As we work in the studio, Kriste & I talk a lot about decorating. We chat endlessly about styles, trends, what’s inspiring us now, blogs we like, what we think is being overdone, etc. Having worked alone for such a long time, I love the interaction and find it makes me think through my own tastes and choices and it broadens my horizons a bit. One day, we were chatting and I stopped what I was doing and looked up at Kriste. “We need to put this on camera.” And that was it. We decided that day that we would start a weekly video series called “Design Ramblings.” Actually, we tried to come up with a name that was more clever, combining our blog names, Rosemary & Thyme and Miss Mustard Seed, but everything that combined those two names sounded like we would be talking about gardening or cooking. We also like that “ramblings” sounds casual…we’re not claiming to be experts on everything style & decor related. We just love it and enjoy talking about it, so take from it what you will.
The first ramble is about decorating for Christmas. We don’t have a theme song, logo or title screen, yet, but you have to start somewhere. Right? You’ll never make a weekly video series if you never make the first one. So, here we go…matching plaid shirts and all…
We have a long list of topics to chat about, but we’d love to answer questions and cover topics you’re interested in as well. Feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
We finally have the first Mustard Seed Studio workshops on the calendar! I really wanted to have one scheduled before the end of the year, but it just felt too cramped. I didn’t want to stuff a workshop in just for the sake of meeting some arbitrary goal. The studio is mostly ready to receive guests, although it is a creative space, so there are usually fabric scraps and glitter all over the floor and the tables are usually covered in cups of mixed paint and the latest items we’re listing in the shop. That’s what this space is for, though, so I embrace it and all of the mess.
We decided to try back-to-back workshops, so we can have a focused time each month when we’re set up and ready for customers. The first workshop is Friday, January 23, from 10:00-noon. This is a milk paint 101 class for beginners who want to learn the basics of milk paint and the other products we carry in our line.
The second workshop is Saturday, January 24, from 10:00 – 3:00 and this is a bring-your-own-furniture class. I always enjoy these, because you get to see so many different pieces, styles, colors, finishes, etc. It’s a great teaching and learning experience and is geared towards people who have at least some painting experience under their belt.
Both classes are limited to 12, so the atmosphere will be intimate and relaxed. You can purchase the classes and see all of the details in the links above or HERE. I am so excited about them!
We’ll provide snacks and drinks for both workshops and lunch for the longer event on Saturday. We’ve been working for months to create a functional and fun space for just this sort of thing…
Each attendee will get some goodies to take home as well, including an MMSMP apron, a Look Book, a sample bag of paint, etc.
And we will provide all of the supplies and paint, including the new European color line!
MMSMP products as well as some antiques will be available for purchase.
We’ll be teaching two workshops/month (usually) and will vary the times and topics to keep things fresh. I’ve been kicking around workshop ideas for styling/photography, blogging, starting a business, upholstery, slipcovering and more. I also love the idea of having some “open studio” sessions where woman can sign up to come for free and work on projects. It would be sort of the idea of a sewing circle. We can each work on our own projects, but receive input, help and creative energy from others.
So, I hope I get to see 24 of you in just a few weeks!
While I’m talking about the studio, I’ve been meaning to share the lettering that was custom-made for the doors by Leen the Graphics Queen. I remember hearing her name when I first joined the blog world and it’s been so fun to meet her in person and watch her business grow. Cutting vinyls for business doors isn’t her speciality, but she offers a huge assortment of wall decals for front doors, nursery walls, photo backdrops and even offers canvas art and paper prints. Her site is a great resource for just about anything wall related!
This is what she made for me…
Reni of Bliss & Tell Branding Co designed the layout/font for me. I didn’t want to have set studio hours, so I decided to make them “open by chance or by appointment only”. That way, I don’t feel like a slave to the studio on the days I just want to work at home or go shopping.
The other door displays the MSI logo designed by Laura Dryer when I first started my business. (Oooo…those doors need a good cleaning!)
These decals let people know what is going on behind those doors, but it’s not a huge sign that will attract passers-by to stop in all the time. The studio will be more “officially” open in January, if you’d like to come pay us a visit.