The Bead Peeps Blog Hop reveal

So… the time has come to reveal what I have been working on with the generous package I received from my partner team: Dry Gulch:

I decided to go with the romantic theme inspired by the colours of the beads I was sent on most of the pieces. My daughter adored everything in my package and is in a major princess phase right now so I made a tiara for her with the wrapped focal piece I received from the Dry Gulch ladies.  Can’t you tell how much she loves it?


This bracelet was made with a flower component I was sent which I have added a few accents to and made the bracelet part with Candy Jade beads, Irish waxed linen etc. Bow added made with seam binding ribbon sent by Dry Gulch.


Simple yet feminine earrings made using Dry Gulch’s lampwork beads, freshwater pearls and sterling silver ear wires.


This is a necklace featuring a ceramic focal made by Dry Gulch and a ceramic bead made by yours truly. I have yet again used the seam ribbon as an accent.


This is a necklace I made with a Dry Gulch flower, their own lampwork, Sari Ribbon, candy jade, Irish waxed linen etc.


Last piece: a necklace incorporating some copper components and sparkly beads I had received from the girls. I also added lampwork beads from Karin Hruza, the focal was made by another artist, but I cannot remember her name unfortunately.


There was a piece of Rose Quartz included in the package which I have not managed to dream up a design for yet. It could come to me at a later date and if so I will post an update:)

You may wonder: will I give up my comfort zone of rust and rustic for pretty and pink? The answer is no. I have got so much more to discover in my world of ‘organics’. It is likely however that my designs will incorporate more sparkle and femininity from now on:) I like the contrasts and intend to explore this more in depth.

I would like to thank the Dry Gulch girls for a wonderful challenge which I have enjoyed so much! Please do visit the Dry Gulch blog to see what they created with what I sent:

Last but not least a big, warm thank you to the Bead Peeps hostess Linda Anderson and all he helpers for arranging the swap and their hard work. I appreciate all the effort you have put into making this happen!

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

Partner intro

So sorry for neglecting you, dearest blog!

I started out with the best of intentions but real life, work and young kids had to get priority over you for a while.

I am taking part in a blog hop called Bead Peeps Swap N’ Hop. You will find more info here:

I would like to introduce my partner in this swap to you:

Interestingly, I am not swapping with just one person but a whole three generation design collective: ‘Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry’.

These ladies have been trading since 1994 and sell their jewelry and supplies online as well as in boutiques:

A Dry Gulch creation in lace and leather

Their joint knowledge of techniques is impressive, they make components in everything from lampwork to ceramics.

There is a lot of variety in what they create as well, but I do feel that the love of vintage stands out.

Romantic vintage style earrings a la Dry Gulch

I spoke with Catherine La Vite from Dry Gulch some time ago about the origin or our company names and I love the story of theirs. I think I’ll let Catherine tell you herself:

‘For us, our name actually came from my great-grandpa and grandpa!  It’s an old cowboy saying my great-grandpa named his ranch in Texas.  When his son (my grandpa) moved up here to the Ozarks in Missouri, he named his ranch Dry Gulch Ranch too.  Our property has tons of dry gulches, deep ravines in the rolling hills, so when it rains all the water just goes down the gulches.  So, we kept the name for our jewelry business and haven’t looked back since!’

I love this story and the fact that their brand name carries a piece of their family history. A constant reminder of the value of family and working together.

Pretty green lampwork leaf head pins by Dry Gulch

I have been a very lucky girl and received a most generous package from the Dry Gulch ladies (so many treasures!).

Saving pictures and further thoughts on this for a later blog post.

Stay tuned!

Ceramic beads

A collection of sets

A collection of sets



Close up leaf set

Close up leaf set

Close up blue flower bell set

Close up blue flower bell set

Close up red flower set

Close up red flower set

I thought I would show you my other line of ceramic beads.  These have got a very different look to them compared to the traditionally glazed beads.  They are actually more labour intensive to make as there is a lot of shading, layering and burnishing involved.  I do love the end result though.  They have got an ancient and somewhat mysterious look about them.  Like they have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and have seen and heard everything there is to see:)

I’m so excited!


This will be an exciting year with many firsts for me.  For instance – I have never blogged before.

I’m about to launch a project I am very excited about, but it is very close to my heart and that makes it scary as well as it means risking failure.  I have decided it is time to be brave and follow my dream of starting my own business.  I have spent too many years trying to be sensible and having a ‘proper’ job.  Is time to come out of a ‘closet’ of sorts: – My name is Annica and I am a creative!

I have tried many different mediums, but clay (metal and ceramic) is the perfect match for me.  I love experimenting with different textures and forms.  It is pure bliss!

I have been making jewellery on and off for as long as I can remember, but it became more of a focus from 2005 and onwards.  My Father became very ill that year and I needed something to take my mind off things.  Jewellery making has become a big part of my life and I have meet some truly lovely people who share the same interest.

What will my business be about you may ask?  Well, I will be making Artisan jewellery components.  Beads, toggles, connectors, head pins etc.  I will be making cold glazed and traditionally glazed items as well as some metal clay components.  It is possibly that I will add new ideas/techniques eventually.  I am a curious type and love learning and combining different materials, so I predict some experimentation:)

I am working on product development at the moment, but also considering things like ordering business cards, banner design etc.  So many things to consider!  There are probably even more things I should do, but I am sure it will all come to me in time.

Pictures?  What does your products look like you may ask?  Well, I will take some pictures and post to the blog to show some examples of what I do very soon.  It is high on my to-do list, but at the moment life mostly revolves around my one year old who has got the flu and a high temperature.  I’ll try to post some pictures as soon as my little boy is well again.

Well, I have actually come to the end of my very first blog post!  Imagine that:)