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controlling the chaos


Let me tell you, it’s wonderful working from home and being my own boss, but it really stinks when my home becomes a storage unit/staging area/photography studio.  The story of my house the past couple of weeks has been boxes.  They are taking over the front of the house!



Plus I had a table…



…and couple of mirrors hanging around where they didn’t belong.



So, yesterday, I took some time to get things under control.  All of the boxes are in a neat stack that’s out of the way until all 23 of them are picked up Monday by the UPS guy.  (Yeah, poor guy.)   My husband took the table to the thrift store…(I know, don’t hate me!)…and we carried things to the basement to be stored until I fix them up to sell.  I then took some time today between the e-mailing and article writing and video editing to work on my home.



Poor Eulalie (my cow) has been leaning since I got her.  It was finally time to hang her properly.



And by hang her properly, I mean Duck tape the canvas into the frame and hang it on a couple of nails.  Works for me.  I hung an orphaned part of a dresser over it just because I wanted to.

And I’ve decided to keep these beautiful French chairs…


I received a message through Facebook, which I’m horrible about reading, but I happened to catch this one and someone was telling me her friend had a pair of French chairs for sale on Craig’s List.  Did I want them?  I practically leapt through the screen to tell her I wanted them and she had better not sell MY chairs to anyone else.  I sent everyone involved an e-mail letting them know I wanted them.  (I get a little enthusiastic about French furniture.  Excuse me.)  So, I ended up with them and I’m not parting with them anytime soon.


The sweet woman who sold them to me apologized for the painted finish on them and said she was even embarrassed for me to see her DIY efforts.  Well, she would be pleased to know that I am keeping them this color.  I love the inconsistencies in the finish and the grayish-black works in my space.  I just need to reupholster them.



I also played around a little bit with the space over my piano.  Eulalie used to lean there, so now it was just a door.  I gathered things from around the house until I liked it.




It’s amazing what it does for my stress levels when I take a few minutes to work on my home and control the chaos.  Decorating is very therapeutic.  Can I get an amen?


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  1. Serious question – why did you take the table to the thrift store? I got one JUST like that at a garage sale that I’m painting (in your style – stained table top, painted base) for my first barn sale. Did I make a mistake????

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      No,not at all! This was a freebie from my uncle that I tried in my own dining room, but it was too low. I’m in a smaller space at Lucketts, so I wouldn’t have anywhere to sell it until the May fair. I decided to donate it instead of storing it until then.

  2. This was a great post, it’s inspiring me to get buzy on my own sprucing up. Thx :)

  3. I couldn’t help but notice… is that a piano music holder over the cow picture? I have an ornate one I took off an old piano and was thinking of hanging on the wall too!!

  4. Love those chairs, you lucky girl. I think you are doing a great job controlling the clutter and chaos considering everything you are doing right now.

  5. Wow…I really love that cow painting next to your ironstone! It’s not just the color…maybe they are both so hard-working, yet still soft and graceful? Anyway, classic looking arrangement.

  6. AMEN!!

  7. Gretchen says:

    Who is the artist that painted the cow?

  8. Rachel says:

    Decorating is therapeutic – AMEN to that.

  9. Dianne says:

    I love your website! You did a wonderful job on the dresser above. I can hardly wait to try something similar. I use a lot of blue and white in my home, so all of the ideas I see are so helpful. I would love to try a ‘chippy’ project as well. Very inspiring. Thank you so much.

  10. NostalgicGranny says:

    Absolutely LOVE the cow painting! Who is the artist???

  11. blair says:

    love this. i second nostalgic granny – where did you find the cow painting?

  12. Kristen says:

    I LOVE your cow! I have one too! Mine is red and her name is tilly (Matilda) my hubby thought I was crazy but bought me my cow anyway

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