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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.
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.
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?

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!

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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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


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.


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!


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!


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!


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 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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so many projects!

life is moving along over here.
we have so many projects happening at once that i have shouted “we cannot do one more thing until we finish this list!” and then had to tell myself the same thing in my head 10 times a day.
i see all the weeds in the flower beds – “nope.  look away! they will be there next week/month!”
i see the junk drawers in the laundry room – “SHUT IT.  that mess will wait.  It is not on the list”
i walk by the fabric i bought for curtains back in december – “NOOOO! stick to the list!”
so i must push through… and not deviate from the crazy long list.
and i cannot wait to be done!

this rug!
i love it so much!
although… do not leave it out in a huge week long rain storm… it will fade a lot.

my mom found me this super great vintage floral rocking chair and it is IN the living room now.  🙂
it’s my new favorite thing.
behind it you can see the box where the baby chicks were living for a few weeks.

they are out in the coop now – too stinky to keep inside for long.
we got 3 barred rock and one buff orphington.
we’ll see if they are all girls… fingers crossed!
we aren’t allowed to have roosters according to the city rules.
and also roosters are loud!  no thank you.

over the last few months we have been to SO MANY volleyball tournaments.
sometimes siblings come, sometimes other family, sometimes it’s just me or just craig.
we were in Kansas City for a three day tournament last weekend.
i have never seen anything like that – 70 something courts??? CRAZY!

between games we got to do a little antique shopping in the West Bottoms in KC.
it was faaaaabulous.
this is me trying to get craig to appreciate this cabinet and want to buy it for me.
he didn’t bite.    #sadface

it was a really great place to find junky treasures.
i could’ve shopped five times as long as i got to… no one else was as excited as me about the antiques.
can you believe i didn’t buy that rainbow afgan?  or the jesus paint-by-number?? I have a collection of jesus pictures!? what is wrong with me?  it’s amazing!

i’m jealous that sean can do that eyebrow thing!

annie is such a great baker!
she made this cake just because she wanted to – and it was soooooo good!

waffle finally got a much needed haircut.
He loooooves not having all that hair – runs around all happy and funny after the haircut.
and i am happy to not have hairballs floating all around the house.

our first sunset of 2017 out in the firepit.
so happy to have so many more this summer!

i got some new rugs – i ordered from home depot because they have free shipping and you can return anything to the store.
this one was a total win!

one of the projects we are working on… (craig i mean) was putting in new flooring in the basement!
it was all carpet down here before.
and now it’s this awesomeness!
time to bring on the fun details like pillows, art work,  furniture etc!
we watch movies down there with the projector – like a movie theater – kinda.
way to go mr. duerksen!

i found this table & 6 chairs on craigslist for $200.
it looks exactly like our current craigslist table but it has two big leaves to seat lots more people.

i sanded, primed with KILZ2, painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra Pure White and sealed it with Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish.
three of the chairs weren’t worth saving but three of them were.  🙂
but we already had six from the first CL table purchase.

and now we can have more than just our family at the table!

you can see the pics from the first CL table -click here…. there was also a hutch and two buffets in the deal!
and to see what we did with them – click here!
the house looks a lot different now but that shows the first steps.  🙂
craigslist is the BEST!

Kari D. - What did you use for the flooring in the basement? Love the color!

Emily - How do you keep your vintage fabric furniture from smelling……”vintage”?

Kristin S - OH, and pedestal is a life changer. You can fit so many more people around the table!

Your posts make me want to move to Kansas.

Tiffany - You guys did a great job on the flooring!

Caroline - Oh how fun it would be to go antiquing with you! Are you also using the R&F eyelash stuff??? Or do you just have great lashes naturally? 🙂

Lori - Love your photos! Waffle in a hoodie- ha!

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