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my first book signing…



It was wonderful.


It was a little chilly, but I brought an antique wool “car robe” I bought at a yard sale for $8.00 years ago.  It’s pretty toasty.



So many wonderful ladies came to visit and buy the book or bring a book for me to sign.





Thanks to all who came to hang out today and for all who left sweet comments on my post yesterday.  Made me feel like a million bucks.

My husband came around lunch time to bring me some food and help out.  He was so sweet.  I was a little awkward with the self-promoting thing and just sat behind the table and smiled at people who were shopping in the tent.  When he came in, he started propping my book up around the tent.

“People need to see them.  We should put up a banner or something.”

That made me feel priceless.  :)

 For your viewing enjoyment, here are some more pictures of the Design House…













 I’ll be at Lucketts again tomorrow if you can make it…

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  1. So happy for your success. I love your blog and hope to try your paint soon!

  2. SO wonderful. The tent looks amazing, and I cannot imagine what a day it was. So proud for you!!!

  3. Kay Lowe says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE your website which I came across from an add in Womans Day mag. I am much older than you,but find we like much the same things, so I feel a connection. My only regret is that I live in GA , and that is much to far to come see you place.The pics are so warm and inviting, but I am sure they are much more beautiful in person. Thanks for sharing all of it . I am planning to try the pinecone ornaments soon, atyually I can hardly wait. May you and your family have a great Holiday season.

    • all because i received a complementary copy of “todays christian woman” & saw your eye-catching ad…
      i truly enjoyed reading through your blog & viewing the photos. but the real treat is your “voice.” your editor was correct in letting the fire come forward.
      b’shalom, dear one.

  4. Diane says:

    It was so beautiful there yesterday and I so happy for your success . Marian, were you there yesterday, I didn’t see the tent?:( Maybe I was too late. :) I arrived at 1130am, but enjoyed everything else including the design house. Such eye candy!

  5. Janie Schisler says:

    I saw you on Channel 8 news, they did a great sneak peak of Miss Mustard Seed….how lovely is your book, and website etc. I look forward to attending one of your book signings. Best wishes on your endeavors, what a great fit! :-)

  6. Hi Marian,
    I missed you yesterday at Lucketts. I didn’t arrive till 4:00. However, I did order a copy of your book! :) I don’t live too far from Lucketts, so I can come back another time. I understand from the gals in the shop you are there often. I write a blog serving single women who purchase a home solo. I’d love to interview you for my blog and book. Can we chat?
    EnJOY and blessings,

  7. OH how fun!! I want to be you when I grow up!

  8. Jeanie H says:

    I saw the spot on WGAL this morning. Congratulations!

  9. How wonderful. Congratulations to you! It probably feels very good to see it all come together, and now you have the book in your hands :-)

  10. what an amazing moment in time for you. it must have been surreal!! Everything looks incredible. If I ever get out to the East coast, I hope to stop in sometime.

  11. Would have loved to be there for your book signing – Did the next best thing and ordered it online! Carol – UK

  12. Lisa Graham-Garza says:

    Would have loved to come meet you.
    I live in Katy, Tx or I would have been there. :-)

  13. Judith says:

    Please, I beg of you, get rid of the audio advertising. It detracts from your blog. We can ignore the ads in the margins, but the talking is simply too much to bear.

    • I totally agree! I’m not supposed to have any audio ads, so thanks for letting me know. I’ll try to figure out the culprit. Do you recall which ad it was? Was it towards the bottom or top?

  14. :) Yes, your book needed to be shown off! A banner is a must too :) I thought about you while I was out shopping in Columbus Ohio!

  15. So very happy for you! Congratulations, Marian. x

  16. Dear Marian,
    I am so glad you book signing was a success!
    I learned recently we are not SELLING, we are filling a NEED.
    So, you are HELPING people, that NEED your book!
    I hope this makes you feel less awkward next time!
    If I lived close by I would BE THERE for SURE!!!
    Claudine ( I am moving from CondensedLove Home to

  17. Penny Miller says:

    Congrats on the book! It is amazing! Im in the middle of reading it. Your book signing event looked just lovely! Too bad im in MN. Love all the great tips and advice! Great work! I love the book!

  18. Awesome!!! I bought and read your book in one sitting. Very inspiring. Loved it!

    Your hubby sounds wonderful and sweet. :)

  19. I really love the red and green theme. Many congratulations on your book,you deserve it.You have inspired me countless times.

  20. Tori Whitney says:

    It was wonderful to see you again. My husband could not stop talking about how down to earth you are. I am totally engrossed in your book. It is beautifully written and the photographs are wonderful. I feel like it is written just for me and I am sure that other people will feel that way too. There are so many things that scream out to me. Thank you for your words of encouragement. You are such an inspiration to me and to many people.

  21. WOW! What beautiful pics of the store! How could I possible get my one-woman show to make my store look so grand?

    Your hubby is so sweet! He prob doesn’t even realize how he made your day! Enjoy!

  22. Congratulations on your hard working turning into a book. Your husband is delightful…provide and protect, what a great husband!

  23. Congratulations! I am so happy for you – and so proud of you. Keep it up girlfriend – but don’t forget to rest every now and then as well.

  24. I saw you in Today’s Christian Woman. Wow, you are so talented – what beautiful pictures and what a grand book signing location! I am an author too (31 Days to a Happy Husband) and my book signing table looked very different – HA! Congratulations on your book. Your husband was right to prop the book up! God bless you and your family!

  25. Kristen says:

    Any chance you’ll be in Raleigh, NC for a book signing soon?!

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