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!

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

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.

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!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Do you realize that Mother’s Day is less than a month away? So what do you get for Mom? What are good gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Today, we’re going to look at some handmade gift ideas for her to help you find the perfect gift for mom!

First off, think of something unique and handmade. Moms love custom birthstone jewelry for example. And my Custom Birthstone Bird Nest Pendant makes a sweet way for a Momma Bird to carry around the birthstone colors of her baby birds! 😀

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Or, if you have a bigger family or are looking to celebrate an entire family, why not look to my Family Tree of Life pendant? Made from up to 12 personalized gemstone birthstones, arranged in the order of your choosing. This wearable artisan pendant is the perfect way to celebrate family.

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If you don’t want something with birthstones, there are a lot of beautiful, elegant and luxurious= options to really show Mom just how special she is! Treat Mom to something extra special. Diamond jewelry for Mother’s Day is perfectly appropriate for example! 😀

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So when you’re trying to find the perfect gift for Mom, want to give mom something OOAK and special, need to give her something truly meaningful, and want the uniqueness of a handmade piece of custom jewelry, come to PhoenixFire Designs and shop our gorgeous collection of handcrafted artisan jewelry. Don’t see what you want? No problem! We’re always happy to customize, personalize or work with you to make the perfect, one of a kind gift!

Give her something meaningful and thoughtful that she can cherish. PhoenixFire Designs has offered quality, beauty and luxury on etsy since 2006! Shop with confidence.

Spooky October Sale

Hello my Happy Haunts! Welcome to October.

Now is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight! I don’t mean to frighten you prematurely, so I am going to give you a TREAT rather than a trick.

Spooky trees, Halloween harvest moon, glow in the dark jewelry - all of it is on sale for a limited time. Handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendants by PhoenixFire Designs.

Spooky trees, Halloween harvest moon, glow in the dark jewelry – all of it is on sale for a limited time. Handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendants by PhoenixFire Designs.

From October 1st – October 4th, save a frightening 13% off ANY PhoenixFire Designs order of $20 or more instantly when you apply code SPOOKY13 at checkout.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant - the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant – the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Have you had your eye on my #1 best selling and #1 most favorited item, the black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree? Now is the time to save!

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Hurry! This offer vanishes October 4th….

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Handmade Halloween Jewelry & Accessories

Whether you call it Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, Harvest or just Autumn, I LOVE this time of year! So it’s no wonder that I tend to make a lot of Halloween inspired jewelry in my PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop!

The most classically Halloween of these items is my spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant. Handmade and wire wrapped in black wire with an orange harvest moon peeking out from behind the bare branches, this one just screams Halloween!

Spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with orange harvest moon wire wrapped in black wire by PhoenixFire Designs.

Spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with orange harvest moon wire wrapped in black wire by PhoenixFire Designs.

The single most popular item in my PhoenixFire Designs shop by far, is the #1 best selling and #1 most wished for Opalite Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant.

Though it is available in four wire colors (including silver, gunmetal, brown and black) the black wire wrapped version is the most popular. What I like about this piece is that it’s wonderfully suitable for Halloween and more gothic styles but it’s also striking and lovely enough to be worn all year long!

Black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant has a spooky Halloween look but can be worn all year long! By PhoenixFire Designs

Black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant has a spooky Halloween look but can be worn all year long! By PhoenixFire Designs

Another fun item that is inspired by Halloween but can be enjoyed throughout all seasons is my Glow in the Dark Blue Moon Tree of Life Pendant! This is one of several permenant glow in the dark necklaces I have in my shop and this specific tree of life pendant features a teal blue moon that is a glowing blue moon after exposure to light!

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Wire wrapped glow in the dark blue moon tree of life pendant, glowing blue moon, glow in the dark jewelry, glowing necklace by PhoenixFire Designs.

When I think about Halloween, one of my favorite symbols is owls. And I love Owl Jewelry which is why my Owl Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant is a subtle Halloween accessory. Wire wrapped in a mixed metal, two-tone combination of brown and copper, and featuring a large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon, a copper owl sits perched in the branches of the tree. This wise owl can almost be heard to call, “whoo?” on a chilly Autumn or All Hallow’s Eve night! (Also available as a Black wire wrapped opalite full moon owl tree and a Copper and Silver Opalite Moonstone Owl Tree of Life Pendant.)

Two tone, mixed metal wire wrapped brown and copper tree of life pendant with large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon and copper owl within the branches makes a spooky Halloween tree of life necklace! By PhoenixFire Designs.

Two tone, mixed metal wire wrapped brown and copper tree of life pendant with large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon and copper owl within the branches makes a spooky Halloween tree of life necklace! By PhoenixFire Designs.

This is just the barest tip of the Halloween iceberg!! There are so many more Autumn Accessories, Harvest Moon Necklaces and Halloween Pendants and Jewelry in the PhoenixFire Designs shop just waiting to be discovered!

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Save 10% at Phoenix Fire Designs

Because I love my fans, I’m running a limited time coupon code / discount code / promo code / sale for 10% off any purchase at PhoenixFire Designs! Use code LUVU15 at checkout now through Monday, February 16th and save on ANY order!!

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