Merrilee Liddiard, Sherry & John Petersik, Black Hockey Jesus & More

Merrilee Liddiard, Sherry & John Petersik, Black Hockey Jesus & More

Beth Callaghan
Dec 26, 2011

Meet Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag: "I became enamored with party planning when I discovered that it could really encompass all aspects of creative expression: decor, design, art, food, fashion, etc. Within all of that, however, I like to keep things simple (a too matchy-matchy party can be just as overdone as a matchy-matchy room)."

One of the best parts of Ohdeedoh is our community, which is why we love featuring some of the fabulous bloggers who inspire us every day. As we reflect back on our best posts from 2011, we've pulled together a "clips show" of our Big Blog Family posts. Read on to find out whether you've missed meeting any of these fantastic writers, creators, and trendspotters from May - July of 2011.

Meet Cindy Hopper of Skip To My Lou: "I have found that keeping the creative projects flowing for my 6 year old gives my older boys an "excuse" to play. We might be making homemade play dough or scratch art paper and they are sure to come in and give it a go because it is there. And of course, teen boys love trying out recipes. I also encourage the kids to help each other in our projects. While a project might be too difficult for my youngest, it is not if the older ones help. It is a sneaky way to keep everyone creating."

Meet Erin Senge of Growing Up Senge: "I squeeze in time to write whenever I can; after Alice has gone to bed and we've eaten dinner, or during my lunch hour at work if I opt to not hit the treadmill. I start a lot of drafts with ideas, quotes, images, or articles that inspire me, jot down thoughts and ideas as they come to me, and flesh them out when I have time. If I'm waiting around somewhere, I'll write tidbits to myself in emails. I love when I can write a post or two on the weekends and schedule them to publish during the week."

Meet LiEr of Ikatbag: "I'd have to generalize and say that all the projects that were challenging, and made me tear my hair, and think, and that took months to complete, were my favorites. That holds true for both my sewing and cardboard projects - if at one point, it teetered on the brink of possible catastrophe and then made a stunning recovery, I probably loved it when it was finally done."

Meet Annie Riechmann of Bird and Little Bird: "We are very lucky to live in an area with a lot of wooded hiking trails that are well-maintained and perfect for walking with kids. There is also a large lake here, so beach time is big. There is one particular beach that is very good for collecting interesting stones, something my daughter loves to do. We also have a garden plot in a local community garden, where we garden during the summer months with another friend of ours. Honestly though, I think that our favorite "activity" is just to be outside without any activity in mind!"

Meet Sherry & John Petersik of Young House Love: "The whole homemade and DIY movement is really exciting to us. It used to be that when you did something cheaply you never told a soul and hoped people thought it was expensive or done by a designer. Now it's acceptable to get excited about getting your hands dirty and telling all of your friends how much money you saved."

Meet Black Hockey Jesus: "My children remind me that the fundamental function of life is play. That's all the world does and all it's for: play. The kids are constantly teaching me how to go further in terms of what I'm willing to imagine. I love how spontaneous they are, how impolite they are. I love being a dad because my children live in a place, and they take me there, where what they want is clear and it's stated directly with no shame or apology. I love being a witness and support to the people they're called to be."

Meet Beta Dad: "The most difficult part of parenting is the workload, and I think that's pretty much the same for dads as it is for moms. The main difference, I suspect, sadly, is that stay-at-home dads probably get more support from their spouses than stay-at-home moms (or any kind of moms, really) do. I know that's a gross generalization, but it's one supported by anecdotal evidence from a lot of parents I know, as well as by research on the distribution of unpaid household work in families. So the most difficult aspect of parenting for me is staying on top of the drudgery; but my wife does more than her share, so it's really not that bad. I've had far, far, far more frustrating and tedious jobs."

Meet Teri Dimalanta of Giddy Giddy: "I suppose if I were a scientist, I'd be doing science experiments with my kids. If I were a farmer we'd be gardening and tending animals together. If I were funeral director, we'd ... oh never mind. Since I'm a crafter and designer, the kids are immersed in all the things I'm interested in: sewing, sculpting, painting, sketching. But I do believe that the time spent experimenting together strengthens our bond and also expands our vocabulary for self expression."

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Welcome to Ohdeedoh's Best of 2011 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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