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Rock a Bye Baby

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“Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green;
Father’s a nobleman, mother’s a queen;
And Aggy’s a lady, and wears a gold ring;
And Johnny’s a drummer, and drums for the king.” ~ The first printed version from Mother Goose’s Melody (London, c. 1765)

I liked this version of the traditional nursery rhyme and it fitted the products in the picture so well!  The room is in one of KraftWork’s excellent houses which you can obtain through the April Deco(c)rate subscription box.  Of course I had to take some more photos 🙂  In the shot below we are looking down on the roof top which you can access via the ladder.  That skylight window is really great and adds extra light to the room below. Doors will open out onto the balcony. How about decorating this with a rooftop garden 🙂

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Here’s a side view of the balcony and stairs up to the roof.  You can also see the floor below which will take up the extra ceiling room of the balcony making it a larger living space.

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Here we are almost at the top floor and you can see the stairs from the floor below, plus the handy safety rail to save on accidents!

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Let that sunlight in!  Joking apart, when you use the rain particle effect, it really does look like a dull day in Chelsea, suitable for staying in and stuffing yourself up the tube.  This is a Brit way of saying OMG you’re acting like a couch potato.

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

1. Fancy Decor – “Jansen Set” – June ARCADE

01 Fancy Decor: Jansen Sofa RARE – LI 13 – Animations for solo sits – 7, couples 3
03 Fancy Decor: Jansen Vases – LI 1
04 Fancy Decor: Jansen Lamp – LI – light on/off via touch
06 Fancy Decor: Jansen Rug – LI 3
07 Fancy Decor: Jansen Cocktail Table – LI 4
08 Fancy Decor: Jansen Throw Pillow – LI 1
09 Fancy Decor: Jansen Art Books A – LI 1
10 Fancy Decor: Jansen Art Books B – LI 1
11 Fancy Decor: Jansen Frans Hals Portrait A – LI 1
12 Fancy Decor: Jansen Frans Hals Portrait B – LI 1
13 Fancy Decor: Jansen Cocktail Shaker – LI 1
14 Fancy Decor: Jansen Mineral Water – LI 1
15 Fancy Decor: Jansen Cocktail Tools – LI 1
17 Fancy Decor: Jansen Drapes – LI 3 modified for size
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fancy%20Decor/155/109/26

2. ::Newchurch:: – currently at ULTRA

“Thompson Industrial Wine Cart” – LI 7 – Copy & Modify
Sliding glasss doors open and close on touch, both sides

3. KraftWork – “Chelsea Rain Building/Loft” – April Deco(c)rate

KraftWork Chelsea Rain (ASSEMBLED) – LI 178 – Copy & Modify
Also included is ground floor part – LI 18, intermediate floor – LI 22, and Particle Rain which is Copy & Modify.

KraftWork – “Pet Shop” Gacha – Toys Bowls and Toys – LI 1 – see mainstore

 

4. Serenity Style – “Duke Retro” Gacha Set

Serenity Style- Duke Retro Radio Red – LI 3
Serenity Style- Duke Retro Headphones Rare – LI 3

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The 11th annual Home & Garden Expo Second Life® – runs through to June 2nd
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1. Evolve Art Gallery picture
Rose Painting (Mesh) Canvas – Evolve Art – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
By Enjolie Mccullough who is a painter & artist in RL and SL®. This year she’s giving away 2 exclusive paintings!
Find Evolve Art Gallery in SL®
Expo Landmark

2. Z.O.E. – Hanging Ladder Planter – LI 9 – Copy & Modify
Z.O.E. – Staircase Bookends – LI 3 – Copy & Modify
100% proceeds benefit RFL – L$100 and L$75
Expo Landmark

3. Terrashop – quality mesh flowers & Plants

Green Orchid – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify
Expo Landmark

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Mesh India – Lotus Lamp (from “Siddhartha Decor” Gacha @ PocketGacha) – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify

junk. – drum table – modified – LI 2 at default – Copy & Modify

Raindale – Ellesmere Balloon – LI 1 – from “Ellesmere” gacha

TLC Home Collection – from the “Forever my Dove” set
Eurasian Collared Dove – LI 1 – Copy & Modify

JIAN – “Splendid Spaniels” Gacha – 18. Upside Down Sleeper – LI 1

Apple Fall Products – all Copy & Modify
Classic Baby Crib – LI 3 at default – modified for size
Juliette Teapot – LI 1
Juliette Tea Cup, Honey & Lemon Tea – LI 1
Gourds in Vintage Bowl – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Dine out in Comfort

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Two of my favourite things to do – relax and eat – what could be better. The cats think so, too, indeed one of them is considering that fried chicken dish full of tasty morsels, especially while the cook’s missing.

This gorgeous house is by KraftWork and you can pick up a copy at 6º Republic which runs until May 20th. It was a stand out product for me at the Event and it’s called the “Puget Sound Retreat”. Perfect for summertime scenes, you’ve got a nice large patio in partial shade and an airy spacious living space which contains shelving, sink and counter top area, huge glass windows, glass door and stairs to the roof which will naturally increase the floor space no end. Also included is a nice animated fire prim so you can either use that in the internal fireplace to make it cosy at night or the outside one for barbecues and evening cuddles. I filled that with flowers in the photograph. And… you also get a handy wall panel which I used on the building here. It could also be utilised inside to block some of the glass if you didn’t want the building to be so open. I did look up the name Puget Sound that the KraftWork building is named after and it turns out to be an area of the North Western US state of Washington. It’s an inlet of the Pacific Ocean and looks like the sort of place that would be great for sailing. That’s info for my Eurozone and Eastern readers!

 

 

 

Featured is a new food gacha by unKindness and that’s at 6º Republic as well. Yummy is all I can say and it’s really good because you get both preparation and finished product. For instance, with that tasty fried chicken the cat is after in the skillet, you have a corresponding chicken prep product. It makes for excellent roleplay and that is part of the fun of SL®. Appreciate the Country Fixin’s gacha.

 

 

Chilling out is the other kitty on [ zerkalo ]‘s new bed, from a gacha which is positively brimming with luxury, this is the Relaxed Corner gacha and it’s currently at the new round of Kustom9. Now the Rare for this is a rather nice fireplace but there are also two beds, one of which is Adult and those are Commons. So… a chance of winning an Adult bed as a Common, can’t be bad. You may have to wait a while to get into Kustom9, I tried today and it was no go even in the quiet Eurozone time. Good job Zerks is a sponsor of mine! The cushions, quilt, and bed all have really nice animations and the Knotted Rope lights are most unusual. A nice lot of décor items.

 

 

22769 made up a lot of the other décor from the Backyard Patio gacha which you’ll find at May Gacha Garden Event. Very nice set and it includes a smashing seahorse on plinth piece of décor which I really appreciated because I collect animal inspired décor pieces, the house is full of them. 22769 is all user created Mesh and the furniture animations are original as well. Generally, they are a prolific and creative design house which has stood the test of time. I recommend visiting their mainstore.

 

 

The garden is made exclusively from Little Branch products and I must say, designer Cari produces exquisite trees and shrubs that are suitable for all season landscaping. They are realistic and versatile and you usually get bonus plant items in each tree pack – I’ve detailed those below. I love the woven trunk of the Flowering Dogwood, it’s just beautiful and showed up well in my photograph. Cari has worked hard on reducing the Land Impact of the Little Branch trees over time and now you can use quite a lot of them for a reasonable outlay – make orchards, forests, even pack your garden with trees if you want to without breaking the prim bank. The mainstore is a delight to visit and would make a good first date (because it’s interesting, beautiful and nothing contentious) or just because you love the natural world.

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

KraftWork for 6º Republic – Puget Sound Retreat
KraftWork Puget Sound Retreat – LI 93 – Copy/Modify
KraftWork Puget Sound Wall Panel – LI 2 – Copy/Modify
KraftWork Fire for Fireplace (TOUCH ON/OFF) – LI 1 – Copy only

unKindness – Country Fixin’s Food Gacha for 6º Republic
uK – Country Fixin’s Boiled Tators – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Tator Salad Prep – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Cornbread Skillet – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Boiled Corn Cobs – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Fried Chicken – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Chicken Prep – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Egg Wash Prep – LI 1
uK – Country Fixin’s Horseshoe Tray – LI 2

uK – Old Smokem’ Straight Path – LI 1 – modified slightly for darker wood – from the Old Smokem’s Park gacha – mainstore

k o s m ii :: Cypress Slice Table – LI 5 – currently at 6º Republic
I just loved this table and would have bought a lot more from this store but rent was due *laughs*

[ zerkalo ] – Relaxed Corner gacha, currently at Kustom9 Event
[ zerkalo ] Relaxed Corner Gacha – Quilted Plaid – LI 4
[ zerkalo ] Relaxed Corner – Bed PG – LI 11
[ zerkalo ] Relaxed Corner Gacha – Two Pillows – LI 2
[ zerkalo ] Relaxed Corner Gacha – Plane Propeller – LI 1
[ zerkalo ] Relaxed Corner Gacha – Knot Lamp Straight – LI 1

Little Branch – Moonflower Shrub//Flowering Dogwood

LB_Flowering Dogwood.v2 {Animated} Seasons – LI 12 – currently at Sense Event

LB_Moon Flower Shrub.V1.1 {Animated} – LI 4 – currently at Chapter Four Event
LB_Moon Flower Shrub.V1.3 {Animated} – LI 7
LB_Moon Flower Shrub.V1.2 {Animated} – LI 2
These shrubs have a choice of lavender, white, pink, blue and yellow flowers via texture HUD
Little Branch also have Moon Flower trees at The Liaison Collaborative so don’t miss those!

Also used Little Branch Grass V.4 – LI 5 and Snakeweed 4-seasons – LI 3 (included in Flowering Dogwood pack) and Buffalo Grass – LI 4 (included in Moon Flower Shrub pack)
Also used the Little Branch Hill-v1 {Low Li} – modified for texture
and Little Branch Wild Grass*1Li {Lavender}

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Backyard Patio gacha, currently at The Gacha Garden
22769 – Moss Bowl – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Seahorse Figurine – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Leather Plate – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Patio Rattan Pouf – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Garden Magazine – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Amphore with Bowstring Hemp – COMMON – LI 3
22769 – Stone Cups – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Leather Flip Flops – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Paper Lantern – COMMON – LI 1 – variable instensity of light

Chez Moi Furnitures – part of the Barbecue Party set – LI 14 – slightly modified for darker wood – I reviewed the whole set in a previous post HERE

Raindale ~ Somerfield lemonade – LI 2 – from Somerfield gacha set, mainstore
Raindale ~ Somerfield tree swing – LI 2 – 9 animations

Brocante – retro hanging lamp / copper – LI 2 – texture change for bowl part of lamp

Consignment – [Con.] Squatchin Patio Chair – 2 tone – LI 3

Dust Bunny, from Hanging Plants set currently at FaMESHed
dust bunny . hanging plants . cheese plant
dust bunny . hanging plants . ivy planter

JIAN – Ragdoll Cats – FaMESHed
JIAN Ragdoll Cat Collection :: Wanderer – LI 9 and choice of 4 textures, resize, sound on/off, name, set radius of wander.  Warning – they are naughty!

Heart Garden Centre/Heart Botanicals – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – Blue Dream – S4 – From the Echinacea set

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Art of Tea

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What a difference a day makes, especially when the Labs have replaced a vital piece of hardware which meant folks couldn’t log in yesterday!

Today, I felt inspired by this great new gacha from unKindness – it’s the Tea Time Delight gacha, presently at Whimsical.  It has a whopping 18 pieces, 2 of which are Rares, all to do with drinking tea and eating cup cakes. Other cutlery  and quail’s egg pieces are from .Shi, part of 5 sets available at the new round of Shiny Shabby.  These pieces were so beautiful I thought they deserved to be in an art gallery.

Now tell me you don’t want a cuppa and cake after that!

Here’s the pieces I used in detail:-

.Shi – Vintage Flatwear teaspoon and cake fork in bronze
.Shi – Quail Egg Display with Lights
(both from the Noir Minimalist Set, currently at Shiny Shabby)

unKindness – Tea Time Delights gacha, currently at Whimsical

KraftWork
Fontainebleau – Lips Wall Hanging
Simone Spotlight
KraftWork Wall System – Geometric
(all at the Mainstore)

Black Tea Tray & Homage to Tea design – Moz

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Take to the Stage!

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“I was faced with a choice at a difficult age
Would I write a book? Or should I take to the stage?
But in the back of my head I heard distant feet
Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat”

Pet Shop Boys ~ “Left to my own devices”

KraftWork has made a wonderful stage (currently at Indie Teepee Festival) that has a texture change background HUD, here I’ve put it on plain black but it’s a lot more versatile than that. In essence, I wanted to do a monochrome picture today, it’s not easy to capture all the shading to give a good representation of the scene so I hope I’ve done a reasonable job here.

The main furniture is from Fancy Decor‘s new set – The Dürer Collection (currently at UBER). The collection is influenced by the work of Albrecht Dürer, a painter, printmaker and theorist of the German Renaissance. This was a cultural and artistic movement that spread among German thinkers in the 15th and 16th centuries. Albrecht established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high quality woodcut prints. His friends included the major Italian artists of his time including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo.

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

KraftWork – Not a Box Stage – currently at Indie Teepee Festival
18 by 12 footprint, Land Impact – 157, colour change HUD for 9 colours

Fancy Decor – The Dürer Collection – currently at UBER
Fancy Decor: White Vase – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Gray Vase – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Black Vase – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Rug – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Lamp – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Brush Art – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Sideboard (white) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Sideboard (black) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Dürer Chair (gold) – LI 1 – 9 solo sits
Fancy Decor: Dürer Chair (silver) – LI 1 – 9 solo sits

Materials have been enabled. All items except chairs have Permissions of Copy/Modify, chairs are Copy only.

Fancy Decor: Bonham Chandelier (gold) – also silver and black versions – 5 LI

Fancy Decor: 3rd Anniversary cake – group gift

Calm. Designs – Wren Sconce – includes mirror version – LI 1 – currently at Home Show 2017 until July 29th

TLC Home Collection – White Peacock, tail down and Mallard on her nest

Food by Poche – drinks from Coffee Shop Gacha – Iced Lemon Tea, Mixed Juice, Iced Coffee

Dysfunctionality – Twinkling Flower Bushes and Twinkling Ivy – all texture change

Mori. – flower candle . toga

*HEXtraordinary* Lotus Candle Holder
*HEXtraordinary* Marble Buddha Statue

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

KraftWork – Suspended Art & IWD

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There’s something rather comforting about art galleries. You can sit there and get absorbed in an artwork you admire and find many layers to the work. KraftWork have made the “Suspended Art” that you see in the photograph, you can hang it from any ceiling and, as it’s modify, it will fit a lot of spaces. Designer, Nod, says it’s to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on the 8th March.

The theme for this day is #BeBoldForChange. You can click on any of these links to read more.

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

But the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.

To collect your copy of KraftWork‘s Suspended Art (and you can add your own photos to it) visit the mainstore.

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden pieces used in this post:-

KraftWork Suspended Art – LI 3 (altered upwards from the original) – C/M

KraftWork Wall System – Geometric – 1 LI each panel and 12 inner panel textures to choose from – C/M

KraftWork_Marfa_Diary_Table – LI 4 – C/M
KraftWork_Marfa_Cocoon_Sofa – LI 5 – animated poses – 1 menu for Friends, 2 menus for Couples -C/M
KraftWork_Marfa_Rug – LI 3 – C/M

KraftWork_Simone_Spotlight_vs1.2 – you can alter the intensity, radius, falloff and glow via the script – LI 3 – C/M

Room in the ROOST – Uplands Fold Standard House version 1 – LI 63 – C/M

Snow on Everything with 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]

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Little Winter Cottage_large front elevation
You can have any Home & Garden item you like as long as there’s snow on it!  22769 ~ [Bauwerk] have released a number of winter sets which are superb. You’ll have to brave 3 Events to get all these but they are well worth lagging around for.

I think this is one of the most enchanting Christmas cottages I’ve seen this year and what’s more, you can get a version without the snowy roof and be able to use it all year round.

Little Winter Cottage_porch

There’s a lovely porch with open/close doors and a huge conservatory that has views to the front and side of the property. A lot of picture windows add to the light effect and make a small prefab spacious.

Little Winter Cottage_side elevation

“Little Winter Cottage”
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cottage with and without snowtop – LI 50 – 52, footprint is approx 13.0 by 14.0 meters and 9.5 – 10.0 meters in height

Little Winter Cottage_conservatory

Little Winter Cottage_upstairs

Little Winter Cottage_cottage back

The brick walls are decorative landscaping items and they have snowy and non-snowy versions for all the pieces.  Very nice texturing on these with the red brick and gray slate tops. They’d look amazing as a walled garden for very little land impact, you could use a couple of the pillars as a gateway.

Garden Walls_long

“Winter Garden Walls Building Set”
Contains:
long wall with or without snowtop – LI 4 – 6, approx 8.3 meters long,  small wall with or without snowtop – LI 2 – 3, approx 5.6 meters long,  pillar with or without snowtop – LI 2, either

Garden Walls n Snowman

Pick up your cottage and walls from Wayward Winter Market, which runs until the 2nd January.

The snowman on the bench is a Rare from the highly humorous Snowmen Gacha, available to play at The Liaison Collaborative Event which runs until 2nd January.

“Snowmen gacha”
1 Rare and 8 Commons – 3 – 6 LI, bench has 8 single sit animations
Transfer/Modify and 50L$ per play

Now for the decorations. They are available at the Tannenbaum Holiday Market Event which runs until 25th December.

Decoration Containers

“Christmas Decoration Set”
Decorative items only.
Contains:
booktree table, linked and unlinked version – LI 7 for the linked
decoration containers – small, medium, large – LI 2 each
Glassed Candle – LI 3, flame on/off via touch

Glassed candle

I particularly liked the booktree which makes a very amusing decoration for practically anywhere around the house.

Booktree Tables

Other pieces used:

Trees and Shrubs by The Little Branch
Christmas Tree, toys, gifts by Tartessos Arts

Little Winter Cottage_large with walls

Until next time, happy shopping 🙂

Cheers, m’dears!