Monday, May 31, 2010

May 31st - Bead of the Day

For the last day of May, I've chosen this little earring pair from AnkleBiterBeads on Etsy to be our beads of the day.

So.  Very.  Cute.  I just couldn't resist the surprised looks on their little faces.  Can you?

The Fire Divas have all conspired to put together a Bead of the Day promotion, and as a result, Deirdre will give you 10% off these little guys because you saw them here first.  Buy them within 24 hours of this post hitting the blog to get your discount.

Check out other Fire Diva listings on Etsy and ArtFire by searching for 'Fire Divas', and keep your eyes on this blog in June as the Fire Divas gear up for summer!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fire Divas Gossip

A big birthday, an unexpected visitor and FREE BEADS! Let's get to the gossip!

Tera is celebrating her birthday TODAY! Happy Birthday, Tera! Find out what her gift to you is at Beadygirl Blog, but don't wait! It's only for today!

Melanie is at it again, testing some glass colors. One is one of my favorite colors, the other I have yet to try, but it just might apparate into my cart the next time I buy glass! Check out her results over at Mind Melt.

Find out what's making Silver River Jewelry so upset, then scroll down to see what gorgeous necklace she created.
Theresa exposes some of her past over at TeaseBeads. It's a cliffhanger, so stay tuned for Part II.

Amy's Glass Blog is once again Frit-tastic!

Susan has had an unexpected visitor - find out who slithered onto her porch here.

Holly is having a SALE in her ArtFire shop, so find out why at Holly's Folly Bead & Jewelry Blog. Also, she's got another post about bead styles - these are a really fun read!

Janel has become the treasury-making queen! She shows off some of her creations here.

At Maybeads, there's more murrini, and Wordless Wednesday is an edible treat.

Lea has a new Tuesday's Treasure at lajewelrydesigns, and she's also have a SALE! It ends tomorrow, so find out more about it here before you miss out!

Lara appreciates when her customers send her pictures of her beads in action (we all do!), so she's featuring their work over at Lutrick.

At AshlynDesign, Lori is searching for her customer base. Is it on ebay? Etsy? Both? Whatever she decides, there's gorgeous glass candy for you to see.

Eileen was concert-bound last week. Find out who she was set to see over at Dorset Hill Beads.

Did someone say FREE BEADS? Yep! Head over to Glasstastic Treasures and see what Jamie is talking about! What a great way to end the gossip!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fantasy Shopping Saturday - Memorial Day

As May comes to a close, we have a great opportunity to buy beads and glass goodies that show off our patriotic spirit.  Unlike other holidays where you can buy a shamrock and wear it for a week, patriotic glass is stylish all year round, especially now through September.  So... come fly your flag with me as I tour the reds, whites, and blues of our great nation's Fire Divas :)

 Giapet - Solid Silver Core Bracelet Slider Bead

Glasstastic Treasures - Patriotic Smiley Flower Lampwork Bead

 Maybeads - Patriotic Turtle Trio Handmade Lampwork Beads

Holly's Folly Glass - Patriotic Sweet Treats

 Giapet - Blue Blown Vessel Lampwork

 Enjoy, and spread around that national pride!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bead of the Day - Art Fire Friday 5-28-10

I've been thinking of water all day, it is pouring rain here and this the unofficial start of summer, darn it. This Calypso fish caught my attention. Look at those lips! Check out this fish and more at HollysFollyGlass.

Check out her shop on Art Fire: HERE and her Etsy shop: HERE

I noticed on Facebook that Holly is having a sale on her ArtFire site 25% off all weekend. Check her out.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Bead of the Day 5/27

Our Bead of the Day is a Southwest Button made by Lutrick! The design is so perfect and the colors really make it "pop"! The first thing I thought of was how cool this would look on a cuff bracelet!

For more Fire Divas lampwork beads, buttons and inspiration, check out our weekly discussion threads on Etsy and Artfire!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bead of the Day: May 26

There's a lot of spring and summer in the divas beads these days! As I'm a fan of gardening, I immediatly fell for this bead by Janel:


You can find itin her shop, Janel Dudley Beads. And do you know what? Janel joined our new BOTD project and discount, so if you order this bead within 24 hours you'll get a 10% discount. Just put "Bead of the Day" in notes to seller.

Want to find out what else is new? Visit our weekly threads at ArtFire and Etsy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bead of the Day, Tuesday, May 25

Today's bead of the day is this wild and wonderful focal from Melanie of arensea on etsy. I saw this earlier this week, and was amazed and fascinated. What a cool piece- the colors, the flowers, the shape- I love it all!
There are a lot of wonderful beads in Melanie's shop, so go here to see more:

And you're welcome to come and look and comment on the Fire Diva's etsy forum for the week here:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bead of the Day - 05/24

The Bead of the Day for Monday, May 24 is this colourful "Zuma" triangle bead from Tera of beadygirl beads.

The colours Tera uses always grab me, and this is a particularly fun shape.

See more of Tera's work in her Etsy and ArtFire shops, and search for other Fire Divas listings on Etsy and Artfire by entering the search text 'Fire Diva'.

And finally, have a GREAT WEEK!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fire Divas Gossip

What were the Fire Divas up to last week?

Eileen has been on a treasure hunt this week, so head to Dorset Hill Beads to see what she caught. Janel is also showing off her latest treasury at JanelDudleyBeads.

Over at Amy's Glass Blog, the frit has taken over.

At Silver River Jewelry, you'll see new beads and flowers blooming. Oh, the colors!

Melanie is treating us to two color tests this week! Find out which colors over at Mind Melt.

Tease Beads shows off her Fabulous Friday Weekly Promo Sale - what a deal!

Check out Lea's bead of the day and her latest treasure at lajewelrydesigns.

Holly takes a trip down bead photo memory lane. See what I'm talking about at Holly's Folly Bead & Jewelry Blog.

At Maybeads, I'm showing off some of my latest murrini bead creations. Can you say addiction?

Farm Girl Cat added something tasty for the the dogs at her Farmer's Market booth, and she's sharing the recipe!

Ashlyn Design, Icarus Beads and Lutrick all are urging you to vote in our latest Fire Divas Bead Challenge ~ May Flowers. Vote here ----------------------------------------------------------------->

Have a great week and enjoy the flowers!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fantasy Shopping Saturday - May Flowers

Well, April showers did us the great service of bringing us blossoms, the least we should do is enjoy them :)    There are many lovely flowers to behold in the May Challenge, and even more still up for grabs in their shops. Let's take a moment to enjoy the bounty that nature has inspired in my fellow artists...

Something New 4U - Periwinkle Garden Lampwork

May Flowers Challenge Results

We got lots of entries this time! There were so many beautiful flower-themed beads to choose from. So who won? Read on to see!

First Place Winner:

Ankle Biter Beads

Second Place Winner:

Ashlyn Design

Congratulations Winners! Now let's see all the other incredible entries.


Janel Dudley Beads

LA Jewelry Designs


Lampwork by Amy

Glasstastic Treasures



Icarus Beads

Holly's Folly

Tease Beads

Thanks for looking! Our next challenge begins soon!

Diva of the Month Part 4 - Jamie Rose

I know everyone has had a great time learning more about our Diva of the Month, Jamie Rose. Now it's time to wrap up the four-part interview! Read on to see what else Jamie has to say.

Which of your secrets do we not know… is there something else you would like us to know about you or your work?

I am mainly self trained in lampworking. I took 3 classes, and read tons of books.

How has your work changed since you began?

Besides learning more skills and improving on them, not much has changed. I love making whimsical and fun beads. If you haven't smiled while looking at my beads, then I haven't done my job.

What is the biggest challenge you want to accomplish in the next few months?

I'd love to be able to build that studio I've been planning for 3 years now. I'm really hoping it will come true this summer.

What do you like about being a Fire Diva?

I love all my team mates! I'm so busy I don't get to spend enough time chatting with them, but they're all so understanding! They are a great bunch of gals, and their work is VERY inspiring! Just look at how talented they are!!

Glasstastic Treasures - Artfire Jamie's Twitter

Glasstastic Treasures Fan Page Glasstastic Treasures on Flickr

Friday, May 21, 2010

Bead of the Day Art Fire Friday 5-21-10

I don't know why, but I had a hard time find a bead for today's Bead of the Day. I was scrolling through all the fire diavs' beads (by searching "fire diva" on ArtFire) and finally on the 23rd page, I saw this face looking at me.

This Night at the Museum Easter Island Statue Lampwork Bead was made by Jaime Rose of Glasstastic Treasures (she is also our Diva of the Month). Jaime has tons of cute beads on her ArtFire shop. A lot of them with faces.

Check out her shop on Art Fire: HERE and her Etsy shop: HERE

Jaime is participating in our Bead of the Day sale. If you buy this bead within 24 hours of this post, she will give you 20% off.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bead of the Day 5/20

Our Bead of the Day is Purple Aqua Ruffles
made by LAJewelryDesigns! You can get free shipping if you hurry and buy this bead within 24 hours of this blog post!

To see more of the Bead of the Day promo CLICK HERE!

So what's new with the Fire Divas? Find out on our weekly discussion threads on Etsy and Artfire!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Glass Bead of the day, Tuesday, May 18

Today's bead of the day is this wild 'green envy' focal bead from Karen Klomparens of giapet. It's such a bold color combination, and a nice teardrop shape too.

Visit Karen's etsy shop to see more of her wonderful work here:

And don't forget to check the fire divas thread on etsy to see what's new this week:

Monday, May 17, 2010

BEAD OF THE DAY... 5/17/2010

Today I have chosen Janel's sparkly beautiful lampwork focal as our Bead of the Day...Janel's work can be found in her etsy shop JanelDudleyBeads...She does beautiful work and is one heck of a talented lampwork artist...

There were only 4 of us in the forum today so I get to pick as the alternate blog monitor...
Want to see more artisan lampwork beads? Head on over to our weekly promotional threads at Etsy and Artfire!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fire Divas Gossip

Who's ready for some gossip? Find out what the Fire Divas have been up to in our weekly column!

It's Eileen's husband's birthday, and you know what that means! Birthday cake! And in this case, birthday cake candles - a super happy deal for Daveshomemade candles, so find out what I'm talking about at Dorset Hill Beads.

Melanie is melting glass potions again over at Mind Melt, and this week the results are Wicked!

As we head into sunscreen season, Patrice at Shepherd Creations has some advice about suspicious moles, and it's not about the one haunting her garden.

Janel hit the treasury jackpot, and she was all set to take advantage. See what I mean over at JanelDudleyBeads.

Theresa has got a rule to live by, and she'll give you 15% off her featured bead if you follow it. Find out what it is at TeaseBeads.

My Space Dog bead has blasted off on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and over at Maybeads I introduce you to the special little girl will be receiving him when his mission is complete.

At Amy's Glass Blog, you'll learn about the Fire Divas' latest bead challenge - vote for your favorite flower bead right here -------------------------------------------------------------->

Holly is having a SALE! Check Holly's Folly Bead & Jewelry Blog for more on that.

Lori, from AshlynDesign, is trying her luck on ebay again, plus she's listing more often in her Etsy shop, so keep an eye out for her beauties!

Local Farmers' Markets are important to Farm Girl Cat, and she's telling you why.

Tuesday's Treasure at lajewelrydesigns is most enchanting ~ you have to see the beadwork Lea is featuring.

Now you can purchase Judith's beads right off of Facebook! How cool is that? For more info., head to Icarus Beads.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Fantasy Shopping Saturday - Cool and Refreshing

As much of the country is now heating up, I'm thinking of glass art that is cool and refreshing, a contrast to the deep colors I had been enjoying recently.  Soft blues, mossy greens reminiscent of forest floors and cool running streams... Some of these just make me want to wade ankle-deep in a creek for a few hours.  Glass that evokes that type of desire in me is welcome around my house anytime :)  Don't we always need more refreshing jewelry?

Diva of the Month Part 3 - Jamie Rose

We are continuing our interview with Fire Diva Jamie Rose - now it's time to get silly!

1. What is on your nightstand…list

Lamp, earrings, water, lotion, alarm clock, dust

2. If we were visiting, and starving and you weren’t
home…what could we find in your pantry / fridge to use to whip up a

Cheese and miracle whip. Milk, the cereal's in the cupboard!

3. Favorite color and how does this show up in your bead

Green and purple. It's EVERYWHERE in my beads. lol

4. Making beads is solitary work. How do you handle that???
If you listen to music / watch videos, please share some of your

Music, music, music. I work in the garage, I torch, and hubby watches tv. it's very pleasant.

5. Describe the most fun day you’ve ever had.

College!! I met some of my very best friends there. I started when I was 29. So anyone can go to college and learn. I have a biology degree. can you believe that??

6. If you had one wish, what would it be???

To be able to make lampwork beads as my full time career.

7. Who do you most admire in glass and if you could take a class with that person, what would you most want to learn?

Wow, there are so many people. I'd love to be able to meet all my lampworking friends! But if I can pick only one person, it would be......Corina Tettinger. Her work is amazing, and her books are great. And she's funny too.

8. What is the first thing you do when you get

Check my websites...usually email first then plurk.

9. Do you have a day job??? If yes, what is your favorite
thing about it???

I do have a day job. The best thing about it is that I get a ton of vacation, bankers hours, and paid holidays....and a paycheck to buy more glass.

10. Name three tv shows you watch but are kind of embarrassed about.

I'm not embarrassed about any of them. But I am a cartoon fanatic, and my husband doesn't understand that. The only thing that truly embarrasses me is when a tv show or movie makes me cry. Don't look!!

Stay tuned for the conclusion to Jamie's 4-part interview at the end of the month!

Glasstastic Treasures - Artfire Jamie's Twitter

Glasstastic Treasures Fan Page Glasstastic Treasures on Flickr

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bead of the Day 5-14-10 - Art Fire Friday

Today's bead of the day is from one Melanie of Arensea at Art Fire. I really like Melaine's beads (and have one of my own). I like the soft colors mixed with the organic designs and shapes.

Melanie is participating in our Bead of the Day Promotion (click link to see rules) . Get Free Shipping on this bead if you buy within 24 hours of the time this is posted to the blog.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bead of the Day 5/13

Our Bead of the Day for today is Twisted Nebula on Onyx Tab made by SomethingNew4U!

Not only does she have a HUGE variety of lampwork beads to choose from but SomethingNew4U is participating in the Fire Divas Bead of the Day promo! (click link to see rules!)

Get 20% OFF this bead! Hurry though, you only have 24 hours from when this blog was posted!

Can't wait to see more artisan lampwork beads? Head on over to our weekly promotional threads at Etsy and Artfire!