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

box easel & studio happenings

Marian ParsonsArt, Running a Business, Watercolors22 Comments

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 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, my business story, Painting & Refinishing, 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

The business of blogging | ads

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business32 Comments

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