Thursday, September 29, 2016

The "WHAT IFS" of Making Jewelry

Has it been 6 months since I last posted???  Let me just say that I have thought about it, wanted to do it, made up my mind that I was gonna do it, but just couldn't find the time.  And, what would I talk about anyway?  When I read posts from other jewelry makers, it seems to come so easy to them!  WHAT IF I post, and no-one is interested?

Since I last posted, my husband retired, I up and quit my fairly secure well paying job with great benefits and we packed up and moved across the country into the unknown.  At sixty-something this is not an easy task.  And if you think finding a job at 62 (me) is easy to do in a city of young well-educated people, think again!  Anyway, after 2 months, I landed a temporary job with no benefits.  Affordable health care, here I come!  A little birdie sometimes twitters in my consciousness that maybe we made a mistake?  Here's the reason we moved......what do you think?

 


Of course over the last 2 months, jewelry making has taken a back seat to finding a job and a place to live.  But I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and am starting to make again.  It gives me joy.  But WHAT IF my jewelry isn't good enough?  And, WHAT IF people don't want to buy it?  These are all thoughts that are counter-productive, but sometimes manage to worm their way into my feeble brain.  Onward and upward I say!  I banish thee, you bad bad thoughts, and never shall you darken my door again!



Anyhoo, you can click on the etsy badge on this page to take a look, or you can click here: myloveandme.etsy.com.  You can also find me at Southern Charm in the Cary Towne Center in Cary, NC.

Toodles.



 

Friday, April 1, 2016


 
 
Blog Hop #3:  BALC  Reveal........YAY!
 
Welcome to the culmination of our Build a Line Challenge class!!  It's been three months in the making, and I'm so happy to be here to show you my prototype line of  jewelry.  I have had so much fun, and learned so much these last three months, and I am so looking forward to debuting the jewelry that I have worked hard on this last three months.
 
We were tasked with creating at least 5 pieces of jewelry that spoke the same voice.  My inspiration was the beautiful, ornate iron fences we found on our trip to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2012.    I had taken pictures of three very different iron fences that we came across, which can be found in my previous posts.  I am using only one for this initial endeavor.  Maybe  the other two will make an appearance later???
 
Here's a few more pictures from that trip:  

 





....and yes, this is the real thing!
 
I only have about 600 more pictures of this trip!!!!!  But instead, I will show you........
 
 "Rustic Grace"
 
Each of our prototype lines of jewelry were to include items from BSue's four-level pricing pyramid. 
 
 The first level is the $25 and under range, which might include items like this: 
 
 
 
Simple rustic cameo necklace with patina

 
Rustic 30x40mm cameo ring

 
Rustic cameo brooch with darkened silver patina
 
Rustic cameo brooch with blue patina




Items from the $25 - $50.00 price range might include:

 
Simple rustic bracelet
 



Rustic cameo earrings
 



 
Rustic darkened silver brooch 
 

Simple rustic necklace with blue patina


Tulip bead earrings with patina
 
Tulip bead earrings with darkened silver patina
Simple rustic necklace with darkened silver patina


 

Items from the $50 - $125 price range:
 


Rustic  necklace with cameo, tulip beads, and beaded chain (bronze)


Rustic  necklace with cameo, tulip beads, and beaded chain (copper)
 



Rustic bracelet with cameo and bead dangles

 
And lastly, items from the $125 plus price range.  At this time, I have not created any items in this price range. 
 
All of these items will be for sale in my etsy shop within the next few days.
 
As mentioned on previous posts, this challenge was sponsored and taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of bsueboutiques.com, where you get "the good stuff".   I first came across Brenda a little over a year ago on YouTube.  I was browsing, looking at jewelry tutorials, when I came across a couple of wacky ladies named B'Sue and Donna.  They were showing their viewers a jewelry technique, which one I can't remember.  But what I do remember is that I thought they were pretty wacky.  On closer inspection, I discovered that B'Sue had well over a hundred tutorials on technique, colorization, responsible repurposing, you name it.  It is because of B'Sue's videos and her support and the support of the B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group on facebook that I am where I am today:  building a line of jewelry and learning to build a brand.  She has not only taught me what I know, but has given me the courage to 'get out there'.

Addie says, "Please check out my grandma's Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/myloveandme and like her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/myloveandme/?ref=hl, and check this blog often to continue to follow her journey.  She would love to hear what you think, and hopes that you visit the other participants below.  Oh, and the first picture at the top of this post, that's the "Lady in the Window".  A sub-line????  Maybe.  My head is spinning.


(Check out the sandals!!!)

 
 
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://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.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

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

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/

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blog Hop #2
Build a Line Challenge
February 26, 2016

"Rustic Grace"

For those of you who were with us at the last Blog Hop, welcome back!  For those of you starting here, let me give you a little synopsis of what was in my first post:

The purpose for the Build a Line Challenge is to create a prototype line of jewelry that speaks one voice; a line that is recognizable as 'mine'.  This is not easy, as it seems that it all has been done before. 

My inspiration for this line is the beautiful ornate decorative iron fences my husband and I saw in St. Petersburg, Russia. 







Another object of inspiration was this gold statue.  Isn't she beautiful?



There are as many styles of preference as there are participants in this class.  For me, I have trouble creating something with pastel colors.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy and admire what others create in pastels, but personally I haven't been able to do so.  Not good that the Pantone colors of the year are pale pink and pale blue, haha.   My preference is for the rustic, more muted colors, definitely aged and worn.   During one of our discussions it was pointed out that, because I have lived in the desert all my life,  the more subtle colors of nature resonate with me.  Bingo!  However, probably not everyone likes this look.    But this is a journey of discovery for me, and I want to take it as far as I can.  For this rustic, aged look, my go to item is Swellegant.  I want to Swellegant everything I come across.  It amazes me.  Embrace the chaos as Christi Friesen would say. 

To give you an example of where my line is going, here are some hints:




Addie says thanks for visiting.  Please visit each of the other participants' blogs, and comment if you can.  It means a lot to us to know that you have visited.  And if you are inclined, please visit bsueboutiques.com, the sponsor of this challenge, and maybe join us at the Bsue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook.  And please stay tuned for the next blog hop on Friday, April 1, 2016 for the final reveal of our jewelry line. 


 
 

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://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.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/


















Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blog Hop #1
Build a Line Challenge
 
"Rustic Grace"

A "Blog Hop" you say???  What the heck is a blog hop?

Simply put, you will be 'hopping' from one blog to another from the list at the end of this blog.  All you have to do is click on the next link when you're done reading here, which I hope that you will do. 

The Build a Line Challenge is sponsored by bsueboutiques.com.  Brenda Sue Lansdowne, or B'sue, is attempting to teach us, the participants of this class, how to build a line of jewelry.  This I think is no easy task.  Here is a picture of our illustrious leader:

First of all, I pay tribute to my husband, the namesake of my business, My Love And Me on etsy.com.  He tells me when he loves something I make, and when he doesn't: 

 
 
And here's a picture of our granddaughter.  What does she have to do with jewelry?  NOTHING!  I just think she's cute.
 

 
It is my intention to chronicle where I have been, and where I will go.  I have learned in this class that "No Man is an Island"; no style is ever completely original or unique.  Everyone has been influenced by someone or something.  The challenge is to express those influences in our own cohesive way.  We also learned that, unbeknownst to many, what we do today has it's roots in the methods of the past.
 
Here are a couple of collages of things I have done in the past:
 


 

So, without further adieu, the line I have chosen to develop is "Rustic Grace".  My inspiration comes from the beautifully ornate decorative iron fences that can be found in Russia.  Here are a few  pictures of just two of these beauties in St. Petersburg (the fences, not us, hahaha):
 



 
Look at that detail!  I can definitely see some B'sue stampings in there!
 
Then there is this one at the Hermitage:
 
 
 
 
 
 

And this beautiful statue in Russia inspires me as well:
 
 
 
Some of the brass stampings carried by bsueboutiques.com lend themselves perfectly, don't you think?  Like this one:
 
And this one:
 
And remember that gold statue:

 
 
 
And, oh hey,  I think I might add some cameos in the mix too!
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting.  Please read each of the other participants blogs, and comment if you can.  It means a lot to us to know that you have visited.  And if you are inclined, please visit bsueboutiques.com, and maybe join us at the Bsue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook.  And please stay tuned for the next blog hop on Friday, February 26, 2015.
 
Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire by Irene
http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.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/