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Summer Garden Party

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The English don’t cope with the heat very well on the whole.  We get the sun so infrequently that we don’t install air conditioning (which would really help) and leave it to the last minute to purchase electric fans by which time the shops have run out of them or not bothered to stock them at all.  However, it is noticeably warmer in the south of the country and even quite humid so here we do daft things like car boot sales and garden parties at times when we’re all wilting in the heat.

Parasols or sun umbrellas or put that thing up pronto because I’m dying of heatstroke, whatever they are called, are very popular. Hence, I was pleased to see this magnificent sun umbrella by Newchurch in the latest set, entitled “Miramar”.  The clever thing about this set is the masses of texture change options on both seating and pillows (which you can arrange yourself) plus the fact that to collect the whole set, you need to visit both The Home Show 2017 and ON9 July Event.

Other goodies I managed to collect before collapsing with exhaustion, are detailed below but I’d like to point out the retro record player by FIN, a real find at The Home Show 2017.  This designer does all sorts of retro furniture and décor, a lot of it covering the 1950s period which I think was a lot more exciting in the USA than in the UK, where we were really into picnics and worrying about the impending nuclear war caused by the Cuban Missile Crisis.   Great fun 🙂

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

NEWCHURCH – “Miramar Set” which is split between the Home Show 2017 and ON9 Event

For the Home Show 2017 (until end July)
Miramar Lounge Chair – LI 3 plus 1 per pillow – single poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Small Sofa – LI 3 plus 1 per pillow – singles and couples poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Coffee Table – LI 1 – includes Caliza Long Planter – Copy/Modify

For ON9 Event
Miramar Side Table – LI 1 – Copy/Modify
Miramar Cantilever Umbrella – LI 2 – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Chaise – LI 4 – singles and couples poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
(Chaise not shown in picture but it’s equally as good as the rest)
All 100% original Mesh with Materials enabled

FIN – Fifties TEPPAZ Player YELLOW, currently at The Home Show 2017
Soy. – Clutterd records (from a huge & fab collection all to do with record players)
Frangipani Garden – Watermelon Punch Set, currently at Japonica Event

JIAN – “Munchkin Kittens” gacha – :: Calico Wandering Kitten
JIAN – “Pupper Parlor” gacha – :: 10. Black Bow Wanderer Yorkie, gacha at Epiphany Event

TLC Home Collection – Dragonfly, part of Zen Set (which I’ll be showing more of in another post) and Dragonflies on Water Lilies Set, currently at ULTRA Event

KraftWork – KraftWork Pet Shop Toys Stuff Peanut Butter Bones and
KraftWork Pet Shop Toys Stuff Woof Bowls – from “Pet Shop” gacha

[ zerkalo ] – pieces from “Cat Sweetness” Gacha – at Kustom9 Event
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Grand Cat Cake – RARE
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Bread Cat
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Ice cream
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Macaroon
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Cookie

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Babble Game (which resembles the game you all know and love)

Duvet Day – “Summer in Garden” Lantern green – from same gacha

Two Moon Gardens – Flower Bank 2a (modified)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

A Writer’s Summer

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I’m not really being lazy, I did set up the typewriter *laughs*, but that was before making the summery drinks 🙂 The picture shows the porch area of Raindale‘s “Kenward Summer House”, currently at Cosmopolitan Event. It’s a small building, footprint is 14 by 16, but you can fit a lot in if you extend the porch to a garden room. Versions are available with and without lights, with a difference of 6 Land Impact so there isn’t that much in it. There’s also a “Welcome Post” in the set with sign and lantern and you can change the lettering of the board if you want – there’s a blank texture – so you could have ‘Please Sod Off!’ if you wanted peace and quiet. Errr… LIZ!

The chairs and table set are eTNIA‘s contribution to the Home Show 2017. I just love them – they are so detailed and would look great in real life in my lounge! That rug underneath is also eTNIA (at Cosmopolitan) and it has a texture change for 8 Persian rugs, you know the sort – well loved and faded a bit in the sun and most likely too expensive to drop your tea on. It’s quite a 3D rug, so be careful when you place items on top of it. Finally, the dogs and hummingbirds bring the whole thing to life.

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The next picture shows the garden and more of the lovely Kenward Summer House. I think the landscaping turned out New Zealandish again but I can’t resist the tree ferns and they go well with Raindale’s texture change Tree. Now this tree is rather dramatic, don’t you think? It’s at the Home Show 2017 and has scripted and non scripted versions. You can have five different leaf textures and same for the bark, then there’s glow options and 5 presets plus an alpha mod switch. It’s really a garden statement piece because I don’t think you could have more than one and get away with them all leaning over in the same direction with the same branch arrangement, so here it is undermining the foundations of the Summer House in a very spectacular way.

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Now here I am really chillaxing on Fancy Decor‘s “Modular Outdoor Living Kit”, which is currently at Summerfest 2017. I just adore this set because you really can make up the furniture into whatever space you have to spare. This is quite a small arrangement here, and there are single chairs with two arms as well so you could go all suite-ish if you like. Fancy Decor have this set out in two wood colours, I chose the lighter one with blue pillows, the darker kit will have cream and chocolate pillows, and the furniture is more like cream and mid toned wood. And those gorgeous summer drinks? You can gacha those at the Okinawa Summer Festival and they are by Poche. As far as I’m concerned, Poche are the Bees Knees when it comes to food and drink décor… maybe even the whole of the honey bee.

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

Writer’s Nook:-
Raindale – Kenward summer house (+ lights) – LI 43 – currently at Cosmopolitan Event until July 15th

Raindale ~ Salford tray – LI 1

Soy. – Reed Screen [Sudare] Light
Dysfunctionality – Blooming Trellis – texture change flowers on click

[ETNIA] Persian Rugs – LI 2 – texture change for 8 rugs – Cosmopolitan
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Chair – LI 3 – 10 poses – set at the Home Show 2017
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Chair w/ Blanket – LI 4 – 10 poses
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Table – LI 3

TLC Home Collection –  Hummingbird bush – LI 10

[Tia] Churchill Typewriter and [Tia] Churchill Paper Basket – Typed
Currently at FaMESHed

{what next} Palma Stack of Books – from Palma Collection
Stockholm & Lima – Boho Sun Catcher – from Deco(c)rate March Bohemian Round

JIAN Countryside Collies :: Family Rug

Outside:-

Raindale – Garden tree – LI 5 with texture change for bark and leaves – currently at The Home Show 2017

Raindale – Kenward welcome post – LI 1

Fancy Decor – Modular Outdoor Living Kit – Summerfest
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Corner I – LI 2 – 3 poses
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Middle I – LI 2 – 13 poses
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Right Arm I – LI 2 – 13 poses
Fancy Decor: Mod Table I – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Mod Lantern I – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Succulent Bowl I – LI 5
Fancy Decor: Palm Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Blue Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Outdoor Rug I – LI 1

JIAN Lively Labs :: Srs Bsns Work Pup
Poche – from summer drinks gacha – Refreshing Sangria, Enchanted milk chocolate, Gentle watermelon – Okinawa Summer Festival

Landscaping:-

[ Organica ] Cobblestone & Moss Framed Landscaping Tile
Cube Republic – Ox eye daisy
Dicksonia Antarctica Cubensis M and Dicksonia Antarctica Cubensis Juvenile 1p
Little Branch_WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
Little Branch_WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
Landscaping by Felix – 1 Prim Mesh Stone Cluster with ivy+Shadow
Studio Skye
Skye Alligator Apple Bush (small leaf)
Skye Zingiberaceae Alt Leaf
Skye Zingiberaceae
CJ Creations – Flowerfield Chives Pink – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim
Flowerfield Baptisia Fuchsia – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim
Flowerfield Purple dragon – 16 Plants in 1 only 1 Prim

 

 

 

 

 

You can get back to your sunbathing now!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

To the Beach at Sandy Cove

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There’s still a couple of days to go on the current Cosmopolitan Event, so why not check out this wonderful beach gacha by Duvet Day.  It’s called “Sandy Cove” and the Rare is a spacious one-floor beach house with porch and deck front and back.   You could fill it with quite an amount of furniture and décor.  No fewer than 4 other items are filled with poses, some of them especially apt for the beach and beach life.  If you miss Cosmo, check out the Duvet Day mainstore.

 

 

I’m showing off the Sandy Cove Shower here. It contains 5 menus of poses including Adult ones, so it’s fantastic value for a gacha prize.  All the gacha items are detailed below.  “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a surfboard, and that’s getting close!”

 

 

Flaked out sunbathing with the pets, here.  The cute chinchilla is from JIAN and is a bargain for Fifty Linden Friday – who knows, JIAN may leave the vendor out all weekend.

 

 

You’ll see from the pictures that this is a large beach house.  Here’s a shot from the opposite end showing the bleached wood and white plaster work. It’s just perfect texturing. The two picture windows open and close and lead onto a large deck with steps down to the beach.

 

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

Duvet Day – Sandy Cove gacha – at Cosmopolitan Event and then mainstore

[DD] Sandy Cove Beach Cottage RARE – LI 75 – large
[DD] Sandy Cove beach shower – LI 3 – water on/off, 5 menus including solo, couples and intimate poses
[DD] Sandy Cove to the beach sign – LI 1
[DD Sandy Cove rug – LI 3 – two main menus – solo (male & female suntan menus) and laying cuddles
[DD] Sandy Cove surfboard – LI 3
[DD] Sandy Cove bucket of flowers – LI 3
[DD] Sandy Cove couples cuddle bench – LI 3 – cuddles menu
[DD] Sandy Cove porch swing – LI 6 – solo male & female sits and cuddles
[DD] Sandy Cove starfish candle – LI 2 – in yellow, blue, teal, pink and white

JIAN – JIAN Chinchilla Beach Bath – Fifty Linden Friday bargain
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult – from Scruffy Shepherd’s gacha

Aphrodite – “Tropical Drinks” Tray
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Floating Boat – LI 22 – 9 floating poses
Lunar Seasonal Designs – Animated Seagulls Love French Fries

Landscaping:-
KIDD – BAMBOO * TRIPLE GROVE
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

Hayabusa Design – Gramineae Beach OPTSB M17-3 v1-1
Hayabusa Design – Gramineae Field on wind M17-4 v1-1G
Hayabusa Design – Bush Static Beach M17-1 v1-1 Group

CJ Creations – Flower field Purple dragon – 16 Plants in 1 only 1 Prim
Tami Creation – 3 Tree Bamboo plant grass tropical flowers V2

 

 

That’s all for today, folks, have a great weekend 🙂

Beach Life

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Thank goodness it’s summer! At last I managed to make my beach scene on the building platform so I can show you all the summer goodies.  The main one today is the Beach Burger Shack from KraftWork, currently available at Knot & Co. Event.  It’s great fun with all the poses, there are animation sets for up to four avatars – inside and outside the burger shack.

 

Here, I’m leaning on the steps up to the kitchen of the burger shack and the seagull has already got here before me and has chips to eat!  This saves him robbing other people.  I’m wearing the Swear Shorts from Lapointe & Bastchild, currently showing at Second Pride, and you can pick up a free unisex texture change HUD bracelet from their store, too. These shorts, which are so well made by L&B,  have lots of versions for Mesh bodies including Aesthetic and Jake, also a Standard Classic version which I used here as the ADAM body takes all the standard mesh very easily.

I was using the Max head skin for the ADAM Bento head. Try out the demo first. It shows some wear to the face with eye bags and a few lines etched into the skin and makes an interesting change from the usual youth obsession.  You can make lots of subtle changes to this skin which will suit the various shades given here, via the ADAM HUD.

 

Here’s the burger shack from the front.  As it is fully modify, you can tint the outside walls and chairs any colour you like.  I went with the pastels as it suits summer scenes so well.

Finally, here’s some shots of the kitchen inside the shack. Some of the animation sets take place here, one is where you’re cooking the burgers up for customers and another, you’re leaning out of the window to tell them lunch is ready. As I said, great fun 🙂

 

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Here’s all the items I used:-

KraftWork Beach Burger Shack – LI 81 – Footprint 10 by 9 – Copy/Modify – 8 poses for friends – these are animations sets for up to 4 avatars, inside and outside poses, great fun 🙂 – and you can tint the external walls and chairs. Released at Knot & Co.

KraftWork Water on Tap – Aged (3 versions of various stages of metalwork), can turn water of/off, pool of water as base of tap – LI 2 – Copy/Modify – June Group Gift at the mainstore.

La Galleria – Valentine Quilt Heart Pillow mesh – on bench – free item

Landscaping scene – Moz’s beach 🙂
Landscaping by Felix pieces:-
Mesh Land Wall Tropic Palm Version 15 prim=25x25x08m Size – Copy/Modify
2 Prim Mesh Beach Dune 17x10m copy/modify
Beach Sand – free of charge

Studio Skye – Skye Water System –  square 36m – animated & texture change water – LI 2

Free Your Nature – PRIVACY SCREEN – TROPICAL 2 (only on Marketplace)

JIAN Cheeky Chihuahuas 7. Tan Wanderer – LI 7
Cute lil fellow – only from June ARCADE and then resellers

Lunar Seasonal Designs – Animated Seagulls Love French Fries – LI 3

Moz wears: –

Lapointe & Bastchild – Swear Salvage Denim Shorts – classic fit
(also Mesh Body compatible versions) – currently at Second Pride Festival
RE Industries – Ewan Necklace
B&W Design – Summer is Cool Sandals for Male SLINK Feet (also fits ADAM)
Hair – NO.MATCH – No_Fail with HUD – browns

ADAM head v1.4 Bento with my own shape #2

ADAM Head Skin – MAX – versions on HUD to match ADAM Mesh Body HUD Skins – I was using #7a – a mid-tone colour. Get the DEMO Inworld – mainstore

ADAM Mesh Body V 1.4b
ADAM Body Skin – #7a from HUD – with hair

CATWA animated eyes

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Ascot Opening Day!

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OK, so Prince Philip wasn’t able to get to Royal Ascot either, bless him! Hope he makes a speedy recovery, he does so well for 96 years old. I least I managed the Races virtually 🙂

This is the “Always Dreaming Men’s Suit” from Heth Haute Couture and it’s the June Group Gift.

You’ll be off to the races in this gorgeous suit featuring a crisp linen jacket, matching blue satin and gold foil waistcoat, silk shirt, bow tie and pocket square, plaid trousers and saddle Oxford shoes. There’s also a monocle, belt, socks, panama hat, boutonnière and walking cane. We even get optional Mesh hands and all the alphas, Heth, you are spoiling us!

 

The suit will fit most Mesh Bodies (I tried it on ADAM which was fine) and has 5 standard sizes XS – XL. It’s an all-in-one suit so no messing about trying to get everything to fit properly. The prim socks fit into the shoes and disappear into the trouser hem so nothing untoward shows. If you chose to wear it on a Mesh body all you need to do is to make sure the neck fits the collar of the shirt and alpha everything else out except for the hands and neck. You can even wear your Bento hands with this suit.  It really is pretty easy to do that. I wore the Medium version, by the way.

For the hat, you’ll need to wear either hat hair or else a nice hair base. You can resize the hat at a click. I didn’t use the cane in the pictures but it looks very smart with a horse head deco in gold and the cane is a dark wood.

Horse is an Arabian by AKK Horses and the apple bucket is from JIAN‘s Apple Orchard Set.

 

Pick up your copy of the HHC June Group Gift from:-

Heth Haute Couture mainstore at Morise

Heth Haute Couture at Pure Luxury

hhc-logo-banner

Heth Haute Couture Outfits and Jewelry on Marketplace

Heth Haute Couture Inworld Group – (Cut and paste this link into your local chat)

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 🙂

Lazy Days of Summer

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This picture epitomises the sort of English summer day at the beginning of the season when the grass is still emerald green and the flowers are out in force. There’s a blissful, secure feeling as you relax in the garden with nothing to do but read the newspaper and drink lemonade. It’s one of those moments when you wish you could press a button and stop time for a while. There are many feelings in the human emotional arsenal that aren’t really named in the English language but are in more expressive languages. Here’s a few:-

Forelsket (Norwegian): The indescribable euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese): Finding beauty in imperfections.

Gökotta (Swedish): To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing, that expectation of beauty.

Commuovere (Italian): Often taken to mean “heartwarming,” but directly refers to a story that moved you to tears.

Komorebi (Japanese): The sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees and the feeling it gives you.

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The current round of Cosmopolitan has some exceptional H&G designs, not the least being the Somerfield Gacha set by Raindale. For only L$50 per Play you can get beautifully meshed items to make up a set for the garden including a picnic table that seats up to four avatars and a stunning pavilion which is the Rare.

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

Raindale
Somerfield Gacha Set – currently at Cosmopolitan – L$50 per Play

Somerfield Picnic Table – LI – 8, sits up to 4 avatars, poses – 8 sits, drink (f), drink (m), read – all with Swap/Adjust facility
Somerfield tree swing – LI 2 – 9 solo sits
Somerfield glass lanterns – a set in pink, blue and green – 1 each
Somerfield Lemonade Set – jug and 2 glasses – LI 2
Somerfield canopy lights – LI 6
Somerfield garden deck – LI 4 – has lights set into the deck
Somerfield cart table – LI 1
Somerfield pavilion – LI 25, the Rare (in the background)

Also Raindale
Raindale ~ newspaper (prop) (from Mauner Set)
Raindale ~ smartphone (prop)

Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 (was at the RFL H&G Expo)
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 1
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift)

Pets:-
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 17. Held Melanistic

Two Moon Gardens
Behind Closed Walls (modified) – LI 118 (excluding Loveseat at 11 LI in original design)

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂