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Merrilee Liddiard  Crafting a Playful Life | encouraging creative and nostalgic play with art, diy crafts, handmade dolls and a bit of imagination. |👇🏻


Do you find yourself having seasonal memory? I think it’s for sure common around holidays but I find every new season I can vividly remember just where I was and what I was doing a year ago. This time last year I was in Paris visiting @maisonetobjet @iloveplaytime and wandering the enchanting city that will always have my ❤️. I’m craving a trip to @uniqlo @merciparis @sandroparis the @parisfleamarket so many other shops calling my name with their winter sales. If you’re in my dream city say hello to her for me 😘

January light #thebanisterhouse

CAPSULE WARDROBE p i e c e n o 1 : @amae.co romper
So I’ve never intentionally created a capsule wardrobe but over time, as I’ve really honed in on what does and does not work for me- a “capsule wardrobe” of sorts has come to evolve. Basically after spending years with myself I’ve learned that 1) after kids, my sensory meter went waaay up and the tailored more structured clothing I used to wear when living in NYC before kids just doesn’t work anymore. It needs to be soft (no itchy fabrics) and comfortable. 2) I’m working with paints and craft supplies, lifting things (and kids) and moving stuff around pretty much everyday. So it has to work with this. I just can’t have one designated paint ensemble - otherwise I’d be wearing it every day! I’m also sewing and therefore usually find random threads on myself throughout the day, (my poor sweaters 😱). I also find that muted and neutral colors are my fav. A clean slate to create in. And 3) even though my clothing needs to be simple and comfortable- it also needs to be inspiring. Have something unique and special about it - even (or especially) in a minimal way. I might only see my laptop and kids most days (and I haven’t really photo documented my ensembles)- but I feel more productive and creative when I’m dressed intentionally each day.
So this year I thought it would be fun to intentionally create (or illustrate) my dream “capsule” wardrobe. Starting with my friend Stacie’s @amae.co romper in caramel that I’ve had my eye on. Looks so perfect to live in. And mules. Mules and clogs are my go to favs. The slip ons are perfect for wearing at home (i have to wear shoes when I’m working at home, or feel too sluggish). When I’m done with work I just slip on some slippers and we’re good. The ones illustrated here are a version where I cut off the backs of a pair of shoes that weren’t working for me 🤭😉. Wear them everyday now. Oh and 4) Prefer pieces made by women - ethically and sustainably.
I’d love suggestions for your favorite labels or pieces of clothing. I always welcome more wardrobe inspo - and I just might end up illustrating it! 😘 #merillustration

That time when she looked over at me and I saw her as a young women to be. And my mamma heart burst at the time that seems to fly by so quickly. #mybabygirl

This past weekend we took some time to work on a few projects and I decided to finish transforming our vintage doll house into a doll’s stage. (You might have seen the progress in my stories). We’re happy with how it turned out and have been putting on magical performances ever since! New blog story is up with more info on it. (Including a link to see the “before” house). I knew I wanted to somehow install stage lights and curtains to make this a proper thespian play house. I had seen a number of doll houses, including a sweet crate turned doll house via @sofiaatmokkasin, where “window like” curtains were used– and therefore the perfect touch for a stage house. I then made stage lights from an ikea strand of holiday lights and I inserted a removable vintage repro of a painting for the scenery. It’s been so fun to see bitty bunny ballet performances and more! #mermaghouses

The house is quiet again with the boys back in school and just miss M and I in the mornings. And I’ve got the itch to move things around and redecorate. Thinking I might finally get around to limewash painting these walls. #thebanisterhouse

Keeping greenery up all Jan 🌿🍃 in #thebanisterhouse

All of her New Years resolutions for 2018 seem to involved baked goods. Did I mention she’s recently become obsessed with watching cookie and cupcake decorating diys? #icouldgetbehindthis 🍪 #thebanisterhouse

“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” - Thomas Spencer Monson .
Wise words from a loving man that I’m taking into the new year and applying to all my resolutions. We’re home from Colorado and finally getting over winter viruses and are settling down to begin our lists for the coming year. The kids are back in school and this will probably be the last day the tree is up. I have so much I’m excited about this year, but above all I want to be sure I put my loved ones at the center of it all. ❤️💫 Our niece is in the hospital today with an appendectomy surgery schedule after a ruptured appendix. Saying lots of prayers that all possible infection is cleared out and her recovery will be swift and whole.

It’s been a magical year 💫. Thanks for joining along. I’m super excited about what 2018 has in store! #bestnine2017

Not 100% ready to let Christmas go. #mermagchristmas (from last year) #thebanisterhouse

Seeing my dolls make their way to your beautiful homes and into the arms of your sweetest little ones has been such a joy this year. Thank you! Thank you! So excited to share what’s in store for 2018! | prettiest space by @kindisch 💫 #mermagdolls

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