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Camp Create Fall 2016

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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.

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

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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!

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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.
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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.
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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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we decided on our designs and then carved them into the stamp.
it’s tricky and backwards to have to think in negative space!
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then we used fabric paint and stamped the design onto tea towels and canvas bags.
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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.
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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
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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.

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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.
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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.  🙂

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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!
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as always – we took a field trip out to my favorite antique shop Bearly Makin’ It.
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everyone came back with treasures – everything from quilts to antlers.
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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.
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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.

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

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

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!
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last week we had our third Camp CREATE!
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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you guys… the food.
it was ALL SO CRAZY GOOD!!!
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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.
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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.  🙂
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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!

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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.
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everybody loves the rainbow stairs!
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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.
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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.
HA!

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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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Camp Create 2015

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well in case you weren’t sure… Camp CREATE was soooo good!  🙂
we planned and anticipated for months and it was totally worth it!
it was so cool to see what a perfect group God brought together for a week of fellowship, worship & creating.
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kimberlee and i kicked off our 5th year of Craft Weekends and 2nd year of Camps this September.
how can it have been that long already?

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i have had many questions asking “what is the difference between Craft Weekend and Camp CREATE?”
#1 Camp is Wednesday – Sunday and CW is Friday – Sunday.
#2 At Camp we have a speaker that shares about God, her faith and a relationship with Jesus.
#3 At CW we make several craft projects and at Camp we have instructors to teach workshops that focus on a creative skill or technique.
#4 Camp has A LOT of down time to help with rest, relaxing and creativity.

Both are wonderful but in different ways.   🙂
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Our speaker was Stephanie Holden.
she is known by most online as “Honey” Holden.
let me tell you… she was just what this group needed!
she blessed the entire group with teaching us from the bible and through her own stories.
she was open and honest and safe… all with a thick southern accent.
at the end of her speaking time the first night, she read a letter to us that she’d written to her 16 year old self as part of blog project.
and then told us that she would like all of us to write one while we were at camp…and share them!
WOW!
what a powerful tool that was look back on the goodness of God & see all the ways He has worked through our lives!
it was a HARD and emotional project!
but also very freeing to release it all and give God the glory in all of it… the good, the bad, and everything in-between.
if you have never done it… today is the day!
go for it!
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our guest Carol made those cookies for us?!!
i couldn’t even believe the awesomeness!
they were so perfectly made and tasted amazing!
i had like… 8.
for reals.
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our art instructors Stephanie Ackerman taught a workshop on Art Journaling.
and Jenni Horne taught a technique of whimsical painting.
i filled in a gap of time with a fun wood block heart project.
between those three things there was paint, glue, chalk and stickers EVERYWHERE.
the best kind of mess!
everyone enjoyed learning what was shared and having lots of open ended to keep creating as ideas came during the week.
thank you Stephanie and Jenni!
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the idea for the hearts came from @heart_by_cc on IG.

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we were excited to celebrate TWO birthdays during our time together!
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stephanie teaching how she creates her pages in her art journal.
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jenni showing us her painting technique.
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kimberlee always spoils us with her delicious meals and desserts.
this week was no exception… enchiladas, cinnamon rolls, ginger snaps, cheesecake, chicken pot pie!!
it is such a treat for ME to not have to think about food while we are at the house.
she makes the week complete by blessing women with thoughtfully prepared food!

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Dianna (in the blue stripes) was our official “Helper of All The Things” for the week.
she was SO needed and went way over the top in her job.
i love you Di!
thank you for every single thing you did… seen and unseen.
and how great that this time you didn’t even have to fix a toilet?  🙂

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we took our campers out for lunch a sweet new lunch spot in Florence called The Flint Hills Market & Bakery.
if you live anywhere near Florence, Kansas be sure to check it out.
and of course we visited my favorite antique store and barn of antiques!
everyone has to experience those if you come to visit me.
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the Camp Create Leaders for the week… Jenni, Kimberlee, Honey, Stephanie and me.
there is a lot of love in that picture.
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my husband had to hang that HUGE sign from The House of Belonging the night before camp… OY!
it’s GIGANTIC!
but i knew that the women who come through the doors at the Craft House need to hear those words.
it needed to be there as a reminder to them.
and me!
Thanks Tiffani for encouraging every Craft House guest!
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i asked Honey before camp for a word or phrase to sum up what her time of sharing would be.
she texted this back to me:
I’m focusing on a different part of our identity… a different word for each session so it was hard to come up with one word that encompasses them all. (“Warrior”is my favorite individual study for the week. Eeep! )  Abundant, or Abundance is a good summary. When you pile up all the the things we are in Christ, it is an abundance of goodness. Like.. Blow your mind kind of stuff. Because of who we are in Him, because of what HE has done… He’s created us to never lack in any area. He’s not only given us grace to be sustained but He wants us to live an abundant life… Thriving as the woman He created us to be.  
I’m just praying we all leave with fresh eyes of all that we ARE and all that we DO have in Christ. It’s easy to let our circumstances at times make us forgetful or even feel forgotten by the Lord when He was passing out His goodness for the day or month or year. Regardless of whatever season we are in or what we are facing, He has SO much for us.

and that is exactly what shared over the course of the week.
i loved every word.
we felt encouraged, inspired, understood and loved by God in each of her sessions.

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we had a quiet time each morning to reflect on what our speaker had shared or for devotions or just purely for quiet.
to further the relaxing we brought in massage therapists.
everyone had the opportunity to sign up for an hour massage and everyone took it!
quiet time AND massage… does it get better than that?
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i just love all these happy faces!
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the rainbow stairs were a huge hit!  🙂

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the whole week was absolutely wonderful!
i sat at the end of the room watching what God has brought together and felt so seen & known by Him.
i felt so loved!
the way He takes our small offerings of what we have and turns it into something so BIG for his glory.
i like to make things, decorate and talk…. He takes those things i have to offer up and has made such a comforting place for women to hear Him, grow in Him, love Him & to be reminded of how much HE LOVES THEM!
and that is such a sweet spot to be in.
i am so grateful for all Christ has done in me…what he has shown me… and for the ways he continues to pursue me in love.
i just love everything about jesus and how He loves me no matter what. (heart eyes! heart eyes! heart eyes!)

i am still on a Camp Create high a week and half later… it was RAD!
(and my pants still don’t fit after all that yummy food!)

Tammy, Mary, Shelly, Gina, Sherry, Katie, Jenni, Carol, Julie, Janie, Kristin, Honey, Jenni, Dianna, Stephanie and Kimberlee… THANK YOU for  camp… for sharing and being open… for being kind to each other… for everything!
I am thanking God for each one of you today.

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i will share this week about our fabulous sponsors that sent fun gifts for us.

 

AND soon i will share about the next Camp CREATE coming in April 2016!!!
woo-hoo!!
I am very excited about it!
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Heather Lafter - Anyone know where to get the HAPPY shirt. I need one!!

Lori - Meg- I love the idea of Camp Create and I never get tired of looking at pictures of the craft house! Happy you had an amazing weekend!

Amy Woods - I love everything about this post. And can we just talk about all the tunics in your photos?! You ladies are styling up with the long shirts and I need to find myself some! Ca- UUUUTE!

Gemma - Kimberlee’s food always looks amazing!

Gemma x

Roxann Regenstreif - My sweet friend Shelly Clark just got back from your camp and can’t stop talking about it! I really really want to go this next year! This is such a huge need for women to laugh, pray, create and to connect together in a fun environment. Thank you for making this possible.

Rachel - this is incredible! Totally inspiring, what a blessing you are using your gifts, passion and vision to serve others xx

Jenny B. - Amazing! I actually thought Camp Create was like Craft Weekend, but for kids. How did I get that in my head?? I have no idea. 🙂 So, I’m glad you explained it! It looks absolutely wonderful. I definitely get a sense of what a blessing the time was, and that the whole experience was about glorifying God while digging into your God-given creativity. Love it! <3

Zakary - Oh, that sign in the entryway! *heart eyes*

Debi Meyers - 5 years? FIVE YEARS?!?!

Sheila Atchley - …soIm going old-school, and leaving a comment! 😉 This looks like it was such a soul-restorative time. I think giving women the tools and inspiration to be creative IS equipping them for spiritual battle…because no enemy is going to allow you to win uncontested. And when we, as women, can quiet the white noise in our head, and soak our souls in Truth, and meditate on truth through our fingers and paints and markers and whatever….that is a major tool in the toolkit. You almost can’t overstate its value. I’m so glad I discovered you, Meg!

tiffany day - lovely so very lovely!

would absolutely love to be able to attend sometime – I would be an awesome helper too! 😉

xoTiffany

kellyn - looks like you knocked it out of the park again. a sweet spot for sure. you are a blessing to so many. nice work!

Kimberlee Jost - That picture of Mary on the porch during quiet time—that’s what it’s all about right there for me. I get a big lump in my throat and teary just thinking about how much this time means to us all.

Suzanne - Meg,
Love this Camp Create post. One day (oh, one day) I would love to be able to afford to do this. But in this phase of my life, I will just thoroughly enjoy your posts. That will have to suffice for now. QUESTION – totally unrelated, what are the leggings you buy? I cannot remember the brand or quite frankly, anything. HELP! and thanks.

Andrea - Simply amazing!

Kathy - You’ve made the house beautiful, colorful, fun and rejuvenating and it looks like your guests had a fantastic and uplifting time. p.s., I hope you bought that chicken picture – it made me laugh out loud. 🙂

Sara - It looks like an absolutely fabulous week!

Jenna - I need this! Such a lovely experience that I hope one day I get to experience!

Amy - How amazing to come as strangers but leave as sisters in Christ! Looks like an amazing time! I’m thinking my girls should enter those wood hearts as a 4-H project this year. 😄

Jen - Your camp and craft weekends always look so amazing! I wish I could participate, but I also wish there was room for those who are not Christian. Oh well…

Ashlea - Thank you so much for blogging about this. This looks like such a fun time! I can’t wait to hear about the next Camp.

Janie - Meg, thank you thank you thank you! I am so glad God gave you the gifts he did so that you could bless us!!!

Heidi - Swoon. It’s almost unbelievably magical. What a great way to serve others too. You totally rock. Maybe one day I will be creating, uplifting and sitting on the rainbow stairs. Cheers to you Meg. And all the other awesome ladies who make events like this possible.

Jaime A. - Just beautiful, and fun, and peaceful, and colorful!

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CAMP CREATE 2014

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i have been hesitant to write this post…it’s taken me an entire month!
camp was SO GOOD and everything i had hoped it would be.
i don’t think my words can describe our time at Camp CREATE well enough.
i don’t want to miss anything.
and during camp i barely took any photos because i was having such a great time i forgot!
so this post is made up of pictures taken by me and the whole group.

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it was an awesome group of women.
i kept smiling when i would remember that this was the group God picked to be here.
He put us together.  That meant something.
God is in all the details.

when you bring a group of strangers together who know they are coming to focus on dreams and God’s plans & desires… amazing things happen.
none of the guests knew anyone before coming.
none of them were able to come with a friend because it sold out so quickly.
AND I LOVED THAT!

these girls were vulnerable and strong.
they were asking God “what do you want me to do next?  what is your plan for my life… right now?”
and that is B I G!!!

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Each evening and morning our speaker, Holley, talked with us about dreams and God’s purpose for us.

Holley Gerth is the author of “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”.
(she has written lots of books and you probably need them all)

she taught us that a “God-sized Dream” means a dream that perfectly fits your heart.  it’s not about how big or small it is, it is about saying YES to the dream God has for you.
she shared with us about “pursuing life with passion and purpose and going with God where he leads.”
those are her exact words.
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i wanted to write down every. single. thing.

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we talked about our strengths and our skills.
we discussed how are we using those to serve others?
and where do our dreams fit into that picture?
we talked about fear – the fear of failing… fear of it not working out…. fear of rejection… fear of success.

Holley’s words were just what my own heart needed to hear.
and i’m pretty sure every one in the room was thinking the same thing.

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Stephanie Ackerman & Michelle Allen lead our creative workshops.
we created art journals, encouragement cards, carved our own rubber stamps and made ornament pillows from our stamps.
it was relaxing… refreshing… and oh so fun!!

they were both fabulous teachers.
i enjoyed how their style was totally different and i learned so much them both!
i am now a huge fan of art journaling AND i want to carve a million more stamps.

we were spoiled with such wonderful teachers.
it felt great to create projects with endless possibilities for hours at a time.
and then go to bed and be able to leave it all out!!
no kids to come & get into our mess or family needing to eat breakfast on the same table   🙂
getting freedom in the time and mess is so nice.
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we shopped at our very favorite barn and antique shop.
some went to other local shops in newton and sonic for happy hour drinks!
some went for a run in the mornings… some went out for evening walks.
we brought in massage therapists for those who wanted massage… oh yeah… ahhhhh-mazing!!!
there was a big focus on RELAXING at camp.

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having shannan as our “official helper” for the week made everything EVEN MORE EPIC!
she is as wonderful as she seems on her blog.
she is the real deal.
i like her so dang much.
she’s a writer so i am positive she really liked that last sentence… it’s very professional, intelligent and well written.
shannan… i am so thankful for you.
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the week before camp we pushed hard and finished out the backyard area.
we gave away our swing set and cleared out the weeds…
my strong sons and husband did most of the hard stuff.
i hung lights and bunting and made it pretty.

it was perfect for a fire and s’mores for dessert!

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kimberlee‘s food was possibly the best it’s ever been.
the way she plans a menu is a creative gift!
we ate like queens.
and in case you didn’t know… kimberlee is the organization behind our events.
she thinks of details in the details.
things i never could come up with and she has ideas and answers.
i love her brain and her giant heart for hospitality.
i am so thrilled we get to work together AND be friends.
she’s rad.

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michelle graciously gave us a new sign for the Craft House kitchen!
definitely time well spent.
it was really cool to watch it come together!
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for part of the art journaling, stephanie had us cut words from old book pages.
any words that caught our eye… those above were some of my words i cut out.
and i also got caught up  in reading my pages.
mine was about a president that was ill and the wife having to hold it together for everyone… i looked up during our workshop and said “my page is making me cry!”
i was supposed to be looking for words not reading!

Holley found the phrase “Great Jumping Mullets Grandpa!”
what??
it stuck.
we said it all week.

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tara took a selfie with everyone at camp.
and i thought it was so adorable to see it all in one collage!

we had some lovely sponsors who sent gifts for our guests………………………………………………..

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Faith & Life Bookstore is my local book shop.
they are in Newton, Kansas.
they wanted to give our guests a gift!  It was so kind of them to do!
everyone at camp was able to go home with Holley’s book!

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CRAVE Popcorn Company.
they sent their popcorn for our girls to snack on.
oh my goodness i love this stuff!
you can order online and have it shipped right to your door!

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Lisa Leonard Designs
Lisa sent this necklace to our guests.
i love that they can wear it and remember their week at Camp and how they ARE loved!
You can order this necklace for yourself too and wear it anytime you need a reminder!

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Lauren made a few of these creative signs for Camp Create.
one gets to live at the Craft House forever and two went home with two of our guests!
We love your shop Lauren!

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i even got to take them to the sunflower field that i love so much!
i don’t think there could be a better backdrop for pictures.
nothing can compare.

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Holley told us that “the Dream itself (whatever it may be for you) is not the point.  The adventure in the relationship with God is what matters. ”
Being together with Him, ready for whatever He asks and brings to you next.
Remembering that we are His, we are loved and we can dream BIG.
Saying your dreams out loud can be a scary thing.
But He has given us what we need to be all that we need to be.

(you should go read Holley’s story about her daughter Lovelle… God is so good!)
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this week for me was about giving these women a time and a place for their creative gifts.
time to rest… dig deeper… make friends…. and to be heard.
we shared together what our dreams were and what the next step was.
everyone encouraged each other in so many ways.

having this camp was my God-Sized Dream.
i was scared… scared it was a dumb idea…. that no one would want to come… that i was crazy…
while reading Holley’s book it was made clear to me that this was not something i came up with but that it was God ‘s idea and HE wanted me to do it.
and then at that point… what choice did i have?
to run away scared or say YES to his plans!

it was humbling to see this group of women come together and hear them share so intently.
it was a w e s o m e.
and i am so happy that they could have time to focus on their dreams.

and this may seem silly to some but i felt like that sunflower field was a treat from God for me.
it was breathtaking.
like God was saying “you did what i asked.  you gave me your fears.  you trusted me.  Look Megan, your favorite flower…. a MILLION of them.”

sometimes God choses to practically knock us out with his goodness.

this camp… was one of those times.
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if you are interested… here are other camp create recaps.  🙂

michelle –  part one and part two
stephanie  – part one and part two
holley
shannan  
carey
beth

Camp Create – part 2 | Allen Designs Studio - […] check out Meg’s blog post that has a lot more details and fun […]

Laura h - I was on vacation in a remote part of the country so I couldn’t read your blog for 10 days. That killed me, but yours was the first one I checked in on when I got back. I love this post about camp create!! xoxo
I remember you once posted a picture off of Pinterest of a backyard with bunting, and you loved it sooo much! You said “someone needs to have a party, and invite me.” Well, you are THAT person! The one who threw the party with the bunting! I think that is adorable! Love your blog, love it!

Heather - Jealous times 10!!

Karina - It sounds like an amazing experience. I really wish they had something like this for atheists. Seriously. I feel *this* close to finding people who like the same stuff I do…but then they open their mouth (or fire up the keyboard) and say God. Ugh. Anyway, I am glad YOU got something out of it – this is not about me! – and I am a long-standing fan of your style and your love of colour.

Camp Create – part 2 | Close2myArt - […] check out Meg’s blog post that has a lot more details and fun […]

KWolff - What an incredible opportunity for everyone involved! I have been patiently waiting for you to post pictures and a run down of the week. It was well worth the wait.
I am so glad that you lived your God sized dream. I know that I may never be fortunate enough to attend Camp Create but just having you share it is almost enough. Almost. 🙂 Thanks so much for all you do!

Rhondi - What an amazing week you had! I’d love to come to something like that!!

Keetha - Camp Create sounds like a dream! Are there plans in place to have another one (or more) next year? Thanks!

Lisa - “the Dream itself (whatever it may be for you) is not the point. The adventure in the relationship with God is what matters. ” Wow! Could not love this more.

Michelle - Could you please share the menus that Kimberlee prepares. I feel very challenged putting together a menu for weekend company and would love to know what she makes. Looks like a glorious time!

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love watching girls I love have a wonderful, blessed time! Tara is the bomb. That is all.

Flower Patch Farmgirl - What we had was really something special. I loved every second. It’s fun to relive it now. Miss those faces!

Like you so dang much.

julie - What a beautiful post! So happy for all of you!

Jaime ♥ Raising up Rubies - wow Meg. this is beyond amazing. to watch you grow … your His girl, living out your life loud for Him … for us all to see. to be encouraged.
the last part about the flowers got me all choked up girl.
can’t wait to see that Jesus light in your eyes in a few days ♥

Sarah M - Meg, I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 years now, I think. I’m pretty sure you and I are kindred spirits (except for the whole exercising thing lol). I just love all the energy, realness, and encouragement your blog exudes. I’m thankful for you so much! – Love from Ohio (we have fab sunflower fields here too! They are my fave!)

stephanie ackerman - I still don’t have all of the right words to put it together justly. EVERY time I start to talk to someone about our week it turns into a three hour conversation.
It was just
so good.
so right.
so blessed.
My heart still overflows with every moment and I am really FOREVER grateful for the opportunity to be part of your GSD (God Sized Dream) Meg.
It is very easy for me to say that I love the heart of every single girl that was under the Craft House roof and I am a better girl today for the experience.

Kellyn - I know I have said this before to you but THANK YOU. Thank you for following your God-sized dream and making it possible for all of us there to dream with God. It was life changing for me and oh so needed! I miss all of you girls so much and it feels like a dream that we were all there. So thanks again Meg and keep dreaming!!

Mary Beth Hunt - Right now, I don’t HAVE a dream. I’m a semi-retired mom…..and I’m not sure what is next. But this, Meg, is making me CRY UGLEE TEARS….
“and this may seem silly to some but i felt like that sunflower field was a treat from God for me.
it was breathtaking.
like God was saying “you did what i asked. you gave me your fears. you trusted me. Look Megan, your favorite flower…. a MILLION of them.”

Sending you love and encouragement from Nebraska

coralee - *sigh*! in a sounds absolutely delightful kind of way!

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