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 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
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies
Catherine Shattuck
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
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