Shannon Berrey

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??!  

Sorry to keep 'dragon' this on...

Friday, April 06, 2012


But seeing this bench only continues my hanky-panky with Mr.Chiang Mai Dragon.

'Good stuff' is right.

*I have Caitlin to thank for keeping this reptilian romance hot and heavy* 

{because this is a family blog, I'm going to resist explaining what the addition of the nailhead trim is doing up in here}  

Loving: Wood and Grain

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Nothing gets me more excited than beautiful nature inspired art. So you can imagine, I got a little giddy when I saw this invitation. This may be the best, most beautiful, most time-consuming wedding invitation I've ever seen! The couple, gifted with talents galore, wanted to create as much of their rustic wedding  as possible, themselves. This began with the design and then the making of the invites. Ian {husband-to-be} spent 20 minutes for every 4 cards on the laser printer. The back kraft layers were also laser cut and then sewn onto the front card.  



Each guest received an invite, a field guide, and a map {all handmade, of course!}, all tucked into a hand-stamped envelope wrapped with twine and a little {hand-cut and sanded} wood button. 

After the wedding, the couple got busy on their 'Thank-you's': a little box filled with a photo display stand {aka wooden spool}, a hand stamped magnet, directions, and a photo from the big day.   

Everything was tucked on a little bed of moss.


I would have gladly made this couple a river rock rug if only they had invited me...   

To read more about their wedding, check out their blog Wood and Grain.  


{all images via Wood and Grain}


Following her dreams: A New York retreat

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Pretty gorgeous, right? It's been my experience that a beautifully landscaped yard generally means that the home beyond the flowers is as equally beautiful. Such is the case with this 1830's home of artist Kathryn Windley in Milan, New York. 

Kathryn got burned out and longed for a simpler life. She left her career as art director for a fast paced ad agency and bought the home back in 1998. Now she has a sunny studio in the homes ground floor addition.

Kathryn's oil painting depicts the homes 20-acre property. 


I love walls of bookcases! Don't invite me over and leave me in your living room of books by myself because I will read all the titles before you return with my sweet tea. You can learn so much about a person through the books they read. Agreed?!    

There is a laundry list of favorite things happening in this bathroom. The mirrors slide, barn door style to expose a recessed medicine cabinet. The chunky white sinks sit atop a countertop made out of a big thick slab of wood. Hand towels are conveniently held by undermounted towel bars. And don't get me started on that cast iron tub looking into that fabulous yard.  

Look closely at the reclaimed pine that covers the fireplace and you can see the hinges of the hidden storage, behind which the TV is stored. 


To see more visit Country Living.


images via Country Living, photography Mikel Vang 


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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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