no wise cracks people
I just returned from a few days in Toronto where I was attending
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint retailers training. What a great experience!
Training was held at Homestead House where all of the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is made. Right there…on Niagara Street…in Toronto!
(YEAH for Canadian made products) Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint is being exported now to retailers in Australia, Belgium, Hawaii and the USA, and growing every day in popuarity…so great!
Let me just say – these people rock! It is a family run business and the whole family was there to pitch in. Mom, Dad and both daughters helped out and shared their knowledge with us!
You know that moment in your head or your heart that you just KNOW you made a right decision?
Well…for me…it was when I met these people and listened to their story. They are ethical, they have great products, they care about people, they did not once knock or talk poorly about any other competing product (something that completely turns me) I could go on.
They source as much of the supporting materials (paint brushes, beeswax, hemp oil etc) from local (North American) sources, small and medium size businesses are employing people to make these products.
They HAND pour each quart of paint. They are kind and professional.
When I met Marian in Atlanta and took her class, and then had a chance to chat with her a few times, I just KNEW she was ethical, inspiring, creative, and kind as well. I loved her product. My gut told me it was the right thing to do.
Now, after taking my retailer training from Jennylyn (President of Homestead House) I am certain my “gut” was right.
We had a wonderful 2 days learning about the different products, some amazing and way fun techniques, we chatted with Marian via Skype about how to run a successful workshop and business and all the exciting things coming up with this brand. I am just so happy to have spent 2 (very tiring) but awesome days meeting some wonderful women who, like me are proud to carry this brand and learning.
We played with paints, we made a mess, we experimented, we had a lot of fun. I may or may not have taken a selfie and posted it on Instagram with THE kitchen scale (the inspiration behind the fabulous and very popular colour Kitchen Scale). Marian gave it to Jennylyn and it is proudly on display at Homestead House.
We were also very fortunate to have had Darragh Huges from Thomas James Cabinetry join us as a special guest on Day 2 -what an an amazing artist, a true craftsman who gets to work with the super elite rich and famous and create custom kitchens for them using old world craftsmanship. Darragh charmed all the ladies with his Irish accent and cheeky way, but very kindly showed us how to use tools and paints to create amazing effects. It was great fun and a privilege.
My first big paint order is in the works, the shop is being renovated (thanks to my wonderful hubs who worked all weekend painting) and workshops are being planned!
I’m hoping some of you will come play, make a mess and experiment with paints once we are up and running.
So happy my gut, head and heart are all on the same page now..thrilled and proud to be a certified Miss Mustard Seed Retailer!
Thanks Jennylyn and family, Darragh, Marian and the other Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint retailers – I can’t wait to get started now!