TWiP: that May feeling

This Week in Pictures

Ah, May. I ♥ you.

Mother’s Day was this past weekend, and while we usually like to keep it low-key (dinner out and a couple of handmade cards), sometimes it involves store-bought gifts too. My birthday is in May (one week from today, in fact – yay!) and so sometimes if my guys have an idea that is too extravagant for Mother’s Day, they combine my special occasions and get me a joint Mother’s Day/Birthday gift.

That’s what happened this year. You’ll see what they spoiled me with down below. Suffice it to say, I can’t wait to take some super wide-angle boardwalk shots this weekend!

Oh, did I not mention? We’re on our annual Ocean City weekend!! (There are not enough exclamation points in the world to express how happy I am to be back here.)

There’s rain in the forecast (isn’t there always?) but we are more than capable of enjoying ourselves despite being cold and wet. It’s the getting away that is the real thing for us, much more than the sun shining or the opportunity to sit on the beach. Although, I do hope there’s a bit of those things, too. Stay tuned for next week’s TWiP to see how that goes. Think sunny thoughts 😎

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

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


365: 2015 129/365 – He’s so indifferent to me calling his name. (In other words, he’s a cat.)


365: 2015 130/365 – I was given three of my grandmother’s tablecloths yesterday. I like the way this one looks in here.


365: 2015 131/365 – I’m back on the wagon, er, treadmill 😉


2015 132/365

365: 2015 132/365 – Neil and the boys got me a new camera lens for Mother’s Day and my birthday! (10-18mm – I’m loving playing around with this wide angle. I can get almost the whole front yard in the photo while standing in the driveway. :-)


Instagram: What a gorgeous day in the Target parking lot 🚘

365: 2015 133/365 – My teenager has an effective way of showing me he doesn’t like my sunglasses. Stinker.


365: 2015 134/365 – I’m getting my beach reading ready. I almost always read food memoirs on the beach (why? who knows!) but this appears to be the year of musicians and actors. Not sure how that happened.


365: 2015 135/365 – It took an extra hour and a half (traffic. grrr.) but we made it. Exhaaaaaaaale :-)

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 Flickr.

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!

New Pattern: May Baby Blanket

The May Baby Blanket crochet  pattern at Polka Dot Cottage

May Baby Blanket show and tell

May Baby Blanket show and tell

May Baby Blanket show and tell

May Baby Blanket show and tell

I originally designed and made this little stroller blanket for my new niece (she’s not born yet, but any day now…) and of course I took plenty of photos and scribbled down plenty of notes as I went, because I knew I’d want to share.

You can get all of the back story here, but in a nutshell: it took me so long to figure out a suitable design, that I had very little time for actual crocheting before the baby shower. This is why it’s stroller sized and not crib sized. But you know what? Babies start out pretty small. This is more than big enough to cover a newborn.

It’s a great size for a stroller ride, or to put over the car seat while taking a drive.

And if you have all the time in the world to make it bigger, you can do that, too! Thanks to the wonders of Photoshop, I can show you what that would look like :-)

May Baby Blanket at Polka Dot Cottage

As usual, the pattern is available by itself for those of you who know your way around a crochet hook, and with a full photo tutorial for those of you who need a little more guidance.

If you buy the pattern and later decide that you need more help, there is a coupon code included that will effectively refund the initial pattern purchase when you buy the tutorial.

For all of the nitty gritty including required skills and necessary materials, see the pattern detail page.

May Baby Blanket
May Baby Blanket

BEGINNER level, step-by-step crochet tutorial.

Fully illustrated, 12-page PDF.

Price: $8.99
May Baby Blanket - Just the Pattern!
May Baby Blanket - Just the Pattern!

No tutorial, just the 3-page pattern PDF.

Price: $2.99

If you don’t want to crochet this blanket yourself, I hope you’ll pass this along to your crafty friends! Thanks ♥