the by-product of a beautiful environment

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Watercolors22 Comments

I took an online landscape watercolor journaling class a couple of months ago through the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network.  The class was taught by Michelle Wooderson and I was not only inspired by the techniques and studies, but how Michelle paid so much attention to the details of all of her supplies.  Every element was thoughtful and personal.  I mean, now I … Read More

Lucketts Guide 2017

Marian ParsonsAntiques, buying & selling antiques, Running a Business53 Comments

I’m getting this guide in at the last minute!  It’s just been that kind of day! Since it’s late and I’m pooped, here are the details… LOCATION Just a reminder that the Lucketts Spring Market isn’t at Lucketts any longer!  It’s at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Berryville, VA.  That is where we’ll be and that is where you’ll want … Read More

Lucketts set up

Marian Parsonsbuying & selling antiques, Running a Business33 Comments

Last year, I thought my new digs for Lucketts, a 20 x 40 “circus tent”, sounded enormous.  I kept adding more and more stuff to the “pile”, so I made sure the space would be filled. Well, two rental trucks later and the space was certainly full!  It was overflowing, in fact, and trying to find a place for everything was … Read More

If I had to start all over again…

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business11 Comments

One of the best part of my “job” is when I get to encourage and mentor aspiring creative entreprenuers.  I don’t have all of the answers, but I can share my experience and give them the benefit of learning from my successes and failures. I’m asked a lot of questions about starting and running a business like mine, but the … Read More

Romantic Homes Photo Shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography32 Comments

Last October, I drove down to West Virginia to photograph the home of Melanie, from the blog Sweet Melanie, for Romantic Homes magazine.  This was the second time I was hired as a photographer and stylist for a magazine, so I had one shoot under my belt, but I am still very much a rookie. I stopped by Melanie’s house the night … Read More

the business of blogging | social media

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business16 Comments

Welcome to part 5 of my series “The Business of Blogging“.  In this installment, as advertised, we’re talking about social media. I started writing this post a couple of weeks ago and I realized I sounded really hostile towards social media in general, so I decided to set it aside and write about it when I was feeling a bit warmer … Read More

why I’m going to China…

Marian Parsonsmy business story, Uncategorized

Next Wednesday, March 15, I am getting on a plane with my mom and my licensing agent, headed for China. And I thought I would finally share more details about what is bringing me to the opposite side of the world. First of all, when I started my business in 2008 in the hopes of making about $200/month to help … Read More