mer_mag My second #midsummermingle recap is on the blog today. I hope you aren't tired if all our photo posting but it's hard to put a closure on all this loveliness. As Shakespeare penned "summers lease hath all too short a date". This pic is of my paper floral crown, which you will find in my book #playfultoysandcrafts (coming out in two months! complete with template and instrux.). I made enough for the first 50 some guests who arrived at the mingle. They picked their fav shade of green, some flowers and brads and assembled their crowns. 18h

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mer_mag #amidsummermingle recap on the blog today! (One of many as I think I'll need to spread out the abundant loveliness). @natalienorton took so many dreamy photos you'll all just be beside yourself. So considered yourself warned. (I designed this map for the event which was letterpressed by @sycamorestreetpress. Paper flower corsage by @houselarsbuilt) 3d

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4d mer_mag
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mer_mag Sunday stroll with the fam in downtown Fort Collins, Co (my home town). Still such a favorite place to wander 4d

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5d mer_mag
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mer_mag This years family reunion theme is "enchanted Forrest". My mom designed this miniature play tree house and my dad built it. And I'm trying to figure out how to smuggle it home with me. 5d

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mer_mag Oh me oh my! My editor @melaniefalick just instagrammed an pic of an advanced copy of my book Playful! Can't wait to get my hands on it. Squeal!! Check it out @nicolegerulat @brooke_hellewell @onemoremushroom @houselarsbuilt #playfultoysandcrafts 1w

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1w mer_mag
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mer_mag I love this goofy outtake bio photo @nicolegerulat took for my book #playfultoysandcrafts. I love these little rug rats and I love being their mamma. We've been on so many journeys together. I hope when they look back on their childhood it's with fondness. Motherhood has by far been the hardest chapter in my life but of course also the most poignant and magnificent. I feel like I fail miserably at it on a daily basis, the working mom guilt plagues me constantly. I'm constantly split and worry these critters are left to eat otter pops for breakfast all too often. I try not to be jealous of the moms spending who have already paved a path for each of their kids with either sports, foreign language, dance, math league and so on. I love what I do professionally but it has always been my greatest desire to be a mom who was there day in and day out to cultivate talents, gifts, read stories, make healthy delicious food, go to museums, teach about literature, etc. I've wanted to be ether for then during the good and the bad, not just the occasional visit to the ice cram shop on weekends. But I fear I've hit a point where I need to hire help as we depend on my financial contributions and the juggling act just isn't working. I know so many noble moms have to do this. It breaks my heart a bit. Any advice for a reluctant nanny hiring mamma? This is a "dig my heels in the dirt" type of territory fir me. 1w
  •   rebeccamudrick Very reluctant here but if you find the right person, it's the best thing ever. Often I send our part-time nanny out to run errands for me or do things that free me up so I can spend more time with my kids. Everyone is happier now that we have some help. Sending well-wishes your way as you navigate through what is right for your family. xoxo 1w
  •   suzannejhart Best of luck! Ps. No mother is everything you described above. We all just do the best we can and pretend we've got it all together. 1w
  •   schallon You are amazing and a great Mama! You have so much talent and you give them more than you'll ever know!! 1w
  •   amyhackworth I agree with other friends--you'll find someone great and you'll know the best thing for your family. It's hard to make that change, though. I struggled too when I was working more. I love what @greymoggie said. And when you feel bad about not doing sports or music for your kids, remember they have been taking some pretty incredible art classes their whole lives! Lots of love to you! 1w
  •   mandycruze Your one of the best! You and john both love your kids so much. Good luck with your search. 1w
  •   mordant Only loosely related - I'm getting better at saying "No." Say no to an unimportant school thing, say no to work things that need a No, say no to a nonessential church event, to a neighbor - and that leaves time for "Yes's" when they matter. 1w
  •   mer_mag Very wise insight @mordant sometimes harder than it should be but definitely worth working on 1w
  •   sarahjanestudios I love your honesty. I'm right there with you. It's the hardest thing by far. But you'll also find that you are more present minded with your children when you are able to focus on work kid free fir those short moments. And to be honest with your children too. They know that mommy has work time so I can provide what they need and they respect that. Best advice I was ever given is to remember that children will accept you for who you are as a parent... All the flaws and strengths they will accept and love. What we as Mothers see is the mother that we "aren't." But they see the mother that we ARE! I did to have a mother who never worked... So the mommy guilt sets in hard for me too. But look at all you are giving them! Your creativity, your soul. They are seeing you work hard at your passion. That is teaching and preparing them too. You are an amazing mom!! 1w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Every morning she greets us with a little dance and slobbery kisses. Love this little growing girl so much. 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag Friends we've got our insta winners from last weeks #ifiwereagarden giveaway in conjunction with #amidsummermingle! Each gets a swag bag (please note that not all swag bags are the same and may not include all items pictured). Winners are @designlifekids @moniqueduke_moki @onehandleinthecookiejar and @touch.of.vintage. Congrats! contact @sarahjanestudios through her website with your mailing address. Thanks to all of our swag sponsors! Tap photo to see them. Additional ones are @americancrafts @shopsweetlulu @mendjuicery @scenemakers @thecocoabeancupcakecafe @akeenster photo by @trishazemp 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag I'm so excited to share that I'll be teaching a kids craft camp on @atlygrams ! I'm excited to work in this format as I think it will be great for both kids and parents to easily follow along and be inspired to create fun and simple crafts. @jennerbrown_ is the incredible videographer behind this shot. He does such lovely work and just so happens to be really great with directing kids! Stay tuned for more info on the #kidscraftcamp 2w

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mer_mag This guy, @jonliddiard, wins the prize for helping me with...oh just about every crazy hair brained epic idea I have. #amidsummermingle #tinytravelertilda map 2w
  •   mickishacaye That map is amazing! You should sell a printable of that baby! I would totally buy it! 2w
  •   sarahjanestudios Great picture! Yes... It takes a great man to be crazy and get away with it! 2w
  •   redlicorice I second the printable idea. :) 2w
  •   tiniyin He's a good one. @jonliddiard 2w
  •   ninabagley awesome!!! 2w
  •   danamadeit Where did you guys hold the event? Is this one if your houses? It's so gorgeous 2w
  •   mer_mag It was last Saturday @danamadeit and the event was held at @onemoremushroom 's generous inlaws. Such a magical space to hold it at. Wish you could have been there! 2w
  •   danamadeit These are the times I wish I lived in Utah It looked beautiful. You ladies did a fantastic job! 2w

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mer_mag I painted a giant map for guests at a #amidsummermingle to pick where they wanted to see #tinytravelertilda travel next. It was so fun to see where everyone pinned flags! (I still have them all pinned in their. I'm too sappy sentimental to remove them just yet). 2w

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2w mer_mag
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mer_mag My nieces came to help out at @amidsummermingle. The most darling gals. (At @sarahjanestudios enclave of midsummer magic) 2w

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mer_mag The maypole dance. (Regram from @sarahjanestudios) 3w

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mer_mag So impressed with the darling maypole dance my sister-in-law choreographed for #amidsummermingle! She had 20 girls daintily weaving in and out if ribbons, wrapping fabric ribbons around the maypole. I could have watched them forever. THANK YOU Mariann!! 3w

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3w mer_mag
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mer_mag Still riding a high (along with being completely exhausted) from our #amidsummermingle event last night. These talented ladies have become dear friends and it was magical being able to create and enjoy this enchanted night with @houselarsbuilt @onemoremushroom @sycamorestreetpress @sarahjanestudios @caravanshoppe - with a special shout out to @houselarsbuilt who was the visionary behind this event and who, with her team worked tirelessly on so many details. All of these gals brought their A game and I'm honored to have been a part. A midsummer dream I will never forget. Amazing ladies!! 3w
  •   amichellehunt Perfect description. I don't know when I will stop thinking about it, it was beyond incredible! 3w
  •   gygik Thank you thank you all!!! It was beyond my wildest garden party dreams!!! What a talented group of beautiful women! 3w
  •   sarahmariecowan it was amazing!! thank you all. 3w
  •   mer_mag Thank you fir coming!! @amichellehunt @gygik @sarahmariecowan it was our lovely friends and guests like you that made it so warm and utterly perfect 3w
  •   mer_mag Thank you for coming! @soelshelby 3w
  •   jessholl Your hair 3w
  •   nicole_hum_stitchery So great! 3w
  •   lesnels8 It was a gift for each who was there. Thank you so much, for sharing so much. 3w

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3w mer_mag
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mer_mag For being the longest day of Summner this perfect #amidsummermingle evening ended all to soon. Seriously one of the best things I've bend a part of. Here guests are assembling some of my paper floral crowns from my book #playfultoysandcrafts, out this fall. I loved meeting up with friends and meeting so many new ones. I wish you all could have made. A night to remember forever 3w

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mer_mag #tinytravelertilda made her way to #amidsummermingle!! My kind of gal 3w

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mer_mag Enjoying THE most magnificent evening with fabulous friends such as @sarahjanestudios at #amidsummermingle. best night of my summer by far! 3w

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mer_mag I love all greens together. Giving away paper crowns (from my book #playfultoysandcrafts coming out this September!) to the first 50 guests tonight at #amidsummermingle. Can't wait to see you there! 3w

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