Shannon Berrey

Sweet hostess gifts: Oh Little Rabbit

Friday, November 30, 2012

 With the holiday party invites starting to roll in, it has me thinking of hostess gift ideas. I found some of the sweetest handmade tea towels and napkins over at Oh Little Rabbit. I love the sweet look of hand printed textiles and I also love giving something that is hand made. These organic cotton flour sack towels are screen printed with original hand drawn images using quality fabric inks that stand up to the everyday wear and tear of your kitchen.   






If you want to really impress your hostess, check out these creative ways to present your tea towel.


 Simply My Kitchen gives a step-by step on how to use a tea towel to wrap a loaf of bread.

Martha shows how to wrap up a jam bread package.


Or use a tea towel to wrap around a bottle of wine with a pretty ribbon.

If your hostess is a foodie, how about wrapping it around a favorite cookbook.



Or, if she has a green thumb, wrap the tea towel around a plant container with some twine. 



To see all of the textiles from Oh Little Rabbit, visit their store here. 


Tree down

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 I cherish all of my handmade gifts from my kids. I get so excited each Christmas to open the boxes of ornaments and unwrap the ones that we painted together, the ones they put their tiny paint dipped handprints on, the ones they signed with a barely legible precious signature, and the ones made in their school classes that they proudly and sweetly wrapped and placed under the tree. Oh the sweet memories...

We set out the day after Thanksgiving and picked the perfect tree. With the Christmas music playing, I had all of those precious ornaments hung and the tree lit by 5 o'clock. I sat on the sofa so glad to finally be done and at 5:30 it all came crashing down. I stood over the tree laying in in a pool of water and broken ornaments and not knowing what else to do...cried.  

We stood it up and rebolted it down in the tree base that was advertised as the 'biggest and the best' with no understanding of why, after using it for years, it let us down. It was such a mess. The rug had to dry overnight and the next day the lights were restrung and all of the non-broken ornaments were back in place.

Until last night at 9:30. I kid you not, the tree fell over again. All of the ornaments that survived the first fall weren't so lucky the 2nd time around. After another massive vacuuming, the rug is redrying, and the tree has been stripped of every single ornament and is propped against the back door {I kinda want to chuck it over the back porch}. And the ornaments, well, they are going back in their boxes. I'm simply not willing to do a Round 3. Just call me Scrooge. So I am thinking, this just might be my answer.


A giant adorable fabric tree.

IKEA sells this really sweet tree fabric and it's been quite popular as it has been making the blog circuit. At $6.99 a yard with a 59" pattern repeat, this one won't do any damage if it slides off it's dowel....


 Any other suggestions??

1-Oh Happy Day 2- Cuckoo 4 Design


Fresh Christmas decorating: Cottages & Bungalows

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


There was quite the line while checking out Jo-Ann's recently {60% off coupons tends to bring out the crafters in ridiculous numbers} and they offer a great magazine section while you are waiting for one of only  2 cashiers...I was able to catch up on a ton of holiday issues. I was so excited to spot a home decorated by two of my favorite designers, Katie Rosenfeld and Rachel Reider, in Cottages and Bungalows.  



This home to a mom of 2 kids, was decorated with a bright and fresh color scheme and the holiday decor followed suit. There is very little traditional red and green in these decorations, instead corals, turquoise, plums and apple green fill the Massachusetts home. Mix these colors with a ton of geometric fabrics and patterned rugs and you get one heck of a whimsical cheerful home.





Story by Monin Dombrowski, photos by Michael J. Lee, styled by Katie Rosenfeld and Rachel Reider 

To see more, visit Katie's blog here or Rachel's blog here.


Two Guys Bow Ties

Monday, November 26, 2012


Happy Monday, friends! I hope that you had a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend. We certainly did! Are you finding any great Cyber Monday deals? My inbox is overwhelmingly full, but I have yet to find any must-haves. But, I did want to share a great gift idea if you are shopping for the dapper man who has everything.  

I dare say he owns a custom wooden bow tie! I love this brand spanking new company, Two Guys Bowtie Company, that just launched a few weeks ago. These styIish bowties combine the classic old-school design with the innovative twist of beautiful warm wood. There are loads of wood options as well as great fabric selections.   




Want them personalized? These guys will also etch your custom logo or design--wouldn't these be fun for a wedding? Did I mention that one of the 'two guys' of Two Guys Bowties is Kara Paslays husband?! I have been following Kara's talents over on her blog since her days at Anthropologie. What a talented duo! Best of luck Tim and Adam!



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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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