Shannon Berrey


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Two weeks from today, folks. I know I'm not ready, but it's been fun to add some festive touches to the house. Truth be told,  I may be just as excited about the arrival of this Monday -- Maris' last exam and her return home for the holidays. My sweet family under one roof...I can't wait! 

She is meeting up with one of her best high school friends whose family has moved out of state. She will come and spend a few days with us. I am so tickled to have these two under my roof. Her room will again come alive with loads of stories, and laughter and piles of dirty clothes.  

They will share college stories, eat too many chocolate balls, compare class loads, stay up way too late and sleep til noon. 

I know this Christmas will be different. She's a college girl now and she is finding herself, making new friends and learning new responsibilities. I know that she has grown and changed since being on her own. But, as much as she has changed, so has her brother, her friends and me. Life has a funny way of changing you.   

She has desperately wanted her room redecorated, grown-up, if you will. I know, I get it, it's what I do after all! But, I have needed it to remain unchanged if only for a little bit longer. This is probably a bit selfish on my part but, I find comfort in spending time in her room exactly as it was and quietly contemplating how far we've come. Handling her old photos and her handmade signs that her high school friends held up as they cheered for her on the court, remembering all of it.  And it certainly doesn't get by me that it's the brightest, sunniest room in the whole house. Quite appropriate.  

It's a weaning process. Soon, we will pack away the pink jewelry boxes, the floral pillows and the Nancy Drew books. But, not this year. This year it's bright and sparkly and ready for the silly girls that will soon be giggling atop it's pink pillows.


Christmas foam deer head

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

When I was at Target last week browsing all of the Christmas decor, I saw this cute foam deer head. I looked past the rather cheap packaging after spotting that $10 price tag. I love a good, cheap DIY, so it went home with me.  

The packaging says Ages 4+, It comes flat and you have to punch out lots and lots of little pieces and it boasts very minimal instructions. You also need to use a needle to thread the yarn through the ornaments. But, if you make it a family affair, then you will have no problem putting this together. For 10$, it's pretty dang cute.   

I put it in the kids space upstairs. It's so light, I simply used a piece of rolled tape to attach it to my ginormous blue paintbrush.  

It even has a cute faux foam wood base. 

Next year, the whole thing will probably get spray painted or glittered, but, this year I like it berry red and green.  

I couldn't find it on their website so you might have to make yourself a trip. 

{not sponsored by Target -- I just like to share!} 

Cardboard Christmas

Monday, December 02, 2013

After a nice long break, we are now in December. It was such a lovely Thanksgiving with great food, a little snow and great friendship and family time. And, it was wonderful having Maris home all week.

I did no shopping or sales. The crowds just don't interest me at all. But, when I was younger, I lived for the after Thanksgiving sales, camping out, sleeping in the car. Ugh.

And speaking of younger --  nothing made me happier than for my dad to bring home a huge cardboard box from work. Oh the possibilities! I would collect a list of the most wonderful cardboard craft ideas I wanted to duplicate from watching Captain Kangaroo and Zoom. If you are very young
  have never had the opportunity to see Zoom, here is a bit of the {crazy long} opening.

Random. I know

With that cardboard, I could make a house or a kitchen, a car or a boat .... I could cut it and stack it, tape it and paint it. I even learned how to score it so I could bend it. I had a true love affair with cardboard that I never quite outgrew.   

In honor of my cardboard love, I thought I would share some great cardboard Christmas decorations


Even a cardboard baby Jesus and his crew!!!

Do you know what this means??

Friday, November 01, 2013

It's November 1st!!! 

Know what that means?????????

All you November Christmas haters relax -- I can be very, very thankful while fa-la-la-ing.


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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