forcing paperwhite bulbs

Marian ParsonsHoliday3 Comments

Last year, I forced paperwhite bulbs for the first time and I loved watching them grow. It was a lot like the gingerbread houses…it was something I wanted to do for a long time and finally made it happen. So, I decided to do it again this year.  I purchased the bulbs from Terrain, but I also saw them at … Read More

national diabetes awareness month

Marian Parsonsa slice of life33 Comments

In case you weren’t aware, November is National Diabetes Awareness month.  Why am I dedicating an entire post to that?  My youngest son, Calvin, is a Type 1 Diabetic. I want to share more about diabetes because 1.) people have asked me for updates and 2.) T1D is sneaky and knowing the symptoms can save someone’s life.  So, even if … Read More

Furniture Feature Friday | no. 5

Marian ParsonsFurniture Feature Friday, Furniture Makeovers14 Comments

Happy Friday!  It’s the best furniture-loving day of the week.  This week has just flown by for me and I can hardly believe that next week is Thanksgiving!  Oh my.  Are you ready? Well, before we get to the grocery shopping, pie baking, and football, let me share some of my favorites from #FurnitureFeatureFriday5 shared on Instagram over the past … Read More

upholstering the daybed

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, upholstery39 Comments

When I last shared the antique French daybed here on the blog, I had painted the frame in MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White and finished it with Tough Coat.  You can read about those details HERE. I had some options in my fabric stash for upholstering it, but I didn’t have enough of any one print, so I decided to … Read More

gingerbread house recipe & templates

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Food, Holiday41 Comments

A few years ago, I got it in my head that I had admired gingerbread houses long enough and I was going to make them myself.  Not just the graham cracker/milk carton/kit variety, but ones that I made from scratch and decorated with traditional white royal icing.  Kriste and I played hooky from working in the studio and we spent … Read More

Furniture Feature Friday | no. 4

Marian ParsonsUncategorized9 Comments

My boys have a four day weekend, so I am feeling totally out of whack!  I didn’t want to miss FFF, though and, as always, I found so many inspiring posts!  It even has me tempted to dive into painting my butler’s pantry, but I have other things I need to work on first.   Anyway, if you want to … Read More

little scandinavian christmas tree

Marian ParsonsHoliday31 Comments

I am always drawn to things that are European, specifically if they are German or Scandinavian.  I am sure that is heavily influenced by my childhood years spent in Germany.  I still remember the wonder I felt when we took field trips to the Christkindlmarkt and that has always stuck with me. So, over the years, I have found my … Read More