{about the blog}

 Miss Mustard Seed was first published in 2009 on a whim.  I wanted to advertise my business, but I also wished to connect with other DIY/Home bloggers.  The decision was made early on to make this blog a valuable resource, filled with tutorials, practical advice, encouragement, and a dose of reality.  Some of the blog series cover making slipcovers, starting a creative business, live oil painting classes for beginners, painting furniture, crochet tutorials, before & after inspiration and decorating tips & tricks.  While the focus has been on the home, the heart of this blog has always been providing encouragement and inspiration to women in the areas of decorating, running a business, creative endeavors, and even some lifestyle topics like health and fashion.

I write this blog so that those who read it will feel braver and more inspired when they finish a post and close the browser.  They will feel empowered to create or write or take pictures or paint or buy second-hand furniture or start a business or organize.  They will be inspired to learn a new skill or travel or make curtains or make soup or think about their own whys.

I’m currently working on customizing my very beige suburban home.  Sound familiar?

{about me}

I am a paint & textile enthusiast, a fierce believer in creativity, and a lover of all things home.  I started my business, Mustard Seed Interiors, in 2008, as a way to earn extra money for groceries.  What started as a local decorative painting and mural business has grown into a blog and social media community with over 600,000 followers and a business that has meandered as I pursue new creative interests.  Those interests have included decorating, buying and selling antiques, refurbishing furniture, creating and selling original art, product and fabric design, freelance writing and photography, a podcast, and mentoring other creative entrepreneurs.

I also created the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line that is sold online and in retail locations around the world.   My product designs and original art have been sold at Hobby Lobby, Creative Co-op, Décor Steals, TJ Maxx, and more.   You can find links to all of my products including original art and prints HERE.

My first book, Inspired You (Thomas Nelson, Nov 2012) was nominated for the ECPA Christian Book Award in the category of Best New Author.

Here are some places I’ve been featured…

Cottages & Bungalows, Romantic Homes, Land Leben, Traumwohnen, and HGTV.com, Country Living, In Her Studio, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, American Farmhouse Style, Where Women Create, Fresh Style, Make it Over, Watercolor Artist, Mary Jane’s Farm, Country Chic, French Style, Washington Post, Fox News, NBC, CBS and on the Nate Berkus Show.

More important than all of this business stuff, I am a pastor’s wife and the mother of two boys.  We live in Rochester, Minnesota with a dog and two cats.

Some fun facts…  I am an army brat, my high school job was dancing in the parades at Disney and my degree is in Musical Theatre.  I have a soft spot for Clementine IZZE soda, dark chocolate (73% to be exact), and dark hot chocolate from Caribou.

 

Interested in advertising and giveaway rates?  Send an e-mail to marian@missmustardseed.com.

44 Comments on “About”

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  7. I was wondering…do you ever get tired or bored of the blue and white color scheme? I seem to have trouble staying with 1 color set-up. I usually change EVERYTHING from season to season, but don’t seem to get to enjoy the colors before I feel urge to switch out again. How can I settle on a nice “base” color scheme, the add in pops for the seasons?

  8. Hi Marian! I hope that you are getting some well deservered rest after this last weekend and all of the hard work that went into preparing for the Lucketts show. I have been watching your posts and I dream of making the trip to one of your events soon.

    I have two questions. Did the hand painted mora dresser sell and if not, is it for sale now? I LOVE that piece !! And, in the pictures of the Lucketts event, on the primitive hutch painted in shutter grey, second shelf, there are 4 pieces of ironstone that are very similar. They look like large sugar bowls. I would really like to know what they are called so that I can shop e-bay and etsy in hopes of purchasing one. Unless by some small blessing you came home with one??

    Anyway, thanks for your time and great big thanks for sharing your talent and vision with everyone. You are truly inspiring!!

    Sincerely,

    Trina Williams

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  12. Have you published the plans for your dyi pottery barn coffee table yet? My husband and I have gotten into making our own furniture including a farm dining room table, benches, and shoe rack, and now we are looking at making a coffee table. I just love tgis design and your paints b technique.

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  15. Hi Miss Mustard Seed…
    I came across your site while
    reading Created to be Creative (YouVersion 5 day reading plan)
    I’m 71 love crafting; making wreaths…. just recently started trying to sketch, draw simple things. I get to do that on the art journal group I’m in. Anyway I would like to get more inspiration from your blog. Thank you.

  16. Carolyn Johnson
    05.12.2017 AT 3:41 PM
    Hi Miss Mustard Seed…
    I came across your site while
    reading Created to be Creative (YouVersion 5 day reading plan)
    I’m 71 love crafting; making wreaths…. just recently started trying to sketch, draw simple things. I get to do that on the art journal group I’m in. Anyway I would like to get more inspiration from your blog. Thank you.

  17. I’m confused. Do you actually have a shop at the Berryville Fairgrounds or do you have “events” at certain times?

  18. I’m struggling to find a tutorial or video on using Miss Mustard Seed milk paint on kitchen cabinets. I’ve read through the blogs and watched the videos but still confused on whether to use a bonding agent or not, what to seal with….please help. My husband is on a “renovation role” and I have to keep the momentum moving!!! My cabinets are a dark color and clearly have a gloss of some sort because they always look like finger print heaven!

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  20. Good morning Miss Mustard Seed! I have just completed your Bible Study Plan ; Called to be Creative in my Holy Bible App… It was an inspirational piece that was so relative during this season in my life. I am a wife; mother, grandmother, Artist, teacher, gallery owner, and manager. Your plan has reminded me of the importance of what God has designed and called me to do. As life would have it, things have kept me from my purpose but your inspired words have drawn me back to that place of “needing to create” .. Thank you for that. Thank you Father for using others to inspire us when we need it. God bless you and continues to bless your business! Happy New Year! 2018!

  21. Oops! The study was actually “Created to Be Creative”, I was working on several different plans at one time.. Please forgive me!

  22. Good morning Miss Mustard Seed! I have just completed your Bible Study Plan ; Created to be Creative in my Holy Bible App… It was an inspirational piece that was so relative during this season in my life. I am a wife; mother, grandmother, Artist, teacher, gallery owner, and manager. Your plan has reminded me of the importance of what God has designed and called me to do. As life would have it, things have kept me from my purpose but your inspired words have drawn me back to that place of “needing to create” .. Thank you for that. Thank you Father for using others to inspire us when we need it. God bless you and continues to bless your business! Happy New Year! 2018!

  23. Hi,
    I have an armoire that I purchased a while back. However, the white color is fading a bit and it’s turning a bit yellowish ( not in a good way ) It is a Simply Shabby Chic Collection I purchased at target. I really want to paint it and I love the Gray-Blue color. I just do not feel confident about the furniture taking the color. Can you help me, please?

  24. Hi Marian, thank you for this very brave and honest post!

    I suggest that you do one simple thing. Click on your link “About” at the top of your blog and read it in its entirety. You have already accomplished so much! And yes your goal to inspire us is evident in all of the positive comments here. Take pride in everything you have accomplished and listen to your own words to us, your followers, your believers.

    Enjoy some dark chocolate (73%) and as I tell all of my sons “You can’t go anywhere if you stay in one place.” Just take a step and you’re off with the next creation and you will quickly see this as a little blip in a long successful life and career. Just a tiny little blip.

    Thank you for all you do, and I look forward to reading every single new post! You are such an inspiration!

    God bless you Marian

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  26. Hello Miss Mustard Seed. I will be in Minnesota in August and would like to visit a few great vintage shops. Are there any particular ones you would recommend? Thank you.

  27. Hello Miss Mustard Seed,

    I came across you on Pinterest. I live in the UK. I would like to receive your emails as I loved your ideas. Thank you

  28. Hi Miss Mustard Seed.

    I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery. Hopefully you church family are feeding you well, doing house work your husband can’t manage, and taking care of your children. I am hopefully still recovering from my back surgery and stroke I am got I in snob of 2016.
    God bless you and completely heal you. Be sure to do your physical therapy!!

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  30. I love your style with interiors, painting and all of your crafting ideas. Love the blue and cream shirt you have in the photo above. Any idea who made it? Thanks for all of the inspiration.

  31. I just order miss mustard seed paint and it does not match the color I ordered it matches the one in the other bag . Could you please call me or text me .@207 650 8568 Thank you ,Tracey Rapisardi P.S. I need it for a client I bought it @ Amazon $200.00worth of paint . There is no # to call you so could you please call or text me . Thank you,Tracey

  32. Hi! I’m interested in repainting a crib. The crib is already painted white, but has some chipping and teeth marks. Would you recommend sanding and then adding a bonding agent to the paint? Is the bonding agent as safe for infants as the milk paint itself? Thanks for your advice!
    Lauren

  33. Hi my name is Vicki Pitlyk from St Louis Mo. I have been following for months and love everything you stand for and your talent… I’ve been practicing and noticed the Happy Mail movement and people sending you things as well… where do I send mail that ensures you will receive?

  34. How is it that I have been following you for several years and just now realize you live in my home state of MN??? Too funny

  35. Hi,
    Hoping you can give me some advice on a project. We recently moved to Dutchess County NY. On the property was a fairly large concrete statue of “Our Lady Of Grace“ in need of restoration. I could tell that her previous owners were devoted to her by the remnants of broken glass candle holders and plant containers left behind. I imagine they had been through some trying times. Though not a part of my spiritual history I decided the Mary statue should remain and I would try to bring her back to her original condition. I looked up some photos and art work to understand what would be an appropriate look. I could tell that she had been painted (?). After a great deal of cleaning I used interior/exterior acrylic paints for the details. I have to say the transformation has been amazing. Now for the difficulty I am having with the final step, at this point she looks a bit like a porcelain doll. I think she needs to look more “established”, and an antiquing technique would be the way to go. I simply am not sure how to achieve this and don’t want to regret making a unwise decision. Any ideas? I have admired your work and read and watched your tutorials with great interest. Thank you in advance.
    Truly,
    Carolyn Liverzani
    PS. I can send photos.

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