Lisa Clarke, Polka Dot Cottage

About Me

Hi, there.  I’m Lisa Clarke. Welcome to my Polka Dot Cottage! I am a one-woman show, powered by yarn, fabric, polymer clay, and the occasional cup of coffee ☕

There is a blog here

The blog is my favorite part of Polka Dot Cottage. In this space you’ll find all kinds of crafty chit-chat, mainly involving my favorite media: polymer clay, fabric, and yarn.  I started with polymer clay in 1996, but I have been in serious “needlecraft discovery mode” since 2007. I’m excited by each new technique I learn, and hopefully my enthusiasm comes through as I share my projects here.

I’m addicted to lushly-photographed craft books, and I have shared my favorite reads here in the past, along with the projects that have been inspired by them.

When I’m not making things, I like to talk about the little everyday adventures that pop up in and around the New Jersey home I share with three of my favorite geeks: my husband Neil, and our two mostly-grown-up kids.

Despite it’s reputation, I think New Jersey can be quite beautiful, so I like to share proof of that from time to time.

In early 2017, I returned to full-time employment outside of the home. This has put somewhat of a crimp in my blogging time, but at the very least, I post a weekly update of my comings and goings. And whenever possible, I do more.

There is also shopping here

  • Downloadables: patterns, tutorials, and ebooks that I have written on some of my favorite topics (see above)
  • Handmades: my craft work which is mostly in polymer clay, but sometimes in other materials

For eleven years I ran Polka Dot Creations, a polymer clay book store that I closed in June of 2012.

Another of my endeavors, Polka Dot Radio, was my internet radio station, which officially ended it’s two-year run in 2008, but lives on as playlists on Spotify. Follow me! I add new playlists regularly.

I have my toes dipped into all kinds of social media, but Polka Dot Cottage is my home base. As much as possible, I am here: blogging, updating the shops, tweaking the website and making it “just so.”  I hope you will enjoy the time you spend here. Please don’t be shy – say hello!

Thanks for visiting 💗