Mill Spring Makers Market: Gather, Create, Connect

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

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

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

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

Abby carefully making her terrarium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The cutting of the ribbon at the grand opening celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Point Micropainting

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

September 6:  On Point Cacti

September 13:  Cool Campers

September 20:  Urban Jungle with various succulents + houseplants

September 27:  Love of Coffee

Also, join me for TWO exclusive workshops:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!