Friday, January 23, 2015

Build a Line Challenge from B'Sue Boutiques, Elizabeth Hildreth of MadScientistsDesigns, Part One


Hello, I'm Elizabeth Hildreth, owner of MadScientistsDesigns. Welcome to the 1st in a series of 3 blog hops for the Build a Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques. In Part 1, I'll reveal the inspiration behind my new jewelry line (and a sneak peek shhh!). 

The Build a Line Challenge is a three month class on designing a cohesive line with 50+ participating jewelry designers and we'll be having THREE blog hops to show off our designs in progress and at the 3rd blog hop we will reveal our entire new line with a minimum of 5 individual pieces (but I bet a lot of people will have more than that!). Should we start a betting pool?

I have decided to go in a new direction with this line (see my other jewelry here) and I'm really excited to show off the 1st piece I'm working on! 

*****Drum roll, please!*****

****dramatic pause****

My inspiration is: 

Middle Eastern jewelry. I love the bold colors, intricate designs and rich, exotic history.

I started the whole process by picking my main component, this versatile filigree.

Planning the hand bracelet design...

This is the base of my hand bracelet. Original color.

Then I added red accents.

Time to bring on the bling!

Wow! That really did make a big difference! So, on the finished bracelet, there are 10 4mm Swarovski crystals.
So, what do you think of the 1st piece? Leave me a comment and tell me what colors YOU'D like to see in this line. See you soon! ~Elizabeth :-)

Don't forget to give my Links some love!

Callie is watching you!

PS: Come back and check out Part 2 on February 20th
and Part 3 on March 20th. See you there! :-)

Hop on over to the next blog!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Marcia Tuzzolino
Jann Tague
Judy King
Linzi Alford
Cynthia Wainscott
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
Mary Craig
Lee Koopman
Erin Whitacre
Monica Casady
Leila West
Cindy Peterson
Leila Belcher
Gloria Allen
Pamela Anger
Tammy Adams
Lynda O'Mara
Elizabeth Hildreth -- That's me!
Dana Hickey
Janet Calardo
Maria Clark
Lori Beekman
Jennifer Kroeger
Amy Jorgensen
Robin Reed
Ingrid Anderson
Louise O'Shields
Susan Killam
Mary Katherine Deis
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Kristy Le
Jan Peters
Mitzie Crider
Gina Hockett
Linda Anderson
Alexandra Sefton
Melida Boman
Teresa Shurter
Melissa Latimer
Renee Hong
Nadine Edris
Lori Meyer
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier
Renee Allen
Autumn Adams
Elizabeth Owens
Kat BarronMiller
Sandra Ballard
Coral Law

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hippity Hoppity, (Almost) Time for a Blog Hop

Found on
So..... since we last chatted, I've been accepted into the Build A Line Challenge workshop! Whoopie!!! A big part of this challenge will be to keep everyone informed along the way with some background info and sneak peeks into the whole design process. I'll be dusting off the old camera and taking lots of "action" shots. 

Meet Nick, one of my supervisors.

What to expect: There will be loads of information about the whole process of creating a cohesive line of jewelry (which I'm sure could be used to create a cohesive line of any product). Lots of behind the scenes pictures of jewelry artists at work and jewelry in various stages of completion, sketches, ideas, and who knows what else! Join the fun and hop along with us!

1st Blog Hop: January 23, 2015
2nd Blog Hop: February 20, 2015
3rd Blog Hop: March 20th, 2015

Be there or be square! ~ Elizabeth

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Turbulent Year

Well, it's been a turbulent year...Many changes and many more to come. I'll be completely revamping my Etsy shop and learning how to make cohesive collections. I am also going to change my focus from being so Etsycentric. It is time to spread my wings and expand into more markets.

I've been looking for inspiration and I ran across a series of Etsy treasuries called Brave. They are often beautiful and I love them.


brave: night moves


brave: let it snow

I hope you'll join me in my journey this coming year. 
Let's be brave together.

~ Elizabeth

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Build A Line Challenge

I am getting ready to participate in the BUILD A LINE Challenge from B'sue Boutiques. Click on the badge on the right to read more about it and follow our progress.

"This is how many of us work.....madly, quickly, ideas flowing faster than our fingers can move.  
And I'll be the first to admit:   this is MY workspace down in the Messy Workshop, where our first videos were made, and a space we'll be using again before too long.
We may work in chaos, but chaos will not work for us where our finished jewelry is concerned.  It is time to concentrate, think deep, and discover simple truths about what is IS people want, and how we as handmade jewelry artists can give it to them at prices they will pay. 
That's a real challenge.....and WHY the BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE was born!
Here is my first post on it, you may want to review it:
The Ultimate Challenge
This amazing opportunity will be a challenge that will last three months.  Those who participate will need to be fully committed."

This amazing 3 month course is FREE!!! 1st come, 1st served. I believe the maximum participation is 60, so join up quick!

I'll be revealing my design theme in early January. Make sure to sign up to Follow by Email to get the latest posts.

~ Elizabeth

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesdays - Defy Expectations...

To Be Brave paper print  - it is in all of us to go defy expectations - inspirational word art
To Be Brave paper print  by maechevrette

"It is in all of us to defy expectations, to go into the world and to be brave. To want, to need, to hunger for adventures, to embrace change and chance and risk, so that we may breathe and know what it is to be free." - Mae Chevrette
Will YOU defy expectations?
xoxo ~Mad/Elizabeth

Friday, February 21, 2014

Freeform Fridays - Wolves at the Door

Three Wolf Moon Beer Wolves Fine Art Print
Three Wolf Moon Beer Wolves Fine Art Print by EtherealStudios
Wolves at the Door - a Brave
"Story Night Feature"
"Early in evening, in her cottage on the outskirts of a small spooky Southern town stepped in folklore, Rebecca heard the chilling crowing of ravens. Eventually she drifted into a thick and awful sleep. . .
a spirit appeared to warn her of the coming bad times. She told of wolves (bill collectors) threaten Rebecca because due to the new "regulations" she would not be able to earn a living being an artist. Rebecca awoke and rang up her friend Mary...who lived far far away. Mary told her how to obtain a magic feather to summon the protector who lived in the woods....through his therapeutic messages to her she was able to believe she could overcome the evil powers in her country and moved way up North"

A little Gothic inspiration for your Friday. Enjoy!
xoxo ~Elizabeth