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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 🙂

 

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Swanery

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I have some new additions to my menagerie – the Swan Family!  They are well spoiled, having their own “Enchanted Swans” lake.  So while I was cuddling the only cygnet in the world that doesn’t like water, I took some photos to show you.

All by TLC Home Collection, the lake is gorgeous and quite large at 20 by 15 metres. It does contain quite a lot though. As well as the lake, there is manicured lawns all around, pots of lavender and petunia, a nice two person seat in one corner and pink camellia (or they could be rambling roses) wrapping themselves around the architecture.  Two sides of the perimeter is walled with balustrade effect and two archways to enter with stone steps up to the lake.  You could put the lake on one side of a garden and allow the rest of the garden to be seen from the non-walled sides.  It’s just idyllic.

 

The “Swan Family” contains – a swan on nest with cygnets, swimming swan, swimming cygnet and swimming swan carrying cygnets on her/his back.  Now you can rez these and they will stand still for photographs *laughs* but you can also set them to swim within a certain square and also you can assign cygnets to particular swans by numbers.  The cygnets will then swim alongside their parent swan. It’s so cute! Instructions are included and it’s not difficult because even I could do it. Here are my swans actually swimming in formation for once.

 

This little chap likes sunbathing and who can blame him? Look at the detail on that stone wall and the camellias wrapped around that balustrade.  It’s really fine work.

 

Home & Garden items used:-

Outside the build –
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] The Relaxing Tree – LI 11 – C/M – altered to spread around the grass
available at mainstore
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias – White – D8
TLC Home Collection – nesting Swan with cygnets – LI 5 C/M

Inside the build – 

TLC –  ‘Enchanted Swans’ – LI 57 – size is 15 by 20 metres

TLC –  cygnets riding on back – LI 5
TLC  – Cygnet Swimming – 1 LI
TLC –  Swan Swimming Adult – 4 LI

22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – LI 6 – From Little Piece of Heaven set at Shiny Shabby until April 15th, then back at mainstore

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

You can keep your hat on…

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As you can imagine, we had great fun making this blog post! It’s all done with pieces from 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s gacha for the Epiphany Gacha Event, called “The Art Atelier”.

Not only do you get the Rare Artist’s Atelier, which is brilliant in itself and would be wonderful to decorate any way you like, but the Commons are various constituents of an art studio. That’s for artist, sculptor and potter.  Here’s the gacha Key.

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The nude model podium has some great poses on it, suitably artistic in nature. I just loved the sculpted pieces, especially the unfinished detailing of them. It’s as if the statues are trying to escape from the medium of rock in which they are sculpted.

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So since Arrchie exhausted himself painting and had to retreat to the Old Atelier Couch, I got on with the pottery.  There’s at least 4 animations in the wooden stool and one of those is where you’re shaping the clay on the revolving wheel. Great attention to detail here!

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The garden outside is one of Two Moon Gardens  Spring releases, the “Hidden Heather” landscaped woods with stream. It has a running stream and small rocky waterfall area and oodles of plants, trees and shrubs, all of which you can move around as it’s completely modify. Yes, there’s lots of heather in it.  Hidden Heather is around 87 prims (less Land Impact) and covers a 32 by 32 m area. Buying whole gardens like this is pretty cost effective all round, and if you can move the plants and pieces around so you can fit objects into the scene, it’s even better.

Here’s info on The Art Atelier gacha pieces in detail:

RARE:  The Art Atelier – mesh ground building – LI 45 – Dimensions: 9.5 x 15.0 x 8.3 meters

COMMONS:
Nude Model Podium – LI 3 – 11 single poses
Pottery Stool – LI 2 – 6 single poses
Empty Easel* – LI 3
Easel with Painting* – LI 4
Pottery Shelf* – LI 3
Pottery Work Station* – LI 3
Sculpted Arm* – LI 2
Sculpted Horse Head* – LI 2
Sketches* – LI 1
Unfinished Statue* – LI 5
Unfinished Relief* – LI 10
Utility Drawer* – LI 1
Picture Storage Container* – Li 3
Sculptor Tools* – LI 1
Paint Tools* – LI 2
Sculptor Table* – LI 2
Hanging Studies* – LI 1
Leaning Canvas* – LI 2

Items marked with * are decoration only item, next owner permissions: no-copy, mod, trans

Epiphany Exclusive Item:
Old Atelier Couch – LI 7 – Dimensions: 2,7 x 1,6 x 1,5 meters – 12 single- and 6 couple animations – copy, mod, no-trans

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Visit the Epiphany Gacha Event

How to Play the Epiphany

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival – Home & Garden 2

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Post 2 for The Spoonful of Sugar Festival which is on now and runs to September 25th.

All monies will be going to the American office of Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), an international organization that provides emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care regardless of politics, religion or other affiliations.

Today, we’ll be looking at landscaping designs and full gardens from Two Moon Gardens and a gorgeous Songbird Collection from TLC Home Collection.

As Autumn draws near, it’s a great opportunity to landscape your garden in seasonal colours, flowers and landscaping.  Two Moon Gardens have released “Overgrown Glory – Autumn 1”, a stunning complete garden which you just rez on a suitably sized piece of land. Overgrown is 20 by 20 metres and 94 LI in all. It’s very beautiful and when you sit on the bench and look around at the trees, plants and hard landscaping you’re enthralled!

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There’s a central paved area onto which autumn leaves drop down, and this is surrounded by water features of fountains and troughs, a jolly good outdoor fireplace for those colder days and a bench from which you can laze and contemplate.

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Further outwards, there is a plethora of flowers just on the point of going over from the summer growth, or else spreading like mad as flowers do when you don’t curtail their activities! Then on the periphery, there are three magnificent trees in Autumn leaf with shrubs at the side. Just beautiful.  Also included in the set are a couple of extras – Sunny Days Nature sounds and Water Sounds (touch on and off). The bench has 5 sits female, 2 sits male, couples 7 cuddles. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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Also from Two Moon Gardens is the “Water Pump Patch”. A stand alone landscaping piece that can be easily incorporated into your garden, the pump has a Land Impact of 14. Flowing animated water rushes from the rusty iron pump down into a couple of collecting pools.

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There’s clusters of flowers around the pools and cute animated butterflies sort out nectar. You get extra water sounds that can be turned on and off at a click. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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No garden is complete without songbirds!  TLC Home have an absolutely enchanting set of animated, singing birdies. There’s a robin, a starling and a blue tit. They can be separate or rezzed with all three of them on a single branch.

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The volume of the singing can be controlled simply. Here’s the birds in close-up. They are 1 Land Impact each, the branch is another 2 LI, so you can have many of these in a garden, all singing away merrily.

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Last, but definitely not least, is a magnificent landscaping garden from Two Moon Gardens and this is called, “Graceful Falls – Autumn”. It is big – 45m by 50m – but well worth the 186 prims. Just look what you get!

The entrance is via stone steps (side grass bank included) which lead up to the central section. There are four water features surrounding a paved area, pillar vases of autumn flowers decorate the scene.

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The water is flowing and animated, sparkling and beautiful. It makes the whole garden spectacular. At the back of the garden there’s a smart stone wall with feature trellis that sports a central archway and this is festooned with ivy and autumn flowers to match the central pillar vases.

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Around the edges, there are stone terraces, with occasional flower troughs, shrubs with grating containers and a welcome bench from which to view all the finery. Graceful Falls – Autumn would not only make a fantastic central feature for a park or large gardens but I think it could also be the scene of special occasions such as weddings and christenings. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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To view all these amazing Home & Garden designs visit…

SOS Festival Home & Garden sim – TAXI

For other sims please start here – SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂