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TWiP: Close to Home

This Week in Pictures, Week 33, 2021

Unlike Week 33s past, the 2021 Week 33 did not involve any beachy day trips, weekend getaways, or intercontinental travel. I barely left the house. On the plus side, I did manage to procure a bouquet of zinnias, which inspired some photo play and kept me plenty entertained.

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TWiP: Window Box Chicken

This Week in Pictures, Week 31, 2021

I don’t know how the time manages to pass so quickly, but it always does. It’s August already. I feel like the summer just started, and yet we’re only a few short weeks away from pumpkin latte season. I’m starting to feel a little desperate to make sure I’ve availed myself of enough summer joy while it’s still here.

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TWiP: Instant Gratification

This Week in Pictures, Week 30, 2021

It’s been a little over two years since I bought my first instant camera, and in that time, I’ve taken a few photos that I love, and a whole lot of photos that are kind of terrible. I don’t know what keeps me plunking down my hard-earned cash on yet another pack of film, or worse, a whole new camera to love/hate, but here we are. As of this week, I’ve got four instant cameras and two and a half photo albums full of evidence of my misadventures. I do think, though, that I may have finally turned a corner with my latest purchase…

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New use for scrap clay

That’s one snazzy-looking feather, dontcha think? Introducing the newest Polka Dot Creations tutorial: Scrap Feather Cane by the very talented Robin Milne.

I can’t think of a better way to use up those cane ends we all have than to make this brand new, striking cane. (Seriously, I can’t. I usually just give my scraps to Son #2, who runs them through the pasta machine repeatedly until they’re solid colors).

This tutorial is free for the taking here. And don’t forget, when you make your first feather, be sure to post a picture of it on our new flickr group!

Today was the first day since school let out that the boys and I were all home together alone, just the three of us. I spent some time prepping orders for shipment in the morning, and then we all shared a nice lunch around the table, followed by a trip to Toys R Us. The boys had gotten gift cards for Christmas and we spent them today on water fun!

Tomorrow it’s the park, followed by the library, and then, if it’s warm enough, I’ll fill up the big ol’ plastic pool we got and spend the afternoon soaking my toes while the boys play. Something tells me I’m not going to get a whole lot done this summer…

This summer, my goal is to strike a balance between keeping Polka Dot Creations afloat, indulging my muse, and making happy memories with the little ones while they’re still little. Oh, and I should probably also wash a dish or two in there


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  1. That IS one super snazzy feather! So pretty!

  2. Hi polkadot! I just read your blog about the new book “bend the rules sewing”. Oh my gosh! It looks so good! I’ve been getting into little sewing projects lately & I may just have to get that book! The other sewing one you mentioned sounds good too! I may just have to make myself a little date with Barnes & Noble…

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