indigo dyed napkins

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Secret Weapons, Tutorials52 Comments

A few of you spotted (and asked about) the blue napkins I used in my table arrangement last week… …so, this post is all about them. These napkins are actually antique linen napkins from my Oma.  They look quite lovely in the picture below, but they were actually a very yellowy-cream that I never cared for… The color was so … Read More

updated tips for shopping craigslist

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Secret Weapons, Shopping Tips15 Comments

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably caught on that craigslist is one of my favorite places to shop for furniture.  I’m often asked about it, so I thought I would share some updated tips along with my craigslist strategy and how I sort through the trash and treasures. First of all, I know I’m … Read More

why I use my silver everyday

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care, My House, Secret Weapons79 Comments

I’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth talking about again. When I shared pictures of my new drawer organizers, I received a few comments and questions about my flatware.  The most common one was, “Do you really use your silver everyday?” The answer is yes, I really do.  Even with two young boys, I do.  Even with a husband … Read More