2519 posts

Marian Parsonsmy business story, Running a Business88 Comments

I just happened to notice on my dashboard that I have published 2519 posts.  This will be number 2520. We’ve been through a lot together… I’ve written those posts on four different computers. I’ve taken pictures with three different Nikon cameras. I’ve moved from my kitchen counter to my basement to a studio. Hundreds of pieces of furniture have been … Read More

the discipline of art

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Watercolors30 Comments

As someone with a degree in Musical Theatre, you would think I’ve known for a long time that art is a discipline.  I really never thought about that as I was signing into the studio for an hour of vocal scales or filling notebooks with the “inner monologue” of the latest part I was playing.  At the time, I just … Read More

my favorite craigslist search terms

Marian ParsonsAntiques, buying & selling antiques, buying & selling antiques, Shopping Tips, Shopping Tips52 Comments

If you haven’t picked up on it, yet, I am an avid “craigslister”.  It started with one dining room table about 9 years ago and it has become my go-to place to browse for furniture and other miscellaneous things. I love that I never know what I’m going to find.  I love that you can weed through all of the junk … Read More

The business of blogging | affiliate links

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business17 Comments

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 Business38 Comments

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

Hand Painted Stencils

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Mustard Seed Studio, Running a Business31 Comments

“Where did you get that stencil?” I’ve been asked that question so many times when I share one of my hand painted pieces.  And that has led to people asking if I ever planned to come out with a line of stencils. I have always loved the idea of it, but as someone who works in a freeform way, I had … Read More

the business of blogging | sponsored posts

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business19 Comments

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