Vintage-Style Egg Co. Stencil Kitchen Art

I’ve become a bit obsessed with stencils- designing and cutting my own on a Silhouette Cameo. I have a list a mile long of creative ideas I plan to try with them. I’m also experimenting with stencil tools when not spraying paint or ink, such as pouncers, sponges, and stencil brushes, including a couple of antique railroad stencil brushes I picked up at an antiques store that work beautifully on flat hard surfaces!Today I pulled out one of my 48 by 40 brand small pallet canvas and went to work on a decorative piece for our kitchen trying out a basic craft store stencil brush. I painted one of my layered designs using a stencil cut from a plastic scrapbook paper hanging file folder opened flat and trimmed to 12″ x 20″ and fed into the Silhouette on a 12″ x 24″ cutting mat. I used repositionable spray adhesive on the back of each stencil.Cathe-Holden-Stencil-Pallet-09I added another “Market Goods” stencil cut off along the bottom. Once all paint was dry, I sanded the surface a bit to distress the paint. I then added some metal pieces from around the studio using vintage hardware.Cathe-Holden-Stencil-Pallet-02 I didn’t screw the small tool tags in all the way, so they hang loose from the wood.To finish the corners of the canvas I used vintage aluminum plant labels, bent in half, hammered on with nails, and banged up a bit with the mallet side of my hammer.Cathe-Holden-Stencil-Pallet-04This project, from stencil cutting to hanging, was completed in about two hours. I hung it over the stove on the tile backsplash using Command Strips.Here are a few fun facts related to this project:

  • My sign was designed to coordinate with the farmhouse decor of our newly remodeled kitchen boasting concrete countertops, an 8-foot windmill blade structure, and patchwork maple wood floors.
  • B. D. Holden is my 19 year-old son, Bennett Drew Holden. (He may or may not approve of me using his name for my sign. I’m taking my chances.)
  • Bennett worked over a year recently at a local egg farm collecting, sorting, and washing eggs, and maintaining ranch property. (He is currently in college studying to be a firefighter, working intern & sleeper shifts at Gold Ridge Fire Dept. in Sebastopol, California, and a lifeguard at the nearby Coast Guard Base.)
  • Petaluma, our beloved town, has long been known as the “World’s Egg Basket”.
  • There’s actually an egg related controversy currently happening in Petaluma right now!

But back to the topic at hand…I’d REALLY like to know your creative thoughts on stencils and stencilling:

  • Have you used stencils?
  • How- with what tools and medium?
  • What for- papercrafting, mixed media, home decor, furniture embellishing, other?
  • What kind of stencils or stencil products would you like to see on the market?

Please share in the comments below.

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Where Women Create: Inspired Barn

It’s been a whirlwind first year in my completed barn studio. Since January 2014 I’ve held one to two craft workshops a month. I’ve spent many days crafting and blogging with much more efficiency and joy now that all my materials and supplies are organized and accessible. I have enjoyed hour upon hour of shopping for bins, cans, boxes, and various other unique containers to house my crafty goods, an exercise I enjoy every bit as much as crafting. I adore vintage pieces and especially those with early advertising typography and graphics, so the hunt become my entertainment many evenings- while others may be watching TV or doing their homework, you are likely to find me with my laptop flipping back and forth from Etsy to eBay to Craigslist. I’m extremely frugal, so patience is a virtue when shopping online. Local thrift stores, flea markets and our local landfill’s recycle area have proven great sources for unique pieces. Inspired Barn has become a consistent place of creative flow from organizing to decorating to crafting.CVR_WWC0215In one single year I’ve had the enormous privilege to host four different magazine shoots featuring my craft barn, completing the tetralogy with the Spring 2015 issue of Where Women Create, on stands now. I am humbled by the attention and blessed by the opportunity to share my special place here in rural Petaluma, California. All of the photographs in the WWC feature are by the talented Jenny Elwick of Jenny Elwick Photography who took so many beautiful photos I couldn’t resist but create an entire gallery around all of them, whether they made the magazine or not. I hope you’ll take some time to peruse the images on my GALLERY page. Below are the pages of my feature in Where Women Create, (click on any to enlarge.)

Cathe_Holden_WWC0215-1Cathe_Holden_WWC0215-2XCathe_Holden_WWC0215-3XCathe_Holden_WWC0215-4Cathe_Holden_WWC0215-5XThank You!

Special thanks to Paige Hill, a kind supporter of crafty ones and who first introduced me to Jo Packam- the amazing, dynamo of a woman behind this inspiring magazine and one who continues to give considerable support to creative industry professionals. Thank you to my friends who name-dropped me until I could no longer be ignored by WWC, as well as the talented women who work hard to make this magazine so special- Eileen Hull, Brandy Shay, and Cynthia Levens, to name only a few. And thank you Jenny Elwick, for through your eyes, heart, and camera lens, my studio shines.

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Vintage Hardware Catalog Art Stickers & Labels

A few years before my dear Pop passed away, he gave me this enormous 1940 hardware catalog. He knew me better than most when it came to vintage goods and my appreciation for such a fantastic resource. Hardware companies back in the day would supply most all household, agriculture, and lifestyle goods making for hundreds and hundreds of great illustrations.HVG-CH-WL-Merch-BI have loved looking through it many times over the years and finally got around to scanning, cleaning up, and laying out some of my favorite line-art products to share with you.JSIMblog.com_Vintage_Softball_glove And who better to team up with for freebies than the fabulous folks? HVG-CH-WL-Image-01Together we bring you five printable pages of fun in the way of stickers (or clip art- have at it!) and labels. Just head over to the blog to see what we have in store for you and grab up your free PDF files to print to full sheet label stock.HVG-CH-WL-Merch-A I printed to their full sheet kraft label stock for my stickers and labels and now have lots on hand for upcoming needs.HVG-CH-WL-Image-03Enjoy!

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