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.
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.
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!
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!
It’s been an exciting summer! Filled with a Midsummer party, an Enchanted Forrest family reunion, and now I’m thrilled to announce that I am offering an online KIDS CRAFT CAMP on ATLY! It’s filled with 8 easy, modern DIY craft projects, such as a marionette puppet, duct tape play house, a paper bird friend and more! A perfect range for kids of all ages. You’ll enjoy bonding with your younger kids on these projects and older kids, say 7 and up, should be able to do many of these on their own!
The class is filled with video instruction, templates, and step-by-step DIY photos, and even some bonus PRINTABLE TOYS to go along with their creations! Your little creative camper is sure to find this not only fun but very doable. Perfect projects to finish out the summer or to do anytime of year. Once you sign up, you have unlimited access for as long as you like!
And we’re offering an upgrade Feedback option where your camper can submit their creations for a gallery with the group as well as engage in constructive comments about fellow campers work. I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have on the projects, supplies, creating with kids, setting up a creative station, encouraging creativity and more! This feedback option helps to make sure this experience is as easy, clear and fun for you and your child as possible!
So are you ready to get creative and little messy? Grab your little one, or put together a neighborhood camp where you all follow along each week!, and sign up for our KIDS CRAFT CAMP now!
Follow us on instagram at @mer_mag for updates and now our newly launched instagram account @kidscraftcamp for a gallery of kids work! Be sure to post work from the camp with hashtags #kidscraftcamp and #mermag. I can’t wait to meet my first set of little campers. Oh this is going to be sooo much fun!!!
Not only did we want our Midsummer Mingle to be a fun and whimsical party but an experience for each of you, our guests. Each host provided a space that was specific to their brand and current projects and shared a way for guests to interact and take part in their space. It was so delightful and full of pleasant and dreamy surprises and all around merry magic.
We asked guests to attend dressed in summer whites and after walking through the most incredible balloon arch (made by Brittany and interns) upon arrival, each were greeted with a floral crown and swag bag filled with lovely treasures from each host and darling earrings & sachets from Darly Bird and more. (Canvas bags were provided bay Save on Crafts -as was the incredible lighting throughout the space. I designed the flower for the bag which was created as an iron on using Cricut Explore.)
Ramblin Rose Cafe provided the food for the event and it was mouth watering refreshing. At the beginning of the event they served up the most incredible lemon lavender herbal tea which I am still dreaming about. It was a perfect sweet start to our tour around the garden. (and that camper…I mean c’mon!).
The first experience began with Camp Meta of One more Mushroom.
I mean just look at that darling tent and all the Pacific Northwest styling she has going on. I want to cozy on in and take a little summer mountain nap. Meta also had the sweetest polaroid cameras for guests to take photos of themselves and friends which could be placed within a paper frame.
After camp guest were then invited to Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with Brittany of The House that Lars Built. It was a magical floral wonderland filled with paper flowers, fabric and felt garlands, from Hello Maypole, paper lanterns and many more lovely things to delight the senses.
I just want to spend an afternoon here sipping lemon lavender tea and catching up with dear friends, don’t you?
Next came Sycamore Street Press and Eva’s minimal bohemian vibe complete with gorgeous inky indigo gift wrap covering walls. I heard guests mention that going from one space to the next was like getting in the brain of each host and visiting mini-lands. I think the transition from Brittany’s to Eva’s space was a perfect example of that. Going from bright light and airy sherbets to moody blues with a modern vibe was such a great transition. I love it!
Eva invited guests to write what their favorite thing about summer was on sheets of her wrapping paper and then hang it up. Reading what guests wrote - campfires, farmers markets, stargazing, homemade ice cream, etc. - really helped set the stage for summer magic.
After Eva’s space guest’s climbed up into an enclave of A Midsummer Night’s Dream complete with art work, characters and masks by the lovely Sarah Jane Studios. I love how sweet her masks are. And her characters. And did you know that she’s doing wallpaper decals now?! So great.
After Sarah’s space guests walked down the steps to enjoy more refreshment such as these mouth watering cakes, made by Elizabeth Hammond, grape and basil toast, and watermelon mint water. They were also invited write notes in bottles which are to be set off to see with Blickenstaff’s.
I also had a station for guests to assemble paper floral crowns, from my upcoming book PLAYFUL!
The design can be cut by hand but it was fun to try it on a the new Cricut Explore machine as well. Makes it perfect for parties when you want multiples!
After the crown making and photo booth taking, guests were invited to adventure with Tiny Traveler Tilda, from my Tell the Tale with Mer instagram series. I made this map from a large drop cloth and Jon helped me hang it at the event (he’s amazing and helpful and handy like that).
I then invited guests to pin little flags onto the map where they thought Tiny Tilda should travel next. I loved seeing all the places you picked! I still have all the flags pinned onto the map and may just leave them there for travel inspiration. I also made a paper mache balloon for Tilda to travel in complete with a duct tape covered can for her basket (more on that DIY later!).From here guests could munch and mingle by the pool, listen to the Red Rock Hot Club band (an amazing gypsy band!), play with and learn more about Cricut in the conservatory, enter our raffle (see the raffle table filled with goodies above?! And I spy a sweet floral tent from Land of Nod hiding to the left) and make constellation candles with Caravan.
Melanie had some of her lovely giant script printables on display as well as a few small versions prompting the scattering and sunshine and other delightful things for guests to bring home. Oh and she brought the sweetest wee babe with here…which she insisted on bringing back home with her even though we all wanted to stash her in our grab bags ;).
And of course one of the highlights for me was the amazing performance of the sweet maypole dancers. My Sister-in-Law, Mariann, just came up with the dance on the fly after watching a few you tube videos and her Color Guard girls did an amazing job of implementing it. I was so impressed with them!! It added such a sweet scandinavian touch to our event.
Phew! If you’ve stayed with me through all of this I hope you were inspired in some way. I know so many couldn’t make it person and there so many gorgeous photos from this event we all wanted to be sure to share as many moments with you as possible. And I hope it encourages you to enjoy every bit of your summer because, as the wise William Shakespeare once penned “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
I’m so excited to say that we’ve received a great many lovely Midsummer Mingle photos from our photographer, Natalie Norton. I have a few follow up posts in mind, as the event was filled to the brim with amazing loveliness, so I thought I’d start out with just a few pics that make me smile with giddiness and give you just a bit of an idea of the magic of the night. (above map designed by me and letter pressed by Sycamore Street Press. Paper flowers by House that Lars Built.) The event (the brain child of the lovely Brittany, of House that Lars Built) was put on as a big THANK YOU to all of YOU! And as Brittany says “we’re boldly calling it a smashing success”. (OK I added the “smashing” bit). (In the above photo, fellow hosts: Brittany, Meta, Eva, Sara, Merrilee and Melanie) Brittany asked a few of us colleagues to join in on all the fun and we all jumped at the chance. Putting this on with dear friends who I adore and respect, House that Lars Built, Sycamore Stree Press, One More Mushroom, SarahJane Studios, and Caravan, was half the beauty of such an event (and can I just say we managed to pull of all this craziness off in just 3 weeks! Next year we’ll give ourselves a little more time. And yes, we definitely want to do this next year!). We know so many of you live far away and couldn’t attend and space was limited for locals as well (we ended up with about 300 guests when we anticipates a little over 200!) So we’re all posting as much as we can about the mingle to share it will all who were not able to make it. We couldn’t have pulled this amazing event off without the help of lovely and liked minded sponsors such as Cricut. Stay tuned for more of our paper crafts from each of us (such as Meta’s darling paper frame pictured above) made with their Explore. All of our sponsors, whom I will list later in this post, really helped to make it possible for us to set the stage for a magical and beautiful evening. Truly it was like three weddings all rolled into one night! Each of the hosts put together a miniature experience for the guests to walk through and engage in . Above you will see (an iphone instagram shot) of myself and my neices, who helped me with some of my experiences. We’re hanging out in SarahJane’s lovely enclave of midsummer magic. More on that in my next post but these pics share a bit of the interactive wonder each host brought to the Mingle. I spy some seriously gorgeous indigo dyed paper by Eva below! And I decided that I simply must bring Tiny Traveler Tilda to the mingle! Can you see her flying in on her paper mache balloon in my space above? More on her and this map later too! (above photo of Melanie’s hand lettered notes) The rest of the evening was filled with overwhelming amazement and gracious guests (all dressed in summer white!). Balloon sculptures (by Brittany and her interns), jaw dropping flowers (hello Lizzy Bowden!), and the sweetest of sweetest Maypole dances choreographed and put on by my sister-in-law, Mariann and her color guard troupe. I’m still dreaming about this event and often want to disappear back into this Midsummer Mingle land. Maybe next year we’ll make it a two night event because taking it all down was nigh unto the let down you feel when taking Christmas down at the end of the season. None of us wanted it to end. So it’s a good think I’ll be posting more! Just to keep the momentum of it all alive.
See more Midsummer Mingle recaps over on One More Mushroom, Caravan Shoppe, MerMag, Sarah Jane Studios, and the House that Lars Built.
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Every year over the 4th of July my parents put on a big family reunion. My crazy fun loving family is big into themes so we’ve started to chose a theme each year. Past years have been Western, Summer Magic (or Vintage Americana), Hawaiian Luau, Pirates, 1776 / Yankee Doodle Dandy, etc. This years theme was “Enchanted Forrest” (which went amazingly well with our Midsummer Mingle!).
My mother designed this completely magical woodland miniature play tree house for the event and my father built it. If you ever have wondered where my obsession with making toys and lovely things for children comes from, this should pretty much sum it up. My parents are the ultimate magic makers. And this year’s reunion did not disappoint.
I really want to smuggle this lovely tree house home in my purse only it isn’t quite small enough. But I’m happy to say my kids will be able to play with it each time they travel to grandma’s house.
And I’ll share more “Enchanted Forrest” reunion pics when I get them! So much fun!
We’ve been receiving photos back from our magical midsummer mingle event! So naturally I had to pop in real quick to post a little teaser post to share the exquisite wonder of this night that I will never ever forget. Ever.
1) top left: photo is taken by Brittany on Instagram and is of Nassari, owner of the lovely Flor de Luz Shop - specializing in gorgeous Mexican dresses (I want one!). She is standing in front of my Tiny Traveler Tilda Map (where I had guests pin flags of where they wanted Tiny Tilda to travel next!). Can’t wait to share more of this map. I think it’s going to be the new backdrop for my boys room…when they have a room of their own…in our new house…that we must get before the summer is out! ahh! (more on that later)).
2) top right: this is one of the sign’s I created for the event. An all too true Shakespeare quote: “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”.
3) bottom left: I shared one of my crafts, a paper floral crown, from my book PLAYFUL (0ut this Sept. 6th but available for pre-oder right now for great deal!) to the first 50 guests to arrive at the party. Can’t wait to share more of these as well!
4) bottom right: We had to most special may pole dance performance put on by my sister-in-laws color guard group. I hear there is a video floating around somewhere which will help to convey the amazement but really, you almost had to be there. These little wood nymphs where so perfect.
Can’t wait to share more on this event along with my fellow hosts, House that Lars Built, Sycamore Street Press, Sarah Jane Studios, One More Mushroom, and Caravan Shoppe. Stay tuned for more exquisite loveliness!
Friends it’s been a bit quiet over her on Mer Mag lately. Which typically always means I’m up to my neck in exciting projects! For example tomorrow is our Mid Summer Mingle!!! I’m so excited and a little bit exhausted by all the late nights in preparation for this event. It’s going to be so so lovely!
I’ve also been working on a lot of illustration projects. Many of of which have turned into Instagram series such as Little Bits by Mer @mer_mag (#littlebitsbymer) – a series where I share an illustration and a little bit of a story to go along with. I’ve also started a Tell the Tale with Mer series (#tellthetalewithmer) where I unfold a story all with your help!. Tiny Traveler Tilda is the first #tellthetalewithmer story and with your help we’ve named this little adventurer, picked out where should would be going to, what she would bring along, what she would bring back and so much more!These are some of the illustrations from Tilda’s tale so far! It’s been so fun unfolding the story with all of your input. And because I’m unfortunately staying put this summer, this has also been a great way for me to indulge my travel bug a bit. Where would you want to see Tilda go? Follow me on Instagram @mer_mag to see how this fun and adventurous tale is unfolding and just how it will end! I truly can’t wait to share the rest of it with you!! And if you share and tag a friend I’m entering you in a drawing for a chance to win a finished copy of the story when it’s all through!