things have changed…

Marian ParsonsBalance, Mustard Seed Studio, my business story, Running a Business136 Comments

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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136 Comments on “things have changed…”

  1. Congratulations! So exciting! Just as your business has grown and flexed in the past, it can keep doing so. We read the blog to follow what you’re doing, no matter what creative endeavor it is, or even if it’s something on your heart. If it’s not everyday, don’t worry…we’ll still be here!

  2. I am so glad that things are going so well for you. I have to say that I look forward to your future posts. I started reading your blog back when you were less conscientious of making the posts ‘blog worthy” and I have to say that I enjoyed them much more. You were more “approachable” back then for us little people. I look forward to hearing how things are going and seeing more of the “mundane” things that you are doing day to day.

  3. Congratulations on your new adventure! I love the room makeover/designs and furniture make overs but I’m sure what’s ahead will be amazing too!

  4. What you said what exactly what I was wondering…trying too hard to make each post blog worthy. Post what brings you joy, what’s interesting to you, those personal glimpses into someone’s perfectly imperfect world is what makes the very best content.

  5. Marian, this is what you’ve worked for! I am SO excited for you AND us and can hardly wait to see what your new enterprises will bring 🙂 Having less of you in blog form just means we will have more of you in other forms and will make the posts we do receive extra special. Change is inevitable for everyone (and how incredible when it’s good change!) and life is not stagnant unless you let it be so keep goin’ girl doing that awesome thing you do! And CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  6. Congratulations Marian! You are slaying (as my kids say) lol. I look forward to hearing all about your new products and your books. It’s so wonderful to see hardwork and talent pay off. Everyone should be inspired and happy for you and your continued growth.

  7. Totally along for (reading about) the ride, however the journey and wherever the destination! Sounds exciting!

  8. Congratulations! I look forward to reading about your new products and reading your books. You are such an inspiration and I enjoy everything that you do. Best of luck.

  9. Good for you !! Sounds like you’ll be busy but, busy being creative. Nothing better! You’ll do it and once you get your rhythm you’ll be flying. You are an accomplished woman ready to tackle all this and, I’m sure, more. So enjoy this next chapter in your extraordinary life and just revel in the madness that is now, “The Life and Times of the Inimitable Miss Mustard Seed”. Your less frequent posts will just be all the sweeter because they’ll be more rare. You go girl!?

  10. Well that is awesome Marian. And Kriste keeping you going plus her own blog. Looking forward to hearing all the details and knowing you won’t be blogging everyday means I won’t expect it everyday. Jeff needs to be a writer. You go girl!

  11. That sounds wonderful for you! You are so creative and have such a unique style, I am glad your talents have been “discovered” by many! Go easy on yourself – family comes first! That’s all for my advice!

  12. First & foremost…congratulations! Thanks for the heads-up about being busy. This way we won’t be concerned about something being wrong if and when the posts are less frequent. We all wish you and your wonderful family delightful times. Reminding you to follow what your heart tells you is important. You are blessed to have that wonderful Kriste as part of the team. ( I know you are aware of that…and Jeff too). Best Wishes to all.

  13. So happy for you. I only met you a couple of times, but you just come off as a genuinely kind person. I love when good things happen to good people. Can’t wait to learn more!!

  14. Can’t wait to hear all about the new adventures! I used to love your blog posts that were mostly beautiful pictures with few words – to your readers, all you do is blog-worthy 🙂

  15. Congrats Marian this is so exciting! I have followed you since you were gluing moss on those tennis balls. I thought you were amazing then and still do! It has been such a pleasure to see you grow and how your hard work has paid off. Thanks for inspiring me daily! 🙂

  16. Exciting. Fingers crossed there will be a line of your ruffled slipcovers for dining chairs, and other slipcovers for wingbacks, channelbacks, etc.!

  17. I commented to you a couple years back as a “mother” figure. It was the first and very few times I have ever made a comment. You were having a “moment ” over something and I wanted to tell you you are very talented and it will be alright.. now you have earned your “talent” accomplishments and we all understand you can only do so much. Do what you have to do for your family ( first). And career and we all get it that when you can chat we will be here. Blessings to you and congratulations..

  18. By the way this post started, I thought you were breaking up with us! Congratulations and I know how anxious you must be to reveal the big news.

  19. Thought this might be coming soon…less posts mean even more eagerly awaited and read!
    Jeff has a way with words, sounds like a teaser for a novel or soap opera:-) That photo of Kriste and Sebastian is priceless.
    Congratulations and I will just echo others in saying “put family first” (after God). Enjoy this next turn in the roller-coaster of life.

  20. I was just thinking the other day about how much you post and wondered if you ever felt like you could cut back to maybe three times a week. As much as I look forward to your blog, I totally understand that you are a wife & mom and even if you only posted once a week that would be great. By the way, I picked up on the side of the road, an old wooden open 4 shelf cart with wheels. I immediately thought of you. Would love to show you a picture. Enjoy your weekend!

  21. Oh my goodness congratulations!! I’m so happy for you! You are a huge talent and a good person. This is your time – big time. Can’t wait to see all of your adventures!

  22. Marian,
    I’m so excited to see where God is leading you! What an amazing opportunity you have and what a blessing for us that we will be able to buy things that you have poured your heart and soul into.
    I do check your blog every morning but I am filled with anticipation over the new things you are working on. I hope that this will help you to not feel as though you must write a blog for the sake of writing one and will instead create a new and different passion for you.
    I also love reading Kriste’s blog. You have both been such an inspiration and a joy to watch grow in your love and pursuits. What a great friendship you have with one another! God bless you and Kriste and all of your family and workers and helpers. You show us that if we take leaps God can and will do amazing things in our lives.

  23. Hi Marian!

    I’m looking forward to watching the change. You are a true artist with a beautiful heart.

  24. Mairan you don’t need to post everyday to have a great following. Your posts are informative and fresh and I look forward to reading them no matter how often!

  25. Congratulations! …I can’t wait for a MMS book or two…. I’ve just about worn out the pages of your home in the last magazine spread. No matter how many times I turn the pages I see something new! I’m really happy for you and also happy to see once again where hard work and love of that hard work can take a person willing to put in the hard work….

  26. The winds are aa blowin’ and it’s for a good reason. Congratulations on your projects and future books. We will be here to receive anything at all and your mundane is our extraordinary. It’s about the person behind the blog and not necessarily the actual project that keeps us here Marian. We want you here for the long haul, not for the sprint. Wishing you the best.

  27. Congratulations Marion, I am very happy for you. I foronewouldlove to hear about your product designing process and book process. May the work of your hands be blessed.

  28. Congratulations on your exciting new projects. Can’t wait to hear more details.

    You were wise to pass on Jeff’s suggestion.

    As for the blog, write shorter posts and rethink what is blog worthy. Think about using some aspect of your day-to-day work on the new projects.

  29. Please cut back rather than ‘burn out’. If we need some “Miss Mustard Seed” everyday, we can go back and re-read some of your previous posts.

  30. You are WOMAN………and a very, very accomplished one at that.
    I have no doubt that you will wiggle and jiggle the pieces of life……, somehow.
    You are such an icon to most of us……….I say that and I have not painted my first piece yet. But I do have paint…….and I am ready to start.
    I look at your work and simply drool.
    Breathe and enjoy the flow of life.
    We are all so proud of you!!!

  31. I find it interesting that you are sharing this at a time when I am considering starting a blog to tie into my photography business. I’ve been taking a class on Building a Better Blog, and I’m just not sure I can make the commitment – at least not everyday. I don’t know how you do it, but you’ve done an amazing job. Just the time I am taking to comment on your blog, having first read your post, is taking time away from my working on my business, but I like reading your blog so it’s worth the time for me. So while you ponder your future direction, if you have any advice, please share it. I think it’s awesome how much you have grown in your business. I, for one, would certainly appreciate any decision on your part to either shorten your posts, or post less often, because writing to your public takes time, as you’ve already stated. I’ll be anxious to see what changes may lie ahead. Thank you for inspiring so many of us.

  32. Congratulations! How could we be anything but happy for you? You go, girl, and we’ll be cheering you on at each and every step! Woohoo!!!

  33. Thank you for sharing your exciting news. Congratulations. And don’t worry about us readers, we’re not going anywhere! Reading your blog is like the inspirational books I read as a young girl like Sue Barton, student Nurse. Reading how you set goals and achieve them and are also able to handle major changes and disruptions with grace and good humor is inspirational.

  34. Congrats!! So exciting for you and I hope you are enjoying it! I don’t know how you can write a post everyday anyway. I mean that the content is there and love it but you always seem like you have a million and one things to do. Can’t wait to see what is new in your life, thanks for sharing with us!!

  35. Balance in life can be a tough tightrope. We need wisdom as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend.
    As Clint Eastwood famously said, “A wise man knows his limitations”. Applies to us women, too!

  36. Wow, that’s exciting! Also, I think I love Jeff, but no worries, I’m married and a lot older than him anyway:).

  37. Congratulations! I love reading your blog and everything you do and can’t wait to follow along on this next part of your journey! You are an inspiration! Love the picture of Kriste and Sebastian, and Jeff’s little blog title was cute! I envision you becoming a major multi-faceted brand like Joanna & Chip Gaines from Fixer Upper. So happy to see honest, hard working, down-to-earth, good people go far with their dreams!

  38. Marian, you deserve every good thing! I can’t wait to see where this next part takes you . . . .
    I just noticed the schedules on the right hand side – did I see this correctly? You’re coming to No Grafton MA ON 10/10???! This is probably an hour and a half from me! Yayyyyyyy!

  39. Very happy for you…you have the nicest way about you and seem so deserving of recognition of your talent and creative abilities. I loved every delicious Luckett post and marveled at your ability to find all that great stuff to make your booth so wonderful. You seem so down to earth, natural and modest about your skills ; your lack of pretension and willingness to share your knowledge is refreshing . Is Jeff an English Major? I detect a little hyperbole in his suggestion.

  40. You go girl! It is a real woman who can move aside, reevaluate, and go on with what is meant to be – what is best for YOU. You shouldn’t be worrying about us, your readers. We already admire you for who you are and what you have been blessed with to this point. You will catch up with your blog when it is time…and be better for it. I wish you the best as you venture into new arenas, where, in all honesty, we wish we could go. You are going for us. God Bless You.

  41. I think more blog sites should follow your lead. Personally, I don’t see the need for ANY blog to post something be it a recipe, a craft, anything every single day of the week. I wish I could get a commercial site, Williams-Sonoma to see things from your shoes. I swear, I think they’re out to drive me nuts. They’re just about my very favorite place for buying special kitchen items, even a few ingredients, etc so I hate to unsubscribe from them, but they’re going completely wacko with their emails. With no exaggerating I bet I get at least a half a dozen a day from them. Even if I open a product just to see what it really is, to get a better look at it they’ll begin to send me little “nagging” reminders that its still there. I can’t even open something to look at without being bugged to buy it. I’ve written to them and said they’re getting WAY out of control but I’m just one out of millions, why listen to little old me.

    I basically receive FAR too many emails every day and I hate to say it, but to hear a site is going to be sending less is actually a good blessing to hear for me. Fairly often I wasn’t opening them anyway. Now, if they’re arriving less often it will be much more interesting to open and see what’s going on. I think overall you’ve made a VERY wise and intelligent decision and I applaud you for it. Good luck with everything new you’re doing.

  42. Marian- don’t know if you’ll see this or not, but kudos and congratulations from one of your fans down south in Frederick Co., MD. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer – or more talented – person!

    Best going forward!!


  43. Every morning, one of the first things I do in my free time is check your blog. While I am so happy for you, selfish me will certainly miss that. Your readers can definitely see that the blog has become much more commercial over time. And that is probably the goal when folks set out to share their talents, home, families, and passions with a blog. Change is good — You’re a big deal now! To be able to support a family doing something you love is a dream come true, I imagine. Don’t forget the little people though.
    Congratulations & looking forward to see what new products you’ll be introducing :o)

  44. Another heartfelt CONGRATS! to you! How wonderful that you are growing and your plans are headed in a new direction. Go with it! And yes, the drama in your husband’s statement would work more nicely in a paper. Haha!

    Can hardly wait to hear the details!

  45. You are still the humble and gifted young lady you were when you began. You’ve grown, your talents have been found out and they have made a way for you. That’s as it was destined to be. You stayed on your number and you were blessed. You’re being the you you were destined to be.

    What a delight to watch you! You are an encouragement to us all!

    “Live long and prosper.”

  46. Congrats Marion, I am a new seedling but an avid one. I love your blog and will happily accept whatever I can get. I am so pleased for you, your talent deserves a bigger stage and it sounds like you have one. Best of luck in all you do. Tell Jeff I didn’t know people still had presipices!

  47. Congratulations! It’s time to change and try different things, otherwise you become stagnant. Best of luck,you’ll do great.

  48. Best of luck in your new ventures. I’ll be able to say, Oh, Marian, yes I knew her when she was just a pup with her blog!!!

  49. Oh, Marion. Life keeps happening, huh?

    I tripped upon your blog by chance one day and I look forward to it always. Let me tell you why.
    You are you, and like a lot of us, things happen. I love that you don’t sugar coat it. You let us know what worked, what didn’t, what happened along the way. . . The picture of Kristie and Sebastian says it all. “This is what I think I want to do. But the dog sits on it. So, now it looks like I might be doing that.”

    Good luck on all you do. Keep the faith. (And keep us updated.)

  50. Life is about change and growth! Congratulations! I will still be following you and your talents. You are an inspiration. God Bless!

  51. Marian I’m sooo excited for you!!!! You are as good of a designer as anyone on tv today or anyone else. You have worked hard for this, remained faithful to all God gave you and this is a true blessing for you and everyone that follows you. I no longer will have to say” let me tell you about Miss Mustard Seed” because everyone will know!!!!! Prayers it will all come together and you continue to give God the Glory!

  52. Congratulations! You are such an encouragement and I am happy for you. Looking forward to your sharing your new adventures with us. Sounds as if you are surrounded with great people – Jeff, family, Kriste, etc.

  53. Marian- I’m sure I am not the only one who will send you this message- you need to put yourself first! While I always read your blog and relish your photos and instructions, I am constantly marveling at how you manage to keep all the balls in the air. You continue to add content and I wonder how you balance work and family and do such a good job of it. Now that you have the opportunity to expand your business in some exciting ways, you need to do it and we will be here to encourage you, to savor any posts you have time to do, and to cheer when you achieve new milestones. We won’t feel left out; we will feel privileged to have a ticket to see the new products and ideas as you make progress with them. I know I am probably just as excited as you are to see your dreams and thoughts become tangible objects of beauty. Go sow those mustard seeds for all of us to enjoy.

  54. Hopefully your life is not a precipice…lol. It’s all good and unfolds as it ought. Good luck with all the new endeavors.

  55. Congratulations on all your achievements. You are so talented and work hard at whatever you set your mind at. I do love your blog, but am so happy for you.

  56. Rerun some old blogs, especially those on making items. It’s okay. Or, just ask a question, and we can all read the comments. Like what is your favorite junky possession.

  57. Best of luck with your new endeavors! Looking forward to seeing what you do in the future 🙂

  58. Change is goood!!! How rewarding because you have three very expensive no matter how one figures it–college funds to beef up. And look??? The Lord is providing!!! All from moss glued on tennis balls which I’ve never heard to do!!! Good idea there!!! For I still love my moss balls of every size

  59. How exciting – congratulations! I’ve wondered how you manage to post each day – very few bloggers do that nowadays. Do what works best for you and share when you can. I enjoy everything you post.

  60. Congrats❤️! Forge on?. We will be here always, looking forward to new things you share and inspire?. You are so loved❤️??

  61. Congratulations from NSW Aus. I love your blog Marian and wish I could visit Lucketts.You inspire me from over the sea and I’m looking forward to your next chapter and wishing you all the best!.

  62. Congrats Mariam can’t wait to see
    your new venture take hold
    I remember the blogs when you satin your living room floor and painted
    trunks etc. you give so much if yourself that is why God blesses you
    with new ventures and gives you success
    God Continue to bless

  63. Hi Marian, As some of your other readers have mentioned ‘change is good’ especially if it’s change that allows you to spread your wings and do something you’ve always dreamed of doing. I know I don’t know you personally and please don’t take this as criticism as it’s not intended to be, try to not to lose yourself in all the possibilities that are offered. We as women believe that we should be able to ‘do it all’ be a wife, mother, home maker, work/run a business…the list is endless! It’s ok to admit we can’t be everything to everyone and we need to give ourselves permission to say ‘I need help’. This, I know, is easily said but one of the hardest things to do! It’s difficult to relinquish control to someone else especially when you’re talking about ‘your baby’ something you’ve worked hard to develop and grow. Just something to consider. Any way I love your blog and will continue to read whenever you post. All the best<3

  64. Marian. You are probably one of the sweetest most talented people I know. I have learned so so much from you. You deserve everything that is coming into your beautiful life. Enjoy it all and thank you for being the inspiration that you are. Xo Jill holly

  65. Everything you write is a treat to read. Sharing so much of yourself has led to so many great things in your life. Congratulations. I look forward to any future posts, no matter how few and far between. Sebastion has stolen everyone’s heart by the look of it!

  66. Congratulations and good luck!! God has blessed you and you deserve all the good that is coming to you. I appreciate your humility. Ditto what Phylilis Henry said. I’m so happy for you.

  67. oh marian! i am so relieved to read this wonderful news after worrying when i saw the post’s title! congratulations on these projects which you are going to execute beautifully. it has been such an honor accompanying you on your journey and watching you soar. best to you as you meet the demands of the non-blog work, and your readers will always be here. ‘blogworthy’ …ha! now you have inspired me to write some humor. peace to you right where you are. xox

  68. I love that things are always evolving for you, isn’t that what life is about? It’s very inspirational. Happy to be working with you and so excited about all your upcoming adventures and projects. xo

  69. Congrats and best wishes, you deserve it. Love your blog and thank you for continuing to inspire us all.

  70. Congratulations on your upcoming projects. You are so gifted and allowing yourself to be stretched in new and exciting ways. I love your blog – it’s feel and flavor – it’s so well done. I’ve noticed something about me through the years of following various bloggers I hadn’t realized until recently, and your comment about 6 posts a week reminded me. I read less and less from those that post multiple times a week. I find myself enjoying blog posts more that are delivered only a couple of times a week. I make SURE I take time for them, I look forward to them more. I say all this just so you know from someone that loves your blog, fewer posts would not necessarily be a bad thing (should you feel guilt or pressure). Trust your gut. It’s served you well. Best wishes for the paths you forge!

  71. Good for you! I started following your blog…pretty much because my sisters name is Marian…then I became “HOOKED” on your style! Expanding your horizons is a good thing…CHEERS!

  72. I personally love the sentence your husband crafted. 🙂 I can’t wait to see all the exciting things you are working on.

    Your devoted reader Lisa

  73. Congratulations on your new endeavors!! I cannot wait to hear about them! You deserve it. You are such an uber talented woman and a HUGE inspiration to many!!!

  74. Dear Marian, HI ! ! !
    It sounds exciting !
    Way to go and hang in there with all you do, then writing and blogging yet too, and all else with a family and …..wellllll we all know you have a full plate, and thank goodness for Kriste, she seems to be an angel !
    HEYYYY whatever you write/ whenever you write/blog, I love it all, anytime, first thing I look for after my kids emails, is the one from Miss Mustard Seed… it’s always been one of the nicest times of the day to come here with my coffee and see the beauty in all things you’ve created, and get an entertaining chuckle, or DOWNRIGHT GUFFAW at times at the things you write….I LOVE YOUR STYLE IN ALL, you have so much talent, I know I don’t need to tell you this.others are all saying the same thing, and you know you can do no wrong in our eyes <3 ….I hope that these new endeavours are just what you love! and
    I HOPE they keep on letting you be you…bigggg hugggggs and congrats! ALL THE BEST!

  75. Congrats and blessings to you Marian! I remember your blog post about how your business started and you driving around with your mom trying to sell those ornaments. It is motivating for all of us that a business can grow with the faith of mustard seed. Your blog and your business is a reflection of so much more. Look at how far you have come and relish each moment!


  76. I think taking some time to think and pray about what you post and how frequently you post would be a wise step. Of course, we readers want more-more-more, but that may not be what is best for YOU!

  77. Congrats to you with your changes. I’ll enjoy the content that is here and appreciate that. Do what you have to do or your heart insists on and things will probably be best all around.

  78. Congratulations Marian, Can’t wait to hear more about the changes! Sounds so exciting! You might put Biglerville on the map!!!

  79. Is there a Blog Law that says you must post 6 times each week? ? Nope, you must’ve made that one up! You go and “Do You,” sweet Marian. We’ll still be here. XoXo

  80. Congratulations on your new endeavors! I love your posts, but, honestly, I have a hard time keeping up so fewer posts work for me. I never delete your posts without reading, and they do tend to stack up in my mailbox on weeks when I travel or have house guests. Please pace yourself at this very exciting time. Rooting for you…

  81. I hope one of them is for Ballard’s Designs- I wrote them and said that they should partner with you for a line of unfinished furniture that could be paired with MMM paint.

  82. I am so happy for you Marian. That you are getting to do new and exciting things. That you can dream new dreams and follow through. I am sure that they will be wonderful. New seasons in our life can be challenging and wonderful all at the same time. You are in my prayers and I am cheering for you. Love you friend. Can’t wait to see what is ahead. Tell Jeff I loved his idea:-))

  83. I have always been in awe of how you can manage to be so creative and yet find the time to write a blog – every day! I sometimes can’t find the time to pee! We are all rooting for you and can’t wait to see your future endeavors.

  84. Aww! Congratulations!!! Excited for you and your new adventures. I will always love reading your blog no matter what the content is. All of your posts are blog worthy in my book.

  85. Marian I am so happy for you. You deserve it all. Admittedly I would be sad if you ever stopped blogging because you are one of the main reasons I started. You inspire me, motivate me, and spark new ideas. I wish you all the success the world has to offer and go get em’ girl!

  86. God Bless You as He continues to inspire you to inspire us!

    Bravo! A most well-deserved shift of gears! Enjoy your new ventures and adventures!

    Blessings to you!

  87. yours was probably one of the first blogs i followed and is the ONLY one that i still subscribe to! the rest i catch on IG or FB. so glad you are taking the stress off & happy for your new journey!
    [ * the winds are blowing over those mountains your moving!” ?]

  88. Congratulations on your ongoing success! Have been following your blog for years, love all that you do.

  89. And while you may be swamped, you should take a couple of days and come to Texas for the Round Top antique fair! And blog about it!

  90. Congrats! You could always scale it back to 3-4 days a week posts to get some balance back! Take a deep breath take it all in, and know you can drive the truck still.

    Good luck! Change is always hard, even the fun, glorious, amazing kind 😉

  91. Always inspired by what you are doing! Looking forward to new and different inspiration presented in how ever you choose to present it. Congratulations on your new opportunities…they are well deserved!!!!

  92. “Parenthood” with Steve Martin is my 2nd favorite movie (1st is A Thousand Clowns). The elderly grandmother describes being a young girl, courted by two suitors:”One was like a Merry Go Round; very pleasant and comfortable, ’round and ’round with the music playing. The other was like a roller coaster ride – fast and slow, up and down, ’round the corners, sometimes scary…I liked the roller coaster.” It appears that you are now entrenched in the roller coaster ride – and have just caught the gold ring! It’s going to be frustrating, exhausting, exhilarating, and deeply rewarding. I hope you can remember to carve out some “you” time, no matter what. You have a wonderful support system; use them. I have been a reader of your blog from the beginning, and can’t wait to see what is in store for you.

  93. Marian, please remind Jeff that, although poetic, his reference to a precipice is usually considered a frightening place to be and one portending great peril. It sounds to me more like those winds have blown open great doors to a bright and magnificent opportunity. Best wishes in your new ventures. Barbara

  94. You are very wise to take the pressure off yourself to post like you have in the past. And very gracious to consider your readers!! 🙂 I’m excited to see your future endeavors, but I love seeing little snippets of the mundane too! So many bloggers have been using Instagram for the daily in between stuff and this might be something easier for you. 🙂

  95. Do what is best for you first! Your posts are always fun no matter when or what or however often.
    Good for you!

  96. Mundane is perfectly fine with me and there is absolutely no daily requirement! Exciting news and best of luck with all things new!

  97. Congratulations Marian..YOU DESERVE IT ! I started following you when I discovered you in a special holiday issue of Better homes and Gardens…I fell in love with your sheet music wreath and made a small one from my Mom’s loving letters to my Dad when he was in the service… I love your blog and I treasure your book…you are the real deal !! Wishing you much success and blessings always……Anne

  98. Very Cool! A challenge that we are sure you are up to!! Exciting news! Go for it! You’ll do GREAT as usual.

  99. What an exciting time for you Marian! Whatever you do and where ever your new opportunities take you …you will do GREAT and we all will be following right along! <3

  100. No need for apologizes! Congratulations! There are plenty of life changes that make each of us have to reevaluate things. There is only 24 hours in a day. Everyday is a gift and we need to follow God’s calling.

    Just do what He calls you to do and everything else will be in its rightful place. <3

    Enjoy the process!

  101. Congratulations, Marian! I can say, I am always looking forward to your new adventures and happy to see the journey of what you have been able to do. Even if you cannot blog as much do not ever lose sight of how you ended up where you are- a broke but creative mom decorating her home on a budget. Stay true, girl. That’s why we love you.

  102. This all sounds exciting and a little mysterious…I think many of us have seen this coming. I have been waiting for you to announce some kind of contract with a slipcover line or furniture or home goods of any kind in your brand….not the least bit surprised. Can’t wait for the big reveal. Congratulations!

  103. this is so exciting…and i understand…you are just one person and even with helpers you can only do so much…blog when you can..there is so much good content already on your site…i will be praying for you and cant wait to see what is ahead.

    and i love the sectional and how you made a furniture store piece work in a charm filled home…its comfy for your family and practical but still has your style and charm..good job!

  104. This is exciting news for you! Go with it! Change is scary, but good and necessary. Cut back on posting. Go to just 3 posts a week. Your family needs you and you need to take time for YOU too.

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