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Marian Parsonsbuying & selling antiques, Mustard Seed Studio, Running a Business

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  My three day weekend was actually an eight day weekend, since I took a week off to recover from the Lucketts Spring Market (and months of work leading up to it!)  I still did computer work…e-mail, blog posts, social media, etc., but I took a break from going into the studio.  I really needed that time to step away and recharge.

I had some appointments.  I got a massage.  I spent one entire day in my jammies.  And I started to do a bit of gardening.  When the weeds in your window boxes are dying, it’s time to do some gardening!

I also put together some plans.  I tend to be a bit unfocused after a big push towards a deadline, so I decided to put together a clear list of priorities and to-dos to keep me on track.  Most of those plans were professional in nature, but I did put together a workout and eating plan, too.  The struggle to maintain balance is constant, as I’m sure you can relate.

So, Tuesday morning came around and after so many days of sleeping in and a slower pace, I had to talk myself into putting my feet on the floor, doing my workout, and getting ready for a day in the studio.

I was greeted with a nice surprise when I arrived.  Do you remember the bird I mentioned, that was trying to build a next above the studio door, but kept dropping the twigs all over the place?  That poor bird hauled over so many twigs that just resulted in a mess in front of our front door instead of a nest.  Well, the bird was finally successful!


Of course, I might not be so happy about it when the bird is dive-bombing me as I unlock the door or pooping all over the stoop, but let me enjoy a moment of being happy for the bird.  It showed that creating a home was worth all of the failed attempts and persistence pays off.

Lots of lessons in that little nest.

We kicked of the day with a couple of “what’s-next” meetings and then dove into the first priority – getting items photographed, inventoried, and listed in the online shop.  Well, that’s what we were supposed to do.

I went into the bathroom to get a paper towel and I couldn’t stand the sight of it any longer.  The sink was paint splattered and grungy from the marathon brush-washing that has taken place over the past few weeks.  I can’t list things online until this sink is clean.  So, I started scrubbing, wiping, washing until everything was tolerable again.

Somewhere between organizing the brush-drying rack and cleaning the floors, I realized that Kriste was waiting for me to work on listing things in the online shop.  I was getting distracted again, as I so easily do.

I sheepishly walked through the hallway and I smiled at what I saw.  Kriste was in the shipping area, surrounded by boxes, packing peanuts, and garbage bags stuffed to the hilt.  Without it being a part of the plan, we both felt the irresistible urge to clean; the need to clean, so we could create without dust bunnies and disorganization catching our attention.

So, we gave in and went all the way – cleaning, organizing, vacuuming, and purging the studio.  It felt so good after the neglect that happened while we were getting ready for Lucketts.  There just wasn’t time or the space for a thorough cleaning!

We didn’t get into the storage closet or into the nitty gritty of the drawers and cabinets, but we got everything else looking pretty spiffy.  Every time I walked through the space, I felt lighter and inspired.  Even though it wasn’t in the plan, it was worth doing and both of us were energized in the clean space.

With a couple of hours left in the day, we started on the task that was actually in the plan – working on the Lucketts leftovers for the online shop.   Of course, I immediately went for the ironstone, but shifted gears and decided to work on the smalls we had multiples of, like the brushes, twine, scissors, etc.


It looked like we had a pitiful amount of stuff left after the cache we had pre-Lucketts, but there is still a lot left…hundreds of items and I’m realizing it’s going to take quite a bit of time to get it all listed.  We’ll try to launch everything at one time, but we might need to space it out a little, so we keep our sanity!



I worked on the smalls and Kriste worked on measuring all of the t-shirts and putting together an inventory.  We sold a lot at Lucketts, so we’ll need to place another order, but I’d like to get this batch sold first.


We had sweatshirts printed for ourselves, but were asked about them so much when we wore them at Lucketts that I think I will make them available on special order.  I have shied away from doing sweatshirts, because they are a lot more expensive than t-shirts, yet sometimes a good comfy sweatshirt is worth a splurge.  Instead of making that decision for you, I’ll make them available and you can decide for yourself!


Before I sign off, here is a preview of some of the pieces I photographed today that will be a part of the sale…







Can you tell how much I enjoy photography?  I just do.  Styling and taking pictures are some of my favorite things about my profession.

Anyway, I’m flying solo in the studio, so that means loud music, lots of singing (I actually typed “sinning” and thankfully caught that one in the proofread!), and hopefully a lot will get accomplished…

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