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    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.

    July Ladies' Night + Upcoming August Events!

    Whew! It's been a busy month! So busy, I forgot to fill you all in on the amazing Ladies' Night we had in July {you know, for those of you who couldn't make it...} First of all, we had some amazing vendors join us. Camp Cheesecake, which is the vintage camper-turned-food truck, came out with their cheesecake by the slice, and it was heavenly. Not only did they have all the best flavors you think of when you think cheesecake, they also carry gluten-free and vegan cheesecakes. Our daughter has a dairy allergy, so for her first birthday, instead of regular cake, we had the vegan raspberry swirl cheesecake from these gals, and everyone raved about it! The cheesecake is made by Muddy Paws Cheesecake out of St. Louis Park, and it's the best in town. THEN, we partnered with the fabulous Michaela Rae Photography and Mobile Photo Booth MN. Michaela setup an open-air photo booth right in the store, and we used a set of antique church doors as the backdrop, with some vintage picture frames for props. These booths are fun for so many occasions! Michaela also took some amazing shots of the store while she was there, with her regular camera {because taking all the cool stuff into the photo booth would have been tough...you know, because there was SO MUCH cool stuff.} We had some beverages, and I put myself on stage to do a milk paint demo. We let everyone test out the milk paint on some mini-MN wooden ornaments, and then I painted a small end table, distressed and waxed it, all within the hour of the demo. Check out the pics, and then mark your calendars for August 19th {Wed, 6-8pm} and August 20-23 {10-4 each day} for our upcoming event! Remember, our Carver store is a one-weekend-per-month store. CARVER Junk Company | Michaela Rae Photography | Vintage Block Letters In addition to the August shopping event, we have one more Milk Paint workshop happening in August, one in September, and at least one in October. Sign up early!

    Milk Paint Colors of the Month: Luckett's Green & Dried Lavender

    Every month, Miss Mustard Seed features Colors of the Month {it used to be Color, but now with the European line, there are 24 colors, so each month gets two.} While these two are the least likely to make an appearance in our home, they {like every color in the line} coordinate beautifully with the other 22 colors, and are absolutely stunning on the right pieces & in the right homes! They are both also excellent colors to mix with others, creating some brilliant custom colors. Check out the collages below for inspiration, and head on over to our online shop {or either of our stores in the Minneapolis area} to pickup some paint for your own projects! Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Luckett's Green Color | Furniture Paint Projects | Milk Paint Collage | CarverJunkCompany.com1. Luckett's Green & French Enamel mixed for a custom color, by All Dolled Up. 2. Luckett's Green in a wash and chippy finish on a coffee table, by Carver Junk Company. 3. Luckett's Green on a two-tone empire-style buffet, by Dust and All Vintage. 4. Luckett's Green chippy perfection dresser, by All Things New Designs. 5. Luckett's Green on a primitive hutch, by My Urban Retreat. Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint | Dried Lavender Color | Furniture Paint Projects | Milk Paint Collage | CarverJunkCompany.com1. Dried Lavender with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint wax and hemp oil top coats, by Golden Sycamore. 2. Dried Lavender nightstands made from an old desk, with MMSMP Antiquing Wax, by Fab Rehab. 3. Dried Lavender end table, by Golden Sycamore. 4. A repurposed dresser in Dried Lavender as a bathroom vanity, by Dear Emmeline. 5. A vanity/desk in a mixture of Dried Lavender and Trophy, by Fab Rehab. 5. Milk Paint powder by Miss Mustard Seed.  

    Which colors in the Miss Mustard Seed line are your favorites?

    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

    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!