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Woof!

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It was a lovely sunny day so I decided to go for a walk in the park. Coming to the end of my exercise where I usually collapse onto one of the seats, I spotted this building at the end of the promenade. Well, what have we got here?

A little bit closer and I see it’s a Pet Shop! How cute and how typical that some of the puppies have already escaped. They are a right handful 🙂

You can get pet toys and pet inspired furniture and décor here. There’s even a shower for dirty dogs! How very useful but I bet they don’t think so.

You buy anything you like, as long as it’s dog related!

Listen to the radio while drinking your water! Relax in the sunshine afterwards.

I don’t know what the collective name for Dalmatians is,  except maybe “trouble” 🙂

Live, Love and don’t forget to… BARK!

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I didn’t use all the pieces of the two gacha here so have included keys for them both.  They are at the current run of the Cosmopolitan Event which started on April 24th.

KraftWork – Pet Shop Toys gacha

TLC Home Collection – Animated Dogs gacha

 

Here’s the rest of the Home & Garden items I used :

1 KraftWork The Soap Collection Shop Scale RARE v2
1 KraftWork Vintage Bakelite Radio
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Cheeky Pea – NorthHaven Planter – LI 1 – now at UBER

ARIA – Nouvel Potted Leafy Plant – mainstore
ARIA – Nouvel Potted Fern
Mutresse-Thirsty-Dalmatian Puppies gacha
The Square in the Center – Maya’s Architecture – LI 36

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Swanery

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I have some new additions to my menagerie – the Swan Family!  They are well spoiled, having their own “Enchanted Swans” lake.  So while I was cuddling the only cygnet in the world that doesn’t like water, I took some photos to show you.

All by TLC Home Collection, the lake is gorgeous and quite large at 20 by 15 metres. It does contain quite a lot though. As well as the lake, there is manicured lawns all around, pots of lavender and petunia, a nice two person seat in one corner and pink camellia (or they could be rambling roses) wrapping themselves around the architecture.  Two sides of the perimeter is walled with balustrade effect and two archways to enter with stone steps up to the lake.  You could put the lake on one side of a garden and allow the rest of the garden to be seen from the non-walled sides.  It’s just idyllic.

 

The “Swan Family” contains – a swan on nest with cygnets, swimming swan, swimming cygnet and swimming swan carrying cygnets on her/his back.  Now you can rez these and they will stand still for photographs *laughs* but you can also set them to swim within a certain square and also you can assign cygnets to particular swans by numbers.  The cygnets will then swim alongside their parent swan. It’s so cute! Instructions are included and it’s not difficult because even I could do it. Here are my swans actually swimming in formation for once.

 

This little chap likes sunbathing and who can blame him? Look at the detail on that stone wall and the camellias wrapped around that balustrade.  It’s really fine work.

 

Home & Garden items used:-

Outside the build –
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] The Relaxing Tree – LI 11 – C/M – altered to spread around the grass
available at mainstore
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias – White – D8
TLC Home Collection – nesting Swan with cygnets – LI 5 C/M

Inside the build – 

TLC –  ‘Enchanted Swans’ – LI 57 – size is 15 by 20 metres

TLC –  cygnets riding on back – LI 5
TLC  – Cygnet Swimming – 1 LI
TLC –  Swan Swimming Adult – 4 LI

22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – LI 6 – From Little Piece of Heaven set at Shiny Shabby until April 15th, then back at mainstore

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

PandaMonium

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Of course, I should never have left the Tea House doors open. When I get back from some gardening what do I find? PandaMonium! There’s even one of the beeping creatures playing the lute! Now… how to get them out. Hmmm, any ideas?

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All naughty pandas from │T│L│C│ Home Collection‘s “Panda Grove” at the Cosmopolitan Event, until February 11th, then at the mainstore. This is animated scenery with adult pandas at 3 LI each and cubs at 1 LI each. You also get stone and mesh bamboo pieces. There’s 3 variants of the pandas and also separate pieces, all Copy/Modify.

Trompe Loeil – Ikoi Tea House – LI 94 – this is a big prefab, I was only using around a quarter of the floorspace. Please do check it out at the mainstore.

::Newchurch::  – Zhang Set (in Rosewood and also available in Light Teak) – this is a really beautifully made set with lots of detail.
:: N :: Zhang Armchair, Rosewood – LI 3 – 16 sits for male, 16 sits for female
:: N :: Goddess of Mercy – LI 1  and :: N :: Zhang Console Table, Rosewood – LI  All pieces are Copy/Modify which means you can even tint them. The decorative statuette is of the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, She is described as the one who perceives the sounds of the world.

RH Design House – the most wonderful place for all H&G Japanese items, lots are in gacha, others can be bought from vendors.

Kuruwa Set – Futon, Zabuton, rug, bedside light, armrest, mirror, make-up set, long candle, Kimono rack, Kiseru set, Goban
Biwa – Japanese Lute

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival – Home & Garden 2

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Post 2 for The Spoonful of Sugar Festival which is on now and runs to September 25th.

All monies will be going to the American office of Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), an international organization that provides emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care regardless of politics, religion or other affiliations.

Today, we’ll be looking at landscaping designs and full gardens from Two Moon Gardens and a gorgeous Songbird Collection from TLC Home Collection.

As Autumn draws near, it’s a great opportunity to landscape your garden in seasonal colours, flowers and landscaping.  Two Moon Gardens have released “Overgrown Glory – Autumn 1”, a stunning complete garden which you just rez on a suitably sized piece of land. Overgrown is 20 by 20 metres and 94 LI in all. It’s very beautiful and when you sit on the bench and look around at the trees, plants and hard landscaping you’re enthralled!

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There’s a central paved area onto which autumn leaves drop down, and this is surrounded by water features of fountains and troughs, a jolly good outdoor fireplace for those colder days and a bench from which you can laze and contemplate.

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Further outwards, there is a plethora of flowers just on the point of going over from the summer growth, or else spreading like mad as flowers do when you don’t curtail their activities! Then on the periphery, there are three magnificent trees in Autumn leaf with shrubs at the side. Just beautiful.  Also included in the set are a couple of extras – Sunny Days Nature sounds and Water Sounds (touch on and off). The bench has 5 sits female, 2 sits male, couples 7 cuddles. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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Also from Two Moon Gardens is the “Water Pump Patch”. A stand alone landscaping piece that can be easily incorporated into your garden, the pump has a Land Impact of 14. Flowing animated water rushes from the rusty iron pump down into a couple of collecting pools.

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There’s clusters of flowers around the pools and cute animated butterflies sort out nectar. You get extra water sounds that can be turned on and off at a click. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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No garden is complete without songbirds!  TLC Home have an absolutely enchanting set of animated, singing birdies. There’s a robin, a starling and a blue tit. They can be separate or rezzed with all three of them on a single branch.

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The volume of the singing can be controlled simply. Here’s the birds in close-up. They are 1 Land Impact each, the branch is another 2 LI, so you can have many of these in a garden, all singing away merrily.

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Last, but definitely not least, is a magnificent landscaping garden from Two Moon Gardens and this is called, “Graceful Falls – Autumn”. It is big – 45m by 50m – but well worth the 186 prims. Just look what you get!

The entrance is via stone steps (side grass bank included) which lead up to the central section. There are four water features surrounding a paved area, pillar vases of autumn flowers decorate the scene.

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The water is flowing and animated, sparkling and beautiful. It makes the whole garden spectacular. At the back of the garden there’s a smart stone wall with feature trellis that sports a central archway and this is festooned with ivy and autumn flowers to match the central pillar vases.

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Around the edges, there are stone terraces, with occasional flower troughs, shrubs with grating containers and a welcome bench from which to view all the finery. Graceful Falls – Autumn would not only make a fantastic central feature for a park or large gardens but I think it could also be the scene of special occasions such as weddings and christenings. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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To view all these amazing Home & Garden designs visit…

SOS Festival Home & Garden sim – TAXI

For other sims please start here – SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival – Home & Garden 1

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I’m honoured to be a blogger for this great fund raiser event that will run from Friday, 12 am SLT, September 9 and stay open until Sunday, September 25. It’s the Spoonful of Sugar Festival –  5 sims with over 180 stores in fashion, home and garden, and breedables. It’s huge and the charities supported are Doctors without Borders and Medicins Sans Frontieres. Please have a look through the website for more info. There’s also a Flickr and a Facebook page.

This was going to be an introduction post but you know me, I can’t resist opening some of the 100% donation items in the Home & Garden offerings so here goes!

Who doesn’t like dragons? Hobbits you cry!  Well yes, but this dragon is sculpture only and he’s by Dragon Magick Wares. The “Happy Dragon” has a LI of 12 but you can resize him via the script. He’s Copy, otherwise. Look at that cheeky expression, just because I’ve rezzed him by the lake and he thinks he’s on guard.

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This is a wonderful gazebo by Dragon Magick Wares again, it’s called the “Weathered Gazebo” and it has a LI of 8 with Permissions of Copy/Modify. Very enchanting with the little hanging lights which have a good spread of light without burning your eyes.

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The “Mary Rose Cottage” by Khaleesi’s Shinn-Anigans or K~S for short, is just gorgeous and such fun. I can imagine this on many a roleplay sim or even at the bottom of the garden! It’s small but perfectly formed at 16 by 13 metres and only 25 LI, can’t be bad. Copy/Modify with door access you can upgrade if you want.

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Also by K~” is the “Skarthi Viking Hut” suitable for all Viking warriors to take a rest in once they’ve done all their pillaging. Inside, there’s a fireplace and smoke comes out the roof chimney. Click the logs to start a nice blazing fire (I bet they didn’t have that mod con back in the old days). Again, this des res is only 25 LI and Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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*Elite Equestrian* are on the Breedables sim and they have three exclusive items out that are just for the SOS Festival.

Firstly there’s “Cherry’s Racing Barn”, a really beautifully rendered barn to keep horses in. The barn will be suitable for avatar horses and ABC ponies. You can’t go wrong with this super barn, it has 4 horse stalls, tack area and built in paddock. Photos show both inside and out. It is a mere 26 LI for all that detail, footprint is 25 by 14 metres with Permissions of Copy/Modify so you can retexture if you want but as rezzed, the textures are premier. You get a rezzer for easy placement and give it time to work as it will build and position your barn. The little box in front of the barn is the rezzer.

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Then there’s the “Cherry Ranch House”. This is a long house with a 64 by 48 metre footprint but it is magnificent and you also get 4 horse stalls included. 80 LI original Mesh same as the barn, there are spacious living quarters with built in sunlight. It really does feel good to stand inside this ranch house as you’re bathed in sunlight from the windows whilst the wonderfully textured wood is very pleasing to the eye. I honestly could not believe that it was only 80 LI but there you are! There’s a large main room, office and bedroom and you just walk into the horse stall area through one of the doors. Perfecto 🙂

I got around two thirds of the house in this picture, a bit further to the right is the horse stall area.

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Last but not least, *Elite Equestrian* have made us a miniature golden horse avatar and it is of extreme cuteness *smiles*. I spent all afternoon as a mini  horse traipsing around the barn and horse stall, neighing and posing. Much the same as real life then!! We get an instruction book but it’s not too difficult. You simply right click on the folder, choose Replace Current Outfit, and everything loads straight up including the gesture HUD and a complete AO with walk, trot, canter, gallop and crouch-park and crouch walk Spanish Walk. Here’s a few pictures of me posing and it’ll be a dollar to talk to me soon 🙂

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Well, that’s all for today, folks. I hope you’re looking forward to the Festival. Please see below for SLURLS but check the date because it won’t be starting until Friday 9th September 🙂

 

SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

SOS Festival Home & Garden platform – TAXI

SOS Festival Home & Garden sim – TAXI

SOS Festival Breedables sim (for *Elite Equestrian* ) – TAXI

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Chez Moi Furnitures – Fancy a Dip or a Mixed Grill?

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Ah, the long, hot days of summer… lazing about on the patio with nothing to do but watch the grill!  Introducing  Chez Moi Furnitures “Pool Fun” set and it really is a whole lot of fun!  I tested it out with the ducks and the dogs this afternoon and we all agreed that it offers great roleplay scenes and looks good, too 🙂

Here’s the pieces: –

INFLATABLE POOL  (you can also change the texture of the bumper around the pool)
– 21 single pose (42 in total)
– 28 couple poses
– 17 extra poses

CHAIRS (with suitable accessories attached such as crate of beer, magazines, lifesaver)
– 9 female poses
– 9 males poses

GRILL BARBECUE
– 4 single poses (8 in total)
– 8 couple poses

MIXED BOX

♥ Prims / Li
chairs:
– 2 chairs: 8/5
– 3 chairs: 3/3
– 1 chairs: 4/4
Inflatable pool: 9/13
MixedBox: 14/7
GrillBarbecue: 23/15

We were just testing the water!  What’s warm enough for me is too hot for the ducks, though. The drake is watching dubiously and the other are heading quickly for the lilo and I don’t think they noticed the killer whale 🙂

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That grill is drool worthy! It should even wake up the shib soon 🙂

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The whole kit and kaboodle is available from Chez Moi mainstore and also on Marketplace.

Here’s a couple of Chez Moi pictures to show just some of the great animations –

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Other landscaping/pets in the scene –

Botanical – Mesh Mediterranean Cypress [Mod Copy]
Botanical – Summer Linden Small [c]
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias

Wood Wall – Katia Millet

Dog is from a Half-Deer gacha (you can pick up similar on MP) – Shiba Inu sleepy

Jian :: Duck Family

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Of Birds and Barbeques

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Gacha Guardians is running until July 31st! To start, you’ll need a special HUD from their main location or any participating store. The HUD will allow you to find and collect rune stones. Once you’ve hit the rune stone, you can either play the gacha at the current location or move on to the next. So, it’s a bit of a game and a bit of a gacha!

All particating stores will have a special Gifts of the Guardians, and you can get keys for these by playing a machine 10 times. When you’ve visited all the locations and touched each rune stone – you can open a special portal to enter the Guardian’s Treasure Room. Use your keys to unlock all the specials gifts! After the event, these will be retired and never made available again.

For more info including pictures of the prizes, visit the Gacha Guardians blog.

Today, I’m showcasing 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s gacha which is called, “BBQ for 2”. It’s a lovely extensive gacha and as the items are copy, you can have much more than just two people over for your bbq!

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The BBQ for 2 Gacha contains:

RARES:
Beer Crate Chair – red*
Beer Crate Chair – green*
each with 3 single sit animations
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Coolbox
decoration item only
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COMMONS:
Kettle Grill hide/show meat on touch
Boom Box
BBQ Tools
Paper Cups
BBQ Dips
Bread
Beer Keg
BBQ Party A-Frame
Tire Table
Plate with Corn
Plate with Grilled Chicken
Plate with Melon Slices
Plate with Saussages
Plate with Raw Meat
Ketchup & Mustard
Sidetable

All Common Items are decoration items only 8 – 1 LI

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The Gift of The Guardians is this fabulous “BBQ Party Pergola” with a land impact of 15. It has a good length of decking with the drapes at one end and here I’ve put it over the river because if the grill sets alight all we have to do is to tip it over the side!

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The birds are visiting/ahem! taking over and they are all from TLC Home Collection – “Songbirds Collection Set 2”. These are delightful animated songbirds and you can control the volume of their songs. There’s 3 in the set – Blue Tit, Bullfinch and Chaffinch.

 

Visit 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] mainstore to try your luck.

Cheers, m’dears and happy bbqing 🙂