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”


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.


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…


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.


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
Diana Buynak, Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene
Claire Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick
Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not
Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs
Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie
Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time
Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation
Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks
Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann
Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs
Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place
Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets
Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep
Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks
Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs
Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage
Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles
Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet
Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry
Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front
Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs
Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels
Mary Deis, The Rose Sword
Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design
Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts
Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens
Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs
Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures
Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

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!


  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!


  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


  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!


  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


  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.


  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!


  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.


  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.


  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!


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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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