“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.

 

 

Journeys of Women Art Show + We Are All Stories and Empty Nest

"We Are All Stories" an original mixed media on 36" x 36" canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn)

We Are All Stories an original mixed media on 36″ x 36″ canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn)

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 goodness to home renovation projects. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the Journeys of Women Art Show taking place in Jonesborough, Tennessee at the McKinney Center from September 9-17. This exhibit is open to the public + the works are for sale with a portion of the sales going to the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.  For more information about the show and how it helps to transform the lives of low-income women in East Tennessee, click here to read “Journeys of Women Art Show: For Women, by women” in the Johnson City Press.

It is such a blessing and an honor to be part of this amazing show, and I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to have my works in the same space with such incredibly talented artists.

"Empty Nest" an original mixed media on canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) will be on exhibit at the Journeys of Women Art Show from September 9-17 at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Empty Nest an original mixed media on canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) will be on exhibit at the Journeys of Women Art Show from September 9-17 at the McKinney Center in Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee.

When I began painting Empty Nest, I was trying to deal with my only child getting ready to move away to Emory & Henry College in Virginia. To be honest, I had no intention of ever showing this painting because it was filled with all of my emotions…tears…chaos. As I painted, I thought about how we nurture our children so that one day they will fly…they will leave the nest. But, the nest is never really empty. If you look closely, there is an imprint of that egg…that will never go away because of all of the love…because of all of the wonderful memories. Yes, it is very hard to let them go…to let them fly, but it is part of the natural process + how wonderful it is to see them soar!

Another painting in the "We Are All Stories" series--an original series by SassyHat featuring red barns and quilts

This 12″ x 12″ mixed media on canvas by SassyHat (Chasidy Hathorn) is part of the “We Are All Stories” series–an original series inspired by storytelling (especially Southern tales), red barns, quilts, and red barns with quilts.

“We are all stories in the end, so let’s make them good ones.” That statement pretty much sums up the We Are All Stories series and why I created it! I have always loved a good story. My blog was inspired by my love of porch sitting and storytelling + coffee drinking. So, I had no choice but to paint and create what I loved most. I wanted this series to be child-like…whimsical…a bit catawampus. I wanted it to be full of color…rich with texture…splashes of humor here and there. I wanted people to look at the red barn and remember a red barn they had seen as a kid or to remember playing in their grandparents’ barn…or remember when they worked at their parents’ barn…picking cotton or harvesting tobacco.  I wanted people to sit a spell and really look at these paintings…to read the words…to see the little details. My hope is they smile as they observe…that they will begin to tell a story about a barn or a quilt or their beloved grandmother.

Yes, as parents, we are all going to be empty nesters one day (that is our goal *wink*), and we are all  going to be stories in the end, so let’s make each and every moment count…let’s embrace each other…let’s take time to sit a spell and really talk and listen (that means putting down those phones, closing those laptops, and turning off the TV)…let’s make sure that our stories and our children’s stories are good ones *big smile*

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today! I would love to hear your empty nest, barn, or quilt stories, so please feel free to share them with me in the comment section here or on Facebook because there is nothing better than good stories with great friends *smile*

Jonesborough Days 2016 Part One

This darling pup was taking a little break from all the festivities of Jonesborough Days.

This darling pup was taking a little break from all the festivities of Jonesborough Days.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee (iced coffee) and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I am sharing photos from Jonesborough Days 2016 + a couple of SSL’s top picks from the arts & crafts vendors. There was so much awesomeness it can’t be all packed into one post, so come back tomorrow to see the rest!

Now, let’s take a little photo stroll while we sip on our coffee *big smile*

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Many were out and about exploring and shopping the booths at Jonesborough Days.

I loved how so many people dressed to celebrate America!

I loved how so many people dressed to celebrate America!

Music, food, arts & crafts, and even a hot pepper eating contest--Jonesborough Days was filled with fun activities for kids of all ages!

Music, food, arts & crafts, and even a hot pepper eating contest–Jonesborough Days was filled with fun activities for kids of all ages!

The store windows were filled with tributes to America. This is one of my favs.

The store windows were filled with tributes to America. This is one of my favs.

Shellz always delivers the most fabulous store displays!

Shellz always delivers the most fabulous store displays!

Another darling outfit by Shellz of Jonesborough

Another darling outfit by Shellz of Jonesborough

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Handmade baskets inside the Christopher Taylor Log House

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I totally love all these tiny, handmade baskets.

I totally love all these tiny, handmade baskets.

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Two tiny, little, handmade baskets–absolutely amazing!

Guests sitting a spell and enjoying the festivities from the upper porch of the Eureka Inn.

Guests sitting a spell and enjoying the festivities from the upper porch of the Eureka Inn.

Abby and I had a great time volunteering with the McKinney Center during Jonesborough Days. It was a blast making fans with all the kiddos and their parents!

Abby and I had a great time volunteering with the McKinney Center during Jonesborough Days. It was a blast making fans with all the kiddos and their parents! Stay tuned to an upcoming blog post + social media for a special announcement about the workshops I will be teaching this fall at the McKinney Center + when the Fall Expo will be and how to save $$ by signing up early for classes.

I also had fun helping out with the RECYCLE sign.

I also had fun helping out with the RECYCLE sign.

One day my artist signature will be famous *wink* Hopefully, before I am dead *haha*

One day my artist signature will be famous *wink* Hopefully, before I am dead *haha*

During Jonesborough Days there were two eating contests--hot peppers (which were like more hot than I can explain) + hot dogs.

During Jonesborough Days there were two eating contests–hot peppers (which were like more hot than I can explain) + hot dogs.

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Heather Frazier won second place in the hot dog-eating contest. Heather and her mother Amy Hicks own Just for Me-Mi Jewelry, crafted by hand and crafted with heart.

TOP PICK FOR MOST ADORABLE BOOTH AND CRAFTS + TOP PICK FOR POTTER AT JONESBOROUGH DAYS

String Art by Jocelyn Jones of Kraftapalooza

String Art by Jocelyn Jones of Kraftapalooza

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Kraftapalooza had the most adorable booth and most darling crafts of all the booths at Jonesborough Days. Jocelyn Jones creates personalized, hand-stamped jewelry and other fun items. She is a self-taught artisan who has been crafting and making for about three years. Jocelyn can be found out and about at local fairs and festivals + Etsy. Click here to shop Kraftapalooza and here to check out Kraftapalooza’s Facebook.

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Me chatting with Jocelyn Jones about her string art–which Abby got a darling string-art piece for her dorm + Jonesborough Days shoppers browsing the hand-stamped jewelry inside the Kraftapalooza tent

Totally crushing!!

Totally crushing!! To shop Jocelyn’s string art, click here.

Barbara Cara, a local potter, has been creating stunning and colorful pottery for about 2 1/2 years. Barbara is SSL's top pick potter because not only does she create gorgeous pottery pieces, but she also has the brightest smile and warmest personality.

Barbara Cara, a local potter, has been creating stunning and colorful pottery for about 2 1/2 years. Barbara is SSL’s top pick potter because not only does she create gorgeous pottery pieces, but she also has the brightest smile and warmest personality.

I want all of Barabara Cara's pottery. Seriously. All of it.

I want all of Barabara Cara’s pottery. Seriously. All of it.

Barbara and I chatting about her pottery. She has pieces for sale at ONE.40.FOUR in Jonesborough, and she can be found at local arts and crafts events.

Barbara and I chatting about her pottery. She has pieces for sale at ONE.40.FOUR in Jonesborough, and she can be found at local arts and crafts events.

Barbara Cara took pottery classes from another local potter Ed Lockett + she recently had her pottery exhibited at the 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the McKinney Center.

Barbara Cara took pottery classes from another local potter Ed Lockett + she recently had her pottery exhibited at the 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the McKinney Center. She is naturally talented and creates stunning masterpieces (Did I mention she has only been making pottery for 2 1/2 years?!?). *mind blown*

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This cup by Barbara Cara totally needs to be in my life and in my hand with a good cup of coffee in it.

Whew! So much happened at Jonesborough Days + there were so many great artisans and vendors I am going to have to leave y’all hanging until tomorrow when I post Jonesborough Days Part Two, which will be all about the rest of SSL’s Top Picks–from jewelry to SSL’s ultimate pick + a painting I really wish I would have bought because….

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Seriously, I will be back tomorrow with the rest of the top picks. I know I have a tendency to wander off, but I am truly focused on getting out the rest of the awesomeness to y’all *wink*

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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*