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DIY Easter Crafts

Things are still pretty busy around here. I’m working my way through a list of things to cancel, organise, replace, repair, throw out, donate etc. Our move dates are set and it feels like all…

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Taking a breather…

    As you probably know, my life is in a state of flux at the moment. It seems the universe has picked up the snow globe containing my life and has given it a good…

Storm trooper Pop Up Card

Stormtrooper pop up card

  DM is a huge Star Wars fan. Munchkin had watched all of the movies (mainly through closed eyes) before she was 5 months old. So for his birthday it seemed appropriate to make him a Stormtrooper…

40 things about Nicx

40 things about Nicx

  I’m attending the Hive Conference in Berlin next month. They’ve started 40 Facts for the Hive (#40facts4thehive) and I’ve decided to join in. So below you’ll find 40 things about me. It’s the first…

Big Moves – Leaving Lausanne

Big Moves – Leaving Lausanne

I’ve alluded to big changes here and there the last few months. I can finally share the largest one with you. This one has been in the works since before Christmas, and having it settled…

Wool and the Gang – a knit party

Wool and the Gang – a knit party

This past Friday, I held my first Wool and the Gang Knit Party. It was great fun. Ten crafty ladies arrived for champagne, snacks and some fun chunky knitting action. They’d all pre-ordered their kits,…

Geometric Heart PopUp Card

Heart Pop Up Card

This year Munchkin and I collaborated to create a card for DM. Below is the result. Munchkin directed where she wanted me to draw hearts and with which crayon, then got to embellishing the rest…

Fabric Printing an Infinity Scarf

Fabric Printing an Infinity Scarf

  A friend of mine took a fabric painting class this week and put her wonderful results up on Instagram. It had me remembering how I used to customise my old cotton work shirts with…

Munchkin et moi- a sister blog

Munchkin et moi- a sister blog

  I’ve spent the last few weeks and months thinking about where I’d like to take Next to Nicx, both as a blog and as a store. I’ve hinted at some exciting projects in the…

Lounging Munchkin Style

Lounging Munchkin Style

    Whilst out shopping last weekend we stumbled across these little foam chairs for children. Munchkin immediately fell in love with them. It was just her size! And light enough that she can push…

In Print…

In Print…

    Australian craft magazine Homespun have printed a little blurb about my embroidered paper tea cups.     I’ve not read their magazine before, so when I received their email, I had a look at their…

Lupo. A gorgeous crochet project.

Lupo. A gorgeous crochet project.

    We’ve had a splendid Christmas break! It included visits from family, trips to Leukerbad to relax in thermal baths surrounded by snow capped alps and too much good food. My break also included…

Crafting & unhealthy comparison

Crafting & unhealthy comparison

    Over the last few weeks and months I’ve read quite a number of news stories and Facebook posts about how Pinterest and ‘Mommy blogs’ are making life hard for mothers. Most with an underlying theme that those of…

Animal Parade Carousel Cake

Animal Parade Carousel Cake

    I hope you’re having a splendid weekend? Mine has been gorgeous and full of festivities. It started Friday with DM’s and my wedding anniversary. DM has been at a conference in Dublin all week and…

In Print…

In Print…

In a couple of my past blog posts I’ve hinted at this project but I haven’t been able share it with you. Not until today! A friend bought a copy of the latest issue of Mollie…

Finally finished

Finally finished

  They say that every quilt tells a story. This one certainly does! I started it before Munchkin was born. Last Summer, my friend and quilter extraordinaire Lynne, went with me via ferry to Thonon…

My greatest project

My greatest project

Many of you who have followed ‘next to nicx’ over the years have probably noticed that it’s not plastered with my photograph. In fact, I’ve actively avoided putting my face on the blog as I’ve rather…

Slowly re-entering an altered reality

Slowly re-entering an altered reality

  I feel a bit like Alice. I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole. I’ve met wonderful characters who have helped, sometimes hindered and oft times made my journey fun or just a little less stressful. Everything…

Meet Munchkin

Meet Munchkin

  Meet Munchkin. Sophie Ivy was born on the 16th of September at 1:25pm. We had a slightly traumatic start, I ended up having to have an emergency cesarean. But all is going fabulously well…

In Print…

In Print…

    Why is it that every time I start to wonder what I’m doing with my life and start to consider returning to a ‘normal’ profession something turns up to make me change my…

Watermelonade

Watermelonade

  One of my favourite foods is in season! I’m currently addicted to watermelon and have found myself enabled by our local grocery as they’ve been selling deliciously sweet, organic, mini melons. I’ve been eating…

Fabulous finds for Munchkin #2

Fabulous finds for Munchkin #2

    I can’t help it. I’m sorry. I’ve just got to share the cute little things I’ve bought and made for Munchkin. I promise to continue to make items and to post threads that…

Knitting for Munchkin #3

Knitting for Munchkin #3

    I’ve almost finished Munchkins heart cardigan! I’ve just to decide if I want to add a zipper or buttons to the front closure. I’m really quite happy with the results, what do you…

Making a herb terrarium

Making a herb terrarium

  DM and I love fresh herbs. We buy some almost every week from the grocery store, even in Winter, when they’re stupidly expensive and turn into green slime almost quicker than we can get…

Nespresso Iced Coffee

Nespresso Iced Coffee

This will be my last iced-coffee post this year. Promise!   I know I wrote all about how I love cold brewed iced coffee a couple of weeks ago. But I also want to share…

Dots and doilies

Dots and doilies

    We’re currently holidaying in South-West France. Enjoying some sunshine, sea air and the relaxed surfing culture that Hossegor provides. I’ve just commenced the third trimester and Munchkin is growing quickly! For this reason…

In Print…

In Print…

  I’m really honoured to be included in the latest issue of Inside Out Magazine. Inside Out Magazine was one of my regular reads when I lived in Australia. So to find myself featured in…

Quite a busy couple of weeks…

Quite a busy couple of weeks…

 And not a whole lot to show for it!   I’m now 25 weeks pregnant. I look like I have half a watermelon and two half rockmelons (Cantaloupes for you non-Australians) attached to my front. My…

Knitting for Munchkin #2

Knitting for Munchkin #2

  We’re really excited. I had a 21 week scan last week and we now know that Munchkin is a little girl! As far as they could tell she’s healthy. They counted her fingers and…

Knitting for Munchkin #1

Knitting for Munchkin #1

I’ve found myself at a crossroads with the nursery. I just can’t go forward any further with my ideas until I know what we’re having. But hopefully that should be rectified in the next couple…

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Due to illness and lethargy, I’ve not made any eggs this year. But for the many of you who have found next to nicx over the last few months, I thought I’d share some of…

Origami Easter Bunny Basket

Origami Easter Bunny Basket

  It’s been a tough couple of months. Pregnancy for me has been a bit of a trial. It’s meant that I’ve been unable to do much more than vegetate on the couch. There is now a…

In print…

In print…

  I opened my letterbox yesterday and did a little jig on the spot. Even the subsequent trip to the print shop, where I had to deal with the staff who have successfully avoided ever being friendly…

Paper Tea Cups #1

Paper Tea Cups #1

I’ve been messing around with paper. I’m not sure exactly why I decided to make paper tea cups, but inspiration hit over the holidays and I couldn’t find one online. Hence the gauntlet was thrown down! I…

A Robot Advent – Pre-printed & Cut

A Robot Advent – Pre-printed & Cut

Love the template and tutorial on the previous post but don’t have a lot of time to do all the cutting and scoring? I’ve a few extra sets of this Little Mr Robot Advent calendar…