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.

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New wire wrapped heart pendants!

I’ve been on a kick for making something different lately. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I guess hearts and love have been on my mind too. So this translated into making several wire wrapped heart pendants with gemstones in various metal wire colors, stones and styles.

Wire wrapped heart pendant in copper wire with peridot birthstone gemstones, Celtic design bail and antique copper chain with spirals and swirls handmade by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.
This handmade pendant was hand shaped in solid, tarnish-resistant copper wire and then hammered to bring out texture and also to harden the wire. I then wire wrapped micro faceted peridot rondelles along the outer frame and added swirls and spiral accents plus a matching spring green peridot teardrop accent. It also features a large, decorative Celtic bail and hangs on a 20″ antique copper chain.

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Wire wrapped copper heart pendant by Phoenix Fire Designs with dark red garnet gemstone accents and swarovski crystal heart pendant handmade wire wrap necklace on etsy
This handcrafted wire wrap necklace is also made from hand hammered, textured copper wire shaped into a heart and accented with rich, dark red garnet gemstones and a red siam Swarovski crystal 3D heart dangle. It features a large spiral and hangs on a matching rose gold, bright copper chain. Handmade by Phoenix Fire Designs on etsy.

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Silver wire wrap heart pendant wrapped in amethyst and accented with color-changing swarovski crystal on figaro chain by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy
This heart pendant is made from tarnish-resistant silver plated wire which is hand formed into a heart and then accented with an ombre of nearly clear through pale violet purple amethyst rondelles and a color-changing Swarovski crystal twisted cube. It’s been finished with a Figaro chain and handmade by PhoenixFire Designs.

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So what do you think? Do you like the new experimental pieces I’ve been making lately? I have a bunch of in-progress pendants as well in other shapes like spirals and swirls and circles which I’m still refining and working on perfecting. I’m never going to stop making my trees of course, but I just thought it might be fun to step outside of my comfort zone and try some new things. Plus, it’s something fresh and makes me stop and think about the creative process a little more. I can make trees by muscle memory these days after making thousands of them! But these shapes require me to focus more and stop and figure out how I need to complete each one.

These three are all One of a Kind pieces and are listed in PhoenixFire Designs shop on etsy – while they last! I will also be adding more styles and options as I go.

What would you like to see next?

PhoenixFire Designs 2013 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES
I know people don’t want to think about Holiday & Christmas shopping yet. BUT…as everything is handmade by my two very human hands, there is more lead time required than grabbing something made in China from Wal-Mart. Especially factoring in shipping.

PhoenixFire Designs 2013 Holiday Mailing Deadlines for Christmas Delivery

PhoenixFire Designs 2013 Holiday Mailing Deadlines for Christmas Delivery

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS REQUIRE THE MOST TIME. International orders shipping first class (standard) mail MUST be received by FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th. That is only ONE MONTH from now!!

And Africa, South and Central America – even worse, your orders need to be in by MONDAY NOVEMBER 25th for Christmas delivery.

PhoenixFire Designs Offering world-famous wire wrapped Tree of Life Gemstone Pendants, original unique Tree Jewelry, handmade Birthstone Jewelry, Mother's Jewelry, Bird Nest Necklaces, Steampunk jewellry, Bride, Bridal and Formal items and More! Custom Orders always accepted. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas!

PhoenixFire Designs by Miss M. Turner Original Artisan jewelry, handmade by me for you! Including world-famous tree of life pendants and more. As seen on CNN, Huffington Post, Tumblr, and many more.

So RIGHT NOW is the time to start planning and getting in your holiday orders!

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Sale at PhoenixFire Designs

Love’s car has been on the fritz and about two weeks ago, he “parked” it until we could save up for the repairs. In the meantime he’s been taking my car to work, leaving me stuck the apartment with no way to get out and do anything. It’s driving me crazy. We’re about halfway to our goal for the repairs but I can’t take being car-less any longer.

So I’m running a one-week sale of 15% off any purchase of $20 or more!

August 14th - 21st 2013 use code STIRCRAZY for 15% off your PhoenixFireDesigns order!

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Use code STIRCRAZY at PhoenixFire Designs between 8/14/2013 – 8/21/2013 for 15% off any purchase of $20 or more.

Bird Nests Wrapped into Tree of Life Pendants

New! Tree of Life pendants with a small bird nest nestled in the branches of these handmade, wire wrapped sterling silver tree pendants make a unique Mother’s Tree celebrating family and children.

Tree of Life pendants with a small bird nest nestled in the branches of these handmade, wire wrapped sterling silver tree pendants make a unique Mother’s Tree celebrating family and children. by PhoenixFire Designs

The Tree of Life is a concept that’s been featured in myth, story and legend literally all around the world. Since ancient times, people have used variations on the theme. Connecting all things – the realms of the spirit, the physical, the Divine and the mundane – the roots of the Tree and the branches touch all things and bring them together in harmony.

These pendants are handmade using painstaking wire-wrapping techniques. Non-tarnish, sterling silver plated wire (made in the USA) encircles the pendants, and is then used as the roots, trunk and branches of the trees. These tree are bare of leaves like one would see in Winter, just stark and simple in their beauty.

Tree of Life pendants with a small bird nest nestled in the branches of these handmade, wire wrapped sterling silver tree pendants make a unique Mother’s Tree celebrating family and children. By PhoenixFire Designs

Nestled in the branches of each is a tiny little bird nest. There are “eggs” in each nest. A bird’s nest has a lot of symbolic meaning including protection of the young and nurturing new generation and life. A nest is a home and a shelter and a Mama bird dedicates herself to the protection of her precious eggs. This process is celebrated in these pieces.

These trees – and more! – are available in my shop.

This style is customizable! If you would like a customized version with different color eggs, different number of eggs, different wire colors, etc., send me a message with your desired changes. I will get back to you shortly with a price quote and estimated turnaround time.

Apple Trees!

My apple trees are back in stock! Available in non tarnish silver or brown, these adorable tree of life wire wrapped pendants have peridot leaves and ruby red jade apples. Too cute!

No forbidden fruit here! This adorable Apple Tree Pendant features genuine Peridot Gemstone leaves with faceted ruby red jade round apples set in sterling silver plated wire.

The Tree of Life is a concept that’s been featured in myth, story and legend literally all around the world. Since ancient times, people have used variations on the theme. Connecting all things – the realms of the spirit, the physical, the Divine and the mundane – the roots of the Tree and the branches touch all things and bring them together in harmony.

The leaves are made from genuine Peridot gemstone. Peridot is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in the most amazing green color. The birthstone of August, it has been considered sacred and a symbol of purity for thousands of years. It was considered a stone of Springtime and a gift of Mother Nature by the Ancients. It is a stone of lightness and beauty and is said to enhance wellness in the spiritually aware. Peridot does have natural, minor inclusions but this is just part of the character of the stone.

The apples are made from 4mm faceted jade beads. This is known as “candy jade” and is dyed to achieve uniform, deep, rich color. It makes perfect apples and the color really pops with the bright, Spring green of the Peridot.

Apple trees always remind me of Autumn as a child growing up in rural, Western Pennsylvania. My uncle had a farm and an apple orchard. Each year, my Mom would climb the trees and toss apples down to me to gather in laundry baskets (which always did double duty during harvest season!) Nothing was every better than an apple fresh from the tree on a crisp, fall day!

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Handmade Craft Holiday Market

The Handmade Craft Holiday Market is THIS Friday and Saturday at Tampa Upcycle in Ybor!!

PhoenixFire Designs will be there as a vendor along with a bunch of other awesome handmade crafters and artists! Please share and tell your friends!! Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 7th 7pm-10pm
Saturday, December 8th 11am-3pm

Tampa Upcycle
@ The Roosevelt 2.0
1812 N. 15th St.
Tampa, FL 33605

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