apple orchard picnic shoot

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday

Today was a whirlwind, but packed with activities that were good for my creative soul. Photo shoots are one of my favorite aspects of my job.  If you read my very, very early posts, I share how much I love “playing magazine”.  I loved that I had an excuse to take pictures of pretty things and share them.  And I have … Read More

a christmas song | what a glorious night

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Holiday

It’s become of a bit of a tradition (every other year, anyway) for me to share a Christmas song here on the blog.  Last year, we just couldn’t pull it together, but this year, I heard a song that I thought would be great and I had just the group of people to do it! I asked Kriste and her … Read More

milk painted ornaments

Marian Parsonscrafts, Holiday, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Tutorials

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

living & dining rooms | Christmas 2015

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Holiday, Living Room, My House

My favorite rooms to decorate for Christmas are the definitely the living and dining rooms.  It’s hard to believe how dark these rooms were when we first moved in over nine years ago and now how light-filled and fresh they feel. For Christmas, I just add some fresh greenery and a few wool pom-poms.  That’s about all these rooms need. I … Read More

gingerbread-ing it up

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday

Would you believe that I have never made gingerbread houses or cookies from scratch?  Ever?  I have made them out of graham crackers or bought the pre-made kits to do with the boys, but I’ve never made the dough and the icing and rolled and cut everything myself. Until Tuesday. I’ve been so in love with the simple and pretty … Read More

master bedroom Christmas decorating

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday, Master Bedroom

I don’t decorate every single room in the house for Christmas, but our master bedroom is right off the family room, so I like to bring a few festive touches in the room. I decorated the room pretty much as I did last year.  I don’t feel like I have to keep things the same, but I also don’t feel … Read More

Christmas room tour | family room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Family Room, Holiday, My House

As a part of the Just a Girl “One Room Tour”, I’m sharing my family room all decorated for Christmas. If you’re coming from Decor Chick or Just a Girl for the first time, welcome.  (And, of course, my regulars are always welcome!) I decided to share my family room today, because it’s the room we spend most of our … Read More