Hello New Year …

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January 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

december 2016 design challenge

With the year coming to an end, so, too, do the monthly 2016 creative design challenges hosted by Dry Gulch Beads. This december installment will be the last, and consists of a cheery, festive, bright palette …

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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there didn’t seem to be enough time to create a new piece to submit for the challenge, although I did notice that a necklace designed for a previous Bead Peeps Swap n Hop seemed to match the palette quite well (with the replacement of one bead!), so I would like to include it for this month’s submission 🙂

This necklace is made from a madascar sunset moth focal piece by Debra Jeffries and features the colours represented in the challenge … candied orange, rudolph’s nose, frosty the snowman, he’s a mean one mr. grinch, and sugar plum fairy.

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Thank you so much to the hosts of this challenge – Dry Gulch Beads! It has been a fun and challenging year and I look forward to what they may come up with in the future!

Until then …

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year, and see you soon!

December 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

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image courtesy: Anthropologie

December 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Discover Color Of The Year 2017

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The Pantone Color of the Year represents a certain rejuvenation. It is the annual announcement that wipes this year’s color slate clean and forecasts what shade will refresh the design world in the year ahead.
Incidentally, that’s exactly what the 2017 Color of the Year represents: refreshment, rejuvenation and rebirth, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This year’s youthful hue is also grounded enough to be neutral against the many other storied shades we have a history of loving.

Pantone has chosen greens in the past for Color of the Year, but never one as bright as Greenery, which is meant to evoke thoughts of flourishing foliage and, in turn, fresh beginnings. In 2013, the Color of the Year was Emerald, and in 2010, the green-blue Turquoise, but both hues were darker and more subdued than this year’s color of choice.

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December 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

now available on newsstands

The Winter 2017 edition of Jewelry Stringing magazine is now available on newsstands and includes their annual Holiday Gift Guide, lots of creative ideas, tutorials and resources, and also features a guest contributor article and necklaces from Peacock & Lime – with one showcasing the sweet little owl pendant by Anastasia of Dreams & Elements from our design challenge submission that was posted earlier this year.

It’s always exciting to see your work in print … and this brings the total to 18 pieces published in 11 different magazines! (… with more to come in the New Year, so stay tuned  🙂 )

 

Until then … Best wishes to all for a Happy Holiday Season!

December 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

november 2016 design challenge

Happy day-after American Thanksgiving!

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In keeping with the theme … the colour palette Dry Gulch Beads has chosen for their creative design challenge this month, is inspired by the vintage Thanksgiving greeting card above. Subtle shades of tassel yellow, artichoke green, whole wheat, chinese red and powder blue make up the palette.

 

I love the southwest feel to these colours, and have created a lariat/choker necklace showcasing each one!

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This design centres around a Czech glass – cornflower blue – peacock lentil bead, with etched lampwork glass beads from Burnt Glass Studio in shades of artichoke and tassel, and then – to round out the design …  some tiny Czech glass seed beads in shades of red, grey/brown and wheat.

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A cool thing about this design, is that it can be worn so many different ways … a choker (wrapped multiple times), a lariat necklace, a wrap bracelet, a headband, an armband, an ankle wrap, the possibilities are endless …. a truly versatile piece! (Perfect for festival season!)

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November 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

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.

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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 …

 

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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!

 

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Wishing you a fun Halloween,

and Happy Haunting!!  🎃

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

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