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I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed.  A pastor’s wife, mother of two little boys, paint enthusiast, and a lover of all things home.  I am a business owner, though I have never thought of myself as an entrepreneur.  I am a self-taught designer, photographer, and artist.  I am a writer who totally abuses commas and relies heavily on spell check.  Despite all of those things, here I am!  A business that was started on my kitchen counter, with a baby on my hip and a toddler at my heels, in the hopes of contributing $200/month to the family income, has grown beyond anything I ever imagined or hoped for.

Here are a few highlights…

Summer of 2009 – I first posted on the Miss Mustard Seed blog and have posted 5-7 days/week ever since.  I write mostly about home decor, but I also share my journey as an entreprenuers & creative as well as a bit about myself.  My first post was read by my mom and two friends.  My following has grown to over 22,000 e-mail subscribers with over 147,000 followers on Facebook, and 130,000 on Instagram, and 89,000 on Pinterest.  (And my mom still reads all of my posts.)

Spring of 2012 –  Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line was launched out of my love for painting furniture in a way that looks authentically old.  My original idea to box the paint in my basement and sell it in my retailer location was blown out of the water and it’s now carried in over 400 retail locations worldwide.  For a list of retailers, click HERE and shop online HERE.

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Fall 2012 – Inspired You, published by Thomas Nelson (Nov 2012), is currently available at major book sellers.  Click HERE to find out more.

In addition to running my blog and business, I am a freelance writer, photographer & stylist for Cottages & Bungalows and Romantic Homes magazine and have contributed articles to HGTV.com, CountryLiving.com, Cottages & Bungalows magazine (DIY Essentials Column 2010-2012), American Farmhouse Style (Spring 2014), French Style (Fall 2014), Cottages & Bungalows (Fall 2015, Summer 2016), Romantic Country (cover, fall 2014), and more.

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I’m honored to have my home and work featured in Country Living (Spring 2016), American Farmhouse Style (Summer 2015), Country Cottage (Summer 2016), French Style (Summer 2014), Romantic Homes (January 2011), Flea Market Style (Spring 2011), Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead (Spring 2012), Flea Market Style (Winter 2012), Women’s Day (Nov 2012), Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Ideas (Winter 2012), Cabin Life (Dec 2012), Romantic Country (Spring 2013), Make It Over (Spring 2014), Fresh Style (Spring 2014) and online at bobvila.com, Houzz, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, About.com, Huffington Post Home, and many DIY/Home Decorating sites.  In television, I’ve been featured on NBC (WGAL Harrisburg), Fox News, The Nate Berkus Show, Canada AM and more.

Some fun facts…  I am an army brat, my high school job was dancing in the parades at Walt Disney World and my degree is in Musical Theatre.  I have a soft spot for Clementine IZZE soda and dark chocolate.

Interested in advertising & giveaway rates or bringing me in for an event?  Send an e-mail to [email protected].