simple pillow tutorial (with piping)

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials

I’ve shared a few pillow tutorials on my blog over the years, but it’s been a while, so I decided to take some pictures as I was making a couple of pillows today. Since I shuffled things around in my family room a few months ago, I’ve needed (well, wanted) to make a couple of pillows.  I finally got the push I needed … Read More

cross-stitching on linen

Marian Parsonscrafts, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials

I have fallen in love with an old-school craft…cross-stitching. I know it has a reputation for being dated, but that has a lot more to do with the patterns and the cross-stitch kits available than it does the craft itself. So, this renewed interest in needlework came about when I noticed that my favorite antique textiles were those that were … Read More

soda crate + dress form display

Marian Parsonsbuying & selling antiques, Running a Business, Tutorials

When it comes to creative display ideas, I try to “keep my head down” or “keep my blinders on” to some extent, so that my ideas aren’t too heavily influenced by trends or other creatives. But, sometimes I feel a little stuck in a rut and I need to cruise for some fresh inspiration. It’s definitely a fine tightrope to … Read More

indigo dyed napkins

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

A few of you spotted (and asked about) the blue napkins I used in my table arrangement last week… …so, this post is all about them. These napkins are actually antique linen napkins from my Oma.  They look quite lovely in the picture below, but they were actually a very yellowy-cream that I never cared for… The color was so … Read More

how to make a ruffled bedskirt (with a no sew option)

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials

I had several questions on how to make the ruffled bedskirt I had on the antique iron bed frame, so I thought I would make a tutorial. Bed skirts are the kind of thing I’ve always preferred to make myself.  I feel like most store-bought versions are skimpy on fabric and are rarely exactly the right “drop” or length, so … Read More

making a “vintage” chalkboard

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Mustard Seed Studio, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials

As I shared yesterday, the past couple of weeks in the studio have been devoted to getting things finished that have been hanging around for way too long.  I’ve ignored some of them, because I knew they would be a pain-in-the-rear to work on, like the French chair with nailhead trim (yet to be revealed), and I ignored others because … Read More