Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bead of the Day 12/31

Today's Bead of the Day is one of Glassbead's at Isinglass Design, new style of beads! Check out her "Portal" beads!!!!

Here's to new designs, stepping us out of 2009 and inspiring us in 2010!
Happy New Years!

More of Glassbead's lampwork and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fire Divas Bead of the Day 12/29

Lori from Loribeads says she's been making pandora beads left and right. Her shop is filling up with these gorgeous little treasures, and this Silver Lined Ekho Window Bead is no exception. This dreamy bead is super shiny and has magnifying dots to create a dramatic, mirror-like shine.






For more goodies from the Fire Divas, follow our weekly Etsy thread.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday Challenge Winners!

The votes are counted, and the results are in. The winner is.....Lauren of Maybeads!


In second place we have this from Lara of Lutrick:


Congratulations Lauren & Lara! Thanks to all the Fire Divas who entered.

Bead of the day 12/28

This is the last Monday of 2009! This bead looks, to me, like the streamers and fun of a New Year's Eve party! The dark night behind a party of color! I love, love, love Tera's beads and this one is no exception. Find that beautiful bead here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36012601
and if you want more lovely Fire Diva goodies, check out our weekly promo thread in the Etsy Forums here: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6387109

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

The holidays are over and the year is winding down, but the Fire Divas are still busy making glass treasures. Find out what else they've been up to in this week's gossip:

Holly continues to be a busy elf, and even made something for herself!

Marcy shows you what kind of dessert $750 will buy you, but take her advice and spend your money elsewhere (like in her Etsy shop!).

Eileen shares her Amish Friendship Bread recipe, but she also shows you how you can get the same good smells of baking in your house without even turning on your oven (I've tried it and it works!).

We have a couple new fur baby additions to our household, and I show them off over at Maybeads.

The Fire Divas hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Don't forget to vote in our holiday bead challenge ------------------------>

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Glass Bead of the Day 12/24



Today's Bead of the Day is this large hole bead made by Giapet on Etsy. She has a wide variety of glass art, ranging from candles holders to goddess's to jewelry!

More of her work and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bead of the Day, 12/22


This fun and bright Bumpy Rainbow bead by JanelDudleyBeads is the highlight of this ready-to-wear necklace. It would make a wonderful gift!







For more goodies from the Fire Divas, check out our weekly Etsy thread. And don't forget to vote in our weekly bead challenge! ---------------------------------->

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bead of the day 12/21


This is the cutest little dachshund in a Christmas sweater ever!!! I wish I had a sweater like this for my real dachshund. I love Lauren's beads and this one is a good example of why I love them so much. It is cute, whimsical and just so much fun.
Check out the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread here: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6383209
And don't forget to vote in our holiday bead challenge to the right. -------------->

Fire Divas Holiday Challenge

To celebrate the holiday season, the Fire Divas are hosting a Holiday Challenge! We have lots of wonderful beads to choose from; see them below, then pick your favorite to vote for on the right. Happy Holidays!




Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

The clock is ticking and the shopping days are dwindling down. If you need a break from shopping, sit back and enjoy the blog posts from our very own Fire Divas.

Janel, Lara and Lea are revealing the gorgeous lampwork prizes for the Fire Divas' Introductory Jewelry Challenge. If you are making jewelry with artisan lampwork beads, snap a photo of your creation and enter it into the Challenge. You can see the entries to date here on Flickr.

Holly has been a busy little elf and her clients will be receiving some sweet treats. Mmmm.

Marcy is starring in her own version of "Myth-Busters," and has already debunked a favorite holiday story.

The studio over at Vedas Beads has never been cleaner - check out the results of 2 days of cleaning and organizing.

Silver River Jewelry has extended the sale in her ArtFire shop to, well, read her blog to find out!

Another great sale extension is announced over at Eileen's blog, and this one involves her brother shop.

Two weeks ago, Lori of Loribeads posted pictures of the new murrini blends she has been creating with her murrini partner, Kim. This week over at Maybeads, I show off my murrini purchase and what I found on Etsy for a 13-year-old boy.


Fantasy Shopping Saturday

Today, the last Saturday before Christmas, we're going to do a quick and quiet fantasy shopping trip ~ I know you are all busy, busy, busy right now ~ so today we'll just look at the pretties!











There are so many more wonderful beads made by Fire Divas members! Since this is a quick and quiet shopping trip I'll stop for now. From all of the Fire Divas ~ May you have a joyous Holiday Season and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bead of the Day 12-18-09


Just a week away from Christmas I had to find some fun Christmas beads for today's Bead of the Day. I found these super cute Christmas Cookie Beads by Holly from HollysFollyGlass.

More of her work and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bead of the Day 12/17



Today's Bead of the Day is by Theresa Ehlers at Teasebeads on Etsy. All of her items are Reiki charged to promote positivity and healing!

Check out her website, her Art Fire or see what she's been up to via her Blog.

More of her work and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bead of the Day - December 16


I picked this beautiful Nature Made Green Organic Look focal bead by Emakaye as today's Bead of the Day. This bead is absolutely incredible. Ema really mastered the organic look in this bead!

You can see more of Ema's work in her Etsy shop, and be sure to check out the Fire Diva Etsy Promo Thread.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bead of the Day, 12/15

These would make the perfect pair of earrings! Amber Glow, by DorsetHillBeads, is just the right shade for the holidays. With simple details of raised dots and scrolls in dark amber, these beads have been etched for a perfect satin sea glass effect. Stunning!









For more from the Fire Divas, follow our weekly Etsy Thread.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bead of the day 12/14

Today's bead of the day is from StudioMarcy and I have to say that Lauren the Christmas Bunny makes my heart melt. She's soooo adorable. I want to hug her and squeeze her and call her George.

Be sure to check out the right side of the blog to see the photos of the amazing entries from the Jewelry Challenge!

And also take a look at our weekly promo thread in the Etsy forums when you get a chance.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fire Diva's Jewelry Challenge - Prizes Announced!

The Fire Divas First Jewelry Challenge is underway. We have some lovely entries made with artisan lampwork beads already and more to come, I'm sure!

You may find a few Diva jewelry pieces in there. Those are only there for inspiration. No Diva will be in the final voting pool. This is strictly to encourage the use of artisan made beads and expose work of talented designers out there!

There are also several bead photos in the gallery. Why are there just beads in there??? They are some of the fantastic prizes!!! Let's take a look at what the designers are playing for:

Lea of LAJewelryDesigns has donated a $50 Gift Certificate. Winners choice!!!


Lara of Lutrick has also created a stunning focal. I think that's the chalcedony glass that she makes sing featured on this bead:


Our sweet Janel of JanelDudleyBeads is a dichro master! Check out these pretty fireballs:


Lauren of MayBeads is donating one of her famous turtles. Just check out those toes!


Theresa of TeaseBeads is offering one of her "Everything" focals in a rich color palette:

Barb of RiversEdgeGlass has a whole set of her wave beads in gorgeous cool colors:



Jamie of GlasstasticTreasures has created one of her adoreable squiggle focals in purple and pink:

I'm offering a gift certificate for $50.00 to Holly's Folly to allow the winner to pick something they would like.
Ema of EmaKaye has created one of her intense and precise dotted focals.



With all these fantastic beads for a prize, I hope we'll be seeing even more entries before our 1/01/2010 deadline.











Fire Divas Gossip Column

There are only 11 more shopping and crafting days until Christmas! That means you are really cutting it close (like most of us), but still have time to get lampwork for using for your gift giving needs. And if you are making jewelry with artisan lampwork beads, you should snap a photo and enter it into the Fire Divas inaugural jewelry challenge! You can see the entries to date at the Fire Divas Jewelry Challenge Flickr group.

On to the GOSSIP!

Eileen is up to her usual wackiness, and it is hilarious.

Over at Fire n Sand, Karen has been pressing away and dreading...something you will have to read about yourself.

Holly has big plans for the holiday, but hasn't forgotten about her customers' needs.

Janel is very excited about something. You will have to read what it is for yourself.

Lea discusses her weekend craft show and does some name dropping. Want to know who? I'm not telling. You'll have to click and read.

Lauren of Maybeads is having a "this sale is for the birds" sale...and you can get stuff really chEEp.


Not enough gossip for ya? Then head on over to read the weekly etsy thread where we discuss all kinds of fun things.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fantasy Shopping Saturday

Happy Saturday! Let's take another fantasy shopping trip through the Fire Divas' Etsy shops, where you will always find fantastic beads and beautiful treasures for all your gift giving and jewelry design needs!

The detail on this elephant bead by TrueGemsByPatti is truly stunning! I am always in awe of Patti's lovely beads.

A cute tree button from RiversEdgeGlass will definately liven up your fiber projects this winter!


You can always find fabulous focal beads in emakaye's shop ~ just look at this gorgeous bead!

Cute critters abound in StudioMarcy's shop! I'm particularly fond of the gnome ~ isn't he darling!

Here's a perfect little Christmas set from Lutrick - these would make very special Holiday jewelry!

Go Wild with this great set from LAJewelryDesign ~ So much fun in purple!


Come back next Saturday for more fantasy shopping with the Fire Divas!



Friday, December 11, 2009

Bead of the Day 12-11-09


Today's Bead of the Day is this beautiful Snow Tree Lampwork Pendant by emakaye. Check out all her great beads and jewelry in her shop: HERE

More of her cool beads and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bead of the Day - December 9


Today's bead of the day is this Merry Murrini Christmas Tree by Lauren of Maybeads. It is a beautiful tree, perfect for Christmas! The murrini ornaments are fantastic - a very creative way to use murrini.

You can see more of Lauren's work in her Etsy Shop, and be sure to visit the Fire Divas Etsy Promo Thread.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bead of the Day 12/8

This stunning two-sided bead by emakaye is beautifully wire-wrapped with sterling silver components and ready to hang from your favorite chain. Sea Side Art Pendant would make the perfect gift this holiday season.

For more lovelies from the Fire Divas, check out our weekly Etsy thread.




Monday, December 7, 2009

Bead of the day 12/7

Today's bead of the day is from RiversEdgeGlass. This set of beads in amber is just facinating. The meandering stringer around the beads really makes this set of beads beautifully mesmirizing.

More beads and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

There are only 18 more shopping and crafting days until Christmas! That means there is still plenty of time make jewelry using artisan lampwork beads. And if you are making gifts with artisan lampwork beads, you should snap a photo and enter it into the Fire Divas inaugural jewelry challenge! You can see the entries to date at the Fire Divas Jewelry Challenge Flickr group.

On to the GOSSIP!

Eileen will be selling her beads at a bazzar in the Owings Mills area today and would love to meet some of her readers!

Fire-n-Sand had a cyber Monday sale and blogged about the jewelry challenge that all of you should totally enter.

Over at Glass Addictions, I am having the "I want a party sale". If you want details of this awesome sale, better stop by and see how much you can potentially save.

Holly experiences a violent end to a glass bead (not pretty!). Please shield the eyes of young children and those with weak stomachs.

Over at Playing with Fire, Laurie is sick of being told where to buy what at what price by big box retailers and gives a great explanation of how to shop from local artisans.

Maybeads has lots of fun reading and photos this week! Knock knock jokes, frogs, cats and dogs living in harmony....it must be the end of the world! Go read before it all ends.

Marcy always has crazy things going on. Today she's contemplating sky diving while doing a mushroom study....hmmm...

Not enough gossip for ya? Then head on over to read the weekly etsy thread where we discuss all kinds of fun things.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saturday Fantasy Shopping

It's been another crazy week! And now, without further adieu - the Satrday Fantasy Shopping Trip you've all been waiting for!

The variety of shapes and sizes of bright colors in beadygirlbeads shop on Etsy is amazing, and this Zuma Big Holed Slider is one of my favorites!


For gorgeous, versitile spiral disc sets in a variety of colors, check out flamecrazy's shop on Etsy. Elektra is particularly stunning!




I found this absolutely stunning snowflake bead in Loribeads' ArtFire studio! She uses her own murini too!

And while we're feeling snowy, check out this cute little snow man from GlasstasticTreasures on ArtFire! Don't you just want to snuggle him!



That's all for this week's fantasy shopping trip, but check back next Saturday for more fabulous Fire Diva finds! Have a Happy HANDMADE Holiday!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bead of the Day 12-4-09


It has been super cold at my house this week so I wanted to choose a bead that captured this chilliness. This First Frost bead by Eileen of DorsetHillBeads was perfect. It is a lovely aqua colored glass with Dichro sparkles. Check out more of Eileen's beads and the rest of the Fire Divas' beads at our weekly promo thread on Etsy.