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 …


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.


“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!


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!




… 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)


Does it feel like spring yet?!

March 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm 1 comment

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 …


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?!


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😉


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 Leave a comment

February 2016 colour design challenge

It’s time for Dry Gulch Beads February Color Design Challenge !

Shabby and sweet is the theme this month. Such lovely light pastels … reminding us that spring is soon to arrive  (hopefully, anyways!)

February’s design challenge is based on the colour palette below;


The rules this month state that “Anything can be created for this challenge, including; finished jewelry pieces, headbands, wearable pendants/pins, handmade cards, lampwork beads, seed-bead art, sewing design, metal-smithing/art, paper crafting, clothing/fiber art, leather work, painting, even your favorite culinary delights (like cupcakes), etc. The sky is the limit! Show us how creative you are with our color palette.”  

So, with that in mind … my submission is not jewelry related at all, but rather – vintage postage stamp/postcard images transferred onto stone tiles, and made into fridge magnets!

February 19, 2016 at 10:48 am 2 comments

follow your heart

work in progress …


February 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

bead peeps swap n hop #2

After taking it easy for the past month or so, it is now time to hit the ground running! The Bead Peeps Swap n Hop has begun once again! (and if you’ll remember from last year’s inaugural event … this is a blog hop of gigantic proportions hosted by Linda Anderson)

bead peeps swap n hop

The event sees participants from around the world paired up together – with each sending the other an assortment of components including a handcrafted focal piece, a clasp, coordinating beads and other delights in the hopes of challenging their design skills and encouraging them to create items that perhaps may contain parts they have not normally worked with or thought of before.

Partner pairings were announced last week, and I’m thrilled to introduce my bead swapping buddy Robin Kae Reed of Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs.

Robin is a self taught jewellery designer, whose favourite method of jewelley making is stringing, but she enjoys all methods of creating pretty pieces and describes her style as boho chic. Hmmm … I can get behind that!😉

She enjoys working with natural gemstones, silks, leathers, stones, found objects, and she loves crystals. This should be an easy match to come up with some great bead mixes – with so much to choose from!  Maybe challenging her with different colours of components (she predominantly loves shades of green from turquoise to forest!) would be interesting. Let’s see what we can come up with!

Here are a few lovely examples of Robin’s work found on her website;


Are you interested in seeing more of Robin’s creations? She has much more available on her facebook page and in her Handmade at Amazon shop!

I guess it’s now time to get busy putting together some ingredients!

Stay tuned for more to come!



February 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

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