Abuzz With Excitement For Meaningful Gift Giving

Kenya hand embroidery
Are you ever creating something that you can tell is going to turn out even better than what you pictured in your head?  Have you had that happen while working on a super special gift?

This just happened to me this past week!  My sister-in-law was in Kenya a couple weeks ago with The Kilgoris Project.  I knew I wanted to make her something for when she came home and decided to do a map of Africa.

Her room is filled with minty greens and soft grays so I opened my embroidery floss boxes and started pulling out colors.  I ended up with 10 different colors to work with which ended up being the perfect amount.  With that many I didn’t have any of the same colors next to each other.

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One Word – Learn

One Word

This inspires me and frightens me, excites me and frustrates me, fuels my passions and humbles me through mistakes and lessons.

I can’t begin to list everything I want to learn this year, but here is a little taste.

Fun things I want to learn this year:

  • consistent prayer and communication with God
  • how to have more quality time as a family
  • how to make more time for friends
  • train and compete in a mini triathlon called the Ramblin’ Rose
  • accomplish goals in my business and blog
  • sharpen my drawing and embroidery skills
  • stay positive and determined throughout all circumstances

Not so fun but necessary things I want to learn this year:

  • discipline
  • a less exasperated and more fun parenting style
  • how to enjoy the mundane repetitive daily tasks

This is a powerful word and I am embracing it this year.

I’ll let you know how it’s going from time to time and if you would like to share your one word with me I would love to hear it!

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Crushed Leaf Turkey Art


I decided to make a little turkey project with my guy today and I wanted something easy and made with things we already had.  I kept thinking of those crushed egg shell pictures and looked outside at all of the crunchy brown leaves and my little brain light bulb went off.

What You Need:

  • a piece of paper (cardstock worked for us)
  • a small bag of crunchy leaves
  • glue stick
  • marker

1. Draw an outline of a turkey, we ended up doing a silhouette but you could also do one with the feathers out around him.


2. Crush up your crunchy leaves inside your bag.  Just close up your bag and let your kid have fun smushing up something they are allowed to smush.

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Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup at Today’s Mama

If this is the only soup you make this winter your belly and the bellies of your loved ones will be happy.  It is one of my favorite soups ever!

We don’t usually add the celery but I think that’s the only alteration.  Serve it with bread or grilled cheese or even cheez-its.

So yummy!!

Do you have a favorite soup recipe?  I’m always on the lookout for new ones.  Tell me in the comments or by using #bloom31 on twitter.

To find the rest of the Bloom series go here. Don’t forget to check out the other 31 days topics at Nesting Place.

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