Welcome! I am Cathleen Barenski, owner of The Costly Pearl. I am an online creative business, as well as a retailer in two shops in my local community near Baltimore, Maryland.

I love working with my hands, it’s like therapy. Join me and together we can transform ordinary furniture and found objects into home decor & gifts that are personal and unique. I will walk you through it step-by-step.

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
– Pablo Picasso

“Cathy’s creativity is exceptional…her designs are so superb…she is in a class by herself!!
I call her Mama Craftalina!”

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