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.
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...meet 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 bored...play 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 indeed...it 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 time..be 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 me...it 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