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571  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 72 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 26, 2011 03:00:45 PM
I received TWO great packages yesterday!

First up, was some Fox Wall Art by Jo_mama. She made the best fox with a phoenix tail!! She said that the fox needed a little phoenix in it and it's just perfect!!

It's so well done. I love the expression and the details of the fire on the tail. Thank you, I love it!!

Second was a fox hoop AND bat shirt from MollyGirl!

The fox hoop is really cute and I LOVE the bats! I tried to get a photo of me wearing it but it looked like I was just taking a picture of my boobs. LOL So nevermind. But it fits great. Thank you for making both really great items for me! Grin
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572  Rainbow Gemstone Sterling Silver Threader Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 25, 2011 03:30:41 PM
Six genuine gemstones (ruby, yellow sapphire, emerald, blue topaz, amethyst and white topaz) form a rainbow of color on sterling silver ear threads.

The gemstones used in the piece starting from the bottom are:

* Ruby one of four precious gemstones and the birthstone of July

* Yellow Sapphire Another of the four precious gemstones, sapphire comes in many colors including this lovely yellow. Traditionally blue sapphire is the birthstone of September.

* Emerald the third precious gemstone in this piece, emerald is the birthstone of May and an amazing green stone without peer.

* Blue Topaz A semi-precious stone, blue topaz has a crystal clear blue sky color. Its an alternative birthstone for December.

* Amethyst Long associated with royalty, amethyst is a gorgeous and rich purple tone. This semi-precious stone is the birthstone of February.

* White Topaz White topaz is a flawlessly clear crystal stone. Its used as an alternative to diamond for Aprils birthstone. Also semi-precious.

Threader style earrings allow you to adjust how long or short you wish to wear them. The gemstones measure about .25″ in length and the total length of the threader plus gems is right around 3.25″ I put them together with the extra gems leftover after other projects. Grin More details and larger pics here in my blog.

As always, thoughts welcome!
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573  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 24, 2011 09:03:25 PM
Whoo hoo! Hockey! Grin (I've touched the Cup too for what it's worth. Came on tour here a few years ago and we got our picture taken with it. Love wouldn't touch it but I'm like, screw that, I'm never going to be in the NHL, I'm touching it!! Grin )

It's too darn hot to do anything outside (and, it being Florida, it's unbearable like this for months not just a few days! Boo.) but we were bored today so we headed out to downtown and wandered around IKEA. Found a ottoman I want that matches our brown leather chair. It was $79 though so it has to wait for now. (Boo also.)

Not the most exciting day but it was free, air conditioned and got us out of the house so it fit all our criteria. Wink

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574  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 22, 2011 11:09:07 AM
Yesterday Gus was a trooper. He helped us organize, sort and price out the items for our upcoming garage sale. The sale is going toward my medical bills and upcoming surgery costs but was 4 hours of hot, miserable work in my mom's garage in sweltering July Florida heat. Here is just ONE of the tables of items we have. There are two more tables plus boxes of things too!

(click for larger)

But we did really good and just about everything is sorted, priced and ready for the sale next weekend! Really hoping for a good turn-out and lots of money since every little bit helps right now! We had several people donate items to the sale so it's a wide variety of items.
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575  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 16, 2011 08:06:38 PM
We had lots of fun tonight! Went to see Harry Potter. Of course, we had to get there about an hour early to get in line for a good seat.

Here he is showing off his ticket as he waits in line. (Can click for larger)

And he HAD to get a picture with the awesomely huge lobby display. (Can click for larger too)

Such a great movie! Gus wants a wand now so we may have to make a craft project for him. Cheesy
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576  Re: Little Visitor 14 gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 15, 2011 02:45:19 PM
Had another doctor's appointment today. It was a 1-week follow-up for the high blood pressure medication my doc put me on. (Boo, stupid medication sucks and I haven't done anything all week because the meds make me weak and exhausted but at least they're helping and my BP was normal for once.) After, I stopped by my Mom's house. I brought poor Gus with me since he hasn't gotten out of the house in all week either.

Gus met my mom, her cat, her dog and took a tour of the backyard. We realized her dog, Kylie, is an Australian Shepard so it was like a little piece of home! Grin Gus definitely wanted his picture taken with Kylie so she was nice enough to pose with him AND let him ride her back even. Cheesy

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577  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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578  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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579  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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580  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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