Greetings! I'm Miss M. Turner. I'm 36 and I live in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida (USA) with my guy and three cats. (Used to only be two but we found and rescued the most adorable fluffy orange kitten earlier this year so now we have three. The felines are taking over!)
It's been a pretty good year all things considered and though life always has it's ups and downs, I think it's been more ups than down this year so that's always nice. I've been in this community for longer than I can remember. LOL I think like 7 or 8 years now? I look forward to it every year and enjoy both sending and receiving some holiday cheer!
1. As always, first and foremost: To have a good season in my shop PhoenixFire Designs
After my major surgery two years ago and not having a job to come back to after recovery, I decided to make a go at running my business full time. It's been the best decision ever but it can be scary because it's unpredictable. I can't always guarantee what my income will be. My holiday season tends to be make or break for me and I count on it a lot for the whole year. I make beautiful pieces by hand and with love, including my world-famous Tree of Life pendants. I also gladly customize and personalize!
Even just spreading the word is helpful! Posting my link or "Like" my facebook page is greatly appreciated. You can post it in your journal, pinterest, facebook, twitter - anything! The more people know about it, the more I have a chance of getting buyers! Please help support handmade this holiday!
You're also welcome to use any image in my shop or one of these images to link with as well:
2. And speaking of...Something Handmade by you or someone you know!
What's your specialty? I'd love to see what you (or someone you know) loves to make by hand. Knit, crochet, sew, printmaking, woodwork, paper crafting, photography, paint, art, ceramics, pottery, glass, embroidery, screen printing, etc., etc., etc.....I'm leaving this totally open. Help support other handmade artisans too!
3. Any Kind of Craft Supplies!
And continuing the handmade theme, I can always use more supplies! I am a very crafty person and welcome just about any craft supplies! Rubber stamps, stickers, beads (not plastic please), jewelry findings, gemstone beads, papercraft items, die cuts, embossing folders, fabric, notions, tools - you name it, I'll take it! :)
4. Gift certificates for Supplies!
There are always things I need running my own business. Especially supplies. So maybe you can help with gift cards I can use for places to get things to run my shop. Got $7.52 left on one? I'll still gladly put it to good use. Craft stores, office supply, even places you might not think of like home decor and such that I use for my displays when I have a craft show - just about anything is helpful!
Three places that are exceptionally awesome?
- Etsy (supplies and handmade items)
- Fire Mountain Gems (supplies for my business)
- Amazon (little bit of everything.)
5. Anything from my amazon wishlist.
Ok, so I admit. I also like some good old fashioned material things too. LOL But I don't mind gently used items. I'm a big believer that many things in life can be enjoyed by more then one person and shared. (And if you already own something on the list and want to pass it on, that's awesome too!)
6. Anything Back to the Future
I LOVE Back to the Future. Like, seriously, I know the first movie by heart. It's my ringtone on my cell. And I have like 6 versions of the DVD/Blu-Ray because every time it comes out, I buy it again. LOL So, anything about, or from or inspired by - handmade or store bought - would be super fun. DeLorean items, Doc Brown, Marty - it's all good. Tees, keychains, posters, postcards, figures, autographs, promotion things, whatever. Silly? Yes, of course. But that's half the fun.
7. Hand Knit Socks
This one is a guilty pleasure for me. I love soft, hand knit socks. I can't knit my way out of a paper bag! I have pretty small feet (size 6.5 US or about 9" long) so maybe a kind knitter out there would make me a pair?
8. Surprise me!
Take a look at my likes in my profile or read any my past journal entries. Any of that spark an idea for you? Think of something I didn't mention specifically but think I might like? Go for it! (Feel free to email me/comment too if you have any specific idea/questions.) Handmade is awesome and appreciated. Gently used/pre-loved is as well.
9. My pipe dream wish: Canon EF or EF-S Len(es)
Something like the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens. Oh, excuse me, I drooled a little on my list. Sorry about that. Photography is my second passion and earlier this year I got a Canon T4i DSLR and I just love it. I love having so much more control over what I can do. But I really want to upgrade my kit lens. So the 17-55mm looks awesome. (The 15-85mm looks nice too.) Either way, it's like $800 so yeah, dream I know but hey, can't fault a girl for dreaming big! :)
And last but certainly not least... 10. Holiday cards!
Bonus if they have penguins on them, or owls, or winter scenes and extra bonus if they are Yule/Solstice themed. But honestly, any and all cards are SO welcome! I absolutely love mail. I check my mailbox every day because I just love getting mail. It's like a present.
I do my absolute best to send return cards back for all I receive, so please remember to include your return address!
Miss M. Turner
PO BOX 1484
Elfers, FL 34680
ALLERGY NOTE: Because of my migraines, I can't have anything that was around smoke and I can't have any scented products unless they smell like food. Anything with a musk or a perfume or non-edible scent will trigger a migraine. I am also allergic to artificial sweeteners. Thank you.
(And if you feel like we have a lot in common, please feel free to friend my journal! I always welcome new friends. I even get chatty in the comments so if you see a ton of replies to this entry, that's why! LOL)
Thank you in advance! I hope you and yours have a beautiful holiday season!