Tangles, Twists and Treasures

Romantic Jewelry and Fine Things

Countdown to Christmas Day 4

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Welcome to Day 4 of Tangles’ Countdown to Christmas!  I’m very excited to be able to do this for 2016, and I’m hoping to do it every holiday season.  Each day I’ll be offering a different piece or product line on a different discount.  If you see something you like, be sure to message me before the deadline or you won’t get the discounted price!

Today’s Featured Item is – Silhouette Christmas Pendants.

They will be available until 6:30pm December 18, 2016 at the discounted price – enjoy!

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Each hand-crafted pendant is designed by me, and carefully layered and assembled.  There are a variety of styles and materials, so you’re sure to find one to please – and they’re on-sale today 2-for-1!  Each pendant comes with your color choice of a ribbon necklace, and your choice of a solid-color organza gift bag, or a “Monet” inspired holiday organza gift back in blues and silvers.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to catch me through my Facebook page!  Merry Christmas, and much love!

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Countdown to Christmas Day 3 – EXTENDED

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS SALE WILL RUN UNTIL 1:30AM 12/18, AND WILL OVERLAP DAY 4’S NORMAL SALE. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

countdowntochristmas-logo3Welcome to Countdown to Christmas Day 3, and boy what a day it is!  Today we have one of my favorite products, and a big seller at the St. Brendan’s event – Hand Enameled Victorian Rings.

These rings are hand-painted with a variety of paints and enamels, and heat-treated to create their three-dimensional look.  Simply embellished with a trio of genuine Swarovski crystals, you can select from an embossed or distressed look, sure to turn heads.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

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Countdown to Christmas DAY 2!!

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It’s Day 2 of Countdown to Christmas and today’s featured product is:

The Chiyogami 75 Product Line!  Yes – the ENTIRE product line.  Any pendant or earrings made with this beautiful green floral paper.  The entire product line is 50% off until tomorrow, and comes with your color choice of an organza ribbon necklace and organza gift bag.

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The matching earrings are normally $15, but are $7.50 for the duration of the sale!

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Merry Christmas!

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Countdown to Christmas!

countdowntochristmas-logoEach day, starting December 14, 2016 and going through December 24, 2016, I will be running a Countdown to Christmas on Facebook.  Keep your eyes on the Tangles, Twists and Treasures Facebook Page, as each day I will be featuring a different product at a different discount.  Products will change at around 5pm (today being the exception for those coming from the TTT blog page (see below for details.))

If you’re interested in a product, you MUST PM me through Facebook before the deal expires in order to be added to the list.  I will then contact you with information regarding the deal.  Most products are unique within their range, and I will have other color options available.  This means that there may only be ONE of the featured item in that specific style, so if more than one person claims the deal, I’ll be discussing remaining color and style options with you.

I hope you love my little sale, as much as I love making things for all of you.  Without further ado, here’s yesterday’s sale item.  Since it’s a little late, it will be available until 11am tomorrow for those who mention coming from the Tangles webpage.  Today’s deal will be posted on-time for all, and there will be an overlap of the two deals FOR WEBPAGE CUSTOMERS ONLY.

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Take Flight – Shows, Products & More

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The year has FLOWN by!  Like the birds in the picture above, things have gone willy-nilly since I completed the B’Sue Boutiques Build-A-Line Challenge in March.  I spent four months after the challenge recovering from, not one, but TWO consecutive bouts of walking pneumonia.  It wasn’t until August that I started to feel like myself, but all my big plans for reworking the website, running a full inventory on materials and products, and redoing the studio space had been dashed.

August and September were spent working for a science fiction convention – the Klingon Feast Florida (if anyone happens to like Star Trek), and dealing with another bout of illness after pushing myself too hard.  Now I’m rolling straight into events.

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We designed and built this archway to look like starship doors opening onto a holodeck.

Upcoming Products

doTerra Essential Oils

In January of this year I became a doTerra Wellness Advocate.  For those of you who don’t know, doTerra sells a top-notch line of Essential Oils.  I’ll be carrying samples of various oils, as well as the Introductory Kits (which contain Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils) during shows.  The rest of the product line you can buy at My doTerra Site.  I’m very excited to be offering these luxurious essential oils.  I’ve compared several brands, and the quality of doTerra products is amazing.  Their diligence, from growth to quality control is incredible.  They’re the only essential oil I feel comfortable ingesting.

Handmade Perfumes

Starting at the next show on November 5-6, I will be showcasing a line of handmade perfumes.  I will only be premiering three fragrances, but each is carefully crafted to evoke a particular emotion – sweet, sassy and tart.  Sweet is sultry and perfect for romantic evenings.  Sassy is for those times you want to give a little attitude.  Tart is light and bright – the perfect everyday perfume.  Each perfume is all natural, made of pure essential oils or pure extracts which are created with cold pressing and cane sugar alcohol.  I’ll be premiering with Eau de Parfum in 5ml sizes, but when they appear on the website, there will also be spray cologne.

Diffuser Jewelry

I will also have a special line of essential oil diffuser jewelry.  Now you can wear your essential oils wherever you want!  This jewelry will come in various styles, and has a wooden-disk included inside for absorbing the essential oils of your choice.   Just a few drops of oil, and your favorite scent will last for days.  It’s a perfect way to enjoy the restorative and aromatic benefits of essential oils on-the-go!

Upcoming Shows

I have two shows coming up in November!  Come check out all the new stuff!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Bazaar and Chinese Auction
4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32164
(386) 445-2246
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Sunday, November 6, 2016

St. Brendan’s Annual Craft Fair
1000 Ocean Shore Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
(386) 441-1505
Saturday, November 12, 2016 – Sunday, November 13, 2016

Well, that’s all for now!  Keep an eye on this space for development photos and updated dates and times!

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Watch Out for Fairies! – The final blog hop and line reveal for the Build a Line Master Challenge Class 2016!

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It’s here – it’s finally here – line reveals from everyone on the blog hop!  I can hardly contain my excitement!

Without further adieu I give you – “Watch Out for Fairies”!!  I’m so excited to share this whimsical line of necklaces, brooches, watches and earrings with you!  For this class, we were only required to make five concept pieces, but I can see myself adding to this series with other pieces as well as offering several of the current pieces in color and crystal combinations for each month’s birthstone.  Furthermore, the design process took a circuitous route which gave me ideas for four other lines: “Fashion Fairies”, “Watch Fobs”, “Blooming Barrettes”, and “Floral Fantasy”.  Meanwhile, my sister wants me to omit the fairies and do a line of just watches, and my Mom cracked a joke that may just turn into a fantasy-themed Halloween line, which could be called “Hanging Around”.  Guess you’ll just have to keep coming back to see what happens next!

First, let me introduce you to “Pocket Fairy” (Necklace)!

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This endearing fairy is a mixed media, deconstructed pocket watch.  Done in painted raw brass and silver plate, she’s adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, and topped with a copper patina bell flower hat.  She’s finished with a fire-polished rose crystal necklace, and a lobster claw clasp.

Our next piece is Silver Leaf Fairy (Brooch)!

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This wonderful fairy has a heart for nature, and a love of shiny things.  She’s done entirely in silver plate, right down to her bell flower hat, and accented with cobalt Swarovski crystal beads.  Her watch is hung low enough to make it easy to lift and examine, but not so low as to interfere with movement.

Another new addition to the family is Garden Fairy (Necklace)!

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This fairy has fiery nature, and loves flowers!  She’s passionate, but soft and feminine as well.  She’s done in mixed metals of raw and painted brass, silver plate, and bronze plate.  Her wings are hand-painted, and she wears a coppery toned bell flower hat.  Her neck treatment and trim are genuine Japanese Cherry Beads and Swarovski Crystal Pearls.  The entire neck treatment is hand-wired, and embellished with polymer clay roses.

Our final fairies are The Fairy Twins (Earrings)!

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Never separate these two darlings, as their devotion to one another is extraordinary!  Simple wirework enhances these mixed metal earrings of rusty black, brass and chocolate brass.

The Scarab Watch

There is one more piece in this collection of fairies and watches, and it’s the Scarab Watch.  Originally intended to include a fairy centerpiece, the construction made the watch so tall that it would have been impossible to wear without hitting it.  Still, it’s a beautiful piece, and although not strictly part of the line, I wanted to showcase anyways.

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This watch brings together everything that’s dark and light, married with elegance into an Egyptian theme.  The scarab body and wings are raw brass, unadorned except for Paradise Shine Swarovski crystals.  The watch body is silver plate, and connected to the scarab wings with short lengths of gunmetal plated brass rolo chain.  Three lengths of rolo chain surround the wrist and are adorned with black filigree connectors, and a silver-plated and Swarovski crystal magnetic ball closure.

I’m honored to be able to show you these pieces today.  Coming up, I’ll be doing a postmortem of the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge.  I’ll be discussing my evolution, both as a jewelry artist and a fine artist, and I’ll be talking about three different work styles I’ve identified during my struggles with the class.  I’ll also be showcasing each piece individually, and discussing the unique challenges that each presented.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge Master Class blog hop!  I’m grateful to Brenda Sue Landsdowne for putting this class together.  I’ve learned so much in such a short time, and I’m looking forward to putting all the information into practice.

Keep your eyes peeled here, as the future will be filled with Product Spotlights, Component Reviews, Fashion Discussions and even an Art History Corner!  I can’t wait to show you all what I have planned!

As always, please read through to the other blogs on the hop.  It helps to boost our search engine ratings, and my friends have all worked so hard to bring you beautiful things!  Thanks for being with me on a wonderful ride – till next time!

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Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

Vintage Inspired….Romance Acquired

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When I started this class, I was really excited. I knew I was going to learn a lot, because Brenda Sue Lansdowne has a lot of practical experience to impart. Being something of a perpetual student, my studies have been primarily from formal education, although I’ve supplemented a great deal through reading books, watching YouTube videos and experimentation. I’ve never before had the pleasure of learning directly from someone who has “lived the life”, so to speak, and I knew this class would take me in directions I’d never expected.

I did not expect that I was also going to learn so much about myself.

Who am I?

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One of the things I’ve struggled with for years, in all forms of expression, has been trying to find my own unique style. As an artist, I want to have a voice through my work. I want my work to not only tell a story, but also to be uniquely recognizable as MINE. I’ve fought for years trying to make my work distinctive. I can’t even explain the frustration I’ve felt – it’s almost been enough to cause me to quit art altogether!

Within the first week, Brenda taught me to look backwards – not forwards. Instead of predicting what I wanted to do or trying to force myself in a particular direction, she had me examine my previous work. It was one of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned. She had the entire class take pictures of previous work, and create collages of those pieces. Then she had us examine those collages to determine if there were any similarities. I was sure there were none. I was sure that I didn’t have a style, nothing was similar in what I did, and it was all experimentation. Boy was I wrong!

I discovered trends that pervade not only my jewelry work, but paintings I did in college thirty years ago, as well as the objects I like to surround myself with, and the style I’ve been trying to develop for my company image and show booth. I never saw these trends. I was doing these things subconsciously. Brenda made me SEE them.

My Design Style and Influences

Examining my work made me see the common elements. My artwork and jewelry are full of flowers, vines, leaves, pearly colors, bright metals, graceful wires, soft curves and spiraling shapes and ribbons. I have a love of dangles, and hand-painting. I like to cast resin into shapes or cameos and paint them in various ways – sometimes in abstract styles, others in realistic styles which appear heavily influenced by Classical Greece and Rome. I always believed that my love of abstract styles, graphic art, and natural elements, were at odds with one another. Studying these things together, made me realize that nothing could be further from the truth. The curved lines I prefer in my abstracts, mimic the literal curves of vines, flowers and the human form. I travel back and forth between these style influences because they ARE related: there is no need for me to choose.

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Left, hand-painted cameo focal on “Fall Goddess” necklace. Right, hand-painted abstract focals in delicate pendants.

When we shifted our attention to design eras, and various design styles, my eyes really opened. I didn’t know the terms for the things I liked – I only knew that I liked them. I didn’t realize that my love of strong graphic design had similarities with my love of Oriental deco, or why they were related. They are.

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When we hit Art Nouveau, I realized all of my jewelry incorporates the graceful elements of the Art Nouveau style, and that over the years, much of my collected jewelry is in that style, as well. When we hit Art Deco, I came to understand why I love strong colors, bold graphics, and yet, I could still love Art Nouveau so much. The transitional period between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, is all about strong graphics combined with graceful lines and floral motifs. This is also when Oriental artwork began to have a heavy influence again, explaining where my love of Oriental style derived.

Design Influences OrientalIn a seemingly-unrelated design shift, I’m also very influenced by Classical Greek and Roman art, by way of the Renaissance. Renaissance (Latin renāscī – which means “to be born again”) was a revival of interest in Classical Greek and Roman art. Again, I had to see with new eyes, or I would’ve missed the elements in common. Sculpture from both periods share a lot in common with Art Nouveau – graceful lines, focus on the human form, leaves and vines. The paintings share something with Art Deco, in its use of rich color and vivid imagery.

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All of these design influences are clear in my life, but only in retrospect. My living area is full of Oriental influences, and I love Sumi drawing and Japanese painting. The costumes for my costuming groups are based off organic, flowing Indian garb, with it’s motifs of luminescent colors, flowers and geometrics. For months, when people asked, I told them I wanted my business to evoke Victorian boudoirs. Things you’d find in a high class ladies’ bedroom. Lace, vintage pieces, jewelry, silver, trinkets, candleholders, jewel boxes – these are the things I wanted to incorporate as sales, and also as part of the style of my show booth. At first, none of these things seemed to be related, but they are. All of these styles and items have similar elements, natural subjects, organic lines and epitomize romance.

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The author, dressed as a Meridian from the Star Trek universe.

This exercise made me realize that my style is romantic, with a little bit of an edge – a little of the unexpected. I tread a line that crosses back and forth between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, and often combines both. It’s right up my alley to mix simple shapes – such as circles and squares – with flowers, leaves and lace. The contrast appeals to me. Early in my artistic career, I painted brilliant ribbons gracefully floating in space, and I attempted mixed-media work which incorporated pieces of lace and flowers into my paintings.

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Left, “Universal Ribbon”. Right, “A Monument to Diversity”. – Gina-Marie Hammer.

The Past… Going Forward

How does all of this translate into my new line? Well, my theme of fairies is quite romantic, and the wings, vines, leaves and flowers are all consistent with the voice I never realized I had. I’ve decided to call my line, “Fashion Fairies”, and each fairy will have a specific story to tell, which should be fairly obvious from these mockups.

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Pink “Pocket Fairy”, Option 1

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Pink “Pocket Fairy”, Option 2

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“Maple Bedtime Fairy”, Blue (Possibly a watch fob)

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“Gayle Goth” Fairy (She’s so big, she’ll probably be a necklace)

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“Geisha Fairy”, very early-stage concept

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love what I’m doing. There’s a continuum between hobbyist, maker and production designer, and I’m still trying to figure out where I fit. I don’t want to be just a hobbyist. I want this to be a life. I love making things, but I’m not interested in the marketing and listing of products, or keeping up with the website. Does that make me solely a designer? I’m not certain if I want to design pieces and have others make them, or if the joy for me is “in the doing”. I may have to try things different ways to find out.

Regardless, I intend to make a living at this, someday; and perhaps even a name for myself. Like Gabrielle Chanel, I’d like to leave a legacy.

Thanks for visiting, and have a look at the other blogs on this hop – everyone is working so hard on their lines!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

A Window Into My World, Build A Line Challenge, Blog Hop #1

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A Window Into My World

I’m Gina-Marie Hammer, and I’m honored to be one of 36 participants in the 2016 Build a Line Challenge, hosted by B’Sue Boutiques. I work in paper, paint, thread, yarn and wire, and make everything from toys to small decorative items. Over the years I’ve spent time working as an accountant, a game designer, an advocate for folks with Fibromyalgia and a teacher. I opened my advocacy site Netjera.com (“Art. Games. Life.”) in 2008. (https://www.facebook.com/Netjera-188871454532434/)

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Nonno and Nonna at Mom’s Wedding in 1967

This is my Nonna. Nonna started me with yarn and a needle at age 7. She used to sit me on her lap, where I would watch, fascinated, as she twisted thread around needle, and made something out of nothing. She recognized a hyperactive child with an extensive imagination and a broad sense of curiosity. In her mind, crochet would teach me to sit still and focus – and it worked! I’ve been a crafter ever since, and an artist since age 16.

When I was twelve, I went to a middle school that had a full jewelry workshop. I remember sitting at the lapidary station, trying to facet a raw amethyst. I moved before finishing, but I still HAVE that amethyst – the experience so stuck in my mind! It’s funny how life can come full circle. I’m back to jewelry again!

<I wanted to show you guys a picture of the amethyst, which I just found recently – but now I can’t figure out where I put it!>

I’m lucky enough to have great family; so I live in a shared house where I have a separate room for my studio. It’s cramped, small and alarmingly multi-purpose, but I fill it with things that I love! I’ve always had a love of miniatures and because my Dad is allergic to pets of all kinds, they’ve become something of an audience for me. I put them around my studio and imagine they’re cheering for me. Sometimes, I take them down and use them for inspiration in my work. Of course – not to be denied! – I must often bear the burden of playing with them, as well.

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Various toys and PEZ dispensers.

 

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Movie miniatures and figures, PEZ dispensers, Skinny the Cat and wood carvings from my Grandmother’s collection.

Seeing these photos, it should therefore, come as a huge surprise (to no one!) that I fell in love with these teeny tiny children that B’Sue offers. Aren’t they precious? I’m incredibly fascinated by small details, and every bit is perfect. Tiny fingers, perfect shoes, little pompoms – it’s all there.

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When I saw Brenda Sue Landsdowne of B’Sue Boutiques do a video where she placed a tiny doll into a maple leaf as part of a necklace, all I could see were fairy wings. The leaf looked like wings behind the doll, and wouldn’t it be SO sweet if I could make a selection of fairies using the dolls and various leaves, wings and other pieces? When I found out that B’Sue Boutiques was hosting a master-level class, called the Build-a-Line Challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to do! I’ve purchased TEN of those little dolls, and every bit and piece I could find that looked like a wing. It’s going to be an adventure pulling it all together! At the end of the class, I’m hoping to have at least five pieces completed.

In 2013 I decided that I wanted to open my own crafting business. I started in crochet, where it all began. In the process of researching an unrelated project, I found photo jewelry and got hooked through a backdoor. Some of my early pieces use photo jewelry construction to create simple, yet pretty pendants.

Chiyogami75CollageI really enjoy making these, and I return to them often. From them, I’ve evolved a line of hand-painted cabochons, made in a similar way. I went from that to trying to include those cabochons in other pieces, using more than pre-made bezels. It was a year of slow, cautious progress, until I found Brenda Sue and her video tutorials. Since then, my work has taken a serious leap forward!

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Collage_WinterSnowflakeBracelet_NoFUFI have a love of dangles, shiny metals, graceful vines leaves and flowers, painted, iridescent surfaces, and delicate wire work. My love of crochet fits in perfectly! As a matter of fact, everything I’ve learned in other fields is useful in jewelry making!

I’m hoping my line, which is unnamed at present but which may be called “Tiny Fairies”, will be a marriage of whimsical, fantasy themes with romantic, Art Nouveau styling. I’m currently at the drawing board, pulling things together in Photoshop, and working with several designs.

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Stay tuned for more development, and in-progress work reports and pictures! We’ll have another blog hop on Friday, the 26th of February, and our last on Friday, April 1st. Do me a favor and give a little love to my friends below? They’re working hard to make pretty stuff as well, and our sponsor B’Sue Boutiques deserves some major kudos for putting this all together – Brenda Sue has great stuff on her site! Give her a look!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

 

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

 

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

 

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

 

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

 

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

 

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

 

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

 

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

 

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

 

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

 

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

 

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

 

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

 

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

 

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

 

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

 

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

 

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

 

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

 

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

 

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

 

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

 

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

 

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

 

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

 

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

 

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

 

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 

Build-a-Line Challenge

There’s been a lot going on, and I’ve been meaning to post a New Year’s post FOR WEEKS. I still intend to, late though it will be.

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to keep up with the very fast-paced Build-a-Line Master Challenge hosted through B’Sue Boutiques. I’m learning a LOT, but the class is moving fast, fast FAST. Our first blog hop is on January 29, 2016, and will feature blog posts from all of the current class participants. Look for my post here, and follow along with all the other attendees!

Below is a test list of all the blog hop participants – I can’t wait for this to start!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

Diana Buynak – Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

Irene Hoffman – Heartsdezirebyirene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

Clare Wells Nemeth – Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

Mary Reckmeyer – Afrayedknot

http://www.afrayedknot.net

Marcia Tuzzolino – Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

Elizabeth Wilks – Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

Jeanette Rose Belmont – One Canvas at a time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

Lyn Joy Reeve – A Journey from Jewels to Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com/

Belinda Reed-Ingle – Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com/

Beth Trubman – The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

Carole Carlson – Beadsophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Jann Tague – Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

Shari Gardner – SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Susan Bolton – Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

Chris Kemp – NoodlePie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com/

Barbara Kelley – Angels’ Keep

https://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com/

Susan Bowerman – Woodside WireWorks

http://www.woodsidewireworks.com/

Pamela Anger – Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Joan Donovan – Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

23. Alison Huie – Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Sharon Palac – Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com/

Erica Olmos – Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com/

Erin Whitacre – Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Fran Sitton – Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com/

Ginger Hammond – Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill – Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

Mary Katherine – The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Renee Webb Allen – Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

Valerie Tilghman- ArtJewelsandGifts

http://artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com/

Chris Cravens Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com/

Gina-Marie Hammer – Tangles, Twists and Treasures

https://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

37. Kelly Wymer Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

Inventory Management and Show Post-Mortems

IMG_0632Prompted by a post by Cindy Peterson over at Howling Wolf Jewelry, I have a couple of blog posts in the works about Inventory Management – why it’s necessary, why you want to do it early, what does it mean, how does it help you, and what’s the easiest way to manage it.  I’ll be splitting the information into two posts – the whys and wherefores, and the system I’m currently using – in an attempt to help you on your “makering” journey.

However, I want both posts to be *really* concise, and I’d like to take a bit of time on them, so in the meantime, I’m going to do a quick postmortem of my last two events, since those have been waiting for attention.

Garden Club at Palm Coast, District VI Meeting

This was a small, invitation-only event specifically for Garden Club members in the District VI area.  They hosted a luncheon and meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn, and asked a few vendors to sell items.  Tangles, Twists and Treasures was one of three or four vendors present.  Table fee was a percentage of sales, which went towards the scholarship fund for the Garden Club at Palm Coast.

The day was rainy, but the venue was nice.  There was coffee and danish for the morning, but the vendors were left to their own devices for lunch.  As the meeting was over by two, an easy option was to skip lunch.  Conversely, we could pay the $20+/person to attend the meeting, and get to enjoy the panels and the hotel-provided lunch, but we opted not to do that.  Our third option was Panera, which was within walking distance.  Next time, I’ll bring a lunch.  Panera was almost as expensive as the meeting lunch!

Another small downside to the event was the cramped table setups.  Part of this was my fault, not having had the experience to know how to manage such a small amount of space.  The tables were set up on either side of a corridor which had to remain clear for hotel traffic.  We were allocated a table with two chairs, but the table was pushed against the wall, and the chairs had to be placed on either side, rather than behind it.  This made for a different kind of setup, and as we never actually got our second chair, my assistant and I had to take turns sitting, or borrowing an open chair from another booth across the way.  It was rather aggravating.  Often, I had to remind her not to pull a chair up to the table, as that prevented buyers from seeing everything.

On the other hand, it gave me a taste of what it would be like to have an open booth setup, where people walk into the booth, and I’m sitting in the middle of the goods, rather than behind the table.  There are definitely problems, as chair placement is a serious issue, otherwise people are walking behind you.  I also found managing supplies and the cash box to be a challenge.  I’m still trying to determine the merits of each approach, and that might turn into another blog post at a later time.

This was my third time selling through the Garden Club at Palm Coast, and I’ve never regretted my affiliation there.  They’re a wonderful group of people, and spend a great deal of time and effort to make the world around them a more-beautiful place.  They’re active in education, assist the community by monitoring green spaces, and planting trees to honor deceased members of the community, and regularly lobby for funds to help clean waterways, rebuild reefs and repopulate pine trees and other native plants lost for various reasons.  Furthermore, they’re very supportive of each other, which makes the Club a terrific place to make friends.

Because of this event, I got asked to attend another Garden Club event in Ormond Beach in February.  The Tilandsia Garden Club is hosting a game-night event, and is looking for a few vendors.  I’m both honored and excited that the coordinator said, “I want your booth there!”

St. Brendan’s Catholic Church Annual Craft Fair

This event has been going on for several years – four alone, I believe, under it’s current coordinator, Cara O’Keefe.  This was, to date, the biggest craft fair I’ve attended.  Over 50 vendors set up in a social hall over a weekend.  Outdoor spaces were available, but very few were purchased.  Almost everyone was inside for this event, which was one of the smoothest events I’ve ever known.

I saw three or four times the traffic I’ve had at other events, but unfortunately, made half the sales.  I doubled table-fee, which was good, leaving me some wiggle room for materials after-the-fact, but based on reviews, I expected to do far better.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only one.  Quite a few of the vendors expressed surprise as this was usually one of their best shows.  Several didn’t make table all weekend, making me extremely proud that I had.  There was a lot of speculation as to reasons, and the general consensus was “not enough traffic”.  To me, there seemed to be more than adequate traffic compared to my other events!  Apparently, when you have 50 vendors in such a small space, you need to have a lot more traffic than I thought!

I found out later that we were fighting for traffic with several other craft fairs in the area, as well as the Seafood Festival, the Greek Festival and the Volusia County Fair.  Others said they’d attended the County Fair after leaving Saturday evening, and they saw people eating, but nobody was buying.  Speculation continued that there were too many events fighting for attention, while some folks wondered if the economy were taking a downturn.  Vendors who attended the Ponce Inlet event in September (the one I missed because I couldn’t procure an event tent quickly enough), said that was their best show; followed by the Prince of Peace event (the one that was overbooked for me), then another slight decline at an event right before St. Brendan’s, with St. Brendan’s being their worst.  They wondered if this steady decline was a trend which would continue through Christmas?

While the sales did not meet my expectations, nor match the sales I’ve done at other events, I would certainly attend this event again.  This event had many repeat vendors who said that this is often their best show of the year, and this year’s poor sales were an anomaly.  It was one of the best-run events I’ve ever witnessed.  It was smooth from end-to-end, and the coordinator was visible and available all weekend.  There were multiple amenities for vendors.  Saturday there was an on-site breakfast of bagels and donuts, for a small fee.  On-site, homemade lunch included a choice of three different soups, fully-loaded hot-dogs with homemade chili, various types of home made breads, and brownies for dessert.  ($3 purchased 12oz of soup, 2 rolls and a brownie.)  Pizza was ordered Saturday evening, and available for $1/slice.  Sodas were available for a small charge, but coffee was free all day.  Sunday saw the same breakfast and lunch choices, except that a brilliant individual also made gigantic homemade cinnamon rolls and sold them for $0.50 apiece. Vendors didn’t have to travel off-site at any time during the weekend, and got a better, less-expensive meal than could be procured at any nearby takeout place.

Volunteers were also available to sit at your table if you needed to run to the restroom, take a lunch break or you just wanted to stretch your legs.  The entire hall was spotless, including the restrooms.

Every vendor I met was friendly and helpful.  Many offered advice and spoke of their experiences, which was a huge help to someone starting out.  I enjoyed the entire weekend, because the company was just great, and the event was so smooth.

At the end of the weekend, the coordinator passed out a survey asking the vendors for feedback, and whether they’d be willing to attend again next year.  Returning vendors are put on a priority list.  There was also a drawing for a free vendor space at next year’s show.

All-in-all, this event is a “must-do” in my book, and I plan to attend for at least the next few years.  I want to get a good long view of how sales pan out over time, and it’s certainly worth the risk, in my opinion.

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