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Dream Home in New Zealand

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KraftWork has a new house out – it’s called the “KraftWork Bach” and it’s available at the brand new round of Cosmopolitan.  New Zealand was the inspiration for this prefab with its sleek and elegant lines and wide deck out front.  It reminds me of loft living but with a more homely feel to it.  You could have it as a sky home or on a beach waterfront in an urban type background,  those are only two possibilities.  More details on the house in my information below.  Here, I’ve set it in some native landscaping which would have also had flowering Hebe bushes – if only I could have found some! Don’t forget, you can click on all the pictures for huge versions.

 

Nearly all of the furnishings are Donation items from Hope 4 –  RFL Home & Garden Expo 2017.  Have you been yet?  It’s a wonderful 9 sims worth of all sorts of H&G goodies and there’s also a hunt on. Each designer has provided two 100% Donation items.  Direct landmarks included in my information below.  From the Expo website, this is  a very useful guide to all the stores at the Expo so you can’t possibly get lost… can you *laughs* – HERE.

The KraftWork Bach has a delightful loft area with full views out of the glass wall. I’d find this a little too open for a bedroom myself, so have furnished it as an artist’s studio.  After all, with that excellent New Zealand light, it’d be a pity to waste it on a bedroom!

 

 

I used the back room as the preferred bedroom. Actually you could remove the divider (the other side is kitchen units) and you’d have one huge downstairs room for open living.  No sooner than I’d turned my back to check possible windlights for the photo,  the darn spaniel had leapt on the bed and gone to sleep – cheeky thing! There’ll be complaints about dog hair on the sheets now 🙂

 

 

This is a lovely area for a chillax zone! That colourful wall art you see is also included in the KraftWork Bach house.  KraftWork really spoil us with extras.  Look at the way the light falls in this picture. There’s some very clever lighting been done here, and it makes the house feel so inviting and peaceful.

 

 

Here’s all the Home & Garden items I used:-

KraftWork – “KraftWork Bach” New Zealand House – available at new round Cosmopolitan
Land Impact – 110, 26 by 56 footprint – Copy/Modify – includes house, deck, curtain and wall art in the pack! Pleas use the rezzer to rez it otherwise you’ll have trouble.

[ zerkalo ] – Seaside Treasures gacha – Lighthouse – LI 3 – currently at Shiny Shabby
[ zerkalo ] – Seaside Treasures gacha – Seashells – LI 3

JIAN – Splendid Spaniels 18. Upside Down Sleeper

Landscaping:-
Mesh Oxeye daisies (leucanthemum vulgare), Tropical Cordyline Plants (cordyline australis), Tree Ferns (dicksonia antartica) – Cube Republic

Mesh Grass 4-season – The Little Branch on MP

Vita’s 3D ground textures on- Vita Camino on MP

Heart Botanicals – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – various colours in pack

Home & Garden Expo 2017 items (with direct landmarks):-

Velvetena
Pieces from the Artist Loft gacha
She’s a Workaholic Desk
Hunt gifts – breakfast tray, wall sign, book pile and cacti tray

Chiana Oh – Original Digital Artwork
“Between Earth and Sky” series of three paintings on original Mesh picture frames – 1 LI each as rezzed. Materials have been enabled to give extra depth. Also check out this artist’s website

Eklektikos
PALLET BED – LI 14 – Copy only – 3 couples menus
BED LIGHT – LI 18 – Copy
PALLET CHAIR2 – PEACH – LI 4
Eklektikos offers a variety of items and they create for Biggies, Petites and everything in between.

Dark Matter
Seashell Plants gacha items – #2 and #3- Transfer only

3rd Eye Perceptions
Winds of Change Paper Birds – LI 2

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You can all rest now after that massive post!  I’ll be back again soon with some more EXPO items, and those will be a couple of the houses, I think. So until then…

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Ragnar’s Sun Room

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I left Ragnar to style Duvet Day’s beautiful Sun Room and this is what he’d done, so if you are going “eeek!” which I’m sure some of you will, blame the Viking!

The Sun Room is available at the Cosmopolitan Event for another week, it’s stunning piece of work by designer, Benoit, who I learned the other day hails from Sweden. So nice to see that Second Life® is such an international creative platform.

 

Ragnar also broke out Raindale’s Southwell gacha, also at the current round of Cosmopolitan. It’s a gorgeous thing and well worth collecting. We didn’t show the Rare from that gacha which is billed as a Garden Hideaway. This is also a very nice piece and quite large so you’ll be able to fit plenty in.

 

The Swamp Animals from TLC Home Collection are suitably fierce and include mangrove snakes, monitor lizards and piranha that swim in pairs – all the better for attacks.  The large chap hanging around in the tree insisted on having snake plants to match – fortunately {what next} came up with some. You don’t want to annoy that snake!

Here’s Ragnar having his portrait done.

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

Swamp Animals and Habitat (greatly modified – I took it apart and copied large amounts of the vegetation – this does have a glass tank otherwise) – TLC Home Collection – now at ULTRA 1st Anniversary round.
TLC Monitor Lizard A and B – LI 2 each – animated
TLC Mangrove Snake Ground – LI 1
TLC Mangrove Tree Snake – LI 4 – animated
TLC Piranha Pair – LI 3 for the pair – swimming script

Raindale  – Southwell gacha – now at Cosmopolitan Event. These are all the Commons, the Rare is an amazing Garden Hideaway
Raindale ~ Southwell hanging daybed – LI 9 – 12 single poses and 6 couples poses, some of which rez props
Raindale ~ Southwell chair+cushion – LI 3 – 8 single poses, some of which rez props
Raindale ~ Southwell chair – LI 3 – poses as above
Raindale ~ Southwell candle holder+lights – LI 4
Raindale ~ Southwell candle holder – LI 2
Raindale ~ Southwell ottoman – LI 2 – with 9 animations
Raindale ~ Southwell rug – LI 2
Raindale ~ Southwell teapot – LI 1
Raindale ~ Southwell cup – LI 1
Raindale ~ Southwell waffles – LI 1
Raindale ~ Southwell table – LI 1

Dream Tree – Felix Landscaping – LI 4 and I resized this upwards – Copy/Modify
Stone Cluster with ivy+Shadow – Felix Landscaping – LI 1 – Copy/Modify

*Hextraordinary* Lotus Candle Holder – from Deco(c)rate March

{what next} House Plant – Agave
{what next} Snake Plant – *laughs* – what else with snakes!

Building is Sun Room by Duvet Day – LI 74 as rezzed which is huge – Copy/Modify – now at Cosmopolitan Event

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And what Ragnar was wearing:-
Look out for the fabulous group gift from 7 Deadly s{K}ins!

Pieces from Gabriel Gladiator Gacha – black

Hair – Mirror Ragnar Hair – Brown – yes they made him a hair *laughs*

CATWA Daniel Bento Head
ADAM Mesh Body V1.4b
CATWA animated eyes n tears

7 Deadly s{K}ins – Nathan group gift
GUYS department location

Wearing OMEGA body applier – Caramel and OMEGA face applier Nathan V2 hb Caramel
(gift contains body appliers in smooth, hairy and trail… face appliers 2 versions, each with and without hairbase.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

La Gare vintage railway station – refurbished

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As most of Second Life® knows, the 6º Republic Event is on! An amazing Home & Garden extravaganza that happens twice yearly, the theme for this round is Destination:Europe. Each designer chose a European city to take inspiration from. DaD Design chose Paris and made the vintage “La Gare Train Station”.

The above collage shows the station empty. Its beautiful lines are undeniable with the arched windows and doors and the glass covered area for meeting the trains. I put paving under the whole build but you can see where the trains would have arrived at the station, it’s a cut-out piece. Upstairs is reached by a circular iron staircase and doors open onto the balcony where the station sign is located.

Designer, Sheerpetal, kindly sent me a copy of “La Gare Train Station” and challenged me to refurbish it as a house with garden out the back based on an idea by ace photographer and blogger JoJo Deed. It sounded a great idea so armed with lots of recent Home & Garden items by fantastic designers, I set to! Click on the pictures to get the larger sizes.

 

The space where the railway tracks would end is now a garden, it’s been dug over and planted.  I’ve taken a bit of artistic licence with the tree, as the roof is really glass, but maybe part of it was broken as it’s vintage and the tree could then grow through! An indoor/outdoor living space with intimate corners, seating, fountain and even a pizza kiln.  In other words, there’s lots of space to fit everything in.

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You wouldn’t normally leave an opening so here’s a fabulous fence to fill it in.  The fence window adds style and stops the dog getting out, talk about duel purpose! Four sconce on the fence will light that area of the garden for those warm evenings when you just don’t want to stay indoors.

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Here’s that colourful sofa, which is plenty big enough for the whole family to lounge around on, not just yours truly and the new kitten.  She’s still so small she can hide amongst the many cushions.  The table’s plenty big enough for the crockery and essential tea set.

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Inside and downstairs, I furnished a portion of the room with an elegant new sofa set that the labrador puppy just loves, cheeky thing! So will the rest of the family as soon as we can prise him off it.  There’s even room to park a handy scooter which is great for getting around the Parisian streets.  The other side of the room has enough space for a nice kitchen and upstairs has plenty of area for a bedroom with balcony area.  You could divide that and include a small bathroom at the far end.

La Gare Train Station would make a very pleasant and unusual house for folks who like outside living as much as the indoors.

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

BUILDINGDaD Design “La Gare” Train Station c/m V.1.0 LI 84 Copy/Modify at 6º Republic
Event runs to May 20th.

FENCINGFancy Decor at FaMESHed 5th Anniversary – “Davis Fence Kit”
A wonderfully versatile set which includes long and short fence panels, fence window that looks really good, posts – corner, mid, end and plain, concrete blocks, sconce, planter and bench with poses.  Fancy Decor is my latest sponsor – I’m so lucky and right chuffed as they say in my part of the world 🙂

INSIDERaindale – “Maylett Living Room Set” – currently at The Crossroads Event to the end of the month.  Here’s the items in detail:-
Lounger sofa – LI 6 with 17 solo sits and 10 romantic couples poses
Coffee Table with Props/Decor – string lights, cup, book – 1 LI per item, there’s a linked group version, too at 4 LI
Candles with animated fire – on/off via touch – 1 LI
Carpet, matches the lot – LI 1

{what next} ‘Black’ Monaco Scooter (patterned luggage)
{what next} House Plant – Rubber Tree
{what next} House Plant – Eucalyptus
{what next} House Plant – Agave
Artisan Fantasy – Hanging Plant – Pothos
8f8 – primavera in Toscana Wall Grapevine Right – from gacha
Fancy Decor: Davis Bench – see Davis Fence Set above

GARDEN Chez Moi Furnitures – Rock Couch and Table in Rio – at the  Cosmopolitan Event from May 8th.  This gorgeous couch and table set is available in 3 colours – Rio, Sienna and Indie. It has PG (110 poses) and Adult (170 poses) versions. Land Impact is 11.

Outdoor bar chair and table set (12 solo sits), Lantern Green Double Candle and Topiary set – all from Chez Moi‘s “Outdoor Breeze” gacha, currently at The Gacha Garden Event. The fence divider is a Seed of Inspiration gift at the Gacha Garden Event.
Pot and Cup of Coffee by Chez Moi Furnitures 

[Tia] Sleeping Cupid 3 Tier Fountain – Light – available at Shiny Shabby until May 15th.
D-LAB Pizza kiln (outdoor)
D-LAB PIZZA TABLE

[ zerkalo ] – from the Coffee on the Porch gacha – Dishes

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Patio Fairy Lights – gacha was for Bloom
22769 – Frosted Glass Floor Ball Lamp – gacha was for Bloom
22769 – Banana Tree – gacha was for Bloom
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – The Relaxing Tree

KraftWork – Vintage Bakelite Radio – from Vintage Radios gacha

PLANTS & FLOWERS OUTSIDE –
Heart Botanicals – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – set of 4 colours and lots of versions – at FaMESHed 5th Anniversary

The Cube Republic – Passion Flower set – with flowers and fruit, lots of versions including two fencing panels for display them against.
KIDD SHORT GRASS*GREEN MEADOW WILD DAISY* with underlay of green

PETS –
JIAN Lively Labs :: Golden Wander Pup – at mainstore
JIAN Pudgy Persians – White Wander Kitten – The Gacha Garden
TLC Home Collection – Sleepy Dalmatian – from gacha, now at mainstore

 

Until next time,

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 & décor set – LI 1

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

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Bunfight at the OKraftWork Soap Shop

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I’d just set up the shop when this happened!  It explains how I had to rush to A & E to have my head examined 🙂  Of course, I forgot to lock up and the squirrels got in, they wreck everything in their search for hazel nuts. Fortunately, they found some in the soap sack before much damage was done. I hadn’t cleaned out the burlap thoroughly before I stacked the soaps.  Look at the brave puppy hanging off the table barking at the red thief… he gets a Chelsea Bun for tea 🙂

KraftWork – “The Soap Collection” – is at new round Cosmopolitan, starts Monday.

 

Kraftwork  – The Soap Collection – 1 Rare and 9 Commons to collect:-

Shop Scale v1 and v2 – Rares – LI 1 – The rare comes in two versions, one with soaps and one without.
Display v1 and v2 – large is LI 8
Bag of Soaps – LI 2
Wooden Table – LI 2 – stretches well!
Chalk Board – LI 2
Rosemary Soap v1 and v2 – LI 1 – The Rosemary soap comes in two versions, a group of soaps and a single soap bar.
Soap Stand – LI 2 – The Stand comes in two versions, the one with higher LI can be unlinked.
Fruit Table Soaps – LI 1
Sea Salt Bottle – LI 3
Slippery Soap – LI 2 – The slippery soap must be rezzed on ground and you should sit at it.
There are two animations and the first starts auto without clicking the menu.

Other Home & Garden items used:-

Jian – Scruffy Shepherds 17 held Melanistic – now at The Arcade
O.M.E.N – Spring Squirrels – Pied White Red and Tangerine plus acorns – 1 – 2 LI – The Liaison Collaborative
Newchurch – :: N :: Hydrangea Pot, White and :: N :: Tulip Vase, Set One from Spring Party Dining Set 2 LI each- ON9 (I’ll be blogging the whole set in the next post)

Candy cloud : Series vintage shop building 34 LI – Marketplace

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Cosmo 4th Anniversary – Home & Garden gifts

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It’s Cosmopolitan‘s 4th Anniversary edition – how times flies!   I remember when this Event was just starting up – Corina has done so well with it, hard work pays off 🙂

Along with all the exclusive goodies, lots of the designers are offering generous free gifts and these are very nice indeed. So here’s a selection of the Home & Garden gifts. If you experience difficulty getting onto the sim (it’s bound to be busy) try very early on in the SL morning. The early bird catches the worm!

Borrowed my pal’s house and did some photography on one of the Linden regions for Premium Members. If you’re just starting up in SL, these are a great choice as you can control the land permissions and make your new home entirely private. This sim had the Tahoe theme.

1. “Weathercock” by Backbone.  Designer Ruvio Cortes makes original Mesh decor, this weathercock is only 3 LI with Permissions of Copy/Modify. The cockerel rotates in a circular motion, stopping every so often, just like the real thing, as he point the arrow to the correct wind direction.

Visit –  Backbone mainstore

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Backbone

 

2. “Bird Bath with Robin” by TLC Home Collection. Such a gorgeous piece for only 5 LI. The bird bath and the robin are also included as separate pieces, 4 LI and 1 LI. Permissions are Copy/Modify. The robin sings and he’s animated, too. You can control the sound so that he’s not so piercing lol, although in real life robins sing extremely loudly, especially when defending territories. The water in the bird bath is also animated and any minute now you expect the robin to leap in!

Visit – TLC new mainstore

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - TLC Home Collection

 

3. “Table with Lanterns” from Bee Designs. This went very well with the house theme and I’d imagine would be great in any number of wooden porches to light things up in the evenings. Close up the detailing is fine, LI 4 and Permissions are Copy/Modify.

Visit – Bee Designs mainstore

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Bee Designs 1

 

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Bee Designs 2

 

4. “Eugenia Chandelier” by Spargel & Shine. A beautiful antique style gold chandelier with a land impact of only 7. It casts a soft candle light for a romantic yet rustic feel. To light or extinguish the candles, click on the centrepiece of the chandelier. If you click and hold for 3 seconds a blue menu appears by which you can change various settings for the light perception, as the desired effects can vary from one environment to another. I’ve taken a couple of photos in different Windlights. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

Visit – Spargel & Shine mainstore

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Spargel n Shine 1

 

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Spargel n Shine 2

 

5. “Decorative Cacti” by CCD Original Mesh. We get two of these beauties. The large pot contains a meaty looking cactus – love it – and the smaller pot has a cactus with pebbles. Both are 3 LI each. Permissions are Copy/Modify but the rezzed size was just perfect.

Visit – CCD mainstore

CCD on Marketplace

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - CCD

 

6. “Mosquito Coil” by Mesh India. Amazing detail in this piece, matches are included and you get a smoke particle effect if you click on/off the coil. Only 1 LI with Permissions of Copy/Modify, shadow included – you must pick up one of these useful items for all beach/camping scenes.

Designer Karthikeyan Engineer makes mesh decorations for the Indian culture and items that are related to India or the sub countries therein. Only started this year, they don’t yet have a mainstore but items can be bought on Marketplace and they are also attending various events. I think this will be an interesting designer to watch for future products!

Mesh India on Marketplace

Mesh India on Flickr

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Mesh India

 

7. “Four Seasons Road Sign” by Goose. This is another gorgeous piece by Goose. Well worth joining the Goose Inworld group as you get a similarly must have piece each month as group gifts. Plus designer Tyrek has a sale every now and then! The road sign is 6 LI with Permissions of Copy/Modify. It looks good in all lights with that row of bulbs sparkling away.

Visit – Goose mainstore

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Goose

 

8. “Gift Cake” by Your Dreams. And who doesn’t like cake? This gorgeous little cake is decorated with a flower and looks good enough… to eat *laughs* Darn, now I’m hungry! Your Dreams specialises in decor for parties and special occasions. The gift cake is only 1 LI with Permissions of Copy/Modify.

Visit – Your Dreams mainstore

Cosmo 4th Anniversary - Your Designs

 

 

Now I have put in the mainstores/Marketplace stores for these good folks BUT remember that you pick up the gifts at the Cosmopolitan Event which is on from today and runs for a fortnight.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂