Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! We painted father’s day portraits and this is what I came up with for Jon. 

Jon, always puts connection over perfection. He’s the kind of dad who listens intently, is always empathetic, and with an ever busy schedule will always make time to wrestle with the kids and tell dad stories (and event where he puts on a mini play with the kids for a bedtime story). Naturally the kids and I adore him.

I also had to say how grateful I am for my father – who showed me that I could make anything with my hands and create magic for my kids if I just put in the time and the love. He made us giant floor puzzles, many doll houses, a train table and much more. He’s just “figure it out” attitude has really influenced me a lot.

Happy day to all nurturing, kind, fun loving, good men who are great fathers.

Summer Solstice Sisters: New Dolls in the Shop

In addition to new prints (in several sizes) in the shop, I dropped a few more dolls today. These are technically the second drop of our Spring Whimsy collection but as summer is right around the corner it soon became clear to me that these gals are most definitely Summer Solstice Sisters. 

Each girl has their own special story like little Marlow here.

Marlow is Meg‘s little sister and loves to play fancy. Coconut popsicles, homemade with her sister, are her favorite summer time treat.

Oversized at 26″ long, and one of a kind, Marlow is perfect for playful performances and night time cuddles. She has dark brown velvet hair tied up in two side buns and is wearing a pale pink 4 square dress, with fur vest, felt ball necklace, cream felt laurel crown and black mary jane shoes. She is hand made with a hand painted face.

Se more sisters here.

Make a Cardboard Cottage Bunny House

We’ve had such fun working on Bitty Bunny Benjamin‘s Cardboard Cape Cottage. We knew just as soon as he came into being, he needed simple place to lay his head and we’re so happy he now has a cottage to call home. And we’re also so happy to be able to share just how we made it with you!

        

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Easter Bunny Piñata and Cupcake toppers

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.

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Easy Paper Puppets

Atticus the Bunny and Little Miss Nellie love to perform and are more than excited to debut on their next performance with you and your little ones! Simply download their faces from our Printable Party Pack here (which includes several downloads for paper toys and decor) and adorn with clothing, collars, ruffles and more.

To Make these puppets:

  • Download and print faces from our Printable Party Pack here
  • cut out faces and adhere to the top of a stick (we used bbq skewers)
  • Cut up scraps of fabric and or paper, etc. to make their clothing. Here we sinched together fabric for the bunny and created a fabric collar to go with. We used felt for Nellies collar and some textured vinyl for her crown.
  • Insert you hand into the puppet and hold onto the stick. Now you’re ready to put on a puppet show!

  Find these and several other characters and decor items to download and print in the shop here.

Turn Your Eggs into Easter Bunnies! Printable Party Toy Pack in the Shop

We had so much fun making our egg-on-a-shelf characters a few years ago that we came out with a new version and are offering them as a digital download in the shop, alongside several other paper toy and decor printable crafts to play around with. Perfect to beat boredom, throw a party or to dress up your Easter festivities.  (more…)

What to Wear to Paris in the Winter

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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 Best Of

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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!!

xo

Mer