All Things Spring

As spring blooms and nature bursts into life, immerse yourself in the vibrant world of seasonal renewal. Marian’s spring blog posts offer a delightful array of inspiration, where we celebrate the joys of this rejuvenating time of year.  Join us as we embrace the spirit of spring and revel in the wonders of nature’s awakening.

1970 Kitchen Renovation

Explore insights, inspiring design ideas, and transformational tips as Marian breathes new life into her kitchen. From vintage charm to modern elegance, follow her blog posts to uncover the art of creating a timeless and functional culinary haven. Discover the beauty of every step, from selecting appliances and countertops to incorporating unique elements that make this renovation a true masterpiece.

Miss Mustard Seed Wrapping Paper

Add a personal touch to your gifts with Marian’s custom-designed wrapping paper, now available on Society6. Explore her exquisite collection of unique patterns and illustrations, crafted with love and creativity. Elevate your gift-giving experience and make each present truly special with this one-of-a-kind wrapping paper. Shop now and bring joy to your loved ones with artful and personalized packaging.

Find Inspiration & Encouragement

Welcome to the Miss Mustard Seed’s blog, where creativity, vintage charm, and farmhouse elegance come to life. Explore inspiring DIY projects, furniture makeovers, and curated vintage finds that infuse warmth and personality into your home. Discover budget-friendly ideas, painting techniques, and creative inspiration that will elevate your living spaces with love and creativity. Welcome to a haven of creative possibilities where you can create a home that tells your unique story.

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Most Recent Posts

cedar vintage-style garden trellis reveal

cedar vintage-style garden trellis reveal

Last week, my mom came out for the day to help me with some work in the garden along with priming and painting the vintage-style trellises.  You can find the complete (and free) plan for the trellis...

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Lucketts Spring Market 2024

Lucketts Spring Market 2024

Friday morning, my mom and I set off early to hit the Lucketts Spring Market Early Bird day.  I had scouted out some large terracotta pots for my espalier apple trees that were only available at the...

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DIY cedar garden obelisk

DIY cedar garden obelisk

I was on a high from building the vintage-style trellises for the front of the house, so I decided to do more math and make a DIY cedar garden obelisk.  I bought enough wood to make three trellises...

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My Lucketts Spring Market 2024 Wish List

My Lucketts Spring Market 2024 Wish List

This Friday, my mom and I are heading back to the Lucketts Spring Market!  It snuck up on me this year because I don't have any huge items on my wishlist, but going to the Spring and Fall Markets is...

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gardening plan with a local nursery

gardening plan with a local nursery

Over the winter, I was already thinking about working on the front garden.  It was going to be a massive project landscaping this wide, rambling, unsymmetrical house, but we were at a place in our...

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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 Spring

As spring blooms and nature bursts into life, we invite you to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of seasonal renewal. Marian’s spring blog posts offer a delightful array of inspiration, where we celebrate the joys of this rejuvenating time of year. Join us as we embrace the spirit of spring and revel in the wonders of nature’s awakening.

Marian’s Home Tours

Maryland Home
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Marian shares her journey of transforming her new 1970s Maryland home into a modern marvel. Discover inspiring renovations that marry vintage elegance with contemporary flair. Explore her latest blog posts, featuring DIY projects, interior design ideas, and budget-friendly tips that breathe new life into this charming abode. Delight in the art of renovation and witness the magic of infusing every corner with personality and timeless allure. Join Marian on this exciting chapter of her Maryland home transformation and uncover a treasure trove of creativity and inspiration.

Latest Posts by Topic

All Things Home
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planting the espalier apple trees in terra cotta pots

planting the espalier apple trees in terra cotta pots

Yesterday, I shared how we primed, painted, and installed the vintage-style trellises on our blank white wall of siding, and today, I want to share how I planted the espalier apple trees in large terra cotta pots and tied them to the trellises.  When I mentioned...

Artistic Endeavors
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back to IOP for a creative retreat

back to IOP for a creative retreat

The last time I met up with Shaunna for a creative retreat was in February 2020.  We met up in Panama City Beach, Florida to spend a few days at her parent's amazing condo that overlooked the ocean.  We ate charcuterie boards and ordered DoorDash.  We painted, played,...

Creative Business
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Lucketts Spring Market 2023

Lucketts Spring Market 2023

I feel like I'm going home in a way!  The Lucketts Spring Market was a big event in my business for almost a decade and it's so fun to be back.  I'm just going as a shopper on VIP day, which is a lot less work than being a vendor!  In case you have never heard of...

Furniture Makeovers
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antique shoe cart reproduction & inspiration

antique shoe cart reproduction & inspiration

Over the years, I have bought and sold more antique "shoe carts" than I can properly remember.  These antique shelves on wheels are called shoe carts because they were often used in shoe factories to transport shoes around the factory.  I have found carts that are all...

Slice of Life
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April 2024 Creative Retreat Takeaways

April 2024 Creative Retreat Takeaways

I'm so glad I was finally able to get away for a Creative Retreat last week.  It's been over four years since the last one, so it was way overdue!  I had my first Creative Retreat in 2018 and it was a special experience.  Other than blog conferences, I had never taken...

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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Sewing
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