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541  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery for round 65 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: January 02, 2011 08:14:56 PM
I received a fun, phoenix-colored hat from claire313! She also included some tea:


(There are also pin-on flowers to add if I want one or both on there as well!)


Obligatory dorky action shot:


Thanks so much, Claire! Grin
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542  Re: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: January 02, 2011 08:52:17 AM
I just wanted to share what I sent. I was Secret Santa for RhymeswOrange and she hasn't had a chance to post pictures yet so here's the package I made for her.

First off, here was the entire package:



The store bought items included Christmas Socks, cupcake shaped soap, body lotion, bath bombs, and some chocolate. The handmade items included a soap (made by a friend of mine) a Peridot Tree of Life pendant and a chain mail bracelet.


One of the number one things on her list was a chain mail bracelet. I'd never made one before so I learned how to do it just for this swap! Grin



She also had one of my Tree of Life pendants on her wist. But she requested in the notes that it have a silver outer ring, copper branches and Peridot. Done!



I didn't get any pictures of it all wrapped up, but every item was also wrapped in Christmas paper to make it more fun.

I was so excited about this swap since it was fun learning how to do the chain mail. (Ok, it was frustrating because the first time I had the wrong directions and I sat there for like two hours trying to figure out what I was doing wrong! But once I figured it out, I was so proud of the accomplishment and how neat it was when it was done!)

I hope you've enjoyed it RhymeswOrange. Smiley
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543  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 30, 2010 04:16:45 PM
While I'm at it, let me share with you the awesome Griffendor scarf ambermoony made for my Love! He saw one in a catalog and said how cool it would be. She pm'd me and said she'd make one for him on a personal trade if I wanted so I jumped at the offer. She was so sweet and hurried up and sent it out so it would make it for Christmas. We missed it by one postal day but that's ok - he didn't even know it was coming so it was still a nice surprise.

Love's sick right now so he didn't want me getting a pic of his face but this at least shows off the length and such:



He spread it flat in the photo to hide the Pirates of the Caribbean shirt he's wearing. Cheesy And to show off the stripes. The close-up shows how neat and percise it is plus the nice fringe on the end.

He was so thrilled with it and excited to show off his Gryffendor colors. Grin It's a really awesome scarf so huge thanks to ambermoony for making it for him! Grin
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544  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2010 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 30, 2010 04:04:41 PM
phoenixfiredesigns made these fabulous Tree of Life pendants. I asked for one for my SIL, but she sent two! They're absolutely beautiful & these pictures don't do them justice. My SIL loved them & couldn't stop talking about how well made they were & how talented phoenixfiredesigns must be (she'd know - she works for a jeweler). Thanks so much phoenixfiredesigns!
You are SO welcome! I'm thrilled your sister-in-law loved them. Cheesy

SAHMama was nice enough to not only make me a tote bag, but actually go out and specifically track down some of the Joel Dewberry "Sparrows in Almond" fabric that I love so much but which is now sadly discontinued. I am always in need of tote type bags because I pack myself up with all the little things I'll need for the day, like all my library books, or all the items going to the post office, etc.

Look how great it is:



There is a large pocket on side and a split, double pocket on the other. It's a really great size - perfect for my errand days.

Thank you so much, SAHMama! It was so sweet of you to get this specific fabric for me. Grin
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545  Country Christmas Log Cabin (Kinda Gingerbread Style) in Winter Holidays by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 26, 2010 09:13:41 AM
I made this for the Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap - it was the very last day gift. My partner said she liked rustic, country kinds of Christmasy motifs so I figured what is more rustic than your very own Country Christmas Log Cabin! I wanted to make a decoration that was in the concept of a gingerbread house but permanent and country. I was inspired by the Walt Disney Resort, The Wilderness Lodge at Christmas


I started with a ready-made wooden "birdhouse" I got at the craft store. Painted every inch a rusty brown. Then went over it with a darker brown for some natural aged wood patina. Then I filled in all the seems with white paint like you'd see on a real log cabin. Next, I added pebble stone chimney, and lined the edge of the base in the same stone.


I added a textured roof, a Christmas tree out front, green curtains, hung Christmas lights along the front roof, and lastly, snow! Lots of snow on the roof, trim, edges, etc. It IS a Christmas cabin after all! And what's a log cabin without a little White Christmas! Grin


I really love how it came out. I tried some new things I'd never done before in making this. Everyone knows me of course as the jewelry designer, but I just knew the moment I got my partner info, this was one of the things I wanted to make. When it was done I was really proud of it and thought it was just super cute.

As always, feedback welcome!
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546  Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar in Winter Holidays by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 24, 2010 04:43:19 PM
I made this for the Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap. It was one of the large items. I've never made anything like this and while I've dabbled a bit in some paper projects, this was a large undertaking! It's also deceptively simple. Took me the better part of a month to complete it between experimenting, finding supplies and generally figuring out what the heck to do to make it! Grin But I really like how it came out.



Detail shots....










It took A LOT of supplies. Most I had to buy when I realized I didn't have what I needed. I picked up a cheap cookie sheet at Wal-Mart (purposefully, since spray paint doesn't adhere to the non-stick ones) and then did a few light coats of white spray paint just to give it a base. I used an assortment of scrapbook papers and ribbon using spray adhesive and regular craft glue as the base. Next, I bought some chipboard Christmas pieces from the scrapbook section and adhered them to round magnets. I bought some number stamps and stamped out the dates and glued those to the chipboard. I made sure each day was different and I spent some some arranging them so any similar ones were spread away from each other a bit. I added a 3D "Merry Christmas" paper cutout sticker and holly. I finished it with part of a wire coat hanger which was wrapped in a tinsel type length of wire cord and a green bow.

I looked at images of ones online for inspiration but it didn't prepare me for how much work it was! Grin Still, I was really pleased with how it came out in the end and after investing so much time, thought and love into, I was a little sad to see it go. Hopefully, my partner enjoys it and has fun using the countdown each year.

As always, thoughts welcome!
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547  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Gallery for round 65 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 24, 2010 10:14:39 AM
Ready your wisting fingers ladies...I got the most amazing scarf yesterday from craftaddiction!!





The colors are just perfect. I absolutely couldn't have picked a more awesome colorway if I tried. They're brilliant. The pattern is gorgeous and it just looks so...expensive and professional.

And! If that weren't enough, she also carved me the buck stamp I've been wanting!!



Thank you so much, craftaddiction! It's been a stressful week (my kitty is sick and has been to the vet twice in the past three days - Wednesday and today! - so your package was a lovely pick-me-up.
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548  Sultan's Collar Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 22, 2010 08:17:48 AM
MommytheMaid approached me a few months ago with a question. She was doing a swap and wanted to make a specific necklace for her partner that was on the partner's wist. But she didn't feel confident enough to make it herself. I'm of course known for my jewelry, so she came to me to see about a trade.

I admit, at first, I wasn't sure. It was a very different style from what I've made in the past. And it looked very...fiddly. Plus finding supplies that look like the original are always difficult. But, I decided I was up for the challenge.

Here's the finished piece:



(Larger pics here on my blog.)


And here's the inspiration piece:


Took about about a month for all the parts to arrive. I ordered them from various online sellers and most shipped from other countries. Then it took about four hours of assembly. Once I broke it down into sections, it was easier. I just did it assembly line style, making all the same parts, grouping them and then finishing the necklace only after all the separate parts were complete.

I was really pleased with how it came out. It felt like a big accomplishment. MommytheMaid loved it and her partner opens it Christmas Eve so hopefully she will as well!!

As always, thoughts welcome!
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549  Re: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 18, 2010 04:09:40 PM
My secret santa was ollieorange! Here's approximately what it looked like when I opened the box...


Moo!

And here's everything all together:


(Awesome phoenix shirt, fused glass suncatcher with snowflake, fused glass magnet, fused glass ornament and beads for the store bought item.)

Close ups!


(OMG this is like my FAVORITE color to wear!! And the phoenix is awesome!)


(beads!)


(Without the flash, you can't see the iridescence but with the flash, it kinda blows out the snowflake. Very cool though!)


(Again, hard to photograph but the one on the left is a green/white fused magnet and the one on the right is a mixed white/clear tree ornament!)

Thank you so much, ollieorange! The shirt is perfect and I'm always so envious of fused glass so that was like the perfect thing to make for me. Grin
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550  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 64 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 15, 2010 08:37:40 AM
Ok, I received from frosty772 on Monday but it's been really hectic around here with holiday prep, cookie baking, crafting, making/packing/shipping orders, etc. so huge apologies for the delay in posting pics.

She claimed me for a surprise and what she sent was an adorably awesome brown corduroy bag! It's got blue polka dot lining. So cute!!


It has a big button with a blue elastic loop closure. Might be hard to see. I have the worst lighting in my living room.


The inside polka dots are blue (because brown/blue is one of my favorite color combos!) and two pockets. Also, there's a key finder which I stuck on the top edge for photographic purposes.

Awesome, frosty772!! Thank you so much. It's so "me"! I actually packed up some outgoing mail in it yesterday just so I could take it with me. Grin

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