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Sweet Summer Evening

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“All things rejoiced beneath the sun; the weeds,
The river, and the cornfields, and the reeds;
The willow leaves that glanced in the light breeze,
And the firm foliage of the larger trees.” ~ from Summer & Winter by Percy Bysshe Shelley

At home this week we had a taste of what would normally be late summer heat humidity.  After some mighty thunderstorms it’s now back to lower temperatures interspersed with rain.  It made me recall my favourite time of day in summer and I think it’s those balmy summer evenings where it’s still warm enough to stretch out on a deck chair and enjoy a good novel! The stars are not out at that time but it is rather magical and the songbirds take advantage of this quieter period to mark their territories.  At least that’s what the ornithologists would have you believe but I think they sing also out of sheer joy.  It’s not for nothing that prayers in various spiritualities are said that this time.  Eventide is an old fashioned word that describes well the romantic, peaceful feeling you get when the heat of the day has faded into an acceptable temperature and you can rest up for a while, contemplating life, the universe and everything

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

Illuminate Event – current through to June 13th. If you haven’t visited go now – there’s some wonderful products out.

1. *PAN*–  Rustic Wooden Arbour – LI 10 default – Copy & Modify – enlarged for this shot and sunk into the ground.  Here’s this beautiful garden arbour in full…


2. Nourish . wild nectar sofa – LI 12 – Copy & Resizer
Also… nourish . fresh air – chair – LI 5 – sunk into ground here so that only the cushion pad is showing!
nourish . fresh air – lamp – LI 1 – texture change for orange, pink, blue, green and grey – Copy & Modify – see mainstore for this set

3. {LORE} – Serenity Stone Lotus – LI 1 – reduced in size from default – Copy & Modify
{LORE} – Serenity Firebowl – LI 2 – reduced in size – Copy & Modify

4. Feather & Nest
Strange Woodland gacha
Rares – Stump and Chair 1
Commons – Tiny Mushrooms on Moss, Mushroom Lamp, Fern & Swirls, Flower Cup, Plate 2, Bowl v2, Big Mama Mushroom, Strange Flowers, Vine Set Vine 1, 2 and 3, Olive Vine, 1, 2 and 3

 

JIAN – Forest Cats Pack
1. JIAN Forest Cat Static – Walk – LI 2
2. JIAN Forest Cat Static – Paw – LI 1

Landscaping by Felix
Mesh Forest Hill Landscape – LI 77 with footprint 32 by 32 metres – Copy & Modify

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Last of the Summer Wine

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Well I can’t give up on summer just yet!  So here’s a secluded hideaway that looks like a brick wall from the outside but once you’re in there, it’s practically another room!  This is the “Garden Hideaway” gacha by Duvet Day and it’s currently at the Cosmopolitan Event.

While I’m away getting more pies and rounding up the rest of the family, the animals and birds have taken over – as usual!  That pup is either barking at the pheasant or about to take a leap straight onto the table after the apple pie, the hen pheasant has her eye on the stray apples and the robin is searching the plant pots in case there’s any unwary worms or insects. Chaos will ensue any minute now 🙂

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

Duvet Day – “Garden Hideaway” gacha, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
[DD] Garden Hideaway pots – LI 2
[DD] Garden Hideaway bench with blanket – LI 6 – 3 textures each for pillow and blanket – 4 cuddles
[DD] Garden Hideaway bench plain – LI 4 – 4 cuddles
[DD] Garden Hideaway lantern – LI 2 – on/off/dim
[DD] Garden Hideaway table – LI 2
[DD] Garden Hideaway fountain – LI 4
[DD] Garden Hideaway brick walls – RARE – LI 12 – static door
[DD] Garden Hideaway white walls – RARE – LI 12 – static door

eTNIA – Old Tomato Bowl – LI 1
8f8 – primavera in Toscana gacha – Clay Pots (by wall)

Feather & Nest – GPg – Upside Down Pots

Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Bucket (Full)
Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Bucket (Spilled)
Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Tree (High LOD)

The Little Branch – Magnolia Tree {Animated} – blossom just showing
Babylonia: Hanging Ivy Set – piece 005a
Shutter Field – sf vintner tray – wine and cheese
{what next} – Country Kitchen Apple Pie
{what next} – Palma Set – Stack of Books

[ zerkalo ] – Summer Day gacha – Napkin

[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Plates Small
La Galleria – Lavender Vintage Heart Pillow
Apple Fall Fig & Blackberry Cake
Apple Fall – Martins’ Busker Guitar
-Mint- Apples & Candles bucket

Animals & Birds:-
JIAN – Playful Pibbles gacha – 4. Red Companion Pup

TLC Home Collection – Robin (from Song Birds Collection 1)
TLC Home Collection – Male Pheasant & Female light feather Pheasant

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – My Little Department Store

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What a beautiful store this is, it’s “Verdalina’s Department Store” and is a new release by Spargel & Shine Homes, currently at the RFL Home & Garden 2017 Expo . It’s a classically styled building with three floors, four side rooms, three balconies and a nifty elevator to get you there. It would be great for a shop, business, boutique hotel or even a home! Land Impact is 257 when rezzed and the Footprint is 16 by 24 metres. A chrome light is included so you can put as many copies around as you like. The Elevator is a joy and such fun to use. It’s animated, and does not need reprogramming for every new location. Simply step through the doors and click on the control panel. You’ll automatically go into a pose and a menu will appear asking you which floor you want. Once there, you just click on “stand” at the bottom of your screen and walk out through the doors.

 

Now I bet you could make an excellent home of this. The rooms would be cosy and not too big and you wouldn’t have stairs to worry about. So, I thought I’d decorate some of the rooms with furniture from the Expo… see what you think!

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Here we are on the ground floor which is open plan and contains a central lift. Both sides have large picture windows and side arch windows. This is just a section, really, because there is more space in the opposite direction. I was using the Moroccan set from Bazar. And yes, herons live in Morocco too, I checked!

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Here’s a close up with the fire off. Still looks beautiful with the cool, white stones. You can use the suite with gold or silver hints via texture change. I love the tassels on the sofa and carpet.

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On every floor, you’re going to have a lift area (at least in the main section). There are sliding doors to the smaller side rooms that go off the main sections. So why not make a feature of this area? The Heron has already pecked the lift doors so that they are opening, revealing the control panel on the wall.

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One floor up and we’re in the main section here, with three French windows that open onto a balcony. There’s a lovely feeling of light that flows into the room and it feels airy if you leave a couple of doors open. His and Hers day beds, perhaps!

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Finally we’re on the top floor and you can see one of those sliding doors to the side room. The windows have that beautiful wrought iron panel work that casts fancy shadows into the room. Silly me left cookies on the table so you can’t really blame the dalmatian! This makes a nice drawing room or lounge but could equally be a main bedroom.

I hope that’s given you some decorating ideas!

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Here’s the Home & Garden items I used in detail, including direct SLurls to the Expo stalls. Items not in the Expo, I’ve noted.

OUTSIDE

Verdalina’s Department Store by Spargel & Shine Homes on Hope 9

~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter
Wishing Fountain – By Dorian

All from The Little Branch (not Expo)
WildSassafras.v2{Animated}
WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
WildGrass*1Li{Green}

Botanical by Kriss Lehmann – Summer Linden Small (not Expo)

INSIDE ONE
Verdalina’s Department Store – ground floor looking towards front of the building
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky I’ -Picture-
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky II’ -Picture-
~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter – modified for colour
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter – modified for colour

BaZar – “Morocco” lounge set
~BAZAR~Morocco-6 table-hunt item
~BAZAR~Morocco-Curtain
~BAZAR~Morocco-Chandelier (gold) – also silver version
~BAZAR~Morocco-Sofa – PG and Adult versions
~BAZAR~Morocco-books
~BAZAR~Morocco-Cactus
~BAZAR~Morocco-Candle lamp
~BAZAR~Morocco-Side table – texture change for gold/silver
~BAZAR~Morocco-Carpet
~BAZAR~Morocco-Fire table – can be on or off
~BAZAR~Morocco-Potted plant
~BAZAR~Morocco-Tea set
(set also has a Pergola)

Fancy Decor – Floor Globe (gold) (not Expo)
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE TWO
Verdalina’s Department Store – Half-open lift to all floors! –
Mesh India – Pillow Rug Decor – LI 4
~aKa~ – City wall art – LI 1
ChiC Buildings – Tall Circle Shelf with Plant – LI 2
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE THREE
Verdalina’s Department Store – Second Floor looking towards balcony
Papillon – Catnip Basket Fairy Shelter – LI 6 – this is a Home for Papillon Breedables Fairies!
ChiC Buildings – Butler Table and Garden Candle Trio
Bee Designs – Iron day bed – LI 16 – Friends & Cuddles Menus

Raindale ~ storage bench – LI 5
Raindale ~ storage ottoman – LI 2
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 – texture change flowers
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G expo hunt)

~aKa~ – Industrial Pendant Lamp Black & Copper – LI 2 – this is long and I had some of it in the next floor. Can be Modified!
~aKa~ – Four Seasons Daybed – LI 4 – Male & Female sits and Romance menus
~aKa~ – Tubular Barstool – Black&Leather – LI 1

INSIDE FOUR
Verdalina’s Department Store – Top Floor
Spargel & Shine Homes  – Lucero Cabinet & accessories and Rug Multi-Floral 1, rug is not Expo

::Newchurch::
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair – LI 4 – girls & guys solo sits
:: N :: Gemma 2 Sofa – LI 6 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair-and-a-Half – LI 3 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu

House Shelf with Tall Legs Trendy by Feather & Nest – texture change inside & out

Twisty Twigs Vase Duo L – Pinstripes As – Storax Tree (not Expo)

TLC Home Collection – Dalmatian looking at cookie on table from Animated Puppies gacha (not Expo)

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That’s all for today, folks. I’ve shown the majority of the Expo blogger items that I picked up in my posts this last week. Of course there are many more sets, pets, landscaping and home items to be seen over the 9 Sims. You’ve got until June 4th – Happy Shopping!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – Garden Idyll

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As it’s a bank holiday weekend, I thought today we could have a Garden Idyll.  You know the sort of thing – nothing to do but laze around in the garden (with no thought as to actually gardening) or scurry indoors to the sun room for tea if the skies turn grey.

As usual, you can click on the pictures for the larger versions, and all items are detailed below with direct SLurls to the Home & Garden 2017 Expo stalls.

First of all, we need a Sun Room, so here’s one By Dorian, a lovely medium sized building that is both cosy and manageable for a small garden.

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The daft sheep by Toys Design invites you to sit on him, and my daft Shib has already taken up residence in that fabulous Ficus Alcove by Organica. The fountain is also By Dorian, flower buckets by Raindale.

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Items by Organica, the potted “Hens & Chicks” are the Donation items. These are Sempervivum succulent plants and they are often used on roof gardens for their variegated colour display and drought resistant properties.  I’ve also included the paving stones tile, Hyacinth plants and Hyacinths in Pots which you can purchase in a FatPack at the Organica stall.

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The other side of the Sun Room is a bit of a grove for faeries.  These beautiful items (including the fairy meadows) are all by Deelish-ous Designs and I do urge you to visit their stall at the Expo, its one of the most enchanting.

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Fae folk in the trees…

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… and taking a nap in a matchbox! Can you believe this cute little item is only 4 Land Impact?

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Inside the Sun Room are lots of items to remind you about gardening *laughs* .  I just love that potting shelf with a multitude of pots and a watering can – it’s part of a gacha by Feather & Nest.  The patio set is by Bee Designs and is one of their Donation items. You even get the grass and flowers with it. Garden Candles are by ChiC Buildings and they’re giving off a warm glow and that magnificent Fig Tree and Swan Deco on the wall is by La Luna Nature & Art.

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Meanwhile, at the other end of the Sun Room, you can see I’ve been doing some work on the car.  I dragged the paint machine inside in case of rain showers!  Gacha item by Mesh India.

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With rain clouds threatening, it’s time to retire to the forest where we can huddle around the fire and stuff our faces courtesy of Raindale’s wonderful Forestholm gacha. I went to get some more sandwiches and when I returned, this was the scene awaiting me. Comatose dogs and some forest wildlife encroaching on my tea! Only the kitten was alert and I’m not sure if she was just eyeing the cupcakes 🙂

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

OUTSIDE
[ Organica ] Cobblestone & Moss Framed Landscaping Tile
[ Organica ] Hyacinth – various colours in FatPack
[ Organica ] Potted Hyacinths – various pots in FatPack
[ Organica ] Ficus Alcove 1 – LI 17
[ Organica ] Potted Hens & Chicks (RFL Blue)
[ Organica ] Pail Potted Hens & Chicks – half pot to place against wall

By Dorian – Wishing Fountain – LI 9
By Dorian– Summer House – LI 22
Sit on me SHEEP Male by Toys Design – there’s also a female Sheep, both Donation items

Raindale ~ Flower buckets 1 – 3 – 5 colours for petals – 1 – 2 LI – Copy/Modify

All by Deelish-ous Designs – as below
Fairy Flower Meadow Blues
Fairy Flower Meadow pink/reds
Fairy Flower Meadow orange/yellows
Fallen Log Hope Bench ~RFL 2017 Deelish-ous Designs Hunt item
Fairy Jars Display Tree
Fairy Sleeping in Matchbox 4 LI

+Half-Deer+  – Shiba Inu – Sleepy (not Expo)

INSIDE
Mesh India – Car Decor Paint Machine LI 13 – from gacha on Hope 5

Bee Designs – Wrought Iron Patio Set

ChiC Buildings – Garden Candle Trio

Feather & Nest – Items from Gardening Gacha
Feather & Nest – Gpg – Gardening Shelf – Rare
Feather & Nest – GPg – Crate with Pots
Feather & Nest – GPg – Pots with Spring Bulbs
Feather & Nest – GPg – Pots with a Garden Trowel

La Luna – Nature & Art: Fig tree mesh LI 3 – large tree resized to 1 LI
La Luna – Nature & Art: Swans in love ( Mesh LI 1 )

PLAAKA Rhubarb(on soil) – from Rhubarb Set (not Expo)

FOREST

Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift, hidden at Raindale Booth on Hope 6)

Forestholm gacha – 50L$ per play, 50% goes to RFL – this is on Hope 5
Raindale ~ Forestholm cushion – 6 solo sits
Raindale ~ Forestholm cushions (deco)
Raindale ~ Forestholm bonfire – on/off, particles & sound
Raindale ~ Forestholm bench – 7 solo & 6 couples poses
Raindale ~ Forestholm table
Raindale ~ Forestholm tea set
Raindale ~ Forestholm fallen tree – 9 solo & 7 couples poses
Raindale ~ Forestholm basket
Raindale ~ Forestholm lantern
Rare ~ Raindale ~ Forestholm swing – 14 solo & 7 couples poses

Animals:-
TLC Home Collection –  Sleepy Dalmatian from Animated Puppies gacha

JIAN Munchkin Kittens gacha – Siamese Companion Kitten
JIAN :: Squirrel (Wanderer) from Squirrel Tree Set
JIAN :: Nightingale Bird from Nightingale Tree Set
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds gacha –  14. Sleepy Adult

Landscaping:-
Fairy Flower Meadow Blues – Deelish-ous Designs – Expo!

Enchanted Woods v2 – 4 (clearing) – Studio Skye
8 Conifers .. 2 Prims(A)(2) (1m to 64m <-resizeable->) by Tobias Novi on MP

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That’s all for today. In my next post I’ll be showing you the new house from Spargel & Shine, plus some excellent furniture.  So until then…

Cheers, m’dears 🙂