Wednesday, December 19, 2012

~ Miss Mustard Seed Book Signing ~

Hello friends.....what a wonderful day we had at 
The Empty Nest.
Me and Miss Mustard Seed
Marian Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed, came for a visit.
Marian's blog was one of the first blogs I started reading back in 2008, when I first began blogging.
I remember when she had a few thousand readers. 
Now I believe she has readers well over 10,000!
Writes for various design and DIY magazines,
launched her own line of Milk Paint colors
and has recently written a book..
She has been a very busy lady! 
OH Yeah...and she has two sweet little boys and a handsome husband she takes care of.

We set up a nice table for Marian to sit at and tried to make her feel at home.
Recognize the fabric???
I took some of her Milk Paint color cards and sewed them on my machine for a great little bunting for the front of the table.
Some holiday trees and a beautiful antique glass cloche filled with real cotton branches set the 
Miss Mustard Seed mood quite nicely.

Before we opened the doors to the shop, I took a moment to take a photo of the wonderful ladies who help me keep it all running smoothly.
Left to right is Carol, Cheryl and Connie...the three C's in my creative life.
I love these talented and trustworthy women..thanks ladies!!

The shop filled up quite quickly and stayed that way for most of the afternoon.

While waiting for their turn for an autograph, most did a little holiday shopping. 
I am proud to say that all the holiday decorations in the shop were handmade with love.

Marian was very gracious and spent time with each customer.

Sweet inscriptions were added to everyones books.

Even the babies came out to see Marian.

Friends chatted and holiday refreshments were enjoyed.

I have the BEST and most loyal customers!

Connie, Donna, me and Jennifer
It was a lovely day of friends and holiday joy

My dear friend Holly came by and I made sure my son Sean took a nice photo of us.
Holly is the kindest lady and her Mom and Dad even stopped by.

Holly painted the beautiful Tricycle Red chairs in the shop.
Need a pair of sweet upholstered chairs...they are waiting for a good home!

The day was made extra special by the addition of Marian's family. Her two boys are about as cute as they get. Mr. Mustard Seed is what I believe the South refers to as 'A tall drink of water'.
Oh Yeah...pretty darn cute.

Lot's of posing took place

Hello Marian!
Wonder if it felt strange writing "Dear Marian"

Even Marian got into the picture snapping mode.
I was hoping she would enjoy the vignette of the real Cotton plant under the antique glass cloche.

Marshall..Marian's mini me
Oldest son Marshall got in on the fun and signed his name for one of my good friends Mindy.
She was a very good sport and Marshall was adorable.

Getting a little with Mommy's fringe.

My oldest son Billy was at a table doing Milk Paint demonstrations.
He answered questions about Milk Paint and Chalk Paint™.
He is becoming very knowledgable on both topics.

Yummy Milk Paint colors

I think it helped for customers to see what Milk Paint looked like after mixing it with water.

Yes was the Perfect Day to have a
Many thanks to my friend Marian for taking time from her hectic holiday schedule to come visit 
The Empty Nest.
I loved having you and your family and hope you enjoyed it as well.

Until next kind and stay creative.

PS.....please do come back as I am planning a GIVEAWAY this week!
Remember the wonderful 'How to Slipcover' DVD I gave away last year. Well Shelley from 
is giving me another DVD to raffle off!!

I created this slip after studying her DVD and believe was not hard. Anyone given the correct instruction can do this.
You won't want to miss that chance to own this DIY DVD, as Shelley is a master of the art of slipcovers.
See you soon 



Lady Courtney said...

The visit to your shop on Saturday was the highlight of my day! As always I left with inspiration and bags of goodies! Love and Hugs! donna :)

Mindy said...

Saturday was such a fun day! And it was an honor to have the little guy sign my book. You have such a fun shop.

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I would have love to seen her. I know the day was so fun for everyone. With Billy helping is so nice.

Claire said...

Hey Janet, sounds like you had a great day all round.
Gorgeous photos of you and all your helpers and friends. Lovely pic of you and Billy......
I'm sure you were pleased to put your feet up at the end of it all and relax......

Claire X

Marian said...

Yay! I'm famous! How exciting to be included and named in a photo with MMS! Thanks Janet. It really was such a lovely day. And your son is one great photographer.

Katrina Barclay said...

What wonderful pictures, Janet! Looks like it was a truly wonderful day. Must have been so exciting to meet MMS! I hope she makes it to Canada some day :)

Amy W. said...

Loved! Loved! Loved your post! Ahhhh the Holidays and all of the love of people! Looks like it was a Perfect Super Great Day! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Merry Christmas!!

Linda at French Hollow said...

What a lovely day - I'm so glad you shared!

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