open concept homes – yay or nay?

I've seen some online polls and design articles written about open concept homes lately.  Are they on the way out?  Are we ready to have more walls and doors in our homes again? I love this...

Selbu mitten knitting tutorial | part two | colorwork

Is anyone knitting selbu mittens along with me?  I spent the weekend working on the mitten I'm filming for the tutorial, which was a nice activity given that I've been ordered to stay off my foot. ...

home library inspiration

As I bought more and more books, Jeff and I smiled and made two references - a cinematic one and a Biblical one (fitting for a pastor.) "We're going to need a bigger boat." and "I just need to build...

Selbu Mitten Knitting Tutorial | Part One

I started making Selbu mittens last year and several people asked if I could make a comprehensive selbu mitten knitting tutorial, so here it is!  It's still in the 90s outside, but if you want to...

five keys to making gray walls work

If I didn't know it before, looking at lots of houses online has confirmed something - gray is the new beige.  The default wall color in this day and age has shifted from beige to gray.  It's the...
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You’ve Got Mail

For some weird reason I love these old tole painted pieces. Whether it's a hamper, waste bin, a tray, or one of these little...what are these, exactly? Anyone know? Whatever it is, it looked dark...

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Slipcovered Chair Reveal!

Well, despite having the flu, I finally got well enough to finish this chair that I started to slipcover last week. Here's how it started. It was a leftover from an auction, so it was free. Can you...

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Vignette Party

When I heard about the Vignette Party for Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Night Special, I could hardly resist participating. I was really looking forward to running around my house with a camera,...

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Award & an ER Visit

Well, I've been out of commission since late yesterday afternoon with a virus and I just spent the morning in the ER hooked up to an IV. I'm doing better, but, for the first time in years, I am...

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Stone Fruit & Previews

A few years ago I was browsing through a new Goodwill near my old home in Virginia. As I snooped through the shelves, I spotted the usual thrift store garb - 1970's dishes, floral vases, enormous...

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Lovely Little Lamp

I saw this lamp at my neighbor's yard sale for $3.00 and had to buy it. I just loved the shape of it and the flower-like shade. (As a side note, I bought an absurd amount of stuff at their yard...

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Rainy Days & Sneak Peaks

I took this picture out of my kitchen window and this is what my view has been for 2 days...cold and rainy. Cold and rainy is not good weather for painting. Although I do my spraying in my basement,...

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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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decorating, projects, and recipes for Summer

  • mexican lasagna bake aka burrito cake recipe
    I love recipes that are…quick to make, can be made in one pot, are easy to adjust to different food preferences, and are delicious!  Such is the case with this […]
  • the best strawberry rhubarb crisp
    We have an absolutely wonderful next-door neighbor.  She has blown snow out of our driveway when Jeff was unable to, she has saved Calvin’s bike from sitting out on the […]
  • decorating with shells
    As I collected shells at the beach this spring, the question I was asked most often is, “What do you do with them?”  And I get that question!  When we […]
  • Isle of Palms 2022
    I thought I would share a little bit more about our time at Isle of Palms this year.  If you’d like to read about our trip last year and the […]


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