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getting my house back

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As many of you know, we put our house on the market back in April and it didn't sell.  We didn't even get an offer.  So, we decided to stay put, work towards some goals and look for a commercial space to use as a studio for our business.  We found an awesome one and moved into it a couple of weeks ago. Getting all of the business stuff out of the house and getting some separation between the  (read more …)

balancing business & creativity

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There are days when I feel a little buried in business.  When exciting things and growth happens, more business comes along with it.  E-mail, bills, paperwork, conference calls, things that can't be ignored.  I want to be painting furniture or trolling Pinterest or glittering something.  I want to just be creative.  So, it's a constant balance between the two. Kriste worked today on getting  (read more …)

tips on styling a retail space

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While it's fairly fresh in my mind, I thought I would answer an e-mail question I received about styling a retail space.  A couple of weeks ago, I received this e-mail from Allison of the Golden Sycamore. "I was wondering if you could give me a little advice.  I feel like I'm pretty good at styling photos.  I know I still have a ways to go, but I feel pretty confident about it.  My booth,  (read more …)

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0

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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  (read more …)

Show Business | part 4 :

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As I've been posting this series about being a vendor at antique shows, I've been asked a few questions.  Some of them involved pricing and negotiating, so I thought I would chat on those topics. I was a shopper at these events long before I was a vendor and that helped me with the decisions made about the kind of vendor I wanted to be.  I wanted to be the kind of vendor I like to shop from...  (read more …)

Show Business | part 3 :

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I've really enjoyed writing this series, I just have to say!  Sometimes it helps me a lot to talk through my own process.  Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed with all of the stuff on my plate, it's fun to look through the pictures of the past and see how far this little business has come.  It's been quite an amazing journey. Anyway, this is part three of the series.  If you missed one and  (read more …)

show business | part 2 :

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Today I'm continuing the series on "show business", aka being a vendor at an antique show/fair/market.  If you missed part one, you can check it out HERE.  In part two, we're going to talk about tagging (branding) and planning the space. If you haven't noticed, I'm a little in love with my tag.  There's something very exciting about seeing my logo and name on a tag, hanging from a piece I curated  (read more …)

show business | part 1

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As I've mentioned how I'm getting ready for the Luckett's Spring Market, I've received several e-mails asking various questions about my process, so I thought I would share the answers with "the group" in the way of a series.  I think we're overdo for some information-heavy posts, anyway!  So, here we go... If you're happily selling in an antique mall, on Etsy, eBay or maybe just occasionally  (read more …)