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Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0


Those who have followed my blog since I started in 2008 know how far my business has come.  Mustard Seed Interiors was born after a teary breakdown on my sofa and a strong push from my mom and was launched with hours of painting wooden ornaments at my kitchen counter to sell at a craft fair.  MSI has grown to a blog with over 1 million hits a month, a Milk Paint line sold in over 230 retail locations around the world, a book and so much more.  Sometimes I even need to pause and be in awe of how an accidental entrepreneur, amateur photographer, self-taught DIYer got here.

My family was so supportive along the way, but I wish I had a community to plug into.  People who could talk to me about social media, marketing, taxes, business strategy…just everything.  I had some amazing mentors along the way, but I had to figure out a lot through trial and error…especially in the early days.  That was tough, because every hour was precious with a baby and a toddler and every penny counted on our budget.

Whether you’re just starting a business, knee deep in things already or you’re still in the dreaming stage, this is a community you can plug into.  Jeanne Oliver, Jen Rizzo and myself sharing all of our experiences, opinions, tips, tricks and ideas in this video e-course – Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0.


We look like sisters, don’t we?

Anyway, here is why Jeanne wanted to make this course.  I love her words, vision and encouraging spirit.

“I have a heart for women.  I am constantly amazed at the depth, quality, beauty, talent and strength of women.  I had promised myself when I first started my business that if I ever figured this whole thing out (and I am still learning) that I would share how I did it.  Along the way I have always tried to answer emails, encourage and support other small business owners (and dreamers).  I had questions at the beginning and I wish I had had a person to turn to.  I didn’t have a mentor and I could have really used one.   Not because I wanted to do what they were doing…because I wanted the knowledge and support to follow MY gifts.  I wanted to create a community of women that I can share my heart and journey with and then in turn they will encourage and support one another.  I am so excited to tell you that I have taken all of the best parts of the original Building a Creatively Made Business and have made it even better!

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 is full of our experiences in building successful businesses.”

I’ve written a lot of posts about starting and running a creative business, but I think these videos will go beyond that information and I hope will be a valuable resource.


Here is the course description…

Are you a dreamer?

Do you have ideas, dreams and a beautiful product to go with it?

Have you been putting off starting your own business?

Do you feel stuck in the online business you have already created?

Do you just need someone to take your hand and walk you through the process?

It is time to take yourself and your dreams seriously.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Join us for a three week journey in building a “Creatively Made Business 2.0”.

SOME of the topics we will cover …..

  • Setting up your business
  • Websites
  • Social networking
  • Promoting your business
  • Pricing and staying competitive
  • Photographing your product
  • Setting yourself apart
  • Growing your brand
  • Markets and shows
  • Lookbooks
  • E-Courses
  • Manufacturing
  • Reproducing your work
  • Keeping the books
  • We will talk honestly about what worked and what didn’t.
  • We will talk about growing pains and when you will know it is time to expand.
  • We will talk about all the things we wish someone had told us before we started our businesses.

Each week you will hear from other guest business owners and they will share what they wish they would have known and give you their best piece of advice.  You will have access to the community and Facebook group so you can connect with other business owners (or dreamers) in the class.

Each of the three weeks we will have a live chat where you can ask questions.

You will have printable  PDFs each week that will help you brainstorm, take notes and see your business with clarity.

All sessions are pre-recorded and available as videos for you to watch at your convenience.  You will learn at your own pace and around your own schedule.

You can see a course trailer here if you would like even more information!

Growth, dreams and possibilities are right around the corner.

Registration is now open!

The course will begin May 20th and will be available for one year.

Early registration price is $49.  The price will go to $59 on May 1st.


After you have paid from this link please go to and register on the site where the course is held.  Once you have registered and your account is approved it can take up to 72 hours to get you manually added to the course.


To celebrate the launch of Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 I am giving away a 1 ½ hour phone or Skype business consultation.  That’s a call with just you and me on Skype (or Google Hangout, the phone, whatever) to chat through things that are specific to your situation.

To enter to win a one-on-one consult with me leave a comment on this post sharing what you would love to learn from this course.

For more chances to win a spot you can:

  • Facebook about the course (please link back to this post) and then leave a comment telling me you did.
  • Share on Twitter about the course (please link back) and leave a comment telling me you did.
  • Blog about the course (please link back) and leave us a comment telling me you did.
  • Pin the course on Pinterest (please link back) and leave us a comment telling me you did.
  • Share the course on Instagram (please link back) and leave us a comment telling me you did.

This gives you SIX chances to enter for the consult giveaway.

The giveaway will run through May 1, 2014 and then a winner will be chosen and announced.  Maybe I’ll just show up at your door with balloons…  Only kidding.  


It really is such an honor to be a part of this class and I hope you come and join us!

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  1. Just signed up for the course, and shared on my FB page!! :)

  2. Pinned to my Business Sense page on Pinterest!

  3. Comment 1: My ultimate goal is to build a business that will allow me to quit working 2 jobs. I want to learn ANYTHING that will propel me in that direction.

  4. Comment 2: Pinned on Pinterest

  5. michelle says:

    I’m a 40 something mom who left a career in broadcasting to stay home with my kids, but now that they are all in school i’ve been dreaming of starting my own business, but desperatly need some guidance.

  6. Teresa says:

    What a fabulous idea… I love that all three of you are sharing your wisdom!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I shared it with my friend, Anna! We are thinking about starting a business together! Thank you so much for doing this. I had no idea where to start. I’m a teacher by trade and the business world is completely foreign to me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  8. Nicole Penalva says:

    My sister and I are in the process of starting our own business. It had been our dream for as long as I can remember. This course looks like it is going to be perfect for us!

  9. Thank you for sharing your collective experiences and wisdom. Always good to see women building each other up!

  10. Christy Keyton says:

    Shared on facebook!

  11. Christy Keyton says:

    Pinned on pinterest

  12. Christy Keyton says:

    I have a booth at an antique mall and am a retailer for a brand of paint. I teach furniture painting classes, but I would like to learn how to get going with a blog and tips on doing some shows to expand. Also, tips for selling paint online (setting up a website, etc) For a year I have been thinking of expanding in these directions (blog, website) but I am overwhelmed! I hope to get some instruction on this and motivation to get going!

  13. What a great course, I am so looking forward to learning what direction to go in. I feel like I am all over the place with no real direction yet. Thanks for sharing, have a blessed day. :-)

  14. Kathryn says:

    does this course help us start a blog? or do I need to look elsewhere for that info? Thanks….sounds like a great tutorial

  15. So excited to sign up for the course today!

  16. Just linked it to my Pinterest page…..Can’t wait to see what this is all about! Thanks.

  17. Rebecca Catena says:

    I am on pins and needles waiting for the course to start! 3 uears ago I was steps away from opening a rented barn as my own shoppe-finally, 3 kids later and 20 plus years of marriage and living my husbands dream….it was my turn!!! Until the recession hit and the company he worked for closed. Unfortunatley, that led me to have a fire sale of all i collected, refurbished, repurposed and was thrown back into the work force as a registered nurse. I am really wondering, how would I be able to get financing to live my own dream? I live on the bussiest street in our city on 1.7 aecers on a corner lot, perfect space for a new building and small parking lot could be zoned commercial. I have somewhat of a bussiness plan, i am really not sure what my chances are of obtaining the funds to open up shop? What other opportunities could i put in a plan that would generate monies for profit-blogging-i have no clue-advirtisment on my own blog-couldnt tell you where to begin, haveing some stocked items along with custom pieces , believe it or not, i do know-thanks to my husband that worked with many factories in china to produce goods for national chain across the country, hes been to more home shoes than hed like to admit. Anyway-this will be my one and only entry unless i get my girls to help me with the extra chances…HA! Thanks for the opportunity! Have a great day!!!

  18. I want to learn how to establish routines so I can keep up with the production, the marketing, and the online presence. It seems that with the production and errands that the online presence goes by the wayside. This class looks wonderful! And affordable! Signed up!

    • To add a bit more: I’d like help to prioritize and streamline my client contacts (existing and new), online and otherwise. Thanks so much!

  19. I have had many business in my life. I know what not to do. I’m looking for the knowledge that will help me with longevity. I have so many ideas of what I could do, I just need help wrangling them in and then moving forward.

  20. I just did all that you asked! I pinned it, I shared on Facebook and Instagram, and tweeted about this fantastic course. I will also write a blog post about this course. I am so so excited about joining in with you amazing ladies!! Oh the possibilities!

  21. I love that you guys are going to do this!

    I’ve pinned on Pinterest, shared on Facebook, and tweeted about this just now. I will be blogging about your class too. 😉

    I am working on growing my blog/business and would love any info that could help me do so!

  22. What would I like to learn? Everything. I started my brick & mortar business in 2011, and since then have added a second location and another separate businesses. If there is one thing I am sure of, it is that you can never learn too much.

  23. Lynn Arnett says:

    Perfect timing! So excited about this course! I’m just in the beginning stages of starting my business. My husband and I have dreams and goals of the business being able to support us full time so my husband can pursue going to seminary. I don’t have a mentor so Thank you all for sharing!

  24. I started my frame business 2 years ago. I have only been working on it very! part time because I have been a mommy first. My youngest will be starting school this fall so it is time to focus more on my business. I am looking forward to learning as much as possible! I sell the majority of my product through local boutiques and word of mouth. My online presence and blog needs work as does photographing my product. I still have so much to learn… Thank you for the opportunity!

  25. Thank you for teaming up to offer something like this to those of us just starting out! I look forward to learning from all of you and “meeting” new creative friends!

  26. Melissa says:

    I’ve always wanted to own my on business!! And now is the time to do it! Very excited to learn from such talented ladies.

  27. I pinned it!

  28. I face booked it too!

  29. I am a nerd, I can’t figure out how to Instagram it. I guess the area I would love to learn about would be the technology aspect, social media too. Well, actually everything past the creative part! Very excited to sign up.

  30. Regrammed the course offering on Instagram :)

  31. I would love to a moment to talk to you about where I’m at and where I’m stuck. Being stuck and fearful is so paralyzing. All I know is that I’m a creative person and always have been. I would love to be able to support my habit and doing what I love. The part I have a problem with being responsible. I would love to hear what are the first things to do when setting up a business…..sales tax ID, do I need to become an LLC, should I get an account right away and the list could go on.

    Oh a different note, I love seeing what how Miss Mustard Seed has blossomed over the years. It is very inspiring and I wonder how you have the time to do it all!

  32. I signed up for the course several days ago. I’m really looking forward to networking with other women business owners. I would also love to find other wholesalers to fill in items in the shop I started a year ago, with the inspiration of MMS at my back!!

  33. Hi Miss Mustard Seed,
    I am a young mom who has a small business on Etsy who has followed your journey for over 4 years. You are an inspiration to me! It would be an honor to win this giveaway! I have been praying for someone to come into my life and help me grow my business and show me the ropes.
    Posted this link in my business Twitter, Pinned and on my Facebook page.
    Thank you!

  34. Heather D'Angelo says:

    I would love to learn how to use social media to promote my business and how to set up a functional blog/website! Thank you so much for sharing all of your knowledge!

  35. Heather D'Angelo says:

    Just posted on my personal and business facebook page and pinned on Pinterest! Thank you again! I can’t wait! :)

  36. I am so excited! I wanted to verify if there is a time limit to sign up for the class. I know it’s $49 until May 1st then it goes up to $59 and that it starts May 20th and is available for a year, but I want to confirm if we can sign up anytime within that year or if it has to be before May 20th? Thanks for the help!


  37. Donna says:

    I have signed up for the class, not sure what’s next or what to do?

    Thank you,

  38. Can’t wait to be a part of this e-course! I let everyone on Facebook & Twitter know! Such an inspiration….. :o)

  39. I can’t wait to be a part of this e-course. I currently rent space at a local antique mall and also have a website but both have come to a stand still lately. I have so many ideas in my head and want to learn how to grow my business and move to the next level.

  40. Well, I, for one, am confused. I just paid for a course that I’m not sure how to access. Hopefully I’ll get an email or something explaining it???? When I paid with PayPal I didn’t have to enter any information. When I went to the website mentioned it looked like I was just joining a free forum. Am I taking the right steps for enrollment?


  41. Red Couch says:

    Signed up and looking forward to it!

  42. Meghan Siudzinski says:

    Is it too late to sign up? I’m brand new to the blog, am in the middle of a house move, but would really love to take this course so that I know if the idea my girlfriend and I have to launch a wool-based creative business is realistic for where we are in life.

  43. Jeanne Bell says:

    I signed up for the course thru Jeanne Oliver Designs but have never heard another word. Please let me know what to do and what I have missed.

  44. Laurie Folino says:

    Signed up for the class and enjoying all the information you are sharing in the videos. I am so inspired.

  45. Barbara Lyle says:

    Will you be offering another course sometime in the future? I certainly hope so!

  46. Barbra Allison says:

    Is it too late to participate in this class? I am VERY interested and would love to learn as much as I can from a course like this. If it is too late, will you be offering this course again in the near future.

  47. I am wondering the same thing; is it too late to sign up for this class? I am in the same position as you were, Miss Mustard Seed, when you decided to start your business. I could so relate to everything you were saying! I recently discovered your blog, and have been reading through posts every chance I get away from my three little ones! Love your blog!

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