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Scarlet Update and A Surprise


Some of you may recall Scarlet from earlier this summer:     Scarlet was purchased a few months ago by a friend of mine that owns a salon to use as her checkout counter! Isn't that just a great idea?     She painted chalkboard paint on the back of Scarlet for announcements and upcoming sales! I think the use of a buffet in this … [Read more...]


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Thank you all so much for participating in our Giveaway! I loved reading all of your comments and I appreciate every single one of them.   As I stated, I love my 2 inch wax brush. I have one for clear wax, one for antiquing wax and one for white wax and I use them constantly. Having one for your projects will cut your wax application time in half! They … [Read more...]

GIVEAWAY – December 3, 2014

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**PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been announced. Thank you so much for participating!**   It's been a long time since I've hosted a GIVEAWAY and I think it's high time we change that!   I'm giving away two (2) of my favorite items in my toolbox: my wax brush and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Brush … [Read more...]

Sheet Music Wreath and Our Internal Conversation

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We have a ton of incredible Cyber Monday deals going on today and time is running out! The deals can be found in our ONLINE SHOP. Lots of incredible ornaments, and painting kits, and even Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint quarts are ALL ON SALE for $21.60 each!   I taught an incredible class yesterday at our store: How to Make a Sheet Music Wreath! Most of … [Read more...]


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your wonderful families! We wish you a day of grateful hearts, lots of laughter and some relaxation!     I pledge to stay out of any business on Thanksgiving. I believe everyone should be home and enjoying a day of, well, thanksgiving!     … [Read more...]

Painting Again and Vulnerability

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With owning a store comes a lot of responsibility and tasks that have taken me away from how this all began: with me painting and refinishing furniture. There are business tasks that need to be tended to on a daily basis that have taken me away from my love of painting furniture. Well this week, I made time for it. I rolled up my sleeves, put on my painting apron … [Read more...]

City Farmhouse Show Recap 2014

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As some of you know, we made the trip back to Nashville, TN this year for the 2nd Annual City Farmhouse Pop Up show with a trailer full of goodies. We had had such a great time last year that it was a no-brainer to return for a second round. And I was lucky enough to be asked to return to do another Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Demo as well.   One of the … [Read more...]

So far behind

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There are a lot of changes going on right now and we're adjusting to the changes and one of things that has suffered is my blog. There just aren't enough hours in the day sometimes. And then there's a little thing called sleep that I heard is kind of important once in a while. I have a lot of posts coming up, including before and after photos our store which I've … [Read more...]

Crossroads – Sunday Inspiration, November 9, 2014


We all have moments where that little voice won't stop nagging us. Is it worth it? Do I? Don't I? Should I? What if?     But you'll never know what's on the other side of the question if you don't try and see what happens . . .     I encourage you to try. I hope you will. No matter what the outcome, you'll be better … [Read more...]

Two Roads…

The Road Not Taken

  Hey everyone, hubby here.   I didn't even ask permission to post this blog, but lately, with how busy we've been, I don't think Laura will mind.   As some of you know, it's been a hectic few weeks here. We returned from Nashville and jumped right into the holiday ordering and decorating for the store. If you work retail, you know how … [Read more...]