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21  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Eamea on: November 02, 2016 04:52:12 PM
Daisy is adorable!  I sent Aurora off today to visit Alexampersandra in Virginia.  I had barely opened the box and she jumped right in.
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22  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea on: October 22, 2016 03:58:08 PM
Aurora made it home safely, and lucky for me she didn't come alone.  Wink

This is the scrapbook of her Montana and beyond adventures along with a picture painted by stellato_escuro's daughter.


She brought home some books with wonderful pictures of Montana.  s_e even worked with one of the photographers!  She has most excellent taste I might add, as The Far Side is one of my favorite cartoons ever.  The framed pictures she took on her grandparent's property in South Dakota.


s_e found an Art-O-Mat!  I've heard about them, but I've never actually seen one.  I received a pendant and a piece of decorated glass (can't wait to put that in a mosaic!).  I have never tried needle felting (don't really trust myself with that one), but I do like it.  I'm chuffed to have this cute little cottage brooch!  There's also soap, a watercolor card, and ephemera from exhibits/places Aurora visited.  DH and I went up to South Dakota years ago, and we absolutely loved it up there.  Like an idiot I didn't pick up a Wall Drug bumper sticker, but she sent one so I can cross that regret right of the list. LOL


Thank you, stellato_escuro, for taking such excellent care of Aurora this summer!
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23  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea on: September 22, 2016 06:30:16 AM
Tree and I had a wonderful time in Scotland, and she was so excited to meet another LV.  While the big people talked she and Baranof had their own conversation about their travels.


I'm headed today to get the pictures printed so scrapbooking can commence.  Choosing just a few was harder than I thought it would be!
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24  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea on: August 29, 2016 07:20:32 AM
Tree got the whirlwind tour of downtown St. Louis.  Here she is chilling on the river front near the Eads Bridge.


The Basilica of St. Louis, King (we just call it the Old Cathedral) is the first cathedral built west of the Mississippi River.  It's also where the St. Vincent de Paul Society was founded in the United States.


She visited the Old Courthouse where Dred and Harriet Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom from slavery.


No visit downtown would be complete without a picture of the Gateway Arch.  The whole area is undergoing renovation, so pardon the cranes in the photo.
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25  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea 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.
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26  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea 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.

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27  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea 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.
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28  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea 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.
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29  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea on: July 05, 2016 04:13:47 PM
Curiousfae, we were on the same wavelength with the daylillies!  Instead of it being too dry, though, we got a ton of rain.  Several local fireworks displays were cancelled due to rain, so unfortunately Tree didn't get to experience much in the way of 4th of July celebrations.

Here she is smelling a yellow lily.  I think she was a little disappointed they aren't more fragrant.


It's hard to tell where Tree's hair stops and the orange lily starts.


Here she is with my favorite maroon lily.  This was bought on end of season clearance at KMart many years ago, and I wasn't even sure it would make it.  It turned out to be one of my favorite colors and the most prolific.
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30  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Eamea on: July 01, 2016 10:46:12 AM
Tree and I were vending at the Heart Of America festival last weekend in Kansas City.  She got to meet Egyptian dancers Aziza and Raqia Hassan, as well as Chinese dancer Samia Du.


Lebanese Simon let her sit atop his drum.


She even got a kiss from the contest winner (while Miss Congeniality giggled in the background)!
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