Brick Bookends + Details About “Handmade By You” Classes at Type A

I am having a total color crush on these bookends made from old bricks.

I am having a total color crush on these bookends made from old bricks.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a set of bookends I made from old bricks + the “Handmade By You” classes at Type A in Jonesborough.

Before I spill all the beans on these fun and awesome classes, let’s chat about the fabulous brick bookends that I made for one of the upcoming project classes.

One of the main goals for the "Handmade By You" classes is to use reclaimed items--wood, bricks, vintage furniture, old jars...you name it...we want to reclaim--reuse--repurpose.

One of the main goals for the “Handmade By You” classes is to use reclaimed items–wood, bricks, vintage furniture, old jars…you name it. We want to reclaim, reuse, repurpose unwanted materials into beautiful pieces of art for the home, office, or garden.

When I was pondering the design for the bookends, I wanted to make sure that they were usable and beautiful from all sides.

When I was pondering the design for the bookends, I wanted to make certain they were usable and beautiful from all sides.

I want people to have options...not to be restricted by "this way only" or "this side up"...to have the freedom to personalize and create a unique look.

I want people to have options…not to be restricted by “this way only” or “this side up”…to have the freedom to personalize and create a unique look. The “Handmade By You” classes will have options. Amber (owner of Type A) and myself will be there to instruct, guide, and encourage creativity and personalization.

When creating these bookends for the "Handmade By You" class, I wanted to emphasize the texture of the bricks...not hide it. I wanted the imperfections to be seen...the broken ends...the cracks...because these bricks have a history that new pavers from the home improvement store do not have!

When creating these bookends for the “Handmade By You” class, I wanted to emphasize the texture of the bricks…not hide it. I wanted the imperfections to be seen…the broken ends…the cracks…because these bricks have a history that new pavers from the home improvement store do not have!

I've been on a total modern meets Southwest kick lately. The colors, the patterns...oh, my!

I’ve been on a total “Modern Meets Southwest” kick lately. The colors, the patterns…oh, my!

One thing I learned while painting old bricks, the foam brush will not be reusable for another project!

One thing I learned while painting old bricks, the foam brushes will not be reusable for another project!

Honestly, I cannot decide which way to use them! So many possibilities *big smile*

Honestly, I cannot decide which way to use them! So many possibilities *big smile*

Just look at those colors and that texture! I don't think I can let these bookends go....*Note to Self: find more old bricks to make more bookends!*

Just look at these colors and that texture! I don’t think I can let these bookends go *wink*

Which way is your favorite?

Which way is your favorite? (Don’t judge. I know my reading selection is crazy wild *wink*)

Now, before I forget, let’s chat about the “Handmade By You” classes that will begin Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Type A in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The very first class will be all about mixing metallics, mingling with friends, enjoying fabulous treats, and painting Mason Jars. Each project maker will get to pick her own vintage jar to paint + have the choice of black, silver, or gold paint AND will get to glitter dip. Yes, glitter! The cost for this class is $30 ($5 nonrefundable deposit to reserve spot), and the cost includes all class supplies, tools, smocks, treats and beverages. All you need to bring is yourself *big smile* How fabulous is that! No running around all over the place gathering supplies because we do all that for you.

Classes will be taught every Tuesday (4:00 p.m.), Wednesday (10:00 a.m.), Thursday (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (10:00 a.m.) in May. Did I mention every single class will be a different project? Yes, indeed! Here’s a brief list of some of the things we will be doing: exclusive hot air balloon string art designed by me, snail mail party, journaling party, coloring party where we will also paint frames to frame our masterpieces, mosaics (Saturday Session), calligraphy (Saturday Session), and much more. Call for more information and to reserve your spot: 423-483-9708. Be sure to “Like” Type A on Facebook for more information about the “Handmade By You” classes and photos of the projects. Click here to visit Type A’s Facebook page.

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Modern Brick Bookends class will be Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. The cost of the class is $30 ($5 nonrefundable deposit to reserve spot). The cost includes all class supplies, a cute smock to protect your clothes and to make you feel like a artist, treats, and beverages. Just bring yourself! Please call 423-483-9708 for more details and to reserve your spot. Class size is limited!

 

 

 

Bee String Art Just In Time For May

I am currently working on bee string art kits for First Friday|BuzzFest in downtown Johnson City on May 6. *pours another cup of coffee*

I am currently working on bee string art kits for First Friday|BuzzFest in downtown Johnson City on May 6. *pours another cup of coffee*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a please to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about anything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the bee string art kits that I am currently creating from a bee drawing I found in one of my sketchbooks dated 1998. Wowzer!

Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but I just had to show y’all the samples. If you are in the Johnson City, Tennessee area, stop by The Local Company in downtown Johnson City to see these cute little bees and flower in person. You can also see my demonstrating the bee string art LIVE at The Local Company on Friday, May 6. Y’all don’t want to miss out on all the fun! If you’re not local, don’t fret because I will be posting all kinds of randomness and photos to my social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) + I might even add a few kits to my Etsy shop (which I know needs some attention *pours another cup of coffee–wink*)

The bee string art kit will come with a board, bee template, instructions, nails, and string. All you will need to complete this project is a hammer, a little craft paint, and a paint brush.

The bee string art kit will come with a board, bee template, instructions, nails, string, and a sawtooth hanger (if you want to hang it). All you will need to complete this project is a hammer, a little craft paint, and a paint brush. These kits are perfect for parents to do with their children, grandparents to do with their grandkids, a “Girls Night In” party, a tween birthday party activity….I want them to be the “Mr. Potato Head” of string art *wink*

The bee string art kits will come with a template designed from my original drawing; however, the markings for the nails are just a guide. I want people to feel free to adjust the nails to create different shapes. On the “Bee Happy” sample, I positioned the nails farther apart, which gave the bee a more geometrical, modern look. By placing the nails closer together, the bee has a rounder, cuter feel like the bee at the top of this post.

This "Flower Power" string art flower + painted flower combo is available for purchase at The Local Company, and it is currently not part of the string art kit collections I am working on.

This “Flower Power” string art flower + painted flower combo is available for purchase at The Local Company, and it is currently not part of the string art kit collections I am working on.

The string art kits are designed to work together, to be stacked together, to hang on the wall, to function as a small shelf, to use in a wall collage, to set on a shelf....Oh, my! The possibilities are endless!

The string art kits are designed to work together, to be stacked together, to hang on the wall, to function as a small shelf, to use as part of a wall collage, to set on a shelf….Oh, my! The possibilities are endless!

When I was designing the string art kits, my main goals were to make them easy, fun, and quick. Seriously, who has time for complicated projects that take hours or an entire weekend! Not this girl *wink* I also wanted people to have options–like paint the board any color…or place the nails farther apart or closer together to give the design a personal touch. Nope. There are no complicated instructions that require geometry and algebra. Everything about these string art kits is simple. All you need is about an hour, snacks and a beverage for the paint-drying time, a hammer, a paint brush or two (depending on how fancy you get with painting your board–think stripes, ombre, polka dots…), craft paint(s), and good music (perhaps, some Prince *pause for a moment of silence*).

Well, that’s the buzz on the bee string art kits coming soon! Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Now, go do something fun and creative!

Just doing what we do *wink*

Just doing what we do *wink*

Valentine’s Day DIY: Love Bug Dry Erase Board

Love Bug Dry Erase Board DIYHey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from front porch decorating to gluten-free goodies.

Today on the blog, we are chatting about a “secret message” board for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day. What I love about this DIY project is how simple it is–no major tools or fancy supplies required *wink*

Basic supplies for this dry erase board project

Basic supplies for this dry erase board project

For this DIY Secret Message Board | Dry Erase Board you will need 1/8″ Flat Tileboard in white–which can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

If you are like me and drive a car that cannot fit an entire sheet of this board, you can have it cut at the store. I had my board cut into 2′ x 4′ pieces, so it would fit in my Beetle.

For this particular project, you will need a board about 8″ x 10″, but you can make it as little or as big as you want. That is the beauty of DIY *big smile*

"Wood" side of the tileboard + white gesso

“Wood” side of the tileboard + white gesso

After you have the size you want, paint the “wood” side of the board with gesso or flat white paint (either one will work). Paint going in the same direction–long brush strokes.

It will take 2-3 thin coats to completely cover up the brown. Be patient because this is an important step. Do NOT “slap” the gesso/paint on and do not apply too much at one time. The goal is a smooth, even surface–no thick brush strokes. For this particular project, I used a one-inch foam brush.

Cut a ladybug from various pieces of scrapbook paper. Be creative with your paper.

Cut a ladybug from various pieces of scrapbook paper. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box–like newspaper print.

While you wait on your gesso/paint to dry, cut out the pieces for your love bug out of scrapbook paper.

Mix patterns–dots, hearts, houndstooth, plaid–the possibilities are limitless! Also, do not worry about having “perfect” shapes. As you can tell from the photo, I winged the bottom pieces of my bug because those pieces will not be seen once the wings/body are attached.

All of the pieces of the ladybug

All of the pieces of the ladybug

Once the gesso/paint has dried, paint the entire board with Liquitex Light Portrait Pink (or any shade of light pink). Again, thin coats and long, smooth brush strokes.

Allow time for the board to thoroughly dry before attaching the ladybug pieces with Mod Podge.

20160203_165003_resizedI am not a huge fan of paint markers; however,  for this project, I decided to give them a try. Overall, I was pretty pleased with how the letters and polka dots turned out.

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My secret tools for hot glue messes

My secret tools for hot glue messes–I intentionally made a terrible mess with the hot glue gun because I wanted to show how easy it is to clean up the glue strings and extra glue that oozed out.

I wanted to add a little bit of sparkle to my secret message board and what better way than with red rhinestones. Another option is to use clear rhinestones on the white polka dots. Remember this is your DIY project–have fun!

Front Side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Front Side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Now, it is time to pat yourself on the back for a job well done and to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee while you decide what secret message to write on the back of your board.

Back side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Back side of the Love Bug Secret Message Board|Dry Erase Board

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Be sure to share your Love Bug boards with me using #SSLDIY on Twitter and Instagram because I would love to see your projects!

Powder Room Reveal|Wall Collage Ideas and Tips

I found this ad in a vintage magazine, and I just had to frame it in my thrift-store-find picture frame.

I found this ad in a vintage magazine, and I just had to frame it in my thrift-store-find picture frame.

Whew! The powder room is finally finished *happy dance* And my vision turned out better than I had imagined! Yay *big smile* This room was indeed a challenge because of its awkward location in our house (between the kitchen and living room + it can be seen as soon as you enter the front door) and because of its built-in cabinet (which may or may not be original to the house).

The hubby and I wanted to do something bold (but not a bold or bright color) and a little bit different (not something commonly found on Pinterest), and I wanted to incorporate my love of vintage prints and paintings. It took several months to find all the prints and paintings, and we had to do some DIY framing, but it was definitely worth the wait.

View down the hallway--normally, I keep the door closed to the power room.

View down the hallway–normally, I keep the door closed to the powder room.

Built-in cabinet in the powder room

Built-in cabinet in the powder room

Here are a few facts about the powder room before I reveal all the fabulousness:

  • It is approximately 6′ x 8′ with 10′ ceilings.
  • The original hardwood floors could not be salvaged.
  • The hubby and I put down engineered, oak floors because we needed something a little “thinner” in order to make the transition less significant + we needed something with a little more “flex.”
  • We have no idea what this room used to be, but somewhere along the way it became a powder room.
  • It is difficult to photograph the entire space!

I love the look of this vanity and sink combo because it has a vintage feel.

I love the look of this vanity and sink combo because it has a classic, vintage feel.

There is no "theme" to the prints and paintings. We chose what we liked and put them together like a puzzle.

There is no “theme” to the prints and paintings. We chose what we liked and put them together like a puzzle.

I honestly have not counted the framed items in this room!

I honestly have not counted the framed items in this room!

The is probably the best deal of all the paintings and prints--I gave a whopping $10.00 for it at a local antique mall.

This large painting is probably the best deal of all the paintings and prints–I gave a whopping $10.00 for it at a local antique mall *gasp* *wink*

The hubby made signs to go above all the doors in Hathorn Hall.

The hubby made signs to go above all the doors in Hathorn Hall.

There is a possibility that guests will linger in this room *wink*

There is a possibility that guests will linger in this room *wink*

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This pendant light is really intended to hang above an island, but it was the perfect fit for my quirky powder room.

This pendant light is really designed to hang above an island, but it was the perfect fit for my quirky powder room.

I totally love old, bubble glass.

I totally love old, bubble glass!

View from the toilet *wink*

View from the toilet *wink*

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I used dollar-store frames for several of the smaller prints.

I used dollar-store and thrifted frames for several of the smaller prints.

SSL Tip: When creating a wall collage, mix different shapes, sizes, and colors of frames in order to create a conversation piece that is uniquely you.

SSL Tip: When creating a wall collage, mix different shapes, sizes, and colors of frames in order to create a conversation piece that is uniquely you.

SSL Tip: Don't be afraid to mix a Gypsy lady painting with a John Deere tractor print. It is all about displaying what you love with confidence (and in the case of my powder room, a lithe sense of humor *wink).

SSL Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix a Gypsy lady painting with a John Deere tractor print. It is all about displaying what you love with confidence (and in the case of my powder room, a little sense of humor *wink*).

SSL Tip: From the ceiling to the floor, fill your walls with vintage paintings and prints. Don't fret about spacing because it is all about making them fit together like a puzzle (well, a broken puzzle).

SSL Tip: From the ceiling to the floor, fill your walls with vintage paintings and prints. Don’t fret about spacing because it is all about making them fit together like a puzzle (well, a broken puzzle).

SSL Tip: Bold wall collages need light/neutral walls.

SSL Tip: Bold wall collages need light/neutral walls.

IMG_0613IMG_0609Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at the finished powder room and chatted about wall collage tips. I cannot wait to show y’all more of Hathorn Hall *big smile*

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#TBT A Playroom Inspired by Rocks, Volcanoes, and Feathers

My dad made me this dresser when I was a little girl. Originally, it was stained dark--almost espresso. Currently, it is painted a light gray.

My dad made me this dresser when I was a little girl. Originally, it was stained dark–almost espresso. This photo shows the dresser in Abby’s playroom way back in the late 90s and early 2000s. I don’t remember the exact date–but she was still in early elementary school. P.S. I am terrible, terrible with dates!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from home renovation to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are kicking off a new series–which will be all about throwing it back to the beginning and early stages of my art creations and home renovations. I believe that having a bit of a backstory is important because it shows the progression and improvement of both the art and the home projects.

In the beginning, the hubby and I had no idea what we were doing–and most of the projects we did because we were young and broke–but we knew we wanted to make improvements…we knew we wanted to create.

From Abby's rock collection.

From Abby’s rock collection.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who wanted her playroom to be painted like a handful of rocks that she showed her parents. This little girl had ridden in a Lowe’s buggy just as much as she had ridden in a car. She had very strong opinions on what she liked and didn’t like, so her parents learned to let her pick out her own room themes and paint colors. They explained, “Why shut down the creative process of a little one, when it is only paint and a few decor items!”

Staring at the handful of rocks, her mom was a bit unsure on how to make it work–stripes? No, the little girl did not want stripes. She hated stripes. Hmmmm. Now, while the mom was trying to figure out how to bring rocks to a wall–the little girl brought her a book about volcanoes. She loved volcanoes…and rocks…and dinosaurs…and her American girl dolls…and feathers…and lava lamps.

At first, the mom was going to redirect the little girl away from all of these ideas. Tell her that is was impossible (thinking that it was going to be more ugly than impossible), but what kind of message would that send to her. Limit your creativity. Limit what you want. Nope. The room had to be designed around all of those things to show her that creativity and dreaming has no limits.

Abby helped to tie-dye the curtains for her playroom, and she even helped with the feather boa valance. She decided which colors and the order of the colors.

Abby helped to tie-dye the curtains for her playroom, and she even helped with the feather-boa valance by picking out the ones she wanted and the order of the colors.

So, how in the world did we take all of those very different things and create a space that Abby “designed” and wanted. Well, it wasn’t easy!

First, we painted the walls in a red-orange color that Abby picked out. Next, we painted an abstract border at the top to represent the lava of a volcano (it was Abby’s idea–I remember her sketching it out on a piece of paper!). The final touch to the walls was gold glitter–spray glitter–so many cans of spray glitter. Now, her walls shimmered and sparkled just like the rocks.

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Abby has been mixing patterns her entire life. The hubby and I wanted her to see her ideas come to life–even though her decorating taste and ours were and still are totally different.

After painting walls, we created the curtains she sketched, and we begin to add all the decor items from her shopping list that she made while “shopping” in a storage closet in our house.

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She wanted a bulletin board, so we designed and made this one together.

She wanted a bulletin board, so we designed and made this one together. If you look closely in the photos, you can see the shimmer of the gold glitter on the walls.

A little closer look.

A little closer look. Notice all the sparkle! She loved the sparkle–still does *wink*

She picked out the fabric for the ceiling fan blades. Abby helped by applying the glue to the fabric and blades. It was an easy and fun DIY project.

She chose the fabric for the ceiling fan blades because it looked like some of her fossils *smile* Abby helped me with this DIY project by applying the glue to the fabric and blades.

Another easy DIY project was decoupaging tissue paper and paper butterflies to outlet covers and light switch cover.

Another easy DIY project was decoupaging tissue paper and paper butterflies to the outlet covers and light switch cover. Abby got a little carried away and decided to decoupage a few butterflies to the walls *smile*

We went shopping in the closet (you know the one that houses everything from coats to Christmas decorations) for accessories for her playroom. We also took the leftover fabric from the ceiling fan blade project and framed it in a frame that Abby found under my bed. *Our house was a crazy construction zone for several years!*

We went shopping in the closet (you know the one that houses everything from coats to Christmas decorations) for accessories for her playroom. We also took the leftover fabric from the ceiling fan blade project and framed it in a frame that Abby found under my bed. *Our house was a crazy construction zone for several years!*

Abby was so proud of her new playroom. She had a place that she could play with her dolls and read about volcanos, rocks, and dinosaurs. She wanted to spend time in there because it was exactly what she had dreamed of *big smile*

I tell folks all the time to let those kids be creative. Let them pick out their room themes and decor items. After all, it is just paint and trinkets. What they learn from the process is their opinions do matter. Let them help with the painting, with easy DIY projects, and with putting those trinkets on the shelves (right where they want those trinkets). After all, they will be the ones spending time in their rooms. What they learn from the process is that hard work pays off.

A quick trip to Birmingham, Alabama with Abby for the Home + Remodeling Show.

A quick trip to Birmingham, Alabama with Abby for the Home + Remodeling Show.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we threw it way back to when Abby was in early elementary school! I think I am going to go cry that “my-baby-is-all- grown-up” cry.

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Fixing a Pinterest Furniture Fail

Just doing a little scraping on a rainy day.

Just doing a little paint scraping on a rainy day.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and watch other people work *wink* Today on the blog, we are chatting about a recent side table purchase that I made and how it was a total Pinterest fail.

The paint just peels right off!

The paint just peels right off!

Now, I knew when I got it that it wasn’t the best paint job–BUT I had no idea at the time how terrible it really was. I had plans for repainting it down the road, but not in a couple of weeks after bringing it home! I cannot complain too much because I only gave $20 for it…but still…the fact remains that just because a DIY project is popular on Pinterest doesn’t mean that everyone should jump on the bandwagon.

Just because Johnny or Jane believes that he or she has created a product worthy to sell to the public, AND just because he or she can purchase “paint” at the local grocery store doesn’t mean he or she should.

Also, please do not slather craft paint on a piece of furniture. Could you use craft paint for an elementary poster about the Presidents of the United States–absolutely…Grandmother’s antique hutch–absolutely not. For that matter, don’t attempt to paint that antique hutch without really thinking about it and researching the best way to redo it because some items should be left just the way they are–so, drop the craft paint, y’all! Drop it! And back away slowly *wink*

It only took me about 30 minutes to remove all the paint from the top of the little table. Probably less. I made, edited, and uploaded a video during that time *wink*

It only took me about 30 minutes to remove all the paint from the top of the little table. Probably less. I made, edited, and uploaded a video during that time *wink*

Check out the video that I made about my “Pinterest Fail” purchase *smile*

I kept the trusty Dyson close by in order to help contain the mess.

I kept the trusty Dyson close by in order to help contain the mess.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about poor paint jobs and a Pinterest fail. Hopefully, I will be able to get the paint off the belt without too much trouble! Currently, I am working on getting the paint off the legs–good news is it is coming off very easily!

I am not sure what color I am going to paint the cute, little table once I get all the cheap blue junk off of it. What color suggestions do y’all have? Just let me know in the comment section + stay tuned to see its transformation!

Ideas for Reinventing Old Lamps + Upcycled Lamps

Throwback photo to my Lolly Molly shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors.

Throwback photo to my Lolly Molly shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. The lamp in this photo was once 80s brass with a cream, pleated shade. With a little paint and lots of fabric strips, it got a second chance to shine.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from handmade goodness to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about taking those old, forgotten lamps and turning them into new, fabulous ones.

I am as guilty as the next person for being too quick to donate items that I have grown tired of or for taking items that are somewhat dated to the basement–where they are hidden away until I decide to have a purge. Bless! It seems easier to toss out the old things and buy new stuff rather than to reinvent or repurpose those unwanted pieces. Several years ago, I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to save the dated lamps from a life of garage sales and basement living. So, I got my creative on and started reinventing.

When I had my Lolly Molly Art shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors, I sold reinvented and upcycled lamps. During that time, I was on a mission of showing people that unloved and outdated lights could have a new life with a little time and creativity. It was also about taking rusty, junky treasures and converting them to works of functional art.

Another 80s brass lamp that found a new life thanks to lime green paint and fabric strips.

Another 80s brass lamp that found a new life thanks to lime green paint and fabric strips. P.S. All items in my shop were either original works of art or repurposed/upcycled items + every item was a one-of-a-kind.

The very first lamp that I reinvented. I removed the original fabric from the lampshade, wrapped it in hot pink tulle, and added polka dot ribbon for a pop of fun.

The very first lamp that I reinvented. I removed the original fabric from the lampshade, wrapped it in hot pink tulle, and added polka dot ribbon for a pop of fun. I am not sure what year this was, but I do know that Abby was in early elementary school–so at least ten years (if not more) years ago!

Sometimes all you need to do to update a lamp is add beaded fringe to the lampshade.

Sometimes all you need to do to update a lamp is to add beaded fringe to the lampshade. The next photo will show how I took this reinvented lamp and re-reinvented it *wink*

Another easy DIY lamp reinvent is to paint the original lampshade and add beaded fringe.

This particular lamp was reinvented no less than five times in its life with me. I finally decided to reinvent it one last time and sell it in my shop. It was part of a summer coastal collection. This time around, I painted the original lampshade in several hues of blue and added a seashell-inspired beaded fringe + painted the base a bright coral.

I am a firm believer in spray paint as a perfect solution to updating something old.

I am a firm believer in spray paint as the perfect solution for updating something old.

Beach cottage ready *smile*

Beach cottage ready *smile*

I am always on the hunt for ugly lamps to save. This particular one had seen better days, but it found an adorable new life with ribbons and white paint.

I am always on the hunt for ugly lamps to save. This particular one had seen better days, but it found an adorable new life with ribbons and white paint.

I love how the bright white brings out all the pretty details.

I love how the bright white brings out all the pretty details.

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A few items from the 2012 Summer Coastal Collection

A few items from the 2012 Summer Coastal Collection

One of the first night lights that I reinvented. I decoupaged tissue paper to the original shade and then hot glued fringe to the top and bottom.

One of the first night lights that I reinvented. I decoupaged tissue paper to the original shade and then hot glued fringe to the top and bottom. (This was well over ten years ago–probably close to fifteen years. Wow! Time surely flies!)

This lamp was created from a wagon wheel hub, a part from a tiller, and a couple of other random rusty parts.

This lamp was created from a wagon wheel hub, a part from a tiller, and a couple of other random rusty parts.

Another Lolly Molly Art original functional art piece. Here at Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art we believe that the home and garden should be filled with art--funky and functional, folksy and colorful, abstract and wondrous...whatever suits your fancy *smile*

Another Lolly Molly Art original, functional art piece. Here at Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art we believe that the home and garden should be filled with art–funky and functional, folksy and colorful, abstract and wondrous…whatever suits your fancy *smile*

This is one of my favorite lamps that the hubby and I made...I was so sad when it sold because I was hoping to keep it for myself.

This is one of my favorite lamps that the hubby and I made…I was so sad when it sold because I was hoping to keep it for myself.

I called this outdoor lamp--Redneck Victorian.

I called this outdoor lamp–Redneck Victorian. It was part of the Junky Funky Summer Collection.

All lit up at night.

All lit up at night. The top of the lamp was made from a vintage bike rim and a lawnmower tire.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about ways to reinvent those old, unwanted lamps. Which reinvented or upcycled lamp is your favorite? Have you every saved an old lamp? Tell us how you did it in the comment section *smile*

 

How to Decorate a Front Porch for Easter

A pretty wave pansy spilling over the edges of a turquoise flower pot--this arrangement will be a shining star several weeks after Easter.

A pretty wave pansy spilling over the edges of a turquoise flower pot–this arrangement will be a shining star several weeks after Easter.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about Hathorn Hall’s front porch Easter decor.

IMG_9772If you have been following along with my random madness, you know that the hubby has been building a deck/outdoor living room. This project has taken up nearly all of our free time…okay, all of our free time…so that left me with little to no time to create simple and easy Easter decor for the front porch. I absolutely love Easter because it is all about new life and resurrection, so I had to do something to gussy up the place!

I took a basket that I already had and added big yellow Gerber daisies to it--for that perfect pop of spring yellow.

I went shopping in my own basement for items that screamed spring. I found a lime green stool, a basket, and yellow Gerber daises. Perfect!

Fun patterns + bright colors

Fun patterns + bright colors

Y'all know how much I love accessorizing my porch with pillows! I already had the bright chevron ones, and the large ones came from At Home in Knoxville.

Y’all know how much I love accessorizing my porch with pillows! I already had the bright chevron ones, and the large ones came from At Home in Knoxville.

I love this adorable window that I found at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City.

I love this adorable window that I found at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City! Be sure to check your local shops for holiday decor because you never know what you might find.

I apologize for the quality of my photos. The hubby is my photographer, but he has been a bit busy with building decks and traveling for work!

I apologize for the quality of my photos. The hubby is my photographer, but he has been a bit busy with building decks and traveling for work. However, I do believe that I am getting better at using that fancy camera of his *wink*

I will keep the evergreens in the flower pots until the weather gets and stays warmer.

I will keep the evergreens in the flower pots until the weather gets and stays warmer. I just added cute pansies to them to add a pop of spring color.

I created this egg + grass from leftover wood that I found in the basement. So this little project cost zero dollars *smile*

I made this egg + grass from leftover wood that I found in the basement, so this little project cost zero dollars *smile* Be sure to check out the Facebook page for more about the egg project + my other randomness and projects.

Holiday decor doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive to be fun and cheery!

Holiday decor doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be fun and cheery!

I moved the lime green pillows (the ones I used for St. Patrick's Day) from the swing to the rockers.

I moved the lime green pillows (the ones I used for St. Patrick’s Day) from the swing to the antique rocking chairs.

I got this darling basket at an antique shop in Elizabethon.

I got this darling basket at an antique shop in Elizabethon. I started to paint it, but I decided I liked it just the way it was *smile*

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It is amazing what a few pops of color can do to add a bit of Easter fun!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took at look at the simple and colorful Easter front porch decor. Stay tuned to see how I transform the Easter front porch to a spring one!

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St. Patrick’s Day Front Porch Ideas

Pillows are the easiest way to add a fresh pop of color and fun to your home--inside and outside.

Pillows are the easiest way to add a fresh pop of color and fun to your home–inside and outside.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about an easy way to gussy up your porch for St. Patrick’s Day. I had a much bigger decorating plan for St. Patty’s Day, but the snow and extremely chilly temps kept me from decking Hathorn Hall with green and gold. No need to fear because I bundled up and created simple +  cute holiday fun.

On a quick trip to Walgreen's to pick up diet beverages and a few necessities, I discovered this adorable hat and knew exactly where to put it when I got home.

On a quick trip to Walgreens to pick up diet beverages and a few necessities, I discovered this adorable hat and knew exactly where to put it when I got home. It was totally worth braving the snow and chilly temps for this perfect St. Patrick’s Day find *wink*

After a couple of days of complaining about the weather (almost pouting--okay, I was pouting), I decided to spend some time in my art studio. I created this four-leaf clover using leftover wood that I found in the basement + five or so shades of green paint.

After a couple of days of complaining about the weather (almost pouting–okay, I was pouting), I decided to spend some time in my art studio. I created this four-leaf clover using leftover wood that I found in the basement + five or so shades of green paint. Wanting it to be a little cuter, I added polka dots + stitching + a gold burlap bow.

While I was working in my studio, the hubby was working in the basement creating a sign for Hathorn Hall. He repurposed a cabinet door + used the Cricuit to create a stencil for the letters. I think the hubby did a fabulous job *smile* *kiss for the hubby*

While I was working in my studio, the hubby was in the basement making a sign for Hathorn Hall. He repurposed a cabinet door + used the Cricut to create a stencil for the letters. I think the hubby did a fabulous job *smile* *kiss for the hubby*

A simple pop of color brightens even the dreariest of days *smile*

A simple pop of color brightens even the dreariest of days *smile*

Even though my big plan did not happen, I am happy with how my St. Patrick's Day front porch decor turned out.

Even though my big plan did not happen, I am happy with how my St. Patrick’s Day front porch decor turned out. I am sad to report that I killed another plant. May that sweet little tree-shrub-evergreen rest in peace.

Keeping it simple makes decorating easy and affordable.

Keeping it simple makes decorating easy and affordable. The hat was about $5.00–big decorating bang for the buck *wink*

I really love the black + white of the "Hathorn Hall" sign. It is simple and classic.

I really love the black + white of the “Hathorn Hall” sign. It is simple and classic + it won’t compete or clash with any holiday/seasonal decorating I do.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at Hathorn Hall’s new sign + St. Patty’s Day front porch decor. Keeping my fingers crossed for warmer temps and sunshine!

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Do Y’all Want to Build a [Wooden] Snowman + A Peek Inside Redeemables

Redeemables has moved

Redeemables Upscale Resale has moved to a new location in Johnson City, and it is fabulously adorable!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and chat about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are taking a peek inside the new Redeemables shop + talking about the DIY snowmen that Abby and I made at their Pinterest party.

Redeemables is a place where they are redeeming the old, the lost, the broken + repurposing found objects, upcycling the discarded, and creating treasures. Their motto is “Everyone is redeemable and most everything is redeemable!” Sherry and Debbie are the sweetest of friends, and they are working hard to bring a bit of love and sparkle to the world not only through their shop, but also through the youth development and mentoring program Rise Up.

Now, let’s get this party started with a tour followed by a quick DIY.

Not only can you buy already made items from Redeemables, but you can also request custom orders--from chalkboards to painted furniture.

Not only can you buy already made items from Redeemables, but you can also request custom orders–from chalkboards to painted furniture.

Clothes, home goods, furniture, jewelry, and more!

Clothes, home goods, furniture, jewelry, and more!

Looking for adorable painted furniture at a reasonable price. Head on over to Redeemables for a nice selection *smile*

Looking for adorable painted furniture at a reasonable price. Head on over to Redeemables for a nice selection *smile*

I love all of the redeemed lamps at Redeemables!

I love all of the redeemed lamps at Redeemables!

Y'all know I am all about rusty, junky treasures *wink*

Y’all know I am all about rusty, junky treasures *wink*

This door. *love at first sight*

This door. *love at first sight*

One of my favorite things about Redeemables is the Pinterest parties they host. January's DIY craft was a trio of snowmen.

One of my favorite things about Redeemables is the Pinterest parties. January’s DIY craft was a snowman family.

Aren't these just too cute!

Aren’t these just too cute!

Now, let’s take a quick look at how to build your own snowman family…or trio of snowmen…or just a snowman.

When we arrived at the Redeemables Pinterest party, the boards were already cut. You can easily cut a 2x4 to three different lengths or have your local him improvement store do it for you.

When we arrived at the Redeemables Pinterest party, the boards were already cut. You can easily cut a 2×4 to three different lengths or have your local home improvement store do it for you.

You will need white paint + paint brush.

You will need white paint + paint brush.

We all had a blast painting the bodies of our snowmen! Sherry and Debbie were the sweetest instructors.

We all had a blast painting the bodies of our snowmen! Sherry and Debbie were the sweetest instructors + painting with friends is way more fun that painting alone!

Abby got a little messy *wink*

Abby got a little messy *wink*

For the hats and scarves, you will need scrap fabric, old sweaters, old socks...be creative!

For the hats and scarves, you will need scrap fabric, old sweaters, old socks…be creative!

A little hot glue helps hold everything in place.

A little hot glue helps hold everything in place.

Abby's snowmen trio--you can use permanent markers or paint for the eyes and nose.

Abby’s snowmen trio–you can use permanent markers or paint for the eyes and nose.

The most important thing to remember when DIYing is to have fun!

The most important thing to remember when DIYing is to have fun!

Abby and I enjoyed being at the Redeemables Pinterest party. I was having such a good time that I did not really concentrate on my snowmen trio–so, when I got home I revamped them a bit. Check out the Facebook page for how I gussied them up.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a little peek inside the new Redeemables Upscale Resale in Johnson City + chatted about how to build a snowman family.

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Cue “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?”

My apron matched my outfit!

My apron matched my outfit! Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about how I struggle with having my photo taken + taking selfies. All the cool bloggers are doing it *wink*