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Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Well, I’m gearing up for tomorrow’s blog hop reveal! Nature has always been one of my biggest inspirations for my jewelry designs. I took this photo of Queen Anne’s Lace on a day I like to call “Denver weather.” That’s when the sun is shining jubilantly and the humidity is low, just fabulous!

Anyhoo, so as I mentioned in my last post, I named my blog project “Summer’s Last Rose”, inspired by my favorite flower. I really enjoyed working on it and am happy with the colors I selected for it. The main design element that I chose is a favorite of mine as well. Looking forward to sharing it with you tomorrow. Have a good night everyone!

September Blog Hop!

Exciting update to report! I can’t believe it’s right around the corner! Yep, it’s the B’Sue Boutiques, September 2015 Blog Hop! It’s called Change It Up and involves creating a jewelry design using one of her components in a way that we normally wouldn’t use it. The reveal isn’t until September 25th, so I can’t post any progress photos of my design. So stay tuned!

B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group Blog. Hop

B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group Blog. Hop

But here’s something I made for the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group regular monthly challenge called Vintage Flair. It’s a real vintage, raw brass locket that I patina’d and altered with a French vintage floral stamping that I hand colorized. It’s such a pretty component with a lovely flourish style which I think just makes this piece.

Vintage Flair Challenge

Build a Line Challenge, Round 2!

Oh my! I’m having so much fun building my line in fun shabby style colors. They just lift me up! I didn’t realize how much until I made a trip to a local department store to look for a dress (family wedding). We are still in the middle of winter here in Michigan with its below zero wind chills. Brrrr! You know I was in Spring heaven, right? All around me were lovely pastel colors! I was very tempted to pick up a spring dress instead! But that trip to the store confirmed for me that I did choose the right design style for myself and my customers. Back in January in the first hop, I revealed shabby style colors as well as Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color Report came into play for my jewelry line.

New Fun Things to Play With!
New Fun Things to Play With!
Lovely pastel blue piece with a vintage feel.

Lovely pastel blue piece with a vintage feel.

However, something that I have learned a lot about from our discussions in B’Sue’s BALC class is the necessity of having a variety of price points and using a pyramid system to accomplish that goal. One thing I realized is that I need more items in the lower price point range.

My Honey and I
My Honey and I

Why is this a challenge for me? Well, what I’m learning about myself is that I really enjoy making more challenging pieces. For me that means more fun colorizing and more work. However, they tend to be larger pieces that don’t move quickly in my Etsy shop. You know, artsy stuff. But if I’m going to be profitable at all, my items need to sell. And with my husband retired and wanting to stay that way (heaven knows he has supported me all these years), I would really like to contribute more to the household budget. So, I decided that meant including more earrings in my line at lower price points. Hooray for earring lovers!

So far, I’m very happy with how my pieces are turning out. Here are just a few that I was inspired to make. And as simple as they are, I really, really like the leaf motif post earrings. For them, I incorporated components which are satin matte gold stampings in a leaf motif. These lovely leaves with their swirling lines just fit the bill. B’Sue Boutiques components are designer quality and I’m very comfortable offering my designs to my customers using them. My jewelry pieces just look and feel so much nicer than mass produced ones. I truly offer a quality item that you’ll love to give as gifts or keep for yourself. (You can find me on Etsy at www.VRBBoutique.etsy.com)

So without further ado, let me present to you these lovely earrings, shabby chic style by Catherine Shattuck!

Shabby Style Leaf Earrings
Shabby Style Leaf Earrings

And last but not least (at least for now), these little lovelies. Stay tuned for more!IMG_3357

Shabby Style EarringsPlease follow along with our hop! Here’s a list of all the participants; very talented folks!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’sue Boutiques. Our beloved mentor, instructor and sponsor of the Build a Line Challenge.

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

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck – You are here 🙂

VRBrose

Michaele 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

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: 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

Nike Bottalico

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 Shurter

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

ab:coraldesign

Are you ready for Reveal No. 2?

The Build a Line Challenge, Reveal No. 2 is making an appearance this Fri, Feb 20, 2015! Oh my, where has the time gone? Between surviving winter and winter weddings, the time is already here! Here’s a mix of some prepared components that are works in progress. And a sneak peek at a couple of completed pieces, Cinderella’s Slipper Necklace and some leaf motif post earrings. So come join the BALC blog hop this Friday!

(You can find my sale pieces on Etsy at http://www.VRBBoutique.etsy.com; I’m on Facebook [Cate’s Emporium] and Pinterest – Victorian Rose Boutique)

Components Ready to Go!

Components Ready to Go!

Cinderella's Slipper Necklace

Cinderella’s Slipper Necklace

Cinderella's Slipper Necklace

Cinderella’s Slipper Necklace

And last but not least, Meep begging me not to take any more pics of him. Don’t his eyes say it all? LOL!!

Mr. Meep!

Mr. Meep!

Whew! Are we there yet?

Here is a revised list for the blog hopping event scheduled for this Fri, Jan 23, 2015.

The List:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

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

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

Michaele 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

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

  1. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: 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

Nike Bottalico

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 Shurter

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

ab:coraldesign

Shannon McMurray Lynch

Indivajewel

Week in Review

Tomorrow at the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group on FB is WTW (Work Table Wednesday). Hopefully, I’ll have something to show for it. Have a good night!

Mini Tulip Earrings.

Mini Tulip Earrings.bui

Meep enjoying the air drying fabric tent.

Meep enjoying the air drying fabric tent.

I’ve been having fun working on my Build a Line projects! I’m pleased with how they are turning out so far. In the meantime, we have Sunday earring challenges every week over at BBCG on FB. I managed to knock out a few pair. They all have a vintage flair to them, which is my favorite kind to make.

Had breakfast for lunch today. I had made a blueberry/apple compote earlier this morning, so we had that with French toast and poached eggs. Yumm! Meep had his cat food and snacks. I think he was happy with that!

Circle of Hearts Earrings

Circle of Hearts Earrings

Dove Earrings

Dove Earrings

Progress Report

Hooray!! I made it into the first phase of the Build a Line Challenge! My style and theme are lined up, to be revealed later this month. And the Meepster has appointed himself as Keeper of the Shinies, LOL!!

Oh, and I think I’ve figured out how to post our official badge widget for the challenge. If you see it in today’s post, you’ll know I succeeded!

Keeper of the Shinies

The Meepster, Keeper of the Shinies