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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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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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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