black friday event Happy Thanksgiving

It’s really early here (too early for two thirds of my children to be awake!) but I wanted to take a few minutes to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

As many of you know, this has been a hard year for me physically, with lots of unexpected twists and turns, but when I sit down tonight with my family for dinner, I will have more to be thankful for than I ever have before…laughter and love, family and friends, health and happiness.

Enjoy your time today with all of your loved ones. Give them all an extra squeeze when you hug them for me!

Nikki, In Stitches

PS…If you have some extra time this morning, enjoying a quiet cup of coffee before the craziness of cooking dinner begins, I’ve included the Black Friday Silhouette details below. The sale is open now, so feel free to fill your cart and get some shopping done for yourself today! If you are having a screen free Thanksgiving (which I hope to start as soon as I click “Publish” on this post) and are reading this Black Friday morning, I hope you’ve had a great Turkey Day and are now enjoying all of the sales and deals you’ve been waiting for!

  1. Free shipping on orders over $50.00! (You know this is a biggie, especially if you’re ordering  machines! The shipping on them can be expensive! Just keep in mind this offer is only good for those of you in the contiguous US!)
  2. 40% off almost everything in the Silhouette America store with promo code STITCHES (I’ll be honest and tell you this is the one I’m most interested in! I’ll be stocking up on blade and mats, fabric inks, inks of my Mint, and etching sheets for my Curio!)
  3. 20% off Silhouette Design Store Subscriptions with promo code BLACK
  4. Machine bundles as low as $99.99 including: (Again use promo code STITCHES for these!)
    – Silhouette Mint for $99.99
    -Portrait and Mint TOGETHER for $189.99
    -CAMEO for $199.99
    -CAMEO and Portrait TOGETHER for $289.99
  5. There are more bundles available on the site if you look around, and again, just use promo code STITCHES to get your discounts!

The sale runs through December 4th, 2015! HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

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silhouette mint giveaway from silhouette and nikki in stitches Silhouette Mint Giveaway!

Yes! You read that title correctly!

I’m giving away a Silhouette Mint! Woo Hoo!

It’s really easy to enter. Just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is, note in the Rafflecopter box below that you commented, and your name is on the list! (If you’re reading this email in your inbox and the Rafflecopter app is missing, just click here to go right to the Nikki, In Stitches site!) I’ll randomly pick a winner Thanksgiving morning, and one of you will have even more to be thankful for this year!

I’ve gotten things started with a comment of my own. Scroll down to take a peek!

If you’re curious about the Mint, I’ll have a video up on my YouTube channel soon, but for now, let me give you the most important thing you need to know…It. Is. Awesome!

This little machine creates a stamp that you then mount on a block permanently. It actually carves your design into the material…there is no transferring of the stamping material like some of you may remember from the “stamping starter kit” Silhouette also sells. This very different process lets you create stamps with MUCH MORE intricate detail. The stamp that I created in that picture up there??? It’s less than an inch wide! See what I mean about the detail?

And how you ink the stamp is also VERY DIFFERENT!

You apply the ink to the stamp color by color…just spreading the color throughout the area you’d like, doing your best to not let your colors bleed into each other. (Have you ever seen those videos of people flooding cookie designs with royal icing? Think of it just like that!) By my second stamp I already had a few tricks up my sleeve for the best way to apply the ink and it was a piece of cake!

Let your stamp sit just for a few minutes so that the inks absorb into it.

Stamp away!

And by stamp away, I mean stamp away FOR REAL! I must have stamped this guy thirty times and still have not yet needed to re-ink him!

See what I mean? So awesome. This is perfect for those of you that like to stamp your kids names on the backs of their art projects before you tuck them away in your “memory box.” Or if you have your own business and like to stamp your logo on your receipts. If you have a favorite birthday cake design you use on your handmade cards. You get the idea. Any time you stamp the same thing lots of times…this is perfect for you!

So go ahead and comment below with your favorite thing on the Thanksgiving table, and your name is thrown into the hat to win a Silhouette Mint of your own!

BUT WAIT! One more thing before you comment!

Set a reminder in your phone to check back here later in the week (Thanksgiving if you’ve got time between your stuffing and pumpkin pie, or the day after if you prefer to have a “screen free” Turkey Day) because I’ll have all the details for the HUGE Silhouette Black Friday sale. I PROMISE YOU! IT’S A GOOD ONE!

But you know me…I’m THE WORST at keeping secrets! Here’s a little sneak peek at what will be waiting for you at the sale!

  • Machine bundle discounts with machines as low as $100.00
  • 50% off almost all designs in the Design Store
  • 40% off almost all supplies in our store.  (This is my favorite part! You know I’ll be stocking up on mats, blades, inks, and more!!)

Good luck to all of you in the giveaway and see you back here soon!

Nikki, In Stitches

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PS…This giveaway is open to residents in the US and Canada only. (I don’t make the rules! Silhouette sets the guidelines, and I just am lucky enough to get to spread the love!) I will email the winner Thursday, November 26th, 2015. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected!

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silhouette curio nikki in stitches promo code Curious About The New Silhouette Curio?

Just stopping by today with a quick video.

It’s actually a snippet of last week’s Masters’ Program inside The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy.

For those of you with Silhouette cutting systems, and those of you considering one, whether or not to invest in a Curio seems to be a big question these days.

I know many of you are curious as to how it works, and how it compares to both the Silhouette CAMEO and Portrait.

This video gives you a peek at just a few of the difference. Trust me…it can do WAY more than just what you see in this little clip…but this will at least spark your interest!

And if you’d like to see it do even more before you make your decision on whether or not it’s a good for you and the crafts you like to make, I’ll be doing a free webinar within the next few weeks. Be sure you drop your email in the sign up box here on the site to get all the details!

Two things to note here:

  1. If you’re reading this in your in box and can’t see the video, just click here to watch it right on the Nikki, In Stitches site!
  2. If you already know this is the machine for you, you can use promo code STITCHES to get $15 off! Just click here to start shopping!


Nikki, In Stitches

** This post contains affiliate links, which means I do receive compensation if you make a purchase using my promo code and link, but you know me…I only share products with you that I absolutely LOVE and use myself!**

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Nikki In Stitches Mermaid Queen Halloween Costume - How To Hem Tulle Ruffles How To Hem Tulle Ruffles (VIDEO Tutorial)

Lots of questions came in after my last post, asking for a close-up view of exactly how I used jewelry monofilament or fishing line in my tulle ruffles, so I thought I’d show a short video today. I demo the process twice…once from a distance showing how I have my sewing machine set up, and then again nice and close so everyone can see exactly how my sewing machine catches the wire in the hem.

Take a peek below! (If you’re reading this in your inbox and can’t see the video below, just click here to go right to the blog and watch there!)

And, I’m happy to report that the mermaid queen costume is complete (with a cape not shown above…that of course has layers, and layers, and layers of ruffles!) and I finished this year in record time…a full three days before Halloween.

For those of you still sewing, I’m sending good thoughts your way. I’ve been in your shoes…sewing straight on through until it’s time to actually put on costumes.

Hang in there.

And for all of your hard work that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition, I officially give you permission to eat all of yours kids peanut butter cups.


Nikki, In Stitches

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how to create flowing tulle ruffles - a sewing tutorial from nikki in stitches How To Hem Flowing Tulle Ruffles With Jewelry Wire? {A Sewing Tutorial}

As I mentioned in my last post, I am in the throes of some serious Halloween costume sewing these days. And I do mean serious.

My kitchen table is covered with yards of pink tulle that I push to the side for meals, then break back out when all the crumbs have been wiped away.

And if you’re a self taught seamstress like me, tulle could possibly be the most ‘unfun’ fabric to work with, right? It moves, it pulls, it slips and slides, (pins NEVER stay in it where you put them!!) but it’s pretty much a staple in most Halloween costumes. There’s no getting around it…especially this year, when I’ve been charged with making my five year old daughter into a mermaid queen.

I stumbled upon a great way to finish the edges of your tulle that I thought I had to share.

Not only does the finished edge help keep your tulle from fraying long after Halloween has passed and your finished work of art has found its way into your child’s dress up bin, but it also gives the edge a beautiful flow…no sharp edges or folds here!

Just waves and ripples of beautiful tulle, which really…let’s be honest.

If you’re going to spend the time (and by “time” I mean DAYS) to hand make a great costume, it should have waves and ripples…and also bring you a margarita on the rocks with salt…but hey. At this point, I’d take a room temperature cup of coffee as long as the end of this tulle was in sight.


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  • Tulle
  • Coordinating Thread 
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
  • Fishing line (Wait! I know! This is kind of crazy, right? But THIS is what gives the tulle the “ripples” and NOT the “folds” when you gather it! And one more thing! If you’re like me and enjoy one stop shopping, swap out the fishing line for the heaviest monofilament you can find in the jewelry department of your craft store…it will work the same way!)


  1. Fold over and pin about a 1/4″ inch hem along the edge of your tulle, being sure the fishing line or monofilament is INSIDE the hem.
  2. Use a very skinny zig zag stitch to not only hold the hem in place, but keep the fishing line encased! (If you look up at the picture at the top of the post you can see the monofilament “shining” a little bit, trapped inside the hem!)
  3. Gather your tulle just like you normally would on the unfinished edge!

Ta Da! See that? One side is gathered, but the other side has flowing rolls, NOT bunches or folds! Great tick, right? Plus it adds a little more dimension to your fabric…not a margarita, or even a cup of room temperature coffee…but dimension, just what you (and your tulle) need. (Insert sarcastic face here!)


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countdwon to halloween blocks Countdown To Halloween Blocks {DIY}

Halloween is such a fun time in our house. It’s the start of decorating season (you know, the constant swap out of decor for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas?), sports kick into high gear for now two of my kiddos, and the yearly costume challenge begins.

The costume challenge goes something like this “Mom, could you make me look like this?” while one or more of my children point to a ridiculously expensive (and, mind you, very ornate!) costume in a magazine, I instantly start thinking of the man hours and supplies I’ll need to pull it off, and I try my hardest NOT to just say “Go get my wallet…I’ll just buy it for you.”

Every year I try to make one from scratch.

(Just one. Two would be hard. Three would be insane. So it’s just one. The others get “half homemade”…sometimes even 75%…and that seems to work. And yes, it’s usually my daughter’s because I know she’ll wear it for dress up straight on through to summer!)

And every year they challenge me more. But I do love it. These are the costumes we both will remember forever! For example, she’ll remember running through the neighborhood trick-or-treating in a sequined mermaid queen costume, complete with cape, wand, and tiara. And I’ll remember staying up until midnight, sewing, seam ripping, swearing, and “re-sewing” what seems to be endless yards of tulle.

This is what memories are made of!

So now that I think about it, I guess these “Countdown to Halloween” blocks not only are exciting for my children as they run downstairs every morning to see how many more “Nights Til We BOO!” but they are also a daily reminder for me. A reminder that I should be spending a bit more time each morning, afternoon (and probably also evening!) at my sewing machine…creating memories!

Enjoy! And if you’re anything like me, you’ll also be making  set of these for pretty much every other holiday!

Nikki, In Stitches

PS…You may have noticed you haven’t heard from me in awhile, and there a lot of reasons why…some good and some not so good. For example, a good reason is because The Nikki, In Stitches Craft Academy has taken off like crazy and it keeps me very busy. A not so good reason is I’ve had quite a few health hiccups this year, and to be honest, I’ve still got some time before I’m back to 100%. But speaking of being back, it feels good. It feels really good. And I hope you’re just as happy to see me back, as I feel to be back. Thanks for sticking around.


  • Unfinished wooden blocks, specifically two cubes and one rectangular piece both cubes will fit on top of (NOTE: While you certainly can cut these yourself, now you can find them in your local craft store!)
  • Black paint and a paint brush
  • An assortment of Halloween decorative papers
  • Decoupage medium
  • Sand paper
  • Alcohol inks and felt applicator pads
  • Number and letter stickers (As many of you can guess, I cut mine with my Silhouette from adhesive vinyl, but you can certainly stickers in your craft store that could work!)


  1. Paint your blocks black and let them completely dry.
  2. Cut your papers to be 1/4″ smaller than all of the faces they will be applied to. For example, if your blocks are 3 1/2″ cubes, cut all of the papers for the cubes 3 1/4″ square!
  3. Use your decoupage medium of choice to apply your papers to the faces of all of your wooden blocks and again, let it completely dry!
  4. I wanted to “age” these because I thought it gave them more a “Halloween” feel so I sanded mine with sand paper, being sure to “rough up” the edges of the blocks themselves, AND the edges of all of the papers! This is totally optional!
  5. And again, because I wanted these to look old and spooky, I grabbed some alcohol inks and a scrap of white felt and rubbed a little bit on the papers! This one is optional, too!
  6. Apply your letter and number stickers!

There are two important notes to make sure your countdown blocks work correctly!

NOTE 1: THE BLOCKS ARE NOT THE SAME! If you want to be able to countdown like I did from 31 sleeps, apply your stickers this way:

Block 1: 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Block 2: 0, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8

NOTE 2: You MUST pick a font where your 6 and 9 are interchangeable by just flipping your cube over!


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Five Years In The Making {A Hand Applique Love Affair}

For five years I carried this beauty with me, and while I love my daughter with all my heart, I’m actually referring to the quilt in the picture above.

I started this quilt when that precious five year old little girl was just four weeks old. Together, her and I took the last few stitches just a few days ago. It’s “her quilt” she says, which is fine by me. If one day my grandchildren wrap themselves in it the way she does, I will be a very happy woman.

And while I’m delighted that this beauty is finally complete (yes, it still needs to be quilted…I’ll send it out for that, and then bind it by hand) I find myself missing her already.

She was by my side through everything the last five years brought my way.

I was so excited to start her, even though finding the time at first was so hard…I had a newborn and a two year old I spent my days chasing after.

She’s been on vacation with me every summer, from the Jersey shore, to Disney World, even to the beaches of Mexico.

She rode with me on the train each time I (very) nervously made my to New York City to meet Martha Stewart. She also helped calm my nerves on a very long flight to Los Angeles to tape Craft Wars, and an even longer flight home having come in second place.

She sat by my grandmother’s side as I stitched and listened to my Annie tell stories I hope I’ll never forget.

She’s been there for me when I needed a distraction…a way to take my mind off my troubles.

She’s sat outside with me and enjoyed stitching in the afternoon sun. She’s wrapped around me and kept me warm as I stitched on cold winter nights.

She’s been to doctor’s appointments, soccer practice, and ballet lessons.

She’s taken long drives with me and helped keep me awake as I was my husband’s copilot.

She’s seen another beautiful baby welcomed into our family.

She’s moved from house to house to house with me…yes, she’s been around that long that she’s seen us move twice.

Every up and every down. Every high and every low.

And I know it’s crazy, but I miss her.

I’m already on the hunt for her replacement (I feel lost without a project to keep my hands busy) but she has set the bar high.

And while she’s relied on me to very slowly and carefully piece her together stitch by stitch, I’ve needed her much more over these last five years.

And I know it’s crazy, but I miss her already.

Nikki, In Stitches

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Somehow It Will All Get Done {Christmas, Crafts, and Cupcakes}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with time spent with family and friends.

If you’re like me, the excitement that began quietly filling the days leading up to Thanksgiving is now screaming and shouting…Christmas is coming faster than I sometimes think I can manage.

At times like this crafting for myself falls to the bottom of my to-do list. Instead I find myself scrambling to make all the those gifts that seemed like they’d be a simple project months ago…and now are literally keeping me up at night as I work my way through them.

I know many, many of you can relate.

What’s funny is I’ve never actually not gotten everything done. I’ve never not given someone a present because it was still in pieces on my craft table. I’ve never not decorated my house. I’ve never shown up empty handed to a party because my cookies were still baking in the oven.

Somehow we find a way to get it all done.

So this year I’m trying really hard to constantly remind myself of that.

Somehow I will get it all done.

We will have a decorated house.

I will finish everyone’s gifts and have them wrapped by Christmas.

We will bake cookies and eat them warm from the oven…even if it’s not until Christmas Eve.

And more importantly, any little things that don’t get done really aren’t that important.

What’s important is right here in front of me. I can’t miss it. I can’t miss them…my children and husband, my family and friends, and the love and laughter they surround me with every day.

Somehow all of this kind of suddenly made sense a few days ago when I saw my Cupcake Wrapper Wreath reposted on The Happiest Home. It’s a project and tutorial I made for them two winters ago, and I started by saying this:

As a stay-at-home mom / work-at-home craft blogger, crafting with my kids is what I do. In fact my job description would probably read something like this: create projects with the help of two assistants (currently ages 3 and 5), photograph said projects (afterwards, crop out smiling assistants from the background), then post project how-to’s and tutorials, while somehow keeping those same two assistants out of trouble.

Oh, and love every minute of itbecause I do.

Two things to note here:

1. I know have THREE assistants, ages 7, 5, and 16 months.

2. I still love it. I just needed to be reminded of that. 

I needed to be reminded of how lucky I am that I fill my days at work beside my children.

I’m not sure how much better my job description could get.

And especially right now, when “my assistants” are so filled with the magic of Christmas, their eyes shining with joy, their hearts and minds open to all the excitement that is coming in these next few weeks, I needed a little reminder to slow down and enjoy this.

Somehow everything will get done.

My wish to you this holiday season is this little post serves as a reminder to you, too.

Slow down and enjoy the magic.

Somehow it will all get done.


Nikki, In Stitches

PS…I hear you. Finding time to squeeze in one more craft project right now seems impossible, but if you find yourself with a few extra minutes of quiet time (or time with your “assistants” for that matter!) take a peek here at the cupcake wrapper wreath tutorial. It’s “assistant friendly”!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It is (very) early Thanksgiving morning here, a few hours before the craziness of the day will kick in. We have snow on the ground here in the northeast, so aside from dinner prepping and kitchen cleaning, I’ll also be in charge of bundling up the kids for snowball fighting. And while that will add even more excitement to an already event filled afternoon, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My family is on their way here. And together, I plan on enjoying every moment of this very thanksgiving filled day.

And I hope you enjoy your day today just the same way.

Surrounded by family and friends, excitement and anticipation, love and laughs…really the best way to spend any day.

I do have some “housekeeping” things to share with all of you. They are below.

Many of you have asked for some very basic help with your Silhouette cutting systems. I’ve decided to start a free series on my YouTube channel. The first video (4 Tips for Resizing Designs In Your Silhouette Software) is below. (Just a note: I more than likely will not post every one here, so feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss any. There is a link below.)

Many of you have also asked about the Silhouette Black Friday sale…that actually starts today. You will also find those sale details below. There is something there for everyone, so whether you’re looking for a machine or supplies, I think you’ll be happy!

Again, enjoy today and this kickoff to the holidays that are ahead.

And speaking of housekeeping…I’ve got work to do around here before everyone wakes up, filled with the excitement that I look forward to every year.


Nikki, In Stitches

Silhouette Black Friday Sale Details

There are FOUR different bundle options below, so as I said before, there is something for everyone. There is also a discount on supplies, so if you already have a machine, you can stock up for your upcoming craft projects! If anyone has questions about which bundle might fit their crafting needs best, which one makes the most sense for what they’d like to create with it, or what supplies to pick up, please don’t hesitate to send an email my way!

(NOTE: Each bundle that includes a CAMEO is a CAMEO 2…the newest model that was just released!)

1. Portrait Bundle

 Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99 (MSRP: $299)

2. CAMEO Bundle #1 (Pssst! This is a good one for those of you just getting a machine!)

CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99 (MSRP: $407)

3. CAMEO Bundle #2

CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99 (MSRP: $470)

4. CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!)

CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99 (MSRP: $530)

Already a Silhouette user?

Use my code STITCHES for 40% off at (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states

To get started shopping, click here!

Don’t forget to use my code STITCHES to get all of the discounts listed above.

The sale runs from November 27th through December 8th, but it is while supplies last, so if there’s something you really want, don’t wait too long!

Pssst! 50% off all designs at, too – no code needed!

Free Beginner Silhouette YouTube Series

I’m so excited about this new YouTube series because I think not only will it be very helpful to beginners, just starting their crafty adventures with their Silhouettes, but it will also be great for those of you that are just getting the confidence to start designing and creating cut files on your own! My first video, 4 Tips For Resizing Designs In Your Silhouette Software, is below, but as I said at the start of this post, I more than likely will not post every one here on the blog. Instead, if you don’t want to miss any, click here and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

(NOTE: If you’re viewing this in your email inbox and can’t see the video below, just click here to watch it right on the Nikki, In Stitches site!)

And one last time, Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Nikki In Stitches Craft Academy Birthday Party! The Craft Academy Birthday Bash Starts NOW!

Let’s get this party started!

The Craft Academy and “The Crafting With Your Silhouette” Program is turning one and the presents are for YOU!

I just posted FIVE of our favorite lessons that we covered this year in class.

They are FREE for you to enjoy for the next 48 hours!

You will also find THREE clips from our live interactive classes showing you how much fun we have when we craft together!

Click here to head over and get crafting!

If you love what you find at the birthday party as much as I think you will, I’d love for you to join us inside The Crafting With Your Silhouette program!

Please use the promo code BIRTHDAYBASH and get your first three months 50% off!

But wait! There’s more!

When you enroll, you also get:

  • All THIRTY-SEVEN (and counting!) lessons we’ve covered so far!
  • Replays of all of our live classes!
  • Instant access to our community forum!
  • EVERY free design we’ve used throughout the year, including the THIRTEEN freebies just released to current students as part of the birthday bash!

Want even more details on The Crafting With Your Silhouette program? Click here!

And enjoy your free lessons!

Happy Birthday!

Nikki, In Stitches

(Not a Silhouette owner? There are new classes coming to The Craft Academy SOON! If you have a crafty medium you’d like to learn more about, let me know! I can add it to the curriculum! Send me an email at!)

PS…Want a peek at the five free lessons waiting for you?

Scroll down!

PPS…Can’t wait to get the party started?

Click here and get started crafting your five free lessons NOW!


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