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Opposites Attract

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This is my one and only horror post for the season, I generally do one and then go all folksy/arty again! So here we have Van Helsing losing his resolve and who can blame him. It’s all the fault of McBethany, the comely vampire.

I think this is my favourite house of all time for darker pictures, it’s the Saint Vivien de Medoc by 22769. Just the right amount of Gothic styling and yet a good batch of windows for moonlight reflections. Also featuring 22769’s new set at Salem – The Messy Witch gacha. There’s some really excellent pieces in this gacha that fit in with the theme, one is the vampire bust (or is it only dessicated and able to be revived), and another is that gold candelabra. You can never find a good candelabra when you want one.

 

The other set I really appreciate is by Fancy Decor and that’s currently at Salem, too. It’s all the weapons that might be in an Exorcist’s arsenal including a glass bottle of Holy Water and the Last Rites book. I was wondering how I might display this and first I was thinking of DC Comic’s John Constantine, and then it all devolved into Van Helsing! You can blame these wretched flu remedies I’m taking, none of which are doing any good. The whole darn pharmaceutical industry needs a good exorcism if you ask me. I will point them in the direction of this excellent gacha.

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the room is Poe’s Writing Desk Set, a brilliant gacha by unKindness. First of all I thought about designer Jamie’s husband, Poe, and then I realised that even he wouldn’t be using a desk out of the early 19th Century… or would he? Duh, duh, durrrhhhh! But no, this is the desk set of none other than Edgar Allan Poe who wrote such Gothic gems as The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and the Tell tale Heart. So we have these delightful pieces such as a Raven presiding over an inkwell, complete with one of his feathers as a pen. And then some of Poe’s sketches and ramblings on pieces of paper – I so appreciate all these finer details.

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

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Saint Vivien de Medoc – LI 63 – mainstore
22769 – Victorian Rug – from The Secluded House gacha – Arcade, try resellers
22769 – The Imaginarium – LI 13 – mainstore

The Messy Witch gacha, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
22769 – The Workplace of the Witch – LI 5
22769 – The Chair of the Witch – RARE – LI 5
22769 – Copper Cauldron – LI 1
22769 – Spell Book – LI 1
22769 – Row of Potions – LI 1
22769 – Powder – LI 1
22769 – Potion Bottles – LI 2
22769 – Candles – LI 2
22769 – Azazels Head – LI 1
22769- Vampire Bust – LI 2
22769 – Jars – LI 1
22769 – Mirror Ball – LI 1
22769 – Highdesk – LI 4
22769 – Witch Hat – LI 1
22769 – Sloppy High Shelf – LI 4
22769 – The Magic Mirror – LI 1

October Deco(c)rate
http://decocratesl.com
*HEXtraordinary* – Harvest Lantern – LI 2
Mesh India – Harvest Moon Tree Light – LI 3
Mesh India – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Light – LI 1

unKindness – Poe’s Writing Desk Set, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
uK – Poe’s Writing Desk – LI 3
uK – Raven Inkwell – LI 1
uK – Raven Feather Quill – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Writing Chair – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Sketches Parchment – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Ramblings Parchment – LI 1

Fancy Decor – Exorcism Kit, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
Fancy Decor: Exorcism Kit RARE – LI 10
Fancy Decor: Table/wall Cross – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Last Rites – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Closed Book – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Pewter Candlestick – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Small Chalice – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Holy Water – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Wafer Tray – LI `
and Holdable Cross

Storax Tree – Feline Treasures – Nap time – Siamese Pumpkin – LI 3

Cheeky Pea – :CP: Roll in the Hay Set – Firepit – LI 3

The Loft, currently at Collabor88
The Loft & ARIA – Cozi Potted Caladium
+Half-Deer+ – Nightglow Bird – Robin – Lantern (from 4 sets) at Collabor88

Trees:-
The Little Branch
LB_Canadian Red Maple {4Seasons} *Animated

KIDD Landscaping – Halloween Web Nest Tree (from Halloween Grassy Landscape Kit Theme)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!

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I was looking for autumnal quotes and started off with the classic poem by Keats, of which the first line is my title and ended up with…

It’s like going back to school. You know, autumn! Time for ‘Harry Potter’ ~ Robbie Coltraine

Never really thought of it like that but I do like the quote from British actor and comedian, Robbie, since Harry is one of my characters on this blog. I don’t know what he’d say about this beautiful cottage by Raindale which was part of the August Builder’s Box subscription, might be a bit too cosy for Harry.  The premier picture shows the back of the “Avendale Cottage” which has a porch with gazebo, string lights and deck, it’s just the right place for holding tea parties!  Some pictures of the inner rooms follow.

You can just see the porch as you enter the property, and it has a lovely picture window and there’s lots of room, rafters on the ceiling and warm wood flooring.  The next picture is going up the stairs to the bedroom, and the third shows the ceiling rafters, railings and arched window of the bedroom.

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Here’s the scene on the porch, and it’s mostly prizes from Raindale’s  “Ellesmere” gacha set, matches everything so well!

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And now you can see those delicious cakes in close-up!

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I was really impressed with the new trees and bushes from Dysfunctionality. You can texture change them for many colours including all the colours of Fall – faded, red, yellow – those sorts of colours.  They have versions with and without sparkles for different environments.  These horticultural products are often on offer for daft prices like L$50 per set.  The Little Branch’s Sweet Chestnut is in the foreground here.

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

Raindale Pieces:-
Raindale – Avendale Cottage – LI 83 – Builder’s Box
Raindale – pieces from the Ellesmere Gacha set – mainstore
Raindale – Landfort Tabouret – with 10 Bento poses and 10 classic sit animations, at the Avenue Event until August 20th, then at mainstore
Raindale ~ Somerfield lemonade and glass lanterns (from Somerfield gacha)

Raindale – Flower baskets

Scarlet Creative – The Arcade Mar 17  – Cordelia Curtains Blue
Try Marketplace for resellers

JIAN :: Squirrel Feeder
JIAN Countryside Collies :: Family Rug

Landscaping: –
Dysfunctionality
Whispy Forest Tree Set
Twinkling Leafy Bushes

Vita’s Ground Textures – Autumn Dry Leaves

The Little Branch (from August Deco(c)rate)
Sweet chestnut – 4-Seasons tree
Wild Grass… dry

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Posh Parakeets

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These little parakeets think they are Posh with a capital ‘P’  as they hang out at the Manor! Of course they reckon the owner has put in the handy fencing and water feature especially for them so they can take their morning bath and dry off afterwards 🙂

Featuring the “Manor Fence Set” by unKindness (my new Sponsor – yaaaay!!), currently at the August round of FaMESHed.  This lovely set has Materials enabled to great effect, the slightly rusty railings, shiny fleur-de-lis decoration and weathered stone pillars are a delight.

HEXtraordinary have created the parakeets from their gacha “Parakeet Pals”, and that’s currently at the Gacha Garden Event.  If you ask me, they look like budgerigars so if you’re in my part of the country, we call those spugs. Anyway, there’s lots of differently coloured spugs in the gacha plus a nice cage for them or else they have a posh twig stand to sit on.  Those are Rares and I didn’t get anything to speak of expect for lots and lots of spugs. However, as you can see they would much rather be outside! It is extreme cuteness the way they flap their wings during the animation cycle. In the picture above, the snowy one was flapping at the time having just taken a dip in the “Soothing Fountain” by .peaches. (Deco(c)rate) and it’s anything but Zen with all the tweeting, flapping and squawking when one of them has spent too long in the bathing bowls.

Here’s the scene repeated in a warmer Windlight setting.  That beautiful tree is by Little Branch and it’s a sweet chestnut, that was also in the Deco(c)rate subscription box which is well worth getting, even at the non-discounted price.

I think the owner of the Manor needs to mow the lawn soon, it’s a weekend gardening job 🙂

 

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

unKindness – Manor Fence Set, currently at August FaMESHed Event
uK – Manor Fence Lamp Stone Base – LI 2
uK – Manor Fence Railing – LI 1
uK – Manor Fence End Stone Base – LI 1
(also in pack – Manor Fence End Destroyed Base and Manor Fence Lamp Destroyed Base)

.peaches. – Soothing Fountain – LI 5
Little Branch – Sweet Chestnut – LI 7 {Seasons}*Animated
Deco(c)rate – “Now and Zen” August edition

Apple Fall –  Hardwick Manor (512) – LI 345

TMG – Red Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
TMG – Purple Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
Two Moon Gardens – free gifts!

Platform created with Vita’s Ground Textures – Mossy Tiles
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/55344

HEXtraordinary – Parakeet Pals gacha – 3 LI each, currently at the Gacha Garden

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Sundown at the Beach

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Beach evenings – when you’re just trying to catch the last rays of the dipping sun and the horizon is turning coral. When the food is waiting to be eaten and you can smell the delicious aromas from where you’re resting but you have the lazy, satisfied feeling. When you can hear the camp fire cracking and the cicadas starting their evening chorus. Just… Fab.

 

I’m featuring some wonderful items from July Deco(c)rate which had a tropical theme. Chez Moi Furnitures gave us this lazy daze Honolulu Hammock which is packed with all sorts of animations including those naughty ones for when you feel more invigorated, having scoffed your way through the waiting meal. Prawn and Crab dinners with cocktails, what could be nicer? Animated, interactive meals by Tiffany’s Collection and those are at The Home Show 2017.

 

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For the Fashion part of the post, I’m wearing Petit Chat‘s original Mesh flip flops for men and these are such fun. They will fit all sorts of feet and there are two HUDs, one for plain colours and one for patterns. You can change the soles, strap and toe ring individually and you’ll find that the HUD has colours to match most of your summerwear. The classic original Mesh shorts are by Ascend (with lots of fittings including one for ADAM) and they are at FaMESHed. Finally, the Cowboy hat with hair is one of No_Match‘s offerings at the Hair Fair, one of four new designs – you’ll be spoiled for choice! Choose your preferred colour of hair and you also get a HUD that changes the hat colours, too.

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Don’t forget, you can click on the pictures and get larger versions!  Now here’s the items I used in detail.

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Fashion:-

Petit Chat – Men’s Flip Flops – currently at The Chapter Four
Ascend – Ben Shorts – currently at FaMESHed Event
No_Match – No_Easy- currently at The Hair Fair (follow the red arrow for direct SLurl)

Home & Garden:-

Deco(c)rate (July – Tropical Heat)
Chez Moi Furnitures – Honolulu Hammock – hammock – 13 LI, canopy – 7 LI
Serenity Style – Beach Hut
N4RS – Surfboards
Cheeky Pea – Flamingo Planter
Vagabond – Beach Bonfire
HEXtraordinary – Tiki Fountain
The Little Branch – Dracaena Tree – four versions

The July Crate is available now (not discounted)

The Home Show 2017
[keke] (store #25) – Beach Rubble (little shells and rocks)

Tiffany’s Collection (store #15) – Crabs stuffed with prawns tray, Prawn skewers with garlic & lemon tray, Mojito cocktails – feeling hungry?!

Landscaping:-

Studio Skye – Animated natural Water – square 36m

Landscaping by Felix pieces –
2 Prim Mesh Beach Dune 17 x 10 m copy/modify
7 Prim Mesh Beach Dune (#5) 20 x 12 m copy/modify
beach sand – free item
Mesh Land Wall Tropic Palm Version 15 prim=25 x 25 x 08 m Size copy/modify

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A Writer’s Summer

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I’m not really being lazy, I did set up the typewriter *laughs*, but that was before making the summery drinks 🙂 The picture shows the porch area of Raindale‘s “Kenward Summer House”, currently at Cosmopolitan Event. It’s a small building, footprint is 14 by 16, but you can fit a lot in if you extend the porch to a garden room. Versions are available with and without lights, with a difference of 6 Land Impact so there isn’t that much in it. There’s also a “Welcome Post” in the set with sign and lantern and you can change the lettering of the board if you want – there’s a blank texture – so you could have ‘Please Sod Off!’ if you wanted peace and quiet. Errr… LIZ!

The chairs and table set are eTNIA‘s contribution to the Home Show 2017. I just love them – they are so detailed and would look great in real life in my lounge! That rug underneath is also eTNIA (at Cosmopolitan) and it has a texture change for 8 Persian rugs, you know the sort – well loved and faded a bit in the sun and most likely too expensive to drop your tea on. It’s quite a 3D rug, so be careful when you place items on top of it. Finally, the dogs and hummingbirds bring the whole thing to life.

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The next picture shows the garden and more of the lovely Kenward Summer House. I think the landscaping turned out New Zealandish again but I can’t resist the tree ferns and they go well with Raindale’s texture change Tree. Now this tree is rather dramatic, don’t you think? It’s at the Home Show 2017 and has scripted and non scripted versions. You can have five different leaf textures and same for the bark, then there’s glow options and 5 presets plus an alpha mod switch. It’s really a garden statement piece because I don’t think you could have more than one and get away with them all leaning over in the same direction with the same branch arrangement, so here it is undermining the foundations of the Summer House in a very spectacular way.

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Now here I am really chillaxing on Fancy Decor‘s “Modular Outdoor Living Kit”, which is currently at Summerfest 2017. I just adore this set because you really can make up the furniture into whatever space you have to spare. This is quite a small arrangement here, and there are single chairs with two arms as well so you could go all suite-ish if you like. Fancy Decor have this set out in two wood colours, I chose the lighter one with blue pillows, the darker kit will have cream and chocolate pillows, and the furniture is more like cream and mid toned wood. And those gorgeous summer drinks? You can gacha those at the Okinawa Summer Festival and they are by Poche. As far as I’m concerned, Poche are the Bees Knees when it comes to food and drink décor… maybe even the whole of the honey bee.

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

Writer’s Nook:-
Raindale – Kenward summer house (+ lights) – LI 43 – currently at Cosmopolitan Event until July 15th

Raindale ~ Salford tray – LI 1

Soy. – Reed Screen [Sudare] Light
Dysfunctionality – Blooming Trellis – texture change flowers on click

[ETNIA] Persian Rugs – LI 2 – texture change for 8 rugs – Cosmopolitan
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Chair – LI 3 – 10 poses – set at the Home Show 2017
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Chair w/ Blanket – LI 4 – 10 poses
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Table – LI 3

TLC Home Collection –  Hummingbird bush – LI 10

[Tia] Churchill Typewriter and [Tia] Churchill Paper Basket – Typed
Currently at FaMESHed

{what next} Palma Stack of Books – from Palma Collection
Stockholm & Lima – Boho Sun Catcher – from Deco(c)rate March Bohemian Round

JIAN Countryside Collies :: Family Rug

Outside:-

Raindale – Garden tree – LI 5 with texture change for bark and leaves – currently at The Home Show 2017

Raindale – Kenward welcome post – LI 1

Fancy Decor – Modular Outdoor Living Kit – Summerfest
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Corner I – LI 2 – 3 poses
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Middle I – LI 2 – 13 poses
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Right Arm I – LI 2 – 13 poses
Fancy Decor: Mod Table I – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Mod Lantern I – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Succulent Bowl I – LI 5
Fancy Decor: Palm Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Blue Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Outdoor Rug I – LI 1

JIAN Lively Labs :: Srs Bsns Work Pup
Poche – from summer drinks gacha – Refreshing Sangria, Enchanted milk chocolate, Gentle watermelon – Okinawa Summer Festival

Landscaping:-

[ Organica ] Cobblestone & Moss Framed Landscaping Tile
Cube Republic – Ox eye daisy
Dicksonia Antarctica Cubensis M and Dicksonia Antarctica Cubensis Juvenile 1p
Little Branch_WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
Little Branch_WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
Landscaping by Felix – 1 Prim Mesh Stone Cluster with ivy+Shadow
Studio Skye
Skye Alligator Apple Bush (small leaf)
Skye Zingiberaceae Alt Leaf
Skye Zingiberaceae
CJ Creations – Flowerfield Chives Pink – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim
Flowerfield Baptisia Fuchsia – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim
Flowerfield Purple dragon – 16 Plants in 1 only 1 Prim

 

 

 

 

 

You can get back to your sunbathing now!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Small but perfectly formed

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The “Stonehurst Redux” house by Galland Homes has a Land Impact of only 26 and it would  fit on a small plot. The floorplan  is beautifully thought out, with a spacious feel thanks to lots of tall windows, an outside balcony, compact internal staircase and open plan living.  Equally at home in the city or the countryside, it’s placed here within a town environment.

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I thought it would be fun to furnish the Stonehurst and see how much I could get in.  It was quite a lot as you’ll see.  This is one side of the downstairs living area which is quite adequate to fit in a gorgeous retro compact kitchen from [tia] and minimalist dining set from Cheeky Pea.  The Chihuahua is there for size comparison, at least that’s his excuse waiting on the dining table for scraps!

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Over to the opposite side and you can see the stairs going up to the first floor and a cosy lounge area furnished mostly by Revivial and MudHoney in typical Scandi style. There are a lot of windows which do give that indoors/outdoors feel but you could cover some of them with wooden blinds if you wanted to create more privacy in a particular area.

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Upstairs now and I only furnished the far side of the first floor, you could fit in loads more. For instance,  a generous sized bed , small study area and small bathroom area behind room screens – they would all slot in easily.  I was really enjoying the two main textures of the walls – wood and stone – they compliment each other and give stability to a home which has a lot of ethereal glass.

The Scarlet Creative daybed (currently part of the Daisy gacha at June Arcade) is a little gem. All that style and work for a mere L$75 play of the machine, I think it was.  It is small (look at the Chihuahua on it) but like the Stonehurst house, it’s perfectly formed!

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Here’s a close up on eTNIA‘s stunning retro Chinoiserie Vanity and Decor which is currently at the Vintage Fair and that Event runs to the end of the month. Ethnic and retro combine in this vanity set,  which isn’t always easy.  The Vase and Letters are extras from other designers. All the rest you get in eTNIA’s set and it’s reassuringly low prim.

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

OUTSIDE
Stonehurst Redux by Galland Homes – LI 26 – at the Galland Homes Mainstore

Maya’s Buildings (HQ Mesh) – Trees, benches, pigeons and lampposts
Hayabusa Design – Bush Static Beach M17-1 v1-1 Group
KIDD – WILD FLOWERS B* FLAT CAVED POT*Resizer
CJ Creations – Flowerfield Purple dragon – 16 Plants in 1 only 1 Prim
{vespertine– vintage mailbox/red}
..::THOR::.. Bicycle Beyge + Pic-Nic Set COMMON
Road and paving – Moz & Arrchie

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Boxtree Terracotta – from Little Piece of Heaven gacha
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Boxtree Bush Terracotta

INSIDE

Open Plan downstairs:-

[tia] – Olivia Kitchen Set (complete, items also available separately)
Ariskea – {Australia} Macrame Rug

From May Deco(c)rate (Minimalist round)
HEXtraordinary – Garden Fountain
MudHoney – James Console Set – Console, Mirror, Lamp, Rug – Ink
Cheeky Pea – Kaye Dining Set – table, chair, vase, pendant light

[-BLUE SKY-] “Toscana Place Setting – Olive You”
What Next – Swiss Cheese Plant
.:revival:. –  linen sofa, beanbag, light branches and rug
Shutter Field – vintner tray – wine and cheese

Bedroom:-

eTNIA – Retro Chinoiserie Vanity and Decor – Vintage Fair

[ zerkalo ] Dream Away gacha  – Curtain
Raindale ~ Birdside chandelier (from Birdside gacha)
[Tia]  – Pandora Chair with texture change HUD for fabric and pillow

From June Arcade
Scarlet Creative – Daisy Side Table, Daisy Day Bed
JIAN – Cheeky Chihuahuas gacha 7. Tan Wanderer
Fancy Decor – Royce Collection gacha – 09 Carpet Hide Rug

dust bunny . woodland dreams gacha . hedgehog planter

Ariskea – [Blush] Teapot Peonie [Fushia]

Duvet Day – Letters tied with string (from Lace gacha)

 

 

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Sakura Wedding

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Many Japanese weddings are held during the Spring and Fall. The traditional Shinto ceremony honours the kami, the spirits inherent in the natural world. After a purification ceremony using a special branch called the harai-gushi, the priest calls to the gods to bless the couple. The ceremony ends with a ritual sharing of sake from three flat cups stacked on top of one another. Popularly called san-san-kudo, this ritual can be performed any number of ways, depending on family customs. The groom may lead, taking three sips from the first cup, followed by the bride, who also takes three sips from the first cup. Then they move on to the second and third cups. The sake is then offered to the couple’s families.

Newchurch‘s elegant “Shen Wedding Tea Ceremony Set” reminded me of traditional Japanese weddings. However, that’s about the only traditional thing in this wedding! The Red Pandas are tying the knot with the Egret officiating. It’s a large picture so you can see everything so do check that out (click on it), the lacquer work on the furniture set is absolutely beautiful.

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

Newchurch – “Shen Wedding Tea Ceremony” Set

:: N :: Moon Gate Arbour, Red Lacquer – LI 13
:: N :: Double Happiness Wedding Decor – LI 3
:: N :: Shen Yoke-back Chair, Red Lacquer – LI 3 – solo sits for ladies & gents
:: N :: Shen Round Tea Table, Red Lacquer – LI 1
:: N :: Red Lacquer Vase with Roses – LI 5
:: N :: Wedding Tea Set, Red Lacquer – LI 1
All items have Permissions of Copy/Modify

[La Baguette] – Red Panda // Ground Surprised // Natural Furr – both from “Red Pandas” Set
[La Baguette] – Red Panda // Standing // Natural Furr

*LODE* Head Accessory – Eucalyptus & Roses Crown [cinnamon] – gacha at current round of ON9

:MoonAmore: Ichigo Picnic / Headress (Cloud) – gacha

TLC Home Collection – Egret

[ zerkalo ] Winter Dream – Books2 – gacha from mainstore
[ zerkalo ] Fairy Bathing – Candles – gacha

[ keke ] – even dragonflies dream, green – June Deco(c)rate

Landscaping by Felix – Sakura Pond 12 x 7 m Size

Landscape Block – Vita’s Textures – Fresh Grass, Clover Flowers

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂