Shannon Berrey

Oh Clementine

Thursday, November 07, 2013

What can result in some paint, hand made stamps out of cardboard, and inspirational clementine art???

A transformed kitchen wall that looks like cute wallpaper {remember Mary Engelbreigt?? This reminds me of her!} And that green door is just perfect.

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From shirt to sofa

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

When Maris was home for fall break, she told me she would love a few more pillows for her bed. She dove into my stash of fabrics where I also like to stockpile keep everything from pretty old shower curtains to vintage bedspreads to old jeans and special t-shirts. I like to refer to it, not as 'hoarding', but, as a 'keeper of special mementos'.    

And the backside.

She actually uncovered this t-shirt from a line that I used to sell at my store years ago. It's a shirt made by Cat Studio that displays a fun bedazzled map of NC. She asked me if I could make her a pillow out it.   
Hmmmmm........I llke the way she thinks.

Normally, I would just cut it into a square and sew it up. But, this shirt is super thin and you would probably be able to see the stuffing through the cotton. Also, the overall printed design is fairly small which would result in a tiny pillow. And lastly, and the biggest factor-- the design comes up above the neckline making a square that encompassed the whole design, impossible. I decided to cut out the design and adhere it to another fabric creating a bigger, sturdier pillow.

I cut out the front of the shirt and then cut out a piece of Ultrahold Heat and Bond in the same shape, but a hair smaller. This gave the thin fabric not only a bit of a stabilizer, but it allows it to be fused to the backing fabric. It also makes cutting the stretchy thin fabric a breeze.


I laid it, sticky side up, to the back side of the t-shirt and following the directions, ironed it in place. It's hard to see, but if you look closely, you can see the edge of the paper fusing at the edge of the fabric.

I flipped it over and with a ruler, I drew a rectangle around the design.  

I knew that this would cut out a bit of the top of the design, but that was OK. The top line was as close to the bottom of the neckline as possible. I then cut out the rectangle which ended up being 12"x 16".

After a bit of picture exchanging with Maris, we decided to go with a denim background. And by that I mean - back it with an old pair of Jack's jeans. I have been saving these jeans that he hardly wore {big ole growth spurt} because they were in perfect condition and I really liked the color and distress of the denim.  I cut them off at about 24" from the hem.

I cut up each leg, along the seam. This left me with 2 rectangle pieces of denim with a seam that ran down the middle.


I pulled off the back paper of the Heat and Bond and flipped the design over to center it on one piece of the denim. I decided to place the jean seam horizontally, but either way works.

Then I drew a line on the left side that allowed an equal border on both sides. I cut through both pieces of denim following this line. 


I ironed the fabric onto the denim. The Heat and Bond fuses it to the denim. 

I wanted to add a little extra to it, so I took it to the sewing machine and selected a decorative stitch that I ran around the edge.

I put right sides together and stitched around the edge, leaving the bottom open for turning.

Then I flipped it inside out, stuffed it, and then sewed up the opening with a needle and thread. It ended up being 18" x 16".


And remember the cute design on the back shoulder?

We couldn't leave it out!

I bonded it to the back bottom corner, using the same process as above. It's a sweet potato holding a Pepsi in one hand and a Krispy Kreme donut in the's a North Carolina thang, you wouldn't understand. 

Nesting in it's new room

Monday, October 14, 2013

I just finished tweaking this paper mache tree lamp {still one of my faves!}. I made the monogram out of felt and then added a little color to the birds to match the rest of the room. It's all packed up and shipped to it's newest little owner down south. If you want to see how I create these fun monograms, check out this post.


DIY easy tutu/ Superhero costume

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I wanted my Superhero Gala costume to be easy and fast because we had a crazy amount of decorating to focus on. Since Halloween is right around the corner, it may be a costume you want to whip up, so, I am sharing the details of how I put it together. 

It's pretty easy to find superman t-shirts and I was beyond happy when I spotted one in Wal-Mart within 30 seconds of walking in the door. {I think it was $7.50}


The distressed t was cute, but, I wanted to give it some sparkle. Using Aleene's Fabric Glue, I painted it on to the red areas with a small paint brush. Then I sprinkled red glitter over the glue and let dry. 

I bought 2/3 of a yard of red sequinned elastic {also from Wal-Mart} and sewed it onto the edge of each sleeve. {You could glue it on if you don't sew!}

For the tutu, I bought rolls of 6" glitter tulle in silver, blue and red {Wal-Mart}. 

It would have been cheaper to buy the tulle in yardage off of the bolt, but I hate cutting tulle {it's super hard to get straight} and this project was about 'fast'. I ended up going back and buying more. So, I ended up using 2 rolls of each color.    

 I played around with how long I wanted the tutu to be. When you fold a 41" strip in half, you end up with about a 20" long tutu {an inch is taken up in the knot}. This worked well on this 5'10" frame. I used a 1" wide piece of elastic that I put around my waist and marked a comfortable length with a pen.    

Fold one piece in half.

Lay the looped middle a couple of inches over the elastic.

Hold the 2 ends together and pull them around the back of the elastic and through your loop, forming a slip knot. 

Keep pulling the ends to tighten your knot.  

{Note the progression of more and more glitter on the white background of each pic??? FYI-- this stuff sheds the glitter like CRAZY! It was, and still is, covering my house. I actually apologized to the housekeepers at Harrah's for the glitter trail I left everywhere} 

Slide it to the end and then rotate your colors.

Depending on the look you are after, you can push them really tight together {which requires more tulle} or rather loosely for a more 'see through' look. 


I used a needle and thread to stitch the ends of the elastic together. Then I used 2 sheets of glitter silver foam sheets to cut out a few stars and attached them with a dot of hot glue. 

My wonder woman cuffs were made from 1 sheet of blue glitter 8x11" foam.{Wal-Mart} 
I cut it lengthwise.

I measured my wrist so that I could slip it on and off, hot glued the edge and then attached a silver foam star. 

I bought a pink foam crown from Wal-Mart {they didn't sponsor this post, but they should have!!} and I gave it a spray with some metallic gold paint. {$1.00}

You can see it in this pic with my buddy, Krysta.

My comic tights came from Celeste Stein Design. This hosiery company offers over a thousand different designs that you can get printed on tights, socks, or leggings. After I placed my online order, I gave them a call and asked if there was anyway that they could expedite my shipping {because I waited until the last minute to order} and they were kind enough to fed ex them to me overnight for about $1.50 more!! Thanks ladies!!

I also have received comments about my monogrammed boots. I ordered these wellies several years ago from Zoubaby. I love them!! They are the closest thing to superman boots I own! 

A super easy and super affordable costume, right??


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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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