Shannon Berrey

To: Me .... From: Me

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am starting to think about Christmas present ideas. I love searching for the perfect gift for the ones I love. I have been told that I am extremely hard to buy for--not a trait I particularly like about myself.. when I see something I love, and I mean REALLY love, then I sometimes treat myself (please don't think this happens often, we're talking like once a year)  

 Enter Melssa Schmidt... I'm pretty sure an audible gasp happened when I discovered her etsy store.

Tree Terrarium
{tree terrarium}

Melissa is a glass artist, jewelry designer AND interior designer. Can we say TALENTS out the wazoo! 

Love quote necklace
{love quote}

She captures your image in a delicate hand blown bubble and then strings them on sterIing neck wire.

Single custom photo bubble necklace

 You simply email her your picture(s) and she then produces the image on slide
 film--a transparent, subtle image is the result.


This amazing necklace was created for Melissa's mom for her 61st birthday. It illustrates
60+ moments of her mothers life. Can you IMAGINE receiving THIS??????
Last November, after months of stalking her site,  I finally contacted Melissa. 
You can imagine my delight when I saw this pop up on her etsy site:

{that's me, that's me!!} 

After a couple of weeks, it arrived, I didn't open it. {Oh, this part was soooo hard.}
Instead, I wrapped the box and begrudgingly placed it under the tree.
I was just as excited to open presents that morning as my kids!
newspaper gift wrapping

On Christmas morning I finally got to see it.

 my son in his super hero costume, the kids with Gigi, vacation memories, our wedding on the beach...

so many wonderful memories that I cherish...

It's like my own little scrapbook hanging around my neck!  

Want one of your own? Melissa is graciously extending a 15% discount to my readers in her shop until 10/30/10-just mention it in the notes.

DIY monogram lampshade

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I bought a pair of these for bedside lamps in my room at the Showhouse.  Only when I put them in place, the shades just didn’t feel like the right scale. My headboard was really oversized and the ceilings were vaulted and I just felt that proportionately, my shades had to be bigger. So, I decided to search for larger ones.  And since I thought a large white shade on a white lamp would be pretty blah, I decided that I would monogram the shades (and paint the birds).

   Linen Tapered Drum Lamp Shade

I really had hoped to score some inexpensive shades but I searched and searched. For an embarrassingly long time I searched. So, my back-up—‘Pottery Barn white linen large’ ended up being the (expensive) winner.

I didn’t want to paint the monogram on. I have done this in the past. They work out ok, but when you paint on an open weave fabric such as linen, you have to use about ½ dozen coats of paint so that they look just as good when the lamp is turned on as it does off. 

Here is an example of another painted project. This is with the chandelier off: 


  And this is with it on (and I used A LOT of coats of paint):


 I decided to make my monogram out of felt. Felt comes in a ton of great colors,
 it’s cheap and most importantly--it doesn’t ravel when it’s cut.

My felt came from Foam and Fabrics in Asheville. They are sold in 9x12 rectangles
and I think they cost about 30 cents. (I have also seen them at Michaels)

Then my search began for the style of monogram to use. My daughter was the inspiration for the room so I was using her monogram--MRL. I played with different fonts on the computer.


 They were feeling a bit too mature. So, I went on a google search
to see what other ideas were available.

I loved this idea. This was the one. 

 I started playing with my letters and the sizes. After creating one, I placed it in the copier
and created different sizes. I then placed each one on the lampshade to see how I liked it.
{sorry the trim at the bottom is already attached--I failed to take the pics before it was attached so I am 'recreating'}


After I found the right size for the monogram, I needed to find the correct size circle
for the scalloped border. I searched where I always do for my circles—my kitchen cabinets.

This pottery plate was perfect.

Then I needed to find the ‘scallop’ shape? Where would you look?
 The refrigerator, of course! (who needs expensive Martha tools—not this gal!)



 The lid of my V8 worked perfectly! 

Then, I cut out the paper template.

Because they don't lay down flat, I lightly spray glued the backs and then stuck them to the felt temporarily.

This way, you don't have to trace them--you simply cut out around the paper and the felt. I highly recommend this step, it really allows you to fine tune your cutting AND it doesn't leave any outlines.

  To find the placement of the monogram,  make sure that the seam of the lampshade is in the back. Then measure to find the middle of the lampshade.

 Start with the middle initial. The felt actually ‘sticks’ to the linen, so you can place them and then mark the top, bottom and sides of each letter on the lampshade with a very light pencil mark.  This way, when you remove them to spray them with glue, they get put back in the correct spot. (These can be erased when you are done)

Spray and attach the middle initial first, then the outside initials, and then the scalloped circle.


Look really carefully and you can see the light pencil marks.

The felt has some give to it so you can shape it a little bit if you don’t attach it exactly straight.  

The last thing I did was to glue some sweet trim to the bottom edge. I was so excited when I found this trim (also at Foam and Fabric). It’s a combination of rick-rack and tatting—reminds me of my grandmother!


This is the glue I used to attach the trim: 



These lamp bases are paper mache. I decided to paint the little birds pink and green.


  That’s it! If you try it, please send me a picture of your project!


Monogram love

Monday, October 11, 2010

I love monograms...

Custom Personalized Notecard Stationery - Modern Zig Zag Black and White and Green

{etsy- Anastella}

{ RSH }

Diamond Pique Bed Linens with Applied 3 Line Tape. Applique Monogram Shown.

{ Bella Lino }

{ Southern Living }

 {The Knot via Delovely Designs }




Monogrammed jean pockets

{OK--this idea I could do without}

{my room-pic courtesy of Angela at TPH


These are monogrammed lampshades I made for my room in the Cashiers Showhouse.
They are a fairly easy DIY. Check back tomorrow for the tutorial.


Kitchen envy

Friday, October 08, 2010

Have you seen this fantastic kitchen that was featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles? It was a
 collaboration between architect D. Stanley Dixon and designer Betty Burgess for Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe. Such a lucky guy...
I love how the combination of the 12 ft ceilings, the light plastered walls and the light painted cabinetry allows the room to be bathed in natural light.  The details are so beautifully simple--the limed beams, the simple hardware, and the lack of moldings (the only moldings are the ones on the upper cabinets). 

You can see both the Belgian and French influences. The industrial barstools (upholstered in patent leather!) against the white marble countertops and the inky black island-- so lovely. And how great to have a kitchen so big that you can just leave your vintage 7ft ladder propped against the cabinets!
But let us not skip over my very favorite--the island lighting!! Burgess used the end caps of  propane tanks--Genious!!    

We all know that chalkboards make a room better. And this chalkboard, on the other side of the kitchen, provides a great background to the 18th-century farm table. I would normally think that these early 20th-century American chairs wouldn't be ones I would want to linger in over a long dinner, but, the really overstuffed black and white ticking cushions could persuade me.

Look at this little peak into the 'secret' pantry. Dixon created the pantry behind what appears to
be tall cabinets. Very clever...
If you want to see more of the house click here. Have a great weekend!  

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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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