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A feast in the Mountains

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It’s quite a European tradition on the weekend to take a picnic in the mountains, especially when it’s very hot elsewhere. Leave the baking beaches to the tourists and escape to a more temperate setting for an enjoyable family meal.

This beautifully made, original Mesh gacha set by Duvet Day called, “Alfresco in Italy” could be used in a number of settings including shaded areas and also more open gardens and terraces. It’s available at the current round of the Cosmopolitan Event. Here’s all the pieces in detail. There are one or two unexpected extras like the texture change HUD for the string lights.

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Duvet Day gacha “Alfresco in Italy” (all items Transfer/Modify) – from Cosmopolitan Event

[DD] Milan Pergola RARE – LI 31
[DD] Milan Chair – LI 2
[DD] Milan String Lights (texture change HUD for 8 colours) – LI 7
[DD] Milan Table Setting – LI 2
[DD] Milan Lantern – LI 2
[DD] Milan Heater – LI 2

The Milan Chair has texture change for cushions (7 florals and 3 circles patterns) and wood (blue, green and pink)
Poses – single sitting for male and female (6 each) and dining for male and female (4 each… eat, drink, toast, stuffed)

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Other Home & Garden items used:-

Velvet Whip – Cheese Plate Round – LI 1 – C/M
This is a Gorean based designer, his food is amazing though!

[Merak] – Chocolate Hearty Cake from Sweet Treats set – LI 2 – C/M
My absolute favourite food set of 2017 so far.

Vagabond – Sandy’s Wine Glasses LI 1 – C/M
Watch the LOD on these if you’re photographing at long distance.

Forest – Wine botttles 1 – BaZar

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 🙂

King of the North

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Here’s Jon Snow braving the other side of the wall because he’s forgotten to take in sufficient supplies to bolster up the Night’s Watch. By some trick of the light (and maybe destiny in my world) his shadow falls over the land making him King of the North.

Loving the outfit?  It’s April’s Group Gift by Heth Haute Couture and features a massive fur collar and all-in-one costume.  Absolutely love it and as he’s called it “King of the North Ensemble”  I just couldn’t resist the inference. This would suit most avatar and mesh bodies because you really knock those out with an alpha. The only trick is fitting the collar correctly.

If you’re fitting on a system avatar, then use the slide bars in the Torso section to get a good fit on the neckline. Don’t forget to add both the alphas included in the outfit, one is for the body and one for the system hands. When you’re satisfied with the fit, rename and save your shape. Keep it in the outfit folder and then you won’t have to mess about again.

The April free gift from Heth Haute Couture is the “King of the North Brooch”. I removed the fur cape to better show you. It’s gold with red rubies and rather magnificent. It will show up  under the fur cape but not as clearly as you see here.

Pick up your copy of the “King of the North” Ensemble and Brooch from these outlets:

Heth Haute Couture mainstore at Morise

Heth Haute Couture at Pure Luxury

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Heth Haute Couture Outfits and Jewelry on Marketplace

Heth Haute Couture Inworld Group – (Cut and paste this link into your local chat)

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The skin I’m wearing is from 7 Deadly s{K}ins  and it’s the Men’s Group Gift. “Bo” contains:-

OMEGA face applier – Caramel, Clay, Steam, Stone, Taupe

OMEGA body applier – smooth Caramel, Steam, Taupe, Clay, Stone

I chose the Caramel shade and put it on CATWA Bento Daniel Head (my own shape) using the OMEGA relay. This is a mature adult looking skin and goes very well with a number of outfits. There’s a shadow of a beard on it which is flattering and more realistic, I think. Very nice skin anyway, and if you belong to 7 Deadly s{K}ins  group, you’ll find many other great deals as well as hunts and generous gifts. There’s an Easter Egg hunt on at the moment which is for group members only. More about that in another post.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

 

 

Great Expectations

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The Mallard Family have gained a new duckling and she’s very cute. So they’re all having a  fortune telling Tarot reading given by Harry. Even Grandma attended, bringing along the rest of the eggs with her already in the nest. I’m not sure if Harry actually understands all the cards, though, because he’s got his reference book open on the table and he’s frowning somewhat. Let’s hope he gives a decent reading *laughs*.

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All this daftness is to show you the latest gacha by Raindale. It’s currently showing at The Crossroads Event, which runs to the end of April. It’s the first time designer Keira has offered a building… and it’s a beauty. The “Duskberg” is a Gothic style gacha (which suits Harry very well), the Rare building is 33 Land Impact with a footprint of 5 by 8 metres. The Commons are:-
Bench – 3 LI – 13 animations
Chair – 2 LI – 7 animations
Table – 1 LI
Carpet – 4 LI
Candelabrum (fire on/off on touch) – 1 LI
Tarot (cards and books) – 1 LI each
Frames – 1 LI
Floor lamp (light on|off on touch) – 3 LI

Only 50L per Play which is a totally daft price to pay for such a lovely house.  Here it is in a suitably cold and Gothic style night setting.

Here’s the rest of the Home & Garden items:-

Great Horned Owl v1.2 – Animania
Animated Grey Horse Black Hair by Hannah Kozlowski

TLC Home Collection – Standing Mallard Duck Family – 1 LI each C/M, Mallards with ducklings – You can get this beauties free in Land of Rainbow‘s Easter Egg Hunt, runs to April 20th – search for free eggs hidden around the sim!

Landscaping:-

Snow Lake/Loch 1 – Mushilu
Snow Rock 4 – Mushilu
Rock 3 and 2 – Mushilu
Snow Formations 1 and 2 – Mushilu
Snow Floor 3 Particle – Mushilu
Snow Floor 2 – Mushilu
KIDD Web Shrub * Siamese Bush – from Halloween set, an extensive and useful set which you can use for occasions other than the obvious.
KIDD Halloween WebNest Tree
KIDD DarkGray Halloween Grass*
KIDD Web GrassBush * Duo Bush
KIDD HORRY BERRY*BLUR THICKET*MEDIUM* 1

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A good old fashioned bath

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There’s nowt like a good old fashioned bath!  At least that’s what my mum used to say when we were living in a very rural village abroad and it was my brother and yours truly fetching water, boiling it up and bunging it in the bathtub.  By the time we’d finished we darn well needed a bath!

Now this bathtub is that much easier, you just click a few times to get the water automatically filled to the brim of the tub and then you have a choice of clear water, foaming bubbles or romantic rose petals floating on top. Wonderful!  This is Chez Moi Furniture‘s interactive and whimsical “Rustic Bathtub” which is available at the current round of The Chapter Four Event. You’ve got a choice of maturities and a couple of extra pieces – the Rustic Bath Table and the Rustic hanger where you can put your bathrobe.  Huh!  We didn’t have those in my day 🙂

Here’s details of all the Home & Garden pieces:-

Chez Moi Furnitures – interactive “Rustic Bathtub” (Adult – with 120 animations) – LI 5 – C/M – slightly modified to hide the shower head and back of taps
“Rustic Hanger” – 1 LI – C/M
“Rustic Bath Table” – LI 3 – C/M
All at The Chapter Four current round (runs to April 20th)

House – Cheeky Pea – Lillooet Skybox – LI 20

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Muted Relaxing Rug
from the gacha “Little Piece of Heaven” at current round of Shiny Shabby

IDEZA – items from the “Around the Propellers” gacha
Copper Basket, Indus Sofa, Tube Wall Light, Props

HEXtraordinary – items from Deco(c)rate March – Boho Meditation Altar Set
Marble Buddha Statue, Lotus Candle Holder, Altar Crystal, Buddha Incense

{what next} – House Plants set – Agave in pot and on stand, Eucalyptus in pot and on stand, Rubber Tree in pot
[what next} ‘Spring Bloom’ Tulip Planter (purple)

Clay and Bamboo Vases Ae by Storax Tree
Feline Treasures – Sleep – Jaguar r by Storax Tree

Jian – Vellum Candles (3 Straight)
Raindale ~ stack of books from the Mauner set

MeadowWorks – Kneeling Stag Sculpture
KAZZA – HomeStyle – Flower Pot
Kei’s Donut Cafe Mug (happy) – from Arcade gacha set, now at mainstore

[ zerkalo ] Winter Dream gacha – Books 1
[ zerkalo ] Winter Dream gacha – Books 2
[ zerkalo ] Hidden Gems gacha – Bird Frame

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I have a new sponsor!  This is EvE & ADAM by designer, Ginger Chevalier. I’ll be blogging for ADAM and there’s a lot to show you. You’ve seen me blog the ADAM Mesh Body before, it’s my favourite mesh body, not too skinny or too beefy but beautifully formed *laughs*. Ginger makes skin appliers for the ADAM mesh body and also for her ADAM Bento Head, clothing and beards.

Today, I’m wearing:-

ADAM Mesh Body – v 1.4 b
ADAM Mesh Head Bento – v 1.4
ADAM Beard Bento M1
ADAM Skin applier for Bento Head – Marc 30
ADAM Skin applier – Olivier
Shape – my own
Eyes – CATWA unrigged animated eyes n tears

There’s a shape included with the Bento Head, it’s very nice if you want to just use that.  I altered it more to suit me. What I didn’t change was the nose – Ginger has the perfect nose on this shape! There are teeth included but not eyes. You do need mesh eyes and I used the CATWA animated eyes, fiddled a bit to get them to fit the eye sockets. You also get an animations HUD which is a lot of fun.

The medium length beard is Bento, it will work with the ADAM Bento head, and you need to add it. Daft me was thinking it was an applier and pressing the HUD colours, nothing was working. Don’t make that mistake!  Plenty of texture colours for the beard and you can also tint it for that perfect match with your skin. It will work with the animations HUD just fine. There are various options on the HUD to change parts of the head such as the eyelashes or ears.

The head applier is called Marc and it’s for the ADAM mesh body only.  Marc actually comes in different ages (30, 45 and 60) – this is the age 30 one and it’s pretty true to that age. It will match all 11 tones in the ADAM Mesh Body HUD (and these are included on the applier HUD) so very little fiddling required which is a real boon. You have have with and without brows.

The skin applier is called Olivier and mmm, it’s an attractive one!  Very reasonably priced at 450L for all the skin tones, with hair and without. You can pay more than that for 1 skin tone. I was using the No. 6 shade with hair. Makes bath time more fun!

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Duvet Day – asleep again!

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Darn it, but if the dog’s asleep again when he’s supposed to be protecting the tea table!  That cheeky squirrel’s just about to take a large chunk out of the cupcakes 🙂

Featuring a charming gacha set called “Spring Welcome” which is by Duvet Day and it’s available at the new round of the Cosmopolitan Event. Every piece is just heaps of spring gorgeousness, from the delicate daffodil plant pot to the trug of tulips collected from the garden.  Here’s the pieces in detail:-

[Duvet Day] Window Divider RARE – LI 4 – lights switch on/off with touch
[DD] Spring Lace Patio Table RARE – LI 2
[DD] Spring Patio Chair – LI 2 – 6 solo poses for men/women
[DD] Spring Daffodils – LI 2
[DD] Spring Bread Basket – LI 1
[DD] Spring Cup Cakes – LI 3
[DD] Spring Pillow Basket – LI 2
[DD] Spring Trug of Tulips – LI 4 – all at the Cosmopolitan Event for a couple of weeks

Other Home & Garden items used:

JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult – Arcade Gacha – LI 1
JIAN :: Squirrel (Wanderer) – from Squirrel Oak Tree
KraftWork  – Vintage Tea Toaster Radio – LI 2 – Cosmopolitan Event

8f8 – primavera in Toscana Wall Grapevine Left – gacha – try MP
Terracotta planter – Sacred Roses Store
Decking – Moz
House is Scarlet Creative Emily 2 – LI 49 – currently at Collabor88

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Radio, it’s true… someone still loves you

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“I’d sit alone and watch your light
My only friend through teenage nights
And everything I had to know
I heard it on my radio

You gave them all those old time stars
Through wars of worlds invaded by Mars
You made ’em laugh, you made ’em cry
You made us feel like we could fly.
Radio.

So don’t become some background noise
A backdrop for the girls and boys
Who just don’t know or just don’t care
And just complain when you’re not there

You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour
Radio, Radio.”

~ Radio Gaga ~ Queen ~

I remember listening to the Top Twenty when I was a kid, avidly checking out which record had got to Number One in the Hit Parade. There was no social media back then, so radio was the only way that we really knew immediately the charts happened,  unless we wanted to wait for the television to tell us at some point.  Later on, this song by Queen wondered if Radio was a bygone thing but even today, there’s plenty to listen to and people still love the radio.

This is all to introduce you to the latest Home & Garden items by KraftWork. There’s a gacha at the new round of Cosmopolitan and it’s all about Vintage Radios.  Here they all are in the picture with suitably retro furniture and outfits!  The radios come in a non-scripted and a scripted version so you really can listen to the radio.  There is an instruction notecard inside the pack, but basically if the land is yours, just hit tuner and play; if the land is group owned, deed the radio to the group before you play.  DJs can also use it as a streaming system, they only need to add their URL to the channels notecard (before deeding to group) and chose that station to play after the deed.

The RARE Big Radio has poses/animations for singles and couples. It’s only 50 L$ per Play.

RARE – KraftWork Vintage Big Broadcast Radio  – LI 2
KraftWork Vintage Clock Radio – LI 1
KraftWork Vintage Bakelite Radio – LI 2
KraftWork Vintage Tea Toaster Radio – LI 2
KraftWork Vintage Radio Girl – LI 1
KraftWork Vintage Majestic Radio – LI 2
KraftWork Vintage Table Yellow – LI 3
KraftWork Vintage Table Red – LI 4
KraftWork Vintage Radio Anywhere – LI 3

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Other Home & Garden items used:

Vintage Plant Stand Plant Ob – Storax Tree – LI 3 – Transfer/Resizer
Ariskea [March] Orange Chair [7 Anim] & Yellow Chair – LI 2 – group gift
Soy. Wall tapestry ‘LIVE’ – part of record shelves & dĂ©cor set – LI 1

Room in the beautiful Scarlet Creative Emily 2 – now at Collabor88

Cheers, m’dears 🙂