Join the 2016 Bead Peeps Annual Swap-n-Hop with Gloria & TreeZ!

My first Swap N Hop with Bead Peeps!

"Thee" Bead Peeps Badge is on my blog!
“Thee” Bead Peeps Badge is on my blog!

Just like Linda Anderson  and Gloria Allen! I’m now one of them!  I get to include #BeadPeepsSwap on my pages and blog post even!
I am so humbled by the amount of work that busy artists like Linda Anderson and others will put in, just to encourage and support the work of total strangers.  I am so grateful to be a part of this.
When I first started to explore the internet for jewelry How-Tos I kept seeing this little picture on the side of my favorite blogs.  It seemed like a seal that said “LOOK!  This is a real jewelry artist!”  Then I learned that there was so much more than just a blog badge that is the world of Bead Peeps.  Becoming a part of that is a real blessing.
I’m very late, but to actually be taking part in the 2016 Bead Peeps Swap-N-Hop was pretty unlikely, and I didn’t think it would happen.

The first unbelievable part of taking part in the  S-N-H (Swap-N-Hop) was being partnered with an artist I was introduced to when I first began to explore the idea of making and designing jewelry.  GLORIA ALLEN! of Gloria Allen Designs, Author of the Wings and Beads Blog – at http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com/
Gloria has a great Etsy shop too, you should drop in and see her great stuff!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/GloriaAllenDesigns?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count#items

Gloria's Bracelets are amazing. This one coordinates the 2015 color of the year.
Gloria’s Bracelets are amazing. This one coordinates the 2015 color of the year.

Scroll through Gloria’s posts over the last two years and you’ll see the work of a whimsical and intuitive designer.  You’ll also see a warm and giving person shining through.  Gloria challenges herself at every corner.  Taking part in a tremendous number of design challenges that are designed to inspire and stretch an artist. They’re intended to help others grow as much as the participant is.  Even when she’s learning and exploring new components, Gloria takes time to encourage and invite others to join her along the journey.  Regardless of whether she’s merely finishing what’s on her work-table for a regular Finish-Up-Friday, or studying the fashion colors of the year and designing jewelry to coordinate with it.

Exquisite necklace for a Finish-Up-Friday project
Exquisite necklace for a Finish-Up-Friday project

In some ways Gloria and I are worlds apart.  I live in an isolated farm house on the Kansas prairie and Gloria lives on the east coast in what we’d consider “The Big City back east.”  But it’s fascinating how similar our tastes are.  Mom’s to a large family of grown children, we’re both juggling life and everyday responsibilities with our need to create.

Almost immediately after I decided to jump in and join the swap disaster struck and life put up brick walls.  After struggling with health issues for years, I was zapped with several kidney stones in a row and basically ordered to go get things fixed.  So, instead of leisurely designing my pieces with the incredible components that appeared in my mailbox, I was being responsible. I took the time to get well and schedule a surgery at Mayo clinic to attempt to see that my health will improve.  That meant that in between kidney stones I was seeing all of my local specialists and getting all of my ducks in a row.  Then I was unexpectedly told to get some biopsies done& bam they were scheduled for the Thursday before the reveal & my son’s Saturday afternoon College Graduation!  AAAAaaagggh.
Anyhow, better late than never as they say.

Isaac's college graduation - a marvelous break from makering Saturday!
Isaac’s college graduation – a marvelous break from makering Saturday!

 

 

 

 

Of course another stumbling block is my own self – Do you ever know exactly where something is, but it’s not?  I ask myself  “How can I be such a “loser?”  I don’t mean that the way you might think.  I lose things.  I mean-  important stuff – that I just had!  Like the picture of my greatly adored focal and the components that Gloria sent!  I can describe everything in detail, I can describe where each component was sitting in the photo, but nope, I lost the photo.
Actually, I thought I’d lost some of the beads too!  I do that a lot.  Turn around and something’s lost that I must have to finish whatever it is that I’m working on.  Linda suggests we talk about challenges we faced to make our swap piece, well there’s one of my biggies – Brain Fog!

I can't find the picture! Quick, take a picture of all that's left!
I can’t find the picture! Quick, take a picture of all that’s left!

Someday the view will clear & I’ll be astonished to find everything exactly where it belongs!  So, now that the panic is over, and I’ve taken a photo of what I have left, I found the picture I need right here on the SD card that was on my desk.  Yea… that’s about the way it goes.

 

Aren't these wonderful? And a Tree! for TreeZ!
Aren’t these wonderful? And a Tree! for TreeZ!

Gloria was really inspired when she chose my pieces.  She ordered this incredible ceramic focal bead that’s a TREE!  It’s from Suzieqbeads  and is so exactly what I would have picked for myself.  She also included some perfect yellow rondells from Grace beads. Those were intended to show me just what I was missing by not learning sooner about “good” lampwork beads.  Quality shouts from the simplest looking bead.  I’m sold on artisan lampwork.

Amazing tree focal, and a wing, for Flying when you can't walk.
Amazing tree focal, and a wing, for Flying when you can’t walk.

To go with those were also some marvelous ceramic beads to accompany the focal and the lampwork.  They are all in warm earthy orange and brown along with some lustrous glass pearls that have a warm apricot glow to them.  Perfect to pair with the copper I love to work with.

 

 

 

The fascinating thing I found as I worked more closely with the orange beads were the silver highlight polka-dots and swirls.  They inspired me to make the second necklace with silver and copper wire.

The Wonky September - flattened, twisted, shined and beaded.
The Wonky September – flattened, twisted, shined and beaded.

I used some of the copper that had the patina applied, but I also polished and brightened some of the copper that I was twisting and hammering.
Did Gloria know that I often think “When you can’t walk Fly!?”  Well, I do, and she added a great copper wing that will soon be on a bracelet with those words stamped onto a piece I annealed – ready to stamp.

 

I’m not sure why, but even though they’re all the same components, one piece has more of a late summer feel while the other feels very dark and cozy, kind of autumn woodsy. I’m not sure how I come up with that idea, but it’s like September and November. If you’re asked, you know that they’re both technically called the “Fall” but you know they’re totally different.

Suziequebeads focal tree with some Funky tribal, bohemian add-ons.
Suziequebeads focal tree with some Funky tribal, bohemian add-ons.

There’s an uncompleted necklace here too, teaching yourself wire weaving when you can’t even stick to your own drawings isn’t a recipe for instant success.  This is something I definitely want to stick too, but maybe not this week.

Okay, this is way more difficult to get pretty than it looks!
Okay, this is way more difficult to get pretty than it looks!

 

 

 

 

 

The sunflower pillow beads from Grace beads that Gloria sent as a gift were originally going to be earrings, until I looked in my stash of special beads.  There were these ceramic beads that match the leaves almost exactly.  I also had several Czech flowers that imitate the sunflowers  and well.. . . I need to think on this some more.

The Grace Sunflower pillows with lampwork rondelles and ceramic spacers.
The Grace Sunflower pillows with lampwork rondelles and ceramic spacers.

Come back someday soon.  I’d love to show you how I learned to make my own headpins for this challenge and how to make and reduce a polymer clay cane to make Day Lily’s for Gloria’s stash.

We have fire! One ball pin coming up!
We have fire! One ball pin coming up!

Gloria is taking part in a wonderful weekend retreat with Christi Friesen and Brenda Sue Lansdowne and Katie Oskin and many, many others this weekend.  I’d planned to go before we found out about my trip to Mayo, so I sent her some goodies to use in one of the classes where they’ll learn about Haskell type caging.  You’ll have to stop by her blog and see what kind of wonderful ideas she’s gathered to share with us.

At last. I refilled and resorted beads and focals for Gloria a ridiculous number of times.
At last. I refilled and resorted beads and focals for Gloria a ridiculous number of times.

I had such a hard time deciding what was good enough to send to Gloria to work with.  She buys and uses some of the best beads that I’ve ever seen, and so many of them are artisan made.  She’s met so many wonderful bead designers, true artisans themselves, and she’s shared them with us all.  She inspired me to seek the best possible beads, and always try to use artisan produced materials, so I only wanted to send her the best of what I could find.

 

Appliqued polymer clay day lilies.
Appliqued polymer clay day lilies.

It wasn’t until I sat down to make some day lilies that I realized how much I wanted to make and send Gloria something I’d designed and made just for her.

 

 

 

I drew some elegant and sweeping Art Noveau type wire weaving and wrapping, but when my fingers get ahold of the wire and beads, something different always comes out.  Someday, I must get the brain and the hands to communicate better!
Thanks for stopping by!

All the finished and unfinished pieces made from Gloria's choice of components.
All the finished and unfinished pieces made from Gloria’s choice of components.

Here is the photo of all the pieces in my new collection, earrings and necklaces for now, and a bracelet in the works.
Please be sure and stop by Gloria’s Blog and Linda Anderson’s and all the rest.  You’ll be so inspired if you do!

 

 

 

 

 

Main focal necklace and assigned earrings.
Main focal necklace and assigned earrings.

 

 

 

 

Earrings that match either necklace.
Earrings that match either necklace.

 

 

 

 

As you hop through the following pages, think about what incredible jewelry these designers were able to come up with, even though they weren’t the ones to choose their focal pieces or components.  I’m sure it was a real challenge, but it will yield real benefits for us all.  You may have guessed by now, but the idea for the blog hop is for us to choose the components for our partner, and see what we can do with what our partners have chosen for us!  The pairs are listed together below.

Pop by Gloria’s first if you would please, and leave her an encouraging not.  After that, be sure to read Linda Anderson’s post. She’s our hostess and deserving of your thanks for making this all possible~

THIS IS WHERE YOU’RE AT RIGHT NOW!
*       Marcy Lamberson http://www.studiomarcy.blogspot.com
*      Terry Jeanette Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
*      Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
*        Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com
*       ROBIN REED http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
*      Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/ Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
*       Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
*      Rachel Mallis http://mintmonarch.com
*      Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com
SEEDERS – As in Seed Beaders & wow do they do some detailed work!
*      Suse Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de
*      sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
*       Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
*      Brandy Scozzari http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com
*      Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW/
*     Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com

A Challenged Life in a New Year

New Year's day has been a time of celebration since time began.
New Year’s day has been a time of celebration since time began.

Where did 2015 go?
I don’t have a clue, but as it’s now February 2016, it most definitely is gone!  Time unravels like a ball of string and I just don’t seem fast enough to keep winding it up again!

 

 

 

 

Winding up time like a string.
Winding up time like a string.

Did I spend enough of it doing something that mattered?  I know there were many weeks taken up with healing, rehabilitating and then once more, being ill and getting better again.  Many hours were taken up with the urgent things in life, even though I dreamed of doing something important, dinner had to be cooked, laundry folded & dishes done.

One of the biggest events of 2015 was I became an empty nester, sort of.  My youngest went to college, so no more homeschooling attempts. Though my daughters sleep here, all the boys are gone, though our second son does drop in to sleep on Saturday nights. One daughter bought a home last week & the other is making plans to get some professional license tests taken, then she’ll go for a promotion & be gone too. Of course I’m hoping they’ll keep their horses here, and that the dogs will be down in numbers.

My walking buddies! Jacey and Elbe, they can't wait for what comes next!
My walking buddies! Jacey and Elbe, they can’t wait for what comes next!

Now that I don’t really have anyone at home depending on me, my time is “my own.” Do you know what I’ve discovered? With all the time in the world to do what I want, I get nothing done.    Yes, I’m disabled, so doing anything takes more time than it will for other people, but I still find I need deadlines, a reason to get things done.

That’s the main reason for joining challenges.  To have a reason to get finished.  To work harder & be better at “it” than I was yesterday, whatever “it” is.  It’s not about being better than someone else, just better than I was yesterday.

I did finish the 2015 BALC - B'Sue Boutique's Build-A-Line Challenge
I did finish the 2015 BALC – B’Sue Boutique’s Build-A-Line Challenge

Some time last year was spent being creative & creating, but not nearly enough.  Unfortunately,  I mostly can’t account for all of the time I was given, and like the rest of you, it is gone.  Some day I’m going to have to account for that wastefulness, give an accounting of what I had but threw away.  For not spending it wisely, not keeping up with the truly important activities like I should have, could have.  There’s a quiet voice inside that tells me when I blow it, but if I get too busy with urgent stuff it gets muffled and forgotten.  My goal this year is to write down those important things & let the dishes sit until the important’s done and the urgent is quiet.

 

Where is my 2016 going?

We are all so busy with our lives, with what we want to do, who we want to become, it’s really hard to take time and make plans.  We’re always sidetracked by the urgent, and never get to the important.  That’s why I’ve decided to take part in challenges.  Nothing big or earth-shattering, but regularly scheduled ones that don’t take Herculean efforts to get them done.

My last post was about a challenge I was taking part in, using a new plastic film that was designed for art applications.  There weren’t enough entrants to complete the competition, so it’s still open, even after three months.

The hummingbird body with Tavoos film wings and tail
The hummingbird body with Tavoos film wings and tail

The prize was pretty big for something of this type, and I’ve put in the angel I talked about in November and another, a hummingbird, I finished in December.   I hope to add some wind-chimes and polymer flowers to this bird still, but he’s ready to fly as is.

So, there’s a simple challenge that’s been unmet, and it’s well worth taking part in.  It takes a little investment, purchasing the film, but you learn so much experimenting with a new material, and the developer is a really nice person, open to artistic input.  It will be an exciting adventure to look for more of them.  There’s new people to meet, even if it’s just via on-line chats.  There are new things to try, designs to attempt, and footsteps to follow.

Work willingly as you travel your road
Work willingly as you travel your road

I don’t consider myself very introspective, but as I’ve said, one thing I have a lot of these days is time – most of it is spent alone with my thoughts.  Even if I can’t be physically active and busy, there’s so much to occupy my mind with.  Designs to dream of, books to read, techniques to study, as well as a family to plan for.  Everything takes a plan, and we have to plan to succeed as well.   Forty years ago I was taught to look for ways to do everything with excellence to the best of my ability.  To make things beautiful because others would look at it and be drawn in.  It’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten.

Can you say with me “I really, really enjoy my life?”  Can you take the time to just endeavor, to stretch and grow, to work when you’re able, sing if you can and create something new?  Why don’t you try it too?  Even if it’s a new way to sweep the floor!  That would be really something wouldn’t it, I don’t think brooms have changed much in 500 years, but you might be the one to come up with that new idea!

Proverbs 31:25-26
Proverbs 31:25-26

Have you ever considered the high regard the Lord gave and gives to artisans?  Do you know that the art of creating something with your hands is a blessing and a gift?  It’s humbling to read how God sought out the best artist in the Bible to serve Him & build His tabernacle & the temple.  He wanted artists to bring His message to the world,  gifted artists with unique & varied skills.

Ultimately I’d really love it if I can be compared to the Apostle Paul’s Lydia, or a woman worth more than rubies like the “Worthy Woman” of Proverbs 31. But for now, I’m just going to work at being the best me I can.  Some days that might mean Challenging myself and others it will mean being challenged.  Endeavoring to grow, not just as an artist, but in truly important ways- in faith, and grace, and love.   I hope that means I’ll become a  better woman, wife, mom, and artist.

 

Tavoos Arts Film Contest Entry – Harriet the Snow Angel by Teresa Schurter

Wow.
What a week I’ve just had.  I finished it off with a new OOAK figurine- a Snow Angel named Harriet!

Harriet Sporting Tavoos Film wings and a Snowflake Harriet & her Snowflake bouquet made from Tavoos Film and vintage Czech Crystals
Harriet Sporting Tavoos Film wings and a Snowflake Harriet & her Snowflake bouquet made from Tavoos Film and vintage Czech Crystals

This is the story of how I arrived at the creation of my first OOAK doll sculpture, and a “shameless plug” asking for your vote for my piece. PLEASE if you could be so kind as to spend a minute?

Just go to http://www.tavoosarts.com/#!contest/c1xg2  and type my name – Teresa Schurter – in the blank, super fast, super simple! And thanks so much.

Snowflake Bouquet of Tavoos Crystals, Vintage Czech Crystals and tiny rhinestone bar mountings.
Snowflake Bouquet of Tavoos Crystals, Vintage Czech Crystals and tiny rhinestone bar mountings.

 

To continue in our saga, Life rolls and races, ‘err sometimes Crashes, along to show that what you plan to do isn’t always as important as just doing something you can be proud of.  Case in point, I now have a Snow Angel, instead of a dragon!  It took a lot of time and help from Marie and Roger and a bit even from Anna to help me change gears and get and entry done in time.  Marie especially stayed up with me into the wee hours; rolling and extruding and conditioning and kibbitzing and encouraging, all to help me so I had the energy to “get’er done!”

Not really Dragon wings here, but aren't the colors cool? Don't you Love how it glows in different colors? I do.
Not really Dragon wings here, but aren’t the colors cool? Don’t you Love how it glows in different colors? I do.

 

In a post by Christi Friesen I learned about a contest featuring some new art material called Tavoos Film. I liked their theme of “Science Transformed into Art.”   Here’s their site   http://www.tavoosarts.com/

 

Since I was planning work on a dragon for my son Isaac, and thought the Tavoos Art Film would make extraordinary fins and wings I looked it up.

Not really Dragon wings here, but aren't the colors cool? Love how it glows in different colors? I do.
Not really Dragon wings here, but aren’t the colors cool? Love how it glows in different colors? I do.

 

 

Plus the contest sounded great! Who wouldn’t want to enter for a great gift certificate to a Hobby Store!

So I ordered my film samples and got busy – Really Busy – making an armature.  I’m talking about my first armature here, the dragon, which you don’t see in these photos.   Why not you may ask.  Well, we had a major melt-down. Quite literally I’m talking a horrific, disastrous, took 6 hours to clean up the mess melting goo,  all over my work-space and tools, meltdown.
You see, I bought a few left-over pounds of polymer clay from our home-school group after we did some work with polymer clay for art class.  My guess is that the other mom mixed up some kind of modeling material in her box of polymer clay, and gave me two blocks of mystery clay with my other blocks.  The group had ten pounds left and we were buying the open boxes to help out.  Live and learn I guess. No ones fault, but take note, “When faced with mystery clay it’s a good idea to take a bit and bake it to see how well it works before spending twenty hours building your sculpture with it.”  Even if it feels and looks just like the other clay you’ve used before.

The Dragon is ready for his body, Just need to reinforce those spindly legs.
The Dragon is ready for his body, Just need to reinforce those spindly legs.

 

Of course I was so excited that he would stand up, on his own, and how well the body turned out that I never took a “before baking” photo.  As the Bible says, “Pride goeth before the fall.” Boy was I proud of that thing.  The muscles looked great, the tail was perfect, all I had to add were the feet, face, wings and fins.  I’d drawn up the shapes I wanted for those parts and was elated to be putting it in the oven three days before the deadline.  Well, my balloon popped with a resounding sound when he came from the oven.  I was too sad to even cry.  Here’s what’s left.  It took all the next day to clean up and condition more clay for another figure.

A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.
A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.

I couldn’t afford the time to thoroughly clean the dragon, so I had to go forward with something else.  Aren’t we supposed to live our lives that way?

A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.
A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.

Trusting and going forward even when we’re feeling like we want to curl up and just cry away the disasters.

It takes some time and help, a lot of love and a belief in the Lord who truly makes the plans for us to do it. But it’s important to always keep going forward.

Shimmering wings and a curly mop of hair, a wonky, funky kind of angel, just my style!
Shimmering wings and a curly mop of hair, a wonky, funky kind of angel, just my style!

 

 

 

When you haven’t got anything left to make a fire with, try making ice.  If you can’t walk I say, Why don’t you fly?

You’re all great for sticking with me through this creative journey, and I Treazur you all!

 

Join B’Sue’s Change it Up Blog Hop

Sunflowers brighten every morning with their exuberance, and designers create unique beauty too..
Sunflowers brighten every morning with their exuberance.

 

They’re at it again!  Brightening our days with creative excellence.

Each flower and blade of grass is a unique creation with its own special beauty.
Each flower and blade of grass is a unique creation with its own special beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

You have to come and see these new jewelry pieces to truly appreciate them and the designers who created them.

 

Blog Theme - Look at everything from a different perspective - Your Own!
Blog Theme – Look at everything from a different perspective – Your Own!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne and the marvelous members of the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group are holding another jewelry design extravaganza.

 

 

 

This time Brenda challenged the designers to choose from just a few of her marvelous stampings to see what unique pieces of jewelry each one of them could make from the same starting point.

Great quality brass stampings to be used in the Change It Up Blog.
Great quality brass stampings to be used in the Change It Up Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I could have joined in on this one, but my journey this summer has been in a different direction, one of healing and growing.

 

I’m enjoying the beauty of the approaching fall weather, collecting and drying flowers to experiment with in the coming months, and continuing to learn new things each day.

 

Flowers I've dried to add to resin. Then I'll add B'Sue brass for that special touch.
Flowers I’ve dried to add to resin. Then I’ll add B’Sue brass for that special touch.

 

 

 

You can find beauty of the Lord’s creation everywhere you look, even when you least expect it.  In the same way that we’re created as individuals we all have unique ways of looking at the world around us.  These designers each have a unique style all their own, and bring a diverse range of artistic expression, experience and skill levels to every piece they make.

 

Each one of these designs will be as unique and special as the flowers I’ve collected this week to dry.

Flowers I've collected to enjoy later.
Flowers I’ve collected to enjoy later.

 

 

So join the girls and I as we take a walk through these blogs and see real creativity at play!

My walking buddies! Jacey and Elbe, they can't wait for what comes next!
My walking buddies! Jacey and Elbe, they can’t wait for what comes next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015  – See what everyone has done & ENJOY!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

Build A Line Challenge Finalé – TreeZ’S. Treazurs Branches Out!

 

Before I say another word, I must say an incredible “THANK YOU!” to Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutique and her amazing design team.   You ladies have changed my life & I am eternally grateful.

Wow, This is it. We’re at the end our our days of working and learning with the help of Brenda, her team and over 50 other amazing women who joined this class in January.  When I anxiously planned my pitch to Brenda Sue and asked to join this challenge, I had no idea what was involved.  I didn’t tell her that I’d never actually sold any jewelry and only made a precious few pieces.  I’ve since learned there are tiers of jewelry workers, hobbyist, maker, designer, etc…  I think I ranked a few steps below hobbyist :)  Not a day has gone by that I haven’t learned and studied and sought out more answers.  I’ve cried, quit & started again, several times.  I’ve made more mistakes than I can count, and I’d do it all again given a chance.  My family would definitely have me committed if I did, but that’s another story.

So now, with out further ado (Drum-roll please!) I present to you,

THE VINE & THE BRANCHES Line from TreeZ’S. Treazurs.

This is the first spring/summer color-way for the Vine & Branches Line.   This pair of barrettes has rings on the back to attach chain and strung beads to convert to sweater clips.

This is the first spring/summer color-way for the Vine & Branches Line. This pair of barrettes has rings on the back to attach chain and strung beads to convert to sweater clips.

 

You’ve seen many pictures last month of the ideas that started coming to me when I finally figured it all out, the barrette set above is the first -and only piece so far- that I designed just with the spring and summer colors in mind.  The branches are tiny pieces of sea sponge branches soaked in resin and are as light as air.

I won’t have much to say after this, I have written reams for captions, so just look at the pictures and let me know what you think!  Please scroll to the bottom and follow the links included to the other designers pages too. I’m sure you’ll be very impressed with the body of work they have to present to you.

First assemblage brooch combining iron, brass and rose ox finishes as well as a little grape cluster.
First assemblage brooch combining iron, brass and rose ox finishes as well as a little grape cluster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brooch can stand alone or be worn with the companion piece linked by a bead chain or string.
This brooch can stand alone or be worn with the companion piece linked by a bead chain or string.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side two of the companion brooches. This resin paper took more to make and stamp than planned, as usual, but I will definitely make more.
Side two of the companion brooches. This resin paper took more to make and stamp than planned, as usual, but I will definitely make more.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's what the pair of brooches will look like side by side. I have a great chain of clear green, pink and orchid crystals mixed with brass that looks just marvelous with them, but of course I forgot to bring it into the photo room with me. The grapes are a repeat set of resin filled with glitter I made just for this pair. I made the color deeper to match the crystals in the chain, it's really a great match! Can't you tell :)
Here’s what the pair of brooches will look like side by side. I have a great chain of clear green, pink and orchid crystals mixed with brass that looks just marvelous with them, but of course I forgot to bring it into the photo room with me. The grapes are a repeat set of resin filled with glitter I made just for this pair. I made the color deeper to match the crystals in the chain, it’s really a great match! Can’t you tell :)

 

 

I just loved the look of the Cha-Cha bracelets I saw the other ladies in the class produce, so I had to try one out myself. I love to work with the black iron wire and have really enjoyed seeing what I can make with it to imitate vines for this line. It's so much easier than bending, drying, sealing and coating the real vines I collected to use. I will still make some of each, but these will be a mainstay of my collections I'm sure.
I just loved the look of the Cha-Cha bracelets I saw the other ladies in the class produce, so I had to try one out myself. I love to work with the black iron wire and have really enjoyed seeing what I can make with it to imitate vines for this line. It’s so much easier than bending, drying, sealing and coating the real vines I collected to use. I will still make some of each, but these will be a mainstay of my collections I’m sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of you will have seen this set before on my Pinterest and facebook posts, it's still one of my favorites, maybe because it was the first one to turn out right!
Most of you will have seen this set before on my Pinterest and facebook posts, it’s still one of my favorites, maybe because it was the first one to turn out right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's my icing on the cake. I wish we'd had a sunny day so the colors really showed up for you to see. This is a memory wire bracelet with a pin down the middle made of black iron, the loops on the ends are for charms or a chain/ring for a hand bracelet.  I had so much fun forming each and every one of those tiny grapes. This is the piece I gave my daughter Marie for all her help with this blog. I don't know what I'll do to thank the rest of the crew for putting up with me these last three months.
Here’s my icing on the cake. I wish we’d had a sunny day so the colors really showed up for you to see. This is a memory wire bracelet with a pin down the middle made of black iron, the loops on the ends are for charms or a chain/ring for a hand bracelet. I had so much fun forming each and every one of those tiny grapes. This is the piece I gave my daughter Marie for all her help with this blog. I don’t know what I’ll do to thank the rest of the crew for putting up with me these last three months.

 

So after nearly four years of intense to unbearable drought we’ve finally been blessed with rain, for two days straight! Am I ungrateful for wishing it would have been sunny just long enough for this one photo? Yeah, I think so too. I’ll add a picture on the Bohemian Vibe facebook page soon.

 

 

 

 

 

I had grandiose plans for some “amazing” necklaces that I truly wanted to get done for the challenge.  However, my skills didn’t match my wishes, and my time didn’t either.  I had to decide if I was going to complete the pieces that I could do well or just consume it all with two or three show-stoppers.  The bottom and middle of the pricing pyramid won.  I have so many parts ready to assemble for simple necklaces and earrings now, as well as bracelets and brooches, that I can add 20 or 30 more items to my inventory in a very short time.  These beloved ideas will still be there waiting for me to add to them slowly as my skills increase.

This is one of my originals, I need to add some zip to the front with grape clusters I've made but forgot to photo as usual. Yes, this is one of the real branches I've mentioned.
This is one of my originals, I need to add some zip to the front with grape clusters I’ve made but forgot to photo as usual. Yes, this is one of the real branches I’ve mentioned.

 

 

This is the back of the Joy Branch statement necklace. There's a pair of earrings that match. I stamped my logo onto a blank & glued it on, but it's pretty illegible. I'll have to try and color it again. The color came off w/ the glue onto the clamp.
This is the back of the Joy Branch statement necklace. There’s a pair of earrings that match. I stamped my logo onto a blank & glued it on, but it’s pretty illegible. I’ll have to try and color it again. The color came off w/ the glue onto the clamp.

 

Antique brass & Austrian Crystal branches to match the statement necklace. I found another dozen of them, so I can make a few more, but I need to polish them better. The photo shows not all the oxidation cleaned up.
Antique brass & Austrian Crystal branches to match the statement necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this is the finished Joy Branch. I've added some leaves to cover the wire, but I think it needs more small fill pieces & color. The grape cluster is polymer in a very old dimensional grape cluster that matches a B'Sue piece, only it's about three times larger. That means I can sometimes use the smaller one for earrings!  There's a surprise included!
I think this is the finished Joy Branch. I’ve added some leaves to cover the wire, but I think it needs more small fill pieces & color. The grape cluster is polymer in a very old dimensional grape cluster that matches a B’Sue piece, only it’s about three times larger. That means I can sometimes use the smaller one for earrings! There’s a surprise included!         
I hope the chain in the middle of the branch was a clue :) This over the top necklace has a little one included that you can detach and wear alone! a Two-For-One deal!
I hope the chain in the middle of the branch was a clue :) This over the top necklace has a little one included that you can detach and wear alone! a Two-For-One deal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found another dozen of the crystal branches, so I can make a few more, but I need to polish them better. The photo shows not all the oxidation cleaned up.   The little green leaves swing from copper chain when they’re on, and the swoopy swirly feather from B’Sue Boutique adds a lot of movement too. I want to add more of these to the necklace as well as this that and the other thing or three.  I’m going to use some of these feathers on a pair of earrings for my sister. They’re exactly like the feathers she quilted into her prize winning applique quilt. Suprise sisssy!

Here's the result of many hours searching for a good recipe for a faux opal made of polymer clay. I decided to wait to finish it rather than hurry and risk damaging these little glass faux opals. They're made in Germany around 1946. I love this so much I've already ordered more. This first lot of opals aren't the best, but they are repeatable & can be improved on too. I have to experiment with the finish on the brass now to get a glassy deep luster that imitates enamel. I think I've seen a video about that, hmmm....

Here’s the result of many hours searching for a good recipe for a faux opal made of polymer clay. I decided to wait to finish it rather than hurry and risk damaging these little glass faux opals. They’re made in Germany around 1946. I love this so much I’ve already ordered more. This first lot of opals aren’t the best, but they are repeatable & can be improved on too. I have to experiment with the finish on the brass now to get a glassy deep luster that imitates enamel. I think I’ve seen a video about that, hmmm….

 

 

This color-way of pinky opals surrounded by green is for spring and summer. I just can't decide if I want to go with pink givre rhinestones, pink crystals, pink porcelain, or a mix. I had this old Swarovski chain & had thought I'd just mix the pink & one of the greens, but then I took a second look, and B'Sue Boutique sent those little pink rosebuds in my WTW giftie & I had to do some more thinking. I have very few pink givre beads to match these crystals, so I think it will be the porcelain and green and white crystals. The purple is still my favorite, but the green and pink work well on cooler skin-tones.
This color-way of pinky opals surrounded by green is for spring and summer. I just can’t decide if I want to go with pink givre rhinestones, pink crystals, pink porcelain, or a mix. I had this old Swarovski chain & had thought I’d just mix the pink & one of the greens, but then I took a second look, and B’Sue Boutique sent those little pink rosebuds in my WTW giftie & I had to do some more thinking. I have very few pink givre beads to match these crystals, so I think it will be the porcelain and green and white crystals. The purple is still my favorite, but the green and pink work well on cooler skin-tones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used some Apoxie Sculpt to adhere the barrette clips and brooch pins to the backs of the filigrees on some of the other designs, so when I had a little ball left I decided to see what I could do with it. I never checked which ring blank I grabbed, so this is just a pinky ring, but it was a lot of fun.

A little pinky ring I made with some Apoxie Sculpt and a ring bezel. There are some mini jump rings inserted into the epoxy to add mini charms! I mixed this to match the Pantone Lucite Green for the spring, so now I have a recipe for making some other pieces that really works well.
A little pinky ring I made with some Apoxie Sculpt and a ring bezel. There are some mini jump rings inserted into the epoxy to add mini charms! I mixed this to match the Pantone Lucite Green for the spring, so now I have a recipe for making some other pieces that really works well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am only a very small part of this amazing Build-A-Line Challenge.  Below are the names of some very, very talented designers who have been working at designing their own lines of jewelry since this adventure started in January.  Please hop on over and visit each one of them. You’ll be very glad you did.

The final participants are:

Our Intrepid Leader,

Brenda Sue Lansdowne   . . . .      Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Now Everylone! Let’s Hop-To-It!      The final participants are:

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 Schurter . . . . .   TreeZ’s Treasurs     YOU’VE MADE IT! YOU ARE HERE – – – Get another cup of tea and keep on Hopping! Please remember to let the others know how much you like their designs, they’re all very talented and have worked very hard, so please leave them a word of encouragement.

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

Here’s a P.S. for you all:      Well, I couldn’t stop even though it was Friday and my post was up :)  I decided to try to finish up the Joy Branch and add the grape cluster! Hope you like it.

 

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques – Blog Hop, Part TWO – TreeZ’S. Treazurs by Teresa Schurter- The Vine & Branches

Finally I figured out how to make a simplified version of my intricate necklace.
Finally I figured out how to make a simplified version of my intricate necklace.

We’ve arrived at the middle of our Build-A-Line Challenge Classroom with Brenda Sue Lansdowne. We’re being led with a loose but loving group of hands, and hopefully one set is our own. I’ve realized that the challenge is not just a contest about winning, but it’s all about learning.

Our ultimate goal in this class is to design a line of jewelry that is cohesive and looks like it’s all been made by the same designer. We’ve learned that we need to have levels of complexity in our pieces so that we can have different price points. If we only have “Over-the-Top,” “One-of-A-Kind” pieces in our collection we’ll be limiting our customer base. That makes total sense. One thing that Brenda Sue and the rest of her design team strives to do for us is to teach us common sense. Obviously one thing I’m in very short supply of, as proven by my first and second necklaces. My first necklace is still growing - literally. It needs some flowers, there's coloring to be done on the etched parts & more & more. Definitely WAY over the top!

My first necklace is still growing – literally. It needs some flowers, there’s coloring to be done on the etched parts & more & more. Definitely WAY over the top!

This one is the second, supposedly simpler necklace and also obviously not done by a long shot.
This one is the second, supposedly simpler necklace and also obviously not done by a long shot.

The class kept discussing what we needed to do to brand ourselves, how to package our items so when a customer went home with one of OUR treasures everyone would know immediately where it came from. Designer after designer was showing her wonderful work. Simple, unique, with clean lines and cohesive looks. Brenda Sue made a wonderful new video showing how she made her line based on her first piece. I got it, I understood it, but I couldn’t seem to make it. Then late one night I got out that classic book by Deanna Farneti Cera “The Jewels of Miriam Haskell.” There’s a picture in there that’s so close to what I was working on for my first necklace it had to have come out of my subconscious memory of the first time I checked this book out of the library.

Title page and photo of "The Jewels of Miriam Haskell." Obviously a display piece.
Title page and photo of “The Jewels of Miriam Haskell.” Obviously a display piece.

Now obviously no one’s going to wear all those leaves on a regular basis, so I looked at the following pages.

Here is what's under all the vine leaves, an entire line of pieces from simple to intricate, and I'm sure the prices matched!
Here is what’s under all the vine leaves, an entire line of pieces from simple to intricate, and I’m sure the prices matched!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I continued to read, VERY late into the night I started to SEE it, how I could still say what I wanted, actually NEEDED to say with my jewelry, and make it SIMPLE.

Picture copied from http://ubdavid.org
Picture copied from http://ubdavid.org

This is Not cheap jewelry, as some may fear, we’ve been discussing that for days and days.  This is merely scaled down jewelry based on our ultimate pieces. It will be made in such a way that anyone can afford it, and most everyone interested in our style will want it.

It's all in here, but this will be so much easier to produce and to wear.
It’s all in here, but this will be so much easier to produce and to wear.

Each piece will work with the others and can be added to whatever parts of the whole the client already has purchased. If a husband shows up wanting to buy a part of the set I can say, “Well, does she have the necklace?  What about getting her the hair barrettes?

Once I "saw" how to simplify the idea, I came up with several pieces that worked together.  This needs coloring and I ran out of polymer leaves, but it won't take long to complete it now.
Once I “saw” how to simplify the idea, I came up with several pieces that worked together. This needs coloring and I ran out of polymer leaves, but it won’t take long to complete it now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I saw more pieces designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell I had more ideas than time to organize them.

This will be a somewhat elaborate wrap bracelet.
This will be a somewhat elaborate wrap bracelet.

I took the whole pile of everything I’d bought from B’Sue Boutique and everything I’d made so far & started spreading it out on my bed so I could see it all at once.

Sorry that this picture is hard to see - I had to step back to get it all in.
Sorry that this picture is hard to see – I had to step back to get it all in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d seen pictures in Cera’s book showing Chatelaine clips, Sautoirs, wrap bracelets, lariat necklaces, earrings of all types and clusters.

The beginning of a sautoir or chatelaine clip. I want to add a little to it still.
The beginning of a sautoir or chatelaine clip. I want to add a little to it still.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came up with more pairs of earrings as well.

A very old set of crystal branches are the basis for these earrings.
A very old set of crystal branches are the basis for these earrings.

My favorite ones can’t be reproduced more than once, since I only have a few pieces of these crystal branches.

 

 

I had so many NEW ideas – based on the research I was doing as well as the help from all of the participants in our class, the design team and of course our intrepid leader Brenda Sue herself.

I was on the verge of giving up on this idea and switching to my back up design, which I really like too, but I felt like I’d failed.  I definitely wasn’t living up to my feeling that I was going to prosper like “a tree planted by living water.”

Psalm 1:3
Psalm 1:3

One of my favorite verses, based partly on my nickname of Trees.

So now that I’ve spent weeks trying out new techniques, and feeling like I haven’t actually mastered any of them,

My first etched leaves. Boy do I need to work on that skill!
My first etched leaves. Boy do I need to work on that skill!

 

 

 

 

I feel like I’m ready to begin!  You may be thinking “It’s about time lady!” And you are so right.

Resin encrusted leaves, and branches as well as poured resin pieces. There's still some in the molds. I couldn't wait to see it so I demolded it & then had to keep it on the plate because it's still sticky-ish.
Resin encrusted leaves, and branches as well as poured resin pieces. There’s still some in the molds. I couldn’t wait to see it so I demolded it & then had to keep it on the plate because it’s still sticky-ish.

 

 

 

 

 

So, tonight, instead of typing up my blog like a good little girl, I started playing with another idea! I had so much fun!

First I made my grape cluster. This is harder than it looked in the picture, of course!
First I made my grape cluster. This is harder than it looked in the picture, of course!

 

 

 

 

This bracelet seemed to make itself, or almost anyhow.  I need to take the stamping blank off and learn how to stamp in the wording. I’m not too keen on etching right now, but I’ll save that info for another post.  My daughter’s are both in love with this one, and the branch is a lot faster to make than resin coating a real one!

Combining a little wrapped wire, some ideas from the Bohemian Bangles video I've been watching and a lot of B'Sue's pieces this bracelet made itself!
Combining a little wrapped wire, some ideas from the Bohemian Bangles video I’ve been watching and a lot of B’Sue’s pieces, this bracelet made itself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take the time to follow the other ladies through all of their trials and travails too. I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I have been.

 

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

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

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

You are Here for –   Teresa Shurter  TreeZ’s Treasurs     Keep going!   

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

 

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques, Teresa Schurter of TreeZ’S. Treazurs, Part One- A Leap in Faith

 

Left: Searching for that perfect piece of vine on the porch. Right: Working with lace and vines at the workbench.
Left: Searching for that perfect piece of vine on the porch.
Right: Working with lace and vines at the workbench.

WOW –   Here it is folks.  One Giant leap for woman-kind!   Well this woman anyhow.   I – Teresa Schurter – resident designer at TreeZS. Treazurs – am announcing to the world (anyone reading this blog and my facebook posts) that I am a part of the B’Sue Boutique’s Build-A-Line Challenge.  With the help of my family & strength from the Lord I’m leaping into designing a new line of jewelry.  You are now seeing my first step and sharing in my small part in the Build-A-Line Challenge.  What challenge is that you’re asking?

Left: Components from B'Sue. Center: Resin paper and grape leaves. Left: washed brass - not from B'Sue
Left: Components from B’Sue.
Center: Resin paper and grape leaves.
Right: Other brass parts.

It is a master class, where Brenda Sue Lansdowne and her design team at B’Sue Boutique will be taking dozens of eager jewelry designers on a three month journey through the process of designing, making and promoting our own line of assemblage jewelry and accessories.  Brenda Sue has challenged us to develop a collection that shows a cohesive style recognizable as our own.  My hope is that I can expresses the sentiments of a woman with something to say about her walk in life, a Joyful walk of Faith, that will help her blossom and shine as a woman with something to say.

Chocolate & Grape Vine Color Inspiration. Yummy! the chocolate vines actually smell like chocolate - I will be making these in polymer clay.
Chocolate & Grape Vine Color Inspiration. Yummy! the chocolate vines actually smell like chocolate – I will be making these in polymer clay.

As we journey through this challenge,  we will each share our progress with you, in a special series of blog hops every month.  That’s when we will slowly reveal our individual pieces.  On the third, and final blog, you will see the entire collection- five specially made pieces- designed just for this challenge.  Each participant has a unique theme, so don’t miss a single one.

The theme is what sets us apart, and gives voice to our inner thoughts and inspirations.  I’ve always been a story-teller in my life and art. When I became a woman of faith as well, the need to express my joy in life and His Word just grew.  I want to draw people to that joy.  I want to quietly shout that there is great joy in being a woman of faith. I want to

A Small selection of the beads I will be using
A Small selection of the beads I will be using

tell stories in tiny little pictures you can wear, instead of on a big clunky t-shirt, that will make you and your audience think, “I know that verse.” or “I’ve heard that song.”  Each piece I craft will make you take a second look, to see if you can “guess my line” or “name that tune”  and find all the hidden secrets designed to make you smile inside and out.

My first pieces for this theme come from two of my favorite portions of scripture. My role as as that of a branch, abiding in the vine so my joy is complete. I’ll be executing this with some really great grape-vine themed brass from B’Sue Boutiques. http://www.bsueboutiques.com  I’m adding some awesome Czech glass beads in rich jewel tones and a polymer “opal,” like some of those used by Louis Comfort Tiffany.  The second is a riot of color based on the “Fruit of the Spirit.” This will have colored brass flowers, flourishes, stems & leaves (from guess who) and glass Czech fruit & flowers as well.

These early Art Nouveau pieces by Tiffany are some of my favorites and I hope to imitate them.
These early Art Nouveau pieces by Tiffany are some of my favorites and I hope to imitate them.

Most of my working life- pre-marriage, I was a professional seamstress. Art was a passion I had to sideline, & for years all the “making” I had time to do was designing dresses for my little girls & collecting what I hoped to work on some day.  I planned on sewing professionally again, for children this time, and only dabble in beading.  However, I was too busy lately designing & sewing LARP costumes & making wigs for those costumes, so I made only a few strung projects for my girls.

I don’t remember when, I became fascinated with jewelry.  I never actually tried to make any until recently, but I always loved costume jewelry.  I started buying a few beads to decorate this or that outfit, and the obsession just kind of grew.  I was only stringing, not doing any “real” beadwork, but I was hooked.  I “thought” I only wanted to add custom jewelry to go with the clothing I made.  At about the same time, I started hearing about polymer clay too.  I’d been making drawings and planning paintings and “collages” for years,

Top Left: Amethyst with copper - first stringing project. Top Right: Leopard spot jasper with rhodonite second stringing project - assembled the butterflies on the stones. Center: Copper wire crocheted hair piece with hammered skewer - my first wire and bead piece. Bottom Left: Purse Front - fused, felted & embroidered - unfotunatly I lost the chain mail wire strap so I will be making a new one
Top Left: Amethyst with copper – first stringing project.
Top Right: Leopard spot jasper with rhodonite second stringing project – assembled the butterflies on the stones.
Center: Copper wire crocheted hair piece with hammered skewer – my first wire and bead piece.
Bottom Left: Purse Front – fused, felted & embroidered – unfotunatly I lost the chain mail wire strap so I will be making a new one

when I heard of this thing called “steampunk.”  “That’s what I’ve been doing!” I thought. So, I started buying old brass. Piles of it.  Then one day in November, after breaking my leg, I was sitting in bed watching youtube videos when I came across B’Sue Boutiques channel.  B’Sue Lansdowne taught me how to combine it all!  Physically full scale sewing wasn’t going to work anymore, but she has shown me something I’m learning to love even more!  This challenge to Build-A-Line has motivated me to grow and learn as an artist at a time when I thought I’d have to give it all up.

 

The girls and I thank you for looking in.
The girls and I thank you for looking in.

Below you’ll find the rest of the designers joining us in this challenge. Please visit as many of the blogs written by the other participating members in the B’Sue Build-A-Line Challenge as you can.  These are written by gifted designers who are taking part in this Build-A-Line Challenge.  They all have unique and beautiful pieces to share with you, just click on the name and you’ll get there!

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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New Treasures of an “Old” Artist in a world of technology.

Roger, Marie and Teresa at Graduation party
Roger, Marie and Myself at her graduation party in December! Congrats girlie!

Here I am. Twice born Teresa Schurter — wanna-be artist & designer, wife of 31 years, mother of six, a gimpy, home-bound, techno-phobe, and I’m writing a blog on the internet. I’d rather be painting and talking to myself, it’s a lot less scary, I tell you no lie.

If I hadn’t been challenged to do this, it would never have happened.  It’s not that I can’t write down my thoughts.  I do it all the time.  Then I promptly loose the notebooks.  I’ve even dreamed of publishing them at some distantly future date or time, when I find them.

No, It’s not the writing, or coming up with something to say- some days my thoughts just spew out like a broken pipeline.

Applique Quilt
My Sisters prize-winning applique work.

Creativity isn’t even that scary, although I do believe, as I’ve heard it said by Donna on one of B’Sue Boutique’s YouTube videos that “creativity takes courage”.  I grew up surrounded by creative people, my grandmother’s were very creative, and my twin sister is a gifted appliqué quilter.

Hobbit Costumes
The tall blondes are ours, Josiah & Titus. Thranduil, Celeborn, & Elrond are my handiwork, including the wigs! What fun, glad to be done! Elrond is Josiah Atherton a close family friend. Thorin is a cosplay friend of the boys Alyssa Hamiton.

I’m even fairly creative. I’m a moderate whiz at sewing. I look at costumes in the movies and can duplicate most of them.  Give me some paint or wire and polymer clay and watch out!  As for writing, I even think that some of what I’m writing may be worth reading.  But – actually putting thoughts out there for God and everyone to see!  Well, this is taking courage folks, a courage I don’t think I have in and of myself.  In fact, if it weren’t for my husband Roger, my absolute rock, I’d have given up two hours ago and started selling all of my art supplies and this computer!

Thranduil and ThorinAt that moment in time this task became absolutely impossible for me to accomplish. I was defeated, in tears, and panicking because “I couldn’t Do it?!” SO NOW “What was I going to do?!”

Roger, as always, calmed me down & after some scattered prayer thoughts (I was too upset to really pray for help.)  I remembered something vital – I fully believe that I can do anything, within reason, because “I can do all things through Him….”.

Old Mill Oil Painting
This is my oil painting instigated and inspired by Roger who encourages me to try.

Now, usually, that means I take on tasks that aren’t reasonable “under the circumstances,” or “in this situation.”  Facing reality isn’t my strong point, I’m very determined to overcome “MY” reality.  Sometimes I “blame” that attitude on the verse , but maybe blame is the wrong word (At times it is just delusional behavior.).  When I’m doing something really stupid I know I’m kind of taking that real encouragement out of context.  Today, it’s just what I need.

I think that the intention of that verse is that we can withstand anything that comes our way.  We can face trials, deal with disappointments, face difficult situations, carry on in adversity and accomplish tasks that seem beyond our abilities.  In short, I can face the challenges of life with the strength that comes from the Lord.  I CAN do that, YOU can do that, it just takes a very little bit of faith.

What I can’t do today, what I desperately need help with,…   I just can’t face my computers.  In my heart I know– “Technology” is wicked, plain and simple. Why? Because  “I Can’t Do It!” – “I Don’t Get It,” and “It Just Does Not Work for ME!”  So it must be in the realm of “The Evil One.”  On top of that, when I need it the most, technological marvels, in the guise of my new great computer, let me down, badly.

This blog is my case in point.  Well, actually, THE POINT starts with my new computer;  the “Better than It was Before, Stronger, Faster…”  The one that wouldn’t give me my email anymore.  Soooo, I asked my darling Roger to make the problem “go away” so that I didn’t have to “deal with stuff that didn’t make sense and was slowing everything down.”

I really needed to get some work done, I wanted to start this blog and get to work on my designs and construction. Since I am kind of OCD about a lot of stuff & he is so supporting of all that I try to do,  he did a few things that would switch the system back over to my “old way” and hide that new stuff that I was upset about.  Now, it’s all hidden!

NO cheering please.  The badies are gone, pouff, you can’t see them… And so are almost all my notes, my documents, downloads, plans, ideas, messages and basically all the work I’ve done for the last two months. For some odd reason, known only to the gremlins in the computer, all of my “stuff” from November until Jan. 5th is hiding.  Roger (a Component Test Engineer) & our newly minted Information System’s Manager, my oldest daughter Marie (December Graduate Cum Laude with a BA in Management & Information Systems Management), have spent almost a dozen hours together now restoring the inner workings of my mind that I entrusted to the beast.

They assure me it’s all there, we just can’t see it.  Kind of like the 45 mph winds we’re having today.  It’s there, but I can’t see it.  However, the effects are pretty debilitating.  Sub-Zero wind chill factors –all my brain waves are frozen-, branches and debris blowing around –a bazillion thoughts of what I should do-, roads closed because cars are blowing off the road –my momentum has been derailed-, and all the other nastiness of a bitterly cold winter wind-storm on the prairie –or the otherwise dark days of no computer data-.  You can’t see what’s causing the damage, but the effects are felt deep down in your bones.

For hours I stared at this thing in tears.  I couldn’t think of one solitary word to write. I couldn’t remember anything I’d typed up and saved. I got out my sketch pad and couldn’t draw a line.  When I finally got up the courage and opened a document to get started the exception to my brain fog was what many think is that overly used verse– “I CAN do ALL things,” and also another one of my life verses, ending in “What can Mere Man do to Me?”  Obviously it was a mathematical man who started the technological world!

So, I wonder, can a technologically illiterate, OCD type artist who also struggles with physical disabilities, write and maintain a blog.  My family and my mentors say yes.  Can I come up with designs that are “me” and have marketable value.  Roger says yes, my kids and family do too, and so do many others who have blessed my life.  That should be enough encouragement for anyone.  Most artists have to struggle to find one blessing of encouragement.

Anna at the show!
Anna at the Sunflower Cluster dog show with her trainees and friends!

I hope and pray that you can see the “Trezur” I gained today.  It’s an old pearl.   I think it’s a renewal of the knowledge that I already had. Don’t panic about yesterday’s mistakes and losses.  The strength is there where we are the weakest, so go ahead,

I mean YOU go forward –>  –>  –> .

No,  I still don’t have all my documents restored, but there are millions more ideas where those came from.  He designed and created a world full of infinite variety, even in the snowflakes that blow away and melt in a moment.  He can give me a few more.  And all is not lost, I do remember one thought I had, I don’t know if it’s original with me or not, but here it is.

I was Created for a Purpose – And I will Purpose to be Creative.

I’m not sure what you’ll see in my box of treasure.  But my hope has been renewed, even though I’ve had what I think of as another little “kick in the face.” Someday I’ll share with you a few of my missing teeth.

More importantly though, these are two last things I want to share with you today,

My Greatest Blessings are Roger and six of our collaborative creations! Marie, Anna, Samuel, Isaac, Josiah & Titus.  My husband and our children.

Sam
my son Sam working on a movie for the Tallgrass Film Festival.
Isaac on his way to Germany
Isaac on his way to Germany for a semester abroad in March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the pictures are older, and some are more recent, so you’ve seen some them in their Hobbit costumes, and others are all grown up, actually they all are now.  That’s why I’m starting this next phase in my creative life.

And after all of this serious thought I wanted to share a funny and very apropos quote that made me laugh out loud.  I was looking up some definitions on Wikipedia and followed a couple of bunny trails, ending with the history of Murphy’s law. The “Law” has been a quoted truism for centuries, a published fact for over a century, and attributed to many authors, since the 1870s, but a stage magician in 1908 say’s it best for me, since in my mind he truly understands modern inventions-

The British stage magician Nevil Maskelyne wrote in 1908: (emphasis and underlines are mine)

It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion,  such as the production of a magical effect … in public, (or writing your first blog),  everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Whether we must attribute this to the malignity of matter or to the total  depravity of inanimate things, whether the exciting cause is hurry, worry, or what not, the fact remains.

Take heart! Things go wrong, so laugh at it all, it’s just going to be wood, hay and stubble anyhow, so think on the things that truly matter.

You Are going to MAKE it!

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