Shannon Berrey

Baseball bracelet

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

While browsing through Pinterest recently, I found this picture of a bracelet made
from a baseball. Cute right?!

{I can find the time}

It's rare that I find a project to make for Jack, but he is totally into baseball jewelry. This one I
hadn't seen before, so I was excited to make this for him. I clicked on the site 'I can find the time',
the great blog that posted the picture. I grabbed a ball and got busy using Kathryn's great tutorial.
 {there is no telling what kind of search engine hits I will get on this post due to that last sentence--I'll keep you posted :) }   

{I tweaked the directions just a bit} First, draw a line close to the stitching.  

Using an exacto knife, cut along the pencil line. My blade was really dull so it took a lot of pressure
and several times around to cut through the leather.  

Once all the leather was cut, I removed the pieces. This takes some tugging cause 
MacGregor does not mess around with glueing their balls together. 

After the 'extra' {non-laced parts} are pulled off, I pulled off the laces which come off as one big circle.

Find the spot on the back side of the seam where the laces begins and ends and cut the leather in
 that spot. You have one long row of laces at this point. Fold the laces in half, and cut again. Be careful to
 leave the strings uncut. You now have 2 rows of laces about 8" long.  Each row of laces makes one bracelet.  

Start unthreading the laces. I used the lead of my mechanical pencil to help get me started.

Unravel each end about 1". {If it is a for a young child with a tiny wrist, you may want to unravel 
up to 2"}. Tie the strings in a knot and then cut off the extra leather making sure not to
 cut the strings. Braid the 3" tail on each end and knot the end.  

You can clean up the edges, if needed, with your exacto knife or a pair of scissors.
When you want to wear it, simply tie the strings in a knot around your wrist.

You may need to stretch it out a little because it wants to stay in a circular shape.
 I am sure that water {ie. showers} will also help it to relax a little.   

I think he is going to love it!

And if he doesn' worries, there's always Plan B.


I am over visiting my blogging buddy, Courtney, today. He is the great blogger behind Courtney Outloud.

I have loved getting to know him over the past year and living vicariously as a west-coaster through
his blog! He is having a great series this week on prepping for Back to School and I am sharing
my post on how our family survives this crazy time of year! Click here to check it out.


If you came over by way of Pinterest yesterday--Welcome!! I am not sure what happened
but over 3000 folks visited via the site. If someone came that route yesterday and would 
share with me in the comments how they were sent over, I would love to find out!         


Monday, July 25, 2011

We have loads of wine corks. For years, everytime we finish a bottle of vino, we add the cork to our
 expanding collection. I have used them for a variety of projects. They have filled glass vases, added
needed height inside a pottery vase that housed a plant, acted as namecard holders at dinner parties,
and my daughter has made a cork board or two. I have dreams of one day using them as a
backsplash or as a cool floorcovering. But, until then I will delight in what other artists create with
 their corks. One in particular, is the fabulous jewely of Cat Ivins of Olive Bites Studio.

You can buy Cat's jewelry at her etsy store, uncorked. Or, you can even send her your
 own special cork to create a piece just for you!   

paint by number

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm currently on a paint-by-Number kick. I'm collecting them for a clients guest room.

{Country Living}
These beautiful pics are currently in my inspiration file.

And apparently I'm not the only lover of this quirky art. Look at these great goodies I found at etsy:

Doe c doe embroiders these sweet fabrics {others available} with whatever saying you would like

coffee Cozy at pinkdixie

pleasebestill offers the 'Words to Live By' collection

love it!!

All 3 of the above are available from somethingshidinghere

This is so sweet-- GenevieveGail

And if you have the fever...pop over to PopParty
     And then remind yourself that you are a grown adult.     

My sweet, sweet Valentine

Sunday, February 13, 2011

8 years ago I got the sweetest Valentines gift from my then 4-year-old curly-headed Valentine.


This wasn't halloween, nope, this little super hero was dressed in costume every. single. day. for years.

He was in a fabulous 'Mothers Morning Out' program at a local church. 

The crafts he brought home, I will cherish forever. But, this one may be my favorite.

This sweet little heart shaped suncatcher.

 He formed a wire strung with little beads into a heart shape and then filled in
the heart with more beads. It was then allowed to fuse together in a warm oven.

 I chose instead to put mine on a necklace.


This will be the 9th Valentines Day that little treasure has hung around my proud neck. 

And when I do, I get to remember these wonderful, snaggle-tooth memories....   

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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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