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Merry-go-Round

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Roundabouts are the stuff of childhood memories, maybe you rode one at the local fair or you found one in a nearby playground and made a beeline for it! I think adults love these just as much as children and there’s no shame in beating the kids to your favourite brightly painted horse. Of course you need candy floss to make the experience complete 🙂

Raindale‘s Windridge gazebo is just right to house our merry-go-round, and it’s available at the current Cosmopolitan Event round. You can rez it with or without the string lights but it’s so nice to have those lights twinkling about you. There’s a texture changer for the tiled roof and I used the blue one to match Culprit’s beautiful Vintage Carousel. There’s a couple of texture versions for this – one is a delicate blue and white combo and the other is a more robust red. The carousel rotates at a reasonable rate, at least it doesn’t make the riders feel giddy. There’s a variety of different pose choices for the riders including Drunk, Huggy, Near Fall, Wave and Gallop. Great fun!

All around I’ve been using Little Branch‘s current trees and vegetation. The orange tree is out at the store and the Young Bradford is at Limit8 – hurry if you want this as supplies are limited. These trees are gently animated and the branches move as if in a light breeze. It’s so nice to have that natural movement within your landscaping scenes as it gives gardens, parks and landscapes life. They are both 4-Season trees which make them versatile – it’s like you purchased four trees in one pack. I also used Wild Grass in lavender (you can also get the same in dry texture), animated Snakeweed, a white, rounded Flowerfield (a Little Branch speciality) and a low impact hill over and over again to build up the scene. Doesn’t take much to look really fabulous.

In the foreground are Serenity Style‘s Purr Cute Ducks which are a gacha. My favourite is the one sitting down.  Now this gacha was from December 2017 PocketGacha originally, and there are some of these as resellers on Marketplace (I just had a look) or check out the mainstore.

Last but not least, are the Magical Orbs by KraftWork and HERA. This is a collaboration between the two designers, and currently showing at SaNaRae. The orbs are a photo prop which is meant to be held but I’ve rezzed it here. Each prop will include 3 different Bento poses to make your photography stand out in a realistic way. Emissive maps are enabled for superior photographic effects. They do look gorgeous! I was using the Gold version as it had little blue butterflies that matched the horses in the merry-go-round.  These things happen like magic – it’s a magical scene, after all 🙂

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

KraftWork + HERA Magical Orbs – Gold Pose 1 – LI 53 (meant to be held)
Pick up a pack as well as individually at the current SaNaRae Event.

 

Serenity Style– Purr Cute Ducks- Sitting – LI 1
Serenity Style- Purr Cute Ducks- Mum & Kids RARE – LI 1
Serenity Style- Purr Cute Ducks- Standing – LI 1
Serenity Style- Purr Cute Ducks- Babie Standing – LI 1

Culprit – Vintage Carousel – Snow and Red versions – LI 47

Raindale, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
Windridge Gazebo and optional string lights – Land Impact 14-21 depending on the version used. Permissions are Copy/Modify. Texture changer – 6 roof tiles options. Regular and Winter versions with snow.

Little Branch
Young BradFord {Animated} *4-Seasons – LI 7 – at Limit8 Event
For the following, visit Little Branch Mainstore
Orange Tree V2 {Animated} *4-Seasons – LI 5
White Flowers 1 {Rounded-Field} – LI 7
Wild Grass *1 LI {Lavender} – LI 1
Hill-v1 {Low LI} – LI 1
Snakeweed {Animated} – LI 3

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Been around the World

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The inspiration for this scene was Chez Moi‘s World Map Décor.  Not only do we have lots of different products from around the world in this picture, the product creators also live in various far-flung places in real life – Second Life® is what draws us all together.

This is quite a mixture of products but they all match up, not least because of the modify and texture change options which certainly make furniture of this kind a lot more versatile.

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Three close-ups of the products follow.  The first is Newchurch‘s Fiona Kitchen.  This is a modular low prim kitchen which, with a bit of judicious fiddling, will fit most kitchen spaces. All pieces are originally white but are easily tinted, so in this scene half of them are that cheerful deep orange.  Don’t look aghast – I’ve seen glaringly scarlet red kitchen units in real life, not to mention egg yolk yellow and lime green.  You can tint the prims, remove the bump/normal maps, and change the shine/specular maps as you see fit.

Several of the pieces have animations inside of them. The sink has several washing poses, the stove/oven has cooking poses, and the counter top has several food preparation poses.

 

The second close-up shows also Known as‘s Alonzo Dining set.  Those place mat settings are so useful, there’s no messing about finding separate plates, cutlery and glasses – they are all there in one quick rez.  Nice dark wood for the table and chairs, too.  I really like the shape of this set.  The chairs have great animations in them and aka has certainly thought carefully about what you need for a dining chair.  There’s poses for coffee/waiting/bored, then a Masculine menu with 6 poses, a Feminine menu with 5 poses, and a good Dining menu with suitable poses (soup/main meal/dessert/wine) for ladies and gents.

The food is from Dust Bunny’s Sweetheart Lunch  gacha.  I was very fortunate when I played on this machine – I got everything without too many repeats except for two prizes which I found on Marketplace as I didn’t want to push my luck.  I know when the Gacha Gods are smiling and when they are raising their eyebrows!

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This is Chez Moi‘s Kensington living room set in close-up, please excuse the puppies! They are so tired out they didn’t even notice us scoffing lunch. The couch has room for 1-3 people, and it comes with 116 animations in the PG version and 180 animations in the Adult version:
~ 72 single poses (12 male animations and 12 female animations in each spot)
~ 44 animations for couples in love (22 x 2)
~ 64 intimate poses in the Adult version (32x 2)
There’s a texture change options for the throw – cream, biscuit, gold, chocolate, red, green, blue, dark grey, light grey – a great example of versatile furniture.

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

NEWCHURCH – Fiona Kitchen, currently at ON9 Event to January 31st
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Sink – LI 3
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Medium Wall Cabinet – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Medium Counter – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Oven – LI 2
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Range Hood – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Tall/Narrow Cabinet (L and R versions) – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Refrigerator – LI 1
:: N :: Fiona Kitchen – Kitchen Island also included

also Known as – Alonzo Dining Set – individual pieces – currently at the Man Cave Event to February 1st

*all products will contain a current landmark HUD and a redelivery HUD
also Known as – Alonzo Dining Table – LI 4
also Known as – Alonzo Dining Chair – LI 2 (see previous for more info)
also Known as – Alonzo Placemat – LI 1 (there’s also a rug in the set)

Chez Moi Furnitures – Kensington Collection, currently at Shiny Shabby to February 15th
*Kensington Chest Table CHEZ MOI – LI 1
*Decor Candles CHEZ MOI – LI 3
*Kensington Couch Sectional CHEZ MOI – LI 1 – PG and Adult versions
*World Map Wall Decor CHEZ MOI – LI 1 – there are also picture frames on this when it’s full size (LI 1 each) and you can drag your own photos onto these if you’ve visited that part of the world – clever idea!
*There’s also a single fancy chair included in the pack that has 40 animations – 20 female and 20 male – wooden chair with 8 option texture change for the fabric seating – black, white, yellow, red, biscuit, beige, green and blue

Krescendo – Chandelier Pack – with various lengths of hanging chain
[Kres] Chandelier – LI 2
[Kres] Chandelier – Chain Medium – LI 1
Comes with texture change HUD for metals (3) and crystals (7)
This versatile and very posh chandelier is in the January Deco(c)rate “Champagne Dreams”

[Tia] – Kitchenware Pack – texture change for 7 pastel shades
[Tia] – Tuscany Aquarius Fountain – LI 7

OneDecor – Barrel Lamp copper – LI 2 – Shiny Shabby to February 15th

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Dishes on Rack – from the Industrial Kitchen Set

[ zerkalo ] – Kitchenware from “Coffee on the Porch” gacha

Food from Dust Bunny’s “Sweetheart Lunch” gacha – Epiphany Gacha Event
Dust Bunny – Harvest Feast gacha –  Pumpkin Pie – Mainstore

{BellEquipe} – Apple Rose Pie – at Shiny Shabby to February 15th

BackBone – Sparkly Wine

%Percent – Kitchenware Cannister Set

Trompe Loeil – Chrome Vase with Violet Flowers

JIAN – “Dashing Dalmatians” gacha – 18. Triple Nap
at Epiphany Gacha Event

Ariskea – {Australia} Macramé Rug, {Australia} Painting, {Australia} Olive twigs

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Bar in the Sky

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Here’s a skybox that you’ll love for the masses of light streaming in from the windows and the realistic, beautiful texturing overall – plus the addition of an outside deck! It has such a pleasant feel to it, and would be a joy to live in. The down side is that you’ll have to wait until October 2nd to claim your copy. That’s when [Fourth Wall] will release the Modern Attic Skybox at the new round of INDUSTRIE.

I’ve included three pictures of the interior here and also decorated a portion of it – one of the side walls – as a modern bar for the discerning gent *laughs*. Ah well, the bulldog pup got there first and is hanging around the fridge hoping there’s some milk/sausages to be had, he’s not really interested in the alchofrolics.

 

 

There are windows on both sides of the skybox and the result creates a really airy atmosphere that needs a consequent lightness in the decoration, I feel.

 

On one side a pair of double glass doors opens to a small concrete patio. Step out there and you are quite secure as a wall goes all the way around. It’d be great for a couple of deck chairs and/or some planters. Click on the doors to open and close.

 

The “bar” is a slightly enlarged version of KraftWork‘s Modern Tete a Tete, an interesting piece that contains poses for both sides. You can get some artful effects if you use it as a background. As you can see here, it has great decorative potential as well. That marvellous Chalk Board Fridge is the KraftWork September Group Gift and it’s a mere L$25 to join the group – details below.

Artwork is by unKindness, and there are a couple of massed sets here, one for the wall and one that stands on the floor against a wall. They are arranged already so no messing about – that’s what I like!

The clock is by Newchurch and it matches a recent table that I blogged. These are on SL Time and can also be altered as you wish. I think the clock is a modern classic. The bar accoutrements are from [ zerkalo ] and I haven’t shown the entire gacha. That does contain a more rustic bar but as you can see, the pieces are versatile enough to fit in with other styling trends.

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

[FOURTH WALL]
Modern Attic Skybox @ INDUSTRIE – Event opens October 2nd
[FOURTH WALL] – Modern Attic Skybox – LI 29 – Copy/Modify – 13.6 by 10.6 metres
Quite an open skybox with lots of windows

[FOURTH WALL] – Marble Shelves @ Limit8 – Modern minimalist marble shelves in black & white – 1 LI each – runs through to October 13th

[ zerkalo ] – Bar Z gacha – currently at Kustom9 – runs through to October 10th
Bar Z – Stool – LI 2 – 7 solo sits
Whiskey, Wine, Gin and Vodka bottles – 1 LI each
Shot, Wine, Beer and whiskey glasses – 1 LI each
Tequila Neon Sign – on/off blinking – 2 LI
Vodka Neon Sign – on/off blinking – 1 LI (size reduced)
Bar Z – Wine Rack – LI 2
Darts Board with darts – LI 2
Beer Tower – LI 3
Billiard-balls Candle – LI 3

unKindness – Dude Art Sets
Currently at ManCave which runs through to October 3rd
uK – Dude Art Wall Set – LI 2
uK – Dude Art Floor Set – LI 1 (on top of the bar)

KraftWork
New group gift – Chalkboard Fridge – LI 2
Ashtray from Shotgun Jazz Club gacha on PocketGacha – LI 2
For details, please see – http://pocketgacha.com
KraftWork Modern Tete a Tete – LI 34 – each seat has 9 poses

ARIA- Dido Cheese Platter And Wine Glasses – LI 5

Newchurch – Chronos Wall Clock, Black – LI 2

{what next} – Swiss Cheese Plant – LI 2

Seven Emporium – Neon Legs – LI 1

JIAN – Fun Frenchies gacha – 18. Brindle Wanderer

SAU Motorcycles – [sau] mouse [Lite] [Fire] – LI 9 – ridable

Combining popular contemporary styles of minimalist & industrial design, INDUSTRIE is your one-stop event for modern monthly shopping. Check out their website!

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Wall Street

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“Do the Wall Street shuffle
Hear the money rustle
Watch the greenbacks tumble
Feel the Sterling crumble

Oh, Mister Hughes
Did your money make you better?
Are you waiting for the hour
When you can screw me?
‘Cause you’re big enough to do the…
Wall Street Shuffle” ~ 10cc

LISTEN

Featuring the new collection from Fancy Decor for September’s Arcade Gacha Event.   “The Wall Street Shuffle” is a single by the British pop/rock band 10cc, released in 1974. The song originally appears on the band’s 1974 album Sheet Music. It was the most successful single to be released from the album, reaching No. 10 on the UK chart.  Thanks to my pal and fellow blogger, Starr, for gacha swapping where I got the wonderful howling wolf!

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

Fancy Decor – Dover Collection at The Arcade Gacha Event
L$50 per Play
1. Designer Computer (Rare)
2. Deck Chair (Rare)
3. Desk
4. Shelf
5. Shelf II
6. Console
7. Tray
8. Lamp
9. Whale Tail Books
10. Desk Lamp
11. Art
12. Rug
13 Cube Sculpture
14. Books & Trinkets

August Group Gift (at the mainstore)
Fancy Decor: Copper Magazine Holder
– make sure you have the Fancy Decor group on!

Fancy Decor: Turvy Wine Glass – from the Bonham Dining Set
Fancy Decor: Desk Accessories
Fancy Decor: Sphere Art Sculpture (gold)

Jinx : Wolf Pack Gacha : Howl

Prefabrica – Turkey

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Woof!

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It was a lovely sunny day so I decided to go for a walk in the park. Coming to the end of my exercise where I usually collapse onto one of the seats, I spotted this building at the end of the promenade. Well, what have we got here?

A little bit closer and I see it’s a Pet Shop! How cute and how typical that some of the puppies have already escaped. They are a right handful 🙂

You can get pet toys and pet inspired furniture and décor here. There’s even a shower for dirty dogs! How very useful but I bet they don’t think so.

You buy anything you like, as long as it’s dog related!

Listen to the radio while drinking your water! Relax in the sunshine afterwards.

I don’t know what the collective name for Dalmatians is,  except maybe “trouble” 🙂

Live, Love and don’t forget to… BARK!

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I didn’t use all the pieces of the two gacha here so have included keys for them both.  They are at the current run of the Cosmopolitan Event which started on April 24th.

KraftWork – Pet Shop Toys gacha

TLC Home Collection – Animated Dogs gacha

 

Here’s the rest of the Home & Garden items I used :

1 KraftWork The Soap Collection Shop Scale RARE v2
1 KraftWork Vintage Bakelite Radio
KraftWork_Simone_Spotlight_vs1.2

Cheeky Pea – NorthHaven Planter – LI 1 – now at UBER

ARIA – Nouvel Potted Leafy Plant – mainstore
ARIA – Nouvel Potted Fern
Mutresse-Thirsty-Dalmatian Puppies gacha
The Square in the Center – Maya’s Architecture – LI 36

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Of Birds and Barbeques

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22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - pieces

 

Gacha Guardians is running until July 31st! To start, you’ll need a special HUD from their main location or any participating store. The HUD will allow you to find and collect rune stones. Once you’ve hit the rune stone, you can either play the gacha at the current location or move on to the next. So, it’s a bit of a game and a bit of a gacha!

All particating stores will have a special Gifts of the Guardians, and you can get keys for these by playing a machine 10 times. When you’ve visited all the locations and touched each rune stone – you can open a special portal to enter the Guardian’s Treasure Room. Use your keys to unlock all the specials gifts! After the event, these will be retired and never made available again.

For more info including pictures of the prizes, visit the Gacha Guardians blog.

Today, I’m showcasing 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s gacha which is called, “BBQ for 2”. It’s a lovely extensive gacha and as the items are copy, you can have much more than just two people over for your bbq!

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - ready to grill

The BBQ for 2 Gacha contains:

RARES:
Beer Crate Chair – red*
Beer Crate Chair – green*
each with 3 single sit animations
LI 2

Coolbox
decoration item only
LI 2

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - grill area

COMMONS:
Kettle Grill hide/show meat on touch
Boom Box
BBQ Tools
Paper Cups
BBQ Dips
Bread
Beer Keg
BBQ Party A-Frame
Tire Table
Plate with Corn
Plate with Grilled Chicken
Plate with Melon Slices
Plate with Saussages
Plate with Raw Meat
Ketchup & Mustard
Sidetable

All Common Items are decoration items only 8 – 1 LI

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - Pergola

The Gift of The Guardians is this fabulous “BBQ Party Pergola” with a land impact of 15. It has a good length of decking with the drapes at one end and here I’ve put it over the river because if the grill sets alight all we have to do is to tip it over the side!

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - Saucy songbirds

The birds are visiting/ahem! taking over and they are all from TLC Home Collection – “Songbirds Collection Set 2”. These are delightful animated songbirds and you can control the volume of their songs. There’s 3 in the set – Blue Tit, Bullfinch and Chaffinch.

 

Visit 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] mainstore to try your luck.

Cheers, m’dears and happy bbqing 🙂

KittyCats!

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This is an unashamedly sentimental post about the virtual pets – KittyCats. I’ve always had some sort of SL breedables but none that I’ve liked so much as these affectionate little bundles of fur. They come in all sorts of sizes from teacup to mega and you can ride on the mega variety. They all start off as Kitten Boxes and clicking on this box tells you about their parentage and traits. Of course, there’s a thriving market in selling kittens with rare traits or simply an unusual combination that a prospective buyer might adore.  Here’s our latest pair, Choccie (a Chateau Coffee n Cream) and Inky (a Russian Black). Now Inky is a matte black Russian kitty which we prefer, even though it’s not a notable fur trait he’s just more black than if you had him with a shiny fur like the male of our previous pair, Ezra.

choccie n inky just grown

Later on, you can breed from them and pair them up. It’s a science with recessive and dominant traits and sometimes, out of the blue, you get rare sizes or traits that have been introduced as ‘specials’. At the moment, there’s the New Year KittyCats which are born during the first week of 2016. By a great stroke of luck, Choccie and Inky got a female kitten on the 1st of January that not only had all the new traits but was also a rare size – Fur: New Year Peace – Water
Eyes: Sun Peace (Shape: Mysterious | Pupil: Small)
Shade: Flair
Tail: Curious
Ears: Soft Fold
Whiskers: Sun Tipped (Shape: Plush)
Size: Bigger de Big

I took this picture in midnight lighting and it’s Ezra waiting hopefully by the kitten box, just in case I decide to keep the Peace kitten *laughs*. He’s got his denim vest on – and that’s one of the good things about KittyCats – there’s all sorts of accessories for them. Baskets, clothes, collars, scratching posts, kitty gym, posh feeding bowls… to name but a few.

Ezra waits hopefully by the new kitten box

KittyCats have an excellent website (see info at end of this article) and you can read all about them there. Now you don’t have to keep them all Inworld but there’s also a virtual cattery on the website and you can breed from there if you’re after a particular trait or you have best sellers in your stock or if you just don’t have enough prims to keep them all out. Inworld, you can reduce them down from the animated version to a cutout card. But generally, once you’ve lived with the fully animated animals, you will want to keep a couple of pairs as pets as they are so engaging.  Here’s Eliza (a Copper Bengal), Choccie and Inky with their sleep toys which appear automatically when they sleep.

sleep toys

KittyCats will travel between sims and can be teleported with your avatar. As kittens they will sit on your shoulder but as they grow up (takes around a week) they will interact much more with you like a real pet would. They need feeding or they will fall sick and lose the animations. If you rent land or housing, check the rental agreement as landlords will generally have a rule about how many KittyCats you can keep as part of the rental agreement and it’s usually dependent on prims.

They do have a breeding life of 120 days at which point you can retire them to the Big Cat Basket in the Sky but if you absolutely can’t part with them you can Permapet them. This means they don’t require feeding and will stay with you for as long as you like. Needless to say we kept Ezra and Eliza!  They do have different personalities due to the huge possibilities of breed, traits,  animations, chat and size. So by that time, they may just have worked their way into your heart and you can’t possibly retire them!

Ezra Eliza out for the count

There’s lots of help on the KittyCats forum, and if you happen to lose your kitty, there’s no need to panic as a support ticket to the website will always be sorted out promptly. Very, very occasionally you might encounter a scripting problem but again, this can be sorted out quickly and efficiently by the staff. It’s a good idea to join the Inworld group for KittyCats. It’s always staffed and is a good place to make friends with fellow KittyCat fans. If you want to sell Kitten Boxes Inworld, there are many markets in which you can rent a stall, even entire sims dedicated solely to KittyCat pursuits. There are also thriving Auction Clubs where Kitten Boxes can be bought and sold according to current trends and individual likes. If you discover a new trait (and these are released from time to time) then you can make an absolute killing by getting in there and putting up your subsequent Kitten Boxes to be sold through the Auction Clubs.

So, I would say in conclusion, that not only do KittyCats make wonderful virtual pets but there’s also a thriving market Inworld which adds to the interest. The science of their breeding is another great point in their favor and fascinating to get into. Try one, and you’ll be hooked in no time at all 🙂

Moz n Choccie

Visit KittyCats Region Inworld

Kitten Longmeadow’s ‘Top Picks‘ with lots of info on KittyCats

KittyCats main Forum website

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Written by Moz Loordes

03/01/2016 at 9:26 pm