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 … Continue reading bead soup – reveal, sort of

design challenge piece by peacock and lime

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 … 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 … Continue reading december 2016 design challenge

design challenge piece by peacock and lime

november 2016 design challenge

Happy day-after American Thanksgiving! 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 … Continue reading november 2016 design challenge

september design challenge piece by peacock and lime

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 … Continue reading September 2016 design challenge

august design challenge piece by peacock and lime

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 … Continue reading August 2016 colour design challenge

july design challenge with peacock and lime

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 … Continue reading July 2016 colour design challenge

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 …  (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” … Continue reading June 2016 colour design challenge

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 … While I love the colours, I found this challenge to be more … well … challenging, as I realized that I don’t really have a … Continue reading May 2016 colour design challenge

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 … Continue reading Bead Peeps design challenge reveal

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 … Continue reading April 2016 colour design challenge