the cowbird egg of ideas

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business61 Comments

As I shared last week, some birds (I’ve since learned they are house finches) have built a nest on my front door, tucked behind my Christmas wreath.  I have been watching the eggs with excitement and wonder.  As someone who has never been much of a birdwatcher, I’m getting sucked into that fascinating world. A few nights ago, I peek … Read More

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint turns 7

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, my business story, Running a Business589 Comments

On April 27, 2012, I announced to the world (well, to my blog readers), that I would be launching my very own line of milk paint.  That makes this Saturday, April 27, 2019, the official 7th birthday of the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line!  And we’re celebrating with a walk down memory lane and presents!  We’re running giveaways on … Read More

designing fabric & papers for spoonflower

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Artistic Endeavors, design, Running a Business22 Comments

A few weeks ago, I shared that my second quilting fabric collection with FreeSpirit Fabrics wasn’t going to be produced.  (You can find that post HERE.)  Thanks for all of your encouragement on that, by the way!  The brief feeling of failure that comes with any news like that quickly shifted into excitement.  This means I can take my designs … Read More

closed doors and open windows

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business120 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call and I could tell immediately from the tone that bad news was about the be delivered.  I had a feeling I already knew what that bad news was, though, so I didn’t feel the need to sit down to steady myself. “We presented your second quilting fabric line at our January show and … Read More

contentment boundaries

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Running a Business96 Comments

I wrote earlier this month that my two focus areas of 2019 are contentment and health.  These are two areas I’m working on, so anything I share with you is like the blind leading the blind, but sometimes there is comfort in that.  Sometimes it’s nice to be at the same point on the same journey together, right?  And really, … Read More

why I write this blog…

Marian Parsonsmy business story, Running a Business136 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the whys behind the things I do.  For the new business ideas I’m currently cultivating… Why am I working on them?  Is it simply to earn more money?  To satisfy a desire for a particular creative outlet?  Is it out of fear of missing an opportunity? For the ones that are currently on … Read More

Instagram Q & A | Business

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business41 Comments

I got so busy with other things, that I left this series hanging!  A few weeks ago (months at this point), I opened my Instagram Stories up for questions and I’ve been answering most of those in blog posts.  If you missed those posts and want to see them, you can find them here… Instagram Q & A Home Stuff Instagram … Read More

the creative’s s-word

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, Running a Business42 Comments

S-t-u-c-k. The s-word dreaded by creatives all over the globe. And there is good reason for dreading it.  You’re humming along, in a creative groove and then you come to a complete halt.  Your mind is either blank or so cluttered with non-fun, creativity-sucking things that there is nowhere for a spark to catch.  Man, I hate being stuck! As … Read More