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!
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
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
And last but not least (at least for now), these little lovelies. Stay tuned for more!
Please 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
Clever Designs by Jann
Apt to Wander Studio
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
Catherine Shattuck – You are here 🙂
The Vintage Gem
Shattered Time Jewelry
MJCasady Copper Works
Leila Nicole Designs
Leila Bee Designs
Wings and Beads
Wind Dancer Studios
Jan Lea Designs
Sweet Willow Designs
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs
Desire Divine Jewels
Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog
From the Bead Board
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
The Journey of Pens and Things
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes
Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise
Small Stuff Design
1996 Shabby Lane
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
Mama San’s Mojo