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541  Oz, eat your heart out! (Chrome Diopside Tree of Life in Sterling Silver) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 02, 2011 12:35:36 PM
Chrome Diopside ("Russian Emerald") in the deepest, richest emerald green is featured in this stunning Tree of Life pendant wire wrapped in sterling silver.

Chrome Diopside isn't as well known as other gemstones and though it has an ugly name, it's one of the most stunning gems you'll ever find. The color is so rich, so deep and so intense it just doesn't seem real. But this is an all natural, untreated gemstone with the most amazing vibrancy!

Chrome Diopside is also called "Siberian Emerald" because of it's 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. The "Chrome" part comes from the element Chromium which is what gives it the rich, green color. This is also what gives Emeralds their green color.

Chrome Diopside is also a wonderful alternative to the May birthstone of Emerald. I am a May baby and have taken advantage of Chrome Diopside's beauty myself and own several pieces of it in lieu of more expensive Emerald. Emeralds are beautiful, but outside my budget and the quality and stunning intensity of color in Chrome Diopside makes it a wonderful substitute!

As always, thoughts welcome! Grin
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542  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 12, 2011 09:35:16 AM
Unfortunately, I don't know what happened to beckashell. She's gone missing and I'm worried about her. Cry I sent Gus back a couple weeks ago so he should be there by now. Since she's MIA, here's what I sent.

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Here's everything I sent back with him. The scrapbook was massive! Turned out to be why I had to send it back in a flat rate box. (The whole package was 6lbs!!) It was 25 pages, double sided so 50 page of pics. I also sent a carved "Florida" shell, 1st visit button and "I'm celebrating" button from Walt Disney World, handmade pearler 1 Up Mushroom, Disney lollipops, an antenna topper of a Disney tourist in Mickey ears and sunglasses, an Apple Tree of Life pendant (in the orange drawstring bag) a special 40th Anniversary WDW Minnie Pookalooz, a handmade Harry Potter wand (scaled for Gus size) and some Disney stickers.

And here are some sample pages of the 50 pages of scrapbook. (Again, click any for larger)

(Visiting the local post office after an old lady drove through it plus driving around town.)

(Views of the downtown Tampa skyline plus Walt Disney World)

(More pics from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World)

(Pics with my kitties and when we visited the local park.)

I spent countless hours on the scrapbook and I think it came out really great. I'm not a scrapper but it was full of love and fun pics.

I hope beckashell is ok and I hope she gets back with me eventually. I know she's a great swapper so for her to go missing is kinda scary. Hopefully, my LV, Alfred, will eventually make his way back to me too. I still had a ton of fun in this swap and I am hopeful it will eventually have a happy ending too.
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543  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap ROund 73 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 24, 2011 10:23:07 PM
Between Friday and Saturday I got THREE packages in the mail! Two were international so it was nice that both finally arrived safely here in Florida.

First up, a surprise item from Mod35tbabe who made me a pretty little tote bag (with lovely fabric) and sent some chocolate covered pineapple candy, ribbon and beads as well.

The candy got a little squished and melted but I put it in the fridge so I look forward to trying it! Thank you! Grin


Next, I got a messenger style bag, trail mix and several candy bars from jamiek79. Brown/blue is always a great option for me and it's very nicely made.

I tried to put the candy bars in some of the pockets to show how many there were. Thank you, jamiek79!


And today, I received my pj pants from IdlersDesign. She also sent this funky dried pineapple AND a whole box of apple tea. Sounds good!

Obligatory action shot. (Ignore the wrinkles. They're just from shipping from The Netherlands to USA.)

They're perfect because they're loose enough but have a drawstring so they'll be great for recovering from surgery where I don't want things tight on my stomach. The fold down waistband is cool too. Thanks!

So thank you to all three ladies for their lovely packages! Grin

edit to add: I just realized the shirt I'm wearing in the photo is all the way from round 50 back in September 2009! pinkleo made it for me and it remains one of my favorite phoenix shirts from an OWS round.  Grin
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544  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 21, 2011 01:48:49 PM
Still broke so I decided if Gus had to extend his stay here a few extra days, I might as well fill the last few pages of the scrapbook. So we went over to the local park. Of course, silly me forgot it's still summer in Florida so with the feels-like temp of 97F (36C) meant it wasn't a long trip. Cheesy Still, I got some good shots and at least this way, the extra days were productive.

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545  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 11, 2011 08:35:14 PM
I want that bag.  Badly.  Smiley  Craftsunderground, what would one have to swap to get one of those for their very own??  
I can't say what she'd want to trade someone else, but I can tell you I made a "Summer Tree" for her in exchange. This is dark green aventurine gemstone set in a brown wire circle and with copper wire trunk and branches.

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The aventurine has a high mica content giving it an amazing inner sparkle and beautifully, rich, emerald green color. This is a larger Tree, coming in around 1.75" in diameter.
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546  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 02, 2011 07:00:35 PM
I swapped with Craftsunderground and she made me the most awesome cable knit bag that I had coveted for like 2 years!! Feast your eyes on this beauty...

Bad shot of the awesome lining fabric:

Awful attempt at an action shot of myself:

And she also included some neat earrings too:

It's even more awesome than I had hoped for. You know when you really want something and then you get it and it's even BETTER than you thought it would be? Yeah, that's this. Thank you so much, Craftsunderground!!
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547  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap ROund 73 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 02, 2011 04:59:25 PM
I got my package from frosty772! She made an insulated flat iron case for me. I discovered the hard way when we went away for my birthday (back in May) that if you USE your flat iron, it stays hot for a long time and then you can't pack it! So this will come in handy next time I need to bring my flat iron with me away from home.

It's a cute fabric too. One shot with the flat iron inside; the other just next to it. Grin

Thank you, frosty772! Grin
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548  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: August 28, 2011 08:08:34 AM
Yesterday, we drove over an hour and a half away, far North of the Tampa Bay Area to Beverly Hills. No, not that one but rather the one here in Florida. This one is much less glamorous. In fact, it's the middle of nowhere! To get there, we drive a parkway until it ENDS and then still have 25 more miles to go! Shocked Grin

So why go there? My Aunt lives there and my Nanny (grandmother) is not far from there either. Nanny will be celebrating her 95th birthday this week so we all got together for a family party. I brought Gus along of course.

The drive. (It's even got slight hills heading up there. If you've never been to Florida, trust me when I say it's COMPLETELY FLAT. I mean, COMPLETELY. So the "hills" warranted a photo! LOL)

My Aunt's rock waterfall in her pool:

And my Aunt's horse, Reno. (He was being antisocial and only wanted to graze in the pasture!)

(You can click any image for a larger version.)

It was a nice day but man, a LONG day with driving almost 200 miles there and back! (It's actually less miles and a shorter drive for us to head to Orlando and go to Disney World than it is my Aunt's house!) But, it was a special occasion after all! Cheesy
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549  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap ROund 73 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: August 26, 2011 12:46:23 PM
By request, here is the Family Tree I made for jamiek79.

The birth months are...

February: amethyst
April: white topaz for diamond
July: actual precious ruby
December: turquoise

Because she said there were two February birthdays, I started and finished the tree with amethyst. It's all in non-tarnish sterling wire. Grin
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550  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap ROund 73 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: August 23, 2011 08:38:23 PM
I received yesterday from missmoppet! She sent me a fox hoop and some tropical LifeSavers (which include a pineapple flavor - yum!)

I love how you also wrapped the hoop in red. Very neat and I hadn't seen that before. Thank you! Now I just need to find a place on my ever-growing art wall next to my computer. Wink
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