“Virtual classes, Inspiration, Pricing discussions, “AHA” moments, LOTS of lively discussions and participation, Pyramids (not the ones in Egypt), Challenges to date, and Progress to date.
These topics are just a few of the things that have been discussed during the past month. There are so many extremely knowledgeable and talented members in this group, and to a person, they are willing to share their expertise with everyone else in the group. I am not going to discuss all of the aforementioned topics in this blog (we’d all be here until the end of next week if I did that), so I am going to share some thoughts about just a couple… My Inspiration for my propensity to make floral jewelry, thus, my “Bloomin’ Tulips” by Aurora Designs Jewelry line. And the Pyramid, as it applies to the pieces and their prices, in my Line.
Inspiration…” My Grandmas’ Garden”
When I was young, we went to my grandmas’ houses often and one of the things I loved at their country homes were the flowers in the yards and in the gardens among the vegetables. There were so many different kinds; marigolds, petunias, gladiola, carnations, geraniums, daisies, lilacs, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, roses, peonies, violets, and my favorite at Grandma Schank’s when I was a child, sweet william, (now I know it as dianthus). I would run to the spot in the yard where they were growing, and sit in the grass, sticking my nose in the red, pink, and white sweet williams. They had a kind of wonderful sweet spice fragrance that I loved. The flowers of spring and early summer were my favorites, and still are. The huge variety of colors attracted me, in addition to the lovely fragrances of those flowers. Over time, tulips became my singular favorite flowered, with lilacs, being a close second.
When I started making assemblage necklaces after I joined the B’sue Boutiques Creative Group, one of our first monthly challenges was to make a piece of jewelry that reflected what our inspiration was for making our style of jewelry. I created this over the top assemblage necklace, that I named, “My Grandmas’ Garden”.
The majority of my jewelry contains flowers because of my grandmas’ inspiration.
My Challenge Climbing the Pyramid
When our mentor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, created a video about using a Pyramid to create our lines by having a larger, bolder, piece, and stepping out the components to make smaller, less costly pieces that are cohesive and coordinating, it was a bit of an “AHA” moment for me. Not the head slap, “I could’ve had a V-8” kind of “AHA”, but an “AHA” moment, none the less.
I realized (happily), that I was on the right track with what I had created so far for my Bloomin’ Tulips Line. But I began seeing my Line with a broader eye. I reworked one piece I made awhile ago, and found another piece that already fits into my, but near the top of the Pyramid.
My Pyramid will have seven levels of pricing and jewelry. The first 3-4 levels will be priced at $15-50 for each piece. The upper levels will be $51 and up, with the top being the most expensive. EVERYTHING will have common elements and will be very cohesive and recognizable as “Bloomin’ Tulips” by Aurora Designs Jewelry.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the pieces I have already created or that are works in progress for my line.
In my next blog, I’m going to share a design challenge I had with one of my pieces and how I solved it.
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