Upcoming Inspired Barn Workshops and Local Feature

I was so honored to host the press from our local newspaper recently for a feature on the barn. The lovely article and photographs can be found at PressDemocrat.com.Cathe-Holden-Press-Democrat-April-2014

And… listed today are more workshops at Inspired Barn-

cutetape.com Washi Tape Flowers (Choice of two Tuesday evening classes.)cutetape-washi-flowers-inspired-barn

Alameda Flea Market Bags (So much fun the first time, can’t wait to do it again!)Inspired_Barn_Alameda-_Tote_CFor dates, prices and other workshop information, go to InspiredBarn.com, or click on the page link above for Inspired Barn Events.

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Loom Decor Product Review

A few weeks back I met up for coffee with one of the founders of Loom Decor- Nichole Ocepek, to learn all about this exciting home decorating resource offering consumers access to high-end, luxurious home textiles normally accessible only to trade.Cathe-Holden-Loom-Decor-Logo I was given shopping credit in exchange for a review and am not only pleased, but quite impressed with my first order. I had so much fun sampling the various products from pillows and poufs, to drapery and table linens in the multitude of styles, colors, patterns and trims. Just take a look at a sampling of what Loom Decor offers:Cathe-Holden-Loom-Decor-05Loom has over 400+ fabric options that can be customized to any of their designer silhouettes. I decided on a ruffle lumbar pillow for my Inspired Barn studio. I found the website incredibly easy to navigate and there was never a question of exactly what my fabric combination would look like, as every textile you choose is quite accurately applied visually to any product. I tried out so many textile combinations- some safe, some funky. I happily settled on a design that gives me two pillows in one with completely different and non-coordinating front and back fabrics so I can change up my decor on a whim. Here is my pillow with down fill insert, start (designed online,) to finish (in the studio), front and back:Cathe-Holden-Loom-Decor-04When my package arrived with the pillow I was very impressed with the quality. I had no idea pillows look and feel so nice. Here is my new pillow on my studio sofa-Cathe-Holden-Loom-Decor-03The flip side, another amazing look for the sofa-Cathe-Holden-Loom-Decor-02I like it best tucked into my vintage floral chair in the sewing nook.Cathe-Holden-Loom-Decor-01Go Loom Decor to design something fabulous for your home, or as a special gift! I think it’s a wonderful place to create a unique wedding, shower, birthday or holiday present.

More from the Loom Decor website:

DESIGN YOUR OWN.   Design your own bedding, drapes, and accessories using decorator quality fabrics. Don’t see what your looking for? We are rapidly expanding our line, so reach out. We might have just what you need in our library!
TRY OUT YOUR CHOICES.   Our online design tool allows you to visualize your choices so you know you’ll love your look. And if you need some time, you can save your designs and come back to them later.
GET ADVICE AND INSPIRATION.    Want to shop with a wingman? Loom stylists are available to help or you can share your designs with your friends to get a second eye.
1. CHOOSE A PRODUCT.  Choose one of our product silhouettes, from a simple knife edge to feminine ruffles
2. MAKE IT YOUR OWN.  Select a designer fabric or finish for each option in our virtual design tool
3. SIT BACK & RELAX.  We handle the rest. Your design will be hand-made in Nashville, TN and shipped to your doorstep in just 3 weeks.

Loom is offering a 10% discount on any purchase to Just Something I Made readers. Use code JSIM at checkout.

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Inspired Barn Product Reviews: Quick Fuse, Canvas Corp, and Crystyler

Another Inspired Barn workshop has wrapped up and I’m still glowing over the fun we had. Each attendee left with a spectacularly designed, embellished and sparkly flea market shopping bag. The products mentioned and linked to in this post were fully or partially gifted for the workshop attendees projects. All products were sourced and requested by me and the opinions expressed here are my own.Inspired_Barn_Alameda-_Tote_COur starting point was a large, blank, khaki green, top quality canvas tote that was partially sponsored by my good friends at PromoCo.com.InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_02 PromoCo.com is a creative promotional marketing company that offers a full range of promotional products, marketing & branding tools, and more. Though it is not typically a resource for craft supplies or one-item orders, it is a wonderful resource for custom event products, and pretty much anything you can think of (and can’t think of) to creatively embellish with a logo or graphic.

I sourced, created, digitized and machine-cut a whole slew of antique-design stencils for adding text-graphics to the bags. The stencil work by these women was quite impressive, a lot of thinking outside the box.InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_04I went looking for just the right product for turning vintage cigar box label images into colorful patches to apply to the bags. The best I found was June Tailor Quick Fuse, 100% cotton fabric with iron-on, fusible backing, that is also hand-washable.InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_06 The super-white sheets fed in and printed out so beautiful and vibrant.

Crafters chose either hand- or machine-stitched edging for some of their patches prior to ironing onto the totes, other patches were left with scissor cut edges. InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_08The fusible fabric was so awesome to work with and was the perfect fit for this project. InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_07When most stenciling and patch-work was complete, adding sparkle to the bags was in order. For that, I called on my new friend Norma Rapko Vargas. Though I had corresponded with Norma in the past, I only just met her and her beautiful family last November at the Spellbound Event Mercantile in Pasadena.Norma-Rapko-Family-Spellbound-13 Norma demonstrated her amazing invention, the Crystyler, a tool with a tip that picks up and loads the crystals which can then be released with the click of a thumb. It’s a fast and precise method of adding sparkle to any surface.

Completely hooked, I could hardly wait to incorporate her tool and crystals into an Inspired Barn project.InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_01We used Beacon’s Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive to secure the crystals to the canvas totes, patches, buttons and other embellishments. InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_11You know it’s a good day at the flea market when your tote begins to fill, but we don’t want any precious small items to get lost and damaged in the bottom of them. So I called on Canvas Corp to save the day with their blank 8″ x 8″ and 5″ x 7″drawstring canvas bags. Canvas Corp products are a custom crafter’s dream supply, if you haven’t discovered their goods yet, you’re in for a real treat!InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_03The small canvas bags were each embellished just as the larger totes.

InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_12Here are some of the finished Alameda Flea Market bags displayed by the artists!InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_13 InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_14 InspiredBarn.com_Alameda_Bag_Workshop_15Thank you to all the fantastic sponsors and fabulous attendees for making this such an exciting experience.

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