Attaching Shelf Jars and FREE Dennison-Style Labels

While cleaning the garage over the weekend I happened on a collection of jars I’d tucked away for future use. (Hey…It’s the future!) And I can always use more crafty storage in the studio. Jars work so perfectly to show off the stored contents. I find when I can see my supplies I’m much more apt to use them as I tend to forget some of the supplies and materials I have stored in drawers and boxes. I decided to attach into the dead space found on the underside of existing studio shelves. I simply drilled pilot holes into the lids, double-stick taped the lids into place under the shelves, then using short screws, attached them to the shelves. For larger lids & jars, I needed two screws and washers to keep the lids from turning when removing and replacing the jars. IMG_4773The jars were filled within minutes of installment.

Dennison-Style-Labels-WL-CHAlso last weekend I designed a fun set of Dennison-Style little labels that are available to you as downloads for FREE courtesy of on their blog HERE.Cathe-Holden-Dennison-Style-LabelsDownload the PDF files, print to full sheet label stock from, trim out the individual labels (a good project in front of the TV), and use in a multiple of ways! I used the printer cuts set to decorate another set of shelf jars.WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-03Here are even more ideas. Have fun!WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-07 WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-05 WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-04 WL-Cathe-Holden-Little-Labels-02


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Vintage Album Bird Images

How do you keep your creative juices flowing?Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-pages

Sometimes when I’m longing for new ideas I search for old inspiration, and visit my local antiques stores. Yesterday’s trip proved quite successful as I happened upon four separate pages taken from a vintage photo album. Each page rich in colorful, detailed bird illustrations.Bird-Album-Page-CUI scanned the pages and used Photoshop to touch up stains and blemishes, and fill the inner photo areas. You can help yourself to each image below by clicking to enlarge and save. Use for collage, scrapbooking, cardmaking, digital work, even your own album pages. (But, please don’t sell or share as digital images alone.)  Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-04 Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-03 Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-02 Cathe-Holden-Bird-Album-01I reduced one page, added text,  printed out and attached tiny plastic eggs to the nest, then placed into an old pen nib container to create a sweet little shadow box.Cathe-Holden-Bird-Box

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General Store Inspiration: Mercantile Interior Photo Tour

Inspired_Barn_General_Store_TourIf you’ve seen my workshop studio, Inspired Barn, in magazines, online, or in person, it’s likely pretty obvious where my number-one inspiration comes from- early general stores and mercantiles.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_02

Photo courtesy of Captain Simos Returns.

I’ve long been attracted to photographs showcasing proud shopkeepers and customers  posed within tidy, well-stocked emporiums that stocked everything from overalls and tobacco to fabrics and soaps.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_01

Photo courtesy of Dean Joseph Fine Art and Antiques.

Counters, shelves, cases, drawers and bins filled with neatly arranged and stacked goods, much of which was packaged and labeled with the most excellent design and typography. With over 20 years as a career graphic designer specializing in branding and packaging– that’s definitely my thing.

suttercreekold18So imagine my pure delight to happened upon the Monteverde General Merchants store in Sutter Creek, California a couple of years ago. Started in 1898, this store is now a museum of many of the original relics of the past.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_49x Most everything is still neatly stacked and stored as a window into Gold Country’s past and remains spectacular inspiration for the present.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_49 Much of the store’s merchandise dates back to the early 20th century, with a few current items from the early ’70s that the late Rose Monteverde left on the shelves in hopes of the store one day becoming a museum.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_45 If you happen to be in Sutter Creek, simply call the phone number on the sign taped to the front window and a nice gentleman will walk down from his nearby home to open it up for you to explore.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_07I toured this magnificent general store with my husband and my camera and just came across these stored photos the other day. So whether you’re into vintage-inspired graphic design, good ol’ vintage goods, or simply love to organize stuff, I hope you’ll enjoy my personal photo tour of the Monteverde General Store.

Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_03Sunbrite Cleanser, stockings, and shoe repair. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_04Double paper roll dispenser No. 1.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_05Counter glass case filled with confections. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_06Union Farm and Garden Tools broom and tool handles display. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_10General store shelves food items.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_08Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_09  Soap and soap packaging. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_11Canned fruits, mason jars, caps and rings.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_12 Cigars, cigar boxes, tobacco goods. Bird food & supplies.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_13The general store scale.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_15Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_39Bins, drawers and shelves. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_40Beautiful vintage hardware.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_16The storekeeper’s nook. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_29 Handwritten store ledgers.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_33 Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_34Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_17Double paper roll dispenser No. 2. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_18 Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_19 Fuller brand linseed oil barrel.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_20 Mooreknit children’s hose.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_21The haberdashery section of the store featuring silk satin tafeta and cotton tatting thread.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_22J&P Coats embroidery and Royal Society crochet cotton threads.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_23Dennison Gummed Labels.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_24The library.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_25Boxes and crates, printed and stenciled.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_26Children’s rubber boots, and shoe thread.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_27Clothing: Men’s dress, work and sleep shirts.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_28Seidlitz Powder.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_30Fontana’s Semolina plain noodles, wide. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_31Schrader’s Insecticide Powder. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_36Roach poison.
Medicinal herbs: Sanicle. Elmo Cucumber Cream.   Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_37 Par, Palmolive, Crystal White, P and G, and 20 Mule Team soaps.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_38Vintage jar examples.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_41Juan de Fuca and Londres cigar boxesInspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_42 Store receipt pad.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_43Notary embosser. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_44 Double paper roll dispenser No. 1.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_47Trupak mixed bird food. Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_48Shelby hardware hinge.Inspired_Barn_General_Store_Tour_46I’m looking forward to visiting again.

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