Friday, October 23, 2009

It's been a while - LOL!

One of these days I will get better at updating my blog on a weekly basis. Not sure why I get so distracted and don't get it done! Thankfully so many of you are better at it than I am because I get to hop all over blog land and ooooohhhhh and aaaaahhhhh over all of your FAB-U-LOUS creations! Fall is such an awesome season for crafting, don't ya think? It just gets you motivated to create with all the beautiful colors and the crisp cool air that brings about the hint that winter is on it's way. I was busy in September with a wonderful kit from Back Porch Memories. I had a blast being on their guest DT for September. This kit was packed with goodies from Pink Paislee, My Mind's Eye and SEI. Lot's of yummy colors to mix and match! Below are a couple of my layouts from the kit. I love the first one with my girls and the second one is my little guy Colson. As October rolled around, I was asked fill a guest DT spot at Scrappin' Mojo, my home base scrappy forum. The paper I was blessed to work with were from Paper Trunk - loved this paper!
They sent so much, that I still have sheets left over. The "Wrangler" line was perfect for some projects for Cole. I made this simple little name banner to hang in his room and a couple layouts:


This is my fave layout using the Paper Trunk papers from the "Socialite" line. The picture was taken just 5 days before Ellie died; she did everything with grace and always had a smile on her face. Love how her and Desi are holding each other in this photo.
Another fave - Ellie and baby Colson. I wrote a note to Cole on this one:
Each day for me continues to bring it's own set of grief struggles and at times it can be very hard to move forward because I am constantly thinking about Ellie. I have never wanted to get to Heaven so badly - it is difficult to think that it could be 40 years or more before I get to hold her in my arms again. She keeps me motivated with my creativity, however. She was my crafty partner and when I am working a project, I can almost feel her next to me asking how she can help. Recently Desi and I organized my Clip-It-Up. I could not help but shed some tears because Ellie helped me put it together and get all the little clips on there. We spent about an hour and a half arranging it a couple years back. It's those little memories that get the best of me and cause a mini breakdown. God, do I miss my little girl.
Thanks for looking my sweet blog friends and I will be back tomorrow with some exciting news to share! Until then - be blessed!
XOXO ~ Nik

9 comments:

Angela J. Prieto said...

Your layouts are beautiful Niki!! And huge hugs my friend! Remember she is watching you from above.

Becky said...

Your layouts are gorgeous!

KarenB said...

Beautiful work my friend! Huge hugs to you and the family - just know that she is always with you!

Jayne said...

Beautiful and inspiring layouts as always Niki! LOVE the one of Ellie and Cole - perfect!

BethieJ said...

Niki ALL your LOs are BEAUTIFUL!! I keep you and your dear family in my prayers.. ((BIG HUGS!))

Sophia said...

Glad to see you blogging again...great job on those LOs...

Melanie Stanczyk said...

I can't wait to hear you exciting news! I love your scrappy style, it's so cute!

I'm going to send a big hug your way, I know it must be hard and you miss your little sweetheart dearly. I'm so glad you have the memories on layouts and can keep them in your heart forever.

Samantha said...

awesome blog entry Niki! Big hugs x

Maureen said...

more beautiful layouts Niki