William kidd Ceramics, local Orlando ceramics artist

William Kidd Ceramics

One of the artist I talked to at this years Disney Festival of the Masters was William Kidd. He makes beautiful and interesting ceramic works of art. So I wanted to showcase his work a bit here.

Finding quality art work can be a challenging task, because there are only a few artists who dedicate their life to create exquisite pieces. William Kidd is a renowned ceramic artists providing wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic bowls and sculptures.

With over 25 years of experience, William Kidd participates in many shows and exhibitions over the years and has received various awards for his amazing works of art.
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Beautiful wood working art by local artist Jeff Matter

Beautiful woodworking art by Jeff Matter

I was recently at this years Disney’s Festival of the Masters and got to know a few of the local artist there. I thought some would like to know more about the artist there, so I wanted to tell you about Jeff Matter.

If you’re passionate about wood art and wood decorations, then you should check out Matterofwoodwork.com. This website is operated by Jeff Matter, an ordinary guy who turned his passion into a career. Jeff Matter became intrigued with the art of segmented wood turnings and started his own business in this field.

Matter Of Woodwork displays some of the most popular pieces created by Jeff Matter, including large vessels made of blood wood, maple, walnut and marblewood.
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New Disney snow globe store added, Disney snowglobes

Disney snow globes

Click here for the Disney snow globe page!

I’m trying to add stuff for the holiday season, and one of the things I did was add a Disney snow globe store! Snow globes are popular with everyone, and Disney snow globes are one of the most sought after type.

So I added a page of them. Actually I made four different pages to break them down a bit. I have a Mickey Mouse snow globe page, Disney Princess snow globe page, Tinkerbell snow globe page and then a mixed Disney snow globe one.

Little girls just love the Disney Princess snow globes, and you can find all of the Princesses here. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Belle and more can all be found in beautiful Princess snow globes.
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Cranes Roost Lake Park at Uptown Altamonte Springs near Orlando

Cranes Roost Lake park in Altamonte Springs

One of the most beautiful parks that combines shopping, recreation, lakeside activities, quality hotels and upscale living is Cranes Roost Lake Park at Uptown Altamonte Springs, just north of Orlando.

Uptown Altamonte is a spectacular destination featuring award-winning residential, educational, healthcare, commercial and recreational facilities. If you live in Central Florida, this place is a must see.

Here you will find the best places to go shopping, take lunch or dinner, and be entertained. The streets are pedestrian-friendly, so you can simply walk and enjoy the landscape or visit the specialty shops and eateries.
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Shopping at upscale Winter Park Village shops

Winter Park Village shopping near Orlando

As an alternative to the indoor shopping mall, Winter Park Village is the place to spend time away from the city madness. Here you can enjoy an inviting combination of stores, lofts, restaurants and entertainment. With a large number of clothing stores, art galleries and boutique shops, Winter Park Village is a great place for you to walk, shop, and enjoy a unique village atmosphere.

Some of the most popular specialty shops include Justice Just for Girls, Ann Taylor Loft, Uberbot, Coldwater Creek, Liz Claiborne, and Patchington. Your kids will be delighted by Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Owen Allen, Learning Express Toys, Game Stop, Pier 1 Imports, Kidz Quest and Borders. At the end of the Village is the large Regal Winter Park movie complex where watching a film is easy and comfortable after a day of enjoying all that Winter Park Village has to offer.
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192 Flea Market in Kissimmee next to Disney

192 flea market in Kissimmee

192 flea market in Kissimmee

A short visit to Orlando’s best flea markets might make you feel better than a walk at Disney World. 192 Flea Market has more than 400 dealer booths for you to choose from. The best is that you can find hundreds of bargains under one roof! This is the most popular flea market in the area, and you can get quite inexpensive Orlando and Disney souvenirs.

There are claims of prices being up to 70% cheaper than malls, so it’s practically impossible not to find something suitable for your budget. 192 Flea Market features an incredible diversity of items ranging from jewelry to toys.

Come here for custom license plates, electronics, shoes, gifts, Disney souvenirs, Florida T-shirts, posters and endless other things you can find at prices three times less than what you will find at the malls. You will save 45% to 75% compared to shopping other places.
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Orlando outdoor world Bass Pro shop sporting goods store

Orlando Bass Pro outdoor world shopping store

Besides all the theme parks and fancy shopping places you can find in Orlando, there also is a huge sporting goods store here. Are you crazy about fishing, hunting, boating and watersports? Then you must visit and buy something from Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Bass Pro Shops is known for its huge selection of watersports equipment, camping gear, and outdoor apparel. This store features a large number of house brands including Johnny Morris Reels, Worldwide Sportsman, XPS, Redhead, Offshore Angler, Natural Reflections and Bass Pro Shops.

The place is huge. It is even bigger than the Vegas store. They have everything you could ever want for outdoor sports. This store has all of the supplies and equipment for each sport, and much more. You even need a map to locate the different areas of the store!
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Orlando vacation shopping at upscale Mall At Millenia shopping center

Orlando shopping at Mall At Millenia

Mall at Millenia

An Orlando vacation would not be complete without a visit to some of the biggest and best shopping malls here. If your looking for an Orlando area mall that is a bit on the upscale side, try The Mall At Millenia.

The Mall at Millenia is an essential shopping destination suitable for those who are visiting Orlando for business or pleasure. It is nationally-renowned for its beautiful contemporary architecture. It also offers a large selection of dining and even some nightlife.

Here you will find a large variety of department stores and designer shops such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Banana Republic, Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Dior and much more. Let’s not forget about The Sony Store, the Apple store, Hollister & Co., Zara, Sharper Image and Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Christmas Shopping At Downtown Disney Marketplace

Holiday shopping at Disney's downtown marketplace shops

If your looking for a very unique Disney World gift this Christmas holiday season, the best place to go is the Disney Downtown Marketplace. Located right in the east end of the downtown Disney area. This Disney entertainment and shopping area is filled with shows, great places to eat and lots of Disney shopping. For this article I’m talking about just the shopping stores.

As everywhere on Disney property, the Downtown Disney marketplace is alive with Christmas holiday decorations and lights right now. With plenty of free parking, this Disney shopping area has over 30 shops, all unique and wonderful. It features the largest Disney character store in the world among other things. You can find every Disney character toy, costume, accessory and more here.
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Christmas Shopping At The Florida Mall In Orlando

Orlando Florida Mall map

If your on an Orlando vacation and want to find a place to do some Christmas holiday shopping, one of the best places is at The Florida Mall in Orlando. Located at 1187 Florida Mall Ave Orlando, FL 32809, it’s only around 10 miles from the Orlando airport.

The Florida Mall sits on the east-south corner of Sand Lake rd. and Orange Blossom Trail, or route 17-92. Click the map below to see a much bigger and more detailed map showing where the airport, Sea World and Disney is located from it. One of the biggest malls in Orlando, it has around 200 different shops, eateries and stores!
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