Friday, September 30, 2011

Glass Bead of the Day 9/30/11

Whooo Hoo! It's FRIDAY! And the last day of September! Do you ever feel you are hurtling through space and time at breakneck speed? I guess that's why I'm drawn to vibrant color today! Check out this red hot set, Persimmon Glow from Uvanomos:

Aren't they just glowing and gorgeous???

The Divas hope YOU are glowing and gorgeous this weekend! Remember to visit us for Fantasy Shopping and Sunday Gossip!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bead of the Day 9-29-11

Today's bead of the day is this wonderful disc bead from Susan Lambert. I really like how she has created the swirled design. Disc beads are fun focal points in pendant or necklaces and would like really cool as a button on a fiber project like a purse. Check out all the cool beads in her shop.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monthly Challenge Winner

We put the Divas to the test this month, with our Say it with Words Challenge! We had some very creative entries, all very colorful and expertly crafted. Our winning Diva is Holly Dare of Holly’s Folly, with her beautiful, sunny JOY bead. Congratulations Holly!
You are the lucky winner of TWO issues of The Glass Bead Magazine, donated by Creation is Messy. (Our winner in last month’s challenge, Kathleen of Ugly Duckling Beads, will receive a sample pack of glass from Creation is Messy) Thank you to this fabulous company for donating not one but two months worth of prizes!
And our winning commenter is last but not least, #17, Pat Haight!
Congratulations Pat, you have won a $50 Gift Certificate to Holly’s Folly Shop. It was serendipity this month!
And now let’s look once again at the rest of the gorgeous entries in this month’s challenge:
Entry 1: Amy Sims of Amy Sims Designs

Entry 2: Sarah Klopping of  Aloha Beads

Entry 4: Lara Lutrick
Entry 5: Susanne Folin of Babs Beads and Design
Entry 6: Rosemarie Hanus of Spawn of Flame
Entry 7: Michelle Veizaga of Sundoor Beads
Thanks to everyone who voted, and for all of your wonderful comments!

Glass Bead of the Day: September 26

Happy Monday!  Today I'm ogling something different, something less colorful but very classy...  It's this cool big-holed-bead by Amy of Amy Sims Designs:
Black & White Lampwork Bead, Black & White Bubbles: Fits Pandora - Amy Sims Designs
It is black and white, with carefully placed bubbles for precise detail.  It is a great addition to any charm bracelet, and brings its own allure to your black & white designs :).  See the other coordinating beads Amy has in her Etsy shop or her ArtFire shop.  Amy also offers Free Shipping on Bead of the Day, so please send her a message to get the coupon code.

See what else the Fire Divas are up to by visiting the weekly ArtFire thread, and have a great week! :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Glass Bead of the Day 9/23/2011

Whooo Hoo! It's Friday! Today's gorgeous glass bead of the day is brought to you by Kathleen of Ugly 
Duckling Beads. Check out Sweet Lavender Cinnamon! What a lovely boro set!!!

I want to remind you that is IS the last weekend to vote and comment for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to my shop. And don't forget the side contest for chances to win $15 and $25 gift certificates. Only a few entries over there and you love Diva Beads... you probably have good chance to win!

Have a wonderful weekend you bead lovers!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bead of the Day 9-22-11

Today's Bead of the Day is this super cute Blue-Green Octopus pendant by Patrice of Shepard Creations. This guy is clutching a swirly marble in his arms. Janice does a lot of animal and wildlife glass work. Check more in her shop out at Artfire.

Patrice is participating in our Bead of the Day promo, buy this bead and she will give you free shipping.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Glass Bead of the Day: Tuesday, September 20th

Happy Tuesday!  For those of you who are still up browsing glass goodies and updating your online status, here are some fresh beads to admire from Lara Lutrick's shop:

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads by Lara - Tie Dye Rounds

This is a gorgeous set, as so many of Lara's are, and the purple with orange and teal/blue is just a very striking combination.  It's just such a fun and colorful set! See what other festive sets you can find in Lara's shop by visiting her ArtFire and Etsy shops.  Remember: Lara also participates in the Bead of the Day promotion, which means these qualify for Free Shipping for the next 24 hours. :)

Have a great evening, and we'll see you back here later to browse more glass goodies!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Glass Bead of the Day: Monday, September 19

Happy Monday!  It's a lovely week here in southern California, so I certainly hope you are all enjoying nice weather also.  I'm in a festive mood (Birthday Week! :) :) ), so let's see what we can enjoy that helps convey that to you, shall we?

This is a fun and lively transparent blue set, and I could definitely see using these for a beautiful bracelet if they were mine :).  Take advantage of the Bead of the Day discount and get 10% off them today if you contact Sonja in the next 24 hours... See what else she has brewing in her Etsy shop and Artfire shop.  Thanks for visiting; I'll see you back here for more beads to drool over later, ok?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fantasy Shopping Saturday

I love glass beads.  I love their versatility,... the colors-both muted and bright. I love the way they feel- smooth and  sleek, and even rough with texture.  The style of beads I love most...Beads that are carefully made by the fingers of fine lamp-workers....incorporating traditional elegance with an  emphasis on proportion and color harmony.

I can find these beads in any of the shops of the Fire Divas.... Following is a representation of some beads in this style....feel free to browse all the shops of the Divas for more lamp-work bead examples!
Babs Beads and Designs

Aloha Beads
Silver River Glass Work
Rivers Edge Glass

Susan Lambert

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bead of the Day, 9/16/11

Lots of fun things going on with the Divas!!! Our own Susanne of Babs Beads and Design has opened an Etsy shop and I simply ADORE one of her new listings!!!  She calls this small focal Late Bloomer and I don't know what it is about it...but it just speaks to me! I love all those blues and browns!!!

But that's not the ONLY exciting thing going on! Surely you've noticed the Say it with words bead challenge over there on the right??? Did you vote??? Did you leave a comment on the original blog post where we are having a drawing for $50 to my Holly's Folly Glass Bead shop??  And... did you know, I'm having a side contest?? Guess all the makers of all the beads and be entered into another drawing... and you don't have to get them all right!!!  If this gets a lot of votes, the Divas may hold a similar contest in the future!!  But you gotta play to win!!!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and be sure to pop in and check out fantasy shopping and gossip over the weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Glass Bead of the Day 9-15-11

This pair of nugget beads are today's Beads of the Day. Made by Karen of Fire 'n Sand. These have a red base wtih cool white blue frit decoration. Bright dots of yellow and red and stripes of organic silvered ivory stringer complete these beads.

Karen is participating in our Bead of the Day Project, you will get free shipping on this item if you purchase it within the next 24 hours.

Check out our weekly Etsy and ArtFire threads to see new items from the Fire Divas.

Don't forget to vote on this month's challenge project "Say it with Words." Winner of the drawing is a $50 gift certificate to Holly's shop.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Glass Bead of the Day: Monday, September 12

Happy Monday! Today we are feasting our eyes on this lovely pair by Michelle of Sundoor Beads:
Harmony Handmade Lampwork Pair- Sundoor Beads
This lovely set is so chock full of color! They can be a gorgeous pair of earrings or whatever else your imagination can come up with, so long as you can do them justice :). Visit Michelle's shop on Etsy for her other awesome sets and beads. It gets even better: this bead qualifies for Free Shipping today as Bead of the Day!
Don't forget to vote in the Challenge, and have a great Monday!

Fire Divas September Challenge: Say it With Words

Our challenge this month was to create glass beads with a message, and it was definitely a challenge! We have some great entries and a great prize for one lucky voter! Make sure to leave a comment on this post below after you vote, and you could win a $50 Gift Certificate to Holly’s Shop! Voting ends at noon on Sunday, September 25th.  You can find the poll on the right hand side of the blog.
Entry 1
Entry 2
Entry 3
Entry 4
Entry 5
Entry 6
Entry 7

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fire Divas Gossip Column!

As I reflect this morning on how important and significant this day will always be it makes me so thankful that I have my family and friends with me today. My husband was due to be in those buildings for a  meeting and through what can only be called an act of God, was still in a diner about 11 blocks away when the planes hit. I take a moment every September 11th, to thank God for allowing him to come home to us and to also pray for those who had to say goodbye to someone that day. This post is dedicated to all the families who have been affected by this tragedy.

First up we have a wonderful post from Kathleen Robinson-Young of Ugly Duckling Beads as I read her post about finding a great style of bead or art that will please the many diverse customers I am humbled by her talents in not only glass but metal as well! The beads you will see are truly works of glass art!

Julie Cannon of Julsbeads got a little taste of Autumn with her post on how lovely the weather got in Alabama. I love those moments when you can just let the fresh air in and breath! She must have received some inspirational vibes because the beads she shows are lovely shades of Fall at its best!

Holly Dare of Holly's Folly Bead and Jewelry shows us that a true artist can see the potential in just about anything and see the vision of a creation in the most unusual places! This post may not be about beads but I will give you a hint it made me hungry for a yummy cookie and hungry for a new craft!!! Thank you Holly for making me want to mess my diet up *Ü*

Lori Bergmann of Ashlyn Design also has a post that makes me want to do the chocolate fundraiser at school lol! However her idea of chocolate is more of a tribute to this wonderful edible confection! If you took a bite out of her chocolates you would be very sorry indeed!! Stop by to soak up all her sweet glass chocolate!!!

Susan Lambert of Susan Lambert Glass and Silver Jewelry had a wonderful time at the Lapidary Journal Beadfest! She shares a little about her teaching experience and even shows off a picture of the amazing bracelets that her class made! I know that this is one class I would be honored to take! Thanks Susan for sharing!

Please take a moment to reflect today. Tell the people that you love and care about how much they mean to you. We are not promised tomorrow and today has been a gift! If you are a crafty person embrace it! Inspire others by sharing your work! Thank you Divas for inspiring us today and letting us share a piece of your wonderful lives!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fantasy Shopping Saturday

Fashion and trending color is not only exclusive to the garment and interior design's also a major part of what bead-makers go through planning their bead colors from season to season. Trying to determine the colors that will be popular and a winning combination can be difficult to say the least.  I'd say these beads met the challenge! What do you think.?!?!  To see more beads made by the Fire Divas on Etsy click here! and to see beads on Artfire click here! Both sites feature our beads...just click on any bead and it will take you to each Divas shop...  Happy Shopping!

Introducing Pantone's 2011 Fall Colors and Beads by the Fire Divas:

Spawn of Flame
Susan Lambert
Beth Knapp Tyner

Kitty Lampwork

                 Holly's Folly Glass
Aloha Beads
Ugly Duckling Beads
Ashlyn Design