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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: November 03, 2019 05:47:37 PM
I'm so glad that your soup came out good, BBM!

DH took me on a drive to the Hamptons today (way out on the very east end of Long Island), and as a surprise, took me to Montauk Point!  (think the very tip of one of the ends of Long Island...I forget if it's the north or south one, but it's as far east as you can go on LI)

We usually go to Montauk during the summer, but we didn't this year.   Cry  I was very happy we got there today, and not only did Mr. Sparkles go, but so did his new friend, Benny the Bison (from the meetup last week!)!  Here's some great photos of them:

This was spraypainted on the concrete leading to the Montauk lighthouse.  I think it explains the LV's growing friendship.   Smiley

There's pretty big dunes that you have to walk over to get to the ocean, and this was one of the types of bushes that grows along the dunes.  There was another bush there I was going to put them in, but it was full of really sharp thorns!  Thankfully, I noticed in time and we didn't use that bush.

When we've gone to this beach in the summer, there's hardly anything to find...shells, rocks, etc...  I don't know why, but there were these HUGE stones all over the beach!  Mr. Sparkles and I liked this rock especially b/c it was kind of colorful in the sun.

And I just have to end with this photo...didn't it come out beautiful???!!!!

Oops, one more!  This was on the dunes, on the way to the beach...
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 28, 2019 04:07:15 PM
BBM, is SuzieQ sitting next to the pumpkin and the scarecrow?  I had to squint with my glasses on to see!  I adore the name of the town you live in and the name of the town that the school is in, tops that!  COOLVILLE!  Grin Grin Grin

Mr. Sparkles accompanied me to the meetup this past Saturday at calluna's and then at the farm that we all visited later.  Here are some fun photos from that:

This was an old piece of farm machinery on the land that calluna lives on.

This was a cute little house on top of a concrete brick structure that no one knew the purpose of.  The house was just the right size for him, but I told him he couldn't stay.  Cheesy

There's other photos of Mr. Sparkles, but I want to save them for the album.

Also, everyone at the meetup was very supportive of Mr. Sparkles!  They asked me where he was and kept on pointing out great photo ops! Cheesy

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3  Re: Mid-Atlantic Meetup! October 26, 2019, Charles County Maryland in Maryland by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 28, 2019 03:50:15 PM
I'd like to post some stuff about the meetup here too!

A jack-o-lantern mugrug from Averia, jelly with orange fabric AND rainbow fabric on it  Wink from calluna, an embroidered "craft army" patch and Craftster trading card from thanate, a tree of life necklace from underthemountain, some blue and white tye-dyed fabric from (I cannot spell her Craftster name for the life of me, so bear with me.)ptarmic_wumpus.  Calluna was also generous in sharing some "river sea glass" with us, and I chose a clear bonfire piece!

We spent half the day at calluna's adorable house and half the day at a farm that calluna sometimes volunteers at.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I learned how to process sheep's wool, and how to dye it with things from nature, and calluna taught me how to spin yarn using a drop spindle!  I also went on a fairy trail walk with thanate and her very well behaved and smart daughter.  

Others have posted photos of us and what was going on so I'm not going to post that, but you can swing by the LV swap gallery to see what Mr. Sparkles was up to.  Grin

One more thing...they had a wonderful gift shop at the farm and I purchased some fun stuff:

A ball of yarn made at the farm from start to finish, a stuffed bison which will be my next stuffie to send on another round of the LV swap  Cheesy, a little knitted sheep with a blanket on it's back that you can remove so you can "shear" it! Cheesy, a handmade journal, and a piece of wool that I saved from when I was working with it.

Oh, and one more thing...I made scarves for everyone at the meetup.  ptarmic_wumpus was a last minute addition, so her scarf wasn't quite done when I got to calluna's.  p.w. told me what her favorite colors were and I chose two:  red and yellow.  Not thinking that it would look like a McDonald's scarf or a mustard and ketchup scarf.  Tongue  Either way, I didn't finish it in time so when I got home I started on a new one.  p.t.-I think you'll like this one much better!

SUCH A FUN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 20, 2019 05:45:39 PM
Me and the fam went on a trip to the pumpkin farm today!  Here's some great photos of Mr. Sparkles with some of the nifty things we saw at the farm:

Mr. Sparkles with a pile of harvested brussel sprouts!  Mr. Sparkles agrees with me, the way they grow is so funny looking!   Grin

Mr. Sparkles in the corn maze!  Unfortunately, that part of Long Island got heavier storm weather than where I live recently and it caused a lot of the corn to tip over, flatten, or completely break off at the bottom of the stalk!  Shocked

Mr. Sparkles enjoyed the sunflowers the best, as I do!  His multicolored eyes matched the different colored flowers.  Cheesy

Mr. Sparkles and I were amazed at the three different colors of cauliflower there were!

This was the best pumpkin picking farm we've went to yet!  During the hayride, the man driving the tractor told us all about what they grew there, how you could use them in to cook with, how long they take to grow, etc...  Mr. Sparkles and I had the best seats, right behind the man on the tractor, so we heard everything he had to say!  Cheesy
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5  Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2019 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 19, 2019 08:12:09 AM
My partner was kbrison, and I received today!!!!!  Take a look at all this Halloween goodness:

And look what was in the little coffin!

Isn't that cute??!!!

Ok, just to list what was in this awesome Halloween package, from left to right:  a Day of the Dead tote!  (kbrison very much dislikes this theme but she overcame it for me for this swap!  Grin  She has swapped with me before and knows I prefer some sort of closure on my bags, and she put a LLLLLOOOONNNNGGGG piece of Velcro along the top so it will close completely!  Wink), the extra Day of the Dead themed fabric, a LLLLLAAAAAMMMMMAAAA themed trick or treat bag!, a bag of popcorn, a measuring scoop, and a nifty little DOTD themed bag that you can actually use in the microwave to pop the corn in!  (I've never heard of such a thing, I can't wait to try it!), the card she made herself, a package of green finger lights, a package of Halloween themed cookie cutters, Halloween themed embellishments for a planner, orange string of lights, and a pair of Halloween socks.

Of course there was the coffin too!  Grin

Thank you so much, kittykill, for organizing this swap, and for kbrison for such a great swap package!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  Happy Halloween!
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 (SU 9/19 -9/30 SO 10/03 and 2/29) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 15, 2019 04:33:32 PM
Me, DH, and Mr. Sparkles (BBM and I decided, with a bit of help from my DH, that Mr. Sparkles first name is 'Fillmore'.  Grin) went to one of my favorite beaches this weekend-Sunken Meadow beach!  Here's some fun photos:

A windblown Mr. Sparkles in front of the bay water!

Me showing Mr. Sparkles a beautiful shell that some other shells ('slipper shells') were using as their base.  He seemed a bit confused by the entire thing.

There were TONS of slipper shells on the beach that day (snails live in them), and DH looked down and saw this grouping of them with some seaweed attached to the bottom of the group.  He said it looked like a little octopus!
Here's some thumbnails of other things we saw but Mr. Sparkles wasn't in these photos:

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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 12, 2019 09:09:48 AM
Yesterday DH and I had to help DS with something.  It was a LOOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG day, mostly taken up by driving.  Hence, I have a lot of Mr. Sparkles on the road with us.  Here goes:

This is a street in Brooklyn.

A sign of where we were/going and the bridge behind it.

This was the side of a public school and I loved the painting on it-so did Mr. Sparkles!  Grin
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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 09, 2019 02:02:44 PM
I have some more photos to share from this weekend....

DH and I love to visit this tourist town!  It has one of these old fashioned telephone booths, and I get such a kick out of it!  I had to ask a stranger to take this photo, hence; it's only from the waist up.

One of the main reasons I LOVE going to this tourist town is because of the ice cream they sell!  Look at the pretty signs they have!  (I tried not to get any of the workers' faces in the shot, but if you look at the girl behind the counter, she's laughing-at me!  Grin)
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 05, 2019 06:03:04 PM

Mr. Sparkles accompanied me to the annual craft fair/garage sale that is held in a local park today!  We had a great time looking around and the weather was great!
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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by LadybugsAndBumblebees on: October 04, 2019 03:55:45 PM
Mr. Sparkles arrived in the mail today!  Just in time to join me at the marina, where I listen to an audiobook and craft!  (Mr. Sparkles also brought some real sparkles for me to keep!  Grin)

(Mr. Sparkles' name is very close to my last name that I keep on having to re-type it!  Roll Eyes)
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