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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 🙂

 

KraftWork – Suspended Art & IWD

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There’s something rather comforting about art galleries. You can sit there and get absorbed in an artwork you admire and find many layers to the work. KraftWork have made the “Suspended Art” that you see in the photograph, you can hang it from any ceiling and, as it’s modify, it will fit a lot of spaces. Designer, Nod, says it’s to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on the 8th March.

The theme for this day is #BeBoldForChange. You can click on any of these links to read more.

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

But the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.

To collect your copy of KraftWork‘s Suspended Art (and you can add your own photos to it) visit the mainstore.

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden pieces used in this post:-

KraftWork Suspended Art – LI 3 (altered upwards from the original) – C/M

KraftWork Wall System – Geometric – 1 LI each panel and 12 inner panel textures to choose from – C/M

KraftWork_Marfa_Diary_Table – LI 4 – C/M
KraftWork_Marfa_Cocoon_Sofa – LI 5 – animated poses – 1 menu for Friends, 2 menus for Couples -C/M
KraftWork_Marfa_Rug – LI 3 – C/M

KraftWork_Simone_Spotlight_vs1.2 – you can alter the intensity, radius, falloff and glow via the script – LI 3 – C/M

Room in the ROOST – Uplands Fold Standard House version 1 – LI 63 – C/M

Art Deco Lounge

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Art Deco is and was an international design movement, started in 1925. To say that it ended in the 1940s is quite untrue as it’s still being used today in the world of interior design but it was most popular in the 1930s.  The style itself reflected modern technology at the time and was characterised by smooth lines, geometric shapes, forms that were streamlined and bright with the occasional garish colour. Initially, it was a luxury style and a reaction against the austerity of the first World War and used expensive materials like silver, crystal, jade and lacquer. Later on it used cheaper, mass produced materials like chrome, plastics and other industrial items that catered to the growing middle class taste for a design style that was elegant, glamorous and functional.

When I received the “Luxurious Woodburning Stove” from Chez Moi Furnitures showing at the Tres Chic Event, I rezzed it and immediately thought – Art Deco!  This led onto a whole room based on that fireplace, so as a consequence it took a bit of time to get the look right.

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One of the major décor treatments for rooms in the Art Deco period was wall panels. These could be simple, expressing geometric shapes, right through to filled in and decorated panels which were as ornate as the furniture that was put in the rooms. To get this effect I made simple shapes from prims to get the skirting board, panels and shelves – it’s a quick and easy way to change a plain wall into something more period. For the room, I used the beautiful “Flatiron Loft Studio Skybox” from ::Newchurch::  which has these amazing arched windows. See the Windlight effects you can get with these windows and you’ll know what I mean! The Flatiron skybox was inspired by the industrial lofts that you get in many cities which have been converted into apartments. The other end to where I’m standing has a small room with arched window and more conventional ceiling, and I used that for the Art Deco room.

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Close up of that amazing “Cactus Bowl Terrarium” from ::Newchurch::, it’s part of a gacha featuring other terrariums. I find the miniature world fascinating so anything like that is a must have for decorating.

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To show off a couple of the poses for the Woodburning Stove, we dressed as near to 1930s casual as we could and choose an evening Windlight. As it’s freezing in the UK at the moment, the warmth that the stove conveys, even virtually, was welcome! It has a whole barrage of particle effects and sounds to make it like a natural log fire. If you can get a photo at just the right time, then the glow looks really good.

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Wouldn’t you want to laze around in front of a cosy fire? Especially with that nice set of drinks – Art Deco style – by The Loft. It’s part of a whole cocktails set including industrial style trolley. The metal can be changed to gold, silver or black, according to your decorating needs.

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Here’s what I used in detail:

Moz – skirting board, shelves, wall frames, zebra rug

=Mirage= Potted Palm 6

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Gold Vase with Flowers – COMMON – Moroccan gacha
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Banana Tree – COMMON – Moroccan gacha

The Loft & ARIA – Abalone Vases With Peacock Feathers

N4RS – Dragon Egg

Apple Fall – Plaster Horse

Art Deco Standing Radio – Joshua Watson

Apt B // Eco Plant Plaques – Bare Branch (gold) – Eco Plants gacha

The Loft – Pepta Drinks Tray

[ keke ] winter tin – snowdrop wintersky – 5 L$ on Marketplace

Green Orchid GIFT – TERRASHOP

Art Deco Sconce – L. Querrien – adjustable lights via script means you can do a lot with these including radius, fall off and glow
Woodburning Stove, Luxurious – Chez Moi Furnitures at Tres Chic until February 10th

:: N :: Marie Occasional Chair, Eggnog – 16 sits for girls, 8 sits for guys,
LI 3 Copy/Modify
:: N :: Gilles Coffee Table, Brass – LI 1 Copy/Modify
:: N :: Flatiron Loft Studio Skybox, White – LI 33, Copy/Modify
:: N :: Cactus Bowl Terrarium – from Terrarium gacha – LI 4
::NEWCHURCH::

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Visit Chez Moi Furnitures for more decorating ideas, inside and outdoors

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Visit ::NEWCHURCH:: for wonderful period furniture, décor and skyboxes

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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:

LB_Yellow Poppies{Field}
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:

Festive Table
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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 🙂