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Hi there and Welcome to Breath of the Dragon!
My name is Connie, but I also go by Sunfire (a high school nickname that stuck). I'm a veteran of the US Navy, having served 5 great years working with computers. Turns out being military wasn't in my heart, so here I am making a go of this 'real world'. I currently live in Wenatchee, WA, with my husband (boyfriend from high school). Between volunteering on veterans projects and working to build my web development business, I love spending time with my husband and doing what I can with my hobbies, as you can see here in my shop.
My mom pursuing a business based on her favorite hobby, photography, is what inspired me to find something I like to create that can make me some money as well. I tried out things like candle-making and some other simple, children's-type crafts, but they didn't suck me in. Then I picked up a woodburning pen.... I was hooked, on the smell, on the simplicity, and on the fact that I can trace my designs instead of being able to draw (I'm NOT a drawing artist, for sure). Not to mention it was not a common thing I saw on these online selling venues (unlike jewelry or crochet or other sewing crafts)...
I started wood burning in 2006, but it was on and (mostly) off until 2008 through 2012, which is when I created most of the pieces you see here. I love to work with solid symbols and/or black and white designs, in particular. Projects I can complete in a few hours are the best, such as my key chains, magnets, and small charms. While I don't foresee doing portraits any time soon, I still enjoy making art you'd be proud to display on your walls. Whether a sign with your child's name, a favorite quote with embellishments, simple images, or any other symbols (personal, religious, etc) are all something I would love to burn for you. Just ask!
I want to keep my shop as open and well-rounded as possible, so you will see a variety of designs popping in from time to time. Don't be surprised to see a common Cross or other Christian symbol next to a pagan Goddess design. My favorites right now are kanji (Japanese) characters, Celtic knotwork, tribal designs and inspirational sayings. My list of "what I want to burn" keeps growing, so watch for new things all the time!
Most of my materials come from the craft store, or from a supplier online at this time. I'd like to move to using reclaimed wood in the future, if possible. All pieces are made in a non-smoking, pet-free home.
You can read more about me and my crafting in my Featured Zibbeter interview here: http://www.zibbet.com/blog/2012.02.20/featured-zibbeter-breathofthedragon
Thanks for stopping in! Feel free to message me with any questions. I'm very open to custom orders and trades. Hope to hear from you soon.
Wenatchee, WA, USA
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