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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?

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

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

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

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

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

how to make your own camp meta

During the A Midsummer Mingle event each of the hosts created an "experience", a space that represented us.  I chose to make a mountain retreat.  A place warm and inviting to come and sit and relax, or maybe write some letters.  I wanted to make the space particularly inviting for children.  When I was a child growing up I loved to make cozy spaces and forts.  I still love to make things cozy for small people. camp-metaIf you didn't get a chance to visit camp Meta at our event I thought I'd give you a tour of the space I decorated, with some guidelines on how to make your own Camp Meta.  Here are some steps on how to create your own perfect cozy retreat.

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

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

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

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

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5.  Comfy bedding, and blankets.

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

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

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6.  Layered rugs to soften the floor.

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7.  Lighting.

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

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

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This post is sponsored by Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co.

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?

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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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.

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stockholm part two

I'm finally getting around to posting part two of my photos from my trip to Stockholm.  You can see part one here.   For me this year traveling has been particularly therapeutic and healing.  I feel so lucky that I have had the opportunity to do so.   About a couple of weeks before August my mother-in-law asked me if I wanted to show her around Stockholm for her Birthday, how could I say no.  We had such a great time and I did my best to give her a pretty comprehensive tour of this beautiful city. stockholm13

The weather was beautiful and only rained (torrential) a couple of days.   One of the smaller museums that we visited was the Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde Museum located on the island of Djurgarden.  The former home of a Prince, art collector and artist Eugen.  Besides visiting the museum we had a chance to walk around the stunning gardens and forrest surrounding it.

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After visiting the Prins Eugen Museum we walked over to Rosendals Trädgard.  Rosendals is a beautiful biodynamic, self-sustaining open garden.

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Rosendals grows organic vegetables, plants, and flowers.  Inside Rosendals is a beautiful cafe where you can sit outside on the grass and enjoy the cafe food harvested from the garden.

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There is also a large section with row upon row of flowers to pick and take home.  I loved watching the families cutting and picking flowers together.  The weather was perfect, slightly overcast but warm.  It was such a lovely Sunday afternoon.

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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.

Uni shop tour

While on my trip to Stockholm this past August I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the colorful and beautifully curated children's shop, Uni.  Uni carries Scandinavian unisex children's clothing as well as decor and vintage items.  Just my kind of store.  The philosophy behind Uni is brilliant, but I thought you'd like to hear it in their words instead of mine... uni-shop-tourMeta:  Your shop is run by yourself and your friend, correct?  How long have you two had it together and what are your full names?

Uni:  You are correct, we are two friends runing Uni. We know each other from senior year in high school. We are Linda Glad and Sara Skogsmark and we have had Uni for 8,5 years. Earlier we had a shop in Södermalm, where we started in 2005 (that shop was closed in May this year).  The shop at Odengatan have been open since 2010.

uni-shop-tour2Meta:  What inspired you two to open up your shop?

Uni:  The lack of unisex children clothes and the irritation over entering the bigger clothes-chains to find everything divided into "girls and boys-clothes", very stereotype. Sara's first child was 4 years old and she ended up buying his clothes in the girls-sections because all "boys-clothes" where so colorless and boring. We think all children should be introduced to all colors, and that they should have clothes designed in ways that enables the child to play around.  That means soft, durable and sustainable...

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Meta:  What is your mission or desire for Uni?  I remember you telling me a bit about your desire to provide unisex clothing for children, maybe you can expand on that a little?

Uni:  Our desire is to open up peoples minds about "boys and girls clothes" and instead simply think of it as "children clothes". We believe that the stereotype division of children clothes are repressive since kids are strong individuals and should be treated as such. Children are much more open minded then us gown ups! For us this is a part of the struggle towards a gender equal society.

We also believe that clothes should be durable and sustainable, and that they should have been produced with respect for both the environment and workers. The textile industry is in many ways very dirty and our aim is to always make the best possible choices in terms of organic materials and high quality so that the clothes can be worn by more then one child.

uni-shop-tour3Meta:  What are some of the Swedish brands that you carry?  And why have you chosen some of these particular brands?

Uni:  We work with Swedish brands such as Modéerska Huset, Anïve for the minors, Bonkeli Mini, Duns, Sture & Lisa, Filemon Kid, Viki Petersson, Emmaloppa and so on... All of these are chosen because they use organic- or recycled fabrics, and because we love their design. We seldom order a whole collection from a brand but we select bit's and pieces that we think is suitable for Uni. We almost look at Uni as a person, thinking "what would Uni like".

uni-shop-tour5I love that Linda and Sara are high school friends and are so passionate about their mission to bring unisex clothing to children.  I couldn't agree more with their belief that children's clothing should be high quality, durable and all colors should be introduced to them.

uni-shop-tour6Thank you Linda and Sara for letting us take a peek into your beautiful shop and sharing your mission behind Uni.

 

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!

stockholm

I had such a lovely time during this recent trip to Stockholm.  How could I not?  Here are a few photos from the trip. stockholm

The beautiful buildings along the busy street Strand Vägan where Svenskt Tenn is situated.

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I love that the city is comprised of fourteen different islands surrounded by water and the clouds are unreal!

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One of my favorite places to visit in Stockholm is Skansen.  Skansen is the oldest open-air museum founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius.

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Skansen exhibits various houses, farmsteads, shops and many different animals and so much more. It is such a cultural experience and I really enjoy seeing how people in Sweden lived and dressed from the 16th to the beginning of the 20th century.

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There is so much inspiration at Skansen...I love this cozy Gustavian era children's room.

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Thank you for indulging me.  On Friday I'll be sharing the rest of the Svenskt Tenn shop tour as well as announcing the winner of the giveaway!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

claymation figures

My son Henrik loves to sculpt and make figures and creatures out of clay.  In the morning when he wakes up he is thinking of new guys to make and when he comes home from school all he wants to do is build new figures.  I have to tell him to stop sculpting to eat his meals.  You might say he is borderline obsessed with it.  One of his favorite things to do is watch instructional videos on how to work with clay, or interviews of his role models:  Ray Harryhausen and Tim Burton (he calls him Tim Burgan).  I find clay EVERYWHERE in my house!  But I enjoy watching this little boy create and be so passionate about his claymation figures. claymation-figures

Because Henrik makes so many different claymation figures, we buy A LOT of clay.  He has long since grown out of play dough or other clay that dries.  He needs to work with clay that is long lasting and has a lot of oil in it, called plasticine.  Several people have asked me where we buy our clay, so I thought I'd share with you where we get ours.  We have discovered the best place to get a wide range of colors and larger amounts of clay is at fxsupply.com.  Henrik also uses armature wire for the skeletal structure of his creations.  You can buy the wire here.

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It's so entertaining everyday to see the new creations he comes up with.  These are just a small sample of some of his figures.

Also, the winner of the So Pretty! Felt book is Nancy!  Congratulations!  I'll email you with further information.

so pretty! felt book, giveaway and garland

I really enjoy sewing with and finding new ways to use felt.  Chronicle Books recently published So Pretty! Felt, written by Amy Palanjian.  So Pretty! Felt is a compilation of 24 different creative felt projects.  The projects are fun and easy to do if you know some basic sewing skills and know your way around a hot glue gun.  There are also new techniques and approaches to working with felt that I have never tried.  There's even instructions on how to make a felt mushroom.  I can't wait to try it!  Chronicle Books is generously offering one lucky reader a chance to win a book.  All you have to do is leave a comment below.  I'll announce the winner next week. felt-garland-

I didn't have a lot of time the other day, so I decided to try the quick felt garland project from the book.  I am a big fan of garlands, especially in a child's room.  The garland was a perfect way to add some pops of color in Henrik's room.

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This felt garland was so easy to make and took no time at all.  The great thing about making this garland is that you can use scraps of felt in any shape and color.  I chose to use squares, triangles, and circles.  I also added a couple of silhouettes of a giraffe, an elephant and a lion to make it a little more playful and childlike.

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I was so happy with how it turned out, it was just what I wanted.  I look forward to starting on some more projects from the So Pretty! Felt book, particularly some of the necklace ideas.

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If you would like to purchase a book you can find it through AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound, or Chronicle Books.

Or you can enter to win a book by leaving a comment below.

Here is a list of the rest of the book tour and more chances to win a book:

Friday, May 10 – West Coast Crafty 

Saturday, May 11 – Mod Podge Rocks

Monday, May 13 – Handmade Charlotte & Fabric Paper Glue

Tuesday, May 14 – MINT & A Spoonful of Sugar

Wednesday, May 15 – Positively Splendid & Hart and Sew

Thursday, May 16 – Rouge and Whimsy & So You Think You're Crafty

Friday, May 17 – Aesthetic Nest & Dollar Store Crafts

P.S.  This is just a sneak peek of The Henrik Bed.  I'll have more photos and information next week.  I can't wait!

my trip to stockholm

Over a week ago I went on a short trip (5 days to be exact) with a friend of mine.  We've been friends since high school and college.  We are both turning 35 this year and decided we needed to celebrate with a trip.  Why not Stockholm, Sweden?  It was so lovely.  Two of the days were freeeeeezing cold, but it didn't stop us from having a wonderful time.  The last day was sunny and beautiful, a perfect day.  It was so good to catch up with my funny, talented, sweet friend.  She lives in New York and we hardly get to see each other.  I've been to Stockholm before and so it was so fun to show some of my favorite things and discover a few new favorites (chocolate ball in Gamla Stan, amazing!).  I totally cheated on my sugar free/vegan diet and it was worth every bite. stockholm

Here are some photos I shared on instagram.  You can follow me at onemoremushroom.  I did take some "real" photos on my camera and hopefully I'll get around to sharing them with you.  Here's a list of a few of my favorite things we did in Stockholm (we only had three days but packed A LOT in).

1.  Svenskt Tenn-An amazingly beautiful and large interior design shop founded in 1927.  They feature the textile designs of Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank, some of my all time favorite textiles.  This trip I bought a small piece of the green Celotocaulis to make some pillows for my house.

2.  Skansen-The world's oldest open-air Museum.  There are homes, shops, barns, etc. all transplanted from different eras and different parts of Sweden.  This is a must!  Walking through it is like walking back in time.  I bought some chocolates and candies for my kids, the beautiful packaging was designed in the 30's.

3.  Fotografiska Museet-This is a recently opened Photography Museum.  We saw a stunning and inspiring exhibit of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work.  We then had lunch in the cafe overlooking a beautiful view of the water.

4.  Södermalm-we had a fun time walking around SoFo looking at all the shops and cafes. Shops like Grandpa and Uni, were just a couple of my favorites.

5.  Moderna Museet-Stockholm's Modern Museum.  I was blown away with the exhibit of Le Corbusier.  I've always been a fan of his Architecture and furniture, but I had no idea he painted and sculpted, everything was so inspiring.

6.  Nordiska Museet-Sweden's largest museum of cultural history.  My favorite exhibits are:  Swedish Folk Art, Interiors, and the Textiles.

7.  Fem Små Hus-A cozy and traditional Swedish Restaurant where you can try Reindeer for the first time.

8.  Restaurang Bar-An excellent restaurant that serves fresh produce and (my favorite) fresh fish dishes.  I love the decor as well as the food.

9.  Saluhall-a beautiful, large food hall opened in 1888.  You can buy and take away or eat at the counter.  We had a lovely lunch of fish, potatoes and avocado at the little restaurant.

There are so many more shops and places that I could list, these are just some of the highlights.  I was so glad that I got the opportunity to leave for a few days to spend with a great friend in a fabulous city.  It was very inspiring and very healing for me.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

ittikid

This week on Babyccino Kids:

I am a huge fan of the online children's store Ittikid.  They carry beautiful clothing and decor selected and imported from Scandinavia.  Collections from brands such as Smafolk, Duns Sweden, Maxomorra, and Ferm living, to name a just a few.  Everything in the store is well made and colorful, mostly made from organic cotton and hand screen printed patterns.  The mission of Ittikid is to "inspire fun, imaginative, and comfortable play!"

I think it has worked with my children.

Every season I usually buy each of my children a couple of shirts from Ittikid.  The quality is exceptional, after many, many washes the clothing still looks brand new and the cotton is still soft and hasn't stretched out.  What amazes me too is that my children have been able to wear the clothing for years.  For example, the viking shirt above is a size 3 that still fits my five year old Henrik.  When it comes to buying clothing for my children I want something fun and colorful that lasts.  I would much rather have a few quality pieces that may cost a bit more than a lot of clothing that is less expensive but falls apart.

My children would agree and love their colorful, comfortable clothing.

Ittikid is offering One More Mushroom readers free shipping on all domestic orders with the code NYSHIP and 10% off a total of $50 or more with the code NY10.  The offer expires this Friday at 11:59 PM,  so hurry!  Also check out Ittikid's Facebook page, they're  giving away one item a day until January 31st!

ostheimer wooden figures

This week on Babycinno Kids: Last week I shared a project for making a winter forrest diorama.  This diorama is a perfect home for some of our Ostheimer collection.  We like to put all of our forrest animals in the diorama.  Ostheimer is a company from Germany that makes wooden hand crafted animals and people.  Over the years I have been collecting them, my mother has an even more extensive collection.  She is the one who introduced me to them as a child.    I remember how much I loved to play with them and now my children play with them as well.  It is one of the first things they ask to play with when they go to my Mother's home.    One of the best things about the Ostheimer wooden figures is they last forever.  Below are some photos from my Mother's and my collection.  Some of the figures pictured below are over 20 years old.

Ostheimer is a family run company started by Margarete Ostheimer.  They have beeen in business for over fifty years.  All the figures are hand carved and painted with non toxic paint.  Ostheimer keeps their figures simple because they believe "If we give [children] the space to use their imaginations while still children, they will be able to deal much more creatively with the reality that surrounds them."   I couldn't agree more, most times the simplest things bring out the greatest creativity.

Because Ostheimer wooden figures are handmade they are a little pricey.  I usually buy one or two for a Birthday and Christmas, this also keeps them very special in our family.  I just came back from Germany and had a wonderful time.  I couldn't help but pick up a few Ostheimer figures at the Christkindlmarkt.  When In Germany I purchase them at the toy store Obletter, or any toy store that carries wooden toys most likely will sell Ostheimer.  When in the US I purchase them online at the Wooden Wagon, they have quite an impressive selection of Ostheimer and other wooden toys.

 

 

 

toys we have and love

As I mentioned in my first gift guide, Stephanie, Merrilee and I share a love for children's toys, books and accessories.  We thought it would helpful to share with you our selections of some of our favorite toys, the tried and true ones that our children absolutely love and play with daily.  Here's my list.  I hope you enjoy!

1. Maja loves to cuddle and carry around this plush little wolf, who comes with red ridding hood and other accessories that squeak, rattle, chime, and crinkle.  Everything fits nicely in the belly of the wolf for easy storage.  2. Both my children have learned how to walk with this brio push cart.  It also works well for transporting and storing toys.    3. This mini house has plenty of windows and doors for opening and closing and can be easily transported anywhere.  I also like that you can decorate it anyway you'd like, I had fun covering it in paper.  4. Haba games are some of my favorites and we have so much fun playing with this "who am I" guessing game.  5. This Combi Car is one of the best ride on toys out there.  It's a favorite with my kids as well as every kid who comes to play at our house. 6. This parking garage comes with a parking attendant and a couple of cars and has an elevator that moves up and down.  7. I can't get over these little Maileg mice.  The attention to detail is incredible. I've started collecting a little family of mice for Maja.  Henrik enjoys playing with them too.  8.  One of our favorite books, Iggy Peck Architect, is about a boy who makes structures out of anything, even dirty diapers!  9. We have so much fun making different funny faces with this mix and match magnetic design set.  10. One of my favorite complete play kitchens. We keep it in our kitchen and my children love to cook along with me.  It comes with pots, pans, utensils, and food!

Check out Merrilee's and Stephanie's gifts guides for their amazing selections of toys they have and love.

henrik's holiday wish list

I really enjoy shopping for Henrik, he gets so excited about everything and has such an active imagination.  He particularly loves dressing up, playing with his guys, and creating things.  Here are some gifts that I think he would love.  I hope you enjoy! Henrik will start to loose his teeth in the next year or so and would get a kick out of putting his missing teeth in this pirate tooth pillow.  We enjoy building forts and creating small spaces at our home, this teepee would be perfect.  Not only do I love the simple red design, but it's self-supporting and can be assembled in minutes by the child.  Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite writer/illustrators.  I really like his illustrating style, and his stories are always so funny.  This Moose Belongs To Me is a must.  Rifle paper co. makes so many great prints and this cowboy print is one of my faves.  Henrik is really into building and creating things with clay and wood.  He would be thrilled to build with these tools.  Henrik has a bit of an obsession with mustaches and beards.  Both this sweater and the lumberjack beard would be worn daily by Him.  I love wooden toys and taking pictures, this wooden camera is a great start for my little boy.

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Check out Merrilee and Stephanie's gift guides for their boys.  They are amazing!  You can tell these mother's know their boys and love them so.