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worth 1000 words: Giant Easter Egg

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Can you imagine if all of our Easter Eggs had this much room to doodle? Now that would be an Easter spread to remember. Download your own giant Easter egg coloring page from Mr. Printables.

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it’s good to see yourself: carolee beckham photography

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Well hello there! That’s me, above and below! I can’t believe how easy it is to share these photos with you. It turns out it’s easy when I’m so over the moon happy with them. Alt Summit always turns up the most unexpected opportunities, and this year my favorite connection has to be Carolee Beckham […]

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choose your spring trend: tidal, greenhouse, or wayfarer?

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This may be hard to believe for some of you, but it’s the middle of April and yet my grass is still brown, the snow is still piled in every corner (and you should see the parking lot piles), and today there was a below freezing windchill. Even by Minnesota norms Mother Nature is confused […]

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top 5 easter crafts

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I make a ton of lists. I have a feeling lots of bloggers behave this way. I’m not talking your average grocery list, or to-do list (though I definitely have a ton of those). I’m talking folders full of images, lists of future project ideas, lists of what I need in my future dream home. […]

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round about: desktop greenery & galaxy walls

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Let’s see, this week was all over the place. I sketched stuffed animals, gathered up DIY’s, created printable trees, sketched a new paper doll project (stay tuned!) and in general, played catch up after spending part of last week traveling and shmoozing. It was good actually, to get reacquainted with my life! At this point, […]

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worth 1000 words: the wooden cube

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When regular building blocks just won’t cut it … Ok, who am I kidding. These blocks aren’t for the kidlets. And that’s partly why I like them so much. See more at The Wooden Cube.

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the 10 best bunnies for your Easter

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When I’m designing a new toy, I often start with a bunny first. There’s something about rabbits that appeal to everyone – and their basic shape is always familiar as long as it includes some tall pointy ears. That makes them the perfect animal for almost any stuffed toy idea. S0, all in all, stuffed […]

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you’ll flip for these modern flip dolls

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Do you remember the old traditional flip dolls? I remember fairy tale versions: one side was Little Red Riding Hood, the other was the Wolf in Grandma’s glasses. They were more about the story, and less about the cuddle factor, at least that’s how I remember the dolls I knew. Sophie & Lili has turned […]

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do you need unique baby toys?

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Whenever I need a dose of pretty for kids, I know I can count on My Sweet Muffin. For instance, she’s stocked up on some adorable new toys by Moulin Roty. I always love Moulin Roty’s peculiar sensibilities – the new line includes donkeys, and a cabbage activity toy. Isn’t that awesome? Because aren’t we […]

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round about: New York City

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You may have noticed this week was a little light on blog posts, and a little heavy on Instagram and Twitter updates! I just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, and I’m still processing all the awesome that happened in such a short amount of time. The trip was sponsored by American […]

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masters of disguise: decorate your easter eggs with these printables

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Looking for sure-fire egg decorating ideas this Spring season? Yes, there are lots of messy, wonderful, painterly choices out there. But right alongside the dyes and paints, let’s add some disguises to your arsenal. These Easter Egg Craft Printables are quick to print out, fun to cut out, and good skill-building for youngsters too, if […]

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round about: smiling rugs & color-coded pins

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This week sped by in a blur of random last-minute projects. It’s amazing how much more I can get done with Birdie at school full days. Yet I constantly feel like I didn’t get enough accomplished – I guess my goals just got bigger! But it’s hard to complain – between freelance projects, couple contributor […]

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worth 1000 words: this king, this castle

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If you haven’t made a children’s book yet, dearest Javier Garcia, I hope you do soon! Because Hail to the King is my kind of fairy tale. For now, I guess we’ll have to buy the poster to whet our appetite.

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your baby wants these toys – and so do you

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There are baby toys, and then there are Baby Toys. There are the ones that will be heirlooms, the ones that your baby will love forever but you will always hate, and the expensive ones that no one ever played with. Then there will be Kid-O baby toys. These little wonders are everything. Affordable, well-designed, […]

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this is the next doll we need!

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Dolls everywhere! That could be my motto. You know the dreaded cat ladies with 10 cats? I think if I was a single lady approaching 40, I would be that lady but with dolls. I think that might be creepier. Ah well, we are what we are! Today I thought I’d reintroduce all of us […]

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