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541  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 12, 2011 06:09:39 PM
Maurer received from me last week and asked if I could post pics of what I sent. I didn't get great shots but here ya go.

First I made some personalized note cards. She wanted ones with her name on it. I used a handcarved tree stamp I received several rounds (I can't remember from whom at the moment) and color-coordinated them and made matching envelopes.

Then, funny story about the second item. I saw my brown wire, peridot green Tree of Life in her wist. So I made it for her. Then as I'm packing it up and looking in my PM's for her address, I realize I made it for her already a couple rounds back. D'oh! In my defense, I make so many trees for people, I just forget the specifics of what I make for whom so when I saw it on her wist, I just said ok, that! Grin So I pm'd her and she said send it anyway and she'll use it as a gift. I didn't take a picture of the specific one I sent but it's in this style:

Anyway, hopefully both the notecards and the to-be-used-as-a-gift Tree are well enjoyed. Grin
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542  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 10, 2011 08:11:01 AM
I received my camera case from frosty772! I love it! The only problem is that it's impossible to take action shots of a camera case when it's your only camera. Grin So I took a couple shots with my archaic and unbelievably crappy cell phone just so I could shot it off. Sorry the pics are so low quality.

And, here's a non-action shot taken with my camera to better show the actual color:

Thank you frosty772! Grin
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543  April Tree - White Topaz Tree of Life Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 06, 2011 02:00:25 PM
My sisters birthday is in April. April 2nd to be exact. And of course, that means her birthstone is diamond. As we all know, diamonds may be a girls best friend, but theyre not very easy on the wallet! I wanted to make something for her this year and I came across a lovely stone called White Topaz. Now, topaz comes in a variety of colors most commonly things like blue and yellow but it also comes pure. The pure version is known as White Topaz. And its a brilliant alternative to diamond because of its clarity and beauty. In fact, people buy white topaz engagement rings since it offers so much more for the money.

So I made an April Tree for my sister and had enough of the gorgeous little micro-faceted rondelles left over to make another one as well. So here it is!

Topaz has a very long history. Mentioned in the Book of Exodus as one of the twelve stones worn by the angels guarding the gates of Paradise, it's also said to be a soothing, healing stone. White Topaz is associated with bringing the wearer greater cosmic clarity and awareness of one's thoughts and deeds.

Besides being a diamond alternative, it kinda reminds me of Winter as well, all icy and crisp.

Anyway, as always, thoughts welcome!! Grin
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544  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 04, 2011 07:13:18 PM
I received my awesome surprise package from padfoot today! Lookie at the fun goodies she sent!

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock! Hoopla, an I *heart* bats bookmark and a bat rubber stamp!

Love it all! (Even Love got a kick out of the hoop. We both really like Big Bang Theory.) Thank you so much, padfoot! Grin
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545  Re: Little Visitor 13 gallery Sendouts: Wednesday March 30 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 04, 2011 07:01:24 PM
~*~*~*~ Alfred arrived home today! ~*~*~*~

He had so much fun in Oregon and came back with so many awesome pictures and souvenirs! SpookyPooky was a WONDERFUL host for Harold and he couldn't stop talking about what a great time he had! Prepare for picture overload!!

Alfred came back with an entire wardrobe! (including the awesome green sweater he's wearing) And so many awesome goodies! (postcards, candy, magnet, keychain, etc., etc.!!)

Also a ton of neat fliers, maps and other info about Oregon.

He also brought home a handmade Oregon state flag color inspired Mickey! And some fun items like journal, bookmark and M keychain.

The handmade scrapbook SpookyPooky made is cool beyond words. It's like a total journal!
Alfred went all kinds of interesting places in both Oregon and Idaho including Four Rivers Cultural Center, the Idaho State Penitentiary (now closed), Boise Zoo and more!

Also, she decorated this amazing wooden box with this AWESOME tree print paper.

Remember that wardrobe I mentioned? Here Alfred is modeling just a few of the items!
...Eddie Bauer winter vest and scarf. Argyle sweater and shirt. Cardigan sweater...

Everything is so amazing!! I can't even believe how cool it all is. SpookyPooky was the best partner ever. And this was by far the most fun I've ever had in a swap. It's just been more awesome then words. Grin Thank you so much for such a great swap!!
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546  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 25, 2011 07:19:30 AM
I received my adorable little red fox hoop from Terracruz yesterday! Look how cute he is!

Love even tried to steal him. He was like, "is that for me?" I was like HA! Then I said he can enjoy him too because I was hanging him up right away.

And here he is all settled into my assorted wall of awesome art from other people:

(It's the wall right next to my computer and I just started one day by putting on piece up, then another, and then more just kinda haphazardly as I received them. I love that it's random and has no theme or anything. It's just all stuff I like all together.)

Thank you so much, Terracruz, he's perfect! Grin
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547  Persephone - Garnet Briolette Tree of Life Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 16, 2011 11:05:26 AM
I truly put love and care into each piece I make. And I love for them to be cherished and enjoyed as much as I enjoy creating them. Every once in a while though, I am lucky enough to have a chance to make something *extra* special. And this is one of those pieces.

I used the most stunning, micro-faceted genuine garnet gemstone briolettes in this piece. They are tiny, tear-drop (or pear) shaped gems. Gemstones of this quality and with this detail of faceting are extremely expensive in the smallest of quantities. And this Tree uses *33* such stones! Shocked

Im calling this completely one-of-a-kind piece, Persephone after the Greek goddess. Shes most famous for her association with the pomegranate and this piece just reminds me so much of that. This is a wholly unique piece for me due to the expensive materials involved. I was lucky enough to get some garnet once but I dont see another opportunity like that coming around again! Gemstones of this quality are honestly not normally in my budget.  Grin Grin

Ive hand-hammered sterling silver wire for the outer hoop and then used non-tarnish sterling silver wire for the roots, trunk and branches. The piece is approximately 1.25″ in height and width not including bail. Its dainty and feminine but still striking enough to be noticed.

About Garnet Gemstone
Garnet is a natural, semi-precious gemstone associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the birthstone of the month of January. Considered the stone of good luck in business, its also said to increase your self-esteem when worn as jewelry. Its also the stone associated with the first chakra (base of the spine.) Its rich, deep and intense color is unique and beautiful.

As always, thoughts welcome! Grin
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548  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 15, 2011 05:33:22 PM
I received a staggeringly awesome package from J_Kieviet yesterday. I really needed it too. It was just the one-year anniversary of my best friend's passing and it hit me like a Mac truck. I spent the whole day just a complete mess. I couldn't even leave the house.

So to have such an abundant package arrive was amazing. She sent four claims worth of items...

Everything together.
(A huge overnight bag, a matching cosmetics bag, a matching iPod/cell phone case, and TWO Nook covers! The large bag has one of my couch pillows shoved in it to prop it up and there was room to spare. It also has two outside pockets, one which is zippered.)

Nook covers.
(One in pretty fabric, the other in denim with my PhoenixFireDesigns logo painted on!)

All the waterproof compartments inside the matching cosmetics bag:

And the insides of both Nook cases.
(They both have little pockets on the left side for paper or cards, etc. The Phoenix one has the same four corners as the first, I was just lazy when taking the picture. *laughs*)

I was overwhelmed with the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of the package. Thank you so much, J_Kieviet for giving me such a lovely surprise on a very grey day. It really cheered me up a lot.
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549  March Tree - Tree of Life in Blue Aquamarine and Silver in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 14, 2011 08:10:37 PM
I used March's beautiful birthstone, aquamarine, in this piece. First, I hand-hammered silver to make the frame and then used non-tarnish sterling wire for the roots/trunk/branches. The pendant is approximately 1.5"H x 1"W not including bail.

Aquamarine is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in lovely tones of delicate blue. The birthstone of March, it is said to help you be in touch with your spiritual being. Known as Water of the Sea because of its color, aquamarine been used by sailors for centuries to protect them on the water. Its also been long used as a strong meditation aide and when worn as a necklace, it is said to calm and sooth the nerves.

The variation of colors in aquamarine are so pretty. It's got such a ocean/water feel to the color. As always, thoughts welcome! Grin
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550  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 68 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: March 10, 2011 05:53:52 PM
I received my awesome cable fingerless gloves today from mimiw. They're perfect!

Aren't they brilliant? Thank you so much, mimiw! Grin
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