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.

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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.

 

 

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 🙂

 

Throwback Thursday: A Few of My Favorite Painted Things

IMG_3331My goodness! It has been a bit since I last sat a spell with y’all. My apologies for that.

To catch y’all up on a few things…

  • The renovation is still not complete…which is not so good news because we need to get it ready to go on the market ASAP….
  • The hubby very recently took a  job in Bristol, Tennessee…yes, we just moved to Alabama at the end of November 2012…yep, that was last year…you’re right…not even a year ago….
  • I am writing a weekly column called “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales” for Real Media. Check it out at www.thisisrealmedia.com.
  • My daughter is keeping us all busy–but that is perfectly wonderful because I am a super proud mom! Check out her fabulousness at www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com.

That’s enough catching up! Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite painted things.

I love this little chicken that I painted a few years ago. It is just so cute and colorful.

I love this little chicken that I painted a few years ago. It is just so cute and colorful.

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I love the color combination on the tiny table. The fabric top with the painted silver edge just makes me smile.

I love the color combination on this tiny table. The fabric top with the painted silver edge just adds a touch of adorable glam.

The fabric insert combined with the stripes makes this side table an adorable addition to any room.

The fabric insert with its tiny blue flowers and the blue stripes add a pop of color to this side table.

It was not easy stenciling the floor, but so totally worth it.

It was not easy stenciling this floor, but so totally worth it.

Absolutely my most favorite piece that I have painted to date. I love everything about it!

Absolutely my most favorite piece that I have painted to date. I love everything about it!

This is the original Peony the Peacock. She will always be my favorite.

This is the original Peony the Peacock. She will always be my favorite.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. Be sure to follow me on Tumblr. It is a quick and easy way for me to post updates, my favorite finds, and more. Check it out at www.chasidyhathorn.tumblr.com, and be sure to press that “follow” button.

For a few giggles, check out my latest “Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales: Long Pause…No Answer” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/09/06/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-long-pauseno-answer/

For a tender moment, check out “I Love Little Baby Ducks and My Dad” at http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/08/30/sweet-sorghum-living-short-tales-i-love-little-baby-ducks-and-my-dad/