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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
11:54 pm
[cellestiallirva]
Easy Pagan Crafts for Fundraising
Hey!
I'm Av.
I organized my state's first Yule Ball in June (yep, Southern Hemisphere witch here) this year.
For 2013 I'm aiming to make it even better, so I'm bringing Spiral Dance down. (A great band - if you haven't heard of them, check them out.)
It's going to cost a fair bit but it will be well worth it, they're amazing live. They were at the Australian Wiccan Conference last year and, geez, they went off!

So, I'm organizing a stall at a massive folk festival in very early January to raise money for their flights etc.

A group of us are getting together to make Pagan crafts for the stall, but it's a busy time of year so we'll only have one or two evenings to make everything. PLEASE tell me any good ideas for crafts we can make.

So far runes and DIY prayer flag kits have been suggested. The Pagans from up North are making wands and also bags of dried herbs along with herb lore cards.

In conclusion: Fundraising stall, need [quick/easy/cheap/all 3] craft ideas.

Blessings! :-)

)O(
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
6:57 pm
[2am_limbo]
I Need Your ~Manly Advice!
Okay, so, I'm working on the "memory box" that I'm making for my boyfriend for Christmas. Once it's done, I'm going to put little love notes, some pictures, some cute things that make me think of him, worry dolls, etc.

Here's the picture of the completed box -- hardware-wise. Does it look "manly" enough?

The pictures make it look darker than it really is. It's actually a light brown color, and the pearls are actually silvery (not girly white). And I guess it doesn't help that the wood of my desk is super dark. -____-

The pictures! Help!Collapse )
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
1:49 pm
[memoryanddream]
Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant Trilogy
My Under A Halloween Moon tree of life pendant has been a HUGE success for me. People really love it. And in the past, I've offered other versions of the "full moon" style on a very limited, custom order basis. That, however, has changed.

Now you can also order two additional versions; Under A Full Moon (silver wire with a white moon) AND "Once In A Blue Moon" (silver wire with a blue moon.) This completes my full moon "trilogy" as it were. ;)



All three are now permanently available as made-to-order pieces in the shop!
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
3:06 pm
[memoryanddream]
Perfect Mother's Day Gift!
Thinking about Mother's Day? My handmade, personalized bird's nest pendant is THE perfect gift for Moms and Grandmoms. Pick 2-4 birthstone glass pearl "eggs" and I'll make a nest just for you.



A great deal at only $25, this is such a sweet way to celebrate family!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/62193138/custom-bird-nest-personalized-birthstone
Friday, March 30th, 2012
10:50 am
[memoryanddream]
Help me reach 400!
I'm only 11 sales shy of reaching 400 sales in my etsy shop! I would love to reach this milestone, so I would appreciate help in spreading the word. Perhaps you can share my shop link on facebook, or tweet it or pin a favorite item or two?






More items available in the shop. And, as always, custom orders are gladly accepted as well! Thank you for your support.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
1:21 pm
[handemadeit]
Handemade cross stitch bookmarks for kids
The most memorable gift ever! 

These are very cute personalized handmade cross stitch bookmarks for kids. 
It is a great gift for birthdays, baby showers or special occasions. You can even include this bookmark in your goodie bag (it will be personalized for your each guest). 

Size of these bookmarks are 2 x 6 inches, stitched on 14 counted antique white aida fabric. They are totally handmade and stitching by me. I can also customize this item with any color and quotes. 

here are the details

http://www.etsy.com/listing/94616579/customized-personalized-handmade-cross



Friday, March 2nd, 2012
12:30 pm
[memoryanddream]
March Tree (Aquamarine Gemstone Tree of Life in Silver)
My March Tree is hot right now! Featuring beautiful blue aquamarine gemstone chips (the birthstone of March), it's the perfect item for a lady with a March birthday. It's also a lovely gift for a Mother of a March child as well!

Beautiful, genuine gemstone blue aquamarine - the birthstone of March - brings the color of the sea to the sterling silver wire of this stunning, custom Tree of Life pendant.

Each one is hand crafted from non-tarnish, sterling silver plated wire and made to order. Like a real tree, each is unique and beautiful.

Just this week, this pendant has been featured in SEVEN beautiful treasuries!


The pendant is available for purchase HERE in the shop.
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
1:02 pm
[memoryanddream]
New this week at PhoenixFireDesigns.etsy.com!
Been hard at work making new items for the shop and today I got five new pieces photographed and listed!





Between two new trees - a multi colored Opal and a watermelon tourmaline - and two pairs of sterling hoops (rainbow gemstone and emerald green aventurine) and even a new pair of 14k gold threader earrings in a rainbow of color, there's a lot more variety available right now in the shop!

And, as always, I gladly accept custom orders so if you don't see exactly what you want, just ask! I'll be happy to make it for you.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
3:44 pm
[memoryanddream]
What's new at PhoenixFireDesigns.etsy.com!
Well, first off, after spending the ENTIRE summer on medications trying to get myself safe enough for surgery, looks like my hysterectomy will be on October 5th.

For those who've missed the updates, I'm 34 and over Memorial Day weekend, I went into the ER in massive pain, only to discover my uterus is full of tumors. Literally pounds of them. So much in fact, I was unsafe for surgery. I have over $10,000 in hospital bills and trying to raise the final $600 I need for surgery. (Of a total of $2,600 total.)

I've been on UNPAID medical leave this whole time (my last paycheck was June 3rd) so trying to pay my regular bills has been a challenge, let alone raising EXTRA money for surgery.

So here's a look at what's new in my shop. Sales help me with living expenses, medical bills and surgery costs. All the info can be found here.

Even if you can't buy something, just passing on the link in your twitter, facebook, blog, etc. is greatly appreciated!






Thank you for your support!
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
3:31 pm
[memoryanddream]
Recent Shop Updates!
I've added a few things in the past week or so to the shop and thought I'd just do a small post showing off the newer pieces.

As always, I appreciate any links, or tweets or wall posts, etc. of my shop and/or items.We're still about $600 shy of of medical fundraiser goal for upcoming surgery, so promotion and support is really appreciated!




Click any image to go to the listing for more information and how to purchase!


All items available in the shop along with many others. And, as always, custom orders gladly accepted!
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
5:21 pm
[memoryanddream]
Huge PhoenixFire Designs Update!

So I’ve spent the whole afternoon updating my shop! Wide variety of items in a range of prices. Here’s a peek at some of the items available. Click any image for more information about the item and how to buy it.







There’s much more at the shop so take a look! Custom orders and quantity orders are always welcome!


Also, any and all links, tweets, posts to facebook, etc. are greatly appreciated! We’re about eight weeks into this medical nightmare with more to go so keeping momentum and continuing to spread the word is so important.


Thanks!


Originally published at Given Eyes To See. You can comment here or there.

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
10:19 pm
[silvercicada]
Just finished a new mask design and thought I would share it


Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
6:50 pm
[memoryanddream]
PhoenixFire Designs Shop Update
Well, we're about 7 weeks into this unpaid medical leave bit and I'm getting nervous about the ever-decreasing balance in my account. I've been trying to get new items listed inbetween medication side effects, a/c failures and doctor's appointments so I thought I'd profile some of the newer items and available items to help drum up sales and attention to the shop.






All these and many more available in the shop. Remember, I also gladly accept custom orders too! If you have an idea for something or like something but want it changed or something that has previously sold, drop me a note. I'm happy to discuss options with you!

I'd also appreciate anyone passing on my shop link too since the more it gets out there, the more likely I will get sales. More in the works too so keep checking back.

Thanks!
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
12:41 pm
[memoryanddream]
Medical Fundraising for Needed Surgery
You can follow the progress of visits, current health, etc on my blog with my hysterectomy tag but this is just a summary of the situation. The full details can also be found here: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/hysterectomy/

Memorial Day Weekend I went into the ER after two days of non-stop severe pain. Many tests and an overnight stay later, it turns out that my uterus is full of tumors.I have multiple softball and multiple baseball sized fibroid tumors and equally large cysts. The total mass is approximately the size of a basketball.

I was on a fast-track for a hysterectomy when my OB/GYN discovered that it was worse then initially believed and I'm too high risk for surgery. High risk is 250 grams of tumors. I'm at over 1,200 grams. I am now on a shot to induce medical menopause in order to attempt to shrink the tumors prior to surgery. The larger the tumors, the more complicated and lengthy the surgery, the more time I will be under anesthesia, the more complications and blood transfusions I will need. So we're trying to get them shrunk at least half.

I work a part-time job that does NOT give me insurance. I also do NOT get paid for any time off period. So I’m already out two weeks of pay with many more to come. (When I do have surgery, I'll be out 4 weeks in unpaid recovery as well.) I have already applied for and been denied financial and medical assistance by the state. I’m asking anyone who can help for your support as a result.

I need a total of $2,600 just to pay my OB/GYN, $1,400 of which must be up front before the surgery. This does NOT include the hospital, anesthesiologist, radiology, etc. It also does NOT include the fees for the office visits and tests pre-op. (I’ve already spend $463 on those as of June 7th)

I have set up a Donation Fund here: http://tiny.cc/hysterectomy

I am also trying to promote my own store front as replacement income during this period: http://PhoenixFireDesigns.etsy.com/

My friends are also helping me set up a second shop full of donated items. You can find that here: http://PhoenixFunds.etsy.com/





If you could look around and see if there's something you'd like to buy, pass on my links, donate a hand crafted item, craft supplies or a vintage item for the fundraiser shop or make a donation - any of it would be helpful and appreciated. The more people pass on my information, links and story, the more I can hopefully raise the funds I need.

Thank you for your support!
Thursday, April 7th, 2011
10:43 am
[memoryanddream]
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
3:41 pm
[tattooedxheart]
Hello hello!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TattooedxHeart?ref=pr_shop
 Newbie here.. this looked like a really nice community to join so here I am I guess! ^^;
Anywho, I love sculpting! I usually like to sculpt animals, especially ones that most people don't touch. I've always felt a deep connection to critters. I'd like to share some of my stuff with you guys if you'd like to see. Hrmm what to share.. Ooh I know !
 

This little guy is a tea light holder! I absolutely love candle holders, incense burners, and the like, so I recently decided to try making some. Since I was a kid I had a fear of fire. As corny as it is, making these candle holders has helped me with my fear. I try to embrace this element in this way.
One more!
This is another tea light holder- this time featuring a fire salamander. Hee, get it ? Anywho, I absolutely adore amphibians and reptiles. There's just something about them!! 
Okayyy I guess I've posted enough for now! OH wait.. I just recently tried opening up an etsy shop. These two sculptures and 3 others are for sale for pretty cheap there, so check it out if you want! www.etsy.com/shop/TattooedxHeart
Welp, thanks for looking at my entry guys <3 I can't wait to poke around and see what everyone else has in store!


Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
2:12 pm
[memoryanddream]
Updates and New Pieces!
I've been doing some updates on my etsy shop and I wanted to share some of the new creations!


I've got an amazing Citrine piece, a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind Garnet briolette piece, a very popular new Aquamarine pendant (March's birthstone!), some new chain mail pendants and more! If you haven't checked out my etsy shop in awhile you should take a look around again!

Etsy
PhoenixFireDesigns


And, as always, custom orders are GLADLY accepted. Also check out the PhoenixFire Designs blog for updates, custom orders and more!
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
4:00 pm
[memoryanddream]
New Chain Mail Pendants
I'm still pretty new to chain mail but I wanted to show off the two pendants I recently made since I'm really proud of how they came out.

Both are the "Stepping Stones" pattern. One is in all silver; the other a mix of silver and rainbow. I made the silver one first then realized the rainbow would be perfect in this pattern. I thought it'd be a really nice pride/equality piece. This pattern is very labor intensive but creates stunning results!

First up, silver:


Silver Stepping Stone Chain Mail Pendant Necklace


Next, rainbow:

Rainbow Silver Stepping Stone Chain Mail Pendant Necklace


Both are hung on an 18" sterling silver chain and ready for wear. They are both in my etsy shop right now.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
2:36 pm
[memoryanddream]
Stunning micro faceted citrine tree of life pendant
I was able recently to purchase some absolutely stunning AAA-grade, micro faceted rondelle citrine gemstones. This citrine is shaded in a lovely range of colors from clear, through a champagne tone, into a dark, amber honey shade. It’s clear, flawless and sparkles like crazy. I can't say enough about how lovely these gems are! Grin Using sterling silver wire, I took these gorgeous gems and made the most amazing Tree of Life pendant.



Citrine is a semi-precious stone in the quartz family. Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind" and is known as the lucky "Merchants Stone". It's said to bring luck to those in sales by placing a piece in the cash drawer. Citrine is also used as an alternative to the November birthstone, Yellow Topaz, due to it's similar color. The pendant is approximately 1.5" by 1.25" in width making it a lovely size.

I love when I can work with super luxe stones. In my budget it doesn't happen often enough so it's always so exciting for a bead-hound like myself. It's available for purchase HERE.

As always, custom orders also available as well!
Friday, February 18th, 2011
1:03 pm
[heres_2_yoko]
Just listed on Etsy...

Tree of Life Green Hemp Necklace




I hope you have a wonderful day!!
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