Friday, February 20, 2015

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE HOP #2~WHERE MY LINE IS TO DATE...

**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!!
  MY ASSISTANTS IN THE STUDIO:





               I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING FUN MAKERING AND CREATING TOO AND I                                     CANNOT WAIT TO SEE ALL OF YOUR LOVELIES!!
         
               
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


         

               
 
   

Friday, January 23, 2015

~Welcome To 1996 Shabby Lane And The B'Sue Design A Line Challenge-BLOG #1!

             ~YAY! And HELLO LADIES!!
                      ~Welcome to my blog and the B'Sue Design A Line Challenge! For those of you who are reading this and scratching your heads right about now...I am a member of Brenda Lansdowne's Facebook Creative group. In the beginning of January Brenda was so generous to offer up the design A Line Challenge/ Blog Hops- I jumped at the chance to build my line, my brand and most of all learn from the best- Brenda!! (One of the extra benefits to this challenge is admittance into B'Sue's private classroom!) And for my fellow sisters from the build a line challenge I am working with a brand new computer and I am still figuring it out, SO please forgive the missing build a line badge and  photo ( I have a small photo over by "about me") but as I figure it out I will add it... I have a Dr. appt today so I will not be able to start visiting everyone until tomorrow... (I am going to try to tonight but I am usually in mad pain when I get back from this particular Dr. so I am not sure) ~ xo
                            So... Here we are at the first of 3 blog hops during this challenge. This hop is all about sharing our design vision, along with sketches, photos of materials and components we are going to use and our vision of where we intend to take our line. SO... without further ado ... Let's go see what's perkin' with my line,  THE BOHEMIAN SPELL.
                            If someone were to ask me to describe my own design challenge that would be easy: "Vintage Inspired Bohemian Chic" I have always carried a bit of a Bohemian estetic through out my various stages of evoution of my own personal jewelry design. I tend to  lean toward the organic, but at the same time I love to use, or create components and pieces that have a story to tell. I can only share ideas with you today, because
that is the way I create. When I sit down to create I start with a main idea or focal ,  but I never know what creative turn the piece will take until I sit down to actually bring all those design ideas to life....

 I Love working with polymer clay. The design elements of my line will be made up of  Beautiful Brass Stampings, Bead Caps, Spectra Beads, Filigree,Findings and a little of this and that from B'Sue Boutiques, as well as my own Polymer Clay Designs, chain, Greek Leather, Awesome Antiqued Brass Wire, Handmade Wire Crochet and of course, B'Sue's Sari Ribbon!!
SO IT IS STILL VERY EARLY AND I HAVE MANY MORE PHOTOS TO DOWNLOAD, LOTS OF B'SUE PRODUCTS BUT I HAVE A LITTLE GLITCH RIGHT NOW, I AM POSTING FROM A BRAND SPANKIN' NEW COMPUTER AND IT IS STILL DOWNLOADING MY PHOTOS! SO, AS SOON AS IT IS DONE I WILL ADD THE EXTRA LINE PHOTOS AND PERHAPS YOU CAN STOP BACK DURING THE HOP TO SEE THE REST OF THE PHOTOS- I JUST DID NOT WANT TO DELAY POSTING MY LINE!!  WISHING EVERYONE A FUN AND AWESOME HOP AND LINE CHALLENGE- CANNOT WAIT TO SEE EVERYONE'S LOVERLIES!!
XOX   LIZ
PSS.  I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW MY BLOG-YOU CAN CLICK ON THE ICON UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE  :)

LIST OF MEMBERS IN CHALLENGE: (LOTS OF PHOTOS UNDERNEATH) BEAR WITH ME I AM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT ALL TH INS AND OUTS OF BLOGGER ;)
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
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














Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yeah!! It's Reveal Time for "Creating with Cabochons Challenge/ Blog Hop!!

   Good Morning To Everyone!

              I was so fortunate to come across Sally Russick one day while I doing some creative exploration; as I do quite often because I just LOVE to see what other artists are up to and how they are challenging themselves. Sally's Blog is: http://thestudiosublime.com/ Sally was hosting a blog hop centered around creating a piece centered around a handmade Cabochon made by yourself. When I saw this I knew my interests were MORE than piqued! So I signed up right away and here is what I came Up with:

While I am a mixed media jewelry artist the one medium I am so in love with is Polymer Clay. I love polymer clay so  much because it is so versatile; there are so many things you can do with it; and I love exploring and experimenting with its so many possibilities that it was a no brainer for me to use polymer clay for my cabochon. Lately I have been making a bunch of  molds from my collection of Antique buttons and Cameos. I chose one of my favorite Cameo molds for my cabochon.  The cameo is of A girl looking at a Dove that has perched on her hand. I  treated the cameo with Swellegant, patina'd and sealed it and mounted it on a mount from http://bsueboutiques.com I framed the cab with a wire crocheted frame and finished the focal with little seed bead dangles.  The rest of the necklace is comprised of handmade beads made up of Copper wires and seed beads and Polmer clay, Copper, hand painted bead caps and other accent beads. The necklace is finished with a handmade toggle clasp.
  So, thanks for stopping by and looking! Here is the list of the other very talented artists in the group; please be sure to stop by and visit their blogs to see their creations as well!
Your Host:  Sally Russick
Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy   ~You are here           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.   

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Ailsa  Cordner           

Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Ingrid  Anderson           
Jasvanti  Patel  
                                   I had so much fun with this challenge~ Thank You Sally!!  Enjoy the rest of the blogs! Thank You For visiting!! XOX Liz!