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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100 Followers Giveaway!

We're over 100 followers, now and I am having my first giveaway. Here's what it is... YIKES! Ok, this is what it is now, but this is what it can become... These are before & after pictures of a...

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How to Paint When You Can’t Draw

I have my 100 Follower Giveaway post all ready to go! Only 7 more followers. Let's hope we hit it today!I feel pretty strongly that if a client wants me to paint a logo or cartoon character, it...

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Honest Scrap Award

Kathy at Creative Home Expressions has awarded me an Honest Scrap Award! My very first award! I was so excited! Thank you, Kathy!Here are the rules that must be followed upon receiving this award:1)...

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My 1940’s Bathrooms

**Giveaway reminder - Only 20 followers to go before I have my 100 followers giveaway! Sign up now, so you don't miss out! The winner will receive something custom hand painted for their home.I live...

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Furniture Stripping Tutorial

I purchased this piece of furniture a few weeks ago off of an antique store porch (you know, the junk section.) It was $39, which was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I loved this table and it...

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Saturday Finds

You never know what to expect when you go out to yard sales. Last week was gray and wet and I came back with a great haul. This week, the sun was shining, the weather was gorgeous, there was a...

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Kid Stuff

Some of my favorite projects are the ones that I do for children. I thought I would share some of them with you! This mural was the first one I ever worked on. It was a collaboration with my dear...

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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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