box easel & studio happenings

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Running a Business, Watercolors

I hope you had a great weekend!  We had beautiful warm and sunny weather that was beckoning us to a family hike, but we really needed rest and had some chores that needed to be done, so we threw open the windows, pressed through our work, and then just chilled.  It’s amazing how much energy a dose of sunshine and … Read More

The business of blogging | affiliate links

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business

This is part four of the overall series “The Business of Blogging“, but it’s part three in the more specific topic of monetization (making money off of a blog).  In this post, I’ll be sharing about affiliate links and how they work. First of all, what are affiliate links? They are special links from a blog post (or social media … Read More

Me & Mrs Jones

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Running a Business

I left early (for me) Thursday morning to fly to Memphis, Tennessee to spend the weekend with Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect and Stephanie Jones of Me & Mrs Jones.  Trips like these always feel like a bit of an interruption to daily routine (I guess trips technically are), but they always end up being a huge boost for me.  They … Read More

the business of blogging | sponsored posts

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business

This is part three of our overall series of the business of blogging, but it’s part two in the sub-series on monetization (aka – how bloggers make their money).  In this post, I’m letting readers as well as aspiring/new bloggers know how sponsored posts work. If you haven’t read the first two posts in this series, specifically the post on … Read More

The business of blogging | ads

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business

If you missed the first series in this blog post, the business of blogging / money matters, you can find it HERE. I have wanted to write a post about the ins and outs of ads and sponsorships for years, but it seems like such a hornet’s nest that I have decided to stay away from it.  Well, I’m going … Read More

The business of blogging | money matters

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business

When people ask me what I do, I usually say, “I own my own business.”  This suffices for those who aren’t curious or inquisitive at all.  For others, though, they press further.  “What kind of business?”  And that always stumps me, because my business it multi-faceted and it isn’t easily categorized.  Insurance companies and accountants often scratch their head when … Read More

best of 2016

Marian Parsonsmy business story, Popular, Running a Business

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