Vintage Bliss & Sporting my Colors

by | Sep 26, 2013 | Miscellaneus | 24 comments

 Well, two days of retailer training sessions yesterday wiped me out!  Here’s a shot of me teaching yesterday (Thanks, Allison, for the photo!)

Last night, I was trying to catch up on e-mail and such, plus I needed time to wind down, so I was up way too late. Well, it was just two days and it was all worth it.  It was such a creative high and so nice to get out of my bubble.


While at the workshop yesterday, I got to check in on the shop of our hosts in Ellicot City, MD, Vintage Bliss.

Oh my gosh.  I don’t know how these girls put all of this together.  It’s three floors of loveliness from clothing and boots to kitchenware, furniture, paper goods, jewelry and all things pretty.

And I loved seeing their beautiful display of all of my milk paint line and products…

They’ve made some sweet sample jars with instructions for mixing a perfect batch of milk paint…

…and have some really great samples.  This one of Lucketts Green is my absolute favorite.

So, the two days away from my computer and workshop were so inspirational and well worth the catch up I’m having to do now.

Today was about brainstorming with these amazing ladies…

From left to right it’s Laura of The Ironstone Nest (the newest member of our growing MMSMP team), Abbe Doll of All Dolled Up, me, and Jennylyn of Homestead House. You might recognize the backdrop.  We met in my house at the dining room table to discuss the future, things we can do better, things we need to change and to just chat.  And there was a lot of chatting that went on!  It was really a wonderful time and we had a lot of strokes of brilliance.  Well, self-proclaimed brilliance, anyway! And they all shopped my basement stash, which was fun to watch.  I made sure everyone left with some goodies, too.

And I got some wonderful gifts as well…a mug from Laura, a lovely ornament from Veronica (our new Australian distributor), and this wrap bracelet from Abbe…

I noticed her wearing one yesterday and actually thought I would like one.  I wear my Up bracelet all the time and it’s a little bulky, so it’s nice to pair it with other bracelets, so it’s camouflaged a little.  Well, Abbe handed me a little bag before she left and in it was a wrap bracelet for me!  I immediately told her how I noticed hers and wanted one, so it was perfect.  I wrapped it around my wrist and didn’t pay attention to the colors of the beads.  Abbe pointed them out to me.  Can anyone see what they are?

They are the 18 colors of my milk paint line!  How incredibly thoughtful and sweet was that?  The bracelet was made by Priscilla Allred, if you’re curious.

Now the sessions and meetings are behind me and I’m ready to get back into my groove.  The dresser in the basement is calling my name and a brush beckons…


  1. Lisa

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I just love the Vintage Bliss shop. I would buy up all their glitter letters!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amanda

    Oh, oh… the Australian distributor is where?….. OMGosh SO excited your Milk Paint will be available Down Under

  3. Betsy

    You look amazing, wow! I can really tell you’re working hard and glowing. Congrats on the paint line and all its success. Much deserved.
    Can’t wait to meet you in Alabama next month at the market.

    West of the Square Designs

  4. Sharon in Chicago

    Marian — looks like a wonderfully inspiring time was had by all! Isn’t it the best when the teacher learns as much as the students???

    On another note — you’re looking FAB! I know looks aren’t everything, but I wanted to acknowledge that your efforts to get your body into a healthier state is paying off! You look even tighter than you were at Haven. Well done.

  5. Christine

    You are looking FAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My goodness girl! 🙂

  6. Lorraine@MissFlibbertigibbet

    It was a wonderful time! I wanted to move right in to that shop… was so fantastic! It’s nice you had that wind down time with friends to end the seminar! Now you can rest up until the next one…

  7. Sue


    I am so looking forward to hearing the results of all of that brainstorming 🙂 It sounds like a wonderful, energizing time for everyone.


  8. Danielle

    What a gorgeous shop! I’m so glad the training went so well and was so inspiring! I love your milk paint! x

  9. Kathy M

    Great recap—-and your diet change/P90X really shows—-you look svelte!!!

  10. Jacquie Burian

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Libby, Kerry & their store, Vintage Bliss! It’s a must visit if you are in Ellicott City. You will find yourself wanting to buy everything and taking photographs just like Marian did for the inspiration.

  11. DebZorn

    You are such a wonderful role model – for so many reasons! The “workshop” store looks amazing. It’s probably good that I don’t live close 🙂 Your milk paint distributors are darling, too – just like you. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  12. Katie @decoratemylife

    Love the bracelet! What a thoughtful and endearing friend. Your workshop looks SO fun!

  13. Jamee P.

    Look at you and your buff arms! Girl – you got guns! Love all things MMS, keep up the good work. PS is trophy available from distributors yet?

  14. Vanessa P

    Love the bracelet. Girl….those workouts are really showing!!!!!

  15. suzi

    wow! marion, you LOOK AMAZING! and i noticed your windows look bare so will be calling you later today 🙂

  16. Peggy

    I feel like celebrating today and I’m not even there! I love it when like-minded creative women
    get together and brainstorm. You must be having the time of your life .
    I’m so inspired, I’m going to go paint something, and distress it, and add crackle medium and a stencil.
    Marian, you look fantastic and I can tell the energy is just flowing. Have a wonderful day,
    and thanks for a great post. Looking forward to everyone’s ideas !


  17. Natalie

    Look at you, skinny mini!!!!

  18. Soiledrotten

    I think a road trip may be in store to visit that amazing store!!!!!: )

  19. Carolina

    Congratulations…. first of all you look great!
    I am sure your workshop and teaching was amazing!
    I loved to see you and the girls at your house…. what a team!!! I wish I was there with you ladies having a wonderful brainstorm into Marian dining room 🙂 love Abbe bracelet very sweet of her!

    A “Bravo” to Vintage Bliss ladies beautiful store!

    Thank you for sharing all this with us


  20. Gwen, The Makerista

    Marian, I think it’s time for a headshot update! You look so fabulous! Congrats on your hard work. Way to stick to it, beautiful!

  21. Cindy

    What a great shop! That headboard is epic… Your packaging looks so pretty, the colors are just perfect. Fun that ya’ll got together and brainstormed and just hung out too… you all look really cute in your mustard seed shirts…


  22. teresa

    What a awesome shop and even better to have you there for training….it must be so fun to be surrounded by so many creative minds.
    Happy Day

  23. Julie

    Ok I’ve been thinking this for a while but now after seeing the photos of you in this post… and I mean this in the most respectful way possible… you have GOT to change your photo on your blog homepage… you have WAAAAAAY more spunk and personality than that photo conveys… that scarf and ‘mom haircut’ are aging you at least 10 years. You are a hip, talented chick and your photo ought to reflect that!

  24. Miss Mustard Seed

    So funny! I met Jeanne Oliver in person today and she said the same thing. “You are way more hip than your profile picture!” Yes, I’m working on getting an updated photo shoot.


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