Friday, January 23, 2015

Build a what?!

WHAT am I doing!??!!?
My name is Linda and I'm a jewelry designer. (HI, Linda!)  I started making jewelry in Oct 2010 after going to a craft show and purchasing a piece for a family member for $38.  A few days later, I found the exact pendant at Michaels for $4.99.  I went home, googled 'How to make jewelry class' and there was one that night.  I took the class and wore my piece, proudly.  Then something weird happened..... people started asking where I got it.  (Strangers) I told them I'd made it and you'd have thought I told them I had won the lottery.  So, I felt like I was on to something.

I found another bead store that was offering classes where you'd pay for the supplies and they'd show you what to do with them.  I was kinda hooked (hardy har har).  I took classes about every other weekend..... learning new things....going home and practicing.  It wasn't until the crochet class (where I promptly threw the piece down, pouted and said 'I'm NEVER doing this again!') that I was challenged.  More importantly, when I went home.... I detoured through another shop where I found some gorgeous multicolored beads.  I made this GIGANTIC piece with the beads and lots of strands (not just the 3 we were told to use) and again - strangers.... but this time - the store owners and teachers noticed.   Something was happening......... 

All that said, those who know me, know that for many many moons I've dreamed of having my own line of jewelry.  Specifically, a line of crocheted pieces.....necklaces, earrings, bracelets....colorful - so quite versatile....geared towards working professional women...... and I'm taking the plunge!  I'm doing the B'Sue's Boutiques Build a Line Challenge!

I learned to crochet from my mother, while she was fighting her losing battle with cancer.  Crocheting was my way of dealing with things....until my carpal tunnel nearly made my fingers numb. She used to call me "A Crocheting Fool" - so I want to build off of that for this line's name and focus. 

One of our last photos together <3

 I had NO IDEA that in 1996, when I learned to crochet, that 15(ish) years later, I'd be BACK to crocheting and now doing it with wire, beads AND making a line!

How do I know this will work?  I don't.  I DO know that BeadStyle published one of my crocheted pieces.  I also know that the crocheted pieces are my best they say "money talks".  

 SO....that's what I'm doing.  You can see what others are doing below!

Hostess and Teacher: Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board (You are here)

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

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


  1. Good Morning Linda!!! Great post!@ I love your crocheted piece! The colors are wonderful. Can't wait to see more! Be Blessed!

  2. Linda, your pieces are fantastic. I am looking forward to seeing more. Well done!

  3. Now this is a theme I was not expecting. I'm looking forward to seeing how you pull your line together.

  4. So sorry about your mom but what a legacy she left you! I totally want to see how you're going to put B'sue materials and bead crochet together!

  5. Sounds very cool .. I love mixing different materials together .. looking forward to seeing your design .. Jann

  6. Nicely done Linda, that is a beautiful Necklace and congrats on being published.

  7. I really like your blog and look forward to seeing more! I'm glad to meet you!

  8. Well that's certainly an eye catching first pic :-)

    LOVE that necklace and the colors! Will be interesting to see how your crocheted line evolves Linda.

    Bead Lovelies

  9. I can not crochet at all but your jewelry is just awesome and a great story

  10. What an interesting idea for a line and I'm looking forward to seeing more. Nice to "meet you".

  11. Hi Linda. (waving) I tried wire and bead crochet for the first time last year and was also hooked. I have, of course, wandered off on all sorts of tangents since then and promptly forgot how. I look forward to seeing your line.

  12. I've done a bit of beaded crochet, but not in a long time. I'm curious to see what you do with it. =) Very cool concept.

  13. Linda I love your colors! I feel for you as we have common ground; my step-mom (who was really my only mom) passed this February from a long battle with cancer. She is the primary reason I started creating jewelry!

  14. Lovely, vibrant colors. Looking forward to seeing where you go with this.

  15. Linda, crocheted pieces are so Hot right now! I anxiously await seeing your new line. Cheers & Best Wishes!

  16. Crochet wire, I've never tried it but I crochet wool and think I will leave it at that. I have actually seen that mag photo before and now I can relate to it better.
    Looking forward to your designs, I just know they will be so different.

  17. Great post Linda. Look forward to seeing your designs.

    You can crochet! Much respect Ma'am!

  18. Super theme, Linda! I love crocheting and used to do it a lot years ago ... fun! Your jewelry line will be so unique, and I can't wait to see it! ;)

  19. Wow, you've been published!

  20. Congratulations on being published!! Your work is beautiful and I'm excited to see your line unfold.

  21. Very creative idea. Looking forward to your creations and congrats on being published! ~Ingrid

  22. Congrats and being published! Look forward to your designs and very happy to be in the Challenge with you! I love your blog!

  23. Looking forward to more and to see how you get the B'sue bits and baublies in there to build your line! Great job!

  24. As a long time crocheting "fool" and new wire crocheter I'm really excited that you'll be joining us. I have got to look thru my stash for that edition! I love that necklace sooo much.

  25. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you, Linda!! My mom tried to teach me to crochet when I was a teenager, and it was a disaster... have never wanted to learn since then.

  26. Looking forward to seeing your designs, looks fun!

  27. Enjoyed your story and can't wait to see what you create for your line.

  28. Crocheted necklaces are so cool! You'll make out really well with your new line.


  29. Linda, love the idea of crocheted pieces for professional women. I crochet also, having picked it up from my Grandmother. Beads and crochet are a great combination. Looking forward to the line.

  30. Great blog! I'm jealous of people who can knit and crochet - I've tried to learn it multiple times, and I just can't figure it out! I look forward to seeing your completed line!

  31. I like the crochet theme and can't wait to see what B'Sue components you use in your new line. :-) ~Elizabeth

  32. OOH crochet - lots of patience! looking forward to seeing how you incorporate the crochet with B'sue goodies too :D Linzi

  33. Linda--Great idea! I love crochet bead designs, but have never tried it. With all you background in crochet and the addition of B'Sue components, I'm sure your new line will be great. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  34. Awesome blog and I love crocheted items there'sn some of that gong on in my house to. I love Irish crochet flowers and want to learn how to make them. I can't wait to see what you create.

  35. Congratulations on being published for your crochet designs!! I am so intrigued how you make a line with crochet for this challenge. I am learning to bead crochet while in Tucson next week, I love the look! Gina H

  36. Looking forward to what's next!

  37. Linda, your crocheted pieces are unique and beautiful. Great idea!

  38. Linda, I know nothing about crochet. Love to see what you will make. I also start making jewelry after buying something very expensive. I shared that in my blog as well.


  39. HI Linda~
    First, let me express how sorry I am for the loss of your Mom.Second I want to say "Hey Crochet Sista!!" I too LOVE wire crochet and am incorporating into my line! Congrats on being published in Bead Style- very cool! That necklace is so colorful and pretty~are those beads made out of shells? look forward to seeing your line!
    See you in class!
    ps. thanks goodness you didn't break anything when you fell!
    xo Liz


  40. HI Linda~
    First, let me express how sorry I am for the loss of your Mom.Second I want to say "Hey Crochet Sista!!" I too LOVE wire crochet and am incorporating into my line! Congrats on being published in Bead Style- very cool! That necklace is so colorful and pretty~are those beads made out of shells? look forward to seeing your line!
    See you in class!
    ps. thanks goodness you didn't break anything when you fell!
    xo Liz