Shannon Berrey

Tackling a teenagers bathroom

Thursday, March 08, 2012

 It's a busy day! We are still waiting on the MRI results, but Maris is planning on running in todays track meet. This afternoon is also the season opening baseball game for Jack, which I am so excited about! Before these two events, I am trying to finish up a small kitchen cabinet remodel as well as finish an illustration. 

I am excited to be a new guest contributor to the fabulous site! In case you are not familiar with the site, here are a few facts: it features over 250,000 interior and exterior photos, they offer extremely informative articles written by industry leaders to help you through the design and remodeling process and you can browse through designers and architects portfolios and bookmark your favorites. 

So, while I sprint through a crazy Thursday, feel free to take a look at my latest post on Houzz:     


 {click on the picture to see the ideabook}   




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}

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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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