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Sunday Inspiration – April 26, 2015

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I've been very quiet lately. I haven't posted much on social media or on the blog. It's been a few weeks of some very interesting days and circumstances. The last few weeks have presented some challenges that we're navigating.   This time has had me reflecting on all of us. We can appear to be fine on the outside yet be struggling with very painful … [Read more...]

Miss Mustard Seed is Coming to The Ironstone Nest!

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To help celebrate the 1 year anniversary of our first official retail store opening and to celebrate our 2nd anniversary of being a retailer for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, we invited a very special friend to help us celebrate:     We had a little too much fun that day! I'll share with you more tomorrow about why I was in Pennsylvania shooting this … [Read more...]

Speaking Engagements

The Ironstone Nest Wisconsin Ag Summit

One thing I never could have foreseen when I started on this journey, was doing speaking engagements. Nor did I know how much I would actually really love doing them!   I've done mostly painting & transforming furniture demonstrations at the following events:   City Farmhouse Pop Up Show, Tennessee - October 2013:     Main Street Market, … [Read more...]

Blogiversary – GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED

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Thank you all so much for participating in our 4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway! I loved reading all of your comments and I appreciate every single one of them.   I am excited to announce the winner of our Giveaway in celebration of my 4 Year Blogiversary, and that lucky person is Comment #41 according to Random.org.   Congratulations to Sherri … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – March 29, 2015

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We are masters at talking ourselves out of something. There will always be a list of reasons NOT to do something. We can talk ourselves out of anything. It's easier to stay in our comfort zone. But what awaits if we break free and go for it? The growth, the lessons, the experiences and what happens next are always more rewarding than if we had remained in our … [Read more...]

4 Year Blogiversary

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4 years today. Really? I can hardly believe it! I had no idea when I wrote this post 4 years ago today that I'd actually still be doing this:   "And so it begins. This is the first step of my journey into the world of writing a blog. I do not claim to be a great writer and I will certainly write run-on sentences, misuse punctuation and possibly annoy you, … [Read more...]

The Elephant in the Room

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I'm going to deal with a very delicate topic today so I warn you now, I'm stepping up on my soapbox, so go no further unless you're willing to be challenged, and to see some ugliness for what it is: ugliness.   I read an article today and its publication has come on the heels of some very raw conversations with close friends of mine. Here is the article that … [Read more...]

Quick Before & After

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I've had this beauty sitting around for a while and when I was preparing for a speaking engagement last week, it came to mind.     I decided to use one of the new Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Colors: Marzipan. It's a beautiful, warm beige color. I then painted the raised wood accents in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – March 8, 2015

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We're all guilty of it: the comparison game. I've talked about it quite a bit because as much as it is encouragement for you, it's also self talk for me. It's very easy to get hung up on numbers, displays, et cetera, but the real truth is that none of that matters. All that matters at the end of the day is can you live with yourself? Are you proud of who you are … [Read more...]

DIY Barn Door Headboard

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Hey all, hubbyhere...   For years, I've been the literal "Mr. Fix-It" in our nest.  Laura will often show up with a beautiful antique piece of furniture and proudly show it to me, ending her description with "okay now, mister...fix it."   As we say around the shop, she's the one who makes it pretty, I'm the one who makes it work. It's a give and take … [Read more...]

Pick a Picture

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You may have seen them before if you follow anyone on Facebook that does anything remotely related to interiors: Pick a Picture! The person will post a photo with 1 - 4 photo choices and they ask you to pick either (a) your favorite photograph from the ones provided, or (b) what in the photo you may like or dislike.   I have been been rethinking our bathroom … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert

The Ironstone Nest Ki Nassauer

I am so ready for this winter to be over. Who's with me? The lack of sunshine and the continuous cold weather usually get to me by the end of February and this year is no exception. The good news is this: starting this month, I have to ramp up for some fun events that will, no doubt, force me from this funk!   We are participating in a Vintage Shop Hop at … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – February 15, 2015

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I'm going to keep the inspiration straight and to the point today:     So very true!   … [Read more...]

I’m a Leg Girl

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My taste has changed a little over the past few years, but one thing that has remained the same is my love for beautiful turned legs (by a lathe). You can usually find these legs on the older antique, real wood furniture pieces and I fall madly in love each time.   Just look at these legs:         So naturally I am … [Read more...]

We All Have Roots

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I am originally from Detroit. I had an actual Detroit address from the age of 5 to 15, but went to school in the suburbs of Detroit. The only grass I knew was the 12 foot of grass in our front yard, the 26 feet of grass in the backyard and the grass at the park down the street. I now live near Madison, Wisconsin and am surrounded by farms and fields for as far as … [Read more...]

TINbox™ – GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED

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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.   We are very excited about TINbox™ and we are spear-heading a marketing campaign in the coming weeks, but YOU are our biggest marketers. Please let your friends and family about our monthly subscription box as word of … [Read more...]

Sunday Inspiration – February 8, 2015

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I hear this in my workshops all the time: "But what if I don't do it right?" or "What if I make a mistake?". As far as paint goes, I always say that there's no wrong way to do it, there's just "try" and as far as making a mistake, you can always sand it. But as far as life goes, I say to you: "You never know until you try". And isn't that where the magic happens … [Read more...]

A New Adventure

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We've been working on a new project for months and we're excited to finally let you in on it.   Introducing: TINbox™! www.tinboxclub.com       As our website states: "You know that feeling you get when you walk into a charming store on the corner of Main Street and you feel like you’ve just uncovered a treasure? Yes, we know it … [Read more...]

Hemp Oil and Why I Love It

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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...]