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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!

Build a Line Challenge, Round Three! And this is the final Reveal for this challenge!

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First and foremost, I want to thank Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques for the Build a Line Challenge class that we’ve all been able to be a part of. We had some fabulous discussions and I will need to go back and consult the files, as some brilliant direction was offered. We discussed so many makering gems at length, and then more questions were raised. A whole lotta jewelry shakin’ goin’ on, that’s for sure!! So, thank you, Brenda, for that and for your generosity as well. You would not believe the prizes that were had from B’Sue Boutiques these past few months!

And secondly, this has been an amazing journey for me! I was so trepidatious when I began with the challenge of writing this blog as one of the requirements for participating in the Build a Line Challenge. But, do you know what? I met a lot of very talented artists along the way. I mean, unbelievable! We all have our quirks, some more than others, myself included. Hey, we’re human! But, happily we’re appreciated by our fellow artists anyway. And although some of us have suffered, and are suffering, some life altering events while participating in this challenge, the art these gals have come up with is nothing short of stunning! So after my short story and new blog photos I’m posting for this hop, please check out as many of these awesome artist’s work as you can. You will not be disappointed! The list for these many talented artists follows my blog below.

So to update, I’ve been gathering more materials, ideas, making new pieces, colorizing, and just plain old having fun! I’m continuing with my shabby chic style and colors for my Afternoon Tea Collection. Annnd! An idea struck me for another collection! Remember my “Paris is Calling” necklace that I mentioned in one of my last blogs? If you don’t, I’ll post a pic for you. Anyhoo, so I decided to start a new collection which will be named “Paris is Calling”. It will still have some shabby vibes but perhaps a little more boho style added to it as well. I think that’s a great idea, don’t you?

Shabby Sky Blue Leaf Earrings

Shabby Sky Blue Leaf Earrings

And don’t forget to visit my Etsy shop at www.VRBBoutique.etsy.com! And jewelry artists, you gotta check out B’Sue Boutiques at http://www.bsueboutiques.com! She carries the best quality US made components. I’m spoiled now, I can’t go back to using anything else in my designs. You will love using them in your designs.

So without further a ‘due, here is some more shabby chic style eye candy for you!

The prettiest soft blue leaf earrings and necklace will be added to my Afternoon Tea Collection. The lovely sky blue floral necklace on a leaf base is just perfect with the sky blue earrings. The pendant suspends from a satin matte gold plated rolo chain and closes with a SMG lobster clasp.IMG_3449 - Copy

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Afternoon Tea Statement Necklace
Afternoon Tea Statement Necklace

Now, I would love to walk you through just a couple of steps of creating two pieces being added to my Afternoon Tea Collection soon. The heart with a bird piece is slated to become a brooch and the beautiful blue floral piece will be a necklace.

And being revealed for the first time here, a perfect for spring, light peach floral assemblage necklace, part of my Afternoon Tea Collection.

Paris is Calling Necklace
Paris is Calling Necklace

IMG_3425I started with the bird stamping, coloring it in shabby blue and glazing it to give it a vintage feel. I did the same with the white leaves and feather plume. I then selected the satin matte gold heart pendant as a base. Then I collected various components like the pretty bisque roses, the faux pearl cabs, and the poly clay leaves as seen in the photo to the left.

IMG_3427 - CopyIn the photo to the right, I’ve started grouping the components on the base piece. Soon I will securely attach them to the base. I may change the pieces up a bit before I’m completely finished with it. Below is a photo depicting an idea of what it may look like when I’m closer to getting her finished.IMG_3428

This next piece I’m debating on whether to make it into a necklace/brooch combo. Hmm, we shall see…IMG_3422 - Copy

I started with painting and glazing the base for n antique look, then hand painted the pretty light blue brass flowers using several steps. Then the fun part! Playing with several components to form the assemblage piece. IMG_3426 - Copy - Copy

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The completed piece along with personalization.

I am very pleased with how my shabby style line and collections are coming along! I am now on my way to Forging a New Path! Stay tuned!

Victorian Rose Boutique BALC

Victorian Rose Boutique BALC

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And last but not least, our fur baby helper, Meep. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Meep!

Meep!

Please join in on the fun and follow our BALC blog hop!

Blog Hop 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

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 – You are here 🙂

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

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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