updates on everything

updates on everything

HGTV.com Photoshoots

HGTV.com Photoshoots

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

Christmas in April

Christmas in April

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

cleaning the basement & a stool for Lucketts


Today, my mom and I spent a few hours cleaning out the basement.  After all of the project-finishing, organizing, cleaning, shopping for Lucketts, shipping for the online shop, etc, the basement was a mess.  I can tolerate a messy basement for a while, because I can close the door and not look at it.  There comes a time, though, when I'm tripping over things and can't find things and it feels like … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Link Party


Furniture Feature Friday sort of caught up on me today, but I didn't want to skip it altogether!  So, here's the party without the favorites.  I'm looking forward to getting a lot of inspiration from you... Here are the rules for our furniture get-together… 1.) Your post has to be about furniture. Please, please, please…just furniture. If you find your link has been deleted, it’s not … [Read more...]

the right lamp shade


A few months ago, I bought this pretty alabaster lamp at an antique store.  I loved the shape of it... It came with a shade, but I didn't think it fit the lamp very well.  I ended up hanging onto it without a shade in the basement for a while and finally moved it up to my desk when I was working on the family room.  One day my mom and I went out shopping and I was planning on hitting Target to … [Read more...]

stockings, skirts & stone paths


Today I started working on my Christmas freelance projects.  I know it's April, but this is a pretty normal time of year for me to be working on Christmas stuff, actually.  These projects are for Christmas 2014 and are launched in July for "Christmas in July" and will then be promoted again when everyone else is ramping up for the holidays.  So, I have to get them turned in early enough, so they … [Read more...]

Finishing Projects…


Over a year ago, we installed wood floors in our bedroom and family room.  We ripped out broken closet doors and baseboards.  Then, we got busy.  I mean, painting a piece of furniture or installing wood counters is a lot more exciting than priming a baseboard or putting in a threshold.  A few months later, I was hired to do some freelance projects that involved work in the master bedroom and bath. … [Read more...]

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0


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...]

the present


  You probably know that I have a thing for white ironstone.  I've been collecting it for years and have a wide variety of pieces from brush boxes to sugar jars, tureens and pitchers to punch bowls and platters, casseroles, mugs, compotes and a huge slop jar. One piece I've always wanted was a cake pedestal.  I saw one in person in the home of an antique vendor a few years ago and it … [Read more...]

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY favorites & link pary


Good evening, all!  I have been working on a lot of projects lately, so I needed to spend today catching up on my e-mail and running errands.  It's not glamorous, but it needed to be done.  Jeff and I went around the house today and put together a to-finish list.  We have lots of little things that have been sitting around undone, so we're going to start tackling those tomorrow.  My mom is working … [Read more...]

Installing a Light


I usually focus on bigger projects and overlook little things...small details that would make a big difference if I just took the time to do them!  We've lived in our home for almost eight years and I hardly ever notice this sad light that hangs out by the side door.  It looks faded, dirty, tired.  The finish has worn away and it is almost the color of the siding.  I finally decided to get it over … [Read more...]

Decor Steals – Vintage Laundry Basket & Giveaway


A few years ago, I found a vintage wire laundry basket in an antique store when out shopping with my friend.  I loved that piece and held onto it for a long time.  Then, one year at Lucketts, I sold out of almost everything the first day, so I raided my house and took the laundry basket to sell.  I don't regret selling it, but I do think about it now and then.  So, when the girls at Decor Steals … [Read more...]

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