Looking Back and Moving Forward

I can’t believe the first month of 2013 is more than half over….where has the time gone!  My blogging has slipped and it’s time to get back at it.  I’ve been thinking back about my design challenges in 2012 and wondering where I want to focus this year.  I spent some time looking at how far I pushed my designs in the last 12 months and I was a bit surprised at the progress I made.  I remember trying new techniques and creating designs that were fun and new.  However, checking out some “before and after” photos really made me realize that I’ve taken my creativity to a whole new level.

My Favorites from 2012

I thought it would be fun to recap my favorite designs and techniques from 2012.  So, here are my Top 5:

1.  One of the design innovations of 2012 was the simple realization that I could add sections of wine labels to wine cork slices and get one of a kind wine charm designs.  I’ve had so much fun with these, using label from all kinds of wine bottles throughout the year.  Who knew that the simple decoupage technique I learned years ago would come back around!

2.  The Ren Cen piece from the Atwater collection early in 2012 is another favorite.  This piece was one of the first designs using glass from the bottle.  I loved the urban feel of this design.  A simple, stylish dedication to metro Detroit.  While I know someone out there has this piece in their collection, someday I want to make a similar one for myself.

3.  A beautiful section of a wine label sealed in resin.  Simple, yet unique in design.  This piece represents my first design using resin.  Through the year, I continued to try new techniques with the material.  Yet, this design remains one of my very favorites.

4.  The next design on my list of favorites didn’t land here because of a new technique….it’s here for the funny backstory.  I focused on Budweiser the week of the Bud Shootout and wanted designs that represented that NASCAR feel.  The key element was using pieces of tire rubber in the design.  I couldn’t find pieces of tire….until I realized there was lots of shredded tire on the side of the highway.  So, I pulled off to the side of the road and picked some up.  Definitely one of the funniest moments of my jewelry adventures in 2012!

5.  The final design is my absolute favorite of 2012.  The piece was created during the Middle Sister wine collection.  The design was inspired by “Mischief Maker” and this one truly represents my design style.  I love the mix of bottle glass, chain and eclectic beads.  The broad range of color makes it feel optimistic and fun.

Looking Forward to 2013

This year, I want to keep up the inspiration from great beer and wine brands.  However, I don’t think I’m going to hold myself to the strict rules of four posts that I followed in 2012 – intro, taste, backstory, and design.  I’ll mix it up a bit….sometimes four posts, sometimes just one.  The focus will remain on new design inspirations.

In addition to these posts, I want to mix in some other things here on the blog.  Here are a few ideas you may see come to life in the posts of 2013:

  • Recipes that use beer / wine as ingredients
  • Interviews or feature stories on other artists that are doing cool things with the artifacts from beer and wine
  • Interesting stories that cross my path in social media or elsewhere
The beer and wine theme will remain and I hope that you will continue to find the content interesting to follow.
Cheers to a great 2013!!



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My name is Lori Sullivan. By day I'm a Marketing Strategist and by night I'm a Jewelry Designer. I also enjoy relaxing with family and friends with a great wine or beer. This blog is the place where my passions for drinks, design, memories and marketing mix.