Jonesborough Days 2016 Part Two

Upcycled robot sculptures by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Upcycled robot sculptures by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

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 random road trips. Today on the blog, I am sharing photos from Jonesborough Days 2016 + more of SSL’s top picks from the arts & crafts vendors. There was so much awesomeness it could not be packed into one post! If you missed Jonesborough Days 2016 Part One, don’t fret. Just click here to read *big smile*

Now, let’s take a little photo stroll and check out SSL’s Top Picks for Handmade Jewelry, Pottery, Art (Painting|Canvas), Upcycled Art, Metal Art (and Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days 2016), and the Ultimate Top Pick while we sip on our coffee!

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SSL’s Top Pick for Handmade Jewelry at Jonesborough Days 2016 is Just for Me-Mi Jewelry. Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier have been creating beautiful and unique jewelry from vintage silverware for about two years. Currently, their necklaces are so hot they cannot keep up with the demand!

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Necklaces by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

Bracelets made from vintage silverware. To shop Just For Me-Mi Jewelry in your pjs, click here.

Bracelets made from vintage silverware. To shop Just For Me-Mi Jewelry in your pjs, click here.

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Be sure to check out Just For Me-Mi Jewelry on Facebook for all the latest updates on where they will be and new items.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry makes bracelets, rings, and necklaces from vintage silverware.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry makes bracelets, rings, and necklaces from vintage silverware.

More stunning bracelets by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

More stunning bracelets by Amy Hicks and Heather Frazier of Just For Me-Mi Jewelry

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry also makes upcycled wind chimes from vintage silverware and other findings.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry also makes upcycled wind chimes from vintage silverware and other findings.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry is SSL's Top Pick for jewelry because not only is the quality and selection superb, but also because Amy and Heather are precious and friendly + they have a true talent and passion for what they are making.

Just For Me-Mi Jewelry is SSL’s Top Pick for jewelry because not only is the quality and selection superb, but also because Amy and Heather are precious and friendly + they have a true talent and passion for what they are making.

I really had a great time chatting with Amy about not only her fabulous jewelry, but also about her daughter eating her way to second place in the hot dog eating contest.

I really had a great time chatting with Amy about not only her fabulous jewelry, but also about her daughter eating her way to second place in the hot dog eating contest. **p.s. it was ridiculously hot during Jonesborough Days, but the heat did not keep the folks from attending and having a blast!** ***p.p.s. I have no idea what that grin on my face is all about!! haha***

Me chatting with Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware

Me chatting with Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware

SSL’s Top Pick for Pottery is Simply Stoneware by Sara Emery, a potter located in Kingsport, Tennessee. There were several awesome pottery vendors at Jonesborough Days 2016; however two potters and their pottery really blew me away and caused me to spend my cash *wink* Yesterday, I revealed Barbara Cara as SSL’s Top Pick for Potter, and today, I am announcing Simply Stoneware the Top Pick for Pottery. Sara creates the most darling flower/weed vases (which I bought three and will reveal in a later post) and little houses. She was such a delight, and her pottery really stood out and held my attention, Honestly, people stared at my box of little vases as I carried them around Main Street Jonesborough!

Look at these darling houses! Y'all know how much I love little houses!!

Look at these darling houses! **Y’all know how much I love little houses!!**

This house.

This house.

The colors and textures of Sara's pottery are absolutely stunning.

The colors and textures of Sara’s pottery are absolutely stunning.

Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware began creating in 1966. She made the little vases in which to put the "gifts of the forest" from her grandkids.

Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware began creating in 1966. She started making the little vases, so she could put the “gifts of the forest” from her grandkids in them. **Notice the little flower/weed vases next to Sara**

Beautiful examples of Sara's pottery

Beautiful examples of Sara’s pottery

Colors of nature beautifully captured by Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware.

Colors of nature beautifully captured by Sara Emery of Simply Stoneware.

This painting truly captures my memory of my Granddaddy and Grandmother Fulcher. I totally wish I would have bought it! I blame the heat for my walking away without it...or having to explain to the hubby why I bought another painting *wink*

This painting by Larry Knott of Impressions truly captures my memory of my Granddaddy and Grandmother Fulcher. I totally wish I would have bought it! I blame the heat for my walking away without it…or having to explain to the hubby why I bought another painting *wink*

SSL’s Top Pick for Art (Painting|Canvas) is Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards, who have been painting together for about four years. They met in an art class in Johnson City, Tennessee and have been talking and creating art since then. Larry has always dabbled in art; however, until recently, allowed work and life to get in the way of his passion. Impressions reflects the talent of both Larry and Ruthie. Stunning work! Just stunning!

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Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards is SSL's Top Pick for Art (Paintings|Canvas) because each piece took me back to simpler times and showed the love they have for their work.

Impressions by Larry Knott and Ruthie Edwards is SSL’s Top Pick for Art (Painting|Canvas) because each piece took me back to simpler times and showed the love they have for their work.

It was such a pleasure chatting with Larry about his art. He truly is an inspiration, and I hope to be painting and enjoying art as much as he does when I am his age! Thanks, Larry, for reminding me that age is a state of mind, and we can follow our dreams no matter how old or young we are!

It was such a pleasure chatting with Larry about his art. He truly is an inspiration, and I hope to be painting and enjoying art as much as he does when I am his age! Thanks, Larry, for reminding me that age is a state of mind, and we can follow our dreams no matter how old or young we are!

Garden stakes made from dishes and other findings by Randy and Bonnie Green of Vintage Creation in Greenville, Tennessee.

Garden stakes made from dishes and other findings by Randy and Bonnie Green of Vintage Creation in Greeneville, Tennessee.

SSL’s Top Pick for Upcycled Art is Vintage Creation by Randy and Bonnie Green. They have been creating for about three years now, and they are just enjoying their retirement while having fun making upcyled yard stakes. They are the top pick for upcycled creations because of their use of color and innovation. Their quality is also superb, and they truly love what they are doing.

I love how Randy and Bonnie turned their upcycled creations into solar lights for the garden and porch.

I love how Randy and Bonnie turned their upcycled creations into solar lights for the garden and porch.

Randy and Bonnie Green truly have an eye for putting together their findings into beautiful yard art.

Randy and Bonnie Green truly have an eye for putting together their findings into beautiful yard art.

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Old window + old dishes = perfect art for the porch or patio

More upcycled pieces by Randy and Bonnie Green

More upcycled pieces by Randy and Bonnie Green

Metal art by Reaves Precision Metals

Metal art by Reaves Precision Metals

SSL’s Top Pick for Metal Art (and Coolest Thing Ever at Jonesborough Days 2016) is Reaves Precision Metals. I have no words to describe, but I will let the next photo explain why I picked Colt Reaves of RPM. Check out RPM on Facebook for more information and cool metal art.

This. (SSL's Top Pick for Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days by Colt Reaves of Reaves Precision Metals)

This. (SSL’s Top Pick for Coolest Thing at Jonesborough Days by Colt Reaves of Reaves Precision Metals)

Upcycled wind chimes by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman in Gray, Tennessee.

Upcycled wind chimes by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman in Gray, Tennessee.

*******DRUM ROLL, please********

SSL’s Ultimate Top Pick for Jonesborough Days 2016 is Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman. Not only is he creating wind chimes that sound like bells of angels, he is also putting together findings that look incredibly awesome. Believe me. I have seen a lot of upcycled wind chimes…I have even made upcycled wind chimes…But Todd Peters has an eye and a talent that can not be explained with words. Honestly, you have to see and hear his chimes for yourself. When you are in his tent, the chimes gently ting…ring…ting…ting…ring. Oh, I wish my entire porch was filled with them!

Me chatting with Todd Peters about his fabulous treasures.

Me chatting with Todd Peters about his fabulous treasures. Just look at all these gorgeous wind chimes!!!

Pops of color, vintage silverware, rusty cans...oh, I love it all!

Pops of color, vintage silverware, rusty cans…oh, I love it all!

Not only does Heavy Metal Milkman make wind chimes, he also creates garden makers, keychains, funky sculptures, and more.

Not only does Heavy Metal Milkman make wind chimes, he also creates garden makers, keychains, funky sculptures, and more.

Believe me. You can't just buy one *wink*

Believe me. You can’t just buy one *wink*

Todd's wind chimes sound amazing. There is no clunk...clunk...dong...sound...on occasion...with a big gust of wind. Nope. his chimes ring beautifully with just the slightest breeze.

Todd’s wind chimes sound amazing. There is no clunk…clunk…dong…sound…on occasion…with a big gust of wind. Nope. His chimes ring beautifully with just the slightest breeze.

Todd Peters has been making upcycled art pieces for about six years. When faced with unemployment, he chose to create over giving up.

Todd Peters has been making upcycled art pieces for about six years. When faced with unemployment, he chose to create over giving up.

Isn't this just funky fabulous! --created by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

Isn’t this just funky fabulous! –created by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

I need all of this in my life! I knew as soon as I spotted all these upcycled treasures that Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman would be SSL's Ultimate Top Pick of Jonesborough Days 2016.

I need all of this in my life! I knew as soon as I spotted all of these upcycled treasures that Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman would be SSL’s Ultimate Top Pick of Jonesborough Days 2016.

Me and Todd chatting about how unemployment led to his starting Heavy Metal Milkman

Me and Todd chatting about how unemployment led to his starting Heavy Metal Milkman

More upcycled goodness by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

More upcycled goodness by Todd Peters of Heavy Metal Milkman

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Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we strolled through SSL’s Top Picks for Jonesborough Days 2016. It was such an awesome festival filled with amazing artisans and vendors! Whew! Now, I am ready to sit on my porch a spell and enjoy the sound of my Heavy Metal Milkman wind chimes.

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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!

DIY Upcycled Wind Chimes from Kitchen Utensils

Add a pop pf color to a dull fall landscape with DIY upcycled wind chimes.

I have always loved folksy whirligigs and whimsical yard art. Old tires used as planters, rusty farm equipment “planted” in a flower bed, vintage chicken feeders used as hanging pots–the list could go on forever + thanks to Pinterest, there are a plethora of ideas for the home and garden. Now, if only we had more spare time *wink*

Last year, I wrote a series of DIYs for my hometown newspaper, The Winston County Journal, to inspire people to make and give handmade gifts for the holidays.  I believe everyone has a touch of “crafty” or “artsy” inside of him or her. Just give crafting a try and have fun like when you were five!  If the project turns out to be an epic fail, laugh and be proud of yourself for trying and for having fun.

**p.s. I suggest having a crafting party for this project.  Make it a dessert potluck + Keep the coffee brewing and the stories rolling.**

DIY Upcycled Wind Chimes from Common Kitchen Items

Materials/Tools:

cheese grater (I used an old broken one from my junk stash.)

4 spoons, 4 forks, 4 butter knives (try to mismatch for a more whimsical look)

1 serving spoon or fork

Rust-Oleum Automobile Primer

several colors of spray paint (perfect time to use bits and dabs of leftover paint)

fishing line (30lb test is best for durability)

wire (18 or 20 gauge)

glass beads (or beads from old/broken jewelry)

power drill with drill bit

sandpaper

safety googles

needle nose pliers (for bending the wire)

scissors

Instructions:

1.  Drill holes in the silverware and base of the cheese grater (one hole per utensil for a total of 12 holes) and two holes at the top of the grater for the wire hanger.  This takes patience.  It took me several attempts before I successfully drilled my utensils. I am sad to report the first couple of spoons suffered much, but not in vain. RIP.

2.  Next, gently sand the utensils and grater.  Be careful around the sharp and rough edges of the holes.

3.  Prime silverware and cheese grater with the Rust-Oleum automobile primer following the instructions on the can.

4.  After the primer has fully dried, spray paint the cheese grater and utensils following the instructions on the can.  **Tip: Mix it up + Be bright and bold!

5.  While waiting on items to dry, cut 12 pieces of fishing line (one for each utensil) about 18 inches (better to have too much than not enough).  Cut one piece about 24 inches for the clacker.  **If you are having a crafting party, this is the perfect time for a coffee break.**

6.  After everything has dried, thread the fishing line through the silverware hole (securing with a fishing knot), add glass beads, and tie to the cheese grater.  Trim excess line with scissors. Repeat this step until all utensils have been attached.

**This step is great for the kiddos.  Have them pick out and string the beads while you share stories of holidays of yesteryear.**

7.  For the hanger, cut wire to desired hanging length and secure to the holes drilled at the top of the cheese grater by threading the wire through the holes and bending it around itself using the pliers.

8.  Finally, tie the clacker to the wire hanger.

Ta-da!  Look how fabulous! Now, comes the hard part.  Do you keep the wind chimes for yourself, or do you wrap and give away your lovely creation?

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about making wind chimes from common kitchen items. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest (@ChasidyHathorn) for more ideas and photos of my art and furbabies!

I would like to dedicate this blog post to my dad who taught me how to take old junk and turn it into artsy treasures + who has always been there for me. Confession–I have always been a bit of a handful. Back in my teen years, I drove a red Ford ranger. Oh, how I loved that truck! Yes, I piled too many friends in there. No, it wasn’t the smartest thing. Yes, I drove the backroads–often, too fast. The good Lord just watched over me, and I am pretty sure I had a different guardian angel each day. Well, one day while driving a freshly graveled road, I lost control of Red and off in the ditch I went. This was back before cell phones and OnStar, so, off I set on foot to my Uncle Mackie and Aunt Barbara’s house to call home. Long story short. Daddy came to my rescue–like always. My dad has never been too tired or too busy to rescue me. Recently, he saved me from a bit of trouble by getting the skunk that was caught in my armadillo “humane” trap out. Yes, catch and release. Poor Daddy! #myhero

 

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