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Weekend Favorites

Posted August 15th, 2014 by

Well, folks, it’s another one-link week here in the Polka Dot Cottage Weekend Favorites Department. I guess that’s what happens when you spend your days being completely free of your usual schedule. Hey, it’s summer! It’s to be expected!

I did manage to spend some time on Flickr this week, though, so there’s a substantial mosaic. So many pretty pictures to catch my eye!

On Flickr

The mosaic below represents other people’s pictures that spoke to me this week. Be sure to click on the titles below the mosaic, if you want to know more about the image or the photographer behind it.

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Weekly Favorites at Polka Dot Cottage

1. Kaffe Fasset goes Fair Isle, 2. Sew together purse in progress…, 3. My crazy wonky houses are ready to quilt! This quilt has blocks from everyone who has been a member of Bee Happy over the last four years. ❤️❤️❤️, 4. No day without a bird ;) #nodaywithoutabird #bird #cute #sweet #lovely #lovelysquares, 5. Untitled, 6. Dreamy, 7. Cathedral in Nîmes, 8. image, 9. Soft Landing, 10. I wish a wonderful mood to all of you, 11. Easter egg house., 12. :: june 24 ::, 13. From the garden, 14. букет из сада фей, 15. Traded the neighbors some of our strawberries for their sweet cherries. We each did our own picking. #homesteading, 16. My rug just needs 50cm more all around. I’m running out of old tshirts to cut up!! I also want to recover our headboard. And re paint the bedside drawers. And paint the walls. Pity it costs $$$$!, 17. empty chairs await, 18. 07.20.2014, 19. Untitled, 20. On my morning walk, 21. What do you mean I can’t live here?

Around the Web

I spend some time earlier in the week sharing my favorite crafty links through social media. And then I repeat them here on Fridays.

  • Want to Know What 200 Calories Looks Like? – from WiseGeek, via MyFitnessPal. WiseGeek photographed 200 calorie portions of a variety of foods. It’s interesting to compare how many apple slices you’d have to eat to get the same amount of calories in a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Have a lovely Friday!

TWiP: in the Pink

Posted August 9th, 2014 by

This Week in Pictures

This week’s mosaic is a lot brighter than last week‘s. I guess my quest to inject a little more light into my photos worked. There’s a lot more pink than usual. I’m not really a pink girly-girl at all, but I have to admit it’s growing on me here and there.

I even bought and wore a pink shirt this week. Whoa.

I feel like writing more here, but it’s late on Friday night, and my eyes are saying “no more! take us to bed!” I suppose I have no choice but to listen to them!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365, plus some everyday-life images I posted on Instagram during the previous week. (FYI, my daily photo project this year has changing monthly themes. August’s theme is “Soul” based on the exercises in Alessandra Cave’s new book Shooting With Soul.)

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

Saturday

365: Soul 2/31 – Exercise 1: Glimpses of You – I tried a lot of different artistic poses, but I think this one with the big wise guy in it is probably truest to life.

Instagram: It’s a multitasky Saturday night: listening to a podcast, working on a photo project on my laptop, and knitting a sweater. Oh! And instagramming ;-)

Sunday

365: Soull 3/31 – Exercise 2: Your Reflection – Stripey sweater in progress, complete with liquid soap smears on the mirror (#keepingitreal). Kind of wish I’d noticed that before I took off the sweater and put the tripod away ;-)

Monday

Instagram: Second coat. Or, oops I dribbled my nail polish onto the table.

Instagram: Ahhhhh.

365: Soul 4/31 – Exercise 32: Beachcombing – This is not "combing" so much as "flying through the air and blocking out the sun" but I like it :-)

Tuesday

365: Soul 5/31 – Exercise 4: Something You Collect – I didn’t set out to collect old cameras, but they seem to be finding *me* lately.

Wednesday

365: Soul 6/31 – Exercise 5: Books – The top two books were beach and/or hotel reads (loved them both). The rest are currently in rotation.

Thursday

365: Soul 7/31 – Exercise 6: Wardrobe and Style – I’ve made a lot of shirts out of vintage sheets in the last few years, and this was the first. I still wear it all the time :-)

Friday

365: Soul 8/31 – Exercise 7: What is in Your Bag?

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!

Weekend Favorites

Posted August 8th, 2014 by

Happy Friday! This week, for the first time in a while, Friday did not sneak up on me. I actually have a nice little collection of images and links stored up for you. Enjoy!

On Flickr

The mosaic below represents other people’s pictures that spoke to me this week. Be sure to click on the titles below the mosaic, if you want to know more about the image or the photographer behind it.

(follow me on flickr)

Weekend Favorites at Polka Dot Cottage

1. Vintage Camera, 2. Yellow Summer flowers, 3. Plums from my garden, 4. Eastern bluebird, male, 5. Quiet tonight., 6. Sea bright., 7. DSC01530ps, 8. what im working on…, 9. IMG_0576, 10. Iron Spirals, 11. Loving my friend’s new kitchen- all white kitchens have always been my favorite. Actually white is my favorite color of all (surprisingly if you look at my art), 12. Boho Shawl, 13. Hello August…, 14. Knitting up some more stripey bow postcards., 15. Hey, This guy’s empty. You got any back there?, 16. When I was a little girl I envied…..

Around the Web

I spend some time earlier in the week sharing my favorite crafty links through social media. And then I repeat them here on Fridays.

  • Make Your Own Home Photo Booth – tips from A Beautiful Mess. I’ve been thinking about a homemade photobooth for my last few parties, but it hasn’t happened yet. One of these days!!
  • Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt – a simple knitting project from The Purl Bee. The look really cool. Surprisingly, they are knit in a simple garter stitch. It’s the yarn itself that does all of the work.
  • DIY Shampoo Bars, Cold Process – a recipe from Kim Werker. I’ve used handmade shampoo bars in the past, but there was always an unpleasant build-up on my hair after a few days. Hard water is likely to blame. If you have soft water, you might like this recipe.
  • Sunny Flower Motif Table Runner – a crochet tutorial from Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog. I like this. I could see doing it in different colors and turning it into a colorful shawl.
  • popsicle, popsicle, popsicle – a few good recipes from a Friend to knit with. Oh I’m so glad i saw this – I have forgotten that I was going to make popsicles with some of my smoothie ingredients until now! I need to try a few of these, too.

Have a happy Friday!

Jump!

Posted August 5th, 2014 by

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

I love going to the beach in the late afternoon. The crowds are starting to disperse, the sun is no longer blazing hot, and it’s a great time of day for taking pictures.

Along with reading a book, watching my kids play, and just closing my eyes for a little bit, photography is a favorite beach activity of mine. I love (LOVE!) adding more family snapshots to our album, but there’s more to it than that.

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

I find that the beach is a great place to get artistic and to practice new skills. The opportunity to get some unusual shots is one of the main attractions of the beach for me.

Yet lately I have found myself wondering if there’s anything left to try! We go to Ocean City for several days each May, and then there are usual 2-3 Ocean Grove and/or Point Pleasant day trips in the summer. I have literally hundreds (thousands?) of pictures from the Jersey Shore. What more could there possibly be to photograph on the beach?

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Ok, so I think I need to take this as a lesson. Opportunities for interesting photography are constantly presenting themselves.

As long as we continue to show up with an adventurous spirit, I will never run out of pictures to take on the beach.

Jump! in Ocean Grove, NJ at Polka Dot Cottage

Yay!

This, of course, means we need to go back for more. And soon :-)

Stripes on the needles

Posted August 4th, 2014 by

Saturday night knitting
Would you like to see what I’ve been working on? This is one of those projects that I’ve been attending to in the tiniest of dribs and drabs. I’ll knit a row here, and then I’ll knit a row there. Some days I’ll get all ambitious and knit two rows.

Yeah, it’s like that.

While I generally like to save blogging my projects for the Big Reveal, at this rate that could be months away. This summer has seen me working on things that are difficult to show-and-tell (techy, behind-the-scenes, boring to everyone-but-me kind of things) and so if I don’t share my crafts as they are in-progress, it will be a long time before I show you anything!

And we just can’t have that, can we?

Stripey Sweater in progress

This is what I am currently calling my Stripey Sweater, although that name is subject to change.

It’s improvised from my Everyday Cardigan pattern, in that it uses the same stitch counts and basic measurements from the body of that pattern, but then goes off in its own direction.

Stripey Sweater in progress

For one thing, I’ve replaced the seed stitch neckline with a ribbed one.

Stripey Sweater in progress

And the ribbing at the yoke is gone, having been replaced by stripes.

I plan to keep the ribbing at the sleeve cuffs and the bottom edge of the sweater (when I get there) but I will do it in the contrast color and make it about an inch longer.

In the Everyday Cardigan, the button band is worked along with the rest of the body. I’ve eliminated that this time, and will work the band separately. I haven’t decided if I will pick up stitches along the edges to knit the band, or if I will try crocheting it. Given how much I hate picking up stitches, crocheting sounds like a preferable option. We’ll see.

Stripey Sweater in progress

Look at this yarn – so many interesting colors in it! From afar it all just pretty much looks like a gray sweater with black stripes, but the dark color is actually kind of purple, and both colors have all of these strands of pink and green and such in there.

It’s Cascade 220, my go-to sweater yarn. (Colors 7806 and 4006) Purples aren’t usually my colors, but I really can’t justify another green sweater until I’ve expanded my horizons a little bit with something new.

Stripey Sweater in progress

I’ve got a few more inches to go in the body now, and I’m actually motivated to pick up the pace a little bit: my only #7 circular needle is tied up in this sweater and I need it to swatch for another project I want to start… I have a lovely natural gray/brown alpaca blend I got at Rhinebeck last year, and I’d like to use it on a sweater to wear to the festival this year.

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