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Weekend Favorites

Soft colors, fabric, flowers… these seem to be the themes of the week, if you look at my Flickr favorites. It’s interesting to me that when I compare the style of the photos that really grab me to the style of my own photography, it’s quite different.

I love to look at vintagey, washed-out, cross-processed, pale aqua kind of photos, but in my own images I favor realism.

The funny thing is that in theory, I would like my photography to look more like the vintagey photos that catch my eye. And yet, when I am sitting in Photoshop, looking at my unedited pictures, my first impulse is to improve it while still keeping it real.

Maybe it’s time to challenge myself to experiment with dreamier post-processing more often.

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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Weekend Favorites at Polka Dot Cottage

1. spring flowers baby quilt, 2. , 3. 183-365, 4. 06.26.2014, 5. Oscar’s Towing, 6. 27/6.2014 – ahh, summer, 7. Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner, 8. Tiger, Tiger handmade fabric, 9. bringing in the peonies, 10. Good Afternoon!, 11. sparkler heart, 12. Collar vintage verde-naranja, 13. 192/365 treat yourself, 14. 205/365: plenty, 15. “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”, 16. so fine, 17. his & her shoes., 18. “I’ve never been this far away from home”, 19. 203/365 Summer rain, 20. Picture Summer 2011 | Day Nineteen

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.

  • Rees self portrait – impressive millefiori from Adam Thomas Rees, via Polymer Clay Daily. Whoa. This giant cane is really super impressive. Cynthia shares all of the details.
  • How to dye yarn with Kool-Aid – a clever tutorial from FreshStitches. Ok, this is neat. Stacey shows you how to dye self-striping yarn using a method that gives you nice long stripes. The changes between color can be a bit abrupt, but I think that’s something easily adjusted with experimentation.
  • My DAY-to-DAY scheduling strategy to get things done – by Jena Coray, via Oh My! Handmade. I love this. And goodness knows, I need to do *something* differently if I want to reach my long-term goals! Going with the flow lately is not really working in that regard.
  • Fluorescent Pink Goes Metal – color-mixing with Syndee Holt, via Sculpey. I am not someone who is likely to have much fluorescent pink polymer in her stash (if any) but I am surprised by Syndee’s results combining it with bronze, gold, and silver. It’s enough to make me buy a pack or two.
  • still growing… – crochet blanket progress from a creative being. I love the colors Wink chose for her motif-based blanket, and in this post she shows how all of her little circles are growing. They look so lovely! I can’t wait to see more progress.
  • Spring Flowers Baby Quilt – a show-and-tell from house on hill road. Ooh, another lovely quilt from Erin, this time with triangles. The quilting is simple, but effective. Love it!

Have a happy Friday!

4 thoughts on “Weekend Favorites

  1. ahh the old Kool-Aid trick. and yes…easy into the color change is very easy. What you do is make the section between the two colors longer, wet, and then hand paint them to blend the colors…..sort of like doing a skinner blend. they get their very own space just like the hunks do. One of my favorite things to do when dyeing yarns.

    1. Handpainting. That’s a good idea. I had just been thinking of taking a smaller hunk between the two bigger ones and letting it spend half the time in each dye bath. Your way is more precise, though.

  2. plenty of practice on my part. It is my new business now, you know 😉

    1. Sure do 🙂

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