Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Miss Mustard Seed~ A special guest

Hello Everyone,
I have a special guest today...
Marian always shares the best tutorials on her blog.... 
Thank you Marian, for sharing one of your fun tutorials on my blog today.
I will let Marian take it from here......

I am so excited to "have the floor" on Maria's lovely blog.  I was hooked on Dreamy Whites the first time I stopped by, so it's a pleasure to be a guest here, today. 

When Maria first asked me to share a fall decorating idea, I wasn't sure what I was going to do.  I generally don't decorate for fall.  I might put a few pumpkins, gourds and pine cones out, but I rarely make anything.    Using lumina pumpkins seemed like a no-brainer to me.  (This is for Dream Whites, after all.)  This led me to the idea of making a "grain sack" pumpkin.   

It's very simple and was under $10 for two pumpkins. 

First of all, wash and dry the pumpkins.  Apply a piece of low-tack painter's tape around the "equator" of the pumpkin.  

Using the tape as a guide, paint a thin stripe above and below it.  I used acrylic paint (midnight mixed with burnt umber), but you can use any paint you have on hand. 

With a 2.0 liner brush, paint initials, a date, or a seasonal word above the top line.  As a nod to "The Headless Horseman", I painted Ichabod on one and 10.31 (the date of Halloween) on the other.  If you're not comfortable with a brush, use a paint pen or Sharpie marker.  You could also use graphite transfer paper to trace text printed from a computer.

The look is subtle and sophistcated and it took me only about fifteen minutes for both.

I propped it on a pedestal and surrounded it by a small wreath of bittersweet. 

I hope this inspires you to get creative with your fall decor.  For more DIY and decorating inspiration, visit my blog. 

Thanks again for this opportunity, Maria!
Miss Mustard Seed

Don't you just love her...
Thank you Marian!
I just want to share a few things with you about the talented Marian....
 Marian owns a successful antiques and home decor business called Mustard Seed Interiors.

Marian just moved some of her wonderful creations into a new store in Walkersville, Maryland.  
The store is filled with all kinds of treasures.
She is always sharing ways to transform a simple piece of furniture into a piece of art on her blog.
We will soon see Marian sharing her tutorials over at HGTV.com...
Congratulations Marian...
You are an inspiration to us all.


* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~* Finally a project I think I can actually do!! ;) LOVE the pumpkin!!~* Rachel :)

DomCurieuse said...

Very clever idea ! And very nice pumpkin too... Unfortunately we can't find these in France.

AntiqueChase said...

Great project!

Pink Princess said...

LOL when I saw the name MARIAN my heart stopped a beat, MY name is Marian too haha. In my country an often heard name but as I understand that is not so the case in the USA, esp. written like that :)
THEN I saw it was our friend Miss Musterdseed haha. Wonderful project, and not too difficult to do.

Hugs from the Dutch Marian ♥

KarenSue said...

Great post! I follow Marian and didn't know about the HGTV!
Have a happy day,

traci said...

classy yet simple. that project i can do. love it. thanks marian and maria!

Tammy said...

Very Cool! I picked up my white pumpkins this week...so I'm ready to start painting...
Thanks Marian!
Love the blog Maria...now a follower!
Tammy :-)

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

How lovely!
But I think we do not have those white pumpkins here...will have to do the same with the orange ones!!

Villa König said...

What a great idea!!The pumkins look fantastic! Thanks you for sharing the link! I will take a look :-))) Hugs Yvonne

Anne Marie said...

Hi Maria...I read Marian's blog daily and love it...she is very inspiring...and this is a great idea to "chic up" a pumpkin!

and p.s...I'm glad you are feeling better -
Anne Marie

fairyrocks said...

Miss Mustards got it going on for sure!!!
Your blog is gorgeous too
Thanks for sharing

michelle said...

What a great little project!! She is so talented and creative! Thanks for sharing!!

vignette design said...

I love white pumpkins--so much more than orange. Love this cute idea too! Glad to hear Marian is going to be on HGTV. She is one talented lady and I've been following her for a while. I'm heading over there now to leave a comment. ~Delores
PS: Your blog is gorgeous too. Come by and say hi sometime! I think we're "neighbors."

Anonymous said...

Great ideas! Happy Wednesday ~Ashley

Lindsay said...

What a fun feature :) Thanks Maria!

Anonymous said...

Great fall inspiration! Thanks to both of you!!
~ Jo :)

hometown girl said...

how fun! i haven't visited her blog in a bit i'll be sure to stop by!! i hope you are well Maria, seems like forever since we have chatted!! susan

aLena said...

GORGEOUS! Love how creative you are, I'm thinking about getting some white pumpkins too and decorating them a thumbtac design .. we'll see how that goes lol

Maria said...

I wish I could have more time to make some of these delicious little projects of yours :)
The pumpkins look great!
Coungratulations for your blog!


Allison said...

I visit Miss Mustard Seed daily. Marain is such a talented woman (you are, too, Maria!) and full of inspiration! I love the white pumpkins. Such a nice simple, classy and elegant way to decorate them. I enjoy both of your blogs and gorgeous photos very much!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I love this idea! So clever.

Thanks for featuring Marian, you always seek out the cream of the crop, Maria. :-)


April @ HomeHinges.com said...

I love everything Miss Mustard Seed comes up with. What an easy and inexpensive idea. So practical yet so eye catching.

love lives in the kitchen said...

dear maria,
i saw a special on your house in italian magazine casa chic. it was exciting to see your house also from paper-magazine persective! it's so incredibly beautiful!
wish you a sweet day,

Tracey said...

Mornin my friend! {And happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!} This project is so cool...what a great idea! I must go and check out Marian's blog!

Big hugs ~

:) T

Bethany said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to try it this weekend. :)

La Belle Vie said...

This is so exciting!!! I can actually do this! Thank you for the idea!! xx

Gaia said...

It's just a pleasure to visit you again! Sorry for the kack of comment...MISS YOU!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

Marian that pumpkin is soo you!!

I am also in love with dreamy whites!

sissie said...

This is a great fall project, one that even I can do!

Thanks for the Miss Mustard Seed visit.


Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
I'm back just to let you know that I featured a couple of your pictures on my blog tonight (with a link back to your blog) along with some other blogger's pictures. I hope that's OK with you... if not, just let me know, I'll take them off. :)
Hugs ~ Jo

Vintage Home said...

..I just bought my lumina pumpkins today ...came home...saw this!..yeah great idea!

Rozmeen said...

Goodmorning Maria,

How are you?
I just posted the feauture of your beautiful home on my blog :-)

xoxoxo Rozmeen

Keswick Country said...

Thank you for the kind comments Maria! My camera is finally working and I have a new one on the way so I can post better content :) p.s. I LOVE article in the Italian Magazine - your pictures are so lovely, you must have so much sunlight!!!

LuLu & Co. said...

This is my kind of project!!! elegant and simple!! thank you for featuring her, she is fabulous!

Romantiska Hem said...

Hi! I was so suprised by youre comment and then so happy that you got the book! I just wanted to say you that I LOVE your home, its so beautiful and I love your blog. Youre pictures and light is so lovely. Now I have to look around in here a littel bit more :)
Thanks for stopping at my blogg I really appreciate it.
Have a great weekend! Tomorow I will go on a very fun shoping trip to some places here in Sweden that have quite unic thing, Iam so happy for that!!
Take Care, warm hugs from me to you

Elyse said...

hi maria!

cool project but i'm mostly here to wish you congrats on romantic homes!


"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Thanks Maria, I loved your visitor and I think on Saturday I may just follow her tutorial and make me a cute pumpkin with a name on it!

All That Jazz said...

Super fun idea! I love that white painted pumpkin idea and I'm surely going to copy it, thanks for the inspiration! ;-)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is completely adorable!

If you have a moment, please stop by and enter my Fab Fall French Giveaway.

Heather Ritchie said...

This is so cute! This would be fun for kids to do too. You never disappoint, Maria, I'm in love with your posts. I hope you have a great day!


Heaven's Walk - said...

I love anything "grainsack"!!! :) This is way too cute! Thanks for the inspiration and clever idea ~

xoxo laurie

Karena said...

How fun and yes I adore your blog as well!!!

Art by Karena

Miriam said...

beautiful and elegant blog! clever idea! have a lovely day:)

Burlap Luxe said...

Love your style and inspiration to boot!!


freckled laundry said...

I love this pumpkin technique, Marian! And, I love both of your blogs more than words can say!


Stacey said...

Love your site! FYI, I wrote about you on my blog.

Design Elements said...

love the pumpkin! clever idea!

Pétales de fées said...

A very good idea ! Thanks !

Sole honeynettles.blogspot.com said...

Love it! Just got some white pumpkins too.
BTW, do you mean Ichabod as in Crane? Because it's spelled with an o, not an a!


Thats a very great idea - thanks for i - best regards from Germany
send Jacqueline

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