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bead soup – reveal, sort of

This year’s Bead Soup Blog Party challenge is all about love & heart!

Lori Anderson – the mastermind behind Bead Soup – designated the theme of this swap to send something treasured to another, to spread the kindness and love, “… to feel like a true giving of the heart. Paying love forward to a person you may not even know.” What a sweet sentiment.

Our partner packages were to be shipped out on Valentine’s day (Was this a coincidence? I think not!)

So, what did I send my partner? A treasured polymer clay Heart focal piece by Anastasia of Dreams & Elements. I knew as soon as Lori announced her theme, that this was the piece – that it fit the theme perfectly – and that it was meant to be passed on …

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(and included with the polymer clay heart, were a few other little pieces to help get the creative flow going …  some turquoise chips, beautiful wooly wire, twilight cultured potato pearls, tiny pyrite hearts (I sense a trend here!), black & cream lampwork spacer beads by Burnt Glass Studio, vintage tribal tube beads and some vintage khaki glass beads)

 

 

Normally I would have written a whole separate post earlier, to introduce my partner Claire Fabian of Saraccino – to tell you that she loves nature, organic textures and found objects – whose style is tribal and has an ancient vibe – that creating helps her de-stress from her day job doing research in Leipzig, Germany – that she creates the most wonderful, earthy, organic pieces (just one look at her instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean!) … and to share what I had received … but unfortunately, her package to me may have opted to take the scenic route for now … to travel around and have an adventure of it’s own … to see what is to be seen in this beautiful world of ours! My hope is that once it has finished it’s walk-about, it will decide to find it’s way here, to it’s new home, and that I can share it with you then.

 

In the meantime, still wanting to be a part of the party and to play along, I’ve chosen to create some pieces using other items that I have been hoarding for some time … vintage and upcycled coins. They are mostly from around Europe (including some from trips to Germany – where Claire is from), and include some amazing coin beads made by my previous bead soup partner and friend Niky Sayers. Since our pairing in 2014 – I have commissioned Niky a few times, to make clasps for a series of Canadian (and American) penny wrap bracelets, and she has so graciously gifted me special treats (wonderful buttons and beads) along the way – all of which I have collected and admired for years – squirreling them away – waiting for a special moment to use them, and guess what?! This is it! What a perfect opportunity to do them justice.  🙂

 

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I used three of Niky’s coin beads – a Canadian penny, a sweet wren British farthing, and an Irish peacock penny (!) in these colourful tassel necklaces.

Loving the bohemian/gypsy/hippie vibe …  I also made a few more necklaces  …

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… using my old, hoarded coins – German pfennigs, French centimes, a Dutch guilder and a Cuban centavos – doming and hole punching each to create the start of the focal piece.

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I handmade each of the tassels using various colours of embroidery floss, and then embellished them all with a mixture of either rhinestones, amethyst beads, moss agate, aventurine, turquoise, copper or seed beads and brass chain to create a little bit of an accent and add to the folksy feel.

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I just love all of the bright colours (and apparently, so does my cat, Loco – I actually caught him carrying one off after I had set them all up to be photographed and left to get my camera!)

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I have not heard from Claire since she received her goodies, but I hope that she’s had a chance to create – and am really looking forward to what she does with her bead soup mix! Let’s go have a look at her site to find out …   🙂

And to see the rest of the Bead Soup participants (and there are A LOT!), have a look at the end of this (our amazing hostess – Lori‘s) post for the full list  …   or see below ↓↓↓  (you might just want to grab a cup of coffee first, and then sit back, relax and admire all of the awesome creativeness!)

Thank you so much to Lori, for creating, organizing and continuing on with her Bead Soup Blog Party!

Enjoy!

Lori Anderson :: our amazing Hostess

Claire Fabian – that’s my partner

Jennifer Strehler

Rochelle Brisson

Annita Wilson

Melissa Trudinger

Loralee Kolton

Valerie Tilghman

Mischelle Andrade

Elizabeth Bunn

Marianna DeLuca Wehner

Johana Nunez

Jenny Kyrlach

Elizabeth Hodges

Lennis Carrier

Candida Castleberry

Mary Govaars

Sandi James

Arlene Dean

Kristina Hahn Eleniak – that’s me!

Nan Smith

Nadine Edris

Denise McCabe

Donna Marie Hanna

Audrey Belanger

Nicole Rennell

Robin Reed

Gail Zwang

Terry Jeanette Carter

Donna Hoblit

Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon

Veralynne Malone

Lorelei Eurto

Ann  Sherwood

Jackie Locantore

Mowse Doyle

Dorit Woldenga

Cheri Reed

Dolores Raml

Palak Udeshi

Laurie Vyselaar

Heather Canepa

Dorothy Supri

Sharyl King

Elaine Robitaille

Heather Marston

Terry Matuszyk

Andra Weber

D’Arsie Manzella

Sooz Anzalone

Karin King

Leona Smith

Tania Spivey

Jasvanti Patel

Danielle Kelley

Shai Williams

Jacqueline Marchant

Erin Kenny

Becky Pancake

Kelly Schermerhorn

Renetha Stanziano

Rana Wilson

Janine Lucas

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Andrea Glick

Joanne Bell

Sarah Strover

Sam Waghorn

Helena Hatten

Jackie Ryan

Bridget Torres

Inge von Roos

Krafty Max

Iveth Caruso

Rebecca Ednie

Amy Severino

Sandra Wollberg

Blanca Medina

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott

Christine Stonefield

Silke Groeber

Alenka Obid

Lori Bowring Michaud

April Grinaway

Yvette Goodridge

Kathy Lindemer

Kathleen A Breeding

Joyce Becker

Pam Farren

Divya N

Sherri Stokey

Terri DelSignore

Kate Gonska

Jean Wells

CJ Bauschka

Bonnie Coursolle

Barb Fernald

Noemí Baena

Dana Phillips

Karen Firnberg

Michelle  Escano Caballero

Natalie Ettinger

Valerie Norton

Rachel Mallis

Denise Milward

Bobbie Rafferty

Vonna Maslanka

Elisabeth Auld

Hannah Rosner

Carla Fry

Terri Gauthier

Teresa Fischer

Tanya Goodwin

Barbara Judy

Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup

Lori Schneider

Joelyn Bissing

Kate Dufour

Gail Poveda

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Pam DeBoer

Dee Elgie

Judy Jacobs

Elisabeth Matouschek

Shawn Elkins

Sally Russick

Susan McClelland

Tracy Stillman

Robin Lynne Showstack

Marianne Baxter

Maria Rosa Sharrow

Therese Frank

Sandi Volpe

Leslie Scholz

Joan Williams

Laura Guenther

Liz Engriser

B.R.Kuhlman

Bev Breisinger

Radel Vela

Kim Dworak

Carol Dillman

Alice Craddick

Janeen Burlingame

Leah Curtis

Ann Marie Hodrick

Donna Millard

Hajer Waheed Khalil

Lucy Clasen

Michelle McCarthy

Maria Rios

Babette Cox

Natalie Davidson

Brenda Ballou

Christina Hickman

Heather Gunther

 

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March 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm 49 comments

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

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

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

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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

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Hope you are all having a happy summer!

 

 

July 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm 1 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 …

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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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