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TWiP: Clay and Yarn

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I’m in South Jersey this weekend, enjoying the company of 67 other polymer clay enthusiasts, and cranking out all kinds of pretties. That’s the plan, anyway. I’ve only been here for half a day so far. I’ve made 4 millefiori canes, and that’s a pretty good start, I think.

Since this weekend is for making things and not for writing things, I’m just going to step back and let the images do the rest of the heavy lifting on this post πŸ™‚

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…


Instagram: I just *finally* put my last family portrait ornament in the oven. I’m celebrating by cashing in a Starbucks reward and living it up with my favorite @frappuccino (peppermint mocha!)

Instagram: Last three #pdcfamilyportraitornaments all cured and waiting for their eye paint to dry! So glad to be done with these 😊 It was fun, but I’m ready to move on to other #polymerclay work! #pdc

365: 2016 37/366 – When I decorated and undecorated for Christmas, I somehow misplaced the square coasters I made for my living room. I miss having something absorbant on the little table next to my favorite chair, so I’ve decided to whip up a few of these table toppers. I made some three years ago for the family room and I use them all of the time. The red one actually found its way to my clay table recently, as you can see by the picture on the frame. Tonight I’ll do one in brown, and maybe a few othes as my attention span dictates πŸ™‚


365: 2016 38/366 – I managed to crank out 4 table toppers before I lost interest last night: these two brown ones, a chartreuse one just like them, and a red one that’s more of a circle than a flower. I plan to keep these two in the living room on this corner table, and the others will probably go down to the family room to replace the few that have gone missing since I crocheted my first batch.

Instagram: Running a few errands on Super Bowl Sunday night, and this town is a total ghost town. I like it.


Instagram: On the blog today: how I took this little #polymerclay cane stub and turned it into a pile of awesomeness. (And how you can do it too.) 😊 #pdc

365: 2016 39/366 – Working on a crochet version of my knit Wintergreen hat (pattern coming soon!) – I’ll be honest, I don’t think the crochet version works all that well in this design. The cables are too subtle, and they end up looking like a pile of knots instead of an intentional design choice.


365: 2016 40/366 – Today’s plan: figure out what I’m bringing to #clayathon2016. I’m hoping someone there would like to take my scrap clay off my hands. I generate it faster than I can use it these days!

Instagram: Just a friendly reminder that if you want me to make you something at #clayathon2016 this weekend, time is almost up to place your order ☺


365: 2016 41/366 – I tried my hand at some bangle bracelets last night. They’re not perfect (I’ve had to super glue two of them at the seams already) but they’re good enough to wear, and I love the colors πŸ™‚


365: 2016 42/366 – Aidan got his Warby Parker home try-on box today. Me: Maybe you should try them on one at a time. Him: I shan’t.

Instagram: Hmmmm. Finish packing for my trip or take a completely unnecessary detour and paint my toenails for the first time since summer? Even though I wear socks all winter? Unnecessary detour FTW!


Instagram: I figured out what’s coming with me to #clayathon2016. All I need now is a box that can contain it all…

365: 2016 43/365 – I don’t usually wear more than one of my own pieces at a time, but when it’s a "Wear Your Art" party, well, that’s a whole different ball game. Earrings, necklace, bracelet, and one of the stackable rings: all Lisa Clarke originals. Now if only I had bothered to get everything in the shot in focus… πŸ˜‰

Instagram: I’ve made 3 canes so far at #clayathon2016 but this is my favorite. It’s a Jubilee cane in my Spring color scheme. #pdcjubileecane #pdc

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 FlickrΒ 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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5 thoughts on “TWiP: Clay and Yarn

  1. Love the bangle bracelets, definitely an original. Pity it takes me $20 for shipping all the way to Pakistan πŸ™

    1. International postage is so expensive! It’s a shame. If it makes you feel any better, those bracelets weren’t for sale anyway – I made them for myself πŸ™‚

  2. Super cute!!! I love the bangles and those polka dot shoes!!! Every time I look at your pictures, I feel like I need coffee… πŸ™‚

    1. Neil makes fun of how often I take pictures of my coffee cup πŸ˜€

      1. πŸ™‚

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