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 a 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 🙂

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.

I 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 are 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 🙂

TWiP: Coffee and creativity

Last week, I decided that instead of spending too much time working on a little introduction for my TWiP post, I’d use my writing time to work on some regular blog posts. That worked out really well, and since I have two more full post topics brewing, I think I’m going to do the same today. With luck, I’ll get at least one of them ready to post during the 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.

📷 = taken with my Canon DSLR
📱 = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

365 📷: 2017 35/365 – Polka Dot Cottage – Saturday is order shipping day!

Instagram 📱: Hi, Instagram 😊 This is what I made since you saw me last: one boot cuff. I should probably knit the other one so I could actually wear them…

Sunday

Instagram 📱: I was pretty excited when they gave me a retractable badge reel for my key when I started my job. It meant I had a use for the #polymerclay #pdcbadgereels I’ve been making. So I’ve been using the three on the right for the past month, but I decided I need more variety. Sounds like the perfect task for a Sunday afternoon 😊 #pdc

365 📷: 2017 36/365 Makers Gonna Make – I always pick out my work clothes the night before. Tomorrow, I think I’ll wear one of my favorite t-shirts and some Polka Dot Cottage bangle bracelets 🙂

Monday

365 📷: 2017 37/365 – readingglasses.com – I ordered these suckers on Friday and they are already here! I’m so glad, because the other pair of computer progressives I have are slightly too big for me, and slide down my nose constantly. Now that I know I will wear this type of glasses all day long, it was worth it to me to buy a pair that fits.

Tuesday

365 📷: 2017 38/365 – Lisa’s Salad – I am brown-bagging it today. Well, aqua-with-cherries-bagging it, really.

Instagram 📱: Second cup. ☕ [Taken at work.]

Wednesday

365 📷: 2017 39/365 – Sugar n Cream – I have a coffee pot that needs a crocheted cozy. Going to bang that out tonight.

Thursday

Instagram 📱: I’m working from home today because of the snow, and I finally got a chance to use the Melitta coffee pot my sister gave me for Christmas. I crocheted it a cozy last night to help keep the coffee warm all morning 😊☕

365 📷: 2017 40/365 – Shift – It’s snowing outside, and I’m working from home today.

Friday

365 📷: 2017 41/365 – Kind – Breakfast. I have one of these almost every day. I love the maple sea salt flavor.

Instagram 📱: Friday night 🔥

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 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)

 

Dear 2017, Please Don’t be Bad

Hey, it’s time for a new Winter playlist, don’t you think? Here’s one I published at the end of last month. (Hey, considering how long it took me to write my last non-TWiP post, getting this down in less than two weeks is downright speedy of me!)

As is the case with most of my “mix tapes,” this one consists mostly of relatively new indie pop/folk kind of tunes, with a few older tracks thrown in for good measure.

A couple of unofficial themes emerged while I was collecting songs for this playlist. Winter, of course, was a big one, because I just love to do things seasonally. The current political climate played into some of my choices, too, but really only insofar as it’s never far from my mind these days. (Which kind of stinks – I’d really like to go back to the days of not worrying about every little thing. But, whatever…)

Regardless of what the songs were about, they were all chosen because I like them and because I don’t think I’ll mind playing them ad nauseum in the car for the next 3 months. It’s been almost two weeks, and so far so good 😜

Here it is, for your listening pleasure:

Dear 2017 from lclarke522 on 8tracks Radio.

Or, click here to play it directly at 8tracks.

Per 8tracks’ TOS, which I haven’t actually read recently, I suspect it’s not OK for me to share the track list here (because it’s definitely not OK to share it on their website due to their licensing agreements, etc.) but I can give you an alphabetical list of artists. I think. I mean, I don’t see why I can’t… (Maybe I should read those TOS?)

Anyway, this mix features one song from each of these lovely artists:
Billy Joel / Broods / case/lang/veirs / Dan Croll / Darlingside / DWNTWN / George Michael / Glen Phillips / Grizzly Bear / Indigo Girls / Islandis / Natalie Merchant / Oh, Hush! / Sheppard / Tahiti 80 / The Harbour Union / The Head and the Heart / the innocence mission / The Shins / The Young Romans / Turin Brakes

Enjoy! And definitely let me know what you think 🎵

By the way, if you like my Quiet Time series, stay tuned because I think I’m nearly ready to publish Volume 5. Just a few more track choices to tweak…

Christmas Mandalas and more

I‘m realizing that I am going to have to lower my standards around here, if I ever want to post more than the weekly TWiP. For one thing, I have to be happy enough with photos taken in artificial lighting, since I’m not home during most of the daylight hours. And for another thing, I have to be ok with doing show-and-tell posts nearly two months after I’ve made the object, if that’s what it takes.

This “working full time” thing is an adjustment for sure. So many times this week, I’ve thought of things I need to do, and told myself I’d do them on Saturday. At this rate, Saturday had better be twice as long as it is supposed to be, because I’ll never get that oil change, hair cut, and what all else done otherwise!

Anyway, Mandalas.

I know Christmas is over. But if you like these mandalas, you can easily make them in other colors. In fact the small coaster styles are ones I’ve made several times before, so rather than repeat myself, you can go here or here for pattern details. The large one, though, is new:
Diameter: 16 inches.

Pattern: Flirty Fifties Mandala by Haafner Linnsen from the book Mandalas to Crochet

Modifications: I used heavier yarn (worsted weight) and an I hook.

Here’s another one (or two). I made these this month, using patterns from two new books I got for Christmas. I did the one on the left first, and wasn’t too enthusiastic about it. I few days later I tried again with the one on the right, and that was more like it ☺

This one is currently on my nightstand with these others. It may be overkill on that tabletop at this point, but it’s not bothering me yet.

Diameter: 9 inches.

Pattern: Radiating Mandala (Intricate Mandala variation) from the book Crochet Therapy by Betsan Corkhill

Modifications: I used heavier yarn (worsted weight) and an H hook. At least, I think it was an H. It was a while ago and I have no in-progress shots to check against 😉

TWiP: Out and About

I have two show-and-tell posts I have been wanting to write, and a new playlist to share, so I think instead of spending time on a witty introduction to this week’s post, I’ll just save my writing time for those other more meaty subjects.

Enjoy this week’s pictures!

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.

📷 = taken with my Canon DSLR
📱 = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

365 📱: 2017 28/365 – Warning Open Pits – Aidan and I enjoyed this sign while we were waiting for an oil change. [Taken at Grease Monkey.]

Sunday

365 📷: 2017 29/365 – Dear 2017, Please don’t be bad – Time for a new mix CD! (You can listen at 8tracks.com/lclarke522/dear-2017 if you like.)

Monday

365 📷: 2017 30/365 – Honeysuckle Herbal Tea – I love honeysuckle, but I think I need to stick to perfume. This stuff isn’t tea so much as honeysuckle-tinged sugar granules. Ick. Waaaay too sweet for me. Aidan likes it, though, so at least it won’t go to waste.

Instagram 📱: Very happy with my #stopoversweater even though I screwed up one of the colorwork rounds 😉. Now that I work full time, I am never home in the daylight… I am reduced to bathroom selfies for my shows-and-tells until daylight savings time starts again, LOL!

Tuesday

Instagram 📱: Just kicking back on my lunch hour, searching @ravelry for boot cuff patterns, as you do. [Taken at work.]

365 📱: 2017 31/365 – Stirling Hotel – Today was Neil’s last day at his old job, and tomorrow he starts his career as a full-time editor, working for himself. We thought a little celebration was in order, so we cashed in his birthday gift card for dinner. [Taken at The Stirling Hotel.]

Wednesday

365 📷: 2017 31/365 – There are words on here, so technically it fits the theme, but it really makes very little sense. Eamonn adds new stuff every couple of days. I think it might be time to literally wipe the slate clean soon.

Thursday

365 📱: 2017 33/365 – Do Not Stop on Tracks – This railroad crossing is my nemesis. I thought I left the house early enough to get through it this morning, but I think the train showed up early just to spite me 😉 [Taken at the Millington Train Station.]

Friday

365 📱: 2017 34/365 – Order new glasses – Reminders for my lunch hour… [Taken at work.]

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 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 Pictures