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.

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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Save 10% off any purchase with coupon code LUVU15 at checkout from PhoenixFire Designs

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Celestial Sun and Moon Tree of Life Pendant

This tree of life pendant is perfect for the celestial lover! With a yellow jade Sol and a natural, blue flash rainbow moonstone Luna together in a handcrafted, wire wrapped silver tree of life pendant by Phoenix Fire Designs and available on etsy.

Celestial sun and moon tree of life pendant silver wire wrapped tree handmade yellow jade sol and natural blue flash rainbow moonstone by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

This one of a kind wire wrapped tree is available in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop while it lasts!

Custom Creations

I make a lot of custom items for people. Here are a couple of the most recent ones.

Inspired by a rainbow colored Anthropologie necklace, I made this for a Craftster swap. I hand hammered non-tarnish brass wire into shape, drilled holes in the bar and then used gold-plated wire to wrap the Czech glass beads onto the bar. It’s finished with gold plated chain.

Craftster Best of 2014 Winner
I'm a Craftster Best of 2014 Winner!

Anthropologie inspired rainbow necklace in non-tarnish brass wire and gold plated chain.

Anthropologie inspired rainbow necklace in non-tarnish brass wire and gold plated chain.

This piece was a custom take on my Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with a mini 6mm natural moonstone and a scattering of emerald rondelles in the branches. Created in .925 sterling wire.

Custom rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life with scattering of emeralds.

Custom rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life with scattering of emeralds.

I always enjoy making custom pieces! If there’s something you’d like made for you, feel free to send me a message through my etsy shop.

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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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!

Get yours here!

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/

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!