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!

the blog!

If I had to choose:

The Joy of Christmas Cards

I look outside and it just doesn’t really seem as if Christmas is a mere 3 days away, am I right fellow Minnesotans?? Rain, fog, 30+ degrees?? Here’s hoping we get that lovely blanket of snow we all are dreaming about alongside with Bing. :)

Before Thankgiving, I made a list of things I wanted to do to make sure I stayed in the Christmas spirit. I feel that as I’ve gotten older it’s harder for me to remain as excited and in the spirit of Christmas and I did not want that happening this year. The items on my list ranged from which movies to watch to little things to do around the house. Here’s a few things just to give you an idea:

? Decorate window bed boxes (which I did! Hurray!)

? Bake Pizzelles (another thing I got to check off my list!)

? Wrap one gift for Paul “From Santa” with “Santa-like” wrapping paper (my mom and dad used to do this and made sure the handwriting was completely different – I loved that. :))

? Burn Christmas candles (pine, cinnamon, etc.)

? Buy a fireplace insert so we can actually enjoy it (which we did and I just love it! So cozy, especially when one is sipping tea.)

? Have classic Christmas music playing when wrapping gifts, baking, and cooking (it truly changes the whole mood of the activity and brings you back to a much simpler time. :))

? See a Christmas play (we’re going to see A Charlie Brown Christmas this year! So excited!!)

? Paint Christmas cards (I actually got this done and I’m so proud of my little accomplishment. :))

My list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Then I have another list of which movies to watch (that one is much longer and I feel that I would bore you with it all – just know there aren’t that many hours in the month of December for me to watch them all).

And because this is a blog that isn’t entirely devoted to photography anymore, I thought I would show you one of my other, more recent, passions; watercoloring. I have always wanted to learn how to paint. Always. I never took painting classes in high school or college – I think I was too afraid that I’d find out I wouldn’t like it or wouldn’t be very good at it. But finally this year, I decided to give it a try. I researched brushes, types of paint and colors, paper, and other accessories that I would need and eventually collected them over the course of a few weeks (although there are still some brushes I read about that I would like to try but haven’t purchased them yet). Although I’ve been learning to paint for the past 6 months or so, I haven’t actually been pleased with anything until recently. I’m, unfortunately, a perfectionist and my own worst critic. So even if Paul says something looks great, I’ll point out a million things that are wrong with it (annoying, isn’t it?). However, my Christmas cards and a few more recent paintings have actually been free of criticism from me (shocking). And although they are by no means brilliant or anything close to it, I like them.

And the best part? I am completely happy when I am painting. And that’s all that matters, right? :)

Ta da!! No, I did not write out the words – not until I master calligraphy (which I’m working on as well).

Happy Monday, friends!! I hope you are all able to get into that lovely Christmas spirit, too. :) xoxoxo

  1. Haley says:

    Your cards are beautiful, and I’m insanely jealous that you baked Pizzelles! I’ve been hoping for snow here too, but our weather here in Indiana has been similar to yours! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that you get a beautiful white Christmas!

    • Nikki says:

      Oh Haley, you are too kind!! Thanks so much for the kind words – I hope you get that beautiful white Christmas, too!! :) Merry Christmas!! :)