Pinwheel Tutorial

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, german glass glitter, Holiday, Tutorials1 Comment

I posted these last week and was asked by several for a tutorial. I aim to please, so here it is! This tutorial is really from Mini Mustard Seed aka “Mini” aka Charlene. She’s my babysitter/nanny and helps me out with my business during busy seasons. She’s super crafty, so she makes most of my glitter letters and helped out … Read More

Wordsworth Pillow Tutorial

Marian Parsonscrafts, Sewing, Tutorials68 Comments

A few days ago, I got a new toy from Artograph and I couldn’t wait to put it to work.  I’ve been eyeing a light box for a long time, but it was always bumped down the priority list after lenses and sewing machines and other tools of my trade.  My new Artograph LightPad A930 arrived on my doorstep last … Read More

Book Bundles & Birds

Marian Parsonscrafts, Tutorials32 Comments

I decided to share another very cheap and easy home decor project today.  I love the look of old books and I’ve been fortunate enough to find some cool ones on my thrifting excursions, but what if you can’t find any old books?  No problem.  Run (or drive) to your local thrift store and pick up a stack of hard … Read More

Recreating Costume Jewelry

Marian Parsonscrafts, Tutorials27 Comments

This project is super simple.  Like, “embarrassing that I’m even showing you how to make them” simple, but I’m going to insult your craftiness and post a tutorial, anyway.  I love vintage costume jewelry, but I’m not about to don my rhinestone clip-ons and mink shrug for a day of furniture refinishing.  (That image made me laugh.)  But, I find … Read More

Fashioning a Nest

Marian Parsonscrafts, Tutorials34 Comments

Nests are all the rage right now.  They are so symbolic of new life, protecting your family, and creating a comfortable environment.  Until now, I never really thought about the aspect that a nest is made entirely by the occupants and entirely out of found materials.  I’ve found nests before with gum wrappers tucked in.  When I was a little … Read More

Painted Pail Tutorial

Marian Parsonscrafts, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials33 Comments

I loved how much my large painted pail turned out, so I went out today and bought several smaller ones to work on.  As promised, here’s a step-by-step tutorial and some other ideas for painting and using these buckets.    Start with a galvanized metal pail.  I found these on triple clearance at TJ Maxx, but I’m sure you could find some … Read More

Zinc Frame…or is it?

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, crafts, Furniture Makeovers, Tutorials43 Comments

Zinc is a hot “thing” right now. You’re seeing zinc furniture, zinc letters, and all things zinc in home decor. It looks so cool, but it’s expensive. Now, I’m going to say that as much as I love paint, I am not a fan of faux. Mainly, because it looks….well, faux. My friend, Jami from Freckled Laundry, recently painted a … Read More