Here and There with a Bit of This and That

A quick trip to Birmingham, Alabama with Abby for the Home + Remodeling Show.

A quick trip to Birmingham, Alabama with Abby for the Home + Remodeling Show.

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living. Today on the blog, we are chatting about lots of different things–from where I have been to what will be happening on SSL this week…”Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” *smile* These days I hate to make carved-in-stone plans because I never know what will come up to change them…sometimes good things like family coming to visit…sometimes not-so-good things like my AC unit freezing up and creating a small pool in the basement. No matter what happens, focus on the good and pray a lot!

Last week we had family come for a visit, so I took a little break from blogging to spend time with them. It was great to share the front porch and to sit a spell. During their visit, we all attended the John Cowan concert at Down Home in Johnson City. It was fun for all…However, I do wish they had a dance floor because I love to move around…I only like to sit for a spell…not for a couple of hours *wink*

Abby with John Cowan--be sure to check out her blog for more details.

Abby with John Cowan–be sure to check out her blog for more details.

This weekend my family added a new member, and we are very relieved that mommy and baby are doing good. Baby girl made an early appearance…and everyone is excited to have a baby to spoil! I am just upset that I did not get the door hanger finished! Tomorrow I will be back in the studio to wrap up a few projects *fingers crossed*

Last week I spent a lot of time in the studio working on custom projects and new items. I am debating on opening up an online shop...can I handle the post office? *wink*

Last week before company arrived, I spent a lot of time in the studio working on custom projects and new items. I am debating on opening up an online shop…can I handle the post office? *wink*

Have you ever had one of those weeks that was long, busy but good? That was mine last week, and to top it off, the hubby, Abby and I made a quick trip to Birmingham to attend the Home + Remodeling Show. I will have more on that later in the week + Abby has fabulous interviews coming up on her blog. So, y’all stay tuned because you don’t want to miss out on the fun and SSL’s top picks from the show.

 

Matt Muenster of DIY Network's Bath Crashers and Abby at the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show.

Matt Muenster of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Abby at the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show.

Abby interviewing Todd Wilbur author of Top Secret Recipes.

Abby interviewing Todd Wilbur author of Top Secret Recipes.

The little family and I stayed at The Tutwiler in downtown Birmingham. It was absolutely stunning and charming, and I totally recommend staying there!

The little family and I stayed at The Tutwiler in downtown Birmingham. It was absolutely stunning and charming, and I totally recommend staying there!

Look at this doorknob from The Tutwiler! I love details like this...and old buildings!

Look at this doorknob from The Tutwiler! I love details like this…and old buildings!

Whew! It was a whirlwind seven days, but I would not trade them for anything *smile* I have all kinds of goodies planned for y’all this week–gluten-free top picks (featuring some local baked goods), top picks from the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show, an update on a few of the projects happening at Hathorn Hall, and the fall leaf report. If there is any time left, I will go shopping for fabulous, junky treasures *smile*

This is one of the fabulous finds from last weekend's junk adventure. This vintage office chair is the perfect shade of orange. I don't know why, but I am on an orange kick lately! Must be the fall air *smile*

This is one of the fabulous finds from last weekend’s junk adventure in Jonesborough. This vintage office chair is the perfect shade of orange. I don’t know why, but I am on an orange kick lately! Must be the fall air *smile*

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today. Be sure to check out all the social media for updates and happenings…and selfies with Mattie *wink*

selfie with Mattie...she dreams of being an Instagram star haha

selfie with Mattie…she dreams of being an Instagram star haha

 

 

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Why I Feel Guilty About Being a Housewife

Original wall art by LollyMollyArt--I just love old, rusty bike rims!

Original wall art by LollyMollyArt–I just love old, rusty bike rims!

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place where you can find everything from gluten-free food ideas to DIY projects. When I started SSL, I had no overall goal. I just wanted to share with people my love for home renovation, junking, and creating. I also wanted to share my struggles with living with diabetes and Celiac. Since I began this journey, moving and starting over has become a conversation topic. Trying to find myself…at my age…in a new city…is constantly on my mind and in my prayers. It is easy preaching, but hard living to say “Let go, and let God.” or “In God’s time, it will happen.” Believe me. I know the best pep talks. I give them to myself daily, but there is one thing that I cannot seem to pep myself up about…it has been a struggle…personal battle (self versus self) since day one…being a housewife.

When my daughter was 16, she started her first blog, Vintage Inspired Passionista. A few months ago she launched another blog, Sixteen & Successful. In has been difficult for me to balance being her mom with being her business manager. Tough love takes on an entirely different meaning! I homeschooled her during her high school years so she could pursue her dreams. It was a crazy busy, but I have no regrets. And I am so very proud of her *big smile*

When my daughter was 16, she started her first blog, Vintage Inspired Passionista. A few months ago she launched another blog, Sixteen & Successful. It has been challenging for me to balance being her mom with being her business manager. “Tough love” has taken on an entirely different meaning in our business meetings! I homeschooled her during her high school years so she could pursue her dreams. It was a crazy busy, but I have no regrets. And I am so very proud of her *big smile*

I really don’t mean to complain about being a housewife because I know lots of women who are housewives…and they love it…they embrace it…they feel like it is their calling. I know lots of women who would love to be housewives…to stay at home with their kids. I have tired to convince myself that I am not just a housewife, but a domestic engineer…CEO of Hathorn, Inc.

You have to understand that having a title and making money is expected. No one wants to brag on their daughter who is a housewife. Or at least that is how I feel. No husband wants to tell his work associates that his wife doesn’t work. It makes her sound lazy, unskilled, or like a trophy…a gold digger. Or at least that is how I feel. Filling out medical forms is stressful for me. “Employer”…I have no employer, but I promise that I am not worthless or lazy. I am not living off the government. I promise I have been employed in the past. Please don’t make me fill in that blank….

No, I am not a CEO of a business…and my math skills would never allow me to be an engineer. I am a housewife. Partly by choice. Partly because of circumstances. And those medical forms are just too nosy and judgmental.

"Facing Forward"--original sculpture by LollyMollyArt. It tells the story of no matter what life tosses at you, no matter how dark the path is, no matter how many questions...keep facing forward...keep moving forward.

“Facing Forward”–original sculpture by LollyMollyArt. It tells the story of no matter what life tosses at you, no matter how dark the path is, no matter how many questions…keep facing forward…keep moving forward.

Honestly, I am not whining. Don’t get me wrong. I am a pretty good whiner. Not that I should be bragging about my excellent whining abilities…but this post is far from feeling sorry for myself or complaining about life giving me lemons–which life hasn’t given me lemons, and even if it had…I have no desire to make lemonade…however, I do enjoy lemon slices in my iced tea. I digress. Back to the topic at hand…why I feel guilty about being a housewife.

My guilt has reached an all new high…I guess it is really more of a low…because guilt really shouldn’t be high on anyone’s list. Before I explain why I feel guilty, let me preface with this–the hubby has no problem with my being a housewife. He loves my being home with the opportunities that being at home offers: working on my art, writing my blog, managing our daughter’s busy blog schedule and demands, and being able to do other things that I love. He truly is the best, and he is super supportive of my creativity.

Please understand that I love my little family. And most days I do not mind being at home doing all the housewife duties–from laundry to errands. But there are a few days where I feel like I am throwing away my talents…that I am not being true to myself…that I am taking more out than I am giving in…yes, it is about the money. I am not contributing to the bank account. I feel like I am a bum…living off the kindness of the hubby. I feel guilty because I do not have a real paycheck. My writing and art aren’t exactly bringing in the big bucks haha…but perhaps one day *wink…dreaming big*

Yes, my guilt is all about the money. I am not lazy. My house is usually beyond magazine quality. I take very good care of my family. But no matter how hard I work at home, no matter how many extra duties I have, no matter how many words I write, or creations I create…I still feel like I have accomplished nothing…because there is no pay stub to prove the value of my labor.

At the end of the day, I know that this is something that I have to wrap my head around. I have to come to accept that my value is not based on dollars and cents. It will take time. And I am okay with that. Because hopefully through my struggle, I can help someone who is also struggling. And together, we can help each other *smile*

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Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as I chatted about why I feel guilty about being a woman without a real paycheck. If you are a housewife or have been a housewife and have any advice for me and other housewives, please comment. I know I could use a little advice *smile*

Two Blondes and a Stan: Mailbox DIY

Down it goes!

Down it goes!

My goodness!  The past few weeks have been crazy busy.  We have been tearing up more ugly at the new place, attending events with Abby, and most importantly…killing poison ivy.

There are 1001 things to do around here…but we decided that the ugly mailbox was not good for the curb appeal…so we tackled it…literally…well kind of…we knocked it over!

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This is Two Blondes and a Stan:  Mailbox DIY.  I have no specific instructions because we mostly winged it.  What I do have is a story told in pictures…with a few random comments thrown in because I have the inability to remain silent for long periods of time.

When you decide to tackle such a project, here are some things you will need….

(1) Sledgehammer because every home renovator needs at least one…if not two…it is also fun to sing Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel while slinging it…I have also been known to grunt and yell while slinging…I should video.

IMG_9066(2)  Gloves –a really nice pair of gloves…and at least three extra…not necessarily three pairs…

IMG_9106(3)  Wheelbarrow and Shovel –I suggest various types of shovels–ones for digging, trenching, scooping, and so forth because you never know what kind of situation you will get yourself into while home renovating and landscaping.  As far as a wheelbarrow, invest in a nice one…the hubby actually made ours out of two broken ones that we had…yes, we DIYed our wheelbarrow.

IMG_9123(4)  Tape Measure(s) and Drill(s)–one can never own too many tape measures or drills…mainly because they have legs and walk away…mine like to play hide-and-seek.

IMG_9089(5)  Chainsaw –at this point, I should also recommend safety goggles, a hard hat, steel-toe shoes, and a safety class…

IMG_9079(6)  QUICKRETE –this is actually a very useful and handy product.  Please follow instructions on bag.

(7)  Old Fashioned Post Hole Diggers –great for digging holes…and the blades are great upcycled magnet boards (perfect for holding 4×6 photos).

IMG_9099(8)  Metal or Wood Poking/Tamping Stick –be creative.

IMG_9108(9)  Good Helpers –we are Two Blondes and a Stan.

We love being silly and having fun because it makes all the hard work go by faster.

We love being silly and having fun because it makes all the hard work go by faster.

Now, it is time for the Mailbox DIY from the beginning to almost the end….

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Repurposing 4x4 posts we found into an "insert" post for the new mailbox

Repurposing 4×4 posts we found into an “insert” post for the new mailbox

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I forgot to mention earlier that you will need a level...I am more of an eyeballing-it kind of gal...but Stan is much more precise!

I forgot to mention earlier that you will need a level…I am more of an eyeballing-it kind of gal…but Stan is much more precise!

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Removing the monkey grass and cleaning up

Removing the monkey grass and cleaning up

IMG_9573The hubby did such a wonderful job designing and building our mailbox.  I cannot wait to plant pretty summer flowers around it!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today.  Please be sure to check out and like our fan page at www.facebook.com/lollymollyart to keep up with the latest happenings and randomness.

I am so happy to announce Sweet Sorghum Living Short Tales.  To read the latest tale at Real Media, click here.

Hugs xx,

Chasidy

It’s All About Location and Laundry

Happy Cloud

Happy Cloud

If I have learned anything from the many years of watching HGTV, especially House Hunters, it is that one can change a lot of things about a house–but not its location.

I have had to remind myself of that daily (well, numerous times daily) during these past couple of months of home renovation–location–view–location–view.  I am not going to lie.  This project is overwhelming.  Some days, I think this house is trying to kill me.  Other days, I feel like it is a money pit…one rot problem after another.  Thank you, previous homeowners.

A little more rot...we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows for French doors...decisions, decisions.

A little more rot…we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows with French doors…decisions, decisions.  Do you see Mattie and Ziva’s laundry basket full of toys?  They love looking out the windows.

Mattie looking out at the living room windows...I am thinking that French doors would be lovely here...

Mattie on the inside looking out–She had gone inside to get a drink of water and a toy.  Hmmm, I am really thinking that French doors would be lovely here.  I am pretty sure that Mattie agrees!

Today…as I was spraying my 16th gallon of poison ivy killer (make that 18th gallon–I took a break from writing to go kill stuff)…I thought about how focused I have been on completing the house…that I have not taken the time to enjoy it…just as it is…mess and all.

Often times, we are all so focused on the daily routines that must be done, we are all so focused on perfection and how our lives look to our Facebook friends–that we forget to just be happy…like a real happiness. To be happy with the little accomplishments…to be happy with the fact that there is only one load of laundry left to do–at this exact moment…knowing that there will be two more later on this afternoon…to be happy because God has blessed us in so many ways…even the troubles and struggles are blessings.

Love the view from my laundry room...the

Love the view from my laundry room…sure, the floor moulding needs to be painted, the walls need a bit of art, and the clothes need to be put away…but sometimes there are just more important things to do…

Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather--I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!

Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather–I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!

We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects.  Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby's snack!

We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects. Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby’s snack!

Sure, I would love to wake up and my home renovation be completely finished.  I would love to have a laundry fairy…but what I do have is this exact moment to be happy with my location…and with where God has placed me.

View from the breakfast room--Abby traded her computer for the pool today.  Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill?  Yep, that project will have to wait another day!

View from the breakfast room–Abby traded her computer for a book and the pool today. Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill? Yep, that project will have to wait another day!

View from the upstairs landing--Note to Self:  (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting

View from the upstairs landing–Note to Self: (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting

View from the screen porch area--going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl deck, posts, and rails

View from the screen porch area–we are going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl…deck, posts, and rails

Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights...I wonder how long they have been hanging there????

Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights…I wonder how long they have been hanging there???? Do you see the 1980s intercom?

Rotted and leaning deck rails...this is the no-no zone...but the view is fabulous...and the deck will be too!

Rotted and leaning deck rails…this is the no-no zone…but the view is fabulous…and the deck will be too!  Stan brought home a little sneak peek of the material he will be using. I am so excited!

Progress on Abby's bath area...one day at a time...one day at a time.

Progress on Abby’s bath area…one day at a time…one day at a time.

It is a nice place to set up shop...all the deck will be vinyl...you won't recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!

It is a nice place to set up shop. The new deck will be vinyl.  I promise, you won’t recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!

No progress in the master bath...same as we left it two months ago...

No progress in the master bath…same as we left it–two months ago…

A little sheetrock dust art...it is a losing battle haha

A little sheetrock dust art…it is a losing battle haha

Thank you previous home owners for never replacing anything...in thirty-one years.  The deck is in poor condition...very poor condition...but I know a guy that is really talented in designing and building decks!

Thank you, previous home owners, for never replacing anything…in thirty-two years. The deck is in poor condition…very poor condition…but I know a guy that is really talented with designing and building decks!

Flooring for the master dressing room...yes, it is right next to Stan's side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon...but until then...I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!

Flooring for the master dressing room/closet…yes, it is right next to Stan’s side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon…but until then…I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!

Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly...and laundry will always be a constant.

Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this giant fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly…and laundry will always be a constant.

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Wall art by Abby:  this piece is hanging outside her room

Even though, we are still living in a mess…living out of boxes…and living on a prayer; we are happy.  And at the end of the day, that is all that matters.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me.  Have a blessed day!

Chasidy

Flashback Friday…or is it now Saturday?

Whimsical Heart Mobile:  "Quick DIY How-To" (1) decoupage tissue paper to wooden hearts (2) after tissue paper dries, add paper cutouts such as butterflies...mine came from a gift bag! (3) hammer small nails into the bottom (4) add beads to jewelry wire...wrap one end of the wire around nail  (5) attach screw to top (6) tie fishing line around the screw (7) hang...I used plant hangers...and centered it above Abby's bed

Whimsical Heart Mobile: “Quick DIY How-To” (1) decoupage tissue paper to wooden hearts (2) after adequate drying time, add paper cutouts such as butterflies…mine came from a gift bag! (3) hammer small nails into the bottom of each heart (4) add beads to jewelry wire…wrap one end of the wire around nail (5) attach one screw to the top of each heart (6) tie fishing line around the screw (7) hang…I used plant hangers…Whew, that was a quick DIY!

Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living!  Thanks for joining me today for Flashback Friday…or is it now Saturday?

What is Flashback Friday?  Well, it is a backstory…a little look into how LollyMollyArt and Sweet Sorghum Living got their starts…So, grab a good cup of Joe (or Johann), and sit a spell with me as we look back at some of my early interior decorating and DIY projects.

Redesigning ugly lamps is nothing new for LollyMollyArt.  This particular one was created from an old crystal lamp that had a boring shade.  I simply added tulle and ribbon to the original wire shade...and boring lamp was transformed into a spectacular lamp for a little girl's room!

Redesigning lamps is nothing new for LollyMollyArt. This particular one was created from an old crystal lamp with a boring, ugly shade. I simply added tulle and ribbon to the shade’s original wire frame, and the lamp was instantly transformed into something spectacular and fun.

Abby helped me add the beaded fringe to a plain lampshade...as stated in last week's Flashback...Abby is the best glue-gunner I know!

Abby helped me add the beaded fringe to a plain lampshade…as stated in last week’s Flashback…Abby is the best “glue-gunner” I know!  Before you toss out that old lamp, think about redesigning it…a little spray paint and beaded fringe is all you need!

Last week, we looked back at Abby’s “big girl bathroom” makeover.  Her favorite color at that time was orange…any shade of orange….She wanted it not only in her bathroom, but also in her bedroom.

Orange wasn’t my only challenge for her bedroom makeover.  She also loved rocks, fossils, African safari themed items, and little girl frill…what was a mom to do!

Abby knew exactly what she liked and what she wanted…and I wanted to help bring her vision to life…not squash it or changer her mind, but to make it happen…and let her assist…to get her hands dirty…to have a bit of fun…and in the end, a little girl got her dream room…just as she had envisioned it.

Abby's prized tock and fossil collection displayed proudly on her dresser.  Currently, they are being stored in a plastic bin until I figure out how to incorporate the entire collection in her new room.

Abby’s prized rock and fossil collection displayed proudly on her dresser. Currently, it is being stored in a plastic container.  I am pretty sure when she sees this picture that she will be looking for that box…I believe it is in the basement…or perhaps the storage unit…hmmmm.

Dresser that I stenciled with cheetah print and decoupaged blue toile wrapping paper to the top.  Abby picked out the art print and decor items..  Stan painted the stripes around the room...per Abby's color choices and instructions about wanting stripes around the room!

“Safari Room” Dresser–I stenciled it with cheetah print and decoupaged blue toile wrapping paper to the top. Abby picked out the art print and decor items.  Stan painted the stripes around the room…per Abby’s color choices and instructions about wanting stripes around the room!  The beloved “Safari Room’ days–good times indeed!

Stan, being the perfect hubby and perfectionist, painted the stripes across all the doors to keep the stripes going and going...

Stan, being the perfect hubby and perfectionist, painted the stripes across all the doors to keep them going and going…Look at the light switch cover that Abby and I made together!  She loved writing and painting her name…everywhere!

Natural element contrasted against the shimmer of the curtains

Natural elements and shimmery curtains…I apologize for the poor picture quality.  I took all these photos myself–way back in the 90s.  To be honest, photography is not my talent! haha

Abby's desk area...she needed a fun and inspiring place to do her elementary homework...my goodness, time flies...sniff

Abby’s desk area–I painted the desk, added orange ceramic knobs, and decoupaged the same blue toile as the dresser to the top.  We “hot-glued” hot pink feathers to a cork board (she adored hot pink…and I had to find a way to continue the lamp colors in the room).  Stan put up a few shelves for her to display her beloved possessions.  With a little team work (the beginnings of Two Blondes and a Stan), we created an inspiring place to do elementary homework.  My goodness, time flies!  What happened to her being in elementary school?

Decoupaged vase with beaded fringe...a simple DIY...(1) decoupage tissue paper to a clear vase (2) "hot glue" beaded fringe around the "neck" of the vase...done!  Perfect for organizing office supplies like pens and pencils.

Decoupaged vase with beaded fringe…a simple DIY…(1) decoupage tissue paper to a clear vase (2) “hot glue” beaded fringe around the “neck” of the vase…done! Perfect for organizing office supplies like pens and pencils.

Original paper doll and clothes from my childhood that I decoupaged to a board for Abby...I have always tried to keep her connected to the past and her roots...No wonder she loves vintage and especially vintage clothes!

Original paper doll and clothes from my childhood that I decoupaged to a board for Abby–I have always tried to keep her connected to the past and her roots…No wonder she loves vintage and especially vintage clothes!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and traveling down memory lane!  I must rush off to get some current home DIY projects accomplished.

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Chasidy

Two Blondes and a Stan: Living on a Prayer and in a Mess

Abby getting ready for Birmingham Fashion Week...in her vanity area that is under construction!

Abby getting ready for Birmingham Fashion Week…in her vanity area that is under construction!

Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living and all our mess!  Grab a cup of coffee, and sit a spell with me as we take a look at “Living on a Prayer and in a Mess”.

The Bon Jovi song “Livin’ on a Prayer” seems appropriate for today’s blog…except that I have a Stan…he has never worked on the docks, nor has he ever played or owned a six string…and I am not working in a diner…but, for the most part, the song is perfect for our current situation…”She says we’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got, Cause it doesn’t make a difference, if we make it or not.  We’ve got each other and that’s a lot. For love-we’ll give it a shot. Whooah, we’re half way there…Livin’ on a prayer….”

Yes, there is art on the wall…we like to keep our priorities straight!

The question that I am asked the most is “Are y’all living in your house during all that renovation?”…yes, yes, we are.

During the demolition phase, the little family and I stayed in a hotel for about a week–just long enough to tear out, clean up the debris, and install one working full bathroom. Most of our belongings were (and some still are) in storage or the basement…a few items remain with the parents until we get a chance to go fetch them.

Powder Room being demolished...rag rolled paint on top of navy blue wallpaper (with little pink and white flowers)

Powder Room during demolition phase…”rag rolled” decorative paint on top of navy blue wallpaper (with little pink and white flowers)…Let’s just say that it isn’t our particular taste!

Here at Sweet Sorghum Living we use red Solo cups for all kinds of things!  Plugging toilet drains (see the above photo), storing nails and such, painting, drinking…such a versatile item to have in the renovating arsenal!

Lucy supervising the removal of the linoleum floors (yep, as in the plural of floor) in the kitchen area

Lucy supervising the removal of the linoleum floors (yep, as in the plural of floor) in the kitchen area
What light through yonder window breaks?  It is the east...and we have a big mess in the master bedroom!

What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east…and we have a big mess in the master bedroom!

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Abby managed to get all dolled up for Birmingham Fashion Week events despite the mess…and she got to meet Joshua McKinley!

VIP_BFW_FridayNightHopefully, we will not be living in chaos much longer…things are beginning to take shape, and projects are slowly getting checked off the “to do” list. During the past few months, we have battled weather, leaks, and each other…all while living on a prayer and in a mess!

Be sure to keep up with all the crazy mess by liking Sweet Sorghum Living/LollyMollyArt on Facebook and Twitter (see the right sidebar for the like and follow buttons).  Follow us on Instagram  www.instagram.com/thelollymolly (@theLollyMolly) and Pinterest www.pinterest.com/thelollymolly (Chasidy Hathorn).

Check out www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com for Abby’s adventures in fashion and much more!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me,

Chasidy

Flashback Friday: No More Winnie the Pooh

1980's heart shelf that I "water-stained" red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon

1980’s heart shelf that I “water-stained” red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon

Whoo hoo!  It is Friday…let’s do a little dance…speaking of dance…I love the original Flashdance movie…and Dirty Dancing…Patrick Swayze…bless his soul….

I am glad that it is Friday considering my rambling mood!  Well, let us get back to the post at hand, and let’s do a little dance and have a flashback moment….

Lolly Molly Art and Sweet Sorghum Living have been a part of my life for a long time.  Way before social media and blogs, I was creating….

Today, I would like to share with you a “big girl” bathroom makeover.  Please sit a spell with me, and enjoy a blast from my past…at least my creations were better than my hair and fashion!

I remember it like it was yesterday.  Abby was tired of her Winnie the Pooh bathroom decor.  She was wanting “big girl” stuff…and at the time, orange was her favorite color.  She also loved ladybugs, butterflies, fish, and “fuzzy stuff”. We looked everywhere for her “vision”…after months of looking, I decided that her “vision” was more like a “dream” and something had to give.  What was a mom to do!

I wish I could say that I had a divine revelation…but it was more like a nudge…just a little push that would lead to much bigger pushes.

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Every bath needs bright storage!  Abby picked out everything for her “big girl” bath.  From the shower curtain to the rug, she was involved in the process.  She helped paint, decoupage, and decorate.

I took Abby to the local Sherwin Williams, and we picked out wallpaper, wallpaper border, and paint.  It wasn’t what I had imagined for her bathroom; however, I thought that it was important for her to be part of the creative process and decorating.  My reasoning was that it was just paint…and a bit of wallpaper….

She found ladybug shower curtain hooks (if you look carefully, there are ladybugs in the wallpaper border), “green fuzzy stuff on a string” (to match the green in the border), silk butterflies, and glass vases that she adored and wanted in her “big girl” bathroom.  It was my job to figure out how to make her “vision” come to life, and Stan’s job to hang the wallpaper!

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The nightlight that Abby and I made together for her “big girl” bathroom. We decoupaged tissue paper to the shade and hot glued “fuzzy stuff” (as Abby called it and still calls it) to the top and bottom of the shade. We had so much fun creating this together…and to this day, Abby is the best “hot-glue-gunner” I know.

Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her "big girl" bathroom.  Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling...I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she was insisting on using!

Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her “big girl” bathroom. Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling…I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she insisted on using!

I must admit that the “big girl” bathroom was a challenge.  It was not easy incorporating all the things that Abby wanted in her bath….There were moments that I wanted to remove her from the decorating committee, but I am so glad that I didn’t.

Today, she is creative and fabulous…running the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, creating her own DIYs, and decorating her new “big girl” bathroom in tranquil glam (as she calls it)…stay tuned to the “Two Blondes and a Stan” segments to see exactly what “tranquil glam” involves!

Every bath needs a classic art print!  She spotted this print at the local Fred's.  After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom.  Her little face lit up...and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.

Every bath needs a classic art print! She spotted this print at the local Fred’s. After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom. Her little face lit up…and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.

I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall!  Yes, my new house has one....hopefully, not for long!  My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar.  One of my favorite things that my dad had made...I know, right?  A toilet paper holder is my favorite!  But is gorgeous...a work of art!

I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall! Yes, my new house has one….hopefully, not for long! My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar. One of my favorite things that my dad has made…I know, right? A toilet paper holder is my favorite! But is gorgeous…a work of art!

At the end of the day, it was not exactly what I had imagined; however, it was fabulous in the eyes of a little girl.  I am so very thankful that God was whispering in my ear to let her be creative and not to squash her “vision”!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and flashing back to days gone by…

Be sure to take a gander over to www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com to see my little girl all grown up and fabulous!

Love and Hugs,

Chasidy