A Midsummer mingle

It’s not very often that you get to be surrounded by a group of  talented, hardworking, inspiring, uplifting people.  I have felt so fortunate to call these ladies my friends and learn from and be inspired by them as we have come together and build each other up.

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(Brittany, me, Eva, Sarah, Merrilee, Melanie, and Alma (not pictured, but still loved))

In an effort to do the same to our community; to inspire, uplift and say thank you to all our readers and supporters who have given us so much, Brittany had the idea to throw a garden party.  She invited us on as hosts and I couldn’t have been more happy with how everything turned out.  It was so fun to be able to collaborate with creative, likeminded ladies.  We couldn’t have done this party without the generous support of our sponsors: Cricut, Save on Crafts, Land of Nod, Atly, Called to Surf, and Blinckenstaff’s, to name just a few.  The photographs are all by the lovely Natalie Norton.  There were so many beautiful images I had a really hard time editing and deciding which ones not to use.   I had such a hard time I decided to post part two later this week.

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At the entrance was a gorgeous balloon arch installation with the lovely sign designed by Mer.  Each guest received their very own floral crown (designed by Amy Anne), a canvas tote filled with goodies from Minted, Hello Maypole, Darly Bird, and so much more.

a-midsummer-mingle2The balloon installation was created by Brittany and her amazingly talented group of interns, as was the vision and concept for the party.  They put so much hard work into this event and I think it exceeded all of our expectations.

One of Brittany’s ideas was for each of the hosts to provide an “experience” as well as a craft, or swag, for our guests to take away with them as they meandered along the lovely path in my in-laws back yard. I’ll get to our experiences and swag in part two…stay tuned.

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The pathway that lead the guests to the beginning of our event was lined with a sea of string lights from Save on Crafts.  Lighting, in my opinion, really sets the mood for any environment and Save on Crafts have so many lovely lighting options.

The guests also received a map beautifully illustrated by Merrilee and letterpressed by Sycamore Street press.  They were so beautiful in person, I want to frame mine.

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Rambling Rose Cafe really out did themselves and had this amazing trailer greeting the guests at the beginning with mint and lavender infused ice tea!  It was so good and refreshing.

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The guests were invited to wear their summer whites, and I have to say I was so impressed with everyone and their beautiful all white ensembles.  It really set the tone for the entire event.

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Rambling Rose Cafe did all the food and it was divine.  I didn’t get a chance to eat during the party, but made sure to eat about five goat cheese and cucumber sandwiches while I was cleaning up.  I seriously couldn’t stop eating them.

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The flowers were arranged by the talented Lizzy’s Lilies, the beautiful cakes were by Bake By Me.  All these details were just the perfect addition to really make this event so memorable.

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Playing in the background we had a lovely french jazz band, the Red Rock Hot Club.  They played the entire evening.  It was so magical, it felt like I was transported back to France (more on that trip later) and it was the just the right music to set the tone for the evening!

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We even had the most darling group of dancers do a maypole dance for the guests.  I was so sad that I missed it.  It is one of my biggest regrets that evening.  Everyone told me how lovely it was.  Sarah Jane’s Husband Ken, built the amazing Maypole and Michael Miller provided us with the beautiful colored ribbons.

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And yes, those are enormous white beach balls and balloons in the pool.  You should have seen me try to blow up the 48 inch beach ball and throw on table clothes at the same time.  It was comical, if not entertaining, to say the least.

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Thank you for indulging us.  I had such a lovely time and it was so fun to be able to really connect with people in person.  Thanks again for all our generous sponsors, we really appreciated everything and couldn’t have done it without them.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Cricut (stay tuned for our projects!)
Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting (seriously, they have so many wonderful options!)
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs
And thank you to the swag bag sponsors: Darly BirdAtlyHello Maypole and Minted.
And a special thanks to all these lovely ladies (and their reluctant spouses?) for all their hard work.  They blew my mind with their ideas and hard work, and I wanted to go shopping in their closets.
Also, Thank you to my in-laws Michael and Jackie Coleman for generously offering their house for the event.  I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into.

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a invitation to a midsummer mingle

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Hello Friends!  I’m so excited to invite you to A Midsummer Mingle, an event the following amazing ladies and I have been planning! Join myself, Brittany of The House that Lars Built, Merrilee of Mer Mag, Sarah of Sarah Jane Studios, Melanie and Alma of Caravan Shoppe, and Eva of Sycamore Street Press. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love and I owe so very much of that to you! And I want to thank you!! We all feel similarly and have consequentially decided to put together a beautiful celebration on the the longest midsummer day of the year! June 21.

The event will take place in a lovely garden here in town and each of the hosts will be sharing a little bit of magic with you all.  And Cricut is our lovely sponsor so we’ll have a making station with lots of different things to create in addition to entertainment, food, and merry making!

 

Spots are limited so don’t delay! Grab a babysitter and RSVP early because once we’re booked, we’re booked.

 

This event is sponsored by Cricut as well as many other vendors like Save on Crafts. Email me,meta [at] onemoremushroom.com, if you’re interested in providing swag or would like to provide additional sponsorship to the event.  
The beautiful invitation was made by Merrilee, isn’t it so lovely?

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I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!  Ours was really wonderful spent with both our mothers and our children.

The weather these past several days has been cold and rainy.  So, I thought it would be fun to make a simple indoor game for the kids to play.tic-tac-toeTic tac toe is one of the simplest games, and a great one for a three year old to pick up quickly.tic-tac-toe2We started out with simple smooth river rocks that we painted white (Henrik painted a few faces on his rocks as well, that we were not to paint over).

The kids had so much fun painting the rocks, as soon as they saw the paint come out they jumped in their chairs and got to work painting.tic-tac-toe3After the white paint dried, I then painted simple x’s and o’s.  I painted pink x’s for Maja (it’s her favorite color), and black for Henrik (he loves black).

I also took a blue piece of felt and painted white tic tac toe lines for the game.  tic-tac-toe4The kids had so much fun playing, and Henrik enjoyed explaining the rules of the game to his sister.  This is a game that we could bring with us on a family picnic or any other outing.  tic-tac-toe5Everything was going really smoothly and they were having such a great time playing together until Henrik had to celebrate his victory…tic-tac-toe6  Maja was NOT happy about this.  I don’t know what it is about siblings, they can be so happy playing and being kind to each other one moment and the next moment they’re practically mortal enemies.  I guess it’s part of sibling rivalry and how we learn to love each other.  Thank goodness they make up really quickly.

This post is sponsored by Mrs. Meyers.

cultivating a creative life: a mother’s influence

In honor of this Sunday being Mother’s Day, I would like to share about my own mother and the inspiration she has been to me.  She has been both mother and father to me and remained such a constant in my life.  She is my best friend and has been the biggest influence on who I am today, how I create and how I see the world.  As you can see from the photos below she is one classy lady, with a beautiful thick German accent.

mormor's-houseMy mother grew up in a small, beautiful village in Northern Germany.  Her father was an architect, started a printing company and was an avid art collector.  The home she grew up in was bombed during World War two, and when her father came back from being a prisoner of war, years later, he redesigned and fixed it up into a beautiful Estate where her family (as well as mine) shared many many fond memories together.  Growing up I spent all my summers at my grandparent’s home.  It was such a beautiful, warm, thoughtful home, with an extensive art, furniture, book and rug collection.  My Grandfather appreciated and understood the history behind everything, and it was there I experienced that a home could be so much more than just a place to live.  A home sets the tone for the people who live there, and creates an atmosphere where love and learning can abide.

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My grandfather taught my mother about Art, literature, and music.  She was the youngest of five, with three older sisters and a brother.  Her father would take her on long walks in the woods, where they would have in depth conversations about literature, and art and life.  This one on one time she spent with her father was so important and I believe helped carry her through some of her harder times in life.  My grandfather died when my mother was only 24 years old, and never got to meet any of her children, but he remains alive through her stories that she shares of him with us.

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My mother, like her father, has always been an appreciator and ambassador of the arts.  She instilled in us it’s importance and made it a part of our everyday life.  Ever since I can remember (I believe I was younger than Henrik), she would take me to classical concerts, Museums, International Cinema, and cultural events.  I remember going to see the movie  Jean de Florette with my mother as a little girl and what an impact that movie had on me, and still has.  I also looked just like the little girl, which I thought was pretty cool.  I think that is what good art does, it changes you, helps you to see differently and makes you a better person.  My mother didn’t believe in dumbing things down for children, and there was no right age to go to a concert or a museum, she would just take me.  She believed children should start young in their appreciation of the arts.

mormor's-house3My mother is always rearranging things in her home and creating little cozy nooks, like this one below.  I know that’s where I get my desire to rearrange furniture and make cozy nooks in my own home.  When I was little my mother and I would play a game together on our our walks with the dog.  We would rate homes in our surrounding neighborhood as cozy and not cozy, or gemuetlich and nicht gemuetlich.  The criteria was usually cozy lighting and seating, or whatever we thought would make it look cozy or not.  Even now when my husband and I tuck our children in bed at night we ask them if they are cozy/cuddly or kuschelich.  It’s a word we use often and is a necessity in our home to either feel kuschelich or gumuetlich at one or more times during the day.

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My mother is also the reason why I have such an enormous love for children’s books.  She has introduced me to most of my favorite illustrators like:  Lisbeth Zwerger, Ida Bohatta, Fritz Koch-Gotha, Sibylle v. Olfers, Elsa Beshow, Else Wenz-Vietor, and Walter Trier.  I could go on and on.  She has an enormous appreciation and passion for children’s books and has a huge collection.  Every time I think I have a lot of children’s books I go to my mother’s house and see her collection and am reminded what a real collection looks like.  She has so many beautiful books, some that are not in print anymore, and many still from her own childhood.  I love going in her room where she keeps her children’s books and looking through them, I always discover one I have never seen before.

mormor's-house5My mother has also inspired and maybe fostered my fabric hoarding tendencies.  As a little girl I remember going with her to a Westfalen fabric store in Muenster.  I remember  waiting, for what felt like hours, for her to pick out a fabric.  My mother would make most of my dresses, particularly in traditional German patterns.  In the 80′s, when everyone was wearing leg warmers and hot pink, I stood out like a sore thumb.

My mother and I still enjoy going to fabric stores together when we can.  Just the other day we found a beautiful large green fern fabric.  She had the brilliant idea to make a simple shift dress out of it.  I wasn’t going to buy the fabric but…when she had such a great idea I had to get it.  She is still fostering and encouraging my fabric hoarding and has quite a beautiful fabric collection herself.

mormor's-house6My love of blue and white has also come from my mother.  She looooooves blue and white. Almost everything in her house is blue and white, from her upholstery, to her dishes, to her backsplash and even her clothing.

My mother has taught me to take pride in yourself and make an effort in your appearance.  She has done this my whole life, I have never seen her wear a pair of sweat pants.  This is not because she is vain or is trying to impress someone else, it is because she has respect for herself and shows it in her dress.

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My mother is also one of the most well educated, well read people I know.  She is always telling me about a new book she has read.  Some of my favorite books are from her recommendations.  She reads a wide variety; whether it’s Goethe, Herman Hesse,  Art Books, a memoir of Roomy Schneider, or even the National Geographic.  She will read it and share with me what she liked and learned about it.  I love that about her.

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I had to share a photo of Resi, my mother’s beloved dachshund.  She is named after a children’s book called Waldi.  Resi is the obedient sister of Waldi.  I don’t believe any dachshund can be described as obedient, especially my mother’s Resi.

mormor's-house9Happy Mother’s Day Mormor, Mutti, Mama!  I love you!!!   You are intelligent, classy, wise, loving and kind.  Thank you for being my mother.

If you’d like to read some more creative ladies and their mothers’ influence check them out here:  Sarah Jane StudiosSycamore Street PressMer Mag and House that Lars built .

 

Maja’s tent

Last week I mentioned that I have been dejunking my entire house.  I have also been rearranging and making some major changes to certain spaces in my home.  Last weekend I had to finish up several deadlines, so naturally I put them off to do something very important, like rearranging the furniture in Maja’s room.

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I brought out of storage the tent I made for the kids last Easter and decided that I’d surprise Maja and put it in her room.

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maja's-tent2I also moved her storage bin and child’s desk close to the window, and she wasted no time playing with and showing me her animals.  I love that she plays with animals and has no interest in dolls.  She dresses and undresses them and they have make believe conversations.  I could listen all day, It’s pretty funny and entertaining.

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Some of Maja’s most beloved possessions:  A cheap, blingy tiara, ballet slippers, and a Dinosaur.

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maja's-tent5It’s always entertaining to see the new additions to the chalkboard wall.

maja's-tent6It looks like Maja’s Maileg mouses ears needed a thorough brushing.

maja's-tent7Hazel always enjoys being in front of the camera.  She specializes in being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I probably trip on her about ten times a day.

maja's-tent8I may not have finished what I was suppose to on Saturday, but I was happy to see Maja playing and enjoying her “new” tent.  She loved her tent so much that she didn’t want to share with her brother or Hazel and said “there’s no woom.” She did promise Henrik that I would make him a tent for his room.  It looks like I have more projects in my future, I better get to work.