mer_mag The "new" wardrobe. Thinking I'd like a touch more grey in the blue if I did it again but it's fun to bring new life to a piece we've had for 8 yrs. #thebanisterhouse 6h

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mer_mag Some of you have asked what color of blue I'm planning on using for my living room wardrobe and I thought I'd share the inspiration pic - this gorgeous bathroom designed by @jerseyicecreamco. Isn't the blue dreamy!? The hue I'm using is a touch dif but still in the same vein I think. Working on it now so 😬🏻. (Pic found at http://andnorth.com/peek/stylings-upstate-space-jersey-ice-cream-co/ @andnorth) 1d

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mer_mag Working hard to earn some screen time. Also I think I'm painting this wardrobe blue today. Wish me luck! #thebanisterhouse 2d

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mer_mag I love this shot of the diy wooden animal mobile from my book Playful: Fun Projects to Make with and For Kids. This project was derived from another I did a while back for @handmadecharlotte only the animals were made from paint chips. You could totally make this mobile with paint chips too or even use cardboard and get your kids involved with painting, etc. I really tried to come up with projects that you could scale up or down. Make a special heirloom mobile from wood or use recycled materials for a fun afternoon messy craft with the littles. But really the point here is how stinkin' sweet is this baby?!! @nicolegerulat #playfultoysandcrafts 2d

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mer_mag Her new ridiculously clever hide-and-seek spot . #threeyearolds #thebanisterhouse 3d

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mer_mag Now Mr. Bunny doesn't wear bows for just anyone. #hernewhairclipcatcher #mermagdolls 4d

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mer_mag When you're a DIYer sometimes you just whack your hair off yourself. 🏼 Wouldn't recommend it but it's fun to feel a bit lighter and to see all those fried ends come off. #willseekprofessionalhelptocleanitupabit #thebanisterhouse 5d
  •   mcmurrin I just did this and felt the same way except I let my 7 year old do it. I've got a similar mirror so maybe if I look in it I will look as good.... 5d
  •   vespa_girl Haha! So true....was about to do it myself! 5d
  •   zul.sha Lovely 5d
  •   aplusthree Hahaha 🏻 5d
  •   sneezerville i cut my own hair as well. got sick of the ladies at the salon NOT cutting it the way that i wanted; even when i had a picture of what i wanted. it looks good to me! :) 5d
  •   milk_thistle Doesn't need fixing, looks gorgeous!! 4d
  •   deniseleavens @kfmarshall I made the excellent decision to get the balayage treatment to my blonde streaks at the end of summer. I knew this past fall and now winter would be to hectic to keep the highlights up. It was one of those things that turned out perfectly! 4d
  •   mer_mag That's how I feel if I take my kids in. Do I always cut their hair myself @sneezerville 4d

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mer_mag Bonnets and pony play. More on the blog today. #thebanisterhouse #briarhandmade 6d

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mer_mag We recently added a giant pony to the collection. We're both smitten with him. Are you a collector of anything? I find that I can get a bit OCD when I like something and have to see it through...and then some. Prob the biggest thing holding me back from being a minimalist. (That and I hate cleaning 😬). What's your collection obsession? #thebanisterhouse #briarhandmade 6d
  •   spoonfulofcolor @mer_mag indeed a great idea for doll clothes!! 6d
  •   swtgrl1231 I'm a sucker for dishes (vintage), coffee mugs, vintage tea cups and salt and pepper shakers. The tea cups, S&P and dishes because they remind me of my Great Grandmothers. So many precious memories. 5d
  •   ciaraelliott Just love your carpet 5d
  •   flyingmonkeys888 Brass from pre-war China, and "pink stuff." Like pink McCoy, pink Shawnee, etc. 5d
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  •   milk_thistle Vintage bottles. And lab glassware. And vintage measuring implements, especially interesting rulers. And entomology specimens. Oh and maps. And found nature things like bones and fallen nests. And awesome boots when I can afford it! Now THAT is a collection I'd love to expand on... 4d
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mer_mag His new best friend "Happy the snowman". Completely designed by him. Made with dad. #blizzard2016 1w

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mer_mag All dried off and warm after a day of snow play #thebanisterhouse 1w

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mer_mag He tells me he's not an artist. don't buy it for one second. Also how perfect would these be to teach emotions? Or opposites? Sad on one side, happy on the other, etc.

To make these best buddy valentines simple fold a piece of thick paper in half. Draw a heart with legs and arms sticking straight out. Be sure to end one of the arms on the fold so that they can be holding hands when you cut it out. Cut and unfold. Decorate your new heart friends. More in link in profile. Thinking we might need a paper heart people chain next #mermagvalentines
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mer_mag Sharing some Best Buddy Valentines that My son and I made last year. I remember that particular day was especially stressful for some reason and my son and I were butting heads. When we first started making these we were both a bit uptight but as the process went on we mellowed out and had a lot of fun together. He made silly faces and we giggled and had an overall great time of it in the end. I find this to be the magic that happens when creating together. We don't always start out with amazing feelings of togetherness but in the end it can bring us together. This particular memory is special to me now because of that. more on the blog today. #mermagvalentines 1w

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mer_mag My fav time of day. So glad she still naps as I'm not ready to let this cuddle time go. 😴 1w

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mer_mag Lots of little ladies today #merillustration #projectintheworks 2w

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mer_mag "mom, my mouth and body feel all goopy." #poorsickkiddo 2w

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mer_mag They've been named Mikey and Marvin by Little O. Now to teach the kids ventriloquism and these two have got a shot on Broadway.
Learn how to make these snack box puppets made from @annieshomegrown really peely fruit leather boxes on the blog today. #realypeely #sp #choosegood #mermagpuppets
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mer_mag Perfect pockets for her "little sisters" as she calls her tiny dolls. #shoparq #mermagdolls 2w
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  •   meluntch Those dolls! Including your doll... gorgeous! 2w
  •   deniseleavens I love her top knot! With the long bangs, it is especially good. 2w
  •   eltonjuliable So cute! Wish I could get my Anna to wear things that I like as well. 2w
  •   puppadolls What a perfect set those big and little dolls next to each other. Your dolls give me goosebumps of excitement 2w
  •   mer_mag Oh that's the coolest thing to hear @puppadolls your dolls are swoon worthy as well! 2w
  •   mariegpalmer Love this skirt/sweatshirt combo! 2w
  •   mer_mag Isn't it the sweetest?! @mariegpalmer I'm in love with the new line of kids clothing @shoparq such timeless beautiful pieces 1w

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mer_mag This born performer was thrilled about making some fun snack box monster puppets from @annieshomegrown new organic fruit tape boxes. So easy! And both child and puppet have been gobbling up rolls of yummy fruit tape ever since. #nomnom more on the blog today. #choosegood #mermagpuppets #reallypeely #sp 2w

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