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the day after Christmas


I don’t know about you, but I’m totally whipped.  Christmas is exhausting.  Fun and definitely my favorite time of year, but exhausting.  The kids are over-loaded and tired, the “Christmas Bomb”went off leaving bits of paper and tape and pieces to toys and candy wrappers and crumbs all over the place and I’ve eaten way too much chocolate.  I’ve enjoyed the surprises and presents and going through the Christmas story with my boys while we acted it out with the Little People nativity set, the music and the food.  This was the first year my boys were really excited about Christmas and “got” what was going on, so that was a lot of fun.  I feel like I’ll be able to prepare for it all a little better next year.  This year was very much done flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants.  But, we made it through and we’re blessed beyond measure.


After taking a break from projects and blogging for a couple of days, I was ready to get back to work.   My husband worked on the office built-ins, my dad burned trash and did some odd jobs, my mom and I cleaned blinds and windows, rearranged the furniture in my room, prime and painted a wall and I tweaked my Christmas decor in the dining room to get ready for the upcoming photo shoot.  I decided the dough bowl was a little too big for the table, so I swapped it out for an antique column base with a cloche on it, an oversized pine cone inside and a wreath around it.  I like it much better and the scale is more appropriate.  I also tucked some greenery in the chandelier (my $4.00 yard sale score) and hung some glittered birds from twine.



I purchased the birds on clearance at Wal-Mart last year for…I think…$.25/each.  I bumped up the glam factor with some German glass glitter.


I was going to put a bunch of greenery around my cow painting (Eulalie), but I decided to just flank it with two mini evergreen bushes and put out a few ornaments.  The room needs a “quiet place” with all of the other greenery and the tree.


While my dad was here, I asked him to fill in a doorway with drywall.  The door connected my office and our bedroom and it made both rooms awkward, so I covered it with tongue and groove paneling in the office and now it’s a smooth wall on the bedroom side.  It was covered with the fabric bed crown, but I decided to take it and down and try a different furniture arrangement.  I tell you…this room is so awkward.  The window is in a terrible place and it hardly lets in any light, it’s long and narrow and the doors are configured in a strange way.  It’s a challenge and I just can’t seem to get it right.  Anyway, enough complaining.  I think this new arrangement is going to work a lot better. I’ll show more when it’s finished, but here are some peeks…




Ha…excuse the vacuum, laundry baskets and curtain rod box.  Just keeping it real.  That’s how it looks right now.


I moved my dress form in there.  It works better in the bedroom, but we’ll see if I miss it in the living room.



 We have another full work day planned tomorrow and it’s great to cross a bunch of things off the “to-do” list.  In case you haven’t put two-and-two together, I sort of thrive on productivity.

I have to sign off to go build some more Lego’s…

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  1. We feel for your overload, Marian.

    Take those much needed few days off, and we’ll see you when you get back.

    Your Fans,
    Suzanne in NW IL

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Well, I did take two days off! :) That’s pretty impressive for me. I only turned my computer on to watch a movie.

      • Nancy Lindblom says:

        Everything you do is so lovely. I am in awe of your productivity! Rest and I will await your next adventure.

  2. I love the shutters behind the dresser! Great idea!

  3. Didnt anyone tell you that you can actually take a break after christmas?! Love the dress form, she will look fab there!

  4. i have the same glass lamp from target! love all your christmas touches…

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      I’ve been eyeing it for a while and finally splurged on it. I think it’s so simple and pretty. I can totally picture it in your house as well.

  5. I’m glad you had a great Christmas. I thrive on productivity too. I did well relaxing a bit the week leading up to Christmas, but now it’s getting a little harder to chill. I’ve already started rearranging, and working on a few small projects. Although I’m moving much slower. I had too much chocolate as well. lol

  6. Love the table with the greenery in the chandelier! Can’t wait to see how the rest of the bedroom turns out.

    I just wanted to pop in and thank you for all you do. I don’t comment much, but I read your blog every day. My husband and I are up in your neck of the woods spending Christmas with his parents in Fairfield, PA. Actually we were just in Gettysburg today. I think we may swing by Lucketts tomorrow on our way home (if I can convince him…it’s an hour out of the way, but I’m dying to go!) You have inspired me so much that I opened up my own booth in an antique store (we live in Asheville, NC) just this month. I would never have had the guts if I didn’t already “know” someone who was so successful and willing to share how she did it. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Boy, you really are right down the road from me! Fairfield is beautiful. If you get to Lucketts, I apologize in advance for my space. I haven’t put anything new in there for weeks! Enjoy your trip and safe travels.

  7. I hope you and your family have a blessed New Year!
    It’s always a pleasure stopping by your blog.

  8. Janet Lawson says:

    Glad ya are getting some things knocked off your list..How nice your parents are to come and visit and lend a hand..You are so lucky..Have a great week..Would love to see how your rooms end up after all of the tweaking..

  9. It all looks so wonderful! Glad you had a very Merry Christmas!

  10. I love this! I know you enjoyed your parents! Your home looks lovely decorated for Christmas! I really love the vacuum; that part looks like my house! You are an inspiration to all! Happy New Year!

  11. I feel your productivity pull Marian. Today I took the tree down, all the front porch decor is down. I know seems a bit early but once it is over I am done. I am ready to bust into the clean uncluttered look. I also need to get onto Valentines day- a booth never waits for inventory does it?

  12. Some much needed time off indeed!

    Thanks to you, I used all live greens and cuttings from our property to decorate and we recieved so many compliments.
    Thank you for a great year of sharing and tutorials and many wishes for a great 2012. Hope I get to see you again this year now that studying and boards are a thing if the past.

  13. Colleen Lang says:

    I love the lamps on the dresser. Can you share where they are from? It all looks so wonderful and how fun you, your parents, and your hubby working together on projects! Lucky you! Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  14. I, for one am with ya… two days off from doing what ya love is perfect. Any longer without my paintbrush, notebook, computer, and saw.. I tend to get a lil cranky.. specially with too much chocolate in the system 😉

  15. Marion, I agree with you on thriving with the productivity thing. I am back into the painting today and just love it. In between doing movies with the kids of course. Sandy x

  16. I love the relationship you and your mom have! I hope someday my daughter will include me in on all of that fun!

  17. I know, i know…. NOW we get to clean it all up, and put up the tree, and the ornaments, and all the stuff…. sigh….
    These photos are gorgeous. The birds, oh the birds with the german glass glitter…. and the peek of the pine cone in the cloche looks so good with the brown under the glass. I love the way you work browns into your mix, like when you leave the tops of furniture you make-over a natural wood color. It’s a great look. The dresser looks fabulous with those two amazing lamps, and the nest painting is just wonderful and perfect for the space, wow! Love that bedroom chair too!


  18. I adore the glitter birds and have some up my sleeve too, but I am most curious as to what the photo shoot it about. Believe it or not, I am already taking down my Christmas and gearing up for blogging my winter decor. It’s all about the blog.

  19. Le lustre endimanché pour la fête est très joli… Mais je suis en amour pour votre superbe mannequin.
    Gros bisous à vous
    A nouveau je vous renouvelle tous mes voeux de joie, de rire, de santé et de créativité pour 2012.

  20. Hmmmmm, really I think that dress form would be better suited to my studio. Let me know when I can take it off your hands :)

    Really everything looks lovely. I don’t mind telling you I’m a bit jealous.

    Have a wonderful week and a Happy New Year!

  21. I absolutley love the the chandelier with the birds coming down. Wonder if there is any chance I can find some birds there this year on clearance.

  22. I’m amazed every year at how much time it takes to put “Christmas” together, and at how quickly it is all over with. By December 26th, I’m more than ready to move on to other things too. It might be nice for you to dwell in the season a little longer than most by way of your photo shoots. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the beauty you have created and inspired others to create as well. Thanks for all you do!

  23. Hi Marion.

    Could you share with us as to what camera and lens you use for your photo shoots. I love the shallow depth of field it captures. Beautiful pics.

    Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful talent. You’re such an inspiration.


  24. Love those hanging birds!

    I am with you–Christmas totally did me in…but last night I slept so well. Better than I have in weeks! Hope you have a great New Years!

  25. I always love your style Marian…Miss reading your blog alot I was back home for almost 2 month visiting my family…I didnt miss a thing since I was so happy being with my parents and sisters but the only thing I missed is reading your b log…and oh yes the internet in Lebanon is so slow 😀 shhh dont tell anyone lol

  26. I love the chandy and greenery and the birds are a perfect touch to the whole vignette!! Love love love it!
    Enjoy the lazing around!
    Sounds like you are pretty busy though!! Ha!

  27. Hello!
    As one of your many followers, I have finally taken the “plunge” and am working diligently at putting my blog together. You are an inspiration to many (including myself) and I have discovered an inner creative outlet in finding old, worn, basically discarded furniture pieces (my forte is in the “chair” department) and have transformed some uniquely beautiful pieces. I taught myself how to reupholster with a simple $3 piece found at a thrift store and since then have taken oodles of pics of various other projects i have completed which I plan to show the world soon!

    Since I started with virtually nothing (tools, funds, etc.) I am quite pleased with the progress and have discovered some interesting ways to repurpose basically out of necessity. As you so happily put it…”Move mountains in your home” – I have taken this mantra to heart and ran with it! It is my hope that I too will inspire, encourage, and bring a smile to as many as you always do. It all starts with a small first step right?

    Many thanks to you and all of the other blissful bloggers out there who have shown me the only way to achieve greatness is “putting yourself out there”. I look forward to sharing my site with you and your many readers very soon and thank you again for all you have shared. I have the funny feeling 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of us!
    Thank you!

  28. I love the shutters too. I have a ton of old shutters in my attic. I’m trying to figure out what to do with them.
    Love your blog. The photos are awesome!
    Sherry’s Bees Nest

  29. So true about being wiped out by the time Christmas actually gets here. And then we get to take it all down and pack it away! I’m so jealous of your $4 yard sale chandelier. It’s fabulous. We had one similar to that in our old house and I miss it. And thanks for having some “real” photos. I’m new at blogging and sometimes wonder how you and other great bloggers do it all. And I’m glad you took some time off. Enjoy Christmas with your kids while they’re young. It won’t be long before the “magic” of Christmas is just not the same for them. My girls are 12 and 15 and it’s kinda scary how fast time goes by.

  30. Pretty, pretty, pretty. I love to see what you do. It’s always so pretty.

  31. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog
    The flowing birds are so elegant and graceful hanging, what a great idea!
    Simply beautiful :)

  32. We just finished painting our master bedroom a soothing grey this week. The best day to go to Home Depot, it seems, is the day after Christmas, when everyone else is busy returning gifts or shopping at the mall. I spent last week working on removing wallpaper, and this week my husband is painting all the rooms I want.

    I’m new to this blog, so forgive me for asking a redundant question, but I take it that your husband is quite handy if he is building built-ins for your office. I would love to make some too but don’t know how to get started. Is it hard? Easy? Tutorial-worthy? 😉

  33. You are inspiring! I love the birds on the chandelier! And the fact that your Dad and Mom are there to help.
    Your blog is what got me to start a blog, which has a very long way to go….(, but it’s fun to share! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  34. Great job! I love how the family gets to pitch in on your projects. I have a question for you, or several. My husband recently discovered screen printing. He likes it so much that he got a kit for Christmas this year and did some canvas art for his sister that turned out pretty cool. I notice in a lot of your decor (like the Dream bunting/necklace in this post) has the screen print look. Are you stenciling? Do you use a textile medium? Any advice when it comes to screen printing in upholstery and home fabrics? I love bringing the homemade look to interiors but still want to be efficient and sustainable while doing it.

  35. Many thanks for all your wonderful post this year, I love your style! Great idea with the silver birds and glass glitter, great Holiday idea! I am whipped from the Christmas parties too!! lol

    Best wishes to your family for the new year,

  36. Marian,

    Love the birds hanging from the chandelier! Your whole house looks so pretty- I know it is hard to enjoy it when you are wiped out- so rest and enjoy some more!

  37. You are so very blessed to have two parents who are still healthy enough to help you redesign and decorate, Marian. :) I miss that. But now I know where you get your gift of style from. You know how the saying goes….The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. :) Merry Christmas to you and yours – and have a blessed and safe New Year!

    xoxo laurie

  38. jan lyden says:

    Marian, would you mind if I asked you where you found your clear glass cake plate on your kitchen counter. I bought one for my daughter a while back. It was just like that one and she broke it and was sick about it. Would you even be willing to sell yours? Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I enjoy your blog sooooo much. It always makes my day. Blessings, Jan

  39. What a fun two days you seemed to have. I love the changes you made for your shoot. i am in love with your beautiful hummingbirds hanging from your chandelier. I try to use the doves I weave from ribbon in my decor. Hope your photo shoot goes well.

  40. Love the chandelier with the doves hanging, how did you come up with that – beautiful! And the ornaments – a fave! Happy New Year! -Dani

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