TWiP: A Wedding and Winter Weather

What a great start to the week! My brother and his longtime girlfriend finally tied the knot, and it was such a nice day. I always enjoy family parties, but it’s even nicer when there’s music, and dressing up, and people you don’t see every day. I crocheted a shawl, made a bunch of clay jewelry (necklace, shawl pin, bracelets), and treated myself to a manicure for the occasion.

The rest of the week was dominated by a snow storm, pretty much, and since it’s March, and this kind of thing should be over by now as far as I’m concerned, we don’t need to talk any more about that 😜

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’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.

= taken with my Canon DSLR
= taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

Instagram πŸ“±: Necklace update: I added one more black bead and re-arranged a bit. I think this is much better. Thanks for all the feedback 😊

Instagram πŸ“±: Treated myself to my first manicure in nearly 5 years πŸ’…. Are really short nails in style now? Because she cut all of mine. (I’m fine with it, but it surprised me.) Getting ready for my brother’s wedding tomorrow! πŸ’’

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365 πŸ“±: 2017 70/365 – The Waterboys – Imagine that there is a picture here. I promise I took one. I was in my car, after returning from getting the boys haircuts (and all of us Frappuccinos), and I took an image of the car radio, displaying The Waterboys. My phone photos are always backed up in Dropbox, but apparently this one never copied over before I deleted it. So, you’ll just have to use your imagination!

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: Me and my guys 😍 (photo credit to my other guy @clarkesworld )

365 πŸ“·: 2017 71/365 – Christine & Will’s Spice Mix – My brother got married today, and this was a part of the ceremony. Each spice had a symbolic meaning, and they poured them together into the jar. [Taken at Il Villagio in Carlstadt, NJ.]

Instagram πŸ“±: My brother and my mom πŸ’“ [Taken at Il Villagio.]

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: *YAWN* [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: A #latergram from yesterday ☺. Each of the nephews wore the colors of a different Ninja Turtle for their uncle’s wedding 🐒🐒🐒🐒 [Taken at Il Villagio.]

365 πŸ“±: 2017 72/365 – Sandisk – So many wedding pictures to go through and edit! I was way too tired last night.

Tuesday

Instagram πŸ“±: Today the couch is my office. β„πŸ’»

365 πŸ“·: 2017 73/365 – UGH! – I have no patience for March snow storms. We didn’t get as much as they predicted, but it was plenty just the same. We’re actually still snowed-in as of 8pm. Waiting for the plow guy, as usual. I cleaned off my car, but I can’t actually go anywhere in it yet. I may have to work from home again tomorrow. At least for the morning. We’ll see.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 74/365 – Sharp Carousel – Aidan and I are making herbal tea this evening.

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 75/365 – 12345 – How often do the files in your folders add up to 12345 bytes? [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: I don’t spend as much time knitting or crocheting as I used to, so progress is slow on what I do make. My ripple blanket is getting a dark stripe tonight ☺

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: I’m not Irish, but I can get behind any holiday that encourages the wearing (and the drinking) of the green ☘ BTW, my green beverage of choice is a soy peppermint green tea @frappuccino … my healthier answer to the Shamrock Shake πŸ’š (though, make no mistake, it’s still not what one would call “health food” LOL!) [Taken at Starbucks in Pluckemin, NJ.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 76/365 – Knitting – Just hanging out on my bed on a Friday night, wearing knitting kittens pajamas, as you do.

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 FlickrΒ 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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Paved


I thought I needed these, but I have yet to wear them. They were easy to knit, which is nice. I just haven’t found myself reaching for them yet. Maybe it’s because I desperately want it to be 100% spring. And who needs boot cuffs when it’s 70 degrees out? 😜

Maybe these will be more of a wardrobe staple next winter.

The details

Pattern: Paved by Tin Can Knits

Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Mochi (I think – it was in my stash with no label)

TWiP: Winter is back.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’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.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

Instagram πŸ“±: I was up until nearly 4am thinking about polymer things I wanted to make, so I figured I’d better unpack my Clayathon supplies and set up my work table, if I ever want to get a good night’s sleep again πŸ˜‰

Instagram πŸ“±: I’m not really a bead maker, but I’ve got this chunky necklace I need to get out of my brain and onto a string. Before I can assemble it, though, I need to figure out how to sand and buff a few dozen round beads without losing my mind…

365 πŸ“·: 2017 63/365 – Giraffemoji – The kids are out of the house for the night, so, party animals that we are, we’ve got a fire in the fireplace and a pregnant giraffe webcam on the TV.

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: Opinions please: the beads are not arranged symmetrically by design, but both of the people who saw me wearing it thought the asymmetry was accidental (like the bright bead at the bottom was meant to be exactly in the center [it’s not]). Do you think I should rearrange the beads to make the asymmetry more pronounced?

365 πŸ“·: 2017 64/365 – Happy Birthday – We celebrated my Mom and my Aunt’s birthdays with a nice family party β™₯ [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Monday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 65/365 – Thumb tacks – I tried my hand at polymer clay covered thumb tacks this weekend, and I really like them! Today they took their rightful place in my cubicle. [Taken at work.]

Tuesday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 66/365 – 90’s Spring – I’m tired of my Winter playlists. Switching over to an mp3 cd comprised of the songs that were on some old mix tapes I made in Spring months between 1993 and 1997. [Taken in the car.]

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 67/365 – Jingmei – I have been trying to find the perfect duo-tone watch band for my smartwatch since I got it for Christmas. The first one I got was actually only silver. The second one was perfect until I dropped the watch and the band broke. This is the third, and it has taken more than a month to get here by mail. I hope I love it as much as the second one! I have to remove at least four links first, though. I have small wrists.

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 68/365 – Nokchawon – It’s two Asian words in a row this week! I don’t know if Nokchawon is a brand name, or the name of this type of tea, but it’s really good stuff. It’s buckwheat tea! I didn’t even know that existed until recently. I was skeptical when I tried it, but it’s actually quite good. [Taken at work.]

Friday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 69/365 – hello, snow – If I’m going to keep doing this post-it on a window thing, I’m going to need to invest in some other colors. The yellow is getting boring. It snowed another 2 inches or so after I took this picture this morning. [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: New snow is always so pretty on the bare trees. I’m hoping the commute back home is also pretty tonight ❄ It could so easily be a slushy mess! [Taken at work.]

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 FlickrΒ 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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Quiet Time 5

It’s been about a year since I madeΒ my first Quiet Time playlist, and I have to say, I am still really enjoying them. I listen to them individually, and I listen to them shuffled together into one giant playlist.

They’re great to have going softly in the background while I relax in the evenings, or when I’m dozing off at night.

And just when I think I’m done making new ones, out pops another volume πŸ˜‰

Volume 5 is just likeΒ the others: an hour of music kicked off by an instrumental, and followed by 15 peaceful tunes. The tracks are mostly recent and mostly with positive lyrics (although, as usual, there are exceptions to both of those rules.)

Quiet Time 5 from lclarke522 on 8tracks Radio.

Back in the days when I worked at home, I used to like to take a mid afternoon nap with one of these playlists going softly in the background. I imagine naps are frowned upon at my current place of employment, so nowadays I’m more likely to listen while I’m kicking back in the evening, sipping tea and playing solitaire on my tablet.

I find these playlists to be daydreamy, and maybe that’s why they have appealed to me so much lately. I won’t deny that I’ve benefited from some harmless escapism over the past year.

I hope you, too, will enjoy a little peace and quiet with these tunes!

TWiP: Work. And some play, too.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’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.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

Instagram πŸ“±: Aidan turns 17 tomorrow. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, he jokingly requested I refrain from my usual organic, all-natural non-GMO approach. So I got a red velvet cake mix, the ingredients of which must be approximately 50% artificial coloring. That ought to fit the bill πŸ˜‰

365 πŸ“±: 2017 56/365 – No Smoking – Eamonn and I went to Old Navy, then Starbucks, and then one last stop at the gas station. We were running on fumes. [Taken at the gas station.]

Sunday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 57/365 – Happy 17th Birthday – A decade ago, when Aidan was really into Ultraman, I wrote "Happy 7th Birthday, Ultra Aidan!" on his cake. He’s not quite the fanatic he once was, but I couldn’t resist the Ultra Aidan reference for his 17th birthday today πŸ˜›

Monday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 58/365 – Toffee Pretzel – One of these little chocolate bars is the perfect afternoon snack πŸ™‚ [Taken at work.]

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 59/365 – Strike On Box Matches – I think it’s time to light my favorite candle. Like I do almost every night πŸ™‚

Wednesday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 60/365 – rainy day – If I could have, I’d have spent a few hours today curled up in a cozy chair, reading, knitting, or just plain dozing off. [Taken at work.]

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 61/365 – Notes – I sketched out the "before" of a web page I need to change, so I could scribble all over it with my ideas. [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Getting my ripple on 😊

Friday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 62/365 – Jeopardy – There’s a huge Jeopardy fan in my family. He spent his own money on this shirt and a matching hat.

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 FlickrΒ 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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