Hello! My name is Catherine Shattuck of Cate’s Emporium on Facebook, aka Victorian Rose Boutique on Etsy. My new journey arises out of an old path. Several years ago after sustaining an injury from an auto accident, my bed held me hostage for some time. I soon realized that I needed to do something to help me maintain my sanity. At first I tried painting with acrylics while in bed, but as it turned out, not the best idea. Ha ha! It didn’t take me long to turn to beading, a hobby that I had enjoyed as a teen. Soon, I was playing Pick-up-sticks with beads!
Long story short, the Internet = more beads = Etsy = Facebook = B’Sue Boutiques = this new journey. The journey? Fighting my fears to start a blog and design a new line of jewelry for the Build a Line Challenge sponsored by B’sue Boutiques! You can find B’Sue’s website here: http://www.bsueboutiques.com. She carries the loveliest components that fit right in with my design style, shabby and old world.
SO, I’m very excited to share with you my first installment as a participant in the Challenge! There will be three Build a Line series of blog hops and today, Jan. 23, 2015, is the first in the series. The other two reveals will be on Feb. 20, and Mar. 20, 2015. With each milestone my confidence grows. With over 50 participants, everyone is so excited to see each other’s line that we are presenting! We’re all working hard on our blogs and creating a cohesive line of jewelry for the challenge. Our complete line should be ready by the third reveal!
Getting Started: I’ve always been drawn to softer shades and feminine inspired “things”, whether clothes, furniture, art, or jewelry. The Shabby look embodies that. So it wasn’t difficult for me to go with this style for the Build a Line Challenge (or BALC for short). The soft colors and hues of shabby style also happen to fall in line with Pantone’s 2015 Spring Fashion Color Report! Just perfect for the challenge as well. I also found a lovely palate on Pinterest that I drew color inspiration from. Here’s the link to Pantone’s color report: http://pantone.com/downloads/support/FCR/PANTONE_FCR_Spring_2015.pdf (You know I did a happy dance when I discovered that about Pantone’s report!)
Colorized and Patinated Components
And the prolific sales that some Etsy shops enjoyed caught my attention! What did they offer? Personalization, i.e. for brides, MOH’s, bridesmaids, etc. So, I decided to incorporate that aspect in my line as well. I used polymer clay to cast a few prototype monograms. Polymer clay is amazing! You’re only limited by your imagination! I was introduced to it last May when I enjoyed participating in a class with world renowned clay artist, Christi Friesen. She is so personable and a ton of fun! And sooo very talented! The class was sponsored by none other than our beloved mentor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. It was quite an experience!
Reveal No. 1: With that said, here’s a peek at some of the work I’ve been preparing for my shabby line. I’ve colorized or patina’d most of them myself.
Shabby Necklace/Brooch in Progress
And last but not least, my right hand man and right hand fur baby, Meep (aka Meepie, Meeps, The Meepster).
The Happy Couple
Please check out my fellow participant’s blogs in the Build a Line Chall-enge. Makes for a good read!
The Blog Hop List of Participants: 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
- The Meepster
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