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About Merriment Design: Simple And Clever

About Kathy Beymer of

Hello, I’m Kathy Beymer, and welcome to Merriment Design!

Merriment Design has been fea­tured on DIY Network, HGTV, The Huffington Post Styleist Home, design*sponge, Apartment Therapy, Daily Candy Kids and more, and collaborates with top brands including VELCRO Brand, Disney, HP, Elmer’s, Mod Podge, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, minted, and Martha Stewart Crafts. Merriment Design was named one of the Top 50 Mom Craft Blogs by and 10 Crafty Chicago Moms You Need To Know by Red Tricycle.

Merriment Design makes simple and clever crafts that are useful and special

Simple: Simple can mean a quick project, or it can mean extra detailed directions that help avoid craft fails. Either way, simple is easy and easy is good. I’ve been told that my site is one of the easiest craft sites out there to follow (and this makes me very happy). You’ll see every zig and zag, and tons of pictures, with each free tutorial to best use your valuable free time.

Useful: Most of my ideas come from need and my projects have a purpose. I’m not really one for knickknacks, that’s just too much stuff.

Clever and Special: I have a knack for creating clever crafts that combine materials in unexpected, special ways. I’m a closeted packrat who has trouble throwing things away so I’ll think, what can I do with this egg carton or extra chopsticks or whatever?

The projects you’ll find at Merriment Design span sewing, printables, paper making, painting, sewing, and baking. You’ll find full tutorials, posted each week, without filler content in-between. Here are a few of my very favorite creations:

In The News:

Merriment Design has been praised in prominent online and print DIY publications including DIY Network, HGTV, Red Tricycle, Daily Candy Kids, design*sponge, The Huffington Post Stylelist Home, Apartment Therapy, Pretty Prudent, Mod Podge Rocks!, Dollar Store Crafts, Babble, Parents, Style Me Pretty, lifehacker, Craft, and the Jo-Ann Stores National Holiday Catalog. WeTV and Cakegirls featured my DIY wedding goodies on their “Amazing Wedding Cakes” national TV show. Named to Top 50 Mom Craft Bloggers by See more Press and Things I’ve Done.

Brand Partnerships, Sponsors and Advertisers:

I’m proud to collaborate with top brands like VELCRO brand, Disney, HP, Minted, Elmer’s, X-ACTO, Mod Podge, and Martha Stewart Crafts (see examples in Press and Things I’ve Done). I’d love to work with you! Contact me about partnership and advertising opportunities.

About Kathy Beymer:

I’ve always liked to make things — useful, simple, clever things. I’m a mom to two and married to a super supportive guy who overlooks my piles of crafting supplies; we live in Chicago in a three unit condo building with a skyline view. I grew up in Indiana, went to design school in Sydney, Australia, and built a career in digital user experience strategy for clients like United Airlines and Craftsman.

My five-year-old daughter Elise is my best girl and frequent crafting assistant. Liam is my 2-year-old smiley daredevil wild man who has already landed in the ER three times. I love my family to bits.

Kathy and Shane at A New Leaf, Chicago, IL :: Photograph by Pen Carlson

Kathy and Shane at A New Leaf, Chicago, IL :: Photograph by Pen Carlson

I started Merriment Design after The Knot Magazine printed a two-page national spread about our handmade wedding including my sewn fabric invitations, sewn programs, bathroom guest towels, bridesmaid’s handbags and table numbers. I decided to start sharing crafts as a nighttime creative outlet from my day job. Now I also sell printables at my etsy store and my Zazzle store.

Come chat with me – you can find me most often on Pinterest and Instagram these days.

About Kathy Beymer of

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon.

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