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Merrilee Liddiard  Crafting a Playful Life | @merrileeliddiardshop

We had our annual Back to School dinner tonight. The theme was “I am like a star shining brightly” and each child had a star wand 🌟 on the gingerbread cake I made. And each had a candle lit for them, reminding them to shine brightly. It was a sweet evening full of excitement and goals for the school year. The boys start this week but I’m glad miss M has another week before Kinder because I’m just going to be an utter mess as soon as I send her off 😢. Utter. Mess. I tell you.

“She knew her path was was forward and with only the slightest bit of hesitation she sauntered along. Packed and ready, her trusted friend anyways willing to take her on just the right adventure.” #littlebitsbymer


I’m long due for another capsule wardrobe illo but couldn’t shake the excitement for all things fall on the horizon (only consolation with school starting next week and all.) so I reached into the #mermagcardboard costume archive and illustrated our favorite llama costume. Who else is crazy like me and starts to think up costume ideas we’ll before October rolls around? #merillustration #merscostumekids #mermaghalloween

Spent the day procrastinating work to sew a drapey dress for her with puff sleeves.
This last weekend I went to go visit my sister and we took the kids to a park. They had a old 70s playground with those super hi swings and a trapeze that was pretty high off the ground as well. Amelia is starting gymnastics this fall and loves all things in that world so she immediately had to try out the trapeze. Well it was old and the bar spun on her. She fell on her back almost straight away and got the wind knocked out of her. I was spotting her and everything but couldn’t catch her in time. 😩 At the time it was pretty stressful and scary. A moment to see just how fragile we humans are. A nurse and an EMT happened to be at the park too and assessed her. She was a-ok in the end and is now back to doing cartwheels and dancing (you can see her dancing it up in stories). And all I want to do is cozy up with her, play house and rethink gymnastics 🤸‍♀️ this fall 🤔 (ha! She’d never let me).

How we’re feeling about summer ending soon... ☺️ love this pic by @brookebschultz, who shares the kindest words about our family photo shoot on her blog. I love how she captures genuine moments like this in a dreamy way. ✨

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Have I mentioned how thrilled I am about this upcoming collaboration with @ryleeandcru 💕?!! I mean prairie dolls to match their #prairielandcollection. Yes please. #comingsoon

New mini sizes in the #mermagxgathre maps! Releasing tomorrow 7/26 on the @gathre website. They’re perfect for smaller spaces or for toting around. Maxi and micro maps are being restocked tomorrow as well. Photo by @hellobrivail

So happy to see my kids using my dads midcentury vintage dresser to store their belongings. Makes me smile every time I enter the room. Also, when we purchased #thebanisterhouse we knew it was perfect for us (tall folk). When we discovered that we can stand at full height in the second story before the ceiling begins its pitch we were sold. Something very rare in old Victorian homes around here where most charming upstairs attic-like rooms are cozy. #thebanisterhouse isn’t an incredibly large home but the ceilings give it just the space we need to feel open and airy. ✨

Feeling nostalgic for NYC already. We were there in late June - and my favorite memory was sailing boats in Central Park with my 12 yr old Atticus - and with Kaylyn doll, a New York native who showed us around her great city. We’re still craving Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate and want to go back to Brooklyn’s botanical gardens - Kaylyns favorite spot to get away from the hustle and bustle. #mermagdolls

I’d love to get your recommendations for twin beds. We love this little one that she’s growing out of. I’d love a rattan but struggle finding a good one state side. A lovely day bed would be great too. Any places you like or suggest looking? 💫 #thebanisterhouse

Where in the world have your traveled with kids? What are some places you loved seeing through their eyes, and would recommend? There are so many places on our family bucket list. So many things I hope to see with them. I don’t know how to narrow it down. We don’t get to travel as a family as much as I’d like to so when we do, I want to make it count as best we can. #mermagxgathre

We went on a nature walk this afternoon collecting leaves and flowers (See more in stories) to make a nature crown for Frida. Was so happy to create this interactive illustration for the latest issue of @bravery_mag about Frida Khalo. We’ve loved reading and exploring every page. Can’t wait to see how you decorate your Frida! (We cut this page out of the bravery mag, or you can leave it in to decorate) #fridakahlo #mermagnaturecrafts





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