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New printable toys, such as these puppets, of Atticus the Bunny and Little Miss Nellie in the shop today. Perfect for creative play, Easter celebrations (there are a couple egg related items in the pack) birthday parties and just to beat boredom. #merillustration

This time of years has so many possibilities for nature crating! We used our printable of little Miss Nellie (as well as Atticus the Bunny) and made ensembles from leaves and flowers. My intern @lexiknilson made this one and I love it. So much spring time fun! #mermagnaturecrafts #merillustration

Jon and I are celebrating 15 years of marriage today. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ซ ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป He's a good one to hold onto. Like many we're far from perfect, and Jon puts up with a lot being married to me, ๐Ÿ™€ but of all the things I've created, I'm by far most proud of what we've done together. Our best moments are those when we strip away unrealistic expectations - stop thinking the other is there to fix things, complete us, etc. or ... Gulp be my 24/7 handyman ๐Ÿ™ˆ. But instead just being a best friend. Someone different, with opposing opinions at times, but someone who is there, supportive and is just fun to be with! Jon's been that for me and that's way more romantic to me than some Prince Charming coming in and taking away my problems. We just face them together, sometimes just letting the other be, doing our best to trust one another and forgiving each other's mistakes, etc. Because together we've got this. Happy anniversary @jonliddiard! #merillustration

Happy hunting this weekend friends! ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒฟ | (paper bunny puppet from my printable party pack in the shop). #merillustration #mermageaster

Celebrating 14 yrs of marriage with Jon today! ๐ŸŽ‰ My has time flown. I guess we can technically say we're in the trenches of "growing old" together. I'm super thankful he's put up with all my craziness, my artist angst, my wild ideas, my terrible cooking and so so much more. It's been a joy seeing him achieve, use his talents, love his kids, be adored by his students and more. I can't wait to see what the next 14 years of growing old together looks like (and please can we go to Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น for our 15th? Totally called for don't you think ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป). #merillustration #mermagvalentines

Have you ever had an imaginary friend? My son had several when he was young - Tiger, Poosa & Patrick came by the most. I had an imaginary lion cub when I was in the 5th grade but can't recall having one before that. It was part of a club my friends and I made up and we'd imagine our Cubs wandering around the school and then we'd take them out to the medicine man at the baseball field during recess. Yeah it was pretty awesome.
What about you? I'd love to hear your stories. (Illustration from a cover I illustrated for Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas) #merillustration

li'l winged cake topper for our "knowledge gives you wings" back-to-school dinner. You can print and download him on the blog today too if you like. #merillustration #mermagbacktoschool #mermagpapercrafts #knowledgegivesyouwings

"I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint." Frida bookmarks and printable quote ready for you to download c/o @mer_mag and @larsbookclub #larsbookclub #merillustration PC: @annamkillian

Two little mer friends swimming away with a bottle of @tubbytodd coconut lotion. Gimme... Was such a fun collab illustrating the label for this limited edition lotion. I'm going to use it well into fall to keep summer dreams close by ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ•ถ๐ŸŒด #merillustration


It's been so fun to see which prints you are all snatching up. "we've got this" being the obvious crowd favorite.๐Ÿค 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

Thumbs up it's almost the middle of week. Working on a few color variations (like this dusty mauve) and larger print sizes for many if your fav art prints for the shop next week. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป any requests for particular images in larger sizes or in specific colors? #merillustration

New printable toys, such as these puppets, of Atticus the Bunny and Little Miss Nellie in the shop today. Perfect for creative play, Easter celebrations (there are a couple egg related items in the pack) birthday parties and just to beat boredom. #merillustration

"She led with stillness, finding bravery a thing that fluttered between her wings as she moved forward." #mersfairyfriends #merillustration #littlebitsbymer #mermagnaturecrafts

"She was his star, so he painted a picture for her, telling her as much." Print of this painting is up in the shop this morning. Link in profile. #littlebitsbymer #merillustration

Little Babbette, you came to me in an instant. Saying slow down. Pay attention. There's a story here. It starts all around you. With your loved ones, in your creative heart, in your simple life around you. It's here. #merillustration

Lots to catch up on today. Still wishing I was waking up looking forward to a walk across the street to the nearest boulangerie and picking up a pain de chocolate before i start my day. But I'm also excited to put all the inspiration of the city to work. โค๏ธ #merillustration

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... ๐ŸŽ‰. 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 @atlassupply.co & 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! Any suggestions of things I just can't miss? I'd love to hear from you! Eeeeep I'm getting so excited #merillustration #whattoweartoparis #parisinthewinter

mr. deer in the house today || When I was about 5/6 years old I was a shy and quiet artist type (you know because I've totally changed ๐Ÿ˜œ) so when my music teacher recommended I play Rudolph in the school Christmas program I was elated and terrified. They needed me to dance around on the stage while all sang "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer". ๐ŸŽค So for a costume my mother transformed a brown paper grocery bag into a reindeer mask. Putting on the mask allowed me to transform into the brave performer I knew I could be and I danced the night away. One of my best childhood memories. #mermagchristmas #thebanisterhouse #mermagcardboard #merillustration

I still have this little angel on my nightstand from last Christmas. ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ Easy paper craft with and cupcake wrappers for wings. Templates and DIY in profile. #mermagchristmas #merillustration

"autumn is for gathering"... I love seeing the seasons change. It's a beautiful way of showing how time is passing. Which is always bittersweet - bitter as our life and our littles grow up and things change and sweet as we always seem to have a new beginning around each corner and things change. Thinking about what this time of gathering means to me at this time in my life. Gathering together with loved ones for the upcoming holidays. Gathering up all my endeavors and picking which ones seem to be working for me and fondly waving goodbye to those that aren't. Shedding old leaves to make room for new ones... (Image from my #mersfairyfriends Seasons book) #merillustration

Happy Halloween friends! Had a great time earlier at the #hiphipbooray (more of that in insta stories). And can I say I love seeing what you do with my Halloween printable party set each year. Such good stuff. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿ˜˜ #mermaghalloween #merillustration

It's feeling like fall today with a chill running through the creaky walls of our house and I love it! (Any excuse wrap up in a blanket or snuggle up like my fairy friend here). I've put up an in depth look at my #mersfairyfriends books, published by @babylitbooks, on the blog today. You can see how the SEASONS change for our fairy friends as well as how they use natures trinkets in COUNTING, explore hues and flowers in COLORS and reach high and low in OPPOSITES. Do you or you little one have a favorite yet? (Amelia's already memorized OPPOSITES ๐Ÿ˜) #merillustration

๐Ÿƒ g i v e a w a y now closed: fairy friends @tinkerellen and @frampuna were selected to win a set of all four books!! ๐ŸŽ‰ please DM your mailing addresses and I can send them off.๐Ÿƒ Friends I'm over the moon about this sweet stop motion video @trishazemp made for my #mersfairyfriends books, published by @gibbssmithbooks @babylitbooks. Trisha helped with a lot of the floral photography in these books and we felt a little like fairy friends ourselves assembling little forrest scenes and playing with amazing blooms. I hope you enjoy these sweet tales as well. They are a magical way to introduce concepts such as Opposites, Colors, Seasons and Counting. I'm so excited to share them with you so I'm giving away a set of all four books to you and a special fairy friend!! Tag them here to enter. Giveaway ends tomorrow evening and I'll announce the winning friends on Monday. Good luck! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ„ #giveaway #merillustration

Fairy cupcakes are the best kind of cupcakes ๐Ÿ˜‹. Working on the #mersfairyfriends website where there will be lots of fun downloads (like cupcake toppers) and coloring pages, etc. #mermagnaturecrafts #merillustration ๐Ÿ“ท @shannonweightphotography

Taking preorders for my fairy dolls (which go perfectly with my #mersfairyfriends books I wrote and illustrated, published by @gibbssmithbooks @babylitbooks. DM if you're interested. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿƒ #mermagminis #mermagdolls #merillustration

Turning some #mermagminis into fairies (in honor of my #mersfairyfriends Books out sept 16th) and sort of feeling like that's what they were always meant to be. ๐ŸŒธ #mermagdolls #merillustration

"Elaina Mae of Alabaster Bay, plucked piles of lilies and pickled daydreams each day. Her feet in the clouds and her head on the ground - some folks sayin' she's always mixed up from down. Sauerkraut for breakfast, marshmallow muffins before bed - always forgotten fancies dancing around in her head." #littlebitsbymer #merillustration

"I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint." Frida bookmarks and printable quote ready for you to download c/o @mer_mag and @larsbookclub #larsbookclub #merillustration PC: @annamkillian

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