gingerbread house recipe & templates

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Food, Holiday39 Comments

A few years ago, I got it in my head that I had admired gingerbread houses long enough and I was going to make them myself.  Not just the graham cracker/milk carton/kit variety, but ones that I made from scratch and decorated with traditional white royal icing.  Kriste and I played hooky from working in the studio and we spent … Read More

little scandinavian christmas tree

Marian ParsonsHoliday31 Comments

I am always drawn to things that are European, specifically if they are German or Scandinavian.  I am sure that is heavily influenced by my childhood years spent in Germany.  I still remember the wonder I felt when we took field trips to the Christkindlmarkt and that has always stuck with me. So, over the years, I have found my … Read More

orange clove pomanders & free mrs. meyers

Marian ParsonsHoliday24 Comments

In recent years, I have enjoyed making most of my Christmas decorations from natural elements.  This year, I was inspired to make orange pomanders by Mrs. Meyer’s Orange & Clove holiday scent. I’ve been wanting to make them for a while, but this promotion gave me a good excuse. That’s right…  It’s that time, again!  If you’ve been thinking about joining … Read More

the slow evolution

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Kitchen, My House36 Comments

I’m sure you would agree that our society as a whole suffers from “instant-itis”.  We want it all now, fast, and simple. And the expectation for a room makeover has been altered ever since Trading Spaces.  A room can be completely (debatably) finished from top to bottom in 2 days.  And, while some transformations can be quick, like changing the … Read More

studio organization

Marian ParsonsArt, Mustard Seed Studio, Organizing33 Comments

This studio is totally different from my last one.  It’s about a 20th of the size, maybe even smaller than that.  It doesn’t have storage closets, rolling dividing walls, or many zones for different tasks.  This studio is designed specifically for small-scale creative endeavors and photography.  No shipping, no office work, no big sewing or furniture projects. Even small-scale creative … Read More

counter & tile options & $30 shelves

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House, Organizing34 Comments

Yesterday, I needed to run some errands and play some catch up, so I didn’t have a chance to start painting the kitchen island.  I must admit that it’s nice to have a break from cabinet painting, although I’m looking forward to having it done! While I was out, though, I picked up samples from Home Depot to “try them … Read More

Seasons of Home | Fall Porch

Marian ParsonsHoliday21 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Joss & Main.  I shop from them regularly as a customer, so this was a natural sponsorship.  All words and opinions expressed in this post are my own. One thing that excited me about our new home was the porch!  I only had a small stoop at our last house, but this house has … Read More