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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…

Learning to Crochet

If you read my last post, you know that one of my goals this year was to learn to crochet. Well, I finally sat down with some yarn, hooks, and my iPad and looked up some web tutorials and simple patterns to play around with. I gotta say, I love it! It is addicting. I've learned the basic stitches so far—single, half, double, and triple crochet—and have managed to create a small granny square and a simple doily. I even made some little flowers, which I adore. They are simple, quick, and a great way to use up some leftover yarn. I'm going to have to find a project where I can incorporate a bunch of little flowers made with some of the little scraps I have hanging around. Ooh, the possibilities.







Another Year

So last year around this time, I wrote a blog post listing some of my crafty resolutions for 2013. My overall goal was just to MAKE STUFF, which I did. I made a lot of stuff. :) But I also had some specific things that I wanted to accomplish:

-Blog!
-Make a quilt
-Learn to crochet
-Get my scrapbook up to date
-Reopen and maintain my Etsy shop
-Build a portfolio for pattern design and licensing illustration
So how'd I do? Well, I did better with some than others.
BLOG Well, as you can see from the grand total of five posts from last year, I did not do so great keeping up with the blog. I will do better. Hopefully.
MAKE A QUILT Yes, I DID make a quilt. And it was an awesome geeky quilt, too. Although I was happy with the results, I think I learned from that experience that quilting is not really my favorite craft. I really admire people who can do it, because it takes so much patience, precision, and organization. Maybe I'll try another in the future. We'll see.
LEARN TO CROCHET …