Just Enjoying Fall, Y’all

IMG_7573Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about the joys of fall. Don’t y’all just love fall–the cooler temps, the brightly colored leaves, playing in the leaves, pumpkins! There is so much about this time of year to love–from football to pecan pie. So, let’s put on a pot of coffee and talk about all the things that we adore about this wonderful season.

If you are going to spend a lot of time walking and taking photos of the foliage, I totally recommend Tom's. Super comfy + it is fashion for a cause (one for one)

If you are going to spend a lot of time walking and taking photos of the foliage, I totally recommend Tom’s. Super comfy + it is fashion for a cause (one for one) P.S. I love Tom’s because they look great with all my leggings *wink*

Even rain clouds are beautiful this time of year *smile*

Even rain clouds are beautiful this time of year *smile* I am loving just sitting on the porch…reading…sipping coffee…chatting with the neighbors…life seems to slow down as the leaves begin to change and fall…there seems to be less noise…

The lower elevations are beginning to show all their beautiful autumnal colors.

The lower elevations are beginning to show all their autumnal colors. What I love about this time of year is how easy it is to enjoy the colors by simply going for a drive. Just hop in the car and look for beautiful trees…you don’t have to have mountains to enjoy the show *smile*

Another thing I love about this time of year is how everything looks prettier. It is the last big color show until Spring arrives.

Another thing I love about this time of year is how everything looks prettier. It is the last big color show until Spring arrives.

To me, the sky seems to be brighter blue...crisp air + blue skies for miles = what not to love!

To me, the sky seems to be a brighter shade of blue this time of year…crisp air + blue skies for miles = what’s not to love! Can y’all tell I really enjoy fall *wink*

Abby and I being silly--we had been driving around for a a few hours and needed to get and and stretch the legs *smile*

Abby and I being silly–we had been driving around for a a few hours and needed to get out and and stretch the legs *smile*

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The hubby and the daughter--they make my heart smile *big smile*

The hubby and the daughter–they make my heart smile *big smile*

Awwww, a sweet moment with the hubby...I was a bit extended...standing on my tippy toes and stretching my neck...P.S. I almost fell and took the hubby out...I don't think we would have enjoyed tumbling down the mountain side *wink*

Awwww, a sweet moment with the hubby…I was a bit extended…standing on my tippy toes and stretching my neck + the hubby was squatting = I could almost reach *giggle* P.S. I almost fell and took the hubby out…I don’t think we would have enjoyed tumbling down that big hill *wink*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as chatted about some of the reasons to love this time of year. What are your favorite things about Fall? Please feel free to comment with your favorites and with what you enjoy doing during this time of year *smile*

Now, I am off to enjoy a cup of coffee on my front porch. Be sure to check out the blog later on for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony that took place in Jonesborough today.

My go-to Fall wardrobe is oversized sweatshirts (which I steal from the hubby) + leggings + a warm, snuggly scarf *smile*

My go-to Fall wardrobe is oversized sweatshirts (which I steal from the hubby) + leggings + a warm, snuggly scarf *smile*

SSL Fall Foliage Report: Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee

Hey, y’all! Welcome to today’s Fall Foliage Report–which is all about historic Jonesborough, the oldest and most darling town in Tennessee. After a very busy weekend of mini adventures, it was good to get away to my favorite go-to place for inspiration…not to mention Jonesborough has some pretty fabulous places to shop for everything from candy to antiques.

Enough chit chat–it is time to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy SSL’s Fall Foliage Report from downtown Jonesborough.

Downtown Jonesborough is alive with Fall

Downtown Jonesborough is alive with Fall colors and decorations.

I love this display outside of the Courthouse.

I love this display outside of the Courthouse.

Y'all know how much I love pumpkins *smile*

Y’all know how much I love pumpkins *smile*

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

Burst of color outside the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church

If you look closely, you can see the Presbyterian Church through the brightly colored leaves.

If you look closely, you can see the Presbyterian Church through the brightly colored leaves.

This was taken last year when we came to Johnson City to house hunt. Our realtor told us about Jonesborough, and we decided to take a little tour--and I am so glad we did!

This was taken last year when we came to Johnson City to house hunt. Our realtor told us about Jonesborough, and we decided to take a little tour–and I am so glad we did!

Christopher Taylor House in historic downtown Jonesborough

Christopher Taylor House in historic downtown Jonesborough

Orange peeking over

Orange peeking over

The tipty top of the Courthouse peeking through the Fall colors

The tipty top of the Courthouse peeking through the Fall colors

Outside the Chester Inn--which was built in the late 1790's

Outside the Chester Inn–which was built in the late 1790’s

Clear blue sky with a hint of fall foliage

Clear blue sky as the backdrop for the dancing fall foliage.

The leaves are beginning to drop...one by one...oh, how fun it is to dance in the falling leaves!

The leaves are beginning to drop…one by one…oh, how fun it is to dance in the falling leaves!

The shades of oranges and yellows against the blue sky is simply breathtaking.

The shades of oranges and yellows against the blue sky is simply breathtaking.

Photos cannot capture the splendor of autumn hues.

Photos cannot capture the splendor of Autumn’s hues.

Looking up at the sun--filtered by nature.

Looking up at the sun–filtered by Nature.

There is not much time left to see Nature's spectacular autumnal fireworks show.

There is not much time left to see Nature’s spectacular autumnal fireworks show.

Fall Foliage + American Flag  = God Bless America

Fall Foliage + American Flag = God Bless America

There is still a little bit of green holding on.

There is still a little bit of green holding on.

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If I had to pick a favorite photo from today's adventure, this one would be it. I thought it turned out pretty good considering I know nothing about the hubby's fancy camera. I can only shoot it on auto *smile*

If I had to pick a favorite photo from today’s adventure, this one would be it. I thought it turned out pretty well considering I know nothing about the hubby’s fancy camera. I can only shoot it on auto *smile*

I am super proud of this shot because I got down on the ground (living on the wild side *wink*) to take this picture.

I am super proud of this shot because I got down on the ground (living on the wild side *wink*) to take this picture.

One more from the ground looking up though the sea of bright orange leaves.

One more from the ground looking up through the sea of bright orange leaves. I had shifted just a little bit to capture more sunlight. I like to think I accomplished something pretty nifty for a novice photographer who shoots on auto and hopes for the best *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Fall Foliage of historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. Y’all must add this charming town to your bucket list of places to visit. IMG_7858

From the Studio to the Cupcake Shop

The colors are really beginning to show here in Northeast Tennessee. I snapped this photo on Sunday on the way to Asheville.

The colors are really beginning to show here in Northeast Tennessee. I snapped this photo on Sunday on the way to Asheville.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and chat about everything from home renovation to handmade goodness. I am often asked what I do all day–obviously, I am asked this because I am “labeled” a housewife…homemaker…domestic engineer. Click here to read my Real Media article “Just Piddling”–which is all about the “housewife” topic.

Yesterday I was questioned by the nice lady at the doctor’s office (Don’t fret, Mom. I am not sick. I had to go for the annual mammogram…hopefully, that was not TMI for y’all…but I didn’t want my mom worrying.)…where was I? Oh, yes. The nice lady at the doctor’s office wanted to know when I was planning on getting a job in Johnson City. I am assuming she was making light conversation…like chit chat stuff. I told her that I was not really unemployed…that I was a freelance writer, blogger, and artist. This answer was not suitable for her. She suggested that I look into temporary holiday work to get myself started in the workforce. I then explained that I had been in the workforce for many years as a teacher, and I was exploring my options as a writer and artist. This was not a suitable response. The well-meaning lady then suggested that I get a part-time job and go back to school. I simply responded “What a wonderful idea! Thank you for suggesting that.” It was not a wonderful idea, and I was not thankful for her suggestion. But how do you argue or explain your career choices to people like that? Simple. You don’t.

Stand tall and reach for the sky :)

Stand tall and reach for the sky 🙂

I understand that what I am doing right now with my life is hard to explain. It doesn’t fit the standard box. Each day is different. It seems like I am spending more money than I am making–which I am. But I believe in what I am doing. We are never too old to dream big *smile*

Today on the blog, I wanted to share a little bit of what I do. Perhaps to show that I don’t spend all day in my pajamas. However, I do wear leggings…a lot *wink*

I spend several hours of my day in my art studio--from sketching to painting. I am currently working on a series of small, wooden houses

I spend several hours of my day in my art studio–from sketching to painting. I am currently working on a series of small, wooden houses and some flying pigs. I have a plan for my art pieces…I am just not ready to reveal my plan *smile*

I love creating custom pieces. Y'all can check out the Facebook page for a sampling of past projects. I am terrible at taking photos because when I am working--I am in the zone!

I love creating custom pieces. Y’all can check out the Facebook page for a sampling of past projects. I am terrible at taking photos because when I am working–I am in the zone!

I try to add personal touches to each piece that I make.

I try to add personal touches to each custom piece that I make. I don’t believe in a standard box or a one-size-fits-all.

The initials were a three-step process--paint, paper, highlight. The paper gives the cross a bit of dimension and personality.

The initials were a four-step process–paint, paper, distress, and highlight. The paper gives the cross a bit of dimension and personality, and the silver highlights add a touch of shimmer.

The birth announcement details are detachable.

The birth announcement details are detachable.

The bow is made from tulle and ribbon. It is attached with wire--not hot glue!

The bow is made from tulle and ribbon. It is attached with wire–not hot glue!

After a few hours in the studio, I usually explore new places to find gluten-free foods–from restaurants to farmer’s markets. This sounds like an easy thing to do. Get in the car, drive to a new place, and check out gluten-free products. It is not that simple–research is involved, questions are asked, and risks are taken–especially when I am dining on gluten-free meals at a restaurant. I am trying these things not only for myself, but also for all of you that read my blog. The risk is real–and sometimes, I get sick…very sick. But I have to try…so I will know, and so I can pass the info along to others.

Today I checked out the revamped Cakes in A Cup in Johnson City. I tried two new cupcakes--Cinnamon Swirl and Strawberry Dream. Both were super delicious, moist, and so far I have had no reaction--which is fabulous news *smile*

Today I checked out the revamped Cakes in A Cup in Johnson City. I tried two new cupcakes–Cinnamon Swirl and Strawberry Dream. Both were super delicious, moist, and so far I have had no reaction–which is fabulous news *smile*

Gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl cupcake from Cakes in a Cup. Stay tuned for more on this sweet establishment *smile*

Gluten-free Cinnamon Swirl cupcake from Cakes in a Cup. Stay tuned for more on this sweet establishment *smile*

What I love about these gluten-free cupcakes is the detail. These are not sloppy, sorry-you-can't-eat-real-cupcakes cupcakes. They are pretty--and that means a lot to someone with Celiac or a gluten intolerance.

What I love about these gluten-free cupcakes is the detail. These are not sloppy, sorry-you-can’t-eat-real-cupcakes cupcakes. They are pretty–and that means a lot to someone with Celiac or a gluten intolerance.

Check out this gluten-free Strawberry Dream. I can't wait to go back and get more details for y'all.

Check out this gluten-free Strawberry Dream. I can’t wait to go back and get more details for y’all.

Isn't it pretty! And it is gluten-free. And it is moist and delicious. The icing is divine!

Isn’t it pretty! And it is gluten-free. And it is moist and delicious. The icing is divine!

After getting cupcakes, I went to the UPS Store to ship a package. While there, i asked a few questions about shipping other packages and learned more about their services for small businesses. Now, I have to weigh the pros and cons of UPS versus USPS for my shipping needs.

Once I got back to Hathorn Hall, I had a business meeting with my daughter. She runs two blogs and also freelance writes. We had to go over event requests, discuss fan mail, and work on scheduling photo shoots. Lots of brainstorming took place + we are working on a big plan for all of the blogs. That means more research…which means more time in front of the computer…reading, taking notes, emailing people and calling people for advice….

No, my day is not typical. I don’t punch a clock. I don’t have a boss–other than myself and the VIP…and the furbabies. But my days are full and productive. My house is clean, my laundry is done, and the furbabies are happy. I am learning all about social media and website building…I am helping Abby achieve her dreams and her goals. I am creating a new path for myself. So to the nice lady at the doctor’s office and everyone else who thinks I spend all day in my pajamas watching television, I am working *smile*

I do not spend all day in my pajamas, but I do love my leggings and oversize sweatshirts. A big thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for sending me this fabulous Mississippi State sweatshirt. #hailstate

I do not spend all day in my pajamas, but I do love my leggings and oversized sweatshirts. A big thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for sending me this fabulous Mississippi State sweatshirt. #hailstate P.S. please do not tell Abby that I “borrowed” her super comfy Tom’s flats. She may or may not get these back *smile*

To be perfectly honest, I have spent a great deal of time trying to take selfies. It is the trendy thing to do, but it is so much harder than it looks. Or it least it is hard for me...I could learn a thing or two from Kim Khardashian. Note to Self: Look up KK's Instagram.

To be perfectly honest, I have spent a great deal of time trying to take selfies. It is the trendy thing to do, but it is so much harder than it looks. Or it least it is hard for me…I could learn a thing or two from Kim Kardashian about how to take selfies. Note to Self: Look up Kim Kardashian’s Instagram.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that I have inspired all of you to go out and do what you love even if others do not understand it…or approve of it. I have no idea if what I am doing with my life will work or produce a profit, but at least I am trying *smile*

 

Transforming a Fireplace Mantel with Silver

A little sneak peek of the Fall Foliage Report. This was taken on my street just before the high winds hit!

A little sneak peek of the Fall Foliage Report. This was taken on my street just before the high winds hit…hoping there will still be lots of leaves to see and photograph for y’all after this weather front moves through!

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to relax with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation *smile* Today on the blog, we are chatting about how I gussied up the fireplace in the parlor with a touch of old silver.

I know I have told y’all this before–but I fell in love with Hathorn Hall the first time I saw it. The porch, the parlor, the windows…it was lovely and filled with character and possibilities! And the parlor…I love the parlor *smile*

The fireplace in the parlor is my favorite. I love the rich wood and the details. I am pretty sure that it once had a mirror–but it has long been gone…at first, I thought I would just have mirror cut to fit…but that seemed too new…too easy…then I pondered finding an old mirror to cut down to fit…mirrored tiles…decorative tiles…just paint it to match the walls…so many good ideas, but none of them really seemed right…

But then…I found a box of old silverplate goblets and candlesticks at the Tree Streets community garage sale. It was a score, and I knew exactly where some of them were going *smile*

I stacked and re-stacked the goblets a million times, but it was totally worth it *smile*

I stacked and re-stacked the goblets a million times, but it was totally worth it *smile*

A little patience and creativity and a mirror substitute was born *smile*

A little patience and a mirror substitute was born *smile*

I love the patina

I love the patina of old silver.

The similar shapes and sizes worked well for stacking and grouping.

The similar shapes and sizes worked well for stacking and grouping.

The silver goblets reflect light + surrounding colors acting like a mirror

The silver goblets reflect light + surrounding colors acting like a mirror.

What I love about this arrangement is I can add mini pumpkins for fall and shiny red ornaments for Christmas...Easter eggs...Oh, the possibilities!

What I love about this arrangement is I can add mini pumpkins for fall and shiny red ornaments for Christmas…Easter eggs…Oh, the possibilities!

Mixing metals in the parlor

Mixing metals in the parlor

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IMG_7193Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about using old silver goblets for a 1920 fireplace mirror substitute. Now while I go work on a few projects, y’all enjoy the fall foliage sneak peeks *smile*

Outside my master bedroom window.

Outside my master bedroom window…I had to zoom in on the bright orange!

A view down the street. Stay tuned for the Fall Foliage Report

A view down the street. Stay tuned for the Fall Foliage Report…I can’t wait to share my little adventure with y’all *smile*