It’s Book Launch Day!!! so that means a GIVEAWAY!!

Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids

It’s Book launch day!!! No more grumpy faces (unless they are as cute as this one below!) because at long last Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids is here!!! And available wherever books are sold, online and off. Grab your copy and bring it to our launch party a week from today!

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To celebrate I have a number of fun giveaways going on! First off is this sweet trapeze doll, sister to the one on the cover, seen below! Just comment here to enter to win the doll. Pin or post on your facebook page an image from this post and you’ll also be entered to win a signed copy of Playful for yourself! Giveway goes until the launch party next week on Sept 23rd when I’ll announce the winner of the doll and book. (yes, you could potentially win both!).

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But the love doesn’t stop there I’m also giving away two books on Instagram! Woo hoo!! Follow me there and tag a friend who would like this book as well (this one ends 12 pm PST tonight). (Oh and check out Playful’s dream team @nicolegerulat, @onemoremushroom and @housethatlarsbuilt, as they are giving away copies as well)!!

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I do hope you love Playful as much as I do. It’s been such a special project to work on and I couldn’t have done it without the help of soooo many talented indviduals such as my publisher, Melanie of STC Craft, Playful’s amazing photographer Nicole Gerulat of Nicole’s Classes (who is also sponsoring the photo boot at the launch party! woohoo!!), book designer Brooke Reynolds, kids interior stylist Meta Coleman, stylist with an incredible eye for kids clothing, Brittany Watson Jepsen , hair and makeup by Aubrey Nelsen and Kamra, and the many many extraordinary children who brought all this playful magic to life in these pages. And of course to all of YOU!!! My Mer Mag readers who really make all that I do so so meaningful. I really love seeing what you and your little ones are creating and you insipire me everyday. So thank you!!!!

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87 Comments

  1. Reply

    Sarah

    September 16, 2014

    Cannot wait to get my hands on this book!! It looks so lovely! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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    Katia

    September 16, 2014

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your book. xoxo

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    marcelina

    September 16, 2014

    I pre-ordered the book, just in case i don`t win , but my little girl would love the doll!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      Oh goodie! I hope you love it! Crossing my fingers for you to win another :). xo Mer

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    Lauren

    September 16, 2014

    What a cute doll! My niece would love it.

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      Thanks Lauren! xo Mer

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      Karen

      September 19, 2014

      Congratulations! You are an inspiration.

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    Clealala

    September 16, 2014

    Absolutely divine cover that just makes me want to dive in and play all sorts of adventures with my 4yo girl! Can’t wait to get my copy and it will make a great Christmas present!
    x great job. clealamaison

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      Oh thank you Clealala. Perfect for Christmas gifts!!

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    Laura Oli

    September 16, 2014

    This book looks full of fun. Great job! Congrats

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    Marta G. (A Bilingual Baby blog)

    September 16, 2014

    Hi! I had never seen a trapeze doll, and it’s fabulous! I’ve pinned it! Thank you!
    Best regard from sunny Barcelona,
    Marta

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh lovely. thanks dear! xo Mer

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    Justine

    September 16, 2014

    I love anything circus. I even took a trapeze class once but it is so much harder than it looks. I flew through the air with the greatest of difficulty lol 🙂 Your trapeze doll is too adorable!!!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      Oh how cool Justine! This is perfect for you! crossing my fingers :). The editor of the book was also a trapeze artist, how fun is that!! xo Mer

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    Rayda Simmons

    September 16, 2014

    Adorable doll!!! & so excited about your book! 🙂

  10. Reply

    Danielle B.

    September 16, 2014

    Love the doll…can’t wait to get my hands on the book!

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    Cassie VanB

    September 16, 2014

    I love handmade dolls and I have a daughter. Perfect!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      aren’t hademade dolls the best Cassie!? xo Mer

  12. Reply

    Cecilia

    September 16, 2014

    Your book looks spectacular. I know that my oldest daughter would love the doll it is so cute. Congratulations on your big day!!!!!!

  13. Reply

    Helena

    September 16, 2014

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read your book!

  14. Reply

    Elise

    September 16, 2014

    cutest doll!

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    Anna

    September 16, 2014

    My daughter would love this!! Having a circus birthday party next month so this would make the perfect gift!!! So excited for you and your book!!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh so fun. love the circus party theme! xo Mer

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    Anna

    September 16, 2014

    My daughter would love this doll!!! She is having a circus birthday party next month and this would make the perfect gift! So excited for you and the book launch!

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    Katie

    September 16, 2014

    Just bought your book on Amazon – figured I probably wouldn’t win it anyway, and I’m excited to support you on your new book! I love everything you do!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      Oh you’re the sweetest Katie! I hope you enjoy. And you never know, crossing my fingers for you to possibly win another one or the doll! xo Mer

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    olivia s.

    September 16, 2014

    I love what I have seen of your new book. So excited for the launch-I’ll be there! I am so excited to meet you. And this is the sweetest trapeze doll I’ve ever seen. So cheery and fun! Fingers crossed.

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      excited to meet you too! xo Mer

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    Elisabeth

    September 16, 2014

    My copy already lies at home, but right now we are on vacation. Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      ooh fun surprise for you when you get home Elisabeth! xo Mer

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    Ali Smith

    September 16, 2014

    I can’t wait to get a copy of the book, it’s been such a pleasure to follow your blog the past few years, and my one and five year old girls would truly love the gorgeous doll!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh thanks for following along Ali! xo to your girls too! -Mer

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    Emily

    September 16, 2014

    Love the trapeze doll!

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    Heidi Jo

    September 16, 2014

    So excited about this book! I’m thinking it might need to make it’s way under the Christmas tree for my crafty daughter. 🙂

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh perfect Christmas present! with a hand sewn trapeze doll to go along with ;). xo Mer

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    michelle

    September 16, 2014

    I am so glad the book is released! I love making things with my kids but often lack ideas…this will help tremendously. I adore the trapeze doll….my daughter would love it!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh good! Michelle this is filled with SO many ideas and you can really so many are a starting point. You can take them anywhere from there! xo Mer

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    Katie

    September 16, 2014

    Our deliveries always come so late in the day – sometimes until not after dinner. So even though I pre-ordered the book 5 months ago I’m still waiting! It’s killing me! I want to flip through it so bad.

    This little trapeze doll is adorable. Would love to win!

  25. Reply

    nicole

    September 16, 2014

    IIIIIIII wwwwwaaaant that doll! 🙂

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      Nicole you’re the best. xo Mer

  26. Reply

    Danielle

    September 16, 2014

    I LOVE THIS!

  27. Reply

    NomLuna

    September 16, 2014

    I have two little girls who would love the trapeze doll!

  28. Reply

    mik

    September 16, 2014

    what a gorgeous and unique doll! My favorite part is the flapper style haircut.

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      i know, don’t you just love flappers?! she was also inpsired by black and white silent movie stars and vintage circus performers. xo Mer

  29. Reply

    Jocelyn

    September 16, 2014

    I love everything about your book so far. It really looks like a piece of art. Congratulations on it’s release. You should be proud. And the doll is adorable. My daughter would love it!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh thanks Jocelyn. I think my photographer and contributors really took this to a kid crafty coffee table lifestyle book. A dream for me! xoxo Mer

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    Jillian Pye

    September 16, 2014

    I wish I could be at the party! I have been following you for many years–so happy to see all you’ve done!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      oh that would be so fun! Thanks for sharing this journey with us Jilian. xo Mer

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    Kristina

    September 16, 2014

    I would love to get my hands on this fabulous book! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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    Emily

    September 16, 2014

    I pre-ordered your book and cannot wait to receive it! My family has gone through some rough times lately. We made a cross-country move for my husband’s work and there were some major problems in the process. We are just now getting back on our feet and I have found that doing crafting activities with my 4 year old daughter throughout this bumpy transition has help her and me minimize stress. Her latest request is to learn some machine sewing. If we won the trapeze dolly I think I would teach her to sew a few basic things like a small pillow, or maybe a cushion to land on if the dolly fell from the trapeze! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway and thanks for being a constant source of fun ideas for my daughter and I!

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      Merrilee

      September 16, 2014

      What a sweet story about how crafting can sometimes help us through stressful times. Thanks for sharing Emily. I hope you and your sweet daughter enjoy your book when it comes! xoxo Mer

  33. Reply

    Beth K

    September 16, 2014

    Congrats on the new book! Looks really fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Reply

    Anna

    September 17, 2014

    OH!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! its possible get the book in Spain?

  35. Reply

    Tatiana

    September 17, 2014

    Everything is so beautiful! I hope to win!

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    Nancy

    September 17, 2014

    What a sweet doll and all the images are amazing. I think I have to get this book! I also pinned the image of those darling children playing w handmade wood toys on the cutest playmat! Oh to be little again 🙂 Congratulations Merrilee, you should be very proud.

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    Natashia

    September 17, 2014

    Ordering my book now. But if I win another.. I have lots of friends to share with!

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    Georgette

    September 17, 2014

    These are beautiful! My daughters would love this doll!

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    Adrianne

    September 17, 2014

    Oh my, what a creative and sweet doll. Can’t wait to see the other amazingly beautiful ideas in your book!!

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    Kristy

    September 17, 2014

    She is so precious!! Thank you for the chance! I would add her to our collection for the FLUFF Project for children in foster care as we are near 1,000 stuffed friends having been donated! 🙂

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    Kristy

    September 17, 2014

    Also pinned! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/158118636892949264/ Fingers crossed! 🙂

  42. Reply

    coral

    September 17, 2014

    The doll is adorable! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book , it’s the perfect resource for any upcoming rainy days at home!

  43. Reply

    Vanessa

    September 17, 2014

    This is all so beautiful!!! I love it all. I would LOVE to win that darling doll for my 3 year old, it looks like her!

  44. Reply

    felicia

    September 18, 2014

    Woul love to win the trapeze doll!!

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    Molly

    September 18, 2014

    You are beyond talented, Merrilee! What a labor of LOVE you have created. I’m totally obsessed! I work for Paper Source and we NEED to carry your incredible book, ‘Playful’! It looks absolutely perfect. …and these dolls! I’m in Love. Congratulations, my favorite blogger friend:)! XO

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      Merrilee

      September 18, 2014

      oh Thanks Molly! That would be so cool if Paper Source carried it! xo Mer

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    CUTEANDKIDS

    September 19, 2014

    This winter we’ll creat and enjoy with you book! Thanks! I’ll share it tomorrow on my blog. Congrats! Ara

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    Shanya

    September 19, 2014

    I am fan all the way in South Africa. Your work is so inspiring!

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      Merrilee

      September 19, 2014

      Oh wow. all the way from South Africa. Thanks so much!! xoxo Mer

  48. Reply

    Melanie

    September 19, 2014

    I LOVE this doll. And your book looks fabulous, I need to order a copy!

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    margaret

    September 19, 2014

    Looking forward to trying to recreate these with my little girl. The doll is adorable.

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      Merrilee

      September 19, 2014

      yay! when you do tag your crafts with #playfullymade so we can see the fun you’re having. xoxo Mer

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    Brenda

    September 19, 2014

    Congratulations on the book!!!! How exciting and I LOVE getting crafty with my girls. Our youngest is 2 and already loves drawing and her older sister who is 7 loves anything and everything art related so this book would be a perfect fit for myself and my kids.

  51. Reply

    ruby t

    September 20, 2014

    Love the dolls and simple cardboard houses. Cannot wait to see the whole book.
    Thanks

  52. Reply

    Callie B

    September 20, 2014

    This doll is adorable! My daughter would love it! Are you e-mailing the winner?

  53. Reply

    Lacey

    September 20, 2014

    oh my goodness, my daughter would LOVE that little doll. and regardless of if we win the free copy of the adorable book, it will definitely be on our bookshelf soon! congrats again!

  54. Reply

    Heidi

    September 21, 2014

    What an exciting time for you! That’s awesome!

  55. Reply

    Erin

    September 22, 2014

    What a darling doll! I love your book! Bibs make the best dress-up, no difficult pieces to pull on for little fingers!

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    Rachael

    September 22, 2014

    LOVE the doll and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. Beautiful work!

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    Amie Plumley

    September 22, 2014

    So super excited for you! Can’t wait to see the book in person!

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      Merrilee

      September 22, 2014

      thanks Amie! I hope you love it as much as I do! xoxo Mer

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    Ellen

    September 22, 2014

    I have been following your blog for years (since your Knoxville days, my old hometown!) and just love all that you do. I have made several of your projects with my 3 little ones — I am an architect and truly appreciate that they are so well-designed, and yes, architectural! I would LOVE to win a copy of your new book. Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment!

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      Merrilee

      September 22, 2014

      Oh so cool Ellen! Yay for Knoxville friends! xoxo Mer

  59. Reply

    Randi

    September 23, 2014

    How cute is that doll?!?! Can’t wait to get my hands on that book!

  60. Reply

    Brittany

    September 23, 2014

    You are amazing! Your book looks absolutely fabulous!

  61. Reply

    lara

    September 23, 2014

    I really love these images and projects. Lovely ideas and execution.

  62. Reply

    Kelly Oliver

    September 23, 2014

    I’m so excited to buy your book for holiday gifts! You have such talent!!!! Congrats on the book, I’m so excited to start crafting with it.

  63. Reply

    Kelly Oliver

    September 23, 2014

    I’m buying this book for all my mommy friends at Christmas!! Can’t wait

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