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september camp create 2017

what a wonderful week we had at Camp Create!
i came home feeling so filled up!

we had two Vickis, two Taras and two Melissas! WHAT?? And a Shelly, a Sally & a Sandy!
thank goodness we wear nametags!

we always have generous and awesome sponsors!
I will write more about them in a few days and i’ll have a BIG giveaway of goodies too.
Dayspring – Benzie Design – Pitter Patter Art – Mercy House – Illustrated Faith – Courtney Walsh – Feather & Birch


i brought all the flowers from my very own garden this time!
so happy that we could USE them instead of just watching them die – like the other 75% of the garden is now.
zinnias & sunflowers are my favorite flowers!


and finally it came time for our campers to arrive!
it’s exciting when everyone piles into the house with all their luggage.
everyone is borderline nervous; thinking things like “i just flew across the US to sleep at a strangers house” and all of their friends & family asking “you’re going to kansas? for what?” But as soon as they get inside the nerves settle.
because #1 – everyone is super nice and welcoming and #2 – we hand them a margarita as soon as we can.
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{{ sidenote: if you haven’t made the Meg-aritas that we serve – are you truly living your best life? }}
1 can frozen limade
8 oz. tequila (or fill the empty limade can up 2/3 )
4 oz. triple sec (or fill the can 1/3)
1 beer – 12 oz.
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put the first 3 ingredients in a blender.
fill blender with ice & blend until completely slushy.
then add the beer – mix it in with a big spoon.
enjoy!


i mean just look at those kind faces!
Camp brings such sweet ladies to the Craft House.

our speaker was Stephanie Holden all the way from Mississippi.
people online know her as Honey Holden.
she taught each day about the grace of God, how much Jesus loves us and how He has changed her life.
it was FANTASTIC!  I could listen to her for hours!
she brought “Honey’s Happies” for us at each session… little goodies to help us remember the lesson.
it was always fun to see what the Happy would be and that worked!
I can think of each one and remember the message!

she also had us write a letter to our 16 year old self.
It sounds simple enough but it’s challenging and very vulnerable to share out loud the real stuff you’d want to tell yourself when you were 16.
it is special to be in a group of women who open up & share their hearts.
it’s a privilege to be invited into that space and i don’t take that lightly.
these ladies… gosh!  my eyes are all teary just thinking about them!
it was beautiful & inspiring to see how God is always working in our lives in the good times and still in the really bad times too.
i loved doing that assignment – thank you for making us Honey!


we got creative and made some very fun projects!
this reverse appliqué pillow is so fun to make!
I love that there are a million possibilities of color & pattern.
i love that there is hand stitching and machine stitching.
and i love the combination of working together with felt & quilting fabrics.
Benzie felt is THE BEST.
I won’t ever use felt from the fabric store again! This stuff is a dream to work with!

i led a project that was inspired by my friend Laura at a Craft Weekend several years ago.
and i got to the miter saw so this was extra great!

we started with wood in all different lengths, widths & textures, some old chippy painted wood & even rulers.
they put pieces together the way they wanted it to fit & we cut loose ends off.
they choose their word sent from our sponsor Feather & Birch.
her font choice is perfection! i love this shop!
and then they covered the pieces in paint or paper or fabric.

seriously! how cute are these?!!
LOVE!

we also made these fabric scrap chalkboard wreaths.
these are so cheerful!

I invited Rachel Denbow back for camp because she is so great at teaching this skill!
she teaches weaving techniques and she even wrote a book about it!

they are weaving rockstars!
so fun to send them home with a new skill they hadn’t done before.

i invited Tara Royer Steele from the famous Royer’s Pie Haven in Round Top, Texas to teach us how to make pie!
is 16 cooks in the kitchen too many?
not at The Craft House!
we made two each of four different kinds of pie – two of them sweet & two of them savory.
and then we ate those pies…. YUMMMM!

and yes i did have three pieces of pie that day, thankyouverymuch.
when Tara finally comes out with a cook book i will be sure to share it with all of you!


we took our trip out to my favorite antique store & barn.
i’m always so curious to see what people find!
this time i brought home a stack of chippy wood – to make more signs!
there are many photo opportunities all along the way.




Kimberlee Jost takes great care of us in the kitchen; morning, noon & night.
we love pampering our guests with delicious meals and cleaning it up too – because i doubt that happens at home!



it’s called  B A L A N C E .
ha ha ha
thank you to my friend Tara for frosting cakes, chopping veggies, washing dishes and everything else you did for us all week.



these are fabulous women – every one of them in these pictures!
it’s a gift to be a part of their creative journey.
and a total JOY!

thank you to Honey, Tara, Rachel, Tara & Kimberlee for working so hard to put on an awesome week for our campers!

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our next Camp CREATE will be in April 2018.
registration information will be in the next week or so.
stay tuned….

 

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Amy Webster - SUCH. GREAT. GOODIES! oh, my!!!!!

Jenna - I am interested in Camp Create for April 2018.
I will stay tuned for details!

Teri - Wonderful pics! Looks like such a fun time! Pies look absolutely delish – favorite dessert – strawberry rhubarb pie 🎉

Roxann Regenstreif - Meg, what an amazing Camp Create this year! ( every one is amazing I’m sure!) It is a place where we deeply connect with women from all over who love Jesus and love art. Many of us choose to stay in touch with each other year round and even exchang Christmas gifts! Each teacher was fantastic and so patient in answering our questions. I can now say I’m a weaver! LOL! I LOVED making my pillow and already bought fabric to make more! My wreath is happily hanging on my front door to welcome Fall and all who come to my home. I loved how my wood project turned out too! Making pies with Tara was so much fun as we all gathered our hearts and hands together to make some awesome deliciousness! I was so excited to meet Honey and she rocked it with her devotionals everyday! I loved that she wasn’t afraid to toss her notes and share a new thing the Lord put on her heart. Letters to our 16 year old self was scary but so healing. We all bonded as we shared our stories. It was beautiful to see how we encouraged and comforted one another. And can’t forget our shopping for treasures to bring home. So glad I brought an extra suitcase! Always thankful for Kimberly and her helper Tara for accommodating my dietary needs. Kimberly rocks in the food department! Thank you Meg for your hospitality, your teaching and for making my Camp Create an amazing experience I will treasure always! Love you to the moon and back!

Shelly Clark - What more can I say to you, I love Camp Create! I love the opportunity it gives to meet such wonderful friends, and be surrounded by all things HAPPY. I love that I have learned new crafty skills (I am awaiting my Benzie Felt order, because I have been on a pillow making frenzy since I got home, seriously, pillows for everyone this Christmas). I volunteer to go to Idaho to recruit Camp Create Guests so that all states are represented at the Craft House). Most of all, I love how gracious and welcoming Meg and Kimberlee are.

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Spring Camp Create Sponsors

Each of these companies gifted their product to our guests at April’s Camp Create!
These are companies that I love for their creativity and awesomeness.
They are each generous and fabulous to work with!
Let’s all support these hard working women!

Allen Designs Studio

Use the code whatever15  for 15% off your order – only good through Sunday.
I LOVE my Michelle Allen bags!!!
I use them for everything and I always get compliments on them everywhere I go!

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Raising Up Rubies

Use the code CAMPCREATE20 for 20% off  – offer good through May 31st.
Jaime has such a bright and cheerful shop!
She is a rainbow loving lady & has designed loads of fun paper goods, stitching patterns and some really happy jewelry!

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CRAVE Popcorn Company
Use the code campcreate for 15% off your order.
This would make EXCELLENT teacher gifts for the end of school!  And Father’s Day is coming up quick!
My favorite flavor is the White Chocolate Oreo!

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Lakeside Daydreams

Use the code CAMPCREATE20 for 20% off your order – offer good through August 31.
Jenna creates inspiring artwork in her shop that makes me want to travel and go on adventures!
go check it out!

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Benzie Design 
Use the code CAMPCREATE10 for 10% off for your order.
There is no better felt to work with in the world than BENZIE!
It makes such a huge difference in the quality of your product!
you can purchase felt by the sheet or the yard and they have pom poms too!
They also offer it in color palettes to make it even easier for you to get creative right away.

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Shannan Martin’s Falling Free
I was so thrilled Shannan would send our campers her book!
it is sooooo good and i want EVERYONE to get to read it & share it & love it as much as i do!
You can join in with her discussion group by clicking HERE
Sign up for her newsletter too!
you can follow Shannan on IG: @shannanwrites & read her blog at shannanmartinwrites.com.

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Pen + Paint

Use the code CREATE20 for 20% off your order.
Lindsay is a super creative illustrator! I love all the bright colors she uses in all her work!
These notebooks are so lovely!  She has loads of different designs too.

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Katy Girl Designs

Use the code WHATEVER15 for 15% off  your order.
Katy makes prints, canvases, calendars & notecards that are whimsical & happy!
This print is SO beautiful!  It’s perfect for any special lady in your life – even yourself!

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Lindsay Letters
Use the code CAMPCREATE15 for 15% off  your order – offer good through June 20.
Creative, unique & inspiring artwork fills Lindsay’s shop!
It was so fun to be able to send our Campers home with her new coloring book filled with bible verses, art work & quotes:
 CLICK HERE to order it!

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Barn Owl Primitives
Use the code CREATE15 for 15% off your order.
Barn Owl Primitives is a family owned, artist-driven shop selling handcrafted, vintage-inspired products, made with love.
there is a LOT of really fun stuff in their shop!  Signs… vintage goods… bags… kitchenwares… bunting!

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Jennie - Had a very “Meg” weekend – used your code to FINALLY buy the LL Doxology canvas I’ve wanted for years. And bought paint for my own rainbow stairs to the basement. THANK YOU!

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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!

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

CAMP CREATE:

– 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!

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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!

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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!!)
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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.

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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.  😉

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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

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IMPORTANT FACTS to note:

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!
I LOVE DESSERT!
and at Camp we have plenty of it – which makes me soooo happy!

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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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