fear is not the boss

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Popular, Running a Business183 Comments

Confession time… The last 2-3 years have been a bit of a struggle for me.  Maybe more than a bit, if I’m completely honest. Before you roll your eyes and wonder what on earth I could be struggling with, hear me out.  (And stick with me, because there is a happy ending.) The struggle has been an internal one and … Read More

Bunnies Birds & Blooms

Marian ParsonsArt, Artistic Endeavors, my business story, Popular110 Comments

I have been keeping a secret for almost two years and now, finally, I can spill it! I am so proud to introduce my very first fabric line – Bunnies Birds & Blooms presented by Free Spirit Fabrics!  Whew!  It’s good to get that one out into the world. So, for those who aren’t familiar with Free Spirit Fabrics, it’s … Read More

customizing a house | painting interior doors

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Painting & Refinishing, Popular, Room Makeovers, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks52 Comments

I’ve been contemplating a way to describe my current house and the changes I’m making.  It’s not outdated, it’s not ugly, it’s not run-down, it’s not in poor taste…  In fact, it’s a beautiful home.  So, how do I explain why I view this perfectly nice suburban home as one that is ripe for a makeover? Then, it hit me.  … Read More

best of 2016

Marian Parsonsmy business story, Popular, Running a Business31 Comments

The first week in January is usually when I hit the ground running, but I’ve been in a post-holiday, pre-head-cold funk and have just wanted to curl up under a blanket and ignore the world!  I’m starting to come out of that, though, and it actually helped me a lot to put this post together and see everything that happened over … Read More

cross-stitching on linen

Marian Parsonscrafts, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials70 Comments

I have fallen in love with an old-school craft…cross-stitching. I know it has a reputation for being dated, but that has a lot more to do with the patterns and the cross-stitch kits available than it does the craft itself. So, this renewed interest in needlework came about when I noticed that my favorite antique textiles were those that were … Read More

using old quilts every day

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care, Popular, Secret Weapons36 Comments

I definitely have a thing for old textiles.  I love table linens, fabric, clothing, embroidery, quilts…you name it.  I’m always drawn to the “linen lady’s booth” in antique stores.  I like to look through the stacks to see if anything catches my eye.  I’m usually looking for blue and white, of course, nubby linen, pretty monograms, crochet trim…things that will … Read More