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21  Rainbow Moonstone Faerie Dreamcatchers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 28, 2014 02:32:21 PM
I got an email with a request for a custom piece for an author. In her book, a character has a pendant in silver with a rainbow moonstone that's transformed by fairy magic. She had a rough sketch for me to use as inspiration so I just grabbed some wire and set about to see what I could make.

I wound up making two versions for her; first one with a more dense web and the other a more open web. Both use a 10mm natural rainbow moonstone at the heart.

She loved them both and ultimately went with the more open weave version. She found me because of my rainbow moonstone tree of life pendant.

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I made these using the same wire wrapping techniques I use in my trees. I didn't have a pattern or a plan; I just sorta grabbed some wire and went where it took me. In honor of the source of inspiration, I'm calling them "Faerie Dreamcatchers" since they have a bit of Native American dreamcatcher style to them, but also a little bit of a fairy star/spiral as well.

This is an entirely new design for me and I like it! I think I'll try some more.

Which do you like better? The more densely woven one or the more open one? I'm torn so I wonder what the consensus would be! Cheesy
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22  Re: Movie/TV Show Swap - Signup 4/29/14 - 5/6/14, Sendout 6/10/14 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 27, 2014 12:03:36 PM
another item finished which I really love, I think I may be able to post out by the weekend

Eeeep, I feel so behind! Granted, I had to take the long weekend off from swap crafting (darn it!) but still, I don't have anything done. Lots of partially finished things, nothing completely finished.  I really need to learn to focu.... hey, look, a squirrel! Wink
Did you say squirrel?

(I took this shot at a local park because I was like, "SQUIRREL!")


Love had a fall while running Thursday, we spent all day Friday in the ER and the whole weekend, he was unable to use his left (and primary) arm. So...queue me not getting much of anything done because I've been the only able-bodied member of the household. So not as much progress as I'd hoped. He's going to try to go back to work tomorrow so we'll see if I can get some work done this week.
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23  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 25, 2014 12:51:04 PM
It's been a crappy weekend here unfortunately. Love took a fall while jogging Thursday evening and by Friday couldn't move his arm. He came home from work, and we went first to the doctor and then to the ER for X-Rays. Good news, it's not broken or dislocated. Bad news, they didn't do an MRI so we don't know if it's a rotator cuff tear or not yet and we have to wait until the orthopedic surgeon's office opens back up Tuesday. Roll Eyes Angry

Yesterday, we stopped at Earl of Sandwich though for lunch to cheer us up:

And Love even let Piper ride in his sling:

Mainly, we've been watching a lot of tv since poor Love is on pain meds. Here you can see she was enjoying some popcorn:

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24  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 21, 2014 07:47:45 PM
Finally had a chance to go through most of my Disney photos from my birthday last Friday. Not all the Epcot shots have been downloaded yet (those are on a different memory card) but all of the Magic Kingdom ones are!

HUGE entry here with all the pics and larger versions: http://piperinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/05/epic-birthday-at-disney.html

Here are some highlights!

Hanging with a viking in Norway in Epcot.

Cinderella Castle

The Rose Garden with Cinderella Castle in the background.

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (I literally just held my hand out and pressed the shutter. I'm amazed it came out at all! LOL)

Wishes fireworks!

Minnie waving to us during the Main Street Electrical Parade!

Such a fun time! Check out all the pics and larger versions in the blog: http://piperinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/05/epic-birthday-at-disney.html
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25  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 17, 2014 10:35:06 AM
So I just realized I put these in the other thread. In my defense, it was 2:20am. LOL


Just got home - at 2am! - from celebrating my birthday at Walt Disney World! Piper came with me and had an excellent time too. Here are the cell phone pics I took but many, many more are on my memory cards for upload and edit later.

Click any pic for larger version!

On the tram in the Magic Kingdom Parking lot.

On the monorail arriving at Magic Kingdom!

Cinderella Castle!

I'm exhausted. We actually hit both Epcot AND Magic Kingdom today and then I drove the 1 hr 20 mins back home so time for bed! Grin
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26  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 12, 2014 04:34:47 PM
Great pics! Looks like everyone's LV is having a great time so far.  I spent most of the weekend at the hospital with my mom Sad so no new adventures to report. 
Hope your mom is doing ok, Lindy!

Today I went for a much overdue massage with my licensed massage therapist friend Shelly. (I have neck damage so I go once a month to help keep my range of motion. But I had car problems so I haven't been in since March.) Anyway, she and a few other ladies all share a beautifully impressive Wellness Center and I keep a display in their studio so people can see my trees and purchase them if they want in person. I had to take my stock back when I did the Bay Area Renaissance Festival show so I just brought it back today.

That's a very long explanation for why Piper is sitting with a larger wire tree sculpture here:

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Now we're settling in to watch some playoff hockey! Grin
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27  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 11, 2014 04:52:48 PM
Today we stopped off and got Slurpees on our way home from running some errands.

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28  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 09, 2014 11:02:53 AM
Piper came on a walk with me to get the mail the other day and we stopped by to check out the complex on the way.

Ubiquitous palm trees of Florida!

The pool area! (There were people in the patio area and swimming so we didn't go in for closer look that day.)

After, she met the three kitties of the household:

Mika (pronounced "Mee-kah")


And...the much more hyper 1 year old, Ginger. Cheesy

Larger pics here: http://piperinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/05/around-home.html

So nothing terribly exciting but she did get a look at her home base for the summer! Not sure what we're doing this weekend, but of course, Piper will be coming with me! Next weekend is my birthday (on the 16th) so she'll be joining me on a birthday day at Walt Disney World then.
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29  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 04, 2014 08:15:02 PM
I'm really envying Piper in those lush environs!   Smiley
Thanks! It's almost kinda cheating when you go to a nature preserve! It's all just so pretty. Wink

I just went through the pics on my DSLR (because when I'm out for a photography outing, I usually carry both my point-and-shoot for easy LV pics and then my DSLR for landscape/detail shots. Sometimes the lens I might have on the DSLR makes it harder for LV pics so I often walk around with two cameras at once. LOL Yeah I'm nuts) and anyway, there were a few more to share:


And here are a few photos I took in general:


See more/larger here: http://piperinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/05/brooker-creek-part-2.html

eta: Oh and photography is a big hobby of mine but I don't do all day outings like this every day. LOL So today was a pic-heavy day but not all the adventures will be quite so photographed. I mean, expect a lot but as the weather gets hotter, there will definitely be less all day outings like this. I wanted to strike while it was only about 82F today and relatively cool (for us.) Cheesy
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30  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 04, 2014 04:41:53 PM
Yesterday it was rainy and icky outside. Not what Piper had in mind I'm sure for "sunny" Florida.

Larger: http://piperinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/05/rainy-day-arrival.html

But today, the skies cleared! And the temperature didn't get a chance to recover fully into "sweltering" after two days of rain, so it was a pleasant day - and perfect to hit up Brooker Creek Preserve to get a look at natural Florida marshlands and flatlands.

More/larger pics: http://piperinflorida.blogspot.com/2014/05/brooker-creek-preserve.html

These were just the point-and-shoot photos. I have more on my DSLR I need to download and edit. Nice day though! We even spotted some wildlife in our travels. Cheesy
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