Shannon Berrey

Weekend thoughts...

Sunday, October 09, 2011

This weekend went too fast. Jack has a travel baseball ball tournament every weekend.


It's always in either another city or state and it involves between 4-6 games in 2 days. It's a lot. ..

 It's a lot of travel and a lot of strain on 13 year old knees when he catches for 20+ innings like he did last weekend. This weekend he pitched, which means a lot of stress on a 13 year old throwing arm. Add to travel ball: soccer games, baseball practices and homework and it makes for incredibly long days and weekends. 


We were lucky this weekend in that he played only 40 minutes away. His first game was 9am on Saturday. Getting up at 7am on a Saturday is not fun. I begrudgingly got up and headed out. Jack rode over an hour earlier with his dad since he had to be there at 8am. The beauty of the leaves on this drive were just incredible and my 'woe is me' attitude immediately shifted. The sun was out and I wanted to look at every tree in these Smoky Mountains. I literally had chills around certain curves as the colors were so intense in the early morning sun. I wish I had pictures.

I do love the thinking time that driving alone presents. I read a blog post a few days ago that I couldn't get out of my mind on this drive. Paige is the momma to 4 beautiful daughters and she shares her life so honestly on her blog, Simple Thoughts. It's a life that has not been fair to Paige, or her girls, but one that she has triumphed through. In this particular post, she shared an experience that really resonated with me. You can read it here.

 I struggle with this.

 Do I expect too much? Do I give enough in return?

I never want my kids to do what they do to please me or their dad. There is such a fine line between kids living their chilldhood to the fullest and living a childhood that is just too full.    

This week I have plans to slow down. I need to remember this life is about the process, not the destination.

Pump, pump, pumpkins up!

Friday, October 07, 2011


I showed you my naked funkins yesterday. Well, they got all dressed up and I high-tailed them out to the resort my husband runs, Balsam Mountain Preserve, for their Fall Festival debut.

They obligingly posed on the back stairs for me before being shoved in the back of the car.

You can find these faux pumpkins at many places. I have seen them at Target and Michaels {Use your coupon because they aren't cheap} They come in 2 sizes--expect to pay about $6 for the small and $10 for the large. I used what I had to give them some personality.

First up: Martha Stewarts glitter. I love this stuff. It's super fine and comes in great colors. I made this Santa with the Brownstone a few years back. The 3 on the right came in a little kit that was on clearance at W-M for $2! 

The funkins are a little bit slick, so I used a small amount of glue to first outline my leaves.  {You can't use a pencil on these guys, so if you want to sketch something out, I suggest using a washable marker}


.Then I squirted some glue inside of the outlined area.  I used a small paintbrush to fill it in with a really thin layer {the glue will drip if you use a lot--lesson learned}.

     Then shake on your favorite sparkles. I combined colors for a 'fallish' effect. After all the leaves were done,  I used a dry paintbrush to remove the excess glitter that likes to linger.  

These guys got some glittery polka-dots.

Because I love what a good Sharpie can do, I used it to recreate the resort's logo. You may recall seeing the logo before when I used it in this project.


His neighbor got a new Sharpie skin, as well.

I used the horizontal wrinkles... creases... indentions {what the heck are they called?} to guide my zig-zags. I wasn't looking for perfect. I also didn't color it completely black--I like seeing a little bit of the orange. 

Left over upholstery tacks helped to monogram a BMP on another. I sketched out a design on a piece of paper and taped it on. You have to make some creases in order to form the paper around the curve of the pumpkin.

  It's really easy to push the tacks in. Following my sketch, I spaced them as I went, trying to get each to touch. ideally I would have used smaller tacks, but, this is what I had.


I thought I would be able to rip the paper out from underneath the tacks, but it didn't work. 

So, I had to take all the tacks out to remove the paper. But, the holes were there, so it was easy to put the tacks back in. Look closely and you can see the pattern.


 I had just enough tacks to attach 2 rows of a striped ribbon around the middle of the last one {bottom of pic}

They look good in their new home. Unfortunately, I have no pics of their new digs--I forgot my camera.  

But, just in case you are worried about them, check out this video of Andie McDowell showing off their new neighborhood. She happens to call this home as well:


This is happening as we speak and it's only going to get better :

I hope your weekend is full of Fall's amazing beauty!


Thursday, October 06, 2011

Out 'on location' decorating for Fall today. I will share more tomorrow. But here's a little hint.

It involves a bunch of these:

some paint, ribbon, glue, upholstery tacks, glitter, monograms, logo and a sharpie.....

sounds like a hot mess.


Spirit Week

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I have kept the sewing machine hot this week. It is Spirit Week at our high school which

 means a different theme/outfit everyday. Monday was ‘Decades Day’, so, of course,

Maris decided to don her 80’s attire. She couldn't find any pink legwarmers {need I remind

 you that our little town doesn’t have any malls, teen clothing stores, Claires—nada..within

 60 miles} I searched Wal-Mart with no success.

Enter plan B:

I bought a big pink sweatshirt for $7.

Know where I am going here?? Look closely and you can see the legwarmers in the above pic.

I cut off the sleeves, straightened up the hems a bit and folded

over the top to create a small hem.



I thought she rocked the 80's .

Tuesday came along and it was all about the 'Pink Out’ in honor of Cancer Awareness Month.

Remember when I made the volleyball team these? Well, this week I got busy with this pile:



A few minutes at the sewing machine and 6 yards turned into these pretties:





The JV team {on the floor} made awesome tie-dyed pink shirts and the Varsity team sported

Breast Cancer Awareness socks with their sparkly headbands.



There was pink support everywhere.



Even the ball was pink!

Then we moved on to today..

'Character Day'.

 Maris decided to go as, well, who legend, Roger Maris.

For those unfamiliar with Roger Maris:



My Maris isn't named after him, but, she does get questioned about it often *. We didn't have time to order an official Roger Maris Yankees shirt {and I am cheap} so I bought a long-sleeve blue t-shirt from Wal-mart along with a pack of iron-on letters.  





After 'Maris' was ironed on {which was super easy}, I used frog tape to make a #9.

Using a combination of white craft paint mixed with textile medium, I started applying this

 in thin layers to the 9. 

{make sure you put a book or a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to prevent any bleed through}





It's really important to do this in thin layers so the paint doesn't bleed under the tape

{I used a hair dryer after every layer to speed up the process}.

 After I pulled off the tape, I was left with this:   






I turned it over to add the New York Yankees logo to the front. I found this image online:





I taped off a 4" {ish} area on the front left chest of the shirt and used chalk to sketch out the logo.





With a small paintbrush, I painted over the chalk lines. When it was dry, I used a damp cloth to wipe off any chalk lines that were left.








She threw on some baseball pants and called herself a Yankee





but, only for today.


Twin Day is tomorrow followed by the Talent Show and Homecoming on Friday.

I guess Mr. Sewing Machine and I will have yet another midnight rendevous. 


* we actually first heard {and loved} the name Maris on the TV show Frasier. Maris was Miles' never-seen


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