Shannon Berrey


Friday, April 05, 2013


I know we have all seen these cute vases from Anthropologie. I own a few and I still love them as much as when I first spotted them. 


But, I just spotted a DIY shared on Emily's blog on how to create these with plastic spoons and a vase from the dollar store!! 



{via Less than Perfect} 

Seriously, would you ever guess those are plastic spoons?? Guess what I am attempting this weekend??!!



How to do it right and how to do it wrong: Lucky Jar

Friday, March 15, 2013


A few months back, you may remember that I had a little photo shoot at my house. I really wanted a terrarium in the room. And this little terrarium inspiration hit me the night before the crew was to show up. {I'm not going to pretend that this is rare--this is generally how my brain works}  So, I grabbed the glass from Michaels, ran into Lowes, and bought a small plant {don't even know what kind}. I know that you are supposed to have a layer of pebbles and charcoal and good soil and other stuff to make a terrarium the right way. But I didn't have time for correct, I only had time for pretty. I ran out to the back yard next to the creek and pulled a chunk of moss out of the earth. I covered the bottom of the glass with the moss, stuck my finger in to make a hole and stuck the plant through the hole. I watered it a little and closed it up with the lid. Perfect!



I thought that when it started to croak, I would empty it out and plant it correctly--you know with dirt and all. But, here we are 2 months later and that silly thing couldn't be happier. When I planted it, the plant was about 4" tall, now I have to snip it back because it's too big.  




I take the lid off about once a week for the day to let it get fresh air and to dry out a bit because it is amazing how wet a contained eco-system is!!   



This sweet 'Jar of Luck' print by Golly Bard inspired Jan at Poppytalk to try her hand at bringing it to life. So, if you want directions on how to make a real terrarium, head over here.



I'm not going to lie, this week has been bad. Like, worse than the week Justin Bieber has had...and I could use a big ol' Jar of Luck on my table.


Hiding your unmentionables

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Remember when I redid my fireplace last year?



Well, I failed to share with you where we pIaced the TV components {Blu Ray player and Satellite Dish box}. And, I have gotten several requests to 'show it to us, already!!' So, here are the deets...


As you can see in the 'before', all of the components were slid underneath the TV. And the 'after' picture,'s like magic. 



Not you see them????




We have a receiver that has to 'see' the remote so we knew that it had to be out. We decided to make a box that would be just big enough for the components to slip in.



I didn't want the box just hanging out on it's own so we decided that under the plant would be a good spot. I wanted it to be as close to the same width of the basket as possible.  



 Using MDF, it measures 17 1/2" D x 19" L x 7". The edges were glued and then using a nail gun, nailed in place.




The back was made using 2 pieces so that all of the cables could slip through.



And speaking of cords...While the top was still open, Robert cut a hole in the sheetrock behind our new wood wall. 




They were then fished down the wall. About a 4' piece of the baseboard, to the left of the fireplace, was cut off. Notches were made in the studs and the cords were pulled through at the very bottom of the wall. They were then fed up about 18" to the new cable box.  We bought a low voltage cable plate that the TV cords exit out of and attach to the Satelite Box. {there was already an existing outlet in this area}.




As well as a low voltage mounting bracket device that slips into the hole in the wall and holds the above bracket in place.



After all the cords were pulled through, the baseboard trim was glued back on.



I wanted the box to blend in with the basket, so I primed it, then I really studied the colors of the basket.



There is a base of a taupey-gray with some lighter tans and darker browns. I painted it with Oatbran by Valspar. When it was dry, I rubbed on Tudor Brown Briwax rather heavy handedly, let it dry for a minute and then buffed it off. It gives the box varying colors and looks a lot like the colors of the basket.      




Sporting the serving pieces: Part 2

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Ok, so this is the last post on designing a Sports Party--promise!! Today's DIY tiered cupcake/cookie server is the most expensive to make, but, it was my favorite piece at the reception! 




Ideally, I wanted to make this out of an old found trophy, but I ran out of time and with the popularity of old trophies right now, buying the parts turned out to be more cost-effective. 

I went to our local trophy and awards store. I had never been in here before and I loved what I found. There is everything imaginable to craft a trophy out of. Since my focus was on volleyball and basketball, I tried to focus on those components. You can seriously create any size or color your little celebratory heart desires.

I chose a triangle-ish bottom base and secondary base. These suckers are heavy. This is where all of the weight of a trophy is hidden. They were finished in a bad black, gold, and silver faux marble look. Well, not bad, just not what I was loving.



After the bases were sprayed with a plastic primer, I covered them with gold metallic spray paint.  



They cut the metallic PVC on-site any length you want, but you can also cut it yourself with a hand saw. They also screw pieces of the metal rods together creating the same length of your cut PVC. These rods drop down into the PVC to attach everything. 



To make the discs that the food sits on, I used Wilton cardboard circles. The circles were sold in a set of 6. These come in just about every size and they were about $6.50 at Michael's, before the coupon.



I wanted the circles to feel a little heftier, and since there were so many in a pack, I doubled them. I cut a circle out of some insulation board a bit smaller than the cake circle. I hot glued it in between the 2 cake circles making an insulation sandwich.      



Using a 7/8" metallic ribbon, I hot glued it onto the edges of the cardboard a few inches at a time.  





The bottom of the trophy was put together like a normal trophy.



Then the 4" pieces were placed over the top 3 gold screw caps. The 16" disc was then placed on top (centered) and with a pencil, I drew around the PVC onto the bottom of the disc. Then I took the disc off and with an exacto knife I cut out the holes. I cut through only the bottom piece, but not the top.  

Then I sat the last (2) 7" PVC pipes around 4" apart on top of the 16" disc and traced around them. Then I cut the circles out of the cardboard -- not going through the bottom piece. This allows the PVC parts to slide into the cardboard



Using hot glue, I rimmed the PVC before placing them. The bottom of the 14" top piece was traced, cut out, and glued in place




The same finial spacer that I used here was sprayed gold and hot glued underneath the volleyball topper. It was then hot glued in the center of the top disc.



On the bottom base, I spray painted a curtain ring gold and hot glued it in the center. Then a 4" volleyball was placed in it.



 The smaller version was used with a wooden plaque that was spray painted black. There were no rods used, just hot glue. The (2) 14" disc edges were covered in a satin ribbon. This type of ribbon I would not recommend. it shows every little hot glue bump and it wrinkles. I would only use metallic {which is papery} or grosgrain ribbon.

To create both of the trophy servers cost about $50. 




The basketball hoop was bought at Wal-Mart for about $2.75. using the same sandwich technique with the 16" cake circles, I covered the edge in an orange and white stripe 7/8" ribbon.

I measured about every 4" around the circle and hot glued a tiny piece of each loop onto the bottom of the disc.



I flipped it upside down. I found the tallest vase I had and filled it with water to give it some weight. Then I hot glued {surprise!} the top of the vase onto the bottom of the disc, and voila -- a tall cookie platter!!



 If you want to visit the other posts from the Sports Party, click here:

Designing a Thank-You

Giant Party Props


Sporting the serving pieces: Part 1



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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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