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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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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 🙂

The Edge of the Woods

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“I’m hiding in the dappled shadows at the edge of the woods, watching my childhood saviour. He’s busy working as usual and he never notices the natural world on his doorstep, stuck in the world of ink and paper. It’s just black and white, not at all like life, which can be so full of colour it makes you giddy.

I remember the comforting caresses and loving words when I was young, the green sweet grass of the enclosure, the ready nourishment laid out just for me. And it was more than enough, to grow up in the sun. But there came a time when I yearned for the company of another like me and the feeling became so overwhelming that one night I found a loose fence, kicked it hard and stepped out into the other world.

And I did find that company, eventually. And with that came a whole new family. So sometimes, when we’re out this way, I look up my human relative. I’m sure if he actually saw me I’d be back in that field as quickly as you can neigh. I’d have family but it would be his children racing around with me and although they are joyful things, they can never see into my heart. It is as green as the forest around me, a shining emerald, and it can’t be compelled by any man’s fancy.”

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Here’s a couple of close-ups of all that lovely furniture and décor!  First the drawing table and seat from one of my fav designers – Merak.  She makes such carefully observed and precise, realistic Mesh.

And this is an oh so comfortable room that I think I’m going to use as our summer lounge.  That sofa you could just collapse into and fall asleep when you’re supposed to be working!

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

All at Illuminate Event

1. RJD – Fairview Barn 2.0 – LI 34 – this is the side view which is one whole picture wall – beautiful!

2. Merak
[Merak] – Drafting Table – LI 5
[Merak] – High Chair – LI 2 – 6 solo sit animations

3. Q-Essentials
{Q-Essentials} Hampton Bay Chimney – Animated – LI 3, fire click on/off

4. Granola.
Granola. Fern’s Half Moon Table. Yellow. – LI 2
Granola. Fern’s DIY Succulents. Green and Yellow. – LI 2

5. also Known as
~aKa~ Snake Plant in Ceramic planter – Onyx – LI 2
~aKa~Phalaenopsis in Ceramic planter – Rooted – LI 3
~aKa~Oppidan Vases Onyx&Silver – LI 1

6. Outside the Box!
OTB! Layered Rugs – LI 4
OTB! Sedona Coffee Table 1 – LI 6
OTB! Sedona Chair/PG – LI 4
OTB! Sedona Couch/PG – LI 8 – Menus for solo ladies & gents, Friends, Luv & Cuddles

6. Illuminate SHELF – Sales Event!
Sources
TOUCAN rocco by “sources” – LI 3

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Kaerri – San Marino Picture – LI 1

On the Drafting Table –

Raindale
Raindale ~ cup of tea (prop)

Fancy Decor: Flora Book Stack – LI 1

Organica from the Ode Writing Desk Set
[ Organica ] Blotter – LI 1
[ Organica ] Fountain Pen Case – LI 2
[ Organica ] Pencil Tin – LI 1
[ Organica ] Fountain Pen Ink (black) – LI 2
[ Organica ] Red Book (open)

Landscaping –
Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 1 (path) LI 19

Raindale – Epiphany gacha
Raindale – Enter the Forest – tree with bench – LI 8
Raindale – Enter the Forest – hanging lamp – LI 4 (enlarged from default)
Raindale – Enter the Forest – arch with string lights

Little Branch
LB_Snakeweed{Animated}*Summer-A – LI 2
LB_Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Pony by JIAN – Epiphany gacha
Precious Ponies 16. Brown Wanderer – very appropriate for the story, I thought!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Kiss me Quick!

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I say that because I had to be quick photographing the scene when the animated bunnies were actually kissing! This is my Easter scene so if you celebrate that festival, may it be a peaceful family time for you.  And if you don’t, a few days off/long weekend is really good 🙂

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

Bunnies from HEXtraordinary – current PocketGacha
*HEXtraordinary* Bunny Companion – Midnight – (Wear)
*HEXtraordinary* Bunny Companion – Silver – (Wear)

MAD MATCH
FAnCY SUNFLOWER/ BEES (resizable) – LI 3 at this size
Bee rotates around the sunflower head, there’s also other versions of these cheerful flowers available!
Also currently at Illuminate – so check them all out there.

Illuminate Event – runs through to April 13th
1. Duvet Day – Louise Bedroom Set
[DD] Louise Canopy Bed – LI 17 – Adult
Huge animations menu – solo sits for women and men, couples relax, cuddles and laying cuddles, plus good selection of intimate poses for couples
[DD] Louise canopy – LI 9
[DD] Louise bedside table – LI 2
[DD] Louise lamp – LI 2
[DD] Louise bedside table – LI 2
[DD] Louise Coffee and croissant tray – LI 3

From the Lofty Heights gacha – see mainstore
[DD] Lofty Heights basket – LI 3
[DD] Lofty Heights rug – LI 2

2. Kaerri – San Marino Set
Also Chair, Coffee Table, Console, Couch, Planter, Side Table and Table Lamp in this stunning modern style set.
San Marino Rug – LI 1
San Marino Vases – LI 2
San Marino Picture – LI 1
San Marino Flowers – LI 5
All items are Copy only but very well sized

Products at the current ULTRA Event
1. FAYDED – Sky Fire – LI 3
Texture change for grey, copper and rusted
Menu for on/off flame, light on/off, light/colour options, adjust volume and change access

2. MudHoney – Carla Screen w/ Nailhead – LI 9 here but I did enlarge it
Great selection of textures for the screen and the metal parts.

3. Newchurch
:: N :: Jacques Club Chair, Deep Teal – LI 2 – also available in rich jewel tones – Fig, Frosted Almond, Granite, Marsala, Navy Peony, Poseidon, Thyme, Ultraviolet and Vetiver. Good selection of women’s and men’s sits and actions – Copy/Modify

Also by Newchurch – Bloom Sideboard – in pastel tones of Cornflower, Daffodil, Magnolia, Rose, Sage and Violet – LI 3 with beautiful metal drawer pulls – Copy/Modify

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Granola. – Allison’s Distressed Birdcage Lamps. Copper. – LI 4
Set of three as rezzed – black, copper or green metals. Soft light turns on/off, lamp ropes can be adjusted by editing linked parts, included in the each pack are 3 pre-adjusted lengths. The lamps are currently at The Clique Event until March 24th.

Sway’s – [Bertha] Armchair . spring – LI 3 and texture change for the fabric and cushion in various pastel prints – was a Fifty Linden Friday special

HIVE – at Collabor88
hive // potted plants . cordyline tree . pot b – LI 3
hive // potted plants . Swiss cheese plant . pot c – LI 3
various pots and plants in this set which you can swap around!

Scarlet Creative – at Collabor88
Scarlet Creative Nicole Beach Resort Studio – LI 14, has beautiful open and close picture windows on 2 sides – Copy/Modify
2 colour options – faded and regular wood (I used the latter), 3 sizes and a couple of modular options with side add-on rooms up to LI 53 in total

Prizes from the Land of Rainbows Easter Egg Hunt
1. Dahlia – Sunday – Teacup Eggs – Robin/Rose – LI 1

2. Part of Raindale‘s table with runner & egg décor

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Meerkat Holiday

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The Meerkat family are holidaying at a green oasis, it makes a change from their usual desert prairie land! Also featuring lots of products from the inaugural round of Illuminate.

I really loved the {LORE} Spring Garden Nook, it has a lot of texture changes which make a big difference to the overall look. Here, I was using the gray stone, dark ivy and dark vines. Lucas Lameth has come up with three garden décor products which are absolutely beautiful and I used the Whispering Ginkgo around the windows of the nook. I’ve also used some of Raindale‘s romantic gacha – Littlevale. It includes a lot of lighting options made up in flowers and lanterns – they’ll be really useful for garden décor – and the old fountain overgrown with vegetation is a delightful focal piece.

Little Branch‘s tree is the Wild Linden which I have modified to be fairly small here but you can resize it a lot and the Land Impact is only 12 at the largest size which is huge. Another name for this tree is the Lime or Basswood and when in bloom its flowers will fill the air with beautiful aroma. You can make linden flower tea, it’s delicious. As a herb the linden blossom is a diaphoretic that makes you ‘sweat’ out fevers, infusions of freshly picked linden blossom are calming and soothing. Some of these older trees have become healing shrines over time and places of pilgrimage where they are known as “Mary Trees”. The heart shaped leaf has also been linked with love and when two people wanted to get married in the old days, they simply pressed their thumbs against a linden trunk with the whole community in circle around them, then they were considered married.

TLC Home Collection has all those cute meerkats and more in a gacha, find them over at ULTRA new round. If you use them in a more natural environment there’s also a couple of meerkat babies in a sand burrow that are equally enchanting. The little robin you’ll find at the mainstore.

Don’t forget – ULTRA and Illuminate are on the same sim, opposite to each other, so you can do all your shopping at once!

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

Products at Illuminate

1.{LORE}  – Spring Garden Nook – LI 7 – C/M – seats 3 with singles and couples animations – also texture change for stone – mossy, gray, brown and dark stone plus Ivy – light, dark and none, plus Vines – light, dark and bark

2. Lucas Lameth
Sculptures in Black Iron, Gold, Silver Bronze
(luc) Whispering Ginkgo, Bronze/Wall – LI 5
(luc) Elegant Crane V2, Black Iron – LI 1
(luc) Dandelion Thistle Sculpture, Iron (Low LoD, Less LI) – LI 3
All Copy/Modify

3. Little Branch
LB_Grass.V4{Animated}Mesh – animated grass – LI 5
LB_Snakeweed{Animated}*Summer-B – LI 2
LB_Hill-v1{Low Li} – LI 1
LB_WildLindenTree.v1{Animated}4Seasons – LI 3 – LI 12 depending on size – mine was small at LI 3 – choose from Fall 1, Fall 2, Winter, Spring, Spring 2, Summer seasons via HUD
All Copy/Modify

4. MAD MATCH
Cloverfield with ladybirds – LI 1
Set also includes single clover with ladybird and single clover with stem and ladybird

5. Moss&Mink
These are the plant pots from a set of décor by Moss&Mink that also includes a very comfy snuggle bed in PG and Adult plus room divider in black and white
{moss&mink} Plant – Palm (Black) – LI 1 – C/M – tinted by me!
{moss&mink} Plant – Ficus (Black) – LI 1 – C/M
Cloverfield with ladybirds – LI 1

6. Granola.
These are the tulip jugs from a lovely set with has dining table, chair, tulip centre pieces and the jugs.

7. Raindale
Littlevale gacha
Raindale – Littlevale flower pots – LI 1
Blue and Yellow Flower Lamps – with and without hanging chain – LI 1
Blue and Yellow Flower Lanterns – sets of 2 – LI 1 each
Raindale – Littlevale flowerbed fountain – LI 4
Raindale – Littlevale tabouret with flower – LI 1
Raindale – Littlevale ladder with lights – LI 2, modified

Other Home & Garden products:-

!Deelish-ous Designs

Fairy Flower Meadow Blues – LI 3 – Transfer/Modify so be careful when you place it and pick it up, you’ve only got one of these little beauties!

TLC Home Collection,
Robin _standing – LI 1 – from Songbirds Collection
TLC Butterfly Watering Can – LI 2
Animated Meerkat Collection – gacha, currently at ULTRA

3 Rares and 9 Commons to collect!
1_TLC Meerkat Adult Lookout_RARE
2_TLC Meerkat Pup Inspecting_RARE
3_TLC Meerkat Adult Nursing_RARE
7_TLC Meerkat Pups Playing_Common
9_TLC Meerkat Pup Looking up_Common
10_TLC Meerkat Adult Sunbathing_Common

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Indoor Outdoor Living

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Mostly outdoors! I’m loving this new house by also Known as, it could serve as a commercial store if you wanted to use it like that, it’s that adaptable. I’m also longing for summer – as you can see by the windlight I’ve chosen – more snow is forecast for our part of the country… thumbs down 🙂

Today, I’m showcasing a number of products that will be coming up soon at the Illuminate Event on March 18th. Illuminate is the first monthly Home & Garden specific Event, there’s no fashion in it. It’s run by ULTRA Events and LTD, and there’s some really lovely products already. With the Easter festival happening soon, some of the designers are taking inspiration from that.

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

Illuminate Event – from March 18th Noon SLT

1. Funny Eggs by MAD MATCH – this is the joined set and they are LI 2 at the size I’ve used. They have a good resizer and also have individual eggs.
MAD MATCH is a “brand new brand” and a tiny new part of the SL® universe (100 % original mesh).

2. ACORN – gorgeous patchwork pouf sets by designer, Lulu, in natural and pastel colours 3 per set, LI 2 each. Also the Violin is ACORN, comes with and without hearts, LI 1 each.

3. BASIL
Beautiful work at low Land Impact from this designer.  Link will take you to the FB page.
.BASIL. Kennedy Umbrella Stand – LI 1
.BASIL. Kennedy Mudroom – LI 4

4. Dahlia – Malta Set
Dahlia – Malta – Mirror – Copper – LI 1
Dahlia – Malta – Accent Table – Copper – LI 1
Dahlia – Malta – Peonies – Warm – LI 1
This is a beautiful set with gold, copper and silver versions of the furniture and Cool and Warm colours of peonies in vase

5. Shutter Field/Decor Junction – a well established collaboration. This is the Kincaid Set, with MM and MF versions plus the Floating Dock which I shoved rather unceremoniously into the stone surround! SF/DJ often produce beautifully animated MM versions of their products, not so many designers cover this market and it’s a pleasure not to have to alter the animations.
DJ / SF Floating Dock – LI 9 – Copy/Modify – contains male and female sits, dives (into the water), and a nice cuddles Menu.
DJ / SF Kincaid Set – LI 8 – with male and female sits, cuddles and activities Menus.

6. also Known as
The fabulous BarCode Villa!
The Barcode is built as a villa, but will work well as one or more stores as well. The houses has five sections, three fo them with upper floors, the two on the sides have roof terraces. The full footprint is 25*50 meters including the outdoor paving, which can be unlinked should you prefer to do that. Two versions of the house are included – one with an animated bathtub for use as a home – Land Impact will be 112 and one without if you’re using the BarCode Villa as a commercial property – Land Impact will 120. The Barcode has Kool doors, which can be configured by the owner.

Little Branch, currently at FaMESHed
Poplar Tree – beautiful 4-seasons gently animated tree. Pack includes fluffy grass, hills for summer and winter, a 2 LI version of the Poplar Tree, the higher LI version, animated Snakeweed for summer. I had the tree on the ‘spring’ setting and at that size it was LI 9.

Dust Bunny – from the Natural Habitat 3 Pack, currently at Collabor88
dust bunny . elephant ear plant – LI 3
dust bunny . giant palm plant – LI 6
and the Fifty Linden Friday offer, too
dust bunny . guiana chestnut tree – LI 5

The Loft & Aria – the Weldon Print, currently at currently at Collabor88

Newchurch – Wedding Tea Set, Red Lacquer – an amazing LI 1 from the Shen Wedding Set – check out the mainstore

My furry pal – JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult

Cheers, m’dears 🙂