merrilee liddiard’s book playful

Last summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some of my favorite people and style all the interiors and props for my friend Merrilee’s new kids craft book, Playful.  It was such a dream to work on this project and I got to meet and work with the most talented, wonderful ladies.

playfulAs some of you may know I’ve worked on many projects with Merrilee in the past.  She and I first met at a friend’s party and became fast friends when we discovered our mutual love of all things kid related, and couldn’t stop talking about kid’s design.

Merrilee is truly one of the most talented people I know.  She has an impeccable eye and unbelievable imagination.  Creating this book is the perfect form of expression for all her beautiful, well thought out kids crafts and toys.  She has poured her heart and soul into the making of this book, and it shows by the beauty she has created.

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When I first met Brittany (she styled the book with me), we both had our hair pulled back in braids, were wearing vintage dresses and swedish clogs.  I knew immediately that we were going to get along.  It was so wonderful to work closely with someone whose taste I completely trusted.  We discussed in detail each of the different setups for the book and really wanted to bring to life what Merrilee had envisioned.

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The photography is by the ever talented Nicole Hill.  She has the ability to make magic happen in front of the camera and really get the best out of the models.  She takes everything in stride, and wasn’t even phased by the fact that she was nine months pregnant while photographing the entire book!

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These row houses, or Brownstones were the first project I saw when planning for the book.  As soon as I saw these I knew this book would be special.  What child wouldn’t want to play with them, and their made out of cardboard!

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These two little love birds are real life best friends.  You can tell by the way they look at each other and smile, makes my heart melt.

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The book is divided into three sections:  Playful Paper Crafts,   Playful Dress Up, and Playful Art.  There are so many innovative and fun projects to work on.  Some are a bit more involved, like the brownstones, and some are simple that require no parent supervision, like the finger print art.

playful7Poppy’s expresión and leg lift kill me every time.

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My sweet little Henrik even got to make an appearance a couple of times in the book.  He was so excited to be a knight and wear a knight costume.  He got to run around with his friend Ollie and a fair maiden.  He kept asking when he would get to marry and kiss her.  Should I be worried?

playful8This was one of my favorite outfits for the book, by the Portuguese company Wolf and Rita.  Can they please make it in my size?

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Playful has been getting a lot of great press and was featured twice in Redbook Magazine.

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It was so fun to see my super hero photo booth featured next to the Playful feature.

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In honor of the book release Merrilee is hosting a Playful book launch/signing/craft party. There will be crafts to make with your kids, raffle prizes, swag bags and yummy treats.  Come stop by today the 23rd of October from 6:30-8:30 at the Provo Library and have your book signed and say hi.  I’ll be there with my kids in toe.

If you don’t already have your copy of Playful, you can get it here.

how to make your own camp meta

During the A Midsummer Mingle event each of the hosts created an “experience”, a space that represented us.  I chose to make a mountain retreat.  A place warm and inviting to come and sit and relax, or maybe write some letters.  I wanted to make the space particularly inviting for children.  When I was a child growing up I loved to make cozy spaces and forts.  I still love to make things cozy for small people.

camp-metaIf you didn’t get a chance to visit camp Meta at our event I thought I’d give you a tour of the space I decorated, with some guidelines on how to make your own Camp Meta.  Here are some steps on how to create your own perfect cozy retreat.

camp-meta21.  It’s most important to have children to inspire you for the space,  and who will want to play in it.  My little scraggly bunch love playing and pretending at Camp Meta.

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2.  An ample supply of globes to chart out your next adventure.

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3.  Pictures of family and art to make the space feel like home.   The picture above is my mother when she was little.

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3.  Soft pillows to rest your head on.  How cute is this so brave so strong pillow by Roxy Marj.

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5.  Comfy bedding, and blankets.

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4.  A desk for writing letters, or just drawing pictures of round, stick-like family members.

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5.  A thermos, an owl bank, and a one-eyed clay guy.

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6.  Layered rugs to soften the floor.

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7.  Lighting.

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7.  Black forrest elements.  I love this picture of my husband when he was a boy.

Here is a mood board of what you’ll need to get the look and make your own Camp Meta.

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This post is sponsored by Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co.

creative children’s spaces class

Hello everyone!  I am so happy and excited to announce that I am teaching classes over on Atly. Have you heard of them?  They are an online platform for you to teach and take classes.  I love their vision and the classes they offer are amazing!  The first of the two classes I’m offering this summer is a Creative Children’s Spaces Class.  Stay tuned for my next class announcement later next month.   Enter code: NEWCLASS50 to get 50% off this class.  That’s only $25 for the entire class!  This coupon code expires Tuesday, August 5th.

children'sspacesclassPutting together a child’s room, or any space, can feel a bit overwhelming and daunting.  Sometimes it can be hard to mix your child’s interest to make it personal and yet not make it look too cluttered.  Or make it not look too sterile and straight from a catalog.  I believe a child’s space should reflect the interests of the child, and be a place where play and creativity abound.  Having graduated with a BFA in photography and working as an interior designer and stylist for over ten years, I have years of experience working with children’s spaces.

children'sspacesclass2This class will teach you the fundamentals to making a personal, creative, and cohesive space for your child.  You will learn how to mix colors, textures, and patterns to decorate a functional and fun space.  By the end of this class you will be able to put together your own creative and personal children’s space.

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Biarritz, France: wheels and waves part one

This summer has been a very busy one, probably THE busiest of my life.  We have been doing a lot of traveling and I’ve been taking a lot of pictures.  I  just haven’t posted anything yet.  All that is going to change starting now.

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These cool postcards were made by Lucky Left Hand.

Today I wanted to share part one of our magical trip to Biarritz, France.  It was one of the most memorable trips that I’ve ever been on and I got to meet some of the nicest, most creative, genuine people.  I was in heaven!

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Biarritz is one of the most beautiful picturesque resort towns, made famous for it’s surfing in the sixties.  Biarritz is the furthest south west town in France.  From our hotel we could see Spain.  Everywhere you walk there are beautiful views of the ocean, and the iconic lighthouse.

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biarritz3As many of you may know my husband Nicholas is a wildlife and landscape painter.  What some of you may not know is that he paints and rides motorcycles as well.  It’s one of his many passions.  He loves everything about them, particularly early 1910-1960′s bikes.

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This year Nick was thrilled to be invited to the Wheels and Waves exhibit in Biarritz, France.  This is the third year that they have been doing this type of a motorcycle show, and It’s growing.  I’ve been to motorcycle shows in the states before, but nothing compares to this one.  I was blown away.  I couldn’t believe the amount of people from all over Europe flocking to see the exhibit.  I also was so surprised by the caliber of bikes and art at the show.  What impressed me even more than anything were the people.  I’ve never been around a more gracious, classy, artistic group of people.  They do it all purely for the love of what they do and they’re nice about it.

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The exhibit was in an old abandoned Renault service Garage, which was a perfect venue for all the art, bikes and other items on exhibit.

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Here’s an example of one of the “new” bikes.  Single and Twin classic Motorcycles from Hamburg builds the most beautiful classic bikes.  Particularly Brittish BSA bikes.  I had so much fun visiting with the builder and his wife.  He told me that the gear shifter was once his aunt’s titanium hip, ha!

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The exhibit also had incredible one of a kind BMW vintage bikes that are usually in the BMW Museum in Munchen.

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When we arrived in Biarritz, we needed to hang all ten of Nicholas’ large motorcycle paintings.  Unfortunately customs went through all the paintings and re packed them. When we got the crate all the frames were broken.

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Nick and I had to put all the frames back together again as well as hang everything.  Needless to say we had limited tools for fixing the frames (about 20 staples to be exact) and our hanging skills were a little rusty.  We had to measure several times to get everything hanging right.

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The amazingly talented photographer, Bernard Testemale, was also there taking large format photographs with his view finder camera on glass plate negatives.  He even had his own portable dark room.  I loved every minute of it, asking him a million questions.  He’s one out of a small group of people that still uses this old process.  The images he took while here were STUNNING!!!

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biarritz13The night of the exhibit was packed.  There was a line down the street of people waiting to get in.  I couldn’t believe it.  Now that’s some die hard motorcycle enthusiasts.  It was fun visiting with and getting to know so many new and interesting people.

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The week of the exhibit there were several outings and events planned.  One of the events was a surf competition.

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Being in Biarritz felt like a time warp.  I felt like I was transported to another era, a times when life was a little simpler, and a little sweeter.  I mean look at this cool surfer.

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I did my best to fit in with all the stylish people and bathing beauties in my Lime Ricki gingham vintage inspired high waisted swimsuit.  It might take a few more weeks of bathing in the sun to get that pastey white body of mine a prettier shade.

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No one compares to this lovely lady, Tanya.  We got to know Tanya a little while in Biarittz.  She was nice enough to drive us around in her 62 Ford Falcon (more on that in part two),  Tanya is such a classy, beautiful lady who takes everything in stride, and I was so impressed with her driving skills.  I hope one day I can be half as cool as Tanya, she’s my idol.

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Nick and I did a LOT of walking around Biarritz (we didn’t bring helmets and therefore couldn’t ride a motorcycle).  We got to see a lot of the city and I was so overwhelmed by all the beautiful and interesting buildings and homes.

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biarritz19Well, that concludes part one of my tour of Biarritz.  I hope you enjoyed it and were somewhat inspired by it.

All the photographs were taken by myself or my husband, Nicholas Coleman, except the two of us hanging the show and the polaroid.  The polaroid was by Bernard and the two of us by the ever gracious Cyril Dunn.   Thanks Cyril!

This is a sponsored post by Lime Ricki.  Lime Ricki is offering One More Mushroom readers a discount at their shop.  Just use the code:  MUSHROOM15 at the check out to get 15% off.  Offer is valid until August 16.

 

 

tramp frame diy

I’ve had a Fuji Instax mini camera for many years and love taking it with me on family trips.  It’s fun to document parts of the trip the old fashioned analog way.  My kids get a kick out of it too and love taking pictures of each other.  Most the time we’ll tape up the polaroids on a wall in parts of our house or down the stairs that lead to our basement.

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At camp Meta we provided guests with polaroid photos of themselves as well as their choice of one of the multicolored tramp style frames.  I thought it would be fun for guests to document their “stay” and put it in a cute frame as well.  The tramp style of frames fit perfectly with the Pacific Northwest look I had going on.

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Luckily I had some darling colorful card stock paper options from American Crafts.  As well as an amazing printer that cut the frames out for me!  All I had to do was design them in illustrator and upload them onto cricut’s site.  It was really easy, and that’s coming from someone who is NOT tech savvy at all.

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We’ve had a very busy summer (more on all that later) and had some opportunities to visit some beautiful places.  I love how some of my polaroids from our trips turned out.  It’s not always easy getting the exposure correct (there are only four light settings represented by icons: house, cloudy, semi sunny, and sunny).  It definitely makes it exciting when waiting to see how your picture turned out.

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The colorful tramp frames are a fun way to make your polaroid look that much more important.  I love how it turned out.  I put some of our pictures by my bedside, and can have a constant reminder of the wonderful memories we made this summer.

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If you’d like to make some of your own frames click here for the free download.

All you need is some 12 x 12 card stock and a cricut printer.  When uploading the frames you may have to resize the file to 11.5 x 11.5.  Enjoy!