BALC 2016 Presents, Conversations with Birds…

Welcome to my Blog! What a thrill to have so many family, friends and colleagues drop by for a visit! This is our first of 3 blog hops. I hope you’ll visit all my classmate’s blogs too.

I have finished my first piece, for my new line of jewelry. I have chosen to do a line of bracelets. I’m doing them in the assemblage style. I really love designing them. Making something totally new always inspires me. Though that doesn’t always end well though…


I find artistic inspiration everywhere on our island. Something that always inspires me is BIRDS! Their song and flight are amazing. Their glorious freedom. I LOVE feeding, watching, sketching and photographing them. And yes, I talk to them. Doesn’t everyone? Their beauty is unsurpassed. I live at the base of Mt. Tolmie. Every type of local bird lives or hunts literally in my backyard. Our teacher and mentor, Brenda Sue Landsdowne, carries all kinds of beautiful metal bird stampings in her store. I was so thrilled to see so many! I just knew I had to start creating with them. Here’s a picture of some of the birds in my  collection :


I have my first Bird Bracelet done. What a blast! I am very new to making these cuffs. I look forward to learning from each new cuff I make. And from all the stupid mistakes I make too! It’s amazing how many goofs ups you can make on such a small piece. Plus me and glue, are not the best of friends. Below is a picture of my first piece. We will be making a minimum of 5 pieces for the Build a Line Master Challenge. Our classes have exceeded my imagination. I adore the topics we get to study each day. I am truly blessed. I love to learn, and I love school!


Well, I’m off to meet some new local  birds. I’ll have to see if one of them whispers to me. You really have to listen!  Thanks VERY much for stopping by. Below is the list of my classmates blogs. Please visit them too! I know I’m excited to see what everyone’s been making. We haven’t been allowed to know each other’s theme till this blog hop. I love surprises….See you on the second blog hop!



Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Desire by Irene

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments


Sponsered by: B’Sue Boutiques

With thanks to our Teacher; Brenda Sue Lansdowne
























34 thoughts on “BALC 2016 Presents, Conversations with Birds…

  1. I love birds, too! And horses and flowers, not necessarily in that order, LOL! Enjoyed reading your first post! Great job!! 😉
    Catherine S.

    P.S. Sorry if this posts more than once. I don’t see where it posted.

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  2. Oh your line is going to be so fun, Chris! I can’t wait to see how you develop it. Since I’m under a canopy of trees, the birds here are abundant and always entertaining. What a fun topic to build a line around. Great blog, too. Looking forward to your next post!

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  3. I am really looking forward to watching your birds take flight, Chris! What a sweet idea for a line. Brenda does have some amazing bird stampings and your bracelet is terrific. It has been great getting to know you through this class. Here is to February!!! 🙂

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  4. I really enjoy watching our birds in our backyard! I had a beautiful Blue Heron pass right in front of me yesterday. Can’t wait to see the rest of your line!

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  5. What a clever idea, Chris. I also like the pieces you’ve chosen to make your bracelets. Also, I enjoy and appreciate your contributions to our classes. They help me understand the topic a little better. Thanks for all you contribute!

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  6. Hi Chris, I am so happy to be in this class with you. From reading your BALC post and all of the others it truly lets the reader get to know you better too. I love your theme…can’t wait to see how your finished line turns out.

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  7. Hi Chris. I read your blog earlier, but couldn’t figure out how to reply. I just came back and figured it out hahaha. Love your theme, love birds, love Bsue bird stampings, and your first piece is luscious! See you in class.

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  8. Thanks for sharing with us Chris!

    I just love the theme you have chosen for your line. I adore birds of all species and I know that birds are a big seller. You are lucky to live in a place where you can be surrounded by so many amazing birds. They are wonderfully inspiring creatures. I look forward to seeing what you create with your line.

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  9. I admit that I had to google Mt. Tolmie – what beautiful country. I also love birds. We live in a rural lake area and see many different birds.
    Your bracelet is beautiful! I look forward to seeing more of your ‘conversations’ with birds.

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  10. Chris, I loved your post and am so glad to be able to finally leave you a comment, I’ve been here fully five times looking for the place! Today was the day, finally found. So happy to have you in the class, your contribution has been super excellent, there is no thread you don’t give your attention. A++++++ job!

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    1. I really enjoyed your blog and have attempted comments several times. I love being in this class and visiting everyone. I am sorry it took me so long, as I have never attempted to do so many things, that I was not sure of. I am looking forward to returning and reading your next blog! JewelryDonna


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