Ah, the good ol’ About Me page. If I were a business, this is where I’d tell you a bit about it. What we sell and why and how- all that good stuff. If only I were selling something. Then I’d have money, and I could buy lots and lots of pretty things and make pretty rooms all over my house…..I really should start selling stuff. Or, I can just use what I’ve got and do I what I do best- Maximize the Minimum. That’s a big part of what this blog is. Yet, it’s so much more. Because each and everyone of us is more. Am I right?
So here at The Mustard Seed, you’ll find the occasional poem, home decor tip, and maybe even a recipe too. You’re getting me, because let’s face it, that’s all I’ve got.
I feel overwhelmed writing all of this. What do you people want from me?
I asked this very question to my Facebook followers, and because they’re amazing- they answered….with questions. Below are a few that will perhaps give you a little bit more of an idea of who I am. Enjoy, and I look forward to meeting you! And hey, don’t be a stranger!!! Join my Facebook page here.
Q & A
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d change how self-conscious I am. I want to be more confident. I’m basically faking it until I make it.
If you could move anywhere in the world where would it be?
IKEA. I’ve never been, but I hear it’s amazing. And they laughed and they laughed and they laughed some more.
Northwest Arkansas. One word- FAMILY – I left home back in October 2000 with my husband of five months. Duty called and we packed and moved. A couple of times.
Other places I’d love to move to?
New England. Maine, Massachusetts, or upstate New York. Who are we kidding. Anywhere in New England. Four seasons. Quaint towns. The houses!!
I’d take old England too. A small village. Oh!!! Imagine decorating a cottage!!!! Yaaaaasssssss.
If you could buy one piece of new furniture, what would it be?
Can I be sly and wily and say something pretty?
Actually it would be a new couch. I really need a new couch. A pretty one.
What’s your favorite type of house?
Hands down, no question about it, it’s gotta be Victorian houses. Yeah, I know, there’s different types. Basically I want that bay window, the wrap around porch, and oh man I could go on and on.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes (if not including schoolwork), but I didn’t always think I was good at it (and I still don’t, if we’re being honest here.) About five or so years ago I stumbled upon the literary/social media site Wattpad, when I was searching for free stories to read online. I was quickly addicted, but as I read more and more of the stories on there, a tiny thought began to pop into my head. Before long it was a full-blown idea. So I started out, and failed. Miserably.
But I kept trying, learned from my mistakes and before I knew it, I had a fan base and even two stories that were always on the Top Read list, or whatever you’d call it. Now, that’s a whole other story. No pun intended. I haven’t written fiction in quite a while- I’m not sure it’s really me, but I do still post an occasional poem, when the mood strikes me. Nowadays, I’m finding I enjoy writing about what I’m passionate about. Life.
When did you start with your staging, before or after you were married?
Before, but I didn’t know it.
I never thought of it as a thing until recently. It was just something that was as natural to me as breathing. I find satisfaction and peace when things are pleasing to look at. Looking back, I’ve always had a thing for home decor as a whole.
Growing up, around Christmas you could always find the big department store Wish Book on my grandmother’s kitchen table. While the other kids would be glued to the back section of the book where the toys and gadgets were, my attention was ensnared by the appliances, linens, and furnishings that were intended for the adults. In my mind’s eye, I’d decorate an imaginary home with my “wish list.”
Also, my mom would often find her home design and house plan books missing. I was addicted to those. I’d look at the floor plans and stage the furniture, pick my wall colors, etc. And wherever we went, even if it was the cavernous viewing room of a movie theater, or a small doctors office waiting room, I would imagine the space as a home and jump into mentally designing it.
It wasn’t until the past year or so that I really saw it for what it is. Staging.
What would be your dream job?
This. Sharing who I am with others, and helping them maximize and beautify their space. Without breaking the bank.
I’d also love to become a mattress tester. Just nap. All day.
What is it about staging that you love and want to share with the world?
I think the biggest thing about staging I want to share is how easy it is.
To not worry about what this person or that person thinks, and to go for what you like. Constantly experiment with different ideas. Don’t be afraid to try.
I get teased a lot for my constant rearranging. However, it’s the sheer act of doing that allows me to accomplish what I’m wanting. I’m constantly surprising myself, and learning. Just by doing. Like when we recently just shifted our desk/table just so at an angle.
This last question wasn’t asked, but I think you’d want it.
Why is your blog called The Mustard Seed?
The mustard seed is just a tiny seed, but when planted, and nourished it grows and becomes something amazing. Every dream starts with something small- a thought, an idea, a notion. It can either be nourished, watered, and fed so that it can grow or it’s ignored, neglected, and scorned.
The first thing our dreams need in order to be planted is faith. Faith that it can succeed. I started this blog, after years of debating within myself “Can I do it? What if I fail? Is this stupid?”
Then there’s action. Putting your money where your mouth is. Walking in faith.
“……I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
I don’t know where this will all lead. I have no idea what the future holds for me. None of us do. But I’m going to take this small idea, plant it and see. And that my friends is why this blog is called The Mustard Seed.