mer_mag Just a a friendly game of king of the couch at #thebanisterhouse today. Ollie thinks he's the winner by getting his big brother off but Mia hasn't left the couch once so I think we've got a queen.
And on another note I feel like I'm too old to be a 21 Pilots groupie but I'm sort obsessed with them lately. Anyone else?
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mer_mag She's learning to cut...which is always a mixture of nerves and pride for us mamas, right? (She's the one I can totally see cutting her hair one day 😬). #mermagvalentines #thebanisterhouse (Swan box craft on the blog today.) 3d

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mer_mag We made a last minute swan box from a discarded tissue box to hold all her Valentines. Now to get a gaggle of friends over to exchange a few cards. ️ Man I love V Day with kiddos. Get the diy on the blog today. #mermagvalentines #mermaganimals 3d

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mer_mag It was such a treat to have Megan @littlepeanutmagazine and the talented @_beckykimball over to photograph our crazy clan and #thebanisterhouse (sick kids and all). These ladies are so great to be around. I wanted to invite them to stay for dinner and more girl talk (only I'm a terrible cook). Can't wait to see the article when it comes out! 4d

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mer_mag He's had an on and off fever for three days and a bronchial sounding cough. 🤒 But he's been a trooper with photoshoots and school work. This afternoon he told me "mom if you bring me a cup of tea I'll just sit here and read books". #littlesweetheart #thebanisterhouse 4d
  •   mer_mag I know it!! @andweplay and he sort of acts like one from time to time... 3d
  •   mer_mag Yes honey makes it all the better @bonny_bloom 3d
  •   mer_mag Well wishes for your fam too @willowdaygram 3d
  •   willowdaygram Xo 3d
  •   thebugsmommy feel better!! 3d
  •   meluntch Poor guy! Hope he gets better soon! Hey, I was at Hallmark yesterday... the creative center of it all (where the artists are) in KC. And in their AWESOME library I just happened to see your book there... "Playful". They have only the best books there. Congrats!!!! <3 3d
  •   mer_mag Oh that's so cool to hear! @meluntch 3d
  •   meluntch Yeah it was awesome... I pointed it out to one of the hallmark artists... who does AMAZING work! Keep it up... you're so AMAZING!!! 3d

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mer_mag These clay heart magnets that I made for friends a couple years back have me getting all sorts of fun heart cookie decorating ideas. Excited to play around with the kids and make something with them this year #mermagvalentines 5d

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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 7d

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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) 1w

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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 1w

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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 1w

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mer_mag Her new ridiculously clever hide-and-seek spot . #threeyearolds #thebanisterhouse 1w

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mer_mag Now Mr. Bunny doesn't wear bows for just anyone. #hernewhairclipcatcher #mermagdolls 2w

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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 2w
  •   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.... 2w
  •   vespa_girl Haha! So true....was about to do it myself! 2w
  •   zul.sha Lovely 2w
  •   aplusthree Hahaha 🏻 2w
  •   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! :) 2w
  •   milk_thistle Doesn't need fixing, looks gorgeous!! 2w
  •   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! 1w
  •   mer_mag That's how I feel if I take my kids in. Do I always cut their hair myself @sneezerville 1w

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mer_mag Bonnets and pony play. More on the blog today. #thebanisterhouse #briarhandmade 2w

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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 2w
  •   spoonfulofcolor @mer_mag indeed a great idea for doll clothes!! 2w
  •   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. 2w
  •   ciaraelliott Just love your carpet 2w
  •   flyingmonkeys888 Brass from pre-war China, and "pink stuff." Like pink McCoy, pink Shawnee, etc. 2w
  •   tessahop 2w
  •   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... 2w

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mer_mag His new best friend "Happy the snowman". Completely designed by him. Made with dad. #blizzard2016 2w

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mer_mag All dried off and warm after a day of snow play #thebanisterhouse 2w

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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 2w

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