Bee String Art Just In Time For May

I am currently working on bee string art kits for First Friday|BuzzFest in downtown Johnson City on May 6. *pours another cup of coffee*

I am currently working on bee string art kits for First Friday|BuzzFest in downtown Johnson City on May 6. *pours another cup of coffee*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a please to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about anything from gluten-free goodies to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the bee string art kits that I am currently creating from a bee drawing I found in one of my sketchbooks dated 1998. Wowzer!

Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but I just had to show y’all the samples. If you are in the Johnson City, Tennessee area, stop by The Local Company in downtown Johnson City to see these cute little bees and flower in person. You can also see my demonstrating the bee string art LIVE at The Local Company on Friday, May 6. Y’all don’t want to miss out on all the fun! If you’re not local, don’t fret because I will be posting all kinds of randomness and photos to my social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) + I might even add a few kits to my Etsy shop (which I know needs some attention *pours another cup of coffee–wink*)

The bee string art kit will come with a board, bee template, instructions, nails, and string. All you will need to complete this project is a hammer, a little craft paint, and a paint brush.

The bee string art kit will come with a board, bee template, instructions, nails, string, and a sawtooth hanger (if you want to hang it). All you will need to complete this project is a hammer, a little craft paint, and a paint brush. These kits are perfect for parents to do with their children, grandparents to do with their grandkids, a “Girls Night In” party, a tween birthday party activity….I want them to be the “Mr. Potato Head” of string art *wink*

The bee string art kits will come with a template designed from my original drawing; however, the markings for the nails are just a guide. I want people to feel free to adjust the nails to create different shapes. On the “Bee Happy” sample, I positioned the nails farther apart, which gave the bee a more geometrical, modern look. By placing the nails closer together, the bee has a rounder, cuter feel like the bee at the top of this post.

This "Flower Power" string art flower + painted flower combo is available for purchase at The Local Company, and it is currently not part of the string art kit collections I am working on.

This “Flower Power” string art flower + painted flower combo is available for purchase at The Local Company, and it is currently not part of the string art kit collections I am working on.

The string art kits are designed to work together, to be stacked together, to hang on the wall, to function as a small shelf, to use in a wall collage, to set on a shelf....Oh, my! The possibilities are endless!

The string art kits are designed to work together, to be stacked together, to hang on the wall, to function as a small shelf, to use as part of a wall collage, to set on a shelf….Oh, my! The possibilities are endless!

When I was designing the string art kits, my main goals were to make them easy, fun, and quick. Seriously, who has time for complicated projects that take hours or an entire weekend! Not this girl *wink* I also wanted people to have options–like paint the board any color…or place the nails farther apart or closer together to give the design a personal touch. Nope. There are no complicated instructions that require geometry and algebra. Everything about these string art kits is simple. All you need is about an hour, snacks and a beverage for the paint-drying time, a hammer, a paint brush or two (depending on how fancy you get with painting your board–think stripes, ombre, polka dots…), craft paint(s), and good music (perhaps, some Prince *pause for a moment of silence*).

Well, that’s the buzz on the bee string art kits coming soon! Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Now, go do something fun and creative!

Just doing what we do *wink*

Just doing what we do *wink*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work in progress

Work in progress

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

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

Bright colors + simple shapes = smiling faces

Bright colors + simple shapes = smiling faces

Enough said.

Enough said.

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

"Bee True To Who You Are" by Chasidy Hathorn

“Bee True To Who You Are” by Chasidy Hathorn

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