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    Winner, Winner! Plus, a 10% off code for online purchases.

    Can you believe March is over, and it's April already??  Our March Madness Milk Paint Contest was a ton of fun, and we had thousands of voters over the two weeks. We're excited to do it again next year. On that note....we're so excited to crown our very first March Madness Milk Paint WINNER:

    Brooke L (find her on Instagram for more of her fun projects) Brooke will receive a code for $150 worth of milk paint from Carver Junk Company!

    March Madness Milk Paint Contest | Carver Junk Company | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Painted Furniture | Painted Mirror | Chippy Finish | Marzipan and Ironstone Thank you to everyone who entered, voted and shared! We also chose a winner for $50 worth of milk paint, from the thousands who voted: Amy McCaw, we'll send you a message! Lastly, we're offering 10% off any milk paint purchases from our website through the end of the day Friday (4/8/16). Use code MMMPC at checkout. Happy Painting, everyone!    

    Vote in Round Three: March Milk Paint Madness

    Round Two was a tight race!  You voted, we calculated, and the winners have moved on to Round Three. Now, a little disclaimer. Many of our customers & readers know we're a small mom & pop shop run by a husband and wife team, and a handful of vendors. Sometimes, life happens, and the business takes a back burner. We intended for Round Two to close on Saturday, but then the kid got sick, and being at a laptop to shut 'er down and create the next round of brackets just didn't happen. The curtain-climber is feeling better this morning (after finding out she had strep AND a UTI...she's one tough cookie!) and we're ready to move on to Round Three. Here they are, the crowd favorites, matched head-to-head.....The large, distressed, white mirror had the most votes in Round Two, and got a bye straight into the CHAMPIONSHIP Round!  In the last round, we'll match the final three projects against one another, for one ultimate winner! Don't forget, we're also choosing one lucky voter for a $50 credit towards milk paint!

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    Check out the first two rounds here!

    Want more Milk Paint inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board: Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Inspiration.

    March Milk Paint Madness! And paint giveaway.

    March. Milk Paint. Madness!  The weather around here isn't the only madness....we're giving away $200 worth of milk paint in our March Madness bracket-style voting competition. Customers from around the country submitted their completed milk-painted projects, and we matched them up head-to-head for some friendly competition. With over 1,000 people voting in the first round, we've narrowed it down to ten projects for Round Two. The winner of the Contest will receive $150 in their choice of Milk Paint products, and one lucky voter will receive $50 in their choice of Milk Paint products. And if you don't win? No worries, our shipping is always free! You guys, there are a LOT of different furniture paints on the market these days. Some professionally-manufactured, and some moonshine-style, made in someone's garage. All of them have their uses, and our vendors even use a variety of them. But we have a hands-down favorite in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and here's why: it's all-natural, zero-VOC (no toxins), and it's the safest paint around. The color palette is gorgeous, and it's really versatile; chippy & primitive, opaque & modern, use it as a stain or a wash, or an all-over color. It's the easiest to distress (if you wish), and doesn't leave brush strokes on your finished piece. That's my sales pitch. But seriously, check out the variety in the pieces below. Vote for your Round Two favorites {check out the Round One entries here}:

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    The winners of Round Two will advance to the next round; voting starts March 26th! {and yes, one of them will get a "bye" week...because making brackets is clearly not my business strength...whoops. The Round Two piece with the most votes will get a "bye."} If you're feeling inspired, but still a bit nervous about milk paint, we have a Bring Your Own Piece workshop coming up mid-April. We teach you the basics, then help you paint a small piece of your own from start to finish.

    Happy voting! Brandy

    12 Days of Christmas + CJC MPLS First Birthday Celebration

    WE. ARE. CELEBRATING! Our Minneapolis store is turning ONE in December, and we're celebrating in a big way with specials, trunk shows, new inventory, events, fundraisers and a party over 12 days at the beginning of December. We're capping it off with an amazing furniture giveaway! Here's the schedule of events happening at the Minneapolis store. Pick & choose, or attend them all. Grand Anniversary Giveaway: Enter your name in the drawing by visiting the Minneapolis store anytime between Dec 4th & Dec 19th. We'll draw a winner for an amazing piece of furniture {will be on display all month} on December 20th - our one-year birthday! Charity fundraiser: We are working with Sponsor A Family MN to support a family {or many} in need this season. You can drop off gift cards from Target, Cub Foods, or Famous Footwear in any amount, from December 4th - December 9th. You can also drop off new hats, mittens, and children's coats from December 4th - December 9th. DIY gift wrap station & letters to Santa: All month long, we'll have a DIY gift wrap station setup with complimentary boxes, bags, tissue, ribbon, tags, etc for you to wrap your purchases. We'll also have stationary & a mailbox where your kids {or you} can write or drop off Letters to Santa. We'll ensure they get delivered. Single Day Events - 12 Days of Christmas December 4th: 5% of sales will be donated to Sponsor A Family MN. We'll share more about this charity & the family we are sponsoring as the event approaches! All day. Candy Cane Surprise Tree - with *every purchase, choose a candy cane from the Christmas tree. Each one has a number that will get you a surprise gift! *available while supplies last. December 5th: December's BIG event! Holiday Shop Hop Bus Tour between our two Carver Junk Company locations! We Drive. You Shop! Hop on at either store, a comfy coach bus will take you round trip to both stores - each has a neighborhood surrounded by other stores to shop, so it's a perfect day out! Register online, tickets are limited. Shop Hop Website December 6th: A jewelry artist will be on-site making custom, hand-stamped necklaces while you shop. Perfect holiday gifts for mom, grandma, sister, aunt or daughter - add kids' birthday gemstones, a personal message, or choose from some cute pre-made jewelry! 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Custom Jewelry Trunk Show | Carver Junk Company | December 6th 2015 December 9th:  Holiday mantel staging demo with Cotton Seed Designs. 6-7pm. December 10th: 48th & Chicago Neighborhood Business Appreciation. We're thankful to be part of such a great neighborhood. We'll be sharing the love, with neighborhood specials. More details to come! December 11th: Gifts for Guys. We'll be stocked up & featuring our favorite "guy gifts," as well as bringing in guest vendors with fun new gift ideas for the men in your life. All day. Carver Junk Company Holiday 2015 Gift Guide | Minnesota Handmade Gifts | Minneapolis December 12th: Milk paint Christmas ornament demo. Come in and learn about Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, and paint your own Christmas ornament. 10% off Milk Paint supplies all day! Demo: 1pm - 3pm December 13th: DIY Holiday Planter Bar. We'll have all the supplies to create your own holiday evergreen planter: containers, spruce tips, and all the fun add-in decor. We'll help you put it together, and we'll have a few pre-made and available for purchase as well. All day. DIY Spruce Tip Planter Bar | Evergreen Centerpieces | Holiday Centerpiece December 16th:  Holiday Gift Wrapping Extravaganza! Our gift wrapping expert will give you some tips on creating the perfect holiday packaging, as well as cute ideas for addressing tags & holiday cards. We'll have hand-lettered envelopes addressed to Santa, so you can send off your wish lists in style. 6-7pm December 17th:  We're hosting a hot cocoa bar! Stop in to check it out, get ideas to host your own for the holiday parties, and create your own perfect hot cocoa with different flavors, stir-in items, and some pre-made hot cocoa baskets for gift-giving! 3- 7pm December 18th: Baubles & Bobbies Trunk Show! Special vendors bringing in some of our favorite jewelry for one day only. Watch FB for an event listing with fun photos of their style. All day. BaublesBobbies | Jewelry Trunk Show | Minneapolis | Carver Junk Company December 19th: Our One-Year Anniversary Party! We'll have cake, specials, and beverages all day long. Stop in anytime, say hi and celebrate with us. Open 10am - 6pm. We'll draw our grand prize winner on Sunday, December 20th and contact them via email.  

    MakeMN™ - A Concrete Workshop

    Session Two in the MakeMN™ workshop series is in the books! CJC, along with the crafty ladies from The Vintage Studio, hosted a full house of concrete-aficionado-wannabes this past Sunday. Everyone started with a box of goodies. Erica showed us how to mix the concrete, and then we unpacked our boxes layer by layer to learn to mix the concrete ourselves, then to paint and decorate the planters and coasters! We finished by planting succulents to take home, stopping for wine and cupcake breaks in between. Take a peek at the photos, scroll down for the awesome swag bag sponsors and a chance to win a swag bag full of handmade items. We'll share the details of our next MakeMN workshop later this week {or click here to check it out now}. [caption id="attachment_1896" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]MakeMN workshop tables all setup before the participants arrive! Everything needed to mix, mold, paint and finish the projects was packed neatly in a take-home box! MakeMN workshop tables all setup before the participants arrive! Everything needed to mix, mold, paint and finish the projects was packed neatly in a take-home box![/caption] MakeMN at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis | Concrete Planter and Coaster Workshop | Quick Set Cement Projects | DIY Workshop Minnesota MakeMN at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis | Concrete Planter and Coaster Workshop | Quick Set Cement Projects | DIY Workshop Minnesota MakeMN at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis | Concrete Planter and Coaster Workshop | Quick Set Cement Projects | DIY Workshop Minnesota MakeMN at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis | Concrete Planter and Coaster Workshop | Quick Set Cement Projects | DIY Workshop Minnesota At the end of the workshop, everyone received a swag bag of handmade items from our sponsors! Pillow cover, with custom-designed MN fabric, from Abbey's House. Tote bag, designed by The Vintage Studio and printed by Tee Squared. Field Notes notebook and pen. Iron-on MN patch from Eclectic 887. Vintage map pin from XOHandworks. Hand-stamped "LOVE MN" vintage brass tag from A Vintage Parcel. Each MakeMN workshop includes not only the featured projects, instruction and snacks {yummy cupcakes from Nellie Bakes this time, but also a swag bag with different handmade items each session! The value of the swag bag is equal {or greater than} the price of the workshop! Please click over to our sponsors and Like, Share and give them some love. Leave a comment below & let us know which FB pages you've "Liked" - we'll choose one lucky winner on Friday to receive the swag bag full of goodies seen below! MakeMN at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis | Concrete Planter and Coaster Workshop | Quick Set Cement Projects | DIY Workshop Minnesota

    Register online for our next MakeMN workshop