Shannon Berrey

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.    

Scrap Wood Fireplace: Part 2

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday, I explained how we created the wood surround on our fireplace. Today I'll show you how we added the mantle and the wall above. 

We decided to leave the ledge that was already there {it has the green edge}. This is where the TV sat originally.

Cutting a 2x4 on a 45, we secured it to the top of the ledge to begin the framing process.

The framing is critical because it is what supports the weight of the heavy TV. If it's not secure, then the TV could come crashing down. bad. We are not framers, but we secured it at every possible angle.

Ours are 16" on center. 

We framed an opening that would allow us to access the plug and electrical components in the back. 

 We cut a piece of sheetrock. Sheetrock comes in sheets of 4'x8'. We turned it on it's side and it was a few inches short across the bottom--not a problem. We attached it with screws to the studs.

 The opening in the sheetrock was cut out with the oscillating tool. 

With the leftover piece of the sheetrock, we added a little piece on each side because the wall is exposed on the very edges of the mantle. I used joint compound to fill the space where the sheetrock touches the wall.

 To attach the mantle, we cut a 2x4 in half, lengthwise, and attached them 5" apart, making sure it was level.


 We slipped the bottom edge of the mantle, which is a primed 1x6, on it's side. Using the pneumatic nailer, we attached it to the 2x4 from the underside. It sits right on top of the top row of scrap wood. Because I was so crazy about being level with the scrap wood application, the mantle sits perfectly level with no gap. Yea!   

 Then the front of the mantle, a 1x6 that we cut down to a 1x5, was attached to the front using the nailer. This piece covers up our seam where the sheetrock ends.

The top of the mantle was attached from above. Using a piece of 1x3, we mitered the edges and attached it to the edges of the sheetrock with the nailer. Everything was painted, sanded and caulked. The finished mantle is 6 1/2" tall.

We attached the hanging mechanism for flat screen TV's { We bought ours off Amazon--the low-profile Sanus} to the back of the TV following the manufacturers directions.


 The TV slid on from the top.








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