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Niki Jin Crafts is Back!

Last you heard from me (from this blog, anyway) was almost two years ago when I said goodbye and went exploring new directions. I started another blog (it ... didn’t last), and wrote a post here and there for my portfolio website, mostly talking about my professional art and design work. Nowadays I stick to posting mostly to Instagram.

So what have I been up to? Life has been busy, taking care of two young kids and building a freelance career doing book design and illustration. In between, I keep myself busy with various projects related to my art.

I let go of Niki Jin Crafts for a little while, but recently, it came back to my mind. I thought about what I want to do with this site. Just let it sit there? Delete it? Well no, I’m not ready to get rid of it quite yet! It could use a little updating, though, that’s for sure. I’ve given the site a new look (I hope you approve!) but that’s not what you’re here for, right? We need some new content, of course. I promise, new stuff is coming…

Pumpkins and Cranberries!

Happy Halloween everyone! Here are some images taken last weekend at the Keene, NH annual Pumpkin Festival. They didn't break the record this year (for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place), but it was still a lot of fun. As usual, there were lots of people, lots of yummy food, and, of course, lots of pumpkins.



My sisters and I contributed these three jack-o-lanterns.

Here's a little pumpkin pattern I've finished recently. It reminds me a little of the Charlie Brown "Great Pumpkin" cartoon.


With Halloween season ending, pretty soon I'll be gearing up for Thanksgiving, and I just love to bake pies. As sort of a little warm-up, I recently baked these cranberry tarts. I thought they turned out kind of cute. I've included a recipe below. Enjoy!



Cranberry Tarts
Ingredients:
3 cups cranberries
Zest and juice of one orange
1/2 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Pie pastry

Directions: Bring the…

Happy Autumn!

The air is getting crisper every day. We had our first frost this past week. Despite the cold, I have to say that autumn is my favorite season of the year, and New England is the perfect place to be right now. Here are some of my favorite fall images I've photographed this year so far. The first three were taken at an orchard in Vermont when I went with my family to go apple picking recently. The fourth is typical of the beautiful scenery one can enjoy while through NH and VT right now. The last picture is the view from my own window, looking out at the end of my driveway.








Here are some little doodles and ideas from my sketchbook inspired by these beautiful images.