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summer is here!


kansas in the end of may and beginning of june is THE BEST!
Yellow fields of wheat everywhere you go!

talby got to go to prom!
she went with a group of friends and had a really fun time.

picking out her dress was actually lots of fun!
annie came along and we put her in charge of hanging the dresses back on the hanger.
i was in charge of getting the next dress off of the hanger and ready to put on.
#teamwork
and then we wished annie needed a gown for something special too because this one was SO cute!


a sleepy Friday night at our house while “watching” the NBA finals.


Chickens and peonies! two of my favorite things!

these black & white ones are two of the “babies” – getting so big.

love my shirt from All Good Things Collective!  It’s really really soft!



i think i was trying to take a picture of the house being really clean but these guys wanted a pic instead.
they are cuter than a clean house anyway.

this spring in the flower beds, daisies came up EVERYWHERE!
which was fine with me!
and ladybugs were everywhere too – that’s for good luck,  right?


a wheatfield before it was yellow on a stormy day.
i drive this road alllll the time.

craig had a birthday and we can’t remember doing anything!
i took this picture of the donuts so i know we had that – but otherwise we have completely forgotten.
must be our age…

the building behind him is the little bitty hospital where he was born.
we were in that small town for a track meet just before his birthday and i had him pose for this memory.
🙂


i spray painted an old bed for the Craft House last week in this beautiful bright sun yellow.
it made me feel so happy!
and all that pom pom trim at hobby lobby always make me smile.


scott’s birthday is just after craig’s.
to celebrate we ended up at the zoo!
interesting choice for a 19 year old’s birthday but it was fun and something we do much anymore now that they are getting so much older.
when we arrived we found out it was also a Cinco De Mayo festival going on!
to get from one area to another at the zoo our whole family had to walk single file straight through the dance floor FULL of people dancing and celebrating to a very loud live band… it was so funny!
Scott chose Texas Roadhouse for his birthday dinner and we even go him to ride the birthday saddle!
i used to cook their favorite meal for their birthdays but now we go out to eat at the restaurant of their choice.
it’s just easier with kids not living at home, busy schedules of teens and all that goes along with that.
and then after dinner – i make them take a selfie.
because i can!

happy birthday scotty boy!


i had craig teach me how to use the jigsaw!
power tools make crafting even more fun!

annie learned to use the riding mower last week!
she was very cautious (s l o w) but there’s nothing wrong with that.
hopefully she’ll want to do it more than just that one time.
this below was the view behind me when taking that picture of annie – quite dramatic!

the peonies at the craft house are always so gorgeous.
And half the house still has the old purple & cream trim while the other half is sporting the new navy & white!
Painting a house is such a long process!


we took all three of these nerds to the vet at one time.
#dumb
but at least it’s over and they are up to date on their vaccinations.


talby competed in track all year in the 300 hurdles & 100 hurdles.
she’s the blurry one on the right side of the pic.
but hey… check out that sunset!

the girls 4×4 relay team made it all the way to State!
Talby was an alternate for this team.
three of the four girls on that state team were freshmen!
can’t wait to watch them over these next three years – they are so fast!

meixcan food on mother’s day for the win!
and clearly we liked our meals – clean plate club.
also i took a 3 hour nap that day!
craig painted the guest room for me and arranged for new flooring to be put in it as my mother’s day gift.
i was definitely happy about that.
annie knows that starbucks is my favorite and got me a gift card (to take her there – ha!)

on the last week of school annie had a choir concert.
we curled her hair and put on a little makeup and suddenly she was 20 years old!
what the heck?
slow down with all this growing-up-at-warp-speed stuff kids!
it’s not nice.

see what i mean?
grown!


but not too grown to bring home giant frogs from the pond nearby just for fun.
this was the biggest frog i’ve seen/held in my life.


first summer campfire in the back yard fire pit.
this spot is pure loveliness.
we will be watching the sunset as many times as we can from this spot.

and these are all my plants i have to plant.
i did put about 1/3 of them in the ground already but the rest is waiting patiently for me to get my act together!
thankfully i like gardening a lot – not digging out the rocks and the roots… just regular flower planting.
and speaking of that – i need to go water these pots right now.

Sarah D - I’ve been following your blog for years and check in every once in a while. I cannot believe how fast kids grow! My 13 year old is taller than me now at 5’10! God bless you in your journey! Thanks for still blogging! I love taking photos and you have SO many great photos!

meg duerksen - HI meredith! I got that rug about 2 or 3 months ago from homedepot.com!

Ann - Yea for Talbys modest dress!!!! How very classy!!!

meredith - Great pics Meg! Can you tell me where you got the rug that’s in your family room? Thanks! 🙂

Kathy L - What a lovely post……lots going on and beautiful pics!!

Dana Powell - I just love your happy blog. 🙂 And today I was doing laundry and thought ‘that was dumb’…and instantly thought of you. It should be your trademark phrase!!

Lorri - Love this post! A sweet, happy peek inside family life. Happy summer!

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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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