I finally heard back from Fire Mountain Gems about my contest entries. The wait was driving me up the wall (patience is not one of my strong suits), so I called the person in charge of the competition and was told that 2 of my 3 pieces made it into the finals. And wouldn't you know it that when my wife checked the mail later that day, the letter was waiting for me in the box.
The next step is sending my pieces (the two chainmail and tatting pieces shown in my previous post) in to be professionally photographed by Fire Mountain and then I should hear back within a month about where I end up in the final judging. All finalists' work will be shown on their website and the best will be featured in the different magazines they advertise in.
Keeping my fingers crossed and praying a lot. Also, floating about two feet off the ground with excitement, the next wait may be worst than the last.