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studio happenings

With freelance design work and a book deadline looming, I have been pinned down in my new workspace to get things done and turned in on time.  I feel like I'm learning and growing each day and I'm really proud of what I've been creating, but I am ready to hit an antique store, work on some furniture and just get away from my desk! Just a few days more... While I've been working on those  (read more …)

$100 craigslist drafting table

I have realized that as my work changes, my work space needs to change, too.  When I work on furniture and photoshoots, I rarely sit at a desk or work table.  I'm usually crawling around on the floor or scooting around on one of our wheely stools.  I'm in a season right now, though, where a lot of my work involves sitting, painting, sketching, and writing. I've been spread out over one of our  (read more …)

Dear Reader | to the one who feels like it’s too late

I recently received this e-mail entitled "The turning of the tide?"... "Dear Marian, I wanted to pick your wonderful, creative brain for a moment and not as a reply on your webpage.  I began painting furniture not too long ago, my style is what I would call French farmhouse with an English twist.  Recently I have noticed that things have slowed down a bit for painted furniture and wonder where  (read more …)

QuickStep Flooring Review

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the Quick-Step laminate flooring I selected to install in a corner of the studio to use for photo shoots.  I have been wanting to do this for a long time, not because the old floor boards in the studio aren't cool, but because they are #1 - very orange and #2 - there was a large plywood patch on one side of the room.  If this was my house or a space that I owned, my  (read more …)

things have changed…

I've been needing to write this post for a while now, but the words were just never there.  I have felt stuck with my blog for a few weeks, though, and I knew I would feel stuck until I made myself sit down and write. I need to tell you, my readers, that things have changed. Don't worry.  It's all good stuff.  I'm not dropping any bombs, here.  I just need to put it out there, maybe more for  (read more …)

fall porch photo shoot

Thursday morning, I hit the snooze button a few times and then lazily scrolled through Instagram with one eye open until I felt like I could function enough to coax myself out of bed.  My throat had been sore for a couple of days and now I could feel that I didn't just have a dry throat from the A/C running or from a couple of short nights of sleep (from getting up to check blood sugars and make  (read more …)

my five “secrets to success” when selling at an antique market

Many readers have asked, through comments or e-mails, if I could share some of my tips and "secrets" to being successful at an antique market, so I thought I would write a post and share my answers with the whole group. Here they are, my top five (off-the-top-of-my-head) secrets to success... Create a Cohesive Look Remember, as you're curating for your booth, that you're not just an antiques  (read more …)

ideas are like sea turtles

Our family has been watching through the series Planet Earth on Netflix.  Our world is so intricate and fascinating and bizarre and majestic. We were watching a segment on baby sea turtles - how the eggs are laid in the sand and, at just the right time, they break free from their shell and race towards the ocean.  I'm watching these little turtles scurry in the sand, focused on their destination,  (read more …)