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Lake of Dreams

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“Lake of Dreams
Each island a risen fantasy
Safely hid within stone walls
Sunlit waters guarded by swans
Venture there by faery boat
Enact the ancient ceremonies
Enjoy the blissful nights”

The June Deco(c)rate had a theme of Enchanted, so I thought I’d build a scene that was a bit unusual and magical.  Little islands huddle inside a walled lake, it’s another version of the secret garden. All set up for a wedding reception, then later on climb the stairs for a night of bliss. Many thanks to Duvet Day for providing the amazing build and other gacha pieces which are currently available at the Cosmopolitan Event.

Here’s some close-ups in a less extravagant Windlight:-

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This is a really lovely wedding set by Your Dreams. There’s a couple of rezzers, one for the ceremony and one for the reception, which is great if you’re on limited prims as you could rez one after the other very quickly. Plus a box of all the separate items should you wish to rez just a few of them.

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Swan Island featuring my favourite Little Branch tree – the Wild Sassafras, it’s charming the way the tree trunks wrap around each other. So nice to see their Norway Maple in the Deco(c)rate subscription box, too.

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The Home & Garden pieces in detail:-

Duvet Day – “Garden Room” gacha currently at the Cosmopolitan Event

[DD] Garden room bed – LI 16 – 8 menus including Adult, Romantic Couple and Single
[DD] Garden room shabby table – LI 2
[DD] Ewer and bowl – LI 2

[DD] Garden room hanging ivy – LI 3
[DD] Lantern on books – LI 2
[DD] Garden room furry rug – LI 1
[DD] Garden room RARE – LI 48

Deco(c)rate for June, theme Enchanted:-

The Little Branch – Norway Maple {Animated} 7 LI

Your Dreams – Enchanted Wedding Set – Reception part only

[keke] – even dragonflies dream  –  purple

Other pieces:-

Ariskea – May Group Gift – [Little Pensee] Poenies Gift Box[Decor], [ Chic Baby ]Rosy Baby breath Suspender – mainstore

[ zerkalo ] – All White – Couch – PG (modified with colour), All White – Canopy,  Britain’s Bedroom – Curtain Light, Britain’s Bedroom – Lace Pillow – all gacha items at mainstore

Shutter Field – Chocolate Tray

 

Landscaping:-

Studio Skye – animated water with texture change, this is the most versatile water I’ve seen in SL, and well worth the expense

The Domineaux Effect – Garden Wall – pillars and wall pieces

TLC Home Collection – Swan Family

Raindale – Meriel boat (decor)

Heart Botanicals – Water lilies… Nymphaea Nouchali – Clusters – Purple, White, Blue, WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – blue, white and purpura

The Little Branch – Wild Sassafras.v2 {Animated}, Wild Grass*1 LI {Green}, Hill {Low LI}

C J Creations – Flowerfield Baptisia Orange – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim

[monaya G]  – wall hanging ivy & flower-white (1024 x 512)

Dysfunctionality – Twinkling Ivy – Patch – texture change with lighting – fantastically versatile piece which has a decent LOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Lazy Days of Summer

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This picture epitomises the sort of English summer day at the beginning of the season when the grass is still emerald green and the flowers are out in force. There’s a blissful, secure feeling as you relax in the garden with nothing to do but read the newspaper and drink lemonade. It’s one of those moments when you wish you could press a button and stop time for a while. There are many feelings in the human emotional arsenal that aren’t really named in the English language but are in more expressive languages. Here’s a few:-

Forelsket (Norwegian): The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): Finding beauty in imperfections.

Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing, that expectation of beauty.

Commuovere (Italian): Often taken to mean “heartwarming,” but directly refers to a story that moved you to tears.

Komorebi (Japanese): The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees and the feeling it gives you.

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The current round of Cosmopolitan has some exceptional H&G designs, not the least being the Somerfield Gacha set by Raindale. For only L$50 per Play you can get beautifully meshed items to make up a set for the garden including a picnic table that seats up to four avatars and a stunning pavilion which is the Rare.

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

Raindale
Somerfield Gacha Set – currently at Cosmopolitan – L$50 per Play

Somerfield Picnic Table – LI – 8, sits up to 4 avatars, poses – 8 sits, drink (f), drink (m), read – all with Swap/Adjust facility
Somerfield tree swing – LI 2 – 9 solo sits
Somerfield glass lanterns – a set in pink, blue and green – 1 each
Somerfield Lemonade Set – jug and 2 glasses – LI 2
Somerfield canopy lights – LI 6
Somerfield garden deck – LI 4 – has lights set into the deck
Somerfield cart table – LI 1
Somerfield pavilion – LI 25, the Rare (in the background)

Also Raindale
Raindale ~ newspaper (prop) (from Mauner Set)
Raindale ~ smartphone (prop)

Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 (was at the RFL H&G Expo)
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 1
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift)

Pets:-
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 17. Held Melanistic

Two Moon Gardens
Behind Closed Walls (modified) – LI 118 (excluding Loveseat at 11 LI in original design)

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Vintage Chillax on the Beach

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Chez Moi Furnitures have come up with the best beach set of the season, so far! At least in my humble opinion but then I do love Vintage. You can have any colour you like  as long as it’s pink with white trimmings. With a strategically placed white kitten (for my PG blog), I’m ready to chillax and ignore the Election, just for today 🙂 The peacock is only interested in the cookies, after all, he’s a sensible chap.

 

 

The peacock is a new pet and he’s from TLC Home Collection. You’ll find two versions in the White Peacocks pack, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event – tail up and tail down. I actually remember when as a child we spent some years in Sri Lanka, there were quite a few white peacocks in our village who used to guard the area from snakes which they would kill and sometimes eat. They were allowed to go in and out of the houses to do this, encouraged by tasty titbits left for them.   Very useful birds! When there was rain coming they used to dance. During the mating season the peahens were embarrassed by the fights between the peacocks and used to turn around so they didn’t have to see the chaos.  I don’t know how many folks used to observe this but I was and still am fascinated by Nature in all Her glory.

 

 

Here’s all the gen in detail:-

On Moz:-
ADAM Mesh Body – v.1.4b – Skin 1 #9 with neck blend tattoo – perfect for when you want that combination with the Avatar Head
Hair – NO.MATCH – No.Mojito – browns HUD
Shape – my own for the ADAM Mesh Body
Shoes – B&W Design – Summer is Cool Sandals with texture HUD for SLINK feet (fit ADAM, too)

Home & Garden items used:-

“Vintage Lounger Set” – Chez Moi Furnitures – currently at Cosmopolitan Event
Vintage Lounger (PG or Adult versions) – LI 5 (I resized it a wee bit, was LI 4). Huge interactive pose Menu – Male/Female Solo – Couples romantic poses – Intimate in the Adult version – all with Swap and Adjust functionality
Vintage Umbrella – LI 5
Vintage Table – LI 1
Lemonade Jar – LI 2
Lemon Bowl – LI 2
Lemonade Cup – LI 2 (total set would be 16 LI at default size)

GOOSE – Mooring deck (small) – from Deck Set – lots of pieces in this set which is great for beaches and rivers, it has that bleached in the sun look and the ropes are really well done
Cookies Box that opens and closes on touch by Aphrodite

Animals:-
White Peacock – male, tail down – 2 LI – from “White Peacocks Set” by TLC Home Collection – currently at Cosmopolitan Event
JIAN – Pudgy Persians 9. White Wander Kitten – from “Pudgy Persians” gacha

Landscaping:-
Bird of Paradise Plant –Mesh Plants by Reid Parkin on MP
Hayabusa Design – Gramineae Beach OPTSB M17-1 v1-1 from large Gramineae Pack – I’m very fond of these because they are animated and look as if a gentle breeze is moving them around
KIDD – PAMPAS Grass * Mega Bush 2
Mossy Path 2 Curve by ArchiTech Design Store
FYN – PRIVACY SCREEN – TROPICAL 2 – Free Your Nature on MP

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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 🙂

Bathroom Contemplation

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Red evening skies and the little panda has been sent to the bathroom, mum is watching through the screen to make sure he’s washing. Actually he isn’t, he’s in contemplation about washing, which as far as he’s concerned is as good as actually washing! I don’t know what mum will have to say about that 🙂

Featuring eTNIA‘s beautiful Chinese Bathroom set, which you can place against any wall and the pipe work will be accurate. The mirror can be placed directly behind the sink to show off the styling. Currently at the Cosmopolitan Event, after which it’ll be in the mainstore.

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Home & Garden pieces in detail:-

eTNIA – Chinese Bathroom – currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
Comprises – Sink, Mirror, Dry Plant Vase, Napkin Box, Soap Pump, Toothbrushes in Vase – Land Impact is 4 for the sink and 1 LI each for the rest, Permissions Copy/Modify

:: NEWCHURCH :: – Shen Screen, Light Teak
Shen Yoke-back Chair, Light Teak – both from the Shen Set at Mainstore

*HEXtraordinary* Boho Meditation Pillows – all from March Deco(c)rate
*HEXtraordinary* Marble Buddha Statue – Boho Meditation Altar Set
*HEXtraordinary* Buddha Incense Burner
Pandas and Bamboo plants from TLC Home Collection‘s “Panda Grove”, available at the mainstore.

Base patterned sand (part of Atrium) I borrowed from 22769‘s beautiful traditional “Yuukaku House”, available at the Mainstore.

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Cosmopolitan #07/03 – Decor 2

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More decor goodies from the latest Cosmopolitan round and today I’m showcasing buildings from M Law Designs and Shutter Field.

‘Clermont Loft’ is not just a beautiful home but it includes all the furniture as well!  From  M Law Designs, the total primmage comes to 267 for the lot so one rez and you have a ready to use home with no trouble at all 🙂  Here’s what it looks like in full (and I have the simple to use rezzer showing so ignore that), the flowers and trees are included.

M Law - Clermont Loft - full

The flower covered pergola at the front of the house and everything that you see, even the mail box, is included. Here’s a view from the side.

M Law - Clermont Loft - full side

There’s lots of windows all round with the major ones being curtained and you can open and close these with ease. The arched roof adds to the spacious feel of the ‘Clermont Loft’.  I want to show you what this looks like from the inside so here we’re stepping into the lounge and the front doors are open.

M Law - Clermont Loft - open front door

Cosy! Some more of the lounge with matching furniture.

M Law - Clermont Loft - lounge 2

You walk into a hall here and that takes you straight into the kitchen area which has table and chairs plus a brilliant Aga type stove.  I opened the curtains, too. Beautiful wood textures all round.

M Law - Clermont Loft - Kitchen dining area

M Law - Clermont Loft - Kitchen stove area

What’s upstairs?  Here’s a couple of photos that will give you an idea. Bedroom and bath area and a view out of the windows into the grounds.

M Law - Clermont Loft - bedroom - bath

M Law - Clermont Loft Upper floor

There’s even a wc behind that screen!  Finally, we’re outside again with a close-up of the porch area. ‘Clermont Loft’ is approx 15 by 15 in size and everything is copy/modify.

M Law - Clermont Loft - outside front

Shutter Field’s ‘Summer House, White’ is slightly smaller in size at approx 10 by 10, and it has a land impact of 35. It’s a perfect summer house that you can fill with whatever you like and what’s more – the walls are tintable via the Edit menu.  Here it is in full view.

[SF] summer house - full

‘Summer House’ from the side view, it’s surprisingly spacious and beautifully textured in those light woods.

[SF] summer house side view

A view from the inside with the doors open,  has a lovely fresh and light feel to it.

[SF] summer house - inside with doors open

Alright, so you can tint it! Right, let’s try that. Don’t forget to ‘select part’ and  ‘select face’ and you can see what part you have selected easily. Tinting applies to both sides of the wall so what you have done on the inside will be the same on the outside.

[SF] summer house - tinted walls

Lots of fun to be had  matching the ‘Summer House’ to your existing landscaping! Finally,  here’s that planter – it’s a separate piece.

[SF] summer house planter

 

That’s all for now so, Cheers m’dears 🙂 Oh, you’ll be wanting a taxi  I suppose!  Definitely time for dinner 🙂

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