Nature is the Key to Happiness- Challenge accepted the journey begins

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My name is Leila Belcher of LeilaBeeDesigns and I am a Widow raising four wonderful boys ages 14, 13 and two 8 year old twins. Everything I do is for these guys and the desire to stay home and be a Mom to them is what set me on the path of Jewelry making. I have been making one of a kind pieces such as this:

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But I recently applied for and was accepted into the B’Sue Boutiques Build A Line Challenge which is a Master Class/Contest that challenges Artists to design and create a cohesive line of Jewelry that can be reproduced.  I eagerly accepted the challenge as the next step on my Journey.  This challenge is sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne, Owner and Artist of B’Sue Boutiques in Ohio.

http://www.bsueboutiques.com/

Or check her out on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bsue-Boutiques/123052674404364

Not only is she a classy Lady but she’s one heckito of an Artist.  Please look her up at one of the above links.  You won’t be disappointed.  And if you’re a fellow Artist, be sure to check out the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bsueboutiquescreativegroup/

This is a collection of fabulous Artists.  You don’t want to miss them.

So, with the full support of my Family behind me, I embark. Below is a picture of the Studio the little sweethearts made for me one afternoon as a surprise. I just had to include this picture because it tells a better story of my wonderful little Family than words could ever do.

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Above is a picture of the four of them posing with some of their Mama’s bling. They may not like “girlie” stuff but they don’t mind helping their Mama if she asks.

I got started in Jewelry helping my Mom with her craft booth.  I sort of caught the bug and began researching and studying on my own.  My Pinterest Jewelry board became quite full of designs I admired.  Then, one day I stumbled upon a collage necklace design with brass leaves and flowers that lit up my world. The caption led me to B’Sue Boutiques for supplies and components.  Fast forward to today and here I am working with Brenda Sue Lansdowne and some of the most amazing Artists for the Build a Line Challenge.

I have named my Jewelry line “Nature is the Key to Happiness” and have chosen to focus on the beauty of the seasons. Each season has its own colors and atmosphere and inspires different emotions and that is what I want to express and convey in my Jewelry line.  There will be a collection for each season,  a set, or Parure consisting of a pair of earrings, a charm necklace, a leaf cuff bracelet and a charm bracelet. Each will have a common theme and color scheme.

Below is a picture of a Fall charm bracelet I made several months ago to serve as an example of the type of beaded charms you can expect in the charm bracelets and necklaces along with brass charms and accessories from B’Sue Boutiques.

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For “Nature is the key to Happiness”, I wanted each piece to have a key and a heart somewhere in the design.  Quite by accident I paired up the perfect key and heart and it has become my logo for this line.

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Nature is the key to happiness so meet me at the garden gate where nature holds the key.  This heart charm reminds me of my Mom so it holds a special place in my heart. This charm logo will appear on each design with the exception of earrings.

I don’t want to give too much away on my first hop but I will tease and tantalize you with Winter. Hellebore is my inspiration for the Winter collection as they are my favorite Winter bloomer creating a bright spot in an otherwise dreary landscape.

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Below you will find the leaf cuff bracelet for the Winter collection. It is nearly finished.  I still have a few elements on the way.

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The Fall collection will see a focus on Maple leaves and deep, rich, traditional Fall colors.

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Below are some photos of the beads and components for the remaining collections.  If you would like to see more of my line then you will need to come to the next hop on February 20th. I hope to see you there.

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I am hopeful people will love the style and attitude of my Jewelry and keep coming back for the next Season.  My brain is already racing to possible expansion opportunities such as multiple styles per collection or even Special Editions. The possibilities are endless and exciting. I am just as curious as you to see where this ends up.  Already, the line has taken twists and turns and seen the changing of my mind but it is just too fun for words. We will arrive together.

My Collections will soon be available for purchase on my Etsy Shop for affordable prices with pieces ranging from $18 to $50.  So, please check back!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeilaBeeDesigns?ref=search_shop_redirect

One final thing before I sign off.  It wouldn’t be fair to not include pics of my little makering buddies.  Toby the wonder dog and Queen Rosalee . They are always with me in the Studio.

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Please see below for your next blog hop address and have a Blessed and Creative day!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

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Marcia Tuzzolino

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Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

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Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

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Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

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

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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

MadScientistsDesigns

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

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Nike Bottalico

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Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

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Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

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Melissa Latimer

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Renee Hong

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Lori Meyer

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Jennifer Merrill Williams

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My 4 boys are my entire world. Everything I do, I do for them. I began making Jewelry so I could spend more time with them after my Husband died. I quickly learned that making Jewelry made my Soul happy. I love doing it. Everyone should love what they do. My goal is to let that love shine through in my designs.

55 thoughts on “Nature is the Key to Happiness- Challenge accepted the journey begins”

  1. Leila I love your little family. I’m sure your kids are a great help in your work. I have my grandsons every day and they love hammering and making things. Little Jay made his first hammered bracelet when he was 5. Love your “logo” idea with the heart and key in each piece and the nature theme. In my mind, nature is the most healing force in the universe……well, music is right up there too, LOL. But one can find peace and comfort in the natural world and I like the idea of “wearing” it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I find huge amounts of Peace in Nature. I’m lucky to have a patch of woods behind my house. It’s such a small patch. Maybe 5-7 acres. But we have foxes, raccoons, wild cats (house cat size not Mt. Lion) and even Possums. Nature is so diverse. Even in the middle of a sub division!

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  2. Love your theme! So many possibilities. I’m already in love with your first cuff bracelet. Really like how you colored the leaf.

    What a beautiful family you have Leila! 🙂

    Looking forward to see more pieces of your jewelry line in the next blog hop.

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    1. Thank you ! I am loving the way it’s turning out. Still has some work to go but so far I think it can easily be stream lined to make several at one time. And that’s what we ‘re shooting for. Finding that balance between affordable to produce without giving up quality and style ! Tough challenge but I’m loving what I’m seeing so far from the whole Group!

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    1. I’m just in love with that little heart. My Moms craft business is called “Beyond the Garden Gate”. She makes Garden Art. So, I guess you can see why it’s special to me. She got me started on this path after all.

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    1. Thanks! Mine will be an Alabama take on it, I suppose. Living in the South, I’m fortunate to get marked differences in all four Seasons. Some parts of the U.S don’t. I’m really looking forward to completing it all!

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    1. Thank you so much. That’s really great to hear. I’ve only been making Jewelry for a bit over a year and Assemblage for 2 months. To think I can compete with this level of Talent and experience is so exciting. I’m really looking forward to the guidance and creative ideas I’ll get from all of you. I’m just in awe of all the creative genius!

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    1. Thank you! I wanted something different for Winter. It’s always depicted as Snow and Ice. So, I wanted to go a different direction and choose my favorite Nature object for each Season. I have Flowers for all but Fall. I just had to go with those beautiful Maple leaves. But, someday I’m thinking I could expand and offer Multiple Seasonal choices. Who knows?

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  3. Just love your idea of the seasons! And the great thing is, people can wear their fave pieces of yours year round to go with the colors they love. Really nice idea to use the long leaf thing for a cuff! 🙂

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  4. What a great idea. I love four seasons themes and I’m sure yours will be awesome based on what you’ve shown us so far. Having the lock and key on everything is a great idea to pull everything together. I love the way your boys support you, too.

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  5. Hi Leila! Your leaf is so pretty, and your line so well planned out. I can feel your excitement! It’s wonderful that your boys are so helpful. One of my boys even helped me design some pieces, so that when they sold he could use his “cut” to buy legos! I really like your analogy of the hellebore, and how you are directing your energies into a great creative outlet to help you through this difficult time. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your beautiful jewelry line!

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  6. What an awesome concept, I am impressed with how far you are in your planning of your entire line, my in still in the earliest of early stages! Your work is lovely, I can’t wait to see the entire line!

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  7. Your theme is diversified but at the same time cohesive. I really like using the seasons to represent the beauty of nature. And each season is going to be a line. This is going to be a big project. Can’t wait to see the final reveal.

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  8. Hi Leila 🙂 What a great thing your boys did for you by surprising you with your workroom! I Love the idea of revolving your line around the seasons of nature. I too am revolving my line around nature, I am revolving my line around the ocean, but in a storybook, bohemian way. Everything is looking great so far… I look forward to seeing all of your line-
    Looking forward to seeing you at class!
    xo
    Liz

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