Tips for Keeping Your Sofa Looking and Smelling Like New

Lucy (who sheds enough for three dogs) and Mattie (who doesn't shed at all)

Lucy (who sheds enough for three dogs) and Mattie (who doesn’t shed at all)

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 home renovation to handmade goodness. Today on the the blog, we are chatting cleaning tips.

I am often asked how I keep my furniture looking like new and smelling so fresh when there are three furbabies running around and living inside my house. My tips and tricks are actually pretty basic and easy to do.

Mattie taking a snooze break on the sofa in the master bedroom.

Mattie taking a snooze break on the sofa in the master bedroom.

You will only need four items to keep your furniture looking new and smelling fresh–vacuum cleaner, lint roller, baby wipes, and Febreze. For best results, clean your sofa and fabric chairs twice per month. I clean mine more during “pollen season” and when it is wet outside.

Just a few items and a little bit of time to keep your furniture fresh.

Just a few items and a little bit of time to keep your fabric furniture fresh.

Check out my quick tip video for more details on how to keep those fabric sofas and chairs looking and smelling like new.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

1. Vacuum the entire piece of furniture. Be sure to remove the cushions and get in all the nooks and crannies.

2. Go over the chair or sofa with the lint roller.

3. Wipe the sofa/chair with baby wipes. Go in one direction and then another. It may take several wipes to get it all clean.

4. Spray the sofa/chair with Febreze being sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

To protect my sofa/chairs, I toss quilts/blankets on them. I realize that a lot of folks out there are frowning upon the fact that I allow my dogs on my sofas–but they are more than “dogs” to me. They are members of my family, and they enjoy lounging while watching Big Bang *wink*

Ziva taking a little nap on the sofa in the family room.

Ziva taking a little nap on the sofa in the family room. Notice the quilt that is covering the sofa. When it gets dirty (because those giant paws are going to get something dirty), I simply wash it. Sofa protected and momma happy *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about tips for keeping those fabric sofas and armchairs looking and smelling like new.

Do you have any special tips or tricks for keeping your furniture looking like new? We would love to hear about them, so please feel free to post them in the comment section.

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I Am That Parent

Mattie loves having her picture taken.

Mattie loves having her picture taken.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good, hot cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation about everything from gluten-free snacks to DIY projects. Today on the blog, I wanted to share my fur babies with y’all–my distractions *wink* When people ask me how many children I have, I tell them one child and three fur babies–known as “The Girls”…bless the hubby’s heart…he is the only male in the house!

Ziva (Giant Schnauzer on the couch) and Mattie (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) were exhausted after their shopping trip to Pet Smart.

Ziva (Giant Schnauzer on the couch) and Mattie (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) were exhausted after their shopping trip to Pet Smart. Head over to the Instagram to see a video from their Pet Smart adventure.

The hubby and I are parents to an only child. And because of this, we have been asked a million times over the years when we were planning on having another child. Our response has always been the same–“We feel very blessed to have one healthy and happy child.” This, however, is not a satisfactory answer to the majority of those that have interrogated us about the baby topic. Bless, it all started when Abby was a toddler…and she is almost 19 now.

And they sleep...so sweetly.

And they sleep. Yes, I allow my dogs on the sofa…I just put quilts on the cushions…it is a win-win.

I don’t normally get into the real reasons why Abby is an only child. But let’s just say that my pregnancy was not an easy one…Abby was born about 5 weeks early…and she weighed a whopping 8 lbs and 13 oz. I was miserable and unhealthy the entire time I carried her. She is a miracle…it is a miracle I survived carrying her.

We have all seen Steel Magnolias.

I am not a selfish person–I try very hard not to put my needs above those of my little family’s. Abby needed a mom more than a sibling. And if people want to judge me for making that call–so be it. But don’t call me selfish because I didn’t want to risk my life and health for what others deem “normal” or “traditional”….

The hubby and I agreed that we were happy with one child–this decision was made with lots of prayer–and it was made between God, the hubby, and myself.

Look at the sweet face!

Look at the sweet face! Ziva is the needy one–but she keeps us entertained *smile*

It really boils my blood…actually raises my blood sugar…when women judge other women about having babies. Seriously? It is each woman’s choice on how many children she does and does not want to have or adopt. Yes, I have been told way more times that I want to think about–that the hubby and I should consider adoption since having a baby wasn’t an option. I think adoption is fabulous. But we did not want to adopt. We discussed it. We prayed about it. And believe it or not, we were happy being a family of three.

Lucy, who is almost 18 years old, has been with Abby almost her entire life. Abby dressed Lucy up, strolled her around, and had many conversations with Lucy.

Lucy, who is almost 18 years old, has been with Abby almost her entire life. Abby dressed Lucy up, strolled her around, and had many conversations with Lucy. And to this day, Abby makes time for Lucy–where they sit and chat about life.

I think that we as women are too quick to snap at other women about their decisions. For instance, I did not breastfeed *gasp…call the firing squad* and once again, I was called “selfish” because I was not doing what they considered best for my baby. No one ever asked me why…nope. I was just accused of being a bad mother because I wasn’t in the breastfeeding club. Did I ever try to explain to the judge and jurors why? No, because they had already made up their minds about me and my choice.

For the record, I have nothing against breastfeeding mothers. I admire and respect them. But at the same time, breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t have anything against moms who use formula + bottles. Love and respect for all *smile*

Mattie checking on Lucy after Lucy had a coughing spell.

Mattie checking on Lucy after Lucy had a coughing spell. About four years ago, the vet told us that Lucy would be lucky to live another six months. She proved him wrong…really wrong.

I hope y’all don’t think I am whining about my life and the well-meaning people that thought I should have had more children. I just wanted to share why my fur babies are so special and to let other women know that it is their decision on how many children to have or not to have…to let other families that do not fit the “norm” or “traditional” family model know that it is okay. Better to be happy than normal *wink*

Ziva is very proud of her new coat.

Ziva is very proud of her new coat. Notice the toy stuffing on the floor *smile* We got Ziva about three years ago for Abby because she really wanted her own puppy, and we needed a “guard” dog. I am not sure if Ziva has ever spent the night outside. She prefers beds, blankets, and fluffy pillows…but she is very alert and protective of her little family *smile*

It is in my humble opinion that we should not be quick to judge others because we do not know what they are going through….We as women should not criticize other women for deciding not to breastfeed or choosing to have only one child or no children. We should support each other…and be kind *smile*

Mattie showing off her new tutu.

Mattie showing off her new tutu. We all refer to Mattie as “the baby”–she loves to be held, snuggle, and give kisses. She makes a bad day better *smile*

Mattie working it for the camera.

Mattie working it for the camera.

"Is this my good side, Mom/"

“Is this my good side, Mom?”

Mattie know she is cute and has been milking her adorableness since we put the tutu on her.

Mattie knows she is cute and has been milking her adorableness since we put the tutu on her.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about something that has been bothering me for a long time. It is my hope that we will be more supportive of families–no matter how many children are in them…that we will be understanding of women who have difficult decisions to make about having babies or breastfeeding…or staying single….It is time to stop the judging and start the healing.

P.S. I am super proud of my only child and all the things that she has accomplished. For more on the happenings of Abby, check out her blogs Vintage Inspired Passionista and Sixteen & Successful.

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SSL’S Gluten-free Top Picks: On-the-go Breakfast

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s top gluten-free picks of the week–which are all about making breakfast gluten-free, easy, and healthy. Now, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me.

If y’all are like me, there is little time for a fancy breakfast. I’ve tried making the casserole the night before, popping it in the oven the next morning, and cooking it while getting dressed. Yes, dancing around the kitchen with birds chirping outside…serving my family a delcious, homemade breakfast dish made with wholesome ingredients and love.  Haha! Not in this lifetime *wink* Yes, I tried the cooking while getting dressed breakfast ideas…let me just say that we ate cereal instead of a fancy casserole.

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My favorite go-to breakfast item is Pamela’s Whenever Bars.  They are super delicious, gluten-free, and non-dairy with 150 mg of OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids and a good source of fiber. Most contain gluten-free oats, coconut,  eggs, and almonds–so, if you are sensitive to these ingredients, you might want to avoid the snack bars. My personal favorite is the Oat Blueberry Lemon…yummy for the tummy! I keep a nice variety of these in a basket in my snack drawer. Easy to grab and go.

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Who wants muffins for breakfast? Well, ginnybakes has the perfect gluten-free muffin mix. All you need is the mix, one egg, butter, Greek yogurt, and flavoring of your choice (like vanilla). The ingredients are simple and preparation is fast. I usually bake mine the night before because I’m not a morning person…and cooking is not what I want to be doing at the crack of dawn!

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The “peace love & crumble” muffin mix is certified gluten-free and kosher. It contains organic shredded coconut, organic dried apples, and organic Medjool dates. I give ginnybakes muffins five stars *smile*

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Cookies for breakfast?!? Absolutely!! The “coconut oatmeal bliss” cookie mix by ginnybakes is not only easy to make, but also healthy and hardy enough to eat for breakfast. Make the cookies the night before, pop one in the microwave for about ten seconds, and pour yourself a glass of milk or cup of coffee for a quick breakfast that makes you feel like a kid again + the kids will think you’re the greatest for giving them cookies for breakfast!

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A great on-the-go breakfast is trail mix. I make my own because of all my crazy diet restrictions + it’s fun *smile* My best advice is to read the ingredients of everything carefully. If you are adding dried fruit(s), check for added wheat or gluten. See examples below.

P.S. I learned this lesson the hard way!

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Just read those labels carefully and give yourself extra time to shop so you can read labels and ask questions. It’s your health…your life…don’t take chances or make guesses *smile*

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Once I’ve mixed up my trail mix, I put it in either sandwich bags (because I can never remember to buy the snack size) or cute containers.  Those are then placed in my trail mix/snack food drawer. Yes, I’m that dedicated to my trail mixes and on-the-go snacks *wink*

Where did I shop for my gluten-free items?

Pamela’s Whenever Bars–Publix in Trussville, Alabama (also available on Pamela’s website)

ginnybakes–The Fresh Market in Johnson City, Tennessee

trail mix items–Earth Fare and The Fresh Market in Johnson City, Tennessee

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Please keep in mind that what doesn’t bother me–might bother you–so be extra careful when trying new foods. Read those labels! *smile*

Now that you have super easy and delicious breakfast ideas, you can hit the snooze button a few extra times *wink*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. I’m off to walk the girls…Bless their sweetness! They’ve been so patient while I chatted with y’all *smile*

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A Real Life Post about Diet Pepsi, Blah Spaces, and Dog Food

It is a busy week here in the blogosphere. The VIP and I have been working nonstop on her latest project--that will be launched tomorrow. Stay tuned

It is a busy week here in the blogosphere. The VIP and I have been working nonstop on her latest project that she will launch tomorrow. Stay tuned to our social medias and blogs for more details. Mattie isn’t telling…so don’t ask her *wink*

Hey, y’all! It is time to sit a spell and relax with a good cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine. To be honest, I am drinking Diet Pepsi and eating watermelon as I write this…so feel free to pour yourself a diet beverage…if you are against artificial sweeteners…might I recommend La Croix Peach-Pear…it has no calories, no artificial sweeteners, and is sodium free. I just needed some caffeine…and I really like Diet Pepsi…there are so many things I cannot drink and eat because of the Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease that it is perfectly acceptable that I am allowed to drink my Diet Pepsi without a sermon, friendly advice, or a disapproving look…believe me…I have read all the Facebook posts about the dangers of artificial sweeteners…but just let me have my Diet Pepsi without making me feel bad about myself and my beverage choice.  I digress.

Today on the blog, we are going to be chatting about Mattie and her new dog food, Ziva and her new food/beverage area, and my boring yet functional utility room and mudroom.

"Mattie, would you like to try a new dog food."

“Mattie, would you like to try a new dog food…I know that you are not very happy about getting older, but it is important that you eat food designed specifically for you. Please just try it. If you do not like it, Mom will take you to Pet Smart and buy you a new toy.”

Mattie checking out the Purina ProPlan Savor Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice formula.

Mattie checking out the Purina ProPlan Savor (Adults 7+) Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice formula…she sniffed at the bag for about ten minutes…sniffing and then looking at me…sniffing…and then looking at me…

Mattie taking her first nibble of her new kibble.

Mattie taking her first nibble of her new kibble.

"Mattie, what did you think of your new dog food?"

“Mattie, what did you think of your new dog food?”

peek inside the utility room–please excuse the blah–it is a work in progress.

The hubby added a couple of ClosetMaid shelves and counter space to the utility room because one can never have too much storage or counter space. The vintage green pantry cabinet has been moving around with me for years. I love it more now than when I found it *smile*

The hubby added a couple of ClosetMaid shelves and counter space to the utility room because one can never have too much storage or counter space. The vintage green pantry cabinet has been moving around with me for years. I love it more now than when I found it *smile*

I love color and patterns--so these darling baskets from Michael's were perfect for storing everything from paper towel rolls to my Camelbak + they fit just right on the ClosetMaid shelves.

I love color and patterns–so these darling baskets from Michael’s were perfect for storing everything from paper towel rolls to my Camelbak + they fit just right on the ClosetMaid shelves.

The utility room has hookups for laundry, but I decided to create a laundry space upstairs where all the bedrooms are located. This room is better suited for the messy hubby and the dogs' food/beverage area *wink*

The utility room has hookups for laundry, but I decided to create a laundry space upstairs where all the bedrooms are located. This room is better suited for the messy hubby and the dogs’ food/beverage area *wink*

The counter top support post is an old 4x4 post that I found underneath the deck at my Sloss Castle house. I love it just the way it is *smile*

The counter top leg is an old 4×4 post that I found underneath the deck at my Sloss Castle house. I love it just the way it is *smile*

Ziva is showing y'all where she eats and drinks...Mattie really doesn't like the water fountain...so she gets to eat wherever makes her happy because she is a bit spoiled *wink*

Ziva is showing y’all where she eats and drinks…Mattie really doesn’t like the water fountain…so she gets to eat wherever makes her happy because she is a bit spoiled *wink* P.S. the dog treats are stored in the canister on the counter…not for the humans *smile*

A little peek inside the mudroom...I have no idea what color to paint it! I love Lime Sorbet...but I was also thinking about a pretty peach or coral...decisions!

A little peek inside the mudroom…I have no idea what color to paint it! I love Lime Sorbet…but I was also thinking about a pretty peach or coral…decisions!

I love this quirky space, and it needs lots of color, cheer, and fun art!

I love this quirky space, and it needs lots of color, cheer, and fun art! Yes, I could have styled the dog leash/purse hanger like a magazine…but this is a real life post *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Feel free to comment with any color suggestions, art ideas, or organizational tips you might have for my blah spaces. I need them because after renovating Sloss Castle and moving so many times in such a short period of time…I am all out of mojo!

 

 

 

It’s All About Location and Laundry

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Happy Cloud

If I have learned anything from the many years of watching HGTV, especially House Hunters, it is that one can change a lot of things about a house–but not its location.

I have had to remind myself of that daily (well, numerous times daily) during these past couple of months of home renovation–location–view–location–view.  I am not going to lie.  This project is overwhelming.  Some days, I think this house is trying to kill me.  Other days, I feel like it is a money pit…one rot problem after another.  Thank you, previous homeowners.

A little more rot...we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows for French doors...decisions, decisions.

A little more rot…we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows with French doors…decisions, decisions.  Do you see Mattie and Ziva’s laundry basket full of toys?  They love looking out the windows.

Mattie looking out at the living room windows...I am thinking that French doors would be lovely here...

Mattie on the inside looking out–She had gone inside to get a drink of water and a toy.  Hmmm, I am really thinking that French doors would be lovely here.  I am pretty sure that Mattie agrees!

Today…as I was spraying my 16th gallon of poison ivy killer (make that 18th gallon–I took a break from writing to go kill stuff)…I thought about how focused I have been on completing the house…that I have not taken the time to enjoy it…just as it is…mess and all.

Often times, we are all so focused on the daily routines that must be done, we are all so focused on perfection and how our lives look to our Facebook friends–that we forget to just be happy…like a real happiness. To be happy with the little accomplishments…to be happy with the fact that there is only one load of laundry left to do–at this exact moment…knowing that there will be two more later on this afternoon…to be happy because God has blessed us in so many ways…even the troubles and struggles are blessings.

Love the view from my laundry room...the

Love the view from my laundry room…sure, the floor moulding needs to be painted, the walls need a bit of art, and the clothes need to be put away…but sometimes there are just more important things to do…

Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather--I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!

Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather–I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!

We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects.  Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby's snack!

We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects. Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby’s snack!

Sure, I would love to wake up and my home renovation be completely finished.  I would love to have a laundry fairy…but what I do have is this exact moment to be happy with my location…and with where God has placed me.

View from the breakfast room--Abby traded her computer for the pool today.  Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill?  Yep, that project will have to wait another day!

View from the breakfast room–Abby traded her computer for a book and the pool today. Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill? Yep, that project will have to wait another day!

View from the upstairs landing--Note to Self:  (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting

View from the upstairs landing–Note to Self: (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting

View from the screen porch area--going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl deck, posts, and rails

View from the screen porch area–we are going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl…deck, posts, and rails

Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights...I wonder how long they have been hanging there????

Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights…I wonder how long they have been hanging there???? Do you see the 1980s intercom?

Rotted and leaning deck rails...this is the no-no zone...but the view is fabulous...and the deck will be too!

Rotted and leaning deck rails…this is the no-no zone…but the view is fabulous…and the deck will be too!  Stan brought home a little sneak peek of the material he will be using. I am so excited!

Progress on Abby's bath area...one day at a time...one day at a time.

Progress on Abby’s bath area…one day at a time…one day at a time.

It is a nice place to set up shop...all the deck will be vinyl...you won't recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!

It is a nice place to set up shop. The new deck will be vinyl.  I promise, you won’t recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!

No progress in the master bath...same as we left it two months ago...

No progress in the master bath…same as we left it–two months ago…

A little sheetrock dust art...it is a losing battle haha

A little sheetrock dust art…it is a losing battle haha

Thank you previous home owners for never replacing anything...in thirty-one years.  The deck is in poor condition...very poor condition...but I know a guy that is really talented in designing and building decks!

Thank you, previous home owners, for never replacing anything…in thirty-two years. The deck is in poor condition…very poor condition…but I know a guy that is really talented with designing and building decks!

Flooring for the master dressing room...yes, it is right next to Stan's side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon...but until then...I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!

Flooring for the master dressing room/closet…yes, it is right next to Stan’s side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon…but until then…I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!

Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly...and laundry will always be a constant.

Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this giant fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly…and laundry will always be a constant.

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Wall art by Abby:  this piece is hanging outside her room

Even though, we are still living in a mess…living out of boxes…and living on a prayer; we are happy.  And at the end of the day, that is all that matters.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me.  Have a blessed day!

Chasidy

Two Blondes and a Stan: Bath Tub Baby Steps

Outside the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama

Outside the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama

When it came time to write this week’s Two Blondes and a Stan, I went through hundreds of photos and a dozen different ideas…should I tell y’all everything that has happened in this past week…would y’all even believe me, if I did?  Where do I even start?

The truth…I shall begin with the truth.  So grab a good cup of coffee, and sit a spell with me as we take a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art and baby steps toward getting Abby’s bathroom complete.

a peek inside the Birmingham Museum of Art

a peek inside the Birmingham Museum of Art

Once upon a time, a boy met a girl…they got married…and eventually had a precious baby girl.  Flash forward seventeen years….

This precious baby girl is now seventeen…and keeps us on own our toes and on the road…and that is how we ended up at the Birmingham Museum of Art and not at home working on renovation projects.

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After we got though celebrating Holi at the BMA, we got back to reality...working on Abby's bathroom.

After we finished celebrating Holi at the BMA, we got back to reality…working on Abby’s bathroom.

Tub is now positioned...whoo hoo!

Good news:  tub is now positioned…whoo hoo…

Stan playing the role of plumber

Stan playing plumber

Countertop from Lowe's, sink and faucet from Home depot, original mirror and cabinets

Countertop from Lowe’s, sink and faucet from Home Depot, original mirror, and original cabinets that I painted and glazed (details in upcoming posts)

Tiles for the vanity backsplash from Home Depot

Tiles for the vanity backsplash from Home Depot

Ziva has been fascinated with the home renovation.  Her latest curiosity--the drill.

Ziva has been fascinated with the home renovation. “Hey, mom!  What is this?”

Ziva did not like the drill!  I really wish I would have videoed the scene.

Ziva did not like the drill! I really wish I would have videoed the scene.

Even with all the weekend happenings, we did get some projects checked off the list…bath tub baby steps, baby, bath tub baby steps!

Now, it is time for a sneak peek of the home decor and wall art……………….

I like to position everything and live with it for awhile before I commit.  My number one tip for home renovation is hang wall art before painting that last coat of paint…live with it, and make sure you love where it is.  If you decide that you do, simply take it all down and paint that last coat.  If you decide you don’t like where you put all your art, simply take it all down, patch the nail holes, and try again!

Wall art collage in the living room...details about wall color and art pieces in a future blog.

Wall art collage in the living room…and I am kinda digging it…details about wall color and art pieces in a future blog.

Yes, I did bring that window home from the dump.

Yes, I did bring that window home from the dump.

A little junky decor for the living room

My picked gas cans–love them, and I must find more to make into lamps!

My favorite junky piece

My favorite junky piece

Today has been a busy day.  Abby, Lucy, and I made a quick road trip to Columbus, Mississippi for Abby to participate in a FlashPointOmniMedia radio show.  No home projects were accomplished, but we had much fun and refueled our creative spirit.

Abby, Lucy, and I made a quick road trip to Columbus, Mississippi for Abby to participate in a FlashPointOmniMedia radio show. We spotted this Pepsi can painted on the side of a building in Gordo, Alabama.  Of course, we had to stop and take a few photos for Abby’s blog. No home projects were accomplished, but we had much fun and refueled our creative spirit.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me.  Be sure to keep up with all the randomness and renovation by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter buttons on the right sidebar.

Stay tuned to Sweet Sorghum Living as we reveal all the details about the home renovation–from paint colors to where to buy.

Much love,

Chasidy

Two Blondes and a Stan: Demolition Time

Abby having a bit of fun demolishing the "hers" side of the master bath

Abby having a bit of fun demolishing the “hers” side of the master bath

We began our new adventure…more like massive undertaking…hours after signing our names and initialing here (no less than fifty times).

The tasks before us were no surprise.  We had the inspection…we read the report…we could see all the problems with our own eyes, yet we were drawn to this place and its charm.

The living room required the least amount of work.  The fireplace renovation has been the main project.  We had a bit of a leak…that required us to tear out all the woodwork and mantel.

Since this photo, the bricks have been painted and glazed, a new mantel has been built and installed, and the TV has been mounted above the mantel.  There are still a few more finishing touches left to do…hopefully, soon.

Stan working diligently on the removal of the floating cabinets in the kitchen

Stan working diligently on the removal of the floating cabinets in the kitchen

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The master bedroom and bath are the largest of the projects that we face. There were two separate master baths…a his and a hers, both with large walk-in closets.  We decided to create one large master bath and a dressing room.  For now, the master bath is studs and bare floors because I have no inspiration for the design direction!

Removing the mirror surround...carefully!

Removing the mirror surround…carefully!

Abby stopping for a pose while Stan works...and there I am in the mirror...taking the photo...

Abby stopping for a pose while Stan works…and there I am in the mirror…taking the photo…

God has blessed me with a wonderful little family.  We took a leap of faith, accepted the challenge, and demolished.  Now, it is time to use the talents that we have been given to restore this house, to use our money wisely in its restoration, and to share with y’all the ups and downs and everything in between.

The "hers" side of the master bath...we are repurposing the cabinets for a workstation in the basement.

The “hers” side of the master bath…we are repurposing the cabinets for a workstation in the basement.

Mattie and Ziva decided that they would help with the demolition.

Mattie and Ziva decided that they would help with the demolition.

Mattie says that it's enough work for one day...and blogging!

Mattie says that it’s enough work for one day…and blogging!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today.  Be sure to keep up with all the peeks into the renovation on Facebook (press the “like” button on the sidebar to keep up with all the action), Twitter (press the “follow” button on the sidebar to keep up with all the randomness), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/thelollymolly).

Love and Hugs,

Chasidy