10 minute decorating | “antique” bread board

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House, Tutorials, woodworking

I was asked by one of my blog buddies, Laura from Finding Home, to join a “10 minute” challenge each month along with some other awesome bloggers.  I tend to take on projects that are more involved..refinishing, painting, upholstering, etc., so I like the idea of pinning myself down each month to do something simple and quick. The theme for … Read More

making a new table look old…

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

 I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  We spent a much needed Saturday at home.  Between sickness and traveling over the past few weeks, we were all behind on our chores, laundry, cleaning, mowing, etc., so we took a day to take care of those things.  Picking up toys turned into organizing the basement and picking out toys to give … Read More

adding casters to the counter

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Tutorials, woodworking

A couple of weeks ago, I found this amazing antique counter on Craig’s List.  My mom and I cleaned it and then I sealed the paint to prevent further chipping. I want everything in the studio to be very easy to move, so we have a lot of flexibility with the set up and I can scoot things around by … Read More

more must-have tools

Marian Parsonswoodworking

Any time you see this logo on a post… …it means that the post is written by Jeff and it’s about the behind-the-scenes stuff that happens in our workshop.  We’re talking tools, setting up a workshop, furniture repair, designing & building built-ins and freestanding furniture and all of the other crazy things I ask Jeff to do for me.  I … Read More

Jeff's top three workshop tools

Marian Parsonswoodworking

Jeff, my other half who is famous for his photobombing, has been working on the blog behind the scenes for a long time…shipping things, fixing things, building things, hanging things, carrying things… but now he’s stepping front and center. He has written a post sharing his top three indispensable workshop tools.  Enjoy… Everybody has their favorite tools. I have mine and … Read More

Organizing the Workshop

Marian Parsonswoodworking

I confess that I have a tough time keeping my work areas clean.  I know the other creative types out there understand.  I am a bit of a neat-freak, but when I’m working on a lot of things, I don’t take the time to clean up the workshop.  Scraps of wood get tossed on the floor, tools are piled up … Read More