mer_mag Morning little mouse slippers
#thebanisterhouse
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mer_mag I found this pic when going through my Playful author photos. Brings back such great frenzied memories of working on the book & photo shoot! I think one of the best opportunities in my career has been working with other creatives that I respect and love. These gals, @metacoleman_ + @houselarsbuilt, have become life long friends and I'd work with them again in an instant.
I can sometimes interpret DIY to mean "do it all by yourself - like not let anyone help you." But of course that's not realistic or even conducive to creativity - and not nearly as much fun!
Sooo consider this a call for interested interns! Comment below or tag friend if you think they might be interested. We have a lot of fun, get to make & play with toys and style cute little kids! And you'll get a lot of behind the scenes know how on blogging, illustrating and making books (Really we just make and play with pretty things all day). Email me at merrileeliddiard at hotmail dot com if you're interested and we can chat more about specifics. Yippee!! (Oh and this photo also makes me miss my long dark hair just a tiny bit).
#playfultoysandcrafts #playfulbook #mermag @nicolegerulat
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mer_mag One of my favorite things about going home to Colorado is thrift shopping with my sisters and mom. It's one of the ways we bond & I always bring home memories along with great finds like this rattan bench, vintage dress & ceramic pitcher. We've also started adding to our animal figurine collection by letting each of the kids pick out an animal that sort of represents where we visited - so the kids brought home a black bear, a bald eagle, a jack rabbit and a wolf to commemorate our road trip to the Rockies. If you can't tell - I'm a sucker for family traditions, collections and anything that tells a story or creates a memory.
What are some of your travel traditions?
#coloradoroadtrip #thebanisterhouse #alwaysthesentalmentalist #mermagtravels
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  •   c_beenken I do a Christmas ornament! 4d
  •   madcorey I love earring souvenirs! 4d
  •   milk_thistle Well, it used to be shot glasses..... 3d
  •   mer_mag i love the Christmas ornament idea! @c_beenken I have a friend that does that and I can tell it's a really special tradition 3d
  •   mer_mag oh earrings, what a fun idea! @madcorey 3d
  •   megakunz Where do you thrift in CO? @mer_mag 3d
  •   mer_mag @megakunz My current fav antique store is Serendipity in Longmont CO, but I always hit up the Arc Thrift and Goodwill in Fort Collins and Loveland. This bench was from Goodwill if you can believe it! $20. I want to go to more Flea Markets in Co but I didn't make it to any this trip. 3d
  •   megakunz Thanks! @mer_mag That bench was a definite score. 2d

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mer_mag After almost a month of traveling throughout Colorado we're finally home! And plain ol tuckered out. While she's hosting tea parties and splashing through sprinklers I'll be playing catch up and helping with our bathroom remodel (and possibly squeezing in a nap along the way?) It sure is good to be back in #thebanisterhouse. 5d
  •   mer_mag oh awesome! @ruthlylou Hanging lake in Glenwood Springs, the hot springs, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings were a huge hit for our family. We took waterbottles filled with crystal light or koolaid packets and then filled them with carbinated spring water in Manitou Springs and that was lots of fun. Royal Gorge Bridge, Garden of the Gods, etc. 5d
  •   mer_mag cave of the winds is cool too @ruthylou 5d
  •   ruthylou Thanks for the tips🏼🏼 5d
  •   milk_thistle What? Wait- where'd your bubba go? Who is that big girl? 4d
  •   alesharusso Hi @mer_mag would you mind sharing what white paint you used in your home? I'm searching for the perfect one! Lovey feed and home, fun to browse through. Cheers! 4d
  •   mer_mag Of course! @alesharusso we actually use the white straight out of the can - no tint added! We go with a flat finish and just paint touch ups if we're worried about wiping away paint when wiping off one too many hand prints etc. friend and stylist @metacoleman_ does this too and highly recommends it 😀 4d
  •   alesharusso @mer_mag Thank you so much! That makes it easy. Wish I'd known this about 2 yrs ago! Is any certain brand better than others, to go this route? I usually use BM but my painter likes Sherwin Williams. 4d
  •   mer_mag Either BM or SW would be great I think @alesharusso both great brands. Good luck! 🏻 4d

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mer_mag Pretty pioneer cabin I want your bed #pioneerday #historicftcollins 6d
  •   agoldenafternoon I have had some old bed frames in the past and never thought to weave something like that under to keep the mattress from slipping. Smart pioneers. 5d
  •   dandeedesigns Yes. Me too! 5d
  •   milk_thistle Wow. Love the walls too 5d
  •   driftonme Come check out Collier State Park in Southern Oregon :) welcome 5d
  •   mer_mag Oh I'd love to sometime! @driftonme 5d
  •   mer_mag i know right?! @agoldenafternoon I could see it being comfy actually with the right feather mattress 5d
  •   mer_mag oh so cool! @whitneyphippen. How long have you lived there? I grew up in Fort Collins but haven't lived there for over 10 yrs. So much has changed and so much is the same. Love it 5d
  •   whitneyphippen @mer_mag Grew up here too! Moved away a few times but came back, married my sweetheart and now we're raising our kids here. ️ Pretty great place to grow up. (Ps. Love your book ) 4d

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mer_mag Summer - a magical time to travel to lands both imaginary and real #playfultoysandcrafts #playfulknights #mermag #naturalplay #imaginativeplay 6d

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mer_mag Sharing a template and DIY for the paper house crown from our house cookie decorating party on the blog today! How fun would it be to make a bunch of these and have kids decorate them for a party craft?! #mermagcrowns #mermaghouses @jessicasphoto
#mermag #mermagpapercrafts #mermagparties
#kidscrafts #papercrafts #kidsplay #kidsdressup #entertainingwithmermag
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mer_mag Exploring ancient dwellings (and wanting to make a craft inspired by them)
#mermagtravels #coloradoroadtrip #manitoucliffdwellings #roadtriptotherockies #mermagmuseumtrips
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mer_mag How sweet is Ingrid with her oversized Mer Mag doll?!! & in this darling @nicole_hum_stitchery dress. I wasn't sure how kids would respond to the larger size of doll and have been delighted to see them enchanted with it right away! Ingrid cuddled and doted on her immediately. I think something about the size makes for a sweet friendship and perfect little best friend. Thanks for sharing this darling pic @sycamorestreetpress. #mermagdolls 1w

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mer_mag Dropped this cutie baby sister of mine off at the airport last Wednesday and she's off to Mexico and then Arizona for a year and a half. We may be 18 yrs apart but we're possibly the most similar of all my 8 siblings. I seriously have THE time of my life with her and will miss her eye rolls, laughing my guts out with her, her cute vintage style and adorable ️. Arizona is lucky to have her. (But at least I get to raid her closet while she's away ) #coloradoroadtrip #mermagtravels 1w
  •   kaseygentry Yay! Congrats. I was born and raised in Arizona and it will always be home to me. What part is she serving in? 1w
  •   bellamonkids Aww sister love is just the best! I adore my sisters, and am so enjoying raising two sisters :) love that you and your sis laugh your guts out - those are the best bits 1w
  •   shannondw8 I went to that exact ice cream shop last summer. So good! But you may want to check your bank/credit cards after. We had a $2000 charge after visiting that shop... 1w
  •   mer_mag Oh my so weird! @shannondw8 1w

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mer_mag I'll take one of everything - or can I just drop the entire historic schoolhouse into my suitcase please? I'm inspired by the grey bead board - maybe something for #thebanisterhouse?
#historicftcollins #coloradoroadtrip #mermagtravels #historicschoolhouse #mermagmuseumtrips
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  •   elizabethbceramics Absolutely. 2w
  •   lynettesage If you need some recommendations on things to do in Fort Collins, I lived there for about 10 years. Have fun, say hello to the mountains for me! 2w
  •   mer_mag Oh that's awesome @daniellebwilson 2w
  •   mer_mag I'd love recommendations @lynettesage. I grew up there but so much is new! I haven't lived here in over 15 yrs 2w
  •   betsyclegg That speckled enamelware. Perfection. 2w
  •   lynettesage Cool! I'm sure you know all the great places but here are a few of my favorites. Swetsville zoo is always fun. Lee Martinez park has a rope swing across the poudre. Picnic rock is an excellent place to swim in the river without a large current. @beancycleroasters is my favorite coffee shop in town. @woolhatfurniture has the best up-cycled furniture and home goodies. Lucile's is hands down the best breakfast and La Luz has great street style tacos. Arthur's rock is a good hike and easy enough for kiddos, plus you can see all of Fort Collins at the summit. There's always brewery tours if you are into that. Odell's has a good one. I think that's a pretty good start! 2w
  •   mer_mag Agreed @betsyclegg 1w
  •   mer_mag Perfect thanks so much! @lynettesage 1w

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mer_mag Tune into @studio5ksl today to hear a few tips on how to run a @kidscraftcamp from your very own home. And if you want to follow along our summer units: camping, painting/printmaking, nature & portraits, then you might want to download our badge stickers for your campers sashes. On the blog today! #kidscraftcamp #mermag #mermagbadges #playfulpencilholders 2w

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mer_mag Entertaining in our new industrial studio Hinterland is such a treat! more shots from the #entertainingwithmermag story on @camillestyles and the blog today. #playfulfrenchindustrial #hinterlandworkshop #mermagparties 2w

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mer_mag How cute would it be to host a "house" themed birthday party complete with a paper house crown for the birthday kid, decorate house cookies & eat a house cake. And then top it all off with a cardboard dollhouse as a gift?! I would have died for that as a kid. More fun party photos on the blog + on @camillestyles today. #mermagcrowns #mermagparties #mermagcardboard #mermaghouses #entertainingwithmermag #dollhouses #cardboardcrafts #hinterlandworkshop photo by @jessicasphoto 2w

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mer_mag We hosted a kids House Cookie Decorating party which is spotlighted over at @camillestyles today (as part of her Entertaining With series). It was so fun to just draw all over these cookies with food color markers! Hop on over to @camillestyles to read more about how I totally believe in Harry Potter style banquets for little kiddos and more. #mermagparties #kidsfoodcrafts #cookiedecorating #mermag #entertainingwithmermag #mermaghouses photo credit @jessicasphoto 2w

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mer_mag I remember playing lion cubs in this tall grass. Now it's her turn. #grandmashouse #coloradoroadtrip #mermagtravels #naturalplay 2w

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mer_mag I love to see her play in the same backyard field I played in growing up #grandmashouse #coloradoroadtrip #mermagtravels #summertime #naturalplay 2w

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