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waiting well | encouragement

waiting well | encouragement

I've had this blog post sitting in my head for weeks over the summer and then in my drafts for months.  It felt so personal and different from what I normally post here, so I kept it as my own. ...

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the paint colors I selected | decorating

the paint colors I selected | decorating

Several people have been asking, so let's talk paint colors and which ones I selected for our house.  I didn't feel much urgency for selecting colors since I had so much wallpaper to strip, but now...

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making trades | 1970s home renovation

making trades | 1970s home renovation

As I have been working on stripping wallpaper with my one-tank-a-day method, Jeff has been questioning why I don't get a quote on having the work done.  The steamer would be heating up, he would...

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my top three tips on getting things done

my top three tips on getting things done

As I share the things I do each day, I'm often asked how I get it all done.  This has been a question that's been asked and answered many times over the years, but it's always worth talking about. ...

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new bedroom windows | 1970 home renovation

new bedroom windows | 1970 home renovation

When we first started our home renovation projects, I felt like we had more than enough saved and dedicated to comfortably do all of the projects we wanted.  As I'm sure many of you have experienced...

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Feels Like Home

Marian’s new book on customizing your home is
now available!

Miss Mustard Seed’s YouTube

This channel shows a progression of my business from my early years of painting and refinishing furniture and dealing antiques to my current passions of art, painting, and design. I just love all things creative and I love encouraging and inspiring other to discover and use their creative gifts.

Free Art Classes

While most of the world was under stay-at-home orders in the Spring of 2020, I connected with my online community by offering live art classes every Friday for a few weeks.  It was such a pick-me-up for me each week!  I received wonderful feedback from the class participants who joined me live or have taken the classes since, so I decided to put them into an online course format and offer them for free.  Sign up and learn to paint with oils in nine classes that cover everything from making a color chart to painting a grazing cow…

Recipes, projects, and decorating ideas for Winter

Marian’s Home Tours

Maryland Home
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We just moved into our new-to-us 1970 brick rambler in Maryland in September 2022.  

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All Things Home
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the paint colors I selected | decorating

the paint colors I selected | decorating

Several people have been asking, so let's talk paint colors and which ones I selected for our house.  I didn't feel much urgency for selecting colors since I had so much wallpaper to strip, but now that the job is completed, I am ready to get rolling.  It was nice to...

Artistic Endeavors
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my antique pencil box & what is in it

my antique pencil box & what is in it

I have shown the antique pencil box I've been using since this spring a few times here and there and I'm almost always asked about it as well as the contents, so I thought I would write a post sharing about it.  I mean...any excuse to write about art supplies... It...

Creative Business
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feels like home book launch team

feels like home book launch team

Thank you so much for all of the enthusiasm and support for my new book, Feels Like Home!  Writing a book is such a long process and you never know how it will be received, but the feedback I've been hearing on the sneak peeks and previews have been so positive and...

Furniture Makeovers
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my French dining room chairs

my French dining room chairs

If you've followed me for while (even through this most recent move out of our MN home), you know that I'm pretty game to sell just about anything.  I can't tell you how many times Jeff has come home to an empty space where a piece of furniture once sat.  He's gotten...

Slice of Life
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waiting well | encouragement

waiting well | encouragement

I've had this blog post sitting in my head for weeks over the summer and then in my drafts for months.  It felt so personal and different from what I normally post here, so I kept it as my own.  But, during our season of waiting this summer, so many of you shared your...

Tutorials

I love learning and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  Since 2009, I’ve been writing and filming tutorials on everything from furniture refinishing and slipcovers to woodworking and crochet.  What would you like to learn to do today?

Try Something New

Refinishing Furniture
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Fine Art
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Upholstery
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Knitting & Crochet
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