Halloween in Wonderland Memory Tray

I thought I’d show off the “Halloween in Wonderland” board I made as part of the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap for my partner, michelleandbean.


First, off, this image was pinned on her pinterest that I used as the inspiration. Seemed like it would be fun! Turns out, it was quite a process. 🙂

At Micheal’s, I found a “memory tray” by brand, “Recollections” but….it only had 6 compartments. Like this:

But I bought it anyway plus some thin strips of unfinished balsa wood from the model aisle and brought it home.

Next I went about looking for the info on the paper. Turns out it was called, “Halloween in Wonderland” by company “Graphic 45” but it was discontinued in 2011 and people are now selling it for like $75 on ebay and over $100 on etsy. 😮 Woah. That was SO not going to work for some 12×12 scrapbook paper!! I spent like 2 days scrounging through google, trying to find SOMEWHERE to buy it without it being so much, but had very little luck. Just lots of other people wanting it too. This was one hard-to-find set of paper!

But then, I hit gold. While doing an image search (hoping to find places to buy it that way) I came across a site that had large scan images of the pages. Even though the pages themselves were out of stock on their websites, they still had images of the sheets. I was able to download them and then use my laser printer to print the pages I needed to complete the project. Huzzah! ;D

I planned out where I wanted things to go and painted the balsa wood black and cut to shape and glued it down. And filled in all the boxes with paper.

Red boxes show the original compartments. Yellow lines are balsa wood I added to make additional compartments of the size and configuration I wanted.

Red boxes show the original compartments. Yellow lines are balsa wood I added to make additional compartments of the size and configuration I wanted.


I scrounged through my jewelry findings, etsy, ebay and the craft store for various accessories to add as accents to the boxes. Here are some close-ups:





And the finished product!


From modifying the tray with my own slats to make more box divisions, to overcoming paper that was discontinued two years ago, to finding a bunch of accessories to get the look of the inspiration piece, it was a lot of work. 😉 But I was really happy with how it came out.

Want to make your own? Links to large file size images for download are behind the cut!
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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!

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

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.

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


Full Moon Out Tonight

It’s a Full Moon outside tonight! Which of these is your favorite? (Psst! Don’t forget you can get one custom made with your wire and moon color choices as well!!)

See them all here.

Don’t forget to “Like” PhoenixFire Designs on Facebook for more updates!

Lots of PhoenixFire Designs Shop Updates

Busy day in the shop today! I got a ton of items listed – both new and previously sold-out and now restocked pieces!

Click any image for more details and purchase info. Also check out the rest of the items in the shop and don’t forget you can Like PhoenixFire Designs on facebook too.

And of course custom orders are always welcome!!

Thank you for your support!

Custom Full Moon Tree of Life Pendants

For as many years as I’ve been at this and as many variations as I’ve made, I’m always amazed at the creativity of my customers in coming up with even more variations then I imagined! It’s why I’ve always been happy to offer customized and personalized pendants in the shop. People come up with ideas I don’t think of!

Here’s a collection of some of the recent custom full moon trees I’ve made lately by customer request. All of these are from the past couple weeks and it just goes to show how many more options and variations are possible!

The traditional silver one (left) gets a new spin by request when set in brown wire instead (right.) Both versions available to order.

Brown wire with a dark aqua dyed shell coin moon gives a great take on the popular brown and blue color combo! Available to order.

My rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life gets a different feel in this gunmetal wire. Available as custom order!

Using my fire crackle agate in green, this customer was able to give her mom a full moon pendant featuring her favorite color. Available as custom order.

As you can see, there are so many unique ways to personalize a pendant to your style and likes! Feel free to check out the options in the shop, order your own custom full moon tree or feel free to contact me about getting your own custom piece!

Thank you as always for your support.

Featured Shop Interview

I am featured today HERE today on the Original Self Taught Artists blog!!

Featured Shop-Interview with Ms. M. Turner from PhoenixFire Designs

Original Self Taught Artists (or OSTAT) is a great team on Etsy centered around those of us who are, well, self-taught artists! 😉 It’s a very friendly team focused on helping each other and promoting fellow artists.

I was interviewed a couple weeks ago and my feature is live today on the blog. In it, I talk about my shop, my creative process, how I got started, tips for new shop owners, my hobbies and more. It’s a really great article and I hope everyone will head over and take a read.

Thanks to OSTAT for the chance to share my story and I’m honored to be featured on the blog!

Custom Full Moon Tree of Life Pendants Now Available!

Today, I’ve listed a new custom option for my very popular Full Moon Tree of Life Pendants! You can now chose the wire and the stone used for the moon. Four wire options are available and SIXTEEN moon options! This is a great way to create something unique and truly customized just for you.

Sixteen different moon options, ranging from various dyed shells to an assortment of natural stones.

Four different wire colors available; black, gunmetal, brown and silver

There are so many options! I haven’t even begun to make all the various options available. I often find my customers come up with great ideas I wouldn’t have thought of, so this is the perfect way to tell me what you want.

Just a small handful of versions I’ve made so far – but many, MANY more combinations are possible. What will you pick?

Available in the shop right now HERE.

Jewelry Design Star Winner!

I won the Artbeads.com Jewelry Design Star! My Halloween Moon Tree of Life Pendant was the winning design. My feature on Artbeads.com is live today.

My feature on artbeads.com for being the winning designer!

Congratulations to Miss M Turner!

Artbeads is proud to present our Jewelry Design Star, Miss M Turner! The owner of PhoenixFire Designs has turned her hobby into her job and her passion, which all started 12 years ago when she started beading. Since her first attempt at making jewelry (when she bought all of the wrong things!) to now, Miss M Turner’s craft has evolved. She enjoys working with gemstones and wire to create Tree of Life pendants, which has become the design she’s best known for. It’s still her favorite design to make. Since starting her Etsy store in 2006 and focusing on it full time, she is dedicated to ensuring that her customers walk away with a smile every time. See more beautiful jewelry from PhoenixFire Designs on Etsy. You can also catch up on what’s new on their blog and Facebook page.

The main page of artbeads.com

The winning design!! Click image to purchase.

I am so excited and honored to have won! Thank you to everyone who voted for my pendant and to my wonderful customers for your continued support!