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.

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The Real ‘Housewife’ of Johnson City

Mattie doing what Mattie does best *wink*

Mattie doing what Mattie does best *wink*

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 gluten-free goodies to easy DIY projects. Today on the blog, I am sharing some fun photos that capture a day-in-the-life of a “housewife” who runs her own art business from the comfort of her home while wearing Nike shorts + oversized, paint-splattered Southern Belle T-shirts and explaining why I was MIA from the blog.

Ziva imitating Mattie

Ziva imitating Mattie

Okay, so the first two photos in this post are of my furbabies. Yes, there are probably  a thousand other things with which I could have started, but these babies keep me smiling and make being at home entertaining because there is never a dull moment with them. My Instagram tells the story. According to all the social media and marketing experts, my IG should be filled with pretty, staged photos of my art, but it is not. It is filled with adorable pups being adorable…with an occasional photo of an art project or event happening. Yes, I am a social media rule-breaker, but that is okay because I am having fun, the furbabies are having fun, and sharing the fun with the world is fun *wink*

Display from the Farmers Market in Johnson City

Lolly Molly Art display at the Farmers Market in Johnson City

My day begins with a Diet Dr. Pepper and some sort of breakfast food–I am not terribly picky. I am just as happy eating leftover pizza as I am eating bacon and toast. While I eat, I check email and try to catch up on social media…though, most days, I fail at this; however, I am trying to pay more attention to the marketing side of my little art business.

It is really hard sometimes working from home because there are many distractions–from laundry that needs to be done to Ziva barking at the UPS guy–bless the UPS guy’s heart! Ziva loves packages and her barking is merely her way of screaming “Mom, there’s a package at the door!” I must admit that I spend way too much time being a “housewife” and not enough time marketing my art business. I know this is a bad thing, and I am trying to change. If y’all have any advice, I am listening–so please feel free to comment on this post *big smile*

This is a large mixed media painting inspired by love of bikes and Henry David Thoreau.

This is a large mixed media painting inspired by my love of bikes and Henry David Thoreau.

After I finish breakfast, I play “potty time” with the pups–Lucy (who is about 18 years old and runs the house), Mattie (who is the baby and diva), and Ziva (who is the nosy toddler). This task seems simple, but it is not because there are cats and squirrels outside + neighbors walking their dogs. Life is full of distractions, and it is how we handle those distractions that separate us from the pups. We can go chasing squirrels all day, or we can buckle down, get the job done, and then go chase squirrels *wink* But, I must admit there are days when I chase squirrels, and I think it is perfectly okay to do so *big smile*

I had fun playing with texture...and figuring out how to add a pop of bright color.

Just having fun playing with texture and color

Once everyone has gone to potty, I get all my chores out of the way–laundry, Swiffering, dishes…I think and create better in a clean space…and I admit that I am a cleaning freak. Getting new cleaning supplies is like Christmas to me…it is a bit sad.

Having lunch with my favorite VIP (Vintage Inspired Passionista)

Having lunch with my favorite VIP (Vintage Inspired Passionista)

Once the chores are completed, I spend the rest of the day in the studio planning, sketching, painting, and building. Sometimes, I am in the basement sorting wood, cutting wood for little houses, or building frames. The creative time varies because I create solely on inspiration and whim. I get a vision and work until the vision has been brought to life.

Abby and I love going to Bristol. I have submitted my art to a local gallery there--hoping to hear something from them soon.

Abby and I love going to Bristol because there are some fabulous places to shop and dine + the downtown area is inspiring. P.S. I have submitted my art to a local gallery there–hoping to hear something back from them soon. It feels good to take a risk with something that is so close to the heart, but so scary at the same time!

Now, on days when I do not feel creative or on days when I feel trapped inside my house, I go on mini adventures in and around the Tri-Cities area. Sometimes, you just have to get out and about–being a housewife + a very small business owner doesn’t mean that I am a slave to my family, to cleaning, and to my computer (because my computer is the lifeline to my business). It simply means that I have a flexible schedule to do the things that I need to do and want to do.

It has taken me a long time to accept being at home…to accept that my art business is a “real” business…to accept that I do not have to do what I went to college to do (and it’s been so long since I went to college that I have forgotten what my initial career choice was *wink*). I am in a place in my life where I can take time to figure out who I am and what I really want to do with the talents with which God has blessed me.

Shopping at TJ Maxx with Abby--sometimes, it is good to go shopping for a deal instead of answering emails and mopping floors.

Shopping at TJ Maxx with Abby–sometimes, it is good to go shopping for a deal instead of answering emails and mopping floors.

There was this one weekend not too long ago that the hubby and I decided to paint the living room. Stay tuned for more.

There was this one weekend not too long ago that the hubby and I decided to paint the living room. Stay tuned for more.

Being at home has its struggles. Explaining what I do is not always easy. Am I really self-employed when I lose more money than I make? *wink* Is “Starving Artist” my job title? Am I really a small business owner? Or am I a very, very tiny business owner? Perhaps, I am a housewife with a serious hobby….

Like I said, it is really hard to explain to others when I don’t even know myself *wink* BUT, what I do know is I am playing it by ear from one day to the next. I am researching, taking online courses about social media and marketing, and creating happy art hoping when people see it they smile. Hoping when people buy my art and take it to their houses that those art pieces will make others smile. I know I want to spread happiness one piece of art at a time, and at this moment…that is enough.

Whew! Enough chatting about all of that. Now, let’s take a look at what has kept me away from the blog over the past couple of months. Believe me–it has been a busy summer filled with adventure, paint, and family *smile*

Courtney Bennet (owner of Salon Confidence in Jonesborough) with Abby at the grand-opening celebration of Courtney's salon. On the wall behind Courtney is "Confidence the Peacock" that I painted for Courtney.

Courtney Bennet (owner of Salon Confidence in Jonesborough) with Abby at the grand-opening celebration of the salon. On the wall behind Courtney is Confidence the Peacock. To see another peacock painting by SassyHat (my artist name), click here.

Complete selfie fail in Nashville *haha* I spent a good portion of July going to and from Nashville--which is a fabulous city with the most delicious all gluten-free restaurant! Stay tuned for more.

Complete selfie fail in Nashville *haha* I spent a good portion of July going to and from Nashville, which is a fabulous city with the most delicious, ALL gluten-free restaurant! Stay tuned for more. P.S. see the hubby in the background…he was IGing his photo while I was attempting to capture myself with Nashville in the background…it was a good try *wink*

Occasionally, I create custom houses. This was a Neshoba County Fair Cabin that I created for a special gift.

Occasionally, I create custom houses. Pictured here is a Neshoba County Fair Cabin that I created for a special gift. So far, this has been the most challenging little house I have made.

One of the art pieces that I created for the Jonesborough Days Art Walk. This is Uncle Sam's Fair Cabin--made using reclaimed wood, picture frame moulding, paper, metal, and paint.

One of the art pieces I created for the Jonesborough Days Art Walk. This is Uncle Sam’s Fair Cabin–made using reclaimed wood, picture frame moulding, paper, metal, and paint. Each little house takes about 5 days to create, and I usually build 4-5 houses at a time.

A sneak peek photo of Uncle Sam's Laundry Day. This mixed media painting won 3rd place at the Jonesborough Days Art Walk. It took me about two weeks to create it.

A sneak peek photo of Uncle Sam’s Laundry Day. This mixed media painting won 3rd place at the Jonesborough Days Art Walk. It took me about two weeks to create it.

It was a busy summer, but a good summer! It was filled with special moments with my little family, and I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything–not even a “real” job with a “real” title and “real” money *wink*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about random things in my life. If you are a starving artist, housewife, or small business owner, do NOT lose heart because you are doing what you love–and that is what matters. Don’t make excuses or be ashamed! Be proud of what you do and who you are! It took me too long to accept that where I am in my life is perfectly okay!

Chalkboard art inspired by my teaching days

Chalkboard art inspired by my teaching days

 

 

SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week

I am not a foodie or a food photographer; but I do enjoy cooking and eating gluten-free muffins *wink*

I am not a foodie or a food photographer; but I do enjoy cooking and eating gluten-free muffins *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from home renovation projects to random road trips. Today on the blog, I am chatting about the gluten-free top picks of the week.

I know that it has been a bit since we chatted about gluten-free food finds, but I have been running around like mad trying to get all of my Etsy orders packed and shipped. I am not complaining, but some days I wish there were more than one of me *wink*

Because I am really busy with everything from laundry to walking the furbabies + dedicating every spare moment to creating new art pieces, writing Etsy listings, and marketing my shop, I don’t have time for elaborate meals or snacks. So, when I go to the grocery store, I look for simple + quick + good.

I picked up this quick + easy muffin mix at Whole Foods in Asheville.

I picked up this quick + easy muffin mix at Whole Foods Market in Asheville.

I love muffins. I really do. And I really love muffins with fresh fruit added to them. I discovered a delicious and easy muffin mix at Whole Foods Market in Asheville and added fresh strawberries from Stanley’s Produce & Garden Center in Johnson City. By the way, y’all have to try the strawberries from Stanley’s–oh.my.goodness! They smell divine and taste deliciously sweet. Where was I? Oh, yes! The muffin mix *smile*

20150512_102514_resized20150512_102624_resized20150512_102645_resizedI really wish I could tell y’all that I eat kale for breakfast, but I don’t…and probably never will…I guess I would eat kale for breakfast, if I were forced to…or if I had to save the world from destruction…

What I can tell y’all is I do like to eat (on occasion–not like everyday) powdered donuts for breakfast…and brunch…and late night snacks.

Finding a gluten-free version proved to be a challenge. But I didn’t give up. And I found one that is sooooo good. Even the hubby loves them–which that says a lot! Personally, I love eating them straight out of the freezer–slightly thawed–but not too thawed.

20150429_094610_resized_120150429_094635_resized_120150429_094709_resized_120150429_094814_resized_120150429_094935_resized_1Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about gluten-free muffins and powdered donuts. If you have a favorite gluten-free muffin mix or donut brand, please share it with us!

Also, be sure to check out my brand new Etsy shop for all kinds of reclaimed wood adorableness and even a proud peacock *smile*

Lolly Molly Art featured art piece of the week. All Lolly Molly Art items are one-of-a-kind pieces.

Lolly Molly Art featured art piece of the week. All Lolly Molly Art items are one-of-a-kind pieces.

First Friday Downtown Johnson City: Corazon Latino Festival

Abby and I taking a selfie before the festival

Abby and I taking a selfie before the festival

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 handmade goodness to random happenings and events. Today on the blogs, the VIP and I are sharing our First Friday experiences. So, after you read my post, head on over to the Vintage Inspired Passionista for more photos and details. The direct link will be at the bottom of this post *smile*

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Downtown Johnson City was the place to be this past Friday for the Corazon Latino Festival. The air was filled with the smell of delicious food and the streets were filled with festive booths and attendees.

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Abby and I had a blast helping with the Happy Snaps booth sponsored by the Johnson City Press, and we also had lots of fun walking around and chatting with vendors and fans. I discovered a darling vendor, who also has an Etsy shop, Mossy Pocketss. Kara Williamson, creator and owner, makes handmade terrariums and fairy garden accessories.

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Check out Mossy Pocketss Etsy shop here.

It was so cool watching the Little City Roller Girls being the bulls in the running of the bulls through downtown Johnson City.

It was so cool watching the Little City Roller Girls being the bulls in the Running of the Bulls through downtown Johnson City. 

Having fun in the Happy Snaps booth

Having fun in the Happy Snaps booth

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Just doing what we do *wink*

Just doing what we do *wink* Thank goodness Abby has long arms because we don’t have a selfie stick *wink*

East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine was on hand for blood sugar and blood pressure checks  and to show off a human brain *wink*

East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine was on hand for blood sugar and blood pressure checks and to show off a human brain *wink* No worries. I did not touch it–I just snapped a photo and verified that it was a human brain *wink*

Abby posing with a couple of ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine students.

Abby posing with a couple of ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine students.

Thanks so much sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about downtown Johnson City’s First Friday event.

Be sure to head over to the Vintage Inspired Passionita blog for more fabulous photos and event coverage. Click here.

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I am excited to announce that my new Etsy shop is now open. Please excuse the hot mess as I get everything spiffied up for the big grand opening + coupon code. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more.

I am excited to announce that my new Etsy shop is now open. Please excuse the hot mess as I get everything spiffied up for the big grand opening + coupon code. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more.

SSL’s Gluten-free Top Picks of the Week: Healthy Grazing Snacks

I am having so much fun creating one-of-a-kind little houses. This one has a wreath made from salvaged, rusty wire, and a doorknob made from an upholstery tack.

An update on what is happening in the art studio: I am having so much fun creating one-of-a-kind little houses. This one has a wreath made from salvaged wire, and a doorknob made from an upholstery tack.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee…and if y’all are like me…it feels good to take a break with a hot beverage and enjoy good conversation about everything from handmade goodness to tales of warmer days! Oh, how I miss the sun…and warm temperatures! *sigh* Well, until the sun decides to visit again…I guess I will just paint more little houses yellow *wink*

Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s gluten-free top picks of the week–which are all about healthy grazing snacks. I must confess that I do not like big meals…I am more of a grazer…snack a little here…snack a little there. I realize this is probably frowned upon…but in my defense…I do try to make healthy choices.

This is one of my go-to ingredients in my homemade trail mix. It is deliciously sweet + has a bit of a crunch. The name says it all *smile*

This is one of my go-to ingredients for my homemade trail mix. It is deliciously sweet + has a bit of a crunch. Sprinkle some on a salad or even enjoy a handful with a good cup of coffee.

Yummy for the tummy

Yummy for the tummy! Notice the three grams of fiber–see I told y’all a grazer can snack healthy *smile* Click here for more on dang.

Every trail mix needs a bit of dried fruit--just to add that bit of sweet and chewy. I chopped my dried fruits up pretty small because dried fruit is high in carbs.

Every trail mix needs dried fruit–just to add that bit of sweet and chewy. I chop my dried fruit up pretty small because it is a little high in carbs.

No added sugar--just the sweetness of nature *smile*

No added sugar–just the sweetness of nature *smile* Click here for more on Made in Nature products.

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Trail Mix: lightly salted cashews from The Fresh Market, walnuts from Earth Fare, Dang coconut bits from Earth Fare, dried apricots from Earth Fare

Trail Mix: lightly salted cashews, walnuts, dang toasted coconut chips, Made in Nature dried apricots, Eden Organic dry roasted pumpkin seeds

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These little cookies are packed with flavor.

These little cookies are packed with flavor. I like to enjoy them with a bottle of Smart Water while catching up on my social media and emails.

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I have never eaten 18 of these at one time. The flavor is so rich that I am usually satisfied after about 5-7 cookies. Click here for more on Go Raw.

20150109_173600_resizedThanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about healthy grazing options. In this busy world we live in, it is challenging to sit down and eat three, square meals a day. But don’t despair, and don’t reach for that potato chip bag! Instead, snack on homemade trail mix *smile*

Remember what doesn’t bother me might bother you. If you have gluten intolerance, Celiac, or diabetes–please read those labels carefully!!

Some of the little houses have painted fronts and backs. I am hoping to get brave enough to open an online shop--I am getting there *smile*

Some of the little houses have painted fronts and backs. I am hoping to get brave enough to open an online shop. Thanks to all my sweet fans and cheerleaders, I am getting there *smile*

Hathorn Hall Holiday Home Tour: Dining Room + Butler’s Pantry

Vintage Christmas ornaments + faux greenery = simple with no mess or responsibility

Vintage Christmas ornaments + faux greenery = simple with no mess or responsibility

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation. This week we have been holiday touring Hathorn Hall–a 1920 home in Johnson City, Tennessee. Several months ago, the hubby and I bought this renovated gem, and we have been personalizing since day one. But thankfully, these are fun projects–not the nightmare ones we had with Sloss Castle! Any who. Enough chit chat about renovating. Y’all come on in and sit a spell in the dining room–which I will fully reveal with details on a later post.

The middle nutcracker was painted by Gran. This is one sweet, talented lady! I am so happy to have so many awesome treasures from her *smile*

The middle nutcracker was painted by Gran–who is one sweet, talented lady! I am so happy to have so many awesome treasures from her *smile*

The Nutcrackers are guarding the wine *wink*

The Nutcrackers are guarding the wine *wink*

Wine sideboard was designed and built by my super sweet, talented hubby. He is the best *smile*

The wine rack/sideboard was designed and built by my super sweet, talented hubby. He is the best *smile* We needed a way to “hide” but not “block” the return air vent (I think that is what it is called–I would ask the hubby, but he is at a conference…and I do not feel like Googling it *wink*).

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I love this wooden tree made by Amy Hathorn from salvaged wood.

I love this wooden tree made by Amy Hathorn from salvaged wood. *This room has a wall of giant windows making it extremely difficult to take photos, but I love the windows–and have no plans to cover them!

The butler's pantry needed a little touch of Christmas.

The butler’s pantry needed a little touch of Christmas.

Today, I decided to switch a few things around because Abby got me this darling Cypress Christmas tree. So, I put it in the butler's pantry + a vintage Santa and moved the platters to the kitchen. It is always a work-in-progress around here *smile*

I decided to switch a few things around because Abby got me this darling Cypress Christmas tree. So, I put it in the butler’s pantry + a vintage Santa + a snack jar that a student gave to me many moons ago and moved the platters to the kitchen. It is always a work-in-progress around here *smile*

Yesterday a nice lady asked me for my best Christmas decorating advice. I am no expert, but I would say decorate with what you love, with what means the most…display your collections together (Santas, snowmen, nutcrackers, trees…). Most of all–have fun with it and get your family involved with the decking of the halls *smile*

IMG_8625Before y’all go, I wanted to share with y’all a new Lolly Molly Art collection on which I am working + from where the inspiration came. Well, I am currently designing, building, and painting little wooden houses (from salvaged wood and other salvaged materials) because we have moved and renovated so much in the past few years that houses have become a part of who I am. *Stay tuned to an upcoming handmade goodness post all about my favorite artists that create little houses.

One of the little houses in the Little Pink House collection. This particular house was designed for and donated to the online fundraising auction that Sparkle Cat Rescue is currently having. If you look closely, there is a little kitty peeking out of the pet door.

One of the little houses in the Little Pink Houses series. This particular house was designed for and donated to the online fundraising auction that Sparkle Cat Rescue is currently having. If you look closely, there is a little kitty peeking out of the pet door.

Another little house that is currently featured on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction. It is the perfect time of year to give and help these precious babies find a warm house to live in furever. And I bet y'all thought I was just a "dog person"--nope, I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi. I love most animals...bears scare me...they are cute as cubs...but they terrify me...even at the zoo!

Another little house that is currently featured on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction. It is the perfect time of year to help these precious babies find a warm home to live in furever. And I bet y’all thought I was just a “dog person”–nope, I grew up on a small farm in Mississippi. I love most animals…but not bears…bears scare me…even at the zoo!

There is so much goodness on the Sparkle Cat Rescue online auction–from jewelry to personally autographed Jeanne Robertson’s DVDs. I am currently bidding on a darling piece of pottery because I love pottery, a snowflake print because it reminds me of how awesome God is, and an autographed Jeanne Robertson DVD. There is nothing better than a bidding war *wink*

For more information about Sparkle Cat Rescue and how y’all can help, visit their website and Facebook page. 

Website Here.

Facebook Page Here.

Online Auction Event Here.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. I am off to go check on my bidding statuses. Be sure to sit a spell with me tomorrow as we take a holiday lights tour.

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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.