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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fall collection will see a focus on Maple leaves and deep, rich, traditional Fall colors.
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.
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!
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.
Please see below for your next blog hop address and have a Blessed and Creative day!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier