The Eye-Vac Pro Craft Studio Review and Giveaway

Earlier this year, while at the hair salon, I watched a hairdresser sweeping up after a client and pushing a large pile of hair on the floor toward a machine in the corner. All of the hair disappeared instantly from the floor by being sucked into the machine. I’d never seen anything like it. It was the Pro model of the EyeVac. I was so impressed I ordered one for our house right from my iPhone before leaving the salon chair.Having replaced our carpet with wood floors a few years ago, and with two shedding dogs on the family roster, the sweeping is never-ending. Our EyeVac is in our kitchen and is one of the best household purchases I’ve ever made. So when offered one for my craft studio to review and another to give away, of course I said YES!!

It’s so great having the EyeVac Pro at Inspired Barn for sweeping away the multitude of dust and debris elements that land on these Pergo floors- from tracked-in dirt, small leaves, and cobwebs, to craft glitter, tiny paper scraps, wood dust, metal shavings, and sewing thread. Straight from the box, you just plug it in and it’s ready to go. Simply sweep your pile of dust, dirt, hair, and other debris up to the infrared sensors at the base of the unit and it’s automatically suctioned in. No more annoying dustpan use.

When the unit reaches capacity, a light will go on to let you know it’s time to empty the large-capacity canister. Just remove the canister, open the lid, dump into the trash and replace. We had our household EyeVac for many months of constant sweeping before needing to be dumped. The Eye-Vac is a cyclonic vacuum with HEPA filtration that provides not only a clean floor but also clean air. You can shop three different models at  The 1000-watt motor EyeVac Home, and the 1400-watt EyeVac Pro and EyeVac Pet.When shopping, enter the Inspired Barn promo code EVBLOG at checkout to receive 20% OFF your order!

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EyeVac is kindly giving away an EyeVac Pro to one lucky Inspired Barn blog reader!


  • Entry is open to Continental US residents only.
  • One entry per person and household.
  • Deadline is noon (PST) Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
  • The winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email shortly thereafter.
  • The EyeVac Pro will be shipped to winner direct from EyeVac.


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The Mary Engelbreit Event and Upcoming Workshops

Home from a wonderful trip to the Midwest, I’m excited to share my exciting experience finally meeting and spending time with the marvelous Mary Engelbreit herself, and my sweet friend Charlotte Lyons at the Mary and Charlotte’s Studio Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. To celebrate 40 years as a licensed artist, Mary along with Charlotte hosted over twenty creative women from around the US, and four crafty instructors, yours truly included! Just stepping into her studio was the chance of a lifetime- see my video here!

Over the long weekend event, Jenn McGlon of NoodleAndLou taught attendees how to make this sweet Happy Bird project. Charlotte Lyons of House Wren Studio shared a felt stitching project that was taken to various awesome levels by the class. Crystal Sloane of Vintage by Crystal showed us how to make our own adorable spun cotton figures. Jone Hallmark of polkadotponie gave a wonderful stamp carving demo to all. And Mary gave us a peek into her techniques for coloring artwork with pencils and markers utilizing a page from one of her latest coloring books.Saturday morning in the studio I taught one of my all-time favorite projects- the Mason Jar Luminary House Cloche. Yes, that’s a mouthful, but it’s just so many things wrapped up in one craft!…And the women ROCKED IT!Here are the (mostly-) finished projects lined up, and HERE is a more detailed video I shared of them as well.One of my favorite moments of the weekend was happening upon a group of gals further embellishing their little houses in the lobby of our hotel at 10pm that night!Nothing beat spending time with my good friend, the ever creative Debi Adams of Spellbinders who flew out from Phoenix for the event. We had loads of laughs and girlfriend time in and out of the studio.But one of the best moments of all was being welcomed into Mary Engelbreits home. Oh, look, there’s one of my art pieces, Girls’ Friendly Society, on Mary’s mantle!!!! You can find a wonderful photo tour of her home from that night on Debi’s blog here and here.

Thank you to all the wonderful women who made that weekend so special. And to my new friends, you know who you are, I can’t wait to spend time with you again.

Group photo by Jack Fulton


If you are in or visiting Northern California, please visit me at my studio for an upcoming workshop to craft your own Mason Jar Luminary House Cloche July 22 or August 3, 2017. You’ll find more details on the EVENTS page.


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Quick Flea Market Decor: Bunting Banner

All it took was running across one little photograph found online today to make me jump from my seat and rush to the studio. Mimicking this funky, completely unrelated, flea market finds strung along twine, by stylist and author, Hans Blomquist, could not be resisted:Once in the studio, I grabbed a tray and began filling it with bits from drawers and bins. Sticking with a color palette of black, off-white and brass, I started by collecting dimensional objects that weren’t too heavy.Then on to ephemera, a nice stack of random papers, pages, labels and such, including my mother-in-law’s Catholic School report card from 1947.For stringing I used my go-to Tim Holtz Hinge Clips, some vintage office supply signal clips for thinner paper, and chunky black and white baker’s twine.  I draped the twine between vintage brass upholstery tacks, leaving a length hanging down on each side as tails. I began assembling my bunting banner by first distributing the weight of the heaviest pieces, then adding lighter items in between. For the best flea-market-style decor, the more random the elements the better! Here is the final display over my sofa, across my (purposely-empty-) vintage printer type trays. Now that flea market season is upon us, watch for small, inexpensive items to collect for your own funky bunting!



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