AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY: BALC 2016, SECOND BLOG HOP, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques


Fallin' Leaves Spectrum

Fallin’ Leaves Spectrum


Welcome back to the BALC 2016, second Blog Hop, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques!  Here at AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY, I’ve been challenged for various reasons while creating my new line, “FALLIN’ LEAVES”.  But, I finally got my act together and began creating a few pieces.  

Before I show you a sneak peek of some works in progress, I want to share with you a few things I’ve learned from our benevolent instructor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, during the past month.  For instance, we made MANY collages of our previous work to see if we created pieces that had anything in common, since most of us love to do OOAK (one of a kind), pieces.  The two collages below told me that my creations have several things in common.  Color and nature themed pieces, for sure, but also, LOTS of roundness, curves, as opposed to hard angles or industrial look pieces.  I learned that I am influenced by the Art Nouveau style, which is considered more modern or contemporary.  Yep, that’s me!  Can you see it?


Variety of Brooches


Variety of Necklaces


Art Nouveau Style Brooch


Art Nouveau Style Brooch


Art Nouveau Style Stamping from

One of the other things we were asked by Brenda, to consider is whether I am a “hobbyist”, a “maker”, or a “designer”.  I came to the conclusion that I am all three, at times.  I am a hobbyist when I get bored and just want to learn to make something new and different, just for fun.  It doesn’t fit into any of my lines, but I like doing it.  For instance, these pieces that I made recently;


Red and Matte Black bib style necklace and earring set


Matte Black, White, and soft pink necklace and earring set





















I am a maker when I get into a groove, and work on many pieces at once, that may, or may not, fit into my lines, as seen below, in the resin cabachon pieces I made.  I definitely want to make more and I want to sell them.


Custom colored Resin Cabachon Necklaces


Custom colored Resin Cabachon Brooches


Custom colored Resin Cabachon adjustable Rings

I am a designer when I work exclusively on creating new pieces for one of my lines, and I will sell them wholesale to a boutique, as seen in the next pics.


Recently created this Cuff, Tassel Necklace and Earring set to fit into my Bloomin’ Tulips line from last year

Now it’s time to show you some photos of what I have done so far for my new “Fallin’ Leaves” line.  Nothing is finished yet, but you’ll get the gist, I think.


Works in progress for Fallin’ Leaves by Aurora Designs Jewelry


Close up of a finished piece on the third level of my pricing pyramid


Lastly, my new tumbler, inspired by Leila West, of Leila Nicole Designs, for efficiently washing many components at once!

That’s it for this Hop.  Thanks, once again, for visiting.  I’d love it if you will leave a comment in the box at the end of the classmate list, gimme a like, and share with your friends.  See you again in April, when we have our final REVEAL, and you get to see everything we have all created for our lines.

Please, follow along below, with my very talented classmates.  I know they will appreciate that you took the time to read their posts and leave a kind comment.

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

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




70 thoughts on “AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY: BALC 2016, SECOND BLOG HOP, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques

  1. Gorgeous colors and I just love the versatility, since you can narrow your lines by season. I love leaves, but Fall leaves the most because of their bright colors, winter is brown and barron, Spring bring new growth and a hint of things to come, and Summer leaves come with so many variations of green and flowers in bloom. Can’t wait to see your views as your line begins its new life 🙂

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  2. Wow! I loved your blog. It was packed with great insight which inspired me to take at look at myself & designing. I especially loved your collages and the explanation of what it told you about your designs. I love all of your creations and enjoy when you present something with a new technique or twist in your designs. I think it makes a lot of us go….ohhh I want to try that! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

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  3. Great post. I have wondered why a person would take the same class more than once, but I now understand-the influence of Bloomin’ Tulips on Fallin’ Leaves clearly shows how you can build cohesion, so it makes sense to take the class again and start a new line-with the tools from the first class and a refresher of the previous one plus more to think about.

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  4. What a wonderful blog Marcia! It was thought provoking as well as being lovely with you showing your pieces. The Art Nouveau period is my absolute favorite and you are doing it get justice! Looking forward to seeing the final reveal my dear friend!

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  5. I have a feeling your new line is gonna knock it out of the park, Marcia. I am pretty excited about mine, too, but it’s gonna be awhile before I can catch up to you for sheer volume of ready product. Loved the color analysis and your palette at the top of the blog. GREAT JOB!

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  6. Marcia I loved your blog, your falling leaves line is going to be beautiful, I can tell from your pictures. I love your Blooming Tulips line, you always gives us something beautiful to be inspired by. Looking forward to see your completed line. 😀

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  7. Miss Skittles read every line of your blog and sends her best. It seems she wants to “hop” with me this morning. Seriously, I loved your blog and how you identified yourself. That was a great analysis. Your pieces are gorgeous, and the blog post was perfect. Nicely done on all fronts, Marcia! I look forward to seeing the completed line!

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