Shannon Berrey

This is our State

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When we attend the NC State ballgames, we are overwhelmed with the student school spirit. Those Wolfpacks have some pretty loud and proud fans in their stands. One of their slogans is 'This is our State'. I thought this would be fun to incorporate into a pillow for Maris' dorm room. 

On the back side of a piece of black and white ticking, I sketched the silhouette of North Carolina. I placed another piece of fabric, right sides together and cut out both pieces. 

I printed out the words on the computer and enlarged them to a size that was appropriate. Using a window as a lightbox, I taped the text to the window and then taped the pillow front on top of it. 

I traced the text with a pencil.

I used white acrylic craft paint mixed with textile medium and painted in the text.

When that was dry, I went over it with a red metallic paint. With the right sides together, I stitched about 1/4" from the edge, leaving about a 4" opening at the bottom. This allowed me to turn it inside out. I stuffed it, making sure to fill all of the little jut-outs of the state. I then hand stitched the opening closed. 

Wouldn't you think that there are no more places for pillows {here and here} in her dorm room now??


This cracked me up, so I'm sharing -- this is what spellcheck wanted to change 'ballgame' to:


Fundamentally Beautiful

Saturday, March 08, 2014

When I was a young girl, I was taller than everybody, skinny as a stick and had crazy curly hair that no one knew what to do with.... just listen to this wonderful letter that Lupita received....
I wish I understood this then. 

Wow..... just wow.

Peppermint Bliss: Project Holly

Friday, March 07, 2014

I have loved watching Bailey MCCarthy skyrocket to design stardom over the last several years. She has shared her own home remodels, launched her own bedding line, grown her family, and opened a boutique, all while maintaining a cheeky blog, Peppermint Bliss. Her colorful, eclectic style is happy and whimsical and she is sharing a new project that was just featured over at Style Me Pretty. This home clearly has the Bailey touch and it exudes the whimsy and youth of the young family that lives here.   

Of course I have a soft spot for Schumacher's Birds and Butterflies wallpaper that was used in the foyer. I love the way it plays off of the rich black painted wood. It sets the tone, as well as the color palette that was used throughout the rest of the home.

To see more images of this happy home, check out Style Me Pretty.

all images via Kimberly Chau

Travoltify it

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Did you watch the Oscars?? I was underwhelmed with the dress selection overall. But, I did think Lupita Nyong'o was simply stunning. That color against that skin is just divine. And her speech was heartfelt and beautifully spoken. 

I also thought Portia de Ellen's dress was gorgeous. 

And did you see Lady Gaga's late arrival? She got to have the red carpet all to her lovely....I am sure this was simply due to traffic and not intended. at all. She felt the need to change into a second dress for the after parties. 

I am going to assume that she was real close to the stage lights or there was a spray tan attachment in the back of that limo cause girlfriend got glowy fast. 

The other noteworthy cra-cra moment of the evening -- John Travolta's introduction of the legendary Broadway superstar, Idina Menzel, singer of the beautiful 'Frozen' song. 
A big collective 'what did he just call her'????? 
Adele Dazeem ???? 
How did he do that ???!!! 
So, in case you would like to know how John Travolta might introduce your name, in the event you make it to the Oscar's stage, there's now an app for that. Naturally.

Want to Travoltify your own name?? Click here. 

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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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