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 Rusty, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (three with Rusty) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with your cup of tea and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

the blog!

If I had to choose:

New Beginnings | Changing the Blog

Right now it’s actually Tuesday night. It’s cold outside but it’s oh so toasty inside. We’ve had our little space heater running all night so we don’t have to use our house heating system (any way to save a buck, right?) and even though it’s small, it’s getting the job done. When we have it running, Rusty doesn’t like to be anywhere else. He grabs a good spot right in front (he doesn’t want to miss a single ounce of heat), plops down on his blanket, bed, or even the hardwood floor (he’s really not too picky), and it just soothes his soul. You can just tell it does.

While he’s upstairs enjoying the warmth, I’m downstairs at the dining room table, enjoying the gentle humming of the heater (not so much the heat – I don’t think I need it as much as little Rust does), drinking my tea, and writing to you, of course. Paul is upstairs in our office with headphones in, working (which is why I’m getting away with listening to Christmas music so early in the month :)). We’re workaholics – hopefully someday that will change. :) But until then, we trudge on past the normal people’s working hours, working well into the wintry nights.

 At least I have this cozy place to work in. You may wonder why I’m not working in my office right now, especially with that giganticly large monitor. Well this probably sounds silly to most people, but it’s all about the ambiance to me. :) When Paul works in the office, he has the ceiling light on – that’s how he works. I hate having the bright lights on when I work –  I prefer the dim light that comes from my little pink lamp on my desk. Therefore I move to more cozier places to work. I can’t complain though – I have Rusty cuddled on my lap right now (his face is really warm) and I’m on my second cup of tea. Speaking of – take a look at this adorable teapot and teacup set I found!!

Today before teaching (I lead a double life -when I’m not at weddings I’m teaching Legos to little loves) I decided to stop at Michaels (because who doesn’t love that place?!) to try and find another diary and ya know, just shop. :) And then since I had more time to kill I stopped at HomeGoods (my weakness) and the first thing I see are teapots. Oooooh lovely. No more than 5 minutes later and I was walking out with this adorable set – the happiest girl in the parking lot. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s practical. When I only feel like having 2 cups I can use this set and not dirty up one of my big teapots. Win win.

Omigoodness. Do you know that song they play in Home Alone II – the part where his mom finds him at the Rockefeller Tree?? That song is on and it just gave my heart flutters ?. In case you want to listen to it too it’s called “Somewhere In My Memory” by Erich Kunzel. You’ll thank me.

So lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve needed a change with everything, mainly work. I’ve been feeling this way for quite some time, I just didn’t know how to explain it or what to do about it. But now I think I’ve figured it out. As much as I love photography, I’m not just a photographer and although this blog has primarily been about photography, I really want to expand it. To be honest, it gets boring just writing about photography. And there are only so many tips I can give to make wedding days go smoothly. So what I would love to do is write more personal posts, like tonight’s. I’m not saying I’m going to be spilling all of my secrets and such, but the reason I started this blog was for you to really get to know me, as a photographer and a person. And when I started this, my main audience were my brides. I never thought it would expand to a higher number with a wider range of people, but it has and it’s wonderful (and I’m so thankful for you all :)), so I really want to expand my content. Doesn’t that just make more sense?? Plus, it would be more fun for me too. :) As weird as this sounds, this post has actually been fun to write. Isn’t that part of the point of blogging? That it’s fun?? Perhaps you’ll enjoy them more knowing that I’m having so much fun writing them too. Win win. :)

Does this mean I’m not going to blog weddings anymore?? No way. Weddings, engagement sessions, wedding day tips, photography tips, etc. will still remain apart of the blog. But I just don’t want to be limited to write about photography. I have always wanted to share recipes and food photography, but I didn’t think it would fit in well. Sharing our gardening journey this year made me nervous – would you even be interested in reading that stuff?? I wasn’t sure. But I loved blogging about it. I would love to incorporate more daily things that happen in our life, whether it’s random walks around town, going to our favorite ice-cream parlor, visiting the family, my hobbies, more about Paul….etc. Whenever I wrote a post I thought it had to be something super important otherwise it would be useless. But that’s not how blogging has to be. Even if it’s something simple and sweet, it will be on the blog. Does all that make sense or does it sound like I”m blurting?!? I feel like I”m blurting, but you will catch on if you keep up with the blog. :)

Another big thing I’m working on for the New Year – a website. Like a legit website, not a blog. It will have a lot of things, including portfolios of my weddings and engagements, FAQ, and even a Mentoring section for other photographers!! I’m so excited. :) So, with that I think I shall call it a night. My nose is starting to get cold from the lack of heat and my tea has runneth dry. Have a lovely Wednesday, friends!!