I am so excited because I'm having a Miss Mustard Seed Christmas this year! I wish I could tell you that Marion (Miss Mustard Seed) invited my son and I for Christmas dinner, but that would be untrue. How amazing would it be to spend some time at Marion's home over the holiday season? I have been drooling at all of Marion's blog posts revealing photos of her home decorated for the Christmas season. Marion is an inspiration to many of us and I truly appreciate all the time and effort that she takes to share her amazing home, ideas and photography with us.
My Miss Mustard Seed Christmas started with one sad looking chipboard fireplace complete with plastic molding.
I painted the fireplace with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in ironstone and topcoated it with MMS furniture wax. All of my customers who have seen it cannot believe it is not real wood. Ah, the magic of milk paint!
Next Christmas I think I will use some MMS antiquing wax on it and create a whole new look for my little fireplace.
To add some character to the fireplace, I placed a rusty antique ceiling tile inside of it. I absolutely love rusty old things!
The wooden box in the fireplace is painted in ironstone and I added a stripe and the letter P to the old bucket with tricycle. Why the letter P? Good question. I bought a vintage set of brass stencils that I assumed was a complete set of the entire alphabet. I wanted to paint the word "joy" on the bucket, but when I opened the box, half of the alphabet was missing. Although I tried, I couldn't spell anything. So, the letter P worked. It can stand for paint, party or presents.
The last thing that I painted was the little tree in boxwood.
Once the painted was done, the real fun began. I wanted to come up with a whimsical idea for decorating, so I wandered into my back 40 looking for ideas and stumbled across my old swing. It was perfect! I then decided my vignette should have a children's theme.
I added a tin toy and several old children's books to the swing. The swing did not have a rope on it, so I borrowed a blue and red rope from an old sled I have.
I love fresh evergreen trees and boughs. I cut the boughs at my friend Karen's place and she cut the little tree for me. It sure is wonderful to have such lovely trees right in my own backyard (or should I say Karen's backyard)?
The last thing I added to my vignette was this sign that was handpainted by my pal Dawn.
I have before and after photos of some of these painted pieces and I will share some painting tips with you soon.