Shannon Berrey

Diesel & Juice {and Autumn!}

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


One of the local news channels we get here in the NC mountains is one based out of Greenville, SC. Last week, they did a story about a giraffe that is pregnant in their zoo and has gone into labor. As giraffe births are rare -- they have live cameras set up so that we can watch it!! I have been faithfully checking in on this sweet mama giraffe since I found out about her. You can also catch glimpses of her handsome lurver, Walter, in the next stall. They have separated the 2 so that miss mama can focus on the task at cervix hand. I want so desperately to view the birth as I now feel a special bond to Autumn. I give daily updates to my not nearly as interested family as she is referred to as 'my giraffe'.     



I have learned so much about giraffes over the past week! Did you know that they are pregnant for 15 months but have very short labors once the baby starts to come out. They are unusual in that they give birth while standing and the baby will come out hooves first. A newborn calf, which can weigh between 120-150 pounds and stand 6-feet tall at birth, will usually take its first steps within an hour of its birth.

 If you want to join in and watch Autumn, along with me and several hundred thousand anxious wanna- be aunts, uncles, and cousins, visit the live cam here: And, if you see tiny hooves start to descend, PLEASE be a friend and email me asap (shannon {at} shannon berrey dot com) !!

You know I am a huge animal lover {with 3 of my own....dogs...not giraffes :) } so while we are all impatiently waiting, let's take a look at the delightful illustrations of the talented artist, Michele, of Diesel & Juice 

 Diesel & Juice is an illustration project that was inspired by her love for her English Bulldog Diesel and feisty feline, Juice. She offers both custom and pre-made prints of the most adorable pets, creatures, and objects. All illustrations are drawn using Adobe Illustrator and printed in house with UltraChrome archival inks on premium archival paper. 








Diesel and Juice

Are they not fantastic?!! She offers a ton of sizes and her mini-prints are only $5!! She also has an etsy site and you can learn more about her and her process on her blog. Or contact her to commission a print of your own best friend!  

{Maybe we can convince Michele to do an illustration of 'my' new baby giraffe!}  


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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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