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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: November 07, 2016 03:13:47 AM
Hatty really didn't want to leave Florida and had an additional vacation at Australian customs but finally made it home!

She came back in this Haunted Mansion purse that she has been travelling around in, I freaked as I am a Disney Parks fanatic!!!

And here is Hatty herself with her new pair of mouse ears - we can match now! SO cute!!!!

She also got a first visit pin from Disney World  Grin

A super cute hedgehog magnet which perfectly matches my dry erase board -  I love it ^^

And a fun tote bag from an Etsy show phoenixfiredesigns went to!

The back -

And best of all, this absolutely gorgeous pendant which phoenixfiredesigns made herself - I LOVE it!!!!  Kiss Not a great photo, sorry, but look her up on Instagram to see all her beautiful work ^^

The front of the scrapbook - I was intrigued by that sparkly pom pom and it didn't disappoint  Wink

Goodies tucked into the front of the scrapbook - a first visit button and 45th Magic Kingdom anniversary button from WDW (thrilled about this as I shared a birthday with the Magic Kingdom ^^ ), some super cute Florida scrapbook stickers which I can use as I have yet to scrapbook my trips to Florida, and the source of the sparkly pom pom - a 4th of July pen that is SO me and I can't wait to use!!!!

A look inside the scrapbook - I really enjoyed seeing all Hatty's adventures Smiley

My favourite picture in the scrapbook - Hatty in Magic Kingdom with a Donald statue. She fits so perfectly in his hand, this is just too cute!!!!!

Thank you SO much phoenixfiredesigns for being a wonderful host to Hatty and for the great package  Cheesy

Hatty is having a break and won't be in the next round, but she will be back!!!!
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: October 04, 2016 07:35:49 PM
Oops, mentioned Clara's friendship with the cockatoos and forgot to add the photo! Here she is helping me feed this friend a walnut  Cheesy We only feed them small amounts so they do not become dependent on us, but I think they mostly come for the company as they are very curious and friendly birds!!!

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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: October 03, 2016 09:52:27 PM
With the swap extended, Clara was here for my birthday over the weekend  Grin I was sick but we still made it to the harbour to see the Sydney Opera House up close. Here is a panoramic shot which shows the gorgeous view - the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side of the harbour and the Sydney Opera House on the other. Sydney is a beautiful city and well worth a visit for anyone thinking about coming to Australia  Wink

As you can see by her face Clara was pretty impressed  Grin Going to miss this little friend when she goes home, and I won't be the only one - the cockatoos quite like her!!!!  Cry
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: September 17, 2016 12:11:26 AM
Clara and I have been absent but for good reason - we travelled around the world to London  Grin If you are a Harry Potter fan, prepare to be VERY jealous of our adventures...

One of our first stops was the Disney store on Oxford Street, as sadly we no longer have any Disney stores here in Australia Sad The cast members working there admired Clara!!!!

The trip was actually a prize I won for the release of the latest James Bond film, which included a private tour of the very secret Aston Martin headquarters... which was a bit hilarious, as I am terrified of driving and don't drive myself!!!!! Here is Clara looking at the cars -

We went to Oxford for part of the trip as that was closest to the Aston Martin HQ, so while we were there we checked out some Harry Potter filming locations including the dining hall at Christchurch College after which the Hogwarts Great Hall was modeled -

Then of course we had to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour so we could compare with the Great Hall set! As you can see, the sun was setting in this picture - this was on our way out, after spending five hours exploring the studio  Grin

And here is Clara with the fireplace in the Great Hall -

Clara looking for the second star to the right  Cheesy

And... I saved the best for last... We went and waited in the return line for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets from 10am until 1:30pm. At 1:30pm, half an hour before the first part was starting, I was offered a ticket!!! And it was a premium seat in the stalls  Shocked The play was absolutely AMAZING, if any of you are HP fans and anywhere near London I recommend hitting up the returns line. I already want to see it again!!!! Here is Clara with the tickets, program and of course shop bag  Grin

We had a truly magical trip and are just recovering from our jet-lag in time for Clara to head home!!!!!!
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: July 22, 2016 02:52:49 AM
I have to admit to feeling a little guilty every time I see photos of Hatty - I really made her a little small  Roll Eyes so I imagine she is hard to take pictures of!

Clara, on the other hand, is perfect posing size  Grin

Clara and I spent about a week solidly attached to the sewing machine, sewing an Anna costume for me to wear to Disney on Ice.

We had front row seats which was fabulous! Clara was a little alarmed when Olaf's head was thrown around, but I promised her she didn't have to get TOO close to the action and our heads would be remaining solidly attached  Wink

I ended up being mobbed by kids and their parents and spending the whole interval and 20 minutes after the show taking pictures with kids  Cheesy So here is a selfie we took at home afterwards -

Now we are planning my outfit for the Aladdin musical!!!!  Grin I have decided Clara might have to get in on the action, but more on that soon  Wink
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: July 06, 2016 06:22:46 AM
Unfortunately, my husband and I were both sick with some kind of stomach bug this weekend so we didn't get to go out and see fireworks for the 4th. Hatty enjoyed my red, white, and blue star blinkie necklace though!  Cheesy

Sorry to hear you've been unwell Sad I loved the picture of Hatty with Tigger  Cheesy Things have been quiet here too, I had a day surgery two weeks ago and had to have some home time so Clara and I have been taking some time off!

I did take her into the city on the train the other day (about 15 minutes from my house) and she got to see Sydney Town Hall -

We have some events coming up so stay tuned  Grin
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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: June 21, 2016 04:04:36 AM
wow some amazing pictures there PerfectlyBohemian, lovely light!

Clara and I were lucky enough to receive tickets from Disney to the Australian Premiere of Finding Dory last week  Grin It was released a day before the US in Australia and the premiere was the day before that so we were some of the first to see it in the world  Grin very cool.

We worked for two days beforehand to sew a special Dory skirt for me to wear. Here we are on the blue carpet (which we walked with Ty Burrell who voices Bailey in the movie!)

Clara felt right at home with all the great themed decorations. Here she is with the sea lions Fluke and Rudder, who were standing at the entrance to where the party was yelling "off! off! off! off!" as everyone walked in! (will make sense if you have seen the film, haha)

We had a blast! It's forecast to be super cold over the weekend so we will probably be staying in but we do have a few events on the horizon Smiley
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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: June 09, 2016 06:10:40 AM
That's such a cool cosplay and I'm glad you and Hatty both survived the storm phoenixfiredesigns ^^

During the rain we did some sewing. We are working on a toy for a little girl who loves a particular character of which there are no commercial plush available Smiley Clara's beak matches perfectly with the main colour of the toy!!!!!

Clara met one of our native friends - a beautiful cockatoo! The cockatoos visit us regularly and they are quite tame, they will come up close (and there is one who even has been known to fly onto my mum's shoulder on occasion!!!!). Note the similarity of their eyes  Grin

I took Clara to babysitting for my neighbours. Unfortunately, the neighbours' cat wasn't quite as happy to see her...  Roll Eyes

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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: June 04, 2016 06:51:23 AM
Love your pic from megacon phoneixfiredesigns!  Grin Did you happen to see little Lane there (@ferdalump on Instagram, I'm sure you've come across her?). She is my absolute favourite!!! <3

Clara has been enduring my excitement for the upcoming release of Finding Dory for the last week - she is very long-suffering!!!!!

Have you seen her?!

Clara, that is...

She seemed especially taken with this cute little otter family...

We tried to free some friends from the toy claw but sadly, we were unsuccessful Sad

Sydney is having extreme weather at the moment... Over this weekend we are having more rainfall than we usually get in the whole month of June  Shocked So we are taking it easy and relaxing. We caught up on some trashy tv...

Then tonight we had a family movie night, popcorn and all  Grin

I'm not sure if it is internationally known, but Sydney holds a festival called Vivid each year where major buildings such as the Opera House are lit up with specially created projections and there are various art sculptures around the city - it is a festival of light. I was hoping to take Clara along to see it but apparently some of the equipment has been damaged in the bad weather we have been having Sad So I will have to wait and see if everything is restored once the rain stops!
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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by abuckshort on: May 26, 2016 10:05:54 PM
Clara and I are horribly late to the party  Embarrassed But we have been having our own fun!

Here she is on our famous Sydney trains (not famous in a good way - they are infamously slow and unreliable... though I tend to find them ok on my line!) -

We had drinks on a lovely sunny day with a beautiful view -

She has seen the Sydney Harbour Bridge -

And also been to Circular Quay to see the Sydney Opera House from across the harbour! As you can see we have been really lucky with warm sunny weather despite it being Autumn (Fall) here!

We also went to a weekend market that is run in the Rocks, one of the oldest and most historic parts of Sydney.

And we have been to the cinema to see a movie. Here she is enjoying some popcorn with my friend  Cheesy

Unfortunately I have been sick for weeks with a really bad flu and chest infection, so we have been stuck at home a lot. But Clara found some new friends in my brand new slippers  Wink

I am slowly on the mend and we have some fun adventures planned soon!
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