October 2016 design challenge

Ooooo … scary! Halloween is just around the corner (how did THAT happen already?!) and  Dry Gulch Beads is once again hosting their creative design challenge – celebrating this month with a wonderful colour palette of October-inspired hues.


I have been working on a brand new collection of mini steampunk-ish mixed-metal book and journal pendant necklaces and am offering the first sneak peek right here with this submission …



A flame-kissed brass blank was used to create the cover of this little sunburst journal – incorporating the fall colours – “Vintage Candy Corn”, “Ichabod’s  Pumpkin”, “Little Black Cat”, “Woo Hoo Witchy Woman” and “the Thriller”, and “Skeletons in the Closet” … for the blank pages inside!



Wishing you a fun Halloween,

and Happy Haunting!!  🎃

October 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

September 2016 design challenge

Is it that time already? We are well into September, so that must mean that it is time for another edition of Dry Gulch Beads‘ monthly design challenge!

This month’s palette contains such beautiful muted, vintage colours …

khaki, honeydew melon, pencil lead, vintage coral and flax


The piece I am submitting is part of a collection I’ve been working on lately – incorporating other artisan’s creations along with my own. In the spirit of vintage/days gone by … this necklace centres around a double sided copper & resin pendant made by Jennifer Tough. It has a different image on the front and back (which – between both sides, contain all of the lovely colours above!), and is paired up with flame kissed copper components and ultra micro fibre suede cord.


Time flies

September 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

August 2016 colour design challenge

End of August … the sunflowers are in full bloom, apples are starting to fall … it’s so hard to believe that the end of summer is already near! Dry Gulch Bead’s august color design palette reflects the gorgeous late summer blooms  with a hint of dreamy dusk light.

Tiger Orange, Sunflower, Buttermilk, Bridgewater and Tiffany Blue are the colour choices to work with this month …August16EventCover

With the end of summer comes a time to start thinking about back-to-school and hitting the books … so in keeping with that theme – something a little different for this month’s design challenge – a lovely lampwork page keeper / bookmark …




And so it goes … Enjoy the last days of summer!

August 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm 1 comment

July 2016 colour design challenge

Ack! The end of July is almost upon us, and again, cutting it so close … with another last minute submission for Dry Gulch’s colour design challenge.


This month’s theme revolves around sunny & bright, fresh, summer colours in terracotta, golden sand, lemon meringue, green juice and avocado.

I ended up creating two pieces for this challenge – a necklace, and a bracelet.

The first one is a sweet little owl necklace –  “Spread Your Wings” … a hand stamped and patina’d arte metal tag, with a colourized owl charm, a beautiful etched glass bead in shades of both golden sand and lemon meringue by Burnt Glass Studio, a tiny terracotta czech glass bead, lemon yellow waxed cotton and avocado green leather.



and the second piece is a summery lampwork bead and leather bracelet in the same colours …


Hope you are all having a happy summer!



July 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm 1 comment

Happy Canada Day


July 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

Canada Post – possible labour disruption


Unfortunately it looks as though a Canada Post lockout /or strike action may possibly occur as early as July 2, 2016, resulting in a loss or possible complete stoppage of all Canada Post services. We have been advised to prepare for a labour disruption.

What does this mean?

united_states_of_america_square_icon_64To all of our American customers – this won’t be affecting shipments going to the US at all, as we have made arrangements to ship via USPS and will be shipping out on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays.

canada_square_icon_64To all of our Canadian customers – local pick ups are still available, but sadly, we’ll be unable to ship within Canada unless alternate courier arrangements such as FedEx, Purolator, UPS, etc can be made (please note that extra shipping charges will apply). If alternate arrangements are not chosen, orders will continue to be processed, packaged and held, then shipped immediately once the postal situation has been resolved.

To our European and Australian customers – we’re still working on a viable alternative and hope to have one soon! In the meantime, all orders will continue to be processed, packaged and held – to be shipped immediately once the postal service resumes.

Should you have any questions, suggestions or inquiries, please do get in touch!

Here’s hoping to a quick resolution.

June 28, 2016 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

June 2016 colour design challenge

Happy June!

Are you ready for the 6th installment of Dry Gulch‘s monthly colour design challenge?  (It is so hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already!)

June’s colour palette is inspired by tattered peonies … june-color-challenge-multi-wrap-bracelet-by-peacock-and-lime

(Henna artwork design by Nikita )

… and the piece I created to match, is a multi layered wrap bracelet full of these lovely warm hues …


This “Mexican Sand” bracelet contains a number of gorgeous elements … beautiful paint brush desert jasper heishe gemstone beads, gorgeous rose gold topaz czech glass beads, flame kissed copper components and 2 lovely little polka dot lampwork beads by Julie Van Ember.

Enjoy summer!


June 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

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