A Little Fall Swag

It’s beginning to look a little like fall at Hathorn Hall (even though the green grass and temps in the 80s say otherwise!).

Hey, y’all! It’s fall or at least by the calendar it is *wink* Here in Northeast Tennessee it’s a bit on the warm side with grass that is still green (and in need of mowing), and trees that show little to no sign of putting on a fall foliage show. I must admit it’s disappointing because I’m ready to wear my sweaters and sip a PSL on my front porch.

I’ve tried to get in the spirit. A few days before the first day of fall, I bought a cute pillow with a bright, happy pumpkin on it. I went to the basement and found my wood pumpkins and put them out on the porch. I waited patiently for the temps to cool off, so I could get real pumpkins and mums from the downtown farmers market. All I got was disappointment.

Today, I was determined to get my fall happy pants on, and Mill Spring Makers Market was the very place to do so.

Up close look at the dried botanical swag I made at Mill Spring Makers Market

Christy Shivell with Shy Valley Plant Farm helped me create a beautiful fall swag for my front door. She had so many gorgeous dried botanicals to choose from. The colors, the textures, the smells…oh, my! The really awesome thing is all of the dried flowers and plants at the drop-in class were from Shy Valley Plant Farm. It took me about 45 minutes to make my swag, and it only cost $18!!! I’m wishing now I would have made two *sad face*

Shy Valley Plant Farm is a family-owned nursery growing nursery propagated wildflowers, herbs, and heirloom tomatoes. They also grow old-fashioned flowers and gourmet quality vegetable starts. All of their plants are produced by organic methods, and they are committed to preserving and promoting the biodiversity of the region’s native plant communities. For more info about Shy Valley, click here.

As soon as I got home, I put my fall swag on my door. The colors look amazing with the deep stain!

I had so much fun today not only creating, but also chatting with Christy and her daughter. Did I mention how much I’m loving the drop-in classes at Mill Spring Makers Market? In this crazy busy world, it’s so important for us to treat ourselves with some gather-connect-create time. And believe me, the world will continue to spin while we take a moment for ourselves!

For more info about upcoming classes at Mill Spring Makers Market, click here.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as I added a little fall swag. Now, I’m really wishing for cooler temps, a wheelbarrow full of real pumpkins, and a truck bed full of mums.

ART TO GO kits by SassyHat are currently available ONLY at Mill Spring Makers Market. More info coming soon!

I’ve been busy in the studio creating new paintings with razor blades. WHAT?! Yep. Razor Blades. Because I love to be a little edgy and dangerous in my art *wink* p.s. There are a limited number of my smaller paintings available ONLY at Mill Spring Makers Market.

A little fall swag thanks to Christy with Shy Valley Plant Farm and Mill Spring Makers Market!

 

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The Fall Home featuring Gracious Designs

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

These collectible, one-of-a-kind pumpkins created by Carolyn Tomko are available at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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 DIY projects to fabulous places to visit and shop. Today on the blog, I am getting us all ready for my favorite time of the year by sharing my experience at the “The Fall Home” decorating class at Gracious Designs in Johnson City, Tennessee. I had such a fabulous time attending this class, and I am totally ready to get my porch and home gussied up for fall, y’all *wink*

Outside Fall display at Gracious Designs--which is located in a wonderful old home on Knob Creek Road

Outside fall display at Gracious Designs–which is located in a wonderful old home on Knob Creek Road

Last Thursday (September 10), Cassie Kitzmiller of Gracious Designs gave a fabulous presentation about how to make your home grand for fall. She chatted about everything from pops of traditional and nontraditional colors to touches of whimsy. One of my favorite items that she presented to the class was the battery-operated candles. To be honest, I thought the candles would look hideously fake–but no…they were beautiful and very realistic! The “Moving Flame” candles by Liown come in a variety of sizes and colors–and did I mention how pretty and realistic these candles are!?! I know! I can’t help but to repeat myself because I still can’t believe it *wink* These candles can be used on mantels, in centerpieces, and even tucked in places that “real” candles cannot be tucked *smile*

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Speaking of candles, Cassie chatted very excitedly about adding lights to your home–especially for fall because the days are getting shorter and touches of glimmering lights just warm up the home–especially those dark little “holes” and corners. She challenged all of the class attendees to go home and look for those dark spaces and to fill them with light–from battery-operated candles to lighted branches.

Lamps are a great way to bring soft light into the home and to fall arrangements. Another great way to decorate for Fall is to add texture--layers of texture to your displays.

Lamps are a great way to bring soft light into the home and to fall arrangements. Another great way to decorate for fall is to add texture–add layers of texture to your displays by using soft linens and natural elements like pinecones and branches. *fall decorating tips from Cassie Kitzmiller

One of the easiest ways to decorate the home for fall is to add pops of color–from bold oranges to fiery reds. But did you ever think to add shades of rich purple and metallics? Cassie challenged the class to go home and “shop” for metals and nontraditional colors to use as accents. For example, add deep purple hydrangea blossoms to a traditional fall wreath for a touch of the unexpected. She also encouraged using hydrangeas throughout your home for fall because these blossoms are more than a spring/summer flower.

How sweet and easy is this little arrangement!

How sweet and easy is this little arrangement! Don’t have the time to make it yourself? No need to fret! Head on over to Gracious Designs for all your fall decor needs and more.

Decorating the home should always be fun and fabulously you. Make it personal by adding in fun, whimsical treasures that you adore–if you love frogs…find fall frogs. Tuck little birds into your centerpieces, bring the outdoors inside with leaves and branches, put clay pumpkins on your bookshelves…whatever suits your fancy! But remember to have fun with it *big smile* Thanks, Cassie, for all the wonderful decorating tips on how to make our homes grand for fall.

I am totally crushing on this everything in this picture!

Gracious Designs has everything you need for the home for Fall, y'all.

Gracious Designs has everything you need to gussy up your home for fall.

Here’s a quick recap of what I learned from Cassie about making the home grand for fall:

  • Accent with Color–from traditional to nontraditional colors, don’t be afraid to use bold pops of color + add a new, nontraditional color to your fall palette (think mauves and purples).
  • Layer with Texture–use linens, natural elements, metals, and pottery for a variety of textures.
  • Add Mood and Movement with Lights–from lamps to battery-operated candles, add lights for a touch of glimmer and twinkle.
  • Create an Inviting Space with Fragrance–from potpourri to soups simmering on the stove, the sweet smells of the season invite us all to sit a spell with a good cup of apple cider.
  • Don’t Forget the Whimsy–from one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pumpkins to cute, little birdies, make your home you with things that you love and that make you smile.

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about making the home grand for fall. Stay tuned for a special post about local potter Carolyn Tomko, my top fall fragrance picks, and more.

To learn more about Gracious Designs, click here to check out their Facebook page.

To learn more about Gracious Designs and their free decorating classes, click here + click here to like them on Facebook.

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Front Porch Fall Decor at Hathorn Hall

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile* !

I am so excited about fall! I love the colors, the cooler temps, and the pumpkins that are everywhere *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about front porch fall decor. Oh, how I love fall! This time last year the hubby and I were talking about moving to the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia area. I was spending countless hours on Realtor.com looking for potential candidates, and we were still renovating Sloss Castle. It was a stressful time…my favorite time of the year was spoiled by too much work and too many difficult decisions. To make matters worse, I didn’t get to decorate *sad face* God knew I was busy, so He made sure that all the leaves at Sloss Castle were in full show *smile*

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

Last fall at Sloss Castle. It was a spectacular show!

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall...we were meant to be together *wink*

This was the first time I saw our new home in Johnson City. It was gussied up for fall…we were meant to be together *wink*

Don’t y’all just love reminiscing! I know I do. But enough looking back. Let us talk about this year’s fall porch decor. I kept the theme natural and simple…pumpkins, yellow mums, corn stalks, and a few leaves woven into the corn stalks. Classic.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer's Market.

Yellow mums are the original fall flower. I picked up mine from the local Kroger and the Farmer’s Market.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins...believe me...I thought about it! But I wanted it to open and friendly...not overwhelming.

I did not want to overcrowd the steps with flowers and pumpkins…believe me…I thought about it! But I wanted it to be open and friendly…not overwhelming.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

When the summer flowers and foliage die back, I will replace them with fall/winter varieties.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

The rusty milk can I picked up in Asheville is perfect for displaying a pumpkin.

Ya'll know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

Y’all know I had to gussy up the swing with a dash of fall color. I found all of my fall pillows at Stein Mart.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shade of Hathorn Hall.

The yellow and orange pop against the neutral shades of Hathorn Hall.

I created three bundles of cornstalks for the door.

I created three bundles of cornstalks to frame the door.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

As the cornstalks begin to get droopy, I will just weave the leaves together and tie them with twine.

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

Every front porch needs at least two rocking chairs with comfy pillows!

I love the long-neck pumpkin in the terra cotta pot.

I love the “long-neck pumpkin” in the terra cotta pot.

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch *smile*

Hello, pink swing! You are always the star of the porch. But that cute, lime stool is shining pretty bright too *smile*

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green striped pumpkins and a burgundy mum.

I had a leftover crate from a recent bookshelf project, and it made the perfect container for my green-striped pumpkins–which I found out from a grower at the Farmer’s Market that they are actually green-striped cushaw (cucurbita mixta)…a winter squash.

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

Cornstalks + pumpkins = classic fall

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

I think I will be sitting a spell with coffee a lot this fall!

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IMG_6527Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about classic fall porch decor. Stay tuned to the blog for fall foliage updates. The hubby and I will be venturing out and photographing our first fall here in the Tri-Cities area…I am seeing a few trips to Asheville in my future…and perhaps the Gatlinburg area as well!

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