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.

Sweet and Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff with a little Transformation Tuesday

 

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I'd get red. And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head. I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."--Johnny Cash

It seems I had to fight my whole life through. Some gal would giggle and I’d get red. And some guy’d laugh, and I’d bust his head. I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”–Johnny Cash (handmade, cross-stitched lovely by Logan McClelland of Sweet & Dirty’s)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living! Thanks so much for visiting us today. If your old friends, you know what to do–but if this is your first time with us–the rules are simple:

1. Grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine.

2. Sit a spell with us.

That’s it! We like to keep things simple around here. Speaking of simple, one of my favorite authors said it best–“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” Thank you, Henry David Thoreau, for reminding us that we need to slow down and pare down.

Blue Plum Festival 2014

Blue Plum Festival 2014 in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee–entry to the food court area

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter, Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista, posing for a fan photo.

My daughter and I had the best time at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. We spent hours checking out all the vendors and their goods–looking for handmade artisans and items that stood out from the rest. We attend so many arts and crafts festivals that sometimes all the booths and wares run together–or seem to all be the same. We found two adorable booths that grabbed our attention–and today, I am going to share one with y’all. Head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for the second vendor that wowed us. For second vendor that wowed us, click here.

Sweet & Dirty's Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff was one of the VIP and SSL Top Picks at the Blue Plum Festival.

As we wandered the streets of downtown Johnson City looking for our favorite things, we spied the adorable Sweet & Dirty’s Emporium of Good Stuff. We were drawn inside by the rows of cross-stitched sayings…some funny, some sweet, and some just stating it like it is. Of course, the name was also intriguing–how could an adorable little shop be sweet & dirty? After chatting with Logan McClelland and her mom, we knew the answer–it was a combination of her being called “Sweet Logan” and her husband being known as “Dirty”–nicknames given to them by friends. I wonder what combo name the hubby and I would have? Hmmm…Anyway…back to this adorable shop of goodness. Logan is a proud stay-at-home mom, who makes the most darling things using vintage and recycled materials. Y’all must go check out her Etsy shop and her Facebook page for more of the lowdown on Sweet & Dirty’s.

Etsy Shop: Β Click here.

Facebook: Click here.

Now, it is time for Transformation Tuesday!Β 

This week, I want to take a look back at the curb appeal transformation of Sloss Castle–which was the massive renovation project that the hubby and I took on back in December 2012 with it ending in January 2014…just in time for us to get the freshly renovated house on the market and move…again…but that is a story for another day!Β 

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love...and we were willing to give it.

When we first spotted Sloss Castle, it was covered up by overgrown bushes and ivy. The mullions on the windows screamed outdated, and the steps were just blah. It needed love…and we were willing to give it.

We knew the house had the potential to shine–so we revealed its hidden beauty by clearing out the shrubbery, repairing the steps, and having the outside painted. We chose a lighter shade than the original to showcase the natural elements surrounding the house, we removed the mullions from all the windows to give the house a fresh, updated look, and the hubby built planter boxes for the steps to add a bit of height and interest–something to draw friends and family inside.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached--just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

The hubby built six wooden planters for the steps. They are not attached–just designed to sit perfectly pretty.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a perfect way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

We painted the planters bright white to match the trim of the house. These containers are a lovely way to add pops of color to the ordinary brown steps.

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This photo was taken Fall 2013--just after we had added new shrubs...and the leaves were in full show.

This photo was taken Fall 2013–just after we had added new shrubs…and the leaves were in full show. It is amazing what a little bit of hard work and a lot of patience can produce!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I hope that you enjoyed your rest, a look at the Sweet & Dirty, and a major Transformation Tuesday.