Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog Hop #3 for BSue Boutiques TAKE 2!!

Hello There All Of My Fellow Creative Chickadees~

      Okay It's Saturday and I have had the worst 48 hours ever!! It all started with good intentions and went nowhere but downhill from there. First of all, let me start by saying thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and giving me the opportunity to explain and share my line, "The Bohemian Spell" with you....
            ...Now, back to the worst 48 hours... Flashback to Thursday night, about 11:00-ish pm. I knew I had the meeting with Jenna's guidance counselor first thing Friday morning so I came over to blogger to set my blog to go live at 5:00 am Friday morning. So I clicked on "schedule" , clicked on the day, and then I noticed it was on Pacific time- Uh-oh, didn't want that, but I said "no biggie" I'll just push the 5:00 am time back to 2:00 am, did all that and clicked on "Done"; and then "error" came up... Tried to do it again  every which way times 10 and it just would not set! O.K., well I had no other choice, I will have to just publish my draft right before I leave. My meeting was at 7:00 am so I  would be ready at 6:00am to have enough time to go online... So I decided to check my draft and that's when it got worse- I had text in my draft but my photos were gone... What the heck??!!
 I couldn't for the life of me get photos on that darn blog!! Long story short, I stayed up all night trying to get my photos up on my blog... Well, not all night, I finally gave up at 4:36am and closed my eyes....
            Next thing I knew Jenna was tugging on my sleeve waking me up At 5:30 am asking me "Mom did you sleep here all night?" Unfortunately the answer was yes, I had been there all night but I had only slept for less than an hour, and I still could not get the photos to post...UGH!!!!!!!! I had figuratively pulled every hair on my head out by this tiime!!!! After a few more *@^ *@ @ @*&^$%& 's  and a few @&^$&'s!!  I knew I had to get ready for the meeting...
                          So, after getting ready for the meeting, I headed off for the school and Jenna's guidance counselor and posted the quick post explaining that I would post by 10:00 am when the meeting was going to be done- So I thought- ha-ha...don't know why I would have thought it would have been done when it was supposed to be done....because by the time all the i's were dotted and the t's were crossed it was after 11;00....
         ....And then I fell and passed out, and apparentely hit my head on the way down, and spent the afternoon and evening in the hospital. The good news is the doctor said I do not have a concussion, but the bad news is that with my spinal cord injuries and the other complications going on I can fall every now and again, I have only fallen a hand full of times through out the years but this was the first time I have passed out and fainted. after doing a panel the doctor said that the fact that" Your system is already comprised by the spinal cord injuries and other issues that the staying up all night and the stress that was attached to the staying up all night... probably was what contributed to the fainting...So, I finally got to go home last night  with a killer headache and a weird kind of double vision.
       And here we are today Saturday,,and just like the doctor said, the double vision is gone, but I still have the killer headache...
                    Anyhoo...time for the reveal of line of jewelry, The Bohemian Spell!! I am toying with the idea of opening a second Etsy shop...It is a lot to think about ( at least for me) LOL  :)
        And knowing me I will probably still want to do a little tweaking here or there, before putting in my Etsy shoppe, and I am still working on a line of bracelets, I started them, and then had to stop because I just knew I didn't have enough time to finish them the way I have wanted to so I opted to wait to reveal them when they are ready... Remember I'm the girl who doesn't like to share much before things are close to done??!! LOL... but without further ado,....THE BOHEMIAN SPELL!!
    To begin with, this line is called "Mermaids living in the Sea" The first 2 are 2 of 3 necklaces that I made to appeal to the impulse buyer who keeps herself on a well maintained budget. For this reason, I have kept the necklaces on the simpler side; not alot of extra bling, or charms. The same is true of the earrings.On my workbench right now are 2 over the top super embellished  statement necklaces that are to represent the top of  the pyramid. I will make a few pairs of earrings as well.By now you can probably see that 2 important elements to my design esthetic  are COLOR and POLYMER CLAY.

    So this is the line, I want to THANK Brenda SO MUCH for taking the time to create this classroom; and for sharing her knowledge with all of us.Although there were times when this was all challenging to me because of my all of other work with my daughter and college I have grown in my creative style so much!!

                         Happy Hopping!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne – Hostess & Instructor
Marcia Tuzzolino
Jann Tague
Judy King
Linzi Alford
Cynthia Wainscott
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
Mary Craig
Lee Koopman
Erin Whitacre
Monica Casady
Leila West
Cindy Peterson
Leila Belcher
Gloria Allen
Pamela Anger
Tammy Adams 
Lynda O’Mara
Elizabeth Hildreth
Dana Hickey
Janet Calardo
Maria Clark
Lori Beekman
Jennifer Kroeger
Amy Jorgensen
Robin Reed
Ingrid Anderson
Louise O’Shields
Susan Killam
Mary Katherine Deis
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Kristy Le
Jan Peters
Mitzie Crider
Gina Hockett
Linda Anderson
Alexandra Sefton
Melida Boman
Teresa Shurter
Melissa Latimer
Renee Hong
Nadine Edris
Lori Meyer
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier
Renee Allen
Autumn Adams
Elizabeth Owens
Kat BarronMiller
Sandra Ballard
Coral Law

Friday, February 20, 2015


**WAVING**  HI!!    ~WELCOME TO THE 2ND B'SUE BOUTIQUES BUILD A LINE BLOG                                                 HOP!

                 Come,  and sit a spell, relax and let me bring you up to speed with what is cooking with "The Bohemian Spell"  ~
        First I would like to thank all my fellow Artista friends who are participating in the challenge~                 Although it did take me a few weeks to visit everyone's blogs  during the first hop I DID visit everyone's blogs and I very much enjoyed reading everyone's posts. It was so nice to get a glimpse into everyone's worlds. It really made me wish that I had shared more about my little slice of the world. That was something that I had really struggled with when writing the 1st hop post- Did people really want to read about me or was I going to bore them?? So, afraid of putting people to sleep I opted against the big share and purposely kept it all very much streamlined to focus solely on the line.It was while I was reading the smallest of details in someone's post that it hit me- It wasn't so much about the content of how much I was sharing; it was more about sharing who the woman was inside of the artist that I very much would like to share with all of you; because you see reguardless if my blog is read by a few or more than a few it is still a creative expression and extension of myself.So, with this in mind I would very much like a "Do Over". So please sit back an relax as I open the window for a bit of fresh air.....

           Awhile back B'Sue asked all of us participating in the challenge who was it that we were inspired by during or creative journey- famous or otherwise. I was always very "Artsy"when I was growing up; being 1 of 5 kids in a middle class household my creativity came from very "simple" supplies.I was so lucky to have an older sister who was only 2 years older  than me so very often my Mom would sit us both down at the kitchen table and we would create together. ( Of course with the time to time sisterly fight included... I remember my sister being so upset saying that I copied her all the time and I was a copy cat... and I am sure she was right and I was a copycat- I always looked up to my sister) .One of our big tangents that we went on was making clothespin dolls. the endless possibilities of fashions we could make kept us busy for so many countless hours. Another one of our creative projects were making garlands out of gum wrappers. We were not allowed to chew gum with sugar in it so we both asked all of our friends to please save all of their gum wrappers for us.With all those wrappers we made a garland that wrapped all the way around the Christmas tree and our Mom loved it!

           My grand parents from Brooklyn used to come and visit and stay with us  for a few weeks at a time and it was during this time that my grandmother ever so patiently taught me how to knit . I say ever so patiently because she was a righty and I was a lefty with ADD ( although no one knew the definition of ADD at that point, and mine presents itself in a slighter way) but Grandma never gave up and although I never made it to the point of making a sweater or a pair of socks all of my stuffed animals and dollies were plenty warm with all the little blankets I knitted for them! LOL.
           While I always felt a creative pull, I replaced my little crafts with cooking. I began cooking and working with very  talented, dedicated chefs not only in CT. but  I was flown to Boston and the Islands where I worked with very talented chefs and graduated from the school of hard knocks. At this point I decided I had an education of cooking under my belt, now it was time to learn about food cost, inventory and front of the house management  and off I went to school for hotel/restaurant management.In the following years I fed my creative spirit with my cooking and a small dried flower arrangement business and then one day during a jaunt to the craft store I found the bead isle and picked up a bead loom. That was it- I was hooked. I became a beading maniac- LOL!
                As life moved on I got married and had a beautiful baby girl and being so busy with life my creativity just naturally took a back seat for a long time, coming out only in my daughters hand made Halloween costumes; which I throughly enjoyed dreaming up!
                Fast forward another 5 years and it was when I was in a very serious car accident where I was hit from behind at a high speed on the highway and on bed rest after my 3rd of 6 surgeries that I discovered the awesome world of wire working  and the rest is history. I couldn't get enough I was so hungry to learn everything I could about jewelry making as I could and while I have  there is still always more to learn; and that is what I love about it- forever creativity!!
            And now, fast forward to today and the challenge, and "The Bohemian Spell" Where am I at??
                       Well let's talk turkey! LOL !  I have my pyramid pretty well thought out, with 4-5 sets of earrings at the bottom. 3-4 Bracelets are in the middle, 3-4necklaces above and at the very top a few statement necklaces.
                   Now... getting done to the creating and the claying and the makering... When I was cooking I used to hate it when people would want to try my food before I was done with all the flavor profiles and I was ready to serve it. I am very much this way with my jewelry too. Like my food I do not want my jewelry to be mistakingly  represented. So.... I  have opted not to share any photos at just yet because I am  still in a place of makering and claying where it still is in the creating      stages... I have my main ideas down pat for necklines and have the wire crochet started, and while I have my polymer clay ideas down patsome of my major supplies were on back order so I am still experimenting at the work table with the final details...  SO, AS SOON AS I HAVE MORE CONCRETE DETAILS TO SHARE I WILL SHARE SOME PHOTOS, BUT... I STILL WANT MY LINE TO HAVE AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE TO IT SO I WILL NOT BE SHARING EVERYTHING UNTIL THE LAST AND FINAL HOP!!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne – Hostess & InstructorJewelry Making Outside the Box
Marcia TuzzolinoAurora Designs
Jann TagueClever Designs by Jann
Judy KingApt to Wander Studio
Linzi AlfordMagpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
Cynthia WainscottExotic Peru
Carole CarlsonBeadsophisticate
Lynn StintenDragonzwench
Marica ZammitBead Lovelies
Catherine ShattuckVRBrose
Michaele CollieThe Vintage Gem
Mary CraigJewelry Alchemy
Lee KoopmanStrega Jewelry
Erin WhitacreShattered Time Jewelry
Monica CasadyMJCasady Copper Works
Leila WestLeila Nicole Designs
Cindy PetersonHowling Dog Jewelry
Leila BelcherLeila Bee Designs
Gloria AllenWings and Beads
Pamela AngerNovegatti Designs
Tammy Adams Paisley Lizard   
Lynda O’MaraLOmara Creative
Elizabeth HildrethMadScientistsDesigns
Dana HickeyWind Dancer Studios
Janet CalardoJan Lea Designs
Maria ClarkSweet Willow Designs
Lori BeekmanB. Accessorized
Jennifer KroegerRelic Charm
Amy JorgensenHoarder’s Corner
Robin ReedArtistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs
Ingrid AndersonLilis Gems
Louise O’ShieldsDesire Divine Jewels
Susan KillamKillam Creative
Mary Katherine DeisThe Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
Nike BottalicoNike Bottalico
Susan BowermanWoodside Wireworks
Kristy LeKristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
Jan PetersStylized Vintage
Mitzie CriderNeedful Luxuries Occasional Blog
Gina HockettFreestyle Elements
Linda AndersonFrom the Bead Board
Alexandra SeftonImaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Melida BomanThe Journey of Pens and Things
Teresa ShurterTreeZ’s Treasurs
Melissa LatimerSmithed Up
Renee HongFine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
Nadine EdrisMoondance Jewelry
Lori MeyerParisienne Girl
Jennifer Merrill WilliamsArtists of All Stripes
Denise Lussier PoirierJewelry by Denise
Renee AllenSmall Stuff Design
Autumn AdamsAutumn Dawns
Elizabeth Owens1996 Shabby Lane
Kat BarronMillerMidnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
Sandra BallardMama San’s Mojo
Coral Lawab:coraldesign