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I don’t know about you, but I’m a little freaked out that Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas is right around the corner and I’ll have to get used to writing a new year on my checks in just a few weeks.  Ack!  Yikes.  Deep breath.

Aside from things sneaking up on me a bit, I had a great Thanksgiving with my husband’s family in Raleigh.  I also had the amazing opportunity to do two book signings, a milk paint demo and a milk paint workshop.  I had a lovely lunch with Kristen of Sophia’s Decor and  Shirley of Housepitality in between.  I enjoyed meeting several old friends like Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl and some new ones like Jessica of Simply a Farmer’s Wife and Pam (who is still working up the courage to press the publish button on her blog – do it!)  It was a long day, but I relished every minute.  Thanks to all who came and to my gracious hosts Robin’s Nest & Co and SuzAnna’s.

Since I’ve been traveling and hanging with my family, I really don’t have anything new to share, so I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas tutorials that I made for  Here they are…

The ruffled linen tree skirt, of course.  I think it’s been one of the most pinned, viral, shared, etc. projects I’ve ever done.  I love it when a project I love so much is loved by others.  This will be my third Christmas using it and it still looks beautiful.

Marian Parsons Designed Christmas Tree Skirt




Even though I have two small boys, I don’t do a lot of projects for kids, so I really enjoyed this playful kid’s Christmas table.



I like to use natural elements in my decorating, so I loved this cranberry and moss wreath.



I also had a great time putting together and photographing the Coastal Christmas table.  These are some of the pictures that didn’t make the gallery…






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  1. Love the decorations. I’m going to try to incorporate some of these ideas as well as a few twists of my own. You are always so so inspiring :)

  2. I really love the coastal centerpiece for the table, a nice twist! The tree skirt is fabulous too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love that tree skirt – have loved it for a long time now! If we ever get the faux tree i want I will have to make myself on of these skirts.

  4. I love everything you do but that skirt is to die for & has been on my DIY list for a while now. Marian, it was such an honor to meet you this weekend! For those of you who haven’t had the chance to meet her she is even more fabulous in person than she is on her blog! Such a genuine & loving person! I am still pinching myself from meeting you! And thank you so much for the mention on your blog….

  5. Michelle says:

    Silly question: What is no fray glue, and is there a specific brand you like to use?

    • Aleene’s Stop Fraying works great.
      It comes in a squeeze bottle similar to white glue. You just hold in up to the edge of your fabric/ ribbon, squeeze and run it along the edge.
      I believe you can purchase at Michael’s.

  6. jennifer says:

    Oh my goodness! The Coastal Christmas table has to be my FAVORITE!! It is so beautiful and it makes me want to run away to the beach.

  7. Rachel Spin says:

    I went to Lucketts (amazing store) for the first time this weekend and picked up a copy of your book. Wishing you all the best.

  8. That tree skirt IS wonderful. :)

  9. I was so inspired the first time I saw that tree skirt, I love too I could gently toss in dryer on air and fluff…and not cause too many strings……LOL So I made one to sell and I made a Burlap one and sold it…and now a mix of two tones of Burlap….and thinking of making some for small table top trees….o also used the idea on lamp shades….and when I buy fabric they ask what ya making….I say look at Miss Mustard Seeds…no sew tree skirt…..WOW

  10. Your decorations are absolutely gorgeous! That tree skirt is just to die for! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy

  11. This another fantastic post with tons of inspiration. I love the tree skirt.


  12. Just love the tree skirt and I think I will finally get around to making myself one…what do they say about the shoemakers children not having shoes….Happy Thanksgiving and Many Blessings to you and yours. Enjoying your book so much!

  13. Sounds like you enjoyed your visit to Raleigh. I was unable to come to the book signing but was thinking about you and your wonderful book. Maybe next time.

  14. Marian…it was so wonderful to see you again and spend time with you at lunch before your paint demo and book signing…..Again, I am so very happy for all of your wonderful successes….You are a true inspiration to us all…. in your decorating, painting, and incredible faith…Love seeing your wonderful tree skirt again and I am sending this link to my sister as she is in Florida and decorates for Christmas in a coastal theme…fantastic tablescape!!…Have a wonderful week!!

  15. Judy Borger says:

    Marion, so great to meet you at Robin’s Nest and see the milk paint demo. Can’t wait to find the cabinet for my attic and use your paint. As a Christian, mom of three and small business owner, I fell in love with your book. Thanks for the inspiration and revival of my crafty spirit. I think the moss and cranberry wreath is my next project. Happy Decorating!

  16. Diane says:

    I enjoy reading your blog each day, Marion and look forward to more Christmas decorating tips. I also read the Decorologist, where it was suggested today that we leave a comment on Miss Mustard Seed. Thanks for sharing your talent and your faith.

  17. Kim Schadrack says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites. I am a recent follower of The Decorologist…she’s giving away copies of your book!

  18. I am so giddy to see my name up there. I was so mesmerized by you. I got in the car and thought to myself that I must have stared at you. I just wanted to soak it in and enjoy the moment and not forget anything you were telling me. Thank you for your encouragement and for waiting until I arrived at SuzAnna’s, that was kind of you. You are so nice and relaxed, just like an instant best friend. I am so glad God birthed creativeness in you so you can pour into others like me. I hope to press “publish” real soon.

  19. Sounds like you had a great weekend. All the better, when you can mix business with pleasure, seeing family and friends!

  20. It was wonderful to be able to see you again this last weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed lunch you and Shirley and the wonderful paint demo you gave! Again, congrats on all your success…it couldn’t happen to a better person :)


  21. I all your decorations, especially the moss wreath wrapped with a cranberry garland. Lovely! Patti

  22. I stumbled onto your web-site few weeks ago and became a huge fan immediately. You are truly inspiring and such a generous person for sharing all that you create and how-to’s. I know you enjoy it but it is still a lot of work. Thank you! Also, thank you, for coming to the Robins Nest in Cary last Saturday. You were exactly how I’d expect you to be, so genuine and so perky (love the pixy hair-cut). Loved the milk paint demonstration…I’m sold. Wish you continued good luck in all your endeavors and keep up the good work!

    P.S. Your new book is on my Christmas list to Santa.

  23. I absolutely adore the tree skirt. It’s on my wish list of things to make for sure!

  24. Miss Marian,
    just found your blog/site. So inspiring! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.
    Buon Natale. Rita

  25. amanda allen says:

    How many yards of fabric for the linen on the tree skirt? It’s lovely.

  26. Dear Miss Mustard Seed,

    We loved your post so much we featured it in our Christmas Table Setting Ideas.

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas.

    The Stewardess Bible


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