antique French architecture portfolios

Yesterday, I scored two amazing finds - a pair of antique architecture portfolios by Wulliam & Farge of Paris.  Here's how that came about...  As we were planning some afternoon outing options...

antique baby shoes | favorite things

One of the first things I bought when I meandered into an antique store as a young adult was a thin, cream cotton baby bonnet.  I really couldn't tell you why I bought it other than I felt drawn to...

EdgePro PaintBook easel review | art supplies

A few people have asked me about the easel I have been using in my temporary studio, so I thought I would share a review of it now that I've been using it for about a month.  EdgePro PaintBook Easel...

May & June 2022 Favorites

I didn't get around to writing my May favorites for obvious reasons.  I broke my foot on May 1 and then spent the entire month hobbling around packing up a 4,000 sq foot house.  It was a lot and I...

pet portraits | creative play

After painting a study of Maud Earl's American Pointer, I felt confident to tiptoe in the world of pet portraits.  I suppose I had to because my mom told me that Sebastian was feeling a little...
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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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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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