Monday, April 12, 2010

It's Been Way Too Long...

Starting over can be so overwhelming. Each day is a brand new opportunity to do just that and so often for me, it is a task that is so incredibly daunting. The last few months since my last post have been very difficult for me and I am saddened that I have not been able to keep up in blog land. In February, we came upon the one year mark since Ellie went home to be with Jesus. Our lives have not and will never be the same without her here as part of our earthly family. Missing her, wanting to hold her, laugh with her, sing with her.... all so very hard for us to do. It has been way too long since I was able to do those things and feel her touch; hear her sweet raspy voice. So desparately do I want to have her with me and yet I just have to wait....I just have to wait...

I have had time to do some crafting and have been enjoying the wonderful weather we are having in Minnesota. Spring is here and it is so refreshing to be able to get outdoors and breathe that fresh sunshiny air.

This month at Scrappin' Mojo my design team work centered around the new Basic Grey Kioshi line. If you have these papers then you already know how gorgeous they are. I love all things Basic Grey, but this one in particular has to be one of my all time faves. I love pastels and this line is full of pretty lavender, sweet pink, minty greens, pale yellow and sky blue. It's spring on paper!
In this sweet little layout of Desi, I added a doilee border; a trend that I just adore. Little lacey doilees look so fresh and pretty on paper projects, don't they? The flowers and flourishes are from Prima and have been nestled in my stash waiting for this layout to take shape. I added a little Glimmer Mist in Irridescent Gold and some sprinkles of Martha Stewart fine glitter. Such a pretty end result!
A little bunny box.. love this little guy. He used to sit in Ellie's room when she was just a babe. So happy I found a use for him to adorn this little Easter box.

And lastly a cute little picture frame using one of my favorite papers from the Kioshi line. Now I can look at it all day long if I want too. It's sitting pretty right now as I chat with you all. Since I always say I will post more, I am not going to this time! I'll be back soon, but until then, savor spring!
Love, nik

10 comments:

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Hi Niki!
I am so happy to hear from you. This has been such a tough year for you. But it is so nice to see you working your magic in your designs again, they are just beautiful. Thank you for saying hi, you are always in my heart...love deb

BethieJ said...

Niki your work is just absolutely STUNNING my friend!! EVERYTHING is BEAUTIFUL!!
I continue to keep you and your sweet family in my thoughts and prayers...
((Hugs))
Have a WONDERFUL weekend! and Thanks for stopping by my blog, and your sweet comment!!

Tracy said...

Hey Niki ... nice to see you again ... I feel so deeply for you and your family and you are in my thoughts often ...

As always, love your work ...

Take care.

Love, Tracy G

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW! All of these are gorgeous creations! I will say a special prayer for you & your family. Hugs

Michelle said...

I just read through the last year of posts on your blog to see what happened with your daughter. My daughter has Leukemia, so I know the devastation that you feel when you find out something like this, but I cannot imagine the pain and stress of losing a child. I have tears in my eyes writing this. What a wonderful outlook on life that you have and your heartfelt words give me a little strength and a nicer attitude today. Your work with the Basic Grey is SUPER pretty!

Terri said...

All of your work is so beautiful Niki you 'inspire' me!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

thank you for finding me!
you do such Beautiful work!
love it!

janice said...

Niki your writing is always so genuine, I just love it. Your projects/layouts are simply gorgeous as always.

Colleen said...

Beautiful layouts Niki. I can't know the pain you are feeling but losing our grandson gives me just a taste of the pain. I miss him everyday and wish I could have gotten to know him. The most comforting is that we will get to see them one day.
Love you

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