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21  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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22  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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23  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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24  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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25  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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26  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns 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!
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27  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns 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:
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28  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns 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
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29  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns 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!
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30  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns 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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