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Secrets of the Forest

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The trees part to reveal a magical clearing in the forest and we see that people are not the only ones who enjoy picnics as the Eurasian Lynx family have a day out 🙂

The pergola and fountain are part of a beautiful contemporary garden set from unKindness that’s out at the new edition of FaMESHed. It’s a versatile set as I’ve used some of the brown coloured pieces in a forest setting, there are also pieces in black and white plus pergolas with hedge backing instead of the fence version that you see here.

The Landscaping is a medley of pieces formed into a forest setting and it’s by Felix, please do go and visit his sim for inspiration and sheer beauty. You’ll be as amazed as I was at the low Land Impact of his products. That stunning tree is by Little Branch and there’s versions of the flowers – pink, pink 2 and white. The wild orchids all come from the genus Bauhinia and they have large thick leaves with striking fragrant flowers. They bloom from early November through to the end of March. They are now cultivated in many areas but are generally far eastern exotic trees. The following picture shows the white blossom option.

 

 

The Eurasian lynx are medium sized wild cats native to Siberia, Central, Eastern and Southern Asia, and parts of Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. They were on the endangered list at one time but selective breeding and the re-introduction of small populations into forested areas have made their numbers more stable nowadays. They have large webbed and furred paws which act like snowshoes and their coats thicken during the harsh winters. In the summer they have a short, reddish or brown coat as shown here. They’ve been observed to mew, hiss, growl and purr like domestic cats, they will ‘chatter’ at prey that is just out of reach. Eurasian Lynx are secretive and because their vocalisations are very quiet and seldom heard, their presence in an area may go unnoticed for years, apart from their tracks in the snow. Here’ s a cub on unKindness’s excellent cuddle picnic blanket and the wicker basket tulip/wine piece is included.

 

 

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

unKindness – “Contemporary Garden Set” which comprises:-
Fence Pergola (LI 6), Hedge Pergola (LI 6) and Fountain (LI 6) in White, Black and Brown versions, also Hedges (LI 1) in Cement and White.
(currently at the new edition of FaMESHed)

Landscaping by Felix (a medley from his forest items – check out his excellent sim with loads of landscaping items for very few prims)

Prizes from the Land of Rainbows Easter Egg Hunt
Still on until April 6th and well worth doing, there’s 70 prizes to find.  You’ll be able to use a good proportion of the prizes well after Easter!

1. unKindness – uK – Spring Brunch Cuddle Blanket – LI 4
uK – Spring Brunch Wine Basket – LI 2 – lovely wicker basket of tulips with couple of bottles of wine

2.  Duvet Day – [DD] Spring Blooms Decor only Chair – LI 3

Little Branch
White Orchid Tree and Bird Flower – Tree is LI 12 at default size and has a texture changer for 2 pinks and 1 white flowers
Bird of Paradise Flower is LI 3 as rezzed and has a flowers Menu for blue, yellow, pink and lime colours
at Sense Event

TLC Home Collection,  mainstore
From the “Eurasian Lynx Collection” which includes a family group on habitat.
TLC Lynx Adult Laying – LI 3
TLC Lynx Kitten Perched – LI 2
TLC Lynx Kitten Standing – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Kiss me Quick!

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I say that because I had to be quick photographing the scene when the animated bunnies were actually kissing! This is my Easter scene so if you celebrate that festival, may it be a peaceful family time for you.  And if you don’t, a few days off/long weekend is really good 🙂

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

Bunnies from HEXtraordinary – current PocketGacha
*HEXtraordinary* Bunny Companion – Midnight – (Wear)
*HEXtraordinary* Bunny Companion – Silver – (Wear)

MAD MATCH
FAnCY SUNFLOWER/ BEES (resizable) – LI 3 at this size
Bee rotates around the sunflower head, there’s also other versions of these cheerful flowers available!
Also currently at Illuminate – so check them all out there.

Illuminate Event – runs through to April 13th
1. Duvet Day – Louise Bedroom Set
[DD] Louise Canopy Bed – LI 17 – Adult
Huge animations menu – solo sits for women and men, couples relax, cuddles and laying cuddles, plus good selection of intimate poses for couples
[DD] Louise canopy – LI 9
[DD] Louise bedside table – LI 2
[DD] Louise lamp – LI 2
[DD] Louise bedside table – LI 2
[DD] Louise Coffee and croissant tray – LI 3

From the Lofty Heights gacha – see mainstore
[DD] Lofty Heights basket – LI 3
[DD] Lofty Heights rug – LI 2

2. Kaerri – San Marino Set
Also Chair, Coffee Table, Console, Couch, Planter, Side Table and Table Lamp in this stunning modern style set.
San Marino Rug – LI 1
San Marino Vases – LI 2
San Marino Picture – LI 1
San Marino Flowers – LI 5
All items are Copy only but very well sized

Products at the current ULTRA Event
1. FAYDED – Sky Fire – LI 3
Texture change for grey, copper and rusted
Menu for on/off flame, light on/off, light/colour options, adjust volume and change access

2. MudHoney – Carla Screen w/ Nailhead – LI 9 here but I did enlarge it
Great selection of textures for the screen and the metal parts.

3. Newchurch
:: N :: Jacques Club Chair, Deep Teal – LI 2 – also available in rich jewel tones – Fig, Frosted Almond, Granite, Marsala, Navy Peony, Poseidon, Thyme, Ultraviolet and Vetiver. Good selection of women’s and men’s sits and actions – Copy/Modify

Also by Newchurch – Bloom Sideboard – in pastel tones of Cornflower, Daffodil, Magnolia, Rose, Sage and Violet – LI 3 with beautiful metal drawer pulls – Copy/Modify

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Granola. – Allison’s Distressed Birdcage Lamps. Copper. – LI 4
Set of three as rezzed – black, copper or green metals. Soft light turns on/off, lamp ropes can be adjusted by editing linked parts, included in the each pack are 3 pre-adjusted lengths. The lamps are currently at The Clique Event until March 24th.

Sway’s – [Bertha] Armchair . spring – LI 3 and texture change for the fabric and cushion in various pastel prints – was a Fifty Linden Friday special

HIVE – at Collabor88
hive // potted plants . cordyline tree . pot b – LI 3
hive // potted plants . Swiss cheese plant . pot c – LI 3
various pots and plants in this set which you can swap around!

Scarlet Creative – at Collabor88
Scarlet Creative Nicole Beach Resort Studio – LI 14, has beautiful open and close picture windows on 2 sides – Copy/Modify
2 colour options – faded and regular wood (I used the latter), 3 sizes and a couple of modular options with side add-on rooms up to LI 53 in total

Prizes from the Land of Rainbows Easter Egg Hunt
1. Dahlia – Sunday – Teacup Eggs – Robin/Rose – LI 1

2. Part of Raindale‘s table with runner & egg décor

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Meerkat Holiday

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The Meerkat family are holidaying at a green oasis, it makes a change from their usual desert prairie land! Also featuring lots of products from the inaugural round of Illuminate.

I really loved the {LORE} Spring Garden Nook, it has a lot of texture changes which make a big difference to the overall look. Here, I was using the gray stone, dark ivy and dark vines. Lucas Lameth has come up with three garden décor products which are absolutely beautiful and I used the Whispering Ginkgo around the windows of the nook. I’ve also used some of Raindale‘s romantic gacha – Littlevale. It includes a lot of lighting options made up in flowers and lanterns – they’ll be really useful for garden décor – and the old fountain overgrown with vegetation is a delightful focal piece.

Little Branch‘s tree is the Wild Linden which I have modified to be fairly small here but you can resize it a lot and the Land Impact is only 12 at the largest size which is huge. Another name for this tree is the Lime or Basswood and when in bloom its flowers will fill the air with beautiful aroma. You can make linden flower tea, it’s delicious. As a herb the linden blossom is a diaphoretic that makes you ‘sweat’ out fevers, infusions of freshly picked linden blossom are calming and soothing. Some of these older trees have become healing shrines over time and places of pilgrimage where they are known as “Mary Trees”. The heart shaped leaf has also been linked with love and when two people wanted to get married in the old days, they simply pressed their thumbs against a linden trunk with the whole community in circle around them, then they were considered married.

TLC Home Collection has all those cute meerkats and more in a gacha, find them over at ULTRA new round. If you use them in a more natural environment there’s also a couple of meerkat babies in a sand burrow that are equally enchanting. The little robin you’ll find at the mainstore.

Don’t forget – ULTRA and Illuminate are on the same sim, opposite to each other, so you can do all your shopping at once!

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

Products at Illuminate

1.{LORE}  – Spring Garden Nook – LI 7 – C/M – seats 3 with singles and couples animations – also texture change for stone – mossy, gray, brown and dark stone plus Ivy – light, dark and none, plus Vines – light, dark and bark

2. Lucas Lameth
Sculptures in Black Iron, Gold, Silver Bronze
(luc) Whispering Ginkgo, Bronze/Wall – LI 5
(luc) Elegant Crane V2, Black Iron – LI 1
(luc) Dandelion Thistle Sculpture, Iron (Low LoD, Less LI) – LI 3
All Copy/Modify

3. Little Branch
LB_Grass.V4{Animated}Mesh – animated grass – LI 5
LB_Snakeweed{Animated}*Summer-B – LI 2
LB_Hill-v1{Low Li} – LI 1
LB_WildLindenTree.v1{Animated}4Seasons – LI 3 – LI 12 depending on size – mine was small at LI 3 – choose from Fall 1, Fall 2, Winter, Spring, Spring 2, Summer seasons via HUD
All Copy/Modify

4. MAD MATCH
Cloverfield with ladybirds – LI 1
Set also includes single clover with ladybird and single clover with stem and ladybird

5. Moss&Mink
These are the plant pots from a set of décor by Moss&Mink that also includes a very comfy snuggle bed in PG and Adult plus room divider in black and white
{moss&mink} Plant – Palm (Black) – LI 1 – C/M – tinted by me!
{moss&mink} Plant – Ficus (Black) – LI 1 – C/M
Cloverfield with ladybirds – LI 1

6. Granola.
These are the tulip jugs from a lovely set with has dining table, chair, tulip centre pieces and the jugs.

7. Raindale
Littlevale gacha
Raindale – Littlevale flower pots – LI 1
Blue and Yellow Flower Lamps – with and without hanging chain – LI 1
Blue and Yellow Flower Lanterns – sets of 2 – LI 1 each
Raindale – Littlevale flowerbed fountain – LI 4
Raindale – Littlevale tabouret with flower – LI 1
Raindale – Littlevale ladder with lights – LI 2, modified

Other Home & Garden products:-

!Deelish-ous Designs

Fairy Flower Meadow Blues – LI 3 – Transfer/Modify so be careful when you place it and pick it up, you’ve only got one of these little beauties!

TLC Home Collection,
Robin _standing – LI 1 – from Songbirds Collection
TLC Butterfly Watering Can – LI 2
Animated Meerkat Collection – gacha, currently at ULTRA

3 Rares and 9 Commons to collect!
1_TLC Meerkat Adult Lookout_RARE
2_TLC Meerkat Pup Inspecting_RARE
3_TLC Meerkat Adult Nursing_RARE
7_TLC Meerkat Pups Playing_Common
9_TLC Meerkat Pup Looking up_Common
10_TLC Meerkat Adult Sunbathing_Common

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Indoor Outdoor Living

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Mostly outdoors! I’m loving this new house by also Known as, it could serve as a commercial store if you wanted to use it like that, it’s that adaptable. I’m also longing for summer – as you can see by the windlight I’ve chosen – more snow is forecast for our part of the country… thumbs down 🙂

Today, I’m showcasing a number of products that will be coming up soon at the Illuminate Event on March 18th. Illuminate is the first monthly Home & Garden specific Event, there’s no fashion in it. It’s run by ULTRA Events and LTD, and there’s some really lovely products already. With the Easter festival happening soon, some of the designers are taking inspiration from that.

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

Illuminate Event – from March 18th Noon SLT

1. Funny Eggs by MAD MATCH – this is the joined set and they are LI 2 at the size I’ve used. They have a good resizer and also have individual eggs.
MAD MATCH is a “brand new brand” and a tiny new part of the SL® universe (100 % original mesh).

2. ACORN – gorgeous patchwork pouf sets by designer, Lulu, in natural and pastel colours 3 per set, LI 2 each. Also the Violin is ACORN, comes with and without hearts, LI 1 each.

3. BASIL
Beautiful work at low Land Impact from this designer.  Link will take you to the FB page.
.BASIL. Kennedy Umbrella Stand – LI 1
.BASIL. Kennedy Mudroom – LI 4

4. Dahlia – Malta Set
Dahlia – Malta – Mirror – Copper – LI 1
Dahlia – Malta – Accent Table – Copper – LI 1
Dahlia – Malta – Peonies – Warm – LI 1
This is a beautiful set with gold, copper and silver versions of the furniture and Cool and Warm colours of peonies in vase

5. Shutter Field/Decor Junction – a well established collaboration. This is the Kincaid Set, with MM and MF versions plus the Floating Dock which I shoved rather unceremoniously into the stone surround! SF/DJ often produce beautifully animated MM versions of their products, not so many designers cover this market and it’s a pleasure not to have to alter the animations.
DJ / SF Floating Dock – LI 9 – Copy/Modify – contains male and female sits, dives (into the water), and a nice cuddles Menu.
DJ / SF Kincaid Set – LI 8 – with male and female sits, cuddles and activities Menus.

6. also Known as
The fabulous BarCode Villa!
The Barcode is built as a villa, but will work well as one or more stores as well. The houses has five sections, three fo them with upper floors, the two on the sides have roof terraces. The full footprint is 25*50 meters including the outdoor paving, which can be unlinked should you prefer to do that. Two versions of the house are included – one with an animated bathtub for use as a home – Land Impact will be 112 and one without if you’re using the BarCode Villa as a commercial property – Land Impact will 120. The Barcode has Kool doors, which can be configured by the owner.

Little Branch, currently at FaMESHed
Poplar Tree – beautiful 4-seasons gently animated tree. Pack includes fluffy grass, hills for summer and winter, a 2 LI version of the Poplar Tree, the higher LI version, animated Snakeweed for summer. I had the tree on the ‘spring’ setting and at that size it was LI 9.

Dust Bunny – from the Natural Habitat 3 Pack, currently at Collabor88
dust bunny . elephant ear plant – LI 3
dust bunny . giant palm plant – LI 6
and the Fifty Linden Friday offer, too
dust bunny . guiana chestnut tree – LI 5

The Loft & Aria – the Weldon Print, currently at currently at Collabor88

Newchurch – Wedding Tea Set, Red Lacquer – an amazing LI 1 from the Shen Wedding Set – check out the mainstore

My furry pal – JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Down at the Irish Pub Lounge!

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There’s a special atmosphere in an Irish pub lounge, it’s kinda rustic, homely and comfortable and everyone is invited!

I’m featuring a couple of brilliant items from the upcoming March Deco(c)rate – Days in Dublin – which is released on March 8th. This is part of the upper room in The Lost Arrow Irish Pub by Serenity Style. There’s two floors and it’s a faithful reproduction of a typical Irish pub, with all it’s old fashioned charm. Then there’s that gorgeous James Joyce Library by KraftWork, you even get a ladder with pose to read your books – the Irish are great readers and novelists, come to that!

Because it’s getting close to a traditional Irish Saint’s Day, the leprechauns are visiting thanks to an extremely cute set by Chez Moi. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on 17th March in Northern Ireland and is also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick.

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

Serenity Style– The Lost Arrow Irish Pub LI 42
In March Deco(c)rate

JIAN Countryside Collies :: TV Pups RARE – LI 5

Storax Tree (both on special offer this week)
Sales Room
Hearth & Home Fireplace Grey Tabby Q27 – LI 9
Downhill Wall Coat Rack B1 – LI 6

KraftWork – James Joyce Library (complete)- LI 14 – Copy/Modify – lights on/off and ladder has a reading animation.
in March Deco(c)rate

Newchurch at The Liaison Collaborative
:: N :: Atom Chandelier, Black – LI 2

Raindale at The Liaison Collaborative
Raindale – Fayberry display board – LI 2 – this is the TLC exclusive and won’t be available again. Drag any picture onto the poster. Lights can by on/off/twinkling via HUD, also the poster can be turned on and off.
Raindale – Fayberry cake (TLC gift) – LI 1
Raindale – Heathergate bench (dark) – LI 5 – there’s also a light bench. Each have 14 singles and 8 couples animations – Copy/Modify

Raindale – Bellemore table – at the mainstore from the gorgeously Rustic  “Bellemore Set” – LI 1

Granola. Wellies. Cozy Pack. – LI 3 with texture change for wellies and berries – Copy/Modify – and you’ll find other texture variations at the store!

[ zerkalo ] Old Tv Bar – Bar Single – LI 4
[ zerkalo ] Old Tv Bar – Glasses Holder – LI 1
[ zerkalo ] Old Tv Bar – Carafe

Chez Moi Furnitures on Marketplace
Leprechaun & Gold CHEZ MOI
Leprechaun Clover CHEZ MOI
Leprechaun Sit CHEZ MOI

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Deer Wall Art – LI 1

La Galleria
LG Rug – Red & Green Mahal – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A Very Posh Picnic

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For when you want to dine out in style! And it’s not just for the birds and the fairies but it’s for everyone to enjoy. I’m featuring sets from Fancy Decor, Little Branch and unKindness today.

All the splendidly comfortable furniture is from the Cozy Day set by unKindness and that’s currently at Collabor88. There’s a lot of variations in this squeezable set which is for singles and couples to lounge around on nicely. Fancy Decor came up with the Hors d’oeuvre Silver Collection which will be shortly available at March Arcade. I’m showing most of it here but there are two additional pieces of buffet tables with fancy glass and fretwork panels at the front. They are thoughtfully provided by designer, Jake, for those of us who prefer to eat indoors! The gorgeous flowers are a Hello Tuesday bargain by Little Branch – all sorts of Bouton ‘dor flower fields which are a speciality of theirs. The bargain will last until Sunday 4th March and then they’ll be on Marketplace and at the Mainstore.

The diners are various birdies from TLC Home Collection, all animated and some of them will even sing. TLC make the best birds in SL® if you ask me! Then there’s a couple of very cute fairies who have flown in from Serenity Style and these were in December Lootbox.

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

Little Branch – Bouton ‘dor FatPack
Hello Tuesday satellite store (50% off until Sunday 4th March)
Each flower field is LI 7 at the default size, Copy/Modify – FatPack – flower field and rounded flower field in Lavender, Orange, Pink and Yellow

Fancy Decor – Silver Hors d’oeuvre Collection gacha for The Arcade – starts March 1st

uKindness – C88 – Cozy Day Set – currently at Collabor88
uK – Cozy Day Double Cush w Blanket v1 – LI 5 – Copy/Modify
uK – Cozy Day Coffee Table – LI 1 – Copy/Modify
uK – Cozy Day Double Cush w Back v2 – LI 3 – Copy/Modify
uK – Cozy Day Single Cushion – LI 2
uK – Cozy Day Single Cush w Blanket v2 – LI 4
uK – Cozy Day Book Stack – LI 1
(Double cushions have relaxing solo sits and couple cuddles animations)

TLC Home Collection – animated birds
TLC Waxwing Standing_touch for sound on/off – LI 1
TLC American Goldfinch – LI 1
TLC European Goldfinch – LI 1
TLC American Robin – LI 1

Serenity Style – Danna Fairies gacha (was December 2017 Lootbox)
Serenity Style- Danna Fairy Sit Pink – LI 1
Serenity Style- Danna Fairy Sit Lilac – LI 1

Cheers m’dears 🙂

Modern Love

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Before I start this post, I want to leave a message for sponsors and my blogging friends.  I’ll be offline for the next fortnight and back on Monday, February 26th. I’m having a long awaited upper spinal operation which should hopefully reduce pain levels and give me extra movement as well as clearer vision.  It’s not a huge operation but it will require recovery time.   It makes use of modern surgery skills, too, for which I am very grateful!  Sorry, my friends, I won’t be able to ‘like’ posts or make my quirky comments for that couple of weeks.  ❤

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There are quite a few superb items out at the moment which have that modern furniture vibe.  I’ve combined three of my current favourites in the scene today.

The building is by unKindness, it’s called Modern Serenity and it’s in the latest Builder’s Box subscription.  This really is a beauty of a house and I’ve included a couple of extra close-ups so you can see how the light will fall inside the building.

There are two main furniture sets here.  The beautiful dressing table/vanity set is by Granola. and you get that in gacha form including texture option HUDs.  Simply lots of class and lots of pastel colour tones – I was using white, peach and pale gold metals.

The other furniture set is a collaboration by Fancy Decor and Commoner called The Modine Collection.  This is gorgeous, there’s a lot of pieces including cushion texture options and you’ll be able to mix n match to your heart’s content!

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Lots of long, narrow windows give a feeling of calm and privacy and yet it’s relatively light for all those dark grey concrete tones.  The front door has a good entrance porch and it leads to the large room for open living.

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

unKindness from Builder’s Box – Modern Serenity Home – 54 LI

Fancy Decor/Commoner – The Modine Collection – Collabor88
FD & Commoner: Modine Glass Decanters – LI 2
FD & Commoner: Modine Accent Chair – LI 3
FD & Commoner: Modine Cloud Sofa – LI 6
FD & Commoner: Modine Side Table – LI 1
FD & Commoner: Modine Vase of Daisies – LI 2
FD & Commoner: Modine Pillow (Geo) – LI 2
FD & Commoner: Modine Coffee Table – LI 1
FD & Commoner: Modine Round Tray – LI 1
FD & Commoner: Modine Glass Decanters – LI 2
FD & Commoner: Modine Nut Dish – LI 1
FD & Commoner: Modine Rug – LI 1

Granola. – Bibi’s Vanity Set – Blush – to Feb 18th
Used… Bibi’s Stool Pale Gold with set 1 HUD LI 4
Bibi’s Vanity Mirror and Unit – White with Pale Gold LI 6 – change Glow of the mirror lights via Texture Edit
Bibi’s Tray in Gold – LI 3
Make-up brushes in gold and peach, perfume bottles in gold, Yellow Rose Vase in peach (LI 3, LI 2 each, LI 3)

[ zerkalo ] at the Gacha Garden until the end of February

Weights and Measures of Love gacha – Wooden Heart Candle – LI 2

Dust Bunny & O.M.E.N . lovebirds . blue (touch to swing) – LI 9

Cheers, m’dears 🙂