cleaning a smoke smell out of wood furniture

When you buy used furniture sometimes musty, dusty, pet, and smoke smells come with it.  When it comes to severe pet and smoke odors, I'll usually pass on a piece.  They are notoriously hard to...

basement family room makeover | 1800’s chandelier

Nothing quite says "relaxed basement family room" like an 1800's chandelier dripping with crystals.  Am I right or am I right? Okay, not really.  In fact, when I shared the very meticulous sketch...

four years…

July 24, 2021, was the four-year anniversary of the day we moved into our house in Rochester, Minnesota!  It was a whirlwind move that truly was an incredible story (you can read about it HERE.) On...

creative play | bookbinding single pages

In my last box of goodies that came from across the pond from Julia of Ponder & Purchase, I received several vintage and antique sketchbooks and drawing/oil papers.  She's been on the hunt for...

basement family room makeover | decisions

Over the last few weeks, you've seen me meander through decisions about my basement family room makeover.  And, let me say, I am so glad I have given myself the freedom to change course and switch...
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may 2021 favorites

may 2021 favorites

I can't believe it's June already!  In just a few short weeks, 2021 will be half over.  I remember a friend saying years ago, as I held an infant Marshall in my arms, that I just pressed the...

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My Favorite Jute Rugs

My Favorite Jute Rugs

I've shared about the jute rugs I use in my home in various posts, but not all in one place.  Since rugs are a tricky part of decorating a room (for me, at least), I thought I would share some of my...

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tips on shelling

tips on shelling

As I've shared before, my favorite thing to do at the beach is to hunt for shells.  I've been shelling since I was a little girl, helping my Oma hunt for olive shells at Long Beach, NC.  When we...

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some of my favorite frames for art

some of my favorite frames for art

In recent weeks and months, I've been asked a few times about framing original art, so I thought I would share some of my favorite frames in a blog post. Let me kick this off by saying I don't think...

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little bits from ponder & purchase

little bits from ponder & purchase

The Kitchin Sketchbooks I bought from Julia of Ponder & Purchase have proven to be just the beginning.  Since the two of us first started talking about the sketchbooks, a friendship has been...

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collections | civil war era flatware

collections | civil war era flatware

When I was asking for blog post/theme suggestions back in March, one of my readers suggested sharing some of my collections.  I have done that in the past, posting about ironstone and other things...

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April 2021 Favorites

April 2021 Favorites

April just flew by for me, but it was a good month full of favorites.  It was my birthday month to boot, so I got lots of fun goodies.  Jeff and I are at that stage in life when we enjoy just...

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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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