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Preface

Aloha peeps – glad you dropped by!

I’ve been blogging both Menswear and Home Decor for… errr ahem X number of years and still really enjoy it! However, my emphasis is on Home & Garden nowadays.  On Facebook & Flickr I belong to a plethora of Decor groups and publish and link to this blog from those areas.

In addition, I’ve been features writer on ‘Love to Decorate’ magazine and blogged for their website for many years. From that interesting work, I’ve gleaned a lot of fascinating and useful information on the Home & Garden world of Second Life. I’ve also worked as a writer for various virtual Fashion and Lifestyle magazines – interviewed loads of fabulous Designers and Creatives  and even tried my hand at modeling!

I can take high resolution photographs (I have an ex gamer’s computer so it’s got to be good) and I’m a dab hand at Photoshop/Paintshop (I make original jewelry and textures for apparel), so if you like my work please get in touch and I’ll promise to do your brand proud!

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Written by Moz Loordes

30/09/2010 at 6:49 pm

Posted in Chat

Perfect Love Castes Out Fear

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My inspiration for today’s picture originates in the quote on the wallart. It’s a biblical quote from John 4:18 that can be applied to a lot of situations. In this case, I was thinking of interracial marriage. Have you ever noticed that the children born from these unions can be extremely beautiful? Maybe its compensation for the strife the marriages sometimes cause amongst relatives and friends. My parents came from two different countries so I have a bit of experience on this subject.

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Here’s all the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today, in detail:-

Sponsors:- Serenity Style, unKindness, Little Branch, TLC Home Collection
Others:- Dysfunctionality, Ariskea, 8f8, .Shi

*All items have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Serenity Style
La Dolce VIta Patio – LI 37

unKindness
1. Telluric Set, currently at FaMESHed
uK – Telluric Pillow Bench – LI 5
uK – Telluric Wood Tables – LI 1
uK – Telluric Candle Display – LI 2 – click candles on/off
uK – Telluric Vase w/ Limbs – LI 1
uK – Perfect Love Marquee – LI 1

2. Old Mexico Chandeliers, Rugs & Cast Iron Cactus Set, currently at The Liaison Collaborative
uK – Old Mexico Rug V1 – LI 1
uK – Old Mexico Chandalier Short Yellow – LI 5 – click candles on/off
uK – Yellow Cast Iron Cactus V – LI 1 at this size
uK – Teal Cast Iron Cactus V2 – LI 1 at this size

Little Branch
Black Olive Tree {Animated} 4-Seasons – LI 4 at this size

TLC Home Collection
1. Swan Family – with swimming Adults, cygnets, and swan on nest – animated – LI 1 – 4 depending on piece… cygnets can be linked to their parent, there’s also a version of swimming parent with cygnets riding on their back! Set the swimming radius to fit your own pond – it’s easy if I can do it *laughs*
2. Black Swans – animated & swimming as above – LI 3 each

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Dysfunctionality
Magic Gem Lights (various shapes – Swirl, Rings, Triangle, Star, Diamond and Focus), currently on special offer for Syndicate Sunday until Tuesday.

Texture change for the metal and unlimited gem colouring options with the colour HUD
[DDD] Magic Gem Light – Mystic – very high LOD so great for photography

8f8 – Wall Grapevine from the “Primavera in Toscana” – LI 3 – Gacha – try Marketplace

Ariskea
From the Forsythia Paper Flower Hanger Pack
Ariskea[ Forsythia ] Paper flower Hanger [ Coloris] – LI 5

.Shi : Clay Coffee cup w flask – 3 pieces at LI 1 each

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Making an Entrance

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My initial inspiration for this picture was Fancy Decor’s “Nannerl Set” – an entrance hall set that is both elegant and practical. I’m very much in favour of such sets as they are the first thing a visitor to your home will see, and as a result they are quite important to get right and strike a good atmosphere with.

There’s quite a lot of Spanish furniture and décor around right now, not least because The Liaison Collaborative has a Hacienda round!  I’ve matched up some of these pieces from various designers – I really love the splashes of joyful, bright colour which are a Spanish trademark.  If you ever visit Barcelona and see the work of architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet you’ll see what I mean on a grand scale.

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Here’s all the Home & Garden products I used in the picture today, in detail:-

Sponsors:- Newchurch, Fancy Decor, unKindness, KraftWork, Raindale
Others:- Vespertine, JIAN, CRATE, [CIRCA] Living, SOY, Merak, Dust Bunny

All items have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated!

Newchurch (from Builder’s Box – May 2018 edition)
:: N :: Ontario Lake House w/base – LI 51 (without base it’s just LI 22)

This house was designed to be situated on a shoreline, with the deck just above the water. While Designer Victor has included a terrain base, you will get best results by removing it and shaping the land around the house to suit.  The floor, while mesh, is fine for rezzing packages on – makes decorating so much easier!


Fancy Decor – Nannerl Set, currently at UBER
Fancy Decor: Nannerl Console – LI 3
Fancy Decor: Nannerl Mirror – LI 3
Fancy Decor: Nannerl Lamp – LI 1 – click on/off
Fancy Decor: Nannerl Bowl – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Nannerl Vase – LI 1

KraftWork – Pet Shop Toys Gacha – Transfer & Modify – 13. Welcome Doormat

Raindale – Brightshore Gacha – Transfer & Modify – welcome sign

unKindness (from the “Uptown Fountains” set)
uK – Uptown Fountain Wall – LI 5 – falling water effect

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{vespertine} – rainbow pebble pathway / long straight path – LI 2
and {vespertine} – rainbow pebble pathway / center mosaic – LI 6 at this size

CRATE – Cactus Sack FatPack – all 3 for L$100 in Saturday Sale (LI 1 each)
CRATE – Famila Ranch Set ~ Rug – LI 3, currently at The Liaison Collaborative

[CIRCA] Living
[CIRCA] – “Jardin de Ville” Ivy Hook Stand -Bird Bath & Feeder1 – LI 10

JIAN – Ragdoll Cat Collection :: Wanderer – LI 9 – choice of textures, this little lady was in the Seal texture

SOY
Soy. Reed Screen [Sudare] Light -Down – LI 2 (larger than default)

[Merak] – Secrets Room Divider – LI 5

dust bunny . potted sago palm – LI 5
dust bunny . areca palm plant – LI 3

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Whale… what whale?

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These lazy sea lions are too busy chillaxing while Moby Blue has sidled up behind them… the only chap on watch is the pelican 🙂

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Here’s all the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today, in detail:-

Sponsors:- Chez Moi Furnitures, Galland Homes, TLC Home Collection, Raindale, Newchurch, Little Branch
Others:- Dreamland Designs, The Looking Glass, [Tia]

Chez Moi Furnitures
Whale Float (PG and Adult versions). This super Whale Float is 2 Land Impact, and comes with Copy & Modify Permissions. The PG version has 65 animations, and the Adult version has 105 animations.  He’s currently resting in my swimming pool!

Galland Homes – Caribbean Hut – deck area
A modest one-room build designed to be placed over the water or land. The hut has a Land Impact of 25 and Permissions are Modify & Copy

TLC Home Collection
1. From Life’s a Beach gacha – No.8 Brown Pelican on Barrel – LI 3 and a very meaty crab I extracted from a deckchair lol (same gacha) – he’s 1 Land Impact
2. Sea Lion Colony – Adult (LI 3) and Baby (LI 1) sea lions in various animated poses, complete with rocks & wooden raft habitat (if they are all used it’s 31 LI)

Raindale
Sunbury Hammock with texture change HUD – currently at Sense Event
Hammock with and without the stand (8 LI and 6 LI), 10 couples poses, 16 solo poses, and 12 friend poses – all original by Raindale!

Newchurch – Octopus Chandelier – 2 colourways (the other one is amber) – click on/off light – Land Impact is only 3 for quite a large Chandelier

Little Branch
1. Mango Tree – gently animated 2-seasons tree. A couple of versions included, the season changes are Spring with fruit and Winter with snow on the trunk and branches. Permissions are Copy/Modify and Land Impact varies between 7 and 12 at the default sizes depending on the version chosen
2. Bird of Paradise plant which is texture change for differently coloured blooms – blue, yellow, pink and lime. Land Impact is 3.

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Dreamland Designs, currently at the Precast Event from Aug 1st
Flamingo Beach Sign – LI 8
Lemonade Cocktail Crate – LI 6

The Looking Glass, currently at SWANK
Jiwa Tenang Potted Plants Collection – Land Impact varies – from 3 – 5, and they can go up quite large for that amount.

[Tia] – Junebug Garden Parasol – Group GIft – LI 4

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum!

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Yes, it certainly is!  The pups have collapsed on a very posh sofa by unKindness, and mum thinks they are in need of some of that green tea.  It’s very reviving in this hot weather.

The scene takes place on the upper floor of a spectacular house by also Known as – which is just perfect for summer outdoor/indoor living.  One of the walls on the upper floor has these amazing slotted windows which show the landscape outside and let a whole lotta light in.

The beautiful prints by Granola. are from a recent FaMESHed set which should be back at the mainstore.  So versatile, they’d go in a lot of places.  And I just couldn’t resist the vintage scooter light from Serenity Style – it matched the colour scheme so well.  Finally, I reduced a poor orange tree down to pot size – sorry, Little Branch! – and put it in a matching table.  It’s sometimes amusing what you can do with Home & Garden furnishings 🙂

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It’s been a while since I posted because the unprecedented heatwave in the UK went on and on, and my computer was subject to overheating so I had to make real life work a priority.  Fortunately, we are back to our usual temperatures this week.  Now to get air conditioning for home and office next year will be a ‘must’ I think, especially if heatwaves become the norm.

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

Sponsors:- also Known as, unKindness, Granola., Serenity Style, Little Branch
Others:- JIAN, Figure8, Apple Fall, Zen Creations

All pieces are Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated

Unkindness – from the Posh Living Set, currently at UBER
uK – Posh Living Settee Poppy GA – LI 13 (also in Cloud, Forest, Lemon and Sky)
Sits for ladies and gents plus couples animations
uK – Posh Living Sideboard Table – LI 1
uK – Posh Living Area Rug – LI 3
uK – Posh Living End Table – LI 1
uK – Posh Living Deco Bowl – LI 1
uK – Posh Living Small Vase 2 – LI 1
uK – Posh Living Small Vase 3 – LI 1
uK – Posh Living Deco Vase – LI 1

also Known as – the fabulous “Kaizen House” – top floor

Land Impact is 212 and Footprint is 13 by 54 meters
The perfect indoor/outdoor summer home!

Granola.– from the Carmella Set
Granola. Carmella Vintage Shell Print1. – LI 2
Granola. Carmella Vintage Shell Print2. – LI 2
Granola. Carmella Bird Of Paradise. – LI 4
All pieces are Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated

Serenity Style– Scooter Retro Lamp Red- LI 2 (gacha set)

Little Branch
LB_OrangeTree.v2{Animated}4Seasons – greatly reduced in size!
Here it has a Land Impact of 3

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[Figure 8] – Oasis Chandelier Gold (with cascading water) – LI 8

Apple Fall – Cosmos Flowers – Candystripe – SL15B gift – LI 3
Apple Fall – Lemon Whip Drizzle Cake – SL15B gift – LI 1 – 2

JIAN – Dashing Dalmations – 3. Adult Wanderer RARE
JIAN – Dashing Dalmatians – 18. Triple Nap

Zen Creations
Pieces from the Japanese Rirakkusu Tea Set – Tea Kettle, tray, blossom, chopsticks, tea cups and flowering plant – all resize menu, kettle has texture change

Keep cool and cheers, m’dears 🙂

Breakfast in Bed

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(Taken on Black Dragon Viewer)

One of the best meals of the day, especially if you share it!  So many beautiful products about at the moment, here’s some of my favourites.  The gorgeously light dining set called the Jean Collection is by Fancy Decor and you’ll find that at Summerfest 2018, along with lots of décor for your seasonal decorating.

Little Branch’s new tree here is the Orange Blossom (mainstore) and although I’ve reduced the default size considerably to fit in with the scene, it’s pretty good Land Impact at the larger size.  Summer blossom adds to any garden scene and this tree is beautifully represented, the branches being animated as though in a gentle breeze.  The Orange Blossom is a beautifully fragrant flowered tree, and its blossom is used in perfume making.  It’s traditionally associated with good fortune and is popular for bridal bouquets. It’s also the state flower of Florida!

The background piece is from one of my favourite sets by TLC Home Collection, called, “Forever my Dove”. You also get the Eurasian Doves, too. This background has arched windows and a fountain with flowing water included. It could easily be slotted into a garden scene or alongside a plain outside wall of a house.  Here it is on its own:-

 

Many thanks go to Mooncita (Moonsoul Resident) for helping me get used to the Black Dragon Viewer.  A recent talk given at Bloggers & Vloggers Network by Mooncita, got me interested in the viewer, specifically for photography.  The quality of the photographs you take with Black Dragon can be that much more precise and pixel rich than with Firestorm because it goes above the Ultra setting. There’s lots of things you can do with the Windlight settings, too, using the Black Dragon Machina Button.  And best of all, it seems to be able to stop the fisheye effect before it starts.  Amazing!

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

Sponsors:-

Fancy Decor
Jean Collection – Summerfest 2018
Jean Iced Tea
Jean Chair – animations for converse, iced tea m & f, 3 sits
Jean Table
Jean Wire Lanterns
Jean Wood Tray
All 1 Land Impact each with Permissions of Copy & Modify

Books from other collections – Jansen Gacha Collection and Callot Collection
09 Fancy Decor: Jansen Art Books A
10 Fancy Decor: Jansen Art Books B – LI 1

Fancy Decor: Stack of Books II – Callot Collection (slightly modifed)

Little Branch

Orange Blossom – LI 7 default (you also get Snakeweed and Low Hill extras) 4-season animated tree which I was using on Summer and I’d reduced the size quite considerably
Animated Snakeweed – Summer 1 version – LI 2 default
Bouton d’Ore – Orange shade (from set) LI 7 default
All items have Permissions of Copy & Modify

TLC Home Collection
“Forever my Dove” set
Includes the background wall with arched window and fountain in the middle – LI 25 – Copy & Modify
Eurasian Dove in two feather versions – LI 1 each – animated

[ zerkalo ]
From the “Yammies” Gacha – Croissant & Jam – LI 1

 

Other Designers:-

anc Ltd – Flying Dove and Eating Dove in Ham Pink – “No Limits” gacha – try Marketplace

[-BLUE SKY-] – Peacock Mirror – LI 3 – Copy & Modify – was a Fifty Linden Friday Special

Mesh India – from the “Terracotta Pot Garden Decor” Gacha – currently at Cosmopolitan to June 30th, then mainstore
01 MI Lisa Tree Red – LI 4
07 MI Calluna Pink – LI 4

Mesh India – from the “Fruit Stand Decor” Gacha (was Arcade June) so try Marketplace
06 MI Cherry Tray – LI 4
05 MI Green Grapes Basket – LI 5
09 MI Lotus Pot RARE – LI 1

PLAAKA – from the “June Dining” Gacha (was Arcade June) so try Marketplace
9. Hanging Vegetables A – Garlic & Peppers – LI 1 each
6. Hardbread – Slice, Knife, Cutboard

Dust Bunny – Snowcones Raspberry – Fifty Linden Friday Special (current)

8f8 – Wall Grapevine from the “Primavera in Toscana” – LI 3 – Gacha – try Marketplace

Apple Fall

Check out the free pieces showing at SL 15B 
Apple Fall – Macarons in Box – LI 1 – free gift – Copy & Modify
Apple Fall – ‘Elvira’ Plate w/ Sliced Grapefruit – free gift – Copy & Modify

*~MMG‘s~* [Parts] Bird’s nest – LI 2 – Copy & Modify

Lunar Seasonal Designs – English Robins Love Marquis Grapes – LI 5 – animated robin chases a grape around the bowl – extra cute! Copy only.

Hope you’re all enjoying the sun!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

An Island Resort

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A couple has arrived at a secluded Island Resort, maybe on their honeymoon, and while they’re in the bathroom, we can have a look at their bedroom. It’s quite early in the morning and because it’s so hot, they’ve left the door out onto the balcony wide open. Crisp cotton sheets, perfect customer service and luxurious décor are just two of the reasons why this resort got a five star rating!

If only! Still, at least in SL® we can dream. The room is an upper floor bedroom that leads out onto a gorgeous balcony, and it’s not the only one in the latest prefab by Galland Homes, this is the Cape Hatteras. I’ll do another post very soon to show you the rooms and the outside but take it from me, you could do worse for your summer vacation home.

Most of the decor is from unKindness. It’s the Island Resort gacha and you can try your luck on this at the June edition of Collabor88. Lots of nice animations in this bed, including a great couples sleep Menu, for the ultimate in laziness.

I also loved these new lanterns from Granola., you’ll find them over at UBER, which has recently started its new round but you can get in now without too much trouble. They come in various colours including this light blue which matched the bedspread perfectly.

Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

Sponsors:-

unKindness
Island Resort gacha at Collabor88
uK – Island Resort Bed – LI 18
Animation Menus – Single – 8 – sits, lays, dances
Couples Sleep – 5
Cuddles – 11
Adult – 18
uK – Island Resort Rug v4 – modified upwards – LI 8
uK – Island Resort Rug v5 – LI 2
uK – Island Resort Nightstand v1 – LI 1
uK – Island Resort Vase – LI 1
uK – Island Resort Lamp v2 – lI 2
uK – Island Resort Wall Art v1, v2 and v3 – LI 1 each
uK – Island Resort Leaf Wall Decor – LI 2

Serenity Style, at mainstore
Serenity Style- Yram Strange Travel- Suitcase – LI 2
Serenity Style- Yram Strange Travel- Rounded Suitcase – LI 1
Serenity Style- Yram Strange Travel- Clock – LI 1 – sound on touch

Granola., currently at June UBER
Zhara Lanterns Lt Blue – LI 4, 3 lengths of chain – Copy & Modify
Textures versions in Bronze, Iron, Pink, white
Scripted with an on/off flame and will smoke when you put them out. 🙂


Galland Homes – Cape Hatteras – Bedroom with Balcony

Other Designers:-
PLAAKA – Fruits Bowl – LI 1 – Gacha – June Arcade
Trompe Loeil – Modern Tree Couch Leather Blue – LI 6 – Gacha – June Arcade
Loft & Aria – Tropical Glam – Potted Palm – LI 5 – Gacha – June Arcade

JIAN – ‘dorable Danes – 14. Compu-snooze – LI 1 – Gacha

TARTESSOS ARTS – Morning Breakfast Tray – LI 7 – Copy & Modify – Marketplace

Apple Fall
Coral Specimen – Gift – LI 1 – Copy & Modify
and Apple Fall Nauticus Shell Vessel – Gift – LI 1 – Copy & Modify

hive // potted fan palm plant – LI 3 – was a Fifty Linden Friday Special

NOMAD // SUNBURST – LI 1 – Fifty Linden Friday Special (current)

So I’ll say enjoy the sunshine and cheers, m’dears 🙂

For the Birds

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The geese think this pool is exclusively for them.   Thanks, TLC Home Collection!

The Canada Goose is a large, wild species native to Arctic and temperate regions of North America. Its migration occasionally reaches North Europe, and it has been introduced to the UK, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands. They are able to establish colonies in urban and cultivated areas with little trouble – so no wonder they have taken over the pool 🙂

In the background, I’m grateful for the shade of Little Branch’s latest offering – the Tulip Tree. It rezs instantly and has zero lag. There’s landscaping extras in the pack, see details below.

The Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a vigorous deciduous tree with pleasing lobed leaves and green & orange tulip shaped flowers in summer. The leaves turn butter yellow in the autumn. It is a part of the Magnolia family. You’ll find these growing in Eastern North America. The tallest the tree will reach is 12 metres and it takes between 20 – 50 years to achieve this height. The Tulip Tree is low maintenance and generally pest and disease free which makes it a popular architectural and garden tree.

Fortunately, the geese are not interested in my brand new pool furniture by Granola. I really love this set, it’s so elegant and well made. The animations are thoughtful, too. You don’t always find that in furniture.

Lots of the décor, including the tea set and fruit bowl, is from a wonderful new gacha by 22769, and you’ll find that at The Arcade, if you can get in. If you like this set, it is exclusive to Arcade and will be retired afterwards, so get on the machine asap.

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Here’s full details of all the Home & Garden products I used today:-

Little Branch, currently at June FaMESHed
1. The Tulip Tree
The tree as sized in the picture is LI 6
4-season – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
Gently animated as if branches are moving in a breeze

Pack also contains low LI Hill in summer and winter
Snakeweed animated summer A and B versions – LI 2
Grass V4 animated – LI 5
All Copy & Modify

2. Bouton d’or Orange {Rounded Flower Field} – LI 7 – Copy & Modify – Mainstore

Granola., currently at June FaMESHed
“June’s Poolside Set”

a) Lounger – Version 2 PRINT RED – LI 5 (PG & Adult versions)
The lounger has print and plain versions in orange, green, red, yellow and black
Animations –
7 Single Female Sits, 4 Single Male Sits and some mirror options for males (1 Bento sit in female and in male options)
11 Cuddles (Mostly all Bento)
PLUS the Adult has 13 intimate (all Bento) animations and sequence options

Granola. uses poses from RNP and Kabuki.

b) June’s Pedestal Table. Lt. – LI 1
The table has dark and light versions

c) June’s Tropical Sunset Beverage. – LI 2

d) June’s String Lights. Gold. – LI 5
The String lights have versions in black, gold and silver

TLC Home Collection
From Canadian Geese FatPack
Canadian Goose – swimming – LI 2
Canadian Gosling – simming – LI 1
Set their radius and connect the goslings to the parent so they don’t get lost

22769, currently at June ARCADE
Au Bord Du Lac
a) 22769 – Bowl with Fruits – COMMON – LI 1
b) 22769 – Tea Tray – COMMON – LI 1
c) 22769 – Magazines – COMMON – LI 1
d) 22769 – Floor Vases – COMMON – LI 1
e) 22769 – Potted Banana tree – COMMON – LI 1

Serenity Style
Duke Retro Radio Yellow – LI 3 – gacha Modify

Astralia – Tropical pool (Sky) animated – LI 261 (some parts derendered in the picture) – Copy only
This is a prim heavy pool but it looks so good! It also contains assorted flora, animated water and poses and you don’t need much else.

Cheeky Pea
Tropical Flamingo Planter – modified for colour on the metal – LI 2 – Copy & Modify

Cheers, m’dears 🙂