Shannon Berrey

Giant paper flowers

Thursday, March 01, 2012

 

I'm working on a project that will be installed in late summer. I want to incorporate some large papermache flowers of some sort. My inspiration comes from the fabulous work of Stray Dog Designs.

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{gold leafed!!}

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And you may remember this flower floor lamp that I used {from Stray Dog Designs} in the showhouse. It came painted in one solid color, but I repainted it with several colors to live a little happier in this space.

 

 

{shannon berrey design}

These pieces are not inexpensive because they are handmade. I have always been intrigued with trying my hand at making them myself. Just yesterday, I was putting together my inspiration board for the summer project and again found myself trying to work out how I would attempt to recreate these. Imagine my excitement when I found this post on Design Sponge this morning!!

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How beautiful are these?! {and don't get me started on that dress!}

They have a fabulous tutorial from Ruche on how to make these and now I am even more antsy to give these a go!  Wouldn't these be gorgeous for a bridal shower, or a sweet little girls dance recital or in a nursery....so many possibilities! 

 

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images 1-5 via stray dog designs / 6-7 via design sponge

Note to self

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 

Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** all images from the talented Roz of RozArt on etsy. You can even commission your own family taking the leap!!** 

 

Custom Controller

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

 

If you have a pre-teen/teenager, then it's very likely that you also have an X-Box.

 

 

I really know very little about this game, but my son, on the other hand, is a pro. He has several controllers {pictured above} and brought one to me over the weekend with a request to give it a little facelift. I was surprised, but excited--anytime I can cover something in spray paint is a good day. Agreed? {or is it just me?!}

Jack took it all apart-- I can give no instruction on how to do that. After he had it apart, I sanded all the pieces with a sanding block. A sanding block is flexible and makes it easy to get in all the little curves. The plastic is slick and sanding roughs it up a little, allowing the paint to stick.     

Metallic Gold was his color choice. It took several very light coats making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.

 

There were lots of little buttons and other parts that were originally gray or white. He chose to turn these bright orange.  

{Not sure why, but I don't have any pics of the 'orange step'}

After he put it all back together, he was super excited about it.

 

A custom controller! Pretty snazzy, right?

 

Wrap up

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hope your weekend was all that you needed it to be. Ours was full. My stairs were finally put in so I was busy with sanding, filling, staining, painting, poly'ing, and then repeating. I have one more coat of paint on the risers and then I can start caulking.    

Next step is removing the yuck behind the x's. Remember all of these options I'm contemplating? yea well, your guess is as good as mine.  

And this happened:

{I love that this kid always has a smile, regardless}

It actually happened during last weeks basketball game, but she's stubborn and didn't go for an xray until Friday. That's when the hot pink cast found it's way onto her arm....In an attempt to cheer her up, we found bright lipstick to match the cast and did a very silly 'photo shoot'.

 

{she will probably kill me for sharing these}

We also spent some time figuring out what glows under black lights. 'What? Why!' you ask. Well, Maris is decorating for Prom this year and she is doing a Rave theme--think disco balls, splatter paint, graffiti, and all things glowy. {It's going to be totally rad, ya'll!} Did you know that if you take the wick {is that what it's called??} out of a highlighter and submerse it in water, a few hours later you have glow water?!

You bet this will be incorporated! In thinking about how to decorate for it, we screwed a black light into our pendant light and tested everything  stuff.

 

Heck yeah that cast glows!!

 

Jack, not one to be left out of all the glow goodness, decided he wanted a little bling in his life..go figure. He had a plain-jane X-Box controller that he thought wasn't living up to it's full potential. {He took it apart faster than I could get a true before picture}   

We coated it in Krylon Metallic Gold spray paint.

  There are other buttons and parts that we sprayed bright orange. I'll show you a picture when it's dry and get's put back together.

 It was a busy weekend, so it was nice to snuggle down with these guys and watch the Oscars last night. Wasn't the Cirque du Soleil act amazing?! I loved it!

 Bring it on, Monday!!

 

**if you have Rave decorating suggestions, please share!**  

 


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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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