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  • I am a dollmaker. I love antique fabrics and hoard them. I collect old china doll heads without bodies and leather doll bodies without heads and never put them together. I have stacks of old photos of people I don't know. I have two smart and funny kids who complain that I hang plates on the wall instead of pictures. I have a great husband who travels with me and who I used to garden with but now don't because all I do is make dolls. Luckily he still likes me. So all in all somewhat normal ...depending , of course, on who you ask.

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August 22, 2007


Michelle Sylvia

I feel your heartache Nicol. I know it must be terrible. My little ones are both off to school this fall and I have been crying my eyes out. I know that just as soon as I blink my eyes...they will be leaving the nest as well. I can't stand the thought...I am trying to cherish each and every little moment.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.



Oh Nicol I see your nest is empty, well mine is too, since my daughter went to Melbourne last month, so I know how you feel. We should make the best of it and use the time to create all kind of beautiful things for an inspired living! Carol xox

PresentPast Collection

A picture is truly worth a thousand words. I had a twinge in my heart when I saw this, knowing my own Sweet Girl will be leaving in 2 short years and I am cherishing every moment.
Thanks for the gentle reminder and for sharing your heart. Thoughts, prayers and well wishes are being sent to you!
Fondly, Heather


Your photo speaks volumes. It's very hard to let go - the wonderful thing is that when the "nestlings" come back, they have many adventures to share and you realize you have given them the tools to experience life.

Miss Maddie's

Dear Nicol,When things are very quiet, in the silence of early morning you will hear their giggles,ponder their footsteps, listen to their laughter and realize they are only a heartbeat away.Just like when you carried them in the womb. Susan

doreen frost

Oh Nicole...I'm going through the exact same thing right now. My daughter leaves for Paul Smith's College next week and my son is a senior this year and worked full time this summer and is never home...and I miss them both sooo very much. It's so hard. I hear parents of young children complain about how busy they are...or how crazy things are with little ones...and it makes me sad...If I know them....(sometimes..even if I don't)...I tell them...they grow up in the blink of an eye ....cherish these crazy, busy, hectic times right now...because you will miss them when they are gone more than you can ever imagine.!!! I have always been the kind of mom who likes my kids nearby....they had there friends over to our was the hang out..So...things are very, very quiet here now.....

Take care


a picture does indeed speak a thousand words~
what a bittersweet time


There are no words, the picture captures it all....Alice


Oh sweet Nicol, I am wrapping you in my arms, and whispering sweet encouraging words in your ears. Empty also means full, your girls are living their lives fully and being truly independent. Isn't that what we all wish for? Hugs to you!!! Can't wait to see you again... tomorrow??????


I am sorry Nicol, I am not there yet so I can not feel exactly what you are feeling. But here is a ((hug)) and warm wishes. xoxoxox Clarice



I am sending you all the love in my heart and all my strength in the whisper of a prayer.

I would invite you to visit me and sit by the pool and sip rum and cokes but it is 112 degrees here in Phoenix and it is just disgusting.

Please know how much we all love and adore you and if you need anything please call.

With four little ones running around be crazy and nutty, your picture makes my heart ache for you.

A million hugs and lots of love, Kimberly

Yesterday my grandbaby Jack and I went looking for a little nest we had seen earlier in the summer. It had 2 tiny, pale blue eggs a few months ago. Now it has vanished without a trace, well almost, there is a little string swaying in the wind. But we are talking about the other empty nest. I cried when they went off to nursery school. I kept crying at each letting go event, usually in private.When they went to college I was actually crying in a department store, thinking I was the most tragic figure, with more reason to be sad than anyone else in the store (knowing that was selfish and wrong.) You adjust and have the most fabulous time with your kids in these stages! Visiting them in college, and now flying here and there to keep the ties that bind. My life is so fulfilling, my children such good friends of mine. And Jack! well, just wait and see!
Teena Flanner

Lori Ann

and . . because of you they know how to fly . . .
Lori Ann


This place...
this large and empty space
it is the world...
No walls,
no floor,
no ceiling but the stars...
and the flutter of wings...
flying free
held gently...
in the palm of your hand
and the secret folds
of your heart...


oh sweet 1- im sad that your children are away at school- but just think they all come back home- home is where the family is- home full of love... id love to come and have a cup of tea and a fairy cake with you- singing and skiping love jo anderson..



Pinkie D

oh, Nicole when I saw your nest I can relate to how you are feeling. I collect nest, they symbolize such a feeling of completeness. All the gathering momma does to make it just right the perfect dwelling place.The
babies will always have that place to come back to and visit if needed.
Home is such a special place for us all.....

tongue in cheek

Oh! The tender photo speaks volumes.
Your heart flies onward too!

pink gate

Our nest is empty because we have done a good job....

oh, I didn't know that it was going to feel like this...



o, yes, same thing over here. happy for her , sad for us...and then just have to get busy again! it helps...some. xoC


It's not empty it is just getting an airing for when they fly back and they will, usually with more in tow!


Dear Nicol,
I stopped by to sing you Happy Birthday!! Ulla said you just celebrated your day! Then found this post!
All I can offer about an empty nest (since I have no children)is this:
YOU ARE SO BLESSED to have your art! Because you have continued to create for all of these years, Your art will now comfort and bless you!! Because you have kept this sacred part of yourself strong and in shape!

Believe it or not, my Mom is the only person I've ever met who was actually happy when I left for college, and she wasn't afraid to tell me! Because she didn't hold on too tight we are still so very close.

May this year be the beginning of your best year yet!
Happy, Happy Birthday Nicol!
You have brightened and added joy to my life and many lifes!


oh, Nicol, what a beautiful picture. The nest is empty, but at the same time ready to be filled again and again!

What a wonderful job you have done as parents, that your little birds are flying out there, on their own!

Sending you prayers, thoughts and well wishes, during this time. (one thing about having a lovely nest, your little birdlets will always return!)


Oh dear Nicol- I am so sorry for your bittersweet heartache. I truly dread the day when my little ones fly away. Just try to think of the wonderful times still to come....grandbabies perhaps? (a little later of course!)
All my best

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sending warm thoughts your way...

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