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541  August Tree - Peridot Gemstone Tree of Life in Sterling Silver in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 12, 2011 08:47:37 AM
Stunning peridot micro-faceted rondelles are set in sterling silver wire to form a beautiful Tree of Life pendant. Peridot is the birthstone of August.

The micro-faceted Peridot rondelles of this pendant are just gorgeous! Very high quality gemstones with beautiful color and clarity. They make for a very special, very elegant pendant. The pendant features 31 rondelles, each around 4-4.5mm in size. Its really something special.

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, while possessing a uniquely vivid tone of green has some natural variation in it.

You can see larger pics here on my blog.

Comments always welcome! Grin
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542  Here Comes The Bride - Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Tree of Life Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 12, 2011 08:30:19 AM
Genuine ivory freshwater pearls delicately fill out this beautiful, bridal and wedding inspired Tree of Life Pendant set in Sterling Silver wire.

When I saw these beautiful pearls I knew I had to snag them. They are some of the absolute most beautiful pearls Ive ever been lucky enough to work with. Very high quality and luxe.Though an undyed soft white/ivory color, the pearlescent nature of them gives them hints of blue and pink depending on how the light hits them. Just stunning. I used about 14″ of pearls in this piece. Its just full of pearls! Measuring 1.5" x 1.5" it's big enough to be bold but not so large as to be overpowering.

This is a really special piece. While I always offer items that are beautiful and made with great care, sometimes even I find a piece exceptional. This tree is definitely one of those instances! Grin

You can see larger pics here in my blog.
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543  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 09, 2011 03:49:22 PM
Yesterday was miserable here. Massive thunderstorms all day, street flooding, etc. Just a nasty day out. But about 3 hours away North and West of me on the other coast, it was clear enough for the last shuttle launch. Sadly, we couldn't be there in person (they said something like a MILLION people were in the area to see it - and it's a tiny, tiny little area!) but we did watch it on TV. Because of the heavy cloud cover here, we couldn't even see the smoke trails. (Believe it or not, on a clear sky, even being like 130 miles away, you can actually see it.)

Gus and I were a little teary-eyed over the final flight of the shuttle program but happy to see it go off without any problems.
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544  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 07, 2011 01:10:12 PM
I feel bad for poor Alfred. Gus is having an amazing time going to the beach, shopping and seeing the FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS at Disney!!!  Shocked (jealous!!!) Poor Alfred has arrived in the middle of winter and is stuck in my boring office. Tomorrow i'm baking for my Harry Potter party so hopefully he has fun with that!
*chuckles* It's fine. Alfred is a bit of a bookworm anyway so I'm sure he's entertained by the organizing in progress. Plus, I knew it was winter down there so I put his sweater on for him to keep warm. (Though if he gets too warm, it can come off! The sweater was a gift from his last time on vacation so it seemed like the perfect time to premier it!)

And it's not all fun and games around here. Today Gus came with me to the doctor. He was a little nervous when I started talking about shots but when he realized the shot was for ME and not him, he was MUCH more relaxed! Cheesy

There's the (painful!) shot next to him on the counter. Ow... (No really, it STILL hurts. Damned medication I'm on that's putting me in temporary menopause to shrink my tumors so I can have my hysterectomy is really thick and it hurts and burns going in and then is sore for like 24 hours. Boo.) Gus was quite the trooper though watching me get the shot. I told him he was welcome to stay home if he was going to be upset by the doctor's office and such but nope, he said he was there to support me and didn't mind coming with me, especially since doctors are (unfortunately) a big part of what's going on in my life right now. So nice of him!

Funny story: One of the doctors walked by as I was taking the photo and I was like, "Oh, um, don't mind me...I'm doing a photo project..." and she was like, "Oh how cool! Is it like Flat Stanley?" and I was like, "Yes!" and then she told me about someone (er, don't remember who...friend? Kid? Dunno) who did it and put their Flat Stanley on a conveyor belt at Krispie Kreme (chain of stores that make donuts.) So that was cool. Grin
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545  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 05, 2011 09:29:29 AM
We were crazy. We decided to see 4th of July fireworks at Walt Disney World. What's crazy about this is probably well over 75,000 other people decided to do the exact same thing! Cheesy

You're going to want to see the larger-size of this to really see the MASSES of people crowded on Main Street! Click image for larger:

And it's pretty impossible to get a shot during the show so here's the best I got. (Again, you can click for larger!)

It was hot, crowded and kinda silly thing to do...but the fireworks were amazing!! (This isn't my video and it's shot from a location on the other side of the Lagoon but it gives you an idea of the show Fireworks!)

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546  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 02, 2011 04:20:26 PM
Gus came with us today and we made a special excursion just for him. See, we went down to see Love's dad in the hospital. Well, it's already quite a bit away from where we live AND it's a lot closer to the beach. So after the visit, we figured we were already this far down and went the rest of the way to the beach.

I have a TON of great shots....but I'm saving those. Instead, I'm giving this one since it fits this week's challenge with the very blue water and sky.

On the way home, I saw a bead shop. Most of them around me closed awhile ago, forcing me to go online. Love asked if I wanted to go and I was like YES! So one highly illegal U-Turn later, we drooled over some beads. Gus was quite a hit at the shop and I had to explain he was all the way from Australia! Ironically, he chose to get his picture taken in the blue beads there as well! Grin

We just got home and now we're waiting on pizza delivery. Mmm...pizza. Really tired but had a very nice day! Grin
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547  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 02, 2011 07:50:45 AM
Yesterday, I had to mail out some orders and Gus wanted to ride along with me. Especially after I told him the story of how my poor post office was damaged from an 89-year old woman driving her car through it a couple weeks ago! Shocked

He poses on my dash where the woman drove through the front of the building. (This used to be automatic sliding glass doors!)

And inside where the car went through the lobby, took out the APC (oh APC how I miss you!) and went through the wall into the sorting area. (Which is now of course plywood for the moment.)

And then we headed home. Gus gets a kick out of driving on the right side of the road! Cheesy

This weekend we're hoping to catch some fireworks for the 4th of July. Grin
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548  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 30, 2011 12:44:56 PM
Guess who arrived in sunny Florida today??

(Ignore the crappy cell phone pic, I didn't feel like finding my camera. LOL)

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549  Ice and Oz: Chrome Diopside and Quartz Crystal Dangle Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 28, 2011 09:05:02 AM
Though Im still out on unpaid medical leave and will be for some time now, it seems like there are just never enough hours in the day! I keep wanting to make new pieces but just run out of time and before I know it a week or more has gone by. But I finally got a new pair of earrings finished and wanted to show them off.

I started these stunning earrings with flawless, AA-grade Crystal Quartz in a 10mm onion shaped briolette. Its faceted and clear as ice. Then I strung one of my all-time favorite gemstones, Chrome Diopside, on ball-tipped sterling silver headpins and made a cluster on top of the quartz. Above that are two white topaz faceted rondelles to finish out the earrings. They are finished with .925 sterling silver leverbacks.

Chrome Diopside isnt as well known as other gemstones and though it has an ugly name, its one of the most stunning gems youll ever find. The color is so rich, so deep and so intense it just doesnt seem real. But this is an all natural, untreated gemstone and the amazing vibrancy of the green paired with the cool icy perfection of the quartz makes for a really stunning look.

Chrome Diopside is also called Siberian Emerald because of its rich, amazing green. Many people say Chrome Diopside is what Emerald wishes it could be when it grows up! The name Diopside is derived from the Greek word di meaning two, and opsis, meaning vision. Diopside is believed to be a creative stone, increasing creative visualization and helping to manifest desired goals. Found only in remote Siberia, it can only be mined three months of the year making it a rare and valuable gemstone.

You can see larger versions of the images on my blog here.

As always, feedback welcome!
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550  Re: Little Visitor 14 (Signups June 6-13, Sendouts June 20) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 12, 2011 12:59:22 PM
Thanks for the support and encouragement guys, it means lot. Smiley I just got my survey finished (I started it last night but got too tired so finished it just now) and sent in. I decided to send Alfred again. He had a lot of fun last time so I'm hoping he enjoys his second trip just as much!  Cheesy

Here's his picture from last round:

Ironically, we don't have that couch anymore. In round 13, my last LV actually came with me couch shopping for the one we have now! Cheesy
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