TWiP: Project 364?

I just spent the better part of this morning processing some languishing photos from the last two weeks. I dropped the ball a bit on my Project 365 this week, but I’ve made up for it in photos of my various projects. If I ever find the time to properly tellΒ you about the boot cuffs and sweater I recently knit, the shawl I crocheted for my brother’s wedding, or the big pile of polymer goodies I cooked up at the Clayathon, those posts will be well-illustrated πŸ˜‰

For now, let me just show you the ones I shared publicly this past week…

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“±: A new Calico cane in a Spring color scheme. In progress. When it’s done there will be 144 flowers across the face of it. #pdc [Taken at the clayathon.]

Instagram πŸ“±: First batch of stuff headed for the oven! #pdc [Taken at the clayathon.]

365 πŸ“±: 2017 49/365 – Clayathon – My work table, and my goodie bag. Having a great time! [Taken at the clayathon.]

Instagram πŸ“±: A second batch of stuff for the oven 😊 #pdc #clayathon2017 [Taken at the clayathon.]

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: Getting a later start this morning, enjoying breakfast in bed, looking at what I’ve made over the last two days, and figuring out what I want to do with my clay time today β˜•πŸ’Ÿ #clayathon2017 #pdc [Taken at the clayathon.]

Instagram πŸ“±: When it’s 67 degrees in February, and you happen to be 30 minutes from your favorite shore spot, so you take a quick trip to the boardwalk for lunch 😊 [Taken from the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk.]

365 πŸ“±: 2017 50/365 – Coastal Grille – It turns out room service is only $3 more than dragging our tired butts to the dining room tonight. Totally worth it. DId I mention Eamonn is at the Clayathon with me again this year? We took a quick side trip to Ocean City this afternoon. It was only 30 minutes from our hotel, so why not? The weather was beautiful (nearly 70!) and the boardwalk was crowded, although nothing was open, since it is, in fact, February. [Taken at the clayathon.]

Monday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 51/365 – Welcome home! – Is it a cop-out to use a screen shot as my photo of the day? This doesn’t even include our full trip home. This is how long it took us from our rest stop break. We had Auntie Anne’s pretzels and Starbucks Frappuccinos for lunch. Tomorrow it’s back to eating Real Food.

Instagram πŸ“±: I’m home from another #clayathon πŸ’Ÿ Here is everything I made, minus three chips I used for LRC, and 4 raw canes. These all still need to be buffed, and several things (badge reels, key rings, and a crochet hook) still require assembly. Fun time, good conversation, over too soon! #pdc

Tuesday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 52/365 – Crochet Therapy – There’s a ripple blanket in this book that has been calling my name. I’ve always wanted to crochet a ripple. They remind me of an afghan my grandmother used to have. I think. My memory is fuzzy. But I feel like there was a blue ripple blanket in her house.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 53/365 – I don’t know what to photograph today – Less than two months into my "words" theme for Project 365 and I’m already losing steam. Keeping this up while working full time is not easy. Maybe it will get better when there is some daylight in the evenings. I’m not very inspired once the natural light is gone.

Thursday

Instagram πŸ“±: Check out this nifty #crochethook set my friend @phillysherm gave me to work on at #clayathon2017 – one handle (which I covered in my new Seaside Calico #millefiori pattern) and 6 interchangeable hook heads ranging in size from C to H. I could be persuaded to make a few more of these with custom handles, if there’s interest..

Friday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 55/354 – LiteSpeed – Two days ago, I couldn’t think of anything to photograph, and yesterday I dropped the ball completely and forgot to take any picture at all. I was going to fudge it and just take two images today (I’ve done that before…) but I’ve decided to just own my failure on this πŸ˜‰ BTW, this is a badge reel I made at the Clayathon, and the key card to get into my office. I have a little sticky pocket on the front of the key, and I’ve put my business cards in it. I don’t have any cards for my Real Job, so I’m using my Polka Dot Cottage cards.

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!

SAME WEEK PREVIOUS YEARS (2015, 2016)

This Week in PicturesΒ 

Crocheted Coffee Pot Cozy

I don’t make coffee much at home because my sweetie gags at the smell of it. But last week, I had to work from home because of a snow storm, and I just really wanted my usual couple of cups of “work coffee.”
So, rather than make the poor guy put up with multiple brewings, I decided I could brew one big batch and make it last all morning, even if that meant my last cup would not really be hot. My sister had given me a Melitta pour over set for Christmas, which would allow me to make a bigger batch than my usual trusty Hario ceramic cone, so I gave it a try.

In an effort to make my coffee stay warmer longer, I crocheted the new pot a cozy. Isn’t it cute?

I used a random ball of cheap cotton and a K hook, and I adapted my Mason Jar Cozy pattern as follows:
I crocheted a 9-round base (instead of 4) and then worked up the sides straight, trying it on the pot every few rounds.

9 rounds may have been a bit too loose (and the pot sides do taper, too), so every couple of rounds, I decreased by 4 sts. I did this 3 times total. Any more than that, and I’d risk the opening being too small for the base of the pot.

I threaded a piece of yarn through the top round and tied it snugly in a bow, to make sure that sucker stayed put.

Did it keep my coffee warmer than a naked pot would have? I don’t really know. I didn’t have a naked pot to compare it to πŸ˜‰

I’m happy with it, though. It was just a single night’s work, with cotton from my stash, and it looks cute. Can’t ask for much better than that!

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 πŸ˜‰

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? β™₯

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 πŸ™‚

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“±: 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 😊 #pdc

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

Sunday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 43/365 – Speed Limit 25 – It’s an icy day.

Instagram πŸ“±: 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 πŸ˜‚

Monday

365 πŸ“±: 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 πŸ“±: 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 πŸ“·: 2017 45/365 – XOXO – Happy Valentine’s Day β™₯

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

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

Instagram πŸ“±: First cane of #clayathon2017 done! This disc (after it’s baked) will go on a badge reel. I’m stepping out of my comfortable blueπŸ’™ and greenπŸ’š mode and making some pinkπŸ’“ stuff this weekend 😊 #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 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!

SAME WEEK PREVIOUS YEARS (2015, 2016)

This Week in PicturesΒ 

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 πŸ™‚

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 Β πŸ™‚

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 aΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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.

IΒ 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 areΒ 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 πŸ™‚