Upcycled Metal Flowers for an Urban Garden

The hubby surprised me with a stunning bouquet of flowers. He knows how much I love flowers and pink. **I think he's a keeper.**

The hubby surprised me with a stunning bouquet of flowers. He knows how much I love fresh flowers and pink. **I think he’s a keeper.**

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 home renovation to upcycled treasures. Today on the blog, we will be chatting about a darling “bouquet” of flowers I created for my urban garden using fan blades and covers + reclaimed wood.

There are no step-by-step instructions for these flowers because I pretty much winged it…Seriously–I woke up, went to my basement, dug through my metal treasures, found some old fan blades and covers, and decided to create flowers from the pile of collected material.

Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the making of a metal flower bouquet + a few tips on spray painting.

Orange, pinks, and poppy red--oh, my!

Orange, pinks, coral, and poppy red–oh, my! Before getting started, use a tarp (drop cloth, garbage bags…) to cover up anything you don’t want painted. You will not regret the few minutes it takes to do this *wink*

Always use spray paint in a well-ventaliated area or outdoors. Be sure to cover anything you don't want painted!

Always use spray paint in a well-ventaliated area or outdoors. Be sure to cover anything you don’t want painted! I cannot say that enough!

Spray in a steady motion. (Don't go all crazy, spraying in all kinds of directions and circles.) Be sure to shake the paint can well and often. **I always spray a little off the edge of whatever I am painting in order to keep my smooth motion going.**

Spray in a steady motion. (Don’t go all crazy, spraying in all kinds of directions and circles.) Be sure to shake the paint can well and often. **I always spray a little off the edge of whatever I am painting in order to keep my smooth motion going.**

Allow adequate time to dry before handling.

Allow adequate time to dry before handling. **Have I mentioned “Coral” is my new Rust-Oleum color crush?**

It takes a little patience to paint an object with lots of angles and grooves. On this one, I had to paint. Wait. Turn. Paint. Wait. Turn. Until it was completely covered.

It takes a little patience to paint an object with lots of angles and grooves. On this one, I had to paint. Wait. Turn. Paint. Wait. Turn. Until it was finally solid orange.

This was the hardest piece to paint. To be honest, a lot of paint was wasted while painting this fan cover. But, just look at that finished piece! Sooo pink and sooo adorable *wink*

This was the hardest “flower” to paint. To be honest, a lot of paint was wasted while spraying this fan cover. But, just look at that finished piece! Sooo pink and sooo adorable *wink*

Poppy Red. Enough said.

Poppy Red. Enough said.

Pink

I couldn’t have only one pink flower *wink* The photos do not capture the difference between the Berry Pink and Magenta, but the Magenta (in person) is definitely a bolder pink whereas the Berry Pink is a little more on the adorable side of the pink spectrum. **p.s. y’all know I am not a photographer–but good news is I will be taking a photography workshop…hold up…I can’t spill the beans on that yet!**

Just another day in the office *big smile*

Just another day in the office *big smile*

After rounding up some reclaimed wood for stems and leaves, I finally had my upcycled bouquet finished and ready to place in my small, urban garden–which the hubby and I planted on the side of our house facing the street. (Last year, I planted shrubs and flowers there. They all died. Seriously, every shrub and plant died. So, this year, we decided to try veggie and herb gardening. I am happy to say it has–for the most part–been a success.)

This area is shaded by a giant crepe myrtle, so metal flowers make perfect companion plants for our carrots.

This area is shaded by a giant crepe myrtle, so metal flowers are perfect companion plants for our carrots.

These flowers are guaranteed not to die *wink*

These flowers are guaranteed not to die *wink* The carrots are doing great…the onions…not so much!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about my upcycled bouquet. This project was super fun, and I totally recommend looking for objects to make your own. Just use your imagination + don’t be afraid to be a little different and bold.

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Outdoor Living Room + Deck Update at Hathorn Hall

An upcycled art piece that the hubby and I made for the new outdoor living room. Stay tuned to find out what this "HOME" sign is hiding.

An upcycled art piece that the hubby and I made for the new outdoor living room. Stay tuned to find out what this “HOME” sign is hiding + what we used to make it.

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 home renovation projects + tips to random road trips. Today on the blog, I am giving a quick update on the new outdoor living room project + showing off what I wore to a meeting (I am taking a little inspiration from my daughter’s blog.)

I have had so many asking and emailing about what is happening with the new deck that I decided to get out there and snap a few photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5–because I am not cool enough for the S6 *wink* It is not that I haven’t wanted to give y’all an update. Bless! Between travels and the weather, there has not been an opportunity to finish the deck or to take nice photos.

Outside view of the deck walls--before the paint.

Outside view of the deck walls–before the paint.

When I got home this afternoon, the sun was shining brightly; and I immediately whipped out my phone and got y’all a few photos. Please excuse all the shadows and such. Y’all know that I am not a professional *wink*

The walls are painted and the floors are stained. Waiting on a few dry days so we can seal the cedar shakes on the columns. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

The walls are painted and the floors are stained. Waiting on a few dry days so we can seal the cedar shakes on the columns. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

I am planning a big blog reveal with all the details about the colors we used, the furniture the hubby built, and more. So, stay tuned!

We wanted to have as much light as possible without blinding the neighbors at night *wink*

We wanted to have as much light as possible without blinding the neighbors at night *wink*

A sneak peek at one of the furniture pieces that the hubby built...actually, you can also catch a glimpse at the bar.

A sneak peek at one of the furniture pieces the hubby built. You can also catch a glimpse of the bar–made from pipes we found in the alley behind our house and pipes from Sloss Castle. We believe in saving and reusing as many materials as possible. #savethejunk

A storage area for all the hubby's grilling things. The deck design allows for a kitchen area + living space.

A storage area for all the hubby’s grilling things. The deck design allows for a kitchen area + living space, and the furniture the hubby built allows for us to rearrange according to the occasion. Shhhh! I am about to spill all the beans *wink*

There is still a little work left to do, but I am thinking that we are getting pretty close to having a deck christening party *big smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we took a peek at the latest happenings on the outdoor living space + deck.

The outfit that I sported to a meeting today. Details below the photo.

The outfit that I sported to a meeting today.

Kimono–Molly Green, Birmingham

Green Blouse–Express, Johnson City

Black Pants–Chip & Pepper, Belk

Necklace–handmade by BluKatDesign

Ribbon Cutting at Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Boone Street Market is located at 101 Boone Street in Jonesborough.

Boone Street Market is located at 101 Boone Street in Jonesborough.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversation on everything from fall foliage to home renovation. I don’t know about y’all, but it has been a super busy week. I don’t know if I am coming or going or even what day of the week it is! Thank goodness, my Google calendar reminds me where I need to be and when *wink* Today on the blog, we are chatting about the ribbon cutting ceremony that took place in the charming town of Jonesborough. I would like to give a big thanks to Abby of the Vintage Inspired Passionista and Sixteen & Successful for taking photos and notes at today’s event at Boone Street Market. I was in a meeting in Johnson City at the same time the ribbon cutting was taking place–and as much as I would like to be in two or more places at once…*wishful thinking…sigh…smile*

Now, this is a big chicken, and it made from grocery bags. How cool is that! Two thumbs up for a fabulous, upcycled art piece!

Now, this is a big chicken, and it is made from grocery bags. How cool is that! Two thumbs up for a fabulous, upcycled art piece!

Boone Street Market is a partnership between the town of Jonesborough and Jonesborough Locally Grown (JLG), which is a nonprofit whose goal is to promote local food and farmers. The Boone Street Market is a year-round, “nonprofit market run for the benefit of its customers and growers.  It will be staffed by a paid manager and an assistant, plus volunteers” (http://jfmstore.blogspot.com/p/about-boone-street-market.html).

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Mayor Kelly Wolfe speaking at today's ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Kelly Wolfe speaking at today’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Operations Manager, Craig Ford at today's ceremony for the Boone Street Market

Operations Manager, Craig Ford at today’s happening for the Boone Street Market. Notice the beautiful shelving–it was donated by Gabe and Charity of Good Fork Farm.

It was a day to be celebrated in Jonesborough with the ribbon cutting of Boone Street Market. What a wonderful project and accomplishment for this historic town in Northeast Tennessee.

It was a day to be celebrated in Jonesborough with the ribbon cutting of Boone Street Market. What a wonderful project and accomplishment for this historic town in Northeast Tennessee!

The hard-working Dept. of Corrections Carter County Community Service Crew put in many hours to bring this former "Bob's Exxon" building to a beautiful place to shop for locally grown items.

The hard-working Dept. of Corrections Carter County Community Service Crew and many dedicated volunteers put in countless hours to bring this former “Bob’s Exxon” building to a beautiful place to shop for locally grown items.

I am in love with this ceiling!

I am in love with this ceiling!

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I cannot wait until Saturday for the Grand Opening event. There will be live music, free coffee, and a special discount for members. Have I told y’all how much I adore this darling town!

I think I will need at least a couple of these *wink*

I think I will need at least a couple of these *wink*

Pretty and delicious *smile*

Pretty and delicious *smile*

IMG_7971IMG_7972And the moment for which the town of Jonesborough and Jonesborough Locally Grown has been working and waiting….drum roll…the ribbon cutting and beginning of something awesome *smile*

Everyone--all smiles--because Boone Street Market is a wonderful dream brought to life by many passionate and dedicated people. It is an inspiring story that I hope will be contagious!

Everyone–all smiles–because Boone Street Market is a wonderful dream brought to life by many passionate and dedicated people. It is an inspiring story that I hope will be contagious!

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the Ribbon Cutting of the Boone Street Market–which is more than a ribbon cutting…it is a story of how hard work, dedication, passion, and a town working together can bring about positive change and growth. I think we could use more positive and inspiring stories like this *smile*

37th Annual Apple Festival in Downtown Erwin, Tennessee

The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 annual attendees, has been consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and is a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. This year’s festival includes over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more

“The Unicoi County Apple Festival, drawing more than 110,000 annual attendees, has been consistently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events in the southeast and is a three-year winner of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Award. This year’s festival included over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the country featuring painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal crafts, jewelry, blown glass and much more.” (www.unicoicounty.org)

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or hot apple cider and enjoy good conversation. Today on the blog, we are chatting about the 37th annual Apple Festival, which was held in downtown Erwin, Tennessee. The festivities took place Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4. I have no idea how many people were there on Saturday, but this I know for sure–you couldn’t stir them with a stick!

The crowd moved as slow as cold as molasses down the main

The crowd moved as slow as cold molasses down the main thoroughfare. Honestly, I was too short to see most of the happenings and vendors. I depended on the hubby to spy cool stuff *wink*

I was a first-timer to the Apple Festival–actually, it was my first time in Erwin–and it was a fabulous experience. The town is picturesque, and its apple celebration is ginormous.

It was the perfect fall day for “festival-ing”–chilly temps, lots of sunshine and a blustery breeze…this is where I need to add that I am not prepared for the cooler temps of my new location. Good news is I bought a wool hat at the Apple Festival. Bad news is I need an entire knitted wool suit to survive the cold *wink* Speaking of my new hat, it is time to take a look at SSL’s Top Picks from the Apple Festival in downtown Erwin, Tennessee.

Me showing off a couple of my fabulous finds...I was freezing...and I should have bought some mittens!

Me showing off a couple of my fabulous finds…I was freezing…and I should have bought some mittens!

These top picks are in no particular order…and I am positive, had the crowd not been so thick…I would have spied more fabulous vendors. There was not much time to chat with the artists…and the hubby barely had room to snap photos! I am telling y’all the truth…it was crazy busy! Any who…the first vendor I want to highlight is Crafty Creations by Bryan and Kristy Adams. This booth had the most adorable and funky yard art–from pigs to owls–it was all fabulous. I debated between an owl and a goat…and came home with an owl…I absolutely love it! Great news is I can shop their website in my PJ’s…no fighting the crowd…Click here and y’all can shop their metal treasures too.

I am a huge fan of upcycling...and I am an upcycler myself...so, I am always looking for cool, junky yard art...

I am a huge fan of upcycling…and I am an upcycler myself…so, I am always looking for junk to save and cool, junky yard art…Two thumbs up, Crafty Creations, for all your awesomeness and for saving the junk *smile*

As we inched our way up the street, the smell of kettle corn and polish sausages was in the air. We also saw lots and lots of Tennessee Volunteer orange! Apples and orange *wink* I digress. Back to the top picks, one of my sweet neighbors posted a Facebook status/photo about her nieces being at the festival–in the photo, she was wearing a darling, knitted hat. I was freezing…my ears were numb…I needed one of those hats…I commented on her FB status to find out where this booth of warmness was located…long story short…the hubby found it, and I got a lovely hat. I immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the day and to a neighborhood gathering that evening. I love my new, cuddly hat *smile*

Daisy Elaine Designs has more than just hats. There are all kinds of adorable, hand-made creations. I also got a cute, felt flower pin while I was trying to decide on which hat I wanted. It was not an easy decision!

Daisy Elaine Designs by McKenzie Elaine Darnell has more than just hats. There are all kinds of adorable, hand-made creations. While I was trying to decide which hat I wanted, I spied the cutest, felt flower pins–which I got a pretty gray and pink one. If you would like to know more about these fabulous creations or where to find Daisy Elaine Designs products, email daisyelainedesigns@gmail.com for more info and details.

Abby and I were in a deep conversation about the top picks. Of course, she was mostly interested in finding a candy apple.

Abby and I were in a deep conversation about the top picks. Of course, she was mostly interested in finding a candy apple.

Abby standing in line waiting for her candy apple. She really wishes she would have gotten two of them *smile*

Abby standing in line waiting for her candy apple. She really wishes she would have gotten two of them *smile*

The next pick is Grann’s Gourmet Apples & Confections. Abby said it was totally worth the long wait in line! I really thought she was going to share with me…but she did not.  So, we will just have to take her word for how delicious her candy apple was *wink*

IMG_6944There were so many vendors there–from food to crafts. There was entertainment. And of course, apples…lots and lots of apples! There was no way to pick a favorite apple–because all apples are delicious. My grandmothers made the best apple pies…I wish I knew someone to fry me some gluten-free apple pies…I really should learn to cook and bake *smile* Where was I going with this bit of conversation? Oh, yes! SSL’s top pick for the apple category is all the apples *smile*

IMG_6959The last top pick for the Apple Festival is Ramblewood Ridge out of Franklin, North Carolina. I got a brief moment to chat with Susan Camera about her art…she is precious and her birdhouses are beyond precious! It wasn’t easy picking what I wanted to bring home…the hubby was patient as I talked through it…birdhouse…garden stake…funny sign…

Aren't these birdhouses spectacular!

Aren’t these birdhouses by Ramblewood Ridge spectacular!

I love all pumpkins--real and wood *smile* The hubby said "no more pumpkins until next fall" *sad face* I am telling y'all--I need my own pumpkin farm!

I love all pumpkins–real and wood *smile* The hubby said “no more pumpkins until next fall” *sad face* I am telling y’all–I need my own pumpkin farm! These cuties are by Ramblewood Ridge…My goodness! This booth was loaded with fabulous finds and top picks!

These garden stakes are so cute and adorable...and I almost got one...until I spied...

These garden stakes are so cute and adorable…and I almost got one…until I spied…

PIG!!!! I had to have this rusty pig. I love collecting pigs, and one of these days, I will show y'all my little collection and tell y'all why I love and collect pigs *deep breath because I was talking really fast*

PIG!!!! I had to have this rusty pig by Ramblewood Ridge. I love collecting pigs, and one of these days, I will show y’all my little collection and tell y’all why I love and collect pigs *deep breath because I was talking really fast*

Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista and Sixteen & Successful blogs and I at the 37th annual Apple Festival. It was a fun day *smile*

Abby Hathorn of the Vintage Inspired Passionista and Sixteen & Successful blogs and I at the 37th annual Apple Festival. It was a fun day *smile*

Another view of the crowd--a big thanks to the hubby for snapping the photos. I know that it was not easy juggling the camera and helping me carry sharp, junky treasures through the sea of people *smile*

Another view of the crowd–a big thanks to the hubby for snapping the photos. I know that it was not easy juggling the camera and helping me carry sharp, junky treasures through the sea of people *smile*

Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about the 37th annual Apple Festival in downtown Erwin, Tennessee. It was so much fun, and I totally recommend y’all coming out next year and staying a bit because there is always something happening in around the Northeast Tennessee area *smile*

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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.