Shannon Berrey

The sweetest of all sweets...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

In a few weeks my baby will be 14.

He has always been an old soul. Soft spoken, few words, crazy smart and incredibly kind. Ever since the day he was born and his eyes looked into mine, he was a mama's boy, which I have openly encouraged to the nth degree. He knows that I reside in the palm of his hand. He has always given me the sweetest compliments and endures the barrage of endless kisses and enormous bear hugs that his Gigi {my mom} continues to smother him with. He has no problem, even at 13, loving on his mom in front of his friends. Sigh..... 

He kisses me good-bye when he leaves in the mornings and hugs me upon arriving back home. At night, we all sit together on the sofa and watch TV and often he will gently pick up my hand and give it a soft kiss. Yeah---he's kinda awesome. {And nobody is allowed to tell him about this post. Deal?}  

Last night we were on the sofa watching TV. I was typing on the computer with my right hand and scratching Jack's back with my left. He turned and looked at me and softly said 'Mom'. I half-heartedly replied with a 'hmmm?' and glanced over at him. He delicately placed each of his hands on my cheeks and looked at me intently. We locked eyes. Raising his warm left hand from my cheek, he took his pointer finger and lightly traced a line from my right eyebrow straight across to the left. His eyes following his finger as it then sweetly and gently traced around my lips and then rested back on my cheek. My heart was pounding, it was so full of incredible immeasurable love for this sweet, sweet boy. I was thinking fondly of the luckiest of all girls who will one day have her face held by these tender hands.

We lock eyes once again, our faces only 18" apart. And with barely more than a whisper, he again says 'Mom?,' 

 'Yes, Jack?' I reply, just as softly.

'You look old'



{Maris begins uncontrollable laughter} 

'Seriously, Jack?????? You are just now coming to this conclusion?????!!!!!' I ask.

'Pretty much' he offers, drops his hands, and gets up off the couch.      


Did I mention his cunning sense of humor? Yeah....there's that.



This best be signed 'love, Jack' on Sunday.

{image going home to roost via etsy}


Tuesday, May 08, 2012

OK loves, today we are going to do a little housekeeping.

Hang on to your board, we have lots to discuss.


First up, I want to share some great posts I have read lately:

With school almost out, there are a lot of college kids trying to acquire an internship. If you have a college kid or know one, do them a favor and share Emily Henderson's 15 tips when trying to get a design internship. {But, really it can apply to any internship}.




If you are considering starting a blog or just have questions on building your blog, there is a cool new site called Blog Brunch. It is basically a collaborative network powered by bloggers wanting to share, dream and learn with other creatives in the blogging community. It happens the first Saturday of the month on Twitter. But, they create a condensed recap on their site after each 'brunch' that you can read if you aren't a tweeter on twitter.  



If you are confused about how to handle advertising on your blog, Karen, voice of the wonderful blog The art of doing stuff, has written one of the best posts I have seen on The secret world of blog advertising. Go learn stuff.




I have received lots of emails lately asking specifics on items I have featured in my posts. I have come to realize that not everyone is aware of links in posts and how they work. The text in my posts is black. When you see words that are in red, this means that you can click on the word{s} and it will take you directly to a website/blog post it is referring to or giving credit to. All bloggers use links in their posts, although their choice of color of linked text may be any color. Hope this helps!    



{I'm throwing this one in as a freebie, just because I like you.}

Another issue I have received emails about--a few months back, I shared that I had accidently deleted photo files within my blog. This has affected a ton of older posts. I have been slowly trying to recover the photos and to reinsert them. I have fixed dozens, but there are still a ton missing. If you are reading one of my older blog posts and you see a 'x' where a photo should be, this is the problem. There is nothing wrong with your browser. Fingers crossed, the photos will be back......someday.




One last thing...if you aren't following me on pinterest {see this...this is a link, lovers!!}, then you are s'rsly missing out. Look at the email I got notifying me of my newest follower:


No joke, ya'll. All the cool kids hang out here. 


Blooming walls: May flowers

Monday, May 07, 2012

Isn't it amazing....the april showers that we endured restlessly, have rewarded our patience with the most amazing May flowers.







I know that these beautiful budding blooms will only be around for a few more days. But here are some fun rooms showing ways that you could enjoy lovely flowers {at their peak!} all year. 

{Gild and Grace}

{martha stewart}



{house and home}

{house to home}

{front and main}

{house to home}




The large scale of these blooms makes this fresh and modern. What do you think? Is it something that appeals to you?

The swimming pool that never was...

Sunday, May 06, 2012

What the ????

I look out the front window at this area that yesterday, was full of brambles and weeds, and this is what I see. I'm all 'Holy Crap! Robert is putting in a swimming pool!!' I can't change my clothes fast enough and run out the front door to get a closer look.  



So maybe it's a lap pool {?}.

Or a fish pond???

Or maybe Robert has decided to create another planting area...

I go inside and take off my bathing suit.

At the end of the day

we have a new planting area {yay} 


 He worked really hard. And kudos to him for using the piles and piles of rocks that have been sitting at the entrance to our property. We are pretty confident that the Miracle Grow is somehow seeping into their little campsite because, I swear, they are multiplying. 

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! 

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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