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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 18, 2019 09:00:47 PM
Fittingly, here's one last sunset as this form of Craftster closes down.



Thanks for all the amazing LV rounds and friendships formed here! I'll see you all over on the new forum.

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2  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 18, 2019 08:56:37 PM
I didn't know this was here either!


64 days, 3 hours and 40 minutes

Seems like it should be more. I can't help but look around my home and see so many things I've had for YEARS that I received from swaps and members here. From my tree skirt, to art on my walls, to handcrafted bags, to a gorgeous lap quilt, to embroidered dish towels, to cat toys - so much of my life has been touched by the kindness, awesomeness, and creativity of those here on this site. I could fill a gallery with the wonderful things I've filled my home with from this site!

Suffice to say, this place in this form will be greatly missed. But, like my namesake we will rise again like the phoenix and be reborn into something new and wondrous I am sure from these ashes.

Thank you to everyone who has made this such an amazing ride all these years.

So one last time, this is that crazy tree of life girl, PFD herself, aka Miss M. Turner signing off.
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3  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 17, 2019 08:19:32 PM
Felt appropriate.

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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 27, 2019 10:07:35 AM
Went up to my mom's house yesterday to make some pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving.



And I snagged a picture of Iki with my mom's salt and pepper shakers because they are perfectly sized for her!



(Now, the thing you have to understand about the Pilgrim set is that it's a long-running set of commercials from THE Florida supermarket, Publix. They kinda have a bit of a minor cult status around here and Publix features them in different ads dating back about ten years now. Here's the first one I think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVLOydduvqg A few years into the commercials, they actually made them into real salt and pepper shakers you could buy. So my mom puts them out as part of her decorations for Thanksgiving.)
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 19, 2019 10:50:18 AM
The weather was absolutely perfect yesterday. 72F (22C), cool, low humidity, light breeze, blue skies, and sunny. So I took a mental health afternoon and hit the local conservation park nearby and showed Iki some of natural Florida.


This is part of the estuary at the edges of Tampa Bay. They rent canoes and have launches so you can also paddle the waterways of the park in addition to the walking/hiking paths.



Some of the natural underbrush and pinewood flats common to the area.



They have a boardwalk over the marshes edges so you can walk through the mangroves.


We wound up walking the Otter Trail. It was 1.7 miles.






We even encountered an armadillo rooting around and eating dinner!  Grin



The end of the trail took us across some salt marshes.

And by this point, the sun was getting low, so it was time to head home. But what a nice afternoon we had!
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 17, 2019 08:47:30 AM
Oh wow, I'm pretty sure Tampa International Airport doesn't have a cultural garden! Grin

Iki has had a quiet week. I had a bunch of medical things including an unplanned root canal on Friday so we haven't had time to do anything fun this week.

We've been enjoying our first cold front here in Florida. It went from 85F (29C) to 60F (15C) so it's been a nice change. We turned on our "fireplace" (really just one of those fake, fancy electric ones you can hang on a wall) so Iki was enjoying the ambiance and warmth.

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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 11, 2019 12:25:42 PM
Whoops, I forgot to share pics from not two days ago Saturday, but the previous one before that. We went down to St. Petersburg to check out Brocante market which is our favorite monthly antique/vintage market. Sadly, it's closing in December so this was probably our last chance to check it out.





And something we don't see a lot of here in Florida since there's no real need for them! (Having neither any real hills let alone snow. LOL)




And a mural on a building across the street:

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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 06, 2019 09:04:16 AM
Monday I had my quarterly checkup with my rheumatologist. The office is on the 2nd floor and has a lovely view of the live oak trees outside.



And yesterday, I went for a haircut and spotted this funny, painted manatee statue in the courtyard area of the plaza.

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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 01, 2019 09:37:02 AM
As always, I went up to my mom's house to help her hand out candy for Halloween:




I also previously helped her decorate so here's the decorations:




And here's a shot from the haunted house one of the guys in the neighborhood does each year:

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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 30 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 29, 2019 04:09:00 PM
Just some pics taken this weekend as we ran errands and encountered various things....

Halloween tree:



Squirrel stuffed animals (very much like the ones we saw at my Mom's last week! Cheesy )



Skeleton dog?


And a very not real skunk that made a valiant steed for Iki:
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