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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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Stormy Weather

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“Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time” ~ Lena Horne

Fortunately, it’s not raining here all the time, only in occasional cloudbursts. When I watch the TV and see all the weather related chaos, I think I’m most fortunate to live in a relatively unscathed part of the Back of Beyond. Hope all is good with you, dear readers, and if it isn’t, that it soon will be 🙂

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today (excuse the rambling):-

Fancy Decor – Beham Collection, Currently at FaMESHed to September 27th
This is one of Jake’s best sets and deserves your close-up scrutiny.
Fancy Decor: Beham Chair – LI 2
Fancy Decor: Folding Candlestick – LI 4
Fancy Decor: Beham Table – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Hexagonal Mirrors – LI 2

unKindness – pieces from the Dreamer’s Sky gacha.  A beautiful gacha with more pieces than I’ve used here because they couldn’t be reduced to fit the scene – you’ll get a lot of use out of this gacha if you like it artful – there’s some very nice sparkly fog, for instance.
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Sleepwalker – LI 10 (reduced in size from default)
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Puddles Gold – LI 3 (reduced in size from default)
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Cycle Lady’s – LI 1
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Cycle Gent’s – LI 1

Fourth Wall – LED Wall Lamps – 1 LI each – Black with Gold Glow and White with Aqua Glow, currently at The Hidden Chapter (The Chapter Four). I love these because the light is so well thought out.  It’s not immediately blinding so that you have to rush for the sunglasses but it also does the job of lighting up a dark space which not all SL® lighting manages.  The two versions come with and without full bright.

Calm. – il Mare . Wall art . Seaweed – another exquisite piece from one of my favourite art designers, there’s a stunning seahorse in this collection, too.

Pewpew! – Floating Umbrella Light – Pink/Purple Preset – lots of different colours available and they will float gently up and down via the script. Enchanting!  Touch them to stop the movement and touch again to restart the bobbing.

Fish from *HEXtraordinary* – Betta Aquariums gacha. These lil chaps can be set to swim in a defined circle or float about on the spot if you would prefer. There are also snails and 3 types of aquarium to collect in this essential pet lover’s gacha.

KittyCats – Violette of Loordes – much loved Toyger pet!
KittyCats starter kitten boxes at their mainstore
And if you want a Toyger kitten in particular, visit our pet shop where you can find a fair few, or ask me Inworld.

 

 

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 🙂

 

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 🙂

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 🙂

Marine Man

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Last minute goodies! The June Group Gift from 7 Deadly s[K]ins and The Arcade Gacha goodness by HEXtraordinary and Plaaka.  These are both available until the end of June – so a couple of days.

There is also a ♥♥ MID-SEASON SALE ♥♥ on at 7 Deadly s[K]ins right now  with up to 50% discounts on all the marked items in the store and this includes brand new skins and appliers.

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“Judas” in the Clay tone is the group gift, and it’s a pale toned skin but wonderfully expressive. I was using my own shape and the Daniel Bento head from CATWA.  There’s a lot in the group gift – the face applier which is OMEGA so as long as you have the right Relay, you can apply it to most Mesh Heads plus there’s OMEGA body appliers for smooth, hairy and trail with and without hairbase.  This is a very handsome skin and beard combo, so if you like paler skins, then go for it… but go quickly 🙂

Last two days also for the Arcade as well, so many of these gacha won’t be repeated and it’s well worth braving the inevitable queues to get to your favoured machine.  HEXtraordinary has an aquarium with fishes and snails machine, and Plaaka has aquatic plants and small garden builds in theirs. Really beautiful products!  If you miss the Arcade, there are always the resellers on Marketplace and I’ve got many a great bargain from there.

On Moz:-

7 Deadly s[K]ins – Judas – OMEGA Body Applier – Trail V1 Clay and OMEGA Face Applier – Judas Clay GG June V3 HB – GUYS department location

ADAM – Mesh Body – v. 1.4b
CATWA Head – Daniel Bento Mesh Head
CATWA – unrigged Animated Eyes & Tears

RE Industries – Savage adjustable earring
No.Match – NO.MATCH_NO.ORDINARY. (male) – browns

 

Home & Garden items:-

Still at June Arcade gacha Event – then resellers

*HEXtraordinary* Male Betta – Ruby – LI 3

*HEXtraordinary* Male Betta – Sunrise Blue – LI 3

PLAAKA Hydrocharitaceae Round – LI 3

PLAAKA WaterHyacinthLeaves – LI 1

Air – Air_Flower Lantern_Water lily mauve – from Lantern Flower gacha – LI 1
MONS / 3D – Leaf Photoshoot Decor (spring) – LI 3

 

 

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 🙂