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.In 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.)
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.
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.I 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. And who better to team up with for freebies than the fabulous WorldLabel.com folks? Together 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 WorldLabel.com blog to see what we have in store for you and grab up your free PDF files to print to full sheet label stock. I printed to their full sheet kraft label stock for my stickers and labels and now have lots on hand for upcoming needs.Enjoy!
I had such fun designing an assemblage display piece for Tim Holtz’s 2015 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) booth using current and all new for ’15 Tim Holtz products, many from his idea-ology line. I was unable to make the 2015 CHA show last weekend and see Tim’s amazing booth, so I’m grateful to Noell Hyman of Paperclipping to get a peek inside it and to see more of his fabulous new products and techniques in her video. (Watch for my piece at minute 7:15!)
As a focal point for my project, I created a faux pocket-frame daguerreotype. To make that I started with the gorgeous Tim Holtz Metal Foundry Frame. Laying a moistened swatch/scrap of red velvet face down over the frame, I used a mini iron to press the back and created an embossing of the frames ornament. I wrapped the trimmed out section of velvet around a piece of cardstock with a small bit of cotton pressed between to create a little cushion effect.I traced the frame twice to foam core board and using an Xacto knife, cut out the top paper foam layers, keeping the back paper layer in tact. I trimmed out a frame about 1/4″ around that to make two sections. I wrapped each section in fabric bicycle handle tape, pressing the tape into the opening of the frame. I used the same tape to hinge both frames together from the back. I cut some woven ribbon from Tim Holtz Naturals Red & Cream Trimmings to line each inner frame area. I glued the velvet panel into one frame area.I pulled out my handy gold leaf kit and worked over an adorable little Tim Holtz Trophy Cup.I did the same to the Foundry Frame, and antiqued both with Tim Holtz Ranger Ink Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap. I trimmed a bit of clear plastic from some product packaging and used as the “glass” in the frame, placing a picture of a little girl trimmed from a Tim Holtz Found Relatives Portrait card under it. I glued the Foundry Frame portrait into the second foam core frame. I used the decorative backside of one of the portrait cards to finish off the back of the pocket frame. I trimmed little envelope images from the new Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Stash and folded them into little letters tied with string to tuck behind the pocket frame.As a base for my piece I used a vintage wooden pedestal frame found (with cabinet card photo in tact) at a local antiques store. I covered the old photo with beautiful floral paper from the Tim Holtz Wallflower idea-ology cardstock, photo corners from the new Industrious Chiseled Stickers, and finished with a Tim Holtz Metal Observation Word Band. I attached a little vintage wooden parts box the lower section of the frame to serve as a shelf. Atop the shelf I placed the pocket frame embellished with Tim Holtz Adornment Arrows (gold-leafed) and one bloom from his all new Miniature Heirloom Roses painted and antiqued.In the very center of the little shelf sits an adorable little Tim Holtz Corked Dome. This is the larger of the two in the set, and I darkened the cork with a marker. Inside is a tiny plastic deer and a snippet of moss. While on a roll, I used the smaller dome that’s just under two inches, (again darkening the cork) with another mini deer, moss, and a ball-head pin from my pincushion painted red with white dots to serve as a forest mushroom. I attached a modified Tim Holtz Ring Fastener to the top creating a little charm for fun.I painted and antiqued the feathers of the larger Adornment Arrows and glued them down into the Trophy Cup. I attached that to the top of an old advertising tin as a pedestal.Using the Tim Holtz idea-ology Pocket Watch, I trimmed and placed a floral section from the Wallflower idea-ology cardstock. I cut the dimensional area from the product’s bubble pack and rubbed on the clock face image from Tim Holtz Numbers Remnant Rubs. I placed the bubble over the flower paper, and used more of the red and cream trimming to finish off the watch face. I used a gold paint marker to re-color the metal areas, and strung the pocket watch with stained Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon.I painted Beacon 527 along the side page sections of an antique arithmetic book to seal it closed. The book served as the platform for the entire assemblage.I finished the back of the piece with black matte board, a fun red paper seal from the Tim Holtz idea-ology Thrift Store Ephemera Pack, and my signature.There were many other designers who created spectacular pieces for the Tim Holtz CHA booth, so keep watching his blog for upcoming features. Be sure to follow Tim on Instagram and Twitter at @tim_holtz and exciting captures from the show from many using the hashtag #timholtzCHA2015. In addition, follow friends Paula Cheney @luckydayand Mario Rossi@mariojrossi on Instagram for exciting Tim Holtz behind-the-scenes (BTS) shots!
Hi, I’m Cathe (pronounced the same as Cathy). I’m a graphic designer, crafter, creative blogger, & flea market enthusiast. I live just north of San Francisco in lovely Petaluma, California with my husband, Mr. Wonderful & our 3 awesome teenagers.
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