a man 4 all seasons's Blog

a blog about the weird and wonderful virtual world that is Second Life

Preface

Aloha peeps – glad you dropped by!

I’ve been blogging Menswear and Home Decor for… errr ahem X number of years and still really enjoy it! On Facebook & Flickr I belong to a plethora of Menswear and 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 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’m still blogging and writing for LTD as I love it 🙂

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!

A huge thank you to my sponsors – see side bar for slurls to their stores ❤

Written by Moz Loordes

30/09/2010 at 6:49 pm

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Well, we were going to do some Work!

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You know what it’s like, you get all set up to do some work… you’ve got your food and drink supplies, a nice cosy fire going, the lappie and phone at the ready and… you just can’t be bothered!

Featuring Raindale‘s new collection for the 2nd Level Event,  the “Mauner Set”. As the dog and myself can attest to, it’s especially good for ummm work *yawn*, designer Keira’s made it too cosy. I think I’ll just take a nap before going through this entire newspaper and tackling that tangerine cake for tea.

The 2nd Level Event runs until January 30th! Here’s all the Raindale original Mesh pieces in detail:-

Raindale ~ Mauner armchair – 3 Li – 12 animations +props (tea, phone, tablet, book and newspaper) – original animations here!
Raindale ~ stack of books – 1 Li – decor
Raindale ~ antique frame – 1 Li – decor

Raindale ~ Candle holder ~ 2nd level gift – These two are gifts at the Event.
Raindale ~ Mauner carpet ~ 2nd level gift

Raindale ~ cup of tea (prop) – All these are provided as props so you can use them in other scenes.
Raindale ~ tablet (prop)
Raindale ~ smartphone (prop)
Raindale ~ newspaper (prop)
Raindale ~ old book (prop)

Raindale ~ Salford tray – from the Salford set – see instore
Raindale ~ Tangerine cake (gift)

+Half-Deer+ Shiba Inu – Sleepy (rez) 2 – check out MP, he was a gacha prize
Trompe Loeil – Kenna Cabin

For more ideas, props n poses and furniture sets visit Raindale mainstore 

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Conversation with the Kingfisher

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There is an absolutely charming legend about the kingfisher. It was said that they built a floating nest and wherever the nest would drift according to the wind and river movements, the surrounding water would remain calm. Even if a nest floated out to sea, then the area would be calmed. Thus, the kingfisher would be a sacred bird to the ancient mariners. It was also said that the nest would be made of fish bones. In reality, kingfishers consume large quantities of fish, aquatic insects and freshwater shrimp. They regurgitate the indigestible portions and the nest can become strewn with bones, so this may have contributed to the legend. Their eggs are a beautiful deep pinkish hue, and usually they lay 6 in number. Male and female kingfishers create their nests by excavating a burrow in a shallow river, stream or lake bank, usually just below the top of the bank.

This little post is really to illustrate 7 Deadly s{K}ins January group gift for us gents, the “Jager” set. It’s a very generous set by designer, Izara.  Here’s what we get:-

24 Omega head appliers (with/without hairbase & clean plus light beard versions), which were fitted on the GA.EG Damon Bento mesh head originally, although here I used CATWA Paul. Tones are caramel, cotton, steam, earth, taupe and stone. I chose the earth tone, clean for my pictures.

6 system skins plus SLINK hands/feet appliers and Omega body appliers, I chose the matching smooth earth tone.

2 bonus shapes – shape for bento head on SLINK body, shape for  bento head on system body plus system head shape for comparison.

There is an add-on pack instore for 250L, viewing recommended.

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Here’s what Jager looks like on the Damon Bento head:-

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I was wearing:

GIOMEN – Synder pullover, black
GIOMEN – Vamos Jeans, blue
Rozoregalia – silver drop earring
ARGRACE – Takeshi Hair
Adam Mesh body with OMEGA relay
CATWA Paul Head with OMEGA relay
CATWA animated Mesh Eyes/Tears

Home & Garden:

Trompe Loeil – Camden Couch & pillows – these are very boathouse in style, great poses, too.
Trompe Loeil – Camden Cove prefab – fantastic value!
Both at Collabor88

Garden grass by anc. meadow deep forest – Fifty Linden Friday purchase, there’s all colours of grass otherwise, plus a number of seeded grasses and other beautiful garden landscaping items instore.

[ Organica ] Full Moon Maple 1 – a stunning tree.
TLC Home Collection – Kingfisher, also comes with his own fishing perch to put by a river or lake.

 

Visit 7 Deadly s{K}ins mainstore, Guy’s Department

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

HHC – William Men’s Suit – Group Gift

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As the new year begins it’s a great time for group gifts with stores wishing to get customers’ attention, and Heth Haute Couture is no exception. For us gents, there’s the “William Men’s Suit” which is a whole outfit including shoes. Here’s what you get in the pack:-

~ A classic couture slim fit jacket with standing collar. The fabric is a heavily embroidered pattern in shades of grey, black and tan with pops of white. The accent colour is repeated in the white silk shirt and collar. Black crepe slacks match the jacket. This is an all-in-one Mesh to fit 5 standard sizes XS  – XL. I was wearing the size M.

~ All-in-one Alpha layer… it’s a couple of clicks to fit this suit, so easy.

~ Polished wingtip leather shoes and a pair of very useful filler socks for that perfect fit.

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Here’s a view from the reverse to show the jacket’s texturing.

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The chair I used was from the December Deco(c)rate pack –
Stockholm & Lima: Bennington Chair (Green) – it has some great poses and is only 2 Land Impact.

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Pick up your copy of the William Men’s Suit from these outlets:

Heth Haute Couture mainstore at Morise

Heth Haute Couture at Pure Luxury

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Heth Haute Couture Outfits and Jewelry on Marketplace

Heth Haute Couture Inworld Group – (Cut and paste this link into your local chat)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

 

A case of too much honey

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“Is it a case of too much honey?” asked Tigger. He’d come across Pooh bear, who had collapsed in a heap of snow in the middle of the Five Acre woods. Pooh snorted dramatically, and being a bear of very little brain replied, “But Tigger, you should know that bears can’t have too much honey!”

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Chez Moi Furnitures – Happy Bear – is at The Chapter Four event until January 20th.  He comes with 6 poses (3 for each avatar) where you can gaze at the stars, play in the snow or get stuck like the bear is! There’s 50% off the original price for the duration of the event.

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Other Items Used:

Winter Coniferous Forest – spruce 4 design 12 pcs M/T includes Copy/Modify snow floor and snow grass in same pack – 3D Trees

Soy – Igloo Lanterns (of extreme cuteness) – now at the mainstore 

Trompe Loeil – The Foxtail Lodge V2.2 & Snow Add-On  – masses of winter snow landscaping in the add-on pack as well

Just Animals by Hannah Kozlowski – Mesh Tiger (decor) – Marketplace Store

Visit Chez Moi Furnitures mainstore for lots more gorgeous Home & Garden products

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Tale of Maplemoor Woods

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You won’t find Maplemoor Woods on any map, try as you might. It’s a secret place and you can only get to it through a portal. This portal lets through children and those grown ups who still retain the magic of childhood in their hearts. Maplemoor exists in an eternal late spring where young animals and birds are born and brought up, they make their home in the woods. But they’re not like any creatures you’ve seen before. For instance, they really appreciate afternoon tea! They’re not always polite, as you’ll see in the pictures – the bullfinch has landed on the teatime cake and is not even waiting for his slice to be cut.

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Afternoon tea is presided over by the Great Horned Owl, who can move his head all the way around. This is useful to check on visitors who may want an extra place at the table. The mother deer keeps an eye on the proceedings, she has her favourite bridge so she can see everything going on and even if afternoon tea should take place at midnight, she can switch on the lamps. Time has very little meaning in such an enchanted place. Poppies and flowers bloom all the year round and the poppies are not only red but all colours of the rainbow. The ones you see here are yellow.

The kingfisher sits patiently on the portal, his large beak is useful for pulling visitors through, but no doubt he’ll be getting his slice of cake later on. And there’s always a wishing well. Not only for water – as there’s no rivers in the woods – but the well grants wishes to visitors and inhabitants of Maplemoor alike. But be careful what you wish for! And don’t forget, you’ll need an extra wish to get you back home 🙂

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Home & Garden Products:-

Raindale – “Maplemoor” gacha at The Crossroads Event during the month of January!

Table & Coasters – 1 – 2 LI
Stools – 1 – 2 LI
Portal – 1 LI
Chairs – 1 – 2 LI
Kettle & teacups – 1 – 2 LI
Cake and cake slice on plate with teaspoon – 1 – 2 LI
Lantern (touch on/off) – 2 LI
Bridge – 11 LI
Rare – Wishing Well – 11 – 13 LI with a winter version included

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Birds & Animals:

Great Horned Owl v1.2 – Animania
Deer family – Navan Design
HPMD* Sitting Rabbit M – Happy Mood
TLC Home Collection – Songbirds Collection 1 and 2 and Kingfisher – these birds sit on branches and fishing posts which can be unlinked and used separately.

Landscaping:

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LB_WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
by The Little Branch
Enchanted Woodland 4 (has a forest clearing with sunbeams)
by Two Moon Gardens

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Brave New Year

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~ Brave New Year ~

“The old year slips away into the past
fading through the obscure as the Shadows take it
For it’s unvisited in the vivid, eternal Now.
And all the New ahead, an unopened gift of hopes and expectations
Much patronised by fortune tellers as they gaze through an overcast mirror
mercurial deep and try to map the implausible.

What a journey to be taken, along with fools and friends
The parallel of our hearts set on the narrow way
Our voices whisper comfort or scream cacophony
The scuff of our feet as we are dragged along, willing and unwilling
Onto the intoxicating plains of the Future.

And if we did know the outcome of such happenings, would we take one step?
That first brave step along the flagstones into an unknown garden
The borders filled with nettle and lotus, tended by wasp and honey bee
Apple trees and desert cacti scraping the sky, their progeny choked or sprouted into a thousand possibilites.

Don’t we all wander the wonders to come?”

 

For: 7 Deadly s{K}ins – JURO  – 12 Omega Face Appliers based on CATWA in three skin tones, with and without hairbase, SLINK hands & feet appliers included. Free group join up this month!

CATWA Paul mesh head
CATWA animated mesh eyes n tears

Omega relay for CATWA
ADAM mesh body
**RE** Eagle Necklace Real Evil Industries

{anc} forget. Swallow [rosepink]
uK – Little Bird Chandelier Light (Scripted)
Two Moon Gardens – Overgrown Glory – Autumn 2

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

High Tea – Merry Christmas!

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This is my Christmas post and I’d like to wish you all, dear readers and fellow bloggers, a peaceful and relaxing Holiday time ❤  Thank you so much for reading my posts, your likes and comments. I’ve made quite a few friends this year, just through blogging, it’s wonderful 🙂

So.. High Tea. It’s a bit like High Noon with cakes!  A tradition in my family – and I am really not sure which country it belongs to – but we set the table for tea in the afternoon. It’s generally the days after Christmas as nobody can manage to eat anything else after our gargantuan dinner and we all collapse on the sofa bemoaning our overpacked stomachs and attempt to thrash each other at cards.

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There’s generally Christmas pud, all sorts of cake goodies, crackers to pull and read the daft notices from, and a huge pot of tea!  Goodness, did I have trouble finding virtual Christmas crackers but thankfully Faith blogged them and [CIRCA] saved my table from disintegrating into family disapproval.

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Here’s the décor I used:

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C&F Elegance Xmas Salad Bowl, soup bowl, Victorian tea set

!! Follow US !! Wreath center table candle (S) COPY version

Bowl of oranges – Maven Homes – KittyCats Advent Calendar

[CIRCA] – “Holly Days” Party Cracker Pile – Red/Green
Twisted Krissmuss Event 

Apple Fall gacha – Christmas Pud, Christmas Cookies, Cherry Voulevants – try Marketplace or mainstore

{what next} Country Kitchen Blackberry Pie

PILOT – Gift Mouse [Plaid]

Mutresse-Gentleman-Dalmatian Puppies – Arcade Gacha

BAZAR – Forest – Dining table, chairs and place settings

La Galleria – Green & Tan Mahal RUG MESH

Sway’s [Victor] wood burning Stove . sand
Sway’s [Victor] Firewood Storage Bench

PlantPet – pp-tannenbaumbw stage 15, yes this is a Christmas Tree!

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂