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restocking my room


My *plans* have been derailed so often lately that I’m hesitant to use the word. I’m afraid my spleen will burst or we’ll have an epic snow storm in April or maybe lose power for two days. Who knows. I am just using the word *plans* generally. So, when I planned to go to Lucketts this Thursday, I wasn’t going to hold my breath. Tomorrow is Thursday and the plans are looking good.  (I’m wincing right now…)

I’ve been pricing, sorting, cleaning, loading (only a little) and working on last minute things I can take to restock my space.  It’s almost like I’m moving in all over again.  I moved into my new space on the first floor in December, but Karen and Jennifer started babysitting the space for me almost right away.  I had a few pieces in there, but now all you’ll find is one dresser, a handful of smalls and some glitter letters.  I’m now regaining my energy and strength and I can shift my focus to the retail side of my business again.

This is the part of my business where I feel total freedom.  There are no deadlines, parameters, schedules. I can create and buy what I like and put together an ever-evolving space that represents my tastes.  Yes, the tagging and cleaning and loading and unloading get tiresome on occasion, but I really love it.

We’ve got the trailer and the van packed up and I’m excited to get settled.  I also have some ideas of ways to put my stamp on the space itself, so when people walk in they say, “Oh, this is definitely Miss Mustard Seed’s space.”  I didn’t have the time to pull those ideas together, yet, so maybe next week…

Here are some things I’m taking –

Mini came here with a paper folding book one day and we worked together to create these sheet music & glitter (German glass, of course) pinwheels.


She made a bunch of them today and we’ll see how they sell.  I thought they would be fun for Spring and will look cool in the space whether they sell or not.


I painted a French night stand in ASCP duck egg…



(I can’t move furniture around, yet, so I had to take some pictures of it where it was.)


Mini also made a bunch of glitter letters, so I can restock “the board.”



…and I’m bringing two boxes of lavender…


…a really cool industrial cart (that has great wheels and is an amazing blue)…



…and a glass door cabinet that was removed from an old home.  It was obviously built around a pillar or pipe or something, but that didn’t bother me.  It has the original hardware and glass and the color is fantastic.



I’m bringing a lot of other things (a farm table, a shelf, a huge wooden cog…), but those are some of the highlights.  I’ll take pictures of my space and share them in a couple of days.

I’ve also picked up some other pieces recently that are “in the hopper”, most likely for the Lucketts Antique Market.  I found this dresser at a yard sale.  I don’t normally go for Queen Anne style pieces, but I thought this one was pretty and the price was right.  I’m thinking about painting it in a greenish/peacock color.


I found this antique hutch on Craig’s List and I am totally in love.  L-O-V-E.  Over the moon love.  Love that’s appropriate for a piece of furniture, though.  (If I cry when it sells is that appropriate for a piece of furniture or over-the-top?)  It has the original wavy glass…



…bin cup pulls…



…an old lock box and key.




I am going to paint it in a softer gray with a white interior.  This one’s for the Lucketts Market.  If I can let it go.  I’m afraid I don’t have the perfect spot for it in my house, though, and that’s my rule for keeping things.

I also picked up this sweet French chair.  I’m bringing the two barrel back French chairs tomorrow to sell at Lucketts, so this one will take a spot in my office until I do something with it.


I’m also antsy to get to work on some of my new pieces for the market.  I’m working with Reni from Bliss & Tell Branding on really cool t-shirts for me and my crew to wear (and we’ll bring some to sell) and I’ve collaborated with Jami of Freckled Laundry on some freebies for people who come to my booth.  I’m really excited about both!



The winner of the Oreck Steam-It Mop Giveaway is…

~ Janice Smith ~

Congratulations, Janice.  You’re going to love it!

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  1. Yay! So glad to see you bouncing back. I love all the new goodies for Luckett’s, the pinwheels are adorable:)

  2. Michelle says:

    Love everything! I wish you would consider stocking an Etsy shop with your smalls, lavender bundles, pinwheels, paper products and glitter letters! So happy you are recovering well!

  3. The pinwheels are adorable and I love the antique hutch.

    Something is always lurking here to derail my plans, but the next two days are earmarked for painting. After a day of babysitting the 14mo nephew, I’m ready to crank some tunes, sand some wood, and splash some paint around.

  4. I know how you feel–I have had to switch form my old booth space (they are going consignment only) to another booth 55 miles away!

  5. Merri Jo says:

    Are you willing to sell pinwheels & mail them to the Chicago ‘burbs?? I’d love to buy some! I’d give my eye teeth to be able to visit Luckett’s~~there is NOTHING like that up here! I love to re-purpose, also, Goodwill is about all we have, and I’ve sure never found any chairs or benches! One day I’m going to plan a vacation trip around coming to see you and Luckett’s!

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Yes. We just made a small batch to see how they would sell, we’ll make some more and I’ll make them available to buy.

  6. How fun! I think it would be fun to be able to fill a space full of items I made and have people love them enough to buy. I love filling my etsy shop, but I just love the ambiance of a sweet antique space and finding sweet treasures! Enjoy filling and decorating!

  7. Everything looks promising. Can’t wait to see it all displayed (in pictures of course, can’t come there)
    The pinwheels are a cute idea.

    –take care, Pat

  8. Hello! I make vintage paper pinwheel bouquets that are really fun! Here’s my link – There is another version of the vase under pinwheel bouquet category. I decided that a vase filled with something cute that wouldn’t go bad would be a great solution. They take a long to make don’t they! I like the glitter you put around the edges of yours. Very nice and who doesn’t love great sparkles. All that lavender is so nice and pretty! Oh, and that green cabinet. I’m loving that green at the moment. I’m glad your feeling better!

  9. Deborah says:

    Oh how I wish I lived closer! I love every single piece! Adore!

  10. Most Queen Anne pieces are solidly made. It will be nice to see how this one looks ala Annie Sloan. I am going to paint a piano this summer. I’m glad that you are getting back to your booth, I think it’s often more fun to buy things to redo, than to redo them.

  11. Kathleen W. says:

    Love the antique hutch……would love to run across one of those in my neck of the woods!

  12. Love those pieces.Glad you are feeling better.

  13. Love the chair! I know you’re excited to get back to the things you love. Take care of yourself and don’t over do it!

  14. I totally just googled and pinned “how to make a pinwheel”. Such great pieces! Wish I lived closer to Luckett’s.

  15. Tiffany says:

    OMG, I wish I still lived in Leesburg simply for that hutch. It’s gorgeous, Marian, you hit the jackpot with that bad boy.

  16. tardevil says:

    I’m out of town and looking at this on my phone, so I don’t want to scroll through old posts, but I’m voting for you to keep that cabinet…can’t you use it in your bathroom? Or office? Or garage or porch or anywhere until you find somewhere better? Bad influence!

  17. Pam James says:

    Help! I’ve been reading your blog for some time but I’ve missed an introduction to Mini. Is she your friend? A neighbor child? I’m lost. I know she’s a great helper to you but exactly where does she fit in the equation? Thanks for input.

    Love the new goodies. Wish I could shop Lucketts.

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Ha…sorry about that. Charlene aka Mini Mustard Seed (she named herself that) aka “Mini” is my nanny/babysitter who takes care of my boys. She also helps out with some crafty things for my business, since she’s really good at those things. She made a lot of my Christmas ornaments last season and makes most of the glitter letters.

  18. oh. my. goodness. that wavy glass hutch is (gulp) gorgeous! wow. really, i gulped. Well, I am trying to make a plan (i have the wincing thing going on here too) to COME TO THE LUCKETT’S MARKET. SHHhhhhhhh. Don’t say it out loud. The 18th of May is both MY birthday AND my MOM’S birthday ( i was born on her 25th birthday) and I want to take her on a road trip to Luckett’s Market.
    I too, am glad you are feeling better. Take it easy.
    breida with a b. @

  19. Oh those barrel back French chairs! How I would love to be able to got to Luckett’s. They are the exact chairs my husband and I both want in our living room. We’ve been looking here in WI for a year and haven’t found a one. Well actually there was one listed on Craigslist for a couple of hours,but yeah we didn’t get it. You’d definitely have a buyer if we could go. How you feel about the hutch is how I feel about those chairs. Sigh.

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Aw, hugs. I totally understand. I wish shipping wasn;t such a huge pain in the rear. :(

  20. Sharon in Chicago says:

    Yippee! More Lucketts pictures! Glad you’re returning to that which warms your heart.

  21. I can’t wait to see the photos of your booth!

  22. Gloria says:

    Love the pinwheels! Any chance of making a few with no glitter? I would like to place a few in a vase at work. I can pick up at Lucketts

  23. I think every crafter/DIYer knows all about “plans” getting derailed. I usually get derailed because of things just not working out like I envisioned, or worse, I break it (like I just did for my current project post) but it’s good to see that you’re getting back on track again! I also wish I could keep many of the things I make, but most times it’s just not feasible. I seriously can’t wait to see how your hutch comes out, and to see current pictures of your booth, and from the Market!!

  24. Love the pinwheels! Those are SO cute!

  25. MARY EGUIA says:

    Hey,what about black for the Queen Ann chest with a natual top?

  26. Everything looks great! I love your work. I have been following you for a while and I got so excited when I saw you on Nate. I am a bit behind, we DVR it. You were great on there. The only thing is your never said Miss Mustard Seed! When the segment started I said, “I follow that blog”. When it finished my husband asked where you blogged at. LOL…I wanted to call in to the show and tell everyone where to find you and that your stuff is soo awesome! You looked like a natural on there.

  27. Cindydaq says:

    I just drove through Lucketts and saw your car. After lunching with my husband I will be stopping by! I cannot wait to see your new items! :)

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      So funny! DId you see my husband sitting in the van reading a book? Oh, what the men in our lives will do…

  28. I LOVE the pinwheels, I think they’ll sell like hot cakes!

  29. What pretty pinwheels!!
    Love the glitter around, soooooo cute.

  30. I love the pinwheels. Th table looks fantastic. I think you would do well having an Etsy shop. I was just on there again today and found some neat things,.

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      I would love to have my Etsy shop again, but it takes so much maintenance. Maybe I need to suck it up and hire someone to help me with it.

  31. Love the pinwheels,really cool.The pieces of Furniture,o to be lucky in finding these, I just ordered DuckEgg and plan on using on WARDROBE I picked up…time for me to get on my paper wedding cakes…I have special orders to fill….and derailed O how I understand that …glad to see you getting back in the saddle again

  32. It seems so good to see you in your element. You have your own unique style, and i missed seeing your painted pieces ! It’s almost feels like a relief to hear about your furniture painting ideas, and see the glitter letters… and oh my goodness those pinwheels are fabulous!


    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      I’m really glad to be doing it again as well. I was almost giddy at Lucketts today.

  33. I’m testing out my GPS on Saturday and hope to stop on my way to Ashburn! The last time I was there things were really bare in your space. Can’t wait to see it in all its glory!

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Awesome! It’s all filled with my stuff now. It’s not packed, but it looks full and it’s all “me.” :)

  34. Denise says:

    YAY !!!!! Looking forward to seeing your space. My plan has been derailed this weekend but I will stop by Monday on the way back to home from NC.I have a day off on Monday. Love this hutch, French chair and nightstand . Lavender bunches are nice as well. Hope they will still be there by the time I come to visit Lucketts.

  35. I have to make a trip to Lucketts one of these days. I’m glad you are getting back to your first love! Now don’t pick up anything heavy!!!

    Love the hutch you found on craigs. It’s rare here on Long Island to find some nice things like that. I’ve had to travel up to Westchester – or to NYC (and Brooklyn and Queens) to get some really nice stuff that I could paint).But it’s worth it.

    Love those pinwheels – hope they sell.


  36. Sounds so fun! I love the pinwheels – I would totally buy one – or two!! Have fun and remember to take care of yourself!

  37. Had to chuckle. I just did a post today about how my hubby laughs when I get a tad upset when something I painted sells. I think I am going to all out cry if somebody buys my latest hutch! I truly have seller’s remorse..glad I am in good company:)

  38. If/when you do that peacock green, will you PLEASE share the brand and color name you use? I have a dresser in the living room that I want to do that exact thing to and leave restain the top with a dark walnut. Would love a little inspiration and maybe a heads up on a good color choice and brand.

  39. I’m so glad to hear you’re getting back into the groove- I know you must have been excited to replenish the booth. So wish I lived closer!

  40. Cindy Jones says:

    you’re starting to sound like mms again. so glad you’re feeling better. yahoo! love the pinwheels. you’re so lucky to have mmms. proteges are to be loved++. the chair is fabulous, but even better is the little glimpse we saw of the blue/green metal cart. gotta see more of it!!!

  41. I love all of your creations and companies that you work with. I’m going to reach out to bliss and tell to help customize my small business brand. I am amazed at the success of your business. It’s fantastic. Love the blog, creations and writing style. I live in central no but plan to come out your way and see the lucketts market.

  42. A trip to Luckett’s is in my future! I have no idea when but it is on my list. The pinwheels are precious and I just love the furniture.

  43. donna lynn says:

    I love your site, your blog, etc etc. I come to Lucketts often. Saw your things last time I was there. I had been part of Lucketts before I retired about 10 years ago. Your area is nice. Keep up the goooooooood work.

  44. Can’t wait to see it in real life! My BFF and I are driving up for the Spring sale May 19th – we’re SO excited!!! I will do another feature about it on my blog like before – it was such a great trip in December and we’re bracing ourselves for the extravaganza of the big May sale. Hope you’ll be there and we can finally meet. Fingers crossed!!!

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Awesome! Yes, the May fair is even better than the Christmas sale! I hope to see you there.

  45. Would you ever do a tutorial on the pinwheels? they are are so cute…..

  46. Absolutely beautiful work and I am sure that your space does not stay full for too long. On the side table with the ASCP – Duck Egg, how many coats – 1 or 2? I am still trying to figure out this worn look, as it is not natural for me, I want everything to look perfect. However, I love, love the look and I am working really hard on getting used to my pieces not looking “perfect.”

  47. Magnificent site. Lots of helpful information here. I am sending it to some buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks on your effort!

  48. Fantastic pictures. This is a wonderful storage solution that I’m passing on to some of my sewing relatives who sew much more than me.

  49. I love the nightstand!! Such an adorable little piece. And those windmills are to die for…

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