It’s Okay to Reuse Holiday Decorations: Confessions of a Reuser

It's Okay To Reuse Holiday DecorationsOkay, so I have like a serious confession to make. I am a reuser. Yes, “reuser” isn’t a “real” word, but it needs to be because it describes what I really am…a person who uses things over and over again…I use them until they are a shell of their former selves…and then…I…repurpose and upcycle those things into new things that I can reuse over and over again. Even worse. I reuse my holiday decorations year after year *gasp* I am so sorry to have to confess this to you, sweet readers, but I must because I cannot live with this secret any longer.

20160202_164030_resizedI love decorating my front porch. It absolutely is one of my favorite things to do, and my hope is it makes the neighbors and passers-by smile. Now, when I say I like to gussy up the porch–that is for all the major holidays and seasons. I put out pretty pillows and cute holiday signs–even if it is only for a couple of weeks or so. It just makes me happy, and I believe we should all do more things that make us happy *big smile*

Because of my love of porch decorating and obsession with cute pillows, I can’t just run out every single month and purchase new decor and pillows because the hubby would not be very happy with me (he already thinks my cute pillow collection is ridiculously large) and because it seems wasteful to constantly be buying new holiday decorations. After all, we only put these themed items out once a year for a few weeks (sometimes less)–what could possibly be wrong with them!

I get it. It is so easy in this Pinterest world we live in to want to toss out and start over for every holiday and season…we want the latest “trends”…we want something different…and on and on goes our reasoning for tossing out the old and bringing in the new.

I added the smaller hearts to my front porch for this year's Valentine's Day. These hearts are not new. I just decided to add new ribbon and hang them on the front porch instead of by the back door.

I added the smaller hearts to my front porch for this year’s Valentine’s Day. These hearts are not new. I just added new ribbon and hung them on the front porch instead of by the back door.

As a blogger, I should be writing about all new everything all the time. I should be telling you to run out and scour the dollar stores and discount stores for new, new, new–but, that is not who I am. As I stated above, I am a reuser, and I want to encourage you, dear reader, to be a reuser too. Buy things you love and display them year after year. Don’t be ashamed of what you love *wink*

This sweet rug came from Target, and it was my new porch decor purchase for this Valentine's Day. Rugs are a fun and inexpensive way to add a little pizzaz to your porches.

This sweet rug came from Target, and it was my new porch decor purchase for this Valentine’s Day. **SSL TIP: Rugs are a fun and inexpensive way to add a little pizzaz to your porches.**

Made from a roof tile, this upcycled heart will last a long time *wink*

Made from a roof tile, this upcycled heart will last a long time! Hmmmm…next year, I may paint the little hearts different shade of pink + add new ribbons.

This adorable pillow is probably one of my favorites of all the pillows I have! It works perfectly with the Little Pink House by Lolly Molly Art.

This adorable pillow is probably one of my favorites of all the pillows I have! It works perfectly with the Little Pink House by Lolly Molly Art.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today and listening to my confession. Now, go decorate those porches without worry of using what you already own! It is your home–decorate it with what you love *big smile*

Whew! I kept the decorations simple this Valentine's Day because we have had some crazy weather here in Northeast Tennessee! The day I took these photos was indeed a blustery and cold one.

Whew! I kept the decorations simple this Valentine’s Day because we have had some crazy weather here in Northeast Tennessee! The day I took these photos was indeed a blustery and cold one. Who’s ready for warmer temps and Spring flowers!!!

Be sure to check out all the little houses I have available in my Etsy shop. I will be adding new ones soon *happy dance*

Be sure to check out all the little houses I have available in my Etsy shop. I will be adding new ones soon *happy dance* Click here to go directly to my shop.

Come Sit a Spell On the Front Porch’s New & Colorful Sitting Area

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big  smile*

A fun painting I did for my new sitting area on my front porch. I am still adding details, but I am hoping to finish it soon *big smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or sweet tea and enjoy good conversations about everything from home renovation projects to handmade goodness. Today on the blog, I wanted to show y’all my new sitting area on my front porch.

I got the most fabulous deals on these pillows at Stein Mart--it was a BOGO! No kidding--six pillows for about $25--the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

I got the most fabulous deal on these pillows at Stein Mart–it was a BOGO! No kidding–six pillows for about $25–the hubby was beyond thrilled by my fabulous find!

Recently, the hubby built a deck (really an outdoor living room), and I was able to kick his Big Green Egg and other manly junk off the wrap-around porch. Yes, I reclaimed my space *wink* I had been dreaming of sitting a spell in that space since we moved in about a year ago.

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

I have had the chair and sofa for over five years. I know it has been moved at least three times during that time. I am happy to announce that I finally feel settled and at home *big smile*

My biggest goal for this space was to make it cozy, comfy, and cheery. I wanted bold art, rusty treasures, and reclaimed pieces. It was important for it to reflect me–no mater how eclectic it might appear to others!

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture--I still dabble a little in furniture *wink*

This is a Lolly Molly Art furniture piece. For many years, I painted furniture–I still dabble a little in furniture painting–but it is getting harder to find quality pieces at reasonable prices to redo. I blame Pinterest and those picker shows *wink*

After arranging and rearranging everything at least a dozen times, I finally achieved the atmosphere for which I was going. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the mornings.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

Trinkets made from reclaimed wood and burlap.

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place!

I got this darling pallet-wood shelf from The Next Best Thing in Johnson City. I adore that place because it is filled with amazing handmade goodness, folksy art, and junky treasures.

This rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug

The rusty milk can makes the perfect side table + it has just enough room for my phone and coffee mug *smile*

Another view of the side table and sofa

Another view of the side table and sofa

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a "torch"

Reclaimed wood candle holders from The Next Best Thing + a wine bottle converted into a “torch”

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows and throws.

I intentionally bought a neutral sofa, so I could accessorize it with seasonal and colorful pillows.

A big nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

A bird’s nest that I found + another reclaimed wood trinket that I made

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

I wanted to add touches of a living room to my space.

The sitting area is in the "back corner" of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

The sitting area is in the “back corner” of the wrap-around porch. I was able to create a cozy space without blocking traffic or access to the steps.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I love all the character of my 1920 home. I never get tired of its charm and quirkiness.

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

I was sold on this house from the moment I walked onto the porch *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at my new sitting area on my front porch. I am so excited that I have reclaimed my space from the hubby *wink*

For cute and fun yard art, please visit my Etsy shop, Lolly Molly Art.

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St. Patrick’s Day Front Porch Ideas

Pillows are the easiest way to add a fresh pop of color and fun to your home--inside and outside.

Pillows are the easiest way to add a fresh pop of color and fun to your home–inside and outside.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back 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 an easy way to gussy up your porch for St. Patrick’s Day.Β I had a much bigger decorating plan for St. Patty’s Day, but the snow and extremely chilly temps kept me from decking Hathorn Hall with green and gold. No need to fear because I bundled up and created simple + Β cute holiday fun.

On a quick trip to Walgreen's to pick up diet beverages and a few necessities, I discovered this adorable hat and knew exactly where to put it when I got home.

On a quick trip to Walgreens to pick up diet beverages and a few necessities, I discovered this adorable hat and knew exactly where to put it when I got home. It was totally worth braving the snow and chilly temps for this perfect St. Patrick’s Day find *wink*

After a couple of days of complaining about the weather (almost pouting--okay, I was pouting), I decided to spend some time in my art studio. I created this four-leaf clover using leftover wood that I found in the basement + five or so shades of green paint.

After a couple of days of complaining about the weather (almost pouting–okay, I was pouting), I decided to spend some time in my art studio. I created this four-leaf clover using leftover wood that I found in the basement + five or so shades of green paint. Wanting it to be a little cuter, I added polka dots + stitching + a gold burlap bow.

While I was working in my studio, the hubby was working in the basement creating a sign for Hathorn Hall. He repurposed a cabinet door + used the Cricuit to create a stencil for the letters. I think the hubby did a fabulous job *smile* *kiss for the hubby*

While I was working in my studio, the hubby was in the basement making a sign for Hathorn Hall. He repurposed a cabinet door + used the Cricut to create a stencil for the letters. I think the hubby did a fabulous job *smile* *kiss for the hubby*

A simple pop of color brightens even the dreariest of days *smile*

A simple pop of color brightens even the dreariest of days *smile*

Even though my big plan did not happen, I am happy with how my St. Patrick's Day front porch decor turned out.

Even though my big plan did not happen, I am happy with how my St. Patrick’s Day front porch decor turned out. I am sad to report that I killed another plant. May that sweet little tree-shrub-evergreen rest in peace.

Keeping it simple makes decorating easy and affordable.

Keeping it simple makes decorating easy and affordable. The hat was about $5.00–big decorating bang for the buck *wink*

I really love the black + white of the "Hathorn Hall" sign. It is simple and classic.

I really love the black + white of the “Hathorn Hall” sign. It is simple and classic + it won’t compete or clash with any holiday/seasonal decorating I do.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at Hathorn Hall’s new sign + St. Patty’s Day front porch decor. Keeping my fingers crossed for warmer temps and sunshine!

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Transforming a Porch Swing with Pillows

Pretty pink swing needs a bit of cozy.

Pretty pink swing needs a bit of cozy.

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about transforming a swing with pillows + tips for styling with them. So, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me on the front porch swing *smile*

Pillow shams + cheap sleeping pillows are perfect for a covered front porch. When the shams get dirty, toss them in the washer, and they are as good as new. I love finding cute pillows with fun sayings.

Pillow shams + inexpensive sleeping pillows are perfect for a covered front porch. When the shams get dirty, toss them in the washer, and they are as good as new. If I can’t wash it, I don’t buy it *wink*

Bold patterns + fun saying = welcoming and cozy

Bold patterns + fun saying = welcoming and cozy

If you are afraid of overcrowding your swing with pillows, a couple of patterned shams looks just as adorable.

If you are afraid of overcrowding your swing with pillows, a couple of patterned ones not only gussy up the swing, but they also add comfort.

Colorblocking with pillows creates a bold and snuggly look.

Colorblocking with pillows creates a bold and snuggly look. Don’t be afraid of color.

A couple of pillows in the corner of the swing beckons a nap.

A couple of pillows tossed in the corner of the swing beckons a nap. Pattern + Solid = Classic

Solids + print

Buy pillows that are versatile. I can easily move my pillows from the swing to the rockers. I even mix and match the ones that are on my outdoor sofa with the ones on the swing. It is an easy way to create new looks without spending more money…and that is always a good thing *smile*

I love mixing patterns.

I love mixing patterns!

Styling a swing is no different than styling an outfit. As my daughter always says on her blog, "Accessories make all the difference." And the pillows are the accessories *smile*

Styling a swing is no different than styling an outfit. As my daughter always says on her blog, “Accessories make all the difference.” And the pillows are the accessories *smile* “When shopping for pillows, imagine yourself looking for trendy accessories….” (Abby Hathorn of the VIP)

Mix patterns in similar hues.

Mix patterns in similar hues.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we looked at several ways to style a front porch swing. My best advice is to be creative, don’t shy away from bright colors and bold patterns, and mix those patterns! A porch should be inviting and cozy, and the best way to create that feel is with pillows *smile*