Shannon Berrey

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2012


If I was going out tonight, I would love to rock this little orange velvet and sequin number.

But, I will be watching the ball drop at home with my 2 most favorite teenagers on the planet. So instead, I will don my cutest sweats, my Reebok's, and my sequin socks and get my party on.


 I can't think of a better way to start 2013!! I hope you get to bring in the New Year with your favorite people!

 And just between you and me....I can not wait to leave 2012 behind...




Snowflakes for Newtown

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as ours! It was a simpler, more handmade and heartfelt celebration at our house. I so hope we continue with this tradition.  

If you and your kids are looking for a fun activity now that the festivities are over, please consider making some snowflakes together and mailing them to Newtown.


'When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address at the end of this email.

Donating and Organizing Fundraisers for Sandy Hook Elementary School:

Donations will be accepted indefinitely to the Connecticut PTSA “Sandy Hook Fund” to provide ongoing support to the community. Please send checks to the Connecticut PTSA address listed at the end of this email. Group fundraising projects may include walk-a-thons, spirits days, pajama days, etc., which may be scheduled at your convenience.

For student-run coin drives, please submit all donations by February 14, 2012.

The Newtown community has requested only monetary donations at this time. For service or product donation inquiries, please contact To contact Sandy Hook PTA, please email  

Please send all snowflakes and donations to:
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514


If you are a little rusty on your snowflake how-to, you can click here. Imagine the look on these little faces when they nervously walk through new unfamiliar school doors in a few weeks, only to be welcomed with a blizzard of beautiful wintry snowflakes!  

I found this poem written by Holley Gerth, which seems so perfect for this project: 

The Meaning of the Snowflake

Every new snowflake comes to the earth
as a picture of our Saviour’s birth,
because they are sent from up above
and remind us of God’s care and love.

Each one is so intricate and small
because Christ sees the details of us all,
and just as two are never the same
the Lord knows and calls us each by name.

Snowflakes gently cover the world in white
and hide what’s unlovely from our sight,
showing us how He covers our sin
and gives us His grace when we come to Him.

So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind
and in every bit of white may you find
a reason to celebrate anew
and a reminder of His love for you.

Holley Gerth


“Snowflakes are some of nature's most fragile things, but just look what happens when they stick together.”  Anonymous


 It will be a little quiet here for the next few days. I am with family in Murray, Kentucky. Such wonderful memories here...My sweet uncle passed away this week and we are celebrating his life.  


Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Thank you for visiting me here over the last year. It has been so fantastic getting to know you. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and you are able to share it with those you love. I look forward to an exciting 2013 and I hope that you continue to meet with me here.

'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.'  Isaiah 9:6 



Saturday, December 22, 2012



Yesterday we were lucky enough to wake up to a pretty blanket of snow. So perfect to start our first day of winter. I set out early to do some shopping and traffic was not bad at all. The salespeople who checked me out went out of their way to be kind and helpful and spent more time with me than was expected. And I left the stores with exactly what I was looking for.   



In the afternoon, while so many of my neighbors had lost their power, we enjoyed the warmth of our home as I worked on completing a few last minute gifts. And last night, I was able to hug my kids and tell them I loved them before they went off to bed while so many in Connecticut could not..



Perspective... this is my gift this year. Please slow down this holiday and enjoy every moment.  



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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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