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

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

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

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from art to home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about my love of reclaimed wood + how I use my embarrassingly large collection of it to build not only the little houses that I sell, but also for furniture (for my own home and homes I style) + random home projects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This little corner was in desperate need of some TLC.

This little corner was in desperate need of some TLC.

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing fancy, but wow! What a difference!

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

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

Easy, peasy projects can make a big difference!

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the stain dried, we added dirt and flowers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Upcycled Metal Flowers for an Urban Garden

The hubby surprised me with a stunning bouquet of flowers. He knows how much I love flowers and pink. **I think he's a keeper.**

The hubby surprised me with a stunning bouquet of flowers. He knows how much I love fresh flowers and pink. **I think he’s a keeper.**

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 upcycled treasures. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about a darling “bouquet” of flowers I created for my urban garden using fan blades and covers + reclaimed wood.

There are no step-by-step instructions for these flowers because I pretty much winged it…Seriously–I woke up, went to my basement, dug through my metal treasures, found some old fan blades and covers, and decided to create flowers from the pile of collected material.

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the making of a metal flower bouquet + a few tips on spray painting.

Orange, pinks, and poppy red--oh, my!

Orange, pinks, coral, and poppy red–oh, my! Before getting started, use a tarp (drop cloth, garbage bags…) to cover up anything you don’t want painted. You will not regret the few minutes it takes to do this *wink*

Always use spray paint in a well-ventaliated area or outdoors. Be sure to cover anything you don't want painted!

Always use spray paint in a well-ventaliated area or outdoors. Be sure to cover anything you don’t want painted! I cannot say that enough!

Spray in a steady motion. (Don't go all crazy, spraying in all kinds of directions and circles.) Be sure to shake the paint can well and often. **I always spray a little off the edge of whatever I am painting in order to keep my smooth motion going.**

Spray in a steady motion. (Don’t go all crazy, spraying in all kinds of directions and circles.) Be sure to shake the paint can well and often. **I always spray a little off the edge of whatever I am painting in order to keep my smooth motion going.**

Allow adequate time to dry before handling.

Allow adequate time to dry before handling. **Have I mentioned “Coral” is my new Rust-Oleum color crush?**

It takes a little patience to paint an object with lots of angles and grooves. On this one, I had to paint. Wait. Turn. Paint. Wait. Turn. Until it was completely covered.

It takes a little patience to paint an object with lots of angles and grooves. On this one, I had to paint. Wait. Turn. Paint. Wait. Turn. Until it was finally solid orange.

This was the hardest piece to paint. To be honest, a lot of paint was wasted while painting this fan cover. But, just look at that finished piece! Sooo pink and sooo adorable *wink*

This was the hardest “flower” to paint. To be honest, a lot of paint was wasted while spraying this fan cover. But, just look at that finished piece! Sooo pink and sooo adorable *wink*

Poppy Red. Enough said.

Poppy Red. Enough said.

Pink

I couldn’t have only one pink flower *wink* The photos do not capture the difference between the Berry Pink and Magenta, but the Magenta (in person) is definitely a bolder pink whereas the Berry Pink is a little more on the adorable side of the pink spectrum. **p.s. y’all know I am not a photographer–but good news is I will be taking a photography workshop…hold up…I can’t spill the beans on that yet!**

Just another day in the office *big smile*

Just another day in the office *big smile*

After rounding up some reclaimed wood for stems and leaves, I finally had my upcycled bouquet finished and ready to place in my small, urban garden–which the hubby and I planted on the side of our house facing the street. (Last year, I planted shrubs and flowers there. They all died. Seriously, every shrub and plant died. So, this year, we decided to try veggie and herb gardening. I am happy to say it has–for the most part–been a success.)

This area is shaded by a giant crepe myrtle, so metal flowers make perfect companion plants for our carrots.

This area is shaded by a giant crepe myrtle, so metal flowers are perfect companion plants for our carrots.

These flowers are guaranteed not to die *wink*

These flowers are guaranteed not to die *wink* The carrots are doing great…the onions…not so much!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my upcycled bouquet. This project was super fun, and I totally recommend looking for objects to make your own. Just use your imagination + don’t be afraid to be a little different and bold.

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My Annie Sloan Confession

Wanting to brighten up my flea-market-find rocking chairs, I went with the color Florence and the Soft Wax.

Wanting to brighten up my flea-market-find rocking chairs, I went with Annie Sloan in Florence and the Clear Soft Wax.

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 confessing more than chatting. For a long time, I resisted. For several years, I have refused to have anything to do with the “trendy” chalk paint. There was no way I would EVER dip a paintbrush into a can of Annie Sloan….

So blah and so boring! These rockers were in desperate need of love and color.

So blah and so boring! These rockers and small table were in desperate need of love and color.

Now, a little backstory before I get deep into my confession. I have been painting and repurposing furniture for about 20 years using everything from cheap craft paint (because I didn’t know any better) to spray paint.

One of my all-time favorites.

One of my all-time favorites.

For most of those years, I painted outside because I could. In Mississippi, I lived in the middle of nowhere, so I could paint outside…naked, if I had desired to do so *wink* I had no worries about dry-time or ventilation because the sunshine and fresh air took care of those matters.

Only the cows would have known had I been painting with my clothes on *wink*

Only the cows would have known, if I had been painting with my clothes on *wink*

Flash forward to the present. I currently live in the city…like really close to downtown and all the happenings and events. I have neighbors–really nice, but close neighbors. So, not only is painting in the nude totally out, but also spray painting all willy-nilly. What in the world was a furniture re-doer supposed to do?!? Build a special room with big fans and ventilation??? Only paint on days when the sun is shining and the wind is not blowing???

I had to break my vow not to use Annie Sloan paint because I could not look at my bland rockers any longer.

I had to break my vow not to use Annie Sloan paint because I could not look at my bland rockers any longer. Shhhh, no one has to know *wink*

And there I was, standing inside One.40.four in Jonesborough, Tennessee holding a can of Annie Sloan…thinking….This is it. The solution to all my problems. This little can holds the magic that will allow me to paint furniture inside (or out) without having to wait hours…days to finish a project. Yes, I bought that can of Florence. I took it home, and I loved it. I praised it. It was beautiful. The application was so easy. Oh, I painted and painted those rockers with that Annie Sloan paint! I was giddy, and I was in love.

Painting with Annie Sloan on the front porch

Painting with Annie Sloan on the front porch

I honestly could not believe how easy it was to use the Annie Sloan paint and how quickly it dried.

I honestly could not believe how easy it was to use the Annie Sloan paint and how quickly it dried.

It began to rain, so I moved the Annie Sloan paint party (of one) to the parlor.

It began to rain, so I moved the Annie Sloan paint party (of one) to the parlor.

I immediately became addicted to Annie Sloan paint and returned to One.40.four to get more. This time Pure White for the seat of the rockers and top of the small table + Paris Grey for the bottom of the small table and another furniture piece (which I will reveal in a later post). Yes, I went back again and both more colors…but, I can’t talk about that right now because I still can’t believe that I deprived myself all of those years of such amazement.

This little table, which I painted several years ago, had no idea it was going to be picked for an Annie Sloan makeover.

This little table, which I painted several years ago, had no idea it was going to be picked for an Annie Sloan makeover.

It was raining like madness outside, but I was determined to finish my porch furniture makeover.

It was raining like madness outside, but I was determined to finish my porch furniture makeover.

Fan blowing (not because I needed to dry the paint, but because I work up a sweat when I paint *wink*

The fan is blowing not because I needed to dry the paint, but because I work up a sweat when I paint *wink* The Dyson is there to keep the fur babies from coming near my table while it dries! Perhaps, I should bring the Dyson to the dinner table *giggles*

Whew! It feels great getting all of that off my chest. Who would have thought I would become a total fangirl of Annie Sloan paint! Now, let’s take a look at the porch furniture reveal while we finish off our coffee.

My flea-market rocking chairs finally look happy and at home *big smile*

My flea-market rocking chairs finally look happy and at home *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I chatted about my Annie Sloan confession. If you have any paint confessions to make, by all means, share them with all of us in the comment section + if you have your own Annie Sloan projects you would like to reveal, share them with us on Twitter or Instagram using #SweetSorghumLiving. I can’t wait to see all of your projects!

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It has been an adjustment going from country life to city life, but I’m enjoying every single minute of the adventure.

 

 

 

 

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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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!

 

 

 

Ideas for Reinventing Old Lamps + Upcycled Lamps

Throwback photo to my Lolly Molly shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors.

Throwback photo to my Lolly Molly shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. The lamp in this photo was once 80s brass with a cream, pleated shade. With a little paint and lots of fabric strips, it got a second chance to shine.

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 home renovation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about taking those old, forgotten lamps and turning them into new, fabulous ones.

I am as guilty as the next person for being too quick to donate items that I have grown tired of or for taking items that are somewhat dated to the basement–where they are hidden away until I decide to have a purge. Bless! It seems easier to toss out the old things and buy new stuff rather than to reinvent or repurpose those unwanted pieces. Several years ago, I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to save the dated lamps from a life of garage sales and basement living. So, I got my creative on and started reinventing.

When I had my Lolly Molly Art shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors, I sold reinvented and upcycled lamps. During that time, I was on a mission of showing people that unloved and outdated lights could have a new life with a little time and creativity. It was also about taking rusty, junky treasures and converting them to works of functional art.

Another 80s brass lamp that found a new life thanks to lime green paint and fabric strips.

Another 80s brass lamp that found a new life thanks to lime green paint and fabric strips. P.S. All items in my shop were either original works of art or repurposed/upcycled items + every item was a one-of-a-kind.

The very first lamp that I reinvented. I removed the original fabric from the lampshade, wrapped it in hot pink tulle, and added polka dot ribbon for a pop of fun.

The very first lamp that I reinvented. I removed the original fabric from the lampshade, wrapped it in hot pink tulle, and added polka dot ribbon for a pop of fun. I am not sure what year this was, but I do know that Abby was in early elementary school–so at least ten years (if not more) years ago!

Sometimes all you need to do to update a lamp is add beaded fringe to the lampshade.

Sometimes all you need to do to update a lamp is to add beaded fringe to the lampshade. The next photo will show how I took this reinvented lamp and re-reinvented it *wink*

Another easy DIY lamp reinvent is to paint the original lampshade and add beaded fringe.

This particular lamp was reinvented no less than five times in its life with me. I finally decided to reinvent it one last time and sell it in my shop. It was part of a summer coastal collection. This time around, I painted the original lampshade in several hues of blue and added a seashell-inspired beaded fringe + painted the base a bright coral.

I am a firm believer in spray paint as a perfect solution to updating something old.

I am a firm believer in spray paint as the perfect solution for updating something old.

Beach cottage ready *smile*

Beach cottage ready *smile*

I am always on the hunt for ugly lamps to save. This particular one had seen better days, but it found an adorable new life with ribbons and white paint.

I am always on the hunt for ugly lamps to save. This particular one had seen better days, but it found an adorable new life with ribbons and white paint.

I love how the bright white brings out all the pretty details.

I love how the bright white brings out all the pretty details.

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A few items from the 2012 Summer Coastal Collection

A few items from the 2012 Summer Coastal Collection

One of the first night lights that I reinvented. I decoupaged tissue paper to the original shade and then hot glued fringe to the top and bottom.

One of the first night lights that I reinvented. I decoupaged tissue paper to the original shade and then hot glued fringe to the top and bottom. (This was well over ten years ago–probably close to fifteen years. Wow! Time surely flies!)

This lamp was created from a wagon wheel hub, a part from a tiller, and a couple of other random rusty parts.

This lamp was created from a wagon wheel hub, a part from a tiller, and a couple of other random rusty parts.

Another Lolly Molly Art original functional art piece. Here at Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art we believe that the home and garden should be filled with art--funky and functional, folksy and colorful, abstract and wondrous...whatever suits your fancy *smile*

Another Lolly Molly Art original, functional art piece. Here at Sweet Sorghum Living and Lolly Molly Art we believe that the home and garden should be filled with art–funky and functional, folksy and colorful, abstract and wondrous…whatever suits your fancy *smile*

This is one of my favorite lamps that the hubby and I made...I was so sad when it sold because I was hoping to keep it for myself.

This is one of my favorite lamps that the hubby and I made…I was so sad when it sold because I was hoping to keep it for myself.

I called this outdoor lamp--Redneck Victorian.

I called this outdoor lamp–Redneck Victorian. It was part of the Junky Funky Summer Collection.

All lit up at night.

All lit up at night. The top of the lamp was made from a vintage bike rim and a lawnmower tire.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about ways to reinvent those old, unwanted lamps. Which reinvented or upcycled lamp is your favorite? Have you every saved an old lamp? Tell us how you did it in the comment section *smile*

 

New Door for the Utility Room + Deck Update

Happy Spring, y'all!

Happy Spring, y’all!

Happy Spring! Are y’all as excited as I am that spring has sprung?! This is definitely my favorite of all the seasons because it is a time of rebirth and new birth. Speaking of new birth, there is a little bird family building a nest on my front porch–despite my best efforts to shew them away. Don’t get me wrong–I love birds and nests and baby birds…just not on my front porch…where their poop can easily be stepped in + it is in the dining area…yuck!

Dear little bird family, please understand that as much as I love birds...I would really love for you to build your nest somewhere else...or even somewhere else on my front porch...away from where we eat and sit. Much love, Chasidy

Dear little bird family, please understand that as much as I love birds…I would really love for you to build your nest somewhere else or even somewhere else on my front porch away from where we eat and sit. Much love, Chasidy

I will try to keep y’all updated on the bird drama *wink* Anyway…today on the blog, we are continuing the mudroom + utility room + deck (outdoor living room) update. Currently, everything is a hot mess because the deck project is taking over the mudroom and utility room. I’ve almost given up on sweeping up the sawdust off the floor *wink*

The hubby was testing the TV to see if all the wiring and such was working...Bless his loving heart--I do love him dearly--but the TV is still in the mudroom--propped against the wall. P.S. notice the beginnings of the very large coat/hat hanger--it won't be long, and it will all be back to normal and organized *smile*

The hubby was testing the TV to see if all the wiring and such was working. Bless his loving heart–I do love him dearly–but the TV is still in the mudroom–propped against the wall. P.S. notice the beginnings of the very large coat/hat hanger–it won’t be long, and it will all be back to normal and organized *smile*

Today on the blog I not only want to share an update, but I also want to share a few home renovation tips + a story about the “new” utility room door. If you have been following my blog and/or social media for a bit, you probably know I am a huge fan of repurposing and upcycling. The hubby and I try to reuse as much materials as possible–not because we are stingy or following a trend, but because we think it is foolish to toss out something that is perfectly good that could be reused or repurposed.

Now about a year or so ago–I honestly lose track of time–the hubby and I bought a 1980 fixer upper and totally renovated it from top to bottom–inside and out. It was a massive undertaking, but well worth the time, hard work, and money. Long story short–the master bedroom in “Sloss Castle” had three doors (not French doors–all individual) separating the main bedroom area from a little reading nook of sorts. It was awkward. Hmmm, the hubby and I must have this thing for houses with awkward spaces haha. Anyway, we decided on the very first walk through that the doors had to go–the space had to be opened up. Because of this decision, we gained some old doors to reuse and repurpose.

FLASHBACK TO SLOSS CASTLE

The three doors separating the main area from the reading nook. Only one of the doors opened...yep, just one of them. The other two were like windows!

The three doors separating the main area from the reading nook. Only one of the doors opened…yep, just one of them. The other two were like windows! *This photo was taken just before the demolition.

When one door opens, the other two stay closed--never to be opened. Removed, yes. Opened, no. *smile*

When one door opens, the other two stay closed–never to be opened. Removed, yes. Opened, no. *smile* –This photo was taken on our first walk through. I apologize for the poor quality–I am not a photographer!

BACK TO THE PRESENT AT HATHORN HALL

The door that is separating Hathorn Hall's kitchen and utility room came from the master bedroom in Sloss Castle. I am so happy that this old door found a new life *smile*

The door that is separating Hathorn Hall’s kitchen and utility room came from the master bedroom in Sloss Castle. I am so happy that this old door found a new life *smile*

The old door was not tall enough for our opening, but the hubby did not let that stop him. He added a little bit of this and that--and tah da! Perfect fit!

The old door was not tall enough for the opening, but the hubby did not let that stop him. He added a little bit of this and that–and tah da! Perfect fit! During the modification process, the hubby allowed room for the new floors that will be going down as soon as we decide on what we want. We have to be a bit picky in choosing new floors because we want to keep to the era of the home + have floors that are dog-friendly (no “soft” woods). SSL TIP: Be sure to check the hardness rating on wood floors. Be sure to ask the salesperson if the flooring can stand up to dogs and heels *wink*

With any home improvement project--no matter how big or small--expect a mess. My tip is to try to clean up as you go along. Always keep a broom and dust pan on stand by!

SSL TIP: With any home improvement project–no matter how big or small–expect a mess. My tip is to try to clean up as you go along + always keep a broom and dust pan on stand by!

SSL TIP: If you can't afford to lose any natural light, but still want to create separation between rooms, opt for a door with glass.

SSL TIP: If you can’t afford to lose any natural light, but still want to create separation between rooms, opt for a door with glass. It might encourage keeping the adjoining space organized and clean *wink* P.S. notice Ziva…she does not like the new door that separates the kitchen from her dog food room *wink*

Ziva protesting the new door by having a stand-in.

Ziva protesting the new door by having a stand-in.

As much as I would love to snap my fingers and the projects be done and the messes be gone, it just isn’t realistic. The hubby and I believe in getting it right and doing it right–no matter how many tries it might take or how long it might take. The biggest tip I can offer is to be patient because no matter how well-planned a project is something will always happen to interrupt the schedule. Mother Nature seems to be the number one interrupter–so always have an alternative plan for those days when it is too wet or too cold or too hot….

Deck Update

It is still a work in progress, but the overall design is coming together nicely *smile* In this photo you can see where the TV is going to hang. I will give y'all are the details on the deck reveal blog--which I will have the hubby take those photos *wink*

It is still a work in progress, but the overall design is coming together nicely *smile* In this photo you can see where the TV is going to hang. I will give y’all all the details on the deck reveal blog–which I will have the hubby take those photos *wink*

Outside view of the deck walls

Outside view of the deck walls

I am totally crushing on these columns. This is one of those must-have-patience projects *wink*

I am totally crushing on these columns.

The new railing for the backdoor.

A sneaky peek of the new railing for the backdoor. I cannot wait to tell y’all about the colors we are using!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the latest happenings at Hathorn Hall. Stay tuned for an upcoming post about the front porch Easter decor.