Back-To-School discount on KIDS CRAFT CAMP!

25 off Kids Craft Camp

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.



Boy’s style: Pining for and Indian Summer


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.

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Playing with dolls in our Book Nook


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.

booknookreadingShe 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. booknookreading2So 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.

Floral Crowns and Fairy Wispers: Girls Summer Style


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!


Making a Baby Memory Box

MerMagBabyMemoryBox 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.MerMagBabyBoxInsideMerMagBabyMemoryBoxExterior


-photography by Trisha Zemp

Last day to get 50% off online KIDS CRAFT CAMP!

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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!Mer Mag | Kids Craft Camp

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!

An Outdoor Book Nook with Pottery Barn Kids and a Giveaway!

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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.

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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.

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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!


Mer’s Online KIDS CRAFT CAMP!! Sign up now!

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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!

Mer Mag |Online Kids Craft Camp 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!Mer Mag |Online Kids Craft Camp

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!!!

A Midsummer Mingle: Part 2 A Walk Through an Enchanted Garden

MidsummerMingle20140621_0173Today I want to take you by the hand and walk you through the most magical garden experience – in hopes to share with you a bit of the special journey our Midsummer guests experienced. MidsummerMingleAponEntering

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.

Oh and I love how one of Henrik’s clay sculptures made to the camp. so perfect. She’s always so good with those little touches.MidsummerMingle20140621_0050

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.

Midsummer Mingle House that Lars Built | Tip Toe Through the TulipsI 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!Midsummer Mingle | Sycamore Street Press

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.

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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 StudiosMidsummer Mingle | SarahJane Studios I love how sweet her masks are. And her characters. And did you know that she’s doing wallpaper decals now?! So great.

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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).

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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. TinyTravelerTildaMapMerMagSpace2I 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!).MidsummerMingle20140621_0153From 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 CaravanMidsummer Mingle |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 ;).Midsummer Mingle |Caravan

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.

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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.”


See more Midsummer Mingle recaps over on One More MushroomSycamore Street Press, Caravan ShoppeSarah Jane Studios, and the House that Lars Built.

A Midsummer Mingle: Part 1

MidsummerMingle20140621_0142 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. MidsummerMingle20140621_0010 (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). MidsummerMingle20140621_0226 (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. MidsummerMingle20140621_0083 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! MidsummerMingle20140621_0271Each 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! MidsummerMingle20140621_0093 And I decided that I simply must bring Tiny Traveler Tilda to the mingle! MidsummerMingle20140621_0150Can you see her flying in on her paper mache balloon in my space above? More on her and this map later too! MidsummerMingle20140621_0154 MidsummerMingle20140621_0160SMMidsummerMingle20140621_0236 (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. MidsummerMingle20140621_0270 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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Thank you to our sponsors:

Cricut (stay tuned for our projects!)
Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting (seriously, they have so many wonderful options!)
Lizy’s Lilies for the florals
Ramblin Rose Cafe for the food
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs
And thank you to the swag bag sponsors: Darly Bird, Atly, Hello Maypole
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