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Go Wild in the Country

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Having fun in the desert and being very lazy!

My pa was a geologist and so anything to do with Earth Science has always fascinated me.  The Camp Steelhead Hot Springs came with this explanation of the landscape and how it formed over millennia.  So interesting I included it here. Hope you enjoy it, too!

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“The Great Basin Desert stretches from Utah into Idaho, Nevada, California, Colorado and Arizona. It is the largest desert in the U.S. covering an expanse of about 190,000 square miles. In Arizona this desert connects with the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, the only two other deserts in the U.S.

The region was once host to a large inland sea that has filled and dried up twice during our geological history leaving behind large valleys running north and south as small lakes vanished leaving behind salt crust or hard-pan. The flat area of clay, silt, or sand encrusted with salt that forms is known as a Playa. The runoff from the region is what created the Grand Canyon.

After the rock hardened and began to erode, compressed veins of salt threaded between hard sandstone, leaving behind monumental sandstone fins. These fins now exposed formed magnificent formations blended with colours formed during vastly varying times of our earth’s history. Red Sandstone, known as Navajo Sandstone was formed during an oxygen environment and therefore is red from iron oxide while yellow sandstone was formed prior when the planet was saturated with carbon dioxide.

Now exposed to the elements of wind, water and dirt, this soft rock took on amazing and unique shapes, colours and textures. Host to many national parks and once the home of the Anastasia Indians, you can reference:

• Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
• Capitol Reef National Park
• Arches National Monument
• Canyonlands National Monument
• Glen Canyon National Recreational Area”

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Here’s details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Serenity Style, Little Branch, TLC Home Collection, Chez Moi Furnitures, The Boardwalk Event, Salacity, [ Generation X ]
Others:- Camp Steelhead, Crate, Aphrodite, Shutter Field
Events: – Man Cave, The Boardwalk Event

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Serenity Style, currently at Man Cave from January 17th
This is a new gacha collection exclusive for Man Cave. There are 2 Rares and 6 commons. Permissions are Modify & Transfer so the 4×4’s can be used by Adult and Kid Avatars. Drive them or use them as décor!
I was using the “Military 4×4 – Desert” – LI 19 – drive it and reverse it – it’s an SL® vehicle and great fun! You can also adjust the driving animation for position.

Little Branch
Dracaena Tree. V1 {Animated} – LI 1
Dracaena Tree. V2 {Animated} – LI 5
From a pack of 4 differently shaped trees – an iconic tree with beautifully realistic textures for hot regions of the world.
Wild Grass *1 Li {Dry} *Animated – LI 1

TLC Home Collection
From the animated Meerkats gacha…
1_TLC Meerkat Adult Lookout_RARE – LI 3
5_TLC Meerkat Adults and Pup Sitting_Common – LI 4
10_TLC Meerkat Adult Sunbathing_Common – LI 2
Permissions are Transfer and Modify

and… TLC Osprey – LI 3 – on his own fishing branch with captured wriggling fish

Designers at The Boardwalk Event
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1. [ Generation X ], currently at The Boardwalk Event
The Tamba Outdoor Furniture Set
[Generation X] Tamba Outdoor Bed Cream – LI 5 – 5 friends animations + 20 couple animations
[Generation X] Tamba Table Cream – LI 2
There’s also a chair in the set – LI 4 – 5 female + 5 male animations and mirrors
Sets available in Cream and Black

2.  Salacity, currently at The Boardwalk Event
Salacity on Marketplace
And now you know where I got the hamburgers from! Zesty’s Dairy Bar is a full-size building, highly detailed and contextually accurate, styled after a dairy bar/snack shack. It is non-functional as a building, serving only as décor or a backdrop. At only LI 5, it’s an easy way to add zest to your landscape.
Salacity – Zesty’s Dairy Bar – LI 5 – Decor piece – the original comes with a litter bin at the front which you can detach.

3. Camp Steelhead, currently at The Boardwalk Event
The Camp Steelhead Hot Springs is a composite of Designer Chelsea’s experiences having lived the region for much of her life. She combined elements indicative of the American West while capturing the feel as much as the sights.
The pack also includes textures so you can add to your ground piece, make an alternative texture Ice Chest and use a screen background!
Camp Steelhead Hot Springs Wall Rock – LI 6
Camp Steelhead Hot Springs Spire Rock – LI 6
Camp Steelhead Hot Springs Balance Rock – LI 4
Camp Steelhead Hot Springs – LI 30 – animated water

Also includes the Steelhead Ice Chest – LI 5
Steelhead Kiosk – Hot Springs – LI 1
Camp Steelhead Hot Springs Warning Sign – LI 1

What you can’t see in my picture because it’s close-up, is that the rock on the right side is a water spout, it makes a spectacular scene! I’m interested in this set for landscaping but it also has an extensive Adult animation menu which you need to check out at the Event as I have a strictly PG blog here.  Otherwise, there’s Bathe, Sit and Cuddles Menus with Adjust & Swap facilities. There’s also a Utilities Menu that controls lights, glow and environmental factors. Well worth the price!

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Food ‘n Drink
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Aphrodite
“Tropical Drinks” Tray – LI 1
For a mere 1 Land Impact you get a lovely tray of drinks that give out cooling fruit drink on touch. Choose from Strawberry, Banana, Coconut and Ice Cream Soda tropical drinks

Chez Moi Furnitures
Hamburger Tray Party – LI 4

Crate
crate Famila Ranch Set ~ Pinto Bean Cactus – LI 2

Shutter Field
[sf] deck – wood – LI 14 – has string lights and steps at the front, I sunk it into the ground here. It’s a versatile piece that can go in a multitude of landscapes and I use it a lot.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Sweets for Santa

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Santa always distributes plenty of sweets to folks at Christmas but I think he needs a few himself so here’s what the fairies left for him!  Please click on the picture for a huge version.

And speaking of ‘sweet’, this post is dedicated to my Blogger & Vlogger Network Secret Santa – it’s EleanorJean Resident or EJ as I know her.

I was so pleased to get EJ for the BVN Secret Santa. She’s one of those bloggers whose work I find a pleasure to read because she puts down her comments on life both bravely and honestly.

Now she’s no slouch in the Fashion department, EJ was a recent Miss Virtual World Germany (that’s her mum’s homeland) and is a dedicated, beautiful model. I was never anywhere near her level *laughs* when I was modelling, it took me all my time not to fall off the darn catwalk with the constant lag. However, I’m not bad at Home & Garden so I thought I’d dedicate this sweet scene to a sweet person ❤

Read EleanorJean’s blog and check out her Flickr

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Just to finish off the necessary, here’s details of the Home & Garden products I used in this post:-

unKindness – Winter Pool with Patio, currently at FaMESHed Event to December 27th – Land Impact 53 – this gorgeous frozen pool and snowy patio just perfect for winter decorating and you can do such a lot with it such as fill that empty space at the back with all sorts of things!

Soy. – Snow Covered Woods set with bases and 4 different trees – default and low Land Impact pieces. They size up well but you will put on more LI by doing so.

Galland Homes – Santa’s Christmas Hut, currently at the Paying It Forward Event
Permissions are Transfer/Modify as this is a gifting Event. Land Impact is 11 at the default size with a small footprint of 5 by 5

Raindale for The Avenue Event
Raindale – Canopy Tent – LI 10 – versions with and without cushions plus separate cushions – 15 solo and 5 original couples poses by Raindale
Texture change HUD for Canopy, seat and cushions

KraftWork for Builder’s Box Christmas Village Edition
Builder’s Box HQ on The Last Forever Sim
Gingerbread House – 112 LI – Copy/Modify – has texture change HUD for walls, roof, fireplace wall and fireplace front – plus snowflakes rezzer
Also has Gingerbread House Fence, Curtain, Doormat to match!

Chez Moi Furnitures – Snowman Family, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event to December 30th
Land Impact – 3 and fully interactive poses for 2 adults and 1 toddler

Serenity Style – Xena Love Series at The Trunk Show
Serenity Style- Xena Eternal Love Panel – 2 LI
Serenity Style- Xena Love Box – 1 LI
and Danna Fairies at Lootbox gacha Event – these are gorgeous, folksy style little fairies and light ornaments which will light up spots wherever you place them

 

 

TLC Home Collection – Penguin Sledge – gift at Cosmopolitan Advent Event
Gifts hang from the Christmas Tree in the main concourse
Very cute animated sledge and penguins for 4 LI

Hope you’re all coping  well with the Holiday preparations and not too rushed

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

The Messy Man Cave

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Because we can all admit… that if it didn’t start messy, it sure ended up that way!

I’ve got two stunning pieces from KraftWork in the picture, the Murphy Bed and Le Plateau skybox.  Le Plateau is currently at the 6º Republic Event, and it’s in the Canada section.

I cornered designer, Nod, and asked her why KraftWork chose to represent Canada this time.  She said, “We never thought about doing Tokyo as 6º Republic has many Japanese designers which are so good in it, we would never make something better than they do already. So our choice was Canada and with that, comes snow.  Our first option was an Ice Hotel but ice textures can never be translated well in SL, the transparency etc. We made tests and we didn’t like it.  I had this loft saved for a while on my computer, I basically love the window, and this rustic, dirty chic – people love it in SL®.  So it was a combination of factors :)”

A superb skybox, the Le Plateau Loft pays tribute to the district of Le Plateau, a multicultural, dynamic and storied section of Montreal, Quebec. Once a thriving working class neighbourhood, it has been transformed into a Bohemian artist enclave with galleries, cafes and lofts that border McGill University.

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Here’s the shelving unit with ladder, it’s right next to the window seat.  Great Industrial styling here.

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And that fabulous Murphy bed?  Well you can either have it all folded up as in the picture below, or one click and the bed section gracefully descends to a usable position.  And talking of usable positions, pick the right maturity and you can have any number of those!  Details follow.  You’ll have to wait until Friday, though, that’s when the new edition of Man Cave starts.

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

KraftWork – Le Plateau Loft – LI 88 – Copy/Modify
Currently at 6 Republic
Features – window seat with poses, fireplace (fire prim included as separate piece, Texture changer for scene outside the window, upstairs loft area, pipework, shelving and ladder unit, large arched windows on both sides, windows in ceiling for even more light

KraftWork – Murphy Bed – LI 24 – this will be at Man Cave on November 10th
PG and Adult Versions – Texture changer for the central wall art. The bed folds up against the wardrobe as one unit! The glass doors open and shut on touch.
Lots of great poses including Friends Set, Couples Cuddles, Couples XX, Girls Cuddles, Girls XX, Boys Cuddles, Boys XX (the XX only in the Adult version)

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Items from 6º Republic Event (all in Toyko gacha section)
anxiety – %escape gacha – iesufoods
Tableau Vivant – gacha – \\ Yatai ramen Shi
ANHELO – G03-13-17AGA :: bench A

Seven Emporium – 7 – Integrated Amplifier A-93 – LI 1
7 – Stereo Cassette Deck A-180 – LI 2
Both from Seven Music Co. Set – available individually as well, in Toyko main street.  I went mad and got the FatPack because… blimey, you only have to look at it to see the quality 🙂

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IDEZA – Edwings Bar – LI 2
IDEZA – Tube Wall Light – LI 4
IDEZA – Props – LI 6 – all from Around the Propeller gacha

[USB] – Retro TV – LI 2

Apple Fall – Model Plane – Large
Apple Fall – AF Books

Trompe Loeil – Jenica Wicker Chair Dark + Pillow PG – LI 6
poses for solo and couples

What Next
Neon – {what next} ‘Wish You Were Here’ Neon Light (white)
Neon – {what next} ‘Cocktails’ Neon Light (green)
{what next} – Palisades Drinks Tray – LI 1 – from Palisades Set
{what next} – Toasty Space Heater (grey) – LI 1
{what next} Toasty Slippers (Space Heaters & Slippers – Group Gift)

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Art Magazine
22769 ~ [ bauwerk] Travel Magazines
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Newspaper
22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – from Little Piece of Heaven gacha

The Loft – Pepta Drinks Tray – texture change

The Black Forest – TBF Turtle Egg Solitaire – actual game and very addictive!

:HAIKEI: from the Look through the Window gacha {4} – messy clothes

Fancy Decor – Copper Magazine Holder – LI 1

Dust Bunny – Areca palm plant – from Natural Habitat set

.:revival:. – light branches

MeadowWorks
Kneeling Stag Sculpture ~ LI 2 (slightly less than default size)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

The game is afoot!

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After a trying night spent wandering around the London Docks which had been on more than one occasion compared to an intractable cesspool of questionable humanity, Holmes and Watson collapsed on the sofa. The basset hound was particularly interested in the pungent smell of herrings emanating from the good doctor’s suit and sundry other scents that would only engage the attention of dogs, so he snuggled up as best he could without fainting. The soft light of a foggy morning applicable to all capital cities of the time, made puddles on the carpet or that could have been Watson’s boots, of course.

Holmes was reaching for his opium supplies when Watson suggested that a foot rub would be much better. According to a recent letter in The Lancet, the termini of many of the lower back nerve plexuses ended in the feet and could be treated efficaciously by massage. The odour of herrings masked any other lingering impressions of the great unwashed and Watson went to work enthusiastically until the dog decided that enough was enough and went to repose in his basket in the kitchen.

After a while, even Holmes had to admit that the game was afoot. At least Watson’s ministrations would reduce his monthly opium outlay if nothing else. His breathing was laboured, though, and when Mrs Hudson came in to open the windows as a certain acrid pong had mysteriously pervaded the lower flats of the building, nobody complained.

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Sorry – couldn’t resist! The sofa contains, among other couples poses, one entitled Foot Rub.

Now, before you’re all forced to join the dog in his kitchen sanctuary, here’s the spectacular Home & Garden products I used in detail:-

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
Pieces from the “Secluded House” gacha, currently at The Arcade Event
**This set will be retired in October 2017, so it’ll only be resellers after that date**
22769 – Victorian Rug – LI 2
22769 – Portrait from the other side – modified! – LI 1
22769 – Salon Couch – LI 6 – unisex single poses, 3 couples animations – we were using the foot rub one
22769 – Victorian Desk Chair – LI 3
22769 – Console Table – LI 2
22769 – Writing Feather – LI 2
22769 – Gaslight – LI 1
22769 – Console Table – LI 2
22769 – The Secluded House – RARE – LI 137
22769- Master Bookshelf – LI 4
22769 – Slim Bookshelf – LI 2
22769 – Skull Pedestal – LI 2
22769 – Pipe and Ashtray – LI 1
22769 – Salon Coffee Table – LI 2

221b Baker Street gacha (originally for The Gacha Guardians)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Book Stack – Gift – LI 2
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Bat and Bugs Taxidermie – LI 1

Cigar Lounge Decoration Set (mainstore)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Pipe Rack – LI 1
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cigar Lounge Cognac Bottle – LI 1
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cigar Lounge Wine Glass – LI 1

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Violin – from Decadence is Bliss set (mainstore)
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Gabriel – ::GB::Silk hat Black – a massive LI 67 when used as a prop but you are supposed to wear it, really!
Just Animals by Hannah Kozlowski – Basset Hound Sitting – Mesh – LI 1

[ zerkalo ] Bjorn Wall Sconce – from Bjorn gacha at We ❤ Roleplay Event
[ zerkalo ] Antique Memories gacha – Leather Journal – at The Imaginarium Event
[ zerkalo ] Triple Candle Holder (mainstore)

Di’Cor – Marilyn Fireplace [Black]
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade (March 17th) Cordelia Curtains Blue MT – modified!

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

System Addict

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Here’s a prophetic little song from Five Star!
Take a look at me
Wired to a machine
Never would believe it
This can’t be happening
Boxes that go beep
Little lights that leap
Tapping on a keyboard
What’s happening to me?
And when the electricity
Starts to flow
The fuse that’s on my sanity
Got to blow
System addict
I never can get enough
System addict
Never can give it up
WATCH
Now that was way back in 1985 and look at us all now! 1985 was a time when computers were boxy and big (for instance, the Commodore 128 PC with 8502 processor 128 kB of RAM and ROM cartridge port which was considered high tech), Domain Names were being registered for the first time and Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. and its first home entertainment system.  Microsoft Windows 1.0 was introduced and initially sold for $100 and Dell released its first computer, the Turbo PC.
Yes!  I am laughing, times have changed so much.  I mean, 32 years ago 🙂
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Here’s what I wore:-

ADAM

*!*Adam-skin head EDDY
*!*Adam Mesh Head- beta1-v1.4+BENTO
*!*Adam- Beard Bento M5
*!*Adam Mesh body -v1.4b

CATWA – animated Mesh Eyes & Tears

RSC Hair Base – dragon master OMEGA applier
Refined Wild CRYOWILDE – Toxic Clockwork wings yellow
[DOCKS] Cyber Fashion & Design – Catclaws yellow
EMO-tions – zion rebirth

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Lazy Days of Summer

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This picture epitomises the sort of English summer day at the beginning of the season when the grass is still emerald green and the flowers are out in force. There’s a blissful, secure feeling as you relax in the garden with nothing to do but read the newspaper and drink lemonade. It’s one of those moments when you wish you could press a button and stop time for a while. There are many feelings in the human emotional arsenal that aren’t really named in the English language but are in more expressive languages. Here’s a few:-

Forelsket (Norwegian): The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): Finding beauty in imperfections.

Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing, that expectation of beauty.

Commuovere (Italian): Often taken to mean “heartwarming,” but directly refers to a story that moved you to tears.

Komorebi (Japanese): The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees and the feeling it gives you.

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The current round of Cosmopolitan has some exceptional H&G designs, not the least being the Somerfield Gacha set by Raindale. For only L$50 per Play you can get beautifully meshed items to make up a set for the garden including a picnic table that seats up to four avatars and a stunning pavilion which is the Rare.

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

Raindale
Somerfield Gacha Set – currently at Cosmopolitan – L$50 per Play

Somerfield Picnic Table – LI – 8, sits up to 4 avatars, poses – 8 sits, drink (f), drink (m), read – all with Swap/Adjust facility
Somerfield tree swing – LI 2 – 9 solo sits
Somerfield glass lanterns – a set in pink, blue and green – 1 each
Somerfield Lemonade Set – jug and 2 glasses – LI 2
Somerfield canopy lights – LI 6
Somerfield garden deck – LI 4 – has lights set into the deck
Somerfield cart table – LI 1
Somerfield pavilion – LI 25, the Rare (in the background)

Also Raindale
Raindale ~ newspaper (prop) (from Mauner Set)
Raindale ~ smartphone (prop)

Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 (was at the RFL H&G Expo)
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 1
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift)

Pets:-
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 17. Held Melanistic

Two Moon Gardens
Behind Closed Walls (modified) – LI 118 (excluding Loveseat at 11 LI in original design)

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

KraftWork and The Last Forever

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KraftWork released a group gift today, it’s the “Suspended Cabinet”… a fine and generous piece of design for us all to enjoy.  The Land Impact of the whole set is only 6 with Permissions of Copy/Modify, and all the pieces you see are also included separately (cabinet, books 1, 2 and 3, frames, vase). This went so nicely in the hallway , the central picture having that “looking into the distance” view that gives dimensional savvy and the rest of the objects beautifully arranged on the floating cabinet.

At the same time, a new sim opened where the KraftWork mainstore is now situated. The sim is called, “The Last Forever” and it’s been made by these good folks – from the creators of West of The Rain, Oobleck Allagash and Nodnol Jameson (KraftWork), and along with the creative team of Kai Mannequin, Brooke Barmy, Rooky Yootz, Triin, and Jack Handy.

I went along to visit and found it amazing.  Really good photo opportunities and a lot going on.  The concept is a celebration of the unique town of Marfa, Texas.  Once a dusty, sleepy ranch town in the high desert of West Texas, perhaps known best at that time as the setting for the James Dean movie, Giant, it has over the past few decades emerged into a most unlikely centre for art and alternative design.

The transformation occurred when famed artist and designer, Donald Judd, left New York in the early 1970’s to set up his studio and home in a place that offered him a vast open area for installations.  Gradually he began to transform the landscape and dilapidated buildings and, with it, the entire town and region.

Many of Marfa’s buildings have been faithfully reproduced and they do give a certain feeling of life in the desert, it’s interesting for those of us that have never visited that sort of place.  In addition, the region also serves as the setting and main shops for the Second Life® brands KraftWork, Big Bully, Powder Pack, Kiss me Poses and soon, Triin.  As well, Marfa Contemporary will house rotating exhibits of Second Life® artists and photographers, starting with an exhibit by acclaimed virtual photographer Melusina Parkin. The Marfa Ballroom will also host live Second Life® performers on varying dates. Well worth keeping an eye on this place!

Visit KraftWork new mainstore

Visit The Last Forever sim

Cheers, m’dears 🙂