mer_mag So I tried @jeanvanthul's double doodle technique (where you draw with both hands opposite each other at the same time) and this little girl came out of it. I love how my left hand is like the wicked step child of my right. (I sort of like her devious messy ways 😈). You should totally try this technique! Fun, relaxing and aggravating all at the same time! #likelearningtorideabike #merillustration #mersketchbook 20h

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mer_mag Hey friends! Looking for some recommendations for stackable washer and dryers. We're hoping to renovate our laundry/bathroom this summer and really want to clear some space for storage etc. What have you found you like? (Image found on @justinablakeney blog) 2d
  •   mer_mag Oh my goodness @anniekblake so not cool 2d
  •   kimbaarda @mer_mag I have for years front loaders and stackable. Miele is expensive, but very good. If you can afford them worth buying them. For all of those commenting on water collection and mould in the rubber ring of the front loader - I always wipe it dry after a wash ( takes one second!), always leave the door open when not in use and lastly I run the washing matching on 90*c once every 2-3 weeks empty, which prevents any mould building up. No mould at all in mine. 2d
  •   nauli Er share Miele frontloaders with our multigenerational family - mostly consisting of 9. It's almost running around the clock, so maybe that's why mould has no chance... 2d
  •   mer_mag Ok interesting @kimbaarda @nauli 2d
  •   shaunayounge @mer_mag @kimbaarda Totally agree! We leave our door cracked after we run a load so it can air dry. No mold, now mildew. 1d
  •   swoodhams We switched to front loading (LG) last summer b/c of CA's drought and after my last load I wipe down the rubber seal and door and then leave it open to air out. I even use an all natural detergent now, as our grey water from laundry goes to our landscape. I think our clothes are just as clean as before the switch. You just can't leave them sitting, wet, in the drum. 1d
  •   mer_mag Ok good tips @shaunayounge @swoodhams 1d
  •   mordant We were getting the smell. Then I cleaned our drain thing. Supposed to do it monthly. I waited 2 years. Fixed the problem. I think part of the problem is our lack of reading and following the manual. Minimal maintenance, if actually done. 14h

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mer_mag Ok but how angelic is this sweetie from a shoot I did with @jessicasphoto for @camillestyles that I can't wait to show you more of!! Her eyes say it all. #mermagparties @jessicasphoto 3d

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4d mer_mag
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mer_mag Big brother had his last day of school today and both are already peppering me with "what can I doooo?" Or "I'm soooo bored." Sheesh kids - I thought I've been training you to be independent, self motivating, creative explorers - what has public school done to you? #justkidding #kidswillbekids #gettingoursummerbucketliston #thebanisterhouse 4d
  •   ashleywilt_art Haha that's great 4d
  •   courtneysnowden Smith has already said "what am I supposed to do???"...twice! It's gonna be a looong summer. 4d
  •   denise_plant It's the same over here! 4d
  •   obsessivision My preschool kids were out exploring all day. Is this what I have to look forward to with public school :( 4d
  •   radninjas When my kids say they are board, I give them jobs to do. Makes them remember to not tell me they are board. 4d
  •   mer_mag I love it! @radninjas 3d
  •   mer_mag I think it's mostly transitioning from school to no school. @obsessivision. Here's hoping midsummer they'll be climbing trees, shooting water guns and making their own lemonade. 3d
  •   handmakery Know those exact words from time to time! It takes boredom to get the them to start thinking towards creative possibilities and to set them on creative adventures. It also takes them time to adjust out of school! It always takes us about a week to get into a magical summer groove! 3d

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4d mer_mag
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mer_mag Sharing some inspiring pics on the blog that say "Playful French Industrial" to me (which is how I attempt to describe my style - as "Moody Modern Peasant Weathered Playful French/Russian Industrial with a touch of Bohemian" just seems waaaaay to long. ). Can't you just imagine these school girls living in a primary colored world where there is a red wall just around the corner, and then a blue...and so on? I find I like bold primaries with a bit of wear and tear. #playfulfrenchindustrial found on leastlittlething.tumblr.com 4d
  •   jenbanner Love this. 4d
  •   mahasitha The colors are really amazing!! 4d
  •   liznrose11 Those are Cubans uniforms, cuba adopted the red pañoleta from the soviet union both communist counties back then and Cuba still is today. @mer_mag 4d
  •   zuzuspetalstx They look like 2 in tall people walking by a door! Cute! 4d
  •   mer_mag Fascinating @liznrose11 4d

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mer_mag #fbf to our cardboard castle with duct tape. The kids still love playing with this one. Thinking I might have to make a winter version for my Frozen obsessed toddler. #shedgonuts #mermagducttape #mermagcardboard #kidscrafts #cardboard #ducttape 4d

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mer_mag My mom found these wooden animals at a thrift store, painted them with chalkboard paint and sent them to my kids. They're smitten. #sheknowsmetoowell #drawingwithchalkfordays #thebanisterhouse 5d

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mer_mag "Mom! Take another picture of me doing magic" #beatingtheafternoonboredom #undiesintheair #thebanisterhouse 6d

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mer_mag School's out for the summer!! and he's already planning his next adventure...#thebanisterhouse 6d

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mer_mag Yeah...so this happened #mascaramishap #shesveryproudofherwork 7d

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mer_mag Just about the cutest bunch of pandas I ever did see!! Thanks @marta365sonrisas for this darling pic - made my Monday. Love the idea of using crafts from Playful for a birthday shindig! #playfultoysandcrafts #playfulmasks 1w

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1w mer_mag
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mer_mag Going through the end of year portfolio with dad. These small moments recording the passage of time always make me a bit misty eyed. #timekeepsonticking #nextyearfourthgrade!! #thebanisterhouse 1w

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mer_mag Had the sweetest time on a shoot with the lovely and talented @jessicasphoto complete with scrumptious salads and cakes and these cutie pies - oh and in our new studio too! Squeal! #hinterlandstudio #mermagparties 1w

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mer_mag I just started a round up on the blog called Playfully Made by You! where I share a handful of #playfultoysandcrafts you and your little ones have made from my book Playful, such as these sweet fair maiden and knight smocks made by @metacoleman_ 's Maja & Henrik. I love how they made them their own! See the blog for more spotlights including @nicolegerulat @apriljboyer & @jessicaeraso. and keep sharing and tagging your creations with #playfultoysandcrafts. You never know when I might feature you here, on the blog or my FB page. #wallpaperofdreams @metacoleman_ #playfulfairmaiden #playfulknights 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag She'll be thrilled to have her brothers home this summer...and so will I. but I'll miss our quiet one-on-one time together #thebanisterhouse 2w
  •   stephhenry2 Love that rug! Where is it from? 2w
  •   mer_mag thanks @stephhenry2 we love it to. It's a Navajo rug found at a local shop @calledtosurf but if you look on ebay for navajo rugs you can find some really pretty ones 2w
  •   kendriaholyoak I want the baskets! 2w
  •   jessipea My mom loves those baskets. She has several. 2w
  •   annamarieart So sweet. I scored a similar type basket! 2w

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mer_mag My thoughtful little padowan... 2w

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mer_mag Cardboard swords and shields + tall grass + fierce imagination = all little boys need for a Playful summer! #mygirlcanholdherownwithaswordtoo #playfulbook #playfultoysandcrafts #mermag @nicolegerulat #playfulknights #mermagcardboard 2w

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mer_mag Yippee!! I've literally been tossing and turning each night with excitement as I think and plan all the fun things we'll be doing for my local Kids Craft Camp in our new shared Hinterland studio. SO MANY IDEAS. You can sign up now and chose from two summer camps, one end of June and one end of July. All deets on the blog today (link in profile). But hurry because slots are filling up fast! Feel free to email me or ask any questions here. Oh my this is going to be fun!!!! #kidscraftcamp #hinterlandstudio #mermag #kidsart #kidscrafts #merillustration 2w

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mer_mag You guys we're soooo close to finally having a shared studio space! (It's only been in the works for a year now ). And I'm happy to announce that I'll be holding a REAL LIFE local @kidscraftcamp here! (In Utah county) More on that soon but if you're interested now and want to be sure and reserve a spot for your little one (grades K-6) email me at Merrileeliddiard @ hotmail dot com. #kidscraftcamp #hinterlandstudio and of course the online @kidscraftcamp at @atly is always open to everyone everywhere 2w

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