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Henrik's puppet party

Last month on September 16th, my little boy Henrik turned 7.  I can't believe he's getting so old!  As some of you may already know, Henrik is a creative little boy and loves to make things with his hands.  For the past two years Henrik has been really into making clay figures and creatures, we even did a claymation party last year.  Lately Henrik has not been sculpting as much (which makes me sad), and all he wants to do is make puppets.  He spends every spare moment looking at puppet books and researching new techniques to make puppets.  I can't keep up with him and his creations and puppet clippings, I find them EVERYWHERE.  He has a very intense, and driven personality, I don't know where he gets it from, ha! henriks-puppet-party

This year we decided to do a puppet Birthday party for Henrik and his school friends. Being a social guy and considering everyone his friend, he wanted to invite his entire class.  I helped him realize that inviting 20+ children might not be the best thing for his Mama's sanity and helped him shorten the guest list to about 7-8 friends.

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For Henrik's birthday we gave him a few how to puppet books, some vintage muppets, and a puppet theater.  I made the puppet theater from the Ikea Skylta market stand.  I painted the entire stand in Martha Stewart's Ink Encre Tinta chalkboard paint.  I repainted over the red stripes on the roof in rust red, to make it look hand drawn.  I also painted the sign that attaches to the stand in gold paint and black chalkboard paint.  I sewed two simple curtains with two yards of black and white gingham fabric, using a tension rod to hold the curtains up.  I also painted two strips of leather with red paint, and used snaps to fasten the curtains back.  Henrik was so thrilled to see his new puppet theater and immediately started to perform a puppet show for us.

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For the party we decided to keep the puppet making simple.  We used fuzzy multicolored socksgoogly eyes and felt.  We let the kids cut and pick out all the pieces they wanted to make for their puppet, but left the hot gluing to the adults.  It was so fun to see all the innovative little creatures they came up with.  There was a white wolf, constantine, a cowboy, a blue monster, a puppet with a thick mustache, and a few more that I can't remember.

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After they had made their puppets we let them each perform a little puppet show for us.

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Maja got a little overwhelmed with all these boys running around and had a little meltdown.  It's tough being the princess of the party.

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Eventually she calmed down and joined the puppet show with her princess puppet.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun the kids had making their puppets and performing with them.  We had so much fun doing it with them too.

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The puppet performances were quite entertaining.

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We even got a portrait of each of the kids with their puppets.  I loved watching them interact with their creations.  What sweet little boys.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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a midsummer mingle part 2

I can't stop thinking about what a special night it was celebrating A Midsummer Mingle with all of our guests.  As hosts we each were given a space to decorate and make our own.   We wanted our guests to be able to experience our different personalities, and be able to interact with and get something out of each of our different sections.  After choosing a refreshing ice tea, guests were invited to walk through the beautiful stone pathway to Camp Meta. a-midsummer-mingle-2

(these two darling sisters were at camp Meta taking photographs for everyone)

Camp Meta was the experience that I got to share with everyone.  I wanted to create a kid's retreat.  A place my kid's, or any kid would want to go to sleep, play, draw, and just be a kid.  The inspiration for the space came from the outdoors, and my son Henrik and his love of exploration.

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I wanted the space to be playful and warm and inviting.  I will be talking more in detail on the inspiration and how to put together your own "Camp" in my next post.

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At camp Meta guest were invited to have their pictures taken with the Fuji instax camera.  Which takes the cutest credit card size photos.  Thanks to Fujifilm for providing us with the cameras and film.

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I also had a table filled with multiple colored tramp style frames for guests to frame their new portraits.  These frames were all made with the amazing Cricut printer.  I'll be sharing more on the paper frames and a DIY this week as well.

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After staying a bit at camp Meta, guests could tiptoe through the flowers and visit Brittany's beautiful, colorful space.

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Needless to say it was dreamy, with all the colorful multicolor banners, as well as an installation of balloons and oversized flowers scattered throughout the space.

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Some of the banners were a string of beautiful felt balls (my favorite material) from Hello Maypole.

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Guest were invited to make an origami business card holder as well as these beautiful paper lanterns made by the Cricut printer.  For the tutorial click here.

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Guests then were encouraged to move to the Eva's moody blue minimal bohemian space.  Eva made the most beautiful shingled wall of all of her indigo blue wrapping papers.

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Guests were asked to write down their favorite thing about summer.

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They then were invited to hang up what they wrote with a clothes pin on the hanging twine, or on the large board with the quote by William Shakespeare, "Summer I Salute Thee".  The lettering Was all done with a Cricut printer. For the tutorial click here.

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After Eva's blue bohemian space guests were invited to walk up the stairs to enter into Sarah's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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What a dreamy imaginative space.  Guests were invited to take a mask (printed with the cricut) and take a picture in front of the balloon arch with the darling family tree wall decal behind it.  For a tutorial on how to make your own mask click here.

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Sarah illustrated these darling, oversized characters for her space in the them of  'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.  I wanted to take them home and play with them.  She also illustrated gorgeous oversized flowers.

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Our guests were also invited to explore some of the tasty treats and interactive prizes that our local sponsors had to offer.  Mend Juice Press offered a selection of wonderfully tasting and healthy cold pressed beverages for our guests.  Blinckenstaff's and Called to Surf  had a beautifully decorated space for guests to sit and enjoy the view as well see the new exciting products that they are launching.  For something a little more sweet Cocoa Bean had a wonderful assortment of cupcakes and cookies, yum!

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Guests then were able to meander down the stairs where the food and other hosts experiences were.  In Merrilee's experience she had illustrated a beautiful large map of the world with a station for her darling character, Tilda.  Tilda even made an appearance in a stunning red striped hot air balloon (my kind of girl).

Merrilee also illustrated this darling portrait of Brittany.  I want one of me too, hint, hint...

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The first fifty guests could make their own beautiful floral crown from Merrilee's Playful book (soon to come out this September).  More on the Playful book later.  I can't wait!!!

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Guests were also invited to pin where on the map they would like to see Tilda travel to next.  I think I'd like her to go to Amsterdam.

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Past the pool with all the colorful balloons and beach balls, guests could experience a bit of heaven in Alma and Melanie's starry experience.  They had the most beautiful hand lettered cards and signs all throughout their space.

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Guests got to sit down on the picnic table and make beautiful constellation wrapped candles, made with the Cricut printer.  To see their tutorial click here.

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What a wonderful, magical night!!!  Thank you to all who came.  I wish you all could have enjoyed this night with us.  Fortunately Natatie Norton did such an amazing job documenting everything you can get a taste of everything with her photography.

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Save on Crafts for the amazing lighting
Called to Surf and Blickenstaffs

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tic tac toe

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.

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. maja's-tent

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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.

tooth fairy pillow diy

For the past few weeks my little Henrik has had a loose tooth.  It was bitter sweet for me to find out that my boy was going to loose his first tooth.  It's one more physical sign that he's  growing up and there is nothing I can do about it.  Of course, I was so excited for him too. tooth-fairy-pillow

Henrik's tooth has been really loose, practically hanging by a thread for the past week.  My husband and I decided we needed to take matters into our own hands and pull the tooth.  One quick pull and it was out.  Henrik was so excited to see his mouth with an empty space where his tooth had been.

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Henrik and I decided that we needed to make a tooth fairy pillow to store his tooth.

If you'd like to make a tooth fairy pillow here's what you'll need:

* drafting paper and pencil

* small piece of white or cream felt

* black, pink, and blue thread and needle

* polyester batting

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Step 1.  Draw and cut out a tooth shape out of the drafting paper.

Step 2.  Using the paper template cut two shapes out of the felt.  Cut a small rectangle out of the felt for the pocket.

Step 3.  Hand stitch the pocket onto one side of the felt tooth.

Step 4.  Pin together right sides together, with the pocket facing in.  Sew around the tooth, leaving an opening for the stuffing.

Step 5.  Stuff the pillow with batting and hand stitch it closed.

Step 6.  Hand stitch the eyes and mouth and you're done!

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Henrik loves his new little tooth pillow as well as showing off his missing tooth.

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That night Henrik put his tooth in the back of his pillow and cuddled next to it.  The next morning he discovered that the tooth fairy had brought him four whole quarters!

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Henrik's claymation party part one

I can't believe it's been six weeks since Henrik's Birthday!  This year we had a small family party as well as a very low key friend party with some of his closest friends. Because Henrik is so passionate about making clay guys and spends a majority of his time working on them, it was obvious that we had to have a claymation party.

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The Birthday invitation was made using a photo I had taken of one of the many funny groupings of clay guys Henrik leaves throughout the house.  This year I didn't even end up printing the invitation but emailed it to everyone instead.

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We decided to limit the guests to a small manageable group of kids.  That way everyone could have a chance to work on their clay figures and we would be able to make a stop motion animation for each of the kids.

I laid out a large sheet of white butcher paper on the table, along with all the clay and tools they would need. Everyone enjoyed rolling, cutting and molding their clay into whatever shape or character they wanted to make.

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Henrik, of course, made another set of Wallace and Gromit.  I think he's already made seven or eight sets of his favorite inventor and his puppy sidekick.

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It was so fun to watch the concentration and focus the boys displayed while working on their clay guys.

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Maja even got involved in sculpting as well.  She loves to work with "Cay" as well and looks up to her brother wanting to do everything he does.

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She may have had to take a break from working to eat some cake, number one of the two cakes I ruined.  More on the cake debacle in part two of Henrik's claymation party.  Stay tuned...

last minute ghost and circus performer costume

ghost-and-rina-costumeAs a child I was a master at putting together a last minute costume for Halloween.  This usually involved an old grey wig, high heels, and random old clothing from my mother.  I think the only way I know how to put together a costume is last minute.  Both Henrik and Maja's costumes were put together using found objects from our home and took less than 20 minutes...my kind of costumes. ghost-and-rina-costume2A couple of months ago Henrik told me that he wanted to be a ghost for Halloween.  Since then I have asked him several times if he'd changed his mind...Nope, he hadn't.  This was the easiest costume to make.  I cut a big circle out of an extra queen size flat sheet.  I cut two eye holes.  I then painted a black mouth and outline around the eyes...done!

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Henrik was thrilled with his ghost costume and wants to wear it every minute that he can.  I'm glad it doesn't take much to make him happy.

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Maja's Circus Performer costume was put together from this darling Wovenplay Lola suit, black tights, black ballet shoes, a painted bear mask (I cut off the ears), and a large Turkey feather.

ghost-and-rina-costume5Maja, on the other hand, is a bit more difficult to please and while she loved wearing her "rina" costume she liked wearing her mask for about 20 seconds.

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The Honest + The Land of Nod feather your nest sweepstake

As a parent I get overwhelmed sometimes by all the products out there that are harmful to my children.  I have a tendency to be a bit of a worrier and get stressed out by by all the toxic chemicals (so many we're not even aware of) in everyday products and what I should and shouldn't do.  I'm so grateful for responsible companies like The Honest and The Land of Nod who can do some of the worrying and research for me.  Both companies believe in making sustainable, non-toxic products while not sacrificing on style. Today I'm teaming up with these two incredible companies to offer readers a chance to win the Feather your Nest Pin It to Win It Sweepstakes.  One lucky winner will receive an entire years worth of Honest Bundles and a $1,500 gift certificate for The Land of Nod to create or makeover their nurseries, kid's rooms, or play rooms.  The contest starts the 21st (today) till November 1st.  How cool is that?!!!

feather-your-nestHere's what you need to do to enter to win the sweepstake:

1. Click here to visit The Honest Company's Facebook page and choose the "Feather your Nest" sweepstakes tab.  2. Follow “The Honest Company” and “The Land of Nod” on Pinterest. 3. Complete and submit the entry form provided on the The Honest Facebook application and accept the Terms & Conditions of the Sweepstakes. 4. Complete your entry by creating a Pinterest board and naming it “Honest & Land of Nod Feather Your Nest.” Pin at least one (1) item to this board and tag the image(s) with #FeatherYourNest. Limited to one (1) entry per person.  Best of Luck!

Also, all One More Mushroom readers can Enjoy free shipping at Honest.com by using the code HonestFYNShip. Applies to U.S. and Canadian residents only (one per customer).  Valid for first-time orders only. Expires November 1, 2013

The Honest Company and The Land of Nod asked me to share some tips on how I create safe and stylish spaces for my children.  Here are six tips on how to do that in any space in your home.

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Tip#1-- Play with scale and color.  I love combining contrasting and complimentary textures, colors and sizes.  It's so fun to see something dramatic and unexpected in a space, especially a child's room.  The Wow, that's a big lamp is a beautiful and large floor lamp, which provides soft, directional lighting while reading our stories at night.

Tip#2-- Explain to your children why.  As a child I remember being told to do something but not knowing why.  I notice that when I explain to my children why they need to wear sunscreen, or brush their teeth they're more apt to obey without complaining (most of the time).  Did you know that the only sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays is Zinc Oxide?  This one is non greasy and non-whitening.

(Snake, Banjo, H pillow, the Henrik bed)

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Tip #3--  Keep soft toys/rugs around to cushion a fall.  Rugs and stuffed animals are cute and cuddly but can also protect little children while playing rough.  I also like the first thing to touch my children's feet when they wake up in the morning to be something soft. In Maja's room I used this blanket as a plush rug for her little feet.

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Tip# 4-- Have your children in mind when decorating and picking products.  When I saw this bunny lamp I knew my daughter would love it.  She has a bit of an obsession with bunnies and sleeps with three every night.  Maja is potty trained, but during her naps she still wears training pants.  I keep them stored in the bin on the floor so that she can put them on herself.  She prefers the princess pants, and they are gentle on her skin because they are chlorine, bleach and chemical free.  Maja also loves lip balm, she calls it her "lip", so we keep it on her bedside table for her to apply when needed.

(bird pillow, storage bin)

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Tip# 5.  Keep it fun and playful.  Who says a bathroom can't have art in it?  Or that a wall can't be an entire chalkboard?  Have fun with your kids and their interests.  Maja likes to draw, so we painted an entire wall in her room with chalkboard paint.  In our bathroom we hung some vintage prints from a favorite sea voyaging kid's book, as well as this clock (well, something similar).

safe-and-stylish-kids'-spaces5Tip# 6.  Know what's in the products you're giving to your kids.  Harsh chemicals in soaps, shampoos and conditioners can cause skin to become irritated, dry and even disrupt hormone levels.  What I love about this bubble bath, shampoo, and conditioner is that the ingredients are safe, natural and gentle on my children and I can pronounce all the ingredients.  I have a saying that I live by when grocery shopping  "If you can't read it don't buy it".

I hope that these tips are easy and helpful for you in creating safe and stylish spaces for your children.  I wish you the best of luck in entering the Pin It to Win It Sweepstake!  I hope you win!

Also, if you'd like to see what products I used to style these spaces, you can check out my Pinterest board here.

Anthology Magazine off shoots

It was so fun to see the out takes from our feature in Anthology Magazine.  You can see all of them over on their blog here. Anthology_Coleman-daughterAlso, check out the Henrik bed on Design Sponge.  Emily did such a great job renovating and decorating this space for her son Oren.

And if you'd like to do a fun easy Halloween mask this weekend, check out Henrik and Maja modeling them for you over on The House that Lars Built.

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photography and styling by the talented husband and wife team Seth and Kendra Smoot.

Happy weekend everyone!

 

hallway gallery wall with josef frank wallpapers

Our upstairs hallway has been looking a little drab and boring lately.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Edward S. Curtis photographs that are hanging there, but I needed to add some color into that space. While I was at Svenskt Tenn, the assistant who was cutting my fabric, gave me samples of every single Josef Frank wallpaper.  At first I thought, "this will be great to show my clients" But the more I looked at the samples the more I wanted to do something more with them.  So, I decided to do an entire gallery wall with all the beautiful colorful patterns.

Here are the before pictures of the hallway...

hallwayAnd here's what it looks like after...

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Most of the samples were already cut into 8.25" x 11.75" size rectangles.  The rest of the samples I cut into the same size.  I didn't have enough wallpaper samples to make the three rows of five that I wanted, so I used two fabric scraps that I had, and you can't even tell the difference.

hallway3For the frames I used the super simple, white ikea Nyttja frame (it only cost $3.99 each!).  I bought a block of water color paper and cut each sheet to fit the frames.  I then taped  (with artist tape) the wallpaper onto it, using my eye to center it.

hallway4Hanging the frames was pretty easy as well.  My husband was nice enough to do most of the hanging for me.  We actually used the existing hooks that we had in the wall for the photographs and added an additional frame in between them.  It turned out to be a perfect 3.5" spacing.  We then did a row below and above the first row.  Making sure to measure exactly 4" spacing vertically and 3.5" spacing horizontally.  This type of gallery wall is one you have to measure exactly and use a level if you can.  We ended up just using our ruler because our level wasn't so level any more.

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I really love how it turned out.  It accentuates the wall more and makes it look bigger and brighter.  Not to mention it makes me so happy every time I walk by.  It it will also make for a great sample wall to show my clients how great Josef Frank wallpapers look on an actual wall.  Win win!

strawberry pillow

It's been a while since I've posted a DIY on One More Mushroom.  I made this strawberry pillow a while back for Maja's room out of an old coral colored sweater.  I loved the color, but the sweater not so much anymore.  So, I decided to make a strawberry pillow to go with her sweet strawberry bedding. I used the same technique as the raindrop pillow to make the strawberry. My favorite part is that Maja loves her pillow and has to sleep with it every night.  She calls it her "dauby".

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To make a strawberry (or dauby) pillow here's what you'll need:

* an old sweater

* green felt

* scissors

* polyester fill

* black thread

strawberry-pillow-diy21.  Cut a heart or strawberry shape directly out of the sweater.  Cut front and back pieces. Leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

2.  With the black thread sew black stars for the tiny seeds on both pieces.

3.  Cut the stems out with the green felt.

4.  Attach the green leaf portion of the stem onto the strawberry.  Sew together a small stem and stuff with batting.

5.  With the right sides together sew the strawberry together leaving an opening at the top for the batting and the stem.

6.  Stuff the pillow, insert the stem, and hand stitch the top shut.  You're finished!

strawberry-pillow-diy4Maja likes her "dauby" pillow so much that she even let me photograph her for a whole ten seconds, which is a lot of time for a toddler.

anthology magazine feature

Have you seen the latest issue of Anthology Magazine?  I'm so excited to announce that our home and family were featured in the current issue of this beautiful quarterly Magazine. anthologymag

Last September our house was photographed by the very talented husband and wife duo Seth and Kendra Smoot, whom we've been friends with since high school.  It was such a fun day catching up and watching them work their magic.

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I am so happy with how it all turned out.  These pictures are a sneak peek of the feature.

You can purchase issue number twelve here.

 

 

 

Maja's chalkboard wall

A while back I posted about Maja's room and how I was making some changes.  Today I am excited to share the first section of changes I did in her room.  If you remember from my post, Maja was doing a lot of drawing on the wallpaper with her Poo! Disgusting!  In an effort to direct her creative expression somewhere more easily removable and less gross, I decided to remove the bird wallpaper and paint the entire wall in black chalkboard paint. Amazingly it only took two quarts of paint to cover the entire wall.

maja's-chalboard-wall1.0I am so happy with how it turned out.  It makes the room feel less busy and less like a Nursery and more like a little girl's room.

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My children really enjoy the chalkboard wall as well.  They have had so much fun drawing on every surface of the wall.

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On the right side of the wall there is a hidden pocket door that leads to our storage closet.  I love how playful it looks when my friend drew faux moulding and a knob on the door.

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We also swapped out Maja's crib for my narrow twin bed that I had growing up.

maja's-chalboard-wall5My mother found this antique Danish bed when I was not much older than Maja.  This bed is not only a beautiful piece of furniture, but also very sentimental to me.  It makes me so happy to see my daughter sleeping in the same bed I slept in as a child.

maja's-chalboard-wall6I found this rabbit night light while in a Paris children's shop last year.  The stripe knit cloud pillow is from Colette Bream.  Everything she makes is absolutely spectacular and so whimsical and creative.

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The vintage Pippi Longstocking pillow I found in a darling shop in Stockholm several years back.  The amazing Wolf portrait is also hand knit by Colette Bream.  Isn't it incredible?  I love it so much, the perfect addition to her room!

maja's-chalboard-wall8I'm also dying over this badger rug!  What child doesn't need a badger rug in their room?  He's so soft and comfortable too, made from handmade wool felt.  He came from the darling kid's online shop Molly-Meg.  Not only does she carry beautiful children's accessories and decor, but unique vintage child's chairs as well!

Besides the Marimekko curtains, I infused some more red into the room with the bedding.  I purchased this cute Japanese strawberry fabric from an Etsy shop and sewed it into a duvet cover.

maja's-chalboard-wall9I hope you enjoy!  Stay tuned for more pictures of Maja's room.

Next week I'll be heading to Stockholm, I'm so excited!  I'll have some pictures from my trip to post in the next little while.  You can also follow my adventures on Instagram, onemoremushroom.

the henrik bed: information, photographs and a 10% discount

Last September I designed The Henrik Bed for my son's fifth Birthday.   After searching quite some time and not being able to find exactly what I was looking for I decided to design it myself.  I wanted something modern and simple, yet have a retro feel.  As an Interior Designer I have been so fortunate to work with  a master craftsman who has been building furniture for over thirty years.  We have worked on many other projects (beds and furniture) and he has always exceeded my expectations.  He is a perfectionist and it shows in his work.  I am a perfectionist as well and have been so happy with it in every way.  I really am so excited to be able to share this bed with you and am grateful for your interest and support. These lovely photographs were taken by the talented Ashley Thalman.

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The bed is a twin bed fitting a standard twin mattress and is made from locally sourced Maple wood. The headboard measures 40" high, the footboard measures 30" high, and the bed is 42" wide.  The prices are as follows:  solid wood natural finish--$800, painted white--$850, the dip (pictured)--$875.

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We are finally ready to place our first order of The Henrik Bed, hooray!  Because this is the very first order I am offering everyone within this order a 10% discount!  If you would like to buy The Henrik Bed please email me ASAP.  I am in the process of setting up a web shop but for now you can email me to make a purchase.

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As most of you may already know we lost our six month in utero baby boy in January.  Since that loss I have felt a strong desire to make something positive come from this heartbreaking experience.  I designed the bed out of love for my son Henrik and a need for a product I couldn't find in the market.  This bed, in my opinion, is the start of something great and the positive I have been yearning for since my loss.  Thanks again for your interest and support.  If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

changes in henrik and maja's room

mixing-color-and-patterns-maja I am in the process of making some major changes in Henrik and Maja's bedrooms.  In Maja's room I am going to make it look less like a nursery and give her some more options for drawing and expression (she does way too much drawing with her poo).  In Henrik's room he needs a workspace and display for his claymation figures.  I'm designing most of the furniture for each of their rooms and other exciting things.  I can't wait!  I'll keep you posted, maybe show you my progress.  Stay tuned!

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Later this week I'll have pictures to show you of The Henrik Bed.

the henrik bed

the-henrik-bed Last September we celebrated my little boy Henrik's fifth Birthday.  For a special Birthday gift we decided that it was time for him to graduate out of his toddler bed and get a real big boy bed.  I looked around everywhere to find him the perfect bed but was disappointed when I couldn't find exactly what I wanted.  If I did find something it was too expensive or a vintage one of a kind bed that I couldn't purchase.  So I decided to design the bed I wanted and have it made.  I am so lucky to have an incredible craftsman who's a perfectionist and understands my vision perfectly (we've worked on several other projects together).  I was so happy with the results.  It has been a perfect bed for Henrik and we are thrilled with it in every way.

Because I had such a hard time finding a bed I liked I thought that others might as well.  I am excited to announce that I will be manufacturing and selling The Henrik Bed.  I'll be offering it in three finishes: a solid white, a solid wood, and the dip, like you see in the above photo.  I'm still working out all the details, etc. but will keep you posted soon with more information and more photos of the bed.  If you're interested in purchasing The Henrik email me and I can put you on our list.