drafting light & a big step

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Uncategorized, Watercolors31 Comments

Now that my major deadlines are past and I am home from my trip to Montana, I am catching up on some things that have been waiting for my attention.  I’m also looking forward to getting back into more sketching, painting, and product design. I’ve gotten my creative space set up pretty well, but I realized I was lacking something … Read More

antique “art cabinet”

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Mustard Seed Studio61 Comments

I have been pushing towards a few deadlines over the last several weeks and, while it’s all been fun work, I was really ready for a change of pace!  Jeff gave me a chance to get away on Saturday, so I went on a trek to HomeGoods and to a local antique shop.  I am almost always shopping for things to … Read More

upholstering a broken cane-backed chair…

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Mustard Seed Studio, upholstery48 Comments

…because you know you wanted to do that at some point in time, right?  Top Google search -“How do I upholster a broken cane-backed chair?”  Well, here is your answer! So, the chair itself isn’t broken, but the cane back is.  It’s actually missing entirely, but that qualifies as broken in my book. I bought this chair quite a while ago … Read More

be the artist you are

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio47 Comments

At the end of my post on Friday I shared, “I feel like I’m finding my legs a bit as an artist…trying to embrace the artist I am, not what I wish I was (if that makes sense.)” Well, it did make sense to several of you and I’ve been thinking about that statement and your responses a lot. I’m … Read More

studio happenings

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Watercolors25 Comments

With freelance design work and a book deadline looming, I have been pinned down in my new workspace to get things done and turned in on time.  I feel like I’m learning and growing each day and I’m really proud of what I’ve been creating, but I am ready to hit an antique store, work on some furniture and just … Read More

QuickStep Flooring Review

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio22 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the Quick-Step laminate flooring I selected to install in a corner of the studio to use for photo shoots.  I have been wanting to do this for a long time, not because the old floor boards in the studio aren’t cool, but because they are #1 – very orange and #2 – there was … Read More