Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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 CLICK HERE. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2009

My yummy contribution!

This year for my husbands family Christmas party we were all supposed to bring a dish, I was designated to bring the salad. The ladies all do a recipe exchange so I thought I should share a layered salad recipe that my family has enjoyed for years!

A big clear bowl works best so you can see all the pretty layers!

1 head of lettuce chopped into bite size pieces

1 bunch of chopped green onion

3-4 sticks of chopped celery

2 cans of sliced water chestnuts

1 medium size package of frozen peas

1.5 cups mayonaise

1-2 tbls sugar

4-5 tomatoes sliced

7-8 hardboiled eggs sliced

1 package bacon, cooked, de-fatted and chopped into bits

grated cheese

Make even layer with lettuce, sprinkle onion and celery, lay water chestnuts all around, add frozen peas, evenly spread mayo, sprinkle with sugar, cover and refrigerate over night. Next day add tomatoes, eggs, cheese and cooked bacon.

It is a salad I like to do just for special occasions, even though it takes a bit of time to prep and construct, it takes almost no time to scarf it down!

Enjoy folks and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 16, 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.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Treasure Hunting on a Thursday

I was messing around on the computer this morning and saw that I'm in 3 Etsy Treasuries!

The 1st one, "Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" was made by a fellow Fire Diva, Lauren at Maybeads She makes the most adorable critter beads!

Here is one of my favorites from Maybeads! Mitsie the Mouse in a Santa Hat

The second one is also made by a Fire Diva, "Your Ears Are On FIRE!" by Laurie from Glassbead She makes awesome tribal mask and beautiful fish!

Check out this pretty pink fish from Glassbead!

And the third, "Turquoise Gas, I mean glass" is made by a friend who used to be a Fire Diva, Mallory at Rosebud101 Her shop is full of a great variety of lampwork.

Here's a HOT set of chili peppers from Rosebud101!

Thank you ladies! I appreciate this very much!
Happy Treasuries to you everybody!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fire Divas Jewelry Challenge

The Fire Divas are hosting an Introductory Jewelry Challenge! This challenge will be for jewelry designers who use artisan lampwork in their pieces. The winner of the Challenge will receive a beautiful group of Fire Divas' work. This is a wonderful chance for jewelry designers to show off their talents and get exposure!

Now for the details:
This first challenge will allow lampwork from any artisan. We require information about the artisan who made the beads used in the submitted piece, so if you submit something, please be ready to provide that information.

The challenges to follow will only allow Fire Divas' lampwork.

We will allow one submission per person per contest, and a maximum of two photos per submission. Entries may be submitted here (http://www.flickr.com/groups/firedivachallenge/) for approval, no later than January 1, 2010. Please include, in the comments section, the following:
Information about the beads:
Description of the piece:
Inspiration for the piece:

Fire Divas reserve the right to approve or reject any submissions.

Fire Divas reserve the right to modify or cancel the challenge at any time.

Ok, the boring stuff is over - go have fun creating!