Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 2nd Blog Hop - Follow 50+ Jewelry Lines Being Created!


--->>   This is the Second Blog Hop of the Very First B'sue Boutiques Build A Line Design Challenge!
--->>   At the very end of this post you will find the Full List of Participating Designers and all of our Blogs.

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In case we haven't met:
I'm Jennifer Merrill Williams, Jewelry Designer and Lifelong Artist.

Blogging with my "mews," Rocky the Silver Tiger Cat 

I'm not exactly "Building A Line" over here. It's more like "Birthing A Line." Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B'Sue Boutiques is mentoring - midwifing? - all of us throughout this three-month challenge. She's honed her training skills with an array of classes, online tutorials and videos. She is motivating and encouraging, yet practical and down-to-earth. A winning combo -  and she likes cats!

In the Birthing analogy I would be about six months along at this point in the challenge. Except I'm not. I'm just starting to show.

Last month I posted about the vintage beaded jewelry that inspires my line, and my lifelong love affair with jewelry. I envisioned a line of necklaces that evoke vintage elegance.

Since then I've been building the foundation for my LoveBeadz Classic Remix jewelry line.

My Dad was a contractor as a young adult and he had several houses built for our family. From my four-year-old perspective, building a foundation meant digging a lot and producing some wonderful mud!
I've spent hours digging around to find just the right components:
Beads and findings from B'sue Boutiques.

 Swarovski pearls and crystals. Oooh-la-la!

Vintage Moonglow, faux pearl and enameled filigree beads.  

 Vintage Italian Lucite beads.
I chose a brown and bronze color palette for the first series of pieces in the LoveBeadz Classic Remix line. The color palette gave a strict focus to my search for components.
(This in itself was an accomplishment!)
All the findings and metal beads for the first series have a Brass Ox or Antique Brass finish.
I've spent hours getting organized so I can find what I need without rummaging:
This is a great tote with four divided storage drawers and top compartment.
Unfortunately the drawers were full of beads I had to return to my stash [tedious but necessary].
 It was important to clear some additional space on my worktable.
Now there's plenty of room for the storage tote along with a design mat.

 Only after all this was accomplished did I feel ready to start designing my first piece.

 ~   To be continued.....   ~


Participating Designers and their Blogs:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs

Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King
Apt To Wander Studio

Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Lynn Stinten

Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

Micheale Collie
The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard

Lynda O'Mara
Once Upon a Line

Elizabeth Hildreth
Mad Scientists Designs

Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Design

Lori Beekman

Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner

Robin Reed
Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems

Louise O'Shields
Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam
Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico
Objects and Oddities

Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Schurter
TreeZ'S. Treasurs

Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up

Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry By Denise

Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard
Mama San's Mojo

Coral Law


  1. Love your tote. Great idea to keep everything organized and within easy reach.

    Some gorgeous findings there from B'sue too - love those filigree beads. Can't wait to see how you'll be using them in your designs.

    All the best!

    Marica Zammit
    Bead Lovelies

  2. Those beads are gorgeous! Have fun! ~Melissa

  3. Love those colors! I do find it helpful to restrict myself in some way when shopping, otherwise everything ends up in my cart!

  4. LOve the colors that you are using. The mink colored beads are luscious!

  5. I love your artistic design process. And I'm so glad you're now showing I can't wait for the birth of your jewelry line. Your sense of humor in writing is just delightful and it made me giggle through the whole blog. I think your color choices great and I am glad it gives you much focus. Thank you for sharing your story

  6. Wonderful blog. Beautifully written! I love your chosen color scheme. I know it will be beautiful. Can't wait for "show and tell" time.

  7. Now that's a teaser!! Loving the progress/process shots and looking forward to the reveal!

  8. Waiting with anticipation to see your creations! You've got some lovely materials to work with!

  9. Such lovely beads! Looking forward to seeing what you create with all your lovely and well organized supplies! ~Ingrid

  10. Love your colors! Can't wait to see what develops!

  11. Wonderful colors and textures - I can't wait to see the finished pieces!

  12. It sure is a process, isn't it?

  13. You've assembled a wonderful stash -- LOVE the vintage Italian beads! And it's always good to see everyone's feline (and/or canine) assistants. I look forward to seeing how your components come together. ~mary

  14. Love your components. The beads are beautiful! Glad you are "coming right along"! Gina H

  15. Organization is the first step! I love organizing my stash almost as much as making things with it.

  16. Help--you're teasing us and we can't get up! Really looking forward to seeing what you create. LOVE the birthing analogy with Brenda as the midwife--too funny! :):)

  17. Looking forward to seeing your finished line!

  18. Thank you for your gracious and complimentary comments.

  19. Love your choices, Jennifer, and all that organization makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. LOL! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  20. You are so organized. I think I spend time each day digging! Looking forward to seeing what you create!

  21. Gorgeous color palette. And good plan to focus on one color theme at a time. I find myself easily distracted by too many possibilities when looking at my bead storage. Knowing before I look that only certain colors are "on the table" would be a big time saver.

  22. Jennifer your blog post story is just so on point!! I love how you describe the birthing of your line like that is such a great description for sure!! Your work is always awesome and your line will be just as stunning as well!!!! ~Louise

  23. Your analogy of birthing the line and Brenda being the midwife is so true. I love the components you've gathered. It looks like your organized and ready to go. Looking forward to seeing some pieces. Glad that Rocky is helping!

  24. Such a great array of components. Really like the bronze and brown color palette. Can't wait to see the final collection.

  25. Success is near....I can feel it! Keep going!

  26. sometimes it takes longer to pick out just the right components than to make the piece of jewelry.

  27. Can't wait to see your finished line!

  28. Ah love your work, your style and the colors! I cannot wait to see your full line. So happy to be on this birthing process with you~
    Best Wishes

  29. Those Vintage Italian Lucite Beads are just LOVELY! I'm anxious to see your finished line :-)

  30. I love your sense of humor it tickles me and I love your design theme. I love the color pallet you chose it's just beautiful and I can't wait for the birth of your whole line. XOXO!

  31. Love the beads and the colors and all of the work you have done to get here! Love what I can see of your first design!!! Cant wait to see more!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  32. What can I say, your a tease leaving me hanging and no pieces to drool over after seeing that lovely pallete.loving the color and components you chose. I agree it does take a lot of time hunting down components so your piece comes out like you see it in your head. See you in hop 3

  33. You are teasing us! showing but now showing! ;-)

  34. Bronze and brown --with a little pink, perhaps?-- is lush. Nice color choices!


  35. Jennifer, I've spent hours digging thru my stash of years & way too much shopping too! At least you had your kitty to help. I think figuring out what to use and where is half the battle or the first 9 mos of the process. It looks like you're really ready to take off now. Its taken me all this time to choose what I wanted to use with my B'Sue's pieces as well, here's hoping it's all systems go from here!

  36. Love your design supplies. Looking forward to seeing your finished line.

  37. Love your color scheme for this first round. Looking forward to seeing the finished pieces next month.

  38. You seem very organised and love your colour and item choices- look forward to seeing your line next month, Linzi

  39. I wish I was that organized! Can't wait to see the results. :-) ~Elizabeth

  40. Love the vintage pieces you're using with B'sue's components. Can't wait to see your finished line!

  41. Wonderful post, Jennifer, and I love all of the components you're working with .... love vintage beads, especially mixed with B'Sue brass. Looking forward to seeing your whole line. ;)

  42. Great "foundation" analogy, you've got a solid one to build on here; and a nice color palette to work with. Can't wait to see the final results!