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*

BuzzFest Downtown Johnson City + “Bee True To Who You Are” Reveal

12321516_724952394314275_6781098068423678137_nHey, y’all! I am so excited to share this blog post with you for so many reasons…I am so buzzed about it that I don’t even know where to start *wink* First of all, it makes my heart smile to see downtown Johnson City growing and having awesome events like BuzzFest, Blue Plum, and the new Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival. When there is great music, food, and art–they will come *big smile*

"Bee True To Who You Are" available at The Local Company in downtown Johnson City. The LoCo will be donating 5% of all bee related sales now thru May 5th. They will also be hosting an artist's demo, kid's drawing and coloring contest ! To learn more about this bee-tastic event and JC's passion for bees, visit What's the Buzz Johnson City's Facebook page here.

“Bee True To Who You Are” available at The Local Company in downtown Johnson City. The LoCo will be donating 5% of all bee-related sales now thru May 5th. They will also be hosting an artist’s demo + a kid’s drawing and coloring contest. To learn more about this bee-tastic event and JC’s passion for bees, visit What’s the Buzz Johnson City’s Facebook page here.

Not only will people come for great food and art, they will also come to support a great local event that will celebrate the invaluable life of bees. BuzzFest celebrates the many ways you can invite honeybees and other pollinators into your own backyard through bee-centric beekeeping, cultivation, and preservation of pollinator friendly gardens and green spaces. Join us [for BuzzFest on Friday, May 6] to welcome Johnson City’s own BEE QUEEN and her handmaidens. Learn about pollinator gardening, beekeeping essentials, and other fun activities for the family. All of this and more is happening at First Friday in May in downtown Johnson City. Y’all will not want to miss this!

20160420_122146_resizedI was really happy when I learned about BuzzFest from Sara Fagley, owner of The Local Company, because bees truly are invaluable + they work sooo hard for us–no questions asked, no complaints. All they “ask” is we provide them with what they need (and not destroy what they need or them with crazy sprays and such). It really isn’t that hard to live in harmony with nature…and with each other. We just need to work together better *big smile*

This celebration got me to thinking about the beginnings of Lolly Molly Art–which started because I wanted to decorate my daughter’s room with cute and functional art. (This was waaaayyyy before Pinterest and Etsy!). Long story short–Lolly Molly went beyond cute art pieces. Over the years, I have created political works, furniture, assemblages, abstracts….Basically, whatever I have dreamed up in my head…I have tried to bring to life.

To help celebrate BuzzFest, I wanted to go back to the roots…I wanted to create cute, whimsical, engaging bees…bees that make people smile…feel childlike…because children are open to new ideas and learning. Just like us adults should be!

Now, without further ado and before I wander off topic and ramble on for days, here is a little “scrapbook” of photos of “Bee True To Who You Are”–an original painting by me inspired from drawings from my sketchbook dated 1998 (yikes!).

This bee painting was designed to have a chalk-like feel because we should all grab some chalk, draw a hopscotch board on the sidewalk, and take a break from our adulting.

Work in progress

Work in progress

A view of the easel (the hubby made it from an old door + leftover pieces of wood)

A view of the easel (the hubby made it from an old door + leftover pieces of wood) and my studio fan *wink*

Bright colors + simple shapes = smiling faces

Bright colors + simple shapes = smiling faces

Enough said.

Enough said.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today for the buzz on BuzzFest + the reveal of Bee True To Who You Are. Stay tuned tomorrow for the bee string art that I created for this special event + where the bee string art kits will be available for purchase.

"Bee True To Who You Are" by Chasidy Hathorn

“Bee True To Who You Are” by Chasidy Hathorn

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Inspired by Walden: My Art Pieces For the Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the McKinney Center

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I am soooooo excited and nervous to reveal my two art pieces that will be on display at The Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Whew, that was a mouthful! Before I get to the reveal, I just wanted to thank all of you for your support and kindness. When I was ready to give up, there was always a sweet message from a reader, a friend, or fellow artist. As any artist or maker knows, it is not easy putting our work (our babies–because each piece is truly a labor of love) out there for the world to see…to judge…to possibly criticize. But we have to.

There’s nothing more daring than showing up, putting ourselves out there, and letting ourselves be seen. 

Brené Brown

*drum roll* Now, I introduce “Solitude Ride” and “Cosmopolitan Owl”–both inspired by my love of Walden and Henry David Thoreau + my love of paper, old books/magazines, and mixed media.

"Solitude Ride"

“Solitude Ride”

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Factoids about these works and how they came to be:

  • I used the actual pages from my high school Walden book (let’s not talk about how old this book is!) in each of the art pieces in my series inspired by Thoreau’s wish to live deliberately and his advice that “we need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
  • Using book pages in this collection was a must because Thoreau stated that books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. And who am I to argue with Henry *wink*
  • “Solitude Ride” is based on the fact that I am an outgoing introvert. I am the one that blurts out weird, random trivia at parties because I just can’t help myself…and I am just that nerdy and awkward *wink* As much as I love being around people…friends…family, sometimes, “I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” Thanks, Thoreau, I could not have said it better myself.

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  • I loved “patching” these works together with papers and paint (like a quilt or a puzzle) because as Henry stated, “No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes: yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience.”
  • Confession–I have no formal art training and no degree in fine art. I make everything up as I go along. Like a child playing in the sandbox or scribbling on paper for the first time, I am free to create from my own imagination and not from anything that my brain has been “taught” or “trained” to do. “It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. It is true, I fear, that others may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open. The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!”
Just being my outgoing, introverted, ridiculously awkward self with my daughter Abby.

Just being my outgoing, introverted, ridiculously awkward self with my daughter Abby.

  • “Cosmopolitan Owl” took a long time to create because I had to find all the right pieces to “patch” together. Bless, I almost gave up on her! Finally, after countless hours of searching, I found the perfect vintage magazine ad + vintage bird anthology with the coolest picture of an owl holding a mouse in its mouth. Once I found those two things, everything else just happened.
  • Henry, why don’t you tell the readers about the inspiration behind our “Cosmopolitan Owl” creation: “I rejoice that there are owls. Let them do the idiotic and maniacal hooting for men. It is a sound admirably suited to swamps and twilight woods which no day illustrates, suggesting a vast and undeveloped nature which men have not recognized. They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have. All day the sun has shown on the surface of some savage swamp, where the double spruce stands hung with usnea lichens, and small hawks circulate above, and the chickadee lisps amid the evergreens, and the partridge and rabbit skulk beneath; and now a more dismal and fitting day dawns, and a different race of creatures awakes to express the meaning of Nature there.”
"Cosmopolitan Owl"

“Cosmopolitan Owl”

Honestly, I could chat about Walden all day + I have quotes for days, but I won’t show y’all just how awkward and nerdy I am on this post *wink* However, if you stick around long enough (or check out my social media), you will probably get a good idea!

Don't miss one awkward and fun moment--follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ChasidyHathorn

Don’t miss one awkward, fun moment–follow me on Instagram (yes, there are lots of photos of my furbabies, but they are super adorable) and Twitter (my business, more serious side).

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I chatted about “Solitude Ride” and “Cosmopolitan Owl” + my obvious love of Henry David Thoreau. I am pretty sure that Henry and I would have been the best of friends, if we could have sorted out the seating arrangements *wink* “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” –Thoreau 

**p.s. the next work in the series is based on the three chairs quote! That is all I can tell you…nope…not going to tell………

Jonesborough’s Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition Opens April 15

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Jonesborough’s Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition Opens April 15

Featuring more than 30 artists with over 50 works from around the region and attracting numerous visitors, Jonesborough’s Open Juried Art Show has been noted as one of the region’s premier exhibitions. The exhibit runs April 15 through May 7, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This year’s exhibition was more competitive than ever,” McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons said. “We had more than 40 artists submit just over 130 works of art for this year’s exhibition.  That is the largest number of submissions that we have had since I have curated this show for the past three years.  It is very exciting to see that the exhibition is gaining in popularity, quality and notoriety.  I think it says a great deal about the level of artists we have in our region.”

The juror, Mark Scala, Curator of American Art at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee selected the exhibition’s final pieces.  He will be present on April 15 to provide a lecture at the International Storytelling Center at 6 p.m., and will be assisting with the presentation of awards at the opening reception at 7 p.m. at the McKinney Center.  The lecture, reception, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. 

The artists participating in this year’s exhibition include Art Brown, Janet Browning, Curtis Buchanan, Linda Campbell, Barbara Cara, Monique Carr, Bill & Tina Collison, Kristin Colson, Lawrence Danecke, Leslie Davis, Misty Dempsey, Betty Gehre, Mira Gerard, Travis Gravies, Chasidy Hathorn, Richard Hayward, Gale Isaacs, Charles Jones, Richard Kortum, Patty Lawrence, Linda Loffmin, Stephen Moles, Jeffrey Mullins, Mary Nees, Michelle L. O’Patrick-Ollis, Jim Oxandale, Wayne Ritchie, Katie Sheffield, Mallene Shelton, Stephen Simmerman, Vera Tracy, Katie Walser and Blaine Willis.

The exhibit runs April 15 through May 7, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An opening reception will take place April 15 at 7 p.m.

For more information on Jonesborough’s Open Juried Art Show, contact Theresa Hammons at 423.753.0562 or theresah@jonesboroughtn.org.

A sneaky peek of one of my art pieces that will be exhibited April 15-May 7 at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough.

A sneaky peek of one of my art pieces that will be exhibited April 15-May 7 at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough.

I am so honored and thrilled to be part of such an amazing art exhibition. To be honest, I am still trying to process it all. Expressing myself and thoughts through my art is rewarding in itself; however, when others see and understand the works…that is truly the greatest reward.

Combine all your healthy wishes, dreams and hopes into investing in your talent and in the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom. If your art contributes to society, or to the art enthusiasts around you, then you are rewarded honestly, and more so if you make yourself useful to the world around you.

Sam Adoquei

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for the reveal of the two works I will have on display at the Jonesborough’s Fourth Annual Juried Art Exhibition. I cannot wait to share them with y’all *big smile*

 

 

Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

One of the stars of the Sorghum Festival

One of the stars of the Sorghum Festival

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, I am sharing my photos from the Sorghum Festival at the Tipton-Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee. Y’all know I couldn’t resist a Sorghum Festival *wink* Oh, my! It was an absolutely gorgeous day filled with the sweet smell of sugary syrup, and it was a day that brought back many sweet childhood memories *big smile*

As I walked around the grounds with the hubby, my mind was filled with memories from days gone by. I remembered Grandmother Fulcher in her kitchen frying the chicken that a couple of hours ago was running around in her yard. I remembered Grandaddy Fulcher sitting on the porch swing smoking his pipe. I remembered “hog-killing” day–which was always the coldest day of winter. I remembered riding in the horse-drawn wagon while my dad pulled corn from the stalks and how I always managed to get cockleburs in my hair.

I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi–in a community called Ellison Ridge, which had a small general store (which had everything from Coca Cola in a glass bottle to sewing supplies) and a Southern Baptist church (which used to be the community school). My house was separated from my grandparents’ house by a rolling pasture and a dirt road. I made the trip from my house to their house multiple times daily. I knew my grandmother would have biscuits for me to snack on (my favorite snack was a biscuit with sugar on the inside). I knew my granddaddy would take me on an adventure and tell me stories. Times were simple, and life was good.

Because I grew up in a small community in the middle-of-nowhere Mississippi, I had no friends. All I had were my parents, my siblings, my grandparents, and a few scattered neighbors (which were only accessible by an extremely difficult bike ride on a dirt road with patches of treacherous gravel). Well, to a youngster, who had fallen off her bike more times than she could count, it was a treacherous trek.

So, I used my imagination to create a world filled with adventure. I spent countless hours listening to my uncle’s tall tales and my granddaddy’s stories about uncle so-and-so and cousin so-and-so–and those uncles and cousins always had nicknames like Rat and Boots. Hmmm, I am not sure, if I ever heard their real names spoken. From all of this, I learned how to listen, how to tell stories, and how to communicate through various art forms.

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I didn’t realize it at the time; however, all of the stories, adventures, and hard work I witnessed would create the person I am today–the person who values hard work, who loves the land, who respects all creatures and persons…the list could go on. As a child, I thought life on the farm was good–it wasn’t until I started school I learned not everyone felt the same about living on a farm. Because of my less-than-desriable school years, I suppressed my young days on the farm–not wanting to remember the taunts of classmates and teachers. Now, as I have gotten older, I realize those days were good days, and I shouldn’t have to hide my roots because of a few shallow folks from town.

Work it *wink*

Work it *wink*

It was nice to walk the grounds of Tipton-Haynes and remember times I spent with my grandparents. As I stood there watching the mule go around and around, I could feel the warmth of their hugs, and I could almost taste my grandmother’s biscuits.

I just had to snap a photo of Sweet Sorghum for Sweet Sorghum!

I just had to snap a photo of Sweet Sorghum for Sweet Sorghum!

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Live music at the Sorghum Festival

Live music at the Sorghum Festival

Historical characters were at the festival chatting about days gone by.

Historical characters were at the festival chatting about days gone by.

It was an absolutely sweet and delightful day at the Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site. It was a great reminder of my childhood days on the farm and of the fruits of hard work.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on some of my favorites from my visit to Tipton-Haynes. If y’all are ever in the area, it is a must-visit place *big smile*

Old grist mill stones greet visitors as soon as they arrive to Tipton-Haynes.

Old grist mill stones greet visitors as soon as they arrive to Tipton-Haynes.

This blog os dedicated to my dad--a man who taught me the value of working hard and respecting the land.

This blog is dedicated to my dad–a man who taught me the value of working hard and respecting the land.

First Friday Downtown Johnson City: Corazon Latino Festival

Abby and I taking a selfie before the festival

Abby and I taking a selfie before the festival

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from handmade goodness to random happenings and events. Today on the blogs, the VIP and I are sharing our First Friday experiences. So, after you read my post, head on over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for more photos and details. The direct link will be at the bottom of this post *smile*

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Downtown Johnson City was the place to be this past Friday for the Corazon Latino Festival. The air was filled with the smell of delicious food and the streets were filled with festive booths and attendees.

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Abby and I had a blast helping with the Happy Snaps booth sponsored by the Johnson City Press, and we also had lots of fun walking around and chatting with vendors and fans. I discovered a darling vendor, who also has an Etsy shop, Mossy Pocketss. Kara Williamson, creator and owner, makes handmade terrariums and fairy garden accessories.

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Check out Mossy Pocketss Etsy shop here.

It was so cool watching the Little City Roller Girls being the bulls in the running of the bulls through downtown Johnson City.

It was so cool watching the Little City Roller Girls being the bulls in the Running of the Bulls through downtown Johnson City. 

Having fun in the Happy Snaps booth

Having fun in the Happy Snaps booth

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Just doing what we do *wink*

Just doing what we do *wink* Thank goodness Abby has long arms because we don’t have a selfie stick *wink*

East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine was on hand for blood sugar and blood pressure checks  and to show off a human brain *wink*

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine was on hand for blood sugar and blood pressure checks and to show off a human brain *wink* No worries. I did not touch it–I just snapped a photo and verified that it was a human brain *wink*

Abby posing with a couple of ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine students.

Abby posing with a couple of ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine students.

Thanks so much sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about downtown Johnson City’s First Friday event.

Be sure to head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionita blog for more fabulous photos and event coverage. Click here.

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I am excited to announce that my new Etsy shop is now open. Please excuse the hot mess as I get everything spiffied up for the big grand opening + coupon code. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more.

I am excited to announce that my new Etsy shop is now open. Please excuse the hot mess as I get everything spiffied up for the big grand opening + coupon code. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more.

Blue Plum Festival 2015 Announces New Additions + Old Favorites

20150414_115246-1_resizedHey, 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 the Blue Plum Festival, which will be happening the first weekend in June in downtown Johnson City.

Last year was my first time to attend the Blue Plum, and it was fabulous–the music and the arts and crafts vendors held my attention throughout the event + the Urban Art Throwdown was pretty amazing. I am so excited about this year’s festival because the folks from Friends of Olde Downtowne have added new elements to the weekend-long event. There will be a new ticketed concert + a CrossFit Tournament + a bigger and better Blue Hop Brew HaHa. Not to mention all the incredible music, amazing arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, and more. Whew! I need to sit down and calm down *wink*

Deanna Hays, Director of Friends of Olde Downtowne, excitedly stated, "Wow! This is going to be a festival to remember...great music, fun events, delicious food,  impressive arts and crafts vendors...but wouldn't it be nice to be known as the friendliest festival in the South!"

Deanna Hays, Director of Friends of Olde Downtowne, excitedly stated, “Wow! This is going to be a festival to remember…great music, fun events, delicious food, impressive arts and crafts vendors…but wouldn’t it be nice to be known as the friendliest festival in the South!”

Are you a fan of great music and craft beer? Well, I have the perfect place for you to be the first weekend of June–Founders Park in Johnson City, Tennessee for Blue Plum at Founders. This new addition to the festival will offer (for those who choose to purchase a ticket–more about those tickets in a moment *wink*) folks a fabulous chance to enjoy the amazing sound of the band Shovels and Rope, who have appeared on the Late Show and Austin City Limits. How cool is that!

Tickets for the Shovels and Rope concert, which also includes Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters and the Grammy-award winning Rebirth Brass Band, are available for purchase at blue plum.org for $25 until May 25 and $30 after May 25. Blue Plum at Founders will be held on the Great Lawn at Founders Park.

Ed Snodderly and Tracy Johnson announcing this year's Blue Plum Festival music lineup.

Ed Snodderly and Tracy Johnson announcing this year’s Blue Plum Festival music lineup.

Now, don’t fret because there is even more amazing music happening at the Blue Plum Festival–which is known for its variety of music options. On Friday, June 5th, the evening will be filled with festival fans at The Main Street Stage waiting to hear the wonderful Americana music by 18 South, and the next evening, they will all be back waiting to enjoy the sounds of Webb Wilder and Ritchie. Will you be one of those fans? I know the hubby and I will be *big smile*

Aaron Carson, with Superfly Fabulous Events, said the new space will allow the Blue Hop Brew Haha to grow from 500 people to around 1,000 this year, giving the chance for festival goers and craft beer lovers to taste from many of region’s best breweries.

Aaron Carson, with Superfly Fabulous Events, explained that this year’s Blue Hop Brew HaHa will be able to serve around 1,000 people–up from last year’s 500. This will give more festival goers and craft beer lovers the chance to sample from many of the region’s best breweries. Tracy Johnson also spoke about all the wonderful activities that will be happening the first weekend of June.

Attention Craft Beer Fans: The Blue Hop Brew HaHa will be changing locations this year, but this change is a good change *smile* This opportunity for craft beer lovers will be held at Founders Park + the selection will be tripled (yes, tripled!) from last year’s selection of finely crafted brews. You will not want to miss out on the opportunity to get your tickets for this event, so head on over to blueplum.org now! Tickets for this event are $35 until May 25 and $40 after May 25–but I am guessing those tickets won’t last until May 25 *wink* For more information about the brewers, click here.

Shannon Castillo, president of Friends of Olde Downtowne, gave a great shout out to all the sponsors of this year's Blue Plum Festival and chatted about how a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to the downtown area. Friends of Olde Downtowne was founded over 15 years ago to help revive the downtown area. This year the organization will have the chance to put some money into their mission--getting folks to visit, shop, and enjoy downtown Johnson City.

Shannon Castillo, president of Friends of Olde Downtowne, gave a great shout out to all the sponsors of this year’s Blue Plum Festival and chatted about how a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to the downtown area. Friends of Olde Downtowne was founded over 15 years ago to help revive the downtown area. This year the organization will have the chance to put some money into their mission–getting folks to visit, shop, and enjoy downtown Johnson City.

I have been babbling so much about the music and craft beer that I forgot to mention that this is the area’s largest, free festival (yes, there are a couple of ticketed events that I mentioned above). This year’s Blue Plum will have the Blue Plum Playhouse, Animation Festival, the Criterium, the CrossFit East 10 Summer Bash–which is a brand new event where athletes will compete in difficult workouts including weightlifting and gymnastics movements, over 50 arts and crafts vendors, and an amazing food court.

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There will be a 5K, which will begin at Founders Park on Friday, June 5th at 7:00 pm + Little Blue Plum Half at 6:30 pm. Along with running, there will also be the Blue Plum Bicycle Race on Sunday, June 7th. The Franklin Woods Community Hospital Criterium will again be the final race of the Slow Ride Omnium–even though the new title says slow, the racers will be averaging 30 miles per hour while negotiating seven turns per lap! If you are not a bicyclist or racer of bikes, don’t fret. I’m not either! But we can enjoy delicious food and beverages at Tupelo Honey Cafe, Tipton Street Pub, Labels, and Main Street Pizza while watching the cyclists go by. Reneau Dubberly, TCRC Race Director, stated that this will be a unique experience because it combines the ambiance of Downtown Johnson City with one of the area’s most exciting sports events. For more information about Omnium Criterium Bike Race, click here.

Sweet & Dirty's Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival 2014.

My goodness! I am getting so excited about Blue Plum! Whew! I have got to get my outfits bought and my CamelBak ready *wink* I cannot wait to see y’all there and share all my top picks from the festival *big smile*

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about some of the fabulous events and activities coming to Blue Plum 2015. For more information about the festival, click here.

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo at the Blue Plum Festival 2014.