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! ️ What does your Sunday afternoon look like? #playfulart #thebanisterhouse 32min

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mer_mag I think I'll call her Mabel #mermagdolls #mermagcrowns 1d

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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 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 2d

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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 3d

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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 3d

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mer_mag The "grandma is great, she gives us chocolate cake" after school dance #thebanisterhouse 5d
  •   r1va Have you varnished the table? I have the same one and can't decide whether to paint it or just sand and varnish to freshen it up. Decisions decisions! 4d
  •   mer_mag I know it @r1va it's still in its original state 4d
  •   littlecottonwood Where is the cute pendant from? 4d
  •   mer_mag I actually found it thrifting @littlecottonwood. It used to be in a restaurant. But the shape us pretty common and I bet you could find something similar. Maybe eBay? 4d
  •   designlifekids Ha! Love it. And your home! 4d
  •   mer_mag thanks! @designlifekids 4d
  •   mer_mag It's still in the same state I bought it in @r1va I can't decide what to do either. Let me know what you end up doing 2d
  •   mer_mag Oh thanks! @katieelisa1981 2d

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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? 5d

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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 6d

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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 6d

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mer_mag We could prob win the prize for the most authentic haunted house this year #remodelingforever #oldhomewoes #plasterwallscrumbling #thebanisterhouse 1w
  •   mer_mag Ok that makes me feel better about raising our kids in restoration chaos @courtneysnowden 1w
  •   milk_thistle I would have to move out INSTANTLY if it was actually, really haunted! 7d
  •   mer_mag Yes me too! @milk_thistle but so far we seem to be ghost free 🏻. Just lots of stories held within in walls that shape and inform this homes legacy. #ifthesewallscouldtalk 5d
  •   kendrasmoot I wouldn't change a thing- this room is gorgeous!!!! Can we come shoot here before the plaster walls are gone? 4d
  •   mer_mag I know it is kind of perfect for photoshoots @kendrasmoot and yes come shoot anytime!! 4d
  •   deniseleavens A Halloween party, with apple bobbing, pin the witch on the broom, musical chairs...all the old fashioned favorites! 2d
  •   kendrasmoot @sethsmoot dreamiest location with the dreamiest family ;) 2d

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mer_mag Hey friends it's time to clean out my studio! So I'm teaming up with fellow Hinterland creatives (see tags) for a real creative studio sale next Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Furniture, studio supplies, paper, craft, toys, artwork, clothing even digital equipment. In fact I think I'll bring along a bunch of Playful books to sign and maybe even a few sample dolls will show up too!! (Anything else you want to see?). Address is 1253 S. Main Street, Springville, UT. See you there and spread the word! #hinterlandworkshop #kidscraftcamp 1w

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mer_mag It's totally a cake and cookies kind of day, right?! #tgif #whyamisohungrytoday? #entertainingwithmermag #mermagparties #mermaghouses 1w

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mer_mag I'm a nutter for back-to-school everything. Pencils, notebooks, backpacks, new beginnings, the promise of crisp fall on its way...and the idea that it's possible to learn just about anything! Even for us adults!

Makes me think of a current fav quote by Brendon Burchard -"I'm never disappointed because I'm too darn excited about the mastery being gained. Having a learning mindset prevents you from being disappointed." ____________________________________________________
On that note @atly is offering 20% off all classes -including my online @kidscraftcamp - and the promotion goes until Aug. 22!! And more good news!! I'm adding a breakdown of how I organized my camps over the summer so you'll have all the tools to hold your own Kids Craft Camp! So in addition the the 8 unique crafts and video instrux- You'll also be getting a download of the badges and my hour by hour schedule for the 4 day camps I held locally. Yay!! link in profile. (& how fun is this pic my friend @metacoleman_ styled -and how cute is my friend Liz @cottonandcurls?!! And the kids! Whose hair I attempted styling was such a fun shoot to be on). #kidscraftcamp #atly
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mer_mag She misses her brothers. So we made wings for the new doll and played school together (because she's desperate to go to her own school like her "brudders") #knowledgegivesyouwings #mermagdolls #thebanisterhouse #playfulliving 1w
  •   redponi I'm obsessed with your rug! 1w
  •   cloudydaygray Love! 1w
  •   petitpippin I owe you an email sweet lady. Sorry for the delay. We were forced to evacuate our home for a few days because of a wildfire, but all is well again and I'm finally starting to catch up on correspondence. I'll get back to you soon. 1w
  •   mer_mag Oh thanks dear! @petitpippin 1w
  •   mer_mag It's so snugly too @redponi 1w
  •   mer_mag @tiniyin I experiment with different things all the time - fabric markets, paints, etc. so sometimes more texture than others. Still trying too pin down my ideal 1w
  •   willowdaygram Oh Merrilee, obsessed with that rug too!!!! Craft paper times w/ vibrant and black make me swoon! 5d

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mer_mag Trimming, clipping, sewing, experimenting well into the night #mermagdolls #merillustration 2w

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mer_mag How great is this behind the scenes pic from @izzyandferd 's darling new fall line? And how much do I love that they made a twig crown from my book Playful?!!! (and how cute is this li'l guy!?) #toomuchcuteness #playfultwigcrown #playfultoysandcrafts #izzyandferd 2w

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