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TWiP: January Stuff

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

This week’s photos look very Januaryesque to me. The crocheting and the sitting in front of the fire are wintry enough, but when you add in the clay stuff, that clinches it for me.

I’ve been re-reading old posts from this time in previous years (like I always do) and it’s been very heavy on the polymer. The annual Clayathon used to happen on MLK weekend, so the history feed was full of polymer clay prolificness this week. It’s inspired me.

I have to admit I’m losing steam on the remaining ornaments I have left to make, but I just need to power through! Once I’m done with those, I can focus my efforts on new cane designs, a little experimenting, and some new tutorials to go with the one I published this week.

Speaking of publishing, I very quietly added a new crochet pattern to the shop yesterday. I’ll post more about it next week, but in the meantime, feel free to have a look!

I’m writing this on Friday night as I usually do, but by the time you read it on Saturday morning, we could be under a pile of snow. There’s a blizzard warning in effect, and forecasts are varying wildly with anything from 4 inches to 18 inches of snow on the way.

However much we get, I plan to spend all weekend indoors. I’ve stocked up on firewoood and craft supplies, so I’m good to go 😀

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot with my DSLR for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some phone snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

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



365: 2016 16/366 – Saturday night snack: Vanilla Cinnamon Black Tea and some Maple Pecan Granola. [taken with my phone]



365: 2016 17/366 – I’ve been improvising a new scarf in my spare time for the last week or so. I’m using a simple stitch pattern and letting the variegated alpaca (in some of my favorite colors) do most of the work.



365: 2016 18/365 – Spent a lot of time with my music collection today, culminating in a much better organized mp3 player for the car, as well as this new playlist burned to CD. Playlist blogged here:



365: 2016 19/365 – I’m taking a quick break from family portrait ornaments today and working on a seam ripper order. Here the handles are just prior to baking.



365: 2016 20/365 – Twelve little handmade seam rippers, all prettied up and waiting for their ride out of here 🙂



365: 2016 21/365 – My new scarf design is finished, and it’s nice and cozy. My cousin-in-law, Tracy, suggested I call it "Lucky Charm" and I like that, so Lucky Charm Scarf it is! Pattern coming to the download shop soon! [already done!]



365: 2016 22/365 – Neil found this old bottle on eBay. It says "Clarke’s World Famed Blood Mixture." He was taking its picture earlier tonight for Instagram and since I hadn’t yet taken my Project 365 picture (and had no other ideas) I copied him and took its picture, too 😀

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!


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6 thoughts on “TWiP: January Stuff

  1. Beautiful scarf. What do you use to wet it and make it soft?

    1. Just water. I submerged it in warm water for a minute or two, squeezed the water out, rolled it up in a towel to get more water out of it, and then hung it on a hanger to dry.

  2. Pretty, pretty things! Looks like you all are toasty!

    1. Mm, yes, quite toasty!

  3. I just love everything you do! I will be getting both of your skirt tutorials soon! Thank you for sharing your many lovely talents! -Felicia

    1. Aw, thank you, that’s very nice of you! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

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