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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…

It's a Very Merry Harry Potter Christmas! Pt. I

It's that time of year. The holidays are in full swing, and I couldn't be more excited. This week, I am taking advantage of some time off to get into the Christmas spirit and decorate my house. My family likes to choose a different theme from year to year. Usually it's a color scheme—silver and gold, red and white, etc—but this year we were inspired by Harry Potter. Anyone who knows my sisters and me knows that we are huge fans of the series, and we have been having tons of fun thinking of different ways we can incorporate it into our holiday decor. Below are a couple of ornaments we came up with. Click on the links to download a tutorial pdf.




These were inspired by the cat plates that the evil Professor Umbridge has hanging in her office in The Order of the Phoenix. Pretty little patterns and cats—what's not to love? I think these would also make great magnets.




This is a miniature replica of the monogram sweater Mrs. Weasley knits for Harry. It is similar to the doll sweaters I have made in the past. 


Up next... remembralls, Hogwarts letters, and golden snitches!


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3Angelbugs said…
I love your Christmas Tree this year!!! What a cool idea!!!

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