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French Grain Sack Chair


Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture of this chair.  I bought it last summer off of Craig’s List and never snapped a picture of it.  It had a wood frame and lavender plaid upholstery.  It was in great condition, but it just wasn’t “me”, so I gave it to Ruthie, my upholsterer to let her work her magic.  I also gave her two antique grain sacks to use as the fabric.  I can hardly take credit for how amazing this chair looks.  My contribution was a naked chair frame painted white with some grain sacks and Ruthie did the rest.


I love her choices on the position of the grain sacks.








My *plan* was to sell it, but I am so in love with it that it’s not leaving my house.  Ever.  Well, I guess I shouldn’t say that, because I do often change my mind about furniture.  Well, I’m at least keeping it for a while, but I will do more chairs in this style to sell.

Today, I placed an order for the first round of Miss Mustard Seed t-shirts!  They are going to be a heathered charcoal gray with white writing.  I went with a higher quality, traditional style t-shirt made by Champion.  It has a nice stretch to it and should work well for almost all body types.  They will be $12/each and I am planning to sell them at the Lucketts fair and I will make them available for order online as well.  I need to get my ducks in a row before I can do that, though, so I’m not sitting in my basement packing t-shirts all day!

The winner of the Bliss & Tell Branding Company giveaway is…

Jill Flory from Sew a Fine Seam!!


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  1. No wonder you love the chair, Marian. It is beyond beautiful. How lucky you are to have the talents of Ruthie available. Ha, maybe you could outsource the basement floor packing and mailing to another mom.

  2. oooo-la-la this is defintely my favorite piece. Ruthie is a gem and her work is grand!

    Please let me know if and when you will be taking orders for the new Tee shirts. If I cannot buy a piece of your artistry, a tee shirt would be the next best thing.

    Not going to make it to the fair this year, but holding on to hope for the fall.

  3. This is chair is ABSOLUTLEY my fave EVER!!! If you EVER do more similar, please let me know…..I will order and pay for shipping in a heartbeat {if you plan to offer that}!!!! So awesome!!

  4. stella says:

    The chair is awesome. What a great piece and no wonder you to keep it.

  5. Linden Townhouse says:

    I could never let that chair go. Gorgeous!

  6. OH. MY. WORD!!! I jsut screamed so loud my kids think I’m losing it! I can’t believe I won this awesome giveaway! I am beyond excited! I just love Bliss and Tell and have been considering having her help me with some branding for Sew a Fine Seam. Wow! I am just giddy with excitement!!!

    And I love your chair. I would never part with that either. But if you decide to I think you could probably auction it off to the highest bidder!!

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      I’m so excited for you! When your name came up as the winner and I looked at your site, I knew Reni would work perfectly with your style. You are going to love working with her!

  7. Janet Lawson says:

    I can see why you are keeping the chair..
    I would too..
    I love it..
    Can’t wait for the t-shirts..
    I will definetly be buying one..

  8. [email protected] Charm says:

    Charming chair my friend…she is a real keeper!!! Looking forward to getting one of your cute t-shirts:) Congrats to Jill!!


  9. You need to check out Anita Renfroe’s newest t-shirts. They are very similar in styling to yours….wondering if B&T did them both.

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      She’s such a riot. I went and checked out the t-shirts. Yeah, they have a similar look. Mine was based on the chalk art I’ve been into lately. I think it will have that look more when it’s in white on a charcoal shirt. I can’t wait to see one printed!

  10. That chair is gorgeous and I hope you keep it forever. Love it! Also, love your tshirt design. Fantastic!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I want a t-shirt. Gray and white are my favorite colors! :)

  12. Vicki K says:

    I could not part with that chair either!!

  13. I need a Ruthie:) Your picks and her work are a perfect pairing!

  14. That is amazing! Probably my favorite of any of the chairs I’ve seen you do. I love the red and the fun and funky positioning the the sack too. I would never let it leave my house either. I’m totally jealous…in a feel good way 😉

  15. Well, when and if you do get tired of it, I’ll be happy to take it off of your hands. LOL LOVE the t-shirt and especially the “Move Mountains in Your Home” saying. You’re the best!

  16. Love the chair, love the t-shirts…def want one!

    Blessings, Grace

  17. Well, I’m sitting in my living room waiting for the tee shirts to go on sale! And while you’re at it, you can ship that chair down here!

  18. Love the shirt idea!!

  19. LOVE LOVE LOVE that chair!!

  20. I die! That chair is so stunning! Ruthie did an amazing job of highlighting the stripes and the cross stitch on your grain-sacks.

  21. Bring some to Haven!

  22. Gorgeous! I want a Ruthie near me!

  23. What a great chair!! I love everything about it! How do you find grain sacks? I live in Kansas…with all the cows and agriculture… And I have no idea where to find cool grain sacks:)!

  24. Wonderful job your Ruthie did…Crazy for that chair..I can see why it will be a keeper, for now!
    Yeah for Jill …what a winner!

  25. Oh there are no words for that chair! I would love to have grain sacks like those because I have two chairs I am going to try and cover using your tutorials. If you know of somewhere that sells grainsacks like that….please please let me know.

    I would love to purchase a tshirt also.

    Did I mention how much I love that chair………………..!!!!!!!!

  26. AnnOnandOn says:

    That is a great chair. She really did work some magic!

    Your t-shirts sound very cute!

  27. Grace D says:

    I am the millionth lover of you chair: It is just perfect.

    I do have a couple of questions because even beauty must sometimes bow to practicality: What is the fabric content of grain sacks? What do you think about how well they hold up, not only in terms of normal wear but their ability to withstand spot cleaning or even a steam cleaning? Are all vintage grain sacks created equal?

    Thanks for any more grain sack wisdom you may have!

  28. Grace D says:

    Oops! YOUR chair!

  29. Love all of what you do,and smarts to hand over something to a Ruthie and she is a talent! congratst to both,The Tee very cute.Bet your getting some for yur boys too. They would be wonderful in those tees with ball caps….and your sweety , as a picture over your desk…

  30. That. Chair. Is. Gorgeous!!! I would never ever let it go. Wow, Rockin’ Ruthie rocks!

  31. Love that chair too… even though I have a different style than yours but I love your simple effortless style…in my future home I will sure have Miss Mustard seedy style…one question from where do you get these grain sack?

  32. Oh, I so want a chair like that! What a lovely grainsack cover. Yes, where do you get the grain sacks?

  33. I wouldn’t get rid of that chair ever either. Gorgeous!!

    And I don’t know about the others, but I’d love to be sporting one of your tees – I hope you decide to sell them!

  34. Rondell says:

    Wow! Is all I can say! The chair is fabulous, I love how Ruthie placed the grainsacks, it wouldn’t leave my house either, I’ll be watching to see when you post about the T-shirts, I’d love a gray and white one. It would be such a conversation starter…especially at yardsales:)

  35. Donna says:

    LOVE THE CHAIR! Wasn’t that a surprise! And will gladly buy one of those t-shirts! :) Hope you are recovering well, and suffer none of the famous side effects of being gall-bladder less! donna :)

  36. Anne Boykin says:

    Oh MMS, The chair is beautiful! I’d love one of your T-shirts, how exciting. Anne

  37. Elizabeth Moore says:!!!!! I don’t blame you for keeping it all to yourself 😉

  38. :P~~~~~~~~~
    That’s me drooling!
    ’nuff said.
    Gotta get back to drooling….


    PS. That chair would look fabulous in my bedroom…..seriously! =)

  39. This chair is fabulous. It would look great in my family room. I love it!!!!


  40. Pauline says:

    What a pretty Chair!!! I Love it! It is oh so French Shabbilious :)

  41. Absolulely beautiful. I love the placement of the grain sacks. Enjoy.

  42. Where does one get antique (or replica) grain sacks!! I need to recover my dining room chairs and I’m toying with the idea of grain sacks!! Love the way this chair looks!

  43. Suzanne says:

    What a treasure! This is truly was repurposing is all about.

  44. Jennifer says:

    Well, of course you want to keep that chair! Beautiful! And your t-shirt design is fabulous, too!

  45. If you can ever part with that chair, I MUST HAVE IT! It’s got MY initials and I LOVE IT! Seriously, I’m not kidding, tell me what you want for it and it’s yours. Oh, and I can’t wait to order a t-shirt too! But really, I want that chair, pretty please. I’ll pay for shipping of course too. PLEASE!

  46. That chair is just a smidge under spectacular. No, it IS spectacular. I wish I had a Ruthie :-)
    Great combined talent!!

  47. I love it! It’s so unique!

  48. Your chair is beautiful. Ruthie did an amazing job on the upholstery, love the design placement. Wish I had a Ruthie. Your tshirt design is great, can’t wait to see the finished product.

  49. Love the GS chair and lovin the T shirt design. CJ

  50. Denise says:

    Love this beautiful GS chair. I am wondering where I can find grain sack. That gives me an opportunity to explore on what fabric I want to use on this French wing chair. I am going to paint white on wood. Hope these T-shirts will be available at Lucketts Spring Mkt. Thank you for sharing so much information and encouraging everyone.

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