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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spring garden update 2019

spring garden update 2019

Now that the kids are on summer vacation, spring is in full swing here in MN!  Seriously, that's how long it takes!!  The garden is finally more than just a few sprouts.  It still has a ways to go,...

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join me on my next step of faith

join me on my next step of faith

I know I've been cryptic about "things I'm working on" and "new projects" for the past few months.  Those vague phrases are actually referring to several irons in the fire.  You know about some them...

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May 2019 Favorites

May 2019 Favorites

May was a good month.  That's a simple, but true way to say it.  I've loved the cool spring weather in Minnesota.  I enjoyed being out on walks in the mornings and sitting on the porch in the...

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simple summer dinner

simple summer dinner

More and more, I don't mind cooking dinner, but  I hate having to use creative energy to figure out what I'm going to make for dinner.  I do like meal services for that reason and we do those...

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What’s your number?

What’s your number?

I've heard about the enneagram number for years, but I never even looked into taking a test.  Finally, enough people mentioned it to me that I thought I might as well take the test and see what my...

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cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

A couple of weeks ago, I went out on my deck to enjoy some fresh air and I noticed our two cherry trees were in bloom.  I hadn't noticed it earlier, because they are each growing behind a much...

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be a moving target

be a moving target

Inspiration can be a beautiful thing.  It's a spark that catches and can carry you through enormous projects.  It can drive you, fill you, and lead you into the places of dreams.  But, it can also...

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creative retreat with shaunna

creative retreat with shaunna

Well, I made it back from Florida!  The trip there was a little eventful (lots of delays, maintenance issues with planes, etc.), but I got there and only lost a few hours in the process.  This is...

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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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