Thursday, January 22, 2015

Moondance Jewelry:B'sue Boutiques' Build-a-Line Challenge Blog Hop, Part #1


  


What's better than ice cream? Jewelry, right?
 
OK, sometimes it is a toss up but today we are all about the jewelry! Welcome to the B'Sue Boutiques' Build-a-Line Challenge Blog Hop. Now, that's a mouthful!
I'm delighted to be a participant and have the opportunity to work on developing a more cohesive approach to my jewelry while in the company of 50+ other jewelry artists. During the long, cold, dark winter days I try to learn new techniques or work on some other aspect of my budding jewelry business. This challenge was right up my alley.

Selecting my theme wasn't all that challenging. I wanted something to help me focus and tie my work together; a collection, if you will. My style is earthy, organic, kinda boho, and most often I only make one of any particular design. After a quick brainstorming session I settled on Rustic Garden for the name of my line. It conjures for me lush blossoms (perhaps a bit faded), fruits, vegetables and shrubs all in a rather untidy mix. My garden may be a little overgrown but it's a comfortable, warm and cozy spot.

For me that translates to jewelry that is nature-inspired and uses a mix of materials, colors, textures and techniques. I've chosen to use the Pantone Spring 2015 color palette for this collection.  Although I have to confess that I've taken some liberty with those colors (I can't really seem to color inside all the lines!). If all goes well, as I develop more pieces you'll see the color variations as a common thread throughout the collection.
Playing with color to get some nice greens for embossed earrings.
 Components from B'Sue Boutiques are the other common element to this evolving line of mine. Brenda Sue Lansdowne (of B'Sue fame) is the sponsor for the challenge and these blog hops. Using her components is easy to do since she has a great selection of high quality and reasonably priced brass components. If you aren't familiar with her website check it out here. http://www.bsueboutiques.com

Unadorned Deco Lily stamping in rusty black patina


I used the Deco Lily stamping above to create the first finished piece for my Rustic Garden collection. The rusty black patina finish on this is beautiful all by itself but when you buff and seal it, well, it becomes swoon-worthy! I love the play of shadow and light on this piece.(I'm a big fan of warm metals anyway). All those little dangle-y bead clusters and leaves just add to the movement as well as the garden theme.


Rustic Garden Deco Lily bracelet

I'm working on several other pieces for this collection and will have at least five completed by the last blog hop. Below is one that's a work-in-progress. Birds' nests are a sure sign of spring and always inspirational! But what kind of jewelry should I make with that charming little bird's nest???

Come back for the next installment on February 20th and see how things are progressing.



Thanks for stopping by!

Now get hoppin'.........there's lots of other eye candy to take in!

Nadine

(P.S .Comments welcome!)


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
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..................................................You are HERE
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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73 comments:

  1. Good Morning Nadine! Love Love your post and the Bracelet is really beautiful!!! Now I can't wait to see how you use that birdnest!!! Have a Blessed Day!

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    1. Robin, Thanks so much for your kind words. I can't wait to do some hopping myself!

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  2. Nadine, you are an awesome writer and your pieces are gorgeous. Talk about eye candy…it's all over your page. I'm totally looking forward to reading your next installment. It was a pleasure reading your blog.

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    1. Susan, you are too generous. Thank you so much for the kind words!

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  3. Wonderful blog and beautiful bracelet! I also think Rustic Garden is an amazing concept - I want to go there! I am very excited to see what comes next!

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    1. Mary,thanks so much for your enthusiastic support! We'll take a garden trip in August but meanwhile I'll keep making more garden jewelry.

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    1. Thanks so much for the kudos! Much appreciated.

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  5. Loving the theme! Love the lily too, I was this close to using it in my line!! Really looking forward to seeing the rest of your pieces, I can tell I'll love them too!

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    1. Yes, I think others are using that lily too. How can you not, it's gorgeous! Thanks for your kind words. I can't wait to see everyone's blogs!

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  6. yeah, that lily is darn useful and beautiful piece of brass. it's looking good!

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    1. Love the lily and I'm having a hard time moving on to another piece! Thanks for your comments.

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  7. Beautiful Blog and Bracelet. Luv your theme.

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    1. Gloria, Thanks so much for your kind words. Can't wait to get hopping around myself!

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  8. Love that lily stamping and your theme sounds wonderful!

    Am loving the rustic colors you used too.

    Marica
    Bead Lovelies

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    1. Thank you Marcia! I'm just getting started on the hop and can't wait to see everyone's work!

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  9. Love your blog and can't wait to see your line of jewels .. Jann

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    1. Jann, thanks, and I can't wait to see them all either!

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  10. Great blog! It's a pleasure to meet you.

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    1. Hi Denise, Thanks so much. I'm just getting started on the hop and look forward to meeting lots of folks!

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  11. Great post and pretty things, Nadine! Your Rustic Garden theme sounds wonderful! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. I'm definitely having fun with it!

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  12. Nadine love your theme! My step-mom (whom recently passed) had an English Garden with beautiful blooms of many varieties! I await your reveal!

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    1. Sandi, I LOVE English gardens and yes, that's kind of my idea.....lush and overcrowded. Thanks for the nice comment.

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  13. I love the beads you chose to go with the brass in your bracelet.

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    1. Thanks Carole. I'm addicted to Czech glass beads!

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  14. You're theme is lovely. You can't go wrong with dangles either!

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    1. I do love me some dangles! Thanks for commenting Autumn. Can't wait to see how all these projects progress.

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  15. The bracelet is definitely swoon-worthy. I love distressed copper finishes, and rustic anything. Looking forward to seeing the line.

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  16. Thanks Tammy. I'm glad to hear there are some other rustic fans in this class! I can't help myself; I always gravitate to that distressed looking metal! Looking forward to seeing more of your line emerging!

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  17. Love your work and am mightily impressed with your bird's nest! Great theme, can't wait to see how it evolves!

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    1. Micheale, what a nice comment! Thanks so much. I love those little birds nests and have a few ideas of how I might use it. I'm loving this challenge and all the participation! I still have a few more blogs to visit. Can't wait.

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  18. No better inspiration than nature, so many possibilities. Looking forward to seeing your next creations. ~Ingrid

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    1. Thank you Ingrid. I'm working away on a few more items so hopefully I'll have a bunch ready for the next hop. Love seeing everyone's creations!

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  19. Glad you joined us, Nadine. Bracelets made from that finding have always been a winner and so many ways and colors to use to make it singular and part of a good, solid line. Good job on the post and anxious to see what you have to show us next! Continue blogging and sharing your blog posts with us at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group, too!

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    1. Thank you Brenda! I am in LOVE with that finding, and the rusty black in general. Hope you have re-stocked ;-) The challenge is very exciting. I appreciate you taking this on!

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  20. Great Blog & I cannot wait to see what you do with your work!

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    1. Nike, thanks so much. I really appreciate folks taking the time to comment! I'm looking forward to everyone's work. Such an exciting opportunity.

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  21. Rustic garden conjures up so many thoughts. I am so looking forward to your collection. Your first piece is stunning

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    1. Thank you that generous comment! I love that rusty back so much. It makes everything look great. Can't wait to see everyone's work as the lines develop.This is so much fun!

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  22. Love your imagery and coloring inside the lines is vastly overrated!

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    1. Thank you Teresa and I agree about staying inside the lines! I don't usually let that stop me!

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  23. I love your bracelet, so warm and I can see myself wearing it. Can't wait to see more. :-) ~Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I hope others can also see themselves wearing my bracelet; that's what I'm going for!

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  24. Very well written blog post and beautiful bracelet! And you're using my very favorite B'Sue finish - I can't get enough of the rusty black :)

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    1. Thanks Joan, for those nice comments! Yes, the rusty black really is the best. I love everything about it!

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  25. Pretty bracelet! You picked a perfect design theme.

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    1. Thank you Monica. It's definitely a theme that works for me! Hope others will respond well to it also.

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  26. Love the design you have chosen. Can't wait to see the finished line.

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    1. Janet, thank you so much for the positive comments. This is an awesome challenge!

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  27. Nadine, loved the way you described the metal pieces you will use. The Rustic Garden theme is perfect and I look forward to seeing the completed line.

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment! I love gardens (as you can probably tell) and am also looking forward to how this evolves!

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  28. I am reminded of a garden in late July - everything is still beautiful, but a bit over-grown. I can't wait to see your line!

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    1. Yes Amy, I keep this garden image in my mind and it's a great help to get through the winter months! I'm working on a couple of pieces now and we'll see how they turn out.

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  29. Oooh Rustic garden - that is a lovely theme! looking forward to seeing how you develop that line ! Linzi

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    1. Thanks Linzi! I really need to be thinking about gardens now. We just got 2 feet of snow! :-(

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  30. Nadine--Love the Rustic Garden idea. I brings up thoughts of a wonderful place to get away. I love your deco lily bracelet. It's gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing more of your designs.

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    1. Thank you Lynda. You are so generous! I love both rustic things and gardens so it does seem like a natural for me! We'll see what comes next in this process. I love watching everyone's work evolve.

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  31. Nadine - your Rustic Garden theme is fantastic! If that bracelet is any indication, it will be very popular line, indeed. Well done!

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    1. Susan, thanks so much for the positive support! I'm enjoying the development process and watching everyone's work as it evolves. Such a great opportunity we have!

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  32. Loved your blog and your choice for your concept in our creating journey together.

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    1. Thank you Kristy! This is an exciting journey and I'm glad to be traveling with such good companions!

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  33. We're going to have so much fun! I love your work!

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    1. Melissa, we are having so much fun already! Love this challenge and this group! Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  34. One of my favorite places to be for meditation, seeking calm or beauty is what I envision as a Rustic Garden. What a fabulous theme! Loving the bracelet, this line evokes many thoughts and directions---want to see what you do! Gina H

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    1. Gina, I have lots of ideas about how I can take this line in different directions. My big challenge is focusing on a few really good ideas! Thanks for the compliments on the bracelet; much appreciated! And I can't wait to see what everyone does with their work going forward.

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  35. Oh, lilies and bird nests, great stuff! You've got some beautiful creations going on here!

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    1. Thanks Renee! We desperately need some Spring stuff these days! Can't wait to work on some more.

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  36. Hi Nadine!
    Sorry I am a little late...but I had other comittments the first few days of the hop so I could only post my blog and then had to play catch up with commenting on everyone else's posts...
    I really LOVE your lily bracelet, and am all about a line that is in inspired about nature- mine is BoHo based but is also very orgainic and nature based as well. I am loving your embossed colored discs too! Looking forward to seeing your finished line!
    See you in class!
    xo Liz

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    1. Liz, no need to apologize and thanks so much for your encouraging words. I'm having fun with my "line" and seeing where it all takes me. Looking forward to seeing more of your work too!
      Nadine

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