Friday, February 20, 2015

Build a Line Master Class Blog Hop from B'Sue Boutiques, Renee Hong of Fine and Dandy Jewelry, Part Two

Greetings from the greater Fort Worth, Texas area!
I took this photo of Fort Worth from a helicopter.  They removed the door for me so I could get great shots.  Thanks, Epic Helicopter!
Wow, it seems like only yesterday since the last series in our blog hop, brought to us and taught by our wonderful hostess Brenda Sue (aka B'sue) Lansdowne.  I wouldn't be hanging in here without her encouragement, as well as some Alka Seltzer Plus, which allowed me to sleep more than four hours for the first time in over a week.  I've had some laryngitis and related problems for over a week, and it's really knocked me for a loop.  Add a head cold on top, and I'm going to need the compasses from my Finding Your Direction Line to lead me to the doctor!  I'm so glad I can shop online at www.bsueboutiques.com anytime from home, and access our Master Class via Facebook using my online voice, since I have a limited physical voice at the moment!

Last hop, each artist revealed their long-awaited theme for their line.  I had so much fun hopping  from one blog to the next, oohing and ahhing over their exciting ideas and beautifully designed blogs. I found myself laughing out loud more than once at the great sense of humor and personality that came across through their conversational style.  Many of the authors drew me in with their wonderful tales of real life stories that inspired their lines, and wonderful photos!  We truly have a talented bunch!

We've been talking a lot about challenges we are facing in building the lines, a pyramid structure of pricing (no, we're not talking Amway or the likes here), paying attention to jewelry and color trends, and overall cohesiveness.  We're improving our blogging and technology skills, skills of our craft, and business acumen.  It's a journey of self-discovery, as we learn what we are truly capable of.  Perfect for my Finding Your Direction theme!
While I wish I had more photos of finished pieces to show, as I had planned, being sick after the last blog hop and again right before this one has really limited me.  These images are some things that I will be using on the bottom tier of my line, however:
A ring that I've previously made and sold, that I can easily reproduce for the lower priced end of my line.

While the simple studs sell better, some people like a little extra added to the design. Options, right?!

There's no way I will leave out my best sellers.
This is perfect, because these items are small accessories that are too small to customize with a stamped direction message or quote, and by eliminating the hand-stamping, it keeps the price affordable.  They will still be fully coordinating with the middle and upper tiered items of bracelets, cuffs, and necklaces, that DO have custom stamped or decoupaged messages.

So, visit our many talented artists below, to see what they've been busy doing!  See you March 20th!

 Build a Line Master Class from B'sue Boutiques list of participants:

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
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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83 comments:

  1. So sorry your are feeling bad sending hugs and healing prayers. So far I love your line and your blogs is great.

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  2. Debbie Loveless /funkyjunklady2/20/2015 10:04 AM

    Cannot wait to see the rest of your line. Hope you get well real soon.

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  3. Renée I hope you're feeling better and can continue your creative process and building
    as I love your jewelry. Especially like the use of the compasses. My favorite part of your blog is your quote we are challenging ourselves and competing against her self to do the best we can

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! That's one of my favorite quotes, too. Being creative helps you feel better, true; so when you really need to feel better, but are too sick to create, it's terrible!

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  4. Hope you feel better soon so you can get back to creating again Renee.

    I just love those little compasses. Was going to buy some a few weeks ago but they're out of stock right now.

    Really looking forward to seeing your whole line in our final blog hop.

    Take care xx

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    1. Thanks Marica, I am looking forward to knocking out some stuff real soon. I enjoyed your blog post, too!

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  5. Rene, your blog is outstanding and I am really looking forward to reading the next installment. I think you are going to have a very fine line, so hit the fluids and the kitchen soup and feel better, my friend. Great read!

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    1. Thank you Susan! My husband does make some fantastic Korean chicken soup, too!

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  6. Wonderful Blog! I am so sorry you are sick, you are in my thoughts~ I am so happy to see your jewelry- I love it! Cannot wait to see more of your work. I think you are an amazing artist! xo

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    1. Thank you Nike, and like they say, "It takes one to know one!" ; ) I love your creations as well!

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  7. Great blog lovely lady and I hope your feeling better soon~! xXx

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    1. Thank you, Ne...stay warm up there!

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  8. I hope you're feeling better soon! So easy to see why they're your best sellers and am looking forward to seeing where this line took you!

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    1. Thank you. I have to remember sometimes that simple sells, and not overthink stuff. I think that is what B'sue is trying to teach us, have an upper tier of really cool and possibly labor-intensive stuff that you are charging enough for...then take elements of that for a simple impulse buy price point.

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  9. Love your compass line! Great idea. Feel better soon.

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  10. I knew you could do it Renee! Excellent entry and a lot of depth to the commentary. You get it....and this line is gonna make it for you.

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    1. Thank you for not letting me quit. I can do this!

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  11. Nice blog and you already have many pieces ready to go. Hope you are feeling better soon and look forward to seeing more!~Ingrid

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    1. Thank you Ingrid. I always look forward to seeing what you make each week.

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  12. Great blog post Renee and can hardly wait to see your finished line.

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  13. Hope you'll be feeling better soon, Renee. Your line is wonderful. That little compass can speak to so many different people and they are so darned cute!! Looking forward to seeing your completed line.

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    1. Thanks Marcia, that's what I'm hoping for. Your tulips are so cheerful and I loved your story.

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  14. Get well soon! What you have is really great and I am looking forward to more!

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  15. I really love your line. Feel better soon!

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  16. Hi, Renee- I LOVE the idea of having a compass on my hand! What a great idea. I really look forward to seeing your line. Take care of yourself :) ~mary

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    1. It could really come in "handy" right? LOL! Thanks Mary!

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  17. Awesome that you already had a design that worked where you wanted it to--love the compass line! I think your quote speaks to most of us, and I love it. Hope you get to feeling better. Gina H

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    1. Thank you, Gina. I had a whole list of themes to choose from, and at the last minute this one spoke to me and I knew I had to do it.

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  18. Awesome that you already had a design that worked where you wanted it to--love the compass line! I think your quote speaks to most of us, and I love it. Hope you get to feeling better. Gina H

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  19. So sorry you've been sick and all that! Love the compass ring and earrings--that's a super saleable and cute idea. So looking forward to seeing your whole line! With more rest and sleep, you'll be cooking again! :):)

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    1. Thanks T...I hope to be back at it soon. Keep up the great work with your "fruits of the Spirit" line...I love that idea and how you are using real grapevines. I used to have a grape vine along with my rose garden...miss that!

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  20. Looks like you have a well-thought out line already in the works. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

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    1. Thank you, Carole! Now, to get the ideas on the table!

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  21. Love your line idea! Looking forward to seeing it all completed!

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    1. Thanks, Leila. Yours looks awesome. You are amazing!

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  22. LOVE the direction you're going in, Renee, those compasses are darling and perfect for an affordable and fun price point. Your helicopter shot is amazing, too. Are they still showing the fly over in the helicopter before each show at the Omni Theater? Man, I miss Cowtown! :)

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    1. Oh, gosh....yes I HAVE seen that at the Omni...haven't been in so long. You know they completely rebuilt the Science museum? I used to have a membership, but haven't been in a long time.

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    1. Thank you Amy! Love your clematis avatar!

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  24. Love these little compasses. Can't wait to see the rest of the line.

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    1. Thank you! They are fun, and versatile as well as affordable!

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  25. I'm glad you're including some dangle earrings too. I love dangle earrings. This theme is so whimsical and fun, I can't wait to see the full line next month.

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  26. Oh Renee I'm just an all day fan of your artwork all of the time!! "Finding Your Direction" is just the ultimate title for your line and I love it!!!!!!!! Your line will for sure be truly outstanding just because of the heart and soul that you put into all that you do!!!! Thanks for such a great blog read and I'm thrilled to have you as my classmate for sure. Louise

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    1. Thank you, Louise! I really admire your work and fun personality. Your positivity shines through in your writing and your art! It's great having you as a classmate as well!

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  27. Renee- So glad you are getting better and were well enough to be able to write your blog so we all could hear about your journey. I love those little compasses and they way you're using them. Looking forward to more.

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    1. Thanks, Lynda! I've had a lot of personal challenges going on. It's been hard to find enough time to make the things I want to make, but I'm hanging in there! I appreciate the encouragement!

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  28. These pieces with the compass are such fun! Looking forward to seeing your completed line. Keep well.

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  29. I love working with compasses as well! Feel better soon!

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  30. Great blog and I love the earrings .. looking forward to seeing more on March 20th .. Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Jann! I just love what you are doing. I am having trouble commenting on your blog, though? It looks fantastic!

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  31. Hope you are on the mend! I enjoyed reading your blog, but must admit I am a little jealous of your Fort Worth weather! I love working with those little compasses, too!. Cannot wait to see your grand finale!

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    1. We've been snowed in quite a bit, lately! Thank you! : )

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  32. Big Hugs sweetie I'm so sorry that you have been so sick and I too hope your on the mend. I love your design theme and can't wait to see what else you cook up. XOXO

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    1. Thank you, Kristy. Your foxes and grapes are awesome!

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  33. This is a really unique and fun theme!! Love what you have done and ca't wait to see more!! Hope you are back to 100% soon!!! Be Blessed!

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  34. Looks like you have found what you are looking for now follow that path and your line will look great

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    1. Just like the U2 song, LOL! Thank you!

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  35. AWESOME RENEE! I knew you could do it!

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  36. I hope you're well on your way back to good health again... with the help of Finding Your Direction, of course!
    Cheers,
    Susan

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  37. Hope you are on the mend and can stay healthy. I absolutely love this jewelry. The compasses are so cute and would guess sell like hotcakes. Can't wait to see your line reveal in March!

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  38. The direction of your line shows great thinking, Renee. Your work is amazing! Hope you feel better! HUGS! ~ Catherine S.

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    1. Thanks Catherine, I do LOVE what you are doing in your line. It is beautiful.

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  39. Great potential in those compass /steampunk inspired ideas. look Forward to seeing your line. Linzi

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    1. Thank you, Linzi! Yours is great, too. Get lots of photos for your next book! I'll be in line to buy it!

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  40. Looking good, Renee! I'm looking forward to the big reveal in March. :-) ~Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Same with yours, I like your pieces so far!

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  41. I'm such an admirer of your work, Renee and can't wait to see your finished line. Hope you stay well!

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  42. Wonderful ideas, Renee, and love the pieces you've done! You've got a fantastic line going there. ;)

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