LWiP: Tardiness

Hello, and welcome to Last Week in Pictures, which is what you get when I am three days late with This Week in Pictures ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I mentioned on Friday night, my lack of good planning kept me from posting this on time, but I’m here now! I got home from the Clayathon yesterday afternoon, and spent the rest of the day pretty much buffing and assembling what I’d made, and then lounging around feeling exhausted. It was an awesome weekend as always, and I came home tired, as always.

And then I went to work for most of the day today, leaving me here at 7pm on a Tuesday, posting what is usually a Noon on Saturday post. You forgive me, right? โ™ฅ

As far as the Clayathon goes, I hope to post a more comprehensive recap later in the week. Fingers crossed I can squeeze it in! Oh! and if you placed an order with me last week, I will have it ready to ship by Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Next weekend is #clayathon2017! Would you like me to make you a badge reel while I’m there? $15 each. DM me your color and pattern preferences ๐Ÿ˜Š #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2017 42/365 – Sensitive Irresistible – Enjoying a little Apples to Apples with the family tonight. [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Sunday

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2017 43/365 – Speed Limit 25 – It’s an icy day.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I finished the #sweetpeashawl I was working on for my brother’s wedding, and it’s just as I’d envisioned. Now I need to find a store that sells the perfectly coordinating dress I made up in my head, and I’ll be all set ๐Ÿ˜‚

Monday

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2017 44/365 – Machine Washable – I was all set to buy a classy black dress, and then this jumped into my cart instead. It does go pretty well with the shawl I crocheted…

Tuesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Wow. My preferred color palette is so predictable, I don’t even have to *try* to be matchy matchy. #aquaandred #redandaqua [Taken at work.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 45/365 – XOXO – Happy Valentine’s Day โ™ฅ

Wednesday

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2017 46/365 – Himalayan – This was just the right amount of chocolate. Not to mention delicious. [Taken at work.]

Thursday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I’m leaving for the #clayathon in a few hours and I haven’t packed a thing… #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2017 47/365 – Recharging My Batteries – Welp, Eamonn and I have arrived at our hotel. The Clayathon starts tomorrow. Tonight we visited the rec room and played a little air hockey, hit a few pool balls, and played some ping pong. Now we relax. [Taken at the clayathon.]

Friday

365 ๐Ÿ“ฑ: 2017 48/365 – Premo – Six little packages of potential on my work tile. [Taken at the clayathon.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: First cane of #clayathon2017 done! This disc (after it’s baked) will go on a badge reel. I’m stepping out of my comfortable blue๐Ÿ’™ and green๐Ÿ’š mode and making some pink๐Ÿ’“ stuff this weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š #pdc [Taken at the clayathon.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

SAME WEEK PREVIOUS YEARS (2015, 2016)

This Week in Picturesย 

Well, duh.

Greetings from Galloway, NJ!

I didn’t really want to bring my laptop to the Clayathon this year, because I am all about traveling light this time, but I did it anyway, because of TWiP. I can’t miss my weekly post!

But guess what? I left the camera home (see above RE: traveling light) and some of the week’s images were still on the card.

Darnit.

So, I guess I’m off the hook until I get back home ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime, here’s a picture of something I made today:

See you in a couple of days!

P.S. That’s the new Calico pattern I was talking about in the new Pink color scheme that I was also talking about. You can still ask me to make you a badge reel, if you want ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Clayathon is coming up!

I am taking custom orders for badge reels and bracelets this week only!

Thursday night, I am packing up my polymer clay, my crafty tools, and one of my kids, and I’m hopping on the Garden State Parkway, bound for the annual South Jersey Clayathon. Woo hoo!!!

This year, I plan to concentrate on making some canes. I did a lot of that last year, too, but in the intervening months I’ve used up a lot of my favorite designs. I want to replace some of them and make some new ones, too.

So, I don’t plan to emphasize finished goods all that much this time around.

That being said, there are a few items that I’ve been in the mood to make: badge reels and bracelets.

You’ve seen the retractable badge reels here before. They are aย relatively new product, but they’ve been in the shop for a few months.

The bracelets are brand new, though. I don’t even have a shop page for them yet. They’re brass bangles, and I’ve filled the channels with my polymer clay patterns. When you wear multiple bracelets together, they have a nice, satisfying metal jangle ๐Ÿ™‚

As you know, the Day Job has meant that I don’t have a whole lot of time for custom orders. If you are interested in getting in on this rare opportunity (I sound like an infomercial. Ew. Sorry.), you can use the forms below to place an order or two. The prices listed here are special Clayathon prices, and only work if you use this form below to place your order. (Don’t see a form here? If you’re reading in email or a feed reader, click over to the website. You will be able to see the form there.)

This order form will be disabled sometime this weekend, so it’s probably best not to wait.

Iย plan to get all orders finished up and in the mail within 3 weeks (probably less, if I’m super productive during the Clayathon, which I usually am.)

Above are some of your pattern choices. (Ignore that it says “Fall 2016.” I haven’t had a chance to make a new image.)

There areย some other choices that are not pictured (because I haven’t made them yet [but I will]):

  • a new color scheme called Pink, which features dark pink, red, and purple.
  • a new pattern called Calico, which features a bunch of tiny flowers (you can see an example of Blue Calico in the 8th bracelet from the top, or in the badge reel at the bottom immediately to the right of the key card)

You can order any of the patterns in Pink, and you can order Calico in any of the colors.

Badge Reels $15 (usually $18)

Color Family: ex: Blue
Pattern Design: ex: Tortoise

 

Bangle Bracelets $12 (usually $12-$18 depending on size)

Width:
Color Family: ex: Blue
Pattern Design: ex: Tortoise

 

Thanks!

If you want a peek behind the scenes of what I’m working on, be sure to follow the #clayathon2017 hashtag on Instagram. You may get to see what others are doing, too, which is a nice treat. We all work in the same medium, but everyone has his or her (mostly her, at this event) own unique take on it.

Let me know if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

TWiP: Coffee and creativity

Last week, I decided that instead of spending too much time working on a little introduction for my TWiP post, I’d use my writing time to work on some regular blog posts. That worked out really well, and since I have two more full post topics brewing, I think I’m going to do the same today. With luck, I’ll get at least one of them ready to post during the week!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 35/365 – Polka Dot Cottage – Saturday is order shipping day!

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Hi, Instagram ๐Ÿ˜Š This is what I made since you saw me last: one boot cuff. I should probably knit the other one so I could actually wear them…

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I was pretty excited when they gave me a retractable badge reel for my key when I started my job. It meant I had a use for the #polymerclay #pdcbadgereels I’ve been making. So I’ve been using the three on the right for the past month, but I decided I need more variety. Sounds like the perfect task for a Sunday afternoon ๐Ÿ˜Š #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 36/365 Makers Gonna Make – I always pick out my work clothes the night before. Tomorrow, I think I’ll wear one of my favorite t-shirts and some Polka Dot Cottage bangle bracelets ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 37/365 – readingglasses.com – I ordered these suckers on Friday and they are already here! I’m so glad, because the other pair of computer progressives I have are slightly too big for me, and slide down my nose constantly. Now that I know I will wear this type of glasses all day long, it was worth it to me to buy a pair that fits.

Tuesday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 38/365 – Lisa’s Salad – I am brown-bagging it today. Well, aqua-with-cherries-bagging it, really.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Second cup. โ˜• [Taken at work.]

Wednesday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 39/365 – Sugar n Cream – I have a coffee pot that needs a crocheted cozy. Going to bang that out tonight.

Thursday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I’m working from home today because of the snow, and I finally got a chance to use the Melitta coffee pot my sister gave me for Christmas. I crocheted it a cozy last night to help keep the coffee warm all morning ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜•

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 40/365 – Shift – It’s snowing outside, and I’m working from home today.

Friday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2017 41/365 – Kind – Breakfast. I have one of these almost every day. I love the maple sea salt flavor.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Friday night ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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Dear 2017, Please Don’t be Bad

Hey, it’s time for a new Winter playlist, don’t you think? Here’s one I published at the end of last month. (Hey, considering how long it took me to write my last non-TWiP post,ย getting this down in less than two weeks is downright speedy of me!)

As is the case with most of my “mix tapes,” this one consists mostly of relatively new indie pop/folk kind of tunes, with a few older tracks thrown in for good measure.

A couple of unofficial themes emerged while I was collecting songs for this playlist. Winter, of course, was a big one, because I just love to do things seasonally. The current political climate played into some of my choices, too, but really only insofar as it’s never far from my mind these days. (Which kind of stinks – I’d really like to go back to the days of not worrying about every little thing. But, whatever…)

Regardless of what the songs were about, they were all chosen because I like them and because I don’t think I’ll mind playing them ad nauseum in the car for the next 3 months. It’s been almost two weeks, and so far so goodย ๐Ÿ˜œ

Here it is, for your listening pleasure:

Dear 2017 from lclarke522 on 8tracks Radio.

Or, click here to play it directly at 8tracks.

Per 8tracks’ TOS, which I haven’t actually read recently, I suspect it’s not OK for me to share the track list here (because it’s definitely not OKย to share it on their website due to their licensing agreements, etc.) but I can give you an alphabetical list of artists. I think. I mean, I don’t see why I can’t… (Maybe I should read those TOS?)

Anyway, this mix features one song from each of these lovely artists:
Billy Joel / Broods / case/lang/veirs / Dan Croll / Darlingside / DWNTWN / George Michael / Glen Phillips / Grizzly Bear / Indigo Girls / Islandis / Natalie Merchant / Oh, Hush! / Sheppard / Tahiti 80 / The Harbour Union / The Head and the Heart / the innocence mission / The Shins / The Young Romans / Turin Brakes

Enjoy! And definitely let me know what you think ๐ŸŽต

By the way, if you like my Quiet Time series, stay tuned because I think I’m nearly ready to publish Volume 5. Just a few more track choices to tweak…