So I am here on March 20, 2015, the day of Blog Hop #3, a day late and a dollar short. I could not get 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.
- 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!
Where does the time go?! I feel like I just blogged, but it’s been over three weeks since I participated in Blog Hop Number One for the B’Sue Boutiques Build A Line challenge!
Although I’ve been quiet on the writing front, I’ve been busy on designing front – participating in discussions, asking questions, reading blogs and watching videos. All in all, I’ve been thinking out my line, choosing elements and components, and then choosing again in the parameters of the challenge.
The process isn’t new to me – I do much of my designing in my head before I ever start to build a piece, but the scope of it is. Creating a line means thinking how the pieces will go together, and how they will stand out within the line while complementing each other. Each individual design impacts the whole of the line. It’s a new approach for me, and so far, I’m enjoying it and learning a ton.
Here is my progress so far. I’ve created the focal cabochons and attached them to their cameos:
Into the cameo stampings
Now I’m just working out some final details:
Be sure to check back on Friday, for Blog Hop Number Two of the B’Sue Boutiques Build A Line challenge! In the meantime – check out my Etsy shop, Ameme Designs.
Welcome to Hoarder’s Corner
So this is my first post – and as I noted in my “about” section I’ve been making jewelry since the late nineties. I started out with some beads from my grandma’s stash, and a sewing needle and some thread. As I figured out that I enjoyed the craft, I also figured out that I wanted to make more than a string of beads to go over someone’s head.
I came to the conclusion that I needed the right tools…
A few books and a bunch (or so I thought at the time) of supplies later, I was hooked. Cleaning out my grandma’s house a few years later – who, I should mention, never threw anything away, ever – I made sure her jewelry making items always had a home with me. That was likely the beginning of Hoarder’s Corner.
What is Hoarder’s Corner? Hoarder’s Corner is the space (or spaces) where the tools and supplies and pieces of string to short to use but too pretty to throw away live. It’s the bookshelves with more paint and brushes and completed projects on them than books. Its the tops of tables and rolling drawers and boxes of magazine clippings and paper flowers and sewing supplies live together with the photography supplies and all the ephemera in a sort of organized, always increasing, might need to dig for it but it’s in there somewhere kind of harmony.
Hoarder’s Corner is where just about anything I’ve picked up and thought, “I can definitely make something with this” lands and stays, and stays. Until one day, miraculously, it does get used. More times than I can count, I’ve thought, “I should throw this away” and soon after used it in a design that just popped into my head. Beads can sit for 10 years, and then one day out of the blue, I’m getting to the point of running out of them. Because of this, I give in to the urge to keep whatever “useless” thing I “think” I should throw away, because I know that sooner or later another denizen of hoarder’s corner will find a new, permanent home in a design or project.
So, welcome again to Hoarder’s Corner. I hope you don’t mind a little clutter…