May 2016 colour design challenge

Eek .. almost the end of May, and I have had yet to post my submission to Dry Gulch‘s monthly colour design challenge!  (nothing like just cutting it in under the wire!)

This month’s colour palette is inspired by vintage poppies …

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While I love the colours, I found this challenge to be more … well … challenging, as I realized that I don’t really have a lot of red or coral coloured bits and pieces in my arsenal of jewellery supplies. Not for any particular reason … I just don’t seem to have many. But the seed beads and the colours in the owl bead I did have matched just perfectly!

So, along with the seed beads, I created a sweet little owl necklace adorned with moonstone, peridot, and amazonite … (similar in style to March’s submission, as it also featured a lovely little polymer clay pendant by Anastasia of Dreams and Elements ).

We’re calling this little guy  “Hoot”

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May 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Bead Peeps design challenge reveal

In long anticipation, the day has finally come! The day that I can share with you the results of the bead peeps swap ‘n hop challenge! (a refresher course for those interested … Robin Kae Reed of Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs sent me an enormous collection of bits and bobs, gears and glass beads, metal blanks & key bits, gemstones and jewels  … the list goes on and on … )

The biggest challenge wasn’t necessarily in what/how to create something out of the mix, but rather … trying to find enough time to create all of the ideas floating around in my head! Even at … 20 … pieces, there is still plenty of inspiration left over to continue on working for weeks to come!

(*warning* this is going to be a long post, so feel free to just peruse the photos, if you feel so inclined!😉 )

And now … on with the show!

#1 & 2     Steampunk Stitched Hearts … using the brass heart focal pieces that Robin embossed, I first domed them a little bit to create some depth, and then stitched a front & back piece together using bronze wire.

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#3 – 9     A whole Space Galaxy Collection ~ consisting of 7 different little planets made into choker necklaces … the first two are again using embossed component focal pieces, this time it is the round blanks that I domed and added a textured silver ring and some round brass wire, or flattened pewter wire, to create a semblance of Saturn’s rings.

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The next three are made from some of the gears (also domed!) and one of the lovely large jasper pendant stones. I was so sad to find that the beautiful gemstone was chipped on one side, but still hoping to use it because of the colour being so rich and luxurious – I decided to add to the rustic appeal and chip it some more … placing it in a ziplock bag and crushing the stone to be able to create the “space rocks” encaged within the gears for the necklaces in the first image, and to construct the faux druzy pendant for the necklace in the second! While it wasn’t exactly how I meant to treat a stone of that size, it ended up getting a second (and third, and fourth) life!

 

The last two planets round out the collection and are also made from gears that have been domed, with a few added embellishments from my own stash.

All of the space galaxy planets are secured onto handmade leather chokers with an extender chain at the back clasp and a tiny star charm to unite the whole look.

I have never done a lot of doming before, and I have to say, I’m having fun with the technique!

Here is the entire galaxy all together …

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#10     Fairy / Bird House pendant necklace – featuring the fairy door focal pendant Robin sent, which I patina painted and added the vintage bird image inside.

* fun fact … I also used a couple of sweet lampwork headpins made by Faye Wolfenden from a previous bead swap a few years ago with the czech glass trumpet bead flowers to help create the enchanted look.

 

#11     Red Jasper focal pendant necklace – highlighting the lovely deep red gemstone (which I am only guessing is red jasper?) are some small brass filigree pieces to create a hint of victorian vintage.

 

#12     Gypsy Bohemian long free spirit necklace with turquoise, copper, brass & lovely lavender gemstone – featuring the copper teardrops and another lovely gemstone from Robin. I’m not sure what type it is … such a soft purple, could it be ametrine? Maybe purple lace agate? Either way … it is paired with leather, natural brass and turquoise seed beads for an earthy, hippie feel.

 

#13 & 14     Steampunk Victorian Key necklaces – Robin sent a few cool vintage – inspired keys, and these are 2 of them:)  … adorned with some steampunk elements and rhinestone & czech glass beads for added glamour.

 

#15     Amethyst Nugget necklace – among the different gemstones Robin sent, was this beautiful chunk of raw amethyst! I love the different purples in amethyst (and it’s my birthstone, too!). This piece was really out of my scope … pushing the boundries a bit, as I have never tried crochet, nor incorporated a netting around a focal piece before. Still a beginner at getting the knots nice and evenly spaced, but thought I’d include this piece as well.

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And finally …

#16 – 20     Floral paperclip bookmarks – the mother of pearl (?) flowers Robin sent were the basis of these pretty almost Victorian-like pagekeepers …

 

Okay – whew! You made it to the end! (thank you for sticking around!) And … Thank you so much, Robin, for such a wonderful, endless, assortment of goodies and inspiration!

Also … thank you, so much – Linda Anderson, for hosting such a grand event, and for all of your hard work behind the scenes, pairing everyone up! It is an honour to be a part of it all.

Now … I can’t wait to see what Robin came up with, from the mix I sent her!  Interested? Let’s go check it out at Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs :)

And, after that … do you need more?!  Hopefully you aren’t too tuckered out, because there is plenty to see from all of the other gifted participants! A list of links to all of their amazing creations can be found on Linda Anderson’s From the Bead Board blog. See you there!

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Linda Anderson – Hostess
Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com/
Marcy Lamberson http://www.studiomarcy.blogspot.com Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu Http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/ Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Catherine La Vite http://www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/ Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
gloria allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com Teresa Schurter http://treezstreazurs.com/
Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com Susan Kelly http://mimismilesdesigns.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyrlach http://anafiassa.blogspot.com/ Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Terry Jeanette Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Laurie Vyselaar https://lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/
Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog
ROBIN REED http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/ Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/ Inge von Roos https://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Rachel Mallis http://mintmonarch.com Sam Waghron http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com Fay Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com
SEEDERS
Suse Stelljes http://pearlify.blogspot.de Ginger Bishop http://www.lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Nelly May http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.121hub.com/
sheila Prosterman http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/ Krafty Max http://kraftymax.net
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/ Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/ Deborah Apodaca http://deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/ Tami Norris https://tamisdesigns.wordpress.com
Brandy Scozzari http://bhjewelry.wordpress.com Catherine King http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW/ Veralynne Malone http://veradesigns.blogspot.com
Bobbie Rafferty http://beadsong.blogspot.com Lori Blanchard http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com

 

May 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm 27 comments

Water “wish” necklaces

The limited edition Water “Wish” necklaces have arrived!

For the 4th consecutive year … Peacock & Lime and Aveda Edmonton have partnered together to create & release limited edition Water “Wish” jewellery to help raise funds for Aveda’s Earth Month Canada campaign in assisting WaterAid and their vision “Everyone, Everywhere 2030 – a world where everyone, everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene.” .

This year’s Water necklaces were officially released today in Aveda Edmonton‘s store & will soon be made available online in the Etsy shop!

An added Local bonus to this year’s feature necklace – the Water Wave wood cut choker features a wooden charm created by BrickBubble / commissioned & painted by Peacock & Lime

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May 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

April 2016 colour design challenge

Mid way through April, and time once again, to showcase a design submission created for Dry Gulch‘s monthly colour design challenge! April’s theme is based on this pretty colour palette …

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I just love the rustic, vintage feel – and keeping in line with that vision, created this Victorian Flower Fairy steam punk necklace design … featuring a vintage-inspired optical lens with image transfer, and “wine” cultured potato pearls.

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“Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance” ~ unknown

April 18, 2016 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

March 2016 colour design challenge

This post is a little later of an entry than I would have liked, but still managing to get it in before the end of the month  – as Dry Gulch Beads‘s March color design challenge is in full swing!

The colour choices for the March challenge are inspired by the onset of spring!

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With such a pretty palette, it was hard to create just one piece, so instead, here are two …

The first is a colourful kitty necklace ~ featuring an adorable polymer clay cat pendant from Anastasia of Dreams and Elements whose colours fit just perfectly with this month’s challenge!

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… and the second design is a watercolour leather wrap bracelet with czech glass beads (actually 2 bracelets – same design – one with a focus on the greens, and the other focusing on the corals)

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Does it feel like spring yet?!

March 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm 2 comments

as seen on tv … Vulcan TV!

Vulcan Television (vTV) is Canada’s first community based online television network and it offers programming for a rural audience; everything from indie music and film, cars to pets and history to agriculture. It is estimated to draw in millions of viewers from local, national and international markets, and as part of their network, they have also introduced the vTV Marketplace which will showcase Alberta artists, artisans and specialty services. Here is where we come in! As one of the first few online stores to participate … I thought it only fitting to introduce and new bracelet – and for the first item in our newest online shop to be worthy of the Vulcan TV namesake …

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The station is spearheaded by the town of Vulcan , Alberta (the self-proclaimed Star Trek capital of Canada) and officially launched on Sept 26, 2015.

Here’s hoping that they will Live long and prosper

March 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

getting creative

Time to get the creative flow going … and away we go!

Remember Robin Kae Reed? I introduced you all to her a few weeks ago here – after the Bead Peeps Swap n Hop partner pairings were announced?  Welllll … her secret stash of goodies just arrived and holy cow! So much to choose from – where does one even start?!

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Gorgeous gemstones, and glass beads, and metal blanks, and keys, and gears, and focal pieces (check out that fairy door!), and, and, and …  so many ideas, so little time! Thank you so much Robin!

and now the fun begins :)

 


 

If you were wondering what Robin gets to work with … this is what she received … I sense a bit of a pattern here … gemstones, glass beads, metal pieces, gears … you know what they say … great minds think alike😉

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It was really hard to part with Anastasia’s (Dreams and Elements) polymer clay owl focals, but I just knew Robin loved owls and that they would go to a good home😉

(and she has already proven that correct and made an amazing necklace with one of them already that she’s given me a sneak peek of … it’s awesome – just you wait and see!)

The big reveal date is set for May 15th!

 

 

March 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm 2 comments

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