Whimsical, Vintage, Diverse

I have been a professional crafter for a very long time.  As the title of this post would indicate, throughout my crafting career, all of my pieces seem to have a common attitude or style, whether I am painting, sewing, gluing, or  making jewelry.  This year, I have had the honor of participating in a very special class, which we call the “BALC”

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As part of our “homework” for the BALC, we were tasked with describing our style.  For me, that was the easy part.  Let me show you some examples of the jewelry I have made since I first became interested in expanding my creative exploits.

As you can see, I love layers (assemblage) of old and new materials and often choose things that are nostalgic to me-they seem to resonate with my customers, too.  It is always a privilege when customers return year after year to see what is new in my booth at craft shows-it is SO GOOD to see friends shopping together and when they are pointing and laughing at my creations, I joke with them that they are having WAY too much fun. Something about what I do connects with something that they are seeing and it is reflected in their gaiety.

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Among our other tasks, my classmates and I were asked to choose a theme.  I am by no means a cowgirl; however since Cody, Wyoming relies on retention of a wild west image which attracts tourists from all over the world, I chose “Cowgirl Chic” as my theme.  I have ordered boots and hats and pistols and saddles (plated brass since the real ones are awfully heavy to hang from your ears) plus a few surprises to be thrown into the mix.  It is time for me to…

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You can expect to see lots of western stampings, chic colors and vintage additions to my new line of jewelry.  I invite you along on my journey and it is my dearest wish that you too may feel connected and well entertained.

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Below is a clickable link list of my BALC 2016 classmates’ blogs.  Please join me in visiting each of them, leaving a comment or two along the way and enjoy the adventure with us.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, Jewelry Making Outside the Box
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com
Diana Buynak, Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene
https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com
Claire Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick
http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com
Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not
http://www.afrayedknot.net
Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs
http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me
Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie
http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com
Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time
http://www.onecanvasatatime.com
Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation
http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com
Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks
http://voguerocks.blogspot.com
Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry
http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com
Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann
http://janntague.wordpress.com
Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs
http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com
Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place
http://www.fernsplace.org
Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets
http://noodlepiebracelets.com
Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep
http://angelskeepbandBdotcom.wordpress.com
Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks
http://woodsidewireworks.com/
Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs
http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com
Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage
http://haileyscottage.com/
Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles
http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com
Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet
https://beebscloset.wordpress.com
Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry
https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com
Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front
https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com
Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs
https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com
Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels
http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php
Mary Deis, The Rose Sword
http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com
Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design
http://smallstuffdesign.com
Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts
http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com
Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens
http://christinecravens.blogspot.com
Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs
http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com
Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com
Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures
http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/
Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments
https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/
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33 thoughts on “Whimsical, Vintage, Diverse

  1. Barbara, you are so going to ‘rock this line!’ I can’t wait to see it and it is perfect for your corner of the universe. What a wonderful blog, too. Very, very nice! I enjoyed my visit to your world and so look forward to the next one!

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  2. Val Tilghman

    Cowgirl and Chic….its a great way to pay homage to your area! Customers will be able to buy something beautiful when visiting 🙂 Awesome to have an instant customer base!

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  3. Belinda

    I loved your story Barbara, you have accomplished so much, I know you are going to be successful in this part of your journey too. That is a wonderful theme for your area you live in. Your earrings are very nice as well as your other pieces. Looking forward to class with you. I am not much of a talker but will chime in once in a while. ;D

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  4. Beth Trubman

    Barbara, can’t wait to see what you create with your new line. It will be totally successful, especially in your neck of the woods. Love the theme, and love everything you have made so far on the creative group. Best of luck!

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  5. Hey Barbara! Thank you again so much for joining us for the class, staying involved and present, and for following through with a very fine blog post. With all of your background in craft and the fact that your B and B offers a unique selling opportunity, I feel certain that you will find your way. As is often said, “It’s a process….” As I contemplate returning to making a line of jewelry again, I realize daily that I, too, must revisit the process. It’s different every time! Enjoy the journey with all of us as we make our way through “The Process” XOXO B’sue

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  6. Shari Lynn Gardner

    Hi Barbara, I am so happy to be sharing this class with you and getting to know you better. Your theme has a lot of possibilities, so I can’t wait to see your finished pieces. I’m certain they’ll be adorable.

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  7. Wonderful post, Barbara, and your theme is a great one! Although there’s not many cowboys up here in Minnesota, there are a lot of farms and horses. 😉 Your line will be great … happy to be in the BALC with you this year!

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  8. Janet Calardo

    Great blog! Love the line. I also started in tole painting 20 some odd years ago. Loved it but don’t really do it anymore. But I still have a lot of my books that I can’t seem to part with….maybe someday I will get back to it. Love all your jewelry and the cute craft items at the top of the page. Looking forward to seeing your line.

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  9. Elisabeth Wilks

    How much fun Cowgirl Chic! The earrings are lovely. What perfect idea for where you live. Can’t wait to see how you develop this theme.

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  10. trendyjewelrydesignsbykristyle

    What a fun theme for your line and right on for the area you live in. It is so cool that you have so much art background and you have already made son wonderful creations. I can’t wait to see more!

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  11. Thanks for sharing with us Barbara!

    You live in such a wonderful place, I love the photos you have on your blog – they are super inspiring! I would love to live there!

    I think if you do direct sales, it makes sense to appeal to the tourist aspect of the area you live in – that is just smart business.

    I think you picked a fantastic theme! This one could be fun to play with!

    I look forward to seeing your completed line.

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  12. I enjoyed your blog very much and imagined how nice it would be to visit your business. My husband and I like to go to Amish Country for a few days just to get away. I think it is funny because we live in an area where Amish live actually. Your jewelry sounds like something I would purchase for myself. I like your design ideas for your new line. They would sell around here, where I live in PA. Looking forward to visiting you again soon and checking up on how you are doing.

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  13. fernsplace

    I think you have a great theme. In fact, I almost chose it. Have fun putting it all together and trust yourself. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  14. Great post, Barbara. 🙂 I love getting to see your design style in such close proximity. It’s quite clear you have a particular focus and grace which comes out in all of your pieces. Good luck with “stretching your limits”. I know what that’s like, and it’s never comfortable, but almost always good thing. Best wishes!

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