a calico, a black sheep & gwendolyn

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors28 Comments

On Thursday, Kriste, Katie and I all worked together to finish up the second 9 x 20′ mural backdrop for Lucketts. I painted a second coat on the lettering and Kriste added the grommets on the sides, top and bottom, which we’ll use to tie it to the tent poles.  (Someone asked how we’re going hang it and that’s how!) … Read More

bed foundation, the other mural & a slipped wing chair

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, buying & selling antiques, Running a Business35 Comments

As I was putting together the low profile foundation we used on the full-sized antique iron bed, I had a fleeting thought that I should take pictures of the process.  My thought that no one would really be interested in the foundation was totally wrong!  Most of the comments I received on the bed were asking about the foundation, so … Read More

controlling the studio chaos…

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, buying & selling antiques48 Comments

As you may have guessed from all of the furniture reveal posts lately (and there are still more to come), the studio is getting pretty full!  We have a lot of space (about 2500 square feet), but we have “areas” for different tasks…shipping, storage, sewing, a counter and our desks, workshop area, and a work/staging/photography area. I just realized as I’m … Read More

building a mobile shop counter

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Running a Business28 Comments

A few of you noticed the counter in the background of the cleaning cart turned kitchen cart post… It is actually a counter I designed and Jeff built for me!  I wanted a counter that had a vintage look and feel, but would be mobile and reasonably lightweight to take to the Lucketts Spring Market and any other future events. … Read More

making a “vintage” chalkboard

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials43 Comments

As I shared yesterday, the past couple of weeks in the studio have been devoted to getting things finished that have been hanging around for way too long.  I’ve ignored some of them, because I knew they would be a pain-in-the-rear to work on, like the French chair with nailhead trim (yet to be revealed), and I ignored others because … Read More