Friday, January 23, 2015

Build A Line Challenge from B"Sue Boutiques, Melida Boman of The Journey of Pens and Things, Part One

Hi! I am Melida Boman, one half of the team of Pen and Things. I am so excited to be a part of the first Build a Line Challenge from B'Sue Boutiques. This challenge is a master class of sorts which should take three months and has three different blog hops, which today's is number one. There are 54 of us and we will be working hard to flesh out a line of jewelry that is hopefully cohesive and true to ourselves. At the end we hope to have a minimum of 5 pieces to show a the last blog hop.  

I am a 35ish wife, mom, full time hospital worker and part time jewelry/ pen maker. I have only been making jewelry for a couple of months but I have been doing different crafts for most of my life, like quilting. Here are a couple of my dragon art quilts.


These are some of the pieces of piece that I have made up.


I don't really have a place to work on making my jewelry. (I have to take over the dinning room table with I am ready to get to work). While siting there my Tanker likes to sit next to me and give his opinion.

So I know you all are dying to know what I have decided to work on..... so here is a pic, Can you guess what it is??

Yep I am going to be making Wedding Head Accessories. This one is a really simple one. I plan to make 5 that similar but different. I plan to do other simple things but you never know (I am know for going over board and it was hard for me to stop with this one). I figured I would show more on the second round so I hope you all will come back!

Thanks for Joining me on this Hop. Please hit us all by hopping to the next person on the list after me!

1. Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Jewelry Making Outside the Box

2. Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs

3.Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann

4. Judy King
Apt to Wander Studio

4. Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

5. Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru

6. Carole Carlson

7. Lynn Stinten

8. Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies

9. Catherine Shattuck

10. Michaele Collie
The Vintage Gem

11. Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy

12. Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry

12. Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry

13. Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works

14. Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs

15. Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry

16. Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs

17. Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads

18. Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs

19. Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard

20. Lynda O'Mara
LOmara Creative

21. Elizabeth Hildreth

22. Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios

23. Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs

24. Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Designs

25. Lori Beekman
B. Accessorized

26. Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm

27. Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner

28. Robin Reed
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

29. Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems

30. Louise O'Shields
Desire Divine Jewels

31. Susan Killam
Killam Creative

32. Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

33. Nike Bottalico
Nike Bottalico

34. Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks

35. Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

36. Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage

37. Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

38. Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements

39. Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board

40. Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

41. Melida Boman (THIS IS ME!)
The Journey of Pens and Things

42. Teresa Shurter
TreeZ's Treasurs

43. Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up

44. Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

45.Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry

46.Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl

47. Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes

48. Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise

49. Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design

50. Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns

51. Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane

52. Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

53. Sandra Ballard
Mama San's Mojo

54. Coral Law


  1. Great Post Melida!!! I adore your head piece and can't wait to see more! Be Blessed!

  2. Love that head piece Melida. So beautiful.

    Can't wait to see your whole jewelry line now. It's going to be gorgeous I'm sure!

    Marica xx

  3. Your line is going to be awesome! Love the dragon quilts! :)

  4. What a wonderful theme! Looking forward to seeing your finished works!

  5. Very unique! Thank you for joining us for the challenge, Melida!

  6. Love your theme and fill your pain, lol. Its also hard for me to stop adding more to my designs. Pleased to meet you Melida

  7. Great idea for a line of business! Can't wait to see more.

  8. Those dragons are awesome. And I too use my dining table as my creative space. And design with the help of furry four-legged assistance. It's the only way to go. LOL. Looking forward to seeing the line of headpieces.

  9. LOVE it! Such a neat way to go with this challenge.

  10. Love your theme! Cannot wait to see your reveal of finished pieces!

  11. What a neat idea, I would never have thought of that. I can see from your quilts that you are very creative, so I'm looking forward to seeing your wedding heads.

  12. Love your quilts, but then I love patchwork and dragons so how could I not love them. Your line ideas are lovely as well but the quilts have me for now

  13. Nice post, Melida! Wow, love the quilts, and can't wait to see your wedding designs! ;)

  14. Wedding accessories seems like a great market. Can you tell me where you got the pearl that's dangling at the bottom?

  15. Thanks. It was part of an earring that I see a lot of around here.

  16. Such a great and unique idea for your theme! I love the elegance of your piece.

  17. Unique idea and great quilts! Looking forward to seeing your wedding accessories.

  18. Wonderful ideas and you are so creative! I cannot wait to see the reveal of your line!

  19. I love the dragons, my sis is a quilter so I know how much talent and planning that takes. Your wedding line is so pretty, I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in it, can't wait to see more.

  20. Will be looking forward to your wedding head piece line, Melida. I love wedding jewelry!!

  21. Love the dragon quilts. Looking forward to seeing more of the finished jewelry. :-) ~Elizabeth

  22. Anxious to see the rest of your work!

  23. Great idea for a line. Can't wait to see your finished creations.

  24. Melida, wedding head accessories is a great concept. Looking forward to the emerging line.

  25. Very cool theme - you do great work for only being at it a few months! What a great time to do this challenge, before you have time to make bad habits :)

  26. As a prospective bride myself ,wedding head jewellery is an interesting theme for your line- look forward to seeing more! Linzi

  27. Melinda--I really like your idea of wedding head jewelry. I'm sure there's lots of brides that would like something other than a traditional veil, and one of your beautiful pieces will make their special day even more special. Your first piece is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

  28. This is such a great idea! I can see custom requests for coordinating pieces, too. You're going to be busy!


  29. Will I would say as a newbie to making jewelry your doing a beautiful job you rpieces are gorgeous. Loved your blog and concept can't waait to see more of your work.

  30. Wow, I absolutely love your theme!! I know head jewelry is very popular right now, I can see a market for this in the wedding industry as well. Excited to see your designs!! Gina H

  31. Fabulous theme! Looking forward to seeing what's next!

  32. Wedding headpiece is very popular now. Look forward to your collection.

  33. Wow, I never would have thought of that. It looks lovely and romantic! Great job!

  34. Hi Melinda~
    WOW! What an original idea! Making headpieces is a great idea for a line! And a bridal line is even better! Cannot wait to see your finished line! I am playing catch up here with hopping to everyone's blogs because I wasn't able to hop back when we all posted ~ :)
    See you in class! ;)
    xo Liz