The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men – Blog Hop 3, Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques

So I am here on March 20, 2015, the day of Blog Hop #3, a day late and a dollar short. I could not DSCN1935get my line finished in time because of work constraints.

And bummer that it is, I’m just really excited for the time when I can take all of this knowledge and make it work for me.



What I know…

  • Time spent learning is never a waste – knowledge is yours forever.
  • Sometimes having the ideas and the will to make them happen are no match for having no time
  • When you have two things that you’ve committed to, the smart money is on the project that pays your bills – practicality trumps creativity.
  • I’m okay with that. A great job is hard to find, and I really enjoy my work.

What I’ve learned…

  • I’m already half-way there. Between the prototype jewelry line I’ve started for this course and the pieces that I have in my Etsy shop, I already have the beginnings of a collection in my shop – some tweaks here, and change in designs there, and I am on my way.
  • The importance of the Pyramid. Not the obnoxious Amway sales scheme, but this one:


  • I LOVE the art of fashion! This course has reminded me (again) why I love couture.  It is the art of our time and like good all art, Fashion with a capital “F” can be fun, or ridiculous, or it can take itself quite seriously.  Fashion can make you think, or blow your mind. Sometimes it will just plain piss you off – but it elicits an emotion, and creating emotion is a primary element of art – it makes you feel.dolce-gabanna-spring-2015-milan-fashion-week-02
  • To be successful, it’s important to know fashion – if only to know what you want to ignore. Haute couture is the basis for the choices we are given when choose our own clothes, jewelry and even home decor. Whether you shop at Barneys in New York or Walmart in a small town, your options are informed by capital “F” fashion.  With this in mind, it only makes sense to keep on top of and (hopefully) just a little bit ahead of trends and fashion.


I’ve learned these things and many more, too numerous to list and keep my blog post a length you’d want to read, and for that I am so glad I made the decision to take the course.

So again, thanks a million to Brenda Sue Lansdowne and all of my classmates for the fun, knowledge and camaraderie of the last three months. It was such a great opportunity, and I’m so glad I could be part of it. Please take the time to hop to the blogs of my fellow Challenge takers and see the always amazing and often prolific work of some amazing artisans!


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 — You are here
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 ab:coraldesign

27 thoughts on “The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men – Blog Hop 3, Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques

  1. I love the pieces you’ve made so far–esp. the anchor and the big flower with interesting “coin” flower beads in the chain. You’re so right, the jobs have to often come first. Hope you’ll keep commenting and posting in our Alumni class group so we can see more of your wonderful jewelry! :):)

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  2. Day jobs certainly do get in the way! But now you have showed us some of your finished work on FB and I think you are going to have a hit on your hands! Get ready for lots of orders and even less time! 😉

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  3. I tried to post the other day, but it wouldn’t work, so here I go again!
    – Soo glad you posted! Your designs seem timeless to me, so don’t worry that you won’t be on the cusp of the fashion industry. Your insight on fashion has helped me a lot and really reinforce my own. However, Practicality and Responsibility are always hard pills to swallow. There’s a little book called “They Tyranny of the Urgent” that you need to find & read. I first read it 30+ years ago & this is exactly what it talks about. The urgent needs of life always get in the way of the important. Your work is a joy to look at & I’ve really enjoyed looking at them and watching them develop.

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  4. I have complete faith you will get it all done… sometimes the bumps and potholes in the road of life are Grand Canyon size. It’s not when you get there, it’s getting here in 1 piece! Great start so far!

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  5. Amy I am so thrilled that you came to the hop. To be honest I think you were finshed before all of us. You had your pieces ready by the sceond blog hop while I was still shaking in my boots! You so did an awesome job Amy just awesome. I love your jewelry pieces and I had never seen that filigree stamping used in the manner that you created. Every aspect of your line is just beautiful. I’m sure that you had a vision in mind but according to the above picture in your blog your line is 4 seconds from being complete and then you are done plus you have some juicy goodies in your photo! Yippppeee you made it and I am so glad that you did! Warm Regards Louise

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  6. Amy, your pieces are unique and lovely. I totally get the part about not having enough time to work on your jewelry. Sometimes I get very frustrated by that but I’m grateful to have a good job that I like too! I hope you’ll keep posting as you finish more pieces. It’s been a great adventure so far.

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  7. Amy–What a great start! I understand the paycheck job coming first. After all, how would we be able to buy more jewelry supplies! LOL Thank you for taking the time to share your journey so far with us. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished pieces as you post them to the group. You have the makings of a great line in process and now the knowledge and support to go for it!

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  8. Honesty is the best policy! Love that you finished your blog with what you have. It is a great start of lovely jewelry. I hope to get started on an Etsy store one day soon. Enjoyed reading the fashion part……one of the things I need to think about more!

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  9. Amy, from your post you learned a lot that you can apply when you can devote more time to creating jewelry. We all gotta pay the bills, I work a full time job and travel extensively for business and it’s hard to balance the job and the time to make jewelry. I hope you keep in mind that you are an artist and a designer based on what you’ve shown and proudly call yourself that! Take care and good luck.

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  10. Amy, even though you don’t feel like you finished, you absolutely did, with your follow through. Your pieces are beautiful, and the points you made and the lessons learned make a complete winner, in my book!! Great job, Amy. Looking forward to seeing your line in the future.

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  11. Well done, Amy. You may not have been able to carry through with making everything you wanted to, but you got through the thought process and took away vital things for yourself, things that will make a difference in your creative life as well as making the time you expend and the money you spend! more profitable in the future. I am thrilled that you took time to join us and do your best, I know you worked very hard and were a vital part of many class discussions. All my best to you, and remember, this class will continue as a discussion group officially for a few weeks and then thereafter, a core group of brainstormers and commenters…..I’m leaving the page up this time as you all were my first group and I think I learned more than you did! I thank you for all your participation.

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  12. I’m glad you were able to write a blog post, Amy, even if you didn’t complete your line all the way. We’ve seen some lovely work on your pendants during the past months, and I know you’ll turn them into a great line when you can … and make sure you show us when you do! It’s been fun being int he class with you! Enjoy our early spring (and hope it lasts!) … and maybe someday we’ll be able to meet. 😉

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  13. Just promise you’ll show us when you have the time to play again! I’ve loved seeing your works progress over the last couple of months and I’d hate to miss the finish! ❤

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  14. You are definitely off to a great start with the beautiful components you’ve assembled so far. I hope you find the time to nurture this line into completion because it will surely be fabulous.

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  15. Amy, it has been a pleasure being in this class with you and this is a great blog post. Your pieces will come together when time permits and will sell! We all gained so much from this endeavor. I know you will go far with this knowledge when life gives you a little “breather!” I enjoyed your post. Keep up the good work!

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  16. This is not the end of the challenge. It’s the beginning of your new page of jewelry design. I learnt a lot from the class as well and just like you, many things are hanging there to finish. We are on the same boat. 🙂

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  17. Me too. Was really looking forward to seeing your final pieces. But I agree, sometimes no matter how hard we try, it seems that the universe has other plans for us.

    That’s OK. Like you say, nobody can take away what we’ve learned from us. I absolutely LOVE what you’ve created so far.

    Through this class, we all now have a strong knowledge of what works and what doesn’t in a line. And that I believe will help us immensely, whatever direction we want our jewelry making to go.

    All the best!

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