basket full of yarn & crochet update

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, crafts78 Comments

So, I have fully embraced the crocheting thing!  I made three trips to the craft store last week, which is no small thing because I couldn’t drive.  I had to ask someone to take me and witness me exploring this new world of yarn.  I’ve actually always been drawn to yarn and have found excuses to buy some here and … Read More

custom seashell art

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Tutorials17 Comments

I decided to do a loose beach theme for the boy’s bathroom because it’s a classic decorating choice.  Also, both of my boys love the beach and have fond memories of family trips to my uncle’s Myrtle Beach condo.  My oldest son would live in the surf while we were there.  I also have a ton of shells that have … Read More

mini landscape “place cards” & a giveaway

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Art, Artistic Endeavors, crafts, Decorating, Oil Painting, Tutorials601 Comments

While the boys were at the climbing lessons, I mingled around the nearby Walmart store, looking for inspiration and pieces to use in an upcoming post about a summer table setting.  I found beautiful jade dishes by Pioneer Woman as a great launching point, but I wanted to add a whimsical element to the table beyond fruit, flowers, and a … Read More

Hand Painted Mora Dresser | Part 2

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Popular, Tutorials49 Comments

In case you missed part one of this dresser makeover, you can check it out HERE. At the end of yesterday’s post, I said I would show how the dresser turned out as well as how I distressed and finished it, so this post is fulfilling that promise. And here it is… I did a light distressing with 120 grit … Read More

Hand Painted Mora Dresser | Part 1

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials23 Comments

Last week, I finally got around to painting a dresser that’s been hanging out in my garage since October!  I put it off originally because the winter weather set in, but then this spring has been busy and it’s been out of sight, out of mind.  Jeff cleaned out the garage a few weeks ago and I promised I would … Read More

repairing a broken stool

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Cleaning & care, Tutorials, woodworking16 Comments

I was going to call this post “how to fix loose stools”, but I realized that sounded like an Immodium commercial or something and came up with a different name.  You’re welcome for that. Anyway, moving past the potty humor, I have a thing for antique stools.  They are multi-functional and, since they are hard-working pieces, they are typically worn … Read More