Thursday, March 19, 2015

3rd and Final Blog Hop for the Build a line Challenge!

Hi everyone! So I know that we are supposed to be showing our lines today but I have the unfortunate opportunity to be laying down right now. "Now why are you laying down on the job Melida?"  you may be asking. Let's just say a lumbar puncture plus migrane does not make for a great working environment (as it makes it so I can not sit up for longer than a minute or two). Sooooo.......

After talking with Brenda, our great leader, I am going to talk about what I have learned. (I will post pictures in a couple of weeks)  One of the things I learned is that I am hobbyist that someday yearns to be a designer. I am still experimenting with what my look is and I learned that it is ok to take my time to figure it out.

The next thing I learned is that I have a style I like which is the steampunk style. I also found out that I live in the middle of the country and western style of the state. I have realized that for me to sell in my style I may have to travel outside my area , and I am ok with that. I just have to figure out where to go is all.

One of the ladies on the Facegroup does a color image about once a week or so that I have started to use as a challenge to myself. I found myself in a rut when it came to colors so it has really pushed me to go beyond what is comfortable for me. I really have to thank her for doing that for me (though I am sure she had no idea she was doing that. LOL. )

We started a discussion on how different people are trying to organize their stash and I had the thought "I have to organize my stuff but I wont find things if I do that?!" As I was reading what everyone was writing I was thinking but I don't want it to be so complicated! Then Brenda showed us her way and I was going" yes someone is doing it the way I want to do it!" It is nice to know that you can do it simple. Thanks Brenda!

I hope to stay in touch with all of these great ladies as we grow and do great things!

Let's get 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
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies
Catherine Shattuck
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
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 (You are Here)
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


  1. Melida: Man, do I know about back problems! spent 6 months flat on my back one time so my thoughts are with you right now. You have my sympathy. I'll be interested to see your photos when you get them up. Be well.

    1. Thanks. Just when I think the migrane is gone it comes back with a vengeance. LOL. On ward and upward.

  2. Feel better soon and don't give up the dream. Some of us just have to take baby steps. Xoxo

  3. I've only had one migraine and that was enough to last me for a lifetime. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us! Design Seeds is awesome for color! Take care of you! We'll see you when you're feeling better!

  4. Hope you feel better soon!

  5. I look forward to seeing your photos and can totally understand why you haven't posted any at present, totally surprised you have been able to even post this much, When my back is out I am bedridden and nothing gets me up.
    Hope your back improves really soon and look forward to seeing your finished work

  6. Was not a complete loss look at all the things you learned about jewlry and yourself. You have knowledge and will do great in the future.

  7. Hope you feel better soon Melinda and you can get back to creating again. LOVE the heart pendant you showed.

    Can't wait to see your finished pieces. I know that I will love them :-)

    Bead Lovelies

  8. Take care of yourself and feel better. Looking forward to seeing your finished line.

  9. I hope you're feeling able to get back to your work table soon. I look forward to seeing your finished pieces. I love steampunk.

  10. Oh Melinda, I do hope you will be feeling better and very soon. I was so sorry to read about your ordeal. Here's to warm days, good health, and a speedy recovery.

  11. I hope you will fell better soon, you will be in my thoughts! Speedy recovery~

  12. Hope you get well soon. Look forward to your line with steampunk theme.

  13. just worry about feeling better, and use this time to sketch for later!

  14. I hope that you feel much better soon and may you have a full recovery, so you can create again.

  15. Melida, thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts about what you've learned in our journey. I'm confident that you will have something more to show us at the alumni reunion in a few months. Please take care of you, and I wish you a speedy recovery, Melida. <3

  16. Hope your feeling better and better each and everyday .. get stronger and then think about designing .. take care XO

  17. I hope you are feeling better. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  18. You are very brave! Feel better fast, and I look forward to seeing your pictures.

  19. Hope you feel better soon. I am a hobbyist also hope to be more one day. I take it one day at a time to see where I will end up.

  20. Please know we are all thinking good thoughts for you. Life has a way of bringing us up short sometimes. Please keep going and creating whenever you can, even if it can only be in your mind for now. Share with us your journey when you are able.

  21. Melida, take time to get really well! I'm sure the migraine's passed by for now, but they have a nasty way of returning. I know it's incredibly hard to balance the reality and responsibilities of life and the need to create art. I encourage you to keep sketchbooks and notebooks everywhere and write and scribble every little idea. Then when you're able to act on them, your designs will be waiting there for you! No one else has those thoughts, remember that!

  22. So sorry about your health issues and hope you can rest and get better! I LOVE your earrings--those Victorian painted shoes are so cute and the rectangular clock face steampunk earrings are too cool for school! Hope you keep posting and commenting in our class group as time goes by and show us your creations! <3

  23. I hate migraines and back issues. I think we creative people have so many ideas it makes our head want to explode, right!? I hope you feel better soon and are able to get back to making things.