DIY Abstract Bauble Ornaments | Christmas Decorations

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Today I’m merging my love for abstract art and Christmas with a tutorial for Abstract Bauble Ornaments! De-stress from the holiday rush with this simple DIY craft. When it comes to abstract painting there’s no need to be perfect. Imperfections are what will make this Christmas ornament beautiful. Keep scrolling for instructions!  Continue reading “DIY Abstract Bauble Ornaments | Christmas Decorations”

Holiday Gift Guide: Sharifa Creates Art

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With Christmas being less than a month away, now is the best time to purchase gifts for friends and family. Typical presents include pajamas, savvy electronics, and gift cards. But, have you ever considered giving artwork as a gift? 

I have an art business named Sharifa Creates Art. I started it three years ago to sell my original abstract paintings. Over time I’ve come to realize that visual art is more than just something pretty to look at, it can have a positive or negative spiritual impact. I create my paintings with the intention of sharing joy, encouragement, and the good news of Jesus Christ! All of my paintings are created in a worship environment. Before they leave my hands, they are prayed over and anointed for the purpose they will have in your life. 

This year buy a Christmas present from Sharifa Creates Art! Gift a canvas painting to the art collector in your life or use an art magnet to stuff a stocking. Your loved one will have a one-of-a-kind painting that no one else owns. Artwork from Sharifa Creates Art is the perfect fit for any space – from office cubicles to gallery art walls. 

Check out the official Sharifa Creates Art 2019 Holiday Gift Guide below! Shop sharifacreatesart.com today. Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide: Sharifa Creates Art”

How To Make A Colorful Clay Ring Dish

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“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8, NKJV 

Life is tough! At times it may literally feel like we’re being pressed together, picked at, and even cut down. Although uncomfortable, the hardships we face are not in vain. They are God’s way of molding us into who He created us to be. Each challenge develops our character, gifts, purpose, and faith in God! What results is a wonderful testimony of God’s grace and trustworthiness. 

Today we’re making colorful clay ring dishes! As you create, take note of the similarities you have with clay. Watch first hand as a clump of clay is transformed into a unique and useful decorative accessory. At the conclusion of this tutorial my hope is that you’ll embrace the transformative molding process of life. God is making you beautiful!  Continue reading “How To Make A Colorful Clay Ring Dish”

Open Front Ankara Print Skirt | Sew Sharifa Sew-Along

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After going through my closet early this year, I came to the conclusion that I’m a fabric hoarder.

Yep, I said it! A. Fabric. HOARDER.

My closet is filled with fabric that I have accumulated over the years. When I go to the fabric store, I impulsively buy pretty fabric without knowing what to make with it. 

I’m starting a new series on the blog that will combat this habit. I present to you Sew Sharifa: A Series of Sew-Along Blogs! At least twice a month, I’ll sew a new creation. This sew-along is not intended to be a tutorial, only a behind the scenes look at my creative process. Sewing regularly will help me cut down on my fabric supply! Continue reading “Open Front Ankara Print Skirt | Sew Sharifa Sew-Along”

It’s Harvest Season | DIY Autumn Decor

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“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9, NKJV

Today is the official start of pumpkin spice- caramel apple- sweater- scarf- and boots- season. It’s the first day of autumn! In the past, I defined autumn by its marketable attributes. Only in recent years have I come to appreciate the fullness of autumn. The temperature is pleasant, the sunsets are more beautiful, and the air seems to be fresher. Most importantly, autumn is harvest season!

Here’s what I found when I looked up the definition of autumn:

“The third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May.” Continue reading “It’s Harvest Season | DIY Autumn Decor”

Mood Board DIY | Bedroom Makeover

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I love watching HGTV – especially the hit show Flip or Flop! I can binge watch this show for hours. I enjoy seeing old homes being demolished and rebuilt with brand new designs and furnishings. The transformations that these homes undergo are incredible.

I’m so inspired that I decided to do a ‘flip or flop’ of my own – bedroom edition. Don’t expect anything drastic like hammering down walls or tearing up carpet. This makeover will be simple. I plan to re-paint my walls, update and reposition furniture, and add decorative accessories. My goal is to create a cozy, bohemian – style space for resting.  Continue reading “Mood Board DIY | Bedroom Makeover”

How To Make A Jewelry Box

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You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

Matthew 5:14-16

God has placed treasures in each of us – unique physical and spiritual gifts. With these gifts, we have been called to glorify His name and draw people to Christ. Often we stifle our gifts because of fear. We fear failure, the opinions of people, and even God’s ability to transform our hearts.

We should not fear using our gifts for God’s Kingdom. God is with us! We are protected by His grace to do anything He’s called us to do. Walking in our purpose is the most fulfilling thing we can do. Continue reading “How To Make A Jewelry Box”

DIY Conversation Heart Box

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It’s the season of love. Malls are flooded with women and men searching for romantic gifts. Parents are making quick stops at the grocery store to pick up packs of candy and boxes of cards. And, across America millennial women are planning Galentine’s Day brunches. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!

With ALL of this in mind, I created a thing! This “thing” is a simple gift for couples, fun craft for kids, and perfect party favor for brunches. It’s a Conversation Heart Box! Learn how to make one in the tutorial below. Continue reading “DIY Conversation Heart Box”

God’s Perfect Timing

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“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” – Luke 1:45

In 2018, I turned 27 years old. I remember being 17 and daydreaming about what I wanted to accomplish over the next ten years. Needless to say, life did not work out completely as planned. There is a gap between what I imagined doing and my reality, but that’s okay!

The world tells us that with growing older, we have less time to accomplish our dreams and goals. There’s a certain time to attend college, start a career, become a homeowner, and have a family. However, as children of God, these ideas are far from the Truth. Continue reading “God’s Perfect Timing”

DIY Christmas Tree Headband

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A few weeks ago, I came across the cutest Christmas tree headband at Forever 21. Instead of purchasing it, I challenged myself to make it!

Of course, I have to share the tutorial with you. This Christmas tree headband can be worn at a holiday party, while out shopping for gifts, or even on Christmas Day as you relax with family. It will put you in the Christmas spirit! Continue reading “DIY Christmas Tree Headband”