Re-decorating Hathorn Hall’s Front Porch + Dining Room Sneak Peek

IMG_8040Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. If this is your first time visiting, we would like to extend a warm Southern welcome *smile* The rules of SSL are simple–grab a good cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and sit a spell with us. That’s it *big smile*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about several things–from a sneak peek of Hathorn Hall’s dining room to the front porch fall decor I had to replace and fix due to some severe and blustery weather.

Now, it is time to sit a spell and enjoy the randomness of today. To be honest, most of my days are random and scattered, but that is perfectly okay because I am alive and kicking *cue Simple Minds*

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans.

The dining room is inspired by my love of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the details on paint, fabric, and more *smile*

I cannot wait to tell y'all all about the wine rack/buffet table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

I cannot wait to tell y’all all about the wine tasting table that the hubby built + why he had to build it.

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y'all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A wider shot of the dining room. Can y’all guess what the hubby and I named this room?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a bit of severe weather here in Northeast Tennessee. The wind was terrible, and it took a toll on my cornstalks and other front porch fall decor. After the storms had all passed, I got busy with salvaging and re-decorating. Check out the original post about the fall decorating here. I did not want to invest too much into the project because I did not want to take from my winter plant or Christmas budgets.

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile*

The cornstalks on the front columns did not survive the winds. I just added new mums and called it good *smile* Notice the blue cooler–I finished the re-decorating and clean up just a couple of hours before we had a Saturday Football party *whew…cutting it close*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y'all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink*

I am still loving my metal jack-o-laterns from my sweet friend in Mississippi. I will probably replace them with real pumpkins after Halloween. Y’all know how much I hate pumpkins *wink* Notice that I did salvage the corn from the cornstalks and used them as “filler” for the pots + a few of the corn “leaves”–are they called leaves? Hmmmm….

I was super relieved  that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

I was super relieved that the cornstalks framing the front door survived.

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Cute scarecrows + candy dispensers in the parlor = fun stop for guests

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the sneak peek of the dining room + more fall decorating. I really do love this time of year. Fall puts on the best color show *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

Stay tuned for more Fall Foliage Reports *smile*

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

One more photo from the mini adventures the hubby and I had this past weekend.

 

 

 

Dancing in the Leaves with My New Hat from SparkleCatStudio

It is the most beautiful time of the year...when the leaves are all changing...and the squirrels are all gathering...it is the most wonderful time of the year...

It is the most beautiful time of the year…when the leaves are all changing…and the squirrels are all gathering…it is the most wonderful time of the year…la la la fa la la…

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and good conversation…well, random conversation *wink* It has been crazy busy here…from a neighborhood gathering to shopping for winter clothes–which is a big chore + I have been on a couple of fall foliage adventures with the hubby–not the ones I had planned…but we don’t always get what we want…but it is perfectly okay because we get what we have time for…and sometimes there is just not much time *deep breath* Any who. Today on the blog, we are chatting about one of my favorite Etsy shops + looking at the fall foliage on my street here in Johnson City, Tennessee.

I really do not like having my photo taken...but Abby convinced me that I should model my own hat...so I did ...and she took the photos. We had a lot of fun + tons of bloopers and laughs

I really do not like having my photo taken…but Abby convinced me that I should model my own hat…so I did …and she took the photos. We had a lot of fun + tons of bloopers and laughs.

Being silly in the leaves while sporting my new knitted hat.

Being silly in the leaves while sporting my new knitted hat.

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I am loving my slouchy hat by SparkleCatStudio.

I am loving my slouch hat by SparkleCatStudio. Stephanie is such a super sweet person with a big heart. Check out her newest Facebook page dedicated to her precious rescues–click here. She just kicked it off today! Congrats, Sparkle Cat Rescues.

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Happy dance because I can shop in my PJ’s *smile* To shop in your PJ’s, click here.

SparkleCatStudio has more than hats. There are scarves, bracelets, earrings, rings...Y'all must hurry over there and see for yourselves *smile* For more on Stephanie and her awesomeness, check out the VIP Interview here.

SparkleCatStudio has more than hats. There are scarves, bracelets, earrings, rings…Y’all must hurry over there and see for yourselves *smile* For more on Stephanie and her awesomeness, check out the VIP Interview here.

Here is my more serious side *wink*

Here is my more serious side *wink* I love keeping up with SparkleCatStudio on Facebook. There is so much cuteness happening on Stephanie’s page. The precious rescue kitties and her darling pup–just so much sweetness!!!! Head over there now–if y’all think y’all can handle all the cuteness *smile*

I promise there are fall foliage photos coming! The hubby and I have taken lots…the color has just now begun to pop here in Northeast Tennessee. Fingers crossed for a fun adventure this coming weekend + fingers crossed there won’t be rain and wind!

My little street is really putting on a show!

My little street is really putting on a show!

 

 

 

Yankee Candle Addiction

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, I’m admitting that I’m an addict. Seriously. It’s bad. The hubby wants me to seek help because I’ve got a secret stash, and I’m beginning to make more and more excuses….

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It started out so innocently. The year was 1995. A student gave me one. It smelled heavenly. It took me back to Christmases of yesteryear. It made me happy. It made me feel good. I was hooked. There would be no turning back.

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Today I indulged myself once again. I couldn’t resist the temptation. There was a sale on my favorites. Buy one, get one 50% off. I had a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $45 or more. Curses! They were putting out brand-spanking new ones.

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Oh. My. Goodness. Fall has arrived at my house. There is no more summer scents. It’s pumpkin everything.

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What makes my addiction so bad is I’ve dragged Ziva into my excited frenzy. She was super pumped when I came home with a fresh supply.

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Then…came…another coupon to feed my problem. Y’all know where to find me on September 2.

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Now to help keep my product burning smoothly, I use the Illuma-Lid. A big shout out to Cris at Yankee Candle inside The Mall at Johnson City for introducing me to these cute and functional lids. All these years of buying and burning, I never knew what those lids did…I thought they were just for looks…but they actually help the candles to burn more evenly.

I conducted my own experiment…one candle with an Illuma-Lid and one without…same location…same burn time…Result–Illuma-Lid candle performed and looked better. My experiment was far from scientific or controlled, but as far as I’m concerned…I will be investing in more Illuma-Lids…and more Yankee Candles.

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my addiction to Yankee Candle. As Cris stated, “It’s aromatherapy.” Scents remind us of people and things we love. I would love to have a candle that smells like my Granddaddy’s pipe tobacco.  How wonderfully amazing that would be! I’d sit in my rocking chair, drink coffee, and chat about the good ole days. Yankee Candle,  please get on that immediately *smile*

SSL’s Top Gluten-free Picks

 

wpid-20140722_144856.jpgHey, 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. So let’s grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell while we chat about delicious foods.

The VIP and I visited Cakes in a Cup in Johnson City, Tennessee in search of gluten-free cupcakes that were moist and delicious.  Believe me–we have had our share of not-so-edible GF baked goods…so we went knowing that it could be a flop…but it wasn’t!

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I had the Chocolate Lava Cheesecake + Diet Dr. Pepper, and Abby feasted on Chocolate + Diet Pepsi. We were pleasantly surprised with not only the moistness of the little cakes,  but also the rich chocolate flavor. Two thumbs up and five stars!!

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It was a busy day of running errands and searching for gluten-free top picks. It was so much fun having Abby along to help me sample and critic.

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One of my favorite places to shop. I love the atmosphere, friendly service, and top-notch produce.

After our cupcake break, we ventured to Walmart because I needed lancets…because I’ve been in a struggle with my insurance company’s prescription provider…long story…but I’m not seeing where Express Scripts has saved me time…made me cry…yes…stressed me beyond my limits…yes…I digress.

Back to eating healthy and delicious 🙂

After surviving Walmart, we ventured to a happy place–The Fresh Market–which has a nice selection of gluten-free items + the prettiest fresh flowers.

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Breakfast of Champions. Warning: This cereal is so addictive and so yummy that the hubby requests it!

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Chips fromThe Fresh Market + Hummus from Earth Fare = yummy for the tummy snacks that are good for us!

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Super easy dinner–just add a side salad. Now, this is a bit spicy and will make you miss NOLA.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about yummy snacks and an easy dinner–all sans gluten. As a person with Celiac these above items do not bother me, but they might bother you. I’m no expert…I’m just trying my best to eat healthy and delicious all while living with Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes.

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Another reason to shop at The Fresh Market in Johnson City–the gorgeous view 🙂

 

44th Annual Jonesborough Days and 29th Annual Johnson City Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Love this window display by  Team Bridal in historic downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Love this window display by Team Bridal in historic downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Whew! What an exciting weekend here in Northeast Tennessee! The little family and I stayed super busy with fabulously fun activities–from the 44th Annual Jonesborough Days to the 29th Annual Johnson City Independence Day Fireworks Celebration–and everything in between. I have so many photos to share with y’all–I don’t even know where to start….Before I get super involved with sharing my favorites–pour a good cup of coffee, pull up a seat, and sit a spell with me as we enjoy all the fabulousness from the Fourth of July weekend.

Isn't this the most adorable tribute to America! All of the windows in historic downtown Jonesborough were decked out with patriotic spirit.

Isn’t this the most adorable tribute to America! All of the windows in historic downtown Jonesborough were decked out with patriotic spirit and pride.

Another view of Team Bridal's window display. It was definitely my favorite.

Another view of Team Bridal’s window display. It was definitely my favorite.

The little family and I really enjoyed all the foot stompin' music.

The little family and I really enjoyed all the foot stompin’ music.

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I just adore everything about historic downtown Jonesborough. It is so picturesque and friendly...and its rich history...Oh, my!

I just adore everything about historic downtown Jonesborough. It is so picturesque and friendly…and its rich history…Oh, my! I will have more blogs about this darling little place.

I wanted all of the upcycled wind chimes that Don Strong had in his booth at Jonesborough Days. Here is just a little peek of mine--I will show y'all more on a later blog *wink*

I wanted all of the upcycled wind chimes that Don Strong had in his booth at Jonesborough Days. Here is just a little peek of mine–I will show y’all more on a later blog *wink*

The Tractor Show at the 44th Annual Jonesborough Days

I know absolutely nothing about vintage and antique tractors; however, I do know that they are movable pieces of art...built  with pride and true craftsmanship...and loved much by their current owners...and they remind me of my dad...and we all know that I am a daddy's girl *wink*

I know absolutely nothing…nada…zilch…about vintage and antique tractors; however, I do know that they are movable pieces of art…built with pride and true craftsmanship…and loved much by their current owners…and they remind me of my dad…and we all know that I am a daddy’s girl *wink*

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The 29th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at Freedom Hall Civic Center

What an amazing fireworks show in Johnson City, Tennessee. The little family and I walked there with a few of our neighbors--which I am loving my new street and neighbors!

What an amazing fireworks show in Johnson City, Tennessee. The little family and I walked there with some of our neighbors. Have I told y’all how much I am loving my new street and neighbors? My goodness! We are having so much fun *smile* Be jealous *wink*

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at a few of my favorites from the Independence Day weekend. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all of my adventuring, my precious pups, and more.

P.S. All the photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5…I totally recommend this phone–it has the most fabulous camera and is super easy to use!

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:  Click here.

Facebook: Click here.

Now, it is time for Transformation Tuesday! 

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! 

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.

 

Blue Plum Festival Day Two–Urban Art Throwdown

Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee--"Live and Let Bee" by Christina Majic

Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee–“Live and Let Bee” by Christina Majic (work in progress)

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about the Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee. If you missed my Day One adventure, don’t fret–grab a good cup of coffee, sit a spell with me, and check out Day One and Day Two of the Blue Plum Fest–not a celebration of fruit–but of community, art, music, food, and beer.

Laura Cross chose the bee theme for her urban art throwdown masterpiece. I love her use of alternative materials and the industrial look.

Laura Cross chose the bee theme for her urban art throwdown masterpiece. I love her use of alternative materials and the industrial look.

My daughter–Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista–and I enjoyed chatting with the artists and illustrators about their works and what inspired them. The artists with whom we chatted told us that “bees” is a new theme that was added to the Throwdown this year–and that is why so many of the pieces are “bee” inspired. Being new to the area, we discovered that other popular themes of past throwdowns were historical aspects and railroads. Personally, I am a huge fan of honey bees because they work hard for all of us 🙂

Laura Cross chose the "bee" theme for her urban art throw down masterpiece

Laura Cross chose the “bee” theme for her urban art throwdown masterpiece.

Laura Cross of Johnson City took a moment from her painting to chat with the VIP and me about the inspiration behind her piece. Laura, who is a teacher with no formal art training, chose the bee theme for her street art because she likes geometrical things and abstracts–which is represented in her beehive. Laura told us that the artists were encouraged to use alternative materials this year. Laura stated, “Aerosols are the traditional medium. I used aluminum tape, which is used for duct work, and duct tape…I also made my stencils from acetate.” Laura wanted to enter the Urban Art Throwdown because she wanted to challenge herself. Laura, the VIP and I are glad you did because your spunk and determination is contagious! 🙂

"Bees are born into a role that they can't get out of...and they all have to work together to get things done.", explained Laura about her machine-inspired beehive.

“Bees are born into a role that they can’t get out of…and they all have to work together to get things done.”, explained Laura about her machine-inspired beehive. “I chose to use black and white because of the machine-like feel of the piece.”

A gear representing the machine of the beehive is made from aluminum tape.

A gear representing the “machine” of the beehive–made from aluminum tape.

After chatting with Laura, we stopped by to find out about this colorful "bee" inspired graffiti piece. The VIP and I loved the colors in this one--but we both love pink :)

After chatting with Laura, we stopped by to find out about this colorful “bee” inspired graffiti piece. The VIP and I loved the colors in this one–because we are both fans of brights and pink 🙂

Anton Slasko is currently attending ETSU where is earning a his Masters in New Media. Anton did graffiti art in Serbia for about ten years. During our chat, he said that he wanted to paint using the new theme of bees and that he was having fun at the Blue Plum Festival.

Anton Slasko is currently attending ETSU where is earning his Masters in New Media. Anton did graffiti art in Serbia for about ten years. During our chat, he said that he wanted to paint using the new theme of bees and that he was having fun at the Blue Plum Festival.

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Christina Majic of Majic Robot Design Studio also chose the new bee theme for her Urban Art Throwdown masterpiece.

Christina Majic of Majic Robot Design Studio also chose the new bee theme for her Urban Art Throwdown masterpiece.

We asked Christina about the glitter on her piece, and she told us that she likes the way the light hits it. "It catches people's attention because most won't notice the art until it's right in front of them."--stated Christina Majic.

We asked Christina about the glitter on her piece, and she told us that she likes the way the light hits it. “It catches people’s attention because most won’t notice the art until it’s right in front of them.”–stated Christina Majic.

Christina is an artist and illustrator by trade. She has her Masters in Art and has a wide variety of mediums--from acrylics to spray paint.

Christina is an artist and illustrator by trade. She has her Masters in Art and uses a wide variety of mediums–from acrylics to spray paint.

Check out Majic Robot on Facebook.

Check out Majic Robot on Facebook for more totally awesome examples of their work.

"Live and Let Bee" receives two thumbs and five stars for not only its funky design, but also its sparkle :)

“Live and Let Bee” receives two thumbs and five stars for not only its funky design, but also its sparkle 🙂

Daruth Padilla of Majic Robot Design Studio working on his "Attack of the Killer Bee" at the Urban Art Throwdown

Daruth Padilla of Majic Robot Design Studio working on his killer bee at the Urban Art Throwdown

Daruth Padilla explained to the VIP and me how he works as an illustrator. I must say that he and Christina have a fabulous spray paint collection!

Daruth Padilla explained to the VIP and me how he works as an illustrator. We also chatted about his Kachina-inspired bee, and how it was attacking the city.

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Does anyone besides me remember the Attack of the Killer Bees movie?

I must say that David and Christina have a fabulous spray paint collection–and a whole lotta talent!

My goodness! Time flies when you are having fun 🙂 Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival. Join me tomorrow for a look at the very talented and fun Logan from Sweet & Dirty’s on Etsy and for a little Transformation Tuesday.

 

 

 

My First Blue Plum Festival–Urban Art Throwdown

Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee--I chatted with this amazing artist about her super cool art piece. She explained that she chose the "bee" theme--and was working on the hive.

Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee–I chatted with this amazing artist about her super cool art piece. She explained that she chose the “bee” theme–and was working on the hive.

Hello, buttercups! Today on the blog, I am chatting about my very first Blue Plum Festival–which is not a celebration of a blue plum, but a celebration of the history and roots of Johnson City, Tennessee. The downtown streets are currently filled to the brim with music, food, balloon animals, handmade items, and beer…but I was drawn to the Urban Art Throwdown. I snapped a few photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5 (which has an amazing camera) to show y’all why I spent so much time hanging out at the Throwdown. Luckily, I was able to hear some of the great musicians while admiring the artisans at work.

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Graffiti artists amaze me, and I am super jealous of their spray paint inventory *smile*

Graffiti artists amaze me, and I am super jealous of their spray paint inventory *smile*

I really need to work on my spray paint collection!

I really need to work on my spray paint collection!

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I also spent some time at the Nelson Fine Art Center–which is a lovely place with art and coffee. What’s not to love about that!  While enjoying all the wonderful art on display and for sale, I met Joy A .Lawson, a retired interior designer who creates the most amazing encaustic and mixed media art pieces. It was splendid being able to chat about art and travel because it really made me feel good about the move to Johnson City. I have to admit that I have been a bit overwhelmed with the move and trying to meet new people…and trying to explore the new surroundings–but today at Nelson’s, while chatting with Joy–I felt at peace. It also reminded me how much I really love art and the art community–how I love creating and being around creative people.

Speaking of creative people, Abby (my daughter and also the Vintage Inspired Passionista) and I met Jessica Klaaren of Jessica Klaaren Jewelry. A big shout out to my artisan friend Rachel Leathers of Hearts of Stone Jewelry and Genuine Leathers Designs for telling Abby that Jessica was at the Blue Plum Festival–small world! Be sure to check out Abby’s blog and social media for all the details about Jessica Klaaren and her fabulous wearable art.

Check out Abby’s blog here.

Connect with the VIP’s Facebook page here.

The hubby and I make a pretty good duo--I find junk, and he helps me bring my visions to life *smile*

The hubby and I make a pretty good duo–I find junk, and he helps me bring my visions to life *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. All of this chatting about art has me excited about getting back to my own art–I just need to finish my studio space first *smile* Stay tuned to all my social media for all the cuteness of my fur babies, updates on the house projects, and much more. Y’all can also see the sassy side of me over at Real Media.

 

 

Looking to the Past for Inspiration

 

When I lived in Trussville (Alabama), I had an adorable little shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. It was full to the brim with original art pieces by me--everything from painted canvases to bicycle rim sculptures.

When I lived in Trussville (Alabama), I had an adorable little shop inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. It was full to the brim with original art pieces by the hubby and me–everything from painted canvases to bicycle rim sculptures.

Welcome back to the blog! Today on Sweet Sorghum Living we are throwing it back to Lolly Molly Art studios of the past. I have been looking at old photos of my studios and shops for inspiration for my new studio. One thing I know for sure is that I love my rolling “island”–it was a fabulous deal that I got several years ago, and we have been an inseparable art duo ever since *smile*

This was my studio when I lived in Louisville, Mississippi. We called our home HatRidge, and my studio had this fabulous wall of windows overlooking the backyard and pasture. As y'all can tell, I absolutely love windows!

This was my studio when I lived in Louisville, Mississippi. We called our home HatRidge, and my studio had this fabulous wall of windows overlooking the backyard and pasture. As y’all can tell, I absolutely love windows!

I love color and being organized! I took color inspiration for my new studio from HatRidge because I wanted something bright and cheery. I have most of the organizational pieces, but I haven’t decided exactly how to organize or arrange my new space. It is still a work in progress, but it is coming along nicely *smile*

My HatRidge studio was a shared space--art + home office. The new studio is not a shared space! WHOO HOO!

My HatRidge studio was a shared space–art + home office. The new studio is not a shared space! WHOO HOO!

This is the studio space at Sloss Castle. The Lime Sorbet paint color really brightened the basement room. I am thinking that I will use this room as my color inspiration for my mudroom/utility room.

This is the studio space at Sloss Castle. The Lime Sorbet paint color really brightened the basement cave. I am thinking that I will use this room as my color inspiration for my mudroom/utility room.

I was still sharing with the home office at Sloss Castle--but no more sharing! The hubby snagged up this upcycled table for his office. I will tell y'all about it on another day.

I was still sharing with the hubby and home office at Sloss Castle–but no more sharing! I absolutely love this piece that the hubby built. Sadly, he called dibs on it for his new office–and he snagged up the sign/bicycle rim art piece! I will have to tell y’all that story on another day.

Another look at the Lolly Molly Art Studio inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. I have to decide what to do now that I am in Johnson City. Open up a little shop of my own, rent space, travel to art fairs, sell on Etsy...it is up in the air for now *smile*

Another look at the Lolly Molly Art Studio inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors. I have to decide what to do now that I am in Johnson City. Open up a little shop of my own, rent space, travel to art fairs, sell on Etsy…it is up in the air for now *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we looked back at studios of the past. I am feeling really inspired now–so I think I will be off to go work on my new studio space. Stay tuned for an upcoming post that will reveal all of its fabulousness. Hopefully, I have inspired y’all to look at your rooms of the past for ideas on how to decorate, renovate, or rearrange your current spaces.

 

 

 

Chin Up Buttercup Because You Don’t Always Get What You Want

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Chin Up Buttercup pillow from Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

My goodness! It has been a long time since we have sat a spell and chatted. So much has happened since I put my running shoes on that I don’t even know where to start…Hmmmm…perhaps I should just make a brief list…and leave all the details and ins and outs for another day.

  • After I posted my last article “I’ve Got My Running Shoes On“–the little family and I kicked the renovation into high gear.
  • Lots of work, prayers, and breakdowns later–our house in Trussville, Alabama sold.
  • We were “homeless” for a few weeks because our house in Alabama sold before our house in Johnson City was ready–plus, there were several problems with paperwork–is my name really that hard to spell?
  • Moved into the new house–almost immediately painted the porch swing that my dad made me many moons ago bright pink.
  • Went to Stein Mart bought fun pillows–couldn’t resist the Chin Up Buttercup one because it was what I needed at that exact moment to remind me that God was right there with me–telling me that He had not left me…that I just needed to learn a few life lessons to make me a better, stronger person.
Paint Details--Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe's in Johnson City, Tennessee  Pillow Shams--Stein Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee   Decorative Pillow--Stien Mart in Johnson City, Tennessee

Paint Details–Valspar Duramax in Pantone Honeysuckle from Lowe’s

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This photo was taken just a couple of weeks after we moved into our home built in 1920.

The porch had me at "Hello" *smile*

The porch had me at “Hello” *smile*

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day!

Mattie and I taking a much needed rest on the front porch. We had been painting all day! Well, I had been painting. Mattie had been playing and napping.

Well, I must be going because I have to decide which color to stain my new fence–decisions, decisions. Stay tuned to the blog and my social media for all the updates, projects, randomness, nonsense, and much more 🙂 Be sure to check out my weekly Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales at Real Media. 

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today, and in the famous words of the Rolling Stones–“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find–you get what you need.” So, chin up my buttercups 🙂