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Black Magic

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More on my Hamlet theme for Halloween. In this scene Hamlet, as though possessed, talks to Ophelia and advises her not to marry him.  The reasons he gives are the thoughts of an mad man perhaps… or maybe they are insightful.

“I am very proud, revengeful,
ambitious, with more offences at my beck than I have
thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape,
or time to act them in. What should such fellows as I do,
crawling between earth and heaven?
We are arrant knaves, all.
Believe none of us.” (Hamlet speaking to Ophelia)
~ Will Shakespeare, Hamlet – Act 3 Scene 1

I liked the phrase, “crawling between earth and heaven”, and so the scene portrayed here is something in between, something that is likely to bind you to the earth by black magic, so stopping your ascent to heaven.  The dragons crawl around and yet the light of the crystals and spells seem to cast out the darkness. Whoever has set this up has used the Summoning Circle and now they must suffer the consequences, good or bad.

The scene is set in a corner of the magnificent Ascelin skybox by VARONIS.  It’s a gloriously Gothic style building which has a large central room with three huge windows at one side and a doorway at the other. The vaulted ceiling has wooden beams which are realistically textured and very well done.  Then, either side of the main room, there are archways that lead to a couple of mirrored side rooms, each has a fireplace filled with candles.  There are also strategically placed lamps in these rooms but the overall effect is quite eerie depending on your choice of Windlight and in that way it would be perfect for certain types of roleplay.  Here’s a Slideshow as I walked around the build. The first photo shows the skybox from the outside. Inside was taken using a Midday setting (not the default one).

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Full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Builder’s Box, Raindale, Dahlia, KraftWork, VARONIS, 22769
Others:- HEXtraordinary
Events:- Builder’s Box, Arcade Spooktacular

Builder’s BoxBlack Magic Round

1. Raindale
Raindale – Darkmore table – LI 2 – Copy & Modify – 5- option HUD to change colour of leather banding elements
Raindale – Darkmore daybed – LI 11 – Copy & Modify – 5-option HUD to change colour of cushion and sofa pad separately
20 solo and 8 couples animations (all original to Raindale)

2. Dahlia
Conjure Set (pieces are LI 1 each)
Dahlia – Conjure – Energy Ball – Prehnite
Dahlia – Conjure – Energy Ball – Black Moonstone
Dahlia – Conjure – Energy Ball – Purple Fluorite
Dahlia – Conjure – Energy Point Crystals – Black Amethyst
Dahlia – Conjure – Energy Point Crystals – Aura Quartz Green
Dahlia – Conjure – Energy Point Crystals – Aura Quartz Pink
Dahlia – Conjure – Dried Herbs – Roses – vapour rises off this
Dahlia – Conjure – Dried Herbs – Cumin – vapour rises off this
Dahlia – Conjure – Dried Herbs – Belladonna – vapour rises off this
Dahlia – Conjure – Raven Feather Bottle
Dahlia – Conjure – Candle – Black
Dahlia – Conjure – Black Magic – Crystal Ball

3. KraftWork
Black Spell set – I used the All Linked Gold set (unlinked and used various pieces)
Candles – LI 1 each – Copy & Modify – flickering flame – Copy & Modify
Purple Candle – LI 1 – Copy & Modify – flickering flame – Copy & Modify
KraftWork Black Spell Rolling Papers – LI 1 – Copy & Modify
KraftWork Black Spell Little Spell – LI 1 – light extravaganza – Copy & Modify
plus part of the table – cast iron swirls (modified) – Copy & Modify
KraftWork Black Spell Tapestry Blue – LI 3 (enlarged from default) – Copy & Modify
Black spell large light extravaganza – LI 3 – Copy & Modify

KraftWork Black Spell Tapestry Violet – LI 1 – Copy & Modify

4. VARONIS
Ascelin Skybox – LI 225 – Copy & Modify

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
Pieces from the Black Celebration gacha, at Arcade Spooktacular
22769 – Torch – COMMON – change light to various strengths from flicker to huge fire – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
22769 – Obsidian – COMMON – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify
22769 – Summoning Circle – COMMON – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
22769 – Beating Heart – COMMON – animated heart that beats – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
22769 – Spell Book – COMMON – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
22769 – Blood Goblet – COMMON – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify

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HEXtraordinary, from September ARCADE – see Marketplace resellers
*HEXtraordinary* Shoulder Dragon – Sapphire – LI 3 – Transfer/Resizer
*HEXtraordinary* Cozy Dragonet – Amethyst – LI 3 – Transfer/Resizer
*HEXtraordinary* Cozy Dragonet – Moonstone – LI 3 – Transfer/Resizer

Cheers, m’dears:)

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A Grave Business

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Hamlet Act V, scene I
In the churchyard, two gravediggers shovel out a grave for Ophelia. They argue whether Ophelia should be buried in the churchyard, since her death looks like a suicide. According to religious doctrine, suicides may not receive Christian burial. The first gravedigger, who speaks cleverly and mischievously, asks the second gravedigger a riddle: “What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?” (Verses 46–47). The second gravedigger answers that it must be the gallows-maker, for his frame outlasts a thousand tenants. The first gravedigger corrects him, saying that it is the gravedigger, for his “houses” will last until Doomsday.

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- 22769, unKindness, TLC Home Collection, Little Branch
Events:- Arcade Spooktacular, Ironwood Hills, Salem (Prism Events)

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
Pieces from The Eerie Graveyard gacha, currently at Arcade Spooktacular
(All pieces Transfer & Modify)
22769 – Graveyard Mausoleum – RARE – LI 13
22769 – Graveyard Statue – COMMON – LI 7
22769 – Tomb Slab – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Opulent Gravestone – COMMON – LI 3
22769 – Obilisk Gravestone – COMMON – LI 3
22769 – Wreathstone – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Old Graveyard Bench – COMMON – LI 4 – animations for solo and couples

unKindness
Pieces from the Gothic Cemetery Fence Set, currently at Ironwood Hills Haunting Event
uk – Gothic Cemetery Fence Crosses – LI 2
uk – Gothic Cemetery Fence Entry – LI 3

TLC Home Collection
Crow – Halloween special
A photo realistic crow who caws as part of his animation. Land Impact is 1 and you can turn the caw on/off via touch. Also included in the pack is a linked crow and pumpkin (LI 2), a single pumpkin, and a wearable crow who will sit on your left shoulder.

Little Branch
1. The Black Tree, currently at Salem
LB _ Black Tree {Animated} – LI 4 at this size
LB _ Wild Grass*1Li {Dry} – LI 1

2. From the Spooky Trees Pack at the Mainstore
LB _ Spooky tree. v4 {Mesh} – LI 6
LB _ spooky tree. v2 {Mesh} – LI 10 (slightly enlarged from default)
LB _ Spooky tree. v3 {mesh} – LI 5
LB _ Gnome Tree {Mesh} – LI 4

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

The Night Mare

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“O God, I could be bound in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space – were it not that I have bad dreams.”
~ Will Shakespeare, Hamlet

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

Sponsors:- Fancy Decor, unKindness, Chez Moi Furnitures, [ zerkalo ]
Others:- HEXtraordinary, “Killer’s”

Fancy Decor – “The Warden Collection”, currently at Arcade Spooktacular Event

All items are Transfer & Modify
01 Bed (Rare) – 6 Sleep animations, 5 Cuddles and large Adult Menu – LI 11
02 Fancy Decor: Warden Chair – LI 1 – 11 sits
03 Fancy Decor: Warden Bench – LI 3 – 7 sits
04 Fancy Decor: Warden Dresser – LI 1
05 Fancy Decor: Warden Side Table – LI 1
06 Fancy Decor: Warden Lamp – LI 2 – click on/off light
07 Fancy Decor: Warden Candelabra – LI 3
08 Fancy Decor: Warden Neon Cross – LI 1
09 Fancy Decor: Warden Wine & Glasses – LI 2
10 Fancy Decor: Warden Vases – LI 1
11 Fancy Decor: Warden Pumpkin – LI 1
12 Fancy Decor: Warden Art (a-z texture change)
13 Fancy Decor: Warden Wall Panel – LI 3

unKindness – pieces from “The Unveiling Set”, currently at Salem Event

uK – The Unveiling Curtains Wood – LI 19 – Copy & Modify – tinted the top wood piece in red
uK – The Unveiling Violin Skull & Roses – LI 1 – Copy & Modify
uK – The Unveiling Violin Black Lace – LI – Copy & Modify

Chez Moi Furnitures


Wall Fountain – recoloured the water to red
LI 6 – Copy & Modify

Zerkalo – [ zerkalo ] Skull & Roses – LI 2 – Copy & Modify

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“Killer’s” – Rose Petal Heart & Candles – LI 4 – Transfer & Modify

*HEXtraordinary* Blackbird Gryphon – Perching – LI 6 – Transfer & Modify

Horse (Sculpt Prim Example) – by Nomasha Syaka – retextured and added shine
This should be in your Inventory Library if you’re an oldie!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Alas, poor Yorick!

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“Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!” Will Shakespeare ~ Hamlet.

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Here’s full details of the products used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Builder’s Box, Merak, Raindale, TLC Home Collection, Little Branch
Others:- ::WetCat::&.:LEMON:.

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Builder’s BoxBlack Magic Round
1. Merak
[Merak] – Anabelle’s Chair – LI 5
[Merak] – Anabelle’s Paintings – LI 3
[Merak] – Anabelle’s Cabinet – LI 6
All décor pieces with Permissions of Copy & Modify

2. Raindale
Pieces from the Darkmore Set
Raindale – Darkmore lamp 3 – LI 1
Raindale – Darkmore tarot – LI 1
Raindale – Darkmore books – LI 1
Raindale – Darkmore spirit board – LI 1
Raindale – Darkmore candle (tall) and (small) – LI 1 each
Permissions are Copy & Modify
Darkmore set comes with daybed (LI 11, 20 solo and 8 couples animations), 3 types of lamps (light on/off on touch, LI 1 each), coffee table (LI 1) and decor (candles, tarot cards, books and spirit board – LI 1 per object)
You can customize daybed, cushions and leather elements of the table via HUD (5 colours to choose from)

TLC Home Collection, currently at Salem Event
TLC Bloody Vulture [ Perched ] – LI 3 – Copy & Modify – animated for 3 neck/head positions – brilliant piece! You’ll be able to control the sound volume, too. There’s another version of the Bloody Vulture included, this one is flapping. Also in the pack there’s 2 versions of the Griffon Vulture – flapping and perched. These chaps are cleaner! Plus… there’s a wooden stump and rock for landscaping.

TLC Scorpion On Skull – LI 2 – animated for tail and pincers
You get this and also the Scorpion on its own – suitably animated for LI 1

Little Branch
This was a Hello Tuesday special! The pack contains 4 versions of Spooky Tree, Gnome Tree, PLUS… Grass V4 animated, Hill 2 versions, Wild Grass Dry animated for extra landscaping delight
LB – creepy spooky. v1 [Mesh} – LI 7

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::WetCat::&.:LEMON:.“Dawn” Backdrop (dark) – LI 17
Plus their window curtains – LI 3
This is the dark version of their backdrop – I used the light version in a previous post.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Spa in the Woods

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A bit of a fantasy here, because unless you could connect to an underground water system you wouldn’t be able to use that bathtub… however, that’s what we’ve got our virtual world for, to indulge in such impossible things!

The BONDI set needs a bit more explaining… it’s called “Mi Mate” and it’s all about the consumption of Mate.  Now Mate is a caffeine rich infused drink from South America, made of dried leaves and drunk with a shared straw from a shared hollow gourd shaped container. Modern, commercially available straws are typically made of nickel silver (called alpaca), stainless steel, or hollow stemmed cane – and that’s what you can see on the table by the lantern.  Sounds a pretty good pastime to me.

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Here’s full details of the products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Blueprint Event, BONDI, By Chiana Oh, Florix, TLC Home Collection,
22769 ~ [Bauwerk], [ zerkalo ], Fancy Decor, Little Branch

Others:- HEART Botanicals, Apple Fall, Dust Bunny

Events:- Blueprint, Cosmopolitan, UBER

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Blueprint Event, runs through to October 12th
1. BONDI – “Mi Mate” Set
BONDI . MI MATE . COOKIE TABLE – LI 4
BONDI . MI MATE . YERBERA (Tin) – LI 1
BONDI . MI MATE . MATE (Cup) – LI – there’s also a Mate cup to hold
BONDI . MI MATE . BOMBILLA (Drinking Straw) – LI 1
BONDI . MI MATE . KEROSENE HEATER – LI 1
BONDI . MI MATE . PAVA MATERA (Kettle) – LI 1

2. By Chiana Oh
By Chiana Oh – Umbrella Ducky Pond – LI 1
The “Umbrella Ducky Pond” is Chiana’s Event exclusive for this round.
She also has the “Lovely Weather for Ducks” picture which is new for the Event and is set at a 50% discount.

3. Florix
.Florix. Outdoor bathtub – LI 6 – contains 5 poses to bathe – Copy only
.Florix. Stone pavement – curve 02 and curve 02 mirror – LI 3 each (from “Stone Pavement” set, there are various pieces – circle, curve and mirror, curve 02 and mirror, square, triangle)

TLC Home Collection
From the “Harvest Helpers” whole scene, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
TLC Thrush – animated and LI 1
TLC Beagle [laying] – LI 2 and he’s asleep!

[ zerkalo ]
“Relaxed Corner Gacha” – Towels – LI 2
Permissions of Transfer & Modify

Fancy Decor
A piece from the “Modular Outdoor Living Kit”
Fancy Decor: Mod Lantern I – LI 1 (also available with a silver surround)

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 – From the “Countryside” gacha at September 2018 ARCADE
22769 – Riding Boots – COMMON – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify

Little Branch
Big Red Maple – the texture change HUD gives a choice of 6 seasons… Spring 1 and 2, Summer 1 and 2, Autumn and Winter
It has a LI of 16 at the huge size, the trees in my picture were reduced to LI 2.
The Maple is currently at UBER Event


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HEART Botanicals & Garden Centre (makes a wonderful afternoon’s outing)
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Clover and Daisies – Small – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Hosta – Red – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Elephant Ears 3 – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Horsetail 3 – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Horsetail 5 – LI 1
HEART – Buttercups – Patch – Small – LI 1
Heart – WILDWOOD – Mayapple – Patch Small – LI 9 – HUD for Spring & Autumn shades

Apple Fall
Retro Radio – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify

Dust Bunny
dust bunny . dreamy outing . croissant sandwiches – LI 1
dust bunny . dreamy outing . picnic basket . white – LI 4

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Dark Dining

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Because… even witches have to eat!

My first Halloween scene and I’m really excited about this new set from Silence – available at Salem which has just opened.  It’s beautifully made and matches up with so much décor to do with this time of year, it’d be a shame not to purchase it.  That’s if you can get into Salem at the moment, I’m relying on what I get from my Sponsors, it’s a popular Event and that’s no lie.

Here’s a close-up of the dining table.  The glass bottles with candles, the caramel apples and the goblets are already in a set themselves so you just rez – nice ‘n easy – especially if you’ve got a dinner to decorate for at very short notice.

And the Spider Bowl. Not too scary, is it?

 

Also, I’m featuring some more Blueprint Event items.  ASW has a wonderful set of curtains, draped table and letters blowing about.  There’s a distant storm on its way and the nets are already being swept up by the wind.  {E}lusive’s very posh pumpkins are resting by the gold screen and NACH’s décor sign tells us who will be attending the meal.  Outside, Little Branch’s Scots Pine forest is bunching together in preparation!  The grey tabby is hiding under the table which is a very good place because she might get some of the pumpkin inspired dining scraps!

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Here’s full details of the products I used in the scene today:-

NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Sponsors:- Silence, Blueprint Event, Adorably Strange Wares, {E}lusive, NACH, Little Branch, STORAX TREE
Others:- -Mint-, ::WetCat::&.:LEMON:.

Events:- Salem (Prism Events), Blueprint

Silence, the “Dark Dining Gacha Set” for Salem Event from September 29th
Permissions are Transfer & Modify
Silence. – Dark Dining Table – LI 1
Silence. – Dark Dining Place Setting – LI 1
Silence. – Dark Dining Candle Bottles – LI 5
Silence. – Black Caramel Apples – Red – LI 1
Silence. – Black Caramel Apples – Green – LI 1
Silence. – Dark Dining Goblets & Flutes – LI 1
Silence. – Dark Dining Screen – Gold – LI 5 – there’s also a version in Dots
Silence. – Dark Dining Photo Collage – LI 2
Silence. – Dark Dining Screen – Gold – LI 5
Silence. – Dark Dining Bookshelf – LI 1
Silence. – Dark Dining Webbed Square Bowl – Black/Gold – LI 1 – also versions in White/Black and White/Gold
Silence. – Dark Dining Book Stack – LI 2
Silence. – Dark Dining Bottle Vases – LI 1
I didn’t use the Spider Bowl that’s also in this fabulous gacha

Blueprint Event
1. Adorably Strange Wares
The Distant Storm Curtains – LI 8 (enlarged from default size)
The Distant Storm Papers – LI 3
The Distant Storm Table – LI 3

2. {E}lusive
Artisan Mesh Pumpkins – Orange and Gold Small – LI 2
and Black and Gold Medium – LI 2

3. NACH – Halloween Porch Decor – LI 1

4. Little Branch
Animated Snakeweed – LI 3 – 4-Season piece (on Autumn setting)

Scots Pine Tree. The default size is LI 12 and this is huge. I greatly reduced the poor pines for this scene (LI 2) but don’t they look great!  A 4-season tree, these are on Autumn and Summer settings and those make quite a good mixture for landscaping.

STORAX TREE
Feline Treasures – Pumpkin Patch – Grey Tan Tabby – LI 4 – Transfer & Resizer.  There’s a number of different cats from this series so check out the link I’ve given to the Marketplace store – easy to search from there.
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-Mint-
Pumpkin Wreath – LI 1
Harvest Berry Cake – LI 3
Pumpkin Soda with ice – LI 2
Pumpkin Soup – LI 1

::WetCat::&.:LEMON:. “Dawn” Backdrop Scene
They have 4 versions in the pack and I was using the one with dark walls and without poses (contained in a chair) – LI 17 for this version. I don’t often use a backdrop but this was just what I wanted and of excellent quality.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Grandma’s Kitchen

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It’s no secret, I loves me some vintage furniture! I’m featuring pieces from the new exclusively Home & Garden Event, Blueprint. That’s amongst other gorgeous products from clever Designers.

I started off with kitchen units by The Jewel Garden and went from there. They had a choice of 3 pastel fridge/cooker combos and I really liked the blue. Never mind about my Gran, this was very like my Mum’s kitchen – bless her! She loved the 1950s style and kept quite a few of her RL designer pieces which nowadays can command good money for such mid-century finery.

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Here’s full details of the products I used in the scene today:-

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Sponsors:- Blueprint Event, Raindale, Serenity Style, KraftWork
Others:- Dust Bunny, JIAN, [Tia], Ariskea, Brocante, Vespertine

For Blueprint Event

1. The Jewel Garden
“Retro Kitchen Pieces”
Items are purchased separately – Corner Sink (LI 1), Retro Counter (LI 1), Stove/Fridge Combo (LI 2) in Green, Teal, White, Blue and Black.

2. Kuro
“Industrial Kitchen Shelf” (LI 4)

3. Cinoe
“Grandmother’s Table Set”
Chair (LI 3) – animation Menus for ladies, gents, couples and props (drink and read)
Table (LI 1) – I resized it from the smaller default size
Tablemat – (LI 1)
Grandmother’s plants – (LI 1)
These can be purchased separately, also in a set

4. Dahlia
“Surrey Collection” – 2 pieces from this set. These can be purchased separately, also in a FatPack
Lavender Arrangement with Rings (LI 1), Lavender Milk Tea & Madelines (LI 1)
Plus…
Dahlia – “Clarina” gacha (also at the Event) – Cafe Floral Arangement – Coral – 14. – gacha piece with Permissions of Transfer & Modify (LI 1)

5. BONDI – piece from the Mi Mate Set
BONDI . MI MATE . PAVA MATERA (KETTLE) – LI 1

Raindale, pieces are from Raindale’s “Gracewoods” gacha
Permissions are Transfer/Modify
Raindale – Gracewoods rug – LI 1
Raindale – Gracewoods deco plates – LI 1


Serenity Style
Radio from the “Duke Retro Collection” gacha
Permissions are Transfer/Modify
The gorgeous Blue Radio (LI 3) is one of the Commons – décor only

KraftWork
KraftWork Wall System – Classic – LI 1 – auto align
I know I’ve said it before, but KraftWork’s Texture change (12 options) Wall System is so useful for us bloggers! It comes with a rezzer system for however many you want and these come out perfectly aligned. Choose from Christmas, Classic, Geometric, Plain Colours and Tropical Collections.


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Dust Bunny
This was a recent Fifty Linden Friday bargain
dust bunny . botanical tote – LI 1

JIAN

This was a Fifty Linden Friday bargain

JIAN – Choco Lab Pupper Basket – LI 3 – Copy & Modify piece

[Tia]
Pieces from the “Olivia Kitchen Set”
[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Toaster – LI 2 – texture change pastels
[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Utensils – LI 1
[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Cookie Jars – LI 1
[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Scales – LI 1

Ariskea

Ariskea [September ] Old Clock – beautiful Group Gift – LI 1

Brocante

brocante. retro hanging lamp / copper – LI 2 and texture change for the lamp bowl outer part – sky, petina, slate, teal, copper and black

Vespertine
{vespertine}- peace lily plant /texture change pot – LI 2 – from the Traveller’s Plants Collection and can also be purchased individually

Cheers, m’dears 🙂