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41  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 24, 2016 07:46:51 PM
Today we had to run out for a few errands. The downside of being sick so long is so little got done this month. We even had to run to *gasp* THE MALL. But...it was actually really not busy at all. We've been there on a normal weekend day and seen it busier. We were shocked. It's the FRU-FRU fancy pants mall. Has stores like a Tiffany's and Burberrys and such. (Previous rounds I've taken pics with Bentleys from there for example.)

Turns out, they also opened a TESLA SHOWROOM!! Right on the second floor! OMG I love Tesla Motors. I want one so much. I see them all over but I've never gotten to SIT in one before - but I did today!

Alby and Splash even got to sit in one more their own size!  Cheesy (You can really buy one of them apparently! Link: http://tesla.radioflyer.com/build.html Only way I can afford one!)

Santa, if you're still taking lists, I'd like a Model S please! Wink

We managed to get all our gifts wrapped and even decorate the tree. Huzzah!

Tomorrow, we have two families to visit so should have some more pics from the day. Grin

Seasons Greetings to All!

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42  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 20, 2016 07:48:27 PM
So this has been my world the past couple weeks:


 Shocked Cry

I'm still sick in fact. What I thought was a cold that I couldn't shake turns out is bronchitis. I've been sick since the end of November so I'm behind on just about everything including posting pics.

Backtracking a little, I was so amused by the giant leaf in the Subtropical garden. Namely because Florida IS subtropical and I have leaves very much like them right behind my apartment building! LOL

Then two weekends ago (Dec 10th & 11th) we had the show in Sarasota which required driving across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge four times. The first day it was a high wind advisory. That's pretty terrifying because you can feel your 2 ton SUV being pushed around as you drive over an infamous bridge a couple hundred feet over the water. Oh and the total span is over 4 miles long including the causeways leading up to it and after it!

More about the Sunshine Skyway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge

I was driving so my husband took the pics with his cell. We were driving into the sun so the color is kinda crappy. Plus our windshield was apparently dirty!  Cheesy

On approach:

Cresting the top:

View of the other side stretching out before you:

Atomic Holiday Bazaar takes place inside the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. My booth spot was up on the stage. My husband went up to the balcony to get some shots. He "zoomed" in on his cell for the second of me holding the visitors.

I took these two images of Alby and Splash looking out from the stage back towards the main floor and balcony where the other pics were taken.

Most of the time since then has been me being brutally ill and trying to get all the outstanding etsy orders made and shipped in time for Christmas. Hopefully we can get a few days of our own holiday squeezed in now and also hopeful my bronchitis will finally clear up the rest of the way SOON.

(Click any pic for larger version!)
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43  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 09, 2016 08:02:40 AM
Last Sunday we tried to meet Adrian Paul from Highlander. Drove an hour out to Lakeland convention center and....he had already left for the day! Turns out, the "convention" was like 5 people standing around, six vendor tables and an event organizer who decided he wasn't able to pay the workers NOR the celebrity guests! D'oh! So..no convention photos.

Instead, we wound up wandering around the outlet mall instead. Saw a GIANT leather bear in the Coach store. My husband said it looked like a fetish bear. LOL

Few days ago we finally had a chance to go Christmas tree shopping. Though as of this writing we still haven't had time to decorate it yet!

Alby and Splash found LV sized tree but we couldn't bring it home  Cheesy

Last night I had a show at Great Explorations Hands On Children's Museum. I was in a playroom decorated like a farm. LOL

Tomorrow and Sunday we have a show down in Sarasota. It's a little over an hour south of me. It's technically outside of the Tampa Bay Area because we have to cross the (infamous) Sunshine Skyway across Tampa Bay to get there.

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44  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: December 03, 2016 06:27:19 PM
Another Saturday, another show! I have eight weeks back-to-back worth so it's a busy time for me. Today was what is normally my best show of the year. Unfortunately, it just wasn't anywhere near the crowds nor the sales I had hoped for based on the past two years.

So Alby and Splash took some time out to check out the historic Shuffleboard Courts! According to their website, Founded in 1924, the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club is the oldest and largest shuffleboard club in the world.

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45  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 28, 2016 08:29:06 PM
I had another show this weekend. Same location as last time so didn't get any new pics taken. I DID get interviewed by a local news channel. My LV's aren't in the clip but if you want to see me briefly in action, I put it on youtube: https://youtu.be/rZBV7iH2LbY

Alby and Splash DID get to hang out with my friend's new kittens the other day! They are SO tiny! She has two of them - a pair of calico sisters - but the other was hiding under the couch so I only got pics with one. Still though, KITTEN!! Grin


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46  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 23, 2016 04:46:13 PM
Yesterday, I was up at my Mom's house and we baked two pumpkin pies. Alby & Splash oversaw the process...

...and enjoyed seeing the yummy, finished results!

Today, I had to run over to the local mall so Alby and Splash got to see our indoor ice skating rink - something that always amuses me being in a FLORIDA mall. They had displays of painted dolphins up so we stopped for a pic with them and the rink in the background.

We also checked out the brand new ThinkGeek store that just opened today! They had a life-sized Iron Man in the entryway:

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Tonight, we're working on turkey prep for tomorrow. It's just my husband and I so we're just making a small breast-only turkey but we'll also do all the fixin's too! Grin
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47  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 21, 2016 07:41:21 AM
Alby & Splash came along with me to my show on Saturday. They were both good helpers! The festival takes place in a large park right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. It was a beautiful day! Weather was just wonderful.

Alby tried on an ugly Christmas sweater to get in the seasonal mood for my booth:

Splash, on the other hand, found sweaters didn't fit her too well. Must be the shell.

The festival went until sunset, so we had to break down in the dark. It might be hard to see, but here are Alby and Splash sitting next to the lantern as I wait for my husband to drive the suv back over for us to load up.

We didn't have a lot of chance to wander around and see the rest of the show since I had to man my booth but they enjoyed the activity and the nice day spent out at the park, taking in the sights!
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48  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 14, 2016 04:51:55 PM
waterbaby - looks like much fun was had! And the west coast palms are impressive. Or maybe just similar. But you know, still impressive! Cheesy

Meanwhile, Splash arrived today! It was a weirdly overcast and non sunny day here but she did get a quick pic with a palm tree next to my apartment complex to prove she really is here! Wink

Hopefully, there will be sunny days soon. Plus, we have another huge show this Saturday so I get TWO helpers this weekend!
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49  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 12, 2016 03:40:15 PM
@ waterbaby - I totally get it. It's nearly impossible to get a LV pic with my cats. Gracie tends to not want to be bothered with it and Ginger tries to bite any LV she encounters! LOL

@seeuudee - Mwhahaha that pic of Clara in your bag is hysterical!

Still waiting for Splash to arrive from the UK, so Alby made a solo go of my first of MANY holiday shows this afternoon. This one was right down on the waterfront in Clearwater next to the Marina. The weather was just beautiful - low humidity for a rare change - and cooler air. So it was just a wonderful day at "the office" for me. Wink

Here's the view from "my office" today looking out at the water. The bridge overhead takes you across the intracoastal out to Clearwater Beach proper.

20161112_130537 by May Turner, on Flickr

Closer view towards the harbor:

20161112_152823 by May Turner, on Flickr

Chillin' in the booth:

20161112_152843 by May Turner, on Flickr

Here's a view behind me - including an EAST coast palm! Grin

20161112_152923 by May Turner, on Flickr

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Now I'm just waiting on some delivery pizza. I'm starved and beat!
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50  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 11, 2016 02:31:28 PM
I've been running around preparing for my first of EIGHT holiday shows in a row tomorrow so I finally have a moment to post that Alby arrived! He actually arrived Wednesday but I just didn't get a chance to make a post until now.

We ran over to Target last night for a few things and he tagged along. We had a laugh at the Gothic Halloween tree mixed in with the other, more standard Christmas ones.

Tomorrow he'll be coming along to my first show. Hope he's ready to be put to work! Wink
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