Today begins one of my favorite Zionsville Events, our Fall Festival
See you there!!
The kids are back in school, at least in Zionsville they are, so that must mean fall is just around the corner! We have a lovely selection of fall goodies in the store, including some of our faves from last year, the felt pumkins!
We also have some new resin pumpkins in teal and brown…
We also have apples and our mercury glass pumkins and gourds…
For our next project using our new MMSMP Zinc Wax, I chose an old, handmade cabinet. This one was also painted but we did not rough it up with sandpaper because it was very flat. We did, however, lose the weird screens that were misshapen due to use.
When my husband and I remodeled our half bath about 10 years ago, he built a cabinet and we covered the doors with sheet metal. It created a cool rustic look and we thought we would do the same on this cabinet. I LOVE how it turned out…
We got the sheet metal from Lowes. I liked that it was an unusual design and thought it fancied the whole piece up a bit! We painted a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Typewriter, our dark gray/black, and finished the piece with two coats of Zinc Wax.
The shimmer of the Zinc Wax on MMSMP typewriter was very subtle. It is not overtly metallic but just covers very slightly and adds a little depth. I am excited to mix Zinc Wax with our other Waxes to see what fun finishes we can create! Be sure to get yours in store or online!
We are thrilled to offer a new Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Wax, Zinc Wax! It is a soft, silver-toned metallic wax that adds a hint of shimmer. We’ve tried out the Zinc Wax on a few projects and are pleased that it is as smooth and malleable as all of the waxes in the MMSMP line. I applied the wax with a brush but a lint free cloth will work also!
For the first project, I chose a lingerie chest that had an old paint job (you could almost smell the polyurethane!). So we scuffed it up and mixed up some MMSMP Trophy with bonding agent. We followed two coats of Trophy with a light sand and then added two coats of Zinc Wax. What do you think?
I think it looks so much better and was pleased that the Zinc Wax made Trophy seem much more silver-gray. It is a great option to add a little depth to the piece without muting the color with Antiquing Wax!
Our shipment arrives August 2nd so check it our in store and online!
Since it is the season, I’d like to share some of my favorite wedding gift and decor items we have in the store. We have signs, banners, post boxes and florals perfect for your big day! Not the bride, but need a gift? We’ve got you covered — cards, love signs and dishes, mugs for the mr. and mrs., pillows and much more!
It’s my favorite day of the year in Zionsville and the weather looks amazing!!
More than 100 vendors will offer a large variety of jewelry, clothing, artwork, home and garden décor, accessories, food and so much more. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
In addition to vendors and shops, Brick Street Market features a kids area, live entertainment, Silly Safari, face painting and balloon artists.
Don’t miss this 33rd year of this quintessential Zionsville day!
Join Kimbra of ReOrg Project as she helps up prep for the end of the school year with tips on controlling the chaos as more STUFF comes home.
From Kimbra: I believe that when you have a clean and organized space surrounding you, you become lighter in weight, have more energy, and are able to accomplish more. The amount of time people spend “looking for something” is astounding so let me help you change that. I promise I will always take into consideration your personal style, your budget, and your lifestyle; always allowing you room to grow & evolve. Most importantly, I want to create a space for you to enjoy while on your journey.
You’ve heard me talk about our Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Hemp Oil! I love it for many reasons — here’s a list!
Check out our stairs at the new store location (205 S Main St) before, during and after a coat of hemp oil…
Before: dry, dingy
During: notice the difference in the steps
Stop in soon to see them in person!!
I love blue and white china and it is my go-to after we take down the holiday items in the store. Something about the different shades of blue against the aged white ceramic or – new this year – cement really complements the pieces we have in the store in MMSMP flow blue, artissimo and bergere.
I also like to pair the blue and white with preserved boxwood…
And we have these beautiful pillows that are another great way to accent the pieces…
Happy Fall! Hopefully the cooler temps arriving soon will get us all in the mood to decorate for this amazing season. We have a huge selection of tobacco baskets, the perfect accent for fall and rustic decorating.
These authentic tobacco baskets were salvaged from a farm in Tennessee. They measure roughly 40×40 and are a great statement piece! Above the mantle, on a large blank wall…perfection!
If you’d like a less expensive, smaller option, we also carry various sizes and shapes of reproduction baskets. These are great for a collage wall or a stand alone space in any nook in your home.
If you’ve shopped in the store, you know all about our Zionsville and Indiana subway signs and our large metal signs…
Our sign portfolio has really grown in the last few weeks, so I wanted to share some of our new offerings! We have some nice black and white carved signs for anywhere you might need: kitchen, brewery,or home sweet home. We also have these lovely script metal signs…
One of my goals for a while now has been to improve my photography skills. I would love to take crisper photos with a sense of the story I am trying to tell. Sometimes, I think I like too many different styles and cannot nail down the style that is most “me”. I love to use Instagram because the filters can make a big impact and who doesn’t always have their phone to snap a pic? I did a little study of some of the bloggers/artists I follow on Instagram and I’m going to show you a sample of their feed and what I like about them…
First, my mentor and friend Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed:
I like her closeups and subject matter (obviously the blue and white!). Her photos have a softness to them that appeals to me and I also like how you feel like you could reach out and run your hand over the furniture or pick up one of the dishes.
Next, one of my fellow MMSMP retailers, Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile:
Wendy lives in Atlantic Canada and visits her little cottage by the sea quite often. This town is so cute, I cannot stand it! Wendy focuses on the brights and old, worn sea scenes. As an added bonus, she will often share the professional photos of her husband, John. I think he should do a photo book — his shots are breathtaking. Wendy’s images give me the feeling of walking down by the docks in her little town ( I can’t wait to see it in person some day!)
Next, Zionsville’s own internationally-known artist, Nancy Noel:
Nancy’s Instagram feed is an eclectic mix of her animals and artwork. Look at how she captured the light in the eyes of her live subject on the left and the light in the eyes in her painting on the right. She is an amazing artist I was lucky enough to meet recently! Her photos make the animals, live or on canvas, show us a little glimpse of their personalities.
Next up is Kriste of the Rosemary and Thyme blog:
Kriste helps Marian at her studio and I was lucky enough to meet her when I went to PA last year. She is a youngin’ and has a fresh perspective on photography that I am really inspired by. That table, the clothes shots and the little nooks around her house or the studio are given a fresh vibe when Kriste is behind the lens (or phone).
Finally, Vibeke Design blog:
This lady is the ultimate #photographygoals for me. I love it all: the staging, the lighting, the textures…I can’t get enough! Each image is more beautiful than the last.
I have read several articles about hygge (pronounced HOO|gah) and I am completely smitten. Hygge is not a concrete item, but more a feeling given this name from the Danish. It can roughly be translated to contentment in English. It is a distinctly Scandinavian concept though it has been making its way across the Atlantic to the US.
Hygge is a sense of togetherness and fulfillment of simple pleasures. It means different things to different people. Some talk about taking walks by a lake with their boyfriend and others cooking an old family recipe. Because it originates in the Scandinavian countries, it is also feeling warmth inside while it is cold outside. All images are from Vibeke Design, a Scandinavian blogger whose images, to me, exemplify hygge.
One defining characteristic of hygge is creating a sense of home, for yourself and your guests. What things surround you? Are they meaningful or just things? Some carefully chosen items to surround yourself with are: plants, heirlooms, books, music, a defined workspace and corners to recharge.
The idea of a corner to recharge is especially appealing to me. Nothing is more hygge to me than to sit for a few minutes in a tucked away space with a good book. As a working mom with four boys, these moments are few a far between during the school year and busy months at the store. However, I am making an effort to cut away little snippets for myself and having a beautiful space just for me is a top goal for 2017.
This spring, I also want to immerse myself in learning more about flowers. I know what I like, but would love to learn more about when certain flowers bloom and how to creep through the spring and summer with new growth throughout the season. When we lived in The Village, we purchased our first home from an elderly woman who had her flower garden timed so beautifully. I still think of it in awe.
One of the many beautiful aspects of Vibeke Design’s photos are her use of light in the pictures. I’ve honestly not given much thought to soft lighting, but it certainly provides a mood, doesn’t it? As I focus more on my photography, I want to include more interesting and natural light. I also want to create a more naturally lit home and store to see how it changes the feeling of living and working in natural light.
2017 is going to be the Year of the Hygge for me. I have already scheduled to focus on photography and floral. I hope you will be involved in my search for contentment and start one of your own!