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It’s a Cardigan you can wear Everyday

Gray Tweed Everyday Cardigan

There’s a reason why I named this pattern the Everyday Cardigan. It’s the perfect, non-fussy design to wear to work over a blouse, to put on over a t-shirt while hanging out at home, or to pair with a swingy knit dress for a weekend party. I’ve knit several, but this is only the second one I’m keeping for myself. It’s tweedy, and exactly what I was looking for!

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She sews!

Built by Wendy 3835 Modified

I needed some new tops to wear to work, so I went back to my old, easy standby: Built by Wendy, Simplicity 3835. I’ve been sewing this pattern for 11 years! It’s the first shirt I learned to sew, and it’s still the easiest. It’s got nothing in the way of shaping, so no fussy darts to mess with. And the simple pattern shapes are easy to modify.

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Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets

Polka Dot Cottage Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions: Basic Edits

For me, half the fun of photography is in transforming a dull, straight-out-of-the-camera (SOOC) photo into something with some oomph! This is especially true since I started shooting in RAW four years ago. Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets are essential to my editing flow, and they save me so much time. I decided it was about time I share!

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8 Ways to Make Your Cubicle Less Boring

Ways to Make Your Cubicle Less Awful

When you work in someone else’s office building, there is, naturally, a limit to what you can do. You can’t paint the walls a cheery bright aqua, drag your desk over to the window, or switch out the florescent lights for cozy desk lamps, unfortunately. But if you are lucky to have your own desk area, especially if it has a couple of (half) walls, there are things you can do to make the space less cookie-cutter.

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The Cogwheel Cardigan for Baby

Cogwheel Baby Cardigan Knitting Pattern: Yoke close-up

There’s a new knitting pattern at Polka Dot Cottage: a quick, easy, beginner-friendly baby sweater! The Cogwheel Cardigan features simple stripes with little protruding “cogs” that are simple enough for a colorwork novice to achieve.

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Replacing the Ink in a Polka Dot Cottage Pen

How to Replace the Ink in a Polka Dot Cottage Pen

If you use your pen a lot, there may come a day when it runs out of ink. That’s annoying, but fixable. There’s no need to discard your lovely pen, just because the ink isn’t flowing! Learn how to replace the ink in a polymer clay pen, and continue to enjoy it for years to come!

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Penstravaganza at the Clayathon!

Penstravaganza at Clayathon 2018

I’ve returned from Galloway, New Jersey, the site of the South Jersey Clayathon, and as usual, I had a fabulous time. Read all about my experience this year, get a peek inside our spacious workshop, and see the reason why I am teased for being crazy productive every year!

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