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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 27, 2015 03:34:15 PM
I need to go see if Michael's has anything out yet but I doubt it... It seems like it's only out for two weeks before all the Christmas stuff takes over
Mine has started overtaking the seasonal aisle!!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: July 27, 2015 02:10:37 PM
Wow! That's a MASSIVE climbing wall! Shocked

Friday, Apti came with us to the posh Vinoy Resort for my evening artist showcase. It was mostly empty so he had to entertain himself a bit.




Unfortunately, it was also terrible, scary thunderstorm and torrential rain sorta night driving both there and back plus it meant we didn't get to walk around and check out Downtown at all. Undecided

The next day, Saturday, we went out to Downtown Disney in Orlando (it's part of Walt Disney World resort, but a shopping complex that's free and open air) and Apti had fun in the superhero store:




Then he checked out some Star Wars stuff like these C-3PO Mickey ears:


And finally had to dodge hungry dinosaurs:


Next weekend is Tampa Bay Comic Con!! I'm so excited!! It's my first ever con and my first cosplay too. (I'm going as a female Marty McFly) So I'm sure there will be a bunch of fun photos to share from that.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: July 24, 2015 08:44:59 AM
That HP bag is awesome! Grin And...maybe "hat model" isn't the career path Clyde will excel at. Cheesy

Meanwhile, in the "Sunshine State" it's been raining. A lot. Thunderstorms like crazy. Like now for instance.



This has led to a lot of lazing about the house. Such as the other day when Apti was trying his hand at the life of a cat:



Tonight we're going to be at a posh hotel - The Vinoy Resort St. Petersburg for a couple hours, being the special guest artist and having a small table showcase of my work. So at least he'll get out of the house! Wink
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 20, 2015 11:08:53 AM
The vintage item that arrived broken might be able to be repurposed into something else. So there's hope with that. And I did get a refund which is good. Sadly, I can't find another like it at the moment so the original concept may be lost at this point.

Another supply which was supposed to have been delivered last week should FINALLY be in my mailbox today after a huge, unexplained delay. Hopefully, if I can do with it what I want, it will be awesome. *fingers crossed*

I still need some more ideas though. I was sick with food poisoning all weekend so I haven't done much in the way of anything since last week. I am eager to get back into some crafting.
5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 15, 2015 12:27:29 PM
GRR!!! I ordered something for the swap and I loved it as it was perfect. Well today it shows up in about fifty pieces because the damned person did not package it even remotely acceptably! It was a vintage item too so who knows if I'll find another. Angry Angry Off to file an ebay complaint. Angry Angry
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 13, 2015 07:28:05 PM
Head's up for anyone needing custom fabric for the swap: free shipping on all spoonflower orders now through tomorrow morning only!!

From 9am EDT on Monday, July 13th, to 9am EDT on Tuesday, July 14th, standard shipping will be completely free on all Spoonflower orders--no restrictions and no minimum or maximum order size to qualify! Offer applies to US and non-US destinations.
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 11, 2015 01:26:19 PM
It's coming!!! Look what I saw in my Michael's store today:



Plus they started putting out some of the autumn/halloween fake flower items. Ironically, I still didn't see anything Christmas but there is some sign of Halloween life arriving!! Grin
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 7 (S/U CLOSED; S/O Sept. 17 or 21) on: July 09, 2015 09:59:14 AM
It's so weird that there's not only no Halloween stuff at the craft stores yet, but I haven't seen any Christmas stuff either. And that normally is ALWAYS in stores by July. Sad
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: July 08, 2015 11:47:43 AM
So great to see such a wonderful movie palace brought back to life!  We have a street in downtown Los Angeles that has a bunch of them spread out over a several blocks.  Sadly, a number of them have been turned into storefronts and indoor open air type malls, all selling cheap imported goods.  Happily, though, some have been refurbished or restored, but none to the extent of the Tampa!
Yeah it's amazing how well it's been preserved. The designer, John Eberson, designed near 100 theaters in his career but most are no longer standing. There's a partial list on his wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Eberson#Theatres

It was the first commerical air conditioned building in Tampa when it opened which really, really comes in handy in our sweltering summers! Grin

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery on: July 08, 2015 09:26:38 AM
Sunday, historic Tampa Theatre had a special screening of Back to the Future as part of their Summer Series. BttF is celebrating it's 30th anniversary, having been originally released in theaters July 3, 1985! In honor of the event, I debuted my {female} Marty McFly cosplay at the show as well. (Ahead of Tampa Bay Comic Con at the end of the month!)

Tampa Theatre was built in 1926 and is beautifully over-the-top in it's design and decor. Saved from demolition back in the 70's when the land it sat on in the heart of Downtown Tampa was worth more than the building, it's now on the National Registry of Historic Places. It's also very much haunted. Cheesy

Outside, the front marquee:




Inside, the concession stand:


Even the floors have intricate and detailed original tile work:


Inside the first floor of the theatre. (There's also a second floor balcony)


Views from the top. (Looking left to right)


There's an organ which lifts up to the stage and then lowers back down beneath it. To entertain us while we waited, the organist played.
Here's a 30 second video clip: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipMV4z7P1Cutd0NpiLFx01URpHpzEcq_leVMVslc/photo/AF1QipODWU1a9dfWKwrKZADsdjRl6gQwqLZ_b18gL0IV

The movie was awesome and the crowd was so into it! Afterward, Apti and I posed for a pic together in my costume:



As always, click any pic for larger and see all the photos here: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipMV4z7P1Cutd0NpiLFx01URpHpzEcq_leVMVslc
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