Shannon Berrey

Get your sparkle on!

Monday, June 25, 2012

 While we were waiting for our ombre clothes to dry last week, Maris decided that she wanted to sparkle her tootsies {because we couldn't possibly have just one craft going at a time...} She got a white pair of cheap tennis shoes at Wal-Mart {or you could use a faux Tom like we did in our Schumacher Dragon shoes}. She decided to use pearl, silver and pink glitter.

She mixed the glue and the glitter in a bowl and with a paint brush, painted it on in sections. It's hard to see, but the heel is done in a pearl glitter.  

After it was dry, I used a Sharpie to chevron the tongue {can we now use chevron as a verb?!} 

Then the shoes got many coats of Mod Podge spray. This was to make sure the glitter stayed on the shoes and not all over the house. 


This was about 80% effective.


Those glittered kicks drove off yesterday.

Along with several others from her youth group, they all headed to 'Passport 2012'.

They will meet with the youth of many other churches of different denominations across the country for a week of mission work in Washington.

Did you read that--'Come have real conversations, not just virtual ones.'  So important for our kids, don't you think?! They will study the Bible in the mornings and provide hands-on assistance for folks in the afternoons. Please pray for these kids and the impact that they will have as they extend grace to others.    


Sunday morning

Sunday, June 24, 2012


 Summer arrived last week and I didn't even give her as much as a 'Hi', 'How are you?' or 'Welcome back!!" 

 What kind of host is that??!

 So, this weekend I intended to be much more welcoming, and embraced Ms. Sunshine {as I like to call her}, quite gloriously.


  I picked her first blueberries and blackberries that are creeping in at the corners of our property. 

The blueberries still need a little more of Ms. Sunshine, but their are loads of blackberries. They smelled great, just ask Bella.

They provided my first delicious batch of Blackberry Jam.

Which made for a delicious Sunday morning. Hope yours is just as sweet.


Peacegoods Shop: inspired by earth and child

Friday, June 22, 2012

James Stewart-Payne is the outgoing, gregarious creative behind the shop, Peacegoods. And, she just so happens to live just a few miles down the road. She shows her sweet wares at our Jackson County Farmers Market each Saturday, among other venues. James says 'I believe that art should be inspiring, invigorating and glorious and should not be relegated to just one's wall. Therefore, that selfsame inspiration and fine artistic execution is found in everything I create, from aprons to wall hangings to pin cushions or a child's plush toy. Bringing heart and art into one's life and home.'

In James words: 'In this little shop, you will find exquisitely made toys, owls, and children's wear for your little people. For you, we have bags, studio gear, from journal covers to pincushions and artist's rolls, as well as aprons and sweet sundries. There are also fabulous creations for your home as well: pillow covers, placemats and table runners, art for your wall or your shelf, among the many offerings. Each day I create and craft something beautifully and uniquely made. And my creations change daily. One day I may be inspired to craft tea cozies. Yet the next day may find me elbow deep in wool making goblins or pincushions or perhaps monster hats. It does change. Each day is new. Each day presents itself as a new day to explore, connect and create.'





 James creates lots of dolls, but refuses to make the same doll twice. They are all one-of-a-kind, so if you see one you love, snag it! 






Check out her etsy shop here or visit her at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. 


{No compensation was received, I just love promoting awesome stuff and local peeps!}   


So shady

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Maris is all about pinterest {feel free to follow her here for some great pins!} and she is a big fan of the the ombre craze.

She grabbed some of her white cotton clothing and we gave it a go.  


Follow the directions on your particular dye package.

Completely wet your shirt/pants and wring the water out. 


Hold the shirt/pants by the top. Dip it into the dye to line 1 and hold for 5 seconds. Then lift up to line 2 and hold for 10 seconds. Finally, lift up to line 3 and hold for 1 minute.  

When they have dried, wash them until all the color disappears. It takes several rinses. I washed them in the sink. Wring them out and then dry in the dryer or hang outside. They end up being much lighter when they are dry.  

Warning: wearing ombre may put a pep in your step.

But, no only lasts a minute.    

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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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