Shannon Berrey

I heart you, America!

Friday, July 04, 2014

The weather sure is beautiful in the mountains today !! {Super thankful considering how so many up north are suffering through Arthur's storms}. Walking along the creek this morning, I spotted this heart rock just within the waters edge. I treasure the time I get to spend at my creek, amongst the trees and freely collecting and accepting natures lovely gifts. We must never forget how lucky we are to live in our America. 

Happy 4th!!!


Red, White and Better Homes and Gardens

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Excited that another BHG magazine has included my sharpie bathroom in their summer publication! {Thank you to the wonderful Lisa Mowry!} And the fact that Sherry {aka Sherika, Shaboomchakalaka, Shalayingdownthelaw, Shayfabralicious, Shabooyah} Hart {if you don't already -- follow her, 'cause she's hilarious and uber talented AND her sister was a playboy bunny!} also shares the pages of the magazine, well, if that's not keeping up with the Jones', don't know what is.

A few weeks ago I was invited do a little 4th of July photo shoot for the boutique, Humanite. Getting to hang out with Maris and all of the youngsters is always a treat. {I think the point was -- even old people can wear cute clothes}

'Hey there, tall curly girl in the red maxi dress! You sure are cute!' 


I love this DIY paper garland flag. So pretty simply taped to a wall.

I am thinking it's time to invest in a bigger front porch flag.   

This might just be perfect.

And whiskers on kittens....

Monday, June 30, 2014

It has been fun learning how to mama new kittens. At 3 1/2 weeks new, it has been amazing to see how far they have come. {It has also proven a fantastic contraceptive teaching tool as teenagers were present during the hand-over-mouth, looooong birth} I have been googling 'how to take care of kittens' like a crazy helicopter parent, and just let me say ... I think I may have exceptional littles, as they have reached their milestones much sooner than Google states. {Not bragging, just think I may have genius kitties} Although, there is one, (and we won't point any fingers} that has only mastered walking backwards, in circles. BUT, I'm sure that, this too, is just some impressive sign of crazy intellect or lovely creativity. 

You really can't see how smart they are in these pics but, what you can see is, that even better than smartz -- they are also super models. And you can't let super-model-quality-good-looks go to waste. Nope, you need to document it. I am pretty sure I have never taken more pictures of anything. ever. Which has a few worried that I may need this fairly soon:


They lurve Max. I'm pretty convinced they think this is daddy. He is great with them, or should I say, he tolerates their curiosity beautifully. 

Writing blog posts has never been so captivating. If only others found them so enthralling :)

But writing blog posts can be exhausting, so if we are being real honest here, this is generally the scene 90% of the time.


Followed by large episodes of complete 'milk drunk' which looks something like this:

Which I can only assume feels just like the elation at the completion of slowly devoring a Cadbury Egg. Or two.  {bring it on, Cadbury Halloween Eggs .... wait a minute.... surely there is a way to dye them red, white and blue and bring them to the shelves for the 4th of July, right??} **
**side note: I love that it looks like they took mama cat and swirled her up with a spoon in a bowl, and then poured her out. Which resulted in creating these littles that each have a bit of her coloring.**

And just to ease your fear that it's not just about kittens 'round here. {You buying this??} Our blueberry bushes are smothered and covered and providing some great additions to breakfast. 

And I'm excited for the 4th of July! Maris has been working this summer in Atlanta and she is coming home for a quick holiday visit. 

I'm off for a big drapery install! Window coverings always offer such a fantastic transformation to a room. Especially a room that had yards and yards of hunter green metal vertical blinds surrounded by hunter green painted trim. oh yeah. 

** if this has happened and ya'll haven't shared it with me, we're gonna have some troubles up in here. 


Saturday, June 28, 2014

My dearest friend refers to her as 'Sunbeam'. This daughter of mine can walk into a room and radiate happiness and joy anywhere. Her love of life is remarkable and infectious.

Recently, I have simply been putting one foot in front of the other, getting through has been the goal. I have been forced to come to conclusions that seem completely out of my realm of understanding, feeling isolated, confused and defeated. 
Struggling .... 
and becoming increasingly proficient at simply shuffling through a perpetual fog. 
Luckily, this amazing daughter of mine grabbed me recently and we danced, 
we spun and dipped and tilted with happiness.
And we sang louder than we should. 
She reminded me that when laughter presents itself, embrace it.
When an opportunity for fun arises, participate in it. 
Because the best parts of your life will be these small moments of pure joy, smiling and twirling with someone who truly matters to you. 

Oh, to dance brave and unafraid, more often. 

I am hoping that this weekend you will slow down, tilt your face up, and bask in the beauty of your own Sunbeam!!

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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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