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TWiP: Colorful

This Week in Pictures, Week 17, 2022

Between the pink trees and the polymer clay experiments I’ve been doing, this week’s mosaic has been colorful.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the little (and big!) moments I have captured all week. Some of these images are posted on Instagram, but many aren’t posted anywhere but here. Some days there may be no photos, and other days there may be multiples.

Photos taken with 📷 (Canon EOS 80D) or 📱 (Samsung Galaxy S9).


Visited the Raptor Trust today with the family. The bald eagles are my favorite. They have two of them that are too injured to live out in the wild, so they are permanent residents.


Preparing for one of those “fun” routine screenings that doctors make you have when you hit fifty. It’s a liquid diet for me today, starting with black coffee for breakfast.
The liquid fun continues with lunch. I hardly ever drink soda anymore, but since this is about to become a very unpleasant day (once I begin the second phase of my preparation), I am treating myself to some 7Up.
Lime Jello for dinner. Can’t wait until today and tomorrow are over 😀


That feeling when three minor/routine health/medical things that by themselves are no big deal, converge in a single week, making you spend more lazy days feeling meh and watching TV than you really want, but then the week is over, and everything is back to normal, and you take a shower and go outside and spring has sprung spectacularly 💗💚💗

Also posted on Instagram


Wanna see something cool?

These little polymer clay doodads are NFC-enabled. Each of them can be programmed to do a specific task when held up to an unlocked phone. They can do stuff like this:
– open a website address
– open an app
– sign you into a wifi network

I have one on my keychain that is programmed to open Polka Dot Cottage, so if somebody asks me where they can buy one of those colorful rings I’m wearing, I can tap the polymer tile to their unlocked phone and it will open in their browser.

I have one in the car that I use to quickly open Spotify on my phone.

I have one in the family room that friends and family can use to connect to my wifi network without typing in the long password.

I’m still exploring this technology, as well as playing with ways to encase it in polymer and make it pretty. These prototypes make me happy. Even the pink one where the tip of the teardrop broke off. I just sanded it down and drilled a new hole. Weird shape, but good as new.

I’m thinking about making tiles like these available in my shop. What do you think? Can you see yourself using a custom polymer clay bauble that lets you easily share your website to a friend’s phone? Or share your Instagram profile with that kindred spirit who noticed you snapping photos in the park? So many possibilities!

What would you like to be able to do with a tap?

Also posted on Instagram

Thanks for helping me celebrate the week! If you want to see some of this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Instagram ♥

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