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/




66 comments:

  1. Wow! Great inspiration and yes they do remind you of B"Sue stampings and filigrees. Will be following you on your journey. Best Wishes

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    1. Thank you Cindy, so glad you stopped by and commented. See you next blog hop!

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  2. Wow! Great inspiration and yes they do remind you of B"Sue stampings and filigrees. Will be following you on your journey. Best Wishes

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  3. What a wonderful explanation of how you choose your theme! Perfect! And I so enjoyed the biographical details. Your husband has a great smile and that grandchild...well, what's not to love? Great blog. Can't wait to see where this challenge takes you!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan for your kind words. See you in class!

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  4. Your post has brought a smile to my face and chuckles to my office this morning. I love the gates AND the beauties before them in your photos :) Looking forward to seeing your Rustic Grace line take shape. I have enjoyed watching your designs in the Creative Group and am confident your line will be stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much Christine for commenting and for your encouraging words. See you in class!

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  5. Wow...love the texture of the iron! There are so many possibilities. I think that Rustic Grace is a perfect name for your line.:)

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    1. Thank you Val for your kind words, and for stopping by and for commenting. It's been fun so far, don't you think? See you in class!

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  6. Wow, those fences are fascinating! I cannot wait to see what you do with this theme.

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    1. Thank you so much Jeanette, I'm looking forward to doing the work. Most pieces are in progress, but you really never know what turn it will take!!! Thanks for commenting, and see you in class!

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  7. oh I love the name of your line .. looking forward to our adventure together and seeing your creations ..

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    1. Thank you so much Jann. It's been fun so far! See you in class.

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  8. Great post, Beth .....and so glad you put the photo of your darling little granddaughter in! Your influences are quite rich, what an amazing trip you must have had! Thank you so much for sharing your pix with us! And thank you for joining us for the class, you are a great addition to the mix and another color in our beautiful box of crayons! XOXO

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    1. Thank you Brenda for your sweet words and for your encouragement. I am truly blessed to be in this class with you and all the other participants. Here's to another great month and on to the next blog hop!

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  9. Such glorious design inspiration. Can't wait to see how you pull these together

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting Sue. We'll see how this goes, haha!

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  10. Very exciting Theme Beth. My family is from Russia. Their metal work is stunning. Love your picture of those gates. Can you imagine working on that scale? Looking forward to see the treasure you create.
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    1. Thank you Chris. I found another fence picture that I forgot to add to the blog. Really pretty too. Oh well, maybe I can add it along the way. Thanks for visiting and commenting, and see you in class!

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  11. Rustic Grace...sounds very intriguing. I love your past work and look forward to seeing what you create this time around

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    1. Thank you Alison for commenting for commenting. It should be a blast!

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  12. Those are some fabulous pics! Your jewelry is beautiful, I love the name you have chosen for your line, can't wait to see more on your next blog. :D

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    1. Thank you Belinda for your kind words. Hope I can do those iron fences justice!

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  13. Great theme Beth and love the pics for your inspiration. Look forward to seeing your jewelry creations.

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    1. Thank you Irene for your kind words. See you in class!

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  14. Great theme and that metal work in St. Petersburg! Holy moly, how beautiful! Can't wait to see what you come up with. (Funny sidenote: I'm currently watching BBC's War and Peace and love the eye candy of the locations. x

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    1. Holy moly is right!!! I have a picture of another great fence that I forgot about, drat. And, I would love to be watching War and Peace...it would be easier than reading the book; many many hundreds of pages I think. Thanks for your comments.

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  15. Wow those ornate walls and gates are beautiful! They inspire me just seeing them on your blog! Great theme can't wait to see how you develop it.

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    1. Thank you Elisabeth. Those fences are amazing (I think my husband thought I was a little nuts taking so many pictures of them, haha). Thanks for visiting and for your comments. See you back in class.

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  16. Wow those ornate walls and gates are beautiful! They inspire me just seeing them on your blog! Great theme can't wait to see how you develop it.

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  17. Well done blog post. What beautiful scroll work you found in Russia, Beth! I am excited to see where your inspiration takes you.

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    1. Thank you Marcia for your comments. I hope to do them justice!!!

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  18. Love your pictures and the fact that your husband supports you. Mine is awesome as well. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

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    1. Thank you Clare. It's been a blast so far. See you back in class!

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  19. hmm Rustic Grace! I LOVE the name!! Can't wait to see what you make!

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    1. Thank you Karen for visiting and commenting!

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  20. Beautiful pictures. I'm interested to see how you will interpret your theme.

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  21. Yes I love your pictures and your granddaughter is precious.

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    1. Thank you Deb, appreciate that you visited and commented!

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  22. Great info in your blog. Love the pictures of inspiration. Great looking jewelry. Looking forward to seeing more of your line.

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    1. Thank you Janet for visiting and commenting!

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  23. Great blog and I can't wait to see what you do with those beautiful stampings and Filigrees from B Sue....very exciting and happy to be in class with u

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  24. Wow Beth, those fences are gorgeous and I can definitely see Some of the filigree brass stampings mixed into that beauty. Can't wait to see your finished pieces and continue getting to know you a little better.

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    1. Thank you Shari. It's been fun so far. I'm looking forward to see where we both go!

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  25. Thanks for sharing with us Beth!

    I just love the inspiration you chose for this line. I always find things like this in my travels. One thing I like to do is keep an inspiration journal of pictures, collages and sketches, that way I can draw on inspiration whenever I'm feeling uninspired! I look forward to seeing what you create from this!

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    1. Thank you Diana. Keeping a journal for inspiration is a great idea. It's funny that, when I took those pictures 3 years ago, little did I know that there was a reason!

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  26. I have always loved architecture - one reason I was drawn to building dollhouses. Your theme is wonderful. You should have a lot of fun with it.

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    1. Thank you Ginger, I sure will have some fun!!!

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  27. Beth, I love your romantic style and your theme has so many possibilities. I hope you're watching the mini-series War and Peace, the costumes and jewelry are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I'm having so much fun with this theme. And I would love to be watching War and Peace!

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  28. I think this will be a beautiful line! I love the idea of iron gates. You picked beautiful pieces to work with.

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    1. Thank you Erin. I'm having a lot of fun with this theme.

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  29. What a super idea for a line, Beth ... I know you're going to make some fabulous pieces! I love the old architecture and wrought iron too. Your jewelry is beautiful ... so nice to be in the BALC with you! ;)

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    1. Thank you Pamela for your kind words. I'm having a lot of fun so far!

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  30. Beth--

    I so love architectural design. Cannot wait to see the pieces you make and how they are put together. This should be really interesting!

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    1. Thank you Mary, I hope I can do it justice!

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  31. I love your inspiration. The stampings you selected look perfect for your theme. How fortunate to have a husband that will give you a valued opinion of your work!

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  32. What lovely inspiration. I can see filigree in the gates and it will be beautifully turned into jewlery.

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  33. Thank you Barbara. They are amazing.

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  34. Awesome choice of theme. Knowing you have a family who supports you on whatever you do add motivation and inspiration to do better. Looking forward to see the result.

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    1. Thank you Lucy, and thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  35. What a great blog post, Beth! I love the picture of Brenda Sue that you started with! It simultaneously made me smile, and feel grateful that she brought us all together. I love how you included pictures of your husband and grandchild. It told us a great deal about what motivates you, without you having to explain. :) I also love that your inspiration was that grand old ironwork! Wow! You're right, many of the B'Sue components lend themselves well to that sort of treatment. I can't WAIT to see how everything turns out!

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