One Word with Jean: Flourish

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Like the Flowers

My neighbor, Marlene, always has the first crocuses. This year they were blooming the same day the last foot of snow melted. I don’t know how the crocuses find what they need under the snow, but somehow they manage it. In fact, they do more than manage to grow, they bloom.

Although small, their brilliant color makes the crocus a riot in spring

Although small, their brilliant color makes the crocus a riot in spring

Spring flowers are always a welcome sight in our neck of the woods. After all of the gray and white, bright splotches of purple and yellow appear along with the wonderful yellow-green you only get with spring. You can almost hear the world heave a sigh.

Bloom with a Flourish

Like the crocuses, we need to do more than grow. We need to blossom in the snow. It’s often hard for people, especially women, to find the resources they need to flourish. We are trained from an early age to put everything else first, family, career, worries.

flourish sentiment panel

flourish sentiment panel

But if you are to feed your creative soul, you must put yourself first, at least a little bit of the time.

Plant Seeds

Limited time and resources are often an excuse not to start. Yet there are many small projects you can do that are not only quick and inexpensive, but also very creatively satisfying. I’ve wanted to start an art journal for years. But I told myself I already had too many projects going on, too much work to do. I recently went to an “Art Date” with a good friend. We could work on anything and enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and crafters. I took my empty art journal and a mix of supplies.

my art journal, week one

my art journal, week one

I just started putting paint on the page and followed it with whatever struck my fancy. The result wasn’t brilliant, or planned, or even thoughtful. It was, however, ridiculously rejuvenating.

Start Small

Since discovering just how much I enjoy journaling, I’ve decided to do one spread each week. I usually give myself ten minutes or so with the end of my morning coffee. I often throw on one layer and leave it for the day. I don’t even get to it every day, but somehow, like the crocuses, after a week, there is a page done.

One-word sentiment panels are perfect for small projects. Avoid the guilt for not finishing a big masterpiece, and enjoy the moment of creating. You can do one block a month and decide to sew a table runner of your favorites in a year. Or a throw quilt, or mug rugs. Have a few handmade blocks on hand and finish them into little gifts as you need them.

basic materials

basic materials

Green and purple make a charming combination

Green and purple make a charming combination

Layout in the courthouse pattern

Layout in the courthouse pattern

The materials for this quilt block were minimal. You can see I was inspired by the crocuses and the new shoots of spring. A few strips of bright, leftover fabric, an optional piece of iron-on facing, and the sentiment panel printed on fabric paper. Picking the fabric was fun and took longer than the actual sewing.

Let Yourself Flourish

Give yourself permission to do more than just get by, give yourself permission to flourish. It may take some tenacity, like the crocus under the snow, but if you allow yourself to create, it will spread joy to the rest of your life and those around you.

Flourish One Word is in the store now

Flourish One Word is in the store now

My Craft Table

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Here are some of the supplies I used for my Flourish One Word square.