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/

Learning to Use picmonkey Photo Editor

I am hoping to be accepted into an assemblage jewelry master class, the 2016 Build a Line Challenge sponosored by B’sue Boutiques.  Part of the process to get ready for submitting an application for the class is to learn to use a photo editing program to make collages of my work.  I tried picmonkey (my favorite price-FREE) today for the first time, using some pictures of assemblage necklaces I’ve already finished.  My collage is pretty basic, but it gets the job done.  The editor has many other capabilities, and I may decide to use Corel instead before the class begins, but Corel’s learning curve is pretty steep.  It has always worked well for me to make sure I have the basics covered and then just expand my skill set from there; surely you will have beautiful collages to view by the time the first Blog Hop, which is scheduled for the end of January.  I hope you’ll join me as I work on this creative process which will allow me to offer even more diversity in my handcrafted artisan home decor and gift items.

Without further ado, I present my very first collage:

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