Monthly Archives: April 2016

Build a Line Challenge Part 3… the final reveal. . .

Or maybe just April Fools…


Aren’t those baby blue’s  of Sammy Kat’s gorgeous? Don’t ya feel like you could stare into those eyes and see his soul?  We’ve done a lot of soul searching for the Build a Line Challenge Master Class, facilitated by Brenda Sue Landsdowne of

At least I have.  Many of the subjects covered were expected. Pricing, branding, styles of design.
There were a couple at least that had me tossing and turning way into the middle of the night. I really did not expect that this exercise could have me examining myself. I am grateful for the experience. Brenda is a wonderful instructor. I surely didn’t anticipate gaining such insight to my motivation and discovering what I really want to do with my work.

The first blog was reasonably easy.   I had mine completed days earlier than the deadline as I was going to visit my sister. With out computer access for 10 days, I knew I had to have everything ready before leaving.

For the second blog I managed to bring it in just in time! Oh was I really dreading the hop on that one…We have some amazingly talented writers in this group. This created a major challenge for me. I  really felt pressure to “measure” up.   It is totally a self inflicted condition. No one makes me feel as though I am not good enough.. I do it to myself.

And here now.. the 11th hour before this blog is published and I am fighting tears and panic attacks.  Ugh..  There is nothing so hard required, nothing I haven’t done before. The panic.. the emptiness where thoughts and ideas should be  is not new for me. A kind of  performance anxiety.   And now just admitting the problem is making me feel so much better.


12931229_10153757693464232_930351169932942510_nThe first topic that really gave me pause to think was the question: Hobbyist, Maker or Designer.  I know what I wanted  the answer to be. I also knew that by not being honest with myself I was never going to grow.
I am a Hobbyist.

I do not enjoy production, making duplicates.  I cannot do custom orders or special requests.  I block up, waste time and dawdle until the deadline. Mostly it causes me discomfort.  I have come to realize I love this process of makering  too much to allow it to make me uncomfortable.  I have to find within myself a happy medium.


The next module that made me sit up and think was the one labeled Getting in the way of your own productivity.  Was that written just for me, or what!  I can find a million and 1 ways to waste time. Yanno how a little kid pushes the food around on his plate when he really isn’t eating it?  .. Yeah… my signature move.  I start moving brass all around the table.. back into  it’s storage box and out again.  if there is pressure!!  When I am makering just for the fun of it with no deadline, no comparison to anyone elses creations or just cause..  I can sit an create for hours.  The module on business plans that followed was particularly meaningful.   Realistic goals. You cant get there if you dont know where you are going.

I did not complete 5 pieces of Jewelry to finish the Challenge.  I know I am not eligible for any consideration of prizes.  But I am a winner.  This wonderful class has set the seeds for me to know what it will take to put my dreams of a successful business into action. A plan. Creating my brand. How styles  and trends effect fashion accessories. Oh so many things I didn’t know I didn’t know!!
I did succeed in a personal goal.  I learned,  by finding a gladness in every circumstance I have the power to become more content in my life. This Straw Bonnet attitude   has made me more optimistic in general.  I smile more, frown less.

I am so very glad I discovered I don’t want to ever stop loving sitting at my workbench and “puttering around”.  One day I will come to terms with sharing my work with the group.  When this becomes stressful or uncomfortable it is time to walk away.

And now that the pressure is off.. I will skip back to my little corner and maker again.  I will probably finish (or start) my Straw Bonnet collection. It still makes me smile.

Thank you to Brenda Sue Landsdowne, and the judges for all your hard work. I appreciate everything you have done for us.   Thank you also to the class participants, and to the blog readers.  Please… continue on down and see the reveals of my class mates lines..

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio


Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene


Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick


Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not


Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs


Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie


Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time


Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation


Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry


Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate


Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann


Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs


Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place


Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets


Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks


Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs


Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage


Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles


Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden


Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet


Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry


Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front


Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs


Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels


Mary Deis, The Rose Sword


Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design


Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts


Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens


Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs


Donna Parry, JewelryDonna


Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures


Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments