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11  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 09, 2017 06:29:25 PM
Saturday, we headed back over to Walt Disney World again - this time to Magic Kingdom. The long-standing fireworks show, Wishes is coming to an end this Thursday, May 11th. So I wanted to go out and see it one more time. Plus, Aurora didn't get a lot of time to enjoy Epcot as a theme park the previous weekend due to it being Dapper Day, so this was a pure, theme park adventure day!

Entrance to Magic Kingdom - the famous Main Street Train Station



Cinderella Castle with the "Partners" statue of Walt and Mickey



Dumbo the Flying Elephant!



Yummy Mickey cake pop treats!



In front of Beast's Castle and the Be Our Guest Restaurant



Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (This here's the Wildest Ride In the Wilderness!)


Click any pic for a larger version!

I have more pics on my camera but I also want to save some for the album. Also, I still have to edit my fireworks shots. But much fun was had!! Grin
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12  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: May 01, 2017 10:18:54 AM
Aurora came with me to Dapper Day yesterday at Epcot! Dapper Day happens two times a year; spring and fall. It occurs at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Paris in France. The idea is that back when Disneyland (California) first opened in 1955, everyone wore their "Sunday Best." Women wore dresses; men wore suits. So it's a day designed to embrace "stepping out in style" in the parks again. A lot of people do a 50's style, though it's not limited to that. And, a lot of people do what's known as "Disneybounding" where you wear an outfit that's reminiscent of a character, movie, attraction, etc. (It's kinda like a more subtle version of cosplay. You're not trying to be identical, but you're using clothing and accessories to give a similar look/feel.)

So, yesterday was Dapper Day at Epcot! It was SO HOT (about 94f / 34c) but we braved the weather and went. I did a Figment bound. Figment is the purple dragon from the Imagination ride and he's the unofficial mascot of Epcot. All day people were excited by my outfit and knew who I was styled after. It was also Flower and Garden Festival so the whole park is done in up flowers and topiaries making for a beautiful backdrop.

Entrance to Epcot and the famous Spaceship Earth geodesic globe:


Figment even has his own topiary!


Aurora and I in front of the "upside down waterfall" (It goes up!) and the Imagination Pavilion:


Click any pic for larger!

(I posted more pics of just me in my facebook here if you're curious: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155382651188514.1073741850.759693513&type=1&l=0a63b6cac2 )
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13  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 27, 2017 11:41:42 PM
Aurora came with me to my mom's today and she had to entertain herself while I was cleaning the house. She found my mom's orange tree in the backyard.



Poor thing got sick and they cut it back to a stump last year but amazingly it grew back! It had blossoms this year even, though this teeny, tiny little bump was the closest to fruit that the tree got this year. Maybe next year. We were just impressed it came back at all!

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14  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 24, 2017 02:10:57 PM
Very cool RaraAvis!

Saturday, we had a show. I was super busy all day though so I didn't get a chance to take any pics. (It was the same location though as last weekend's exploratory visit to Dunedin though.) Sunday, we ran over to a comic book store, Emerald City. It was "Teen Titans" day so Aurora got her picture with Robin and Raven.



(Emerald City does these in store meets a lot so other visitors have gotten to meet various other superheroes like Iron Man, Winter Solider, and Batman. So they've all come to enjoy having my current LV get a pic. They usually wind up posting a pic to their facebook page too but they haven't uploaded that album yet. I'll try to update when they do.)

On the way home, I snapped a pic of the view crossing Bayside Bridge. You can't go far around the Bay Area without crossing water since Tampa Bay divides the two halves of the area.

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15  Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 22, 2017 08:10:50 PM
PhoenixFireDesign's Spot!
Blue = received card - as of June 9th I've received everyone! Grin
Cards mailed 5/16/17


1. Smmarrt
2. craftylittlemonkey
3. BigBangMomma
4. calluna
5. alwaysinmyroom
6. noooitaremybirthday
7. mandykaye
8. roler
9. jellybean89
10. bec99
11. Abbeeroad
12. emilywilde
13. Sharalee
14. underthemountain
15. curiousfae
16. fluffypants
17. craftADDchick
18. LovelyMiss
19. phoenixfiredesigns
20. Onyxnox
21. seeuudee
22. alteredmommy


So, I decided to make mine festive in honor of my 40th birthday on May 16th. Instead of just one baby pfd pic, I did a collage. I scanned a bunch of baby pics, did a little color correcting on them (because film from the 70's tends to turn a lovely shade of orange!!) and then made a multicolor background. (The pic of me holding the sign says, "today is may 16th. my birthday. I am 3 years old" aw...)



I repeated the multicolor in a different pattern for the back and kept the same color scheme for the answers.



I printed up sheets of them on glossy paper via my laser printer and cut out and glued them onto ready made atc blanks (just to save my sanity and not overwork my shoulder for which I am undergoing physical therapy for as it is. Cheesy )
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16  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 20, 2017 08:15:21 PM
Aurora was amused to find "Florida's Key Lime Pie" flavor Slurpee at 7-11. Grin



No, I didn't try it. Honestly, it didn't sound like the best idea for a Slurpee flavor to me, despite being very Florida!
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17  Extra large wire wrapped tree of life SUNCATCHERS! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 18, 2017 10:55:18 AM
I've had people asking me if I could make large versions for years, but the one time I tried, it was a mess because scaling up gets exponentially overwhelming really fast. A 1.5" pendant uses about 10 feet of wire, so you can imagine a 12" piece gets out of control really fast.

But, people have continued to inquire about it so I sat down and got thinking and I was able to invent an entirely different technique from the way I make the pendants to scale up and make giant 8", 10", and 12" versions of them! I'm thinking they would look great in a window or a backyard garden.

These were the first few I experimented with. I'll be trying some additional styles and variations moving forward.


(Rainbow cracked glass beads)



(Copper with crystal accents)


(Two tone pink/blue cracked glass beads)



(Red/gold glass beads)


(It looks awesome in a sunny window too!)

I'm working on a few more too. I'd like to develop the idea further. Thoughts & feedback appreciated!
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18  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 16, 2017 01:42:08 PM
Today, Aurora came with us to my husband's family's brunch for Easter.



She also joined in on the egg hunt. We found an egg up in the flowering vines:




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19  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 16, 2017 06:26:26 AM
Next weekend, we'll be vending at a new location so we went to check it out this weekend. It's in the little downtown heart of Dunedin. A nice little community in Pinellas County, just north of it's more famous neighboring city of Clearwater, Dunedin was founded by Scottish families. The name comes from Dn ideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.  Grin

Which is why Aurora found this lovely gent to pose with:


We also found this art Dolphin (they're all around the area in different themes)


And she checked out the old Dunedin railroad station:


Aurora also found a Little Free Library and thought she'd take a look:


Afterwards, we REALLY needed to wash our car (it's been long overdue!) and Aurora was amused by the "tricolor" foam.
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20  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: April 12, 2017 06:07:36 PM
Aurora came with me as I ran over to one of the local malls. It's called "Citrus Park" and in case you didn't know that, they have a helpful, little sign to inform you. Cheesy

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