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I’ve got some exciting news to share with you guys! LIVE.FLOURISH is now back up and running! You may be wondering what LIVE.FLOURISH is, so let me fill you in.

Back before I had my son (about 5 years ago), I opened my first Etsy shop, LIVE.FLOURISH. I sold handmade goods; leather bracelets, wallets, and magnetic fridge/file cabinet clips. I had so much fun creating goods to share with others all around the world. When I got pregnant, all my creativity went into growing a healthy baby boy that I had no desire to create anymore. Once I had my son, all my time went into nurturing and raising him along with learning the ways of motherhood. Slowly my desire to create made its way back and that is when I decided to start blogging again as my creative outlet. Most of my makings were simple, thrifty ways to add charm to my home. Through that I realized just how much I missed blogging and even more, how I missed making things.

One day I decided to make myself a necklace. I am not a big jewelry girl nor do I put a lot of effort into how I look, but I wanted something I could wear with jeans and a tee or a simple summer dress that would add a fun pop of color without having to try. With a few failed attempts- something I have had to embrace as an artist, I finally made a necklace I was proud of. It’s crazy how one successful design stretches your creativity. After that first necklace, my mind was filled with fresh ideas and I knew I wanted to share my new necklace designs with everyone; thus the rebirth of my Etsy shop, LIVE.FLOURISH.

The items below are what you will find in my shop. Each necklace has been hand painted and coated with a matte finish for protection. I really enjoy making these necklaces and my hope is that others will enjoy them as well. I am also selling some hand stamped leather key chains with sweet verbiage. Why not fancy us your boring set of keys, right?! So please, hop on over to my shop HERE and take a look around. Enjoy!

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Mini Tapestries

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Hoarders. Have you ever seen that show? Well, I am nothing close to those people but there is a tiny part of me that enjoys hoarding. I love craft supplies! Whether it be fabric, yarn, colored pens, thank you cards, embroidery thread, the list goes on. Over the years I have collected far too much and most of this stuff has to be stored in plastic bins in my closet.

Then one day I decided to practice a life of simplicity. So out came the bins and stacks of fabric were given to a friend who I am certain will use it. I also had another pile ready to donate. I pulled out my yarn and instead of giving it away, I decided to put it to good use. I had recently seen some amazing wall hanging weaves made from yarn. With some nails and an old frame I had tucked away in the garage (slight hoarding), I made a loom and was now ready to tackle the art of weaving.

Once I completed my first weave, I knew there was no turning back. I actually went to the craft store and bought more yarn; which is totally against what I was trying to do in the first place- hoard less. Oh well. At least I have pretty mini tapestries (as I like to call them) all around my home now!

I plan on making these pretty minis and having them available for purchase on my Etsy shop soon…that is once I get my shop up and running again. Soon, very soon, so please stay tuned. Enjoy!

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Flatbread Pizza

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Pizza is such a yummy food! We have not had it much ever since our son was born, because he has been allergic to tomatoes (thankfully he has outgrown that allergy). But this got me thinking up new ways to create pizza. Okay, maybe not new to the world but definitely new to my kitchen.

The only real change is substituting the pizza sauce for hummus. Oh boy, is it delicious! I use whole wheat flatbread lightly brushed with olive oil and keep the cheese light (our son is also lactose intolerant,  but small amounts of cheese doesn’t seem to bother him). Then I add some toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 7-10 minutes (depending on the crunchiness).

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We usually have these pizzas about once a week. They are so simple to make and little hands enjoy helping in the kitchen too. Enjoy!

New Hobbie

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I saw the cutest quilt on Pinterest recently and thought, why not make one myself? I could choose my own colors and try something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time.

I decided to go with mustard yellow, white, navy, pink, mint green, teal, light grey, and dark grey. I paired up two colors that I thought looked well together, cut them into large squares, sewed the two colors together around the edge, and then cut an X in the square, making four small triangles. Once I opened the triangles, I had four small squares; half one color, half the other. [I measured everything and I got my measurement chart off of Pinterest along with the large square tutorial.]

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There is so much I am learning about quilting and still SO much I need to learn, but all in all I am really enjoying it. Since this was my first one, I decided to make a baby quilt. Starting off small seemed like a good idea.

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I ended up cutting extra squares, so I am currently working on another quilt exactly like this one. And just because I love this quilt so much, I decided to switch up the colors for my third quilt and plan on keeping the pattern the same [photos will follow once I finish that one]. One of these days you may find these quilts for sale in my Etsy shop…fingers crossed! Enjoy.

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Quick Minute Project No. 4

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Hello! Here we meet again for another QMP. I try to keep these kid friendly because: no. 1, crafts are always fun with company and no. 2, I strongly believe in parent/child togetherness.

Just the other day I was at Lowes for some yard stuff and I wandered on over to the wall of colorful paint samples. I LOVE the sample walls! I understand this may intimidate some people, but for me it brings me joy. While browsing through all the colors I came up with a fun little something….

Why not make some alphabet flash cards for my son using all these beautiful colors?!

So that’s what we have here. All you need are a few supplies and you are ready to go.

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First, gather 26 colorful paint samples. You can choose to do more if you want to include numbers as well.

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Next, you need a permanent marker, a set of alphabet stencils, and some painter’s tape.

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Now all you need to do is place down a stencil and fill it in. Also, fill in the blank space on each letter to help the letters look more accurate. This is such an easy project, so be sure to let your kiddo(s) help out.

(Unfortunately, I started this project right before my sons nap, which meant I was left doing it alone because he was a not in the mood for crafts.)

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There you have it! A colorful Quick Minute Project that anyone can do. Plus, this one was free for me because I already had the stencils and permanent markers on hand. Enjoy!

Sweet Melodies- Kiddos

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Rain for Roots has another album! I found their first album while desperately trying to find children’s music that wasn’t….well, I guess I should say I was looking for something I could enjoy as well. I am sure my son would be happy with anything, but this is something we can both enjoy with awesome meaning and messages in each song.

I love how the songs teach him the Word of God. As a kid, my mom would always have kids Bible songs playing, and to this day I remember scripture because of those songs.

So I say go buy this album and the other one as well. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Dress Please

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By now you all know I love a good deal. I love to thrift store shop, visit garage sales, and rummage through my neighbor’s junk when we have bulky item pick up. Most of my home is either filled with second-hand goods from Craigslist, thrift stores, garage sales, or straight up out of a trash pile.

While visiting a thrift store, I came across this striped, color block dress. I really wanted it, but it was a few sizes too big. Don’t you hate when that happens? Especially when the dress is half off, coming to a grand total of $2!

I decided to take it home anyways and try my hand at alterations. I have made a few v-neck tees for my son from my husband’s old tees, but I have never sewn women’s clothing before. Plus, the last time I attempted some tees for my son, I just about threw my sewing machine out the window.

Thankfully everything went smoothly this time around. I shortened the sleeves and took off extra fabric on both sides. Now my $2 thrifted dress is summer ready!

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