My parents couldn’t afford to fly to the states when my Dad got stationed to Fayetteville, NC, so they took a cargo ship.  I mostly go to Japan to visit my relatives.  But while I was in college I did a summer residency program with  IWCAT International Worksop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname.  I did a post about it, a while back

 3.       I’ve had a passport my entire life.   Here are the pictures from my passports. 

This is my current passport.

4. I love to travel!!  Before I die I am determined to visit all seven continents.  I have been to five.  I still have to go to Australia and Antarctica.  My husband has two sisters who live Down Under, one who is married to an Aussie and the other is getting her master’s degree.  I figure that I will get there eventually.  I worry about not making it to Antarctica.  I often research how to get to Antarctica.  I have looked into being a cook at Palmer Station and looked at  ship cruises there.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  I have a friend who goes to Palmer Station to study the fiber optics in plants in the Antarctic.  I quizzed him about the types of jobs there I could do.  (unfortunately not many)

 5. I didn’t know about Alfred University’s reputation until I got there.  When I decided to leave the University of Wyoming to study ceramics.  I didn’t know where to go.  I just knew that U.W. did not have the program for me.  So I started looking at tons books with pottery.  (This is way before the internet.) And then I found out where my favorite artists went to school, the majority went to Alfred.  So I announced to my parents I was applying to go to art school in upstate New York…. so the story goes…

 6. I  HATE bananas!  I can’t stand the way they smell.  If someone is so kind to buy me a blueberry muffin and it is put in to the same bag as the banana muffin, I’ll be able to smell the banana.  I gag repeatedly if I smell banana bread cooking. 

7. I’ve had three spinal cord surgeries; two of them have been emergencies. I have donor bone in my neck and lower back.  I have cards that show all the metal in my back just in case I set off the TSA metal detectors.  Here are parts of my TSA cards, to show I’m not smuggling in contraband on the plane. 


Here is my list of blogs, in no particular order.  I hope I did not over lap to much.  But I’m sure I did and some of the bloggers just haven’t posted thier Stylin’ Stuff yet. 

Chad Blakely – Whatcha Lookin at?

Matt Flint

Ethiopian Orphan Relief Blog

(Mud) Bucket

Spirit of Clay – Laurie Edman

Ron Philbeck Pottery

Mel Robson – Feffakookan

Tales of Red Clay Rambler – Ben Carter

Nancy E. Schindler -  The Rabbit Muse

Diane Kenney

Jen Mecca Pottery

Lucy Fagella Pottery

Deborah Britt Pottery

Aime Dolich –  Artsyville

Jim Gottsuo – Sofia’s Dad’s Pots

Kelly Daniels – Dancing Clay


6 Responses to ““Look! The Stylish Blogger???” “Really…Where?””

  1. jim Says:

    hi connie,
    thanks for the award, there’s some very interesting things about you that i didn’t know. those x-rays look painful, i wonder how you can work with clay with all that in your spine. as far as the award, i vowed early in my blogging not to do them because everyone was passing them around like crazy. it seems to have died down some. i think i may list 7 things, if i can think of 7 i haven’t divulged already but i’ll just let it stop there… i’ve noticed this particular award has gotten almost every potter blog i know of covered already so i’d just be listing what someone else already did. but thank you for thinking of me.

  2. ang Says:

    ah 2 admirable continents not to be missed!! I think the whole immigrant thing shapes your world perspective in a good way :) love the passport photos i’d be getting those in my work somehow and now you have that print wkshop under your belt it should be a dream :P

  3. cindy shake Says:

    This is GREAT! you are so deserving :o )

  4. meredith Says:

    Now that is fun and so interesting!
    What a great life but I would love to know even more.
    about those pins- why?
    I hope you get your other 2 in.

  5. Linda Starr Says:

    Good to know more about you; I hope you’re not in a lot of pain from the spinal cord surgeries.

  6. Nancy Schindler Says:

    Thanks so much, Connie! And WOW, your work is amazing!!! I am so thrilled that you paid a visit to my blog and lead me to yours – I love it!