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A Shawl With No Name

This is not my first rodeo with the squishy garter stripe idea, but each time I’ve improvised one, I’ve changed it up in some way. I like playing with this kind of design, where you take three or more colors, and alternate them in some way as to make a sort of stripey fade. This time, the shape is more crescent than triangle, due to the strategic introduction of decreases.

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I’m not going to write TWiP posts anymore

TWiP is going away. But I plan to share more short blog posts here. And there will be more tutorials. And more shows-and-tells. You may not hear from me every week, but then again, you may hear from me twice some weeks. Three times, if I’m feeling prolific. I’m committed to keeping this blog active. I’m just finally accepting that a weekly TWiP post is no longer the best way for me to do that.

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TWiP: Vera Flowers

This Week in Pictures, Week 36, 2022

I have been kind of obsessed with improving the Polka Dot Cottage shopping experience this week. I’ve also made a few new things, continued my quest to get some storage space back, and had some experiences with nature.

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TWiP: The end of Elements and Earrings

This Week in Pictures, Week 35, 2022

It’s been a long month, LOL! Maybe two projects was too many, but I’m glad I did them. I’m ready to be done, and to be free to work on whatever I feel like working on (including nothing, if that’s how I feel)!

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August of Earrings

August of Earrings

Here they are: all 31 styles from my August of Earrings project. 31 adventures in wearable art: post earrings, resin coatings, glitter, and upside-down U shapes; mokume gane, translucency, metal leaf, and texture; flowers, elongated rectangles, tear drops, and blobby egg shapes; hoops, twists, sculpted mushrooms, and cascading colors 😍

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TWiP: Yet another batch of Elements and Earrings

This Week in Pictures, Week 34, 2022

I’m not sure what I was thinking, taking on two daily projects in August. They’re taking over my life 😆 Both the earring project and the photo project have been good for me in their own ways, but I think I will be quite ready to devote my energy to other things, once this month is over.

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TWiP: Even More Elements and Earrings

This Week in Pictures, Week 33, 2022

My daily August creative projects continue: Earring of the Day, where I make a bunch of earrings in different styles than usual and add them to the shop, and Picture Elements, a photography prompt-based project I’m doing with Tracey Clark.

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TWiP: Elements and Earrings

This week in Pictures, Week 31, 2022

So many people slow down in August, take some time off. Maybe I should have done that, too, but instead I decided I needed a creative project to shake up my polymer clay world a bit. So I came up with the Earring of the Day project, a great excuse to play with lots of different techniques.

Then, just for kicks, I signed up for a photography project. I am taking part in Picture Elements, which is a prompt-based photography class, which explores 7 visual elements of art: color, line, shape, form, value, texture, and space. Having never gotten any official art education, I think the exposure to these concepts will be valuable to me in more than just a photography capacity.

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