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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

Ooh, look what I’ve been up to!

Pretty new things are popping up everywhere! Looks like spring is just around the corner!

Shabby Style Colors

Shabby Colors, Pallet No. 2

How can I say that in the middle of winter? Well, I made an interesting discovery while taking a little trip to a local department store. It was such an uplifting and refreshing visit. Why? Because beautiful color was grabbing my attention from every angle! All the glorious colors of spring! It was great!

And of course, I was so happy to see my shabby inspired colors out there. However, I did see that there were some deeper shades of my selected colors incorporated in the new clothing. Well, that definitely gave me something to think about.

With our Build a Line Challenge, our sponsor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, mentioned that we might see the need to make some adjustments along the way. With that said, my department store discoveries inspired me to incorporate some deeper shades from my selected pallet into my Shabby style line.

Paris is Calling Necklace

Paris is Calling Necklace

So, here’s a peek at one of my latest designs, “Paris is Calling” necklace. She features dyed agate beads, ceramic floral beads, and of course my fave, B’Sue Boutiques components and chain. The lovely tulip bead has been hand patina’d and the now white filigree base was hand colorized as well. Such a romantic piece, don’t you think?

Full View
Full View

Paris is Calling Focal

And here’s the lovely focal that has been waiting for me to include her in something (smile).

Thank You to B’Sue

The Build a Line Challenge was all made possible by our sponsor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne. As a group on FB, B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group, we have learned a lot from her. She has over 100 videos on You Tube which she shares freely. Personally, I have been pushed outside my comfort zone because of her mentoring. It has made jewelry making way more fun and puts me in a happy place. So for that, thank you, Miss Brenda Sue. But especially, thank you for being my friend and letting me be The Meepster’s second mom. I hope we can get you two together for a visit soon. That is my wish. 🙂

My Big Win!

My Big Win!

Besides being generous with her artistic and teaching skills, Brenda is also generous to a fault, with her customers. Here is a photo of a fabulous giftie that I won a few weeks ago! (and it isn’t the only items I’ve received) Everyone in the FB group has been a recipient of Brenda’s generosity at one time or another. It includes some of the most amazing and quality jewelry components, besides tools! As Brenda calls them, the “good stuff”! So an extra big thank you, Brenda, for this beautiful prize! I’m enjoying it for sure! (You may have seen me post some things with that satin matte gold finish. If not, you will soon!) Here’s the link for B’Sue Boutiques website: http://www.bsueboutiques.com

Warmest regards,

Catherine

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Go to Jail – Go Directly to The Build a Line Blog Hop!

WIP

WIP

525331_10151352271135598_967290793_n[1]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. IMG_0806

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

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

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

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
The Meepster

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 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 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

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

We’re Almost There!

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Woo hoo! I finally succeeded in getting our Build a Line Challenge badge up! And JIT because the deadline for our first blog hop is fast approaching! I’ve tweaked my new blog so as to accommodate everyone who wants to follow along. I can’t wait to see what all my creative peeps have done for this B’Sue Boutiques’ challenge! This Fri, Jan 23rd, we’ll all be able to check it out! So come on by!

And here’s a photo of a pretty little headband I made for my baby granddaughter.

A lovely piece I designed for a custom wedding order.

Bridesmaids Brooch

Bridesmaids Brooch