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Wit, Whimsy, & Wisdom…

My Muse took a Cruise

 

I find keeping secrets for even a day is difficult, three months is torture!  Finally and oh my gosh,  we are at the finish line of the 2016 Build a Line Challenge sponsored by B’Sue Boutiques, (http://www.bsueboutiques.com)  and I get to spill the beans!  Frankly, I hope this landmark–the finish line–will launch new beginnings for each of us, for we’ve learned so much in the three months which passed so quickly.  And now I get to show you my Cashmere and Pearls line.  I’m pretty excited for you to see what I’ve been up to!

Last time you visited we talked about my muse needing meds. Evidently she listened, overdosed, and has since floated off to some Caribbean coast, likely sitting on the back of a yacht, sipping a fruity, fancy umbrella drink without a care in the world!  I do know this much:  wherever she is, she isn’t here!  (Little stinker!) Who knew muses took spring breaks or that they belonged to unions?  I know now. I certainly do! Trust me, she left me sitting here with an epic case of writer’s block and the clock is tick, tick, ticking. Dang-it!  (And dang her!  Read the handbook honey, there are no vacation days during a challenge!)

What writer's block looks like. Ugh!

What writer’s block looks like. Ugh!

Miss Skittles isn’t much help either. When she’s  not wanting her third breakfast, you’ll find her on my  keyboard or pacing back and forth in front of the monitor. She is a handful, that one! Trust me…I love her dearly but I speak the truth. Just the other day when I was trying to focus, she started wailing horribly.  Thinking she was hurt, I rushed over to her only to find here grinning with a lizard in her mouth. I love lizards–truly love them– so I was happy to rescue him.  In the commotion he escaped…in the house, of course.  Dandy, just dandy! Two days later, I’m in the yard, and spied him. How did I know it was the same one? The missing tail was a pretty good indicator. He looked healthy and happy (and their tails grow back),  but I digress.

Miss Skittles, front and center as usual!

Miss Skittles, front and center as usual!

About my muse, I think before she went AWOL, she made a pact with my computer, suggesting that it lock up every time I start to work on my blog. Nice. I’d like to have a nickel for every time I’ve rebooted this thing.  Especially when trying to upload pictures.

This was the first piece I revealed in my Cashmere and Pearls line.

This was the first piece revealed in my Cashmere and Pearls line.

This piece was featured in our midpoint blog hop.

This piece was featured in our midpoint blog hop.

Here is another necklace, which features a handprinted flower. I did not alter the metal on this one because the silver was too lovely to mess with.

Here is another necklace, which features a handprinted flower. I did not alter the metal on this one because the silver was too lovely to mess with.

Anyhow, enough about those trials…I need to tell you a little story about my experience at a craft fair. Now before I begin I have to tell you I have been truly blessed. No, not all of the shows I’ve done rank in the spectacular category but I generally fare pretty well.  I’ve met some of the dearest people and have a blast more often than not.  I have come to learn like anything else, the choice of what jewelry we wear is highly personal. Some people love my work, others don’t even look at it. It is part of the game.  I accept that.

So anyway, I was doing a show, had all of my shiny pretty things laid out nicely on the table hoping for a profitable day. Traffic was moderate, a larger crowd would have been nice but at least people were coming through.

Shows fascinate me; I love watching the people come and go. To amuse myself, I try to guess who will visit, who will just walk by, and who will avoid eye contact at all costs.  (You know the ones I’m talking about.  I feel like saying, “I don’t bite, really I don’t!)  If someone stops,  I try to predict what jewelry they will touch. (I won’t tell you how many times I’ve been wrong with my assumptions!)

At a recent show, two ladies approached my table, one was clearly interested, started admiring my work, touched a few pieces and I stood back, pleased. Her friend however, scanned the room, much like a bored guest at a cocktail party, planning her escape.   Ugh!

At this point, things weren’t looking too good for little old me.  (Women in pairs at a craft show can be deadly!) They began to walk away. The first lady paused to look at another item. I’m  behind my table like a proud mama overlooking her babies, smiling pleasantly…They leave.  Damn!  But when they were still within earshot I overhear this: “Jill, it’s just a bunch of beads on a string.”  Ouch!

I guess by now you know I have a big mouth…a very big mouth, actually.  With a trigger like that one, the connective tissue that links the lips and brain is likely to snap. So at that moment, it is all I can do to keep that trap of mine shut.  Yikes!

I.am.standing.right.there! I.am.not.invisible. I pinch myself, you know, just to make sure I didn’t vanish. The nerve! I plea with myself,  “Okay Susie, count to ten, count to ten, oh hell, count to a hundred,” for I fear that if I open my mouth for even a second, my ruby slippers will turn into pointy witch’s shoes.

I can’t believe I heard what I just heard.  For crying out loud, could she just wait to get out of earshot?  When I’m stunned, or experience disbelief I tend to shake my head…it nearly fell off but I kept counting…67, 68, 69, 70.  My head kept moving.

 

Beads in a row...seriously? I think there is a difference! And they say the customer is always right. To that I say, "hogwash!" (That's country speak for bull in case you didn't know!)

Beads in a row…seriously? I think there is a difference! And they say the customer is always right. To that I say, “hogwash!” (That’s country speak for bull in case you didn’t know!)

No, I didn’t say a word. “Just a bunch of beads on a string, my fanny!” Fortunately, most of my experiences at events like this have been lovely and I didn’t let that one ruin my day. I learned a dear lesson from her, frankly. Most people have no idea what it takes to create something—have no earthly idea what it takes if they aren’t makers themselves. Not a clue. I don’t think she intended to hurt my feelings. She was just unconscious, that’s all.  Now, had I been feeling “scrappy” that day though, I might have given her an education about what it is really like to be a jewelry artist or an artist of any type. I might have told her how my house was torn up for a week getting ready, and that the months before that I sat at my table making piece after piece of jewelry so that I would have enough to even be there.

Or, how I left in the dark that morning while she was still dreaming, unloaded a Suburban that was chock full of racks, tablecloths, busts, and jewelry and set up a whole “temporary showroom” before she ever took the first sip of coffee, only to have to tear it down a few hours later and schlep  it back to the trunk.  Her statement was quite innocent, actually.  She meant no harm.  It just stung me a little bit, that’s all.  And I’m quite certain I’ve made similar innocuous comments, without even batting an eye.

Time to rock and roll.

Time to rock and roll.

It has taken me years to develop an easy system to display my wares at craft and art shows. I'm smiling here because I had a great show and finally developed a system that works. Life is GOOD!

It has taken me years to develop an easy system to display my wares at craft and art shows. I’m smiling here because I had a great show and finally developed a system that works. Life is GOOD!

Frankly for me, making the jewelry is the easy part…it is the rest of this path that I find challenging: those niggling business mechanics. Do I have enough boxes, is my packaging good enough, my work clean enough, is it durable, have I established a brand, does my display look professional and sleek, or do I need to reinvent it again? Do I want to sell on-line? What does that involve? Do I want to be on Twitter, and Instagram, and every other new form of social media that comes down the pike? Has my life finally calmed down enough to take this passion of mine to the next step? How can I find the good shows, the ones where the coordinators actually care if you do well? What if someone doesn’t like what they bought? These are just a few of the things that I ponder on a regular basis and are just a few of the many topics we discussed at length in the Build a Line Challenge.

These are just a few of the pieces I'll be taking to my next show. These were made as part of the Build a Line Challenge and are woven onto blanks with wire. They are rather tedious to make to say the least.

These are just a few of the pieces I’ll be taking to my next show. These were made as part of the Build a Line Challenge and are woven onto blanks with wire. They are rather tedious to make to say the least.

Here is the back of my mother of pearl wired necklace. I added a layer of leather so that the piece would be comfortable when worn. No one wants to be poked by a pesky wire!

Here is the back of my mother of pearl wired necklace. I added a layer of leather so that the piece would be comfortable when worn. No one wants to be poked by a pesky wire!

I have been very blessed at the shows I’ve done. I really have.  Once while vacationing in Michigan, I displayed at a tiny little festival in a tiny little town. This lovely lady stopped to chat, took one look at my things, and said “Honey, why are you here. I mean I love this town—it is my home–but over in Frankford today is a juried art show. You belong there, not here. Your pieces are works of art.” I basked in the warmth of her kindness.

Then there are those dear souls who have purchased things from me, and tell me they always get compliments when they wear my work. I just love it when I hear that, knowing that someone cherishes a piece as much as I did when I made it.

And now, without further ado, I’m pleased to present Cashmere and Pearls, to you.  I hope you will find some or all of the pieces to be pleasing and enjoy your tour of this body of work.

I love all three of these pieces and am so pleased with how they turned out.

I love all three of these pieces and am so pleased with how they turned out.

Here is a closeup of the lion. This is the second time the lion has appeared in a BALC challenge piece. We girls need to be brave, right?

Here is a closeup of the lion. This is the second time the lion has appeared in a BALC before. We girls need to be brave, right?

This piece began it's life as an earring finding. I love how it turned out. Beads were woven into the finding with fireline and then I attached a medallion to the back. I think it is beautiful.

This piece began it’s life as an earring finding. I love how it turned out. Beads were woven into the finding with fireline and then I attached a medallion to the back. I think it is beautiful.

One of the things I learned from participating in Build a Line Challenges is the importance of having a smooth finish to the back of a piece of jewelry. In this instance, a large stamping serves two purposes: to cover my stitch-work and to enhance the design when viewed from the front.

One of the things I learned from participating in Build a Line Challenges is the importance of having a smooth finish to the back of a piece of jewelry. In this instance, a large stamping serves two purposes: to cover my stitch-work and to enhance the design when viewed from the front.

 

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When I decided my line would be called Cashmere and Pearls, I knew it would include flowers, hearts, and had to be both soft and romantic.

 

Since I grew up on the water, I couldn't leave out a sea themed piece.

Since I grew up on the water, I couldn’t leave out a sea themed piece.

 

 

This piece was wired onto a jewelry blank carried by B'Sue Boutiques. I finished the back with a piece of tan leather for a more polished finish.

This piece was wired onto a jewelry blank carried by B’Sue Boutiques. I finished the back with a piece of tan leather for a more polished finish.

This piece features a handprinted medallion and flower. It can be worn as a necklace or a broach.

This piece features a handpainted medallion and flower. It can be worn as a necklace or a broach.

This casework choker combines some of my favorite colors.

This casework choker combines some of my favorite colors.

This image shows how I finished the back of this piece as well as the necklace blank used to create it. Two blanks were used in the making of this piece, the first of which was to do the wirework, the second to contain it.

This image shows how I finished the back of this piece as well as the necklace blank used to create it. Two blanks were used in the making of this piece, the first of which was to do the wirework, the second to contain it.

Skittles says, "Thanks for the visit. Finally, I get my keyboard back!"

Skittles says, “Thanks for the visit. Finally, I get my keyboard back!”

Before I sign off, and ask a wee favor of you, I would like to thank our amazing mentor and friend, Brenda Sue Landsdowne for providing us with such a superb growth opportunity. I think I speak for the masses: Brenda, thank YOU for all of your hard work, encouragement, generosity, and guidance. No one could ask for more. From the collective WE, know that we love you!

I truly hope you enjoyed your visit with me today and please do leave a comment if you don’t mind.  I also would ask that you visit some of the other truly amazing artist who have been part of this journey.  Three months on a project can be quite daunting and these ladies gave it their all–some of whom were battling major life challenges.  Their grace, their beauty, their work, and their blogs have been awesome so I do hope you will show them some love and give them a visit.  Just click on a link below and you can continue exploring our three month odyssey together. Again, please accept my sincere thanks for your visit.  I do appreciate it mightily.

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

 

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

 

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks  – – – You are here.

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

 

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 

 

72 Comments

  1. Oh Susie, how I love reading your blog. Your muse must have come back just in time – that spiteful sprite – because your pieces are beautiful. I can relate to that show experience. I have been known to respond to those comments. As a beadweaver, I can appreciate the time and effort you have in these pieces. Wonderful work girlfriend.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Thank you so much, Ginger! I have so loved seeing your work, it is exquisite. I feel very fortunate to have shared this experience with you!

  2. Susan, I must admit I had to take a huge detour to read your blog immediately. I couldn’t wait to get lost once more in your creative writing. I wish you would write regularly. Oh yeah, about your reveal…. Your pieces are absolutely fabulous! I like how you continued to mix your metals as you did in the last BALC. I have always liked your use of pearls in your earlier jewelry as well as this line. Great job!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Vonda, sweet lady, you make my head swell. Thank you so much for your many kind words. I truly appreciate the visit and the compliments. I’ll try to write more often…and about other things besides jewelry! Hugs my friend!

  3. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I love your collection. It’s nice to see pearls use so extensively. Beautiful!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:33 am

      I have always loved pearl, Marie. I try to use them as often as I can. Thank you for the visit!

  4. Oh Susan!! Such a wonderful blog post and beautiful collection of jewelry!!! Always a pleasure to read your posts, and your jewelry is always just stunning!! LOVE that wired on piece!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Miss Karen, bless your heart, you’ve done quite a bit of hopping today and left lovely comments for everyone. That is so dear of you. I really appreciate and I know the rest of the troops do, too!

  5. Susan, I alway look forward to your blog. Soon as I start reading I’m drawn in to your story. If you very dicide t write a book I will be a fan and buy it. Now as for your line it is stunning. Loved every piece in your line.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Honestly Linda, the other gals are far better students than I am so the class content has more credibility when they talk about it. So, I’m happy just putting a little levity in the mix for grins and giggles. Thank you for your kind words. You made my day, Linda.

  6. I absolutely LOVE it, esp got my eye was the beading, you and I need to get together on that, you have some great ideas! I love what you have done here, Susan….and I knew I would!

  7. Mary Reckmeyer

    April 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Your story is inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing your show experiences. I was very engaged in your blog. I adore your Cashmere and Pearls line.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Mary, how kind of you. Thanks for the visit. It was great sharing this class with you. I hope to do something with you again!

  8. Marcia Tuzzolino

    April 2, 2016 at 5:14 am

    As always, an amazing, well written story with your special brand of humor thrown in…loved it! Your line is wonderful and beautiful, and I love that you continued with the mixed metals from last year!!

  9. Well Susan you have done it again, you have created another line that is absolutely stunning. I can see in the pieces all of the love you put into your creations, they are so elegant looking. My only negative thing I will say to you is I wish I could attend one of your shows. There are so many miles between us and I wish that it wasn’t so because I know I would enjoy shopping at your beautiful booth. I hope you continue to make your beautiful creations and share them with us.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Wouldn’t it be great if a visit was a click away, Jane? Think of all the fun we would have! Oh.My.Goodness…that would be great, but I guess we are fortunate to have this. Thank you for popping in. You made my day quite special!

  10. Stephanie Godley

    April 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Your writing is wonderful. I’m a fool for pearls and I just love your new line.

  11. Elisabeth Wilks

    April 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    What a lovely wrap up to this third blog hop, your wrtting style is so enjoyable. The line you created is beautiful. What great advice for attenders. I will remember to make eye contact and be interested in their work even if it is not my type of jewelry. I know the hard work they put in to do their show and create their jewelry.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      We artists have to stick together, Elisabeth! Thank you for reading my blog and for your insightful comments. Cheers!

  12. Beautiful and such thoughtful designs in all of your necklaces. I especially love the earring that became a necklace!! You should share your designs online…at least in some of the facebook handmade jewelry selling groups. They really are something special!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Cory, thank you! Your comment gave me a wonderful boost. So nice of you to visit and leave words of encouragement.

  13. Three months is torture – yes it is! I love what you have put together here, Susan – all of the pieces are so beautiful and elegant. My favorite is the lion and I like how you said something about us girls needing to be brave. I have to agree with the sweet lady from Michigan about you needing to be in a juried show 🙂

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      I love the lion piece, too. And lets face it, Christine…it does take some courage to create things and put them out there. The lady from Michigan and you warmed my heart. Thanks so much!

  14. Your pieces are gorgeous and I so relate to your stories! Love to you and Miss Skittles!

  15. What a wondrful creative story! I loved all the details from your experiences. When I attend shows l usually compliment artists when I like their designs because I know the work that goes into it. I love your designs for your new line. The colors are so beautiful. You have done a wonderful job in this challenge.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Janet, this means a great deal coming from you. You certainly know, first-hand, what it is like to participate in an event like this. Whew! I really appreciate your visit and your lovely words. Thanks so much!

  16. Your bead work is stunning, I just love reading your blogs.

  17. Your line is so elegant. I am in awe of your bead weaving abilities. Really lovely

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Allison, thank you. As for the bead weaving, the pieces kind of direct me if that makes sense. I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much!

  18. Such beautifully designed, intricate work, Susan. I love your feisty nature!

  19. Oh Susan……you have done it again! Captured my imagination and brightened my day with your gorgeous pieces!! I have drooled repeatedly over the “case work” necklace that you wired ..it is exquisite!!! Yum, yum, yummy!!! xo

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Miss Ellen, you are the best! I truly appreciate your support and friendship. This line was fun to make. Wouldn’t it be great if the only thing we had to do was make jewelry? Time for me to catch up on other things…ugh. Love you, girl!

  20. Susan once qgain what a great blog post. Your jewelry line is put together beautifully. Your work is stunning and I love that you continue to mix those metals. You’re my kind of gal. 😉

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Miss Irene, I sure wish there wasn’t a whole continent between us! I’d love to join you, Marcia, and Jann for some of your play dates. Thank you for your kind words, and let me reiterate one more thing. YOUR line is fantastic! xoxoxo

  21. Leslie Schmidt

    April 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, everything you made was so wonderful! I love how you colored the flowers, the use of pearls (I love pearls, any color). Your blog was captivating and fun to read. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 2, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Oh Leslie, thank you! We share a love of pearls, that is for sure and coloring those flowers is a blast. I’m so looking forward to another round of creating, once I catch up on everything else I’ve neglected! Thank you again.

  22. Susan,
    I enjoyed reading your very interesting blog.
    Your Jewelry Line is So Very Beautiful !
    Best Wishes in All of Your Accomplishments !

  23. Your pieces are ART. I admire the creative ways you have used the materials.

  24. Congratulations, I know how you love pearls and knew your line would be nothing short of spectacular. You never disappoint.

  25. Beautiful, beautiful line!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 3, 2016 at 3:17 am

      Thanks so much for popping in, Nike! I appreciate it and thanks for the encouragement!

  26. As always Susan it is such a joy to read your posts. Your jewelry is stunning! Love the last flower necklace and the lion is probably my favorite (but they are all stunning and unique!)-Ingrid

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 3, 2016 at 4:24 am

      Ingrid, thanks so much for popping in. I’m rather partial to the lion my own self! Thanks again!

  27. Ok , Susan, you are such a card!! LOL!! Love your humor! Very well written blog and STUNNING body of work! CONGRATS!!

    xoxo, Catherine S.

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 3, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Thank you so much! I like being the wildcard in these events. Glad you had a chuckle or two and thank you so much for the visit. You are the best! xoxoxo coming back “atcha.”

  28. Wonderfully written as always ! dont ever let someone steal your joy…..” beads on a string” ……hand her the supplies and tell her to go for it! Love your line and I know that you will do very well with it 🙂 Oh and Ms Skittles…..lets keep the lizards outside ….LOL

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 3, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Val, your comment delighted me…Miss Skittles, not so much. LOL! Thank you for your kind words and for popping in. I so appreciate it! Hugs!

  29. Susan, what a marvelous line you’ve created. Your beaded pendant is my favorite, so elegant and refined, as are all your pieces! Wonderful work!

  30. “Beads on a string..” my eye! I thoroughly enjoyed your blog – keep writing, you’re great at it! I love your line – lovely color scheme, and your ability to manipulate those beads is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with all of us!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      HaHa! That was quite a moment, lol! Thank you for your visit, Joan. I hope our paths will continue to cross!

  31. Pamela & Toby, Novegatti Designs

    April 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Wonderful job, Susan! I loved reading your blog, as usual …. your style of writing just brings the reader right into your world. I adore your line …. pearls are so cool, and so versatile …. you creatively made them into works of art! Toby sends kittyhugs to his pal, Miss Skittles too! <3

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 4, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Oh sweet Pamela, you know I love your work and Miss Skittles is developing a crush on Toby. So glad he is on the mend! Cheers to a wonderful experience for all of us. I truly think everyone did a great job.

  32. Susan, your work gives me a warm fuzzy feeling of recognition. Like the road home after a long trip. The colors and style rise up to greet and welcome me. I plainly love them! You’ve done amazing work.
    Class with you has been a blast. You always make me laugh. You’ve charmed me, girl! I’m glad you were in my homeroom, and I’ve been looking forward to signing your annual.
    With love…

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 4, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Chris, you were a bright light to me in the class. Even if I hadn’t made the first piece of jewelry it would have all been worthwhile because of the many times YOU made me laugh. All in all I think we gained much and the legacy of the class will continue to inspire us. Thank you for your kind words. It will be nice to be in the alumni group together! Hugs to you. You made it grand!

  33. Susan, your beading is exquisite and your workmanship impeccable. I have enjoyed being in class with you. I appreciated your insight as well as your levity. I wish you the best with your shows this coming year and hope to see you on Etsy in the near future.
    Take care,
    Susan Bolton

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Susan, you are so dear. I so enjoyed sharing this class with you and hope to have the pleasure to share another in the future. Thanks so much!

  34. Susan, you blow me away with your ‘beads on a string’! Not only are your posts so enjoyable to read, but your jewelry creations are absolutely stupendous!!!! I can’t say enough about how beautiful they are. Well done.

  35. Beautiful pieces one is more beautiful than the next! Your blog I’d fabulous it is a great read! Well done!

  36. I love everything you do Susan…your beautiful jewelry, your promotion ideas, and reading your blog! Wishing you continued happiness and success in all you do. You are a delight! It is our secret, but creativity does take a vacation every once in awhile. Oh, when it returns, all refreshed and ready for work again, we know that breaks are a good thing!

    • Susan Bowerman

      April 10, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Well put, Donna. We all need those little breaks from time to time. Hope all is well with you and thank you for your generous comments. Cheers!

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