Mystery Challenge 3 – Allegory Gallery Design Challenges

This is my my 4th attempt of Andrew Thorton monthly challenges and mystery challenges. Really loving this. This was my first design I made for this challenge.

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I made these heart leaves about 2 years ago.  I didn’t know what to do with them or how incorporate into a piece of jewelry. It was the technique I had learned at the time.

So while I was searching for some others beads to use for this challenge  of salmon, pink, and light greens, I found my leaves in the exact colors of the Mystery challenge.

Back side of how I connect the heart leaves to the necklace.  I am always curious how others connect the polymer clay pieces so I thought I would show you how I did this one.

 

My next design was my love of the vintage looks.  And the light pink salmon colors went perfect with my vintage filigree from B’Sue Boutique’s.   I used seval different styles and types of beads with this necklace design.   It really gave it more interest and detail.

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I think this style is one of my favorites to do.

 

 

 

 

I just love how the focal with all the dangles turned out.  So classy and vintage looking.

 

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Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

http://www.howlingdogjewelry.etsy.com

Follow your artistic passions even with vision issues

First Day Jitters of My Big Show Adventure…..

Where to begin

You know a well planned adventure doesn’t come without any hitches or bumps n the road.  We told Marie we wanted to leave at 6am as we had no idea what Portland traffic would be like. We were going to be prepared for anything. LOL! First of, Marie and Elizabeth were ready to go by 6am, It was the older folks Duane and I that weren’t ready.  You us old folks have to take our pills , have our coffee, take our shots, and don’t realize how much time we really needed as Duane set the Alarm for 5:30am.  So we were off at 6:30 because I needed to pack the too box, get receipt book, a few more earrings, and bracelets.  Then Marie mentions pens  and I am still loog for NOW my red bowl full of clamps to use on the sheets that covers our booth at the end of each day.  I will need to ha So we arrived at the Expo center 45ve another I SPY where is the red bowl Picture next week if I can’t find it.  Marie looked and she sent Elizabeth out to help and none of us could find it.  So we went on our marry way to the show.

We noticed on the way there was NO traffic at all. Everyone in Portland must be out shopping or had the day off.  We arrived 45 min early and they let no one in until 8am.  We finished the setup; 01-DSC_9221pricing, bags, and signs.  Even though we 1-DSC_9228-001had overhead lights it really didn’t make the jewelry behind the glass pop. So we sent Duane off for some under the counter puck lights.                                                                  1-DSC_9234-001    They really made a difference.

Now we are ready for the show to begin.  Started of slow then picked up and I sold two of my bracelets first offf. $69.00.  One of them had the spectra pearls in shades of purple  (sold $20.00) and the other was shades of blue with 2 pf those cute Sparkling Owls from B’Sue Boutique  (sold $49.00). That was a good start.  The day did not really get that much busier. Santa did not even have a waiting line.  So we felt it was a little slow but our booth did $$$ is sales. ( will give total at the end of this weekend)

From what we understand from seasoned vendors this was not bad for the first day. Saturday will be really crazy with a lot of people. Sunday will be busy from noon to 3 or 4 typically.  We have good feelings about Saturday doing even better than today.

We had a good time and the only thing we forgot was Water as their bottles of water were $3.50 each we sent Duane out for some water when he brought Amanda to the show. She had to march in the Thanksgiving parade in downtown Portland.  Ooor Duane was all over town getting us stuff and bringing Amanda.  During is down time he walked the whole show and realized he had forgotten business cards to pass out.  He has 5 more chances for that.  Tomorrow he is taking us and coming home to rest and will be back to pick is all up.

That’s about it for tonight’s blog and to all a good nite. Thank you for visiting and please leave comments.

Cindy

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Next steps on the road to a big show

Inventory System Established

I started with my friend 5 yrs ago, Marie Roozen to make money for Christmas. Jewelry by two friends was born. We found out that Intel had Holiday craft shows on 4 campuses. No fees for the table.  Duane  (my Hubby) just had to be the escort.  So bought $600.00 worth of Gemstones and started creating necklaces  and jewelry sets.  We did this for 3 yrs and then Marie went to college to become a hairdresser.  I had to come up with a different name.

The Howling Dog Jewelry was born due to my little partner Mesha a long hair Chihuahua who liked to sing to mattress commercials. He is now 14yrs old and will sing on command.   Marie was still there to help me sell at Intel. I am very grateful as a blind artistmesha I needed someone with good eyes to help deal with more than one customer at a time. Marie totally understands my eye issues. Howling Dog Jewelry was still a hobby. Inventory what’s that?  I kinda knew what I had and I knew that I made money on each piece. Intel show averaged $600.00  year.

Still with a mindset of this being only a hobby I started selling at a 12 week summer market called Tuesday Night Market Place.  Show cost was $485 for the 12 weeks. My avg. for the past 3 years was about $1100 a yr.. Still NO Inventory per se , I knew I needed something but didn’t know how to start one from  hobby mindset to a business one. Inventory what is it?

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Fast forward to today,  I have finally figured out an inventory system. Now I will be able to track sales, in turn will help me be better at purchasing products for my jewelry lines and styles.  This is a sample of what I came up with:

Love Beetle Rocks Line; BugN, Bug NS, BugB, BugBS, BugE, BugR,BugBr

Rose Jewelry Line; RN, RNS, RB, RBS, RE, RR, RBr

These stand for Necklace, Necklace sets, Bracelets, Bracelet sets, Earrings, Rings, and Brooches

All jewelry has been inventoried , priced, and labeled with inventory codes. Then we will inventory what is on display and a quick inventory at the end of each day. Well, that is an ambitious plan but I think it might help with what sold compared to receipts and check to see if there was any loss do to theft. Or we can just do a final inventory at the end of the show. If you have any thoughts on this please share. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.   I will be blogging my experience.

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

“Follow your artistic passions, even with vision issues”

 

 

 

 

Roses and Roses, Love making Roses

What’s New!!!!  Exciting new looks are happening at the Howling Dog Worktable this week.

Making of a Rose Jewelry line that will also tie into my Love Beetle Rocks jewelry line,

I learned at a very young age from my Aunt to make roses with clay.  She made ceramic roses in the same colors I like to use.  Her Roses were made into earrings, and brooches.  They were the white, pink with the green leaves I have used in my own jewelry designs. The sales of her roses paid for her trips to the West coast to see my Grandmother.   My grandmother always had us doing some kind of craft to keep us busy for the summer.  So when my Aunt came one summer she sat my twin sister and I down and taught us how to make her ceramic roses.  It was a lot of fun and I still have those days with fond memories.

50 yrs later I find myself looking back at those memories and applying what I had learned.  I now make roses from Polymer clay.  A very versatile clay which I love working with today.  I can create all kinds of colors to make my roses.  As I live in Portland Oregon known for their Roses and referred to as THE CITY OF ROSES, I decided to make a new line of simple pendants, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and rings using my roses.  I am using old stampings and tooling of brass from the US and Germany, as I Love the vintage looks and mixed media .  The quality of these pieces are just wonderful.   \7

Here are some of my Roses and works in progress.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this new line of Rose jewelry from Howling Dog Jewelry.  Below is my Etsy shop where you can find more jewelry designs by Howling Dog Jewelry.5-DSC_7961 6-DSC_7962 7-DSC_7963

https://www.etsy.com/shop/howlingdogjewelry

The following artists are part of the Change it up Blog Hop hosted by B’Sue Boutiques

Source: The following artists are part of the Change it up Blog Hop hosted by B’Sue Boutiques

My beginning process of making a line of jewelry………

First of all I needed a theme to get started. As I mentioned in  my first Blog Hop it would be for the love of beetles and rocks which brought back childhood memories.  This is what happened next…….

Making of the Beetle Bodies…….

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I needed to make the beetle bodies for my new line. I was making imitation agates and turquoise from polymer clay.   A technique I learned from Tory Hughes.

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This was the most time consuming part of the whole line.  I love these two technique and I have been given permission from Tory Hughes to teach the turquoise technique at B’Sue Boutiques Weekend Workshop Retreat May 15th – 18th.  It will be lots of fun!

Decision Time…….

As each beetle is unique,  I needed to make a decision as to which body went with which colored beetle and leaf.  Here are some samples ,,,,,
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This was my process and no they did not all stay this way.  Beetles were changed and moved several times before I was happy with the look and style.  My line consists of Necklace, ring, brooch, bracelet, and earrings. I went through this thought process with each design.

On March 20th there is a BIG REVEAL of my whole New Jewelry Line

 THE LOVE BEETLE ROCKS!

 

 

Talented artists ….. and My creative thinking

I must say there are a lot of talented people in this group. Some of the jewelry focal’s that I’ve been seeing just lately are just beautiful. The designs the flowers the other bugs and the colors are awesome. I feel very honored to be in this group working with all of you and thank you Brenda for your leadership.

I want to see more pictures, I love pictures. My dad said I couldn’t read a book elicit had pictures. I guess that means I’m a visual learner. And right now I am thrilled with how my a get some my turquoise and my faux stones are turning out.

In part of my creativity with my bugs is finding the right body for each bug. You would think that any old faux stone would look good, that’s not the case. I am actually looking at each stoned in trying to find the right body for each bug. So know when you see my bugs there was a lot of thought put into how I wanted them to look. I feel like I am dressing my bugs.

So today I went through all my boxes and looked for all the leaves that I could find in all of my bezels and now they’re all grouped together in little containers so I can find them easier.

I just want to share a little bit of what I’m doing today and admiring all of your work and how you inspire me with my bugs. Some of the newer bugs are going to have cane work is bodies and that’s can create a whole new challenge because I’ll have to decide again what body with which bug.

I’m sorry I talk more when I use my Dragon speak software I can say more, take care and have a great weekend.

  1. And remember the “LOVE BEETLE ROCKS!”

My new Blog Site

What’s new … How about Copper and Turquoise…………..

I just finished some copper bracelets with aqua faux opal cabs set on Rosy Copper  bracelet blanks.

Each bracelet has a different look based on the chain and style I used for the chain.

I really enjoyed making these bracelets will go on my Etsy shop.

The bracelets are 7″ in length but can be adjusted to fit your measurement.  I start with 7″ as it is the standard size for bracelets.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/howlingdogjewelry


I have added to my Aqua copper line with some faux turquoise I made with polymer.  It looks like the real thing too.  The next look to my line are Brooches.  I have only made a few, but in  my research of fashion is brooches are on the come back. First one, a cute butterfly and the second,  has charms, leaf branch, owl, a square design all in Aqua Copper finishes.  The STAR of each brooch is the Handmade Faux Turquoise I made.

Hang in there I am making the “LOVE BEETLE ROCKS! line.  This is just a tease..