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Thankful!

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The Deer Family are having a Thanksgiving tea!  And I’m celebrating all the gorgeous Autumn décor and landscaping we’ve got around at the moment.  Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness is just about right.  Even in real life the berry bushes seem full of produce, maybe that’s so the animals and birds can build up stock for a cold winter.  OK, I’m not thinking about that at the moment, but I had my flu vaccination in preparation.   I’m  just intent on enjoying this beautiful and peaceful season before I need to break out the multitudinous clothing layers and hot water bottle.

The Pond Forest is by Roawenwood and it’s packed full of animations for a romantic encounter.  I think the deer have had quite enough of all that as they’ve got 3 kids already this year! Best go on a brisk walk/trot then 🙂

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

Sponsors:- Roawenwood, Merak, Florix, Little Branch, Serenity Style, unKindness
Others:- Ariskea, Hive, Heart Botanicals, Studio Skye Landscape
Events:- Blueprint, The Liaison Collaborative, UBER Event

Blueprint Event, runs through to November 12th

1. Roawenwood
{RW} Meadowbrook Pond Forest Getaway – LI 17
Totally enchanting animated pool for romantic encounters! Sits for Solo ladies & gents, Cuddles, Bathing and Massage Menus all included.

2. Merak
[Merak] – Fall Gazebo – LI 35
[Merak] – Pumpkin Metal Lamp – LI 2

3. Florix
.Florix. Autumn Feel – Table red (also in orange and yellow) – LI 5

4. Little Branch
Snakeweed {Animated} B – LI 2
Japanese Maple {Animated} 5-Seasons – LI 5 – I used Autumn 1

Serenity Style, will be at The Liaison Collaborative November 3rd
The cutest Deer Family in the woods!
Daddy Deer – LI 3
Mum Deer – LI 3
Young Deer – LI 2
Young Deer 2 – LI 2
Baby Fawn – LI 3

unKindness
Pieces from the Old Smokem’s Park gacha – very useful for woodland scenes/landscapes
uK – Old Smokem’ Trail Sign 1 – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Log Bridge – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ Very Curved Path – LI 1
All have Permissions of Transfer & Modify

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Ariskea, currently at UBER Event
Ariskea [Kay Cakes] Bundt Flower Cakes – LI 1 – far too yummy for its own good!

Hive
hive // decorative twigs & berries – LI 3 – Transfer & Modify – gacha item from December 2017 ARCADE – try Marketplace resellers

HEART Botanicals & Garden Centre (makes a wonderful afternoon’s outing)
Heart – WILDWOOD – Mayapple – Patch Small – LI 8
Heart – WILDWOOD – Mayapple – Sparse 2 – LI 2
Both on the Autumn texture

Studio Skye Landscape
Enchanted Woods v2 – 5 (Half) – LI 7 – on Autumn 2 setting

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 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 🙂

Wildwood

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There’s no true Wildwood left in Britain today, although at one time (after the last ice age) the land was covered with dense forests. The natural landscape had much bigger trees back then, and ancient man shared the forests with wolves and bears. The only clearings were formed by the boundaries of lakes and rivers. It must have been quite hard to forge a living in that period of time, but also rewarding as we were, by necessity, intimately connected to the Nature, the Seasons and the Land. A whole mythology grew up which was the beginnings of the legend of the Green Man followed by the emergence of the Druids later on. Our British woodland today is only in a semi-natural state due to being managed and controlled, for example as a source of timber. These precious environments are now known as ancient woodland.

My virtual woodland is one of those ancient varieties where the trees provide a comforting shelter, and sunlight and shadow play together. I’m wearing a Japanese Lute which is made by RH Design House, turn off your AO and you’ll be playing the instrument exactly as shown in the picture.

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

Sponsors:- Granola., Little Branch
Others:- RH Design House, JIAN, OSMIA, Heart Botanicals

Events:- The Arcade Gacha Event, PocketShop

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

Granola.
Pieces from “Maggie’s Early Autumn Gacha”, currently at September Arcade
Granola. Maggie’s Bench. RARE – LI 6 – Bento solo sits (very nice) for ladies and gents, plus good Cuddles menu
Granola. Maggie’s Rainy Window Decor – LI 3
Granola. Maggie’s Mushrooms – LI 3
Granola. Maggie’s Pomegranates – LI 3
Granola. Maggie’s Rainy Lantern Rusty Red – LI 3
Granola. Maggie’s Windmill Patina – on the ground – LI 2
Granola. Maggie’s Pinecones and Acorns set 1 – LI 3

Little Branch, from the current PocketShop
LB_PersimmonTree{Animated}4Seasons – these are at 3 Land Impact in my picture.
These beautifully realistic trees have a 4-seasons HUD. I was using Fall, where you get the fruits, too.
LB_Hill-v1{Low Li} – LI 1… you can easily drag on a matching texture to your ground piece. These are so useful and included with the Persimmon Tree along with some snakeweed landscaping!

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RH Design House – Japanese Lute – Decor version – beautifully observed, on stand and all for LI 2.

OSMIA – Frosty.Day.Gacha.BabyFawn – Decor – 5 – Permissions are Transfer Only, look on Marketplace for resellers

JIAN
This little chap is from the Squirrel Tree set at the mainstore
JIAN :: Squirrel (Wanderer)- LI 3

Heart Botanicals at The Heart Garden Centre
Plants from the “Lush Forest Undergrowth” set – Horsetails, Hosta, Elephant Ear, Clover and Daisies – at least 3 versions of each in the pack plus colour variations
“Mayapple” pack – various patches dense and spare plus a season change HUD
HEART – Wild Grasses – Flowering – Square – Aged
HEART – Wild Grasses – Long – Aged
All items between 1 – 2 Land Impact and Copy & Modify

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Solace in Spain

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The scene today is photographed in part of the colonnade of  La Casa Blanca Spanish style home.  It’s by also Known as and is currently at the Hacienda round of The Liaison Collaborative.  If you hurry, there’s still a couple of days left.  There’s also another major piece from that round by my new sponsor, Silence, and that’s the Hacienda Swing which has a massive and satisfying texture changer!

The Hacienda Swing has twelve beautiful patterns you’ll absolutely love, and a selection of toning plains in Olive brown, Dark green, Red, White, Orange and Blue green. I used the SW4 pattern with the Blue green plain.  This was enough even to please me 🙂  Plus..  it’s very easy to alter the length of the poles and chains for whatever height porch you have, which makes this a versatile piece of furniture.

The fabulous La Casa Blanca consists of two floors and a flat roof area with tiled wall surround which could be decorated. There are two sets of outside steps from ground to upper floor and from upper floor to roof. There’s a white colonnade with ceiling beams at the front of house and a white balcony on upper floor.

The ground floor rooms number four altogether, and they are a mirror set accessible by big doors off the colonnade, their ceilings have wooden beams décor. The upper floor has a single bedroom with front and side window which you enter from the outside stairs and this room leads into a large double open plan bedroom with windows front and back. The balcony will take you up to the roof via the second set of outside stairs. The inner rooms are tiled with black and white flooring, and the roof and colonnade have caramel tiling. The house sits on a tiled block with three steps all round and plenty of extra height on the base to enable you to sink it into the ground, be it grass, concrete or sand.  I’ve taken copious photos and made a slideshow…

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Here’s full details of all the Home & Garden pieces I used in the scene today and where to get them:-

*All items have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Sponsors:- also Known as, Silence, Serenity Style, Granola., 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
Others:- Dust Bunny, The Silas Gallery, Storax Tree

1. also Known as, currently at the Hacienda round of The Liaison Collaborative
La Casa Blanca home – LI 150 at default size, approximately 17 by 30 metres

 

2. Serenity Style, currently at Whimsical

Whimsy Metal Plants & Peacocks Gacha
Serenity Style- Whimsy Peacock Family RARE – LI 4 – Transfer & Modify

3. Granola.
Pieces from the Allegra Gacha Set (from PocketGacha July edition)
Ansevieria – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
Rug – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify
Cabinet – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
Cactus – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify
Mirror – LI 3 – Transfer & Modify

4. Silence, currently at the Hacienda round of The Liaison Collaborative
Hacienda Swing – LI 15 – available in both PG and Adult maturities
Texture change for Sides – Top – Pillows 1 and 2

5. 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
Visit the mainstore for a truly massive selection of furniture, décor, houses and gacha
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Art Magazine – LI 1

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The Silas Gallery
One of my favourite gacha of the year!
Silas Museum collection Gacha – 12 Nymph Preparing For The Bath
LI 4 – Transfer & Modify

Dust Bunny
dust bunny . dreamy outing . croissant sandwiches – LI 2
dust bunny . dreamy outing . blanket basket – LI 3
dust bunny . woodland dreams Gacha . feather incense – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify

Storax Tree
August Group Gift
Vintage Plant Stand Plant Ek – LI 3 – Transfer only
(and there’s 4 L$20 bargains on Vintage plant stands with tropical plants)

Here’s to a great weekend!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Not just at Sea

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Albatrosses are large seabirds that range widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific. They are reputed to spend much of their lives at sea, only seeking land for breeding purposes. But is that always true? The title of this scene is called, “Not just at Sea”. Make up your own mind!

In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798), an albatross starts to follow a ship, which would generally be considered good fortune. However, the mariner shoots the bird with a crossbow and brings a terrible curse on the ship and its crew. The albatross is hung around the mariner’s neck by the crew to symbolise his guilt. Thus, this innocent seabird can be both an omen of good or bad luck, as well as a metaphor for a burden to be carried as a penance.

The gorgeous fountain is from also Known as, and it’s currently at Enchantment. I do urge you to visit this themed Event, it’s full of wonderment and products to do with the fairy tale, “The Frog Prince”.

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Here’s full details of all the Home & Garden pieces I used in the scene today and where to get them:-

*All items have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless otherwise stated.

Sponsors:- also Known as, Little Branch, Granola., TLC Home Collection, [ zerkalo ]
Others:- MADRAS, Apple Fall, Dust Bunny, GOOSE

also Known as, currently at Enchantment to August 31st
Zora Fountain – LI 7 – 2 texture changes for the metal, gently circulating water which is very restful

Little Branch
LB_Swamp Oak Tree {Animated} 4-Seasons – LI 2 at this size, can go much bigger
Seasons are:- Summer, Autumn 1, Autumn 2, Winter, Spring – there’ s some lovely golden textures in these variations
LB_Snakeweed {Animated} *Summer-A – LI 2

Granola., currently at August FaMESHed
Granola. – Antique Painted Door. Red Sm. – LI 7 (slightly bigger than default)
The Antique Painted Doors are available in 4 painted colours
Each pack includes 2 starter sizes
Large version – 10 LI
Small version – 6 LI
The FatPack includes all 4 colours PLUS an additional distressed version exclusive to the FatPack

TLC Home Collection, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event to August 25th
Albatross Island Set – which is a complete habitat of rocky island and animated Albatrosses in various poses, you can set the radius of the hovering chap.
TLC Albatross [Standing] – LI 2
TLC Albatross [Hovering] – LI 4

[ zerkalo ], currently at Shiny Shabby, just started
Pieces from the Old Garden Set which is a Copy & Modify set (not a gacha)
[ zerkalo ] Old Garden – Barrel – PG – LI 2
[ zerkalo ] Old Garden – Water Pump – PG (Single) – LI 4
(also Adult maturity available)
Consists of Barrel, Cart, Sink, Water Pump

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MADRAS
Tiffany Flower Jar Decor – LI 3 at this size (from July PocketGacha)

Dust Bunny
dust bunny . dreamy outing . picnic basket . natural – LI 4
dust bunny . dreamy outing . fruit board – LI 1

GOOSE, currently at ULTRA
GOOSE – Retro Beats radio- red – LI 1 – has 11 stations ready for use

Apple Fall
Apple Fall Farrow Garden Wall – LI 5 – texture change for regular and snow covered

Cheers, m’dears 🙂