Ruffled Pillow Tutorial

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials43 Comments

 This week has been a flurry of DIY activity in the Mustard Seed household and my guest room is almost completed.  This was a totally unexpected makeover that grew out of one idea, but aren’t those the best?  Here’s a little sneak peak for you… Such a tease, I know.  A makeover that started out with painting and construction soon … Read More

Workshop Series – Furniture Stripping 101

Marian ParsonsPainting & Refinishing, Tutorials30 Comments

Welcome to the workshop series brought to you by Mustard Seed Creations and Funky Junky Interiors! As a continuation of the furniture refinishing and painting series, I’m going to cover furniture stripping.  Donna is dishing some great photography tips, so make sure you visit her blogafter you read this post. When I did a post on stripping furniture several months ago, … Read More

Finishing the Unfinished

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials61 Comments

I’m not good at decorating marathons.  I’m much more of a sprinter.  I like projects that I can complete in a couple of hours, maybe days.  I don’t do months or years.  I want instant gratification, which is why I’m a painter, not a quilter.  So when I found a couple of unfinished needlepoints in my grandparent’s attic, I knew … Read More

Workshop Series – Furniture Painting & Refinishing Part 1

Marian ParsonsPainting & Refinishing, Tutorials43 Comments

Welcome to the workshop series brought to you by Mustard Seed Creations and Funky Junky Interiors!  A quick reminder: the voting for the  So You Think You Can Decorate competition is open through Friday, so make sure you vote for your two favorite “old” entries this week.  We are now going on a journey together to the wonderful world of painting and refinishing furniture.  For those … Read More

$4.00 Chair + White Cotton Twill =

Marian ParsonsSewing, Tutorials67 Comments

I absolutely love being able to make slipcovers.  If you don’t detest sewing, you really should try your hand at making one.  When we purchased our house 3 1/2 years ago, we were moving from 1010 square feet to about 2500.  We needed furniture, but buying new was not in the budget…nor is that my style.  So, we started hitting … Read More

Half Canopy Tutorial

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Sewing, Tutorials32 Comments

I have received a huge response from my half canopy, so I am following up with a tutorial.  I try to keep all of my posts from being too wordy, but this one will be the exception.  Now, I did not take pictures while sewing, but I’ve included a drawing and I’ll talk you through it.  The sewing part of … Read More