An Olive Juice Kids, Pinhole Press and PLAYFUL Holiday giveaway!

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I’m beyond thrilled to share this killer giveaway I have in store for you! I’ve teamed up with Olive Juice and Pinhole Press to bring you a REALLY REALLY great Christmas giveaway!! Finding just the right card and wardrobe for your little ones for this year’s Christmas card has never been sweeter! Because not only is Pinhole Press giving one lucky winner $150 toward their holiday cards but Olive Juice is also giving away $150 in clothing for you to pick from for your little ones! How completely cool is that?!!! (I say it’s peppermint ice cool ;)). And to make things that much more merry, i’ve decided to throw in a signed copy of my book PLAYFUL! Who knows maybe you’ll make your own twig crown or cardboard brownstone house for your family photo-shoot too!

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I’ve been a long time fan of the simple and utterly lovely design that Pinhole Press brings to the table of personalized cards and gifts. I love so many of their Holiday card designs that we just couldn’t settle on one! This JOY card design caught my eye. But I’m also really fond of this Red Accordion design.MerMagChristmasCardMerandM1

The photos from our shoot, taken by photographer Jesse Draper, work so well with the cards too. He captured so many special moments that I’ll forever treasure (such as my boys who were just playing with these nuts and bolts off to the side and he caught them in the act. So cute!).MerMagChristmasCardBoys

But let’s talk about the cutest kids clothing you’ve ever seen shall we? I’ve also loved Olive Juice for a long time and often hoped I’d have a little girl to dress up in their perfect little frocks. I’m now more than happy to have a little doll of my own to dress up in classic dresses such as this festive red corduroy Becca Dress, but who knew that I didn’t have to wait until I had a girl to enjoy what Olive Juice has to offer?! To see more of our Olive Juice clothing pics head on over the the Pinhole Press blogMerMagChristmasCardJonandM4b

Olive Juice has a “Little Brother” section filled with classic looks for little boys and I love everything they have. Little O was thrilled to learn that they had red Bailey Overalls. (He immediately felt like he was “fire Mario” when wearing them so was naturally as happy as a clam.)

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I’m also over the moon about this Wonderland Jumper in Crème Brûlée. It will be perfect this winter.

And isn’t this little polka dot version of the Becca dress on Miss M is just dreamy? MerMagChristmasCardMerandM2MerMagChristmasCardMerandM3

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And if you’re like me and can’t pick just one photo from your shoot, you can always go with this Merry Christmas Collage card that makes it possible to enjoy bunches of photos fun.

Little A wore the softest Playtime Hoodie over a cute pair of grey Bailey overalls. He loves how snuggly the hoodie is and wants to wear it constantly. mer mag Christmas card photosMerMagChristmasCardMerandM4MerMagChristmasCardAcrownmermagchristmascardphotos10bMerMagChristmasCardMissMmer mag Christmas card photosmer mag Christmas card photos

To enter this give away visit Olive Juice Kids and Pinhole Press for some great Holiday card ideas. Then comment below on what you think makes a great family photo. You have until Wed. Nov. 26, the night before Thanksgiving, to enter. Good luck!!!
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photography by Jesse Draper

Making a Simple Autumn Leaf Crown



We had some fun collecting fall leaves and making them into simple crowns. We used some lovely vintage trimmings from the French shop Exquisite Threads which adds just the perfect touch.


Little Miss had to have one for her “baby” doll as well so of course we made one.

If you want to make your own they are super easy and a lovely fall activity to do with your little. Simple collect a handful of large and smaller leaves. Line up all the larger ones in the back and stitch together using a sewing machine. Line the smaller ones in front and stitch a top the back ones. Then pick out a lovely ribbon or trimming and stitch to the very front. We then stitch on additional ribbon to the back to tie together as our beautiful trimmings weren’t large enough to fit around the entire head. We also cut a bit of a pointy crown shape out of the back leaves for fun.



This fall afternoon with my little girl was really so much fun – playing dollies and dress up. It’s a fun change having a girl. I love all our family dynamics and it’s fun to have this little one’s personality added to the bunch! She loves dressing up which is a lot of fun.

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Time for another big project?


We’ve been on the lookout for another big project for some time and we think we might have just found it in this beautiful (but desperately needing some love) Victorian.


Aren’t the windows just grand? I’m actually loving that wallpaper too (although it’s probably going to go).


We’ll know more on this by the end of the week hopefully! Crossing our fingers as I can see soo many more mer mag moments here.

DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Skeleton Treat Bucket! with Scotch® Duct Tape

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You can probably tell that we’re crazy about Halloween! And we’re crazy about about duct tape! So when Scotch® Duct Tape (one of the fabulous sponsors of my PLAYFUL book launch party!) asked me to create something from their fun new line of tapes (such as a glow-in-the-dark one!! so cool and spooky!) I said yes, of course! I immediately went to work and came up with a simple DIY skeleton trick-or-treat bucket (that glows in the dark!), complete with silly dangling arms and legs.


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To make this glow-in-the-dark skeleton trick-or-treat bucket you will need:


Make these simple Halloween Costumes with Kids 21


We love it when a great costume uses clothing your child will wear again and has wow elements that are simple, affordable and easy to make (did someone say cardboard?). This little clown, baby bat and garden fairy costume do just that! Head over to kids fashion site Kids21 for our ideas on to put these together in no time! They even share ideas for clothing pairings making it super simple.



Whether he’s a happy clown or a grumpy one…he’s still so darn adorable. These giant pompoms make me so happy. We’re obsessed with these Mabo Kids leggings too. He want’s one in every style they offer. And these Bisgaard silver boots I mean c’mon….



I’m dying over how sweet Miss M looks as this baby bat. She’s a candy monster whenever it’s in her sights. We’ll have to watch out come tricks-or-treats!



My little niece made the most perfect garden fairy. I love how this idea could work for any age.

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Prettiest garden fairy frock from Mabo Kids (I want everything from Emily’s fall line! SOOO good).

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For ideas on how to make put these together see more on Kids 21


photography by Trisha Zemp

Our Little Owl Hat/Puppet in Good Housekeeping


I’m so excited to be sharing a little owl craft in the Novemeber 2014 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine! It doubles as a puppet and party hat. You decide! And you can personalize it with your kiddos traced handprints if you like. Find more info and the DIY in Good Housekeeping (on stands now)!


We had a blast at the shoot with photographer Trisha Zemp (I love working with her!).

On Little O: Noonie Nacho Hoodie Vest, Zanzibach linen harem shorts (our favorite!), and our very loved Bisgaard boots (he wants to wear these EVERY day). Alice in Wonderland print from Land of Nod.



photos by Trisha Zemp

DIY silly Halloween Face Balloons over on Julep today

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We love using our paper scraps to make new and fun creation such as these silly face Halloween balloons. We share how how you can make these too over on Minted’s blog Julep today.

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And how about the fact that Halloween is just about one week away?! Any Halloween parties you planning/going to this weekend? I still have to make some of our costumes (the kids tell me something different every day!). What about you? Are you ready?little witchy and fun balloon faces | mer mag

Get your Signed copies of PLAYFUL at a discount over at Brickyard Buffalo this week!

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I also have a selection of unique prints being sold for a discounted price this week too. Hurry as I know these and the books will go fast! Artist Prints by Merrilee Liddiard

Thanks again Brickyard Buffalo and Susan for having me!

Colorize your Halloween Bash!

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You’ve still got time to plan a great Halloween party! And with all your decor made out of beautiful paper it’ll be simple and affordable. I’ve teamed up with Astrobright Paper to bring you super fun and simple ideas, like these paper strip hanging ghosts!, to colorize your spooky bash.

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Aj and I worked on making these cute owl invites with wings that open and shut. You can download the template for them here. Use a white colored pencil to draw on feathered wings and simply write what you want to say to guests or use as thank yous!

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Duct Tape Bird Costume from my book PLAYFUL: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids

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It’s the weekend of creating costumes! Oh how I love this time of year! Some of you have already made this duct tape bird costume from my book Playful and shared on Instagram. Soo soo cool. Check #playfultoysandcrafts to see more.

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My book Playful has templates for each piece of the costume making it super easy to recreate – and then add your own touches. Cute little Lydia is wearing it here but I originally made with little O helping. He looked super cute it too so it’s perfect for either a girl or a boy.

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And how sweet is Lydia and Creed here? These two little love birds are the best of friends. I hope their friendship continues forever. You have to see the hashtag #creedandlydia on instagram as well. Your heart will melt. And you probably recognize them from my latest paper plate cat and pumpkin masks for Oh Happy Day. Can you believe how big they are just a year later?!! not fair. ;).


photography by Nicole Gerulat