Thursday, February 19, 2015

Build a Line Challenge by Jan Lea Designs Part 2 Blog Hop



                                                             
                                       The beginning of my Build a Line Challenge                                               
Welcome back to part 2 of my blog about the creative journey I am taking. I have been facing more than the Build a Line Challenge in the past 5 weeks which has not made it easy to keep up with blogging and the creating the way I had hoped. But I am on a better track now and hope to entice you all to keep with me on this journey of creating my cohesive line of jewelry, Simply Floral!

Our mentor Brenda Sue Lansdowne has provided us not only guidance but so much insight and wisdom that I feel so lucky to be on this journey. Recently she went into great detail about whether you are a hobbyist, jewelry maker or jewelry designer. I read all of this information and decided that at this time in my life I am a jewelry hobbyist. I may someday go to another level but right now I am in my happy place being who I am. The description is as follows:

"A hobbyist is someone who enjoys making jewelry for their own use, to share with friends and relatives as gifts, and maybe sell a bit on the side. They are more interested with exploring their abilities, trying out all the new trends and taking lots of classes."
"Hobbyists are important in a community of artisans as they provide a great deal of inspiration. A hobbyist is not necessarily a beginner; they could be very advanced in their abilities.   A hobbyist may also be well known as an artist.  At the same time, they have no need to build a line or concentrate their efforts in any one arena unless it's the 'technique of choice' at the moment."

Thank you Brenda for making me feel like I am in a place where I belong and love it. Thank you for this challenge.

B'sue - Brenda Sue Lansdowne
B'sue
                                                                              
So for now I have to focus on completing more pieces for my line. This will help  me to start building my pyramid from the bottom up. I will create multi tiers of products and price points for Simply Floral. I am creating some polymer clay elements for my designs in the smaller stages.  Here are a few pictures I wanted to share  what has been going on in my studio. Of course I always need other interesting components to create my line and other designs. The components can be found at  http://www.bsueboutiques.com/
                                                           
Lots of B'sue Boutiques brass and silverware silverplate components 

Polymer clay leaves and flowers with  B'sue Boutiques' brass & silverware silverplate components
   
I have posted a few completed pieces for my weekly challenges of Work Table Wednesday (WTW) and Follow Up Friday (FUF). These are so fun and needless to say motivating to get some things accomplished.  And sometimes there are some little gifts that B’sue gives out for posting to the group pages and Pinterest pages.You can follow me on Pinterest at  https://www.pinterest.com/janetcalardo/


Here is a recent  FUF posting. I have now included some matching earrings and plan on a few other items in the line to be unveiled on the last Blog Hop in March. 

                                                                             
My recent Follow Up Friday completion of part of my line
                                                                         
And finally below is the Blog Hop list of the Build A Line Challenge participants that are the most kind, caring, giving artists that I have ever met headed by our mentor and friend Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’sue Boutiques.  

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Janet
Jan Lea Designs

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs
http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me./

Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann
https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Judy King
Apt To Wander Studio
https://apttowander.wordpress.com/

Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
http://magpieintheskyspoilheaptales.blogspot.co.uk/

Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru
http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com

Carole Carlson
Beadsophisticate
https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

Lynn Stinten
Dragonzwench
http://www.dragonzwench.blogspot.com/

Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies
http://www.beadlovelies.com

Catherine Shattuck
VRBrose
http://www.vrbrose.wordpress.com

Micheale Collie
The Vintage Gem
http://thevintagegem.blogspot.com 

Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy
http://jewelryalchemy.wordpress.com

Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry
http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry
http://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com 

Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works
http://monica-casady.squarespace.com/blog/

Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs
http://leilanicoledesigns.blogspot.com/

Cindy Peterson

Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs
http://leilabeedesigns.wordpress.com


Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads
http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs
http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard
http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog

Lynda O'Mara
Once Upon a Line
http://www.lomaracreative.com/Blog.php

Elizabeth Hildreth
Mad Scientists Designs
http://madscientistsdesigns.blogspot.com

Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios
http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs
http://janleadesigns.blogspot.com/ 

Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Design
http://www.sweetwillowdesigns.blogspot.com 


Lori Beekman
B.Accessorized
https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm
https://reliccharm.wordpress.com/

Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner
http://amemedesigns.wordpress.com 

Robin Reed
Handcrafted Bead Designs
http://artistryhcbd.indiemade.com/

Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems
http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Louise O'Shields
Desire Divine Jewels
http://desiredivinejewels.blogspot.com/

Susan Killam
Killam Creative
http://www.KillamCreative.blogspot.com

Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

Nike Bottalico
Objects and Oddities
http://nikebottalico.com/


Susan Bowerman

Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
http://trendyjewelryle.blogspot.com/

Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage
http://stylizedvintage.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog
http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com/

Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements
http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things
http://thejourneyofpensandthings.blogspot.com

Teresa Schurter
TreeZ'S. Treasurs
http://treezstreazurs.com

Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up
http://smithedup.blogspot.com/

Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
http://fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com

Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry
http://moondancejewelrymaine.blogspot.com

Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl

https://parisiennegirldesign.wordpress.com/

Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes
http://artistsofallstripes.blogspot.com

Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry By Denise
http://jewelrybydenise.wordpress.com

Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design
http://www.smallstuffdesign.com

Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns
http://autumndawns.com/

Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane
http://1996shabbylane.blogspot.com

Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
http://mkpbeadart.blogspot.com

Sandra Ballard
Mama San's Mojo
http://mamasansmojo.blogspot.com/

Coral Law
ab:coral design
http://abcoraldesign.blogspot.com 











73 comments:

  1. Wow Janet! Your line is the epitome of spring. Such gorgeous colors and flowers.

    Well done!

    Marica Zammit
    Bead Lovelies

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    1. Thanks Marica. With all the snow we just got today I am ready for Spring.

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  2. I love your polymer clay flowers, Jan!

    Cheers,
    Susan

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  3. Janet, your clay work is amazing. And the fact that you've been carting your supplies back and forth and can still create work like this is incredible. Well done! See you in class, my friend.

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    1. Thank you Susan. So many times didn't have what I needed but now I try and plan a little better what I will be working on. I know I will really have to concentrate on make a lot more in the next month.

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  4. Your polymer pieces are so vibrant and lovely. Really liking what you have done so far and looking forward to seeing more. ~Ingrid

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    1. Thanks Ingrid. I appreciate your comments.

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  5. You know I love your flowers and you're on a roll with this jewelry line of yours totally awesome. I can't wait to see more Janet

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I love what you have done as well. It makes me want to really get busy!

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  6. Lovely! Your flowers and the colors make me smile and think Spring is coming! Wonderfully done!

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    1. Thanks Chiron. It can't come soon enough!

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  7. Your polymer clay flowers and leaves are superb. And you have been combining them so seamlessly with B'sue components. Your line is going to lovely.

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    1. Thanks Tammy. I appreciate your comments. It means a lot.

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  8. really lovely stuff, you are very talented with clay!

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  9. Your flowers are gorgeous and I'm really looking forward to seeing your beautiful line in its entirety!

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  10. Your pieces are gorgeous, Janet, and I'm so l looking forward to seeing the rest of your line! ;)

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    1. Thanks Pamela. It will be so exciting to see everyone's work. Boy it will take a lot longer getting through the blogs. I am only part way through.

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  11. Janet i just love your vibrant designs and your gorgeous polymer flowers. I too love a lot of color and I can't wait to see your whole line. I hope all is well in your world. XOXO!

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    1. Thanks Kristy. I love the colors of polymer. It has been a bit of a struggle to get it all done on time but am determined to make it work. So glad we are in this together.

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  12. Great designs, Janet. You have it more together as a "hobbyist" than some businesses that I have seen. Your little daisies or chammomile flowers are my favorites.

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    1. Thanks Renee for your kind comments. When writing the blog and adding the info B'sue wrote about it was clear. But I would like to do some shows and making more f=effort to sell what I make.

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  13. Janet,, these little "gardens" are so lovely. Love the pink roses especially.

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    1. Thanks Maria. I love those too...I think its the color.

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  14. Janet,, these little "gardens" are so lovely. Love the pink roses especially.

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  15. Love your designs and your polymer work is amazing!

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  16. Janet .. I love your finished necklaces and the pictures of your components .. Your color pallet and polymer flowers are beautiful .. Looking forward to March 20th to see more of your jewelry .. Hugs ..

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    1. Thanks Jann. Love doing this with all these wonderful artists. So inspiring. Hugs back to you.

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  17. Love the clay flowers. Very pretty. :-) ~Elizabeth

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  18. Such vibrant colors. Your pieces are like summer gardens! Very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Nadine. I love flowers & gardens.

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  19. Love your polymer clay flowers. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your line.

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  20. Love your floral designs and your use of polymer clay in them. So pretty. Anxious to see your completed line.

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    1. Thanks Marcia. I am so anxious to see your line too.

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  21. I agree with Nadine, a summer garden

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  22. Janet your flowers are so lovely, I'd hate to have to pick a favorite. Your organization is marvelous too! Wow, very professional.

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  23. What fun your designs are and make me feel happy! I love your colors and shapes~ Delighted to read you and am so excited to be in this class with you!

    Best wishes and cannot wait for the reveal in March

    ~nike

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    1. Thanks nike i appreciate your comments.Excited right back. It has taken days for this #2 blog so the last one may take a lot longer but I love reading everyone's blog.

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  24. Janet--I really, really love your three necklaces at the top of the blog. Your flowers are wonderful. I admire your skill with them and how you put them together with the other components in your line. I'm really looking forward to seeing your complete line!

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    1. Thanks Lynda. I think the hard part was keeping cost down for the components to make them affordable. I still want to do a statement piece yet. Time will tell!

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  25. Absolutely love your polymer flowers and leaves! Your pieces are so dynamic with the clay and such pretty colors! You may be a "hobbyist" (which was interesting reading on your blog), but you could sell up a storm with these. The earrings are really fun! Looking forward to seeing it all. :):)

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    1. Thanks Alexandra. I copied the info from one of B'sue's post. I did edit it a little about pricing for any customers that might come across this blog. It was in one of the classroom notes I think. Check it out if you did not see the entire post. it was great info.

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    2. Thanks Alexandra. I copied the info from one of B'sue's post. I did edit it a little about pricing for any customers that might come across this blog. It was in one of the classroom notes I think. Check it out if you did not see the entire post. it was great info.

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  26. You've GOT IT!!! PC flowers are fab and your work is impeccable!

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    1. Thanks Judy! Your line is one of my favorites by far.

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  27. I am so happy that you are happy!!! LOL You are also a very gifted designer! I love your flowers and your designs!!! Great Job! Be Blessed!!!

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    1. Thanks Robin. I struggled with some of the things others have talked about but thee came that moment when I created something simple that I could work with and hit the price points I wanted to get.

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  28. These are sooo pretty and you have done a wonderful job. I am so glad you joined us.

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    1. Thanks Brenda. I am so glad that I joined this challenge. I struggled a little in the beginning picking out a line design with the right components and to keep it is a good price point but I am so glad that I was able to achieve this.I am so thrilled to be in a happy place thanks to your descriptions of being a hobbyist, artist and or designer. The hobbyist label fits me now and maybe someday I will go further but I am at complete peace with who I am thanks to you and your wisdom. I will treasure this experience and all I have learned.

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  29. Great blog and love all the pretty polymer flowers Janet. Can hardly wait to see your finished line.

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    1. Thanks Irene. I can't wait to see your as well. It has taken me longer this time going through the blogs and I am guessing it will be a lot more time in March but what fun!

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  30. I really like your polymer clay components, you are one talented lady! Very pretty colors, can't wait to see your entire collection next month.

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    1. Thanks Monica. I appreciate your comments.

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  31. I am all about those flowers (as you know ! ). great job and looking forward to seeing your whole line in a month ! Linzi x

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    1. Thanks Linzi! I can't wait till I have more time to go back through your book and make some new items.

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  32. I love your vibrant work and your flowers are just amazing!!!! There is just so much beauty in all that you do!!! Your line will be exceptional for sure!!
    ~Louise

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    1. Thanks Louise. i need to really start producing the rest of the line!

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  33. Such beautiful work, Janet! Love your colors as well. ~ Catherine S.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. Amazing that everyone's designs are so different.

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  34. It's really coming along! I love your blog background, btw! :)

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    1. Thanks Amy. All freebies on The Cutest Blog on the Block. I wanted to add some things but have been so busy did not have time to.

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