a goat bell for a horse

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Holiday, Living Room, My House

When I was out shopping last week, I found a little goat bell.  It was inexpensive, I think $4.00, so I picked it up.  I initially envisioned using it as a Christmas decoration, with some evergreens, etc., making it into a small wreath. The leather was really dry, but a little Hemp Oil hydrated it and made it pliable again. … Read More

fun finds

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds

I haven’t been on any big shopping trips lately, but I’ve picked up some fun things here and there that I haven’t shared here on the blog, yet.  I thought today seemed like a good day to do that. A few weeks ago, I bought this white toy truck from one of my “pickers”. I decided to keep it for … Read More

recent finds – quilts, ironstone & more…

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds

When I was out shopping on Saturday, the main purpose was getting out of the house and away from the studio, but I was also hoping to find things to list in the online shop. I usually find a quilt every now and then.  Maybe a few each year.  This shopping trip, though, I found three quilts!  It was just … Read More

antique “art cabinet”

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Mustard Seed Studio

I have been pushing towards a few deadlines over the last several weeks and, while it’s all been fun work, I was really ready for a change of pace!  Jeff gave me a chance to get away on Saturday, so I went on a trek to HomeGoods and to a local antique shop.  I am almost always shopping for things to … Read More

using & caring for silver every day

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care

A couple of years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to keep my pretty things hidden in cabinets and drawers.  I was going to either use them or let them go.  Since I didn’t want to get rid of it, I decided I would use the silver pattern I inherited from my mom, Oma, and both great-grandmothers as our everyday … Read More

$100 craigslist drafting table

Jeff PottsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Mustard Seed Studio

I have realized that as my work changes, my work space needs to change, too.  When I work on furniture and photoshoots, I rarely sit at a desk or work table.  I’m usually crawling around on the floor or scooting around on one of our wheely stools.  I’m in a season right now, though, where a lot of my work … Read More

personal shopping | quilts & coverlets

Jeff PottsAntiques, Shopping Tips

I hope you had a great weekend!  For the most part, I stepped away from work, so I could rest up for the busy week ahead. Anyway, I browse for cool things online pretty regularly.  I particularly like Etsy, eBay, and craigslist.  I sometimes trip across really great buys that I snap right up, but I’ll also find pieces that are … Read More

what would fit in my carry on…

Jeff PottsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Ironstone

I already shared that I found several pieces in New Hampshire that I would’ve bought in a heartbeat if I had my van.  But, I didn’t. And, since my suitcase was already over 50 lbs, I could only buy things that would fit into my carry on bag. Of course, that included ironstone!  I feel like I can find ironstone anywhere … Read More