The DIY Holiday Gift Guide

the diy holiday

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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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Black Girl Magic Art Market Recap

me at art market

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”

3 Lessons Learned from #21days21paintings

21 days 21 paintings

At the beginning of May I took on a 21 Days 21 Paintings challenge on my Instagram account for Sharifa Creates Studio, @scstudioofficial. My goal was to paint and showcase 21 paintings for 21 days straight. I have to admit that I fell behind a few days, but was determined to finish the challenge strong. Through it I learned a few things about myself and creating. Here are three lessons I learned from the 21 Days 21 Paintings Challenge. Continue reading “3 Lessons Learned from #21days21paintings”

Under the Sea Collection | Behind the Scenes

done artwork

Last November I opened an online shop by the name of Sharifa Creates Studio to sell my original pieces of abstract art. When I first started the shop, I pretty much painted whatever came to my mind and listed it in the shop. Nothing was wrong with this process, but I really wanted to be intentional and create cohesive bodies of work. I did just that earlier this year when I released my first series, the Unicorn Love Collection (it’s pretty magical). And, two weeks ago I released my second series of paintings entitled Under the Sea. This collection definitely captures the essence of mermaids, beaches, and the underwater world. The crazy thing is that I did not plan for this collection to be ocean themed. It naturally took on that life!

For today’s blog I’m taking you behind the scenes of Under the Sea. I will show and explain what it took for me to create this collection! Continue reading “Under the Sea Collection | Behind the Scenes”

8 EASY Easter Décor and Craft DIY Projects

Happy Easter Sign

Easter catches me off guard every year! I never know if it will land in March or April. And, I get so caught in the haste of preparing for Resurrection Sunday, that I don’t get a chance to make decorations.

This year I was determined to do better. I went to the Sharifa Creates’ archives and sprinkled a little Easter seasoning salt on a few of my DIY projects. Instead of coming up with brand new decorations, I re-purposed old décor. There’s no denying that Easter is a week away with all the pink, yellow, and purple colored décor surrounding me.

Lucky for you, I compiled ALL of these projects in one blog post, so you can get your decorations in order too. Keep reading to see how I turned 8 different craft projects into Easter décor!

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