Shannon Berrey

Tablecloth traditions

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I love a good family tradition and was impressed with the idea that Lynne Palazzi's mom, Vivian started many decades ago.

She took a bedsheet, added a little lace, and it became a tablecloth for the family's table. Then, whenever a guest joined them for dinner, they would write a little note or simply sign their name. 

In no time it began to fill up with doodles, messages in other languages and outlines of sweet baby hands and feet. Miss Vivian stitched her own monogram, in hot pink no less, smack in the middle. {I needn't tell you how I feel about this!}    

Vivian decided to embroider over each message. She created a key system along the fabric's edge to track the year it was signed. Each date was assigned a color. When she ran out of colors, around 1990, she began twisting 2 pieces of floss together to create new colors! {Today, with so many different colored Sharpies available, you wouldn't need to embroider if you aren't handy with a needle and thread}

What a wonderful way to document years of love, great food, and fellowship shared around one table.  

{Lynne is the Editor at Large for Country Living Magazine. To see more of the story and to read some of the funny comments left on the tablecloth, click here.}

Plum Street Prints:new website

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Last spring I finally got an iphone {which I love}. I wanted a fun cover for it so I searched online for different options. I loved the cases {and the prints} I found at the etsy store, Plum Street Prints.


Lori and Shannon are the designing moms behind this cute company. With so many options to choose from, it was hard to pick just one. But pick I did:

She has a big ole monogram smack dab in the middle of her chevron belly. Shocker.

Well, this dynamic duo are doing so well, they have just launched a new website just for their phone cases. With the launch, they are offering 20% off until Saturday, Nov. 12th. They have never done this before! Here are some of my other favorites:


They have lots more to choose from. Check them out!

Just make sure that you know FOR SURE what kind of iphone you have when you order. The sizes are different. I ordered a 3g cover. Guess what -- I have an iphone 4. {It's amazing I can even work the thing} Yep.

So, I have a fantastic giveaway for one of you luckies! If you have a 3g AND your monogram is S.B.L then it's your lucky day!! If your my monogram twin, comment below {make sure you include your contact info} and I will send you the new case. 

  {I did end up ordering the right one and I realize the chance of finding a 'monogram twin' with a 3g is slim to none, but, who knows, right?! blogland is crazy!} 

Cookie wreath

Tuesday, November 08, 2011



 What if you get a group of ladies together. You all chip in, and you buy the wreath kit. You plan a wreath decorating party, say around the first week of December. You bake them, you decorate them and everyone leaves with a wreath and your new nickname is 'Martha'! Super fun party!

Invite me.

Transforming the Dining Set: Part 1

Monday, November 07, 2011

Meet my old new dining room set! I found it at a consignment

store while visiting my mom this summer. I was smitten with them immediately.

They seemed to be in really good shape. There were quite a few dings and scratches on

the table, but, that’s to be expected with antique furniture. I knew I wanted to paint and recover

the chairs, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the table. Look closely, and you can

 see pretty inlay on the apron and the legs.




 I was hauling furniture for a client that weekend so there was no room in my car to bring the set home. My sweet mom agreed to hold on to them and bring as many pieces as would fit, when she came

 to visit. Amazingly, she crammed it all in {with Lanny’s help!} and brought the whole set to me last month.




I found these tags on the bottom of each piece. Doing a little research, I found out that

Georgetown Galleries was in West Virginia and operated  from the 1930’s to the 60’s.

The company has a great reputation and is considered to be one of the ‘Best of the Best

 of its kind in furniture production'. Score!


It was a beautiful day yesterday, so I drug the table out and started sanding. The table leaves were much darker than the rest of the table--they were probably in storage protected from the sunlight which faded the rest of the table. And the 60 year old varnish had taken on a very yellow-orange color--not what I was going for.  




I have a Dewalt 5" random orbit sander. I started with an 80 grit, then a 120, and finished up with

 a 220 sandpaper. After many hours of sanding, I was very happy that the top looked like this:




I was getting pretty excited!


But, then it was time to start exploring what I was going to do with the legs. Robert thought that

 I could just lightly sand them and the inlay would stay put. So, with fingers crossed, I tested one by lightly hand sanding. It started out looking like this.




After some light sanding it looked like this:





I then tackled the apron.






I really wasn't planning on saving the inlay, I thought it would end up getting sanded off. If that

was the case, my plan was to paint the table. But, I am so excited about how it is turning out!

 I feel pretty certain that I am going to finish it off with a little Tudor Brown Briwax.

 Has anyone ever waxed over inlay before? Any other suggestions instead of the wax??  

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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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