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Hemp Oil and Why I Love It


I wish I had known about Hemp Oil as a finish topcoat years ago.     Hemp Oil is not only good for our bodies (people use it on skin, put it in smoothies), but it is also an excellent hydrator for wood and a sealant for porous paint surfaces. Now I completely understand if you're wondering how a product can be great to ingest and can also be used … [Read more...]

Chalk Paint® vs. Milk Paint

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We are very proud to use, stand behind and sell two of the best paint products on the market: Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.     So what is the difference? Are there differences? Why would I use one versus the other? Well those questions have been answered by a few very experienced painters and … [Read more...]

A Paint Journey

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I painted my first piece in my 20s (I'm 41 now). It was a nightstand I found on the side of the road. Back then I used latex because I thought "paint was paint". A few years ago when I first began this blog, I discovered Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and I. was. hooked. I quickly learned that paint isn't just paint. As with cars, there are … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – January 18, 2015


I traveled last week (you'll find out where and why tomorrow) and it's always extremely humbling to travel. You realize just how small you really are. By nature, we're caught up in our own little worlds so when you step away from your world to other ones, it is eye opening.     Just driving along in the airport shuttle from the airport to the hotel … [Read more...]

Arabesque and a Desk

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I'm not sure how many of you know, but Miss Mustard Seed (Marian Parsons) has added 6 new colors to her line of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. That's right! There are about to be 24 beautiful colors in the entire line (to debut at your local retailer on January 24th!). But these are no ordinary colors. These 6 new colors are European colors, created with the … [Read more...]

Word of the Year 2015 – A Humble Post


My focus word of the year for 2015 has nothing to do with physical action. It has more to do with internal action, and I'll tell you why. The last two years have been great, there's no doubt about that, but when there are highs, there can sometimes be lows. And the lows would sometimes hit me a little harder than I expected.   When I stepped into this world, … [Read more...]

Final Wrap Up of 2014

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As promised, here are a few "during" and "after" photos of our new physical retail location:             Unfortunately, I don't have as many photographs of "after" as I thought I had. I guess I've spent too much time working in the space, rather than taking photos of it. I know some of you have taken photos … [Read more...]

Turning the Page and Announcement

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As 2014 comes to a close, I think it's important to look back at how it began. (**Announcement is at the end of this post**)   My "Word of the Year for 2014" was Create. I wrote that blog post on January 20th, before I ever even knew how that month, let alone the year, would end. Our lease in our first location was nearing the end and we weren't sure if we … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – December 21, 2014

Is it true

What if each one of us actually practiced this:     Can you imagine what a wonderful world it would be? Geez, what if?   … [Read more...]

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...]