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Whatever Camp Create 2016




Oh My Goodness!  September 7-11, 2016 was a dream come true.  I was blessed to attend Whatever Camp Create in Newton, Kansas.  It…was…amazing.  I am telling you… the photos of this place are enticing enough, but to see it in real life is another story. And to experience this event is even better.   Whatever Camp Create is a faith-based week filled with creating, studying God’s word, eating amazing food and antiquing.  Camp Create is  the brainchild of Meg Duerksen

Go follow this gifted, talented, funny girl now on her blog, Facebook, Instagram! Do it now!  She and her team ooze creativity!

I flew from Midland, Texas into Dallas on Wednesday.  As I was approaching the gate waiting area, I spotted, Amy Bowling and Debbie Hargadon.  Mind you, I have never met these girls but had been following them on Instagram.  So I sit down, turn to Debbie and say, “Are you Debbie?”  She looked so shocked and I told her who I was.  At that, Amy swings around from the chair behind me, and I knew it was her. We jumped right into friendship and giggles.  So fun!


We arrived in Wichita and started meeting up with some more delightful friends from around the country. Linda Bartone and Roxann Regenstreif , Andrea Lawless and Donna Harris. As each new friend arrived, I asked her “Are  you a hugger?”  They giggled and shared hugs.  (Who is this crazy, loud, hugging woman from Texas?) #areyouahugger? #youhadtoaskyourhusbandifhewasahugger?

Rachel Price and (“the”) Stephanie Ackerman picked us up and headed to the quaintest little Kansas town – Newton.  The chatting and stories began.  The beginning of so many wonderful stories.

When we arrived at the amazing Craft House, the van filled with oohs and aaahs.  The house is just spectacular.  Other new friends included Suzanne Collins, Emily Passmore, Erin Ayres, and Amanda Ballmer.


This was my space for the week. I was serenaded every evening by the most amazing thunderstorms

and the sound of giant acorns hitting the roof. Loved the unique quilts on every bed.


I shared a room with these two sweeties,  Emily and Linda.



Kimberlee Jost presented us with outstanding meals and desserts. First time I have ever had homemade peach pie-heaven on a plate.  The first night we had chicken enchiladas that were out of this world.  And Thursday morning she delighted us with homemade cinnamon rolls, quiche, and strawberries.  Her sweet sidekick and cousin, Rachel Price served us daily.  So pampered and not allowed to lift a fork, or plate…that’s right, no dishes for these spoiled….uh blessed crafters.

We were so blessed to have Stephanie Ackerman teach.  I’d tease her that I’m so honored to meet her.  She’d just wave me off, but she is still a star in my eyes.  Her Bible Journaling has inspired my life for several years. Check out her blog and online classes.  She is so joyful and kept us in stitches.  Thanks Stephanie for sharing your gift with us.

We were also delighted to meet Ashley Campbell, Under the Sycamore.  I have followed her blog for several years as well.  She is a precious little momma with so much talent. She taught a printmaking class.   She has some great online photography classes.

Meg taught us how to make the cutest bunting.  So fun to see everyone’s choices of colors and fabrics.

The Bible study time was led by Ruth Simons, Gracelaced  I learned so much about the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.  She also taught a watercolor class.  Don’t miss her online shop featuring her watercolors.

So, you know how “they” say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth?  Well it’s not…Whatever Camp Create is!

I’ll quit yakking and let you see for yourself.

Sweet Ashley


Antiquing in Marion, KS with Andrea, Amy, Roxann, Kimberlee, Erin



Front door greeting


Ruth’s amazing watercolor. She’s a gift.


Meg’s fabric art


Stephanie’s class, mixed media tags.  Yes, I know I spelled Beatitude wrong.  Oh well.




Kimberly’s famous-to-me peach pie


Rubber stamp, print making #$2.00eyeglasses  #birds #duh


I did a little nature art from the Craft House yard.  #heartart.  Biggest acorns I’ve ever seen


Ashley and I



My antique treasure.  Old drawer that now stores my stamps.


Ruth and I


My Texan neighbor…sorta – Amy.  She said she wanted to do a goofy picture.  Can’t imagine why she asked me.



Meg, Megastar, Megness, Megical, Megnificent



Donna, Amanda, Roxann





Super team of amazing women.







My beach loving California girl, Roxi





Ya gotta have friends!



Stephanie Ackerman - September 20, 2016 - 2:56 am

Awesome post!!! Brings back all the sweet memories..we should have gotten a picture of your mask!

Roxann Regenstreif - September 23, 2016 - 12:34 am

Rhonda, loved this post! You said so well what we all felt about Camp Create! Such an incredible time of crafting, eating, soaking up God’s Word and bonding with some of the most incredible women! So thankful and blessed to call you friend.

RhondaElder - September 26, 2016 - 4:37 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Roxi. Great memories. You are a special lady!

RhondaElder - September 26, 2016 - 4:38 pm

There was one person that grabbed a photo of my mud mask…but it’s a secret. lol

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