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1  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 04, 2015 09:50:46 PM
That "fireplace" is so neat!! Shocked Cheesy

Apti helped me make a silly oversized bowtie in the spirit of Independence Day and modeled it with a couple of his Captain America pals:

But unfortunately, we had thunderstorms and rain here. So fireworks were a washout and we had to settle for a live stream from Walt Disney World instead:

Tomorrow we're going to the historic Tampa Theatre to watch a special screening of Back to the Future. I'm going to wear my Marty outfit and I'll definitely get pics of the theater (which is over the top and haunted!) plus me in my costume. Grin
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2  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: July 03, 2015 05:15:58 PM
Apti came with me to a Barnes & Noble bookstore today. A real, actual bookstore! There's so few of them around these days after several of the large booksellers went out of business in recent years.

First, he read a book with a giant Lego guy:

Then he found a dinosaur display:

And checked out the Frog and Toad display. Those were my first books when I was a little girl and I loved them!

After spending some time at the bookstore, we had to leave for other errands. But it was nice getting out of the house a bit! Grin
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3  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 30, 2015 11:26:06 PM
I'm behind on sharing pics!!

Sunday was the St. Pete Pride street festival and I was a vendor. Didn't get a chance to get a ton of pics but I Apti still had a fun time.

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Plus I totally forgot to post this pic of a GORGEOUS sunset we had a week or so ago. It's just taken from the stairway landing in my apartment building because I didn't have time to go anywhere else for a better shot, but it's still darn pretty!

As always, click any pic for bigger or see the entire gallery here: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipMV4z7P1Cutd0NpiLFx01URpHpzEcq_leVMVslc
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4  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 23, 2015 03:45:44 PM
Last night we went out to {finally!} see Tomorrowland. We've been trying for a couple weeks now but things keep interfering with our plans. Then of course, I totally forgot to take a pic so...yeah.

Meanwhile, poor Apti has been feeling the summer heat. Scottish polar bears tend to be unprepared for how hot Florida can be in summer! Grin So he's been finding ways to keep cool:

 Cheesy Grin
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5  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 20, 2015 03:43:44 PM
Today we went over to the posh, ritzy mall because we wanted Earl of Sandwich for lunch. Earl of Sandwich is a chain of sandwich stores actually owned by the current Earl of Sandwich. Wink They make really yummy sandwiches and have signs that say things like, "making sandwiches since 1762!"

After lunch, we went into the mall because I wanted to hit a store inside. When I say it's a ritzy, posh mall I'm not kidding. There's stores like Tiffany's, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, etc. and they even had a BENTLEY parked on display inside the mall! Shocked Cheesy (Most malls display $30-60k cars inside, not $200k cars!!)

Apti got a kick out of all the silliness the froufrou mall offers. Grin
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6  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 10, 2015 10:55:45 AM
Waheyyyy!! It seems we finally have something that constitutes as "summer" in Scotland!! Wink I.e. temperatures above 14 Celsius (57 F).  Shocked Grin
Oh my word! It's currently 90F/32C outside - and today is a "cool" day for us because it's raining! Shocked

And better watch out! Clyde's a trixsy little horse. He'll definitely steal your pizza when you're not looking! Grin

Meanwhile, as mentioned, it's a rainy, thunderstormy day here in the Sunshine State!

(click for full size so you can see the rain!)

We're going to watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight (Go Bolts!) Apti has gotten into excitement of the local team being up 2 games to 1 in the best of 7 series. He hopes the Lightning can make it 3 wins tonight before going back to home ice!
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7  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 07, 2015 10:18:08 AM
The Gala Days looks fun! Looks like the kind of little street fair/festival that you'll see around here on long weekends. (Like for 4th of July or Labor Day Weekend that sort of thing.)

Oh boo! I'm sorry to hear you've all been sick! Hope everyone gets better soon!

My poor Mom had surgery a week and a half ago then had a bad reaction to her medication and was in the hospital for several days last week so all of us were trying to take turns staying with her so Apti didn't get out of the house much lately.

Apti of course helped me with my show (Etsy Craft Party) on Friday. It was an excellent turnout. I posted some pics to his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.508413682643298.1073741848.409192015898799&type=1

It was a perfect venue and a great time was had by all. Now I'm going to take a little downtime to recoup and then get ready because the end of the month we're participating in the St. Pete Pride street festival. It draws like 50,000 ( Shocked !!!) people so I need to make a lot of stock between then and now! Grin
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8  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 05, 2015 08:43:22 PM
Tonight Apti came and helped me at the Etsy Craft Party at St. Petersburg Coliseum. It's a fantastic historic building and we had a WONDERFUL turnout. It was so packed for the first couple hours I didn't have a chance to stop and do anything, let alone get pics! LOL

But I have this one from my cell from later on looking out from behind my table:

I took a few more before we opened with Apti but they're on my memory card so I'll get them later. Tomorrow we do it all again at an entirely different show. Whew!! Busy weekend! Grin
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9  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: June 03, 2015 06:17:49 PM
We're watching game one of the Stanley Cup Finals here tonight!

So far, the home team Lighting are up 1-0!  Grin Apti is getting into the spirit with a LV sized "Go Bolts" flag. Alright, second period is coming up so back to it!
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10  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 26, 2015 01:21:01 PM
Monday, we braved the Memorial Day crowds and heat and decided to head out to Honeymoon Island. This is a very rustic, natural island north of the more famous local beaches such as Clearwater.

True to name it is an island and it's unique for having a more rocky shoreline with limestone and coral rocks. (Most beaches in this area are pure, white sand.) You can even find geodes and agatized coral right there within the rocks! We even found a few of the agatized coral rocks in our walk! It was so crowded and the tide was high so we didn't get to look a ton so we may have to go back and do some more detailed exploring another day.

It's a very different park/beach from the norm and Apti thought the rocks were really neat!

(click any pic for larger version!)

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