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Feeling celebratory? These printable cupcake toppers would be fun for a back to school treat. Printable party pack in the shop. #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

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

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

"and when i see you happy as a girl
that lives in a world of make-believe
it makes me pull my hair all out
to think i could've let you leave"
-Robert Smith
#thecure #merillustration #mermagdolls #mermagcardboard

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

Playing around with painted hair versions for the oversized craft-along dolls. Which do you like better? The velvet fabric hair or this painted version? Or should I do a bit of both? #mermagdolls #merillustration

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

"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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Thinking of and praying for all those in Houston and surrounding areas. Please can this rain subside? Hoping all find a spot of shelter and help. My sister is stuck in her home in League City just outside of Houston. She hasn't had to evacuate just yet but I know thousands have. πŸ˜₯ She can't go anywhere though as all streets are flooded so her family of 8 (six kids) are keeping spirits up playing games and trying to help others. It's time like these that remind us that our humanity is all we have. Stuff can come and go (even stuff we worked a lifetime to acquire πŸ™) in an instant. I've been touched seeing people do what they can. Jon and I are already talking about heading down to help with the clean up after all this. | image from my Fairy Friends Seasons book, which talks about how seasons come and go. No matter how tough the season, there is an end in sight. And hopefully we will see that soon πŸ™πŸ» #hurricaneharvey

Throwing it back to our "Dad You Rock!" Fathers Day craft last year when we made portraits of Jon from rocks. An easy and fun craft to do with the littles for this weekend. Thinking we need an updated version of him with a beard this year. #mermag #merillustration

Sneaky side ways glance. Art print in the shop @merrileeliddiardshop #merillustration

I'm getting the itch to bake and paint some more cookies this weekend. Maybe I'll reward myself after getting your @merrileeliddiardshop doll and print orders off. Happy weekend! #merillustration #mermagparties

Schools out for the summer 🌞 πŸ‘πŸ»and the kids couldn't be happier! We've started our summer bucket list which includes serious work on the treehouse and a trip to Mt. Rushmore as well as the annual 4th of July in Colorado. I love this time of year so much! It's my dream to have a lakeside cottage somewhere to take the kids each year to draw, get lost in nature and to write (I've got more children's books on the brain that need to come to life). So if you were to have a summer cottage someplace, where would you recommend? I'd love to hear! | new oversized prints, including this blue "thumbs up!" in the @merrileeliddiardshop #merillustration

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. πŸ‘πŸ» any requests for particular images in larger sizes or in specific colors? #merillustration

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

"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. ❀️ #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... πŸŽ‰. 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 😜) 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". 🎀 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. πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ 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. πŸŽƒπŸ•ΈπŸ˜˜ #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 😍) #merillustration

πŸ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!! πŸŽ‰ please DM your mailing addresses and I can send them off.πŸ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! πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸ„ #giveaway #merillustration

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

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