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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by abuckshort on: July 22, 2016 02:52:49 AM
I have to admit to feeling a little guilty every time I see photos of Hatty - I really made her a little small  Roll Eyes so I imagine she is hard to take pictures of!

Clara, on the other hand, is perfect posing size  Grin

Clara and I spent about a week solidly attached to the sewing machine, sewing an Anna costume for me to wear to Disney on Ice.

We had front row seats which was fabulous! Clara was a little alarmed when Olaf's head was thrown around, but I promised her she didn't have to get TOO close to the action and our heads would be remaining solidly attached  Wink

I ended up being mobbed by kids and their parents and spending the whole interval and 20 minutes after the show taking pictures with kids  Cheesy So here is a selfie we took at home afterwards -

Now we are planning my outfit for the Aladdin musical!!!!  Grin I have decided Clara might have to get in on the action, but more on that soon  Wink
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by abuckshort on: July 06, 2016 06:22:46 AM
Unfortunately, my husband and I were both sick with some kind of stomach bug this weekend so we didn't get to go out and see fireworks for the 4th. Hatty enjoyed my red, white, and blue star blinkie necklace though!  Cheesy

Sorry to hear you've been unwell Sad I loved the picture of Hatty with Tigger  Cheesy Things have been quiet here too, I had a day surgery two weeks ago and had to have some home time so Clara and I have been taking some time off!

I did take her into the city on the train the other day (about 15 minutes from my house) and she got to see Sydney Town Hall -

We have some events coming up so stay tuned  Grin
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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by abuckshort on: June 21, 2016 04:04:36 AM
wow some amazing pictures there PerfectlyBohemian, lovely light!

Clara and I were lucky enough to receive tickets from Disney to the Australian Premiere of Finding Dory last week  Grin It was released a day before the US in Australia and the premiere was the day before that so we were some of the first to see it in the world  Grin very cool.

We worked for two days beforehand to sew a special Dory skirt for me to wear. Here we are on the blue carpet (which we walked with Ty Burrell who voices Bailey in the movie!)

Clara felt right at home with all the great themed decorations. Here she is with the sea lions Fluke and Rudder, who were standing at the entrance to where the party was yelling "off! off! off! off!" as everyone walked in! (will make sense if you have seen the film, haha)

We had a blast! It's forecast to be super cold over the weekend so we will probably be staying in but we do have a few events on the horizon Smiley
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by abuckshort on: June 09, 2016 06:10:40 AM
That's such a cool cosplay and I'm glad you and Hatty both survived the storm phoenixfiredesigns ^^

During the rain we did some sewing. We are working on a toy for a little girl who loves a particular character of which there are no commercial plush available Smiley Clara's beak matches perfectly with the main colour of the toy!!!!!

Clara met one of our native friends - a beautiful cockatoo! The cockatoos visit us regularly and they are quite tame, they will come up close (and there is one who even has been known to fly onto my mum's shoulder on occasion!!!!). Note the similarity of their eyes  Grin

I took Clara to babysitting for my neighbours. Unfortunately, the neighbours' cat wasn't quite as happy to see her...  Roll Eyes

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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by abuckshort on: June 04, 2016 06:51:23 AM
Love your pic from megacon phoneixfiredesigns!  Grin Did you happen to see little Lane there (@ferdalump on Instagram, I'm sure you've come across her?). She is my absolute favourite!!! <3

Clara has been enduring my excitement for the upcoming release of Finding Dory for the last week - she is very long-suffering!!!!!

Have you seen her?!

Clara, that is...

She seemed especially taken with this cute little otter family...

We tried to free some friends from the toy claw but sadly, we were unsuccessful Sad

Sydney is having extreme weather at the moment... Over this weekend we are having more rainfall than we usually get in the whole month of June  Shocked So we are taking it easy and relaxing. We caught up on some trashy tv...

Then tonight we had a family movie night, popcorn and all  Grin

I'm not sure if it is internationally known, but Sydney holds a festival called Vivid each year where major buildings such as the Opera House are lit up with specially created projections and there are various art sculptures around the city - it is a festival of light. I was hoping to take Clara along to see it but apparently some of the equipment has been damaged in the bad weather we have been having Sad So I will have to wait and see if everything is restored once the rain stops!
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by abuckshort on: May 26, 2016 10:05:54 PM
Clara and I are horribly late to the party  Embarrassed But we have been having our own fun!

Here she is on our famous Sydney trains (not famous in a good way - they are infamously slow and unreliable... though I tend to find them ok on my line!) -

We had drinks on a lovely sunny day with a beautiful view -

She has seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge -

And also been to Circular Quay to see the Sydney Opera House from across the harbour! As you can see we have been really lucky with warm sunny weather despite it being Autumn (Fall) here!

We also went to a weekend market that is run in the Rocks, one of the oldest and most historic parts of Sydney.

And we have been to the cinema to see a movie. Here she is enjoying some popcorn with my friend  Cheesy

Unfortunately I have been sick for weeks with a really bad flu and chest infection, so we have been stuck at home a lot. But Clara found some new friends in my brand new slippers  Wink

I am slowly on the mend and we have some fun adventures planned soon!
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7  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: March 22, 2016 08:56:01 PM
That is gorgeous phoenixfiredesigns! I hope you feel better soon!

Hattie finally arrived home today, woohoo!!!! Apparently she took an extended holiday at Australian customs or Australia Post  Cheesy

Even the box made me smile with this cute packing tape  Cheesy

Here is the sight that greeted me when I opened the box -

Hattie in her new cowboy hat (LOVE it!!!!), bandanna and ready for the upcoming Australian winter with two cute new scarves!

Rockingbearranch sent a super cute scrapbook, it is just gorgeous. One of my favourite pictures in it is Hattie in an Ikea doll house  Cheesy

A gorgeous little Christmas stocking (handmade I think?) -

An amazing altered Altoids tin with a Texas theme.

It had playing cards lining the inside!

And my favourite item, a Texas ornament. This is SO cute and I'm going to hang it up in my bedroom so it doesn't have to wait until Christmas  Grin I LOVE the ditsy floral print, too cute.

There were also a whole lot of fun pamphlets and paper souvenirs from Hattie's travels in the box.

Thank you so much rockingbearranch for the amazing package and for swapping with me! And thank you to Wildfyre for organising!
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8  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: March 08, 2016 07:28:11 PM
Blue Bubun is headed home!!!!!

Here is a sneak peek at the goodies I sent rockingbearranch -

And the scrapbook -

And naturally, I had to send Blue Bubun home with a travel companion!!!!
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9  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: March 05, 2016 12:39:19 AM
Wow! Amazing architecture.

We went to the botanical garden. There was construction so we got a little lost. On a side street was the Wooden Nickel Museum. It was closed for remodeling. We enjoyed the orchid building. They were really showy. And then Hattie played a round of chess down by the Shakespeare Theater. She wanted to be a knight but fell off the horse so she's a bishop.

Hattie looks at home among those succulents! Smiley It looks like she's been having lots of fun! Blue Bubun and I had a final outing today before he prepares to head home!!! It was a beautiful day by the harbour and I managed to get a nice (and pretty straight Wink ) panoramic shot of Blue Bubun with the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and a big cruise ship which was docked at the overseas passenger terminal Smiley

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10  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: February 28, 2016 01:55:02 AM
So while I owe rockingbearranch a HUGE apology for disappearing, I have indeed been continuing my adventures with Blue Bubun! Just had some major computer issues which have been resolved with a shiny new PC finally Smiley I also will have to apologise to everyone for the onslaught of ALL the pictures I haven't been able to share, so... sorry!

A tradition for my family is to play cards - specifically 500 - on Christmas day. Blue Bubun kept score for us and he was my good luck charm because I won!

I am a huge Disney/Pixar fan so of course we had to go and see the Good Dinosaur on its release here on Boxing Day. I promise he was not harmed in the production of this photograph!!!!!

We enjoyed some delicious lamingtons to celebrate Australia Day on January 26 -

I have been babysitting a lot so I took Blue Bubun along to meet some of our neighbouring little friends!!! Here he is with his new pal Superdog! The kids were excited that their toys now have an international friend  Grin

Other neighbours he has met include the friendly neighbour cat Tigger. Not as exotic as your beautiful chickens rockingbearranch but we try!

We went to see the Sound of Music at our oldest theatre, the Capitol Theatre. Blue Bubun seemed to know the words  Wink

And last night we went to a fabulous concert called 'Disney Under the Stars' (Disney music - go figure!) held at the Sydney Opera House forecourt. It was the first time I'd been to one of these concerts which are held outdoors. It was HUGE with thousands of people lining the steps of the Opera House... but we were in the second row!!!!! A one in thousands view. The concert was amazing - they had an orchestra and a full band and did some great Disney classics with clips from the film playing on huge screens behind the stage.

Blue Bubun has also now been to see our iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. One day when we went to see a magic show at the Opera House the weather was particularly nice and we got some lovely shots.

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