Facing Surgery & Lengthy Recovery for SLAP Tear

Left superior labral tear extending along the posterior superior quadrant.”

I am facing surgery and a lengthy recovery time for a SLAP Tear – and I need your help.

As you likely know, I own PhoenixFire Designs where I make handmade-from-scratch jewelry, including my signature wire wrapped tree of life pendants since 2006. You might not realize I’ve actually been making jewelry a lot longer than that – all the way since 2001!

In 2011, I made the leap and decided to run PhoenixFire Designs full time. My online storefront + the couple dozen in person art & craft shows I do a year make up 100% of my income.

But making jewelry has taken a toll on my body.

Last Fall, I started having extreme pain and weakness in my left shoulder and arm. It went on for months and finally May of this year, I went to an orthopedic doctor. Initially, he felt it was a repetitive stress injury; rotator cuff tendinitis and shoulder impingement. He sent me off for physical therapy.

script for physical therapy on my left shoulder

script for physical therapy on my left shoulder

I worked hard for 8 weeks; 2x/week with my therapist and continued work at home as well. But it only gave me a small bit of relief. It was time for further testing.

I had an MRI Arthrogram – a very uncomfortable experience I blogged about on my personal blog – and got the results I dreaded: SLAP Tear. Specifically, “Left superior labral tear extending along the posterior superior quadrant.

Left superior labral tear extending along the posterior superior quadrant.”

Left superior labral tear extending along the posterior superior quadrant.”

Radiology report from my mri arthrogram. Findings? Left superior labral tear extending along the posterior superior quadrant.

Radiology report from my mri arthrogram. Findings? Left superior labral tear extending along the posterior superior quadrant.

I’ve already had a cortisone shot as well as physical therapy. Surgery to repair it is my next step.

SLAP tear surgery is a difficult and extremely life altering recovery. Overnight, I will essentially be one-armed. I will be in a sling 100% immobilized for between 3-6 weeks. It will be a minimum of 3 months (to as much as 6 months) of down time. I won’t be able to drive, I won’t be able to work, I won’t be able to use my arm in any capacity.

The problem is that I work for myself. If I cannot make jewelry or physically participate as a vendor in shows, I have zero income. A minimum of three months without income is impossible for me to survive on my own.

While I DO have health insurance, actual surgery costs are only one tiny part of the entire process.

There are also a host of things I will need for the recovery – ranging from a recliner to sleep in, to little things like front closing bras – all of which is also going to have to come from savings I don’t currently have. (I have a surgery amazon wishlist I’m compiling here.)

So, on the recommendation of my friends and family, I am starting Go Fund Me to help raise money so I can have my surgery so I can get better and stop being in pain all the time. It currently vastly limits me and I’m just so tired of hurting. As terrifying as surgery sounds, being in pain forever sounds worse.

Anything you can do to help boost the signal – share my shop link, share my facebook page, get a jump start on your holiday shopping by putting in an order now, getting items from my surgery wishlist, or sharing my gofundme link, or even donating to my gofundme – all of it is so greatly appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and PhoenixFire Designs these past 16 years. With a little help and a little luck, hopefully, I can have another 16 successful years too.

My po box for mailing purposes.

Vendor Show Checklist

What to bring for your first vendor show? What do you need when you’re doing a show, farmer’s market, or craft fair? There’s so much to remember, it can be hard to keep track of everything you need. Whether this is your first show or you’re a seasoned vendor, this guide is to help give you ideas of what to bring for a successful show.

Bare Minimum
tent (you know how much I love mine!)
weights
folding tables
tablecloths
displays
signage/banners
folding chairs (or taller director’s chair so you aren’t hidden behind your display!)
business cards (I use GotPrint.com)
credit card processing (get a free square reader with the first $1,000 processing fees free of charge!)
small bills for change (cash sales)
tarps (for bad weather/cover your tables)
shopping bags for sold items
product!

Personal Comfort:
drinks
snacks
cooler (I bought mine at costco but I LOVE it and it folds FLAT for storage!)
battery operated fan (and batteries!)
cooling towels /sweater (depending on temp)
anti fatigue mat to stand on (not mandatory but nice to have)
advil/tylenol/immodium/allergy meds
first aid kit (you should have this in your car at all times anyway!)
sunscreen

Backup Essentials:
tape
duct tape
scissors
rope/cording
paper towels
pens
paper
napkins/tp (don’t knock it! I’ve been at a show that ran out of tp in a porta potty before and I was glad I had my own!)
portable cell charger/battery backup
outdoor extension cord (I always have one just in case)
extension splitter (to plug more than one item into)
wet wipes (often no running water at outdoor events)
tool kit (screwdriver, pliers – little things in case of break or repair! You should keep this in your car anyway!)
extra price labels
safety pins (I like the larger size)
clamps (Clip down a blowing tablecloth, or clip two things together; I’ve needed this more times than I can count!)
bungee cords (again in a variety of sizes and SO useful!)

Other Good Ideas:
small mirror (if anything that needs trying on)
individually wrapped mints/candy (for customers – I find it helps draw people in. Nothing that melts outside!)
bed risers to lift tables (can be helpful to make tables higher so people don’t have to bend down)
rug for booth (totally optional)
decor/decoration/ways of making booth more appealing/pretty
storage totes (locking) to carry your supplies
dolly or flat rolling cart (I have this one since it folds flat) or utility wagon for transporting items from car to booth.
solar lantern (in case it rains and you need light or if setup/breakdown is in the dark)
waterproof led rope light (I string these along my tent frame to illuminate inside in case of rain or dark)

Also check out part 1 of new vendor guides: So You Want To Vend at Craft Shows? (Part One: Basic Supplies – Tent) which discusses how to select a tent, what to look for, how to use tent weights effectively and suggestions of items I like and use.

Like what you see? Check out PhoenixFire Designs on Etsy to shop our 100% handcrafted from scratch wire wrapped jewelry.

Don’t forget to like PhoenixFire Designs on facebook to keep up with our in-person shows and events and follow us on instagram to see what we’ve been working on lately!

Handmade Glitter Disney Pendant Necklaces

Mickey ear balloons, mickey premium bar, mickey shorts, minnie bow, cinderella castle, handmade resin rainbow glitter pendants by PhoenixFire Designs

Oh I just love these! If you’re like me, you’re a big Disney geek. And you love finding new, fun ways to express your Disney love and fandom. Handmade resin pendants in fun, Disney inspired shapes embedded with gorgeous, colorful, micro glitter! Each pendant features a silver bail and a 28″ ball chain in gunmetal for easy over-the-head wearing. Not only can you wear these fun Disney glitter necklaces on your vacation at Disneyland or Walt Disney World (perfect Disneybound accessory), you can also bring a little bit of the Disney magic home too!

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Disney Glitter Necklaces




Pendants priced as listed plus $2.50 s&h. Each is handmade by PhoenixFire Designs. Glitter is embedded within the shiny, glossy, hard resin pendant so no risk of it getting everywhere.

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar Necklace
(minor glue overflow on back of brown one shown)

Mouse Ear Glitter Balloons

Minnie Bow in Pink Glitter

Mickey Shorts in Red Glitter

Mickey Ears

Cinderella Castle in Teal and Rainbow Glitter

Pride Rainbow Glitter Heart Necklaces

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I made up a batch of amazing rainbow glitter heart necklaces to sell at St. Pete Pride….then I got food poisoning and had to miss the show. So I have some awesome necklaces that still need good homes.

Each one was hand cast in resin embedded with rainbow glitter. The heart is shiny and puffy front with flat back. I’ve attached a silver bail and each pendant hangs from a 28″ gunmetal ball chain so you can easily slip it on and off right over your head. You can also hang it from a rearview mirror!

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Pride necklace, rainbow glitter heart necklaces, lgbt symbol, st. pete pride, love is love

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I have four with horizontal glitter pattern (top row), four with diagonal glitter pattern (second row), and one with a mix of glitter (bottom row.) Each is $10 with $2.50 S&H to the US. First come, first served!

Holy rainbow glitter Batman! This batch has officially sold out! But Don’t Panic! I can make up another batch. These will ship in approximately 2-3 days as I need time for the resin to cure. I’m opening this up to 9 more pre-order hearts to ship later this week. Thank you so much for your support!


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PhoenixFire Designs is an all-inclusive business and supports equal rights to all people and strongly believes #loveislove and #lovewins We are honored to have been a part of St. Pete Pride in previous years and will continue to support the LGBTQ+ community and create custom jewelry to honor that support.

Tree of Life Suncatchers

Silver anodized aluminum wire wrapped tree of life 8" suncatcher with rainbow glass fire cracked beads, perfect garden art, or handmade wall art for your home. By PhoenixFire Designs.

After years of customer inquiries, we finally have made some brand new, extra large tree of life SUNCATCHERS! These amazing, wire wrapped trees are handmade, just like their smaller pendant cousins, but in a massive 8″, 10″, and 12″ scale!

Silver anodized aluminum wire wrapped tree of life 8" suncatcher with rainbow glass fire cracked beads, perfect garden art, or handmade wall art for your home. By PhoenixFire Designs.

Silver anodized aluminum wire wrapped tree of life 8″ suncatcher with rainbow glass fire cracked beads, perfect garden art, or handmade wall art for your home. By PhoenixFire Designs.

Tree of Life Suncatchers look amazing in a sunny window in your home, or a beautiful and unique accent to your backyard garden. Need unique accent for your rustic wedding, or inspiration for a woodland wedding? Or maybe you just need a perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day. Well, look no further!

Read about the process that went into developing from scratch an entirely new technique to scale up for these large tree suncatchers on our sister blog, here:

ve been making small, necklace sized tree of life pendants for over 10 years now and in fact, I’ve become quite well known for them! But I’ve had people inquiring about larger, decor versions of them for a long time; a suncatcher for your sunny window, or to hang as garden art in your backyard.

Well, I’m happy to announce I’ve finally done just that!
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…or jump straight to the Suncatchers and Garden Art category on PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop to snag your very own, one of a kind garden art!

Let us know what you think! Since this is a new product, we’d love your feedback and your ideas of how you’d like us to expand this concept.

Gift Ideas for Someone Special

Rose Gold Rainbow Moonstone Necklace Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant Wire Wrapped Jewelry by PhoenixFire Designs

It’s always hard to find the perfect Christmas gift. Every year, each holiday season, people struggle to find gifts for all the people on their gift lists. (Also check out our Gift Guide for some of the hard to shop for people such as teachers, coworkers, and more here for more suggestions and ideas!)

The hardest though can definitely be the people most important to us; our loved ones such as wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters and family.

You always want to go the extra distance and get something extra special for the people you love the most and finding something they truly love and can enjoy can be difficult. Well, don’t worry! Because PhoenixFire Designs is here to help!

For more than ten years, we’ve offered amazing quality, luxury and beauty with our line of 100% handmade, artisan jewelry. Each piece is made by hand, from scratch by me personally. This ensures not only that each piece will be unique, but that there’s real love and a decade of skill in each pendant. I’ve worked hard to hone and refine my techniques to provide you with lasting jewelry of superior beauty.

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What do I get my wife for Christmas? / What do I buy my girlfriend for Christmas?

I have a whole line of high-end, luxury, designer gifts in my shop that are perfect for the extra special people in your life like your wife, girlfriend, significant other, mother, partner, daughter, sister or someone who loves unique artisan jewelry. Made from the most premium precious metals and precious and semi-precious gemstones, these are the creme de la creme of beautiful gifts.

Tanzanite is uniquely gorgeous gemstone, with a striking blue-violet color. It’s a popular gemstone for it’s rare beauty and it’s the kind of gemstone you can give as a gift for someone who understands quality and is looking for something special and unique.


14k gf Yellow Gold Tanzanite Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

Chrome Diopside is an even more exclusively rare gemstone. It’s not something a lot of people know about and few own. Because it’s found only in remote Siberia, Russia, it can only be mined a handful of months each year when the ground unfreezes long enough to access it. It’s the most stunning emerald green color. All natural and not color enhanced in anyway, this amazing green gemstone is unlike anything else in the world.


14k gf Yellow Gold Chrome Diopside Tree of Life Pendant Necklace


These striking Full Moon tree of life pendants feature massive 16mm natural, blue flash rainbow moonstone coin beads I have custom cut just for my PhoenixFire Designs shop. Each is handmade to order in either a striking black wire, or an eco-friendly, recycled Argentium sterling silver that is nickel-free and slow to tarnish with all the beauty of traditional sterling.

Eco Friendly, recycled Argentium Sterling Silver or Black Wire Wrapped Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

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What to buy a trendsetter gift for Christmas? / What’s a unique, luxury gift for Christmas? / Designer gifts for Christmas?

Rose gold is an amazingly hot trend right now. All the fashionistas are wearing rose gold. Rose gold is what you get for someone who loves fashion and style. And my breathtaking natural rainbow moonstone tree of life pendant in 14k gf rose gold wire is the perfect culmination of both classic style and modern trends.


14k gf Rose Gold Rainbow Moonstone Tree of Life Pendant Necklace


Ombre or a color gradation from light to dark (or dark to light) has been a popular on-trend look in fashion for several years now. You can also get this effect with gemstones such as my 14k gf yellow gold Ruby tree of life pendant. With shaded ruby ranging from a pink sapphire through to the deepest crimson red, this tree spans the stunning range of precious ruby gems.


14k gf Yellow Gold Ombre Shaded Ruby Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

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What to buy for someone who likes dainty or simple jewelry? / Dainty Jewelry gift ideas? / Simple, elegant jewelry gift ideas?

Some people prefer smaller, dainty jewelry. Understated jewelry, simple elegant necklaces, everyday jewelry, or classic, timeless style jewelry. My miniature freshwater pearl tree of life pendant is the perfect example of that. Timeless classic pearls in a small, dainty, elegant 14k gf yellow gold setting.

Miniature 14k gf Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

Or maybe you want a gift idea under $30 but still want something of quality. Perhaps you just want to find a pair of really lovely earrings. These blue sapphire earrings are in .925 sterling silver with Shepherd’s Hook wires accented with a silver ball and are just simple enough to convey elegance and beauty but classic and timeless enough to wear everyday, from day to night.

Sterling Silver Blue Sapphire Simple Stacked Gemstone Earrings

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This is just the tiniest sampling of handmade jewelry, wire wrapped jewelry, tree of life pendants, full moon trees, glow in the dark jewelry, 14k gf pendants, gemstone earrings and more found in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop! Please feel free to browse our catalog or contact us to get something custom made to order!

Holiday Gift Guide

Yarn Ball Ornament, Handmade Christmas Tree Ornament, Gift for knitters, Rustic Christmas, Country Christmas, Handmade Christmas gift ideas by PhoenixFire Designs

There’s a lot of pressure this time of year to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list from your friends, family, coworkers – the list can be overwhelming! So I’ve put together this guide to help offer up some handmade suggestions for all the holiday gift ideas you’ll need for a successful holiday season!

Remember to think outside the big box and shop small! Not only will you get more unique items, and one-of-a-kind gifts, but you’ll be supporting individuals rather than larger corporations.

Today I’ve gathered up a range of Christmas gift selections for you to help give you ideas for all your handmade holiday gift giving this season! Click any link for more information or browse the entire PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop for many more ideas and options! And, as always, feel free to contact us for something custom made, personalized or one of a kind made just for you!

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What do I buy my kid’s teacher for Christmas?

Not everyone will look for teacher’s gifts but for those who are looking might enjoy a play on the traditional “apple for teacher” idea! Why give your child’s teacher a single apple when a whole apple tree is a much more whimsical and fun take on the idea. This fruit tree also serves a sweet representation of planting the seed of knowledge and watching it bloom.


Apple Tree of Life Pendant with Peridot Leaves and Ruby Red Jade Apples

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What do I buy for a knitter? / What’s a good gift for a crafter? / What is a good rustic, handmade Christmas gift idea?

Handmade yarn ball ornament. These are perfect for knitters or fiber lovers! They’re also a fun way to celebrate handmade and have a rustic, country Christmas style for your tree.


Yarn Ball Ornament, Christmas Tree Decoration for Knitters

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What do I buy my Mom? / What’s a good gift for a new Mom? / Christmas gift ideas for Moms?

When it comes to getting a gift for Mom, why not celebrate her and her family? By getting her something unique, customized and personalized with birthstones of her children, it becomes extra personal and special. Or, if she’s a new mom, why not get her something sweet to announce the new addition to the family?

Nowadays, many new moms are often given what’s known as “push gifts” or “push presents” as a way to celebrate the birth of the new baby; marking the momentous occasion of the birth with a gift to celebrate nine long months waiting for the new arrival!

For the Mom who prefers a more dainty, understated necklace, this unbroken circle or eternity pendant personalized with family birthstones makes a wonderful and sublte way to celebrate family.

Dainty Circle Family Birthstone Necklace

For the first time Mom or new Mom, why not a sweet bird nest pendant, announcing It’s a Girl! or It’s a Boy! with a little pink or blue egg nestled in the wire wrapped bird’s nest?

It’s a Girl Bird Nest Necklace


It’s a Boy Bird Nest Pendant Necklace

For the mom with a larger family, how about a Family Tree? Handmade from scratch and customized with your choice of branches and birthstones, each tree is a unique representation of your family! You can even have a multigenerational family tree including grandparents, parents, and grandchildren all together in one beautiful and deeply meaningful pendant.


Birthstone Family Tree of Life

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What do I buy for a friend or coworker as a stocking stuffer? / What do I buy someone who loves Christmas? / What’s a fun and lighthearted gift?

What about something fun and seasonal like a pair of miniature Christmas tree earrings? They’re dainty enough to be easily wearable and yet colorful and vibrant and will bring seasonal festive fun to your everyday wardrobe! They’re also a great gift under $25!


Czech Glass and Swarovski Crystal Miniature Christmas Tree Earrings

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What do I get for my Yoga Teacher? / What do I get for my Massage Therapist? / What’s a good gift idea for my Yoga instructor?

It’s important to really find something unique and special for yoga instructors, your masseuse, lightworkers, healers or the ladies in your wellness center or spa. More so than most, a big-box, mass produced item just isn’t going to cut it. These women have a different mindset and greater appreciation of the artistic.

Perhaps something celebrating chakra or the spirituality of a rainbow of colors – each with a deep, whole body meaning.

Chakra Rainbow Gemstone Full Moon Tree of Life

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What do I get for the hard to shop for person? / What’s a unique Christmas gift idea? / What do I get someone who loves space, astrology, astronomy or celestial images?

There’s often that one person on your list who’s very hard to shop for! The person who defies conventional gift ideas, or who has broad, unique and diverse interests that are hard to pin down to a single gift. In those instances, I say you think outside the box. Opt for something really unique and special; something no one else is going to have; something that will draw attention, attract a sense of wonder, and provide a sense of awe.

Might I suggest my glow in the dark full moon tree of life necklace? It’s just unique enough to be special and yet be the perfect gift for so many people on your holiday shopping list.

Glow in the Dark Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

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What do I get for someone who loves steampunk? / What to buy someone who loves peacocks or peacock feathers?

How about a hand trimmed, natural peacock feather inside a copper glass vial? It’s a striking piece and every one is unique. They are real attention getters and a great gift under $50!


Steampunk inspired Peacock Feather Copper Vial Locket Necklace

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What do I get someone who loves owls?

I have the perfect suggestion: a full moon tree of life pendant with a copper owl nestled in the branches! It’s available in multiple wire color combinations too! Would also be a wonderful gift for a Harry Potter fan – I know I love the owls including Hedwig! – and an owl full moon tree makes a magical gift.

Opalite Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life with Copper Owl

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What do I get for someone who loves wolves? / What’s a good wolf Christmas gift?

Wolves are always a popular motif and there’s any number of unique wolf gift ideas out there. But what about something truly different? I have a handmade, glow in the dark full moon tree with howling wolf charm pendant which combines a love of the night sky, the full moon and the beauty and majesty of a lone wolf singing out into the night.


Howling Wolf Glow in the Dark Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

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I need a Christmas Gift Set / What’s a good jewelry set for Christmas? / Easy, ready to give gift set for Christmas?

Sometimes, it’s just easier if a gift is already nicely put together into a gift set. Especially a coordinating jewelry set where you know all the pieces match. A pendant, a necklace and matching earrings – all in one, all ready to give. Even gift wrapped if you prefer! I have a few gift sets all combined together into one easy to purchase listing. These bonus gift sets also are a great value, giving you not only a gift wrapped and ready to give set, but an instant 10% savings vs buying separately!

My number one best-selling opalite moonstone full moon tree is available in this instant savings gift set, complete with necklace and earrings with optional faux bois woodgrain gift wrap for easy gift giving.


Holiday Gift Set, Opalite Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life pendant, matching chain, and coordinating earrings

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Check out the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop for many more ideas and options! And, as always, feel free to contact us for something custom made, personalized or one of a kind made just for you!

Think Outside the [Big] Box This Holiday Season

Three 14k gf Tree of Life Pendants handmade by PhoenixFire Designs featuring emerald green Chrome Diopside, an Ombre of shaded Ruby, and deep Blue Sapphire.

The holidays can be stressful for so many people. Having guests, hosting dinners, having company, shopping for gifts, holiday baking – the list can be endless! And far too often people run out of time or energy and simply run to the local mall or big box store and frantically try to find some generic piece of plastic crap that fill the shelves and hope the gift recipient likes it.

But gift giving doesn’t have to be like this!

There’s a big maker movement being reclaimed here in the US; people are once again crafting things with their own hands, making them one-at-a-time in their workshops, studios, and made in America. Artists, artisans, crafters – all of us are honing our skill and craft and making beautiful things that are truly gifts to be remembered.

Three 14k gf Tree of Life Pendants handmade by PhoenixFire Designs featuring emerald green Chrome Diopside, an Ombre of shaded Ruby, and deep Blue Sapphire.

Three 14k gf Tree of Life Pendants handmade by PhoenixFire Designs featuring emerald green Chrome Diopside, an Ombre of shaded Ruby, and deep Blue Sapphire.

My own shop, PhoenixFire Designs is celebrating TEN YEARS this year on Etsy. It’s a milestone I’m very proud of and my commitment to luxury, quality, and beauty remain the core of my business. I love creating unique jewelry; signature pieces that bring people happiness and special meaning. I love knowing that something I made from scratch with my two hands will be something worn and enjoyed for years to come.

Hand wire wrapped in 14k gf yellow gold wire with a large, natural, Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon nestled in the bare branches of this unique tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Hand wire wrapped in 14k gf yellow gold wire with a large, natural, Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon nestled in the bare branches of this unique tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

The holiday season shouldn’t be about who can find the cheapest item the fastest. And I get that in this rush-rush-rush, fast-paced world, it’s hard to slow down and take the time to search for something unique and special. But please, as a handcrafted artisan, I implore you to look at options beyond the Big Box stores. Your mother, your sister, your friend – they don’t need more Made in China junk. Our lives and homes are full of disposable items, cheaply made of questionable quality and little to no value for the human lives in the factory that churned it out.

14k gf Yellow Gold Ombre of Shaded Ruby Tree of Life ranging from pink sapphire through deep ruby red. Handmade by PhoenixFire Designs.

14k gf Yellow Gold Ombre of Shaded Ruby Tree of Life ranging from pink sapphire through deep ruby red. Handmade by PhoenixFire Designs.

Instead, think about supporting an individual with your holiday shopping. The CEO of Wal-Mart doesn’t care about you, nor does your purchase impact the millions he already has. But your single purchase with a handcrafted artisan…that’s a different story altogether!

Those handmade purchases put food on the table, a roof over the head and gas in the car of REAL people; REAL individuals and families right here in America. It’s not an abstract concept, it’s as black and white and simple as it gets; support small business and handmade artists and not only do you get something unique and crafted with love and care, but you put money into the hands of a real person instead of a goliath corporation.

And isn’t that what the spirit of the holiday season is truly about?

Argentium sterling silver, recycled and eco-friendly sterling with deep blue sapphire gemstones in this handmade tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Argentium sterling silver, recycled and eco-friendly sterling with deep blue sapphire gemstones in this handmade tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

PhoenixFire Designs would love to make your holiday shine! Please feel free to shop our Etsy storefront, or contact us if you’d like something custom, personalized or one of a kind made just for you! We’re always happy to accept custom orders.


Miss M. Turner is the owner and founder of PhoenixFire Designs and has been creating handcrafted jewelry, all made 100% from scratch in her Tampa, Florida studio since 2001. Her successful etsy shop celebrates it’s 10th year in 2016, with thousands of happy customers all around the world. M. Turner also vends at local markets, craft shows, indie festivals and other art shows throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area and into Sarasota.

You can find her blog at TreeofLifePendants.com, follow PhoenixFire Designs on Instagram, follow PhoenixFire Designs on Pinterest and Shop PhoenixFire Designs on Etsy or Handmade at Amazon.

Limited Edition Halloween Jewelry Sale

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I made up a selection of limited edition Halloween jewelry for PhoenixFire Designs participation at the amazing Hauntizaar 2016 event. I have a handful of odds and ends leftover from the show and it’s all for sale at discounted price – first come, first served!

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Available while it lasts on the PhoenixFire Designs Facebook page!

Trend Alert: Dainty Circle Necklaces

Dainty Circle Necklaces, Natural gemstone jewelry, wire wrapped karma necklace, handmade garnet, blue topaz, rainbow moonstone, green opal jewelry by PhoenixFire Designs

Dainty, delicate and understated necklaces are a hot, on-trend look right now. Minimal design, simplistic pieces that can go with anything! PhoenixFire Designs has introduced a new line of simple, circle necklaces inspired by the celebrity style, fashion and look you’re seeing in films, tv, and on the red carpet right now!

Celebrity style inspired Circle Necklace, Karma Necklace, rainbow moonstone dainty pendant handmade by PhoenixFire Designs

Our take on the Circle Necklace or “Karma Necklace” adds in signature PhoenixFire Designs style with hand wire wrapped natural gemstones on hand hammered unbroken ring frames. The first four available include green opal, rainbow moonstone, mystic blue topaz, and garnet.

Dainty Circle Necklaces, Natural gemstone jewelry, wire wrapped karma necklace, handmade garnet, blue topaz, rainbow moonstone, green opal jewelry by PhoenixFire Designs

Circles have extensive symbology and meaning. Circles represent infinity; an unbroken circle is never ending, total, perfect, whole, timeless, eternal. Circles have also been used to represent the sun; masculine energy of strength while also representing the soul; the feminine energy of water and the moon. The Earth circles the sun as do all the planets and heavenly bodies; a never-ending dance of symmetry. Circles have been used to mark a life’s journey – and the passage of seasons as the Wheel of the Year – and the unbroken concept of birth/death/rebirth throughout myth and religion world-wide. The ultimate symbol, circles are simple but powerful and make for equally simple but powerful jewelry.

Each PhoenixFire Designs Dainty Circle Necklace is formed of hand-hammered wire to shape and harden it, then natural, faceted rondelle gemstones are hand wire wrapped and encircled along the frame, giving each circle pendant a pop of lovely color while maintaining the delicate and understated look of the piece.

Handcrafted Green Opal Dainty Circle Necklace, hand wire wrapped jewelry, delicate pendant, birthstone jewelry, karma necklace by PhoenixFire Designs inspired by celebrity style, celebrity fashion, on trend look.

Easily worn as everyday necklace, paired with your favorite shirt or sweater and jeans, they can also be a subtle pop of color for an evening out, paired with a cocktail dress and heels. Vertistle day to night style makes these handmade circle necklaces an affordable, handmade luxury on a budget.

As with all PhoenixFire Designs jewelry, we are happy to customize! Contact us to request a different gemstone, or combination of gemstones (such as family birthstones for a unique Mother’s necklace!) And shop all the handmade items available in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop!


Miss M. Turner is the owner and founder of PhoenixFire Designs and has been creating handcrafted jewelry, all made 100% from scratch in her Tampa, Florida studio since 2001. Her successful etsy shop celebrates it’s 10th year in 2016, with thousands of happy customers all around the world. M. Turner also vends at local markets, craft shows, indie festivals and other art shows throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area and into Sarasota.

You can find her blog at TreeofLifePendants.com, follow PhoenixFire Designs on Instagram, follow PhoenixFire Designs on Pinterest and Shop PhoenixFire Designs on Etsy or Handmade at Amazon.