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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

Final Week of InkTober 2015

Happy Halloween, everyone! It's the last day of October, which means InkTober for this year is wrapping up. For the last week, I chose to work with a paintbrush and bottled ink (in the color siena only because that was the color I happened to have on hand at the time). And I also thought it would be fun to create these circular pattern pieces. 

So there they are—my final InkTober doodles for 2015. I fell behind a few times, but in the end, I came out with 31 ink doodles before the end of the month. I had a lot of fun, and it was certainly a little challenging not only to keep up with it, but also to come up with different ways to play with ink. I love this medium, and I hope to keep improving my skills with it in the future. I hope you all enjoyed following along as well. 


Halloween Fun and InkTober Mask Craft

I've always loved Halloween. Autumn festivals, candy, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, decorations—and did I mention candy? What's not to love? And it's just the beginning of holiday festivities, leading right on into Thanksgiving and Christmas, which I also adore.

I don't often have occasion to dress up myself anymore, but I find other ways to celebrate, such as carving pumpkins, navigating corn mazes, and welcoming little cutie pie trick-or-treaters to my door every year. I'm not much into horror and gore (I'm more of a Charlie Brown and Hocus Pocus fan.), although this year, I did brave a haunted hayride.

And, of course, there's the food.

To get in the Halloween spirit, I've created a simple craft for you all. If you've been following along with my InkTober doodle-a-day project, then you've seen these masquerade mask designs that I worked on this past week.

I've provided these below as free downloads, for yourself or the kids in your life. I su…

Photo Album: Alyson's Orchard

Here's a little Friday fall inspiration for you. I took these photos a couple weeks ago during a visit to Alyson's Orchard in Walpole, NH.

Enjoy the beautiful fall season while it lasts. Niki


InkTober 2015 Update - #11–16 Non-paper

Last week for InkTober, I decided to get away from my sketchbook and find other things to doodle on. I had a lot of fun coming up with ideas and ways to photograph them. Most have a very appropriate autumn feel to them. Here are the results:

Don't forget to keep following along for the rest of the month via Instagram and Facebook.

Official InkTober website Learn more about InkTober here.



My crafty, creative life is full of experimentation and trying new things. Along the way, I've had my share of screw-ups and mistakes. But when something doesn't come out quite like you had planned, all you can do is laugh at yourself and try again, or decide it's just not your thing.

There are many reasons for crafting failures. It may be the result of inexperience. Or we get over-excited with an ambitious project, only to find ourselves in over our heads later on. Or we overestimate our own skills and/or underestimate the time investment required. We get lazy, bored, impatient, and frustrated. As a result, we might put things on hold, or try to take shortcuts, or give up altogether.

I think us crafters all get a little starry-eyed while browsing the picture-perfect projects in magazines, blogs, Pinterest, and cookbooks, imagining all the wonderful things we will make. And a lot of the time, we are successful, which is why we keep going. But other times...not so much.


InkTober 2015 Update - Day 1–10 Doodles

I've finished days 1–10 of InkTober for this year. It's been going pretty well, and I'm having fun with it. Here are all the drawings I have done so far:

If you want to follow along day-by-day, I will continue to post daily on Facebook and Instagram. I'm looking forward to continuing on with the rest of the month. I have some ideas to change it up a bit. ;)

And as a bonus for all of you, I've created a free printable of a few of the designs for you to download and color. Links are below. Have fun. :)


Official InkTober website Learn more about InkTober here.


Craft Nerd

Confession: I am a huge nerd. Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Superman, Disney, Harry Potter…I am a fan of all of them and more. The list goes on and on. I just adore science fiction, fantasy, and animation. I think the appeal for me is the amount of creative talent and imagination that goes into these particular genres. There is also something about nerds themselves that I find endearing, and not just because I consider myself to be one. The amount of enthusiasm they can have for the things they love—in a way, it's very inspiring.

I may be a nerd, but, really, isn't everyone? You might not be planning your next trip to Comic-Con or tuning into the latest season of Doctor Who, but we can all find SOMETHING to obsess about just a little (or a lot) more than most other people do. For me, it’s the act of creating—whether it be crafts, food, art, or fantastical stories—that I "geek out" over. My guess is that if you’re reading this blog, you’re at least a bit of craft …