Sign up to get your daily dose of Miss Mustard Seed:

awesome mail day


I learned pretty early on that I’m in the right profession for a person who loves getting packages in the mail.  A part of it is that I live in a rural area, so it makes sense to order things online instead of driving all over the place hunting for something.  That’s probably how I get most of the supplies for my articles and non-antique items that I sold at Lucketts.  I also get “blogger mail”, which is stuff people want me to review, nice things people make for me or sweet thank you gifts.  Well, today was an epic mail day with a little bit of everything.

I got new tile for my kitchen back splash….


mini herringbone marble tile.  Sigh.  Yes, I know.  It’s actually Oriental White tile, which is a lot like Carrera, but it’s whiter and has a touch of beige veins in addition to gray.  It’s lovely and I can’t wait to install it.  Of course, I had to look at it in different lights, from different angles…


…and play with it and touch it a lot. and see what it will look like with my kitchen table, a boxwood topiary and Bakelite forks.


The back splash project is a “domino project.”  I’m installing new butcher block counters for an tutorial and it made sense to do both projects at the same time, so the back splash will be a nice bonus.  Can you imagine how amazing that is going to look over a walnut counter?  Eeeeee!  I’m excited about both tutorials not just because I get to do them in my house (and enjoy them), but they’re both very doable and economical projects. I’m looking forward to working on them and then sharing them with you.  I’ll be installing the back splash with my dad and the counters with my husband.  Hopefully we won’t hit any major snags.

In addition to the 10 boxes of tile (the UPS guy was thrilled), I got a roll of fabric…


…fabric that until today I had only seen online, but I had a good feeling I would love it in person, so I took a chance and ordered a whole bunch of it.  I was a little nervous as I opened the box.  Why, oh why didn’t I order a sample?!  As soon as I unrolled it, though, all fear melted away.  It was every bit as beautiful as I hoped it would be.  And it’s a good thing because I have 15 yards of it!



…and, of course, I had to roll it out and take a picture to share on Facebook and got down on the floor with it and lean it up by the window and took another picture of it to share in this post.  I’ll be making curtains and a wall treatment with it, both for tutorials.  I bought the fabric for 40% off and free shipping at Joann Fabric.  It’s a PKaufmann print called Artissimo Navy.  Have I mentioned I love it?


 In addition to those, as if that wasn’t enough, I got a kitchen faucet (for the butcher block project) courtesy of Moen (more on that later), a bottle of starch and a pair of striped tights.  It’ll all make sense soon.

Disclosure: The link for the tile is an Amazon affiliate link.

Related posts:


  1. Jane B says:

    I wanna be like you when I grow up! (never mind that I’m on Social Security already!!). Love the fabric and the tile. You are so talented!

  2. Terry's says:

    I LOVE the tile! I wish I knew about this when I was adding my soapstone counters. I think I was burnt out by the time I picked out the tle and just went with white subway tile. Oh well, next time… I also have to give you credit for ordering the tile online, the photos on Amazon don’t reveal 1/2 of their beauty.

  3. Well, that was some really good mail that you received. The tile is beautiful, and the fabric what a great deal.

  4. Now THAT is a fun mail delivery. Funny, I just bought a small square of that exact fabric last week. I can’t wait to see your projects come together!


  5. I love the sound of that big brown truck, the sound of the door sliding open and the knock at the door… ohhh, getting goosebumps!! LOVE that fabric… it’s GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to see your projects with it… a wall project??!I I hope you do a tutorial as you do your butcher block counters, I’m leaning toward them and would love to see how hard or if I think we could do it!

  6. Marian, I love ALL your new arrivals! Can’t wait to see the tile with your counter…it’s going to be gorgeous! The beige veins in the tile will be so perfect with the wood counter. I love your new fabric! Can’t wait to see all these new projects!

  7. Colleen says:

    Where do you order fabric from? Online is such a great way but I was curious about your source. Love the new combination!

  8. Gloria Crowther says:

    Marian: I want to be your neighbor!! You have too much fun getting ALL your packages!! I absolutely “drooled” over your fabric! It is gorgeous & I can hardly wait to hear and see what you will do with just “15” yards!
    Glad to be following you.


  9. Marian I too adore receiving mail. I never yet formally thanked you for the best Christmas present I received this year – a personal note of encouragement from you! You are one of my heros and I so admire you and all your work. I totally ‘dorked out’ and embarrassed myself at Christmas with my inlaws, I was so excited. I’m so looking forward to (God willing!) meeting you when you come to Toronto!

  10. AnnaRuth T Murphy says:

    I have to laugh…and comment, of course…I saw your new bedroom post and was blown away! It is absolutely stunning and I totally love the fabric…now that I know the name of it, I know it is destiny… ( my nickname is ART and I am a huge fan of Navy) . Thanks for sharing!

    I hope you have sweet Indigo dreams in that beautiful new bed!

  11. Kathy McDonagh says:

    I have the day off today and I realized that I hadn’t seen any of your posts recently. I panicked! But have been looking through your blog for the past hour and a half and getting caught up and loving every minute of it. I guess I have to add you to an interest list to get your posts to pop up on my facebook page? Facebook is really confusing to me sometimes.

    I am so excited that you are installing butcher block counter tops and I can’t wait to see them. That is something I have dreamed about doing for years. It’s going to warm up your kitchen and look absolutely fabulous!

    So glad my friend Debbie told me about you two years ago!!

  12. Karen says:

    Love, love, love your talent, ideas, decor style and hard (fun) work! You are doing an amazing job and so thrilled all that God has blessed you with! Keep going! Ever need an assistant from IL?? I pray to follow in your footsteps one day :) Please come here for a paint class soon!

  13. Is that what was in the 13 boxes? How wonderful to have trusted your instincts on the fabric. It looks absolutely gorgeous!

Leave a Comment