Handmade Goodness at the Made Around Here Market in Historic Jonesborough

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

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

Outdoor Market at the Made Around Here Market in Jonesborough

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

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

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

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

FIVE TIPS & TRICKS FOR HOLIDAY MARKET SHOPPING

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

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

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

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

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

Wood Signs by Simply Blessed Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handmade goodness is the best!

 

 

 

 

 

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Shopping Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Locally

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

Pumpkin Spice season is here! *cue Spice Girls”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack is wearing these vintage hats well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Downtown merchants decorated scarecrows for the First Friday event.

This cutie was created by Reclaimed Inspired Goods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Jonesborough Days 2016 Part Two

Upcycled robot sculptures by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Upcycled robot sculptures by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

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 random road trips. Today on the blog, I am sharing photos from Jonesborough Days 2016 + more of SSL’s top picks from the arts & crafts vendors. There was so much awesomeness it could not be packed into one post! If you missed Jonesborough Days 2016 Part One, don’t fret. Just click here to read *big smile*

Now, let’s take a little photo stroll and check out SSL’s Top Picks for Handmade Jewelry, Pottery, Art (Painting|Canvas), Upcycled Art, Metal Art (and Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days 2016), and the Ultimate Top Pick while we sip on our coffee!

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SSL’s Top Pick for Handmade Jewelry at Jonesborough Days 2016 is Just for Me-Mi Jewelry. Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier have been creating beautiful and unique jewelry from vintage silverware for about two years. Currently, their necklaces are so hot they cannot keep up with the demand!

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Necklaces by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

Bracelets made from vintage silverware. To shop Just For Me-Mi Jewelry in your pjs, click here.

Bracelets made from vintage silverware. To shop Just For Me-Mi Jewelry in your pjs, click here.

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Be sure to check out Just For Me-Mi Jewelry on Facebook for all the latest updates on where they will be and new items.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry makes bracelets, rings, and necklaces from vintage silverware.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry makes bracelets, rings, and necklaces from vintage silverware.

More stunning bracelets by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

More stunning bracelets by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry also makes upcycled wind chimes from vintage silverware and other findings.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry also makes upcycled wind chimes from vintage silverware and other findings.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry is SSL's Top Pick for jewelry because not only is the quality and selection superb, but also because Amy and Heather are precious and friendly + they have a true talent and passion for what they are making.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry is SSL’s Top Pick for jewelry because not only is the quality and selection superb, but also because Amy and Heather are precious and friendly + they have a true talent and passion for what they are making.

I really had a great time chatting with Amy about not only her fabulous jewelry, but also about her daughter eating her way to second place in the hot dog eating contest.

I really had a great time chatting with Amy about not only her fabulous jewelry, but also about her daughter eating her way to second place in the hot dog eating contest. **p.s. it was ridiculously hot during Jonesborough Days, but the heat did not keep the folks from attending and having a blast!** ***p.p.s. I have no idea what that grin on my face is all about!! haha***

Me chatting with Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware

Me chatting with Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware

SSL’s Top Pick for Pottery is Simply Stoneware by Sara Emery, a potter located in Kingsport, Tennessee. There were several awesome pottery vendors at Jonesborough Days 2016; however two potters and their pottery really blew me away and caused me to spend my cash *wink* Yesterday, I revealed Barbara Cara as SSL’s Top Pick for Potter, and today, I am announcing Simply Stoneware the Top Pick for Pottery. Sara creates the most darling flower/weed vases (which I bought three and will reveal in a later post) and little houses. She was such a delight, and her pottery really stood out and held my attention, Honestly, people stared at my box of little vases as I carried them around Main Street Jonesborough!

Look at these darling houses! Y'all know how much I love little houses!!

Look at these darling houses! **Y’all know how much I love little houses!!**

This house.

This house.

The colors and textures of Sara's pottery are absolutely stunning.

The colors and textures of Sara’s pottery are absolutely stunning.

Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware began creating in 1966. She made the little vases in which to put the "gifts of the forest" from her grandkids.

Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware began creating in 1966. She started making the little vases, so she could put the “gifts of the forest” from her grandkids in them. **Notice the little flower/weed vases next to Sara**

Beautiful examples of Sara's pottery

Beautiful examples of Sara’s pottery

Colors of nature beautifully captured by Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware.

Colors of nature beautifully captured by Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware.

This painting truly captures my memory of my Granddaddy and Grandmother Fulcher. I totally wish I would have bought it! I blame the heat for my walking away without it...or having to explain to the hubby why I bought another painting *wink*

This painting by Larry Knott of Impressions truly captures my memory of my Granddaddy and Grandmother Fulcher. I totally wish I would have bought it! I blame the heat for my walking away without it…or having to explain to the hubby why I bought another painting *wink*

SSL’s Top Pick for Art (Painting|Canvas) is Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards, who have been painting together for about four years. They met in an art class in Johnson City, Tennessee and have been talking and creating art since then. Larry has always dabbled in art; however, until recently, allowed work and life to get in the way of his passion. Impressions reflects the talent of both Larry and Ruthie. Stunning work! Just stunning!

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Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards is SSL's Top Pick for Art (Paintings|Canvas) because each piece took me back to simpler times and showed the love they have for their work.

Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards is SSL’s Top Pick for Art (Painting|Canvas) because each piece took me back to simpler times and showed the love they have for their work.

It was such a pleasure chatting with Larry about his art. He truly is an inspiration, and I hope to be painting and enjoying art as much as he does when I am his age! Thanks, Larry, for reminding me that age is a state of mind, and we can follow our dreams no matter how old or young we are!

It was such a pleasure chatting with Larry about his art. He truly is an inspiration, and I hope to be painting and enjoying art as much as he does when I am his age! Thanks, Larry, for reminding me that age is a state of mind, and we can follow our dreams no matter how old or young we are!

Garden stakes made from dishes and other findings by Randy and Bonnie Green of Vintage Creation in Greenville, Tennessee.

Garden stakes made from dishes and other findings by Randy and Bonnie Green of Vintage Creation in Greeneville, Tennessee.

SSL’s Top Pick for Upcycled Art is Vintage Creation by Randy and Bonnie Green. They have been creating for about three years now, and they are just enjoying their retirement while having fun making upcyled yard stakes. They are the top pick for upcycled creations because of their use of color and innovation. Their quality is also superb, and they truly love what they are doing.

I love how Randy and Bonnie turned their upcycled creations into solar lights for the garden and porch.

I love how Randy and Bonnie turned their upcycled creations into solar lights for the garden and porch.

Randy and Bonnie Green truly have an eye for putting together their findings into beautiful yard art.

Randy and Bonnie Green truly have an eye for putting together their findings into beautiful yard art.

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Old window + old dishes = perfect art for the porch or patio

More upcycled pieces by Randy and Bonnie Green

More upcycled pieces by Randy and Bonnie Green

Metal art by Reaves Precision Metals

Metal art by Reaves Precision Metals

SSL’s Top Pick for Metal Art (and Coolest Thing Ever at Jonesborough Days 2016) is Reaves Precision Metals. I have no words to describe, but I will let the next photo explain why I picked Colt Reaves of RPM. Check out RPM on Facebook for more information and cool metal art.

This. (SSL's Top Pick for Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days by Colt Reaves of Reaves Precision Metals)

This. (SSL’s Top Pick for Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days by Colt Reaves of Reaves Precision Metals)

Upcycled wind chimes by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman in Gray, Tennessee.

Upcycled wind chimes by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman in Gray, Tennessee.

*******DRUM ROLL, please********

SSL’s Ultimate Top Pick for Jonesborough Days 2016 is Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman. Not only is he creating wind chimes that sound like bells of angels, he is also putting together findings that look incredibly awesome. Believe me. I have seen a lot of upcycled wind chimes…I have even made upcycled wind chimes…But Todd Peters has an eye and a talent that can not be explained with words. Honestly, you have to see and hear his chimes for yourself. When you are in his tent, the chimes gently ting…ring…ting…ting…ring. Oh, I wish my entire porch was filled with them!

Me chatting with Todd Peters about his fabulous treasures.

Me chatting with Todd Peters about his fabulous treasures. Just look at all these gorgeous wind chimes!!!

Pops of color, vintage silverware, rusty cans...oh, I love it all!

Pops of color, vintage silverware, rusty cans…oh, I love it all!

Not only does Heavy Metal Milkman make wind chimes, he also creates garden makers, keychains, funky sculptures, and more.

Not only does Heavy Metal Milkman make wind chimes, he also creates garden makers, keychains, funky sculptures, and more.

Believe me. You can't just buy one *wink*

Believe me. You can’t just buy one *wink*

Todd's wind chimes sound amazing. There is no clunk...clunk...dong...sound...on occasion...with a big gust of wind. Nope. his chimes ring beautifully with just the slightest breeze.

Todd’s wind chimes sound amazing. There is no clunk…clunk…dong…sound…on occasion…with a big gust of wind. Nope. His chimes ring beautifully with just the slightest breeze.

Todd Peters has been making upcycled art pieces for about six years. When faced with unemployment, he chose to create over giving up.

Todd Peters has been making upcycled art pieces for about six years. When faced with unemployment, he chose to create over giving up.

Isn't this just funky fabulous! --created by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Isn’t this just funky fabulous! –created by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

I need all of this in my life! I knew as soon as I spotted all these upcycled treasures that Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman would be SSL's Ultimate Top Pick of Jonesborough Days 2016.

I need all of this in my life! I knew as soon as I spotted all of these upcycled treasures that Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman would be SSL’s Ultimate Top Pick of Jonesborough Days 2016.

Me and Todd chatting about how unemployment led to his starting Heavy Metal Milkman

Me and Todd chatting about how unemployment led to his starting Heavy Metal Milkman

More upcycled goodness by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

More upcycled goodness by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we strolled through SSL’s Top Picks for Jonesborough Days 2016. It was such an awesome festival filled with amazing artisans and vendors! Whew! Now, I am ready to sit on my porch a spell and enjoy the sound of my Heavy Metal Milkman wind chimes.

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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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SSL Top Pick from the 47th Annual JCAHBA Home & Garden Show: Dualview Privacy Panels

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Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from front porch decorating to fun DIY projects. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the SSL Top Pick from the 47th Annual Johnson City Area Home Builders Association Home & Garden Show in Johnson City, Tennessee. Whew! That was a mouthful to say *wink*

To be perfectly honest, I was not happy about missing the Birmingham Home & Garden Show. It is always filled with lots of awesomeness + my daughter (Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista) and I always have such fun when we are in Birmingham–the food, the shopping…oh, my! Long story short…lots of things happened to prevent our road trip from Northeast Tennessee to our beloved city. But, there is always a reason why things do not work out.

Look at this gorgeous privacy panel I spied at the JCAHBA Home & Garden Show!

Look at this gorgeous privacy panel I spied at the JCAHBA Home & Garden Show!

Knowing I have a slight addiction to Home & Garden Shows and home renovation projects, the hubby suggested we visit the local show. I was hesitant and pouty, but I did agree because I do love to look for new and spectacular products. Now, I am not going to bore y’all with all the details or the same products you can find anywhere. No, I am going to spotlight something different…something with a sweet and inspirational story…something that totally made my day and made me realize why I wasn’t at the Birmingham Home & Garden Show.

Dualview Privacy Panels offer attractive views from both sides of the panel. They are more like art sculptures than privacy fence.

Dualview Privacy Panels offer attractive views from both sides of the panel. They are more like art sculptures than privacy fence. (photo courtesy of Ken Reid, owner of Dualview Privacy Panels)

With minimal restriction of air and light, Dualview Privacy panels are definitely a must-have for anyone looking to have a little privacy with a touch of artful delight.

With minimal restriction of air and light, Dualview Privacy panels are definitely a must-have for anyone looking to have a little privacy with a touch of artful delight. (photo courtesy of Ken Reid, owner of Dualview Privacy Panels)

I had almost given up hope on finding anything totally intriguing, until I spotted what looked like a privacy fence panel…but appeared to be more like an art sculpture. I admit. I was fascinated…and immediately, I wanted one. I had no idea where I was going to put one…but that problem could easily be solved on a warm, sunny day.

Photos cannot capture the absolute cool construction of the Dualview Privacy Panels. These patented interior and exterior lattice panels have distinctly different perspectives from each side and are constructed to be inherently strong with no sagging between posts.

Photos cannot capture the absolute cool construction of the Dualview Privacy Panels. These patented interior and exterior lattice panels have distinctly different perspectives from each side and are constructed to be inherently strong with no sagging between posts. (photo courtesy of Ken Reid, owner of Dualview Privacy Panels)

The view at eye level from the home side is directed downward through the panel with clearer seeing into the adjacent area + giving a feeling of openness. Not to mention, giving a touch of whimsical art to any yard or garden area.

The view at eye level from the home side is directed downward through the panel with clearer seeing into the adjacent area + giving a feeling of openness. Not to mention, giving a touch of whimsical art to any yard or garden area. (photo courtesy of Ken Reid, owner of Dualview Privacy Panels)

It was such a delight meeting Kenneth Reid (Owner and Designer) and Sharon Cordell (Marketing Director) of Dualview Privacy Panels. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and their product is amazing. I hope to chat with Ken again about his privacy panels, so I can not only find out more, but also to help spread the word about his lattice privacy panels–that are more art sculpture than fence!

Kenneth M. Reid, owner and designer of Dualview Privacy Panels. For more information, please contact Ken at 423-926-3221.

Kenneth M. Reid, owner and designer of Dualview Privacy Panels. For more information, please contact Ken at 423-926-3221 or email him at kenreid@dualviewlattice.com.

These unique panels are not only designed to create privacy, but also to accent landscapes, create shading and windbreaks, to function as floor-to-ceiling partition (interior)...and so much more...we are only limited by our imaginations *wink*

These unique panels were not only designed to create privacy, but also to accent landscapes, create shading and windbreaks, to function as floor-to-ceiling partitions (interior)…and so much more…we are only limited by our imaginations *wink* (photo courtesy of Ken Reid, owner of Dualview Privacy Panels)

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I chatted about the SSL Top Pick from the 47th Annual JCAHBA Home & Garden Show. Y’all don’t let me forget to chat about Dualview Privacy Panels again…y’all know how easily I get distracted *wink*

 

Gluten-free Top Pick of the Week + What Does Lactose-free Mean?

SSL's Gluten-free Top Pick of the Week is Ian's

SSL’s Gluten-free Top Pick of the Week is Ian’s Cheesy French Bread Pizza.

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 gluten-free goodies. Today on the blog, I am chatting about the gluten-free top pick of the week–Ian’s Cheesy French Bread Pizza + the “lactose-free” food label.

Let’s kick this post off with my favorite food group–PIZZA *wink* If y’all have been following my gluten-free top picks, y’all know that I have a serious love for all things pizza. Honestly, I am a 40-something woman with the daily menu of a preschooler. I wish I could reveal fancy GF top picks that involved my baking from scratch or a homemade quinoa salad (which I love quinoa salad–and would gladly eat one, if it were prepared for me–because cooking is just not something I enjoy doing–mainly, because I do not have the patience to cook…I digress.) Where was I? Oh, yes! Pizza *smile*

This is how the little french bread pizza looks right out of the box.

This is how the little french bread pizza looks right out of the box.

What I love about Ian’s Cheesy French Bread pizza is not only is it free of gluten and wheat, but it is also free of milk, casein, eggs, nuts, and soy + no preservatives, artificial flavors or artificial colors. So, even though it is pizza–it is not filled with junk and fillers…so I deem it a healthy lunch choice, especially when  paired with a small side salad (I get the side salad from Chick-fil-A, but I use my own certified GF salad dressing–no, I don’t even prepare my own side salad. Why? Because I have discovered that if I buy all the fixings for salads I usually end up tossing out half because I don’t eat it all before it expires + Chick-fil-A is only a few minutes from my house, and Mattie enjoys riding in the car with the windows down and 80s music blaring…I digress…again.) *smile*

The ingredients list for the Ian's Cheesy French Bread Pizza

The ingredients list for the Ian’s Cheesy French Bread Pizza

Nutrition info for Ian's Cheesy French Bread Pizza

Nutrition info for Ian’s Cheesy French Bread Pizza

What is so great about having Ian’s Cheesy French Bread Pizza + a Chick-fil-A side salad with certified GF dressing is I can have a filling lunch for about 350 calories–not too shabby.

Fresh out of the microwave and ready to be paired with a side salad.

Fresh out of the microwave and ready to be paired with a side salad.

Speaking of pizza–while I was standing in line at The Fresh Market, I spied a gluten-free magazine with a delicious-looking pizza on the cover. Debating on whether or not I would actually make a pizza from scratch, I decided to buy the magazine even though I had not reached a conclusion on whether or not I would cook one; however, I knew I wanted to take a closer look at all the recipes and gluten-free products featured in it, so I tossed it in my basket without the hubby seeing *wink*. Most likely, I won’t bake a pizza from scratch…I am saying there is a 98.7% chance that I won’t–with a slim possibility that I might wake up one day ready to bake.

I could not say no to a magazine featuring a gluten-free pizza on the cover.

I could not say no to a magazine featuring a gluten-free pizza on the cover. Simply Gluten Free Magazine is very informative and has the prettiest photos, so it was totally worth getting.

Perhaps, I can talk the hubby into making one of these yummy pizzas.

Perhaps, I can talk the hubby into making one of these yummy pizzas.

Just one of the many things that I love about the September-October 2015 Simply Gluten Free Magazine is the article on “How to Decode Food Labels–Beyond Gluten-free”–which covered everything from all natural to enriched. Inspired by that article, I decided to do a little more research on each of the terms and to begin including food-label terms in the “SSL Gluten-free Top Pick” posts. Now, I am not a nutritionist (or a food photographer), but I do try with everything in me to understand the foods that I eat–not only because I have Celiac and Type 1 diabetes, but also because I am not getting any younger, and I believe that as consumers we should know what is in our food and what those labels really mean.

According to Simply Gluten Free Magazine, “lactose-free is not the same as dairy-free, as lactose is only one component of dairy. A lactose-free product could still contain casein, so if you need to avoid casein as well, opt for products labeled dairy-free.”

Bless! I had no idea that lactose-free and dairy-free were not the same thing. Luckily, I do not have a dairy or lactose allergy; however, my daughter is sensitive to dairy (casein), and we try to avoid it because she is.

If a product is labeled lactose-free, that does not mean it is necessarily dairy-free. People who seek dairy-free products may be vegan or have an allergy to dairy. Vegans avoid all animal products, including eggs and dairy, for a variety of reasons, including health, religious or ethical views. Individuals with a dairy allergy are allergic to either one or both of the milk proteins, casein and whey. Milk allergies are more common in children and some people grow out of them. Symptoms may include hives, wheezing and vomiting, and in some severe cases, anaphylaxis. The only sure way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid all products containing dairy. Vegans and people who have or are caring for someone who has a dairy allergy should become comfortable with reading food labels because whey and casein are often present in unexpected places, including some canned tuna, certain protein powders and some non-dairy cheese products. Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2013/05/19/lactose-free-vs-dairy-free/?oc=linkback

Dairy is a broad term that includes milk from cows and other mammals, as well as any food product (cheese, butter, cream) made from this milk. Dairy-free products should contain no dairy whatsoever, including lactose and casein. They’re safe for people with both lactose intolerance and milk allergies, as well as those on a vegan diet. Be advised, however, that “non-dairy” is not the same thing as dairy free. Non-dairy creamers and other products labeled non-dairy are allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to contain milk proteins (casein and whey) and other milk derivatives. Click here to read more from Dairy Free Vs. Lactose Free by Elizabeth Brown.

What I learned from researching is how important it is to understand the meanings behind the labels. It is not enough just to read labels and assume–we need to know what we are putting in our bodies! I encourage each of you to do your own research on food labels, so you can be better informed the next time you go grocery shopping.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the gluten-free top pick of the week + what does lactose-free really mean. Now, Mattie and I are about to head to Chick-fil-A for a side salad *wink*

Mattie and I just sitting a spell on the porch swing.

Mattie and I just sitting a spell on the porch swing.

SSL’s Top Picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show 2015

Abby chatting with John and Whitney Spinks at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. Be sure to check out the VIP for exclusive photos and special interview.

Abby chatting with John and Whitney Spinks at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. Be sure to check out the VIP for exclusive photos and special interview.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living! We are so happy that y’all joined us today because we have a special treat–our top picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. Whew! This was such a hard top picks to put together because there were so many fabulous vendors and products from which to choose. Now, let’s sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and take a look at what the SSL team thought was the best of the best.

Merry Maids--what's not to love!

Merry Maids–what’s not to love!

We love Encore Azaleas, and this particular color really grabbed our attention at the garden show. "Autumn Royalty" will add a punch of color to any landscape. Check out their website for more info and colors. Click here.

We love Encore Azaleas, and this particular color really grabbed our attention at the garden show. “Autumn Royalty” will add a punch of color to any landscape. Click here to visit the Encore Azalea website and to find out more about this hardy, low-maintenance, reblooming, colorful plant that will have the neighbors staring.

What's not to love about coffee!

What’s not to love about coffee!

Great display and healthy choice at the Western Supermarket Food Pavilion.

Great display and healthy choice at the Western Supermarket Food Pavilion.

The delicious aroma and informative displays drew us into "Beef, It's What's For Dinner" exhibit.

The delicious aroma and informative displays drew us into the “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” exhibit.

Hands down the best sweet tea on the market!

Hands down the best sweet tea on the market!

Fabulous inspiration at the Backyard Paradise garden display.

Fabulous inspiration at the Backyard Paradise garden display.

Love the outdoor pizza oven!

Love the outdoor pizza oven!

Totally crushing on

Totally crushing on the Coral Bark Japanese Maple!

The outdoor furniture from Lake Guntersville Pool and Patio had us all ready for summer parties and lazy lounging.

The outdoor furniture from Lake Guntersville Pool & Patio had us all ready for summer parties and lazy lounging.

Those curves!

Those curves!

Oh.My.Goodness. This chair was soooo comfy!

Oh.My.Goodness. This chair was soooo comfy + the color combo is totally classic.

Of all the hot tubs that were at the show, this was our top pick because we love the size, the rich brown and stainless color combo, and the bang for the buck.

Of all the hot tubs that were at the show, this was our top pick because we love the size, the rich brown and stainless color combo, and the bang for the buck. The “Peyton” from Sundance Spas seats up to six people, has two jet pumps with 35 total jets. It also features 10 multi-colored LED lights and three headrests. Billy Branch from Hollywood Pools can help y’all with all of your outdoor entertaining needs from pools to outdoor furnishings. For more, please visit Hollywood Pools website. Click here.

Just look at it!

Just look at it!

This was our second favorite. It is the "Aspen" by Sundance Spas, and it seats 7-8 adults, has three pumps with 66 total jets, and two waterfalls. Hollywood Pools was extremely friendly, informative, and helpful--and because of all of their awesomeness--they are a SSL Top Pick.

This was our second favorite. It is the “Aspen” by Sundance Spas, and it seats 7-8 adults, has three pumps with 66 total jets, and two waterfalls. Hollywood Pools was extremely friendly, informative, and helpful–and because of all of their awesomeness–they are a SSL Top Pick.

Eagles Nest Outfitters won us all over. Head on over to the eno website to find out why.

Eagles Nest Outfitters won us all over. Head on over to the eno website to find out why.

Southern Botanicals also wowed us with their creative and lovely garden exhibit.

Southern Botanical also wowed us with their creative and lovely garden exhibit.

Love this walk way. L.O.V.E.

L.O.V.E. this walkway!

The next several photos show partiality to the world's most beautiful and best smelling flower. Hands down. THE BEST. *wink*

The next several photos show partiality to the world’s most beautiful and best smelling flower. Hands down. THE BEST. *wink*

What is not to love!

What is not to love!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!

No arguing that this classic beauty is the best of the best of all the beauties *wink*

No arguing that this classic beauty is the best of the best of all the beauties *wink*

Honestly, I had to be restrained from picking them.

Honestly, I had to be restrained from picking them.

This fire pit from Hardscape Elements is an amazing upcycle.

This fire pit from Hardscape Elements is an amazing upcycle.

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Southeastern Salvage never ceases to amaze us with all of their fabulousness.

Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium never ceases to amaze us with all of their fabulousness.

Two thumbs up and five stars to Burleson Pool Company, Inc. for a beautiful booth and water feature exhibit.

Two thumbs up and five stars to Burleson Pool Company, Inc. for a beautiful booth and water feature exhibit. It was hard to capture the photo because the tiles were so sparkly!

Greg's Antiques & Garden had lots of yard art at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. We saw lots of folks walking away with their new yard treasures.

Greg’s Antiques & Garden had really cool yard art at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. We saw lots of folks walking away with their new yard treasures.

If you are looking to spiffy up your garage or basement, check out Garage Shapeups for great ideas and products.

If you are looking to spiffy up your garage or basement, check out Garage Shapeups for great ideas and products. Bill Dixon, sales manager, knows that a neat and organized space will make life better!

A closer look at the Epoxy Garage Flooring. This particular favorite is called "Dolphin"--and it will certainly make an ugly garage floor beautiful!

A closer look at the Epoxy Garage Flooring. This particular favorite is called “Dolphin”–and it will certainly make an ugly garage floor beautiful!

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Y'all know how much we love handmade and small businesses--so there was no question about picking ArtWearDesign as a top pick.

Y’all know how much we love handmade and small businesses–so there was no question about picking ArtWear Design as a top pick. But it wasn’t just that…oh, no! It was their incredibly darling tees that had us drooling!

Now, don't fret if you were not at the home show, and you didn't have a chance to pick up one of these super soft tees because y'all can shop online in your pjs by clicking here.

Now, don’t fret if you were not at the home show, and you didn’t have a chance to pick up one of these super soft tees because y’all can shop online in your pjs by clicking here.

My personal favorite of the ArtWear Tees. Abby loves the "Magic City" one the best.

My personal favorite of the ArtWear Tees. Abby loves the “the Magic City” one the best.

The Spinxs chatted about everything from budgets to trends at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show.

The Spinks chatted about everything from budgets to trends at the Birmingham Home + Garden Show.

The two newest stars of this show are John and Whitney Spinks. John has a residential construction background and Whitney has a passion for all things design.  Whitney channels her passion via her blog drabtofabdesign.com and together they own a business called 27 South Design Group in Jacksonville, Florida.  John and Whitney will showcase their flair for affordable design, share their Best DIY tricks and give you tools you need to overcome renovation challenges.

Two of the newest stars of HGTV, John and Whitney Spinks, chatting with Abby. John has a residential construction background, and Whitney has a passion for all things design. Whitney channels her passion via her blog Drab to Fab Design, and together they own a business called 27 South Design Group in Jacksonville, Florida. John and Whitney showcased their flair for affordable design, shared their best DIY tricks and gave the tools needed to overcome renovation challenges.

When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the Beekman Farm in upstate New York, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. A mere six years later they have a hit TV show, bestselling books, product lines in leading retailers, a massive social following, and a James Beard nominated lifestyle website. They’ve been featured in most major media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Martha Stewart Show, Rolling Stone, Dr. Oz, Vogue, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Rachel Ray, WSJ, O Magazine, and more.

When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge bought the Beekman Farm in upstate New York, they didn’t just start a farm, they started a movement. A mere six years later they have a hit TV show, bestselling books, product lines in leading retailers, a massive social following, and a James Beard nominated lifestyle website. They’ve been featured in most major media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Martha Stewart Show, Rolling Stone, Dr. Oz, Vogue, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Rachel Ray, WSJ, O Magazine, and more.

These two truly are fabulous and inspirational!

These two truly are fabulous and inspirational! Stay tuned to Abby’s blog, Vintage Inspired Passionista, for her interview with The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at the SSL Top Picks from the Birmingham Home + Garden Show. I know I left there totally inspired and ready for warmer weather so I can get the hubby started on the “Honey-Do List” *wink*