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Lucketts lessons learned

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Lucketts was a whole new ballgame this year.  Not only was it extended to three days, with a VIP day on Friday, but the hours were longer.  As I was preparing, I knew I needed to fill my booth like I never had before, so it wouldn't look pathetic on Saturday after the Friday shoppers hit it.  So, my preparations were more focused and intense than they had ever been. It all started back in March  (read more …)

answers to questions

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Well, it took a few hours to put together the puzzle, but we were able to fit almost everything in a 20ft truck, my van and my mom's car.  We still have a few things to take down on Thursday and Friday, but it was really amazing how much we were able to fit in that truck!  We have dressers stacked three high in some places. And loading was so much easier now that we don't have to carry everything  (read more …)

letter to a new blogger

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As I've just passed the five year mark of being a blogger, I've been thinking a lot about the early days of my blog.  I laugh at some of the things I did and wince at others.  I pressed the "start a blog" button on blogger with very little clue of what I was getting into.  My friend, and talented artist who designed my MMS logo, suggested I start a blog.  I thought blogs were political rantings  (read more …)

The Chapel Market Preview

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Here we are!  Right on the brink of the Chapel Market, which happens this Saturday, October 25, 2014.  It starts at 9:00 am and admission is $3.00.  (The address is 24 Ring Around Rd, Pike Road, Alabama 36064.)  I will be set up inside the chapel meeting hall, in the same space I was in last year. I have been shopping, painting, sewing, cleaning, fixing and pricing for several weeks to get ready  (read more …)

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 …)