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TWiP: Cluttered brain

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

Between last weekend’s travel and this week’s task list, I’m not lacking for blog fodder. What I am lacking is the opportunity to set aside a few hours, process my photos, and write a couple of blog posts.

I also feel like my days this month have all had an undercurrent of anxiety flowing through them, just under the surface. My anxiety comes from a variety of sources, and makes it hard to relax even when I do carve out the time.

One of those sources (and probably the only one I can actually do something to alleviate)? Clutter.

I am collecting clutter at an alarming rate right now. There are yarn balls and swatches littering the family room, and piles of polymer clay work waiting to be carded and priced in the living room. I am in a highly creative space right now, and when I get that way, I leave craft supplies and finished samples in my wake.

Today is the only unscheduled day on my calendar for at least a week. I should probably clean something, but I’m tempted to put my clutter blinders on and spend the afternoon watching movies and selfish knitting instead…

I think I may need it.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

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

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

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



365 📱: 2016 289/366 – At the Ravelry gathering at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival. It’s always fun to people watch at these things. Actually, I tend to sweater watch. I remember what people were wearing much more easily than I remember their faces! [Taken at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.]

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The kid and I are worn out. #rhinebeck2016

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365 📷: 2016 290/366 – Aidan and I stopped for a few hours on the way home from Rhinebeck, and visited the Storm King Art Center. It was like a huge, gorgeous park, punctuated here and there with modern art sculptures. We barely scratched the surface of all there was to see. [Taken at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY.]



365 📷: 2016 291/366 – Warm day in October? Check. Dozens of ladybugs hanging out by the front door? Check.



365 📷: 2016 292/366 – One crochet hook finished, 11 pairs of stud earrings drying in the rack, and 7 hooks awaiting sanding and buffing. Not a bad day’s work.



365 📷: 2016 293/366 – I love the way this one little tree in the back yard explodes in orange every year.



365 📱: 2016 294/366 – Ooh, the colors outside the kitchen window. I could stare at them all day. And I would, except I have a lot to do today. It’s probably best I make my coffee and get moving ☺



365 📷: 2016 295/366 – It’s that time of year again, when I look out the window and suddenly feel like I’m in a Hitchcock movie.

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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2 thoughts on “TWiP: Cluttered brain

  1. What a pretty view you have…

    ~Have a lovely day!

  2. I know what you mean…sometimes you really just need to have some down time. But, wow! Your photos are beautiful!!! That foilage🍁🍂 I really miss that area right now…buying maple syrup and cheddar from roadside stops and the apple cider mills. I love the ladybug picture 😊 the very most. Have a wonderful week!

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