There is something special in the air when Back-to-School time runs around. It’s filled with the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, new markers and blank note books begging to be filled. It calls for growth, acheivement, learning and new horizons. And I absolutely LOVE every bit of it. To get set for afterschool homework and crafty afternoons we made these fun and playful duct tape canisters. Head on over to Minted for the full DIY.
Little O is in Kindergarten this year and it’s so fun to see him get more “studious”. But to get there we have to have to make education a whole lot of FUN (which is one of my favorite things about early schooling).
Setting up an exciting environment that encourages learning and creativity is where it’s at for us. For crafting this means a lot of colorful art supplies available and on hand. And some great note taking paper to encourage story telling.
And of course books. I’m such a HUGE fan of books so I try to teach my kids that all great stories, characters, etc. start in books. My boys are already obsessed with telling stories and drawing the characters to go with. In fact we’ve been working on our own super hero stories for each kid and just might try to concieve of and make their costumes for the kids Halloween this year. Here’s hoping we can pull it off!
Photography by Trisha Zemp
Crafts and Styling by Merrilee Liddiard
For Duct Tape Can DIY visit Minted
One of our sponsors for our Midsummer Mingle party was the fabulous company, Instantly Framed. They create really hi end quality framed photos from your instagram photos. And you can do it all from your phone! Too easy. We framed one of our favorite photos if Little Miss in her Easter dress. I’m so happy to have photos of my kids framed and ready to go. Sometimes I sit on things to long and forget to print and frame them so this was nice and easy for me.
For a limited time, Instantly framed is also offering Mer Mag readers a discount on your own Instantly Framed orders.
$15 off 1 frame $25 off 2 frames and $35 off 4 frames with the code: Mingle15. You have until Aug. 31 to enter this code for the discount so pic out your favorite instagram photos now and get ordering!
I had the best time chatting with Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women last week and the interview is now up on her site! We talked about so many things that creatives go through such as finding your voice, juggling you creative, business and personal life (especially as a mamma!). I’d love your thoughts on these subjects and more as I’m always looking for ideas and love to hear we each have “figured it out” (in quotations because seriously we’re always “figuring it out”, right? Hop on over here to see more.
(above pic by my five year old in my very messy but very crafty studio).
It’s here. Time for backpacks, pencils, erasers, notebooks and more! I can hardly believe summer is coming to and end. It’s all been too too fast. So now I’m already thinking about after-school snacks, homework incentives and crafty cures for boredoms so thank goodness we have a few DIY activities up our sleeves with KID CRAFT CAMP! It’s stuffed full of really easy DIY instrux, videos and templates making it super easy for your little one to jump on in and follow along. Older kids could even do the crafts on their own! I know my 8 yr old already does (He’s super big into doing everything by himself these days).
And this week only, in celebration of all things back-to-school, I’m offering 25% off the camp with code backtoschool25. And that’s on the feedback optional upgrade as well! And if you’re not familiar with the feedback option, I’ve set up a great way for kids to comment, engage in topic lead discussions, share and post photos of their crafts, and more! I’m always looking for an educational and safe platform for my kids to work more online, get familiar with the computer in a fun way. This class is perfect for just that!
Head on over to atly for more class info and to sign up with the backtoschool25 discount.
We’re in complete denial with school starging NEXT WEEK and all. So the kids and I are pining for and Indian summer…a fall that is filled with warm nights and opportunities for mini after-school adventures (Say camping in your own backyard!). These boys fashion pics are perfect for just that. And they transition perfectly into your boys early fall wardrobe. (I’m loving this Zanzibach cat shirt and think it would be perfect for school picture day!). Stop by Pinhole Press to see more of what we’re looking at to fill our wardrobe full of early fall pieces.
I’ve alway had a generational love for dolls (OK and particularly the ones with a touch of macabre to them) so I’m happy to report that baby M is enjoying dolls as well. But I’m even more happy to report that she’s smitten with books just as much if not more. She brings me books and magazines to read to her every day.
She also brings me shoes. “Shoes” is one of her first words, so, yeah I think we’re in trouble. Whatever it is with girls and shoes, she’s got it, and she’s got it early. So we’ve been spending our ending summer days with all three of these things in our book nook and I couldn’t be happier. Must summer end? I mean, really.
We’re channeling the modern wood sprite and sharing some of our favorite girls summer fashion picks over on Pinhole Press. Head over to see some beautiful items from Marie Chantal and Juju Bunny Shop which work great for both summer and easing into early fall!
My “baby” girl is in full toddler mode these days. It’s hard not to see want to keep her as my baby forever (I totally see how the baby of the family is “babied” all their life now). And before she get’s too far away from her baby years I thought I’d better crack down and make a baby memory box for her, complete with little notes of why certain items were so sentimental to her and I. So we did just that and now I’m sharing it all with you over on Minted’s Julep blog today. I’ve even got a few printable tags over there for your download if you want to use them for your own memory boxes.
-photography by Trisha Zemp
Have you signed up for KIDS CRAFT CAMP? I’ve been seeing little campers working on projects all over instagram and I love it! Today is the last day I’ll be discounting my KIDS CRAFT CAMP class with a steep 50% off! (not including instructor feedback which includes a gallery and online interaction with me and fellow campers). Just enter class code NEWCLASS50 at the check out.
The first craft to get the camp started is this simple paper and posicle stick tent. I’ve included a little video excerpt, filmed by the talented Jenner Brown, to give you an idea of what you’ll get in this class.
I’ve also included a few BONUS printable toys, such as Mrs. Foxy below, and home decor items to go along with your duct tape shoebox house. So fun!
So whether you want to grab a group of kids together and do this camp throughout the rest of the summer or you just put it on for your kiddo when they claim afternoon boredom, this camp is the perfect thing for you! And once you sign up, you have unlimited access to the class…for forever! Woohoo! Now that’s what I call a crafty steal!
I’m super excited to share with you one of my favorite summer projects we’ve been working on: this outdoor book nook with Pottery Barn Kids! It’s been a bit of a little reading oasis and the kids and I are in love with it! Seriously anything to encourage reading is a number one in my book.
Head on over PBK’s Building Blocks blog for the full post along with details on the adorable products we used in our reading nook.
I designed this little nook play house and Jon helped me to make it. I’ll be posting the building plans for it later so stay tuned!
(and if you’re interested in this amazing wallpaper - the perfect accent for our PBK decor items – check out Makelike for this and several other great wallpapers!)
Now it’s your turn! Head over to PBK Building Blocks to enter for your chance to win a $100 PBK gift card to start creating a book nook for your little ones– Hurry, ends Sunday 7/20!