five reasons you need hemp oil in your life & answers to FAQs

Marian ParsonsCleaning & care, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing44 Comments

When you’re around something for a while, whether it’s a smell, an environment, something you created or wrote, it’s easy to not appreciate or notice it any longer. Sometimes I’ll go back and read a post I wrote years ago, that I have completely forgotten about and it makes me laugh and I can see my blog in a fresh … Read More

craigslist confession

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers52 Comments

Sooooo….about that “no spend February”… I’ve actually been doing well with it and have said “no” or “later” to many things I wanted to buy in the moment. But, I made the mistake of browsing on craigslist.  Even as I was doing it, I knew it wasn’t smart.  But, we’re working on my office and I needed a storage piece.  … Read More

looks can be deceiving…

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Before and Afters, Cleaning & care, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint26 Comments

Let me take you back to high school. Remember that first day of a new class, looking around the room, scoping out your classmates?  Who might be your friend?  Who is going to be a troublemaker?  And where is the – oh, there he is… The hot guy. Perfect hair.  Great smile.  Gorgeous eyes.  At first glance, he is your … Read More

cleaning a grubby piece of furniture

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care26 Comments

I have recently acquired quite a few awesome, but very dirty pieces of furniture and I’ve been asked how I clean them, so I thought I would share. I’m all for diving in with a brush and getting straight to the fun part, but grubby pieces really need to be cleaned first. (Just a note before we get started. This … Read More

using & caring for silver every day

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care48 Comments

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