Flea Marketing and Antiquing in and around Johnson City and Elizabethton

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It has been a fun, fabulous, and frugal day of flea marketing and antiquing in and around Johnson City and Elizabethton, Tennessee.  Now it is time to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and chat…because I’m totally tuckered out from all the walking and carrying.

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My favorite find of the day is the “Sit a Spell” storage bench that the hubby spotted in a little shop in Elizabethton. He knew the moment he pointed it out that I was going to be begging for it–and for a good reason *wink* Luckily for him, it was only $20.00! I’m going to paint it…but that is as far as I’ve gotten on a plan for it *smile*

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At the Corner Nest Antique Mall in Elizabethton,  I found this old potter’s table. The nice lady who owned the booth was there rearranging all her treasures, and she gave me a deal I could not refuse…drum roll…potter’s bench price = $39.00 *winning smile*

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The details are simple + the worn green color gives it character = perfect for the hubby’s office or guest bedroom…we will probably move it fifty times tonight, but that’s the kind of wild fun we have at Hathorn Hall on a Saturday night *wink*

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We actually started our day at the Tri-Cities Flea Market. This place is huge. Inside booths. Outside booths. Lots of junk. Some cool junk. And some just plain ole junk. I’m always amazed at flea markets…but I don’t want to get sidetracked with that topic!

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Back to my fabulous finds…at the flea market, I stumbled upon a pair of old bikes and immediately fell in love + I saw their futures…great sculptures. Happy Dance time because I will be creating upcycled bike art pieces…my absolute favorite! I am so excited that I’m having a hard time staying focused!

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Enough reminiscing about past bike rim projects…back to the fabulous finds of the day.

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I got this darling green milk stool for $10.00 at the Tri-Cities Flea Market. I’m not sure if it’s the bargain of the century,  but it’s adorable and sturdy. Perfect for the front porch *smile*

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It has been a long and busy day of fun and shopping. I’m off now to move that potter’s table around *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about fabulous and frugal finds in and around my new city. If you love vintage and antiques, this area has a huge selection and great prices.

Assembling Ikea–The Struggle Is Real

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Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about the very real struggle I had with my assembling of the Ikea Raskog cart. Now, go grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell with me.

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Ordering my cart from the Ikea website was super easy and fast. It arrived exactly when the email said it would,  and it was nicely packaged.

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First things first…unpacking the box and checking to make sure all parts are there.

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Everything was there…time to read the instructions and get the party started.

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Step One–so far so good *smile*

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Things are moving along. The tiny screws are hard to handle…and I can’t seem to get them screwed in properly…several attempts for each one…and I think I overtightened a couple…I’m not sure if that is good or bad…

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It is very important to perfectly align all the holes…to jiggle and wiggle…and hold your mouth just right…be prepared to drop tiny black screws numerous times.

The struggle is real, and Ziva is no help with the instructions. Will Ziva and I ever get this Ikea cart put together? Keep reading to find out *wink*

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After spending more time looking for the screws I dropped than assembling, I finally reached the pinnacle of my Ikea struggle…the basket-shelf thingamajigs.

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I tried following the instructions. Honestly,  I did. The drawings were a bit vague…or it may just be that I don’t think the way that instruction illustrators do…I tried some more…but finally gave up and did it my way…

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I used the bubble wrap to help me space and prop my shelves.  I just didn’t have enough hands…I couldn’t see the screw holes…and it took forever for me to align all the parts and pieces…I think I need reading glasses…

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To be honest, I worked on and off for two days on this cart. I’d get frustrated and leave it be for a bit. I kept misplacing the prepackaged tool…the pups kept taking my bubble wrap.  It was a struggle…but the victory finally came…and the cart was fully assembled and fabulous.

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Tah dah! I totally love the color, and it rolls like a dream…did I mention how hard it was tightening the wheels? Apparently,  I work best with power tools because I struggled with a screwdriver and that Ikea wrench thingy!

Good news = cart is together.

Bad news = it did not work where I wanted it to…

Good news = it is so cute and handy that I’m sure I can find the perfect spot for it *smile*

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my very real struggle with assembling the Ikea Raskog cart.  I totally recommend this cart, and I’m thinking I might need several for my framing area in my not-so-organized basement…but that’s a project for another day!

Be sure to follow me on all my social medias…because I’m always on some adventure or just sitting around with the dogs…drinking coffee *smile*

Transformation Tuesday: Before and Almost After of the Art Studio

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me--cleaning each crystal of the chandelier...one by one...

Slowly, but surely it is all coming together *smile* Me–cleaning each crystal of the chandelier…one by one…with a little help from the VIP and my coffee *wink*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place where you sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine–a place where I hope my mess and renovations inspire you to start your own DIY projects.

Today on the blog we are chatting about a transformation that is still taking place in my new home–which one of my neighbors suggested calling it “Hathorn Hall”–which the hubby and I loved…and we decided that it was the perfect name….Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes! Today’s blog is all about the transformation of my art studio–from the moment I first saw it until this morning when I snapped a few photos for y’all. *Note: I apologize for the quality of the photos…I am not a photographer *wink*

The studio space is located in a small guest bedroom on the second floor. I immediately fell in love with its quirkiness and character. I knew it needed some love and personality, but the light from the windows was perfect!

I immediately fell in love with the quirkiness and character of this room. I knew it needed some love and personality + the light from the windows makes it the perfect space for painting and creating!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old doors and their knobs...oh, I love everything about this room!

I love the ceiling, the old windows and their frames, the old door and its knob…oh, I love everything about this room!

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care--and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

My photo does the floors absolutely no justice. The original floors were refinished with such care–and they are absolutely gorgeous in person! I promise to have a professional photographer come in and shoot better pics *smile*

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama.

This is the before photo of the chandelier. It was originally in the Sloss Castle house that the hubby and I renovated in Alabama. Me–taking a photo during the first tour…making notes of all of the work to be done.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the "Hers" side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy...but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine...like a diamond.

The chandelier that is now in the art studio was originally in the “Hers” side of the master bath in Sloss Castle. It was sooooo dirty and grimy…but I knew it had the potential to sparkle and shine…like a diamond. P.S. I have no idea what my daughter is doing in this photo…haha

Tah dah! Isn't it pretty and shiny!

Tah dah! Isn’t it pretty and shiny!

I. LOVE. THIS. COLOR.

I love this color…and so I painted my art studio walls with it. It is so bright and cheery.

I have a wall of blank canvases displayed to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also decoupaged my old teacher's podium that my dad made me in pretty scrapbooking paper.

I have a wall of blank canvases to remind me that opportunities and possibilities are limitless. I also used pretty scrapbooking paper to decoupage my old teacher’s podium that my dad made for me in 1995.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

The plan is to fill the walls with things that inspire me and make me smile.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it. Never painted it because I liked the worn peachy color. Bless its heart--it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement...and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

An old bench that I found at an antique mall in Springville, Alabama years ago. I paid $15 for it–never painted it because I like the worn peachy color. Bless its heart–it has been outside, stored in a garage, moved numerous times, stored in a basement…and now, finally has a home in a place full of cheer.

I must be organized...and I am still working on getting everything in its place--but I am off to a pretty good start. I have had the rolling island for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. I am also very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

I am still working on getting everything in its place–Good news is I am off to a pretty good start with the ClosetMaid organization system from the Home Depot. I am a huge fan girl of ClosetMaid because it is customizable and easy to install. The rolling island has been around for many years, and it is one of my best furniture investments. P.S. I am very glad that the hubby put the rollers on it. He is the best *smile*

Love this old tool box tray as a "container" for the paints. I just put the ones I am currently using in there along with the brushes...and it is easy peasy to paint and be organized *wink*

Love this old tool box tray as a “container” for the paints. The plan is to put the ones I will be using in there along with the brushes I will need…and it will be easy peasy to paint and be organized–at the same time *wink*

Whew! It has been a lot of work, but totally worth it. I cannot wait to finish organizing because I am so very ready to get back to creating *BIG SMILE*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a look at the before and almost after of my new art studio at Hathorn Hall.

 

 

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.