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Mustard Seed Yellow Photo Shoot


 Today I’m trying to get back into the groove after being under the weather last week.  I’m still stuffy and dragging a bit, but I managed to get some things done.  One of the projects I worked on this afternoon was a photo shoot of one of my milk paint colors.  I thought it would be fun to have a color(s) of the month to give me a focus for the MMSMP Blog (coming soon) and a way to push me away from using the blues, grays and neutrals all the time.  I selected the colors to compliment the seasons.  There are two colors for November – Curio and Mustard Seed Yellow.  I only got around to shooting Mustard Seed Yellow today, so I thought I would share those pictures…

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Of course, the inspiration for the color is the mustard seed, which obviously is significant to me.

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For those who don’t know, it’s a Biblical reference to having faith the size of a mustard seed and with that, nothing will be impossible for you.

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 The paint color is a little bit sunnier and less muted than the color of a mustard seed, but the names are about inspiration.  They aren’t literal.   This color was one of the trickier colors for me to design, because yellows can get too in-your-face or too muddy quickly.  After some mixing, I created this warm yellow and I fell in love with it when I used it on this piece…

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The goal of these photo shoots with each of my colors is to show what they look like in powder form, when mixed with water and then once they are dry and on a piece.  I must admit, I’ve had a lot of fun styling the shots and playing with my new lenses.  Here are the pictures I took today…

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 I’ll shoot Curio later this week, but I am hoping to start some of my upholstery and painting projects tomorrow.


In other news, I started my “wheat free, sugar free” week and dove into my workout routine again.  I woke up still tired, still not feeling 100%, but I did my hair and put on a proper outfit (workout clothes embellished with a scarf, pinned hair and a little makeup to make it cute for a grocery store trip) and it made a big difference in how I felt about the day.  I was ready to get going…

For those of you who are on your own get-fit-and-healthy-journey, or for those who are just curious, here are the details of what I ate today….

  • Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 1/2 oz cheese and a grapefruit
  • Lunch: apple, serving of Nut Thin crackers, 1 oz sliced cheddar
  • Snacks: pomegranate seeds and cashews
  • Dinner: Baked potato with onions, red & orange peppers, broccoli and measured out sour cream, butter and cheese, so I don’t get out of control with the “goodies”

For my workout, I did P90x Chest & Back, which is a lot of push-ups and pull-ups and I’m really feeling it!  I also focused on drinking lots of water, but I need to do better on that tomorrow.  I meant to bake some zucchini for lunch, but I got busy, so I had the apples, cheese and Nut Thins instead.  It was a little challenging when I heard my husband eating dark chocolate chips, but it’s just for one week.  I can do it!

I’m mainly eliminating sugar and wheat as a jump start and I’m also curious as to how it will make me feel.  So, we’ll see how it goes!

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  1. Vicki B says:

    Oh, I love the gluten free Blue Diamond nut crackers! There are so many varieties, but the “Smoke” flavored ones are my favorite!

    Love the mustard seed yellow!

  2. Jeanine C says:

    Good for you Marian! I gave up wheat/gluten about a year ago because I found it was making me tired, bloated, and over all not feeling tip top. It is a challenge, especially when eating out. I can’t have dairy either ( 18 years now). That said, it really is a good idea to eliminate a food from your diet for at least two weeks…really a month is better. Then introduce it back in and make a note of how you feel… digestion….fogginess.. etc. I will tell you that I found when I eliminated wheat/gluten I felt tired ( even though I wasn’t sick) for a good week or more. And I really noticed a difference after a month.

    Hope this is of some help to you. :)

    Jeanine C
    PS: I see you little white cups getting put to good use :)

    • Hannah says:

      I agree completely (for what it is worth) and was about to say the same thing! I have recently gone wheat free as well. It seemed like the first week was the worst, the second was better but it was not until the third and fourth weeks that I started feeling better. The second month was when I really noticed a difference and stopped getting that “weird craving feeling” for the wheat and sugar.

      I have also been focusing on the idea of “satisfaction”. Not just noticing that my body is hungry but asking it what will “satisfy” it. Then I mentally put on a fancy dress, sit down at an expensive french restaurant and eat that baked apple…or whatever. I have learned that I don’t even like sandwich bread and the only wheat type food I find really satisfying is blueberry muffins and there is a paleo recipe for that. Who knew? I grew up where not liking something was not an option, and so I continued to feed myself stuff I didn’t even like without realizing it.

      I have lost 30 lbs since Sept. 1st by adjusting my diet ( which wasn’t too awful to begin with), how I view food and moderate exercise daily. I used to pound the treadmill 6 days a week with less results…

      Take care all!

      • Wow!I It was under 24 hours after giving up wheat that I felt healthy for the first time in years. If it had taken a month, I might still be wondering what the problem was. I[m not that patient! LOL. Next up, sugar and white potatoes. This month, it’s diet cola. Now that is a struggle to give up.
        The ‘experts’ say to have the gluten test before giving it up. But I won’t eat it again just so the doctors can confirm what I already know from experience.

        If only I had the motivation to paint as much furniture as Marian does, I’d be operating a furniture store. The new yellow is soooo nice. Well done, gal.

  3. This is such a pretty yellow, very neutral really and would fit nicely anywhere. Looks like a winner! Hope you have a wonderful day! Blessings,

  4. I read your blog the other day about your stylist coming in for the photo shoot. As you described what you had done as far as the neglect to your self, I so could relate. I am a bit , well a lot older than you…and this is my second career of design and rehabbing furniture …I have found that I went from a fashionista that was in shape to one that now wears yoga pants splattered in paint, no makeup and forget about hitting the gym, there is always an excuse or deadline…
    Thanks for the inspiration both professionally and personally.

  5. samantha says:

    I’ve been gluten free for a year, and wow. So good. Working up to sugar. :) For the first 2 or 3 days you might feel like eating a small child on a bun, but after that, it’s all good. Have hubby watch the kids closely and things should go well for you :) and them. Seriously tho, I have P90X in my house and it terrifies me.

  6. Sherry Morrison says:

    I highly recommend reading the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.
    You will want to continue a wheat free, sugar free lifestyle after reading it
    and will want to get your family on board as well!

    • I second what she said. I am gluten free because I have to be. It is hard at first, but you learn to adjust to reach for healthier snacks and eventually don’t miss things like donuts and pizza. Ism working on going sugar free this year. You will find being wheat free will give you more energy.

  7. Hi Miss Mustard Seed! I just finished a piece last week in mustard seed yellow. It’s so gorgeous! I thought I’d share it with you. Here it is:

  8. Michelle says:

    I went gluten free this summer when I was diagnosed with colitis. I’m a big bread/pastry eater so eliminating that from my diet was huge. I have to say I’m so happy that I did. I feel 100% better and I’m not bloated like I use to be. I also cut sugar from my diet and instead of craving chocolate I crave fruits and veggies. I have so much energy and sleep like a rock. It’s amazing how your body responds when you fuel it with good for you foods. Good Luck! After the first week it gets a lot easier.
    Mustard seed yellow is such a pretty yellow. I like the color of the month idea. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Hope your feeling better.

  9. I bought your Mustard Seed Yellow to redo an old piece I picked up off of Craigs List! I recently found some incredible knobs on Joss and Main, too, so this bureau redo is definitely on my to-do list for November!

  10. My daughter lost over 100 pounds by giving up wheat and sugar. She’s kept it off for over 2 years and says there’s no going back.

    If you don’t have time to bake zucchini, try shredding it with a hand shredder and frying it. There’s enough water in it that you don’t need to add oil, but a little EVOO helps the body if you want to add some. Top the zucchini with shredded cheese and let it melt, or mix with you scrambled eggs.

    I’m using your Kitchen Scale on a piece of furniture to try out your milk paint. I love Mustard Seed Yellow and will try that next. I have never had any luck with distressing other paints, but one of your stockists has convinced me your milk paint will do it for me!

  11. Those are really great shots Marian. I truly love all of your milk paint colors. I started eating a low carb diet a few years ago. I have fallen off of the wagon quite a few times since then, I’m happy to say I’m back on it now and I feel much better without the sugar and excess carbs. I don’t eat sugar or starchy things like wheat, pasta or potatoes or corn. I don’t eat anything with a high glycemic index basically.At first you go through withdrawal, you can get headaches and bad breath lol. But in about a week or two this burst of energy comes over you, the pounds will melt away. I feel so much better when I eat this way. I’ve changed my attitude about it now and consider it a lifestyle change and not a diet. I’m confident that I wont go back and forth anymore. Good luck with your experiment, but if you start to feel crappy and get headaches it may be because your body is detoxing. You just may need a little more time to feel better.

    • Diana says:

      I too stick to a low carb diet and it is the best thing I have done for myself healthwise! However, the one issue that really bothers me is the bad breath. Karen, have you found anything to help with that?

      • I’ve never heard of that. What’s the bad breath thing about? You would think it would be better if you’re not eating those things…

        • Marisa Franca Stewart says:

          I believe it is a state called Ketosis. It is usually associated with a low carb diet. As the body burns fat certain chemicals are released in your breath. These chemicals are called ketones. In fact, they have strips that measure the ketones so that you can see how much fat you are burning versus muscle.

    • Marian, Marisa is correct – the bad breath thing occurs when your body enters a state of ketosis, which is a fat-burning state usually associated with a lower carb/higher protein diet. It is NOT the same thing as ketoacidosis, which can be dangerous to the body, especially if you’re diabetic. Here’s a link comparing ketosis vs. ketoacidosis which will give you more details than I want to go into here. When your body burns off fat and glycose stores, it releases ketone bodies which can cause bad breath and sometimes slightly smelly pee, too. My friend and I who were doing a higher protein diet used to call it “dragon breath” LOL! It can adjust in time, but usually the bad breath can be helped by drinking more water; I used to add lemon slices to mine.

      You can get KetoStix at the drug store near the diabetic supplies. Sometimes you have to ask the pharmacist for them. They measure ketone bodies in your urine. It’s like taking a pregnany test, you just pee on the strip first thing in the morning to see how “purple” the test area turns. My friend and I used to see who could get the darkest purple strip – that always meant we were burning the most amount of fat!

      As for MMSMP Mustard Seed Yellow, I’m not a huge fan of yellow, but yours is gorgeous and I would use it in my house in a heartbeat, especially because, like you, I’m a huge fan of blue tones and it really complements them. I don’t know how you did it, but that MS Yellow has a nice mellow, muted quality to it, very antique-y. It really is the perfect yellow and I love it!

  12. JessicaD says:

    You need to know that to do a true test of gluten, you need to not have any for 6 weeks straight. If you feel better in just a week, you for sure will be amazed at what 6 weeks would do.

  13. It’s a perfect yellow, just right! and i know it’s not easy to get the “just right” yellow and your photos are amazing. … Just beautiful , so enticing and so professional!
    Cool about the whole workout and diet change for a week. I’ll be curious to hear how it makes you feel too. Sounds like the physical part is pretty hard core!


  14. Carla says:

    I’ve gone sugar free for months at a time and feel so much better then something triggers me and I’m back in the sugar. Worse than alcohol!!! Love your blog Marian.

  15. I loved reading what you ate today Marian!! It is great inspiration for those of us trying to find our groove. Good news… I lost the weight that I gained last week! Breaking even never felt better! Now to get to business! I believe I’ll try that veggie-baked potato tonight! Thank you for the inspiration!! :)

  16. Good for you on the healthy lifestyle changes! For me the key to weight loss was that pesky sugar addiction I had-and I’m a dancer! You’d think I would have shunned it so easily. Oh and I too find it really makes a difference in my day when I dress up a bit and put on a quick 5 minute makeup even if I’m only grocery shopping with my little boys. Schlepping to the store like you just fell out of bed just makes you feel lousy. Well done on the P90X too. It’s tough, especially the yoga and plyometrics! My husband and I were doing the workout together until I got pregnant-it was a great excuse for me to opt out! Haha!

  17. You know I love those close up shots 😉 and OH MY WORD.. you look AMAZING.

  18. Beautiful colour and photos. Your meals sounds delicious. My husband lost 10kg in a month when he cut sugar and grains. He cant at dairy either. Cashews are regularly on the menu at ours too – nuts that don’t need soaking :) pomegranates are so yum, were yours fresh? Which gets me thinking – can you dehydrate them? That would be yum! :0)

  19. I went sugar, wheat and dairy free for about a month. I have always had a problem with my cholesterol and when I had it checked it was really low. I think it was the sugar. I know sugar isn’t good for me and this just clinched it. Good luck on your journey to health, it is a long and never ending road, but the journey is worth it. Your health and your families health is worth it. I am now almost at my goal weight of 125. Just eight more pounds to go. Go ME!!

  20. Stephanie Halliday says:

    Great going Marian! You’re an awesome inspiration to be fit and healthy! It’s something we all can do! And beautiful art on the dresser! I wish I had your talent! Happy day to you!

  21. Carol says:

    I don’t want to sound preachy, but it doesn’t sound like you are eating enough. Read this piece if you have time.

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Yeah, that was a very low calorie day for me and it was mainly because I was busy. I usually eat more than that, though. :) Thanks for the article!

  22. michelle f. says:

    we did that for a while and it was really difficult at first mainly because we are big pasta eaters, but i discovered brown rice and quinoa pastas that have very much the same texture and taste as regular semolina pasta. that helped a lot to get my young adult kids on board with this diet.

  23. I love your blog, your advice, your color schemes, your paint, your home~! And please thank you and my fellow readers for the wheat-free advice! So helpful! I’m 54 yo mom of 5, and I’ve lost a steady 2lbs a week, not eating wheat and all of it’s fiendish friends! This has been virtually painless! I’m missing baking but I’m adjusting recipes to cope. I’m still 2000 tons but I FEEL better and LOOK better!! Just make your mind up to eat clean, whole foods!!

  24. Oh I LOVE the mustard paint! I had to laugh because it really does look EXACTLY like the powdered mustard we grew a couple of years ago. :-)

    Good for you! We are not going wheat free here but we are going processed food free… i.e. not store bought snacks or candy or crackers or soda. It was our 17 year old who decided to do this and he has now been joined by my husband and our 14 year old…. I am not completely on board as of yet but am slowly joining them. The one thing I can say is I’ve actively started drinking more water, spending less time on the computer, and have been working on some serious projects… one of which is decluttering our home!

    Keep up the good work!! Take care now!

  25. Sarah says:

    I love the mustard seeds in the cute little jar. That would make an adorable necklace that you could sell on your site! It’s a great conversation starter!

  26. I am not a huge yellow fan, but I gotta tell you that I really do like your mustard seed.

    And that shot of you at the end is completely adorable. You look happy and healthy. Good for you!

  27. I love the yellow & the hand painting on top of it. Beautiful job and so inspiring!

    As for the change of diet… Starches are sugars, so while you may be wheat free, you are not sugar free. And most gluten free/wheat free items are loaded with carbs and sugars… I know this because I’ve suffered allergies my whole life. Carbs can be dangerous & especially defeating, if you are trying to get healthy and lose weight… For instance, I stopped carbs and I lost 20 lbs in two months. 😉 … I also juice daily.

  28. Christi Wallander says:

    Marion, you ought to look into the ” Trim, Healthy Mama” diet. It’s incredible. Two sisters, Christians researched it all and it has taken the world by storm. Check it out.

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