Sunday, November 21, 2010

Handmade Holidays

First I would like to apologize for neglecting my blog.  Life has gotten pretty crazy since I left my job a few months back, and I have just been diving in head first to everything!!  A lot of events have been falling into place, and I have a lot of new items to show you.  As well as some show dates that I will be attending, and last but not least a few classes to announce.  Craziness!!  
So lets get started!! 
I just found out 2 weeks ago that I was accepted into a Juried show held locally here in the Dayton area! 
It is attached to the Christmas festival that weekend, so lots of live bands, food and handmade vendors to get you into the Christmas Spirit!  Super excited about this show, I think it will be a lot of fun.  And always exciting to see what all the artists have made!   If you are in the Dayton area please stop out and show your support!! 
Here is a peak at some of the items I have created to get ready for the show.  Some items are already available for purchase on my etsy store, but tons more to come!!

Loving all these fun altered items with vintage images of people.  So cool!!

The week after the show on Tuesday, December the 7th I will be teaching a class at Scraps Etc in the Cincinnati area. 
The class will focus on the use of arctic white flower soft and embossing.   Using yummy graphic 45 papers mixed with Cosmo Cricket and Echo Park, you just can't go wrong!!
We will be creating 6 cards for a cost of $20.00.  Envelopes included for mailing. 
  If you live in the local area and are interested in attending please contact Scraps Etc. @ 
(513) 474-6611. 
If you are not in the local area, but are intersted in a kit contact me @
And I will get them mailed directly to you!

Kits will be available at the Kentucky location after this class!

Mark your calendars for the second weekend in December for the Grand opening of a gift shop at Stivers School for the Arts in the Dayton area.  My mother has been working really hard to make a one of a kind shop with only handmade items for sale.  Featuring tons of local artists and lots of gift ideas.  Stop in Opening night Thursday, December 9th and visit with my mom and I. 
 She and I will have lots of our handmade items available for purchase there, that evening, and on a regular basis.  So make sure to stop and check it out!! 
As more info become available about the grand opening, I will let you all know!!

Have I worn you out yet?  Still one more to announce.  On Friday December the 10th I will be at a Gothic club called Vex in the local Dayton area for a Black Market Show.  The show runs from 10pm-2am and I am really looking forward to it.  It's a club, so there will be a bar, dancing etc.  And in the back room 13 vendors featuring their Gothic art!  What a fun idea!!  Fliers will be made at the beginning of next week.  As soon as I get one I will post it on here for anyone who is interested.

And don't forget to purchase your Paper Crafts Special Edition Magazine to see my published work release January 18th, 2011!
More article write ups coming next year too, will announce them as we get closer to the dates!
Hope that everyone has a safe a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see some of your faces at some of the upcoming events!  Please check back for more info on the upcoming shows later this week!
Have a Scraptastic Day!!!!
Nicki Chicky

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Fun!

Every time I turn around, it's already another month.  Where does the time go?  I have been SUPER busy filling paper flower orders, and coming up with one of a kind Christmas items for my etsy store.  Everyone at my house has been sick for over 2 weeks, and I feel like the dust bunnies might grow legs and eat me! 
Sunday is usually cleaning day, but with all the fun Halloween festivities alas, they will have to wait for another day to be swept into oblivion!
Halloween started off with Skye and I making some yummy Halloween cupcakes, with LOTS of sprinkles. 
Then off to the pumpkin farm for one last hayride of the season with some friends.  And the trip wouldn't have been complete without a pumpkin! 
Then off to the petting zoo, and playground for some fun.
Tired already and the day had just begun, we came home for a quick bite to eat, then off the grandma's house.   
But not before we had a little candy to start off the trip.

This pic is SOOO Skye!!!
Once we arrived at Grandma's house I had to get my nieces ready to go out.  Both my parents had to work, and Dads really just don't know how to do make up. 
Caitlyn decided to be a dark fairy, Tori was an Elvin Archer, and Skye wanted to be a Fairy Princess and the dress HAD to be pink. 
I just love her silly tights underneath her Princess dress, so very Skye too!  When we all got home Grandpa surprised us with some delicious Pizza Casserole, and we had to finish off the night with some candy!
  I dressed up too, however it is pretty hard to get pictures of yourself when you are the picture taker. 
But I went the route of Steampunk, and wore one of my mini top hats.
All in all Halloween was awesome!  Much better than last year, sitting in a chair running fevers from Bronchitis and not getting to enjoy the fun. 
Hope you all had a Spooktacular
Lots to announce later this week!
Nicki Chicky