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 time I’ve ever written something like this; so please be kind… 40 is a lot!

Photo by Hayley Hay Photography
Photo by Hayley Hay Photography

1. I used to say I’d never ever get married.
I celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary last November.


2. I said I’d never give up my career.
I’ve not worked a 9-5 job for 5 years.


3. I used to swear I’d never have kids.
I’m a mother to a gorgeous 17 month old.


4. I used to say I’d never live in a city smaller or colder than Canberra.
Lausanne is both colder and smaller. I’ve loved it here.


5.I almost didn’t date my now husband because he told me he had no desire to travel internationally. I was saving and preparing for a one way ticket to Europe.


6. I now try to never say never.


7. I’m happier than I ever imagined possible. My husband keeps asking me to say “I’ll never win lotto”.


8. I regret not learning to speak French fluently whilst here. If I had my time over I’d have tried a little harder to break out of the expat bubble so that my conversation improved. I think I’ll take lessons in California.


9. I took a cake decorating class at 16 to help allay boredom. I had a year off from school due to having both knees operated on for a hereditary problem and towards the end both my mother and I were going crazy.


17. The class was full of Nannas gossiping, I learned almost nothing (except that June’s nephew was dating a girl she disapproved of, and that Olive’s husband snored). So I went to a cake decorating supply store, bought some books and taught myself. This was well before it was cool.


18. I made loads of cakes for friends and family in my spare time (ie. at midnight or later after a huge day at work). It stopped being fun and I eventually moved where no-one knew I could bake, didn’t tell anyone and stopped making them. Until I moved to Lausanne and made a baby shower cake, and then a little mouse cake, and then birthday cakes for Munchkin. Oh and a carousel cake for one of Munchkin’s friends. It’s fun again.


19. I named my daughter after a Georgette Heyer heroine. Though we spelled it differently.


20. I love the Princess Bride; the book more than the movie.

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In Print…


Homespun magazine Jan 2015

Australian craft magazine Homespun have printed a little blurb about my embroidered paper tea cups.

Homespun magazine Jan 2015 Pages from HSP1601 Pin Interest

I’ve not read their magazine before, so when I received their email, I had a look at their patterns page and found these cute little fellows! I’d love to make any and/ or all of them.


I’ve just added another inspirational magazine to my digital subscriptions and can’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy of this months issue.
Thank you so much for including my work Homespun!

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 ;)


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




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!


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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