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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…

Baby Ewoks and Zombie Bunnies

Before Adelaide was even born, I have been excited to celebrate her first Halloween. I have been so excited to dress her up, and I had so many different ideas for costumes. I knew I wanted it to be something kinda geeky, but sweet and adorable. Unfortunately, when I moved, I gave away 90% of my craft supplies and left behind my sewing machine back in New Hampshire, so I was going to be facing some limitations as to what I could make. Then one day while browsing Pinterest, I came across this image:


A baby Ewok! Is this not the most adorable thing you've ever seen? Not only that, but the baby even looks like Ada. And it looked rather simple to put together—just a bear costume, T-shirt, and a stick made into a makeshift spear. Flash forward a few weeks when Halloween season is in full swing, and I found that exact teddy bear costume at Walmart. Geeky, cute, simple, and all the materials readily available. This was the costume. It was meant to be.


The Pinterest link only had this image…

Settling In

As I mentioned in my last post, I have had a lot of changes in the works lately—a big cross-country move, a new career path, and a new baby. And things are coming along. I've since relocated from New Hampshire to Utah with my little family; I left my office job and have slowly started finding a balance as a stay-at-home mom and freelancer; and I'm almost into the third trimester of my second pregnancy (BTW, it's a girl!). It hasn't been easy, but I think I'm finally settling in.


I'll admit, I had a pretty hard time when I first came to Utah. Leaving my family, friends, and job was not easy. I also miss my New England home, especially at this time of year when it's at its prime. I miss the endless views of colorful leaves. I miss apple picking, one of my favorite autumn traditions. (Just try to find a decent pick-your-own apple orchard in central Utah. It's depressing.) Not only that, but the town I moved to is quite small, so that was an adjustment as w…