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TWiP: First Blue, Then Green

We went to Ocean City a week earlier than we’ve been going in recent years, and that gave us cold, wet weather at first. The last few days, though, were warm and sunny, and they made me wish I’d packed something other than jeans and sweaters πŸ˜‰

As usually happens when we spend 4 days near the ocean blues, and the sandy browns, and the vibrant cobalt of our hotel, home seems very, very green when we return. It’s possible that spring just sprang a little harder while we were gone, but it is also maybe just a trick that our eyes play on us. Either way, all of that green, and the pops of pink as the peonies emerge make for a nice consolation prize of having to leave the shore before we’re ready.

It wouldn’t be May at TWiP, if I didn’t have one post that started off unbelievably blue, and ended in an explosion of green!

I noticed on Instagram this week that there is a new session of Picture Spring that has just begun. I would have loved to officially join the class, but when I thought about what my $40 would get me (or more importantly, how much use I would get out of it right now), I decided to just play along on my own with the prompts I saved from six years ago.

The class consists of daily prompts, but it also has a community aspect to it. I already have the prompts, so I’d be mainly paying for the community. Last year, I’d have jumped at that, but I have a lot less spare time now and I doubt I’d be able to invest as much in the community as I might have in the past. So, I’m taking my old prompts and playing along by myself on Instagram πŸ™‚ (Only it’s not entirely by myself, because #hashtags!)

I started a few days late, so I’m doubling up here and there until I catch up.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the occasional when-I-feel-like-it 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“±: So it’s a little bit wet today… [Taken at our hotel in Ocean City, NJ.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 133/365 – So, maybe we won’t be sitting on the deck, watching the ocean today… πŸ˜‰ [Taken at our hotel.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Lunch time. Still raining. When I get tired of reading stuff on my tablet, I think I’ll brave the downpour. [Taken at our hotel.]

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: #iloveocnj [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 134/365 – What a contrast to yesterday! It’s such a nice day, I think everyone and their mother is here πŸ˜‰ We’re not used to having to share the boardwalk with so many people. [Taken on the boardwalk.]

Instagram πŸ“±: It’s possible that I am biased, but I found this collection of short stories my 14-year-old wrote to be truly entertaining! 🌞 [Taken on the Ocean City beach.]

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: Now *this* is how you Monday. Wish every week could start off like this! [Taken on the boardwalk.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 135/365 – Well, that was fun. And far too short as usual πŸ™‚ [Taken on the boardwalk.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Back home today. Our long weekends here always go by so fast! [Taken on the boardwalk.]

Tuesday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 136/365 – Well, it’s back to work today, and what a beautiful day it is, too! I went out for lunch, and when I came back, I spent 10 minutes just sitting in the parking lot. It’s a shame to go back into canned air, when the outside is so nice. [Taken in the car at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: I guess since I’m done knitting my sweater, and I’m done being on vacation, I should probably get back to this #crochet project that’s been hibernating.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 137/365 – The peonies are almost ready! We’re going to have a lot of the light pink ones this year. Get ready for an onslaught of peony photos…

Instagram πŸ“±: Barefoot weather is back πŸ‘£ And I think I’m going to jump on the #picturespring bandwagon… I still have the prompts from when I took it in 2011 😊 #beginnings

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 138/365 – I used to read blogs in the morning. Now it’s the NY Times.

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #goodmorningsunshine That first sip of coffee after I’ve gotten settled at my desk. Mmmmm. [Taken at work.]

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #stepoutintospring Neil is away today, so I’m temporarily back to making lunches and seeing the kids off in the morning. 30 steps brings me to the end of my front path, where the driveway begins, and from where I can see my high school junior walking away to catch his bus.

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #theskyisthelimit The air conditioning is cranked up in the office and I forgot to bring a sweater. I had to take a 5 minute break to step outside and feel some warm sun on my skin. Think I’m going home for lunch so I can retrieve my sweater πŸ˜‰ [Taken at work.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 139/365 – The first peony popped open today!

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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5 thoughts on “TWiP: First Blue, Then Green

  1. Beautiful at the beach and beautiful back at home! Nice pics!

    1. Thanks, Chloe. This is such a photogenic time of year, I think!

  2. Hi Lisa, i just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading about your love of crochet, knitting, sewing, polymore clay, photography. I am a newby crocher (I’m obsess with it) an advide sewer and am going to learn how to use polymore clay this summer. Do you have any advise for me? I’d love to have your feed back!!!
    Lisa.
    P.S. I can’t wait to read your next post!!!!

    1. Hi, Lisa, thanks for your nice comment! My only general tip for polymer clay is to start simple. My first introduction was with a kids book and very simple tools. I have a blog post about it somewhere… I need to find the link. If I do, I’ll post it here 😊

    2. Here’s a post with a lot of tips is it. I wrote it some time ago, so some of the links to books and such are broken, but you should be able to search for anything you’re interested in. Hope this helps! http://www.lisaclarke.net/2009/01/12/so-you-want-to-try-polymer-clay/

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