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Shades of Lilac

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My object today was to create a peaceful room based on the colour white, so most of the products here are actually white. However, after I’d fiddled around with various Windlight settings I came up with this beautiful lilac wash which is rather pleasing and calm and created the atmosphere I was after.

The scene is set on the ground floor of Galland Homes “Cape Hatteras” and the light on the floor is reflected from the mass of windows at the front.  I think this is one of my favourite virtual homes of all time because not only do you get airy upper balconies and a comfortable porch back and front on the ground floor, but the amount of windows overall is nigh on perfect for calm and light within the house. The flooring is equally pleasing with a good mix of tiling and wooden floorboards. Cape Hatteras back in RL is the name of a thin, broken  strand of islands off the coast of North Carolina which have a humid, subtropical climate and can be rather turbulent and subject to storm damage. No doubt Designer Rob Galland got his inspiration from the sort of colonial homes that would manage well in that weather.

 

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I’m also featuring a posh new glass console set by Fancy Decor which includes pictures and you’ll find at Collabor88, a stunning fireplace and mirror set in three colour options by unKindness at April FaMESHed and a beautiful daybed set with matching chamomile accessories by Granola. and that’s also at FaMESHed.

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There’s an interesting tale about the origin of lilacs and it’s from Greek mythology.  It revolves around the God Pan, the lord of forests and fields, and at one time he was madly in love with a nymph named Syringa. Pan could be rather an overwhelming God and one day he chased after Syringa through the forest quite frightening her.  To disguise herself, she turned into a lilac shrub. To Pan’s surprise, he could not find Syringa on that occasion, but he did find the shrub. Because a lilac shrub consists of hollow reeds, he cut the reeds and created the first pan pipe. The scientific name for lilac is Syringa vulgaris, and the name is derived from the Greek word “syrinks” which means pipe.

Lilac meanings vary throughout different cultures and time periods.

  • The Celts regarded the lilac as “magical” due to its incredibly intoxicating fragrance.
  • During the Victorian Age, the giving of a lilac was meant to be a reminder of an old love. In fact, widows were often seen wearing lilacs during this period.
  • In Russia, holding a sprig of lilac over the newborn would bring wisdom.
  • In the United States, the lilac is the official state flower of New Hampshire and represents the ‘hardy’ nature of its people.

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

Sponsors:- unKindness, Fancy Decor, Granola., Chez Moi Furnitures, [ zerkalo ], Galland Homes
Others:- Soy., JIAN, Apt B
Events: – FaMESHed, Collabor88

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

unKindness, currently at April FaMESHed
“Avery Fireplace & Mirror”
uK – Avery Fireplace White – LI 5 – slightly modified for glow
uK – Avery Mirror White – LI 2
Other versions in brown and black are equally beautiful

Fancy Decor, currently at Collabor88
“Capo Collection”
Fancy Decor: Capo Console – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Capo Figure Drawings – LI 1 each
Fancy Decor: Capo Stacked Boxes – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Capo Magazine Stack A and B – LI 1 each
Fancy Decor: Capo Vases 1 and 2 – LI 1 each
Fancy Decor: Capo Wire Sculpture – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Capo Console – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Capo Candle Holder – LI 1 – flickering flames

Other pieces by Fancy Decor
Fancy Decor: Thorne Lamp – LI 1 – on/off via touch
Fancy Decor: White Vase – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify – from the Royce Collection
Fancy Decor: Grass Planter – LI 2 – from the Russell Collection
Fancy Decor: Couperin Rug – LI 2

Granola., currently at April FaMESHed
“Beatrice Set”
Beatrice Daybed:
PG & Adult, Painted metal with four colour options – charcoal, cream, lavender grey and mist – LI 13
**FATPACK BONUS includes both cream and charcoal painted metals for all daybeds.
PG includes –
18 Bento Cuddles
22 Male Animations Bento Mixed
23 Female Animations Bento Mixed
Adult Includes –
25 Bento Adult Animations
18 Bento Cuddles
22 Male Animations
23 Female Animations

Beatrice Chamomile Vases. 1 LI Each

Beatrice Scalloped Wooden Tray. 1 LI

100% Original Mesh and Textures.
Materials Enabled.

 

Chez Moi Furnitures
1. Orchid Colours – LI 5 – click for texture changer – cherry, lilac, pink, purple, red and white

2. RARE – Deluxe Piano White (PG) – LI 3 – with solo play piano and couples romantic animations including play together, tender kiss and chill out (adjust and swap facility) – Transfer & Modify

[ zerkalo ]
[ zerkalo ]  “All White” gacha – Canopy – Transfer & Modify
[ zerkalo ] “Halloween in White” gacha – Tea Set – LI 1 – Transfer & Modify
[ zerkalo ] “True Love” gacha – Box with Roses White – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify

Galland Homes
Cape Hatteras by Galland Homes – LI 168 – excellent Land Impact considering what you’ve got here!

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Apt B
Apt B // Gacha Flowers – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify
Apt B // Gacha Antlers – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify

JIAN
Ragdoll Cat Collection :: Wanderer – LI 6 at this size which is 10% less than normal – resize/set sound, name, textures, phantom, wander and radius via HUD

Soy.
Soy. Turntable [Whiteness – Limited Version] – start turntable, stop turntable, strobe on, strobe off, cue on, cue off via HUD

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Everything stops for tea

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April Syndicate Sunday has some wonderful bargains you won’t want to miss. Harvest Moon’s offer is for an English style cottage surrounded by a beautiful cottage garden. It contains typical flowers such as hollyhocks, petunia and Canterbury bells and you even get butterflies!

The cottage garden is one that country folks aspire to but despite its carefree appearance, it’s artfully arranged and takes a lot of looking after. Nearly every garden will have its resident robins who will enthusiastically defend their territories and clear up a lot of garden pests in the process. There will also be some sort of sitting area so the fortunate residents can take tea in the afternoons/mornings/whenever. Yes, the English are addicted to their tea and cakes, it’s such a pleasant ritual though!

The furniture set I added to the scene really matches the cottage so well, it’d be a shame not to purchase both of them. Although the Adirondack style is more NE New York, it’s been adopted all over and I notice that my RL neighbours have just this sort of set they keep in their garden shed over winter and break out in the spring. It’s surprisingly adaptable. There are 3 sets available by [CIRCA] in different woods.

Syndicate Sunday is a mainstore discount shopping event that runs once a month. This month it’s on from April 7th to April 14th. All items are only L$69 each! Check out the website for more details.

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

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

Sponsors:- Syndicate Sunday, Harvest Moon, [CIRCA], Fancy Decor
Others:- *RnB*, Cog & Fleur
Events: – Syndicate Sunday

1. Harvest Moon
I used the full version here (includes the cottage and the surrounding landscaping for LI 350. Using the cottage alone will be LI 163. Includes rezzer. Click on butterflies in the garden to enable wing fluttering. Additional butterflies should be edited where you want them to be, then click on them to make them flutter and fly.

2. [CIRCA] – The Brookside Adirondack Sitting Set – there are 2 chairs with a half dozen animations each (all different) plus the fire table
[CIRCA] – “Brookside” Stone Fire Table – Black Marble – LI 3 – Transfer
[CIRCA] – “Brookside” Adirondack Chair B – Charcoal – 6 solo sits – LI 3 – Transfer
There’s a choice of 3 sets, Charcoal Wood (darker wood which I’ve used in the scene), Redwood (a beautiful warm wood), Shore Wood (a much lighter wood)
Click on the plaid cushion for texture change options – grey, marine, ocean, plum, blue, hunter, rose, wine, cranberry, caramel, mixed, neutral

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*Not Syndicate Sunday*

*RnB*
Robin Birds on Perch Deco – Sounds Menu (c) – LI 7 – extra cute!

Fancy Decor
Piece from the Etienne Entertaining Collection gacha, was at March Arcade so check resellers on Marketplace
Etienne Muffins – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify – scripted to give out muffins

Cog & Fleur, Vintage Designs
An excellent roleplay furniture and décor Designer
C&F Victorian Tea Set – Tea Pot w/ Lid – LI 2
C&F Victorian Tea Set – Tea Cup, Spoon & Saucer – LI 2

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Widcombe Fair

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“Tam Pierce, Tam Pierce, lend me your grey mare.
All along, down along, out along lea.
For I want for to go to Widdecombe Fair,
With Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney,
Peter Davy, Dan’l Whiddon, Harry Hawke,
Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all,
Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all.” ~ Old UK West Country Folk Song, original lyrics (1890)

Widecombe Fair, Dartmoor, still takes place today, it’s held in September every year on Widecombe-in-the-Moor village green and fair field!

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

Sponsors:- Raindale, .:TM:.Creation, TLC Home Collection, Little Branch, 22769
Others:- TrigiGifts, LOVE
Events: – The Liaison Collaborative, The Arcade Gacha Event

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

.:TM:.Creation, currently at The Liaison Collaborative to March 27th
“Spring Bike” Garden Scene GP18 – LI 10 – footprint 2.3m wide by 2.9m deep
This is a soft-linked piece so rez on Edit mode – Bike (for decoration) with basket of tulips, flowers, plants, rock, cats, radio, suitcase
Ground Cover Cherry Blossoms GP18 – LI 1
All Original Mesh and Copy & highly modify – you can unlink the pieces, copy them and spread them around as I’ve done here!

Raindale, currently at The Arcade Gacha Event
All prizes from the Meadowbloom gacha, Permissions are Transfer & Modify
Rare – Raindale – Meadowbloom cottage – LI 60
Raindale – Meadowbloom tree swing – LI 3 – 10 sits and click to swing
Raindale – Meadowbloom birdhouse 3 – LI 1

TLC Home Collection
Cockerel and Chicken prizes from the “Cluckington Palace” gacha
LI 3 and LI 2 – Transfer & Modify
Wagon Wheel décor piece from same – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify

22769
Rustic Lantern – COMMON – LI 2 – Transfer & Modify – prize from “The Freight Car” gacha

Little Branch
Sweet Chestnut – LI 7 {4-Seasons} *Animated tree

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TrigiGifts
Only available on their Marketplace store
Saddled Horse Grey – LI 10 – pack contains other colours

LOVE
Pieces from the “Muddy Road” pack, which contains various muddy road pieces and landscaping for them – good variety
Muddy Road – puddle straight – long – LI 1
Muddy Road – puddle 2 – left curve – LI 1
Muddy Road – Leaves 1 and 2 – LI 1 each
New Grass Shoots – 3 – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A Yearning for Home

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The Lauren Valley original MESH build is the newest house by Designer Rob Galland of Galland Homes, and it’s a beauty. It features a Colonial design and has plenty of room for family living. Both floors have large and open areas and the first floor is accentuated by the feature wood sliding doors. The downstairs living room could be used as two different spaces- a living room and a den for example. This room leads to what could be a kitchen, dining area, and a sun room for an office or eating space. There is a space under the stairs for a powder room or closet – your choice. The stairs lead to a beautiful landing which takes you either into the huge master suite or the second bedroom. Finally, through the French doors in the kitchen area, you will find an expansive patio for outdoor living enjoyment. So… plenty of decorating possibilities. There’s also a snow roof package and if you’re on a winter sim, you won’t miss out there. Find the Lauren Valley at this month’s Edition of FaMESHed.

Colonial architecture is based on a yearning for the colonists’ home country. The consequent buildings and settlements combine the best aspects of the mother country and the new land, creating hybrid designs. Examples of these styles in the USA include Dutch Colonial and Dutch Revival, French Colonial, from American Colonial there’s Federal, First Period and Georgian architecture, and Spanish Colonial particularly in the Caribbean and South America. Portuguese Colonial (in South America) and British Colonial architecture (in North America and Canada) is also prevalent.

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

Sponsors:- Galland Homes, Little Branch, Raindale, Storax Tree
Others:- Apple Fall, JIAN
Events: – FaMESHed

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

Galland Homes, currently at FaMESHed Event
1. Lauren Valley – Land Impact is 115 in total including the doors. Footprint is 21 metres wide by 30 metres deep so you’ll need a 2048 sq m plot or larger. There’s two bedrooms on the upper floor and an open design generally. Permissions are Copy & Modify with Materials enabled.

2. The Snow Roof package for the Lauren Valley at Land Impact 10 is also available at the Event.

Raindale
1. Raindale – Estwards rocking chair (cushion) – LI 2 – 18 sits for all
Raindale – Estwards rocking chair (cushion and blanket) – LI 4

2. Raindale – Fairhurst mailbox – brown – LI 4
“Fairhurst” is a collection of cute mailboxes which are scripted to work as a mailbox so you’ll be able to drag notecards or send messages. Put your email address in description field to get notifications on email or replace with your own mailing system/dropbox scripts, it’s fully modifiable!

3. Raindale – Brightshore bench (yellow & teal) – LI 4 – singles and couples Menus

Little Branch
1. Sweet Chestnut – LI 10 at this size – on the Summer setting
4-seasons animated tree – spring, summer, autumn, winter

2. Korean Beech Tree V2 – LI 7 – on Autumn Yellow setting
5-seasons animated tree – spring, summer, autumn red, autumn yellow, winter

3. Wild Birch – LI 12
4-seasons animated tree – spring, summer, autumn, winter

4. Bouton d’or – Lavender {Rounded-Field} – LI 7
5. Bouton d’or – Orange {Rounded-Field} – LI 7
Other colours of beautiful flower fields available in this range!

6. Hill – V1 {Low Li} – LI 1
7. Snakeweed {4-Seasons} – LI 4 – on Spring setting
8. Mushrooms. V1 – LI 3

Storax Tree
Forgotten Fall Garden Aa – LI 10 – Transfer with Resizer

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Apple Fall
Items from the Kent Wall Set
Apple Fall Kent Wall Set – Tall – LI 2
Apple Fall Kent Wall Set – Tall, Curved – LI 2

JIAN
JIAN – “Precious Ponies” gacha prize – 17. Dapple Wanderer – LI 14
Permissions are Transfer & Modify. You’ll be able to set the range, name the pony and turn sound on/off if you don’t want to listen to neighing all day long!

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 🙂

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 🙂

 

Yellow

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“Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow” ~ Coldplay

As soon as I saw the rustic gold fountain fireplace by unKindness, currently at FaMESHed, I wanted to do this picture. Traditionally on Second Life® yellow is considered a less than perfect colour, especially in fashion, but it can be just beautiful when creatively mixed with contrasting colours.  Also featuring one of the rooms in Merak’s Abandoned Moroccan House which you can find in the most recent edition of Builder’s Box.

Merak’s “Abandoned Moroccan House” is a beautiful piece of carefully observed architecture which has real atmosphere, especially when viewed in various Windlight settings. It has a decorated courtyard which is open to the elements, and stone steps to the roofed house area. Land Impact is 110 with Permissions of Copy/Modify.  It would be perfect both on a themed sim and as a roleplay building.  Once furnished the atmosphere would change into a lived-in building so lots of decorating possibilities with this home.

 

 

 

 

 

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

unKindness – Fireplace Fountains & Accessories Set, currently at FaMESHed Event to September 27th

uK – Fireplace Fountain Rustic Gold – LI 3
uK – La Luna Frame – LI 2
uK – La Luna Candle Waterfall – LI 2
Fireplace also in Rustic Blue, Rustic Pink, Rustic Red, Rustic Tan, Rustic Teal and Vintage White. La Luna Candle also in Crisp Day and Moonlight.
Sold individually or in a FatPack which is the only place where you’ll get those accessories!

[Merak] – Abandoned Moroccan House – LI 110
Builder’s Box – August 2017

Storax Tree (on group offer for L$20) Feline Treasures – Naptime – Siamese Pumpkin – LI 3

Ariskea – The Florist gacha, currently at The Arcade Gacha
Ariskea[Florist] – Decay Vase Cuivre
Ariskea[Florist] – Dry Fruit
Ariskea[Florist] – Peach iris
Ariskea[Florist] – Yellow Roses

Ariskea  – [March] Yellow Chair [7 Anim] – March group gift

FIN – Fifties TEPPAZ Player YELLOW

Dysfunctionality – [DDD] Cattails – Yellowed

[ Organica ] Hyacinth (Yellow)

IDEZA – Yellow Zinc Star – from Around the Propellers gacha

{anc} NO LIMITS // flying dove.B [egg-yellow] 1 Li

Happy Mood – HPMD* Little Birds (no script) — yellow — type A
HPMD* Little Birds (no script) — yellow — type B

Two Moon Gardens – Dancing Butterflies – Yellow

[ zerkalo ] – Seaside Treasures gacha – Books & Seashells

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂