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

    1. Thank You Marcia. I’m pretty slow moving right now. I wanted so badly to have something done to show, but I was so disorganized after the last 8 weeks. I took my creating time to get organized, so I can work faster & see all my components at the same time. I hope that will make assembling them a smoother process! I have next months stuff already on the workbench to get started!

    1. I don’t feel like I can take credit for the theme. I was feeling down when I saw my first B’Sue video & then after her challenge. I thought, “I can’t take part in that, but I really want to.” When my little devotional book came in the mail & had John 15:5 & 11 as the reading for days one & two it was like a light came back on. I’d forgotten that I had already started on an artifact necklace w/ those verses. The blessings of the fruit of love & joy are mine every day, so it just seemed like they were what I had to do, so…

    1. Thank You Robin, I am really very blessed. I feel especially so today with all these encouraging notes and your blessing. I hope you’ll be blessed in your work too.

    1. What an encouragement you are! I am so glad you enjoyed it, that means more to me than I can say. I’ll see you in a moment! I’ve loved your stuff so far too!

    1. The fruits have been so much fun to collect over the year. I have the most amazing ones. Unfortunately they’re in the basement & my gimpy leg wouldn’t let me down there to search for them. My family were troopers to find the ones they did from my massive stash. I have peppers, bananas, oranges, limes, grapes, apples, pears, ugly fruit, kimchi (?) and more! I can’t wait to start enameling the metal ones. All the techniques I’ve learned from B’Sue will be used because they’re so much fun. 😀

    1. They’re my favorites. I wish all my Carmen Miranda beads had arrived already. My color moods are either rich jewel tones or the brights of a tropical summer. Beads are so expressive of the shades and nuances of them both I’m addicted to them!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement Marcia. I wish I’d had more to show, but I was late getting in my order to B’Sue’s, (even after her warning) so I wasn’t ready to start coloring w/o any back-ups. After blog-hopping today I’ll be chunking out a bunch!

    1. Hello, Thanks for those kind words. I love all the possibilities opening up to me with this art form and the nurturing and encouragement from everyone is amazing.

    1. I appreciate that encouragement. I just hope the ideas slow down long enough I can get some stuff made. Right now as I see one thing I think of two others :)

  1. You can’t go wrong in expressing your faith through your work. It will definitely appeal to those of like mind. I’ll be keeping my eyes on this. Most of my children are people of Christian faith and I am always looking for things that will appeal to them.

    1. Thank you for those kind words. The Lord and our faith is a vital part of our life and I’d enjoy sharing it with them. I was once told you can either be an artist who is a Christian, or a Christian artist. It’s a fine line to understand the difference.

  2. Your blog is very appealing. Love the photos, including those fab Art Nouveau inspiration pics! Can’t wait to see more of your line.

    1. I love it. My birthstone is topaz, but my husband loves opals and bought some for me when we were engaged. I’d always thought they were beautiful, but until then I never owned any. Now whenever I find one in my price range I pick it up :) I’m only at the experimental stage with the polymer opals right now, but if mine look as even half as good as those in my book I’ll be happy & they’re a lot more cost effective.

    1. What a really nice thing to say! I feel really excited to be a part of it too, and astonished to be able to join all of YOU!

    1. Thanks Lynn, hoping you’ll be doing a lot too and growing some beauties yourself. So glad to hear you finished some stuff today. Too much going on here today. Maybe later.

  3. Your jewelry is lovely, Teresa! My mom has been a (self-employed) professional seamstress all of her life, and I know wht hard work it can be. Your theme sounds lovely, and looking forward to seeing it!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, it sounds like you have a talented background too. Most people think that sewing is just sitting at the machine for hours, I think I’m up, down & standing more than sitting. I stitch fast, but fitting and cutting are the chores I have to skip now. I still love it.

    1. Unfortunately No, not in Kansas during a drought. Our neighbor has some great vines, & we do have wine growing down here, but the last two years have only yielded raisins! I found the pics on a copyright free site, but the credit we tried to add in wouldn’t go through. Not all my links are right yet. They’re pretty easy to find again though. I’ve found some great pics of the chocolate vines though on flickr & I’m still waiting for the folks who can grow them in their yards to let me know if I can use the images for my jewelry. I hope, I hope!

  4. Thank you for opening a window to your world and sharing it with us. I am glad you joined us for the Challenge and committed to the work and the trilogy of blog hops. Excellent job on your post!

    1. His work is so inspiring. I’m rereading the book on his jewelry and finding even more beauties. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have half his artistry?

  5. Awsome article and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thanks in advance :)

  6. Teresa, I loved the line “tiny little pictures you can wear”. The story telling aspect of jewelry is a great concept. Looking forward to the line.

  7. Teresa, I am so thrilled for you in your new calling. I’ve always known you were creative, but this is blowing me away. I’m sorry to hear about the health issues that changed your life plan, but it seems to me we’re seeing Romans 8:28 in action. The Lord led you to something better. Blessings on your new endeavor. And maybe when this line is done, the Lord will call you to create a line of jewelry for writers. We were looking for simple vintage typewriters to make some stuff to sell at our conference in May, and never came up with anything we loved. Blessings, sweet friend!

    1. Thanks so much sister mine! Blessings to you too! He’s always holding the window open for us isn’t He? He has plans for us we can’t understand until we’re living in them. I really like the idea of something with vintage typewriters! I’ve found some antique sewing machine charms, I’m sure there’s some typewriters out there too, they’re very steampunk you know :)

    1. I’m so excited to be working on them. As I’ve found more stuff from B’Sue’s its going to be so much easier for me. I’m really getting excited about it.

  8. Very inspiring blog post. I personally know well some “Women of Faith and Joy”, and they are also very inspiring to me. I believe that your line will also be inspiring to other women of faith and joy. Love the idea of the chocolate inspiration through polymer clay.

    1. I hope your encouragement helps me to translate my thoughts on to the real thing today! I’m off to the workshop to try it all out.

    1. Your work is so unique too, Thank You for seeing that here as well, & Oh, I do hope this touches the hearts of many, you nailed it.

  9. Hi Teresa, your blog posts is one of my favorites. The grape photo was so inspiring, it actually reminded me I had some grapes in the fridge, so I had to get some to snack on while settling back and enjoying your great photos, story, and jewelry. I am really excited about your “fruits of the Spirit” line, and anything with grapes!

    1. Thanks Renee, that means a lot. I’m finding all of your posts so inspiring. I can’t wait to show you all one of the Haskell necklaces I found! I must have seen it before, it’s so much like what I want to do. The “Fruits” are really coming along too! This is so much fun I hate to call it work!

  10. Hi Teresa~
    I love the art noveau pieces that you are using for the inspiration of your line. Your line sounds like it is not only going to be lovely but very interesting too. I love pieces that have a story or statement to represent.; so I am really looking forward to seeing your finished line.
    See you in class!
    xo
    Liz

    1. Thanks Liz, See you soon too, I’m sure. I’ve been poring over the Tiffany, Lalique & Haskell books this week, I have more ideas than hours in a month. I just hope I can get one done the way I want it to look. :)

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