Shannon Berrey

October musings

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. – George Eliot

There was a bit of frost this weekend. The leaves have created a colorful blanket over my once green lawn and the faintest smell of smoke and damp earth is filtering through my cracked windows.... 

I added a bit more circumference to my rock rug. With assistance, of course. It's so comforting to have a project that I can return to...or not, that gives me such a feeling of contentment. So much clarity happens when you simply settle into nature and just sit with it.   

And while I was strolling the creek, collecting my rocks, the kittens had a fantastic time. They had more fun than the dogs, I do believe. They would dip into the water, jump from rock to rock and challenge each other to new and better tricks. Their curiosity is so entertaining.

And speaking of entertaining...we walked the streets of the River Arts District and got to visit with artist Jonas Gerard. His van should give you an idea of what is hanging on his gallery walls. 

He is quite the character and has a tremendous following. We tried earnestly, with no success, to get him to divulge the technique he used in a series that so beautifully illustrated light and texture.  

I also got to enjoy some fantastic music at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. It's this old school deco theater that has been restored to offer great food and live music in West Asheville. We were entertained by the bluesy, jazzy talents of Carsie Blanton and Anais Mitchell.

If you have the chance, check these ladies out. They are fantastic. 

It's always surprising how you can instantly be reminded that you miss something so intensely... 
With so many changes going on in my life and those so close to me, it feels as if October has wistfully pulled back it's deep colorful curtains and lovingly whispered 'Here is your stage......Enjoy!!?'   

And I'm choosing to listen to October. 

It's here!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

image via Jenna Sue

Beachy yoga

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Monday!! I hope you enjoyed your last September weekend! I got to go to the beach with friends and we had a great time! 

Our silly selfie for our teenagers ;)  

Kathleen, Dana and moi 

To be able to get out of the mountains, sit with friends your age who have kids the same age, share stories of our successes and our challenges, to laugh until the tears show up .... girl time is just the best. And I've come to understand that the the older we get, the more we need them.


and speaking of kids......

 Victoria's Secret has a PINK Varsity line and Maris was selected to represent the Chi O's at NC State in the Ultimate Yoga Sorority contest that Victoria Secret is sponsoring! The gal with the most 'likes' on Facebook wins money for their sorority. So, if you would be so kind as to vote for her, we would really appreciate it!!! 

Simply, click here and 'like' her ginormous hair picture!!! {The 'like' is right underneath the picture} 

Thanks a ton!!!

crushing on

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Do you have music playing while you work? I have gotten to a point that having my favorite tunes in the background is almost a must when I am sourcing for my clients, cooking dinner, writing blog posts... you name it. I think that allowing the creative brain to wander a bit, the way that music so wonderfully transports us, is such a crucial part of getting 'in the zone'. At least this is true for me! 

Lately, I have been a bit obsessed with Ed Sheeran. It's on my Spotify non-stop. If you are a friend of mine, you have probably received completely random texts from me announcing my desire to see Ed in concert. {But, because you are a friend of mine, you know random texts coming from me are, well, completely normal.} 

I'm in green......



 I missed the sold out show a few weeks ago and now he's in Ireland and England touring the rest of the year. sigh.....

Since I can't see him live, I thought it would be fun to watch the video for his newest song, Don't. {Who watches videos anymore??} Well, holy moly, now I love it/him even more!!! This dancer is out of control!!!


And another video for you....this one is a local band, Mangas Colorado, made up of guys that went to high school with Maris. They are really good and released their first album at the beginning of the year. Maris and Jack, as well as Maris' roommate, Marissa, and many of their classmates, were part of the video that was made in the spring. This Too Shall Pass was shot in downtown Sylva and it is so much fun to see our local guys enjoying such success. 

{Just look for the chica who is having the most fun and all of the flying curls and Jack is to her right, in the plaid shirt} 

Do you guys listen to music while you work?? Share your favorites with me so I can quit my unhealthy obsession with my redhead, Ed.


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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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