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Merrilee Liddiard  #PlayCreatively

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Prettiest sneak peek - has me feeling all the summer magic feels ✨ with @wrenandjames, @tracylaynephotography and model @adventureswithavenliey

Instructions on how to make a cardboard coastal cottage and platform bed for your very own Bitty Bunny Benjamin (or any play friend really) on the blog today. (The open and shut storm window is her fav part). #mermagcardboard find Benjamin Bunny in @merrileeliddiardshop

It's been so fun to see which prints you are all snatching up. "we've got this" being the obvious crowd favorite.🤝 which makes me so happy as it's inception has a special place in my heart. Just mailed out the first batch today. New horse print is now also in the shop today - with more to come! #merillustration @merrileeliddiardshop

We finished out cardboard cottage for Bitty Bunny Benjamin. We feel it needs a lake side view and just might have to take it with us on a trip soon. Instructions on how to make your own cottage , including a platform bed with mattress pads, coming to the blog this week. Bitty Bunny Benjamin can be found in @merrileeliddiardshop #mermagcardboard #thebanisterhouse

Feels like a weekend for adventure. Like the whispers of mischief and someday summers are in the air. ✨🌾💫 📷 @shannonweightphotography #mermagdolls

For those asking, I have now have art prints in the shop today in several sizes. (8.5X11, 11x14, 16x20, 18x24). I know many have requested my face print in a larger size and now it's available. Perfect for larger living room spaces, nursery art, children's spaces, etc. And if there's a piece you like but don't see available let me know and chances are I can get that one for you too. Link in profile to see even more prints. 😘 #merillustration

School will be out in a couple weeks 🙀 so I'm pulling together creative activities to help the kids transition into the free days without turning to screens. (Much whining and flopping in the floor oft occurs at this time). Atticus has already suggested an acting camp when he learned that the Xbox wasn't coming back straight away, an idea I love (both Jon and I were somewhat shocked that our plan to limit screens this summer actually had them turning creative so quickly!). I'm excited to have them create their own costumes out of cardboard and found materials. Oliver also wants to make sock puppets and put on the play "Oliver" - his current fav. book - naturally. We'll see how it all goes!
What do you like to do the first few weeks of summer?? | bird box costume I made for @zara's #boxeswithapast campaign last year #mermagcardboard

I was the perfect mother...before I had kids. (I also never swore before I had kids 🙊). I had more time, sanity and a much better memory. But I also never listened to my 11 year old tell stories with awe at their complexities and think "wow, that kid is mine". Nor did I know how cool Pokémon is or Mario or how magical it is to see your own 8 year old son utterly lose himself to nature and his imagination. Nor was I forced to socialize with everyone I crossed paths with because my unabashed 4 year old daughter takes life by storm and considers everyone her friend and a part of her magical world. Nor did I make sure I took every possible moment to soak in life and to dance. To give kisses, dream buttons, I'm sorry tears, I forgive you hugs, restarts, bedtime cuddles, and Sunday cookie nights. Motherhood has been hard for me (like really hard) but it's also been the most thrilling and rewarding thing I've ever embarked on. Happy Mother's Day friends. 😘 #merillustration #mermagwings

Waiting for her 'brudders'

A moment of stillness...before all kids come home. And a new blue wall at #thebanisterhouse

Working on finishing Bitty Bunny Benjamin's cardboard country home this weekend. Thinking he might need a lake side view. 🤔 #mermagdolls

Every time I come back from an errand, a photo shoot, a date with jon, you name it, she asks me "Mamma, did you dance?!" It's now my goal to always say "Yes!".

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