I am in my mid 40’s and the mother of two very active, adult children.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 25 wonderful years.

Lover of animals and spur-of-the-moment road trips. Enjoy gardening, experimental cooking projects, and “trying” new crafty adventures. An avid photographer and digital artsy fartsy as well 🙂

Who I Am –
Let me introduce you to the lady behind Nikki Lynn Design, me, Nikki Vig.


Ten Interesting Facts About Me –

1.) I love simple.  I try to reduce the steps needed in my daily activities to make my life easier. This way I have more time to spend doing the things I love, with the people I love.  For me, time is the most important aspect of life, next to my family.

2.) Haphazard person by nature. For better or worse, I own that mad skill. I will complete everything I start….eventually.

3.) I love adventure. I try to seek it out in Wisconsin & by traveling the Midwest.  “Where in Wisconsin is Nikki” should be my motto.

I like to have fun! I don’t care how I look doing it.



4.) I don’t like being told I CAN’T do something. I WILL find a way – even if that way takes 30 more steps than another person.


5.) I appear strong on the outside but I struggle on the inside. I get lost in my inner thoughts and have trouble expressing them externally, which comes out in my art at times. They are my demons  – but, even demons can teach us things when we listen.


6.) Every skill and life lesson that I have had to struggle with over my lifetime was for a reason. Each was a building block that helped me build a tower. Remember, for everything in your life there is a purpose. You just don’t know what that purpose is; YET. We learn that lesson…. LATER.     EVEN, THAT REALLY BAD SHIT, K !!


7.) I started my first blogging adventures in an era when Apple wasn’t a household name. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook was in grade school and dial-up internet access was a real pain in the butt.  You had to dial in using a modem and you paid big bucks to have a domain that could only have a handful of photos.


8.)  I quit my online fused glass business because there weren’t ENOUGH people online at the time and didn’t want to do craft fairs every weekend to sell my works. Boy, have times changed!  I should really start up that expensive kiln in my basement.

9.)  I’m an avid outdoor gal. For years I was a closet nature geek – only my family of four really knew by the random facts I told them repeatedly about animals and plant life. The web of life is interesting.  Obviously, I now feel a comfort level and embrace sharing the randomness of Nikki with the world.

10.) I do realize that I have plenty of issues with broken links, pics, and videos missing on this site and my template for sharing recipes rather sucks.  Over the years, I have cleaned up the website. I’ve learned plenty of what NOT to do. But, there is still plenty of work to do.  I’m getting there.  Remember those building blocks from #6, yep!  Those apply to this venue as well – I am wearing each and every hat from photographer to webcoder.  Challenging but rewarding.


One shot of me that my daughter took while I was feeding the chickadees.

I LOVE nature with every fiber of my being!


What You Can Find Here:

I share posts related to Midwest gardening, cooking, crafts and Midwest plants, animals and travel locations through my photography travels.


Whether you have just started to nurture your green thumb, or are a seasoned veteran, I’d love to invite you to follow my gardening posts.  Some of the postings are informational based, there is a category for tips and tricks, and others are step by step how-tos.  Since I live in The Midwest, we have to do some prepping that other parts of the country doesn’t.  Like, get ready for winter.  Ugh!!  I will share postings on winter prep, too.

Under the gardening category, you will also find postings and recipes for feeding our feathered friends and backyard guests and informational ramblings by me.

I’d love to hear your feedback, we all do things differently. Maybe you have a better way of doing things? Perhaps, a new way I haven’t heard of? Facebook comments are installed under the posts (I do sensor them before they hit the site and for some odd reason they turn on and off all by there lonesome) .  If available, feel free to ask questions and to answer other visitors garden-related questions. I’d like to think of the space as a community space. 



Again, I share mainly garden-related crafts.  Although, there are some crafts that I have shared from my previous business endeavors.  A few tried and true, best sellers.


I’m gonna share recipes using garden produce, quick and easy- prep ahead food and foods that travel well. Right now, it is a mess – but I’ll be working on the sections.  Since I’m from Wisconsin, I’ll also share many recipes for entertaining, party foods and drink recipes.  In my social circle, we will find any reason to host a party or BBQ.

Midwest Locations, Botanicals and Wildlife

Anytime I am out and about, my camera and lens are along for the ride. It is a fun hobby that I enjoy sharing with others. Hope you enjoy seeing what I see…  

Look for Midwest travel locations – mainly nature based.  I’ll share wildlife, plant shots and even old Americana findings like old cars, houses, signs – I have a serious obsession with them all.

Disclaimer: There are pictures on the site that are used via creative commons or websites that state the photos of nature-related plants and animals are in the public domain that are used within some posts.  If YOU find something that needs my attention get in touch with me.





Social Media


Follow me on Instagram where I share up to two photos a week depicting my time spent in nature and time spent with my own crazy birds, both in & outside the nest. Content is usually shared in real time or within a week of me visiting an area. It is also my favorite social media forums.  I’ve met so many people worldwide that I now proudly call my friends!


Enjoy your stay! I’m happy you are here!!


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