molded salt dough “gingerbread” ornaments | Christmas crafts

These molded salt dough "gingerbread" ornaments were one of those crafting happy accidents.  They started when I made an impulsive purchase from an Instagram ad for a couple of cookie molds. ...

mini cheese balls recipe & a holiday grazing board

Disclosure:  This mini cheese balls recipe & holiday grazing board post is sponsored by Walmart.  As always, all words and opinions shared are honest and my own. As a lover of cheese-and-crakers...

swallow bird ornament from a cereal box | christmas crafts

I have another easy Christmas craft for you using a cereal box, school glue & glitter!  While I love pretty much all creative endeavors, I've never considered myself a "crafter", but Christmas...

gold leaf ornament tutorial | christmas crafts

After adding the gold star to the top of my dining room Christmas tree, I felt like I needed a few gold ornaments to add some more shine and gold details that would tie in with the topper.  Well,...

how to create beautiful garlands | christmas decorating

I remember buying my first Christmas garland for my college apartment.  It was the kind that was a single strand with thin plastic needles.  It was an unnatural shade of green and looked nothing...
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My First Feature!

I am so excited to announce that I was just featured on Better After! Please go and check it out!http://betterafter.blogspot.com/2009/09/red-desk-more.html

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“Garbage” sounds better in French

You know those oak country trash cans from the 80's & 90's? Well, this was one of them. I bought it at a yard sale for $2.00. It's actually hand made, very sturdy & useful. So, I painted it a bright...

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One of my favorite before & afters

I purchased these side tables (originally a vanity) at a yard sale for $3...for the pair. $1.50 each! They were in rough shape and sat in my basement for several months before I gathered the courage...

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My family room before & after

This was my family room right when we moved here about 3 years ago. I was not into the beige with mauve undertones on the wall, the side door with only primer on it and the furniture was a mish-mash...

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Mixing your paint

First of all, thank you to everyone who has started to follow me! I have big plans, so please invite your friends and keep the comments coming!I have been thinking about tips and tricks I could...

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Some of my favorite finds

Decorative painting and murals is my main business, but I also buy and sell antiques & home decor. I LOVE thrifting, junking, yard saling, fleaing (I'm making up a lot of words, here), attending...

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Folk Art Mural – Before & After

~BEFORE ~I've been posting before & after pictures of furniture so far, so I wanted to change it up a bit and put some before & after pictures of a mural I rendered in a client's home. Above is the...

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Luckett’s Fair

This past weekend was an exciting one for Mustard Seed Creations and me personally. I went to The Old Lucketts Fair in Lucketts, Loudoun County, Viriginia. I've been to this fair many times in the...

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Adventures in yard saling

I am an avid yard saler. I wake up Saturday mornings with anticipation of what I might find that day. Last Saturday I didn't get the chance to set out early, but I was able to stop at a few on my...

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Marian Parsons - Miss Mustard Seed

I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, freelance writer & photographer.  READ MORE to learn more about me, my blog and my business…

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