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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: May 03, 2015 07:55:38 PM
Today we had to run to downtown St. Petersburg and while we were there, we renewed our Sunken Gardens membership and took a few minutes to show Apti some of the historic gardens. Long time LV swappers will probably recall photos of Sunken Gardens from previous rounds but it's just so darn pretty, I love taking my visitors there! It's over 100 years old and right off the major street but you enter it and though it's compact, you would never expect such lush gardens right off a busy road!

Link for more info: http://www.stpete.org/attractions/sunken_gardens/index.php

(As ever, click any pic for larger version!)

(can you spot Apti in this shot? Cheesy )

Even though we only stayed briefly (there were a bunch of mosquitoes plus we had to go to another store down there before they closed) it was still nice to take a few minutes and enjoy the pretty scenery.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: May 02, 2015 03:14:40 PM
Oh my goodness, I never knew there were such Ancient Greek stylized building in Scotland of all places! How neat! Grin (My grandfather was born in Greece and emigrated to NY as a boy.)

I'm jealous Clyde's seen Avengers; we definitely haven't gotten to it yet but hope to soon. Wink

I wind up using Google+ because I have an android phone and all my pics auto backup so it's just convenient for me. If something like a fb page is easier for you, I'll be happy to make one. (Or you can too, whatever's easier!)
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: May 02, 2015 09:57:08 AM
It was a lovely day out yesterday so I took Apti over to a local park. It's right on the edge of Tampa Bay so there's both scrubland and marshy waterfront.

As ever, click any pic for larger version!

(He's hard to spot here but look on top of the canoe!)

(It's a long, windy drive into the park)

(There's a boardwalk along the waterfront and canoe launches)

(Some of the scrublands including this dead trunk covered in Spanish moss)

(Local Live Oaks covered in Spanish moss next to stairs leading up to an elevated viewing platform)

(canoe for rental)

(the view looking out across the estuary. You can see the boardwalk from earlier shot off in the far right middle of the photo)

(The pathways are all bleached out shells.)

There's a little taste of natural Florida! Grin
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 29, 2015 08:43:15 PM
Oh and I posted some pics from the Daughtry show in my blog: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2015/04/daughtry-in-tampa/

(The only ones that had Apti in it were my cell shots since I was using my telephoto lens for the photos of the stage.)

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 29, 2015 08:10:11 PM
Ok! Zoomination pictures are {finally} edited and ready to share! They start when it was daylight since we got there way earlier than we needed to (LOL) but progress on so you can see some of it in daylight vs at night. Cheesy

As always, click any photo for a larger version!

Find all the pics here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/100886695306546989161/albums/6135869302957754369

And LIKE Apti's facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/littlevisitorapti
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Miniature Harry Potter (Hufflepuff) Magical Spell Cabinet Hutch on: April 28, 2015 01:28:14 PM
Great job!!!   So many wonderful details.  Can I ask where you find the hutches these days?  Our Michaels doesn't carry them any more. 
You know, I haven't even checked for them lately. I had a few unfinished ones sitting around that I never used and when I was rummaging through my craft supplies to get ideas, I saw it in the pile-o-stuff and went to work. I wonder if ebay has any?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: April 28, 2015 08:08:18 AM
Totally o/t but Wildfyre, I was amused to hear Sitka mentioned the other day on an episode of "Mysteries at the Museum" on the Travel Channel! They showed pics of the area which I totally recognized from Clyde's stay with you a few rounds back. Cheesy (The story was about an April Fool's Day prank back in the 70's where someone put burning tires up on the mountain to make it look like the volcano was erupting.) It was kinda on in the background as I was getting ready for bed and I heard, "Sitka, Alaska" and stopped, ran over and rewound. Grin

Meanwhile, on topic we had a busy weekend. I still have to get the pics off my camera but here's a few cell shots.

Friday, we went to Lowry Park Zoo for "Zoominations" - a Chinese lantern festival of lights. We didn't really think about it though and got there shortly after the 6pm opening time....when it was still totally light outside. So we wandered around for a couple hours until it got dark. Night photos will come once I get the pics off my dslr, but here's a few daytime teaser shots:

Then Saturday, Chris Daughtry was playing at Busch Gardens Tampa. Not sure if people outside the US are as familiar with him but he started off on American Idol like 9 years ago. He didn't win actually, but he did so well you knew he'd still make it. Busch Gardens was doing a "food and wine" festival with a free concert each weekend and Daughtry was Saturday's. I had watched him on American Idol and liked him and knew some of his songs from the radio and I was really curious how he'd sound in person, so I told my husband I wanted to head over there. Glad we did because he was a rock star and put on an amazing show!

We were both really impressed and enjoyed ourselves.

Anyway...more pics later but that's a teaser from our busy weekend!

(As always click any pic for LARGER version and check out the gallery so far here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/100886695306546989161/albums/6135869302957754369 )
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: on: April 27, 2015 10:55:27 PM
Thanks so much! Smiley

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: on: April 27, 2015 10:55:14 PM
Thank you! Smiley

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10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Miniature Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Bell Jar Necklace on: April 27, 2015 08:35:27 PM
I made this for rantyhippie in the craft your fandom swap. She said Beauty & the Beast was one of her favorite Disney films and it's mine too. I always loved the image of the enchanted rose in the bell jar and had an idea to make a miniature necklace versions.


Basically, I found this small two part miniature bell jar and used a small ribbon rose which I dipped in pink glitter to give it the more magical color of the enchanted rose and then I glued it into the jar and glued the jar together. I also glued a cap on the top from which I ran wire to make a loop and strung it on a matching red satin cord.

I think it just came out so fun and really captured the inspiration. Cheesy
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