Mill Spring Makers Market: Gather, Create, Connect

Bring all of your money because Mill Spring Makers Market is open!

Okay, okay. I know it’s been like 6 months since we last sat a spell with a good cup of coffee, but I don’t have time to explain where I’ve been and why I took a brief sabbatical in this post. We will chat about it later because it’s a really important issue affecting many, many people. *pinky promise I won’t forget* *setting a reminder in my phone right now* Now, go grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell as we chat about a darling shop and makers space in the Historic Town of Jonesborough (which Hallmark really should just move its headquarters here).

Mill Spring Makers Market is located at 144 E. Main Street in
Jonesborough, Tennessee.

There’s a lot of stories in the building where The Corner Cup and Mill Spring Makers Market are located-which isn’t surprising considering it’s located in Tennessee’s oldest town. If you ask Melinda Copp, the owner of Mill Spring Makers Market, she will cheerfully tell you about the history of the building, and you can also take a guided Historic Walking Tour of Jonesborough to discover even more. Believe me. We could chat all day long about “if these walls could talk”-but I’d rather focus on the here and now and how much fun there is to be had.

Abby carefully making her terrarium.

Mill Spring Makers Market had me at “Drop-in Terrarium Class.” Let me give a little backstory about why I love terrariums and why I just had to go to this particular class. When I was little (perhaps 5 or 6), my parents helped me make a terrarium using moss gathered from underneath the two giant oak trees in our front yard. I had it for many years until it finally gave up on me. Thinking back, I became too busy for my terrarium garden, and it wasn’t as cool as Strawberry Shortcake. Even though I lost interest in my little moss jungle, I never forgot about it. So, when I saw Melinda was hosting a drop-in terrarium class, I had to go and take my daughter with me because I wanted her to experience making one like I did decades ago.

Christy Shivell, co-owner of Shy Valley Native Plant Nursery, and her daughter did an awesome job teaching the drop-in terrarium class.

I learned a lot in this class about how to take care of my little moss jungle.

We braved the crazy rainy weather to create our terrariums, and it was totally worth it! Thanks, Mill Spring Makers Market for hosting this class! It brought back such sweet memories and helped make new ones *big hug*

Abby’s terrarium riding front and center on the way home

Great news! You can create your very own terrarium at Mill Spring Makers Market on Monday, September 17, 11:00-4:00. The creating starts at the beginning of each hour. I’ll probably be there at 1:00 because my little moss jungle needs a friend *wink*

The cutting of the ribbon at the grand opening celebration

As I stated earlier, Melinda’s makers market had me at terrarium. From there, I just kept making and shopping (from statement earrings to itty-bitty pottery). The inspiring ambience and smell of leather goods as you walk in the door invites you to explore. It’s a place filled with local and regional talent. Artisans who take great pride in their work, and Melinda’s space perfectly captures their fine craftsmanship.

Grand Opening weekend was full of activities and demonstrations from the makers.

During the Grand Opening celebration, I painted the themes for my upcoming drop-in classes in a mini journal handmade by Terry Alexander.

My journal I crafted at Terry Alexander’s journal making class. This class was fabulous, and I really hope Terry has another one soon because it was so much fun learning about junk journals and connecting with new people and hanging out with fellow artists!

During the journal making class at Mill Spring Makers Market in Jonesborough, I learned how to make “pockets” for my pages.

Taking a class at Mill Spring Makers Market is top priority *wink*

Blacksmithing demo outside of Mill Spring Makers Market at 144 East Main in Historic Jonesborough.

Don’t miss out on a thing! Like and follow Mill Spring Makers Market on Facebook and @MillSpringMakers on Instagram.

The best thing about the classes|workshops from Mill Spring Makers Market is learning and playing in a warm and encouraging environment with all the supplies you need right in front of you. No need to stand in line at Michaels. No need to watch hours of YouTube videos by yourself. No waiting on UPS to deliver your package of supplies you’ll have to hide from your kids, significant other, or the furbabies. All you have to do is schedule a little me-time and show up ready to have fun!

One of the marble papers I created at the Japanese Paper Marbling class by Christy Shivell. This was the coolest class!!! I’ve always wanted to do this, but I didn’t want to invest in all of the supplies. This class gave me the opportunity to learn and play without spending all of my coffee money *wink*

On Point Micropainting

For the first time ever, I will be teaching my most popular micropainting themes at Mill Spring Makers Market. Join me every Thursday in September from 3:00-5:00 to learn how to illustrate and paint your very own micros *happy dance*

September 6:  On Point Cacti

September 13:  Cool Campers

September 20:  Urban Jungle with various succulents + houseplants

September 27:  Love of Coffee

Also, join me for TWO exclusive workshops:

Thursday, September 20, 6:00-8:00:  Urban Garden 

Saturday, September 22, 2:00-4:00:  Art on a String:  Fall Favs

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about Mill Spring Makers Market in Jonesborough. Be sure to like and follow me on Facebook and @ChasidyHathorn on Instagram for more details and sneak peeks of my upcoming classes and workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Christmas Packages

Johnson City Christmas Parade “Trophies” created by artist Chasidy Hathorn (SassyHat).

Can you believe it is the last day of November? Which means there is only one month left in 2017, and only 20-something days left to do holiday shopping–give or take depending on when your family will be gathering. Whew! Santa’s elves are going to be working late from now until the sleigh departs. *deep breath* I am not ready for Christmas, much less 2018. Bless! I am still trying to figure out what has been happening this year.  Oh, my! I cannot think about this anymore *wink* Let’s grab a good cup of coffee and chat about something fun and adorable + easy to do *cue Pretty Paper by Roy Orbison*

Pretty Christmas Colors

For this year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade, I created “trophies” for the three most fabulous floats! Working off of the parade’s theme of A Storybook Christmas, the committee’s selection of traditional Christmas colors, and my love of big bows, I went into my studio and played around with everything from wood to canvas. The end result. Presents. Pretty painted packages with big, Southern bows.

I used 10 x 10, 8 x 8, and 6 x 6 block canvases for the presents.

The winner of “Best Float” trophy
For this one, I used a palette knife and acrylic paint in two shades of custom Christmas green and two shades of metallic gold. I eyed the stripes, but you can use painter’s tape to create the stripes for your packages.

Second Place
For this Christmas package, I used traditional red with pearl and metallic gold.

Third Place
I brought in the colors of the first two packages for this little darling, and topped it was a very big bow.

I used a staple gun to attach the bows to the canvases. The bow can easily be removed leaving an original painting to display on a shelf or wall.

For more info about the Johnson City Christmas parade date/time and the route, click here.

If you are looking for more things to do this weekend in Johnson City, check out the Splash: Art and Craft Showcase Market happening all weekend. Y’all will definitely find me there doing some Christmas shopping (and probably buying myself a little happy or two *wink*). For more about Splash, click here. *p.s. big congrats to Johnson City Public Art for their new blog! Welcome to the blogosphere *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today! Be sure to like SSL on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter @ChasidyHathorn to keep up with the latest happenings, random things I retweet, and cute photos of the furbabies!

Nothing says Christmas in the South like big bows and a little sparkle *wink*

 

Handmade Goodness at the Made Around Here Market in Historic Jonesborough

What a wonderful time I had at the Made Around Here Market in beautiful Historic Jonesborough. The Market was filled with so many awesome, handcrafted items like this Tennessee-inspired, leather carry pouch  by Rob Sherman Designs (Mountain Song Jewelers).

I must admit I shopped until I dropped at the Made Around Here Market at the Visitors Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. It was two days filled with handcrafted goodness from local and regional artisans, and it was totally worth the hunt for a parking space. Okay. Maybe I intentionally parked away from the Visitors Center so I could stroll Main Street and get a Chai Tea Latte made with handcrafted mix from Elysium Farm. That is not the point *wink*

Outdoor Market at the Made Around Here Market in Jonesborough

If you missed this year’s Made Around Here Market, don’t fret because Jonesborough has had this handcrafted show for almost 40 years. If I were a betting person, I would absolutely put all of my coffee money on next year’s MAHM being even better.

Indoor Market No. 1 at Made Around Here Market in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. *Indoor Market No. 2 was so hopping I was unable to take photos!

Before I share the photos of some of my favorite things I found, let’s sit a spell with a Chai Tea Latte (because I bought the mix by Elysium Farm at The Corner Cup, so I could make my own at home) and chat about a few tips and tricks about shopping and surviving a two-day long holiday craft market in Jonesborough. Believe me. It’s a marathon. Not a sprint. And you will need to train for next year’s!

Big Mug by Barbara Cara of Potting for Fun. You can find Barbara out and about at local events and find her pottery at ONE.40.FOUR in Jonesborough.

FIVE TIPS & TRICKS FOR HOLIDAY MARKET SHOPPING

  • Wear comfortable shoes because you will do a lot of walking and standing while chatting with all the amazingly talented and friendly vendors.
  • Bring a large enough tote to carry all your goodies in, but not so big you can’t make a trip or two to your car. These shopping breaks will give you opportunities to explore Main Street shops and grab a cup of coffee from The Corner Cup or an ice cream cone from JJ’s Eatery & Ice Cream.
  • Bring cash. Like a bucket of cash. Not all vendors take plastic, so make sure you have a nice assortment of bills.
  • If your significant other insists on coming along and if your significant other gets tired of the shopping pace, tell them to go to Tennessee Hills Distillery and Depot Street Brewing. That should keep them busy long enough for you to get all of your shopping done.
  • Stay well hydrated (with coffee or water). You can’t shop ’til you drop in Historic Jonesborough without proper hydration.

Now, without further ado, let’s check out a few of my favorite things from the Made Around Here Market  *cue My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews*

  • All things snowmen. *If you are a fangirl of snowmen like I am, this holiday market is for you.

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*For more snowmen finds at the Made Around Here Market, check out the sneak peek post here.

  • All things wood. From signs to cutting boards, Made Around Here Market had its shoppers covered.

Wood Signs by Simply Blessed Gifts

Brenden Bohannon of Electrified Wood Artisan creates one-of-a-kind wooden art pieces. To see how he creates these electrified pieces, click here.

These pretty window hangings are made from cedar and smell like Grandma’s closet. A trio of these in your kitchen window will have you thinking of your fav grandmother while you attempt to make her famous pecan pie.

Of all of the walking/hiking sticks at arts and crafts fairs, these are the finest quality I have seen. The quality is so superb I got my dad one. He is a wood artisan and a perfectionist when it comes to what he makes. Shhhh. Don’t tell him. It will ruin the surprise *wink*

  • All things vintage and vintage-inspired. Holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without displaying things that remind of days gone by and our grandmothers.

Pamela R. Haines of Rabbit Run Farm is one of my favorite artisans. Okay. I have a lot of favorite artisans, but she stands out because of her use of vintage items and her adorable primitive dolls and animals.

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Peanut Butter Fudge by Rose Bowling of Unique Designs by Rose. Yes, fudge is vintage-inspired. Don’t believe me. Ask your grandmother. *wink* Plus, I had to include Rose’s famous fudge because everywhere I turned market-goers were chatting about Rose’s fudge and how delicious it was. She was most adorable and reminded me of my grandmothers–who are celebrating the holidays in heaven.

Spotted these crocheted cuties at the Tri-Cities Crafters booth. One of the crafters 91 year-old mom makes these. How inspiring is that!!

The 91 year-old mom also makes these baby blankets. This is the absolute perfect baby gift. Can you imagine the love and history in those hands that crocheted these blankets. *tearing up*

  • All things pottery. I could chat about my love of pottery all day long, but to keep this point brief-two of my favorite Northeast Tennessee potters were at the Made Around Here Market.

Kara Cline of Humilitea House creates stunning functional art pieces. For lovely and inspirational photos, check out her Instagram here.

A peek inside the darling booth of Humilitea House by Kara Cline. It was a bit chilly outside, but Kara was all smiles.

Piggy Bank by Barbara Cara of Potting for Fun. *p.s. we all need one of these to put our shopping money in for next year’s Made Around Here Market.

  • All things leather and jewelry. Is there anything better than the smell of leather and the sparkle of handmade jewelry?

Handcrafted leather purse by Rob Sherman Designs (Mountain Song Jewelers)
Dear Santa, I need this bag in my life. I apologize for not being a good girl this year. Hugs xx

Sterling cuff bracelet by Mountain Song Jewelers. Visit them here.

Dear Santa, I also need this. Once again, I apologize for not being on my best behavior. More hugs xx
*bracelet by Rob Sherman Designs. Their items are created and produced in their shop, from melting the metals for jewelry and findings to cutting and sewing the leather for their leather goods. All of their handmade goodness is gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

Laura Feit of DragonGemz Creative Beading was an absolute delight. She creates one-of-a-kind jewelry in her mom’s memory. To learn more about Laura and her connection to the holiday market, check out the Jonesborough’s Herald & Tribune’s article here.

It was really hard narrowing down my finds and photos from the almost 40 arts and crafts vendors because there was so much handmade goodness that caught my attention at the Made Around Here Market. I shopped ’til I dropped and ran out of cash. Note to self: bring more cash next year.

So, what did I buy at the Made Around Here Market? Well, I can’t show you everything because some of the items are gifts–unless I decide to keep everything for myself which is totally possible.

A little peek at what I bought at the Made Around Here Market: a hat made from alpaca wool by Janet’s Alpaca Acres, coasters from Humilitea House, and a bowl for the hubby’s cereal by Barbara Cara

The McKinney Center was at the Made Around Here Market making cute Christmas cards with all of the kids and kids at heart.

Oh, I almost forgot to give a shout out to one of my favorite places in Jonesborough. Not only have I taken some awesome art classes from them, but I have also taught a few classes there as well. Currently, they are taking students (children and adults) for their next semester. The McKinney Center offers everything from pottery classes to hip-hop. I could go on and on about them, but just click here to discover what they have to offer.

Hello, Skye! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to the McKinney Center.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about a few tips and tricks for shopping at a holiday market and about a few of my favorite things at the Made Around Here Market.

Stay tuned for my upcoming series–which is all about coffee. Y’all know I had to venture there sooner or later *wink*

Handmade goodness is the best!

 

 

 

 

 

Made Around Here Market in Historic Jonesborough Sneak Peek

Made Around Here Market is happening this weekend (November 10-11) at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center. You do not want to miss out on all of the fabulous handmade goodness.

I was so excited to get a sneak peek of this year’s Made Around Here Market in Historic Jonesborough. Oh, my! Santa’s elves were busy setting up their booth spaces, and I was busy making a list of what I wanted to buy.

A couple of Santa’s elves busy setting up their handmade goodness.

My visit started with a chat about how long Jonesborough has had this holiday craft show and what makes it stand out. What I discovered was this event has been happening for almost 40 years and has made just a few changes over those years. One of the big changes was moving it away from Black Friday weekend, so it would not have to compete with the big box stores and all the crazy holiday sales and rush. Not being a part of that mad-dash weekend allows the Made Around Here Market to spotlight the importance of shopping local and buying handmade from regional artisans. What makes this holiday craft show stand out is its focus on every item being handmade and of great quality. It also offers a variety of goods that appeal to all ages–from little girls shopping for clothes for their dolls to grandmothers shopping for baby gifts for their new grands.

I would like one of each! These cuties are available at the Tri-Cities Crafters booth (Nancy Honeycutt and Libby Hatcher).

Whew! I am having a really hard time concentrating on writing this post for y’all because I am so excited about the almost 40 vendors and all of the wonderful wares they have. From handmade pottery and carefully crafted jewelry to seasonal décor and baskets galore, the Made Around Here Market has got our holiday shopping list covered. *deep breath* I am going to need lots of coffee from The Corner Cup in order to keep my shopping energy up.

These adorable snowmen will go fast, so come early to the Made Around Here Market. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10th.

While I was sneaking peeks of all of the adorable snowmen, festive burlap wreaths, stunning jewelry, and gorgeous wood bowls, I chatted with a few vendors about why they participate in the Made Around Here Market and what they love about Jonesborough. Me–I totally love this precious town and firmly believe it needs to be the star in a Hallmark Christmas movie. Please, someone make that happen! **I have already written letters to Santa, but I am afraid I might not be on the good list. I can’t get into the details of why on this post, but trust me–I need all of you writing letters to Santa and emailing Hallmark!** I digress.

Festive burlap wreath by Debbie Alvis of Simply Blessed Gifts

Debbie Alvis of Simply Blessed Gifts has been a vendor at the Made Around Here Market for four years. She participates in this event because Jonesborough has a great reputation for supporting small businesses and crafters and because of how well orchestrated all of the events are. Debbie loves the atmosphere of Jonesborough and its history. She offers handmade burlap wreaths, ornaments, and jewelry. Her fan favorites include anything with a red truck, tassel necklaces, and burlap wreaths.

Handmade ornament by Simply Blessed Gifts. For more info about Simply Blessed Gifts, click here.

One word. Snuggly.
**I will be buying one of these handmade hats.**

My next chat (and I had these chats without sitting a spell with a good cup of coffee) was with a couple of ladies from Tri-Cities Crafters–which is a group of friends who craft together. They have knitted items for babies and adults, felted hats made from alpaca wool, homemade fudge (which I hear is divine), and so much more. This will be their fifth year to attend the Made Around Here Market, and they come because they love Jonesborough and want to be a part of this long-standing tradition. What makes Jonesborough stand out to them is it is a comforting place, a place to stroll, a place that represents home and family, and a place of history–a history so strong that is gives hope.

Tiny wooden jugs + a little baby vase by Brenden Bohannon of Electrified Wood Artisan.

My last chat of the sneak peek was with Brenden Bohannon, a self-taught wood artisan. This is his first year to be a vendor at the Made Around Here Market, and he is happy to be a part of this event because he has heard how well attended it is and how nice the quality is of the handmade items that are part of the show. I could have talked wood and art with Brenden all day. His passion for what he makes is contagious and shows in his work. His favorite thing about Jonesborough is how quiet it is and how he can enjoy strolling and shopping/dining with his family.

Bowls made from reclaimed and salvaged wood by Brenden Bohannon.

Now, before I head off to finish my shopping list for the Made Around Here Market, I want to let all of you know that admission is free, but donations will be accepted for Jonesborough’s free children’s event in December. You can also shop vendors outside and inside + parking can be found at the library, Courthouse, and other various locations throughout town. Personally, I like to park in the Courthouse parking lot so I can lazily stroll to the Visitors Center. It also gives me a chance to stop and get coffee *wink*

For more information about the Made Around Here Market visit Historic Jonesborough on Facebook or call (423) 753-1010.

Here are a few more sneak peek photos of the elves setting up and some handmade goodness that caught my eye!

Freshwater pearl and sterling bracelet by Tami Moore

Primitive dolls and animal

Handmade baskets by Diane Thompson, who will be demonstrating her craft during the Made Around Here Market

Just some of Santa’s elves setting up for the Made Around Here Market. *High Fives to all of the vendors for your hard work and awesomeness*

A couple of reindeer photobombing + wood-carved roses. Honestly, I had to touch them to know they were wood! I am still not convinced *wink*

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center.

It lights up! How fabulous is that!!!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Made Around Here Market in Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee and took a look at a few sneaky peek photos.

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Shopping Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Locally

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins at the Farmers Market at the Pavilion at Founders Park in downtown Johnson City

Pumpkin Spice season is here! *cue Spice Girls”

So tell me what you want, what you really, really want
I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha) I wanna, (ha)
I wanna really, really, really wanna a PSL with extra spice *wink*

After a little singing and dancing, it is time to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or a PSL and chat about how to join the pumpkin spice craze on a local level.

Taking a fall coffee break at The Corner Cup in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Abby enjoyed a hot Pumpkin Spice Chai while I went for an iced version. We even had a gluten-free, fall-inspired snack! **The Corner Cup has several gluten-free goody options!!**

First things first, find a local coffee shop and order up a pumpkin spice latte or chai (hot or iced–depending on the temps!). With coffee in hand, take a stroll downtown looking for pumpkin-spice inspired goodness.

One thing I love about living in the Northeast Tennessee area is all of the local coffee shops! There are so many good ones it is hard to pick a favorite, but I will go ahead and spill the beans about an upcoming SSL adventure blog. It involves Abby and I visiting several area coffee shops, and it will feature our top picks and why we love them! It is a hard job, but someone has to do it *wink*

Abby and I showing off our arm candy inspired by pumpkin spice and fall. Abby’s arm wrap is from Reclaimed Inspired in Johnson City and my stack is a combo of bracelets Abby made me + a BRANDED Collective leather wrap I purchased at Reclaimed Inspired.

Abby and I made our first stop at Reclaimed Inspired Goods in Johnson City. This darling store carries all kinds of lovely things–from kitchen wares to jewelry for a cause like BRANDED, a collective that employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. #getBRANDED

After strolling downtown Johnson City, we got in the car and headed for Main Street Jonesborough–about 15 minutes up the road.

A collection of pumpkin candles at Carolyn & Lee Chandlers located on Main Street in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Before exploring all the shops on Main Street, Abby and I went to The Corner Cup to get our fall-inspired beverages. You can’t stroll without sipping and spending *wink* One of my favorite new stores in Jonesborough is Carolyn & Lee Chandlers candle shop and studio (you can actually see them making the candles–which is soooo cool!!). Did I mention this place smells divine!! Oh, my! I love candles so much, and this place will help me add to my ever-growing collection. Shhhhh. Don’t tell the hubby.

Stay tuned for an upcoming SSL blog post all about Carolyn & Lee Chandlers + see the candles I couldn’t live without. #candlelovers #candleaddicts

Dear Hallmark,
Please film a Harvest or Christmas movie on Main Street in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Thanks so much,
Chasidy–a Hallmark and Main Street Jonesborough fan

Stopping for a selfie with one of the International Storytelling Festival tents in the background #OnlyInJonesborough

After coffee, candles, and selfies, we headed to one of my favorite antique stores in the area to do a little pumpkin-spice inspired shopping. If you love vintage and antiques, Main Street Jonesborough has several stores filled with goodies. I totally suggest grabbing a friend and spending the day on Main Street.

Jack is wearing these vintage hats well!

Does this qualify as a pumpkin spice find? Hmmm. Kinda sorta. And I really need this in my life–in my art studio.

Just look at all of the pretty hardware and drawers! It could hold so many art and craft supplies. *Dear Santa….*

It is really easy to bring fall colors into the home. Look for rich browns, buttery creams, burnt oranges, rusty reds, and golden yellows.

We ended our afternoon in Jonesborough at One.40.Four, where we spied this pumpkin-spice convertible top. Abby decided she needed one, and hopefully, we will be modeling it soon on the blog. I am so thankful she was able to come home for Fall Break. It was much fun shopping pumpkin spice with her. *sappy Mom moment*

The hubby and I taking an obligatory selfie at Lady of the Fountain in downtown Johnson City.

Whew! After a busy day of pumpkin-spice shopping and drinking PSLs, I decided an evening in downtown Johnson City was the perfect way to end a perfect day. Abby had other obligations, so the hubby and I decided to have a little date night.

Downtown merchants decorated scarecrows for the First Friday event.

This cutie was created by Reclaimed Inspired Goods.

Artisans’ Village is well-represented by this fabulous scarecrow!

The Local Company is your go-to shop for area art and artisans. It is the perfect place to find pumpkin-inspired goodies. So, go and treat yourself *wink*

After spending all day shopping and most of the evening out on the town, how does one recover? A pumpkin-spice mini-spa day, of course! I called up Salon Bella Dona, a premier Aveda salon and booked a Pumpkin Pie Pedi with Lexie Panepinto + Pumpkin Facial and microdermabrasion combo with Ex-fo-li-ate by Renee.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Mask at Salon Bella Dona in Johnson City, located on Bristol HWY.

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Pumpkin Pie Mask = Perfect Fall Pedi Treat

Look at all of these fall colors! How do you choose?

It is very important for us to take time to treat ourselves. Whether it is a pedi or massage or just a moment of stillness on the porch with a good cup of coffee. We need these moments to rejuvenate our spirit, so we can go forth and conquer the tasks before us!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about pumpkin-spice shopping. From PSLs at your local coffee shop to facials from your local salon, pumpkin spice is easy to bring into your life! Now, I challenge each of you to head out to your local stores, coffee houses, salons, and restaurants and see what pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice things you can find. Feel free to share your fun in the comment section below or to my FB page or by tagging me on Twitter|IG @ChasidyHathorn.

Cute pumpkins created by my sweet friend Julie at First Friday in downtown Johnson City

 

 

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Strolling on Main in Jonesborough, Tennessee

A few pieces of my art hanging out at Strolling on Main in Jonesborough, Tennessee on Saturday, September 9.

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 home improvement projects. Today on the blog, we are chatting about art and upcoming posts. I was excited to be one of the local artists at this year’s Strolling on Main in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The weather was gorgeous–sunny with a touch of fall crispness, the art was amazing, the music was awesome, and the over 20 varieties of cheese and cheese-infused bites throughout Downtown Jonesborough were delicious. Oh, and the wine was divine!

My view during Strolling on Main. I just adore this little town so much–from the local coffee shop to the darling shops up and down Main Street–this town is definitely a Hallmark-Christmas-movie town.

One thing I love about Jonesborough–and there are a lot of things I love about Jonesborough, is how it embraces and supports local art and artist. This event gave artists an opportunity to not only show off what they do through demonstrations, but to also sell their creations and to chat about their passion for art. Food, wine, art, and music! Oh, it was splendid!

A big thanks to the Town of Jonesborough for the opportunity to chat about my art–from “Tobacco Barn” which was recently exhibited in Knoxville to my portraits which are inspired by my memories of growing up in a small town in the South. It was a lovely evening, and I cannot wait until next year’s Strolling on Main.

I had the best spot in town *wink*

This event was sponsored by the Jonesborough Area Merchants & Service Association (JAMSA)

Prepping for Strolling on Main. A few quick tips: Always, always “practice” your setup for events. Take photos so you can recreate it once you get to your location. Take extra props, tape (all kinds from clear tape to duct tape), and don’t forget to take business cards and other info about yourself to give to people who stop by your table or booth.

Now, it has been a bit crazy here at Hathorn Hall. But don’t fret. There will be posts coming soon showing all the hot mess and simple home improvement projects. Someone please tell me why the simple projects are always the messiest and longest ones!!! The hubby has been busy in the kitchen cooking gluten-free goodies + the daughter and I have been whipping up easy-peasy gluten-free desserts. For those who may just be joining the SSL blog, my daughter and I have Celiac Disease. It makes grocery shopping and cooking a challenge–and don’t even get me started on how having Celiac affects the social life–because this is the South–and social gatherings are all about food!!

What are the Hathorns up to in the dining room?

Hmmmmm. I wonder what dish the hubby is getting ready to make. Any guesses?

Adding a bit of bright white to the staircase.

An easy-peasy, gluten-free dessert–perfect for a girls-night-in or a dinner party.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about art and took a little sneaky peek at upcoming posts. **p.s. Staring at this photo of GF strawberry parfait has me needing a snack!!**

The hubby and I taking a moment to show a little love at Lake Erie in Erie, PA.

 

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Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe, February 2017

Art on the Walls for February at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee is by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

Art on the Walls for February at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee is by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

Can y’all believe it is already the middle of February?!? Honestly, where does the time go! Well, I don’t have an answer to that question, but I do have details and photos about Art on the Walls for February at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Art pieces by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn). 40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission.

Original art pieces by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn). 40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission. LEFT: 4″x4″ red barns from the Quilt Trail series + 4″x4″ white farmhouse from the Farmhouses series. Arranged on a piece of salvaged barn wood from Washington County, Tennessee. These little paintings can be purchased separately or as a set. RIGHT: “EMPTY CHAIR” inspired by how much I love and miss my Granddaddy Fulcher and created for all of us who have an empty chair that makes us smile and cry–sad tears and happy tears. **Stay tuned for more photos and details about “Empty Chair”**

One Acre Café is located at 603 West Walnut Street in downtown Johnson City, TN. The café was established to further address the escalating issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community. One Acre Cafe utilizes the model provided by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation joining the growing family of more than forty other community cafes across the country. This progressive model is new to the Johnson City area and will be a great addition to the plans for downtown revitalization.

I revealed my latest series "Furbabies" at the "Sit a Spell" exhibition at One Acre Cafe. Meet Matilda, Jazz, Sam, and Cleopatra. More photos and details of these paintings are on my Facebook page. Head on over there, check out all the art, and hit that "Like" button, so you don't miss out on a single thing.

I revealed my latest series “Furbabies” at the “Sit a Spell” exhibition at One Acre Cafe. Meet Matilda, Jazz, Sam, and Cleopatra. More photos and details of these paintings are on my Facebook page. Head on over there, check out all of the art, and hit the “Like” button, so you don’t miss out on a single thing.

One Acre Cafe Mission
… is to nourish the body, replenish the spirit, and grow the community so that all might be fed.

One Acre Cafe Vision
… is to see all of our community members, regardless of their means, dining together and supporting one another in building the strength and health of our community.

"The Smokehouse" by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

“The Smokehouse” by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

“Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge the future.” –Mattie Stepanek

“The Smokehouse”–original painting based on my memories of my parents’ smokehouse and farm. So many of my paintings use paint and canvas to tell stories and to evoke pleasant memories of childhood because we are all stories, and the goal is to make them good ones! 

Floral Gala Extravaganza is happening at Art on the Walls for February. Give your someone special flowers that will last a lifetime. **40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission + vision.

Floral Gala Extravaganza is happening at Art on the Walls for February. Give your someone special flowers that will last a lifetime. **40% of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be donated to One Acre Cafe and its mission + vision.

Deep purples, rich teals, sparkly gold, hints of copper...oh, my! "Floral Series #10" will look stunning on your wall.

Deep purples, rich teals, sparkly gold, hints of copper…oh, my! “Floral Series #10” will look stunning on your wall. **40% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to One Acre Cafe.** Original art by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn)

Everyone needs a "Cheerful Lift." This mixed-media painting was created using a line from a vintage magazine ad, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and acrylics. The bright colors are guaranteed to bring cheer to any room.

Everyone needs a “Cheerful Lift.” This mixed-media painting was created using a line from a vintage magazine ad, scrapbook paper, washi tape, and acrylics. The bright colors are guaranteed to bring cheer to any room. **This mixed-media painting is by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn).

These flowers will never need watering *wink* Acrylic on 6"x6" canvas blocks with palette knife. These florals can be purchased separately are all together on this salvaged barn wood from Washington County, Tennessee.

These flowers will never need watering *wink* Acrylic on 6″x6″ canvas blocks with palette knife. These florals can be purchased separately or all together on this salvaged piece of barn wood from Washington County, Tennessee. **Original art by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) + part of the “Floral Gala” on-going series because one can never have too many flowers or too much sparkle.

Is it okay for me to crush on my own art? Because I am totally adoring this vertical arrangement of red barns + one farmhouse!

Is it okay for me to crush on my own art? Because I am totally adoring this vertical arrangement of red barns + one farmhouse! **Art by artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn)**

Another fabulous arrangement of red barns + one white farmhouse. These 4"x4" canvas block paintings can be purchased separately or all together on this salvaged piece of wood from an old barn in Washington County, Tennessee.

Another fabulous arrangement of red barns + one white farmhouse. These 4″x4″ canvas block paintings can be purchased separately or all together on this salvaged piece of wood from an old barn in Washington County, Tennessee.

I'm totally crushing on the red barns in Northeast Tennessee, and my "Quilt Trail" series shows how much I adore their character and stories + "The Smokehouse" is not only filled with strong color, but also strong stories of hard work and value.

I’m totally crushing on the red barns in Northeast Tennessee, and my “Quilt Trail” series shows how much I adore their character and stories + “The Smokehouse” is not only filled with strong color, but also strong stories of hard work and value.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took at look at the “Sit a Spell” exhibition, Art on the Walls for February, at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee. I enjoy creating art, but I enjoy it so much more when it can be part of such a wonderful cause and mission. If you are in the Northeast Tennessee area, make plans to have lunch at One Acre Cafe and sit a spell with the art + there are many awesome things to do around here–from biking the Tweetsie Trail to shopping for antiques!

This mixed-media painting as been a work-in-progress. It has undergone many changes since it was first exhibited in October at One Acre Cafe and since I wrote about it on the blog. Click here to see the first draft of this painting + stay tuned to why it has been transformed.

This mixed-media painting has been a work-in-progress. It has undergone many changes since it was first exhibited in October at One Acre Cafe and since I wrote about it on the blog. Click here to see the first draft of this painting + stay tuned to why it has been transformed.

 

 

“Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City

"Sit a Spell--a SassyHat Exhibit" is the "Art on the Walls" at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the proceeds from the SassyHat Exhibit will be donated to One Acre Cafe.

“Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” is the “Art on the Walls” at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the proceeds from the SassyHat Exhibit will be donated to One Acre Cafe.

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 special events and happenings. Today on the blog, we are chatting about “Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” at One Acre Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee + the awesome mission of One Acre.

100% of the proceeds from the One Acre Cafe sign designed and created by Stan Hathorn will be donated to One Acre Cafe + 40% of the proceeds from the paintings by SassyHat will be donated to the One Acre Cafe.

100% of the proceeds from the One Acre Cafe sign designed and created by Stan Hathorn will be donated to One Acre Cafe + 40% of the proceeds from the paintings by SassyHat will be donated to the One Acre Cafe. **All artworks are originals with no prints available and the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn**

One Acre Café is located at 603 West Walnut Street in downtown Johnson City, TN. The café was established to further address the escalating issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community. One Acre Cafe utilizes the model provided by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation joining the growing family of more than forty other community cafes across the country. This progressive model is new to the Johnson City area and will be a great addition to the plans for downtown revitalization.

One Acre Café offers our community healthy and nutritious food in a warm and inviting space. There are suggested donations for those who can pay or pay it forward and the ability to volunteer in exchange for a meal for those who cannot. Our café offers a passionate, skilled chef who works with local farmers to produce amazing cuisine.

You are the staff! Our volunteers are integral to running the day to day operations of One Acre Café. Whether you are volunteering for your meal or simply giving your time, it is the “coming together” of community that creates the heart of the café.

"Historic Tree Streets" sign made from reclaimed barn wood in Washington County, Tennessee. This sign was designed and created by Stan Hathorn with 100% of the proceeds from this sign going to One Acre Cafe.

“Historic Tree Streets” sign made from wood salvaged from Washington County, Tennessee. This sign was designed and created by Stan Hathorn with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this sign going to One Acre Cafe.

"Art on the Walls" for the month of October at One Acre Cafe. **All artistic works are original, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

“Art on the Walls” for the month of October at One Acre Cafe. **All artistic works are originals, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

Sit a Spell—a SassyHat Exhibit is not about one subject. Instead, it is about the need for people to slow down and enjoy the simple things—like a good cup of coffee or an uninterrupted conversation with no technology in sight. It is about feeling a warm blast of sunlight or remembering summertime on Grandpa’s farm. It is about sitting a spell and finding all the reasons to be happy.

This collection of artistic works by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) will be on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. The radiant colors, rich textures, and metallic touches of the paintings beckon the audience to stay awhile and enjoy a good meal with friends while chatting about the references, which are not readily available from observation alone; but, instead, they are gleaned from discussions from those observing the art on the walls. 

Left to Right: The Happy Rooster, Red Cliffs Sunset, Tobacco Barn, and Solace of Beauty **all artistic works are originals with no prints available, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

Left to Right: The Happy Rooster, Red Cliffs Sunset, Tobacco Barn, and Solace of Beauty **all artistic works are originals with no prints available, and they are the intellectual property of Chasidy Hathorn.**

"Tobacco Barn" was inspired by all the hardworking tobacco farmers of the past and present. It's a reflection of the impact tobacco had on the economy and growth of early America (tobacco was the most important cash crop, so much so that the colonists used it as legal currency in Maryland and Virginia) and how this labor intensive crop led to the increase in slave trade. "Tobacco Barn" is rich with symbolism and beckons its audience to begin a conversation...it wants to spark debates. "Tobacco Barn" reminds its audience that hard work (and greed) built this country and asks questions like "Who really reaped the tobacco harvests?" and "What does it mean to 'stand for freedom'?". This original painting by Chasidy Fulcher Hathorn (SassyHat) is 20 x20 inches and is on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the sale of this painting will be donated to One Acre Cafe, 603 West Walnut Street, Johnson City.

“Tobacco Barn” was inspired by all the hardworking tobacco farmers of the past and present. It’s a reflection of the impact tobacco had on the economy and growth of early America (tobacco was the most important cash crop, so much so that the colonists used it as legal currency in Maryland and Virginia) and how this labor intensive crop led to the increase in slave trade. “Tobacco Barn” is rich with symbolism and beckons its audience to begin a conversation…it wants to spark debates. “Tobacco Barn” reminds its audience that hard work (and greed) built this country and asks questions like “Who really reaped the tobacco harvests?” and “What does it mean to ‘stand for freedom’?”.
This original painting by Chasidy Fulcher Hathorn (SassyHat) is 20 x20 inches and is on exhibit at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. 40% of the sale of this painting will be donated to One Acre Cafe, 603 West Walnut Street, Johnson City.

Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October is Sit a Spell--a SassyHat Exhibit. These works capture the childlike view of the world, the boldness of color, and the freedom of the imagination.

Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October is Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit. These works capture the childlike view of the world, the boldness of color, and the freedom of the imagination.

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Since Chasidy was a child, she has loved sparkly things, rusty treasures, and vivid storytelling. Artistry and woodworking is in her blood. From watching her granddaddy craft a small log cabin for her sister to watching her dad build furniture and turn wood, Chasidy has taken those precious moments and incorporated them into her art. Back in the day, her mom was a fabulous seamstress, DIYer (way before Pinterest made it cool), and cake decorator (way before TV made it cool). Yes, creating is in her blood, and she had no choice but to set her creative energy and imagination free.

Chasidy, a native of Mississippi, has been living in Johnson City, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and three four-legged children since April 2014. When she is not in her art studio creating, she is volunteering at the McKinney Center, taking art and gardening classes, blogging her random adventures and projects on her blog Sweet Sorghum Living, and exploring the areas around her looking for junky treasures and inspiration for her art.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about Art on the Walls at One Acre Cafe for the month of October. Be sure to come back to the blog tomorrow as we take a closer look at some of the paintings of the “Sit a Spell–a SassyHat Exhibit” + stay tuned for an upcoming post on this year’s fall front porch. For more photos and updates, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sneak peek of the front porch all gussied up for fall.

Sneak peek of the front porch all gussied up for fall.

 

 

 

 

16th Annual Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

The 16th annual Sorghum Festival was held at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site on Saturday, September 17.

The 16th annual Sorghum Festival was held at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee on Saturday, September 17.

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 home renovation projects. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the 16th annual Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City + meeting Mr. C.B. Reese and finding out his connection to the Sorghum Festival.

Mr. C.B. Reese was the honored guest at this year's Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes.

Mr. C.B. Reese was the honored guest and celebrity at this year’s Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes.

Now, without further ado (because it has been crazy busy in the art studio the past few weeks, and there’s been no time to sit a spell), let’s take a look at some highlight photos from the festival.

Tools of the blacksmith

Tools of the blacksmith

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Mike Rose, master blacksmith, has been metalsmithing for over 40 years.

Mike Rose, Master Blacksmith, has been metalsmithing for over 40 years.

During the festival, Mike Rose created a dinner bell in the shape of an apple. In this photo, he is working on the leaf of the apple.

During the festival, Mike Rose created a dinner bell in the shape of an apple. In this photo, he is working on the leaf of the apple.

The finished leaf crafted by Mike Rose.

The finished leaf crafted by Mike Rose.

Apple dinner bell by Mike Rose

Apple dinner bell by Mike Rose. To learn more about the success and talent of Mike Rose, click here.

The hubby and I had a wonderful time watching Mike Rose, Master Blacksmith at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge for 25 years, create a dinner bell in the shape of an apple.

The hubby and I had a wonderful time watching Mike Rose, Master Blacksmith at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge for 25 years, create a dinner bell in the shape of an apple.

Cooking corn cakes in the kitchen at Tipton-Haynes.

Cooking corn cakes also known as sweet cakes in the kitchen at Tipton-Haynes.

These corn cakes are sweetened using sorghum molasses. The mission of the kitchen demonstration was to show how much work preparing a meal was back in the day + to help people appreciate their food by understanding the history behind it.

These corn cakes are sweetened using sorghum molasses. The mission of the kitchen demonstration was to show how much work preparing a meal was back in the day + to help people appreciate their food by understanding the history behind it.

Visitors to the festival sat a spell and enjoyed the music.

Visitors to the festival sat a spell and enjoyed the music.

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One of the stars of the Sorghum Festival

One of the stars of the Sorghum Festival

Working the mill

Working the mill and keeping the past alive

Generations ago, producing sorghum molasses was not an easy job. In fact, it was very labor intensive! After harvesting the sorghum cane (which means cutting the cane down by hand), each plant was topped (seed heads cut off by hand and saved for next year's crop). Once the seeds were saved, the leaves were stripped and the canes were fed through the mill--which is what the next few photos show.

Generations ago, producing sorghum molasses was not an easy job. In fact, it was very labor intensive! After harvesting the sorghum cane (which means cutting the cane down by hand), each plant was topped (seed heads cut off by hand), and the seeds saved for next year’s crop. Once the seeds were saved, the leaves were stripped, and the canes were fed through the mill–which is what the next few photos show.

Feeding the cane into the mill while the mules turn the mill.

Feeding the cane into the mill while the mule turns the mill.

In the photo, history is being preserved by teaching the traditional ways of making sorghum molasses.

In this photo, history is being preserved by teaching the traditional ways of making sorghum molasses.

The sorghum mill being used at Tipton-Haynes was donated by C.B. Reese from Vilas, North Carolina.

The sorghum mill being used at Tipton-Haynes was donated by C.B. Reese from Vilas, North Carolina.

This mill belonged to C.B. Reese's grandfather, and it is over 125 years old. The Reese's Mill has been the star of the Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes since 1999.

This mill belonged to C.B. Reese’s grandfather, and it is over 125 years old. The Reese’s Mill has been the star of the Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes since 1999.

Chatting with Mr. C.B. Reese (to my left) and Mike McKinney, the mule man from Carter County, about the mill that belonged to Mr. C.B.'s granddaddy.

Chatting with Mr. C.B. Reese (to my left) and Mike McKinney, the mule man from Carter County, about the mill that belonged to Mr. C.B.’s granddaddy.

It was an honor meeting and talking with Mr. C.B. at the 16th Annual Sorghum Festival. In this photo, I am chatting with him and Mike McKinney about the history of the mill. (Jeff Greene, the mule whisperer, is in the background.)

It was an honor meeting and talking with Mr. C.B. at the 16th annual Sorghum Festival. In this photo, I am chatting with him and Mike McKinney about the history of the mill. (Jeff Greene, the mule whisperer, is in the background.)

C.B. Reese, born in 1922, pictured with a jar of sorghum molasses. It is amazing--almost unbelievable--how the world has changed since he was born. The hubby and I had the opportunity to hear about those changes first hand from Mr. C.B. Honestly, I could sit a spell with Mr. C.B. all day for a week!!

C.B. Reese, born in 1922, pictured with a jar of sorghum molasses. It is amazing–almost unbelievable–how the world has changed since he was born. The hubby and I had the opportunity to hear about some of those changes first hand from Mr. C.B. **Honestly, I could sit a spell with Mr. C.B. all day for a week!!**

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Oscar Wagner (left) with C.B. Reese waiting to chat with WCYB about the importance of the Sorghum Festival.

Oscar Wagner stated that not only does the Sorghum Festival demonstrate the traditional ways, it also shows how much hard work goes into producing food in hopes that people will appreciate their food more.

Oscar Wagner stated that not only does the Sorghum Festival demonstrate the traditional ways, it also shows how much hard work goes into producing food in hopes that people will appreciate their food more. Mr. Wagner also joked that it was a heck of an excuse for a party! **I am totally in for a sorghum party!**

After the canes have been squeezed, the juice is taken to be boiled down into syrup.

After the canes have been squeezed, the juice is taken to be boiled down into syrup.

The juice must be monitored closely and skimmed constantly in order to produce the sweetest and best syrup.

The juice must be monitored closely and skimmed constantly in order to produce the sweetest and best syrup.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the 16th annual Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site with special guest C.B. Reese. Now, before y’all dash off, take a look at a few more photos from the festival.

C.B. Reese standing in front of his grandaddy's mill. Mr. Reese was tickled to be at the festival seeing his family's beloved mill in action.

C.B. Reese, 94 years old, standing in front of his grandaddy’s mill. Mr. Reese was tickled to be at the festival seeing his family’s beloved mill in action.

Waiting for the WCYB interview

Waiting for the WCYB interview

**photo bomb**

**photo bomb**

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Because every party needs cute bunting!

Because every party needs cute bunting!

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Reclaimed Wood Flower Box Reveal + Sneak Peek of the Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes

A collection of little houses made from reclaimed wood + picture frame moulding samples. Artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) designs each little house and beach cottage to be fun and happy because we could all use a little more fun and happy in our lives *big smile*

A collection of little houses made from reclaimed wood + picture frame moulding samples. Artist SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) designs each little house and beach cottage to be fun and happy because we could all use a little more fun and happy in our lives *big 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 art to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about my love of reclaimed wood + how I use my embarrassingly large collection of it to build not only the little houses that I sell, but also for furniture (for my own home and homes I style) + random home projects.

Modern rustic console the hubby built featured with a collection of crosses built from salvaged wood.

Modern rustic console the hubby built from old barn wood featured with a collection of crosses built from salvaged wood.

There is just something about the character of salvaged wood that gets my heart to pounding and the wheels inside my head turning. The holes…the weathered grays and browns…the discolorations from water, oil, inks….Oh, the stories that old barn wood could tell! Oh, the history of old doors and shiplap! Yes,  I totally crush on reclaimed wood, and my basement is full of glorious pieces just waiting to become something new *big smile*

An end table and Tennessee sign the hubby built from wood that we salvaged from an old barn in Washington County, Tennessee. These pieces are currently available at The Local Company in Johnson City.

An end table and Tennessee sign the hubby built from wood we salvaged from an old barn in Washington County, Tennessee. These pieces are currently available at The Local Company in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Now, most of the really super awesome pieces of salvaged wood become furniture or signs; however, for the few pieces that are just a little basic, I use them for random projects around my house. Today’s project reveal is a great example of how the hubby and I take those not-so-glorious pieces and turn them into something pretty wow!

This little corner was in desperate need of some TLC.

This little corner was in desperate need of some TLC.

This reclaimed wood project became a mission–a mission to turn an awkward, ugly space into something usable and attractive using salvaged wood from my basement collection. I had no idea what I wanted to do; however, after a little brainstorming session with the hubby, we came up with a flower box.

The space was already shaped like a rectangle, so why not build a box *wink*

The space was already shaped like a rectangle, so why not build a box *wink*

The hubby built four sides and no bottom because we just used the gravel that was already there as the bottom of our flower box.

The hubby only built four sides because the gravel serves as the bottom of the flower box.

Nothing fancy, but wow! What a difference!

Nothing fancy, but wow! Boring space now has a bit of interest *big smile*

Sometimes, projects can be simple and make a big difference!

Easy, peasy projects can make a big difference!

We used the same stain on the window box as we used to freshen up the floor of the deck.

We used the same stain on the window box as we used to freshen up the floor of the deck.

The hubby staining the simple box. There was no need to build a bottom for our box because the gravel was already in place--which worked out fabulously for drainage!

The hubby staining the simple “box.” There was no need to build a bottom for our box because the gravel was already in place–which worked out fabulously for drainage!

We only stained the part of the inside that might be seen. No need to waste time or stain on something that will never be seen...unless someone decides to dig in the flower box to see if the entire thing is stained, y'all, the hubby, and I are the only ones that know it isn't stained all the way down *wink*

We only stained a small part of the inside because there was no need to waste time or stain on something that would never be seen. Unless someone decides to dig in the flower box to see if the entire thing is stained–y’all, the hubby, and I are the only ones that know it isn’t painted all the way down *wink*

After the stain dried, we added dirt and flowers.

After the stain dried, we added potting soil and pretty pink mandevillas.

More pops of pink and this once-ugly space is now ready for someone to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee!

More pops of pink and this once ugly space is now ready for someone to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my crush on salvaged wood + how a simple project can take a dull space to a wow space. Now, y’all, come back and visit soon because I will be chatting about this year’s Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes + Mr. C.B. Reese, who was born in 1922 and has seen a lot of changes in this world since he was born!

Here are a few sneak peek photos of the Sorghum Festival + my favorite photo of Mr. C.B. Reese:

Mr. C.B. Reese, born in 1922, has many stories to tell! I would love to sit a spell with him all day *big smile*

Mr. C.B. Reese, 94, has many interesting stories to tell! I would love to sit a spell with him all day *big smile*

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WCYB setting up to chat with Oscar Wagner and C.B. Reese about the importance of the Sorghum Festival.

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I wonder what he is making???? Y’all will have to come back to see *wink*

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Hmmmm, I wonder what these guys are doing???

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Oh, my! What is she cooking up in that iron skillet? Hint: it has sorghum molasses in it.