Shannon Berrey


Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I shared Maris' cast with you last week. She went back to the doctor at the end of last week and they took the cast off to reevaluate her arm. The xrays were a little vague so they are trying to decide whether it's broken or if it is a torn ligament. Broken is what we are hoping for. Broken means that she can continue on with her track season, but torn means that she would need surgery and she has to give up track.  

They put another cast back on and scheduled an MRI for today. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

On her way home from the hospital after getting the 2nd cast, she was already designing how to beautify the new blue cast. 

{Maris' cast drawings}

Ideas were plentiful: chevrons done in glitter, some sort of fish scales, lovely sentiments, ombre, and a reflective effect using mirror paint {is there such a thing!?} I had to do a lot of 'absolutely nots' on the glitter idea. Can you imagine that mess?? Glitter in the bed, on the furniture, in the thank-you.

She finally decided that she would prefer to start off with a slipcover for the cast. She hit the fabric department in Wal-Mart and bought some stretchy silver fabric. We just needed an 11" square.

{That's my lightning-fast assistant  in her lap} 

I'm fairly confident that directions are not needed as l can only assume that there is not a high demand for cast slipcovers....but, I will just say that stretchy fabric is needed. It's just a lot of trying on and nipping here and tucking there.


She rocks her new silver bling beautifully! 

You don't taste a day older than 99!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

When an artist's bio reads 'enjoys playing with food both recreationally and professionally', I guess it should prepare you for this:



Using toothpicks, Judith G. Klausner carves the outlines of her cameos in the filling of the Oreo and uses sewing pins for the more intricate details.

Happy 100th birthday, Oreo!!

{images via Judith G. Klausner}

Stick a cork in it

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm fairly certain my wine cork collection isn't at 9,000, as of yet. But, this is how many I would need to create a cork portrait like those created by Scott Gundersen. I will continue collecting, as I would love to try my hand at one of these!

Scott first enlarges his photograph of his subject to use as reference. Then, he sketches it out with a pencil creating the shadows and details.


   He collects and sorts all of his corks according to their variation in color and tone. After they are all stacked, exposing the ends, he gets to work 'painting' the canvas by gluing them tightly to each other, matching the color of each cork to his photo.

A mere 50 hours later and his 66" x 96" masterpiece of Grace, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who, Gundersen states, “came to fully embody her name, shared her story and regained her smile,” is complete!


The incredible patience and his insane attention to detail is so impressive.


He uses his art as a way of bringing attention to the importance of recycling and sustainability. 

If you want to watch all 50 hours of Scott in action, condensed into in an impressive 4 and a half minutes, then take a look at this video: 

Grace. A wine cork portrait. from Scott Gundersen on Vimeo.

{all images via Scott Gundersen}

Giant paper flowers

Thursday, March 01, 2012


I'm working on a project that will be installed in late summer. I want to incorporate some large papermache flowers of some sort. My inspiration comes from the fabulous work of Stray Dog Designs.



{gold leafed!!}





And you may remember this flower floor lamp that I used {from Stray Dog Designs} in the showhouse. It came painted in one solid color, but I repainted it with several colors to live a little happier in this space.



{shannon berrey design}

These pieces are not inexpensive because they are handmade. I have always been intrigued with trying my hand at making them myself. Just yesterday, I was putting together my inspiration board for the summer project and again found myself trying to work out how I would attempt to recreate these. Imagine my excitement when I found this post on Design Sponge this morning!!


How beautiful are these?! {and don't get me started on that dress!}

They have a fabulous tutorial from Ruche on how to make these and now I am even more antsy to give these a go!  Wouldn't these be gorgeous for a bridal shower, or a sweet little girls dance recital or in a many possibilities! 



images 1-5 via stray dog designs / 6-7 via design sponge

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