Today is one of the most exciting days of my life…
But I guess I should tell you how I got here first.
Almost one year ago to this day, I was on vacation with my family in Cape Cod, when I got an email from The Crafts Department at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, asking if I’d like to come to New York City for a Blogger’s Night Out. Within 36 hours, I had a hotel booked, was on my way up to Boston, to take a train down to NYC, and had what I thought was the most amazing experience of this little blogger’s life. But I spoke too soon…
In January of this year, I once again found myself in New York, this time spending two full days with Martha and her staff, at their Dreamers Into Doers Event. I walked away so full of ideas, creativity charging through me, ready for Nikki, In Stitches to grow bigger and better than I ever could have dreamed to be! But I spoke too soon…
I have come full circle.
I’m typing this post, while I sit four houses from the beach, once again, on a family vacation.
If I listen carefully I can hear the waves crashing, and if I stand on my tiptoes, I can just get a glimpse of people making their daily trek through the sand, to lay on the beach and enjoy their days in the sun.
And today is one of the most exciting days of my life…
This morning I was selected as Martha Stewart’s Doer of the Week. Out of all of the thousands of businesses (both craft related and not) that are part of the Dreamers Into Doers program, I was selected as one that stands out.
I’d say that’s pretty darn exciting, no?
You can read my full interview here. If you’re new to Nikki, In Stitches, you might be interested in the back story of how this little craft blog turned into a successful business, and if you’ve been here from the start, it might be nice for you to take a stroll down memory lane. I have to say, answering the questions really helped me remember why I started on this journey in the first place, and it was good for me to get back to the roots of Nikki, In Stitches.
So, while I sneak in a few quiet minutes away from the sand and sun, (my little one is napping, exhausted from a morning of digging, filling buckets, and building sandcastles, and my little man is somehow still jumping waves…how does he have so much energy?) I just want to say a few quick thank you’s. Thank you to all of you, for being so supportive and encouraging. Many of you are regular commenters and emailers, and I look forward to hearing everything you say. Thank you to my friends and family, especially my husband, who have been beside me every step of the way. I would never have taken that first step if it weren’t for all of you. And thank you to Martha Stewart and her staff. This is such a huge honor. And it has been my pleasure to spend my last two summer vacations with you!
Nikki, In Stitches
Congrats, Nikki! I’m a ‘dreamer’ too, although not as active as I’d like to be. I’m so excited to read about you and your business. You’ve inspired me at a time when I was ready to ‘cash it all in’. I’ve been offering painting tutorials (free) for a while. It seems like people don’t get it. They still think they have to be an artist and they’re totally geared for novice-I-can’t-draw-a-stick-figure types. It’s my passion though and you’ve inspired me to stick with it. Congrats again!
Oh, Colleen! I’m so happy I have helped you get back on track! Keep pushing your rock! That’s the best advice I’ve gotten…there will absolutely be days when you want to “cash it all in” but hang in there! You never know what’s around the corner! And when you need a little motivation or encouragement, just let me know! I’m here!!
Jen ~ Passion-for-Parties.com says
Thank YOU for showing us that if you’re willing to do the work, dreams DO come true. You inspire me every day and I am truly honored to share this milestone with you! LOVE YOU!!!
Congrats Nikki! I am so happy for you!
Thank you, Lynda!!
Congratulations, Nikki! What an honor for you 🙂 You’re so talented and have such wonderful ideas to share that you deserve being selected as Doer of the Week. I’m very happy for you and how well your business is doing!
Thanks so much, Terrie! And thank you again for always being such an active member in the N,IS community! I absolutely love always hearing from you!! XOXO
Congrats Nikki!! This is so exciting and so inspiring to know that if we just keep at this crazy, creative, blogging thing, good things can and do happen. You work so hard and are so creative, I hope you weren’t too surprised you got chosen! We’re not! 🙂
Oh, Lia! You’re so sweet! Thank you! This has been such an exciting week! Every day, I can’t wait to see what happens next!!
You are so deserving of this recognition – congratulations from the bottom of my heart. PS – you are my hero. PPS – xoxo
Congrats Nikki! What exciting times for you! Best wishes!
Thanks so much, Laura! It’s been an exciting week to say the least!!
ma nikkie trop heureuse pour toi et tres fiere mais ça ne m etonne pas ma belle tu es trop douee je te fais de gros bisous ma belle
ah dis moi tu as change la presentation de ton blog trop bien bisessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
(My Nikki. I am so happy for you and very proud but it does not surprise me. You are too good! I send you big kisses my lovely.
Ttell me you’ve changed the presentation of your blog, too? Kisses!!!)
Merci beaucoup! Il a été un moment passionnant ici!
(Thank you so much! It has been an exciting time here!)
j ai lu et te refelicite encore bravoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
(Congratulations again! Bravo!)
Lorraine Lawton says
Congratulations! My first visit here and I am excited! thanks!
jenny holiday says
Awesommmmmmnessssss!!!! :):):) XOXOXOXO
Completely and totally blushing!
And thank you!!