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 : pricing & negotiating

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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 : inventory, checkout & promotion

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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 : tagging & space planning

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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...]

24mm & Creating Space

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The pictures in this post aren't pretty, since they are taken in a dark basement, so I thought I would preface it with some pretty shots with my newest lens.  (And my last newest lens for while!)  I'll share more about it in another post, but after much research I decided to buy a refurbished 24mm f/1.4 lens.  It arrived yesterday, so I snapped a couple of quick pictures with it this afternoon of … [Read more...]

Buying to Sell

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 As I was preparing for Lucketts, I received some e-mails and comments from a few of my readers who are fellow antique dealers.  They were interested in knowing how I select what I buy to sell.  The short answer is...I shop for myself. I know that's sort of a fluffy answer, but it's true.  I buy what I would love to have in my own home.  It's worth more to me if I love it.  Does that make … [Read more...]

where to begin…

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I have to tell you a funny story that relates to this post.  When I was at the breakfast event in Houston, I had the chance to speak with many women about how my business started and grew...how it's dramatically exceeded every expectation I had.  When I finished telling the story at one table, the woman I was sitting next to look at me with a puzzled face. "So, when did you do the counter … [Read more...]

getting off the merry-go-round

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In my business I've had to make some tough decisions.  The hardest thing for me is to say no and to set limits.  I want to fly as high as my wings can carry me and I don't want to be limited by things like sleep and time to crash on the sofa to watch a movie.  I love my work and I love being productive, so it's hard for me to sit, be still and rest.  It's hard for me to see the great potential in … [Read more...]

Running a Business | Having a product line labels, flexibility & other fun stuff

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On April 7, 2012, I shared some of my dreams for the future.  One of those dreams included having my own product line.  Here's what I said... "I love the idea of creating my own line some day.  A line of what?  I’m not sure.  Maybe furniture?  Accessories?  Fabric?  Again, I’m really open to how that idea transpires.  I do have a few specific ideas, but I’ll keep those on the DL for the … [Read more...]