PhoenixFire Designs Holiday Show Schedule 2018

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.

Here is where you can find PhoenixFire Designs this holiday season for your in-person shopping!

Don’t forget! Online shopping – including sending directly to a gift recipient with gift wrap options available! – is available on my PhoenixFire Designs Etsy Shop or my PhoenixFire Designs Handmade at Amazon Shop. You can also request custom or personal items from either online storefront as well. *subject to USPS mailing cutoff dates and pending order processing time!

PhoenixFire Designs Holiday Show Schedule Nov + Dec 2018

Saturday, Nov 3rd – Dunedin Downtown Market
9am – 2pm
Pioneer Park
Main St Dunedin, Florida 34698

Sunday, Nov 4th – Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village
10am -3pm
1602 W Snow Circle
Tampa, Florida 33606

Sunday, Nov 11th – Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market
10am – 2pm
Hillsborough High School
5000 N Central Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33603

Saturday, Nov 24th – 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2
*Last St. Pete Event before Christmas!
Small Business Saturday! #shopsmall
10am -5pm
South Straub Park
198 Bayshore Drive NE
St Petersburg FL 3370

Sunday, Dec 2nd – Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village
*Last Hyde Park Market before Christmas!
10am -3pm
1602 W Snow Circle
Tampa, Florida 33606

Tues Dec 4th through Saturday Dec 5th – Second Century Studios Holiday Pop-up Shop
*Last Clearwater Event before Christmas!
I’ll be a resident artist at the Second Century Studios Holiday Pop-up Shop, creating pieces live in person, as well as hosting a display of finished products ready for purchase!
Daily 11am – 7pm
331-A S Osceola Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756

Sunday, Dec 9th – Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market
*Last Seminole Heights Event before Christmas!
10am – 2pm
Hillsborough High School
5000 N Central Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33603

Saturday, Dec 22nd – Dunedin Downtown Market
*Last Dunedin + ANY market before Christmas!
9am – 2pm
Pioneer Park
Main St Dunedin, Florida 34698

Overstock Sale

All items are new and unworn, though they have been on display at my various shows. These are overstock items and there’s nothing wrong with any of them (they are not seconds or anything) but they’re just items that have been in rotation too long and need to move out to make room for new items. As such, they are at massively discounted prices just to clear them.

This is an amazing chance to get PhoenixFire Designs pieces with genuine gemstones for an unprecedented deal. Each item is OOAK so first come, first served. You can add an optional chain to the cart as well below. (Add as many as you like at once to take advantage of flat rate shipping.) Thanks!

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Bottom Row


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Resin Pendant Blowout Sale

I have way too many finished pieces so I am offering a HUGE markdown just to clear them out. Each is one of a kind, handmade by me. Each resin pendant is made using inks and some include mica powders or glitters as well.

Each piece is on an 18″ color-coordinated cord with 3″ extender and lobster clasp on a card.





Click for full sized version. Select your choice(s) as numbered on the picture. Cats $10/each | Unicorn $10 | Rainbow $10 | Paw $10/each

$10/each Cats / Unicorn / Rainbow


$10/each Paws


Click for full size for more detail. 16mm Resin Beads with decorative bead caps. Select your choice(s) as numbered on picture. Beads $10/each

$10/each Beads


Click for full size to see more details. Gorgeous, bold resin hearts with TONS of color and depth. Measures approx 2″ in diameter. Select choice(s) by drop down menus below. Hearts $13/each

$13/each Hearts Top Row


$13/each Hearts Middle Row


$13/each Hearts Bottom Row


Click for full sized image to see more detail. Select your choice(s) by number on picture. Bezel Pendants $12/each

$12/each Resin in 25mm Metal Bezel


Click for full sized image to see more detail. Select your choice(s) by number on picture. Bezel Pendants $12/each


$12/each Resin in 25mm Metal Bezel


Click for full sized image to see more detail. Select your choice(s) by number on picture.


$12/each Resin in 25mm Metal Bezel


Click for full sized image to see more detail. Select your choice(s) by number on picture.


$12/each Resin in 25mm Metal Bezel


Click for full sized image to see more detail. Select your choice(s) by number on picture.

$12/each Resin in 25mm Metal Bezel


Click for full sized image to see more detail. Select your choice(s) by number on picture.


$12/each Resin in 25mm Metal Bezel






Raising Money for Gracie’s Vet Bills

20% off right now any purchase through this link to help pay for vet bills for Gracie.

You might not know Gracie as much as her fluffier, younger sister Ginger (aka The FLÖÖF) just because she’s not as much of a “helper.” But she’s the absolute sweetest cat you could ever ask for. We call her the Cuddle Cat because she just loves to love.

20% off right now any purchase through this link to help pay for vet bills for Gracie.

20% off right now any purchase through this link to help pay for vet bills for Gracie.

Sadly, she’s sick. I’ve already maxed out my Care Credit getting tests and she needs an ultrasound as her next step to see what’s going on. It might be an infection, or it might be…something worse. But we don’t really know how to treat her without getting more information.

But I need your help. I’m offering a HUGE 20% discount via this link good on ANY purchase, no minimum required: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PhoenixFireDesigns?coupon=GRACIEVET

I desperately need to raise money to help her but I need your help to do it. Please feel free to share this post if you can’t make a purchase yourself. Time is of the essence so if you’ve been waiting for to get something, this is it because you’ll get double the discount I ever offer plus you can help me get her the care she needs. <3

PhoenixFire Designs Holiday Market Schedule

PhoenixFire Designs Holiday Market Schedule - shop handmade jewelry, shop local this Christmas season!

As usual, I’m all over Tampa Bay and even into Sarasota for markets this December for your holiday shopping! Here’s where to find me:

PhoenixFire Designs Holiday Market Schedule - shop handmade jewelry, shop local this Christmas season!

As always, check out our PhoenixFire Designs Facebook Page for more event details. And, if you can’t make it locally to one of our shows, you can always shop the PhoenixFire Designs Etsy Shop 24/7 – we ship worldwide!

Thank you for shopping small and supporting handmade this holiday season!

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!

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


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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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!


glitter pattern




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.