We love that our bunny piñata works so well with our printable bunny and doll paper toy and party pack.
It’s easy to make and can be done in just an afternoon.
And our friends Atticus the Bunny and Little Miss Nellie are here to celebrate with you in cupcake topper form. Just as a fun fabric or sparkle crown and a paper accordion collar for a bit of adornment. I also love the idea of stringing these friends up as party bunting, etc.
To make the bunny piñata: (more…)
So a couple of months ago my friend @metacoleman_ called me up exclaiming that tickets to Paris were crazy good so we should book right then for a trip to @maisonetobjet and @iloveplaytime. So of course I said YES to my very favorite city in the world! and promptly purchased tickets. Our friend @sarahjanestudios also decided to join in on the fun. As did Jon, my brother and little sister, so… 🎉. With less than a week before I leave I still can hardly believe it. It’s nippy there so I’m looking to stay cozy, dreaming of this Shearling Gabba coat and the Victoria boot from Toast and this incredible bag by Atlas Supply Co & am starting to pack my suitcase. In reality my Paris wardrobe will pretty much just be black all over (and I wish I looked this cool irl) but I am so excited to say that I WILL in fact be taking this bag with me! I’m so thrilled because it’s a perfect work backpack – I can even bring my watercolors with me and my camera without any problems. So I’m hoping to have more watercolor sketches of Paris to share with you guys later!
Here are some additional dream items I’d LOVE to put in my suitcase for a cozy winter time in the city of love:
this oversize hand bag
I have a soft spot for plaids right now
love the playful yet sophisticated nature of this blouse
this snuggly top has me wanting to cuddle
these oversized leather trousers look so fun
this wool coat also look so fun and warm
love these boots for a more dressy event
this simple wool jumper looks small enough to pack light but still cozy
cozy but not bulky socks
sweetest pom hat
this faux fur wrap
and these dreamy gloves
I’d also love any suggestions of things I just can’t miss? I’ve been to Paris twice and have done all the museums, and tourist sites, now I need more insider tips. I’d love to hear from you! Eeeeep I’m getting so excited.
2016 Was a lovely year full of ups and full of downs. It’s been a journey I’ve been grateful to be a part of and sharing it all with you makes it all the more sweeter. Here a few of the highlights from our past year from posts on Instagram. This year was the official opening of my doll shop merrileeliddiarshop.com and it’s been a magical journey. I also had a lovely time collaborating with many different companies such as ZARA’s Boxes with a Past campaign, and it was such a treat to do a trick-or-treat costume story for Better Homes and Gardens this year. The release of my Mer’s Fairy Friends board books with Gibbs Smith was also a big highlight. Can’t wait to share all the fun things in store for 2017. Still making a few goals that both include simplifying and slowing down while also making my efforts really pack a punch. Worker smarter if you will.
So with a fond farewell to 2016, we say a big Happy New Year and embrace 2017!!
Miss Milla and I made a simple sparkle star crown just in time to ring in the New Year!
It’s simple to make. All you need is: (more…)
We took our cardboard reindeer idea and run with it. This time by turning a smaller gift box into a reindeer toy! It’s so easy to create, making it the perfect last-minute way to spruce up your gift giving game.
Download the template to make your own reindeer gift box.
Trace and cut out shape from cardboard and then adhere to box. Paint on fur patterns, eyes and antlers.
The Christmas season came so fast here at the Banister House.
With dolls going out to good girls and boys, we’ve barely had time to craft and create in our usual manner. but we did manage to pull together Mr. Reindeer who the kids have grown very fond of.
It was such a treat (or should I say trick-or-treat ;)) to create a series of simple DIY costumes for you in this month’s special Halloween edition of Better Homes and Gardens. This little unicorn riding princess is a fav and an off shoot of my llama costume from last year and follows the same basic construction idea.
I’m a big fan of birds as well and thought a blue bird made with lots of paper scallops would be so fun!
I’m also a big fan of classic Halloween costumes such as a simple witch and clown. These trick-or-treaters are so easy to make! I love that these mabo pj’s are the perfect clown costume starter.
Let your little start shine, literally, on halloween night with an LED marquee lit star head piece. How perfect would this be for a school play as well?
Find templates and instrux for all of these in the 2016 halloween edition of BHG on newsstands now.
costumes by Merrilee Liddiard
photography by Nicole Gerulat