Craft Book Review: Make Your Mark, Lark Crafts

I was given a review copy of Make Your Mark: Creative Ideas Using Markers, Paint Pens, Bleach Pens & More and since receiving this craft book I can’t seem to put it down. It’s like a legit license to doodle… on anything and everything. And you know how I love to doodle. JSIM-MakeYourMark-08No need to go looking for new items to embellish, this book encourages using things you already have around you and transforming them into adorable gifts, apparel, accessories, and art. And with very minimal supplies and techniques, most of which are well explored in “The Basics” section of the book, one can create really enjoyable projects with plenty of unique ideas and over 50 design templates. So whether or not you have a steady and artistic hand, this book has you covered for cool designs that can be transferred to your items for marking.JSIM-MakeYourMark-02Projects in this book include projects crafting on fabric, plastic, glass, wood, and stone, including kitchenware, throw pillow & pillowcases, dishes, jewelry, apparel, coasters, a scarf, shrink plastic, pebbles, eggs, and so much more.  One of my favorite crafts in the book is the T-shirt and bleach pen project. I’ll be doing that one soon for sure.JSIM-MakeYourMark-01The whimsical designs on dishes are so inspiring, and I love the illustrated all-purpose baggies. I was inspired by the white on glass paint pen projects and could hardly wait to try that for myself. I grabbed three thrifted clear drinking glasses and a White DecoArt Glass Paint Marker and went to work.JSIM-MakeYourMark-07JSIM-MakeYourMark-04These are a few of my favorite things…as written around this glass.JSIM-MakeYourMark-06Here are my final pieces inspired by Make Your Mark.JSIM-MakeYourMark-03 JSIM-MakeYourMark-05You can find Make Your Mark in bookstores and online.

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Mollie Makes U.S. Edition Launch: Inspired Barn Feature

Yesterday was the big launch of Mollie Makes U.S. Edition magazine.MollieMakesLaunchCover-JSIM I’m more new than not to Mollie Makes, a UK lifestyle & craft magazine quite popular there and here in the United States. Once I discovered the original magazine I was hooked! It has the coolest, freshest, most adorable projects and features that I would dub “cheerful content”. So you can imagine how blessed I feel to have my studio featured in this exciting U.S. launch edition! The beauty of the U.S. edition is that it not only features American crafters, their spaces and projects, but the resources shared are also primarily U.S. based.MollieMakesLaunchInspiredBarn-JSIMI figure my barn’s 15 minutes of fame is just about up, but I’m thrilled for the ride lately with all the fabulous press! I was visited by Mollie Makes U.S. Editor-in-Chief Katherine Stevenson and Art Director Jillian Lungaro for a day of shooting with photographer Mark Madeo and his assistant, Kasia Tanalska.Mollie-Makes-Photo-Shoot-Inspired-Barn I’m so excited not only to see my studio in big, beautiful, full-page shots in this delightful craft magazine, but also to to have such a lovely article written by Katherine herself in this seven-page feature.

These are the images photographed by Mark Madeo for my Mollie Makes U.S. (Click to enlarge.)Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-06 Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-07Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-05 Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-10 Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-02Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-09Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-04Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-08Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-01Cathe-Holden-Inspired-Barn-Mollie-Makes-03How wonderful to find a few of my other crafty friends featured in this issue as well- Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes, Elana Lai Etcheverry of Charity Wings, and a darling project & contributing interview by Kim Layton of Everything Etsy.

MollieMakesLaunchCoverMobile-JSIMYou can subscribe to Mollie Makes U.S. right now for $24.99 (12 issues/1 year)…That’s 74% off the cover price! You can even purchase digital copies for only $1.99 per month.

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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

And… listed today are more workshops at Inspired Barn- 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, or click on the page link above for Inspired Barn Events.

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