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 the eggs I made last year.

They were very easy.

I made stencils out of sticky backed plastic on my plotter cutter (but you could easily use store bought stickers).
I then carefully applied them to the blown and cleaned eggs.
Painting the eggs and over the stencils with matt acrylic paint.
When the paint had dried, I run a scalpel along the edges of the stencil to make sure the edges were nice and clean.
Very carefully removing the stencil and then cleaning up some of the messier lines with a scalpel (you can etch into the egg slightly).
I then ran ribbon and a bead through the holes in the top and bottom of the blown eggs for hanging.

I was really happy with how they turned out.

Here’s the Star Wars egg I made for my husband. I hope eventually to have made him an army ;)

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter weekend!

Nicx

Happy-New-Year

 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful New Years where ever you are located. One full of joy, love and frivolity!

DM and I are having a few friends over this evening, we’ve plans to play games, eat raclette thanks to our new shiny raclette grill and ‘potato beanie’ and to toast in the New Year with French champagne. It’ll be a quiet night, but a fitting end to what has been a wonderful 2012.

As with most of the worlds population, I start to think about the past year and my hopes for the new one around this time. It’s been an amazing year. I’ve learned so much! But I must be getting old. The years just seem to fly by. I’d swear that it was only 2 months ago I was toasting in the 2012 New Year in Byron Bay!

I’m a little sad 2012 has passed so quickly. But at the same time we’ve managed to cram so very much into it! My head spins when I think about all we’ve done and achieved.

With every year, DM and I embark on new unexpected adventures, challenges and steep learning curves and 2012 was no different. We struggled at times to make healthy and balanced decisions. I’m so very glad we’ve discovered that we need to take some down-time to make big decisions clearly and our trip to Egypt certainly helped us clarify where we’d like to be heading with our lives and to create some short and long term goals.

We’re going into 2013 in much the same way we did 2012; with no idea as to if we’ll still be living in Switzerland in 3 months let alone 3 years and surrounded by uncertainty. But this year feels different to 2012 in one big way; I’m learning to embrace uncertainty and not to panic at the though of drastic change but to live my life day by day and to adjust when and if needed. It’s one of the reasons this blog is so great for me, I can take it with me anywhere!

I can’t wait to see where we’ll be this time next year!

 

I don’t really make New Years Resolutions, I’m entering the new year with the same ones I had last year. I suppose they’re more ‘life resolutions’. Mine are:

To continue to learn, create, grow and explore.

To embrace change rather than fruitlessly fight it.

To jump hurdles and face challenges when they arrive and not to attempt to do so beforehand, it only wastes time and mental energy that could be spent on much better endeavours!

To keep working towards a healthy mind and body.

Did you full-fill your resolutions last year? Have you made new ones for this year?

Thank you for following next to nicx, it’s been a joy to get to know some of you a little better through through the blog and I look forward to getting to know more of you next year! Things will be a little quiet over the next week as we’re taking a bit of a break. We’re doing a bit of work on the studio and are planning a few days off.

Happy New Year, may it be a happy and prosperous one for you!

Nicx

Seriously Simple Embroidered Christmas Decorations

I stumbled across these fabulous miniature embroidery frames by Laura of The Creative Munster a few weeks ago and promptly purchased each of her designs.

They’re fabulous!

Laser cut out of bamboo, they’re very simple to use. I used a little white linen and added some colourful star themed embroidery to these small embroidery hoop frames.

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Gluten free chocolate cupcakes with fleur de sel Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream

Today the ladies of the Stitch ‘n’ Bitch celebrated the birthday of one of our members. Welmoed is a fabulously creative lady who makes children’s clothing and does some really lovely embroidery. To commemorate the occasion I made up a batch of gluten free chocolate cupcakes with a Fleur de sel (French sea salt) Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.
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Schilthorn

The Sunday before our trip to Australia. Our lovely friend Sandra took us to Schilthorn. It was AMAZING!

Husband and I are not overly active types. I detest the cold (two knee reconstructions when I was 16 have left me with an ache that lasts most of the winter months) and I have had firm words from my current doctor about not throwing myself down mountains attached to pieces of wood. And Husband has had two broken ankles. So we’re not really poster children for the whole winter sports thing. We’re much more ‘lets go cycling or doing laps in a pool’ kind of people. Or as it’s seemed since we arrived in Switzerland; ‘let’s hibernate and pretend the cold outside doesn’t exist’ kind of people.

I did look at heading into the mountains for an ogle. But when looking at the timetables and seeing 1 bus, 3 trains and a couple of cable cars to go one way, I freaked and stuck my nose back in my book whilst munching on cake. Or promptly planned a trip to Paris.

It didn’t help that everyone kept talking about ‘Hiking’ which immediately brought to mind special equipment, frostbite, having to eat the sled dogs and Mount Everest. My husband and I love ‘walking’ but ‘hiking’ sounded sadistic! This is where fabulous friends come in, Sandra persisted and took us to Schilthorn and on a light hike. And we’re hooked. Check out the pictures and you’ll see why.

Who knew it?! Hiking IS walking! ;)

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