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.

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