Shannon Berrey


Monday, February 20, 2012


I find inspiration for my art and design everywhere. My brain is always spinning. It is taking in as much of the sun, the shadows, the colors and the textures that it can, as fast as it can process it. It is super crazy fast, this brain of mine. I know I can't remember it all--all that inspires me. So, I take pictures--lots and lots of pictures. It's funny, I have read recently that so many bloggers resolutions this year have been to put down the camera more and actually participate in life instead. But, if I am honest, I will admit that taking pictures puts me in the moment. There are just so many wonderful moments in this life that I struggle with remembering them if they are not documented with my camera. And I don't want to miss a thing. 

 I wish this wasn't the case, that my memory was better, but it is just the way I have come to understand myself. Crazy things excite me, silly things inspire me. I am all, completely, 100% left brain. My migraines that wake me in the middle of the night stab at me from behind my left eye. I am convinced it is because the left creative side of my brain is simply bigger than the right practical analytical side. This imbalance equals migraines. Obviously this is not medical fact, just my theory.      

As we was walking down the quaint downtown streets in Brevard on Friday, killing a little time before Maris' basketball game, Jack and I stopped as we heard Robert call to us. We had hurried ahead and he was a few stores behind us. 'You need to come back and look at this' husband called to me as he stood pointing to the ground in front of Diamond Rush Jewelers, a small jewelry and watch repair shop. He {my critical, logical, rational, right-brained husband} was pointing to a very small little concrete stoop that stretched the entire width of the store. It was beautifully embedded in parts, batteries, pens, id bracelets, tags, coins, beads ...what others would throw away as scraps, this shopkeeper created as a charming way to greet customers upon entering his business.      

Robert wasn't going to let me walk past this 'artwork'. It might not appeal to everyone, but, he knew I would love it and love it I did. All three of us stood and studied the ground, announcing all the little gems that we identified. I couldn't get my camera out fast enough. Husband gets me. He gets my crazy, forgetful, creative, spontaneous, miss-sized brain. He wasn't going to let me miss out.  

I hope that if you too have a whirly swirly creative brain, you are lucky enough to have someone in your life who knows you well enough and can slow you down long enough, to show your passions to you as well as share them with you. 


{it was 'after hours' when we visited. I so wanted to talk to the store owner about his stoop's story. If you happen to know more about it, would you share it with me?} 


Goodbye Google Friend Connect

Friday, February 17, 2012

I just recently added Google Friend Connect as a way for folks to follow my blog in their reader. But, in its attempt to take over the world {via Google+}, Google is doing away with Google Friend Connect {GFC} as of March 1st, if you are not a Blogger-hosted blog...which is me {I am hosted through Business Catalyst}

So, for all you lovlies that have connected to my blog through GFC and you want to continue to follow Shannon Berrey Designs, you need to choose a different way. Can I suggest Facebook, email, or an RSS reader. Facebook is found at the top and on the right sidebar.


{above pic edited thanks to Picnik. Also say your good-bye's to Picnik as of April 19th...geez, Google}

To follow by email, simply click on the 'Follow by Email' in the right sidebar. This way, you will receive an email from me with a link to my newest post. When you first sign up, you will receive a confirmation email that you must accept and then you are good to go! At any time, you can opt out and I never ever share your information with others.    

 I would love to have everyone continue to visit me here, feel free to ask questions if you need to!

Have the most fabulous weekend! I will be trying to restore photos....

look a little different around here?

Friday, February 17, 2012

In uploading some pictures to the blog, I somehow deleted folders that held, what looks like 1/2 of all the pictures on my blog--including my logo, my mentions, my tabs.....  

I kind of want to crawl in the corner and throw-up. 

I have no idea if I can get the images back. Please hang tight while I go blow my nose.    

Update: My fabulous web designer, Hannah worked to restore my tabs and my sidebar late last night.  Now I am going to have to see if I can retrieve the missing photos in some of the posts.  

Penguin Threads

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Penguin Books has done it again. This time, with a new collection called Penguin Threads. They are offering 3 classics in covers designed by artist, Jillian Tamaki. She was given the creative task of hand embroidering all 3 covers in just 2 months. The books are sold with sculptural-embossed, full wrap around covers.


I think these are just exquisite. I have studied these images, enlarged them, and studied them some more. I love Jillian's color combinations, the thick details, the tiny knots that comprise Mary's fuschia skirt...and just look at the loose flowing mane of Black Beauty and the tiny little knots and stitches that create his strong body. 

How sweet are Emma's multi-colored curls and the twists of her braids..the teeny little pink freckles.

The original classics already live on my bookshelves, but I can not wait to add these to my collection!

{To purchase, please check out your own local bookstore!}

{images via jillian tamaki}

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