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my top 15 favorite Christmas crafts

my top 15 favorite Christmas crafts

Last year, I was particularly in the mood to get crafty for Christmas.  Some years, I just want to focus on big-picture decorating, but last year, it was the details that captured my attention and I...

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christmas decorating sources 2022

christmas decorating sources 2022

I think 2021 was my favorite year so far when it comes to decorating for Christmas.  I started early because I felt like it and I genuinely enjoyed the process, the projects, and relishing the...

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antique step-back hutch & breakfast nook

antique step-back hutch & breakfast nook

The kitchen will be our next big project in the house and I can't wait to tackle this space.  As I've shared before, it's a bit of an awkward room that is sort of a U-shape.  One side of the U is a...

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time to refresh your bedding

time to refresh your bedding

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Brooklinen.  As always, all opinions and words are honest and my own. I've shared about Brooklinen many times over the years and I continue to partner with...

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Antique French Louis Philippe Vitrine

Antique French Louis Philippe Vitrine

Remember the piece I purchased from Ekster Antiques?  When I shared it on Instagram, one of my friends (who is a designer and European antique dealer) informed me this is an antique French Louis...

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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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my top 15 favorite Christmas crafts

my top 15 favorite Christmas crafts

Last year, I was particularly in the mood to get crafty for Christmas.  Some years, I just want to focus on big-picture decorating, but last year, it was the details that captured my attention and I really loved it.  I have already dried my oranges and bought the...

Artistic Endeavors
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selbu mitten knitting tutorial | parts three & four

selbu mitten knitting tutorial | parts three & four

Well, it took me a little while, but I finally got around to editing the final video in the Selbu mitten knitting tutorial.  I really hope this is a helpful tutorial for those who, like me, always, wanted to make something like this.  You learn so many knitting skills...

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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a secret to savings & air fryer zucchini recipe

a secret to savings & air fryer zucchini recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by eBay.  As always, I only partner with brands I used, love, and enjoy and all words are honest and my own. I am pretty sure that the first thing I ever bought online was an antique piece listed on eBay.  Whether it was the first or...

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?

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