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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: August 25, 2016 03:42:30 PM
I've been behind in posting, too.  I'm not quite sure how the days slip by so quickly...

My cousin was in from out of town, so I went to my aunt's house to visit and do some tie dye with his girls (ages 6, 9, and 11).  Tree promised me she would be careful, but I was fairly certain she would end up with dye all over.  She spent some time chilling in the pool instead.


I showed her where I attended college, Southeast Missouri State University.  This is Academic Hall.  This building is the original teacher's college the campus grew from, and I spent a lot of time in there with accounting classes.


She also got to see Turtle Park.  It opened about 20 years ago and features huge concrete turtles that you can climb all over.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: August 06, 2016 08:31:59 AM
Anana & I haven't been up to too much lately, but we're going wine tasting in northern Michigan this weekend! In the meantime, enjoy the pickup line Anana thought up in case we meet any lady pineapples. Grin
Love this!  It fits his rakish grin perfectly.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 30, 2016 08:32:09 AM
The Butterfly House was created some time ago, but I had never been.  I took Tree there, and it was quite a surreal experience.  There are outdoor gardens designed to attract local species, and the indoor area houses butterflies from all over the world.  I felt like I was in a CGI wonderland.  There were blue butterflies flying around in groups of two and three.  They would dip and swirl about, and it felt like magic.


It was so hard to get those little suckers to pose for me, but this one did pretty good.


Nearby is the St. Louis Carousel, so naturally we had to stop in.  It features carved wooden horses from the 1920's and was at a local amusement park that burned in the 60's.  The carousel wasn't heavily damaged so it was salvaged.  It was fully restored and is now housed indoors where you can ride it no matter the weather.  I thought Tree might be a little homesick for Montana, so I made sure she visited with reindeer.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 30, 2016 08:02:00 AM
Waterbaby, thanks for the behind the scenes shots.  When it's not your job it's quite interesting.  Wink The outside of the post office looks so good I'm not surprised you were fooled.

Averia, I do EPP, too!  I didn't realize there was a swap here, but I really shouldn't be surprised should I?  I'm assuming sign ups are complete, so I'll keep an eye out for the gallery.

Mountains, the scenery you showed is so beautiful, so diverse.  Seeing the redwoods is on my bucket list.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 25, 2016 12:38:08 PM
Curiousfae, that is so interesting!  I had no idea what the procedure was.  I realize you probably batch your samples, but if you did one from start to finish approximately how long would that take?
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 25, 2016 12:36:35 PM
Is that glass on the gate Eamea? Gorgeous!
Yes, the yellow is glass as are the "onions" in the reflecting pool in front of the Climatron.  When the exhibit was here the garden was full of blown glass and was just beautiful.  I'm so glad they decided to purchase some of the pieces!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 23, 2016 01:20:27 PM
The scenery Aurora is seeing is gorgeous!

@rockingbearranch: "they look concerned"  Cheesy

@abuckshort:  Well done!  I'm not at all surprised you ended up as a photo op.

The Missouri Botanical Garden has several corpse flowers, and when they bloom it's a big deal.  They don't bloom annually (this particular one last did in 2013), but it opens up wide and emits an odor like rotting flesh.  The blooms last anywhere from 12-48 hours, so when I heard it had opened on Saturday I wanted to go.  I didn't get a chance until Monday, and it had already closed back up.  Lucky for me the smell was still hanging around.


The heat index was 103 that day, and I figured that since I was already out I might as well show Tree around the garden.  It's 79 acres and was established in 1859 by Henry Shaw (locals just call it Shaw's Garden).  The Climatron, a geodesic dome conservatory, was built in 1960.


In 2006 the exhibit "Glass In The Garden" featured work by glass blowing artist Dale Chihuly.  Several of the pieces were purchased and kept as permanent installations.  This gate leads to the rose garden.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 17, 2016 12:01:56 PM
I took Tree to Dreamland Palace, a German restaurant housed in a building from 1875.  Over the years it has been a stage coach stop, general store, tavern, and dance hall.  The current owners have been operating a restaurant there since 1990.


She asked me to remind her to sign one of her 8x10 glossies and send it in so she can be on the celebrity wall.


She tried to get this lion to play, but he wasn't having any of it.  He just looked to the side with disdain (you know how cats are).


Here she is on the corner of the bar.  Poor Tree wasn't having much luck with making friends that day.  She thought Mr. Dillinger looked clean cut and nice in his suit, but I convinced her to keep looking around for someone else to talk to.


Finally!  Tree found this friendly cow hanging out in the gift shop.  They exchanged pleasantries for a bit before we left.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 16, 2016 07:36:47 AM
Argh - two near misses on the LV meetup front!  I live in the St. Louis area, so if anyone is coming through again please let me know.  I'd love to meet up for either a coffee quickie or an all day tour.

The Oregon fair looks like so much fun!  I would go every year, too, if I could.

The Disney music hall is really cool.  I had no idea it existed, so thanks for sharing it.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! on: July 10, 2016 07:24:45 AM
I may not be around for a few days. I think we need to make the call tomorrow for my tabby cat Mika's final vet appointment. She's been sick for awhile but has just recently taken a drastic turn for the worse and as much as my heart is breaking, I think it's time. I don't want to make her suffer. So my apologies in advance for any radio silence.
Oh, so sorry you are having to do this.  It is by far the worst part of responsible pet ownership.  You know you have to do it, but you absolutely don't want to.  Those little fuzzy butts sure do work their way into your heart, don't they?  ((Hugs))
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