oh my!  so excited!  totally thrilled!  got a call from JEANNE OLIVER…”the” JEANNE OLIVER.  you know…the artist, designer and story-teller.  she’s teamed up with two other talented (and business savvy) gals — the one-and-only MARIAN PARSONS of MISS MUSTARD SEED and JENNIFER RIZZO to offer an amazing (you don’t wanna miss this) course.  here’s the scoop about all the ah-maze-ing topics.  the gals will share their own personal experiences, tips and success stories… 5.16a5.16b

okay…just added my pic (below) for fun and cause it makes me feel giddy to be a part of such an empowering course. check it out … and have a great weekend!



congratulations to our amazing clients who are featured in the press!

LISA DAVIS GILLY of LD LINENS & DECOR was featured in the OCT/NOV 2013 issue of HGTV magazine. in this great pictorial she demonstrates how she styles a chic thanksgiving table. she repurposes a book shelf that usually holds books into a visual showcase of stemware, china, and pieces of art from local artists. this lends a perfect backdrop to her holiday dining room. other touches include switching out a casual jute rug for a more formal decorative rug.  a focal point is of course her vivid table scape. by using a custom tablecloth with a bold teal band the room really comes together! perhaps the must stunning adornment of all is a the chandelier, a repurposed brass piece that LISA  painted with OLD WHITE by ANNIE SLOAN chalk paint.  ( B&T does ongoing design work for LISA’S four stores, as well as design work for her custom linen line “JOSEPHINE.”)


MARIAN PARSONS aka MISS MUSTARD SEED and MISS MUSTARD SEED’S MILKPAINT is featured in three publications.  in AMERICAN FARMHOUSE STYLE, MARION imparts her tips on how to give rescued finds an authentic farmhouse look by using MISS MUSTARD SEED’S MILK PAINT.  the four page pictorial which features beautiful photography taken by MARIA CARR of  shows different techniques for applying MILK PAINT including use as a stain, on raw wood, or on refinished pieces. finally MARIAN’s home is spotlighted in a before and after spread in MAKE IT OVER magazine. (B&T does ongoing work for MARIAN, created both of her websites and designed the packaging for her successful MILK PAINT line).

1.21c DEBORAH owner of PEINTURE, is featured in CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS magazine detailing her retail/workshop space in costa mesa, ca.  the nine page spread highlights her bold design aesthetic in her retail/workshop space such as her brush stand which was based on vintage produce stands. her selection of ANNIE SLOAN’S CHALK PAINT are whimsically displayed by using antique chairs painted in each of the colors that are hung from a wall.  the space creates an ambiance that is unique and stylized.  DEBORAH was also recently interviewed on CBS los angeles with a spot on how to transform furniture at home using CHALK PAINT. check out the video here. (B&T developed the entire Peinture brand including all marketing and packaging materials for her retail/workshop space in costa mesa, ca.)


RACHEL, of RACHEL AND COMPANY has a brand spankin’ new idea  “ORGANIZED IN A BOX”   which is spotlighted in the january issue of BETTER HOMES and GARDENS.  RACHEL a professional organizer and life-stylist, offered an organization solution to a reader that involved a closet overhaul including a wardrobe edit, more storage in her closet, and under-bed storage. (B&T designed her brand including the website/blog for RACHEL AND COMPANY  and is now collaborating on her latest (and cool) endeavor “ORGANIZED IN A BOX”… which is coming soon).

i’m so excited to see all these amazing women get the super fab features they deserve!

here is the winner of our
giveaway today!
the winner is:  


as a continuation of a previous post i wrote about  WORKING WITH MISS MUSTARD SEED i’d like to share the design, branding and packaging work i did for MARIANS oh-so-popular MILK PAINT collection.bcardthe initial inspiration was the Miss Mustard Seed t-shirt design i created as event garb for Marian’s  friends, family and helpers to wear during markets & trunk shows.  turns out the shirts were so well received that the MMS fans and followers wanted to buy their own.

along with the t-shirt look & feel…Marian loved the whimsy, hand-drawn illustrations (by her friend Laura) and so i was sure to incorporate them into the packaging and overall concept for the MISS MUSTARD SEED’S MILK PAINT line of products.

along with the packaging design Marian’s exclusive colors and entire product line we collaborated on color cards and digital designs as well.
workearlier in the week, bliss and tell did a giveaway of Marian’s book (INSPIRED YOU: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home).  the winner is MARCIE LENICK.

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just over two years ago i was lucky enough to start doing design work for an amazingly talented person and super cool business woman. this gal needs no introduction as many of my clients and followers already know MARIAN of MISS MUSTARD SEED and MISS MUSTARD SEED’S MILK PAINT.

cardsandtagsMarian wanted to continue to use the “mustard seed image” that was already in place at the start of our project.  i collaborated with her to revamp her brand by adding a bit of texture and depth to her collateral pieces.

along with the design of round business cards, standard size business cards, hang tags and small pricing labels i created an e-zine/MEDIA KIT for her that had the feel of a vintage style book.  (look how sweet her tags looked on the charming items she had).

MSIblogphotoshortly after the design for MISS MUSTARD SEED Marian brought me into the design, branding and packaging project(s) at the start of the very popular MISS MUSTARD SEED’S MILK PAINT…which i’ll share with you in a future post along with the details of the current look of MISS MUSTARD SEED. however until then i’d love to giveaway her beautiful book “INSPIRED YOU” that will truly ‘inspire you’ like crazy!

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stay tuned for more details about working with a ‘do it all gal’ that i admire and enjoy working with. (lucky me!)

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9 days into the new year and i’m still thinking about my resolutions and organizing my goals for 2013.  while my personal resolutions are pretty typical and expected, i know that my business goals seem to be a bit different than what i had imagined them to be.  it’s only natural to look back at the past year and reflect on the good and the bad, and then to make a list of goals accordingly.  well looking back at what 2012 was for myself and the BLISS AND TELL team, i realize that the year was full of tons of good things…and not a single bad thing.  i’m serious…i can’t think of one project or one experience that didn’t have a positive outcome for me and my business. with last year being as awesome as it was…it only makes sense to continue to be awesome this year too!
why is it that we always want to do more, get bigger and be better.  at what point do we find contentment in our joy and happiness? so…no big lofty goals for me…no stress and pressure to make changes is happening here…no siree Bob. i’m gonna stick with what works for me…i’m going to continue to live what i love and remember to be awesome every day!  what are your business goals for 2013?

inspirational image by: Jan Skácelík’s (super cool blog)…available at the HANDZ SHOP
logo & branding designs by: BLISS and TELL branding company