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Been around the World

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The inspiration for this scene was Chez Moi‘s World Map Décor.  Not only do we have lots of different products from around the world in this picture, the product creators also live in various far-flung places in real life – Second Life® is what draws us all together.

This is quite a mixture of products but they all match up, not least because of the modify and texture change options which certainly make furniture of this kind a lot more versatile.


Three close-ups of the products follow.  The first is Newchurch‘s Fiona Kitchen.  This is a modular low prim kitchen which, with a bit of judicious fiddling, will fit most kitchen spaces. All pieces are originally white but are easily tinted, so in this scene half of them are that cheerful deep orange.  Don’t look aghast – I’ve seen glaringly scarlet red kitchen units in real life, not to mention egg yolk yellow and lime green.  You can tint the prims, remove the bump/normal maps, and change the shine/specular maps as you see fit.

Several of the pieces have animations inside of them. The sink has several washing poses, the stove/oven has cooking poses, and the counter top has several food preparation poses.


The second close-up shows also Known as‘s Alonzo Dining set.  Those place mat settings are so useful, there’s no messing about finding separate plates, cutlery and glasses – they are all there in one quick rez.  Nice dark wood for the table and chairs, too.  I really like the shape of this set.  The chairs have great animations in them and aka has certainly thought carefully about what you need for a dining chair.  There’s poses for coffee/waiting/bored, then a Masculine menu with 6 poses, a Feminine menu with 5 poses, and a good Dining menu with suitable poses (soup/main meal/dessert/wine) for ladies and gents.

The food is from Dust Bunny’s Sweetheart Lunch  gacha.  I was very fortunate when I played on this machine – I got everything without too many repeats except for two prizes which I found on Marketplace as I didn’t want to push my luck.  I know when the Gacha Gods are smiling and when they are raising their eyebrows!


This is Chez Moi‘s Kensington living room set in close-up, please excuse the puppies! They are so tired out they didn’t even notice us scoffing lunch. The couch has room for 1-3 people, and it comes with 116 animations in the PG version and 180 animations in the Adult version:
~ 72 single poses (12 male animations and 12 female animations in each spot)
~ 44 animations for couples in love (22 x 2)
~ 64 intimate poses in the Adult version (32x 2)
There’s a texture change options for the throw – cream, biscuit, gold, chocolate, red, green, blue, dark grey, light grey – a great example of versatile furniture.


Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

NEWCHURCH – Fiona Kitchen, currently at ON9 Event to January 31st
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Sink – LI 3
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Medium Wall Cabinet – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Medium Counter – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Oven – LI 2
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Range Hood – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Tall/Narrow Cabinet (L and R versions) – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Refrigerator – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Kitchen Island also included

also Known as – Alonzo Dining Set – individual pieces – currently at the Man Cave Event to February 1st

*all products will contain a current landmark HUD and a redelivery HUD
also Known as – Alonzo Dining Table – LI 4
also Known as – Alonzo Dining Chair – LI 2 (see previous for more info)
also Known as – Alonzo Placemat – LI 1 (there’s also a rug in the set)

Chez Moi Furnitures – Kensington Collection, currently at Shiny Shabby to February 15th
*Kensington Chest Table CHEZ MOI – LI 1
*Decor Candles CHEZ MOI – LI 3
*Kensington Couch Sectional CHEZ MOI – LI 1 – PG and Adult versions
*World Map Wall Decor CHEZ MOI – LI 1 – there are also picture frames on this when it’s full size (LI 1 each) and you can drag your own photos onto these if you’ve visited that part of the world – clever idea!
*There’s also a single fancy chair included in the pack that has 40 animations – 20 female and 20 male – wooden chair with 8 option texture change for the fabric seating – black, white, yellow, red, biscuit, beige, green and blue

Krescendo – Chandelier Pack – with various lengths of hanging chain
[Kres] Chandelier – LI 2
[Kres] Chandelier – Chain Medium – LI 1
Comes with texture change HUD for metals (3) and crystals (7)
This versatile and very posh chandelier is in the January Deco(c)rate “Champagne Dreams”

[Tia] – Kitchenware Pack – texture change for 7 pastel shades
[Tia] – Tuscany Aquarius Fountain – LI 7

OneDecor – Barrel Lamp copper – LI 2 – Shiny Shabby to February 15th

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Dishes on Rack – from the Industrial Kitchen Set

[ zerkalo ] – Kitchenware from “Coffee on the Porch” gacha

Food from Dust Bunny’s “Sweetheart Lunch” gacha – Epiphany Gacha Event
Dust Bunny – Harvest Feast gacha –  Pumpkin Pie – Mainstore

{BellEquipe} – Apple Rose Pie – at Shiny Shabby to February 15th

BackBone – Sparkly Wine

%Percent – Kitchenware Cannister Set

Trompe Loeil – Chrome Vase with Violet Flowers

JIAN – “Dashing Dalmatians” gacha – 18. Triple Nap
at Epiphany Gacha Event

Ariskea – {Australia} Macramé Rug, {Australia} Painting, {Australia} Olive twigs

Cheers, m’dears 🙂



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“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” – Billy Graham

Well you better go say your prayers if you’ve been drinking all that beer!


Here’s the Home and Garden products I used today in detail:-

unKindness products:-
uK – Little Oasis – Rock Shelf Brown – from gacha at the mainstore
uK- In the Bayou – Cypress Stump – LI 1 – from gacha at the mainstore

uK – End Times Billboard Photo Prop – 5 Land Impact @ Man Cave Event
Two versions with different billboard textures – Beer and Gas & Oil

uK – Shanty Church Gacha – @ The Gacha Guardians
Rare ~
uK – Shanty Church House Building RARE – LI 42
Gift of the Guardians ~
uK – Shanty Church Pray Billboard – LI 10 – this is the Copy/Modify piece
Commons ~
uK – Shanty Church gacha – Fence Left – LI 2 (Also right fence available)
uK – Shanty Church gacha – Fence Double – LI 2
uK – Shanty Church gacha – Hymn Board – LI 1
uK – Shanty Church Bench – seats 2 people – LI 4. Has 3 poses – M/F sits and 1 standing prayer pose
uK – Shanty Church Podium – sits 1 – Has 3 poses – LI 1
uK – Shanty Church – Long Signs – LI 1 (Old Signs also available)
uK – Shanty Church – Book Pile – LI 5

Little Branch – Giant Beech @ Sense Event
LB – Giant Beech {Animated} 4 Seasons – LI 19 at default size
This is a big, beautiful tree that is subtly animated and absolutely huge! It can be modified with ease. The animation is a gentle movement of the branches. It is also a four season tree and I had it on the Fall Season.

Dysfunctionality – [DDD] Swaying Leafy Bush – Corner and [DDD] Swaying Leafy Bush – Fat – 1 Land Impact each – I used the Browning and Muted textures

JIAN – “Scruffy Shepherds gacha” 14. Sleepy Adult – static décor piece – 1 LI

Cheers, m’dears 🙂


Tales of the Riverbank

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“No animal, according to the rules of animal etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”  Kenneth Grahame from “Wind in the Willows”

As a consequence of this quote, the otters and their friends have taken over my bathroom – the cheeky lot!

Please click on the picture for a huge version.


Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

TLC Home Collection – Animated river scenery FatPack, currently at ULTRA.  The FatPack contains otter pond with reeds, rock surround and animated water. I took this apart to do the scene. The pack also contains the Scandinavian Rudd – you get a pair of these that rotate both clockwise and anticlockwise, the Osprey and the River Otter. It’s a huge pack. There are animated otters (wet and dry) standing, swimming and upright – instructions included for the swimming otter to set the radius. The Osprey is presented on his fishing perch and a flapping fish under his claws and you can take this set-up apart in case you want to put the Osprey elsewhere.

Galland Homes, currently at ULTRA Event
Savannah Bath Vanity by Galland Homes – LI 9 – taps will run with water (on/off via touch). Permissions are Copy/Modify. Beautiful copper bowls and faucet. Animations include Rinse Hair, Brush Teeth, Wash and Shave – excellent!

KraftWork Wall System – Classic – 1 LI each and I had the white and the checkers patterns showing. Beautiful and versatile panels with 12 texture options for the central panels. I had the main panel showing only but underneath there’s a secondary smaller panel.

Fancy Decor: Serpentine Candlesticks
Special for Fifty Linden Friday and throughout the weekend!
They are 1 LI each and you get gold and silver versions, both with white and black candles. They rez ready lit but if you copy and drag to get another one you’ll need to relight the original.

From MudHoney Cooper bathroom accessories pack
This is my favourite pack for the bathroom and I’ve used the items over and over again, so well worth the lindens!
MudHoney Cooper His Supplies – LI 2
MudHoney Cooper Toothbrush Cup – LI 1
MudHoney Cooper Soap Dish – LI 1
MudHoney Cooper Shampoos – LI 1
MudHoney Cooper Bath Towels – LI 1
MudHoney Cooper Plant – LI 1

Cheeky Pea – :CP: Champagne Mirror – LI 1 – and this is from the Champagne Flute Chair set which is in the January Deco(c)rate – “Champagne Dreams”. It’s well worth getting even at the non discounted price.

MudHoney – Audrey Vase Large and Small versions – from the Audrey Entry Set in the January Deco(c)rate again – 1 LI each and they come from another gorgeous set which includes 6 colour versions of Ottoman, mirror, sconce in 3 metals, portrait frame and 3 colour versions of  console along with the vases.

Dust Bunny – hoya plant – LI 2

Apple Fall – Porthole Mirror – LI 2 – turned on its side and used as a dish here!

From Shiny Shabby new round
!gO! – Be mine – Izzy – pretty little doll with a Valentines/Hearts theme from !gO!’s gacha of the same name – every one of them a winner!

Concept} – 08. Porcelain Vase – greenish and Concept} 07. Porcelain dish C – these come from the elegant Bordeaux/Orangerie gacha in which Pep collaborated with Jojo Deed – L$80 per Play – watch your lindens on this one!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Don’t Disturb!

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Sometimes it’s better to let sleeping dogs lie 🙂 Mum and pups are very comfortable on Granola.’s beautiful Waverly Cozy Bed. It’s early in the morning and only the Panda is awake to meditate. Maybe they’ve all been playing too much Mahjong.

A stunning bedset here and it’s matched up by Newchurch’s beautiful mid-century chair and pieces from 22769’s latest gacha for the Gacha Guardians Event.


Here’s the Home & Garden pieces I used in detail:-

Granola.. – Waverly’s Comfy Bedroom Set, currently at the FaMESHed Event
Granola. Waverly’s Cozy Bed. Mid Wood Aztec. – LI 11 – versions in Mid Wood Aztec, Mid Wood Geo, White Aztec and White Geo – both PG and Adult beds – click on the headboard for plain and detailed textures there (I’ve got the detailed texture showing). The Waverly is packed with animations you need to try out – they are fab – includes Bento Couples poses which make all the difference in roleplay.

Granola. Waverly’s Lamp Gold.1 – also in silver variation – LI 2 each
Granola. Waverly’s Cozy Table. Dark Wood Distressed. (table also in mix wood and white wood distressed) – LI 2
Granola. Waverly’s Incense. – LI 2

22769 – Tea Ceremony gacha, currently at the  Gacha Guardians
22769 – Jade Buddha – Gift of the Guardians – this is the only Copy/Modify piece
22769 – Potted Bamboo – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Floor Chair Sand Dune – COMMON – LI 2 – 10 original solo sits by 22769
22769 – Singing Bowls – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Screen – COMMON – LI 3 (larger than default size)
22769 – Tea Set – COMMON – LI 2

NEWCHURCH – Stella Mid-Century Chair – has versions in Cherry, Oak, Pine, Teak and Walnut – beautiful piece and all modify. Here I used the pine version and tinted it to match the existing wood in this scene. Very simple and effective to do! Land Impact is 3 with animations are included for women and men’s sits. Love this iconic chair which is currently at The Chapter Four Event to the end of the month.

Storax Tree
Clay and Bamboo Vases Ae – LI 8
Clay and Bamboo Vases Ap – LI 8

TLC Home Collection – cute animated “Panda Cub Sitting” – LI 1 (reduced from default size) From the  “Panda Family Set” that has a scene as well!

DYNASTY – Aged Mahjong Set – Brown – LI 3

JIAN – Dashing Dalmatians gacha – 19. Family Nap – LI 2, currently at the Epiphany Event


Here’s to a great weekend!

Cheers m’dears 🙂

Ragnar does the Great Viking Bake Off

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Ragnar’s been watching way too much television lately, especially the Bake Off competition series which in his case should really be banned.  This is his idea of a darn good feast and it’s held in Odin’s Hall by unKindness who so thoughtfully provided Ragnar with his ideal home.  There’s been lots of blogging pictures of the outside of this Hall and it really is magnificent with prizes of scenery and landscaping as well as the building and contents.  So here’s  picture of the inside of said Hall.  Gorgeous isn’t it? Click on the above picture for a huge version – a bit like Ragnar’s axe 🙂

The other unKindness gacha I’m featuring today is the La Confiserie gacha, and I’ve rarely seen such an amount of yummy cakes and display cases.  I’m sure Ragnar could have gone mad on the products but he wanted to make sure the extra deer got baked as well.


Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today in detail:-

unKindness– 2 sets

“Odin’s Hall” – currently at Lootbox ends January 20th
uK – Odin’s Hall Drinking Horn 1 and 2 versions
uK – Odin’s Hall Feast Table
uK – Odin’s Hall Fire Pit (spit roast is my build)
uK – Odin’s Hall Gold Shield Throne – naturally Ragner has a gold throne!
uK – Odin’s Hall Gold Cloud
uK – Odin’s Hall Long House RARE – LI 33

“La Confiserie” – mainstore gacha
uK – La confiserie With Love Board
uK – La confiserie Happiness Board
uK – La confiserie Life is Board
uK – La confiserie Trio Box Stacked
uK – La confiserie Donut Display w/Goodies RARE
uK – La confiserie Donut Plate Icing
uK – La confiserie Trio Box w/ Goodies
uK – La confiserie Choco Tower Cake RARE
uK – La confiserie Unicorn Macaroons RARE
uK – La confiserie Lollipop Cake
uK – La confiserie Cupcake Birthday
uK – La confiserie Candy Apples Gold
uK – La confiserie Candy Apples Blue
uK – La confiserie Donut Plate Sprinkles
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Orange
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Purple
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Yellow

[ zerkalo ] – from “Coffee on the Porch” gacha – Dishes – LI 3

Little Branch – Lemonade Promenade – LI 25 at that size – beautiful tree that includes extra plants around the base. This tree has both tiny lemon flowers and the lemon fruits and lends itself to both indoor (conservatories and sun houses) and outdoor use.

The Mustard Seed – lazy lemonade dispenser_lilac – LI 1 (part of a set)

Baltic – Viking Axe (old piece)

JIAN Fallow Doe Static – Blink – from Fallow Deer Set (mainstore)
JIAN Dashing Dalmatians 15. Held Pup Liver – at Epiphany gacha Event

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Branching Out

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I took a visit out to the Little Branch mainstore and sim today, took loads of photographs and really enjoyed the afternoon wandering around. Little Branch specialises in beautiful trees, shrubs, plants and flower fields from all over the world. They are realistically textured and faithfully reproduced virtually.

The new mainstore opened in December 2017, but it’s much more than a place to sell wares, it’s a whole sim that’s been decorated both for photography and for the sheer enjoyment of the natural world.

You land in the main shopping area which is on an island in the middle of a lake with hills rising in the background. Plenty of room in the warehouses, they’re styled exactly like a good Garden Centre would be, there’s even trucks waiting to transport your purchases to your car! I really appreciated all the detail. You have the possibility to check out the trees close-up away from the landscape outside and I think this helps with seeing exactly what you’re getting.

The detail is very good, Little Branch always says that their trees are realistically textured but if you look closely at the actual product you’ll see all the finer details that words cannot convey. For instance, with the Lemonade Promenade tree you not only get lemons but also the tiny white flowers and the beautiful blue-green leaves, it’s so well observed.

Here is a close-up of the trunk of a KingKo Tree V2. Ivy wraps around the trunk and as this tree is set into an Autumn landscape, it’s set to that season. In fact, Little Branch trees are 4-season trees – that means you can click on each tree and you’ll have a choice of textures to suit your seasonal landscaping. This makes them much more versatile since it works out that you’re purchasing four trees in one package.

You’ll get some excellent landscaping ideas on the sim. Here, a Red Poppy Field and Bouton d’or Yellow Field are mixed to give a beautiful and colourful ground cover. In the background, there are dry grasses and daisy fields, too. No more placing individual flowers into a landscape, you can place whole sets of them (fields) at low Land Impact.

From the mainstore warehouse section, take the bridge out towards the landscaped part of the sim and enjoy the scenery! Riverbanks rise up from a turquoise river and they are fully landscaped with animated trees, flowers and plants.

There’s areas of coniferous forest, masses of trees in their Autumn livery, as well as a dock for boats complete with small working boatyard. The photographic possibilities are many, both for photographers and bloggers, but why not enjoy the scenery as well.




Here’s your TAXI for a nice day out!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Storage Solutions

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I’ve often heard the cry, “If only I had more storage!” It applies as much to real life rooms as it does to when we despair at having so few prims on our land that we can’t get everything in. The trouble with material goods is that they expand exponentially and even if you had a mansion you’d still need more storage.

Here’s some storage solutions, virtually speaking. All the products are amazingly low prim, even Mesh India’s storage units packed with books, ornaments and toys have a daft Land Impact. Please excuse the animals showing off by the mirror, they are practising leaping from the bookcases onto the string lights but only the chameleon has managed a good landing so far.


Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today, in detail:-

Fancy Decor – Callot Collection, currently at UBER
Fancy Decor: Callot Cabinet – LI 3
Fancy Decor: Stack of Books II – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Pinecone Candle – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Callot Mirror – LI 3

also Known as – Oppidan Chair Zebra – LI 2 – animations – coffee/waiting/bored, then Masculine menu with 6 poses, Feminine menu with 5 poses, Dining menu with suitable poses (soup/main meal/dessert/wine for ladies and gents. This is a wonderful posh dining room chair with great animations.

Mesh India – Wall Cabinet Set, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
MI Wall Cabinet Support 2 and 1 – LI 3 each
MI Wall Cabinet Corner 1 and 2 – LI 4 each

Newchurch – :: N :: Shen Screen (3), Rosewood – LI 2, part of the Shen set in Rosewood and Light Teak (I tinted this black) Copy/Modify

Raindale – string lights – LI 4 (in various sorts of hue/blink/flicker/static) from the “All is Bright” set

N4RS – Basket with Plaid, pack has plain basket as well – LI 3, part of the Winter Romance Set

MudHoney – James Rug – Ink – LI 1

Animals and Bird:-

JIAN – Splendid Spaniels 17. Daisies – LI 2

*HEXtraordinary* – Cinnamon Sugar Glider – LI 3
*HEXtraordinary* Snow Sugar Glider – LI 3
*HEXtraordinary* Chameleon Companion – Crimson – LI 2

Schadenfreude – Blond Rooster Chicken! – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂