I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Mini Update | A New Creative Project

Hello, dear friends! Happy Thursday, top of the evening to you, and all that happy jazz. :) Shall we listen to some music? Yes, let’s. (It will make you smile, I have no doubt. :) It’s also from The Little Prince – check it out on Netflix. It’s a life-changer.)

So, let’s see. Where did we leave off all from all those weeks ago? Oh yes, we were just about to enjoy all that spring has to offer. And I must say, we definitely did. This spring has sprung extra early for us (with a random snowfall at the end of April, but what can we expect from Minnesota?) and we have been filling every sunshine moment with garden plans, walks, bonfires, and outside cooking. We’ve created a new and much bigger vegetable/herb garden right off our deck, over-looking the lake and just beyond the apple tree’s grasp (you can see a bit of it on my Instagram). Paul technically built it, but I definitely did my part from the sidelines, reminding him to straighten certain parts of the fence and demanding the gate swing just so. I like to help, what can I say? :) He did a wonderful job, as usual. It’s a black, rod iron gated garden, complete with the two cutest swinging gates that I plan to hang a gardening hat on. I’ll post some photos when it’s got some things planted. :) But trust me, it’s quite beautiful.

Last time I also let you in on a pretty big secret – I’m starting another small creative business!! Well, I’m happy to say that is still in the works and I’m constantly thinking of ideas for it. I’ve got pages of notes and little thoughts, sketched-out designs, quotes for encouragement, daily reminders, and of course a mess of crossed-out ideas. :) I’ve got a drafted timeline for it all to happen and if I’m being honest with you, sometimes it’s hard to sleep because my head is swimming with ideas and visions for this new little love of mine. Remember when I told you my story on how I got started in photography and how a billion light bulbs went off in my head?? (If you’re rereading it, be kind. I was younger and, in my opinion, still a beginner. ;)) The passion is back and I’m just rolling with it (butterflies officially fluttering in my stomach). I think the thing that is most exciting about this endeavor is that this is going to be an all-around creative business. I’m not just a photographer. I’m so much more but I never thought I could incorporate all my creativity into one basket. Well, I can and I’m going to. This small creative business is going to have a variety of things, including services like branding, web and logo design, products like photography templates, editing videos, designing tutorials, paper products for small businesses, home decor, and a few other exciting things. It’s not all going to come out at once and it will definitely take a LOT of time, but that is my vision and I’m just so thrilled! I want to help other small business owners, other photographers and creatives, and anyone else that I can reach by bringing beautiful and purposeful things into their lives (that means you, friend!).

So, what’s next? A little bit more activity on the blog – I’ve got to resuscitate it back to life. I’ll be keeping you posted on more things from the business, photography, and design side, as well as our day-to-day home adventures. (I’m sure you’re missing Rusty, how could you not? :))

My darling friends, that is all the news I have for you as of right now. It’s now time to snuggle in bed, read some Harry Potter, and dream of new adventures. Until we meet again…:)