Gift Guide for the Crafty Creative

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The hardest people to buy presents for are crafters. They make everything! Instead of stressing over what to get, buy them the supplies they need to continue DIY-ing. Here’s a gift guide for the crafty creative!

P.S. Don’t be afraid to self-indulge! Purchase some of these items for yourself.


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The DIY Holiday Gift Guide

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I’m a strong advocate for DIY-ing Christmas presents. This marks my fourth year in a row making gifts instead of buying them. I started DIY-ing gifts because I was tired of heading into congested malls only to not find anything worth giving to friends and family. I couldn’t even bear the wait for items I ordered online to be shipped to me.

I had to take the initiative! Now I find unique YouTube and Pinterest tutorials for my favorite DIY projects, purchase a few items from the craft store, and create. It’s a peaceful process!

Nothing beats handmade gifts. They are from the heart. This is why I put together a DIY gift guide just for you. Make your presents this holiday season!


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DIY Flower Cat Ears

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I have one Halloween tradition. That is to shop for half-priced candy on November 1st. I just don’t have the “let’s celebrate Halloween” bone in my body. Blame it on my parents. As a child, I was not allowed to dress up and go trick or treating. Instead I watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and passed out candy to the children who could participate.

I do, however, admire the effort that people put into their Halloween costumes. I have seen Starbucks Frappuccinos, donuts, Solange look-a-likes, and Emojis. The ideas are exceptionally creative.

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DIY Flower Infused Cake Stand

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The sweetness continues on Sharifa Creates! Today I am cranking out a new DIY project for a flower infused cake stand. It is a unique and chic way to display cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. You cannot find this in a regular shmegular store! Keep reading for the tutorial. Continue reading “DIY Flower Infused Cake Stand”

Black Girl Magic Art Market Recap

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It’s been a long time coming, but I finally had the chance to write this blog post! At the end of July, I participated in the Black Girl Magic Art Show and Market at The Insomnia Gallery in Houston, Texas. This was my first art market since graduating from college. Today, I’m talking all about my experience.

Prior to learning about this event, I was taking a Bible study class called Chase The Lion. This class encouraged me to pursue God’s dream for my life and the fears attached to them. God showed me that it was time to step outside of my comfort zone. I began praying for an opportunity to participate in an art show or market. It was a struggle for Continue reading “Black Girl Magic Art Market Recap”

15 Scriptures to Pray for God’s Protection

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God is our protector. He holds all strength, power, and authority in His hands. While we may go through dangerous and tempting situations, we can rest in knowing that God will keep us safe and not allow evil to prevail.

As Hurricane Harvey traveled across the Texas Gulf Coast region early last week, I prayed and asked God to protect me and my loved ones. We live in the Houston area and I feared that the torrential rainfall and resulting flooding would cause our home harm. But even in my fear, I made it a point to pray scriptures of God’s promises to protect His children. As I prayed God’s Word, I could feel His peace assure me that everything would be okay. God was faithful and He protected me and my family from the dangers presented by Hurricane Harvey.

When you face a challenging situation, do not be fearful! Know that God is your protector and He will provide all of your needs. Pray and speak God’s word in faith and He will do exactly what He says.

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How To Make A Glitter Letter Banner

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Glitter letter banners are my favorite craft! I can create any message and then display it as a vibrant piece of party or room décor. I even sold them for a couple of months on my online shop. Glitter letter banners are easier to create than some may think. That’s why today’s tutorial is all about how to make one! Keep reading for all of the glittery details. Continue reading “How To Make A Glitter Letter Banner”

3 Years, 3 Lessons Learned | Sharifa Creates’ Blogiversary

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Saturday, August 12th marked the three year blogiversary of Sharifa Creates! My first blog post was a recap of my college graduation dinner party decorations. I posted pictures of jumbo tissue paper flowers, tassels, and leftover party favors. The pictures and descriptions were not the best, but I was excited to begin my blogging journey and see where God led me.

Sharifa Creates is still here (I stuck to it!) and it has grown so much since the very first time I hit the publish button. Many lessons came with this growth. For today’s post, I would like to share three of them with you.

1. Start where you are with what you have.

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4 Reasons To Keep A Prayer Journal | Motivational Monday

“Then Joshua told the people: Years from now your children will ask you why these rocks are here. Tell them, ‘The Lord our God dried up the Jordan River so we could walk across. He did the same thing here for us that he did for our people at the Red Sea, because he wants everyone on earth to know how powerful he is. And he wants us to worship only him.’” – Joshua 4:21-24, CEV

Prayer journals are beautiful tools useful for strengthening any relationship with God. I started prayer journaling shortly after I began college. I needed a way to document my relationship with God during those transformative years. I used my journal to write down scriptures, prayers, and lessons I learned along the way. Seven years and several journals later, I have a collection of my hardships and how God provided breakthroughs and blessings for each one.

Because of my positive experience with prayer journals, I really want to encourage you to start one. Here are four reasons to keep a prayer journal: Continue reading “4 Reasons To Keep A Prayer Journal | Motivational Monday”

12 Scriptures on God’s Faithfulness | Motivational Monday

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“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful. Although we do not always see God at work, we can know for a fact He is protecting, providing for, and guiding us. God will fulfill the promises He made to us for His glory and our good. God blesses us with the knowledge, wisdom, and resources to do His will. The process may take longer than we expect and it may bring challenges. However, God’s timing is perfect and the hardships we face build our character and prepare us for the journey ahead.

It’s not always easy to believe God’s promises for our life, but we must be encouraged and push forward. We should think of everything He has already done in our life. It is said over and over, but it is true that if God did it before, He will do it again. If that does not encourage you, then open His word! It is the best way to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness.

For today’s Motivational Monday, I have compiled twelve scriptures about God’s faithfulness. Write, meditate on, and pray over them in every season of your life. You will know without a doubt in your mind that God is faithful.

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