Bloomin' Tulips Collage

A sampling of the Bloomin’ Tulips Pendants designed by Marcia Tuzzolino of Aurora Designs Jewelry

“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.

Hoda's Quote of the Day

I thought this quote was very applicable for those of us in the challenge.

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.

Tulip Varieties

Tulip Varieties and Colors

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”.

My Grandmas' Garden

Inspired by both of my Grandma’s gardens when I was a child, I created this piece. LOTS of color, different kinds of flowers, a cameo representing me, and one representing my two grandmas.

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.

Top of the Pyramid Piece

I reworked this focal to make it an addition to my “Bloomin’ Tulips” line.

Brooch or Small Assemblage Pendant

This was created from the larger necklace.

Coordinating Earringws

Two pair of Earrings stepped out of the reworked focal necklace.

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.

This is the original piece

I reworked the focal flower from a rose to a tulip on this piece and it fits right into the top of my line.

Stacked Cuff with Tulip Focal

I made this cuff a while ago, and saw that it already has the tulip beads shown as part of my line. It fit right in!

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.

My workspace while I'm creating

My workspace while I am creating my Bloomin’ Tulips.

A sampling of one style of my Pendants

A sampling of one style of the Pendants for Bloomin’ Tulips by Aurora Designs Jewelry

A neutral Pendant and small assemblage necklacde

A neutral colored Pendant and small assemblage necklaces

Orange red medium assemblage necklace

Orange red medium assemblage necklace higher up on the Pyramid

Pink lavender small assemblage necklace

Pink lavender small assemblage necklace with pearls

Bloomin' Tulips Rings

A variety of colored Bloomin’ Tulips rings

In my next blog, I’m going to share a design challenge I had with one of my pieces and how I solved it.

I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Your feedback matters to me.

Thanks for visiting.  I appreciate that you took the time.

Hop along now, to the rest of the great blogs.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

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

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

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



  1. I feel so happy to see your line. I can also imagine the garden in front of my eyes. You will sell so well when you layout this line in a craft show. Who can’t be attracted to a colorful garden?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi Marcia~ Here I am once again slowly but surely making my way through eveyone’s 2nd hop post!!- Just can’rt multi -task like I used too! Oh well… gotta laugh right??!! LOL
    Anyhoo…. I am all about flowers so I am loving all of your Bloomin’ flower pieces! They are going to be a great line to run with throughout the seasons- cannot wait to see how “bloom” for the different seasons! I absolutely LOVE all the color in the necklace you made from the inspiration of your grandmothers! I love pieces that have so much going on!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Marcia, Such vibrant colors and great designs! And wow, you are so productive!! You’ve really nailed this challenge and are ready to fly! What a great adventure this is! It’s a wonderful group and I’m happy to be part of it! Can’t wait to see more.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marcia I really enjoyed reading your post. I just had a discussion yesterday with an acquaintance about favorite flowers. We both LOVE TULIPS as well. I love the vibrant colors of your pieces so far. I also like the way you’ve opened the tulip bead and used it in your pieces. I can’t wait to see the rest of your line.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Marcia!!!! Your artwork takes my breath away, just everyway beautiful is your collection!! I have to have one of those rings when this class is over for sure!!! What colors and such a funny and awesome blog!!! I can not wait to see your collective beauties at the next hop reveal!!! ~Louise

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s