Local Potter Carolyn Tomko Debuts Limited Edition 2015 Pumpkins at Gracious Designs

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee (or hot apple cider) and enjoy good conversation about everything from decorating for fall to favorite Etsy finds. Today on the blog, I am chatting about a local potter that I met during Gracious Designs annual Fall Festival.

Look how fabulously adorable this handmade, collectible pumpkin by Carolyn Tomko is! Don't you just want to take him home *smile*

Look how fabulously adorable this handmade, collectible pumpkin by Carolyn Tomko is! Don’t you just want to take him home *smile*

Last week, Gracious Designs of Johnson City held their annual Fall Festival, where they had bundles of preserved leaves, pumpkins galore, fall staples like hot apple cider and seasonal potpourri, and lots of twinkling lights. They also introduced new yummy soups, collectible pumpkins, and locally handmade jewelry. I attended the festivities last Thursday, and I had a delightful time learning about how to make the home grand for fall and meeting local potter Carolyn Tomko.

If I had to pick a favorite piece by Carolyn Tomko, this would be it. I adore the lady bug on its "hat" and the crooked, one-tooth smile. Each piece that Carolyn makes is a one-of-a-kind and handmade with love.

If I had to pick a favorite piece by Carolyn Tomko, this would be it. I adore the lady bug on its “hat” and the crooked, one-tooth smile. Each piece that Carolyn makes is one-of-a-kind and handmade with love.

Introduction of "Carolyn Tomko" Limited Edition 2015 Pumpkins at Gracious Designs. Pictured here is Carolyn with one of her adorable pumpkins. Isn't she precious!

Introduction of “Carolyn Tomko” Limited Edition 2015 Pumpkins at Gracious Designs. Pictured here is Carolyn with one of her adorable pumpkins. Isn’t she precious!

I had the most wonderful chat with Carolyn about not only her pumpkins, but her art in general. It is hard to believe that she has only been creating these fabulous pieces for about two years. It is obvious that she is a natural because her pottery pieces are just amazing + each one is handcrafted with love and a touch of whimsy.

Carolyn lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee + she also worked for the town of Jonesborough for two decades. While talking about the historic, little town and her art pieces, her face just lit up. Carrying on a conversation with her was easy and natural because Carolyn loves what she does and wants to share her art and experiences with creating it.

Carolyn with a sweet lady who purchased one of her collectible pumpkins. Carolyn signed her pieces at Gracious Designs Fall Festival.

Carolyn with a sweet lady who purchased one of her collectible pumpkins. Carolyn signed her pieces during Gracious Designs Fall Festival.

Another one of my favorites! I seriously could have bought them all, but I am pretty sure the hubby would have frowned upon that *wink*

Another one of my favorites! I seriously could have bought them all, but I am pretty sure the hubby would have frowned upon that *wink*

It was so nice meeting Carolyn Tomko and chatting with her about her passion for clay. She truly loves creating, and it shows not only in her art pieces, but also in her sweet smile. She is a local artist working with her hands and her heart to make the world a little happier place one pumpkin at a time *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about local potter Carolyn Tomko, whom I met during the annual Fall Festival at Gracious Designs. Be sure to check out Gracious Design on Facebook + check out their free decorating class schedule here.

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OOTW featuring BluKatDesign and ForgottenCotton + New Front Porch Decor

Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign and Bow Cuff by ForgottenCotton

Upcycled Knob Necklace by BluKatDesign + Bow Cuff by ForgottenCotton

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 random road trips. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the outfit of the week (OOTW) + the latest front porch decor. Y’all know how much I love decorating and sitting on my front porch! I also love dressing up and having lunch downtown at Buffalo Street Deli–which has some pretty delicious gluten-free options!

I think I am getting a little better at taking selfies. Perhaps, I need to invest in a selfie stick *wink*

I think I am getting a little better at taking selfies. Perhaps, I need to invest in a selfie stick *wink*

When I am out and about, I am frequently asked about my jewelry. I love it when people ask because I get to brag a little on my sweet Etsy friends and their fabulous shops! So, I decided to start sharing with y’all my favorite outfit of the week and where you can shop to get a similar look–because a lot of the handmade jewelry I wear are one-of-a-kind pieces.

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I am still not comfortable having my photo taken, but Abby was patient enough to snap a few that I kinda like! P.S. check out my darling little window with the red poppies painted on it!

OOTW DETAILS

Dress: South Boutique in Trussville, Alabama

Click here to see how Abby sported this same dress.

Necklace: BlueKatDesign 

Click here to shop BluKatDesign.

Bow Cuff: ForgotttenCotton

Click here to shop ForgottenCotton.

 

My pansies are growing and looking so pretty!

My pansies are growing and looking so pretty!

I am always on the hunt for treasures to display on my front porch–it is my favorite room *smile* A few days ago, I was exploring one of my favorite shops–The Next Best Thing–and discovered a darling old window with red poppies painted on it. It was love at first sight and a perfect fit for my porch.

Got this darling succulent container garden at a flea market on the outskirts of Jonesborough from a darling, little old man! I couldn't resist it!

Got this darling succulent container garden at a flea market on the outskirts of Jonesborough from a darling, little old man! I had to have it because I knew it would look fabulous on the table (which I redesigned an old table with a mosaic top years ago) on my front porch. *Note to Self: get back to breaking tiles–great therapy!*

My new favorite flea market is on the outskirts of Jonesborough, and it is only open on Sunday. Oh, it is fabulous! It is like a little mini adventure because there is no telling what you might find or see *smile* I will have to show y’all my treasures in another post. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep up with all my random happenings and finds. (Check out the social media icons in the right column for an easy-click to follow! Thanks ahead of time for following me on my adventures *smile*)

Ziva really needed some loving because her mommy has been too busy running around all over the city getting her business licenses. Wait! What? Shhh, more to come *wink*

Ziva really needed some loving because her mommy has been too busy running around all over the city getting her business licenses. Wait! What? Shhh, more to come *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about this week’s fashion finds, new porch decor, and a flea market treasure. Stay tuned for the gluten-free top picks of the week and more.

Momma loves this big baby!

Momma loves this big baby!

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Fabulous Finds Friday: A Few of My Favorite Etsy Shops

Mattie is happy that y'all have decided to sit a spell with us today *smile*

Mattie is happy that y’all have decided to sit a spell with us today *smile*

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 DIY projects. Today on the blog, we are chatting about a few of my favorite Etsy shops. With Mother’s Day and graduations right around the corner, this blog will help narrow down that shopping list *smile*

IMG_20150313_134529I wish there were a scratch-and-sniff button because y’all would be just as in love with HOLLYBEEZ as I am! Here are my favorite things that she currently has in her shop. Don’t wait long because these darling candles won’t be there long!

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Scarf by ForgottenCotton and Summer Bucket List notepad, coffee time stationery, and Dream It card by SincerelyYours by Tracy

ForgottenCotton is my go-to shop for scarves. Recently, I got a pretty blue-striped one that is lightweight enough to wear during spring, but still has enough weight to keep those blustery days from making me chilly! What I love about ForgottenCotton is they are a husband and wife team who create all of their items in their shop in Wyoming. They do not outsource any of their process to factories or outside manufacturing. They are 100% quality Handmade in America. You just can’t beat that! To learn more about this fabulous Etsy shop, check out Abby’s VIP interview here and Sixteen & Successful interview here.

I love my coffee themed stationery by SincerelyYours by Tracy!

I love my coffee themed cardsy by SincerelyYours by Tracy!

Tracy of SincerelyYours has totally inspired me to get my writing on + her notepads have helped me organize all the sticky notes I have stuck everywhere! This darling Etsy shop offers personalized notepads, stationery, thank you notes, baby notecards as well as custom greeting cards, gift tags , business stationery and so much more! To learn more about Tracy, check out the Sixteen & Successful interview here. Once you visit her shop, you will be ready to get your writing on *big smile*

I cannot wait to share with y'all the darling things that Tracy designed for me for my online shop--which is coming soon *fingers crossed*

I cannot wait to share with y’all the darling things that Tracy designed for me to use in packaging my art pieces for my online shop–which is coming soon *fingers crossed*

I recently discovered an adorable Etsy shop–CuteNCurlyBowtique–how adorable is that name! This cute “bowtique” has the most adorable bows–yes, they are hair bows–but I got Mattie one for her collar, and it is perfect. Yes, I am that dog parent *wink*

Mattie is a huge fan of handmade, and these bows are 100% handmade with love.

Mattie modeling her new bow.

Mattie modeling her new bow.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about a few of my favorite Etsy shops. What are some of your favorite Etsy shops and why? Be sure to let us know in the comment section!

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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*

 

 

 

 

Going Junking with Chasidy Hathorn at The Regeneration Station

The Regeneration Station is located Asheville, North Carolina, and it is a wonderland of beautiful, junky treasures.

The Regeneration Station is located in Asheville, North Carolina, and it is a wonderland of beautiful, junky treasures.

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 snacks to DIY projects. Today on the blog, we are taking a look at one of my favorite places to shop for treasures + my recent radio interview.

I don’t know about y’all, but I am always up for a road trip–especially road trips that involve junking–looking for those rusty, forgotten pieces and parts…hunting for furniture that needs a little love…yes, junkin’ road trips are the best! The good news is you don’t have to go dumpster diving in order to find hidden gems. You can get in your car and drive to Asheville, North Carolina–a vibrant city filled with all kinds of places to eat, drink, and treasure hunt.

I am totally crushing on these retro stools that I spied at The Regeneration Station.

I am totally crushing on these retro stools that I spied at The Regeneration Station.

A few months ago, I discovered an awesome store full of antique treasures, vintage items, upcycled pieces, and repurposed things. It is called The Regeneration Station–and it is not to be missed if you are visiting Asheville…and if you live anywhere in and around Asheville–go…like right now *wink*

This beauty would make a fabulous base for a sideboard in a dining room.

This beauty would make a fabulous base for a sideboard in a dining room. I love the color, and it has just the right amount of rusty goodness. Head on over to 26 Glendale Avenue in Asheville for more rusty gems.

I admit that I have this love affair with rusty metal objects. This set of locker doors would make a wonderful magnet board for a home command station.

I admit that I have this love affair with rusty metal objects. This set of locker doors would make a wonderful magnet board for a home command station. There is no need to always paint and add to…just let the object be itself *smile*

I love this chair...as is. The curves, the rich and worn wood, the deep green leather...oh, it is love!

I love this chair…as is. The curves, the rich and worn wood, the deep green leather…oh, it is love!

My daughter loves vintage typewriters. When she gets her own house, it will probably have a room dedicated just to her vintage typewriter collection!

My daughter loves vintage typewriters. When she gets her own house, it will probably have a room dedicated just to her vintage typewriter collection!

I really regret not getting these vintage cafeteria trays because they would be perfect for outdoor dining. I think I need to set aside some time to head back to The Regeneration Station.

I really regret not getting these vintage cafeteria trays because they would be perfect for outdoor dining. I think I need to set aside some time to head back to The Regeneration Station. I also love the typewriter stand *smile*

Speaking of outdoor, these chairs are too fabulous!

Speaking of the outdoors, these chairs are too fabulous!

Is there anything better than old tool boxes! They are perfect for organizing and are awesome enough to stay out on the table.

Is there anything better than old tool boxes! They are perfect for organizing and are awesome enough to stay out on the table.

One of my favorite booths at The Regeneration Station--Repurposed Lighting by Jim Bonello.

One of my favorite booths at The Regeneration Station is Repurposed Lighting by Jim Bonello.

More upcycled lights from Repurposed Lighting located inside The Regeneration Station in Asheville.

More upcycled lights from Repurposed Lighting located inside The Regeneration Station in Asheville.

More treasures by Jim Bonello. Contact him via email at RepurposedLighting@gmail.com

More treasures by Jim Bonello. Contact him via email at RepurposedLighting@gmail.com

There are no words for how much I adore these vintage chairs. The hubby said I have too many old chairs...so, no more until I get rid of some of the ones I have *sad face*...but I am thinking these might be worth having a little cleaning out *wink*

There are no words for how much I adore these vintage chairs. The hubby said I have too many old chairs…so, no more until I get rid of some of the ones I have *sad face*

See why I love these chairs! Just stunning--the worn canvas fabric + rusty metal + aged leather

See why I love these chairs! Just stunning–the worn, canvas fabric + rusty metal + aged leather

The Regeneration Station is a fabulous place to spend an afternoon. The staff is super friendly + the selection is beyond amazing.

Speaking of beyond amazing, I had so much fun being interviewed by Tyler and Nikki of The Regeneration Station at the Independent Asheville Radio station (1350 WZGM). We chatted about everything from my favorite places to find junk to a road trip to…and then a little about a secret I am keeping from….Now, pour yourself another cup of coffee and sit a spell with my radio interview “Going Junking with Chasidy Hathorn” to find out more about this Southern Belle who goes junkin’ in her heels *smile*

Click here for the link to the podcast.

Be sure to like the Facebook page to keep up with all the happenings + easy decorating tips.

 

 

It’s Love at Hathorn Hall, Y’all

I found the darling heart pillow at Target. I really do have a pillow addiction!

I found the darling heart pillow at Target. I really do have a pillow addiction!

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 holiday decorating. Today on the blog, we are chatting about decorating your front porch or entrance for Valentine’s Day–awwww, it’s all about love, y’all *smile*

I must admit that I have never decorated my front porch for Valentine's Day--but when I spied this giant wooden heart sign at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City--I knew I had to gussy up the place for Love Day :)

I must admit that I have never decorated my front porch for Valentine’s Day–but when I spied this giant wooden heart sign at The Next Best Thing in Johnson City–I knew I had to gussy up the place for Love Day 🙂

After getting my sign, I headed to my go-to place for pillows--Stein Mart.

After getting my sign, I headed to my go-to place for pillows–Stein Mart.

I already had the red chair on my front porch--i just moved it to the front door area. If you don't own a red chair, no problem. Check out local thrift stores for one to paint...easy DIY for Valentine's Day + the color also works for Christmas!

I already had the red chair on my front porch–I just moved it to the front door area. If you don’t own a red chair, no problem. Check out local thrift stores for one to paint…easy DIY for Valentine’s Day + it will also work for Christmas!

There is just something about old baskets that I love. I found this one at Redeemables in Johnson City. Stay tuned to an upcoming blog about their new store + their awesome mission.

There is just something about old baskets that I love. I found this one at Redeemables in Johnson City. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about their new store + their awesome mission. What makes this basket so great is its versatility–pink bow for Valentine’s Day, tulips for spring, brightly colored eggs for Easter…the possibilities are endless!

White pillows + red tulle bows = Valentine's Day ready

White pillows + red tulle bows = Valentine’s Day ready

The flower pots needed a little love so I added pink tulle bows. It is really easy to add Valentine's Day touches--just think pinks and reds with touches of white.

The flower pots needed a little love so I gave them pink tulle bows. It is really easy to add Valentine’s Day touches–just think pinks and reds with a little bit of white.

Even the milk can gets a Valentine's Day pink kiss!

Even the milk can gets a Valentine’s Day pink kiss!

Decorating for the holidays doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Work with what you have and just add  pretty pops of color.

Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Work with what you have and just add pretty pops of color.

Shop local and handmade for your decor. Even though the hubby and I could have made a wooden heart sign, it was great supporting local artists and small business owners + i was able to put together my front porch in less than an hour (and that includes cleaning it!) *BIG SMILE*

Shop local and handmade for your decor. Even though the hubby and I could have made a wooden heart sign, it was great supporting local artists and small business owners + I was able to put together my front porch in less than an hour (and that included cleaning it!) *BIG SMILE*

Keeping it simple and sweet.

Keeping it simple and sweet.

I still can't believe how easy this decorating project was--it almost seemed too easy...haha

I still can’t believe how easy this decorating project was–it was almost too easy…haha

I started to fill the stairs with decorations--but I really like it being simple. Mainly because it is winter and cold outside--and I did not want to fret with a lot of plants and hearts flying through the air *wink*

I started to fill the steps with potted plants and decorations–but I really like it being simple…okay, truthfully…because it is winter and cold outside–and I did not want to fret with a lot of plants and hearts flying through the air *wink*

I have really enjoyed my front porch! Just sitting outside with a good cup of coffee--taking time to renew the spirit!

I have really enjoyed my front porch! Just sitting outside with a good cup of coffee–taking time to renew the spirit!

IMG_9315Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about easy Valentine’s Day decor. Honestly, this was so simple that I think I will gussy up the place for St. Patrick’s Day–shhhhh, don’t tell the hubby *wink*

"Hey, Mom! What are you doing out there? Why can't I come out and help?"

“Hey, Mom! What are you doing out there? Why can’t I come out and help?” P.S. notice all of Ziva’s nose art!

 

 

 

Pretty Perfect Solution for an Awkward Space

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 fun DIYs to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting walls–awkward walls….y’all know the ones I am talking about…the ones that seem to randomly jut out…the ones that have to be there or your house falls down…yep, those.

Bless! I have lots of those awkward wall spaces in my renovated 1920 house. But I knew that going in…besides I would much rather have big, gorgeous windows with a view than perfect wall spaces *smile*

A few weeks ago, I decided to tackle one of my awkward wall spaces…I was getting ready for a Christmas party…and I wanted to gussy up the kitchen a bit. So, I went on a hunt for something…no idea what…just something to hang…something to make the kitchen more me…less generic. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money because I am still working on my kitchen, and I don’t know the overall direction I am going. Where was I? Oh, yes. I went on a hunt…and found the perfect pieces to display on the awkward wall spaces.

I found the vintage yellow step stool at the Tree Streets Yard Sale in Johnson City, Tennessee. It fits perfectly into the awkward corner.

I found the vintage yellow step stool at the Tree Streets Yard Sale in Johnson City, Tennessee. It fits perfectly into the awkward corner + it is handy for me to use because I am short *smile*

I love mixing metals...I know I have stated that several times on the blog, but I really do like how they shine *smile*

I love mixing metals…I know I have stated that several times on the blog, but I really do like how they shine *smile*

I decided to paint the walls in the kitchen a pretty vintage mint--more details to come.

I decided to paint the walls in the kitchen a pretty vintage mint–more details to come.

I just love how my collage of platters and molds turned out. The good news is...if I change my mind...I have lots of serving pieces *wink*

I just love how my collage of platters and molds turned out. The good news is…if I change my mind…I have lots of serving pieces *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about awkward wall spaces. The best advice I can give is don’t be afraid to experiment. I bought more pieces than needed, but that is okay because they can be used somewhere else in my house. I must have rearranged the platters and molds a million times on the floor before finding a layout I loved. But it was fun *smile*

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for all kinds of fabulous ideas *smile*