things have changed…

Marian ParsonsBalance, Mustard Seed Studio, my business story, Running a Business

I’ve been needing to write this post for a while now, but the words were just never there.  I have felt stuck with my blog for a few weeks, though, and I knew I would feel stuck until I made myself sit down and write.

I need to tell you, my readers, that things have changed.

Don’t worry.  It’s all good stuff.  I’m not dropping any bombs, here.  I just need to put it out there, maybe more for myself than anyone else.

After Lucketts, I had a lot of ideas on the “what’s next” list.  I had some plans in the works that would involve tons of hands-on work – furniture painting, shopping, putting rooms together, styling, photography, etc.  Those plans meant loads and loads of blog content, like the weeks leading up to Lucketts.  I was headed towards those plans at a steady pace and then, like I was just a passenger without a hand on the wheel, things took a turn in a different direction.

I’ll give you details when I’m at liberty to do so, but within a one week period, I received and signed contracts to design three product lines and work on two book projects.

Yeah, right?!

It was crazy how it all came on the same week!

And this is on top of other freelance projects I’m working on and the MMS Milk Paint line.

So, if you visit the studio these days, you’ll find me spread out over our two work tables, surrounded by sketches, samples, color swatches, paints, brushes, pens, pencils, and folders trying to contain all of the ideas I’ve put on paper.


I am relishing in it.

Here is the part that’s been a source of stress for me, though…  How can I come up with six days of blog content when I am hunched over a sketch pad most days?  I don’t have as much time to work on furniture or create the kind of posts my readers are accustomed to.

Kriste is the only way I’ve been able to keep things going as they have been.  I told her yesterday that she’s being the “normal me” while I’m busy being the “me I am now”.  She’s been cutting fabric to prep sewing for projects, painting the base coat on furniture, photographing and listing products in the online shop, managing shipping with Jonathan, etc.


(This was Kriste trying to cut fabric with Sebastian “helping”.  She told him he needs to “get a hobby.”)

I’ve been trying to balance it all and make it all work as if nothing has changed and honestly, I’m feeling overloaded and I need to take some pressure off myself.

This blog is still the heart of my business and I will post regularly, but you don’t need to send a search party out if I miss a post or two.  I’m also going to share more of the everyday things I’m working on.  As I’ve thought through this post, I realized that I use to share a lot more of the mundane and now I feel like every post has to be “blog-worthy”.  It makes me smile, because I used to post about gluing moss to old tennis balls and painting my living room by candlelight during a blackout.  Everything seemed blog-worthy then!

Anyway, there it is.

I don’t know exactly how things will go moving forward, but it does feel like a new chapter is beginning and I hope it’ll be a good story that you’ll love reading…


PS – Jeff tried to make me fit the sentence “the winds of change are blowing hard across the precipice of my life” into this post, but I told him he could keep it and use it in a research paper or something.

things have changed…

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