Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's nearly time to submit my proposal for the Build A Line Challenge

First off, I can't believe it's been a week and a half since my last post. My mind has been on other things, my proposal and would you believe it, getting back into online dating.

I'm taking another swing at online dating, but it's nearly as much work as jewelry design! Argh.

I finally had a revelation, of sorts, about why I've been so overwhelmed when it comes to creating jewelry and writing up my proposal. There's a myriad of techniques I could utilize in jewelry design and part of me gets caught up in trying to use them all. Here's where the revelation hit. I know what I do best and what sells. They just happen to be one and the same. So here's the place to focus my energy and creativity on a line. Once I narrowed that down, I realized I already have ideas and pieces for what I'm calling my spring line. As usual for me, I make everything so much more difficult than it needs to be. Shocker. While I can't reveal what my line proposal is yet, I feel such relief just knowing what I'm planning to do.

I'm so excited about this opportunity, offered by Brenda Sue Lansdowne and her creative team. This will be an invaluable learning experience for me and one which I'm very grateful for.

I hope to have good news to share here Monday. I've applied to be a vendor at a local market for unique, handmade items held the first Saturday of the month. I'll know the decision Monday. Fingers crossed!

Here are two of my newest pieces:

  This was made using a vintage mini tea strainer as the pendant with B'sue tea-themed charms added, using blue rosary beads as part of the chain and leftover bits of B'sue chain for the rest.

The butterflies are from and I've been racking my brain for a couple months trying to figure out what to do with them. Then I discovered Lumiere paints and here's the finished product. Nothing vintage, just a bit of my own creativity.

I'll keep you posted on becoming a vendor, and the Build a Line Challenge.

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