15h mer_mag
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mer_mag "It's possible there has never been a better time to be the crafty type. The creativity and competition behind blogs and do-it-yourself publishers have produced a glut of elevated, thoughtful, sophisticated projects for modern homemakers, gift givers, parents and kids." - Thanks Chantal! @heyladysf & @sfchronicle. Such a cool thing to think about and so thrilled to be among the likes of @sallyjshim @theindigobunting @asubtlerevelry @katrinarodabaugh (and it's true this diy wooden play set really will provide hours of fun. I come in to see it set up in conjunction with mario, iron man and various other and super heroes/villains every day! The wooden peg people always win. Obvs ). #Playfulbook #playfultoysandcrafts #mermag @heyladysf 15h

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2d mer_mag
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mer_mag Found treasures from today's thrifting. (How many times do you have to go in a week before it's considered a problem?) 😬#imnotanaddictitscool... #itstotallyforwork #itellmyself 2d

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mer_mag I've got big plans for these babies #whichdontincludeeatingthem #themacaronichallenge 2d

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2d mer_mag
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mer_mag "They told her the future was hers for the taking. That today was the day to seize. But she knew their ideas, their paths for her were ones that would crumble and dissipate once the glamour and interest was lost. She had other plans for herself - Seeds she wanted to plant. They might seem small and insignificant today but she knew they would someday fill her soul with wondrous growth." #workinglateonfridaynight #warmupsketch #littlebitsbymer #merillustration 2d

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mer_mag I'm trying to convince @houselarsbuilt to come be my neighbor. I'm not much of a cook so I don't know how many apple pies I'd bring over but when I find a vintage yellow glass pear just perfect for her I'm apt to run that right over. Totally comparable right? #theresmorewherethatcamefrom #thebanisterhouse #stilllife 3d

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mer_mag #tbt to when they stamped and painted these flowers for Mother's Day. Still a favorite of mine. #cantwaittohanginthishouse #mermagstamps #mothersday #kidsart 4d

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5d mer_mag
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mer_mag One from the cutting room floor. So many great photos never made it into my book Playlful. I love this little outdoor wood nymph shot @nicolegerulat took for the twig crown craft. Sweetest babe. (I also love that this is just outside @metacoleman_ 's front door. Dreamy much?!!). #playfultoysandcrafts #Playfulbook #playfultwigcrown 5d

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mer_mag Is it time to just crash here already? #norestfortheweary #wanttosleepallday #thebanisterhouse 7d

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1w mer_mag
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mer_mag Fun/albeit odd fact about #thebanisterhouse. We have a fireplace in our bathroom. It's the only bathroom but it's rather large as it used to be the kitchen in the original 1860's cabin (which was later added onto in a revival gothic manner in 1897). So I like to imagine cute mammas in floral smocks cooking dinner in a pot over the fireplace. (I guarantee you they were better cooks than me). It will be fun to install a sweet claw foot tub in here for long bubbly Sunday soaks and get this fireplace running again someday...soonish? #dreamingbighere #ifthesewallscouldtalk #merillustration 1w

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mer_mag Found a sweet set of spattered painted bowls while thrift shopping (for a steal!). They make eating fruit that much more enjoyable (yes I need a nudge to eat fruit - more of a veggies girl). #toosweet #hypoglycemicthing? 1w
  •   originalkos Totally. I have hypoglycemia and I have to protein/fat the fruit-peanut butter, yogurt, nuts, etc or I feel light headed and spacey. 1w
  •   prettyink_ Totally is. Same here! 1w
  •   mer_mag Yes! @originalkos totally get light headed and then a headache if there's not enough protein in the mix 1w
  •   mer_mag Crazy @prettyink_ I thought I was the only weird one who couldn't handle fruit (or fruit juice) very well 1w
  •   mer_mag Not that you're weird @prettyink_ 1w
  •   prettyink_ it IS weird! 1w
  •   myrdiejill That's crazy. Bananas, pineapple, strawberries and such seem to make me feel funny! Just started during my 3rd pregnancy. Interesting. 1w
  •   annamarieart Love those bowls!!! 1w

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mer_mag A gem from Easter when she ditched her dress in favor of her tutu and proceeded to dance the morning away...on our table. #anotherperformerinthehouse #bonton #thebanisterhouse #mermageaster 1w

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mer_mag Here's another daytime pic of our #outdoorreadingnook that has me dreaming of lying on the grass and reading all day. #nothappeningtoday great book nook interior finds via @potterybarnkids #mermag #booknook 1w

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mer_mag Snow is melted and its feeling springlike again. Thinking it's about time to cuddle up in our outdoor book nook again. #mermag #outdoorreadingnook #booknook 1w

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mer_mag It's tax day, it's snowing in April and I'm glued to my desk playing catch up. So to cheer us all up Plum has agreed to try on a few outfits today. which is your favorite? #plumandpiper #merillustration #littlebitsbymer 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Somebody snuck our of her bed and into mine while I was working. #naptime #wishicouldjoinher #playingcatchup #thebanisterhouse 2w

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mer_mag I found this vintage mirror at the Pasadena Antique Center and it managed to survive a treck across the desert with three rowdy kids. At one especially tense moment my eldest exclaimed "mom! You love that mirror more than us!". To which I replied "now son that's not fair. If the mirror makes it home in one piece so will you. See? win win." #irockasamom #thebanisterhouse 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag I'm so in love with new the @designmom book for lots of reasons. It's so well organized and full of helpful tips and inspiring family living photos from the likes of @metacoleman_ @courtneyadamo @ohhappyday and more. Coming back from Disneyland this week I'm especially drawn to what she has to say about "Dealing with Disney". I whole heartedly agree about taking your child's Disney interests and going further - more educational with it. I want to be sure my daughter has lots of historical references to princesses as well as the old fairytale versions so Disney isn't her only exposure. I also talk to my kids about what a visionary Walt Disney himself was and about the imagineers and the artists behind things like Mary Blair and Its a Small World. We love collecting the Madame Alexander Disney dolls and even enjoy the unique souvenirs the park has to offer such as the silhouettes etc. We also let our kids have a few smaller Disney character toys as well as pjs and underwear. (My oldest picked out a Donald Duck hat that grew on me as the day went on). Like @designmom says you definitely have permission to have a say in what toys and decor do and do not make it into your kids life (but I might suggest being willing to let a bit of Donald Duck in here and there as it might surprise you. Mixing pop culture with more tasteful handmade and vintage items can sometimes be a fun design challenge!) #designmombook #mermagdisney 2w
  •   mer_mag I hear you @stephanie_pf my only Disneyworld experience was a hot muggy day in Aug (worst time to go!). But I did love Epcot. As for gifts, If they are toys I just let my kids keep them (you can always store them in an attractive basket!) but if it's clothing I might let my kids wear it for a bit and then deem it a pj top (or do that from the get go if I know they're going to be obsessed ). Then after a bit of time passes it just might magically get lost or we share it with a friend who might appreciate it more. 2w
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  •   redlicorice Thanks for your sweet reply to my earlier comment. I was super embarrassed after I posted it because it was soooo long. So I removed it..... What I meant by it all was: you are real and you are smart; thanks for living that. 2w
  •   mer_mag You're so cute @redlicorice I actually loved your first comment. Was spot on 2w
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  •   willowdaygram Love your thoughts on this. Living in Sweden makes this conversation so different (it's not a part if family stories as it is in the US) but, I really feel what you are saying. We want independent thinkers and if you can just serve up the tremendous creativity behind Disney, the exposure can be astounding. We waited until ll kids were over 6 to go and since, again, Disney isn"to the same discussion here it was easy to attack it "my way" --- one learned how to play "the pirates of the Caribbean" theme song on the piano, another researched African animals... and I was able to inject American history into their thoughts in this sweet way. Love your thinking and Gabby @designmom : waiting! Can't wait for this European release! Lovely share of an experience and book! 1w
  •   mer_mag I love the idea of learning a song on the piano first etc.! @willowdaygram my boys were 6 and 9 and I think it was an ideal age for them. 1w
  •   willowdaygram I like how your mind works! perfect and I'm sure you've filled the kids with memories that will last a lifetime. 1w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Did you know you can find a few non-Disney items at Disneyland it you look hard enough? We found this little guy at the trading post across from the jungle cruise. #mermagdisney 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag We had a few misty eyes this morning as we left Disney behind. But our memories of our first real family vacay (that is with all five of us and not just traveling to visit family) will forever last. At least I have LA thrifting ahead to soften the blow. #weneedtotravelmore #mermagdisney 2w

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mer_mag "scawy" was her response to all fantasyland rides. #peterpanclosed #mermagdisney #bonton 3w
  •   schallon @mer_mag thank you! Love the Disney picks! We are headed there soon so I'm hoping you do a blog post about your trip! 3w
  •   mer_mag Yes in planning on it @schallon as I've learned a few things 2w
  •   melissazrowan I actually have to agree with her...especially Snow White - what were the "imaganears" thinking?!? 2w
  •   danamadeit Darling. Thanks for the links 2w
  •   mer_mag Yes @melissazrowan Snow White and Pinocchio are def creepy. I love it but not so suited to my two yr old. 2w
  •   ricekrispe Those shorts!!! Where are they from?!? 2w
  •   mer_mag The brand is deMINI @ricekrispe I'm still trying to find their handle 2w
  •   ricekrispe I need them for my daughter!! They're so cool! 2w

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