petal pushers

Have you ever thought about taking a floral design course before? Have you cut flowers from your garden and wished that you could do more than just haphazardly plop them in a vase? Do you have any idea how you can make the cellophane wrapped supermarket bouquet look like a million bucks?

Now is your chance to learn how from an award-winning, professional floral designer!  And for the mere cost of a floral arrangement which, in turn, will be donated to our Bike MS: City to Shore team.  The funds, not the arrangement.  You get to take your floral arrangement home!  Fresh flowers and a good cause.  Does it get any better than that?

If you’re local to North Wales, PA, I hope you will consider Petal Pushers and join us for this awesome fundraiser on August 14th.  Please register in advance as space is limited.  As always, let me know if you have any questions.

Petal Pushers Bike MS Fundraiser


P.S. Pennsylvania friends, I will be conducting a milk paint demo on Sunday, July 20th at 1 pm at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.

winter market

Clover’s Winter Market on Sunday was a blast! As usual. The market always draws a fun crowd.  Now I am dreaming of spring when the outdoor markets return!

Save the dates for Spring Clover Market:

  • April 13- Chestnut Hill
  • April 27- Ardmore
  • May 18- Ardmore
  • June 8- Chestnut Hill

As for the Winter Market, I saw a lot of familiar faces and met a handful of new folks as well.  Plus, the 23rd Street Armory is such an interesting venue right in the heart of Philadelphia.

clover armory

I was thrilled to participate as a DIY workshop instructor. I brought a stash of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint and led an Introduction to Milk Paint workshop.

#mmsmilkpaint workshop @ Clover Market

We had a great time painting these adorable frames and talking about the fundamentals of what makes milk paint unique.

#mmsmilkpaint workshop

If you want to be notified of any future workshops like these, be sure to comment on this post and I will add your email address to my workshop list.  And if you can’t make it out to pick up some milk paint for your project (hello, winter storm alert!), you can always order online right here.  We’re expecting a big stash this week to replenish the inventory!

So, did you make it to Clover Market on Sunday…or shopping locally where you are?  If so, what treasures did you score?

milk paint workshop at Clover Market

How much do I love Clover Market?

Clover Market

I can never stay away.

Although Circa Dee will not be present as a vendor at the Winter Market on January 19th, I am excited to tell you that yours truly will be there leading a DIY workshop.

Yep, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint at Clover Market!  You’ve asked for it!


Clover Market hosts just one Winter Market a year.  It is located in Philadelphia at the 23rd Street Armory.  The Winter Market packs in all of the vintage and handmade goodness that the outdoor markets are known for; plus a ton of other perks including early bird admission, tasty food trucks and DIY workshops.

All of the FAQs can be found on Clover Market’s website.

But I can answer a few regarding the DIY workshop that I’ll be hosting….

milk paint

Introduction to Milk Paint

Sunday, January 19th – 2:30-3:30 pm

You’ll learn what makes Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint paint unique and how to properly mix it and apply it  Experiment on sample boards before you complete your own finished picture frame (your choice of paint color and top coat) and leave with the know-how to tackle larger DIY projects at home – plus a cheat sheet in case you forget!  Fee includes all materials and instruction.  Just $25

If you’ve been to one of my free hands-off demos but you still haven’t taken the plunge, this just might be the push you need to do-it-yourself!  Or perhaps you have been DIYing with milk paint but want to spend an afternoon crafting and shopping with some friends…bring them!  Purchase tickets here and check out the other great DIY workshops planned.  There will also be a limited amount of milk paint products available for sale.

Hope to see you at Clover Market!

P.S. More details about milk paint hands-off demos and hands-on workshops can be found here.

milk paint madness

On Monday I mentioned that I was headed to a retailer workshop for Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.  And boy did it deliver!  My mind is in overdrive.  Seriously, I couldn’t sleep.  I just want to go paint.  And I will as soon as I’m finished with this post.  I stockpiled a few “raw” pieces in anticipation of going mad for milk paint this week.

Lucketts Green crackle over Typewriter
Lucketts Green crackle over Typewriter

A few things to note that may be of interest to you if you are using milk paint or considering it…hand mixers are out and I will have them on shelves in just a few weeks.  They are low-cost and are an easy way to mix paint.  I know that mixing the paint can be intimidating to a newbie.  This is probably the simplest and quickest way to get a nice even mix.  You can also refer to my step by step tutorial on mixing here.


I love the newest color, Apron Strings, which is scheduled to be released later this season.  Expect to see it in November.  Bold colors are appealing to me and this one has already proven its versatility.  It can be darkened as pictured below for a warm, fall or winter look.  Here it is layered over another soon-to-be released color called Curio which is like a walnut.  Curio makes a great base color.  There is also antiquing wax over this combo to increase the warmth.

Apron Strings over Curio with antiquing wax
Apron Strings over Curio with antiquing wax

However, Apron Strings can be paired with beachy blues and white wax for a summer look.  Can’t. Wait.  Get excited, friends!

The third newest color to be released is called Trophy.  It is a true gray or pewter.  Here I experimented with it under Ironstone.  This is a very soft and beautiful combination.  I am looking forward to using Trophy as a stand alone color for a more modern look.  Gray is so on trend at the moment.

Ironstone over Trophy
Ironstone over Trophy

With the addition of those 3 new colors (Apron Strings, Curio & Trophy), that will round out the current MMS collection to 18 colors.  But the options for custom mixing colors is pretty much endless!

Hometalk asked me to put together an inspiration board featuring milk paint projects.  Check out a few of my favorites bellow!  You can see each project source by clicking through to the clipboard.

HOMETALK MILK PAINTWhat are you considering painting?  Do you have a color in mind?
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august milk paint workshop

You asked, we listened!  There’s a new milk paint workshop on the calendar…

Who: DIYers, Paint Enthusiasts, Paint Beginners, Anyone, But Especially You!

french enamel & grainsack milk paint retro chest

What:  Introduction to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Workshop

We’ll cover the basics of mixing and working with milk paint and the companion products including the bonding agent, hemp oil and wax.  This is a hands on workshop where you’ll complete make and takes exhibiting different techniques.

mustard seed yellow milk paint nightstand palm springs vintage

When:  Saturday, August 17th, 2013  10 am – 1 pm

Where:  Impact Thrift Montgomeryville’s Community Room

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Tricycle

How:  Tickets are $95 and can be purchased here

Dropleaf Table

Bonus:  Receive 10% off all Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint purchases and 25% off all Impact Thrift furniture purchases the day of the workshop!

Milk Paint Workshop

stool sample

Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better title for this post.
Today I want to share a sample of what happens when mixing milk paint colors.

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

But first a little eye candy from the Circa Dee space at yesterday’s Clover Market.  We had an amazing day.  I can’t thank everyone enough!  The crowds were out in full force and were snatching up lucky finds like crazy.  Here’s a bit of what we had to offer with more booth photos posted on facebook

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Clover Market April 2013

Back to the post at hand…

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

Last Thursday was the first milk paint workshop where we tackled mixing the paint, using it as a stain, wash and using hemp oil.  I used this little plywood stool as a sample applying ironstone milk paint to the top.

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

At the end of the class we got crazy and mixed up the remaining colors which introduced this magnificent mauvey pink color.

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

Tricycle + Mustard Seed + Kitchen Scale + Ironstone = Mauve

milk painted stool & vintage counting board

If you want to walk on the wild side with us this week, there is still time to join.  On Thursday we will be focusing on using the bonding agent to produce a controlled, opaque finish.  And next week, we’ll be getting chippy!

I know there is an interest in a Saturday workshop.  I hear ya loud and clear my milk paint loving friends!

Let’s shoot for a date in June where we’ll do the entire workshop series in one day.  Don’t quote me just yet but what does June 15th look like for those of you that are interested?

I’d like to schedule something before everyone starts taking off on summer vacations and May is pretty much out of the question for me with the upcoming nuptials and all!

Happy Monday!

spring milk paint workshop series

Just a reminder friends!  I am currently registering folks for the spring milk paint workshop series.  We have a few spaces still available.  I hope you’ll join us.  All of the details are below.  Simply email me or leave a comment to sign up!  I will respond with a paypal link to complete registration.  Also, feel free to provide feedback on days and times that you’d like to see future workshops scheduled!

Milk Paint 4 week workshop series this spring…

Gain the skills you need to tackle projects with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint around your home with confidence!

milk paint banner

Throughout the hands-on 4 week series, we’ll cover each product in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint line and how they interact with one another. You’ll complete a make and take in each workshop. Plus, enjoy 10% off all milk paint purchases the day of the workshop.

Attend the entire 4 week series and receive a quart of milk paint & bonding agent in the color of your choice FREE!

Now what? Select the workshops you’d like to attend and register by emailing me! You can either pay buy pay pal, credit card over the phone or in the shop. Each workshop is $50. Payment in full reserves your class space. Class sizes are limited. First come, first served.

All classes are located at 1814 Valley Forge Road, Worcester, PA

IMG_8658Introduction to Milk Paint $50

Thursday, April 11th 10am-12pm

What exactly is milk paint?

Learn how to mix milk paint
Learn to apply milk paint as a stain
Learn when to apply hemp oil as a topcoat

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint TricycleAnti-aging with Milk Paint $50

Thursday, April 18th 10am-12pm

How do you get a new, cohesive finish with milk paint?

Learn how to mix milk paint with the bonding agent
Learn about using milk paint for a cohesive finish
Learn about furniture wax as a topcoat

Yellow Mid-century Dresser

Aging with Milk Paint $50

Thursday, April 25th 10am-12pm

How to you get an authentic chippy finish with milk paint?

Learn how to get the highly desired chippy look
Learn when to apply the crackle medium
Learn how to apply antiquing wax as a topcoat

Abusson Blue, Shutter Gray, Ironstone, Egyptian Gold - French sideboardTwo-tone & Distressing with Milk Paint $50

Thursday, May 2nd 10am-12pm

How do you layer milk paint for an authentically aged finish?

Learn tips and tricks for creating two-toned pieces
Even learn how to effectively use milk paint with chalk paint
Learn distressing techniques and how to get a smooth topcoat

new in the shop

Hi guys! I can feel it…spring.  It is so close!  It is so like me to always rush one season in and the other out.  With that said, we’ve been churning out a few projects here getting ready for the change of seasons.  As a result there are some new upcycled projects in the shop including this framed map.

Map of Europe

I love the mix of sophistication in the vintage gilded frame and playfulness in the color palette.  We took a tattered school map of Europe in the 90’s and fit it to size.  This would be so fun in a nursery or kid’s room.  I have also posted it on Etsy.

School Map of Europe

Speaking of etsy…our remaining cowboy boot inventory has been marked down and posted on Etsy.  Grab them at up to 20% off before it is flip-flop weather!


In the shop we are making room for the upcoming Easter Charity Photo Shoot with Mandy Keep Photography on March 9th.  Appointments are filling up!  If you are interested in having your little ones in for the shoot, email Mandy to schedule.  The cost is $40 and you will receive 10-15 electronic images.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the National MS Society!

Charity Photoshoot Mar 9

Have I mentioned that we are now open every Thursday afternoon from 12-4 pm.  Yes, every single Thursday.  (oh except for April 4th because I’m on spring break. I know, sorry.)  So you don’t have to wait for our monthly events to stop in now.  We are always open by appointment as well.

And I’m excited to announce that we are planning a Spring Milk Paint Workshop Series!  It will be a 4-week hands on series taking place on Thursday mornings.  Email me if you would like to receive further information on the workshop series.

Milk Paint

And that concludes my updates for today.  Happy weekend everyone!