mer_mag Li'l friends for Little Miss #merillustration #futureproject 3h

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11h mer_mag
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mer_mag I'm smitten with this sweet photo from @loup.je of her son and their version of the Playful Village + Mat made from my book Playful. Makes me think about some questions I was asked on the importance of creative play in an interview for Trend Bible. We're all so busy these days, especially us moms! But It only takes a few intentional hours out of our week to embark on and encourage creativity and handmade play with our kids. On a busy week just do the small stuff - paper, markers, freestyle or recycled crafts, etc. And when you're feeling like you want to carve out more time for playful memories you can delve into wood or fabric toy making that will stand the test of time. Not to mention create playful memories that will last through generations as they are passed down (I have a few prized toys that my grandparents made). If you're scared of working with wood (like I was - ok still am) it helps to just dive in to get over the jitters. This particular project is really simple. You can also get a friend or a nice lumber store worker to help you out (on a good day they might even do the cuts for you. But shhhh you didn't hear that from me ). #playmatters #playfultoysandcrafts #playfulvillage 11h
  •   littlegoldieshop What a beautiful image! 11h
  •   loup.je What you are saying is so true. It's exactly wath I feel when I'm making something with my son. He couldn't be more happy with anything I buy for him. It's also what I'm trying to give to the children that come to my workshops. I want them to go home with something that they can be proud of and that they can play with. Some of my students have a special place in there room where they place everything they made nicely together, so they can look at it every day ( so cute) Once a month I'm also organizing a special evening for the moms to take the time to make something together for ourselves or for the children, while eating cake and chat about our lives. Your book has been a big inspiration for me! As you can see! 11h
  •   mer_mag Oh @loup.je I love that!!!! A hundred times over. I had the same feeling in @kidscraftcamp and knew the kids did too. I also want to do a parents workshop at Christmas. I love that you do that too! I'd love to do it once a month at some point too! 11h
  •   megandlou @mrkwypr we are totally going to make this for our wean! 10h
  •   lil.buckeroo just love these!! 8h
  •   mer_mag Oh thanks @lil.buckeroo 4h
  •   mer_mag Isn't it? @littlegoldieshop I thought it the sweetest ever 4h

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mer_mag Now if only she could make real dinners for me. We'd be sitting pretty #thebanisterhouse 1d
  •   mer_mag @mipjane something about the texture just isn't quite right 🍋🍐 1d
  •   sarahjanestudios This pic makes me so happy!!!! 1d
  •   mer_mag Me too! @sarahjanestudios thank you for passing along the love 1d
  •   jenbanner Your time will come!! Milla cooks all the time!! 1d
  •   ourbookbag This little kitchen is so dreamy 1d
  •   mer_mag Oooh I love hearing that @jenbanner but then again she does have a very culinary talented mother to show her the ropes. It's got to be something innate for this one to love cooking 1d
  •   mollycapistrant Some days I wish the cooking was real and then I remember all she ever makes for me is eggs! hopefully the real thing will have more variation! 18h
  •   mer_mag good point @mollycapistrant 1h

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mer_mag Went a little nuts thrifting yesterday (what's new ) and grabbed this metal industrial cabinet for toy storage. You should have seen the "that woman is crazy for wanting that junk" looks I got. Not sure if it will stay here (I already miss the clean space on that wall) but we're having fun with it for now. But let's talk about that sweet ironing board (complete with little wooden iron! ) that I got for only $6!!! It's an inherited addiction people. #minimalistwithmaximalisttendencies #givemeallyourindustrialjunk #playfulfrenchindustrial #thebanisterhouse 2d

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mer_mag Montessori morning at #thebanisterhouse.
Years ago when my first born was this age I devoured books and the learning idealogy of Maria Montessori. I loved the idea of my kids going to a Montessori school but it wasn't in the cards for us at the time (what with So Cali tuition on an actor/artist budget) so I plowed through the Internet and found 4 packed sets of miniature Montessori learning toys from China and ordered it (not cheap but not as expensive as tuition). All the DVDs and booklets were in Chinese (and I actually never could get the DVDs to play on an American system) but I was able to get the gist of it. It's now one of my favorite memories with my boys. Guys kids really respond to simple well crafted toys. And they learn from objects spatially showing the principe at hand. They love the touch and feel of wood and I truly believe, just like Maria Montessori, that kids respond well to good design. We all do, whether we realize it or not. #playcreatively #montessori UPDATE: I just put up a blog post with some Montessi resources, etc. if you're interested.
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  •   rajovilla @jenlynnodonnell my older two boys attend a public school now that is not Montessori and are flourishing! The transition can be an adjustment for some personalities, but otherwise fine. My boys continue their Montessori habits :) things like overall independence, working on their own for projects, creating materials for their learning, appreciation for nature, strong sense of community, care of their materials, etc. They love that their little brother's school (while not the same Montessori they attended) is like coming home :) and 30+ yrs later - feels the same for me. 2d
  •   mer_mag that's really amazing @rajovilla. I love all the things you listed too. It's what we all dream of our children learning 2d
  •   jenniferhoiyin I hope everything works out, gratefully children are so resilient and their greatest influence is the homes we create, but knowing they're at a school that feels like an extension of the home is so comforting as a parent. 2d
  •   evelynhaupt Yes! I'll be looking for that! I have a three year old who is learning waaay quicker than I anticipated! I'd be so grateful! 2d
  •   jenlynnodonnell Good to know! I agree with you in regards to math. I would have been way more into it if it were more hands-on as opposed to someone standing in front of the class writing numbers on the board. I'm getting sleepy just thinking about it. 2d
  •   jenlynnodonnell @rajovilla Thank you for that! It's great to hear that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for us. I really hope my daughter took away a lot from her Montessori experience. I see little glimpses of her time there in the way she approaches homework and how she wants to "teach" her brother things. I just hope the experience stays with her for a good while before she forgets. Hopefully never! Thank you again for sharing your experience. 2d
  •   ccbanks @2ndstorywindow @heidi_vannatter Maybe I should drive again this year! 2d
  •   mer_mag @evelynhaupt I put up a post with a few places to start with Montessori research etc. . Link in profile 2d

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mer_mag Have you ever refinished/painted a claw foot tub before? Any tips? We found the prettiest vintage one and I'm working on cleaning it up. @oldhomelove (our favorite old home gurus) recommends chalkboard paint for a smooth durable matte surface. Can't wait to try it. Looking to this beautiful tub, from the home of Nicolas Schuybroek, for inspiration. | found on @yellowtrace #bathroomrenogoingonandon 3d

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mer_mag We used the cat & mouse masks from our @kidscraftcamp for a cousin ballet play date and are sharing templates for them on the blog today. Perfect for imaginative play dress up, an arts and craft after school project, Halloween or even little mice for a mini Nutcracker ballet performance. #playcreatively #mermagmasks #mermagpapercrafts #mermaganimals 4d

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mer_mag Sharing a little ballerina cat & mouse cousin play date on the blog today. These girls are too much when they get together #thebanisterhouse #mermagmasks #playcreatively 4d

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mer_mag I sort of came home with a few more treasures from our Hinterland studio sale yesterday (wasn't I supposed to be purging?!) But @sarahjanestudios vintage play kitchen was too good to pass up. The turn out was great you guys. Thanks to all who came out! We're thinking we want to make this a regular thing. 🏻 #thebanisterhouse #shestotallyintocars 4d

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mer_mag Thought we'd do a simple Sunday afternoon toddler art project. So we grabbed some leaves and paints and I let her go at it (she loves to paint!). Turns out my creative friend @mericherryla had the same Sunday inclination and is making watercolor leaf prints with her girls! #greatminds #hairintheface #playfulart #thebanisterhouse 4d

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mer_mag I think I'll call her Mabel #mermagdolls #mermagcrowns #merillustration 6d

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mer_mag She found her brothers old wolf costume while I was sorting things out for the sale tomorrow, and immediately she transformed. #thisonesaperformer #thebanisterhouse #mermagcostumes #playcreatively 6d
  •   koudakane Is it hat? 6d
  •   mer_mag Yes more or less @koudakane you can see more pics at #banditwolfcostume. I actually did place a baseball cap inside the head for it to stay on better. 6d
  •   luabulia Hahahhaha how cuuute 6d
  •   willowdaygram I keep costumes forever! Even with big kids, you never know ... When they're going to make a movie or use these in some unexpected way. (And since this wolf costume is awesome! ... You just can't loose it, M!) 6d
  •   mer_mag I know me too! @willowdaygram especially hand sewn ones -and Jon's a theater teacher at a high school so costumes are a thing around here 2d
  •   mer_mag @luabulia 2d
  •   mer_mag I know it! @annamarieart how did that happen anyway? 2d
  •   willowdaygram A match made in heaven 2d

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mer_mag Quick reminder about our Hinterland Studio sale tomorrow from 10-1pm! We're teaming up with other creatives (see tags) so think big artsy garage sale. I'll be selling a few sample dolls (who have been given hugs and loves - she thinks they are all hers ️) as well as a camera, and loads of other studio stuff. There will be furniture, toys, clothing, paper goods, craft supplies you name it. I hear cookies and lemonade are in order too. Come out and say hi! Address is 1253 S Main St. Springville, UT. Update: I'm selling a double Phil and teds stroller - really nice. #hinterlandworkshop #thebanisterhouse #mermagdolls 6d

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mer_mag An outtake from a cousin play date turned photoshoot (because they were just too darn adorable not to document). Can't wait to share more! #thebanisterhouse #playfulliving #playfuldressup #kidsatplay #playcreatively 1w

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1w mer_mag
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mer_mag You guys things get real in the 4th grade. My super smart, school loving son burst into tears when we went over his homework expectations for each week. It nearly broke my heart in two . But I know he can do it, he just has to push through the overwhelming feeling to realize he's actually quite capable. Something we all can relate to right? Oh man growing up can be hard. I wanted to give him a bit of encouragement by the way of little lunch notes and by making some of his supplies more exciting so I made up a few labels and notes (including a small version of the "hi five!" & "thumbs up!" print). I've put a printable copy in the shop as well if you are also interesting in using them. (Link in profile) #mermagbacktoschool #merillustration 1w

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mer_mag The "grandma is great, she gives us chocolate cake" after school dance #thebanisterhouse 1w

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mer_mag I forgot to replenish our cereal supply this morning and you should have heard the lecture I got from this one. #somethingaboutdyingathousanddeaths #dontmesswithaboyandhiscereal #breakfastburitosanyone? 1w

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mer_mag Pick a face, any face...Our final summer @kidscraftcamp recap -the portrait unit- is on the blog today. #keepyourpizzarounds #mermagcardboard #cardboardfaces #kidscraftcamp @shannonweightphotography #playcreatively 1w

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mer_mag Celebrating 14 yrs of marriage with Jon today! My has time flown. I guess we can technically say we're in the trenches of "growing old" together. I'm super thankful he's put up with all my craziness, my artist angst, my wild ideas, my terrible cooking and so so much more. It's been a joy seeing him achieve, use his talents, love his kids, be adored by his students and more. I can't wait to see what the next 14 years of growing old together looks like (and please can we go to Italy for our 15th? Totally called for don't you think 🏻). #merillustration #mermagvalentines 1w

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