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About Nikki Gillette

Hi, I’m Nikki Gillette. I have a hard time nailing down what I really am because I am always changing. The best aspects of my life are my husband of over 15 years, my two children -a son and a daughter-(usually, unless they are fighting) and my pets. We have a 2 year old Golden Retriever, Tucker, who has yet to meet someone who isn’t his friend (at least in his mind) and 2 cats who are unique in their own way, Dennis – a girl cat (and believe me, there is a story behind that cat) and Pilchard – the cat my son named after ‘Bob the Builder’. Happy Creating! Nikki

Looking to learn more?

Have you seen those beautiful photo kaleidoscopes and wondered how to create on of your own?  Check out my photo kaleidoscope class on Crafty Link and learn how to create your own beautiful accents for scrapbooks, cards and more.

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Looking to learn something new?

 

Learn how you can combine toilet paper, paints, pencils and inks to create beautiful mixed media piece.

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Watercolor Backround Artcation with Nikki Gilette

Check out the ArtCation classes – an artistic vacation from every day life.

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Store Closing

After some long thought and consideration I have decided to close my store at http://www.homeandgardenwelcome.com.

Thank you for your support. Nikki

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Are you ready for the next hunt?

It is week 2 of 2013.  I hope you all are doing better than we are here at my end of things.  We would up ringing in the New Year with the dreaded stomach bug.  YUCK!  Hopefully this is our one big  bought for the year, and I will soon be able to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends (a bit delayed but still worthy!).

Yep, you heard it, a birthday.  Almost a big one , in 364 days I will be the dreaded 4-0.  To celebrate I am offering YOU ALL a birthday gift!  That is right, a present for YOU in honor of MY birthday.  The first 39 orders before January 13 will receive a FREE GIFT with their purchase.  I promise, it will be something special that will make you smile!   🙂

In the meantime, lets get a start on our next scavenger hunt!  Last week was so much fun, what will we be able to find this week?  Remember, in order to be entered into the monthly drawing you MUST comment on this post with your guess.  Happy hunting!

Nikki

Lori’s Stamps

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Scavenger Hunt #1

Well my friends, did you all find the clues to the scavenger hunt easy to follow?  If you answered ScrapOnizer organization system you are correct!  As a nod to the organization resolutions many have made use the code SaveOnizer to save 10% on your ScrapOnizer purchase for the rest of the week!

Congratulations to those who have been entered into the drawing, and look forward to the next clue!

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New Year, New Opportunities

For those of you who have been visiting regularly, you have seen the Mystery Kits.  As no one ever ordered a kit to play along I have decided that a 6 month run was a good attempt.  So, in the New Year say ‘Goodbye’ to the Mystery Kit Contest.

Does that mean there will be no contests?  Nope, we’ll try something new, different, exciting, ENERGIZING!  and even more importantly FREE STUFF!!  Who doesn’t like free stuff?  So, here is what I have in mind…….We’ll have a scavenger hunt!  You will find a link posted on this blog that will lead you to another site.  It could be a scrapbook site, it could be a craft site, it could be something on Pinterest, maybe even a gardening site, who knows???  That link will show how an item available from Home and Garden Welcome could be used.  All you have to do is find that product, and come back here and comment with what that item is.  No purchase necessary!!!

We will do this scavenger hunt once weekly.  All those who have correctly found the product/item will be entered into a drawing for a FREE GIFT!  The drawing will be held monthly, and at this time next year everyone who answered correctly will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing!  I don’t yet know what that drawing will be, but I promise you it will be GRAND!  So, with no further ado, I’d like to send you on your first ‘hunt’.

KrisMakes.com

OnlineOrganizing.com

CraftCritique.com

And just in case you don’t know yet, here is one final hint!

MyCraftChannel.com

All that is left for YOU to do is to comment with your answer!  Don’t over think and have fun!

Only comments posted by midnight January 5th will be entered into the giveaway!

Happy New Year!

~Nikki

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Christmas for the Girls

This year I have decided to make as many of the Christmas presents as I can this year.   For some of the girls I have made these journals with a coordinating bracelet.

 

Is there a girl in your life who would love a pretty journal like one of these?  Instructions on how to make your own can be found in the Art Journal Tutorial.

Find the supplies you need to complete your own journal, and all your paper crafting projects at Home and Garden Welcome.

 

In the meantime, Happy Holidays and may you find plenty of moments to craft!

~Nikki

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Introducing Holiday Sale!

Hi fellow crafters!  I would love to introduce you all to the Home and Garden Welcome Holiday Sale!  Finish your shopping without emptying your wallet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10% off any order up to $100

25% off any order up to $250

35% off any order over $250

AND….if your order is over $150 before tax and shipping you will get a FREE December Mystery Kit!

Sale starts Monday November 26th and continues until Tuesday December 18th.

Have fun shopping, and Happy Holidays!

~Nikki

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The Right-Brain Business Plan

I have had the (mis?)fortunate opportunity to write a few business plans over the course of the years, some have been praised greatly by people in the business world. When I was asked to review Jennifer Lee’s book “The Right-Brain Business Plan” for the Things Crafty Design Team I was a little skeptical. My previous experience with writing business plans has been far from enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by the process created in Jennifer’s book and decided to work through a business plan with the help of the tools provided in “The Right Brain Business Plan” as well as the support provided on the internet.

This book is a fabulous tool for those who are wondering if they should start a business centering on their craft.  It makes you think about who you are, what you want out of starting your own business, identifying your market and all of those other intangible aspects most creative people don’t want to really consider.  And it does so in a way that is fun and engaging.

Visit Home and Garden Welcome today to get your copy of The Right-Brained Business Plan.

Happy Reading!

~Nikki

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Oh No, I’m late….

So sorry my faithful followers, I am late with the November Mystery Kit.  Something has happened in the last few weeks and we have been running six ways to sundown.  It’s nice to have lots to stay busy with, but come on.  Why does it all happen at once?
Anyway, I’d like to introduce (a little late) the November Mystery Kit.

As we enter the holiday season we are reminded to be thankful of the times we have with our family and friends, the blessings we’ve been given and are encouraged to seek joy in every part of our lives. Use the contents of the November Mystery Kit from Home and Garden Welcome to create a beautiful piece reflecting the warmth and love represented by this season of giving.

 

I’d also like to show you an amazing creation created by Lori.  I am so impressed with the creativity in the world today.  As I put this kit together I never imagined the colors and accents coming together like this.  Amazing!

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To see all the detailed images and the process behind this canvas visit Lori’s blog.

What will you create?  Order your November Kit today and maybe you could win!

~Happy Crafting!

Nikki

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