creative retreat | feb 2020

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Art, Artistic Endeavors, Balance, Oil Painting, Running a Business, Travel9 Comments

I went on my first creative retreat almost two years ago.  It wasn’t a conference that was packed with classes and activities.  It wasn’t a family vacation where I was wrangling kids between pockets of relaxation.  It was a time away specifically for the purpose of filling my creative tank and stepping outside of my daily routine, so I could … Read More

#indexcardartproject take two

Marian ParsonsArt, Artistic Endeavors, Oil Painting22 Comments

Since regaining the use of my right arm,  I have been working on getting back into oil painting.  It’s been a challenge to try to fit it into my schedule.  It’s not just busyness with work, but with family, church, and personal goals (meal prep, exercise, language-learning).  When I’m trying to fit it all into a day, something has to … Read More

mini landscape “place cards” & a giveaway

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Art, Artistic Endeavors, crafts, Decorating, Oil Painting, Tutorials604 Comments

While the boys were at the climbing lessons, I mingled around the nearby Walmart store, looking for inspiration and pieces to use in an upcoming post about a summer table setting.  I found beautiful jade dishes by Pioneer Woman as a great launching point, but I wanted to add a whimsical element to the table beyond fruit, flowers, and a … Read More

linen shades & art sale

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Oil Painting19 Comments

First off, the winner of the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint birthday giveaway is Traci (butterflyoct)!  Congrats! Almost a year ago, I made some linen shades to filter light in my studio.  And that project turned into having the shades reproduced and sold on Decor Steals.  Well, they are back today! I hung one in my kitchen to show what … Read More

the toledo stool & equipto cart

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Favorite Finds, Home Studio, My House, Oil Painting26 Comments

There are two things that have been on my shopping list for a while – an antique adjustable drafting stool and a rolling cart, both for my studio.  I’ve been trolling craigslist and looking at local antique and consignment shops and haven’t found anything that was just right.  Well, I hit the jackpot at Junk Bonanza and found both! One … Read More