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Forest Retreat

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An idyllic place in the woods!  The scene illustrates firstly, a new gacha set by unKindness – Old Smokem’s Mountains National Forest gacha – and it’s all about landscaping for a wooded area that is similar to a national park.  The Rare is the signage and Commons include all sorts of fencing made from cut logs, steps to go up various inclines, camping signs and even a décor bench.  It’s a really useful set if you do a lot of landscaping/blogging scenes that require landscaping.

Here we’ve got a new release from KraftWork and this is the Triciclo.  There’s both adult and children’s sizes and also a décor version.  These are great fun, you can ride them on most terrains and it’s easiest to use your arrow keys for greater control.  When you leap on the tricycle you’ll find a HUD comes up so you can alter the riding position and also how you view yourself camera wise.  It’s possible to set the camera to go behind you so you can see yourself crashing up the gutters and all that good stuff!  If you don’t like the two colours I’ve shown in the picture, then there’s a texture change HUD for 8 colours and 12 country flags – brilliant!  See below for more details.

The bungalow with the cute porch is by Galland Homes and this is on sale at a very special event called ForMax Event, to support long time designer, Max Graf – he was evicted from his real life home recently.  The event is on from October 3rd to 10th. The Keys Bungalow is a small, one room beach bungalow, open/close door included.  I’ve placed this within a wooded environment to show that it’s not just for the beach but is versatile enough for a number of areas.

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The smart dog kennel above is by Serenity Style and it’s for another special Event.  An exclusive for Rally to Rescue. This is a charity event to help dogs. The present edition is focusing funds for Operation Delta Dogs, a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to be assistance dogs for veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. For more information see their website.

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Above picture concentrates on the latest gacha from Raindale – Bright October. It contains all sorts of pumpkin related products, candles, frames and even a broom decorated with string lights. At only L$40 per Play, it won’t be expensive to get yourself a really good set of Autumnal décor.

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

Keys Bungalow by Galland Homes – LI 44 which will fit on 1024 sq metres.This is at the ForMax Event, to support Max Graf, it’s on from October 3rd to 10th. Also, see their…
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TLC Home Collection – Deer Family (mainstore) – a must have set for Autumn! There are versions of the deer that have hot breath particle effect for your cold weather scenes.
TLC Straw Feeder [Summer] – LI 3 (winter version also included)
TLC Fallow [Male] + B – LI 5
TLC Fallow [Female] +B – LI 4
TLC Fallow [Fawn] + B – LI 2

KraftWork – Triciclo, currently at FaMESHed
KraftWork Triciclo (ADULT) – LI 4
KraftWork Triciclo (CHILDREN) – LI 3
Change Colour of Bike and Flag via HUD
Adjustable pose for riding the tricycle and camera follow/static options
There’s a front light and a riding sound, and you can switch camera follow on and off plus there’s an unlock/lock option to ground the vehicle. Texture change options include 12 country flags and 8 colours for the tricycle itself via a HUD.

Serenity Style– My Puppie Sweet Home – LI 3 – Copy/Modify – I resized upwards a bit to fit the adult dog. An AO for the Sign Texture is included so you can make your own sign.
An exclusive for Rally to Rescue.
The event runs from 1st October to 20th and 100% of the sales is donated.

JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 11. Wanderer Silver Black
JIAN Munchkin Kittens :: Calico Wandering Kitten
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jian/239/238/23

Raindale – Bright October gacha, currently at The Avenue for their Halloween Round – everything is exclusive and original Mesh!
There are 7 common prizes (no rares) with Permissions of Transfer/Modify, and it’s L$40 per Play.
– Broom – décor only – 2 LI
– Pumpkin candles – 3 colours – 1 LI each
– Frames – 4 kinds of pictures – 1 LI each
– Pumpkin stack + candles – 1-3 LI
– Apple candles – 3 colours – 1 LI each
– Pumpkin dot lights – 2 kinds – 1 LI each
– Pumpkin string lights + tiny green pumpkin – 1 LI each

Raindale – Southwell gacha – tea set – 2 cups, teapot and biscuit plate
At mainstore
Raindale – Kenward gacha – welcome post – LI 1 – at mainstore
Raindale – String light – LI 3 – from Avenden Cottage set which was in Builder’s Box for August 2017. It has a HUD for on/off bright, glow intensity and colour. It’s a very useful set of lights as it’s large enough to go across a front porch in one go.

22769 ~ [ Bauwerk] Travel Magazines – LI 1
From the Harvest Fest gacha which was recently at the Arcade (see resellers on MP)
22769 – Farmhouse Table – COMMON
22769 – Distressed Rug – COMMON

Soy. Reed Mini Mat – Dark
Soy. Reed Screen [Sudare] Dark -Down

Landscaping:-
unKindness – Old Smokem’s Mountains National Forest gacha, currently at The Gacha Guardians 
uK – Old Smokem’ Fence 3 – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ National Forest Sign RARE – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Curved Incline Steps – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ Steep Incline Curved Steps – LI 3
uK – Old Smokem’ Log Bridge – LI 2
uK – Old Smokem’ Straight Path – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Winding Path – LI 1
uK – Old Smokem’ Log Bench Poseless – LI 1

uK – Little Oasis gacha – Rock Shelf Brown – LI 10 at default size (mainstore)

Hayabusa Design – Nissa Sinensis Old M17-1 v1-1

Dysfunctionality
[DDD] Twinkling Flower Bush – Cluster
[DDD] Twinkling Leafy Bush – Cluster – texture change

Ground – Vita’s Ground Textures – Autumn Dry Leaves – 3D seamless

Until next time, enjoy your seasonal decorating!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Hot Tub Autumn

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Chez Moi Furniture‘s beautiful new hot tub – the Rock Hot Tub – inspired an Autumnal set up for this scene, that I wish I had in real life! It’s just right for the garden and lends itself to a number of settings. There is a control panel on the tub and you access the menu from there – bubbling water in motion, particle steam and water sounds give a realistic experience. The tub will take up to 4 avatars and includes over 60 animations in the PG version, and 120 plus in the Adult. There’s poses for solo and couples, some include automatically rezzing props. It’s a wonderful roleplay piece!

Then there’s another of TLC Home Collection‘s scenes and this is all about sunflowers and the birds that feed on the seeds when they are in full bloom. It’s so pretty and goes very well with the Lanefield Pavilion from Raindale. This is a bit of a fantasy scene once more as you’d not find such things inside a pavilion back in First Life but have imagination, will use it 🙂

Here’s the cheeky finches gathering sunflower seeds, the greater the bounty – the harder the winter!  Check it out and see if I’m not right, Nature provides.  Also, note that beautiful diamond shaped fencing detail at the back of the pavilion. Raindale’s special wood textures are superb.

 

And this is the little scene on one side of the tub… pumpkins on a barrow, sleepy kittens and faery mushrooms. How much more cuteness can you take 🙂

 

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

Raindale – Lanefield pavilion RARE from the Lanefield gacha (mainstore)
LI is only 15 for a spacey pavilion

Chez Moi Furnitures, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event through to October 7th – Rock Hot Tub (in Adult and PG versions) – LI 14 – Copy/Modify

TLC Home Collection, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event through to October 7th
TLC Autumn Sunflower Field with Birds – LI 28, also separate standing animated birds – American Goldfinch, American Robin and European Goldfinch – 1 LI each

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
From the Harvest Fest gacha – Arcade Sept 2017
If the Arcade Event is over, try resellers as this won’t be offered again.
22769 – Party Flags – COMMON – LI 5
22769 – Bunch of Pumpkins Orange – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Bunch of Pumpkins Pale – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Vintage Wheelbarrow – COMMON – LI 5
22769 – Boxtree in Bucket Rusty – COMMON – LI 2

JIAN  – Kitten Booties :: Decor Sleepies – LI 1 – subscriber Group Gift

Landscaping:-

NOMAD – Mushroom Forest, lots of beautiful little mushrooms – chanterelle, fly algaric, penny bun in various groups and solo for 1 LI each, also a tree stump with mushrooms. Currently at Collabor88

KIDD – SHORT GRASS*GREEN MEADOW WILD DAISY – LI 1

Hayabusa Design – Nissa Sinensis Old M17-1 v1-1 – LI 6 – this is a new design by Hayabusa, there are a number of animated tree versions with texture change, including multi textures in the leafy branches (have not seen this done before) and they are also available in a FatPack.

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A Home for the Autumn

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Why not be extravagant and get a home especially for the Autumn season?  Actually, the new Peermont prefab by Galland Homes would be just as nice all year round, but the colours and textures especially suit autumnal landscaping. I’ve set it higher in the ground that you’d normally do but I wanted to put steps up to the porch area as if it were a little woodland hideaway.

 

Features:-

Entrance hall with stairs to 2 good size bedroom and landing
Hall leads to 2 room downstairs and closet under the stairs
Smaller room with window and raised ceiling effect
Larger room with entrance pillars, fireplace and shelving unit, partial partition to deliniate lounge and dining areas, and flagstone floor smaller room off it – would make nice kitchen area or sunroom
Control panel by fireplace – for windows – blinds on/off in all rooms or individual rooms, fire on/off, lock/unlock front and back doors, security – media – and  saving landmarks options

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A close-up of the porch shows the latest furniture set called “Highland Bench set” which is made by Newchurch. This is such low impact and it has a number of options for texture change, you’ll be able to match it with most interiors.  Although it’s really meant to be an indoors set, I’ve put it out here in the porch because I think you could do that on the warmer days of Autumn. I don’t know about those pictures, though, I’ve been a bit artful with those!

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One of the things I admire about this bench is the number of animations.  There are 20 sized for ladies and the same again for gents.  Here I am musing about all the gardening jobs that need to be done for the season. Whether they’ll get done is another matter entirely.  A favourite family phrase of mine goes like this… sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits 🙂 The Highlands bench is an excellent seat for  the latter.

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

Galland Homes – The Peermont, currently at Ultra Event which runs through to October 8th
Peermont – LI 136 – Copy/Modify – Rez Box

Deer Family by Navan Design
Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 4 (clearing) on Autumn 2

Newchurch
Highland Autumn Bench Set – grouped and individual versions included in pack
Wood is Oak and Cherry – sets for both, currently at the Tres Chic Event, which runs to October 5th
Highland Bench in Oak – LI 3 – 20 expressive poses each for ladies & gents
The Cherry Highland Bench has warmer wood with a rather nice mauve seat cushion
Highland Medium Pillow – texture change for 11 designs – 1 LI
Highland Small Pillow – texture change for 11 designs – 1 LI
White Painted Pumpkins – 1 LI each
Autumn Maple Leaf Frames in Oak and Cherry – 1 LI each

Steps up to the porch –
Thistle Homes – Thistle Gilley Lake House –  Front Steps Short – LI 1 – now this was in a Builder’s Box August edition so if you look on the website, you’ll see a picture of the main house. Purchase the August edition HERE.

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Market Le Cute

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This has to be one of the cutest markets you’re ever likely to come across!  Featuring products from Serenity Style, Raindale, TLC Home Collection, Storax Tree, Little Branch and others. I was really fortunate that all these sets matched up!

The Otterbury Tree platform is by Raindale  and you see the top portion of it here, with decorative lights and just the beginning of the ladder down to the ground.  It’s all wooden parts and has a couple of versions, one contains a tree in Autumn livery.

Now on top the platform, I’ve place the total version of TLC Home Collection’s Animated Harvest Scenery, this contains all the items together. This is also available in a version without shadows. Other versions are the Barn Owl with Fence and Sign, and the Harvest Mice and Apple Crates. These are modify so you’ll be able to split them up like I always do 🙂

Interspersed is Serenity Style’s wonderful gacha set – Arya Wooden Forest Friends – lots of versions of various forest animals and birds made in wood cutout style. This is such a delightful and folksy set which you’ll find at the current Lootbox gacha event.

Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England.  It’s a magical place of prehistoric caves and hill climbs. I think this set has captured some of the whimsical qualities of the area.

Now here’s some of the mice which are after the apples, they look like tiny field mice and they are extra cute because the animation has them wriggle their noses and look around!

 

Here’s a close-up of the Farmer’s Market stall, and just look at how beautifully the fruit and veg are made, and another of those cheeky field mice is investigating the produce.

 

If you’re admiring the bobcat resting under a pumpkin patch here (and who wouldn’t) let me tell you that he’s a mere L$20 for Storax Tree group members! You do get the most generous group gifts and discounts from this design house so it’s well worth joining.

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Here’s details on all the Home & Garden products I used today:-

Storax Tree – latest group offers and gifts
Feline Treasures – Pumpkin Patch – Doma Bobcat – LI 5 – larger than default

Serenity Style – Arya Wooden Forest Friends gacha – exclusive for Lootbox Gacha
Serenity Style-Arya Wooden Forest Friends RARE – LI 3
Serenity Style-Arya Wooden Forest Friends -Fox1 and Fox2 – LI 5 each
Serenity Style-Arya Wooden Forest Friends -Bird1 and Bird2 – LI 2 smaller than default
Serenity Style-Arya Wooden Forest Friends -Owl – LI 3
Serenity Style-Arya Wooden Forest Friends -Mouse1 and Mouse3 – LI 3 each

Raindale – Otterbury Tree Platform – exclusive release for Decor Circle which runs through to October 10th
2 types of foliage and 2 versions with and without tree – LI 15/LI 8
You only see part of the Otterbury here, it’s taller with more of a ladder.

TLC Home Collection – Animated Harvest Scenery – Old Town Farmer’s Market,
currently at Tres Chic Designer Circle
TLC Animated Harvest Scenery Fatpack – at LI 20

JIAN – various pumpkins from the Pumpkin Collection with Kittens

{what next} – wonderful group gift
{what next} Fall Apples Centrepiece and {what next} Fall Apple Candle – single

Landscaping:-

The Little Branch – Hello Tuesday bargain which was still there this morning so go and check – Canadian Red Maple {4 Seasons} *Animated- they are 7 Land Impact at the default size but I modifed them for LI 3
Sweet Chestnut* 7 Li {Seasons} *Animated – this was in the August Deco(c)rate Box with the Zen theme – modified for LI 4

Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 4 (clearing) – on Autumn 2 texture
Forest Floor – by Vita’s Ground Textures – Autumn Dry Leaves

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Stormy Weather

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“Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time” ~ Lena Horne

Fortunately, it’s not raining here all the time, only in occasional cloudbursts. When I watch the TV and see all the weather related chaos, I think I’m most fortunate to live in a relatively unscathed part of the Back of Beyond. Hope all is good with you, dear readers, and if it isn’t, that it soon will be 🙂

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used today (excuse the rambling):-

Fancy Decor – Beham Collection, Currently at FaMESHed to September 27th
This is one of Jake’s best sets and deserves your close-up scrutiny.
Fancy Decor: Beham Chair – LI 2
Fancy Decor: Folding Candlestick – LI 4
Fancy Decor: Beham Table – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Hexagonal Mirrors – LI 2

unKindness – pieces from the Dreamer’s Sky gacha.  A beautiful gacha with more pieces than I’ve used here because they couldn’t be reduced to fit the scene – you’ll get a lot of use out of this gacha if you like it artful – there’s some very nice sparkly fog, for instance.
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Sleepwalker – LI 10 (reduced in size from default)
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Puddles Gold – LI 3 (reduced in size from default)
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Cycle Lady’s – LI 1
uK – Dreamer’s Sky Cycle Gent’s – LI 1

Fourth Wall – LED Wall Lamps – 1 LI each – Black with Gold Glow and White with Aqua Glow, currently at The Hidden Chapter (The Chapter Four). I love these because the light is so well thought out.  It’s not immediately blinding so that you have to rush for the sunglasses but it also does the job of lighting up a dark space which not all SL® lighting manages.  The two versions come with and without full bright.

Calm. – il Mare . Wall art . Seaweed – another exquisite piece from one of my favourite art designers, there’s a stunning seahorse in this collection, too.

Pewpew! – Floating Umbrella Light – Pink/Purple Preset – lots of different colours available and they will float gently up and down via the script. Enchanting!  Touch them to stop the movement and touch again to restart the bobbing.

Fish from *HEXtraordinary* – Betta Aquariums gacha. These lil chaps can be set to swim in a defined circle or float about on the spot if you would prefer. There are also snails and 3 types of aquarium to collect in this essential pet lover’s gacha.

KittyCats – Violette of Loordes – much loved Toyger pet!
KittyCats starter kitten boxes at their mainstore
And if you want a Toyger kitten in particular, visit our pet shop where you can find a fair few, or ask me Inworld.

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Library in the Woods

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“Owl,” said Rabbit shortly, “you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest–and when I say thinking I mean thinking–you and I must do it.”
― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

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

Raindale‘s new rustic set, currently at The Liaison Collaborative
Can be purchased individually or in a full set
Raindale – Bitterwood lamp – LI 2 – touch to switch on/off – 2 versions – with and without the books
Raindale – Bitterwood bookshelf – LI 9

Dysfunctionality – texture change landscaping (Autumn Shades)
[DDD] Fluffy Grass
[DDD] Whispy Forest Tree
[DDD] Twinkling Leafy Bush

Larger background trees – Dream Tree – Landscaping by Felix
A magnificent tree for only 3 Land Impact

ForegroundPLAAKA – Hydrocharitaceae Drift (from Lost Garden House gacha)
Try mainstore and Marketplace resellers

Autumn forest leaves texture – Vita’s Ground Textures

Apple Fall – Gourds in Vintage Bowl

Animals & Birds
TLC Home Collection – Songbirds – Chaffinch and Bullfinch
Happy Mood – HPMD* Sitting Rabbit M
[Black Bantam] Baby Bob Cat Cub 02
+Half-Deer+ Secret Garden Bunny – Sakura – Run (not a gacha)

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Dog Day Afternoon

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A hot, sultry afternoon at the end of August, when all you want to do is to lay down with a nice ice cold beer. It’s baking down at the garage and nothing is moving except for puppies and pigeons.

Introducing KraftWork‘s “Converted Garage” which will be at the upcoming FaMESHed event, starting September 1st.  This is a collaboration with TRIIN and if you think you’ve seen something similar, well you have!  It’s the custom build garage from The Lost Forever sim but converted so that you could also use it as a home.  Also showing the Vintage Truck Bar and Mirror by unKindness which is currently a special Marketplace offer to August 30th.

 

Now you also get that gorgeous Smith & Sons sign!  The garage doors fold up and down with a click and inside there’s a large space for the cars ‘n trucks and that opens up into a room that is plenty big enough for the essentials of a house.

 

Let’s go around the sides of the garage. Here at the back you’ve got the garage silo which is a nice piece architecturally in itself.

 

Then here you’ve got the side front elevation, showing the TV mast at the end and a side entrance into the large back room.  The base is part of the build so you don’t have to go looking for a suitable flat piece to park your garage on.

And here we are at the back.  This would be rather nice set into a landscaped garden if you were thinking of using it for a home.

Trucks and pets to finish with!  That dog’s got the right idea.

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Here’s what I used in detail:-

Vita’s Textures – Urban Ground

KraftWork Garage Conversion – LI 73
KraftWork Garage Conversion Sign – LI 24
September FaMESHed

unKindness on Marketplace

uK – Vintage Truck Mirror Red – LI 1
uK – Vintage Truck Bar Red – LI 4
Special offer on Bar FatPacks – Marketplace until August 30th, 50% off until August 30th – hurry! There’s some smashing colour options included a well worn rust version.  Also on offer are DJ Dead Chair FatPacks PG & Adult

The Little Branch_Magnolia Tree {Animated} *Blue
The Little Branch_Sweet Chestnut* 7 Li {Seasons} *Animated

~DF~ Container Trailer 40 ft Blue (LI 9) – these folks are great for static décor items
~DF~ Cabover Tractor Unit White (15 LI)
~DF~ SUV Urban White (CM)
~DecoFranzy~

CheerMaster – *CM* 1987 Chevy Silverado V 1.00

JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 11. Wanderer Silver Black

KraftWork – Pet Shop  Gacha – Toys Bowls and Toys

Animated Pigeon 1 (TrigiGifts)

MadPea – MGMR – Motor Oil Sign 1 (from Garage gacha)
MadPea – MGMR – Motor Oil Sign 3 – MadPea HQ or Marketplace for resellers

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂