Shannon Berrey

Happy Birthday Gigi!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Today is my mom's birthday. She is the most amazing woman I have ever known. I don't think that I am the only one who feels that way...she loves so many and so many love her.

{ I look incredibly bratty in this picture, but I am actually happy to be getting some mom-loving}   

The women who find out that they have cancer and then contact mom immediately. She stays on the phone with them for hours, into the wee hours of the night, she prays with them, she prays for them, and sits with them while the toxic chemo enters their body... I know they love her.

The broken-hearted women who reach out to her who have just discovered their husbands are leaving them and she gives them hope and strength and wisdom. She shows them grace by example. I know they love her.

Her friends, who she laughs with and cries with and is incredibly loyal to. She loves them passionately and they love her.  

My kids, her grandkids, her prides. her joys. They have the most precious relationship with their Gigi. I know they love her. 

My brother, who she adores. He is a man of few words, with a huge heart that is sentimental and soft. I know he loves her.    

I know that raising a child who was nothing like you, looked nothing like you, and was interested in things that were foreign to you {ie art and acting and dancing} had to have been so hard, and yet she did nothing but provide me with complete self confidence and the most amazing nuturing home. 

She has lived through her fair share of crap. I have provided her with a lot of crap to live through. And yet, she encourages. always. Even at my age, mom still tells me how proud she is of me.     

Just recently this was in my inbox {she calls me 'Shaz'}

I get emails like these from her often.

My mom didn't study art, or theater, or interior design. But, one of her {many} talents is making me feel like I am the most important, wonderful person ever born. I so hope that you have someone in your life who inspires you to be the best that you can and is always, always your soft place to fall.

Thank you, mom for your constant, never ending encouragement.  



This is making me happy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


 Discovering this sweet party supply store has given me big love for my little love! Their site is beautiful, the photography is great and the products are graphic, stylish and modern. AND their prices are super reasonable. Just browsing their site is going to make you want to plan a party asap. 




This book which is hitting the shelves next week! It is written by DIY expert and bloggerJenni Radosevich. Maris is going to love this!



Anything that Color Me Katie is involved this fun stunt that their improv group took on!




 And watching this girly-girl bake neon cupcakes for her friends birthday.




Spring Break. check. Easter. check. Barbie's patio. check

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

{apartment therapy via 2 men and a little farm}

I hope your Easter weekend was wonderful. Our weather was perfect which encouraged lots of time spent in the yard. It also wrapped up the end of our Spring Break. Jack got home from his schools 8th grade trip late Friday before last. He was home long enough for me to wash and dry his clothes and repack his suitcase. Literally only a few hours later and he was off again. This time, with his sister and dad to the Atlanta airport and then on to Kansas. They went out to spend time working on their grandparents ranch.

Although I think the 90+ degree weather wasn't what they were used to and instead of a whole lot of fence work, there was quite a bit of this.

 Maris also had a scheduled tour {for rising seniors} at KU {Kansas University}. Before the tour, she thought this was her college of choice. After the tour, she is even more certain of the idea of being a Jayhawk. I want her to go to a college she loves, one that she is passionate about, and I think I have always known that she would want to go to her fathers {her aunts, her cousins, her grandparents and great-grandparents} alma mater, but I selfishly wish she would pick a school in North Carolina or somewhere closer to me! She came back so full of excitement with a run down of all the plans that she just crafted for her college career--what dorm she wants  to live in, what she wants to study, what countries she would love to study in. Big dreams, this one...

almost as big as the spread of KU basketball player, Kaun's, reach {is that not crazy!?}


And her brother wouldn't mind her being a Jayhawk one bit.

While they were away, I started my river rock rug. You only have a short work time with the mortar, so I just planned to start on the inner ring of my 10 foot patio. Let's just say that I now realize that I stink at rock and mortar calculation.  

This little 3 foot circle took all of the rocks that I had collected and 2 bags of mortar!! Not to mention that it took about 5 hours to complete. So we are now left with the following decisions: 1. Instead of calling it a *patio*, we call it a *stepping stone* or  2. We still call it a *patio*, but we have to use Barbie's outdoor furniture on it. 

I have come to the realization that there are not enough hours in the next 3 years for me to collect enough rocks out of our yard to fill in a 10' circle. So, I will reluctantly go in search of river rocks sold locally. I have no idea how much rocks cost or how many I will need. When if this gets finished, I will do a big post on every step.   

Oh, and the rocks don't look too pretty in the picture. A very thin layer of mortar has dried on top of the rocks and made a gray haze. I have to get some muriatic acid and clean it off and then the pretty rock colors will show through.  

Wish me luck!! 

Easter Hat Parade!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

It started with 7 people 24 years ago, the Saturday before Easter--the Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade. It now boasts about 500 participants or about twice as many residents as the tiny mountain town. They come from near and far to march the 2 blocks around the decorated town. I first started participating when my youngest was in my belly 14 years ago.  

Mom and daughter duo, Arlene and Ragan

The sillier, bigger, fluffier, more creative, the better.



Participants show up early to get a number and to be judged for the more than 20 different categories. Creativity shows no age limit.


And it's certainly not only the ladies who don their prettiest...




 Real Men wear easter Bonnets.




The weather was perfect for all the face painting, crafting, egg painting, hat-making and bouncy-house jumping.




Heading up the Parade was a collection of vintage cars from the Old Timers Model A Club and the Mountaineer Antique Auto Club.


Waiting to wave to all of the Parade participants was this adorable group of lovely lasses all lined up in their wheelchairs looking so pretty in their easter bonnets. This may be my favorite picture of the day!

Those are not silks, ya'll.








Miss Lindsey Stack--love this freckle-face girl!

There were lots of furry friends.

And this man brought his tiny twin, who just happened to be wearing the same hat, pin-stripe shirt and golden bowtie.


I have some creative neighbors, don't you agree??!  

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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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