The Seasons of our Lives – Blog hop #2

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My name is Leila Belcher of LeilaBeeDesigns.  When we last left one another, I was just beginning my journey creating a Jewelry line. To refresh everyone’s memory  I am making a line of charm jewelry based on the 4 Seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  At the last Blog post, I basically only had my concept but I have so much more to show you this month.

I had planned to have a completed Season to show you this time but I had a small fiasco with my chain I had planned to use.  This particular chain did not come from B’Sue which was my first mistake.  I always wear my Jewelry creations to ensure they are designed well and made well.  I wouldn’t want anything to snag or break too soon as that would upset the Customer and me and prevent any future sales.  So, its not good Customer Service to  put a poorly made product on the Market.  Needless to say, the bracelet snagged and broke within 3 hours of wear so I had to scrap all my chain and order some more from B’Sue Boutiques.  However, I believe I have enough completed pieces to show you this time around to illustrate my Vision plus I have learned a powerful lesson.  B’Sue to Begin With!! But, the best part of this goof is I love the bead and link chain from B’Sue so much better and so will customers.

Below are the original Fall charm bracelet and necklace I played around with when forming the idea for my line.

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As you can see, I have made a few changes with the most important being type of change used.  For this line, B’Sue Bead and Link chain will be used throughout.  (The Winter charm bracelet is made with this type of chain)

Now for pieces from my upcoming line. Some of these pieces are still not completely finished as they have a few extra components left to add but they are what I would consider 90% to 95% completed. But, before I show my pieces I wanted to discuss what I  have learned.  Many of us have discovered that we are learning so much more than we ever dreamed possible from this challenge.  It’s become more than just how to build a line of cohesive jewelry.  For many, it has changed other aspects in our lives, making us more confident and less fearful of change.  It has made many of us get more organized and serious about our Jewelry making and given us more confidence in general which has bled over into other aspects of our lives. We are learning how to become more efficient and daring.  Essentially, we are coming our of our shells and GOING FOR IT!!

A personal example for me is I have learned how to become more efficient.  I can now make a charm in less than a minute with my assembly line method.  So, I made my charms in advance which cuts so much time in creating that I can make more at one time.  My efficiency also means I can charge lower prices as I am not spending as much time creating the pieces.  Below are some the charms I have created.

The first picture is all four Seasons, the second is a handful of Fall and he third if a handful of Spring.

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Below are earrings for each Season.  Beginning with Fall, then Summer, Spring and Winter.

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One of my fears was that I would become unhappy not making one of a kind pieces for everyone but that fear has been alleviated. Even though I am making the same style pieces for each Season, every charm is slightly different making no two charm bracelets or necklaces identical.

Below are Cuff Bracelets for each Season

Summer and Winter

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Fall and Spring

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Fall Set of earrings and cuff bracelet.  The charm bracelet and necklace will be shown on the next Blog  Post.

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Below are the Charm bracelet, earrings and cuff bracelet for Winter.  The charm necklace will be shown on the next blog post.

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Below are the Summer charm bracelet, earrings and cuff bracelet.  The charm necklace will be shown on the next blog post.  The charm bracelet has been temporarily made using Rolo chain to show the colors and styles of charms.

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And finally, we have the cuff bracelet and earrings for Spring with the charm necklace and bracelet to be shown on the next blog post.

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I’m liking how the line is shaping up and I think they are very wearable designs. I would love to hear your comments and thoughts on the color choices and style choices.  I created the bracelets to be stacked together or worn together on separate wrists and I can’t wait for you t0 see the necklaces which will tie it all together.

So, until next time my friends!  Until next time.

Please visit my etsy shop and B’Sue Boutiques where I get my supplies.  It is Brenda Sue Lansdowne who is sponsoring this wonderful challenge/Master Class.  Please see below for your next Blog Hop addresses!!!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

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

Howling Dog Jewelry

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

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law

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