I can’t remember how I first met Nicole. Maybe I was stalking her blog for a while or maybe I was stalking her Instagram photos. Either way, I was most definitely creeping on this gal’s Internet life before we became friends so I’m over-the-moon excited to get to introduce you to her and her work today.
Not to get all ho-hum and a heavy on what should be a super fun (and pre-giveaway!) post BUT when Simeon was a baby, I had big fears about motherhood and what becoming a parent (especially the parent of a child with a disability) meant for my own identity. Finding and following other moms whose children had challenges like my son’s, helped me gain some perspective and relax a bit. Nicole is one of those moms. Her lovely photographs and stories made me feel like it was possible to be a mother and still hold onto the creative pieces of myself. Remember when I wrote this post about having another baby and all the hard things and I said that a friend who had been there got me through it? That was Nicole. Her son Emmett is a curious little boy with giant blue eyes and a complicated medical history. Her daughter Eleonore is a spunky peanut with tons of opinions. Nicole and I have a lot in common.
Enough gushing. Let me tell you about Northern Bumble.
Nicole opened the Northern Bumble shop on Etsy last year and has been selling these delightful designs ever since. She was a portrait photographer before her kids were born so in January she made the cross over (get it– cross over? cross stitch? hardy har har) to creating cross stitch portraits. I remember when she first opened the shop and photos of her work started showing up in my news feed and I was like “WHERE ARE THESE COMING FROM THEY ARE SO STINKING CUTE.” Then I saw it was Nicole and I was like “Duh. She’s the coolest.”
Nicole works with her customers to personalize each portrait so that it reflects their family. That includes their pets, kids, style, everything. And she doesn’t shy away from the details. If your kid uses a wheelchair, she can do that. If you wear a hijab, she can do that too. Got a pet fish? No problem. Once the work is completed, she photographs the piece and sends you a preview so you don’t have to frighten the mailman with your enthusiasm to tear open the package and see the final product.
Even though Nicole is new to the world of Etsy shops, she’s already a finalist in the 2016 Etsy Awards Canada (Eek!!). This is a huge honor and you can help her by voting for the Northern Bumble shop HERE. I’d love it if you did. Seriously. Like, go do it right now. Vote HERE. Or HERE. Also HERE. Am I bugging you with all this begging? VOTE!!!!!!!
We’ll be doing the Northern Bumble giveaway starting next Tuesday, June 7th. We needed to remove the giveaway from this post in order to comply with the rules of the Etsy awards but the giveaway will be back next week. If you’ve already entered the giveaway, don’t worry! I’ve saved your entries and they’ll be included in next week’s drawing. Until then, don’t forget to vote for Northern Bumble HERE!