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    Milk Paint Giveaway: European Colors Released!

    Miss Mustard Seed has released six new milk paint colors in her European milk paint line, and select retailers in the U.S. are also carrying them. Carver Junk Company will stock all six European colors. The shelf date {meaning, the date at which we're allowed to sell them to you} isn't until January 24th. But we're excited that we're able to give away a sample pack of each color before then. Pop on over to our Facebook page to enter - leave a comment telling us which of the six new colors is your favorite. We'll choose a random winner from the comments at Noon on Wednesday to receive all six colors in sample sizes! European Colors | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Mora, Schloss, Arabesque, Layla's Mint, Marzipan, Bergere | Available at Carver Junk Company

    Advanced Milk Paint Workshop: Bring Your Own Piece

    We've been having so much fun at our Milk Paint Project workshops recently, we haven't had time to think about scheduling an advanced workshop. Now that we've trained hundreds of you in the last 12 months on the basics of Milk Paint, we thought we should get some Advanced, Bring-Your-Own-Piece Workshops on the calendar! Some Q&A on the Advanced Workshops:

    1. Can I sign up for the Advanced Workshop if I haven't taken a Basic workshop?
      • We require a Basic workshop before taking the Advanced workshop, so that everyone receives the best of the instructors' time during the Advanced workshop. You learn how to mix & apply paint in the Basics workshop, so that we can focus on advanced techniques and larger pieces during the Advanced workshop!
    2. What sort of piece can I bring to the Advanced Workshop to paint?
      • You should bring a small piece of furniture, that can be carried in one arm. Have a larger piece of furniture you want to paint? Bring a drawer and a door, or a picture frame you can paint in the same style. The piece you bring in should be sturdy, solid, and ready to paint.
      • Workshop time is limited to 4 hours, which is plenty of time to paint and top coat a small piece. Anything larger, and we can't guarantee you'll have time to finish it during the workshop. We'd really hate to kick you out with an unfinished piece! If you have questions, send us a photo of the piece you'd like to bring: info@carverjunkcompany.com.
    3. I'm bringing my own furniture, what do you provide?
      • A small group setting, and tons of hands-on instruction.
      • All of the painting supplies you'll need to complete your project.
      • Light snacks and refreshments, and a really fun 4 hours.
      • Ongoing support for any questions you have after you leave the workshop.
    Check out these photos for examples of pieces that would be perfect for a Bring-Your-Own-Piece workshop!    Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Advanced Workshop | Bring Your Own Piece | Photo & Furniture by Cotton Seed Designs, LLC   Photos & Furniture courtesy of Cotton Seed Designs, LLC. 

    New Milk Paint Colors: MMSMP European Color Line!

    New colors for the New Year! Miss Mustard Seed, aka Marian, has created a whole new line of colors for the European retailers that carry her paint. Lucky for us, she's also allowing select US retailers to carry the new colors as well, and we should have them in stock in late January, early February. She's releasing the colors one at a time via posts on her blog, so we're sharing as they are available! The most recent release is called Arabesque, and it's a "soft, dusty pink." Pink is a tough color - it certainly doesn't go in every room, or with every style, but in typical Miss Mustard Seed fashion, it's really a fantastic shade that complements the other colors in the line! While it may seem a natural fit for a baby girl's nursery, I wouldn't pigeon-hole it into girly-themed decor just yet. Here's a look at the dresser Marian created for the color launch. I'm a big fan of the before & after shot, and that gorgeous quilt! Arabesque Dresser |Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Dusty Soft Pink | Carver Junk Company   Introduced in October {not available in stores until Jan/Feb}, Bergere is yet another blue in the MMSMP line of colors. Clearly, she's a huge fan of blue, and who can blame her, when they look this good? It's no secret that blue is not a personal favorite for me, though I am completely in love with Artissimo, the deep navy in the MMS line. Pronounced "bear-zhair," Bergere is described as a "smokey blue/gray" that may look a bit more of one or the other, depending on the light. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | All the Blue Colors in the Line | Flow Blue | French Enamel | Shutter Gray | Artissimo | Bergere I think these photos do a nice job of illustrating the blue vs. grey {or gray, if you like} of Bergere. [caption id="attachment_1408" align="aligncenter" width="467"]Bergere Blue Grey | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Blue | European Line | Empire Dresser | Carver Junk Company blue tones[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1407" align="aligncenter" width="467"]Bergere Blue Grey | Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Blue | European Line | Empire Dresser | Carver Junk Company grey tones[/caption]   Did you scroll up and down a few times to compare the difference in color in each photo {like I did. haha}?? Four more colors are yet to be announced/released, but you know we'll share them as soon as we're able!  In the meantime, we've also created a couple of Pinterest boards inspired by each of these colors- some examples below, but you can access the full board for Arabesque here, and Bergere here.

    Arabesque Inspiration

    [caption id="attachment_1413" align="aligncenter" width="426"]dusty pink ornate bathroom Can you see why Arabesque was added to the European line? Can't you just picture it in gorgeous, ornate settings with furniture from the 18th century?[/caption]  

    Bergere Inspiration

    [caption id="attachment_1415" align="aligncenter" width="395"]How French How French[/caption]

    Trend: Arrow Decor & Design.

    The arrow trend in decor isn't exactly a new thing. But it's so damn cute, we jumped on the bandwagon and couldn't pass up a quick highlight. Here are some of our favorite arrow-themed home decor items. Want to hop on the bandwagon with us? Join us for milk paint workshop on January 20th, and create your own painted arrow wall decor! Arrow Apparel and Accessories | Purse | Necklace | Earrings | tshirt | Carver Junk Company  

    bag, Tom's for Target; necklace, Stella¨ earrings, Crafts&Love; tshirt, Etsy.

      Arrow Home Decor | Dresser | Milk Paint | Wallpaper | Pillow | Wall Hooks | Carver Junk Company  

    stencil, Cutting Edge Stencils;  dresser, Golden Sycamore; pillow cover, Etsy; wall hooks, West Elm.

      Arrow Nursery Arrow Home Decor | Dresser | Milk Paint | Wallpaper | Pillow | Wall Hooks | Carver Junk Company

    nursery, Project Nursery.

      Register online for our paint-your-own arrow workshop! You'll also have the option of adding hooks to the bottom of the arrow to created a necklace hanger, and all participants receive 10% off paint & paint products the day of the workshop. Sign up with a friend!

    Carver Junk Company MINNEAPOLIS!

    Remember when we told you we'd signed the lease on an AMAZING storefront in a FANTASTIC neighborhood in BEAUTIFUL Minneapolis? It was probably filled with way more exaggerated adjectives I just can't remember right now, but it turns out all of those things are really true! We've been looking for a space in Minneapolis for over a year. We knew it's where our second store was meant to be, and we've been holding out for the perfect location. "Holding out" turned into "waiting until we had more time" when we had a baby in July. We told everyone we knew that we'd probably wait until Spring or Summer 2015 to make the jump into Minneapolis. And if we've learned anything in the last few years, it's that we are often presented the best opportunities when we least expect them, and our success has come from recognizing and seizing those opportunities. So, here we are - with our second store at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis. In a neighborhood we love, surrounded by businesses {and business owners} we love. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED! Have a look at the store before we opened last weekend: [caption id="attachment_1314" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Custom marquee light in the Carver Junk Company logo. Recycle. Repurpose. Relove. Custom marquee light in the Carver Junk Company logo. Recycle. Repurpose. Relove.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1348" align="alignnone" width="819"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1346" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis storefront at 4748 Chicago Ave S in Minneapolis, 55407.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1349" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignnone" width="680"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The space is long and narrow, with original hardwood floors, tin ceilings, and a tin wall with a pocket barn door in the back.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1327" align="alignnone" width="680"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1326" align="alignnone" width="680"]Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor. Carver Junk Company Minneapolis view inside the store. The wood plank wall that runs down the left side of the store adds a great design element, as well as creates space to hang artwork, hand-painted signs, and wall decor.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1325" align="alignnone" width="1024"]A handmade wood and metal console table pairs beautifully with a reupholstered vintage chair in grain sack-style fabric | Carver Junk Company A handmade wood and metal console table pairs beautifully with a reupholstered vintage chair in grain sack-style fabric.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1362" align="alignnone" width="680"]CJC Mpls New Store 55 Baby Delainey checks out the front window.[/caption] CJC Mpls New Store 18 CJC Mpls New Store 52   Here's a few more close shots of the furniture and handmade small items we carry: [caption id="attachment_1332" align="alignnone" width="680"]A beautifully-refinished medium-sized hutch in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Artissimo on the exterior, and Fusion Mineral Paint Champlain on the interior.   $549 A beautifully-refinished medium-sized hutch in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Artissimo on the exterior, and Fusion Mineral Paint Champlain on the interior. $549[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1335" align="alignnone" width="680"]A tall boy dresser with unique lines is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint dried lavender with a hint of trophy grey, and outfitted with new knobs from Anthropologie. A tall boy dresser with unique lines is painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint dried lavender with a hint of trophy grey, and outfitted with new knobs from Anthropologie.[/caption] CJC Mpls New Store 23 CJC Mpls New Store 17 CJC Mpls New Store 11 CJC Mpls New Store 35 CJC Mpls New Store 32 CJC Mpls New Store 33 CJC Mpls New Store 34 CJC Mpls New Store 29 CJC Mpls New Store 28 CJC Mpls New Store 27 CJC Mpls New Store 47 CJC Mpls New Store 45 CJC Mpls New Store 43 CJC Mpls New Store 42 CJC Mpls New Store 41 CJC Mpls New Store 40 CJC Mpls New Store 39 CJC Mpls New Store 37 CJC Mpls New Store 36 CJC Mpls New Store 51   Thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate our Grand Opening this weekend! It was a warm welcome to Minneapolis, and we're looking forward to a great year in 2015. We'll be open every Thursday through Sunday, and because the items we carry are primarily one-of-a-kind, the store will look new and different each time you visit! And, of course, our Carver store will continue to be open with all of the same great junk you've come to expect, at least one weekend per month. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year, we hope to see you soon.