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.

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

http://www.tampaupcycle.com/events/
https://www.facebook.com/events/540428599317532/

This Week at PhoenixFire Designs

Some updates, some new additions and some restocks!




I have some new pieces that need to be photographed and listed such as a blue lapis tree, a dark green aventurine in brown wire tree and some new peacock feather pendants! Look for those in the next few days.

Also! I’m running a very special, very limited time discount. I don’t do that often! Save 10% off your entire order with code FBFANS10 – but hurry, this weekend only! All these and more available in the shop!

Don’t forget, you can also LIKE PhoenixFire Designs on Facebook too!

Updates for PhoenixFire Designs!

As usual, I’ve been updating PhoenixFire Designs lately and I’ve added some new items and restocked some previously sold items. Here’s a look at what’s new and back in stock in the shop!


Dew Drop Necklace

Glowing blue micro-faceted Rainbow Moonstone Briolette is nestled on a verdigris patina brass leaf charm. On a sterling silver plated chain of 18 inches.

Summer Tree

This pendant is like summer in it’s fullest, more verdant abundance. The stunning rich, emerald color of dark green aventurine gemstone is set in sterling silver plated wire.

Steampunk Penny Farthing Brass Bicycle Necklace

This Steampunk necklace features a vintage inspired Penny Farthing bicycle charm in brass, accented with watch gears, roses, butterfly charm and crystal on 18″ chain.

Also, back in stock…


And, as always, custom orders welcome! All these and more available in the shop!

Almost 400!

I’m only 11 sales shy of reaching 400 sales in my etsy shop! I would love to reach this milestone, so I would appreciate help in spreading the word. Perhaps you can share my shop link on facebook, or tweet it or pin a favorite item or two?




More items available in the shop. And, as always, custom orders are gladly accepted as well! Thank you for your support.

March Tree – Aquamarine in Silver Tree of Life Pendant

My March Tree is hot right now! Featuring beautiful blue aquamarine gemstone chips (the birthstone of March), it’s the perfect item for a lady with a March birthday. It’s also a lovely gift for a Mother of a March child as well!

Beautiful, genuine gemstone blue aquamarine - the birthstone of March - brings the color of the sea to the sterling silver wire of this stunning, custom Tree of Life pendant.

Each one is hand crafted from non-tarnish, sterling silver plated wire and made to order. Like a real tree, each is unique and beautiful.

Just this week, this pendant has been featured in SEVEN beautiful treasuries!

The pendant is available for purchase HERE in the shop.

14k Custom Birthstone Tree of Life Pendant

I love making custom pieces based on customer specifications. In this case, a special Family Tree as a Christmas present. This was the birthstones of the family as a gift to the customer’s wife, all set in 14k gold fill wire.

custom birthstone family tree tree of life pendant may june august november mother's gift christmas in gold

Birhtstones featured are:
May – Chrome Diopside (as alternative to emerald)
June – Lavender fresh water pearls
August – Peridot
November – Citrine

custom birthstone family tree tree of life pendant may june august november mother's gift christmas in gold

Have something special in mind for someone you love? A Family Tree or a Mother’s Tree? Maybe you want to honor and celebrate those who have passed with a Memorial/Remembrance Tree. Let me make something beautiful and one-of-a-kind for you as well!

What’s New At PhoenixFire Designs

I’ve been hard at work trying to get items listed at the shop. Several items which were sold are now available again. And some new items are available as well!



And I have two more items that haven’t been photographed yet that will be up later today. There are a bunch of items available in the Gifts $25 and Under category too, so it’s not just expensive items in the shop. (Though there are quite a few truly premium, high-quality gemstone pieces available as well. True fine jewelry.)

Also, keep in mind you can Like us on facebook! Special discount codes and offers are posted there exclusively!

Any links or shares are also appreciated. With the day job officially “separating me from my employment” (seriously, that’s the terminology they used), the shop is it until I can find a new job. I appreciate your support!

Black Friday Sale

Support small businesses and independent artists this Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Help make a holiday bright for you and your recipients and buy handmade.

Free shipping all weekend on any purchase with code GIVETHANKS at checkout at http://phoenixfiredesigns.etsy.com

Thank you for your support!