Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Flow Blue

Flow Blue Side Table | Carver Junk Company |MMS Milk Paint

Every month, Miss Mustard Seed features a Milk Paint color of the month, and every month, I make a valiant attempt to use the color on a piece of furniture for the store. August’s color of the month is Flow Blue.

I did it. I actually painted a table this month! It wasn’t a big table, but combine a crazy busy month at the store with having a 4-week old baby at home, and it felt like a pretty big accomplishment. I didn’t take a Before photo, and the process itself wasn’t all that exciting – I didn’t even distress the table – just painted and finished with Antiquing Wax. Voila! Sometimes simpler is better. With the great scallop detail, it didn’t need a lot of help to look great.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Flow Blue | End Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Flow Blue | End Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Flow Blue | End Table | Carver Junk Company | Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.

Because I’m not all that exciting with my “how to” details this month, I thought I’d share some Pinspiration. There are tons of amazing examples of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in action out on Pinterest, and these are just a few of my favorite Flow Blue pieces. Check it out, folks, Pinspiration – these are not mine, and sorry, that means I cannot sell them to you at the store. But you can drool over them, come buy some paint from us, and create a masterpiece of your own!

Wondering why it’s called Flow Blue? This amazing antique china is called Flow Blue for the way the color bleeds outside the pattern, and inspired the name of the paint. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Next month’s color is Shutter Grey. I can’t promise that I’ll personally get a piece painted in it, but we DO have a really fun contest planned with all of our dealers, that involves all of you voting. And prizes and stuff. Watch Facebook for more details!


DIY Minky Satin-Trimmed Baby Blanket

Baby D's Coral Suzani and Gray Minky Handmade Baby Blanket with Satin Trim

If you missed our last post, we’re currently working on furnishing a nursery. Good news – it has a floor! We have paint picked out, Baby D’s dresser is done, and new windows and carpet should be going in shortly.

While Chad was finishing the manual labor projects, I spent a couple of sleepless nights making a quilt….er, blanket….for D. It’s not really a quilt, because I didn’t “quilt” any of it. But it is a nice, heavy well-made blanket that’s double-sided and edged with satin.

 DIY Minky Satin-Trimmed Baby Blanket

I found this inspiration while shopping Etsy. I loved the coral, gray and white combo and decided I am good enough at sewing straight lines with my sewing machine to take on a blanket.

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Planning a Vintage Modern Girl’s Nursery

Perhaps the title needs more explanation? We’re expecting a little girl in July, and we couldn’t be more excited! We don’t share much about our personal lives, but when it comes to decorating our house, we might just fall in the “oversharers” category. You’ve been warned. We’ve had nursery plans in our heads for months now, since before we knew she was a “she” {in fact, this Momma was sure “she” was a He! whoops.}  We get a lot of questions now that we’re in the last trimester, about how we’re decorating the nursery, or if we’ve finished decorating. My typical response has been “it’s all finished…in my head…,” because we haven’t even started! We’ve got some slanty floors upstairs, and we’re working on getting them all leveled out before we start the nursery. That is a post for another day…but in the meantime, we’ve got a ton of inspiration in mind. Here’s a little look at our favorite Pinterest ideas. We’ll keep you posted on the progress {seriously, she’s due in 3 weeks, so we’re moving quickly} as we go! The piece that started the nursery decor journey:

BabyD's Nursery | Changing Table | Carver Junk Company

We found this primitive cabinet at a local vintage store, and fell in love. We left without it, but I convinced Chad we needed it, and called back the next day to purchase! It’s a perfect changing table!

We didn’t really have a plan in mind, but based on the colors in this piece, we decided whether Baby D was a boy or girl, teal would be in the color scheme. Once we found out D is a girl, we opted for a combo of coral, teal, and gray. I was really convinced that this was a new, hip color scheme that I was inventing – we got the idea for coral from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the Apron Strings color. A quick search on Pinterest told me that I was behind the style curve on this one, but loved it anyway! Continue reading

Martha Stewart | American Made Awards Nominee

Carver Junk Company is a nominee for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards! 

About the awards:

“American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.”

Martha Stewart - American Made 2014 - Nominee Badge

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“Up North” Pinspiration, and Our Weekend Plans

Source: Bees Knees Bungalow |Great Shabby Chic Oar Paddle Headboard | Carver Junk Company | #vintagecabin

If you live in Minnesota, you know what Up North means. It’s cabin season around here, and Memorial Day weekend is officially “open season.”  We are headed up to a big junk show in Brainerd, MN – about 150 miles north of Carver. We’re packing up two large trailers this week {thankfully, Chad’s parents are hauling one up for us} and heading North for a long weekend.

Here’s the detail on the sale, if you’ll be Up North, too!

While we’ve been busy stocking the store for our regular sales, we’ve been keeping an eye out for cabin-style goods as well. Here’s some of our Pinspiration: Continue reading

This weekend’s event, and Minneapolis store news!

It’s been a whole two weeks since our last sale {our special one-day-only event on May 3rd}! We are used to being open only one weekend per month, so we were surprised {and delighted} by the turnout for our Saturday event!  And, our dealers were so excited, they worked like CRAZY to stock up for this weekend – so you can be sure the store looks all new and fresh, and there are hundreds {maybe thousands} of things you’ve never seen before!  Hours & Details here.

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Eulalie’s Sky Corner Table

Eulalie’s Sky is the Color of the Month {along with Linen} for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, in May. So, of course, I just had to try it out {admittedly, for the first time}!  And, much like the piece I did in Luckett’s Green last month, I am unexpectedly, crazy in love with it!

First, Eulalie’s Sky is named after the sky in a painting of a cow that hangs above Marian’s {Miss Mustard Seed} buffet. The cow in the painting is named Eulalie, and her sky is this perfect pale blue color, with a slight hint of green.

Eulalie’s Sky Collage |Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

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