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”

 

 

 

 

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The Final Blog Hop Part Three. B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge…………….The Love Beetle Rocks Jewelry Line

HELLO,

What can I say.  I joined and I DID IT! My Jewelry line is very whimsical, not serious, colorful, and in  various styles.  I have to say this has been fun and educational.   I did make 5 pieces plus.  If you haven’t noticed through out my Blog I really enjoy making jewelry and playing with polymer clay.

I added ring dishes to the line.  This was one way to use scrap clay and make an accessory for jewelry to my line.  The ring dishes are evolving into my own look.  The only challenge with these is centering them upon the form and making sure they are even.  So with artistic creative licence I am making Whimsical ring dishes.  This way I don’t stress over having it perfect.  With vision issues it is not possible. LOL! Check out the ring dishes at the end of the blog.

Well we started out this challenge with beetle’s running all over my  worktable,  This is the final Blog Hop of B’Sue Boutiques Challenge of creating a 5 piece jewelry line or more.  I have found my artistic voice in this challenge all my jewelry pieces look like they go together, made by the same artist.  I never knew how to make a line make it cohesive through this process with Brenda Sue, my mentor and group interactions I have been able to make my own jewelry line.  Part of my line maybe a limited edition  I am not sure yet. Still mulling over that part of my jewelry line.  I would like to thank Brenda  for teaching us and thank the rest of the group for all their support in this venture.  I now even more ideas then ever on making further lines.

Walking you through my creative process in my decisions on making what I did and how I ended up with branches or off shoots of other lines. I started out with my beetles in two sizes.  The small charm beetles would be accents to my  earrings, smaller pendants or brooches.  Giving  a hint of the beetles with a more subtle look.  The larger beetle needed a body added. As I like to mix Polymer clay with my jewelry  the addition of imitation simulated agates and turquoise did the trick.

So with this beetle designed decided I needed to figure out how or what to put the beetles on.  Rings where an easy decision.  Take a look below ….. Rings

They have imitation agates and turquoise along with polymer clay patterned canes beetle rings mounted on quality brass .  Then I made some with copper ring blanks and the imitation turquoise.  Flower rings are part of another line that ties back to the beetle line. As I have added flowers in both lines. You will also find a very high quality  silver rings   Every Ring is unique with their own personality.

Next are earrings and I created several styles in the Love Beetle Rocks line and the other part of the line I used flowers  and  spoon earrings.

3 style earr

Beetle earrings different styles.  But I can see more designs in the future.This is how I started incorporating the flowers into my other line.

The flowers led to a sub-line with beetles and flowers.

 

 

Here it goes with my SUB-LINES FIRST AND THE THE BEETLE ROCKS LINE AT THE END

flower versions

My Love Beetle Flower sub-line consists of:

  • Spoon Necklace beetles
  • Spoon Flower earrings
  • Flower beetle brooch
  • Small flower beetle necklace
  • Charm dangle Necklace
  • Flower Spoon Necklace

Flower Rings and Flower earrings

So the next part of the line was making flower jewelry with Pink and Copper.  I felt this was another addition as to I had used copper in my The Beetle Rocks line and Flowers.

Pink Copper

Pink Copper  sub-line is so pretty.  I love the combination of the two colors.  This consists so far  of.

  • Larger Focal Necklaces
  • Medium size Focal flower Necklace
  • 2 5/8″ Spoon earrings with flowers  and brooches

turquoise collection

 

The second part of my line The Love Beetle Rocks is my imitation simulated turquoise an d copper.  This is a big hit as the turquoise made by me with polymer clay looks very real.

 

The copper Turquoise jewelry pieces consist of….

  • Cameo Pendants in Black with copper highlights and in  a copper setting.
  • Copper bracelets with imitation simulated turquoise cameo
  • Copper bracelets with imitation simulated turquoise beetles
  • Copper rings with nugget imitation simulated turquoise

aqua copper brooches , earrings to come

Now for the LOVE BEETLE ROCKS New Jewelry Line

Agate beetle line

small beetle pendants

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made the imitation simulated agates with polymer clay.  I made them into various sizes of cameos. The Line consists of:

  • bracelets
  • cameo in 2 sizes necklaces  with beetle accent charms Necklaces are in Silver and antique brass
  • rings are silver and antique brass beetles.
  • small dangle beetle earrings
  • different styles of leaf beetle necklaces in several color choices
  • Some of the beetle bodies also consist of Natasha style bead bodies.
  • brooches
  • earrings
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MY BROOCHES

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MY BRACELETS

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 BLUES IMITATION AGATE SMALL FREE FORM NECKLACES

blueagatependant I really hope you have enjoyed my new jewelry lines.  I have really enjoyed making each and everyone.  I especially love making these imitated stones.

The beetles with the flowers look like they crawled under the flower to hide.  But you can still see them.  So this is a more subtle look along with the small charm beetles.

I really feel I got this line and cohesive look thing down.  I have some sub-lines which can go further and end up to be their own line.  I have tried to give choices in styles, colors, sizes, and finishes.

THE ACCESSORY ITEM ARE HAND MADE 3″ RING DISHES ,,,

ring dishes

Thank you for visiting my blog and supporting me in this new venture of creating a jewelry line. I am very excited to grow my jewelry business.  Will be posting these new jewelry pieces.  Price ranges will be $15.oo  to $55.00.  They will also make great gift ideas for graduation,s birthdays, anniversary, Mother’s Day and more…. Please visit my Etsy shop : at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HowlingDogJewelry?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

My Fellow artists and Jewelry Designers

Please check out their Blogs

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

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

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

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   You are here – Thank you

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com

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

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

  1. 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

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

ab:corald

 

 

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…….

beginning

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.

make body

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 ,,,,,
decision

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!

 

 

For the Love of Rocks!

My love for rocks began as a child while camping with my family. My dad would take me to the creek beds  to look for rocks. I always looked for the ones that sparkled. Mostly quartz and granite rocks. I had a Little Rock book that we would check to see what kind of rocks we found. 

My dad always wanted to see what the inside of the rock looked like.. He used a rock hammer to crack open the rocks. Sometimes we would be surprised and other times it looked just like the outside of the rock.    Black and White Agates

As I got older whenever I went camping I always wantanded to look for rocks. One camping trip in Montana and Wyoming I collected several rocks of: granite, slate, quartz, some unknown rocks that were just pretty. However these were not small tiny rocks, these were if I could lift it I could take it home. The only problem is it weighed down the pickup truck and used up a lot more gas to where we rolled in on fumes when we got home.

Two years ago we took another family trip to Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming and guess what?  I brought home more rocks. Only this time I bought them from a rock shop because they were glistening in the sun and so beautiful. Last summer I tried using them as jewelry displays, that didn’t work too well as the customers wanted to buy the rocks and I was trying to sell jewelry. So I have the rocks here at home and sometimes use them for photographs.

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So from my love of insects and my love of rocks the jewelry line came to be “The Love Beetle Rocks!”

B’Sue Boutiques Blog Hop Group – Stay tuned for Feb. 2oth

My Fellow artists and Jewelry Designers

Please check out their Blogs

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

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

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

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

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com

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

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

  1. 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

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

ab:coraldesign

 

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..

Bug Invasion

Part Two…………

Oh know!!! I have a  bug invasion in my blog!!!  What am I going to do?

This is just a hint as to what I making for my jewelry line. And the Bugs are running amok as my Mom would say.  Today is the day for the First Blog Hop with bsueboutiques.com  Brenda is  offering a group of artists a Master class on how to build a jewelry line.  She did it with $20.00 in her hand and became very successful for many years and now is teaching our B’Sue Boutiques Creative group.  There  are 56 artists in this first Blog Hop lasting 3 months.   


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Part one

Part one……..   Let me start from the beginning….

There was a little girl (Cindy Eastwood)  who loved to catch bees in a mason jar. She would take the jar and lid and capture the bees flower, leaves, and stems into the jar.  Cindy was never stung but did enjoy viewing  the bees safely in the jar.  You see Cindy’s Dad and  Grandpa were Entomologists.  So having beetles pinned in boxes and labeled as to what species they where was quite normal.  My Dad showed me how to catch bugs safely in a butterfly net.  Cindy’s backyard had a giant willow tree which always had monarch butterflies.  Cindy with Dad’s help made a cage for the caterpillars out of an old oatmeal tub and some wire screen.  Cindy collected the gentle monarch caterpillars, placed them in the cage and off to school they went for a science project.

The reason why I picked  beetles for my jewelry line was because my Grandpa studied beetles that would help with prickly pear in  South Africa in the 1940’s.  He worked for the United Nations and United Kingdom studying insects.  He was even asked to work for the Smithsonian.   He has written 3 books and they are in the Smithsonian today.

Stay tuned for more childhood stories as I share my artistic journey creating my very first jewelry line.  

Welcome 2015!

So far 2015 is going to be busy with learning new techniques both in my mixed-media jewelry and polymer clay.

My first endeavor is being approved for a three month challenge of Designing my own jewelry line. I will be sharing my artistic process, the reason why I picked this thing, and share photos of my progression. The challenges from January to March and I’m so excited to be a part of this with Brenda Sue boutiques.

My second endeavor they share this with Polymer Clay Adventure. This is an online course for the year with 24 projects and 22 teachers from all over the world. I have just completed my first lesson about making dangles five different ways. I am currently in the process of standing buffing and polishing and will share these pictures when they are done. The classes are not all jewelry related which is fine it will expand my knowledge of how to work with polymer clay and I know I will learn new techniques. I will also be sharing the photos from this challenge as well.

I am also involved with Bohemian vibe and Christie Friesen through Brenda Sue boutiques creative group. These are monthly challenges with polymer clay. Christie gives us the ideas for the month and this is also a challenge. January a spring garden necklace and I’m so excited to get into this as I can make it my own.

I will be sharing more of my learning experiences classes, photos, and stories along the way. Thank you for being a part of my journey.

And remember

Follow your artistic passion even with vision issues

A sweet message from B’Sue  Boutiques creative group

Please check out the newsletter that Brenda puts out for creative group. She wrote something about me and the artists process. Brenda is my mentor and I look up to her and want to learn all I can from her. She is a wonderful person and very  with her free tutorial videos. Check them out on YouTube. This is the best group I have joined on line who share critique and nurture the creative process in making jewelry.

An excerpt of Brenda’s newsletter

THE ARTISTIC PROCESS….

Occurs in many ways.   We all have our own special way of thinking and expressing ourselves with our jewelry art.

An artist whose work I’ve always found intriguing is Cindy Peterson of Howling Dog Jewelry at Etsy.    Cindy is a very fine polymer clay AND mixed media artist; she is fearless, she lets nothing stop her from what she wants to do most.  That’s make jewelry and MORE jewelry.

What is even more fascinating about dear Cindy is that she is legally blind, and even has to walk about with a blind cane.

But look what she does…..she is positively PROLIFIC:

Above, is Cindy’s work table, in progress
Cindy LOVES color!


And how about this lovely little kitty cat bracelet? 

We carry those kitty cameos on the website now.  I love how Cindy has layered the stampings and added more color.

Here’s her latest show display:  

 

Cindy loves to get out and meet people and share her creativity with them.

If I were to describe Cindy’s process I would say it’s joy most of all, joy in being able to create and share her love of her art with others.   It keeps her driven and moving forward.

She’s a good person to think about on those rainy days when we feel we’ve hit a wall.  I think about her often, and sometimes I think, what would Cindy do?

She just keeps on going, learning, improving and sharing!

Follow your artistic passion even with vision issues

Cindy