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PETALUMA: Miss Mustard Seed offers holiday workshops, signing

Marian Parsons, known to her devoted DIY fans as Miss Mustard Seed, will be planting herself in downtown Petaluma Dec. 11 for a series of events, including a milk painting workshop and holiday seminar.

Parsons writes the popular do-it-yourself design blog, MissMusterSeed.com. She also writes for HGTV and has her own line of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Pain through the Homestead House Paint Company.

She will be signing her new book "Inspired You" during a free party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Summer Cottage Antiques, 153 Kentucky St.

Parsons will also hold a noon to 2 p.m. Milk Paint Workshop and a Holiday Inspired Seminar from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30.m. Cost is $40 for each of the events.

Space for the workshops is limited. To sign up call 776-2873.

SEBASTOPOL: 6 historic homes in benefit holiday tour

A ticket to Sebastopol's Holiday Home Tour today (Dec. 8) offers a chance to visit six historic homes showcasing family histories through collections of holiday artifacts and family traditions. The event also includes an Artisan Boutique at Pleasant Hill Christian School, 1782 Pleasant Hill Road. Felt and fiber art, art photography, ceramic wall hangings, collages, cards, bookmarks wine barrel cardholders, crocheted hats and jewelry are among the arts and crafts available for gift-buyers. Proceeds from the self-guided tour go toward a scholarship fund for Pleasant Hill Christian School. Tickets for the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tour are $30 for adults and $10 for kids.

SONOMA: Blow some glass, make an ornament

Store-bought ornaments are fun but the ones you make by hand become heirlooms.

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