Welcome Home

Hey, Stranger.

It’s been while. Too long, to say the least.

This summer has kicked my behind.

From packing the entire house and family up for a move, to unpacking the entire house and family in our new home, to two of our three kids being down for the count for a short time after some medical issues, and finally to planning a first birthday party for our not-so-little-anymore little one, the past three months have been grueling. It’s one of those times when you feel behind on everything…being a mom, being a wife, working, crafting, getting out of your pajamas, taking a shower…pretty much life in general.

They say it takes a village to raise a family, and my husband and I have pretty much proven that it took a small army to keep this household running. Our thanks and gratitude go out to everyone that offered to help, took one or more of our children for a short time so we could try to catch up, and/or brought us over a much needed housewarming bottle of wine.

The McGonigal house is slowly but surely becoming a handmade home, and I’m excited to invite all of you inside to see its transformation. Over the next few months I’ll be sharing all of the DIY projects and tutorials that I’ve used to put our personal touch on our little corner of the earth. Some are my own ideas. Some are Pinterest finds that I fell in love with at first sight. And some are treasures like the watercolor painting you see above…a special gift from my dear friend Jen (Jen should look VERY familiar to all of you. Not only is she the talent behind Jen T by Design, but she was also my partner on Craft Wars. We started off by randomly sharing a cab three years ago in New York City, and now travel around the country with our husbands…and sometimes children…in tow to see each other as often as is possible being that we are a five hour drive apart.) With the secret help of a few family members, Jen commissioned this piece from Kori Clark and I instantly fell in love with it. Somehow through a series of snapshots taken from a moving car, Jen and Kori were able to perfectly capture the charm of our new home.

So welcome back to Nikki, In Stitches.

Or should I say welcome home?

How about this…

Welcome to my new home…it’s good to be back!

Nikki, In Stitches

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