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11  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery 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.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 14, 2017 01:43:26 PM
 Cheesy Glad to see Clara is making friends and helping out with your crafting! Aurora has had a mostly quiet week around here, but we've got a family brunch/get together on Sunday - complete with egg hunt! - to look forward to.
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery 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

14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 09, 2017 07:37:35 PM
Mm...cheese! Grin Don't leave Clara alone with the cheese for long unless you want it to "mysteriously" disappear! Cheesy

This weekend Aurora was a big help because I had two separate shows back-to-back both Saturday and Sunday. I normally only do one, one-day show per weekend so it was busy!

Saturday, we were at Pierce Street Market which takes place right in downtown Clearwater on the waterfront by the Marina. This bridge in the background takes you to Clearwater Beach proper across the intracoastal waterway.

You can see the waterfront behind the row of tents on the left. My tent is 4 down on the same left side of this picture (just next to the one with the black top)

Sunday, we did a new-to-us market. I haven't been there before but they invited me in to "screen" me and see if they liked my booth and products. It's a great opportunity since they also do other markets I haven't been at yet as well, so it was an important day. It took place on the grounds of Hillsborough High School. (Hillsborough is the name of the county. It's most famous city within is Tampa.) The school was built in 1885!! It's gorgeous and I really want to come back and get some more photos one of these days.

(Down here, a lot of schools double as community hurricane shelters so they're squat, ugly, concrete block style without windows to help weather storms. My high school was one of those ugly evacuation shelters so this was a huge change of pace from where I went to school!)
edit: it's also historic and has it's own Wikipedia page! LOL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_High_School_(Tampa,_Florida)

Looking out from within the booth. I stared at the school on-and-off in between customers all day!  Wink

Tomorrow, we sleep in!
15  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craftster Trading Cards #2 SU April 2-17;SO May 20 on: April 07, 2017 08:47:29 AM
I did the first round and it was a ton of fun. My printer wasn't working at the time so I had them printed at Staples. (Only after picking them up, did I discover my text was a bit small. Oh well, it was a learning lesson!)

I'm thinking about the second round. I'm not sure what I would do the second time. Even just designing it digitally and then assembling took a not insignificant time. Hrm...
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 07, 2017 08:41:58 AM
Aurora made it to Florida yesterday! Just in time for my epicly busy weekend. LOL I'm vending in TWO separate shows this weekend, so set up for a show Saturday, breakdown and then do it all again somewhere else Sunday. She's going to get to jump in with both feet being my helper. Wink

Last night, she got to meet my kitties.

Gracie wasn't feeling very social. Cheesy

But Ginger was curious and wanted to give Aurora a welcoming sniff:
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 03, 2017 08:19:16 AM
So Clara knew she was heading back out on her next adventure Monday, so when we went with us to the final weekend of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival on Saturday, tagging along before her new adventure with Eamea starts! Cheesy

Now she's heading out today and ready for some new sights. Grin
18  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 (SU 03/16-03/29 SO 04/05 and 09/15) on: March 31, 2017 08:13:55 AM
I am getting ready to go out of town for the weekend but will send Aurora off to Tampa to play with PFD for the summer when I return.  It feels so strange to be leaving without an LV!
I know! I'll be at the Renaissance Festival this weekend...no LV to bring with me though! Oh well, there will still be fun things to do once Aurora arrives. Cheesy I'll be getting Clara packed up to head out soon too.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery on: March 30, 2017 02:58:19 PM
Clara made it home from her stay with seeuudee in the UK a few days ago. Unfortunately, I discovered that I'm intolerant to a specific antibiotic the hard way so I've been sick for days and just now am getting a chance to post pics.

Here she is with a new friend from the Teddy Bear Museum, the photo album, papyrus bookmark and cartouche from King Tut museum, clotted cream fudge, magnet, fossil, and chocolate!

I love the fossil:

Clara went on a lot of adventures and saw a lot of historic places! seeuudee also had a really neat way of putting in the guides and information about each stop right into the book:

Thank you for being a lovely host!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery on: March 23, 2017 07:24:55 PM
Giles is back from his stay with waterbaby! He had some last minute adventures, so his album is still coming, but she sent back all his souvenirs with him. And there's so many great things!

Opening the box...

Look at it all!

She made me the best bat bag - complete with adorable "Giles" California license plate tag:

Quite possibly the single cutest LV accessory ever. She found a Giles-sized sombrero!! OMG I love it!

This is so neat. It's a shirt from a MLK Jr breakfast and there are a deck of "cards" with images and quotes of former felons who turned around their lives. Also, my own Hollywood Union pen, jumping frogs, a pressed penny with the space shuttle turned into a magnet, a wood turtle, and pierced paper banner.

Darnit, this pic came out blurry. I'll have to take another. But it's two dinner plate sized "pot holders" that you use under your plates when they are hot so you don't burn your hands or laps. (We don't have a dining table so we eat on the couch and this will come in handy!) One is even palm tree fabric!

Waterbaby also crocheted Giles his own hat/scarf combo - complete with little ear holes. Aw...

I love everything! I can't wait to see more of his adventures. If his gifts are anything to go by, there's a lot of fun for him to share with me!
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