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Forest Retreat

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An idyllic place in the woods!  The scene illustrates firstly, a new gacha set by unKindness – Old Smokem’s Mountains National Forest gacha – and it’s all about landscaping for a wooded area that is similar to a national park.  The Rare is the signage and Commons include all sorts of fencing made from cut logs, steps to go up various inclines, camping signs and even a décor bench.  It’s a really useful set if you do a lot of landscaping/blogging scenes that require landscaping.

Here we’ve got a new release from KraftWork and this is the Triciclo.  There’s both adult and children’s sizes and also a décor version.  These are great fun, you can ride them on most terrains and it’s easiest to use your arrow keys for greater control.  When you leap on the tricycle you’ll find a HUD comes up so you can alter the riding position and also how you view yourself camera wise.  It’s possible to set the camera to go behind you so you can see yourself crashing up the gutters and all that good stuff!  If you don’t like the two colours I’ve shown in the picture, then there’s a texture change HUD for 8 colours and 12 country flags – brilliant!  See below for more details.

The bungalow with the cute porch is by Galland Homes and this is on sale at a very special event called ForMax Event, to support long time designer, Max Graf – he was evicted from his real life home recently.  The event is on from October 3rd to 10th. The Keys Bungalow is a small, one room beach bungalow, open/close door included.  I’ve placed this within a wooded environment to show that it’s not just for the beach but is versatile enough for a number of areas.

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The smart dog kennel above is by Serenity Style and it’s for another special Event.  An exclusive for Rally to Rescue. This is a charity event to help dogs. The present edition is focusing funds for Operation Delta Dogs, a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to be assistance dogs for veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. For more information see their website.

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Above picture concentrates on the latest gacha from Raindale – Bright October. It contains all sorts of pumpkin related products, candles, frames and even a broom decorated with string lights. At only L$40 per Play, it won’t be expensive to get yourself a really good set of Autumnal décor.

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

Keys Bungalow by Galland Homes – LI 44 which will fit on 1024 sq metres.This is at the ForMax Event, to support Max Graf, it’s on from October 3rd to 10th. Also, see their…
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TLC Home Collection – Deer Family (mainstore) – a must have set for Autumn! There are versions of the deer that have hot breath particle effect for your cold weather scenes.
TLC Straw Feeder [Summer] – LI 3 (winter version also included)
TLC Fallow [Male] + B – LI 5
TLC Fallow [Female] +B – LI 4
TLC Fallow [Fawn] + B – LI 2

KraftWork – Triciclo, currently at FaMESHed
KraftWork Triciclo (ADULT) – LI 4
KraftWork Triciclo (CHILDREN) – LI 3
Change Colour of Bike and Flag via HUD
Adjustable pose for riding the tricycle and camera follow/static options
There’s a front light and a riding sound, and you can switch camera follow on and off plus there’s an unlock/lock option to ground the vehicle. Texture change options include 12 country flags and 8 colours for the tricycle itself via a HUD.

Serenity Style– My Puppie Sweet Home – LI 3 – Copy/Modify – I resized upwards a bit to fit the adult dog. An AO for the Sign Texture is included so you can make your own sign.
An exclusive for Rally to Rescue.
The event runs from 1st October to 20th and 100% of the sales is donated.

JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 11. Wanderer Silver Black
JIAN Munchkin Kittens :: Calico Wandering Kitten
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jian/239/238/23

Raindale – Bright October gacha, currently at The Avenue for their Halloween Round – everything is exclusive and original Mesh!
There are 7 common prizes (no rares) with Permissions of Transfer/Modify, and it’s L$40 per Play.
– Broom – décor only – 2 LI
– Pumpkin candles – 3 colours – 1 LI each
– Frames – 4 kinds of pictures – 1 LI each
– Pumpkin stack + candles – 1-3 LI
– Apple candles – 3 colours – 1 LI each
– Pumpkin dot lights – 2 kinds – 1 LI each
– Pumpkin string lights + tiny green pumpkin – 1 LI each

Raindale – Southwell gacha – tea set – 2 cups, teapot and biscuit plate
At mainstore
Raindale – Kenward gacha – welcome post – LI 1 – at mainstore
Raindale – String light – LI 3 – from Avenden Cottage set which was in Builder’s Box for August 2017. It has a HUD for on/off bright, glow intensity and colour. It’s a very useful set of lights as it’s large enough to go across a front porch in one go.

22769 ~ [ Bauwerk] Travel Magazines – LI 1
From the Harvest Fest gacha which was recently at the Arcade (see resellers on MP)
22769 – Farmhouse Table – COMMON
22769 – Distressed Rug – COMMON

Soy. Reed Mini Mat – Dark
Soy. Reed Screen [Sudare] Dark -Down

Landscaping:-
unKindness – Old Smokem’s Mountains National Forest gacha, currently at The Gacha Guardians 
uK – Old Smokem’ Fence 3 – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ National Forest Sign RARE – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Curved Incline Steps – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ Steep Incline Curved Steps – LI 3
uK – Old Smokem’ Log Bridge – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ Straight Path – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Winding Path – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Log Bench Poseless – LI 1

uK – Little Oasis gacha – Rock Shelf Brown – LI 10 at default size (mainstore)

Hayabusa Design – Nissa Sinensis Old M17-1 v1-1

Dysfunctionality
[DDD] Twinkling Flower Bush – Cluster
[DDD] Twinkling Leafy Bush – Cluster – texture change

Ground – Vita’s Ground Textures – Autumn Dry Leaves – 3D seamless

Until next time, enjoy your seasonal decorating!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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The Library in the Woods

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“Owl,” said Rabbit shortly, “you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest–and when I say thinking I mean thinking–you and I must do it.”
― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

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

Raindale‘s new rustic set, currently at The Liaison Collaborative
Can be purchased individually or in a full set
Raindale – Bitterwood lamp – LI 2 – touch to switch on/off – 2 versions – with and without the books
Raindale – Bitterwood bookshelf – LI 9

Dysfunctionality – texture change landscaping (Autumn Shades)
[DDD] Fluffy Grass
[DDD] Whispy Forest Tree
[DDD] Twinkling Leafy Bush

Larger background trees – Dream Tree – Landscaping by Felix
A magnificent tree for only 3 Land Impact

ForegroundPLAAKA – Hydrocharitaceae Drift (from Lost Garden House gacha)
Try mainstore and Marketplace resellers

Autumn forest leaves texture – Vita’s Ground Textures

Apple Fall – Gourds in Vintage Bowl

Animals & Birds
TLC Home Collection – Songbirds – Chaffinch and Bullfinch
Happy Mood – HPMD* Sitting Rabbit M
[Black Bantam] Baby Bob Cat Cub 02
+Half-Deer+ Secret Garden Bunny – Sakura – Run (not a gacha)

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Yellow

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“Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow” ~ Coldplay

As soon as I saw the rustic gold fountain fireplace by unKindness, currently at FaMESHed, I wanted to do this picture. Traditionally on Second Life® yellow is considered a less than perfect colour, especially in fashion, but it can be just beautiful when creatively mixed with contrasting colours.  Also featuring one of the rooms in Merak’s Abandoned Moroccan House which you can find in the most recent edition of Builder’s Box.

Merak’s “Abandoned Moroccan House” is a beautiful piece of carefully observed architecture which has real atmosphere, especially when viewed in various Windlight settings. It has a decorated courtyard which is open to the elements, and stone steps to the roofed house area. Land Impact is 110 with Permissions of Copy/Modify.  It would be perfect both on a themed sim and as a roleplay building.  Once furnished the atmosphere would change into a lived-in building so lots of decorating possibilities with this home.

 

 

 

 

 

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

unKindness – Fireplace Fountains & Accessories Set, currently at FaMESHed Event to September 27th

uK – Fireplace Fountain Rustic Gold – LI 3
uK – La Luna Frame – LI 2
uK – La Luna Candle Waterfall – LI 2
Fireplace also in Rustic Blue, Rustic Pink, Rustic Red, Rustic Tan, Rustic Teal and Vintage White. La Luna Candle also in Crisp Day and Moonlight.
Sold individually or in a FatPack which is the only place where you’ll get those accessories!

[Merak] – Abandoned Moroccan House – LI 110
Builder’s Box – August 2017

Storax Tree (on group offer for L$20) Feline Treasures – Naptime – Siamese Pumpkin – LI 3

Ariskea – The Florist gacha, currently at The Arcade Gacha
Ariskea[Florist] – Decay Vase Cuivre
Ariskea[Florist] – Dry Fruit
Ariskea[Florist] – Peach iris
Ariskea[Florist] – Yellow Roses

Ariskea  – [March] Yellow Chair [7 Anim] – March group gift

FIN – Fifties TEPPAZ Player YELLOW

Dysfunctionality – [DDD] Cattails – Yellowed

[ Organica ] Hyacinth (Yellow)

IDEZA – Yellow Zinc Star – from Around the Propellers gacha

{anc} NO LIMITS // flying dove.B [egg-yellow] 1 Li

Happy Mood – HPMD* Little Birds (no script) — yellow — type A
HPMD* Little Birds (no script) — yellow — type B

Two Moon Gardens – Dancing Butterflies – Yellow

[ zerkalo ] – Seaside Treasures gacha – Books & Seashells

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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 🙂

 

NY City Basement Living

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KraftWork‘s offering for the quarterly subscription Builder’s Box is the “NY Basement Loft” Skybox. It’s unusual because as well as the superbly meshed interior which includes fireplace, candles and picture, there’s a small garden with steps leading to a tenement surround, just as if you were in the City and had made a good job of utilising every bit of space you could.

Here’s the skybox unfurnished.  It has a footprint of 12 by 23 metres which is big enough for some decent decorating so I went full steam ahead!

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I just don’t think you could safely have the bathroom in full view but on the other hand you’d want to air it from time to time by opening the doors to the garden. So I screened it off with partial fretwork screens by Newchurch.   I suppose in real life you could also use that posh glass screening that you can make opaque via an electronic switch.   There’s a large, luxurious shower included here because there’s enough room for a bit of luxury

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Just a bit of decorating for the garden and it features KraftWork’s group gift for August, the Puebla Chair which is a tribute to designer Nod’s architectural past.

“As some of you may know I am an architect in real life. The first job I was offered was from a Mexican architect that had long before moved from Puebla, Mexico to São Paulo during the 1960’s. His name was Aurelio Martinez Flores. His work was part of the modernism movement in Brazil that would give shape to generations of designers, including me. It was his ideas that became the foundation for the greatest Brazilian architects in modern times including Isay Weinfeld, Marcio Kogan and Mario Biselli.  This is a replica of  one of his few furniture designs he did and is a Second Life® tribute to a man who both inspired me and gave me, just 20 years ago, my first chance in life to chase a dream.”

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The kitchen is small but contains all the essentials such as a good fridge, cooker and hob.  Lots of other industrial and brightly coloured décor adds to the usefulness.  I dare say that if you added more cupboards above the unit you’d get more kitchen paraphernalia in!  I just love that looped bulb by Seven Emporium complete with fittings, it’s the little things that add to the detailing and sense of home.

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Here’s the dining area and this is a very cheerful dining table set by BaZar which will rez a number of meals with central decoration.  You can clear up afterwards with just one click, if only it were the same in real life! Multiple trips to the dishwasher and back, wiping the glass clean and rearranging the centrepiece. By the time you’ve finished – especially if you have to wash up without said dishwasher – you’re ready for the next meal to replenish the energy.


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Now I thought the best thing to do about the bedroom was to use some sort of a hanging bed or loft bed so that you could have a study area underneath with your computer at the ready.  Fortunately, Goose supplied this great hanging bed which I modified to match the bright colours of the basement.  But can you live with only one wardrobe and one chest of drawers?  I’m sure I couldn’t, at home I’ve got 2 large wardrobes and 3 chest of drawers I’m ashamed to say, and that doesn’t count what I’ve got in the airing cupboard and stored in the attic *laughs*.  The Seven Emporium sign says L O V E and like all good things to do with that activity, you need to turn it on!

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The lounge is my top picture but here’s another just to show you the view from the garden door.  Click on any of the four doors and they will individually open and close.  A nice snuggly double set of sofas from Duvet Day, set the bright colour in this otherwise neutral loft.  All the remains for me to say is… would you like to live here?

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

With special thanks to Agustkov of Seven Emporium for letting me have 1K worth of goods in return for a daft poem!

Living Room
[Fetch] Arora Phone (gold) –
Duvet Day – Midnight in Marrakech mosaic table – gacha at Cosmopolitan Event
Midnight in Marrakech banana tree
Midnight in Marrakech pouffe
Midnight in Marrakech striped sofa
22769 – Light Curtain
22769 – Sphinx Statue Copper
22769 – Monstera Plant
The Loft – Nelson Metal Bowl – currently at UBER
Ariskea – [ Petite Paris gacha] Rose Vase Pink
Storax Tree – Feline Treasures – Naptime – Solids Siamese d

ARIA– Dido Cheese Platter And Wine Glasses
Dysfunctionality – Thick Fur Rug A
KraftWork – Vintage Big Broadcast Radio from Vintage Radio Gacha
LAQ Decor ~ White – Glass Cabinet (part of a set)
Apt B // LTD Gacha Antlers
Seven Emporium – 7 – Neon Legs
7 – Turntable Boombox TT-X9-1000
BaZar – Nelle Dining set – Nelle – Kitchen table (Dinner 4 displayed)
Nelle – kitchen chair
[USB] – Retro TV Table
[USB] – Retro TV
[USB] – 8 Track Player

Bedroom
Seven Emporium – 7 – Love Box Sign
7 – Dancer Neon (updated)
GOOSE – Hanging bed plaid – (modified for textures)
The Orange Works – The Miri Computer Desk and The Miri Computer Chair
Myrrine – Nereus cabinet with tassel
Nereus stool blue stripes (modified for colour)
Raindale ~ Birdside chest of drawers – from Birdside Gacha
Alouette – Round Wooden Mirror

Bathroom
(FDD) Simplicity Shower – Friendly
DIGS – Ondine Washbasin – Driftwood
DIGS – Cosmetics – Assorted Creams
DIGS – Dental Hygeine – Toothbrush & Toothpase
MudHoney – Cooper Toilet
MudHoney – Cooper Magazines
MudHoney – Cooper TP Stack
MudHoney – Cooper Vanity Mirror
MudHoney – Cooper Tiered Shelves
MudHoney – Cooper Plant
MudHoney – Cooper Rolled Towels
MudHoney – Cooper Bath Towels
MudHoney – Cooper Body Brush
Screening from Newchurch
:: N :: Shen Screen (3), Light Teak – part of the Shen Set

Kitchen
{vespertine}– small spaces kitchen
The Loft – Gerzzo Microwave Oven Red
The Loft – Gerzzo Kettle Red
Apple Fall – Pan Rack
[Tia] – Olivia Kitchen – Toaster
Shutter Field – sf – olive oil bottle
sf – stacked bowls – blue
sf – bread board
%Percent – Kitchen Breadbox (poodle) *MESH*
Seven Emporium – 7 – Dart Target
7 – Wall Bulb
Chez Moi Furnitures – Industrial Shelf from Industrial Kitchen Set

Garden
The Ruddy Duck Co – Hibiscus Bucket- Pink
KraftWork – Puebla Chair – Group Gift – Texture Change

SkyboxBuilder’s Box HQ
KraftWork – NY Basement Loft – 172 LI
12 by 23 footprint – frame and candles included
100% original Mesh Skybox – Copy/Modify

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Due South

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I think there’s a bit further to go to the beach, though, looking at the forest trees ‘n all!  This is the brand new prefab by Galland Homes, it’s called the Savannah and it’s a Southern style beach home.  Absolutely beautiful and yes, the porch is a wrap around affair so you get  more than your fair share of outdoorsy space.

A large home,  it’s recommended for 3072 sq m plots and has a Land Impact of 244, that’s surprisingly low for such a large and detailed property.  Double doors open onto the porch at both front and back of the house.  Downstairs, there’s a family sized room with a blazing fireplace, two other reception rooms, space for a kitchen and a powder room under the stairs – or maybe it’s a good room for Harry when he comes to stay!  The stairs are easy to traverse, even for very tall avatars. Upstairs you get a nice landing with doors off to master suite, two further bedrooms and another room which you could use as you wished, maybe a bathroom or nursery.

 

On the outside, the shutters have a texture change for black, blue, teal, maroon and grey. I chose the blue here mainly because I had the Ca’Pepe sofa and light from Concept} that matched up rather well.  The colours do change the character of the house, it’s surprising.  Inside, it’s quite possible to re-texture and tint the interior walls, instructions are included. The ambient shadow effect is largely transparent and baked on a plane in front of the texturable wall. Thus, you should be able to change the colour or texture and maintain the baked shadow effects by following the instructions. It is quite a cool décor at the default and so you’d be able to make it much warmer with re-texturing.  I’ll decorate one of the interior rooms this week and link back to this blog post so you can see (what a mess I’ve made of it 🙂 ).

Click on any of the interior light switches and you’ll find all the features of the home, including security.

 

I think this beautiful prefab is equally at home in the country as it would be down at the beach and if you check out the Galland Homes Flickr, you’ll see the blogger pictures in various environments.

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

Galland Homes – Savannah – available to view and purchase at the mainstore and direct on Marketplace

Apple Fall – Notting Hill Cobblestone (Straight 1/3) – matched perfectly on Fall setting
Dysfunctionality – Mixed Tallgrass – B
C J Creations – Flowerfield Purple dragon
TrigiGifts – Animated Horses
KIDD – PAMPAS Grass * Mega Bush 6

Babylonia – Hanging Ivy Arch 001 and Babylonia: Hanging Ivy 001 – part of an excellent set and one of the best ivy meshes I have seen thus far
La Galleria – Etruscan Pottery Pitcher –  just right for planting your ivy in 🙂

Concept} 14. Ca’Pepe. Sofa PG. RARE
Concept} 05. Ca’Pepe. Lamp
Kustom9 Event or mainstore

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

Take to the Stage!

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“I was faced with a choice at a difficult age
Would I write a book? Or should I take to the stage?
But in the back of my head I heard distant feet
Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat”

Pet Shop Boys ~ “Left to my own devices”

KraftWork has made a wonderful stage (currently at Indie Teepee Festival) that has a texture change background HUD, here I’ve put it on plain black but it’s a lot more versatile than that. In essence, I wanted to do a monochrome picture today, it’s not easy to capture all the shading to give a good representation of the scene so I hope I’ve done a reasonable job here.

The main furniture is from Fancy Decor‘s new set – The Dürer Collection (currently at UBER). The collection is influenced by the work of Albrecht Dürer, a painter, printmaker and theorist of the German Renaissance. This was a cultural and artistic movement that spread among German thinkers in the 15th and 16th centuries. Albrecht established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high quality woodcut prints. His friends included the major Italian artists of his time including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo.

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

KraftWork – Not a Box Stage – currently at Indie Teepee Festival
18 by 12 footprint, Land Impact – 157, colour change HUD for 9 colours

Fancy Decor – The Dürer Collection – currently at UBER
Fancy Decor: White Vase – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Gray Vase – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Black Vase – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Rug – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Lamp – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Brush Art – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Sideboard (white) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Sideboard (black) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Chair (gold) – LI 1 – 9 solo sits
Fancy Decor: Dürer Chair (silver) – LI 1 – 9 solo sits

Materials have been enabled. All items except chairs have Permissions of Copy/Modify, chairs are Copy only.

Fancy Decor: Bonham Chandelier (gold) – also silver and black versions – 5 LI

Fancy Decor: 3rd Anniversary cake – group gift

Calm. Designs – Wren Sconce – includes mirror version – LI 1 – currently at Home Show 2017 until July 29th

TLC Home Collection – White Peacock, tail down and Mallard on her nest

Food by Poche – drinks from Coffee Shop Gacha – Iced Lemon Tea, Mixed Juice, Iced Coffee

Dysfunctionality – Twinkling Flower Bushes and Twinkling Ivy – all texture change

Mori. – flower candle . toga

*HEXtraordinary* Lotus Candle Holder
*HEXtraordinary* Marble Buddha Statue

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂