Projects

a boxtroll and a ballerina mouse

henrik-and-maja-costumes This last summer our family had the opportunity to visit Laika Studio.  The production company that made the stop motion movie The Boxtrolls.  After seeing Henrik's enthusiasm for claymation and his extensive knowledge of many film makers such as Ray Harryhausen, the pioneer in the field of stop motion, they let us in for an exclusive VIP tour of their studio.  Henrik was in Heaven, and learned a few more tricks to making his figures that much better.

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This year for Halloween Henrik wanted to be a Boxtroll and Maja said she wanted to be a Ballerina Mouse.  I decided to make both of their costumes out of Paper mache.  Paper mache is fairly easy to make with items from around your home.  All you need are: balloons, flour, water,  tissue or newsprint, paint, and patience.  I definitely was lacking in patience and popped both balloons too early. I ended up having to re-inflate a balloon in each mask and add new paper mache, as well as paint them over.  Lessoned learned; wait overnight till popping the balloon.  It will save you so much more work and time, as well as heartache on your children.

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Henrik also decided he wanted to dress as the main character, Eggs.  Maja wanted to be in her costume for about two minutes and decided she had better things to do.  I hope you enjoy and had a happy Halloween!

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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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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. biarritz

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. tramp-frame

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!

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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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. a-midsummer-mingle14

(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

a-midsummer-mingle 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?

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.

I'm back!!!

Hello Everyone!  It's been a looooong time.  Maybe some of you have wondered if I was ever going to post anything again.  Well, you'll be happy to know I'm back!  The past few months have been really busy for me, working on jobs outside of blogging, some that I can't talk about yet, but I can't wait to share!  Because I've been MIA for so long I thought I'd catch you up on some of the things that have been keeping me busy. The spring cleaning/dejunking bug has bit me and I have pretty much torn apart every room in our house.  My husband has kindly suggested that I might start and finish one room at a time.  But, where's the fun in that?  That most definitely doesn't suit my personality.  Once I get an idea in my head I have to act on it right away, and I sometimes don't always finish a project.  You might call me impulsive.

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Following my sometimes impulsive personality, I joined my husband for a spur of the moment trip to Portland, Oregon.  He forgot his temporary driver's license and couldn't rent a car, so we decided I needed to come out there and rent one for him.  It was a very short trip, but one of the most spontaneous, fun and inspiring ones for both of us.  We loved Portland!  Not to mention we were there for one of Portland's largest snow storms and freezing rain.  Because it never snows in Portland no one plows the streets and the streets were covered in snow.  It made everything feel extra cozy and slightly frightening watching people drive in the snow.

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Henrik has been keeping very busy with his clay guys.  I've given up on keeping my kitchen table tidy.  And for some reason he is really into making all his people with buck teeth.  He made a cute portrait of me and Hazel, thankfully I didn't have buck teeth but luscious red lips instead.  He must know something I don't.

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I've been working on a few painting projects as well as restocking my house with house plants.  I killed all of last years plants by either over watering or forgetting about them entirely and not watering at all.  Here's to hoping I do a better job this year.

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I've always been so inspired by Josef Frank's textiles.  I love how his inspiration was largely from the organic shapes found in flowers and foliage.  His textiles are almost 100 years old, yet they remain so fresh and timeless.  I can't wait to show you what I'm doing with these textiles.

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I've been thrifting a lot lately and finding some really great pieces.  Last weekend I went to the fleattitude with my friend Brittany, and I brought home way too many things.  Jenny from the blog Dos Family said:  (I'm) "Filling my home with clutter one flea market at a time."  I couldn't have said it any better myself, that is so me!  Vintage items can be so inspiring to me and I love searching for that unique piece that no one else has.  Vintage pieces tell a story and give a depth and soul to a space, that something shiny and new cannot.  Don't get me wrong, I do like shinny and new too.

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I've always known I was no good at getting my picture taken and selfies are even worse, maybe it's a good thing?

Having two children and a dog, there are a lot of messes in our home (not to mention all the ones I make).  I love the messes the kids make when they are deep in their imaginary worlds, making and creating.  It's such a special time to be able to be imaginative and playful and seeing my children play reminds me of my own creative childhood.  It makes me so happy to see them play.

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My husband and I went on a trip to San Antonio, Texas for one of his shows at the newly renovated Briscoe Museum.  I really enjoyed the city and was pleasantly surprised by all the beautiful Art Deco architecture.  It was such a beautiful city, I can't wait to go back!

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I always enjoy picking up a piece of art or something to remember my trip, and I picked up this beautiful milagro in San Antonio.

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For years now, I've had this crazy idea to color coordinate and cover all my books in my office in colored butcher paper.  This took far too long to do and I got side tracked with other projects (like painting the porcelain below) too many times.

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But, I finally finished it!  And am happy with the results.  I also ran out of books and had to steal some children's books from my kids.  Luckily they have almost as many books as I do.

Every morning when I go into Maja's room I ask her how she slept.  The other day she said:  "Good, Haek waked me up" and put her finger to her mouth, like she needed to contemplate it a bit more.  She likes to tattle on her brother and it's a running joke in our family that she'll tell us he woke her up almost every morning.

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I feel so lucky to have a wonderful husband who not only surprises me with paintings, but will play with and read to my children.  Growing up without a father in the home, I didn't really know what all the fuss was with fathers.  Now I know, and I get to enjoy it and live vicariously through my children.

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shadow box portraits and sweet paul magazine offer

Henrik and I have been busy little elves this holiday working on handmade presents for our family.  As most of you may already know Henrik loves making figures with clay.  He has, in the past, made portraits of his family and friends.  This year I thought it would be a nice gift for him to make portraits of his grandparents. shadow-box-portraitsWhen Sweet Paul Magazine contacted me to work with them I was so excited.  I have been a long time fan of this beautifully styled and photographed magazine.  This year they have produced a Sweet Paul kids Holiday magazine, and everything in it is breathtaking.  There are so many fun ideas and recipes to do with children, and the photography and styling is impeccable.

Inspired by the darling mini shadow box homes in the magazine, I decided to make a little shadow box scene for the portraits that Henrik created.

shadow-box-portraits2Luckily I had two small blank shadow boxes lying around that I could use for each set of grandparents.  I also used colorful patterned paper, some dollhouse accessories, and shish kabob skewers.

shadow-box-portraits3While Henrik worked on making portraits of his Nana, Papa, Mormor, and Resi (Mormor's dachshund), I glued on the paper, accessories, and skewers.

shadow-box-portraits4This was a really fun and easy collaboration to work on with Henrik.  I love it when we can work on something together and make it a unique piece of art.  Here are the finished shadow boxes with the portraits nestled nicely inside.

shadow-box-portraits5Henrik even had fun playing with his creations.

shadow-box-portraits6Sweet Paul is offering One More Mushroom readers a special offer for their magazine download.  Click here to get your copy of Sweet Paul Kids for only .99¢!  I promise you won't regret it.  I can't wait to get started on a few more projects from the magazine.  Thanks Sweet Paul for the offer and the always beautiful inspiration.

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cloud night light diy

During the winter months I find it important to make our house look and feel warm and cozy.  It's so enjoyable to be inside reading a book while its's dark and cold outside.  I especially enjoy the mood one can create with lighting.  My daughter Maja has been wanting a night light in her room for some time.  So, I decided to make her one using white Christmas lights and fabric Stiffy.  This was such an easy project to do and I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. cloud-night-light-diy

To make the cloud night light here's what you'll need:

* Led white Christmas lights (I used 50 lights, but I easily could have used 100)

* batting

* two fat quarters of fabric

* Stiffy

* white thread and needle

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1.  With your two fat quarters of fabric cut out a shape of a cloud (or any shape you'd like).  You can draw the shape out first on butcher paper.  Make sure to cut out two pieces and that the right sides match up together.

2.  On the backside of the cloud cut out a circle.  I cut mine about the size of my fist.  This is so that you can stuff the cloud with batting.

3.  Line the two cut out pieces together right sides together and sew all the way around following the contours of your shapes.  Turn right side out and stuff the cloud with batting.  Make sure to fill the cloud with a lot of batting to avoid bunching and getting the shape you'd like.

4.  With the needle and thread sew a hook on the back of the cloud.

5.  Paint the front and back side of the cloud pillow with the Stiffy.  I painted two coats.

6.  Let the Stiffy dry, this is what's so amazing about Stiffy is that it hardens fabric.  Remove the batting, you may have some batting still attached on the inside of the pillow, which is fine.

7.  Put the Christmas lights into the cloud pillow, hang and plug in.  You're done!

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Here's how the night light looks unplugged.....................And here's how it looks plugged in.

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I love how warm and soft it makes the room look when lit up.  This night light will make a nice little addition with the Holidays coming up.

cloud-night-light-diy4My kids thought the night light was pretty cool, and now Henrik is requesting I make one for his room...maybe a star?

 

 

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.

ghost-and-rina-costume6She also had other ideas about what she wanted to be doing with her time besides modeling for me.  She'd prefer to be climbing up and down this ladder.

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.

halloween pumpkin wreath

I have a confession to make, I don't really like Halloween.  I think mainly it's because I'm not a big fan of the scary, the gory, and the macabre as well as the amount of sugar that gets doled out to all the children. Seeing it gives me slight anxiety.  I know I know I sound like the meanest most scroogiest of moms. The funny irony is that my son Henrik loooooves Halloween and everything to do with skeletons, ghouls, and ghosts.  I guess I deserve it. halloween-pumpkin-wreathBecause Henrik loves Halloween so much I do try to make an effort to decorate and make crafts with him.  This pumpkin wreath was really easy and fun to make that required minimum adult supervision. Henrik enjoyed it so much that he has aspirations to make pumpkins to decorate the entire house! And the best part of the craft is that he did about 95 percent of all the work.

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Here's what we (mostly Henrik) did:

1.  Henrik drew several pumpkin shapes on paper.

2.  He painted the pumpkins with watercolors (he colored some of the features with crayon).

3.  He then cut out all the pumpkins shapes.

4.  Henrik and I taped together the pumpkins (and some bats) into a wreath shape and then taped it onto the door.

halloween-pumpkin-wreath3Henrik and I were thrilled with how it turned out.  Our house is starting to look a little festive.  Maybe no one will know that scrooge lives here, ha!

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!