Flashback Friday…or is it now Saturday?

Whimsical Heart Mobile:  "Quick DIY How-To" (1) decoupage tissue paper to wooden hearts (2) after tissue paper dries, add paper cutouts such as butterflies...mine came from a gift bag! (3) hammer small nails into the bottom (4) add beads to jewelry wire...wrap one end of the wire around nail  (5) attach screw to top (6) tie fishing line around the screw (7) hang...I used plant hangers...and centered it above Abby's bed

Whimsical Heart Mobile: “Quick DIY How-To” (1) decoupage tissue paper to wooden hearts (2) after adequate drying time, add paper cutouts such as butterflies…mine came from a gift bag! (3) hammer small nails into the bottom of each heart (4) add beads to jewelry wire…wrap one end of the wire around nail (5) attach one screw to the top of each heart (6) tie fishing line around the screw (7) hang…I used plant hangers…Whew, that was a quick DIY!

Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living!  Thanks for joining me today for Flashback Friday…or is it now Saturday?

What is Flashback Friday?  Well, it is a backstory…a little look into how LollyMollyArt and Sweet Sorghum Living got their starts…So, grab a good cup of Joe (or Johann), and sit a spell with me as we look back at some of my early interior decorating and DIY projects.

Redesigning ugly lamps is nothing new for LollyMollyArt.  This particular one was created from an old crystal lamp that had a boring shade.  I simply added tulle and ribbon to the original wire shade...and boring lamp was transformed into a spectacular lamp for a little girl's room!

Redesigning lamps is nothing new for LollyMollyArt. This particular one was created from an old crystal lamp with a boring, ugly shade. I simply added tulle and ribbon to the shade’s original wire frame, and the lamp was instantly transformed into something spectacular and fun.

Abby helped me add the beaded fringe to a plain lampshade...as stated in last week's Flashback...Abby is the best glue-gunner I know!

Abby helped me add the beaded fringe to a plain lampshade…as stated in last week’s Flashback…Abby is the best “glue-gunner” I know!  Before you toss out that old lamp, think about redesigning it…a little spray paint and beaded fringe is all you need!

Last week, we looked back at Abby’s “big girl bathroom” makeover.  Her favorite color at that time was orange…any shade of orange….She wanted it not only in her bathroom, but also in her bedroom.

Orange wasn’t my only challenge for her bedroom makeover.  She also loved rocks, fossils, African safari themed items, and little girl frill…what was a mom to do!

Abby knew exactly what she liked and what she wanted…and I wanted to help bring her vision to life…not squash it or changer her mind, but to make it happen…and let her assist…to get her hands dirty…to have a bit of fun…and in the end, a little girl got her dream room…just as she had envisioned it.

Abby's prized tock and fossil collection displayed proudly on her dresser.  Currently, they are being stored in a plastic bin until I figure out how to incorporate the entire collection in her new room.

Abby’s prized rock and fossil collection displayed proudly on her dresser. Currently, it is being stored in a plastic container.  I am pretty sure when she sees this picture that she will be looking for that box…I believe it is in the basement…or perhaps the storage unit…hmmmm.

Dresser that I stenciled with cheetah print and decoupaged blue toile wrapping paper to the top.  Abby picked out the art print and decor items..  Stan painted the stripes around the room...per Abby's color choices and instructions about wanting stripes around the room!

“Safari Room” Dresser–I stenciled it with cheetah print and decoupaged blue toile wrapping paper to the top. Abby picked out the art print and decor items.  Stan painted the stripes around the room…per Abby’s color choices and instructions about wanting stripes around the room!  The beloved “Safari Room’ days–good times indeed!

Stan, being the perfect hubby and perfectionist, painted the stripes across all the doors to keep the stripes going and going...

Stan, being the perfect hubby and perfectionist, painted the stripes across all the doors to keep them going and going…Look at the light switch cover that Abby and I made together!  She loved writing and painting her name…everywhere!

Natural element contrasted against the shimmer of the curtains

Natural elements and shimmery curtains…I apologize for the poor picture quality.  I took all these photos myself–way back in the 90s.  To be honest, photography is not my talent! haha

Abby's desk area...she needed a fun and inspiring place to do her elementary homework...my goodness, time flies...sniff

Abby’s desk area–I painted the desk, added orange ceramic knobs, and decoupaged the same blue toile as the dresser to the top.  We “hot-glued” hot pink feathers to a cork board (she adored hot pink…and I had to find a way to continue the lamp colors in the room).  Stan put up a few shelves for her to display her beloved possessions.  With a little team work (the beginnings of Two Blondes and a Stan), we created an inspiring place to do elementary homework.  My goodness, time flies!  What happened to her being in elementary school?

Decoupaged vase with beaded fringe...a simple DIY...(1) decoupage tissue paper to a clear vase (2) "hot glue" beaded fringe around the "neck" of the vase...done!  Perfect for organizing office supplies like pens and pencils.

Decoupaged vase with beaded fringe…a simple DIY…(1) decoupage tissue paper to a clear vase (2) “hot glue” beaded fringe around the “neck” of the vase…done! Perfect for organizing office supplies like pens and pencils.

Original paper doll and clothes from my childhood that I decoupaged to a board for Abby...I have always tried to keep her connected to the past and her roots...No wonder she loves vintage and especially vintage clothes!

Original paper doll and clothes from my childhood that I decoupaged to a board for Abby–I have always tried to keep her connected to the past and her roots…No wonder she loves vintage and especially vintage clothes!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and traveling down memory lane!  I must rush off to get some current home DIY projects accomplished.

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Chasidy

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