Welcome to Part Two of the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge. We have spent the past month learning about design influences from the past, our target market, pricing and inventory. We’re well into designing our line of jewelry that will be revealed in the next hop.
I spent most of the last month pawing through my pile of B’Sue Boutiques goodies, trying to put together some idea of what I was going to do, but not having much luck. In hopes of kick-starting my creative juices, I watched a couple of the videos on the B’Sue site, and one of them was about the very piece I had decided was going to be an integral part of my line. In the video B’Sue showed a use for this part that was so simple, so easy, so right, that the only kicking I wanted to do was to myself, in the rear, for not thinking of this before.
Alright! now I was cooking with gas. Ideas started flowing and I began sketching out some pieces. Before I knew it, I had a dozen different designs I could use, and had streamlined the parts I needed. Planning the designs helped me edit the pile of stuff down to something I could actually work with by eliminating distractions.
Then Brenda posted the module on inventory control.
You know, I am a CPA and have an MBA. I have given business advice to a lot of people who have followed it and have been pleased with the results. But it took this module from Brenda for me to have the following revelation:
If you Plan what you are going to make and count the Parts involved, then you can Place an order for the right stuff, which will make Production a breeze when you sit down to make it. Can I call it the 4P revelation?
Meanwhile, it proves the old adage (paraphrased), a CPA who advises herself has a fool for a client.
At least my stash is somewhat organized.
Anyhoo, after counting up the parts I was going to need, I realized I did indeed need to place another order from B’Sue Boutiques, which I promptly did. But this time I knew exactly what I needed and was able to keep my order focused on my line. That’s not to say I didn’t buy anything that wasn’t necessary (who would I be kidding here), but I was at least consciously making that choice.
Here’s a picture of the pared-down pile. This isn’t everything, it’s a sampling of the various parts I’ll be using.
All will be revealed in the next hop, but I’ll give a couple of hints. The peacock is out, and so are the fans and scrolls. Pearls, bows and chain are still in.
Please visit the other participants in the challenge, listed below:
Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire 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 (that’s me!)
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