What’s My Style?


I have an opportunity to be in a challenge called Build A Line. It will be a three month challenge taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne. We are to create five pieces for this line that is cohesive. Should be a piece of cake…..right. But I sit and look at my gallery of photos and think. What is my style?

As I look at the photos of my jewelry I do see a style….I think. I sorta lean toward a Victorian shabby chic look. Now the next question. How do I make my line stand out from all the rest? This is the question I struggle with.

Well I have until January 8th to figure it out and if I don’t I will be here to cheer for those who participate.

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New Badge for Build Your Line Challenge


About two years ago I lost my job. I was old enough to retire, but really wanted to continue to work for a few more years. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball that we aren’t ready for. But we pick our self up and keep on going and that is exactly what I did.

I had all this time on my hands and spent a lot of time on facebook. I had also started making jewelry the year before. So one day I found a group called B’sue Boutiques which is run by Brenda Sue Lansdowne. So I asked to be added to this group and I have to tell you it was a life line I needed to adjust to my new found freedom that they call retirement.

This group has the most talented and giving group of ladies. We lift each other up and encourage each other in times of need and rejoice in times of joy.We are so blessed to be in such an awesome group.

The main reason for this blog is to announce a new challenge that will start in January it will be a three month challenge. The challenge is for us to design our own line of jewelry. So I wanted to share the new badge that one of our members designed for the group and invite you to come and join us.

Mastering The Art of The Crimp Bead

Stringing beads is easy  hey anybody can do it. I mean heck I watched  some You Tube videos and it looked easy. I thought I can do this no problem. So I set out to buy all my supplies so I could get started. Now came the part of picking out the beads and oh my goodness never realized how many beads there could be. So finally I settled for some beads from the local Walmart….yeah yeah  I know quality…..not so much. But hey what can I say already spent a bundle on the tools and other supplies.

Got home unwrapped everything and layed  everything  out and was oh me now what. Put the beads on the bead broad and started playing around with the layout…..now that took some time. Finally  got it the way I liked. Thought now comes the easy part, stringing the beads. Well that was kinda easy except Bailey the cat decided to jump right in the middle of the bead broad to see what mom was doing and beads flew everywhere. So here I go and string the beads yet again…..after I locked Bailey out…lol


Now I thought what’s next as I had forgotten what I had watched  on the video. So I watched the video again. Needless to say I forgot to crimp one end  of the wire before stringing. So I had to figure out how to crimp one end without taking off the beads. I guess I could have done that if  had cut the wire long enough, which  of course I didn’t do….so you guessed it had to take everything off cut a longer piece of wire crimp one end and string yet again…..three times…but hey who’s counting. Holding on to those little crimp beads is not easy and crimping the one side not so bad. Then came the other side I wrestled with side so much I broke a sweat. I held up that necklace and was so proud. I was like look what I made. Then I went over to the mirror to try it on and guess what now….I forgot to put the clasp and jump ring on. Well to end the story of crimp beads. As you you can see I did in spite  of myself finish this necklace and here she is. I have kept this one and still wear it with pride.

So hope you enjoy my little story of the crimp beads. Wish I could say I have master the art of the crimp beads  but I still struggle with them. I guess that is why I switched to mixed media. For those of you that still crimp I say happy crimping.