Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop Reveal!

The Dry Gulch gals are excited to reveal our creations for the 2015 Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop!  Hosted by Linda Anderson at, the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop is an event were we swap beads with our partners, create jewelry with the beads, and then reveal what we created!  For this Swap, Dry Gulch was partnered with Annica Larsson from  We sent her a collection of pastel colored fibers, handmade pendants, lampwork and stones.  Annica sent us a great earthy mix of her own handmade ceramic beads and pendants.


Without further ado, here are our creations made with Annica's collection!  There are four of us Dry Gulch girls, and we each took pieces of Annica's swap mix and began creating. 


First up is Deborah's creation!  This necklace features Annica's Raku fired ceramic pendant and red leather.  Deborah added wooden cheetah print beads and crystal chain, and Cat stamped a small dangle charm that says "... Courage dear Heart...".


Next up is a necklace made by Gianna!  Using Annica's lampwork leaves and quartz drops, Gianna made a chain necklace using frames that she soldered together!  The frames were definitely tough to make, lots of filing and making sure the corners joined up well.  The little boxes give extra dimension to the electro-plated quartz.

Jennifer took several of the Czech glass beads and semi-precious stones that Annica sent and created a multi-strand bracelet.  So earthy!

Catherine created two pieces for the Swap!  The first showcases a handmade metal-smithed pendant made by Cat using sawing techniques on copper.  It also has little handmade ceramic drops from Annica.  Also included is leather, sea glass and vintage seam-binding ribbon.  Cat has been on an asymmetry kick lately, and this piece definitely shows that!

Catherine's second piece was made with the amethyst, wooly wire and geode slice from Annica.  Cat also added sea glass nuggets to the necklace.  This is Cat's favorite of the two, probably because purple is her favorite color!  The swirlies on the geode were made with iron wire.

Thank you to Annica for being our Swap partner!  And thank you to Linda Anderson for this fabulous event.  Hop on over to all the other Peeps' blogs and see what they're doing.  Thank you!

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//


Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit
Jessica Hocutt
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/
Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin
Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson
Lori Schneider
Divya N
Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden
Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian
Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson
Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos
Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed
Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache
Nan Smith
Johana Nunez
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard
Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams
Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger
Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest
Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru
Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn
Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Shai Williams
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad
Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas
Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen
Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick
Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler
Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury
Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley
Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen
Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy
Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter
Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman
Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp
Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber
Catherine King
Krafty Max
Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood
Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)
Heather Richter
Brandy Collier
Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard
Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake
Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris
Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson


  1. I love the Raku piece and of course Catherine's (from another Catherine who loves purple. Outstanding job ladies! You never cease to amaze us.

  2. That first piece is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  3. You have created some truly gorgeous pieces there ladies! Love how the sea glass makes the Amethyst 'pop' in the Geode necklace!. It has been such a pleasure working with you :) Thank you again!

    1. It was truly an honor, thank you, thank you.

  4. Each of you have a different passion for beading. What a great idea to combine multiple artists in one blog!! I'm not a purple person but the geode necklace is gorgeous!

    1. Even though we are all part of the same family, we all do have very different tastes and styles that we like! Thank you for kind words.

  5. what a lovely focal. I thought I didn't like sea glass butI have to rethink my position on it

    1. It's definitely a versatile material!

  6. VERY well done, ladies! I'd say my favorite is the purple piece. I LOVE orange and purple together, and the woolywire is BRILLIANT! =) I also drooled over the square components and druzy quartz - so delicious! Brilliant work, gals!


    1. Thank you Linda! We had a blast making these. Thank you again for running such a fantastic Swap N Hop! Can't wait 'til next time!

  7. What beautiful designs! They were all so different and incredible.

  8. Every piece is brilliant and I especially in love with that purple and orange necklace. The iron wire work on the focal is divine.

  9. Great pieces ladies! You each have such a different style makes it impossible to pick a favorite. Very nice job ladies!

  10. What a gorgeous collection of pieces! All of them are so different, yet work so well together :) I love the colour combinations in all of the pieces and especially love the dragonfly copper piece!

    1. Thank you very much. It was a lot of fun playing with all the different colors and mediums our partner swapped us!

  11. All amazing pieces! Love that there were 4 different artists that could utilize the items so differently. Just don't ask me to pick a favorite!! I just fought with myself over which one it would be!

    1. It was super neat seeing all of our different tastes come to life with this project! Thank you!

  12. Fabulous job, ladies! I love how they are all by different designers, but still look like a family of pieces. Superb!

  13. Wonderful work ladies. Such fabulous designs i love each and everyone of them.

  14. I love purple so I am really drawn to the purple pieces. Everything is well done!

  15. The dragonfly necklace and the purple - amber necklace with an intriguing wire stone settings are my favourites

    1. Thank you for the kind comments Divya!

  16. I cannot tell you how diverse and beautiful all of the pieces turned out. I love all the styles, colors and the varied techniques used. I couldn't choose a favorite as they are all drool worthy.

    1. Thank you very much Maria! We definitely had a blast making these. :)

  17. Love the dragonfly necklace. Everything turned out great and I love how several of you worked on the pieces

  18. Love all your pieces, especially the one with the red heart.. well done!!

  19. Very well done pieces, everything looks great!

  20. Awesome to see four different approaches to the components you recieved. Loved all of them.

    1. It was so much fun seeing all our different styles emerge!

  21. Beautiful pieces all. Cat's purple necklace is my favorite.

  22. I love Annica's earthy pieces and you made such beautiful things to showcase them. Each and every one is just a work of art. Will always think the La Vite team is A # 1 !!!

    1. Same here Miss Suzie! We loved our bead mix. Thank you for the kind words!

  23. How lovely that you each got a chance to make something with the soup! It's fascinating to see how your individual styles differ!

  24. What unique and wonderful creations! I love when each piece is so unique! Thank you for sharing these pieces!

    Palak ( PallaviAsher)

  25. Fabulous creations! I love the colors, the little dangles, mixed media and asymmetry - I like them all! What I especially like about Catherine's asymmetrical necklace with the metal-smith pendant is that is is detachable. I made something for the swap in the same line of thinking :)

    1. Too cool! We do love asymmetry. Thank you for stopping by!

  26. Gorgeous pieces - I love how each one of you has such a distinctive style; your stash was amazingly rich and so are the final pieces. Beautiful all around!

    1. Thank you Alicia! It's amazing how all different we are, even though we're one big family that learned from each other!

  27. Gorgeous creations! I love how you combine the materials and you've created wonderful master pieces.