Sunday, April 29, 2018

Art Elements April Theme Reveal - Cowgirls & Horses

Welcome to the Art Elements Theme Challenge Reveal from Dry Gulch! We joined the April monthly challenge and have enjoyed working on our projects for the reveal the past few weeks. We would like to send a thank you to hostesses Jenny and Cathy for putting this challenge together. Don’t forget to visit all of the participating reveals, listed in the links at the end of this blog.

The Dry Gulch Horses - Shorty, Rusty & Lucky

This month’s theme was all about the beauty of horses. We are inspired every day by the nature around us and our own animals, horses included, so we knew we wanted to create a project featuring cowgirls and their horses. As we have a vintage show that we are preparing for in May, we aimed at making several necklaces that we could bring to the show.

We love to create unique components and then assemble them together into new collage pendants. These necklaces feature patinaed filigrees, hand stamped charms and a hand painted bay horse charm. The pendant focals feature vintage cowgirl bezels that have been poured with resin, then bordered with handmade “barbwire” lariats. We finished off these rustic necklaces with our beaded stone and crystal chains, making them perfect for wearing out.

These vintage cowgirl necklaces will be available at our vintage show in May 2018 at Branson Market Days in Missouri. Visit our website for more info on this and more Dry Gulch shows.

Be sure to visit the links below to see all of the participants in this month’s reveal!











Art Element Team Member Participants:









Friday, April 6, 2018

Welcome to the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2018 Reveal!

Welcome to the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2018 Reveal!  Thank you Linda Anderson for being our hostess.  This was such a fun challenge, we were paired up with Joanne Louvaine Bell of Twinkiedinky, so how could it not be fun??  Below is a picture of what our partner Joanne sent to us.

And now, the story begins...

Our first creation

"Trinkets" - a ribbon tassel necklace made with vintage Sari silk ribbons and tied onto a vintage horse tack ring.  The tassel has been adorned with Joanne's wonderful "Doof" component, a copper bezel that she created - isn't she lovely?   Our tassel is attached to a hand knotted crystal necklace with a filigree bail. 

Our next creation

The loveliest pair of whimsical wings you ever did see! ☺  They didn't need much because they're so beautiful on their own.  These resin wings by Joanne were soldered by us with a touch of filigree.  We crown thee "Princess Lilybell".

Ah, but wait...

Here lies the crowning glory.  This seed bead flower of loveliness was made by Gianna.  This flower has a raspberry rivoli crystal center and is dripping with chain, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals and more fantastic resin wings from Joanne.  What beautiful, magical sprite wouldn't love this??!!?? ♥

It was so fun to be whimsical!  Joanne, you are the "Twinkiedinky" that put a sparkle in our creations.

Here is what we sent Joanne for the Swap, hop on over and see what she has created!

Also, don't forget to hop around and check all of the other fantastic bead peeps that joined this blog event.  View their creations by clicking the links below. 

Linda Anderson (Hostess)
Hope Smitherman 
Terry Jeanette Carter
Rosantia Petkova

Seed Beaders

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Bead Peeps Bead Swap Reveal Coming Soon

We're working on our designs for the big reveal this Friday, we're really having a lot of fun playing with all of the beads and handmade components our partner Joanne sent us!  Speaking of, below are a few photos of the fabulous goodies she mailed us from the UK.

Joanne owns TwinkieDinky on Etsy, and she specializes in making silk-screened butterfly wings and polymer clay leaves and many more creative components.  She sent us a collection of her wings and leaves, and Czech and pewter beads.  We love the fun ribbon and fabric she wrapped our goodies in too!

Below is our Swap we sent to Joanne.  We mailed off a collection of copper and green components with our handmade in-studio lampwork, stamped pendants, copper, Aventurine and even real Monarch butterfly wings from our Ranch (our wings only come from butterflies that have died from natural causes).  We can't wait to see what Joanne makes with her Swap components!

Be sure to check back this Friday for the big 2018 Bead Peeps Reveal and hop to all of the blogs that are participating this year.  Seeing all the different designs beaders and creators do with their swaps makes this Blog Hop one of the most inspiring Blog Hops of the year!

Have a wonderful and Happy Easter!!