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Camp CREATE coming september 2017

September 6-10, 2017 is our next Camp CREATE!
I am so excited to spend time with all these women and with… YOU!
Registration opens at noon (CST) on Monday May 22 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFORMATION.
In the past Camp has sold out within a few minutes so be sure to be ready at noon!

in 2014 i began dreaming and praying about what kind of place this camp could be…


– a place where women could come for a longer stay for a true break from the everyday routines.
– to create & feel confident that they were created for a purpose.
– to be reminded that they are God’s Masterpiece.
– to learn more about the plans God has for each of us.
– to explore WHY their art and gifts are important.
– to feel empowered as artists.
– to be in a beautiful space that sparks inspiration in every corner
– to see that WHO they are..right now just as they are… matters and means something!
– to know that the desire to create is instilled in them by God and it’s REAL.
– to feel safe to share their dreams
– to be taken care of and pampered (women are always care giving… this is a time to be cared FOR)
– to grow spiritually, emotionally and creatively
– to uncover what their dreams might be if they don’t know
– to have a restful place to CREATE & PLAY
– to discover more about our identities in Christ.
– to be encouraged to SHINE everyday no matter their life circumstances

and God is continuing to make this happen!


CAMP CREATE is a place where for four wonderful days we will focus on the gifts of creativity, learning about God’s unique design for each of us and how God makes us artists.

even if you have never painted a painting or sculpted a pot… you are still an artist!

If you don’t consider yourself a “real artist” you will still fit perfectly at camp.
all skill levels are welcome!  beginner to professional!
you have a purpose and goals and a heart that is worth fighting for!
God put a need to create inside us…there are endless ways that it can show itself…not just paint or pencils.
He made us in His image – the CREATOR!
He filled our hearts with Dreams!

i am so thrilled to have Stephanie “Honey” Holden as our speaker!
Each day she will share in the morning & evening, challenging us with questions to answer in our quiet times and thoughts to consider while we are creating.  She brings the bible in a beautiful gentle way that is so good for women’s hearts.
She is such an encourager and y’all…SHE IS FUN!  It’s going to be amazing! (heart eye emojis!!)
our art instructors are Jeanne Oliver,  Rachel Denbow and ME    🙂
we will teach skills and techniques that are unique to each of our giftings.
our days at camp are full of creating art together that is centered in our joy of using our hands to MAKE stuff!
our time is very free flowing and open ended… it’s FABULOUS.

Kimberlee Jost always prepares amazing meals for camp.
she is so talented at serving delicious food and making it look easy and effortless.
i am so happy to eat anything she serves!
let’s all hope together that her chocolate peanut butter cake makes an appearance.  😉


each camp we have had has been so GOOD!
we can’t wait to watch how God moves in our hearts this September.

we are so thrilled to be able to invite YOU to be a part of CAMP CREATE 2017!

if you still don’t know what i am talking about you can read here about our past camps:

Camp CREATE 2017 – spring

Camp CREATE 2016 – fall

Camp CREATE 2016 – spring

Camp CREATE 2015

Camp CREATE 2014






1. Tickets go on sale at May 22 at noon (CST) in my shop.
there are only 11 spots available for CAMP CREATE… last year we sold out in ten minutes.

2. there will be installment plans available for registration.
– First payment of $250 will be on Monday May 22 through Paypal in my shop.
This payment is non-refundable but will go towards your total registration cost.

– Second payment of $625 is due on June 22, 2017

– Third payment of $625 is due on July 22, 2017

OR if you want to pay more or the full the remaining amount after May 22… you can do that as soon as you’d like.

3.  airfare and travel is not included  in the price but we will take you to & from the airport on wednesday & sunday of camp.

4.  if you do not get a spot and would like me to keep your name in case of a cancelation – leave it in the comments.  i have had to use these names every camp so it’s worth a try!

5.  leave your questions in the comments and i will try my best to answer them in the comment area.

Sally Carne - Hello, I would like to be added to the list in case of a cancellation. Thank you, Sally C.

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Camp Create spring 2017

Camp Create was once again WONDERFUL!
these ladies came ready to make new friends & to get creative!
i enjoy them each so much!

I love sharing about our sponsors!  I will do that with links and specifics on my next post.
our sponsors are always so generous!
which makes me love them even more!
our first creative workshop was learning to weave on a loom.
Rachel Denbow was a wonderful teacher!
she has a beautiful book called DIY Woven Art.
she teaches workshops all over – you should find one and GO!

Kimberlee Jost always cooks delicious meals for us all week but obviously it’s only the sweets that get my attention!
and at Camp we have plenty of it – which makes me soooo happy!


in the workshop that i taught we made pillows using a reverse applique technique.
mine was in all greens because green is my current favorite color for everything.
we used Benzie Felt for the front of our pillows – the best felt ever!

we did just a bit of sewing… sewing the front and backs together.
i love when we have guests at the Craft House that have never sewn before!
i love being able to show that it’s not as scary as everyone thinks!

our third creative workshop was a Mixed Media painting taught by Mary Wangerin.
Mary is so talented!
i love her style and use of bright colors!
we got to learn her techniques and make our own mixed media painting.

we took our field trip to Marion, Kansas to shop for antiques and junk at Bearly Makin’ It.
we enjoyed lunch at Famlee Bakery on Main St. (they have REALLY good pie!)

we even found a Sonic costume for sale!
0f course i’ve wished i’d purchased it about 10 times since that day.
who doesn’t need a Sonic costume?!!
these were my thrifty scores i brought home that day.

we stopped at Sonic on our way back to the Craft House (cranberry limeades!!!)
and detoured our way home to take pics in this field with wildflowers.

we always have a great time at camp getting know each other & making art but what i love most of all is learning from our speakers.
Jessica Thompson was our speaker and she truly preached to us!
she told us that she wanted to bring us GOOD NEWS that week and she did!
we were reminded in each session of all that has been done for us by Jesus – the price has already been paid.
i think one of the very first things she said was this phrase that stuck with me all week:
“you’ve been loved before the foundation of the world regardless of your good days or your bad days”
i need reminding over and over that there is nothing i can do to make God love me more or make Him love me less.
i don’t have to earn my way to Him.
he loves me the same today as he did 20 years ago.
but i forget so easily!

hearing so many reminders of God’s goodness & mercy & grace was just what my heart was needing.
Jessica has written several books and speaks all over the world!
i first heard Jess HERE on the Happy Hour and immediately wanted to be friends with her!
so now you can hear her too!

i am always so grateful for our weeks at camp.
when all the prep work is done and we are all finally in the same room – i remember again how unique & special this opportunity to gather women together really is.
God gave me the desire to create with my hands and make things with paint or yarn or a sewing machine.
and because of that – i get to meet so many amazing women that have that desire too.
creativity brings us together and we get so much more than just crafts from our time at the Craft House!
we want our guests go home feeling filled up, rested & inspired – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
i hope and pray that is what is happening and will continue to in the future.

thank you jess, rachel, mary, kimberlee and juliana for all the ways you served each one of us!
and thanks to all the campers who came!
i am so happy to know each one of you!  you are a blessing to me!


Sharron - Thank you!

meg duerksen - HI SHARON! the pattern was from the book called 1-2-3 Sew. 🙂

Sharron - This looks like more fun than I can even imagine!! Can you tell us how to make the pillows or direct us to a pattern?

Kathi - for anyone thinking about going to Camp Create… stop thinking and do it! Camp is faith filled, fun, and fabulous. Meg and Kimberlee host a wonderful time with amazing helpers and teachers. You’ll be pampered, inspired and ignited. It’s the best. Just GO!

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Camp Create Fall 2016

well… another camp is in the books!
each camp brings such wonderful women to the Craft House.
there was superb crafting time.
we enjoyed meaningful time studying the bible together.
we were fed delicious food.
and so many new friendships were made.

These are all the fabulous ladies that made the magic happen each day.
And below are all the campers that made the week EPIC!
* kimberlee * rhonda * suzanne * emily * erin * donna * ruth * ashley * amanda *
* roxann * debbie * me * linda * andrea * stephanie * amy * rachel *


we had generous sponsors who sent their product for our guests.
i will post about each one separately on my next blog post with links and lots of discount codes.
AND one lucky reader will win a big package of all these goodies!

the weekend before our campers arrived we redecorated the living room at the Craft House making it more “Meg” – aka: C O L O R F U L!
i will also post about that soon too.


Our camp speaker was Ruth Simons.
each day she spoke in the morning and evening taking us through a study of The Beatitudes in Matthew 5.
i loved hearing her words and still thinking over several things she taught.
one of the very best parts about camp, in my opinion, is getting to have the time to SIT and listen to someone speak about Jesus and his love for us.
life is busy.
i love that at camp… it’s slow and calm and intentional.

while we are at camp – we make stuff all day long.
we get messy with paint, glue, glitter, fabric, ribbons and anything else we want.
it’s awesome!

thursday started with Stephanie Ackerman leading us in a mixed media workshop.
i love how stephanie teaches!
she is enthusiastic and passionate about being creative and it’s contagious!
you should take her online class and have as much fun as we did!

skinnysideways-e1470525379263-1000x17Friday Ruth taught a Watercolor Painting workshop.
she is of course a great speaker but her main occupation is as a watercolor artist!
so naturally… we all wanted to learn her tricks.

since it was a basic beginner’s class Ruth had us use inexpensive product so we could learn technique with no pressure.
she’s smart!
here are links to the brushes, watercolor paint set and watercolor paper we used if you wanted to try it at home.

these were Ruth’s and everyone else’s pretty paintings of the flowers….
and i painted this!
ha ha haaaaaaaa!

Ashley Campbell taught a workshop on Lino Cut Print Making.
ashley is crafting jedi.
she can make anything and make it look easy and beautiful too.
ao she rocked at this course on saturday as i knew she would!

if you’ve never tried Lino Cutting – you need to!
it was so much fun!

we decided on our designs and then carved them into the stamp.
it’s tricky and backwards to have to think in negative space!
then we used fabric paint and stamped the design onto tea towels and canvas bags.
this was my chicken stamp i made… i used this artwork by Caren Loebel-Fried as my inspiration.
she’s got a really pretty shop!
Thanks pinterest for always helping us to find new amazing artists!!

annnnd ashley even made me my very own stamp of the amazing watercolor painting from the night before.
we laughed so much about those silly thrift store glasses all weekend.

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here are links to the products we used for this project:

Lino cutting tool — Rubber Print Block — Fabric Paint  — Rubber Brayer — Inking Plate — Tea Towels

i led a project of making wood bunting with chalk board paint on one side and decoupaged fabric on the other with felt pom poms strung between.
These are SO FUN to make… but hard to photograph.

we had guests from texas, south carolina, california, oregon, oklahoma, new mexico, georgia and kansas.
it’s pretty cool how god brings women together over creativity.
Kimberlee Jost runs the kitchen at Camp.
Her cousin Rachel came this time to be her kitchen help.
they had the best time cooking and chatting all week.  🙂

kimberlee’s meals are always such a treat!
and at night when you’re deep in the trenches of crafting… she brings you a piece of pie!
it’s THE BEST!
as always – we took a field trip out to my favorite antique shop Bearly Makin’ It.
everyone came back with treasures – everything from quilts to antlers.

so…. i get to the end of these posts and i never quite know what to say.
it’s hard to sum up the time we have together.
it is special, unique and basically just awesome.

God knew what he was doing 12 years ago when He sent craig & i to kansas from chicago to this great big old house with five little kids.
He knew that it would be a beautiful place for memories.
i thought that meant for my kids.
and we did have the best time in that house!
but He had an even grander plan all along to bring women together {{strangers!}} from all over the place to be refreshed, inspired, encouraged and loved.
and make crafts and eat cake.
i NEVER could’ve come up with that idea!
it sounds wild.
and IT IS!!!
because loving God is a totally wild adventure in every way.

He is so good to you & me.

i am so grateful for these women, this job and the Craft House.
all the heart eyes!!!!


keep your eyes out int he next two weeks for the next camp dates in 2017.

Christina Turley - My birthday is Halloween:-)

Sara - Wow, so many amazing crafts! Love the stamps and the flower paintings, and the Meg-with-thrifted-price-tag-on-her-glasses painting–hilarious! As for sponsor swag, I would LOVE to know where to buy the little sign with crocheted heart that says, “You are worth more than your hustle.” Thanks.

CSL - Rachel is one of my dearest friends. It was all I could do to not stow away in her suitcase and join y’all. Isn’t she a GEM?!?! Next time…

Linda Bartone - It was a totally awesome week, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to all of you for making it such a special time! I’m ready to come again…

Iris Brown - Now this was my cup of tea!!!! How soul quenching to create something AND get some Word! Happy sigh. . . Food like that is cherry on top.

Kimberly Oyler - so so so fun to see my bestest friend there with you!! she gave me suuuch a good report of her time there and i’m so happy she was able to come! wish it could have been me though!!

Jennifer - Smile….that’s all I did while I read this. Thank you for opening your house and allowing us to be a part of it. I consider myself blessed to be a part of the CC alumni. God is definitely cool and amazing.

Donna Harris - Meg, We are all Thankful for you and all that you bring to Camp Create!! Amazing times, amazing women and an Amazing God!
Thanks so much to all of you , Donna

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camp create spring 2016

ummm…. this post has like 100 photos.
you may want to get another cup of coffee!
last week we had our third Camp CREATE!
we had 17 women in one house from 14 different states.
i love to see God pull people from all over to become friends at the Craft House.
and that is exactly what happens.
they nervously show up by themselves, pick out their beds, not knowing their roommates at all.
And by the time they leave they have real friendships with those who were strangers four days before.

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the house is prepped for everyone to be comfortable, cozy and creative.

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we set all the swag from our awesome sponsors at each work space.
it looks so festive and happy!

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Dayspring, Reina’s cookies, Illustrated Faith, Crossway Publishing, Faith & Life Books, Timbabli Crafts, Paperworks, Perfectly Posh, Crave Popcorn Co. and Gracelaced each sent their product to bless the campers.
how awesome is that?!
i will blog all about each one of them in my next post AND i have a BIG giveaway too!

our speaker was author,  Amber Haines.
i read her book “Wild in the Hollow” last summer and asked her right away to speak at camp.
she is a lovely, poetic writer, wonderful speaker and a beautiful person.
we were given topics to work through all week during our quiet times.
she challenged us with reflective questions like “Who are you” ” What do you Desire?” “What name does God call you?”
not easy to answer quickly.
having the time together in such a small group with our speakers at camp is special.
i love how these girls were vulnerable with their answers and their hearts.
i loved every minute of amber teaching us.

kimberlee cooked delicious meals and desserts for us all week.
everything was SO GOOD!
it’s such a treat for the campers (and me too!) to not have to think about meals for several days.
you get to walk in and sit down to an amazing meal!
three times a day!
AND dessert!
that is sooooo not a regular mom’s life!
it is the best!

jeanne oliver and laura kelley each taught a creative workshop during the week.
seriously… WOW!
i loved hearing their stories about how they have each developed their creativity over the years and how they have discovered more about God through out the process.

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thank goodness jeanne brought enough gesso…
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while at camp… we create all day long.

we gave each of our campers an art journal.
it’s great for sketching, journaling, mixed media, writing – anything!
also good for extra creating when projects are finished.

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Jeanne taught a workshop called Reflections: Painting your story.
you can get information and details to take this course yourself HERE.

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the project i taught was painting/designing their own tool bag/art tote.
they were given paint, fabric scraps, trims, glitter, ribbon and stamps and then they were free to create as they pleased.
i envisioned them using it for their bible journaling supplies or art supplies.
this project was inspired by Michelle Allen and Alissa Burke.
this was my bright bright bright bag.  🙂
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Laura taught a workshop on her style and process of Bible Journaling.
you can get details for her course HERE.
thanks to Crossway Publishing and Faith & Life Bookstores – we got to give everyone their own journaling bible!

you guys… the food.
i wish all of you could try kimberlee’s cinnamon rolls.
they are insane.
you can give it a try yourself at home by following her recipe HERE.
there are a lot of pictures of laura eating because she LOVES to eat Kimberlee’s food!
she has been a craft weekend-er, a craft weekend helper and now a Camp Instructor.
the food is her favorite part!
ha ha ha!
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we always take our girls out to Marion Kansas for some antiquing/junking.
We go to Bearly Makin’ It and to The Mill.
it is my favorite place to shop for the good stuff… chippy painted, rusty and old!
they have EVERYTHING.
and also… anything.  🙂
i brought home this little green piano and these vintage curtain panels!
several girls brought home some great quilts.
there was even an 8 foot tall wind mill that went home with someone!

it was a great day to get out in the fresh air and find some good junk!

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dianna was our extra helping hand all week… stepping in everywhere that was needed.
she is the best at seeing things what others miss and at making everyone feel welcome.
everybody loves the rainbow stairs!
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IMG_4912IMG_4911P1120099 jennifer

these women.
they have my heart in a major way.
they love the Lord in the fiercest of ways.
they are have big hearts for serving women… digging into their faith in jesus… and loving everyone around them.
i was truly honored to get to spend 5 days with these really cool chicks.
And these campers?!!  i have all the heart eye emojis for them!
what a special group!
we grew together, created together, prayed together, learned, shared, cried and OH MY WORD did we laugh together?!!!
these women were hysterical!

i am so amazed that God would use the creativity he put in me… to turn into something like Camp CREATE.
He is so good!
i loved listening to the women share on our last night about how they had been changed by being at camp.
how they made meaningful friendships!
they got to learn about and worship God through listening and in their creative time.
and that they were rested an going home inspired.
because THAT is exactly what i have wanted camp to be from the very beginning!
It is seriously so awesome to watch God work through out each camp.

my heart is filled up!
i am so grateful to every camper and helper for all that it took to make last week happen.

and i slept for three days when it was over.



details about the next Camp Create will be coming in the next week.
stay tuned!


Stephanie L. Robertson - Sign me up! I so want to go!

Janet Meyerhoffer - What a dream! Such an amazing event. Lucky lucky ladies 💗💜💙💚

Jen B - oh my goodness! The weekend looks like it was an amazing time! I have to tell you that the green bike with the banana see brought tears and some fabulous childhood memories back. I had one exactly like it!!!! We just to do tricks down our big hill and jump the creek. Goodness!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Tere - LOVE reliving the week through these pictures. My heart is full of the love, tenderness and grace that was shared by all. xoxo

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Carol Spenst - Looks like y’all had an amazing week! So glad it was great all over again- wish I could have come back!!

Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More - Great pictures! Everyone looks so happy!

That Reflections project looks intriguing. I need to check it out!

Stacy - Best. Time. EVER….like, for reals. I heart all y’all and want to send special thanks to the leaders (Meg, Amber, Jeanne, Laura, Kimberlee, Diana) for the hospitality and to the other campers…I lift my margarita glass to you in hopes that sometime we can get together and LAUGH like we did that week! Cheers to you all from Georgia…xoxo

Jennifer - What a blessing camp was for me and I will be forever grateful that I was given a chance to be a part of it. I miss you all so very much! God is so good!

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