Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2016 Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop Bead Mix Reveal

Oh boy are we excited!  We joined the 2016 Swap N' Hop from Bead Peeps, and our partner's bead mix has arrived!  Our partner this year is Christina Hickman of Vintage Treasures Jewelry from Washington.  She sent a lovely book-inspired box, and it was just like opening a Christmas present with all the awesome goodies inside!

She also sent a lovely card, and the FINEST chocolate on the West Coast (from Seattle Chocolates).  We loved that chocolate so much, we ate it all up right away, and forgot to get a photo of it!  But we did get a close-up of all the gorgeous beads and artisan-made pendants she sent us, seen in the collage below.  

We can't wait to get started making jewelry with this gorgeous mix!  The Reveal date is May 15, so make sure to check back and see what we come up with!  Take a look at the mix we sent our partner here and find out more info on the Swap N' Hop here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dry Gulch March 2016 Color Design 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?

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 (4 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.  You may also use our official Color Challenge blog badge, which can be found on this page to the right.
Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Thursday, March 31st, 2016.