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Cluckington Palace celebrations!

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Many congrats to Megan and Harry, our lovely Royals who got married yesterday! Meanwhile, down at Cluckington Palace, we had a wedding of our own 🙂

Pride of place goes to Galland Homes – we borrowed their “Freeman Trellis” and Rob dropped it off the evening before. This is a really beautiful piece for garden, patio and larger places such as parks. We modified this for the size and it was really huge – still only 188 prims though! The ivy is a separate Mesh piece so you can take that off if you want it plain. There’s a terracotta planter from Galland Homes as the FaMESHed update group gift, too, so don’t miss that.

Little Branch was engaged as Head Gardeners. The Poplar trees in the background were later going on the the Chelsea Flower Show which is on this coming week, so we were rather lucky to get those! The beautiful white and yellow flower fields matched the real life flower displays at Harry & Meghan’s chapel function!

All the chickens and their décor was on loan from Cluckington Farm, courtesy of TLC Home Collection. Yes, they can be detached from their décor but they don’t take kindly to losing their display posts, especially the cockerel! Don’t Barry & Egghan make a cute couple?

Other décor was supplied by Dahlia with her stunning Tenerife Lanterns, she kindly sent them by helicopter to our estate here. PACK provided the Calla Lilies which the chickens really appreciated as they went so well with their feathers! Merak sent us a couple of stunning garden ornaments with lights.

 

It was just as well that we had those lights as the celebrations went on and on, right through to cock crow in the morning. And most important, we had David Heather to thank for the camera which took lots of pictures for us to keep.  It was a vintage camera and sometimes you get the best shots from those.

Would you believe it, all the chicks behaved themselves… well mostly!  I just hope that Moz recovers in time for work on Monday, he was much worse than the chicks 🙂

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden products we used at the celebrations:-

All at the May edition of  Illuminate Event

PACK / Calla Lilies – Full (Potted) – LI 8 – Copy – Modify with full texture HUD for all the lilies

[Merak] – Garden Ornament with Lights (Brass) – LI 7 – Copy/Modify – also available in Black Steel

Dahlia – Tenerife Lanterns – Double Gold/Clear – LI 4
Dahlia – Tenerife Lanterns – Single Silver/Blue – LI 2

Little Branch – LB_ Poplar Tree. v2 {Animated} *4-Seasons – Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter – LI 12 at largest size which is positively huge, the trees here were LI 3
LB_Bouton d’or Yellow {Rounded-Field} – LI 7 – Mainstore
LB_White Flowers1 {Rounded-Field} – LI 7 – Mainstore

TLC Home Collection – Cluckington Palace gacha

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David Heather-  Camera Box – Arcade gacha prize – LI 1

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Freeman Trellis by Galland Homes, currently at FaMESHed
Land Impact 15 with Permissions of Copy/Modify
Freeman Ivy – LI 2

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Underneath the Mango Tree

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“Underneath the Mango Tree
Me honey and me can watch for the moon
Underneath the Mango Tree
Me honey and me make boolooloop soon” ~ Cibelle

I remember this song from the James Bond film, Dr No.  It was ‘sung’ by Honey Rider when she emerged dripping from the sea  in what was a very racy bikini for those days. She’d been hunting for shells and pearls. Whenever I see or hear of a mango tree, this daft song comes into my head – go figure 🙂

The scene features a new beach hut by Galland Homes which is very versatile because you could put it facing the sea like the above or further up on the land proper.  There’s plenty of room to furnish the inner room and also down on the deck which I’m using as a mini pontoon here.

The trees are by Little Branch.  The Avocado and the Mango.  I’ve included some close-up shots of these because they are so wonderfully made with plenty of leafy branches and fruits in the spring/summer versions.

 

 

 

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

Galland Homes – Caribbean Hut, currently at FaMESHed
Land Impact is 25 with Permissions of Copy/Modify

Little Branch
Mango Tree, currently at FaMESHed
Default size of LI 7 for V1 and LI 12 for V2 – spring and winter

Avocado Tree, currently at The Mens Dept
Default size of LI 7 – winter, spring, summer and fall
Fluffy Grass {Mesh} – LI 10 for huge patch

TLC Home Collection – from Peacock Family (also in white variety)
TLC Male Peacock Tail Up* – LI 2
TLC Peacock Female* – LI 1

Storax Tree – Group discounts to only L$20
Tropics Med Patio Chair Right Ap – LI 13 – Transfer/Resizer

Bird of Paradise – Large – Mesh Plants by Reid Parkin

{XO} FullPermDock-Boat – {XO} by Saera Ellisson

Here’s hoping your weekend’s a good one!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Victorian Outbuilding – Galland Homes

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Today, I’m showcasing the “Victorian Outbuilding” by Galland Homes, which is available at the new round of Draftsman.  The Event’s theme is Victorian, which is a really interesting period of architecture, especially toward the end of Queen Victoria’s reign with the rise of the Arts & Crafts movement.  I’m going to include a bit of architectural history with regards to the United Kingdom.

The Victorian era of building took place during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901). At this time the Institute of British Architects was formed in 1834. Before that time it was common for architects to act as developers and surveyors too, but by the 1820s such roles were being devolved, leaving architects free to experiment with a profusion of styles. Changes in the building world had a big impact on the looks of Victorian buildings. The arrival of the railways gave a wider reach so for example, Welsh slates largely replaced tiles in many part of Britain. Other technical developments included iron framed construction, plate glass, terracotta and polished granite, commercially available for the first time thanks to steam power.

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Most Victorian buildings were classical, although the style was used with greater flexibility and variety than ever before. In the middle of the century, however, classical styles were being fiercely challenged by the Gothic Revival.  It was regarded as the national style, which is why it was chosen for the design of the new Houses of Parliament after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834. It symbolised the traditional identity of Christianity, and thus became the preferred style for Anglican churches. It was also a style that encouraged architects to collaborate with artists and other designers to create sculpture, wall paintings and stained glass.

Partly because it had such unshakeable religious overtones, Gothic failed to become a universal style. Its emphasis on the architectural crafts had an important legacy, though, in the form of the Arts and Crafts movement, whose most famous proponent was William Morris, a trained architect. Arts and Crafts combined a strong interest in the Middle Ages and the revival of traditional crafts with a rejection of many of the technological innovations that had made mid-Victorian architecture so distinctive. The impact of Arts and Crafts designers was felt largely in houses of modest size. Despite the international interest in the Arts and Crafts movement, it was just one strand in the varied architectural landscape of late Victorian England. Across the country local pride transformed towns and cities with new town halls, libraries, museums, concert halls and schools, built in Gothic, neoclassical and Italianate styles. This was a golden age of civic as well as church architecture.

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This is a stunning outbuilding by Galland Homes, and to do it justice I placed it in a Victorian styled brick walled garden. The Land Impact is 28 with Permissions of Copy/Modify. It has a lot of  decorating possibilities as there’s a goodly amount of space inside, here I was thinking of the Victorian love of plants and tea time!  If possible, try to match up the brickwork with your garden walls to really celebrate the style.

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Other Home & Garden items used:-

R(S)W Tea Set 3.1 – Red Willow – Robin makes beautiful tea sets which are interactive.

Kaya Angel – Walled Garden 2 – garden plants & trees are moveable to suit your requirements, also includes wicker chairs & table

Statue by Two Moon Gardens
Mustang Trading Post – Talavera Container Plant
MTP – Large Terra Cotta Planter
Khargo birdhouse free gift
-Hanaya- Forest Clearing Birdbath

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Visit the Draftsman Event, which runs until March 17th

Visit Galland Homes mainstore  for more architectural delights

Galland Homes on marketplace

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Of Coffers, Mules and Drawers

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A beautiful new release from Galland Homes, this is the “Classic Sideboard/Dresser” which comes in a Holiday version with runner, candles and ornaments plus a version of the sideboard on its own.  Land Impact is 4 for the sideboard, candles are 3 LI each,  and the ornament group is 5 LI. Pieces are Copy/Modify so you can have more candles and alter the runner and candlesticks to a colour of your choice by tinting.  The candles have a warm glow to them with a good spread of light. Materials have been enabled for both versions. Pick up a copy from the current round of the Lost & Found Event, it’s only 125L$ for the duration of the Event (closes December 1st).

As this is Galland Homes and I like to include a bit of history about the piece in question, here’s a potted version of the evolution of furniture with drawers!

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The Chest of Drawers as we know it today first appeared in the 17th century, about the 1690s. It had developed over time from Coffers. These were first efforts to make pieces of furniture that offered some comfort in the home. A Coffer is a long, deep box which is raised off the ground with either legs or feet. It has a lift up lid and is a bit like a modern blanket box. They were secure places for weapons, food larders and places to keep clothing clean and dry.

Coffers often had large grab handles on each side for easy transportation. In troubled times, when a person might need to up and leave at short notice – as an invading army or raiders were closing in, for instance – they would chuck all their valuables into their Coffer and off they could go running for the hills and safety with all their worldly goods in one place.

Some Coffers even acted as vaults or banks. For example, in the 12th century Henry II ordered that plain, planked Coffer chests should be placed in all churches for cash contributions for the relief of the Holy Land.

Later on, furniture makers began to add a drawer to the bottom of the Coffer, to keep things within easy reach. These were called Mule Chests and became very popular as folks realised they’d been losing items in the bottom of their Coffers for years – so the extra drawer was practical. It didn’t take long for the whole of the carcass to be filled with drawers and the lift up lid to be dispensed with. Chest of drawers haven’t really been altered or improved much since then, and have become an essential item of home furniture.

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Here’s the extra Home & Garden items I used in the picture:

Twisty Twigs Vase Duo L – Pinstripes –Storax Tree
Feline Treasures – Naptime – Black Hydrangea copy version –  Storax Tree
Zinnias – Tiny Brass Incense Burner – MP gift
Picture – my own, the Goddess of Spring
LG Green & Tan Mahal RUG MESH – La Galleria

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Visit the Lost & Found Event

Visit Galland Homes for more beautiful furniture and prefabs

The evolution of American Barns – Galland Homes

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Galland Homes new release is the “Hanover Barn”, a half timbered barn with brick infill. It’s beautifully spacious and quite large, the footprint is 17 m by 23 m and the barn has a Land Impact of 73. You can pick up a copy at the premier round of the Draftsman Event, for the event price of L$495.

The mesh has a really good level of detail, there are double doors on both sides which open independently of each other. and there’s a further door at the front. Step inside to appreciate the warm of the wood with the high rafters and light filtering in through the high-up small windows. The size of the Hanover barn gives real feeling of space, you can almost see the dust motes circulating in the air. In this picture, the sheep have taken over!

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If you didn’t use this barn for agricultural use, it could also be used as a home. Why not do your own virtual barn conversion?  It’s certainly big enough.

In the United States, barns were originally timber built from local supplies and built as a log crib barn or timber frame, although stone was added in areas where it was a cheaper building material. Later on, during the mid to late 19th century barn framing methods gave way to truss/plank framed buildings. This reduced the number of timbers, dimensional lumber was used for the rafters, joists and sometimes the trusses. The joints gradually shifted from being mortised and tenoned to being bolted or nailed.

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Mechanization on the farm, better transportation infrastructure, and new technology like a hay fork mounted on a track contributed to a need for larger, more open barns. Saw mills using steam power could produce smaller, more affordable pieces of lumber  and machine cut nails were much less expensive than hand wrought nails. Concrete block began to be used for barns in the early 20th century although modern barns are more typically steel building.

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In older style North American barns, the upper area was used to store hay and sometimes grain. This is called the mow (rhymes with cow) or the hayloft. A large door at the top of the ends of the barn could be opened up so that hay could be put in the loft. The hay was hoisted into the barn by a system containing pulleys and a trolley that ran along a track attached to the top ridge of the barn. Trap doors in the floor allowed animal feed to be dropped into the mangers for the animals.

In New England it is common to find barns attached to the main farmhouse, allowing for chores to be done while sheltering the worker from the weather.

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The Hanover barn also has a snow top roof extra, for those winter scenes. It’s really easy to fit. Just line up with the X and Y axes of the barn and use the Z axis to place on the tiled roof. The barn has a rez box which you click on to rez the barn, and then use Edit to move that box, the barn will move with it.  You can then freeze the barn where you want it or derez if you want to try again.

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Here’s the other Home & Garden items I used in the scenes:

~autumn scene~

Great Horned Owl v1.2 – Animania

Alchemy & Immortalis – Curious Blackface Sheep

Lunar Seasonal Designs – Marge – Colombian Rock Chicken

[DDD] Wagon Cart – Lighter

!! Follow US !! Autumn ground

[VALR] Floor Straw Combined (not available)

Kei’s Hay Bale Seat

JIAN Pumpkins

Animated Black Horse Black Hair (TrigiGifts)

Garden Set by PLAAKA – cold frames etc.

~snow scene~

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The Little Branch_Bradford.Bended{4 Seasons}
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Garden wall Pillar (snow top)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Garden wall Long (snow top)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] The Walking Snow from their Snowmen gacha

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Visit the Draftsman Event, which runs up to January 17th 2017

Visit Galland Homes to view more beautiful homes and furniture

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

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Cosmopolitan Event – last 3 days!

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There’s some beautiful and clever Home & Garden items at the current round of Cosmopolitan – and there’s still three days left to go and pick up those last minute bargains! I chose four designers to showcase today.

The Home Collection – “Enchanted Swans”.  One of those beautiful garden pieces that is ready to place and no messing around! As with all products at Cosmopolitan, it’s original mesh. A landscaping piece with pool, furniture, plants and – swans.

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Enchanted Swans is 39 LI in total with an extra 2 LI for each swan. They swim around the pool in a mirror motion and at one point meet up to form a heart shape. The bench has 11 poses, all nice and relaxed. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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Galland Homes – “Stonehurst Redux”.  Designer Robert’s new house which will fit perfectly on a 512 m plot. A great balcony and front paving area is attached and it’s 26 LI in total. Lots of prims left to furnish this spacious home.

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A look inside reveals warm wooden floors, stone bricks walls in places and a floating staircase. Modern styling that actually looks and feels a lot more expansive than it measures. You can Copy/Modify Stonehurst Redux, enlarge it to suit your space.

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Perfect for first time land owners, maybe a guest house on larger land. Tall windows add to the spacious effect, inside and out.

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One Grid – “Stockholm Bedroom Set”.  Stunning modern styling in the Scandinavian Homes tradition. This set would look perfect in a room with bleached wood and plain walls.  The bed contains over 300 animations and has a Land Impact of 12.

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Other pieces include – bedside table in two versions – LI 1, canvas stack – LI 1, pendant light – LI 4 with a good spread of light, quotes in frames – LI 1, the perfect radiator – LI 3, log hanger which is held up by chains either end and includes a hanging clothing item, Monstera potted plant – LI 2

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All pieces have Permissions of Copy/Modify.

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Compulsion – “Wine making set”. A great decor/roleplay set to place on a patio, in a cellar or on garden decking – anywhere like that. There’s 11 pieces with a Land Impact of 20 when they are all rezzed. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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Just thinking, this would make quite a good historical roleplay set as well.

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Here’s your taxi to Cosmopolitan – and don’t forget, only 3 days left.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016 – Galland Homes, M. Law Designs, Maven Homes

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The RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016 is now open and will run to March 6th. It’s the largest and longest running event dedicated to Home & Garden in Second Life™ and raises funds for Relay For Life – The American Cancer Society. Read more about it on their extensive website.  As you can imagine, there’s all sorts of exhibitors from well known brands to up and coming designers, hobbyists and professional merchants. Each exhibitor is required to release two brand new 100% donation items and there’s also a wonderful 50% donation gacha section and even a special hunt!

Today, I’ve got beautiful Home & Garden pieces to show to you from Galland Homes, M. Law Designs and Maven Homes.

M. Law Designs  – designer Marcelo specialises in all sorts of outdoors and garden themed sets and homes, often on a romantic theme.   For the Expo, his two 100% Donation items are the “Saanich Deck” and the “Fernie Shed Hammock”. There’s a good male and female animated pose in all the chairs of these sets.

The Deck is rezzed as a coalesced object which you can split up and remove the chairs and decorations to be left with a deck, sunshade and decorative flora so it’s a versatile piece.  Land Impact is 25 with all the pieces out and Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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The edge lights show up beautifully in the evening!

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The Fernie Shed Hammock is also rezzed as a coalesced object and you can remove the hanging seats and use them separately if you wish.  Fernie is LI 32 when rezzed in total. It’s full of detail and provides a relaxing place to put in the garden or on a grassy riverside. I took one of the hanging seats and suspended it from a nearby tree. Looks very comfortable!

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Galland Homes – designer Robert makes the most stunning homes and landscaping items to go with them. They are often themed and based on areas he’s lived in or visited. There’s a new release home called “Cloverleaf” at the Expo and I include Robert’s ad for that here –  so do go and visit his stand and you can check out the rooms inside. There’s even a garage!

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For the two 100% Donation items, we’ve got the “Outdoor Fire Pit” at LI 5 with a splendid particle fire which the pictures do not do justice to. This is low Land Impact at quite a size, here I’ve got it balanced on a river  bank which gives spectacular views.

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The “Outdoor Fireplace” is another stunning piece with plenty of detail and handy areas for other items to rest on. It’s also LI 5 and Permissions for both these items are Copy/Modify. I shrunk this down a little bit to fit in with the size of the tree and got LI 4 so it won’t break the bank.

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Maven Homes sell beautiful luxury homes – some quite modern and some themed – plus smaller landscaping and decor pieces.  Their two 100% Donation items are the “Wavy Shade Floor Lamp” and the “Angled Coffee Table”. Both of these are statement pieces.

The lamp is LI 2 with Permissions of Modify/Transfer and contains a lighting script for various degrees and shades of light – very useful. I used the ‘Brighter’ option to light up a dark hallway here. You can see the spread of light on the wall.

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The coffee table is just a stunning piece and looks extremely good wherever you want to place it. It’s only LI 1 with Permissions of Modify/Transfer.

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Direct Slurl to M. Law Designs on Hope 6

Direct Slurl to Galland Homes on Hope 2

Direct Slurl to Maven Homes on Hope 8

That’s all for today so I’ll say Happy Shopping and Cheers, m’dears 🙂