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Build a Line Challenge from B'Sue Boutiques, Lynda O’Mara, LOmara Creative Designs, Part One


Welcome to my Build a Line Challenge Blog, Once Upon a Line!  I'm Lynda O'Mara of LOmara Creative Designs in Denver, Colorado (I'm actually in Lakewood, which is a suburb of Denver, see the photo above taken by the wonderful, talented Cathy Harris who lives near me).  This blog entry is part of a series of three blog hops (yes, that's a new concept to me) that I am participating in with almost 60 other jewelry designers from around the world.  These blog hops are just part of the Build a Line Challenge that is the brainchild of Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B'Sue Boutiques.  Over the next three months, those of us participating in the Challenge will be working on creating our own personal line of jewelry suited to our market's taste, style, and budget.  At the end of the Challenge, each of the participants will reveal a minimum of five original pieces that will be our "new jewelry line". 

In my previous blog post, "The Road So Far", I talked about my journey from childhood until now in the world of handmade items.  I've always loved creating things, first for my family and friends and later for my customers.  For the past 8 or 9 years, I've focused on jewelry design since I love the possibilities of putting beads, brass stampings, and different techniques together to create fun pieces of jewelry that people can wear and enjoy. 

Lynda at a Bead ShowWith this incarnation, I started with stringing necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  At first, I bought beads at craft stores, like Michaels, and then I discovered my first bead show!  OMG!  It was like Dorothy reaching the Emerald City with all of the colors and excitement!  I kind of went out of my mind with all the booths of beautiful beads to choose from.  It's a good thing I had my credit card with me!  The variety of beads was so much more than I had ever seen and my mind was whirling with ideas of what to do with all of those beads and techniques!  I took classes on various techniques since most bead shows offer classes at the show. Here I am at a bead show during my leather bracelet stage! 

LOmara Creative Designs Heart NecklaceAs I walked up and down the aisles of the shows that I attended, I noticed some wonderful lampwork beads by Grace Ma of Grace Lampwork Beads.  These handmade beads use glass from Italy and Germany and are quite vibrant and beautiful, and I fell in love with the many colors and designs and became a great customer!  I couldn't get enough of these wonderful lampwork beads.  My designs started out with very simple designs that showed off the beads.  (This was before I had discovered B'Sue Boutiques.) 

After a few years, at one of the bead shows, I found brass components that I could color to work with any design that I wanted, but the number of components was extremely limited.  Enter B'Sue Boutiques which I found, not at a bead show, but on the web!  Brenda Sue Lansdowne, the B'Sue of B'Sue Boutiques, has filmed over 100 instructional videos on her YouTube channel. It was the Emerald City all over again.  After watching a few videos and checking out the B'Sue Boutiques website, new ideas and designs were flooding my mind and I couldn't wait to start creating new and different jewelry than I'd made before. And, I became a great customer of B'Sue as the lure of bead shows began to fade into the background.  I still love bead shows, but there's so much available at B'Sue Boutiques, I can use my computer mouse instead of walking through the aisles of shows.  And, I can even take classes online at the YouTube channel!

My Theme!  When Brass meets Glass!

SLOmara Creative Filigree and Glass Necklaceo, now back to the Challenge. When I decided to take this Build a Line Challenge, I couldn't come up with a theme for my new line of jewelry.  Up until now, I've mostly done one-of-a-kind pieces that were only minimally cohesive in their design.  I know that people like my designs because whenever I show my jewelry either to friends or at a show, people  buy it.  But, having a cohesive line of jewelry that I'll be creating under the tuteladge of the wonderful Brenda Sue Lansdowne is something that really appealed to me.

So,photo_Components_BlueFlower.jpg what would my theme be?  Well, one morning during my morning meditation, my intention was to get guidance on what to do, and it came to me!  I can combine my love of Grace Ma's lampwork beads and the wonderful brass stampings and techniques that I've learned from B'Sue Boutiques!  That morning the name of my blog, Once Upon a Line, and my theme, When Brass meets Glass came to me and that is the direction I'm taking!

The photo to the right is the first piece I put together using colored filigree and glass lampwork beads.  And on the left are some components of one of my Challenge pieces.  How will it turn out? As we go through this Challenge journey, I'll be creating and showing more designs using both brass components from B'Sue Boutiques and lampwork beads.  It's already been fun and I know I'm already a better jewelry designer.

AccompanyinLOmara Creative Designs - Tessa Kittyg us on this journey will be my assistant and Quality Control Manager, Ms. Tessa Kitty.  She reminds me when it's time to stop working and feed, pet or play with her.  Here she is inspecting my very messy work area. 

Meet the Other Jewelry Artists

Build A Line Challenge
Below is a list of the other jewelry artists and designers that are on this three month journey with Tessa and me.  Whether you're in the challenge or are someone who found my blog, please visit the blogs below and feel free to leave comments if you like their story or their designs (or their assistants) for encouragement.  We're all in this together and at the end, we will all be better designers and able to offer wonderful lines of jewelry to the world.

Thank you!



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
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
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
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
Lynda O'Mara (That's me!)
LOmara Creative Designs





comments (40) (add comment)

  1. Lori Beekman
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 11:04 am

    Love the name of your line. =)
  2. Marica Zammit
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 11:14 am

    Wonderful theme Lynda! Looking forward to see how you'll integrate lampwork beads with brass :-)
  3. kristy le trendy jewelry designs
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 11:26 am

    Love your back story and your challenge design.
  4. Alexandra Sefton
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 01:43 pm

    Oh my gosh--this was SOOOO fun to read--even knowing you as I do! And I'm SOOOOOOOOO excited for your theme--very unusual and it's genius! Going to be totally beautiful with your love of color and your expertise. Loved the "Emerald City" part and esp. your production assistant--the inimitable ConTessa!! And even though I struggle (LOL) I'm eternally grateful to you for encouraging me to do this Challenge--without you I never would've said, "What the hey--why don't I try it?" and met so many cool peeps. <3<3
  5. Elizabeth Hildreth
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 01:56 pm

    Can't wait to see what the finished pieces look like. :-)
  6. Dana
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 02:56 pm

    It's been my experience brass and glass really like each other, so I'm excited to see where your line goes!
  7. Lori Meyer
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 04:17 pm

    What a great read, Lynda ♥ Your fabulous way with color creates pieces of quiet exuberance. Can't wait to see the unfolding of your line!!
  8. Tammy Adams
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 04:19 pm

    I enjoyed the story of how you got started. I had a similar experience at my first bead show. I had to start leaving my credit cards at home when I attended them, taking only enough cash as I was budgeting for shiny things. I love the name of your line and look forward to seeing how you put those components together.
  9. Melissa Latimer
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 04:49 pm

    Great post, and I love the name of your line!
  10. Brenda Sue Lansdowne
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 05:21 pm

    So glad you joined us for this challenge, Lynda! You have wonderful and varied skills and I am just so glad to have you aboard!
  11. Susan Killam Creative
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 07:12 pm

    I love lamp work and Grace's beads, too. You have a great idea! Cheers, Susan
  12. Nike Bottalico
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 07:38 pm

    Great Blog and cannot wait to see your completed pieces! So happy to be in this journey together!
  13. Ingrid Anderson
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 08:17 pm

    Great idea and love the name!
  14. KAT
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 08:29 pm

    love it, can't wait to see the results
  15. Leila Belcher
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 09:22 pm

    Can't wait to see how it turns out!! Brass meets glass sounds just beautiful.
  16. Sandie Ballard
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 09:23 pm

    Hi Lynda! Love your theme, so original ! and I had a journey quite like yours when I found Gem Shows and then found Brenda Sue on the internet! Tessa should meet my Booda Boy! Best wishes! Sandie B.
  17. Carole Carlson
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Love your theme.
  18. Teresa Schurter
    posted January 23rd 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I love your story and your designs. As a resident (well, I used to be) of Oz, merely a near neighbor now, I totally understand about the bead shows and the world of beads meeting brass. It's going to be wonderful seeing what you design.
  19. Janet Calardo
    posted January 24th 2015 at 12:06 am

    Love your theme. I agree gem shows are awesome but B'sue brass is even better.
  20. Denise Poirier
    posted January 24th 2015 at 01:07 am

    Love your blog! Looking forward to taking this journey together!
  21. Claire Walsh
    posted January 24th 2015 at 06:50 am

    Very creative, talented and imaginative and now a good writer too! Looking forward to following your journey and seeing the evolution of design.
  22. Micheale Collie
    posted January 24th 2015 at 10:18 am

    I'm so glad to find out I'm not the only one who struggled with an idea for a cohesive theme! I think your work is beautiful and can't wait to see your line as we progress.
  23. Nadine Edris
    posted January 24th 2015 at 11:21 am

    Such a rich and vibrant feel to your work. Love the brass and glass combo and I bet this new line of yours is going to rock!
  24. Cindy Peterson
    posted January 24th 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Love your approach to your new line,,
  25. Cynthia Wainscott
    posted January 24th 2015 at 12:56 pm

    What a great blog, and I like the idea of when brass meets glass! I can't wait to see your progress!
  26. Robin Kae Reed
    posted January 24th 2015 at 01:13 pm

    I love you back story Lynda and I love the direction your meditation took you!!! Great choice of materials and I love your first piece. Can't wait to see what you make next!!! Be Blessed!
  27. Autumn
    posted January 24th 2015 at 01:37 pm

    I can see I'm going to have to get some inks and others coloring agents to play with. I really love the look you've achieved.
  28. Renee Hong
    posted January 24th 2015 at 02:28 pm

    Lynda, your line is going to be lovely! Love your kitty, too!
  29. Marcia Tuzzolino
    posted January 24th 2015 at 03:32 pm

    Love your blog and your story. I am very familiar with Grace Ma's stunning lampwork beads, too. Your theme is wonderful and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.
  30. Leila West
    posted January 24th 2015 at 04:27 pm

    Looking forward to seeing your line!
  31. Lynn Stinten
    posted January 24th 2015 at 05:59 pm

    Looking forward to seeing more
  32. Maria Clark
    posted January 25th 2015 at 09:58 am

    Lynda, a fellow Lakewood CO resident. Perhaps we can meet up for coffee sometime. Love the idea of "Brass and Glass" and looking forward to the completed line.
  33. MJ Casady Copper Works
    posted January 25th 2015 at 11:36 am

    Great read! Lampwork beads are beautiful, looking forward to seeing your line!
  34. amy j
    posted January 25th 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Can't wait to see the finished line!
  35. gloria allen
    posted January 25th 2015 at 02:35 pm

    I too have a hoard I mean collection of grace beads. Beautiful beginnings. Excited to see more.
  36. kristy le trendy jewelry designs
    posted January 26th 2015 at 11:51 am

    I started out just string too and I love beautiful an interesting beads as well. I love your concept for the challenge and look forward to seeing your creations, love your kitty also. happy creating.
  37. Apt To Wander Studio Judy King
    posted January 26th 2015 at 09:17 pm

    Another lampwork lover!! This is a wonderful combination and I love your catchy names!!
  38. Coral
    posted January 27th 2015 at 08:25 am

    I have a small collection of lampwork beads. I can't wait to see how you design with brass and glass beads.
  39. Linzi Alford
    posted January 27th 2015 at 05:12 pm

    OOh brass and glass- great theme- looking forward to seeing what you do !
  40. Gina Hockett
    posted January 28th 2015 at 01:58 pm

    I have a collection of lampwork beads that I just can't seem to part with. I love the inspiration for your line, and I think it will give me some inspiration as well. I am very delighted and intrigued to watch your line develop. Love the name of your blog too!

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