Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Dry Gulch March Color Challenge

Design with color and inspire your creativity!

Welcome to the
Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge!

Every month Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry will be hosting a challenge for creative artisans everywhere. 
Be inspired and unleash your creative talents!  What will you create?
{ spring tones }

  Use our colors to inspire your creativity!  Post your project using the color palette above.  Your design will be eligible to win either a $50 gift certificate or a $25 gift certificate to Dry Gulch Beads.
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.  Your project must be created newly and specifically for our current monthly challenge.  The sky is the limit!  Show us how creative you are with our color palette.
For this challenge, Dry Gulch is offering a $50 gift certificate to the Winner and a $25 gift certificate prize to the Runner-up.  The judges will be looking for adherence to the color palette, creativity of the project’s design and effort.  You may purchase and use Dry Gulch components in your project, but that is not a requirement to win.
Your judges will be the 3 generations of women who create at Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry.  The judges may create and post their own visions of the monthly color palette also, but for inspiration and presentation only.
We’ll publish each created work on Facebook and here on this challenge page.  Add your photo in the comments on our Color Design Challenge Facebook Event or email us your photo to  When uploading, you may add a description of your work.  If also Facebooking and/or blogging your Dry Gulch Color Design project, please add a link to the Challenge on your page.
Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Monday, March 9, 2015

2015 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partner Teaser

We've mailed off our package of goodies to our partner in the 2015 Swap N Hop hosted by Linda at FromtheBeadBoard blog.  Our partner is ZestyFrog aka Annica, and we're shipping all the way to the Finland/Sweden area.  Below is the sneak peek of what we're sending her! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

2015 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partner Intro

Say hello to ZestyFrog, aka Annica Larsson.  She is our partner for the 2015 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop, and we are excited to have her!  

Annica blogs over at at, and creates beautiful glazed clay beads.  Her specialty is metal clay and ceramic clay.  Her style is earthy and textured, and using techniques like carving and sculpting, her components have an organic aesthetic.  

• Annica currently lives on the island of Ă…land, an archipelago just off the coast of Sweden and Finland.
• She's been seriously making beads and jewelry for 10 years.
• She has an Etsy site and a Facebook business page.
• Her business name ZestyFrog was inspired by her love of frogs.  Having the symbol for her shop be a zesty frog with a love for life was something that she really liked!

We're very excited to be working with Annica during this Blog Hop, and we can't wait to blog about what we're sending her.  It's going to be a blast!