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While getting ready for Lucketts…

  • A lot of food gets burned, because I’m trying to fit too many things into one day.  I’ll check my e-mail or set up a photo shoot while I’m trying to cook and inevitable food burning happens.
  • I should be making my bed and picking up every day, since our house is on the market, but that doesn’t always happen.
  • I stay up way past my bedtime, because I’m working in the basement all day and then doing computer work at night and there just aren’t enough hours…
  • We carry a lot of furniture.  A piece gets carried to the car, to the basement, up to the house for photo shoots, back to the basement, up again to be loaded, unloaded at the fair and then loaded one last time into the buyer’s vehicle.  It’s a lot and I’m sore!
  • I get really dirty during the day.  We should have a contest to see who has the dirtiest nails at the end of the day…my five year old son or me.  I think I would win.
  • I feel like I can never do enough to get ready.  There is always one more pillow I can sew, one more thing I can tag.  Squeak in one more shopping trip.
  • I still get nervous about things not selling.  I know it’s so silly when I have sold out so fast the previous years, but I still have the fear of having to rent a truck to take it all home again.
  • I love how my family pull together.  My dad’s been picking up furniture from Craig’s List.  My mom’s been my shopping, painting and tag-tying buddy, Jeff has been fixing all of the broken furniture I buy.  It always makes me feel so loved.
  • I become very aware of the weather forecast.
  • I’m reminded of how much I love painting furniture.

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The winner of the “Lucketts is worth hours in a car or taking my shoes off at the airport” giveaway is… 

Kira, who is come 2076 miles form the beautiful state of Utah!  Congrats and I can’t wait to meet you!

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  1. Amy D says:

    Marian, I so want to blog and have a creative business, but I don’t know how I’d do it and still get done all the things that need to get done in a day. I’m afraid every day would look like your list above! I am fortunate enough to live 1 hour from Luckett’s and this is my first year attending. I’m SO excited! I hope to meet you there!

  2. I love your comment about family pulling together and your end sentence “It always makes me feel so loved”. That got me–you are so fortunate to do what you love and have such support. Also, I got carried away making a new item for my shop. I remembered just at the right moment that I had a cake in the oven!

  3. I know EXACTLY what you are feeling in your bones! It is the main reason much of my “repurposed” furniture gets it’s picture taken right outside the garage door! I envy all the pretty staged furniture on other’s blogs, but my goal is to help other’s learn how to rehab furniture…so it serves it’s purpose. I can’t imagine having to haul pieces up and down stairs!

  4. My family makes it a joke in our house, I burn food all the time because I’m multitasking and forget it! Good thing we like our food crispy around here…

    I have been reading your blog for over two years and you have been such an inspiration to me. I’m hoping to learn lots from Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0, as I have purchased it also. Have fun at Lucketts!

  5. Shelly says:

    I wish I lived closer. I am in Indiana! We have some good flea markets, so I can not complain.
    The way my husband knows dinner is ready is the smoke detectors go off. There is one in the kitchen and when it goes off they all go off. My husband tells everyone that it it our dinner bell! :)


  6. Shelly says:

    I wish I lived closer. I am in Indiana! We have some good flea markets, so I can not complain.
    The way my husband knows dinner is ready is the smoke detectors go off. There is one in the kitchen and when it goes off they all go off. My husband tells everyone that it is our dinner bell! :)


  7. LOL! Amen to all of these comments. Especially the one about carrying a lot of furniture. I just wrote a post on my blog about how I almost didn’t buy a fab credenza at a bargain price at a garage sale because it looked heavy and I know how many times my hubby and I will have to move that thing during the whole “process”. I have the added problem of a very small workshop, so we are constantly juggling furniture around out there. It’s like one of those puzzles where you have to move this piece, in order to move this other piece, in order to finally move the piece you really needed to move in the first place. But hey, it’s like a free workout, right?!

  8. KATHY B. says:

    Take Care and good luck at the fair!! Hope to make the trip sometime.When we had our house for sale the kitchen table was always set as if company was coming!! Crazy! The house did not sell after three months and we took it off the market till the next year. A more relaxed home sold in one day!!!( if I knew the market in our area was on the way up would have asked more$$$)This was years ago. Your house will sell with or without the bed being made! I t is so darn cute and your kitchen is awesome!!

  9. Kathryn says:

    Carry On!

  10. Kelly says:

    One word for you (or is it 2) crockpot!

  11. I am lucky to have not burned things when I am so busy because I have a dinner alarm. What? It’s called a smoke detector? Good luck and remember to have fun!

  12. Vickie says:

    I wish I could go to Lucketts. I live in Michigan so it’s a little bit too far away. But good luck and I’m sure you won’t have to worry about taking your beautiful things back home with you!

  13. Marian, you’re the sweetest! I hope you have the best days at Lucketts. And I agree with Kelly…crockpot!

  14. Good Luck at Lucketts & with your house sale. You have a beautiful home – it will sell! Believe xx

  15. Lots of laughs with this one. I would surely burn more dinners if my studio was any where near my kitchen. Lucky for family it’s several mes away, in town!!

  16. Hang on, Marian! That too shall pass, and you’ll be glad you did all you did even if a few meals got burned. :-)

  17. Karen says:

    I set the timer on my stove AND my phone so that I can go check the food. It is so easy to get caught up in a project! I would burn everything if I didn’t have both reminders. 😉

    I wish you a sold out day at Luckett’s!

  18. Marian, do you use Feedburner for your posts? I haven’t been receiving your posts for a while. Thanks!

    • Miss Mustard Seed says:

      Yes, I’m sorry! We’re working on getting that fixed. It seems that yahoo e-mails aren’t receiving it right now, because feeds are being blocked as SPAM. I may switch to a different service…

      • Whew! I wondered what was going on. You’re not the only one I’m missing. There are numerous others. I only realized this because I read another’s post about it. I’ve missed you in my inbox. Will come here to catch up until it’s fixed. Thanks! 😀

  19. Marian … I have been inspired and have followed you since long before your Nate Berkus debut. You never cease to amaze me. I wish I lived closer to be able to shop and just see your booth at Luckett’s … keep up the inspiration and I wish you the absolute best!!

    Oh BTW … my son is now helping me paint as well. I work full-time and have 3 booths and do the summer markets and this passion of mine has become more than full-time but I’m loving every minute of it even though there are times I can hardly keep my eyes open. My husband is my brunt and he drags, lifts and moves my furniture for me with my help. I’m blessed to have a family that pitches in when and where they can. At least we have our passion for painting furniture and our family values in common … that makes me feel special and blessed as well.

  20. What impressed me most about your latest post was two things, one, I too, get so worried before a show that nothing is going to sell, so apparently that never goes away-DARN! Two, how blessed you are to have such a wonderful family to help you. Oh and maybe it’s three, my back problems from carrying too much furniture! Have a blast at Luckett’s, wish I lived closer, I’m in WI.

  21. I burn bread even if I am not busy! I recommend crock pot meals, grocery store chicken and side or pizza delivery! Looking fowrad to the fun at Luckett’s.

  22. Diane Westbrook says:

    Hi…was so glad to hear (well, not really) that others are having problems getting your blog..I sent you and email asking for help and then thought…Hey, I have a gmail account so went to that and signed up to receive your blog there. We will see what happens! Like Lynn Mosher, I am not receiving so many blogs. They ceased coming to my inbox around the third week of April. I just search you out and do it that way. I looked in my junk area and there is nothing sitting there. Hmmm…anyway those of us resourceful know how to find Marian!!
    Wow, you are selling your darling house…are you planning on moving far? I do wish you the very best with that. We had our home on the market for nearly two years and just gave up on it..
    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas! Diane

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