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O Tannenbaum!

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“O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum
(O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree)
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
(Your dress wants to teach me something:)
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
(Your hope and durability)
Gibt Trost und Kraft zu jeder Zeit
(Provide comfort and strength at any time)
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
(O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree)
Das soll dein Kleid mich lehren
(That’s what your dress does teach me)” Ernst Anschütz, 1824

Christmas Trees became popular in Britain around 1848 when the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the Royal Family celebrating around a decorated fir tree, a tradition that was reminiscent of Prince Albert’s childhood in Germany. Soon every home had a tree decorated with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts.

Our elegant virtual fir tree is by Botanical and you’ll find three versions of it at Tannenbaum Event in the Tree Section. All the beautiful ornaments are from two current sets by Fancy Decor. You’ll need a steady hand and some quiet time out to decorate a similar tree, it’s useful to stand back frequently and check that the overall effect is balanced. Everything is modify so if you want a larger tree like I did in this scene, it’s easy to upsize the ornaments.

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

Sponsors:- Fancy Decor, Raindale
Others:- Botanical, Mushilu, Studio Skye
Events:- Tannenbaum by Prism Events, The Arcade

*NB –  Permissions are all Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Fancy Decor, currently at Tannenbaum Event
Fancy Decor: Fulton Armchair (mint) – LI 1 – 9 solo sits
Fancy Decor: Snowflake Throw Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Be Merry Throw Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Minimal Tree Art – LI 1
And in the Tree Section:-
“Stay Golden Ornament Collection” Gacha
Permissions are Transfer & Modify

Fancy Decor, currently at The Arcade
“Gilt Tree Decorations” Gacha
Permissions are Transfer & Modify

Raindale, currently at The Arcade
Rare prize from the Coldbrook Gacha
Rare – Raindale – Coldbrook cottage – LI 86
Permissions are Transfer & Modify

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Botanical, currently at Tannenbaum Event
Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree – LI 4, modified for size

Mushilu
Pieces from the Snow Lake and Formations Set
Snow Floor 1. Mushilu – LI 1

Studio Skye
Piece from the “Enchanted Woods” landscaping Set, a large set with seasonal options.
Enchanted Woods v2 – 5 (Half) – LI 3 at this size which is reduced quite a bit – set on Winter texture

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

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Hygge Hangout

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We’ve got the pale yellow skies of winter with a sprinkling of snow today! But you can be extra cosy in this beautiful and practical new cabin by KraftWork. It’s from the Hygge Set which is currently at Uber.

There’s a couple of ways of approaching the word, Hygge. It’s a Danish word which attempts to encapsulate the feeling of cosiness as being something charming or special. You can’t buy a Hygge living room in real life because the Danish see it as an emotional state rather than anything material. It also describes our ability to recognise and enjoy the current moment, and to indulge into the art of creating intimacy in a room. In other words, it’s creating a feeling of cosiness and knowing when you’ve got there!

I really enjoyed decorating this cabin by Kraftwork, and have used it in several posts now. What I like about it is the style and the practicality. I think we can go over the top with Scandi Design until it loses the sense of being useful. But this cabin has a flow-through ethic which means the two rooms can be used for either bedroom or living room, whatever you desire. The chimneys are well observed with a great smoke effect and there’s a couple of blazing fires – indoors and out. The outdoorsy fire extends the living space, you could set up a breakfast table and chairs here and be relatively comfortable, given the time of year. The flooring is a warm wood and the walls also are a warm coloured render. All these features add to the Hygge feeling of warmth and cosiness.

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

*NB – Permissions are all Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

KraftWork
Pieces from the Hygge Set, currently at Uber
KraftWork Hygge Cabin – with and without snow roof – LI 66
Sliding windows and doors, interior and outdoors fireplaces, smoking chimney effect, two room with dividing wall (no door)
KraftWork Hygge Bed – LI 22 – comprehensive Animations Menus for various gender couples:- Friends, Cuddles, Adults Intimate, Male Cuddles, Female Cuddles, Male Intimate and Female Intimate
KraftWork Hygge Wall Lamp Right and Left – soft light effect – LI 9 each
KraftWork Hygge Table Tall – LI 1
KraftWork Hygge Table Short – LI 2
KraftWork Hygge Rug – beautiful warm texture – LI 6

Collaboration with Kunst, currently at Shiny Shabby Event
Candle house (a) – LI 1
Candle house (b)- LI 1
Candle house (c) – LI 1

Little Branch
Mimosa 1_Winter – LI 2
Grass 1 l {Winter} – LI 2
Angelica 1_double_winter – LI 4
Hill- v 1 {winter} – LI 1
Scots Pine {Animated} 4-Seasons – LI 7 at this size

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Sway’s – Fifty Linden Friday bargain!
Sway’s [Eira] Fringe Christmas Tree – LI 4 – texture change for tree and bauble

Dust Bunny
dust bunny . winter décor . lighted male deer – LI 5
dust bunny . winter décor . lighted female deer – LI 3
dust bunny . winter décor . lighted baby deer – LI 1

Mushilu
Pieces from the Snow Lake and Formations Set
Snow Lake/Loch 2 – LI 5
Snow Formation 2 – LI 1

Studio Skye
Piece from the “Enchanted Woods” landscaping Set, a large set with seasonal options.
Enchanted Woods v 2 – 5 (Half) – LI 3 at this size which is reduced quite a bit – set on Winter texture

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

The Edge of the Woods

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“I’m hiding in the dappled shadows at the edge of the woods, watching my childhood saviour. He’s busy working as usual and he never notices the natural world on his doorstep, stuck in the world of ink and paper. It’s just black and white, not at all like life, which can be so full of colour it makes you giddy.

I remember the comforting caresses and loving words when I was young, the green sweet grass of the enclosure, the ready nourishment laid out just for me. And it was more than enough, to grow up in the sun. But there came a time when I yearned for the company of another like me and the feeling became so overwhelming that one night I found a loose fence, kicked it hard and stepped out into the other world.

And I did find that company, eventually. And with that came a whole new family. So sometimes, when we’re out this way, I look up my human relative. I’m sure if he actually saw me I’d be back in that field as quickly as you can neigh. I’d have family but it would be his children racing around with me and although they are joyful things, they can never see into my heart. It is as green as the forest around me, a shining emerald, and it can’t be compelled by any man’s fancy.”

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Here’s a couple of close-ups of all that lovely furniture and décor!  First the drawing table and seat from one of my fav designers – Merak.  She makes such carefully observed and precise, realistic Mesh.

And this is an oh so comfortable room that I think I’m going to use as our summer lounge.  That sofa you could just collapse into and fall asleep when you’re supposed to be working!

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

All at Illuminate Event

1. RJD – Fairview Barn 2.0 – LI 34 – this is the side view which is one whole picture wall – beautiful!

2. Merak
[Merak] – Drafting Table – LI 5
[Merak] – High Chair – LI 2 – 6 solo sit animations

3. Q-Essentials
{Q-Essentials} Hampton Bay Chimney – Animated – LI 3, fire click on/off

4. Granola.
Granola. Fern’s Half Moon Table. Yellow. – LI 2
Granola. Fern’s DIY Succulents. Green and Yellow. – LI 2

5. also Known as
~aKa~ Snake Plant in Ceramic planter – Onyx – LI 2
~aKa~Phalaenopsis in Ceramic planter – Rooted – LI 3
~aKa~Oppidan Vases Onyx&Silver – LI 1

6. Outside the Box!
OTB! Layered Rugs – LI 4
OTB! Sedona Coffee Table 1 – LI 6
OTB! Sedona Chair/PG – LI 4
OTB! Sedona Couch/PG – LI 8 – Menus for solo ladies & gents, Friends, Luv & Cuddles

6. Illuminate SHELF – Sales Event!
Sources
TOUCAN rocco by “sources” – LI 3

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Kaerri – San Marino Picture – LI 1

On the Drafting Table –

Raindale
Raindale ~ cup of tea (prop)

Fancy Decor: Flora Book Stack – LI 1

Organica from the Ode Writing Desk Set
[ Organica ] Blotter – LI 1
[ Organica ] Fountain Pen Case – LI 2
[ Organica ] Pencil Tin – LI 1
[ Organica ] Fountain Pen Ink (black) – LI 2
[ Organica ] Red Book (open)

Landscaping –
Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 1 (path) LI 19

Raindale – Epiphany gacha
Raindale – Enter the Forest – tree with bench – LI 8
Raindale – Enter the Forest – hanging lamp – LI 4 (enlarged from default)
Raindale – Enter the Forest – arch with string lights

Little Branch
LB_Snakeweed{Animated}*Summer-A – LI 2
LB_Bouton d’or Lavender{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Pony by JIAN – Epiphany gacha
Precious Ponies 16. Brown Wanderer – very appropriate for the story, I thought!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Fireside Ferrets

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I couldn’t not decorate this amazing lounge room with picture window in the Laurel Ridge log cabin by Galland Homes.  Beautiful fireplace, too, just lends itself to cosy nights and days in.

Other items are my favourites from 6º Republic, Canada section.  MudHoney had the best sofa set with lots of texture versions, the picture shows the stone texture one.  All the cushions/pillows and the throw/blanket are individually texture changeable (say that quickly) so should satisfy the most discerning of decorators. Those cute ferrets are by Serenity Style, and they are in a gacha – there’s lots of them.  CONSTRUCT’s cuddle rug in front of the blazing fire has lots of languid and delicious poses and also includes a folded up version, a great idea for décor, I haven’t seen that done before.

What I’d like to do now is to translate the virtual picture into reality and spend the rest of the day stuffed up the fire with only ferrets bouncing around to disturb my solace.  Some hope!

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

Room in Laurel Ridge log cabin home by Galland Homes, currently at FaMEShed

At 6º Republic (Canada section) – runs through to November 20th

Serenity Style gacha
Serenity Style- Canadian Friendly Ferrets -Laying Brown
Serenity Style- Canadian Friendly Ferrets Backpack (wear) RARE
Serenity Style- Canadian Friendly Ferrets -Naughty RARE – all 1 LI each

CONSTRUCT
CONSTRUCT – Bar Table – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Side Table small – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Side Table big – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Bar Stool – 1 LI
CONSTRUCT – Cuddle Blanket – 5 LI [PG] – Adult version also available
Folded or spread versions. Animations – sets for friends, cuddles, lovers and all these can be sequenced.

Artisan Fantasy
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 7 – Records 2 – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 1 – Pottery (tintable) – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 8 – Radio – LI 2
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 9 – Metronome – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 2 – Petrified Wood – LI 1
*AF* Bookcase Clutter 5 – Books 1 and 2 – LI 1 each

*AF* Org Pendant Lighting – Five – LI 9 (other smaller versions, too)

MudHoney
MudHoney Wooden Mountain Art – LI 2
MudHoney Briley Sisal Rug – LI 4
MudHoney Briley Sofa w Pillows PG – Stone – huge texture change for the pillows and the throw – mix n match these on the stone coloured sofa. Animations –
solo poses (some with rezzable props) such as reading, drinking coffee, resting
cuddles nice selection of fireside cuddles and snuggles.

Other Products
Zen Creations
Stone Candle in bowl (touch for flames) – LI 5
Stone Candle singles (touch small candle for flame) – LI 3
Japanese Rirakkusu Tea Kettle – LI 2
Two tea cups from same set – 1 LI each

Vespertine – {vespertine} baked cinnabuns, currently at Collabor88
From the tempting Autumn Feast set

Seven Emporium – Turntable Boombox TT-X9-1000

The Loft & ARIA – Cozi Potted Caladium – LI 8 (resized upward from default)

Outside:-
Pieces from Studio Skye Enchanted Woods set which is 4-season texture change for the entire set and that will affect all Skye pieces laid out on your sim. These are set at Autumn 2.
Enchanted Woods v2 – 1 (path) – LI 19
Enchanted Woods v2 – 6 (slope) – LI 13

My ground prim using Vita’s Textures – Rocky Grass 3D matches up rather well

Hope your day is peaceful and cosy!

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 🙂

 

Sundown at the Beach

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Beach evenings – when you’re just trying to catch the last rays of the dipping sun and the horizon is turning coral. When the food is waiting to be eaten and you can smell the delicious aromas from where you’re resting but you have the lazy, satisfied feeling. When you can hear the camp fire cracking and the cicadas starting their evening chorus. Just… Fab.

 

I’m featuring some wonderful items from July Deco(c)rate which had a tropical theme. Chez Moi Furnitures gave us this lazy daze Honolulu Hammock which is packed with all sorts of animations including those naughty ones for when you feel more invigorated, having scoffed your way through the waiting meal. Prawn and Crab dinners with cocktails, what could be nicer? Animated, interactive meals by Tiffany’s Collection and those are at The Home Show 2017.

 

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For the Fashion part of the post, I’m wearing Petit Chat‘s original Mesh flip flops for men and these are such fun. They will fit all sorts of feet and there are two HUDs, one for plain colours and one for patterns. You can change the soles, strap and toe ring individually and you’ll find that the HUD has colours to match most of your summerwear. The classic original Mesh shorts are by Ascend (with lots of fittings including one for ADAM) and they are at FaMESHed. Finally, the Cowboy hat with hair is one of No_Match‘s offerings at the Hair Fair, one of four new designs – you’ll be spoiled for choice! Choose your preferred colour of hair and you also get a HUD that changes the hat colours, too.

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Don’t forget, you can click on the pictures and get larger versions!  Now here’s the items I used in detail.

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Fashion:-

Petit Chat – Men’s Flip Flops – currently at The Chapter Four
Ascend – Ben Shorts – currently at FaMESHed Event
No_Match – No_Easy- currently at The Hair Fair (follow the red arrow for direct SLurl)

Home & Garden:-

Deco(c)rate (July – Tropical Heat)
Chez Moi Furnitures – Honolulu Hammock – hammock – 13 LI, canopy – 7 LI
Serenity Style – Beach Hut
N4RS – Surfboards
Cheeky Pea – Flamingo Planter
Vagabond – Beach Bonfire
HEXtraordinary – Tiki Fountain
The Little Branch – Dracaena Tree – four versions

The July Crate is available now (not discounted)

The Home Show 2017
[keke] (store #25) – Beach Rubble (little shells and rocks)

Tiffany’s Collection (store #15) – Crabs stuffed with prawns tray, Prawn skewers with garlic & lemon tray, Mojito cocktails – feeling hungry?!

Landscaping:-

Studio Skye – Animated natural Water – square 36m

Landscaping by Felix pieces –
2 Prim Mesh Beach Dune 17 x 10 m copy/modify
7 Prim Mesh Beach Dune (#5) 20 x 12 m copy/modify
beach sand – free item
Mesh Land Wall Tropic Palm Version 15 prim=25 x 25 x 08 m Size copy/modify

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂