Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Have you ever seen a Doxie Nurse?

One of the ladies I work with recently graduated from nursing school. She also has a Doxie, "Pretzel" that she is just crazy about!

So it only seemed fitting to ask my friend and fellow Fire Diva, Lauren at Maybeads, if she could make a Doxie Nurse. Lauren makes THE cutest critter beads!



Not only was she able to make the coolest Doxie Nurse ever, she also gifted me one of her owls! This tiny little pleasure is no more than 10x8mm, the intricacy of her beads is mind blowing!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Birthday Sale!


It's my Birthday on Wednesday! In honor of my special day I will be having a sale in my Etsy!

Get 32% Off orders of $32 or more! 12/21-12/23

Use coupon code: BDAY32

Remember coupon is for orders of $32 or more!
Cost of shipping is separate and will not be added to make order amount eligible.

Thanks for looking!
Happy Holidays to you all!
Happy Birthday to me!
;) Janel

Monday, December 20, 2010

I got the Fire Divas Bead of the Day!

One of my beads was chosen for the Fire Divas Bead of the Day! I am so excited!! I've had such a great day today and this was the icing on my cake! You can get the icing for your cake, (10% Off) of this Changing Seasons Tree if it's purchased with in 24 hours of the post!

You can also get an additional 10% off if you are a repeat customer! Just add a "Returning Customer" comment in notes for buyer on Paypal.

The Fire Divas have a Bead of the Day promo. What this means for you is, Monday through Fridays
, on the Fire Divas Blog, there is a Bead of the Day that is chosen and more than likely there will be a promo along with it!

Click on this link to see the list! THIS LINK!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sent some beads to Beads of Courage

I recently sent some beads to Beads of Courage! I'm so exited! I finally felt like I had enough saved up to send out!

Here's 30 crystal shaped ones...



...and 20 glow in the dark ones!



If you are a lampworker and would like to send some beads to Beads of Courage, get into the loop by reading up in the Lampwork Etc. forum by clicking here!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Featured in an Eyeball Treasury!

One of my glow in the dark eyeball beads in in this super cool EYE OF THE BEHOLDER!! treasury curated by AndTheSignSays



I love this treasury and found it hard to pick a favorite but if I could I would get the Eyeball knit hat and Eye Love You Tinted Iris Pillow!

Thanks for looking everybody and thank you AndTheSignSays for making such an awesome treasury!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Glowing Optical Monstrosity - Giveaway!

I recently created an optical monstrosity! Some may even call it an eyesore. Whatever you may call it, it can be yours if you like it!

This lampwork bead has an earthy base and 25 glowing handpulled millefiori eyeballs. It is approximately 38x25mm or 1.5x1 inches. It's HUGE!

The choker is made with 12 strands of black hemp twine and is 13 inches long, 7mm or 5/16in. thick with a 5 in. braided tail to be able to make it a tad longer if need be.



There's one way to win!

Go to the Fire Divas Etsy page on our blog, pick a favorite and leave a comment about it below! CLICK HERE This changes about once a week for your viewing pleasure!

One entry per person

Sign up ends December 31

(Up to $5.00 shipping cost will be covered, if it is greater than $5 winner will have to pay for the rest. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but it can be really expensive to send stuff to Australia.)

Winner will be picked by my cool cat Maynard! Good luck everybody!



*Edited to mention that everyone can enter and the winner is more than welcome to do what ever they want with it, gift it or cut the bead out and use it for a creation of your own! No worries!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend Sale!

Save $$$ on lampwork beads! During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!! (11/25-11/29)

Get 20% Off in my Etsy! Click Here!!

Remember to use coupon code: 20PERCENTOFF

Happy Holidays!!!








See list below for Fire Divas that are participating in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!!



1) Holly - 20% off my shop http://Hollysfolly.com/ or Artfire shop http://www.artfire.com/users/HollysFollyGlass or my Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/HollysFollyGlass - use coupon code THANKFUL upon check out. Addition savings for fans.

2) Lori - 10% off my Etsy http://www.ashlyndesign.etsy.com/ and ArtFire http://www.artfire.com/users/AshlynDesign shops from Friday to Monday

3) Kathleen -10% off http://www.etsy.com/shop/UglyDucklingBeads

4.)Sonja-10% off http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverRiverGlassWork and http://www.artfire.com/users/SilverRiverGlassWorks

5) - Lara - 10% off at Artfire and Etsy + free shipping
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&%3Bseller_id=22129
and http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lutrick

6) Janel 20% off at Etsy from Thursday to Monday http://www.etsy.com/shop/JanelDudleyBeads

7) Patrice - 20% off my ArtFire shop: http://www.artfire.com/users/shepherdcreations : Use coupon "FIREDIVASTHANKSGIVING2010"

8)Barb - 15% off on my AF shop from Friday-monday http://www.artfire.com/users/riversedgeglass
 
9) Melanie - 20% off on ArtFire http://arensea.artfire.com/ or Etsy http://arensea.etsy.com/

10)Amy 20% off on ArtFire shop coupon code TURKEY: http://www.artfire.com/users/AmySimsDesigns

11) Theresa - Free shipping on all items in my Artfire shop until Monday:http://www.artfire.com/users/teasebeads

12) Lea - 20% off my Artfire http://www.artfire.com/users/LAJewelryDesignsand Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/LAJewelryDesigns from Friday to Monday - use coupon code HAPPYTHANKSGIVING upon check out.


13) Karen - Friday - Monday, 10% off in both shops, http://www.etsy.com/shop/giapet and http://www.artfire.com/users/Fire-n-Sand

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lunar treasury!

One of my beads has been included in this Surface of the Moon treasury made by lotuspad! I think it looks awesome!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cast your vote! Fire Divas Monthly Bead Challenge

Tis the season to be voting! The Fire Divas are having a monthly bead challenge! The theme is Christmas/Hanukkah, it only takes a second. Voting is on the right, pick one, scroll down and cast your vote! Happy Holidays and get your bead on!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Entry 1
Entry 2
Entry 3
Entry 4
Entry 5
Entry 6
Entry 7
Entry 8
Entry 9

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In a Fire Divas Treasury!

I was recently included in this Fire Divas treasury curated by UglyDucklingBeads !

To see the treasury in all of it's beautiful beady glory CLICK HERE!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Glowing Treasury!

Today one of my beads was included in this Glow in the Dark Wonders Treasury curated by cindylouwho2. It's so much fun to see all of the different handmade glow in the dark stuff on Etsy! I'm honored to be included in such a fun treasury!

Since your here, head over to cindylouwho2 and check out her many beautiful handmade treasures!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winner of the Giveaway!





Thank you for all the comments that everyone left in my most recent bead giveaway! Since everyone was a fan on my Facebook page they all got 2 chances for winning.

The winner will be picked by my trusty and playful assistant, Maynard! After all the names were written on pieces of paper, I crumple them up, and throw them. Maynard then picks a winner and brings it back to me!



Let's begin!













...and the winner is.... Lauren from Maybeads!!!!! A fellow Fire Diva and lampwork buddy! She makes the cutest critter beads!



Thanks again everyone and thank you Maynard for your cooperation! Here's a look at the bead that Lauren won!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bead Giveaway!

I haven't had a bead giveaway for awhile, so I figured it was about time!

It measures at 27mm long, 19mm wide and 14mm thick. It has a flattened bi-cone base made with River Rock and Silver Leaf. The design is made with a silver reactive color and one of my hand pulled millefiori's.

Below is a side view so help get a better feel for the bead.





There are two ways to win!

1. Leave a comment below!

2. If you are a fan of my Facebook Fanpage (please mention in comment if you are a fan)

All names will be written on a slip of paper, crumpled up, and thrown. Then my helper, Maynard, will pick the winner!



Winner will be chosen some time next week! Good luck everybody!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Beads for a Cure with the Fire Divas!

I'm so proud to be a part of The Fire Divas! Not only are they a great group of ladies but these talented glass bead makers are always doing something fun and exciting! Here's a look at what's going on with the group right now....

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month! During all of October the Fire Divas are doing our part in trying to raise awareness and money for this worthy cause.



Keep your eyes open Monday-Friday as  our Glass Bead of the Day will be featuring lots of pink beads - our way of reminding you to think pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.





The Fire Divas  listed below have chosen to donate portions of our bead and jewelry sales to help out.. Each shop has discounts noted since some of us may have taken a step further and are donating a percentage from ALL sales.

With your help, we can raise awareness and funds through lampwork beads!

*Note.. previous Bead of the Day discounts will not apply unless otherwise noted in shop announcements or listings.





HollysFollyGlass - 20% to Susan G Komen for the Cure http://hollysfolly.com/  and http://www.artfire.com/users/HollysFollyGlass


UglyDucklingBeads - 25% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.etsy.com/shop/UglyDucklingBeads


Teasebeads - 15% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.teasebeads.com/ and http://www.artfire.com/users/teasebeads

JanelDudleyBeads - All proceeds of pink beads to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.etsy.com/shop/JanelDudleyBeads

AshlynDesign - 20% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for any pink bead sales http://www.artfire.com/users/AshlynDesign

LAJewelryDesigns - 20% to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.artfire.com/users/LAJewelryDesigns

ahouston - 25% will be donated to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for any pink bead sales and goddess beads (everything in the "PINK" section of my shop) http://www.etsy.com/shop/ahouston

spawnofflame - Everything in PINK section of Artfire shop. 25% to Living Beyond Breast Cancer http://spawnofflame.artfire.com/

IcarusBeads - From Artfire Shop - 20 % to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.artfire.com/users/IcarusBeads


EmaKaye - Any pink beads in the Etsy shop -  20 % to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://emakaye.etsy.com/

Lutrick  20% of all ArtFire sales to National Breast Cancer Foundation http://www.artfire.com/users/Lutrick



SilverRiverGlassWorks - 20% off pink beads  to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.artfire.com/users/SilverRiverGlassWorks

Shepherd Creations - 20% to of Artfire and BOD to Komen for the Cure http://www.artfire.com/users/shepherdcreations






We will link to this post from a logo on the right for you to refer back to during the month. Thank you for helping us fight this disease!




Friday, October 1, 2010

Remembering to Remember

Today I'm reminded of the importance of remembering. It is so important to remember to fill obligations. Between work, bills, family, friends, road trips, a sick cat and a lot of birthdays, it's hard to remember to get everything done! So there's no way I'm going to forget to do some fun, bloggy and beady ones!

My first one is to remember to fill my obligation for the ABS Blog Carnival, and this months topic is....can you guess? Yep, that's right! Remembrance!

The Art Bead Scene Blog Carnival is written by a bunch of talented jewelry and bead designers with Cindy Gimbrone leading the way.

There are two groups, each one covering every other month and then sharing June and December

I've come so far, being able to remember to write my Blog Carnival post, that even though I'm a couple days late from the deadline, I'm not going to let that stand in my way accomplishing another one of my obligations to these great beady bloggers!


My second one is Jennifer Cameron's Art Charm Swap. There are ten talented beady artist joining in on the fun! Each one sending in 10 handmade charms and of course with the patient and gracious Jennifer Cameron organizing it all!

Jennifer Cameron
Paige
Ema
Susan
Amy
Kristie
Nan
Lauren
Loretta
Janel

Even though I've had 2 months full of remembrance and not enough doing, tonight is the night I will be having some fun finishing up my art charms so I can send them out tomorrow!




Last but not least, my third obligation to fill is to remember to blog about a very special group of ladies, The Fire Divas ! An online and fantastically diverse group of lampwork bead designers who I am happy to be a part of!




The admin selflessly put in countless hours to organize fun and exciting things for the group and beady type people to do.

Our most recent is the Fire Divas Quarterly Jewelry Challenge. Only three people have joined so far, making the chance of winning some awesome lampwork beads easier. The deadline is October 15, 2010 so the rush to remember to enter you jewelry design in on!

If you have some Fire Divas beads or finished jewelry with Fire Divas beads you still have a couple weeks to enter!

Get those entries in!


Share some of your obligations, accomplishments or goals that you have remembered!
I'd love to hear!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A new treasury!

I haven't currated a treasury for months.
Here's a fresh one made just this morning!



Earthy Tones in Lampwork Beads - By the Fire Divas Team



Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Glow-in-the Dark Beads

I've recently been working on glow-in-the-dark beads! I'm really excited with the outcome! Here's a peep of the latest!

Glowing Quint Iris Eyeball


Glowing Eyeballs BHB


I'm also currently working on another project..here's a sneak peek!



Curious about where to find Glow-in-the-Dark glass?

This glass is hand pulled by Glow Joe, you can find a huge variety of rods at Sundance Art Glass or check out his hand crushed frits in his Etsy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Glow-in-the-Dark Picture Tips

There's been a couple request from different people on how to take a picture of a glow-in-the-dark bead in the dark. Here's my husband Dan explaining...

My method for taking pictures of glow-in-the-dark beads.

We are using a Nikon D40 digital SLR with an 18-55mm lens. Almost any camera with a fully manual mode will work. You will need to manually adjust your Focus, Shutter Speed, and ISO. You will also need a camera stand to ensure nothing moves. A remote shutter button or a delayed shot are very useful as well.

Controlling your light is the first thing. The room we use has a big window that lets in a lot of light, so most of these shots are done at night. We have a photo tent with 3 lamps, one on each side and one above. You need to have the bright lights both for your first shot and to charge the glow-glass in the beads. Our lights all share the same surge protector so there is only one switch to kill all the lights.

If possible, set your camera to fully auto, with manual focus. And take a couple of reference shots. You need to make sure the shot looks good under light before you start taking pictures in the dark. Take note of your camera settings from the best looking picture and switch it over to manual mode.

I then turn off the lights and take my first “shot in the dark”. If it is too dark, increase the Shutter Speed until it is visible. Increasing your ISO to a higher setting will help, but the pictures can tend to get grainy at higher ISO settings. Try to find a balance between Shutter Speed and ISO.

The shots I have here both have the same Focal length and Aperture. The difference is the ISO 200 vs 1600, and Shutter Speed 1/40' vs 7.1'. Your settings are going to be different depending on your camera, lighting conditions, and personal preference. All I can say is make a small change, take another shot and see what it does. I work by the trial and error method.






.....thank you so much Dan! You are the sweetest man evah!!

If you have any questions post them below!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Fire Divas Challenge you!

Hold on to your seats folks! The Fire Divas are having their next Quarterly Jewelry Challenge!

More than $215 in lampwork bead prizes have been donated!

The theme is "The Holiday Season" let's see what you can do! Need some inspiration? Check out the Fire Divas Flickr!

Rules and prizes are listed below.

Have fun, create, win beads!














All submissions must feature Fire Divas' lampwork. We require the name of the Fire Diva who made the beads used in the submitted piece, so if you submit something, please be ready to provide that information.

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 October 15, 2010. Please include, in the comments section, the following:
Information about the beads:
Description of the piece:
Inspiration for the piece:
Submissions will not be approved without all of this information.

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.

The winners will be determined by an open poll which does not allow multiple votes.