DIY Fiesta Valentine’s Gumball Machine

DIYIt seems like just yesterday we were making valentines for our crushes, gorging ourselves with candy, and creating different red and pink themed crafts, elbow deep in glitter glue, when February rolled around. Even though those days are behind us, it doesn’t mean we can’t still make Valentine’s Day a fun and crafty holiday. Whether you’re celebrating February 14th with your partner or friends, this fun DIY Fiesta Gumball Machine is sure to make your day!

It’s super easy. All you need is a glass fishbowl, which you can find in most pet or convenience stores, a Jumbo Bowl, the lid from a Covered Teapot, and some ribbon to pull it all together. We chose Scarlet, but you can pick whichever of our 15 colors you’d like. And the best part is you don’t even have to use glue, just make sure it’s in a safe spot!

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The last (and most important) step is the candy. Here is the only place we had trouble in constructing our Fiesta gumball machine – in deciding which candy to use! Ultimately we chose M&M’s, but feel free to use your favorite Valentine’s Day candy. Now, just fill up the fishbowl with your treats and enjoy your DIY Valentine’s Gumball Machine.

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Finally, just like when you were a little kid, gorge yourself with candy 🙂

 

 

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Fiesta Dinnerware’s History of Hues

THE HISTORY OF HUES

Beyond American-made, Fiesta Dinnerware is an American icon that represents the spirit of independent thinking. Giving you the freedom to express yourself through color and style since 1936, we thought it would be fun to go down memory lane together. Starting with our original Red, all the way to our 2014 color Poppy… enjoy!  

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What is your favorite Fiesta Dinnerware hue? Tell us in the comment below or visit us on Facebook for more history and fun.

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DIY Fiesta Gratitude Jar

gratitude-jar-finalAt the start of every year, it is common to begin making your list of resolutions for the months to come. Everyone is anxious to start the year off on the right foot, whether that means improving your health, accomplishing a longtime goal, or simply trying something new! The New Year is also a time to reflect on the year that has passed and remember all of the good things that have happened.

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However, sometimes it can be difficult to keep track of all that happens on a day to day basis that makes us smile, or inspires us. So, with all there is to be thankful for over the course of a year, we thought it would be a good idea to start a Gratitude Jar – a way to look back on the year and remember all of the best memories we made!

 

gratitude jar 3To make your own Gratitude Jar, all you need is a Small Canister (we used Cobalt, but feel free to choose your favorite Fiesta color) slips of paper, and any decorations you want to add. Then start writing! You can jot down accomplishments, funny moments, random acts of kindness, reasons to be thankful, or anything else that will be sure to put a smile on your face. Then on New Year’s Eve, you can open up your Gratitude Jar and look back on the awesome year you had! The only catch – no peeking until December 31st! 🙂

 

 

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Did you know that the factory where Fiesta dinnerware is made dates back to 1871? This is how it looked back in the 1920s:Number 8 clay shop Far from how it looks today!Robot #5

In 144 years of business, there are doubtlessly going to be changes that must be put into effect. While much of our dinnerware is still made by hand, some of the process is simplified and made more eco-friendly and durable with the use of technology, such as the machinery featured in the photo above, where it is pumping out our beloved dinnerware!

 

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Our entire factory (over a mile long!), is a collaboration of old and new. It gives us a unique personality that we cherish. Combining old with new is a way of reminding us where we have been, and also where hard work, and a sense of pride in what we create, can take us.

 

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A lot has changed over the years, from our processes to our designs (Fiesta wasn’t even a thought back then!), but there is one thing that has remained constant: location. As you are probably aware, Fiesta dinnerware is made in America, a feat that we take pride in, especially during a time when it is much cheaper to get dinnerware outside of the United States. We have kept our factory in the same area it has been for the past 144 years, with no plans of ever relocating outside of Newell, West Virginia, or trimming off our signature ivy from our buildings!Main Office #1

If you’re ever in Newell and hungry for a little history lesson (one that you’re guaranteed not to sleep through, we promise!) we welcome you to come for a visit and tour our historic factories and museum yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find!

 

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10 Foods for a Bright 2015

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 If you are anything like us at Fiesta Dinnerware, you’re aiming to have the brightest and most colorful 2015 you possibly can. And what better place to start than the part of the home that fuels most of your days, the kitchen?

To give you the upper hand on having a great year, we’ve scoured the internet (and had a few heart-to-hearts with some of our Fiesta moms and grandmothers) to bring you the following list. Pens ready?

1. Coconut Oil. This is a superfood on all accounts (plus it has many non-food benefits as well). Use this healthy, tropical oil to replace traditional cooking bases like butter and other oils. We’ve even used the cooking wonder to pop popcorn! The smell will make you feel island happy, and it’s actually a healthier option that most other oils. More recipes with coconut oil here.

2. Ginger. Add a zing to your day with the zesty, versatile root. It’s antimicrobial, and a great way to boost your immune system and add more antioxidants to your daily grind. We prefer to add it to soups, or if you have a juicer, add it to your next orange-apple number.

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3. Flaxseeds. These seeds are small, but mighty. They are an excellent source of fiber and omega 3-fatty acids. Add about two tablespoons to your morning smoothie to stay full longer.

4. Lentils. Popular in many Mediterranean dishes, these high-protein foods are both a good source of fiber and pack-full of B vitamins. Real Simple magazine has recipes galore right this way.

5. Pumpkin Seeds. Sometimes called “pepitas,” these flavorful seeds, are full of zinc, vitamin E, antioxidants, and are a good source of magnesium, which the majority of women are deficient in. Fun fact!

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 6. Avocados. Our mouths water just thinking about the foodie possibilities. And while avocados may be fatty, that doesn’t mean they are bad for your health. In fact, this fruit is a nutritional powerhouse, providing numerous benefits. One of the best guacamole recipes comes from Food Network’s Alton Brown.

7. 2% Greek Yogurt. Okay, this is lucky number seven on the list for a reason. This food is not only incredibly beneficial to your tummy, it’s also a great replacement for less healthful ingredients like sour cream or certain dressings. We’ll let Fitness magazine show you the ropes on its many health benefits.

8. Kale. If you didn’t catch on to its superfood powers in 2014, this should be the year. After all, health benefits never go off trend.

9. Walnuts. Ever notice that this nut somewhat resembles the shape of the brain? Coincidentally, it has huge health benefits for your noggin. Get smart with these nutty recipes.

10. Almond Butter. Probably one of the best snack foods, this high-protein spread is a better option to its counterpart, peanut butter. It’s full of healthy fats and generally digests better than other nutter butters. The price tag is a tad bit higher for a reason.

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