Build a Line Challenge B’Sueboutiques.com Part 1

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 I see you’ve met Sammy Kat, my sidekick. He is a jewel thief extraordinaire.

This is the first of 3 blog hops sponsored by BSueBoutiques.com    We are particpants in a  Master Class, facilitated by Brenda Sue Landsdowne.  Long before Brenda had her supply site on the internet she was the designer of a very successful line of jewelry.

Aren’t we the lucky ones?   We are learning the ins and outs of bringing a successful line to market from some one with first hand experience.

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I love a journey.. whether it is a trip into the past thru research or a bona fide road trip.  This peek in to the past has brought me from Egypt to France, Italy,  all about Europe, a detour thru Hollywood, and back to France.

journeys.png  I have enjoyed wandering thru the history of  jewelry from many different eras and never left my living room.

Understanding and respecting  the techniques which have stood the test of time and how the old masters continue to influence modern styles is important.

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We are learning the importance of a cohesive look to your line. I need to work on that. I’m pretty much all over the map.

The theme I chose for my line utilizes the Straw Bonnet brass stamping. This stamping always makes me smile, whether I see it as a sun bonnet, worn at a day at the beach,  as a head covering while tending a garden, or a finishing touch to the outfit worn by a county woman out on the town. For me this bonnet embodies the gladness of Pollyanna.   I hope I can bring about that feeling in my jewelry line.

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No matter how far I stray, I always wind up back here, at the messy desk putting together things that make me happy.

Please won’t you continue the blog hop by clicking on the links below.

We would appreciate a comment on our blogs to know you were here.

Enjoy

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Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

 

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

 

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://www.heartsdezirebyirene.com

 

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

 

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

 

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

 

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

 

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

 

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

 

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

 

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

 

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

 

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

 

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

 

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

 

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

 

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

 

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

 

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

 

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

 

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

 

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

 

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

 

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

 

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

 

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

 

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

 

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

 

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

 

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

 

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

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32 thoughts on “Build a Line Challenge B’Sueboutiques.com Part 1

  1. tanglestwistsntreasures

    I love your cat! It looks a little grumpy, though. Mad because it doesn’t get a bonnet? Seriously, I think your idea is wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it. The bonnets have always intrigued me, but I always come up empty thinking of how to use them. Good luck!

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  2. Brenda Sue Lansdowne (@bsueboutiques)

    Mary, I love you. You are very special to me, and you, Donna and I have a common bond and common things we deal with. But I know that if you strap that sunbonnet on, with Sammy Kat at your side, Knotafrayed! you will make your line into what you wish it to be. All through your journey through new worlds of jewelry you will gather bits and pieces for your trunk of ideas, like precious gems….which they are. Knowledge is power…..and energy. The energy and the know how to make it happen! Sally forth, girlfriend! So glad you jumped into class this year.

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  3. Jeanette B

    Your blog is one of my favorites that I read. I cannot wait to see your line. Your Cat looks a little possessed in that photo, is he gearing up to swipe your bonnets?

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  4. Renee Hong

    “Knotafrayed” is such a great play on words for a jewelry blog and shop! My daughter (2) said that Sammy has “scary eyes” LOL! I think the sunbonnet is a great piece to build a line around. I think some of those Carmen Miranda beads would make a fine fruit hat! Have fun creating! Renee H.

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  5. Aurora Designs Jewelry

    Mary, I loved reading your post, and I love your theme, using the sun hat! I also get a smile on my face when I see that hat! I have a few in my stash, and a couple in unfinished projects. The photo of you is so aprospros…could even be made into a logo for your line, imho! Can’t wait to see what you create, Mary.

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  6. beetique

    I love that sunbonnet stamping also and think I have one somewhere. I can’t wait to see your line. Miss you. 🙂

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  7. fernsplace

    I like sunbonnets too. I tend to collect them because every time I put one on, I feel so good that I have to buy it! My son has ADD so on one level I understand the difficulties. I also enjoy being in class with you and can relate to what you have to say. Looking forward to seeing your line.

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  8. Diana Buynak

    Thank you for sharing with us Mary!

    I adore Sammy Kat – my kitties are mischievous as well! Two of mine carry and hide items underneath furniture or in any cubby they can find. Lot’s of fun time is to be had searching for missing treasures in my house.

    I am a bit of a traveler myself, I’ve been around the world a time or two, sounds like you’ve been to some fascinating places and had some amazing experiences.

    Being an artist is a journey in itself. Building this line will definitely be an incredible one for all of us. It looks like you have a good idea of where you would like to take your line so far. I look forward to seeing what you and Sammy Kat come up with for next time!

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  9. Shari Lynn Gardner

    Hi Mary, Jinxy waives to Sammy…it seems most of us have kitties that are theives. I can’t wait to see your finished pieces and continue in sharing this wonderful class with you.

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  10. gingerh1202

    I also love sunbonnets – although I look terrible in hats. I have never bought that stamping because I couldn’t think of what to do with it. Really want to see your creations.

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  11. Mary Katherine

    You MUST make at least one cat in a bonnet piece as an homage to your furry friend . And don’t let him see the pic of him with techno eyes. . . if he knows it freaks you out he will be liable for a repeat. I look forward to this and wonder now what you have in your mind. . . .hmmmmmmm.

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  12. Beth Trubman

    You have a very engaging way about you Mary, which is evident in your enjoyable blog. I can’t wait to see what you create with the straw hat!!! Very interesting !

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  13. Novegatti Designs

    Great post, Mary! I enjoyed reading it, and your choice of the straw bonnet stamping is a super one … I can’t wait to see what you do with it. I’ve use it a couple of times, and it is a fun stamping! It’s great to be in class with you, and Toby waves to his buddy Sammy! 😉

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