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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 wouldn’t say I’m one of SL’s greatest photographers *smiles* but I can take good quality high resolution photographs and I’m a dab hand at Photoshop, 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

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Of Coffers, Mules and Drawers

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A beautiful new release from Galland Homes, this is the “Classic Sideboard/Dresser” which comes in a Holiday version with runner, candles and ornaments plus a version of the sideboard on its own.  Land Impact is 4 for the sideboard, candles are 3 LI each,  and the ornament group is 5 LI. Pieces are Copy/Modify so you can have more candles and alter the runner and candlesticks to a colour of your choice by tinting.  The candles have a warm glow to them with a good spread of light. Materials have been enabled for both versions. Pick up a copy from the current round of the Lost & Found Event, it’s only 125L$ for the duration of the Event (closes December 1st).

As this is Galland Homes and I like to include a bit of history about the piece in question, here’s a potted version of the evolution of furniture with drawers!

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The Chest of Drawers as we know it today first appeared in the 17th century, about the 1690s. It had developed over time from Coffers. These were first efforts to make pieces of furniture that offered some comfort in the home. A Coffer is a long, deep box which is raised off the ground with either legs or feet. It has a lift up lid and is a bit like a modern blanket box. They were secure places for weapons, food larders and places to keep clothing clean and dry.

Coffers often had large grab handles on each side for easy transportation. In troubled times, when a person might need to up and leave at short notice – as an invading army or raiders were closing in, for instance – they would chuck all their valuables into their Coffer and off they could go running for the hills and safety with all their worldly goods in one place.

Some Coffers even acted as vaults or banks. For example, in the 12th century Henry II ordered that plain, planked Coffer chests should be placed in all churches for cash contributions for the relief of the Holy Land.

Later on, furniture makers began to add a drawer to the bottom of the Coffer, to keep things within easy reach. These were called Mule Chests and became very popular as folks realised they’d been losing items in the bottom of their Coffers for years – so the extra drawer was practical. It didn’t take long for the whole of the carcass to be filled with drawers and the lift up lid to be dispensed with. Chest of drawers haven’t really been altered or improved much since then, and have become an essential item of home furniture.

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Here’s the extra Home & Garden items I used in the picture:

Twisty Twigs Vase Duo L – Pinstripes –Storax Tree
Feline Treasures – Naptime – Black Hydrangea copy version –  Storax Tree
Zinnias – Tiny Brass Incense Burner – MP gift
Picture – my own, the Goddess of Spring
LG Green & Tan Mahal RUG MESH – La Galleria

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Visit the Lost & Found Event

Visit Galland Homes for more beautiful furniture and prefabs

Knight in Moonlight – 7 Deadly s{k}ins

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“Ready my knights for battle. They will ride with their king once more. I have lived through others for far too long. Lancelot carried my honor, and Guenevere, my guilt. Mordred bears my sins. My knights have fought my causes. Now, my brother, I shall be… king.”

I was playing the 7 Deadly s{k}ins group boards last week and got this fabulous skin which I opened today! It’s a very pale system skin , suitable for roleplay, vampires and similar, or just because you like pale skins. It has a full beard and suits rounder faces I would think, I didn’t have to alter my shape.

I do appreciate system skins. Not everyone has a mesh body/face, or maybe they want to use a mesh head but keep their own body shape because it’s unusual or out of the average sizing. Until the Bento Project comes of age, it’s not possible to use your own face shape on a mesh head. Here’s that skin in a close-up. It was once a hunt gift for Madpea Productions so has to be good.

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The apparel is by designer, saby Clary, of  Utopia, the Anton set, it’s still available and discounted by 50% at the moment.  You can do a lot with because there’s so many pieces, including matching boots. Not only for roleplay, you can mix n match the system layers and mesh pieces in other outfits. I use clothing layers to get more out of mesh, you know. Supposing you have a mesh coat that won’t fit any other mesh apparel with, try putting a clothing layer underneath.  Ok, it may have an insert but why not stretch the capacity of the outfit with clothing layers, they are still useful parts of the avatar wardrobe.

Visit 7 Deadly s{k}ins  Guys Department

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

Bog Day Afternoon – 7 Deadly s{K}ins

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~*~ With apologies to Al Pacino, who was more into robbing banks in a similarly titled film, than spending inordinate amounts of time reading the newspaper whilst perched on the throne ~*~

There’s nothing like a quiet half hour spent reading the Financial Times and carrying out other more mundane matters –  especially in my new bathroom, furnished courtesy of MudHoney. I got the “Cooper Bathroom set” from the recent 6 Republic (which emptied my pockets no end), and added a few other choice décor items from not so bad “Australia” gacha machine.

What I really wanted to show you was some lovely items from 7 Deadly s{K}ins!  Now the group gift for November is a 400 L$ store voucher. Now what will that buy you?  Well, upstairs I found this gorgeous applier pack for face and body (I used the OMEGA relay) for only 375 L$ (more details follow).  A whole new look for practically nowt!  I’m sure you can do just as well as me. Not only that but… how would you like to win 10K of store credit?  All you have to do is to ‘like’ the 7 Deadly s{K}ins Facebook page before November the 30th.

For your Black Friday fun,  7 Deadly s{K}ins have a promotion on for Skin Addiction members. Everything has an 85% discount plus there’s a box with 20 skins from 2014 and a box with skins from 2015 for only 50 L$ per box. I checked out the section and there are 3 skins for gents with the 85% discount! There’s a direct landmark below, it’s upstairs in the gent’s department.  Don’t belong to Skin Addiction ? Well, you’re not left out. For the store itself, there are also Black Friday Sales from November 25th – November 30th. ALL the CasperVend vendor items have 60% off, there’s free group join-up on 28th/29th/30th November and each day will have secret Flash Sales!

Now I’ve imparted that essential information, here’s more about the skin I chose. The skin is called “Fier” and it’s in the skin tone caramel – a versatile medium  shade. You get 10 OMEGA face variations with and without hairbase, so you can be bearded, clean and have stubble. SLINK appliers are included for hands, feet and body.  TMP and OMEGA body appliers are also included. Here’s a close-up of the face.

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I used the ADAM Mesh Body, CATWA Paul Head, CATWA Mesh Eyes with GDit “I’m Interested” 11 eye textures HUD (will be on sale at Color Me Project from November 25th).

Home & Garden items in the photos:

MudHoney Cooper bathroom set

not so bad . AUSTRALIA art work 1 – gacha

TLC Cormorant standing version (a set of 2)

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

Visit  7 Deadly s{K}ins Black Friday Promotion

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

The evolution of American Barns – Galland Homes

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Galland Homes new release is the “Hanover Barn”, a half timbered barn with brick infill. It’s beautifully spacious and quite large, the footprint is 17 m by 23 m and the barn has a Land Impact of 73. You can pick up a copy at the premier round of the Draftsman Event, for the event price of L$495.

The mesh has a really good level of detail, there are double doors on both sides which open independently of each other. and there’s a further door at the front. Step inside to appreciate the warm of the wood with the high rafters and light filtering in through the high-up small windows. The size of the Hanover barn gives real feeling of space, you can almost see the dust motes circulating in the air. In this picture, the sheep have taken over!

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If you didn’t use this barn for agricultural use, it could also be used as a home. Why not do your own virtual barn conversion?  It’s certainly big enough.

In the United States, barns were originally timber built from local supplies and built as a log crib barn or timber frame, although stone was added in areas where it was a cheaper building material. Later on, during the mid to late 19th century barn framing methods gave way to truss/plank framed buildings. This reduced the number of timbers, dimensional lumber was used for the rafters, joists and sometimes the trusses. The joints gradually shifted from being mortised and tenoned to being bolted or nailed.

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Mechanization on the farm, better transportation infrastructure, and new technology like a hay fork mounted on a track contributed to a need for larger, more open barns. Saw mills using steam power could produce smaller, more affordable pieces of lumber  and machine cut nails were much less expensive than hand wrought nails. Concrete block began to be used for barns in the early 20th century although modern barns are more typically steel building.

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In older style North American barns, the upper area was used to store hay and sometimes grain. This is called the mow (rhymes with cow) or the hayloft. A large door at the top of the ends of the barn could be opened up so that hay could be put in the loft. The hay was hoisted into the barn by a system containing pulleys and a trolley that ran along a track attached to the top ridge of the barn. Trap doors in the floor allowed animal feed to be dropped into the mangers for the animals.

In New England it is common to find barns attached to the main farmhouse, allowing for chores to be done while sheltering the worker from the weather.

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The Hanover barn also has a snow top roof extra, for those winter scenes. It’s really easy to fit. Just line up with the X and Y axes of the barn and use the Z axis to place on the tiled roof. The barn has a rez box which you click on to rez the barn, and then use Edit to move that box, the barn will move with it.  You can then freeze the barn where you want it or derez if you want to try again.

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Here’s the other Home & Garden items I used in the scenes:

~autumn scene~

Great Horned Owl v1.2 – Animania

Alchemy & Immortalis – Curious Blackface Sheep

Lunar Seasonal Designs – Marge – Colombian Rock Chicken

[DDD] Wagon Cart – Lighter

!! Follow US !! Autumn ground

[VALR] Floor Straw Combined (not available)

Kei’s Hay Bale Seat

JIAN Pumpkins

Animated Black Horse Black Hair (TrigiGifts)

Garden Set by PLAAKA – cold frames etc.

~snow scene~

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22769 ~ [bauwerk] Garden wall Pillar (snow top)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Garden wall Long (snow top)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] The Walking Snow from their Snowmen gacha

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Visit the Draftsman Event, which runs up to January 17th 2017

Visit Galland Homes to view more beautiful homes and furniture

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

 

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More than a hint of the Cosy from Raindale!

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Raindale is a new sponsor of mine and I must say, I’m finding their décor to be right up my street! For instance, the new release for the Pose Lover & Friends Event is more than a bit cosy. It’s the “Salford Set” and contains a round couch/sofa that has poses for singles and couples, a matching coffee table and a coffee tray. The price is limited for the Event to only 150 L$, can’t be bad. Danilo thinks there’s plenty of room for his toys, too.

Salford Set – Pose Lover&Friends exclusive release – couch with poses and animations, coffee table and coffee tray – event limited price – 150L for the whole set. Here we all are trying out one of the couples poses. Danilo’s so cosy that he can’t be bothered to move and play with his bricks.

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The couch has a texture change HUD for sofa and cushions, giving a lot of options for your winter décor. The textures I used matched warm woods very well. The couch is only 5 LI. Add the round coffee table and coffee tray to match. The tray gives coffees and croissants to cuddle up to the fire with.

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The “Candle Lantern” is a group gift for this Event, there is a rezzable décor version and also 3 lanterns that you can hold to light your way. Here I was wandering through the woods at night – don’t ask but it has to do with hiding presents!

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Visit the Raindale mainstore to see more goodies

Visit the Pose Lover & Friends Event (on from now until November 27th)

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

Man in the Mirror – 7 Deadly s{k}ins & Vero Modero

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“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways” MJ

We change a lot of things in Second Life® but skin and face can be a fundamental change in how others see us and how we project our personalities onto the virtual platform.

7 Deadly s{K}ins November group gift is a store voucher for 400 L$. It’s a great start to a new you. I used the “Ace” face applier for CATWA heads via the OMEGA relay. I must say this is one of my favourite 7DS skins, the texturing of the beard and hairbase are wonderful. The face applier gives my CATWA Paul mesh head a balanced look. The eyebrows are neither too arched or too thin. There’s a clean faced version, and a without hairbase version in the face appliers, too. They are very good value considering that at one time we used to pay out 1K for a system skin. I teamed these appliers with an existing system skin which I think was a hunt gift from somewhere. If you can do this, you’ll make a savings but then you might just want to pick up the matching skin  from 7DS anyway, use the DEMO first and see.

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I was wearing an outfit from Vero Modero which is pretty well mid season if you don’t want to get into the sweaters and overcoats yet. These are separates – the Andon Jacket that comes with and without t-shirt insert plus the Murat leather pants. There’s a choice of half a dozen t-shirts with various sentiments on them, although the jacket will always be the colour you see. I chose the Love Rocks t-shirt/jacket combo. You can also wear the jacket without the t-shirt so it’s a versatile outfit for not a lot of lindens. The jacket has five sizes from zero to five (I chose the 3 size) and the pants have versions in XS – XL. The medium fitted well under the size 3 jacket/t-shirt combo.  I tried a necklace on with this but it tended to cut the line a bit, so I wore a lapel brooch instead. I quite like the way the neck and chest are slightly bared, it balances up the overall look.  The leather pants, by the way, have really nice back pocket details so you could wear those with another outfit, maybe a tucked in shirt, to show off that feature.

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I took the photos in my dressing room – yes I do have one *laughs* – so the furniture in there is nice and restful so I don’t feel rushed while styling outfits. Try it sometimes, it works!

AF – Mission Armoire (Antique) – I admire this piece by Apple Fall, it’s vintage and the doors open and close. The base drawer is meshed open which is appropriate for a dressing room.
Fancy Decor – Ghent Altarpiece (small size) – this goes up on the wall, you can open and close the triptych. One of my favourite stores for décor, this is so colourful and represents the actual thing in real life. Talented designer, is Jake!
N4RS – Nouveau Art Set – Sofa – another vintage set from the 1930s, it matches the wooden floor of the room so well. Pieces include rug, glass wall décor and sofa for up to 2 avatars.
Alouette – Antoinette Floor Length Mirror – try Marketplace for this as I am not sure if the sim still exists.

Here’s your taxis:

Visit 7 Deadly s{K}ins GUYS department

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Visit Vero Modero (and you’ll land right by the entrance to the men’s section)

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

Chez Moi Furnitures – Industrial Kitchen

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A kitchen that’s particularly good for small spaces, this industrial style kitchen set from Chez Moi Furnitures is a great choice. I tried rezzing it in a smallish room and it looked the part!  The poses are wonderful, and they rez objects for activities, dining and intimate play if you chose the Adult version.

Now this kitchen is available in both Adult and PG versions, and also in parts.  So, for instance, you can buy the chalkboard separately or the dining items in one batch. This facility makes the set a lot more versatile if you only want to fill say, the dining area, rather than redecorate the whole kitchen. We’ll break here because there’s rather a lot of pictures to show you!

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