cross-stitching on linen

Marian Parsonscrafts, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials68 Comments

I have fallen in love with an old-school craft…cross-stitching. I know it has a reputation for being dated, but that has a lot more to do with the patterns and the cross-stitch kits available than it does the craft itself. So, this renewed interest in needlework came about when I noticed that my favorite antique textiles were those that were … Read More

indigo dyed napkins

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Tips and Tricks, 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

milk painted ornaments

Marian Parsonscrafts, Holiday, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Tutorials28 Comments

I spent most of my day wrapping presents and working on some cleaning to get ready to host Christmas.  I’m sure many of you were doing the same. I have also been insanely motivated to purge and organize.  I’m not sure what has kicked into me, but I have been in a mood.  A get-rid-of-80%-of-everything-and-organize-the-rest kind of mood.  Usually this mood … Read More

aging terra cotta pots

Marian Parsonscrafts, gardening, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials16 Comments

There are some people who like things shiny and new.  They want to be the first person to own something.  They like the smell of a car with 32 miles on it.  They want their furniture to be delivered, tags still attached. I am just not one of those people. Unless we’re talking about electronics, mattresses or toilets, I want things … Read More

how to gold leaf a frame

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Dining Room, My House, Tutorials22 Comments

 When I was out shopping for the upcoming Lucketts Spring Market last week, I was looking for artwork for my living room as well.  I was really hoping for a pair of charming paintings, but I didn’t have any luck.  I did find two vintage Currier & Ives prints, though.  They were sweet farmhouse scenes and I thought they would … Read More

cinnamon ornaments

Marian Parsonscrafts, Holiday, Tutorials5 Comments

I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon ornaments for our tree for a couple of weeks and there just never seemed to be a good time to take over the kitchen counters with the endeavor.  We had a dusting of snow this morning and I had a relatively open day, so I decided to dive on in. There are a lot … Read More

how to make yarn pom-poms

Marian Parsonscrafts, Holiday, Tutorials27 Comments

I’ve been using a lot of handmade wool poms in my Christmas decorating and I didn’t even think about making a tutorial for them.  A tutorial was requested, though, so I thought I would oblige. I made these when I was a kid, to use on hats, hair ties, socks, slippers, etc.  I think most of the ones I made … Read More