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Many of you already know of my love for Broadway musicals, with The Phantom of the Opera being the one that has always had a place closest to my heart. In January when I heard the news that the Las Vegas version of the show would be closing, I knew I had to be there for the finale. So, after seven months of planning and saving for this special vacation, the time finally came!

What an amazing trip, I had the time of my life! Not only was it an honor to be there to experience this magnificent cast and crew's final few performances, it also was special to finally meet so many talented "Phans" in person that I had only known online. We all had so much fun, despite it being a bittersweet time with the show coming to a close after 6 years.

One of the highlights was "Costume Night", with many Phans coming to the show in their fantastic replica costumes! The photo above was taken with one of the Phans in costume, Lindsey from Phantom on a Budget. (Check out her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/potobudget if you'd like to see more of her great costume and makeup work!)

It was a much needed time away from custom orders, and now I'm geared up to get back to my clay, feeling freshly inspired!


 
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Here's another tidbit from my recent vacation! While on the way to Las Caletas, our catamaran went out of the way a bit to see some sealife. It was really a thrill for me, I had never seen dolphins or whales in the wild. While I didn't manage to get photos, I did catch a bit of video of one of the Humpback Whales surfacing.


 
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Here is part two of my vacation post, please scroll below to read the first part! :)

These charming conures at Las Caletas just stole my heart; they seemed to love all of the attention, and posed so nicely for me!

 conure

In Mexico they are called Orange Fronted Parakeets, but are more commonly known in the USA as Half-moon Conures or Orange-fronted Conures.

 

conure pair

 I don't want to leave out Tango, the adorable and extremely active squirrel monkey! He was too quick for me to get good photos, but was fun to watch!

 

monkey

Hope you enjoyed these vacation photos!

 

Regarding my parrot jewelry, some of you noticed that I didn't list any new creations last month and were wondering what was up....well, February was a super busy month getting ready to go on my trip while keeping up with custom orders as well, so unfortunately I didn't have time to make a Bird of the Month last month - but this month's collection will be posted very shortly, and was heavily inspired by my new feathered friends in Mexico! :)


 
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Last month I went on the first real vacation I've had in years, what fun! It was 7 days of sheer bliss on a ship to the Mexican Riviera, and let me tell you, I didn't want to get off! I simply cannot even put into words how fabulous it was! It was fantastic to get away from work/computer/emails/phone and just watch the waves go by. The sunrises and sunsets were beyond spectacular! I've never been on a cruise, so it was quite an amazing experience!

 

sunset


Here I am during the "Muster Drill" when we all had to try on our life vests and learn the safety drill. I'm happy to report that I did not need to use the life vest - and we didn't hit any icebergs either. ;)

 

me

 

One of the highlights of my holiday was the time spent in Puerto Vallarta visiting with the free flighted Military Macaws and Half Moon Conures on a beautiful island paradise called "The Hideaway at Las Caletas". Maybe if I happen to become a billionaire someday I can buy the island and retire there...well, I can dream. :)

 

macaw pair 

It was thrilling to see such happy birds in a natural environment. They do go into cages at night for protection, but are free to fly around the island during day, where they have an abundance of branches to destroy, as well as typical bird toys at the main interactive area.

 

macaws


There were about 20 majestic Military Macaws at the island, and you could hear them everywhere - as those of you with macaws in your home know, they are LOUD! I enjoyed holding one and interacting a bit, he was trained to take treats out of your mouth!

 

closeup

 

My blog is out of space for this entry, so will continue with the rest of the photos in a separate post, so scroll above!


 

 

 
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