Monday, April 5, 2010

MiniMonday: NicoDesigns

Erika, of Nico Designs, has been sewing since she was a little girl, nearly 20 years now. Like most of us crafters, she says it keeps her sane. Crafting allows her to be creative and try new things, two things that are very important in her life since her decision to stay at home with her kids.

Her favorite things to make are dolls and baby items. Her three-year-old daughter inspires her work, as well as nature. Often times after spending time outside or at a zoo she finds herself wanting to create.

Aside from sewing, she has recently taken interest in gardening. She enjoys how excited the kids get about the garden, and it helps live a healthier lifestyle.
You'll find in her shop announcement that she donates some of her sales to the Ronald McDonald House in Temple and to MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston in memory of Chloe, age 7, pointing out that only 4% of the National Cancer Institute's research budget goes to children's cancer research? And that cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children age 15 and younger. She shared her touching story with me.
"A former childhood neighbor lost his oldest daughter, Chloe, to cancer. She was seven years old. I was struck by her smile and courage. Her mother seemed so brave. I do not think I could have kept it together the way she did. Anyway, because of that and what I learned about funding and just the simple fact that it is so young to deal with death I wanted to do something. We donate funds/supplies and I am currently making blankets for the Ronald McDonald House."

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Splendid Little Stars said...

Great feature on Erika and her wonderful shop!

NICO Designs said...

Thank you for the feature, Jackie!

MagdaleneJewels said...

I love the items in Nico's shop - one can find so many different items there. The "Chloe" angel is truly something special. Thanks for sharing a great blog on a great Blogger!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great feature on a great crafter and person :)

Gallery32 said...

I like this feature on Ericka & her shop! Off to tweet & blog about it!

storybeader said...

what a pretty little angel. Erika is so great - and jackie, what a great feature! {:-D

Ani said...

Lovely feature on a lovely artist!