Saturday, March 26, 2011

Customer Appreciation Sale!

I am a member of the Fire Divas Team. It is a group of talented lampwork artisans. This week we are having a customer appreciation sale.
The sale begins this Friday, March 25th and runs through Saturday, April 2, 2011 for the team. You can find some wonderful handmade lampwork in our shops.

I am offering, in my Etsy shop, specially marked sets of beads for $10 with free shipping. Use the coupon code "DIVATHANKS" when you check out and your total will be adjusted to reflect the free shipping

Check out our group blog http://firedivas.blogspot.com/ for many many more deals!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Made in America dinnerware


The Homer Lauglin China Company makes my most favorite dinnerware. Fiesta ware.
I loved it when I was a kid, and bought it for our own table a long time ago. It's so fun to set a colorful table. My kids all had their favorite color plate. Joe liked the black plate which always amused me.
Whenever you want to add a color or a place setting or just get some cool piece of china like a water pitcher or new mugs or a casserole, you just go shopping. The price is always right and many times there are sales. And there continually are new colors which makes it so tempting to just keep adding plates and bowls.
You can also look for vintage fiesta ware if you shop secondhand, but it's hard to find.
And to quote from it's web site, "The company has experienced continued growth and is poised to move forward with the Wells Family’s pledge to continue producing quality, American-made china and provide jobs for potters of the Ohio Valley".

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Made in America


Today I will start a new blog series. Made in America. If we all would buy an American Made Product at least weekly, making an effort to buy American, we will move our economy forward. The show I watched by Diane Sawyer on TV showed many US made products are the same price or cheaper. That was eye opening to me since I thought US made products are more expensive. Diane Sawyer and her team emptied a home of all it's foreign made products. All that was left in the living room was a candle. The kitchen, the kitchen sink the only 'appliance' left. The home was refurnished with US made products. It was beautiful and cost effective. Except for the kitchen appliances, and they suggested buying 'half made' in the USA products for cost savings, rather than the high end appliances they had to buy. At the end of this news clip, I was wishing it was 'my' home they refurnished!
So today's comment from me is 'ask' if something is made in the USA. You can watch this clip here. clip.
And since it's Sunday, I am today featuring some of my own beads, made in the USA. But the next post, something else. :-)
check out Etsy also. I try to buy items there to support US artists. Many Etsy sellers augment their family income with their sales, and many make their living from their on line sales. It's a good place to start.