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Lake of Dreams

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“Lake of Dreams
Each island a risen fantasy
Safely hid within stone walls
Sunlit waters guarded by swans
Venture there by faery boat
Enact the ancient ceremonies
Enjoy the blissful nights”

The June Deco(c)rate had a theme of Enchanted, so I thought I’d build a scene that was a bit unusual and magical.  Little islands huddle inside a walled lake, it’s another version of the secret garden. All set up for a wedding reception, then later on climb the stairs for a night of bliss. Many thanks to Duvet Day for providing the amazing build and other gacha pieces which are currently available at the Cosmopolitan Event.

Here’s some close-ups in a less extravagant Windlight:-

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This is a really lovely wedding set by Your Dreams. There’s a couple of rezzers, one for the ceremony and one for the reception, which is great if you’re on limited prims as you could rez one after the other very quickly. Plus a box of all the separate items should you wish to rez just a few of them.

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Swan Island featuring my favourite Little Branch tree – the Wild Sassafras, it’s charming the way the tree trunks wrap around each other. So nice to see their Norway Maple in the Deco(c)rate subscription box, too.

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The Home & Garden pieces in detail:-

Duvet Day – “Garden Room” gacha currently at the Cosmopolitan Event

[DD] Garden room bed – LI 16 – 8 menus including Adult, Romantic Couple and Single
[DD] Garden room shabby table – LI 2
[DD] Ewer and bowl – LI 2

[DD] Garden room hanging ivy – LI 3
[DD] Lantern on books – LI 2
[DD] Garden room furry rug – LI 1
[DD] Garden room RARE – LI 48

Deco(c)rate for June, theme Enchanted:-

The Little Branch – Norway Maple {Animated} 7 LI

Your Dreams – Enchanted Wedding Set – Reception part only

[keke] – even dragonflies dream  –  purple

Other pieces:-

Ariskea – May Group Gift – [Little Pensee] Poenies Gift Box[Decor], [ Chic Baby ]Rosy Baby breath Suspender – mainstore

[ zerkalo ] – All White – Couch – PG (modified with colour), All White – Canopy,  Britain’s Bedroom – Curtain Light, Britain’s Bedroom – Lace Pillow – all gacha items at mainstore

Shutter Field – Chocolate Tray

 

Landscaping:-

Studio Skye – animated water with texture change, this is the most versatile water I’ve seen in SL, and well worth the expense

The Domineaux Effect – Garden Wall – pillars and wall pieces

TLC Home Collection – Swan Family

Raindale – Meriel boat (decor)

Heart Botanicals – Water lilies… Nymphaea Nouchali – Clusters – Purple, White, Blue, WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – blue, white and purpura

The Little Branch – Wild Sassafras.v2 {Animated}, Wild Grass*1 LI {Green}, Hill {Low LI}

C J Creations – Flowerfield Baptisia Orange – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim

[monaya G]  – wall hanging ivy & flower-white (1024 x 512)

Dysfunctionality – Twinkling Ivy – Patch – texture change with lighting – fantastically versatile piece which has a decent LOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – Garden Idyll

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As it’s a bank holiday weekend, I thought today we could have a Garden Idyll.  You know the sort of thing – nothing to do but laze around in the garden (with no thought as to actually gardening) or scurry indoors to the sun room for tea if the skies turn grey.

As usual, you can click on the pictures for the larger versions, and all items are detailed below with direct SLurls to the Home & Garden 2017 Expo stalls.

First of all, we need a Sun Room, so here’s one By Dorian, a lovely medium sized building that is both cosy and manageable for a small garden.

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The daft sheep by Toys Design invites you to sit on him, and my daft Shib has already taken up residence in that fabulous Ficus Alcove by Organica. The fountain is also By Dorian, flower buckets by Raindale.

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Items by Organica, the potted “Hens & Chicks” are the Donation items. These are Sempervivum succulent plants and they are often used on roof gardens for their variegated colour display and drought resistant properties.  I’ve also included the paving stones tile, Hyacinth plants and Hyacinths in Pots which you can purchase in a FatPack at the Organica stall.

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The other side of the Sun Room is a bit of a grove for faeries.  These beautiful items (including the fairy meadows) are all by Deelish-ous Designs and I do urge you to visit their stall at the Expo, its one of the most enchanting.

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Fae folk in the trees…

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… and taking a nap in a matchbox! Can you believe this cute little item is only 4 Land Impact?

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Inside the Sun Room are lots of items to remind you about gardening *laughs* .  I just love that potting shelf with a multitude of pots and a watering can – it’s part of a gacha by Feather & Nest.  The patio set is by Bee Designs and is one of their Donation items. You even get the grass and flowers with it. Garden Candles are by ChiC Buildings and they’re giving off a warm glow and that magnificent Fig Tree and Swan Deco on the wall is by La Luna Nature & Art.

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Meanwhile, at the other end of the Sun Room, you can see I’ve been doing some work on the car.  I dragged the paint machine inside in case of rain showers!  Gacha item by Mesh India.

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With rain clouds threatening, it’s time to retire to the forest where we can huddle around the fire and stuff our faces courtesy of Raindale’s wonderful Forestholm gacha. I went to get some more sandwiches and when I returned, this was the scene awaiting me. Comatose dogs and some forest wildlife encroaching on my tea! Only the kitten was alert and I’m not sure if she was just eyeing the cupcakes 🙂

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

OUTSIDE
[ Organica ] Cobblestone & Moss Framed Landscaping Tile
[ Organica ] Hyacinth – various colours in FatPack
[ Organica ] Potted Hyacinths – various pots in FatPack
[ Organica ] Ficus Alcove 1 – LI 17
[ Organica ] Potted Hens & Chicks (RFL Blue)
[ Organica ] Pail Potted Hens & Chicks – half pot to place against wall

By Dorian – Wishing Fountain – LI 9
By Dorian– Summer House – LI 22
Sit on me SHEEP Male by Toys Design – there’s also a female Sheep, both Donation items

Raindale ~ Flower buckets 1 – 3 – 5 colours for petals – 1 – 2 LI – Copy/Modify

All by Deelish-ous Designs – as below
Fairy Flower Meadow Blues
Fairy Flower Meadow pink/reds
Fairy Flower Meadow orange/yellows
Fallen Log Hope Bench ~RFL 2017 Deelish-ous Designs Hunt item
Fairy Jars Display Tree
Fairy Sleeping in Matchbox 4 LI

+Half-Deer+  – Shiba Inu – Sleepy (not Expo)

INSIDE
Mesh India – Car Decor Paint Machine LI 13 – from gacha on Hope 5

Bee Designs – Wrought Iron Patio Set

ChiC Buildings – Garden Candle Trio

Feather & Nest – Items from Gardening Gacha
Feather & Nest – Gpg – Gardening Shelf – Rare
Feather & Nest – GPg – Crate with Pots
Feather & Nest – GPg – Pots with Spring Bulbs
Feather & Nest – GPg – Pots with a Garden Trowel

La Luna – Nature & Art: Fig tree mesh LI 3 – large tree resized to 1 LI
La Luna – Nature & Art: Swans in love ( Mesh LI 1 )

PLAAKA Rhubarb(on soil) – from Rhubarb Set (not Expo)

FOREST

Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift, hidden at Raindale Booth on Hope 6)

Forestholm gacha – 50L$ per play, 50% goes to RFL – this is on Hope 5
Raindale ~ Forestholm cushion – 6 solo sits
Raindale ~ Forestholm cushions (deco)
Raindale ~ Forestholm bonfire – on/off, particles & sound
Raindale ~ Forestholm bench – 7 solo & 6 couples poses
Raindale ~ Forestholm table
Raindale ~ Forestholm tea set
Raindale ~ Forestholm fallen tree – 9 solo & 7 couples poses
Raindale ~ Forestholm basket
Raindale ~ Forestholm lantern
Rare ~ Raindale ~ Forestholm swing – 14 solo & 7 couples poses

Animals:-
TLC Home Collection –  Sleepy Dalmatian from Animated Puppies gacha

JIAN Munchkin Kittens gacha – Siamese Companion Kitten
JIAN :: Squirrel (Wanderer) from Squirrel Tree Set
JIAN :: Nightingale Bird from Nightingale Tree Set
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds gacha –  14. Sleepy Adult

Landscaping:-
Fairy Flower Meadow Blues – Deelish-ous Designs – Expo!

Enchanted Woods v2 – 4 (clearing) – Studio Skye
8 Conifers .. 2 Prims(A)(2) (1m to 64m <-resizeable->) by Tobias Novi on MP

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That’s all for today. In my next post I’ll be showing you the new house from Spargel & Shine, plus some excellent furniture.  So until then…

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Too much cake!

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Can you ever have too much cake?  Well, you have to give it a really good go!  This is our second round of cakes and the dog is already collapsed and so is Arrchie. Can I manage any more?  While I’m contemplating another portion of blueberry cake, the goose is eyeing up the mooncakes 🙂

A beautiful set of spring/summertime furniture by ::Newchurch:: that I adore, called  “Spring Party Dining Set”. Everything is so detailed, even the napkin rings have little leaf shapes on them. I appreciate the attention to detail and the fact that you can texture change the chairs, table mats and runner. There’s also some great animations in this set, that add to the humour of a spring party.  Pick up a copy of this set at the ON9 Event.

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s set for March Arcade is called “Colors of Spring gacha” and I’ve got most of it out here. Fine work indeed, and perfect for a garden or forest setting. Lots of extras apart from the Hideaway that can be used in gardens and porches or indoors. That’s a direct landmark to the vendor on Arcade.

Home & Garden items used:

::Newchurch::
Spring Party Dining Set – ON9
:: N :: Slatted Deck Chair, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N:: Faith Rustic Chair, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N :: Inge Rustic Dining Chair, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N :: Elia Rustic Table, Spring Edition – LI 2
:: N :: Hydrangea Pot, Lilac – LI 2
:: N :: Hydrangea Pot, White – LI 2
:: N :: Tulip Vase, Set One – LI 2
:: N :: Tulip Vase, Set Two – LI 2
:: N :: Daffodil Box – LI 2
Spring Edition Place Setting – LI 2

tableware – texture change tablecloth and place settings to green, green gingham, pink, pink gingham, yellow and yellow gingham
chairs – texture change – green, yellow and pink

22769 ~[Bauwerk] – Colors of Spring gacha – The Arcade
22769 – Sloppy Square Rug – COMMON – LI 5
22769 – Parsley Pot White and Brown – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Flower Bowl White and Brown – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Thyme Pot White and Brown – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Amphore with Boxtree Brown and White – COMMON – LI 2
22769 – Garden Lantern – COMMON – LI 1 – variable light intensity
22769 – Ball Lamps – COMMON – LI 5 – variable light intensity
22769 – Sloppy Square Rug – COMMON – LI 5
22769 – Garden Artichoke Brown and White – COMMON – LI 1
22769 – Garden Hideout – RARE – LI 46

Others:

MadPea Mad Meals Mooncakes – LI 2 – gacha

[Merak] – Strawberry Chocolate Cake – LI 1 and [Merak] – Blueberry Cake – LI 2
from Sweet Treats set

Animals –
TLC Home Collection – Canadian Goose – Standing – from Canadian Geese Family
Jian – JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult – gacha – The Arcade

Landscaping –
-Garden- by anc meadow {deep forest} 1Li mesh – LI 1
LB_WhiteFlowers1{Field} – Little Branch
Enchanted Woods v2 – 3 and 2 (trees) – Studio Skye
Meadow Patch – Garlic mustard- small 2 – Heart Botanicals

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

Santa’s Afternoon Hideaway

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The Elves noticed that Santa disappeared some afternoons. He couldn’t be contacted at all.  We thought he was up to something but no matter how we tried, we couldn’t find him until today – and that was only by chance!

So we were gathered around  the fire, enjoying the warmth and just being out on a cold, clear day. Looking around for some more logs to keep the fire going, I noticed a strange reddish glint in the house. Now nobody had lived there for years and although things never get shabby in Second Life® unless they are textured that way in the first place, the glimmering looked out of place.

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I clicked open the door and… well!  What a lot of gossip to tell you 🙂 The room was decked out luxuriously and the glinting that had so intrigued us happened to be Rudolph’s red nose. He was annoyed at being disturbed. He’d been waiting for Santa, having made new cakes and got the tea on (Earl Grey, naturally).

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We noticed Santa’s hat resting on the comfortable looking leather chair, more evidence the reindeer was telling the truth. There was a blazing fire, and it all looked so comfortable and cosy in the afternoon sun. We decided to beat a hasty retreat and go ride on the train at Kushi Textures! It’s Santa’s North Pole extravaganza for families and beautifully done 🙂

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We’re not giving away the location of Santa’s Afternoon Hideaway because… well, the old guy needs his afternoons off in peace. He’s got lots to do in the coming days!

 

Featuring:

Outdoors:

LUTON Manor – REDGRAVE (v1.0)
Raindale – string lights, 2nd Level Event until December 30th

Chez Moi – Backyard Firepit (Adult & PG versions)

[ zerkalo ] Shiny Shabby Christmas Tree

[ zerkalo ] Love Wreath – Light

Duvet Day Furniture & Decor – Log Toboggan
DECO[C]RATE – [ keke ] little winter tree

GOOSE – Kayla bench – Happy Holidays

Landscaping:
winter dog rose- 3D Trees
KIDD – Snowy Meadow grass pieces
Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods v2 – 5 (Half)
Izzie’s – Snow Covered Fence, Natural
Snow Floor 3 Particle. – Mushilu

Indoors:

Duvet Day Furniture & Decor – Old metal Christmas Tree, Leather Armchair, Christmas Fireplace, Christmas Tree Wooden Decor
Storax Tree LE Reindeer Antlers (2015 gift)

.:Standby Inc. – Radio (Click to Texture Change)
[ zerkalo ] Winter Cozy – Christmas Tree

From the KittyCats Advent Calendar

Botanical – Potted Poinsettia
Maven Homes – Sideboard, bowl of oranges
Mesh India – logs n wood basket
[CIRCA] Northern Forest floor cushions and mini tree display & decor

Raindale – Winter Vase, string lights, Merry & Bright Sign, Tangerine Cake – gift
2nd Level Event until December 30th

Raindale – December Candle – mainstore gift

Raindale –  tea & cupcake (Avenue gift) to December 26th

DECO[C]RATE – Ariskea, Backbone, Goose, Serenity Style –
BackBone Bauble Tree, BackBone Candy Canes, GOOSE – wooden XMAS train, Serenity Style- Warm Winter Puf Drape, Ariskea {Winter Nostalgia} Garland and Myrtle Vase.

{what next} – PineKnot Cabin Decor Rug

Petit Chat – Gift from Advent Calendar
“Santa’s Hat” – only the best fashion will do for Santa!
GORCON – Rudolf the Reindeer by kind request!

Cold Days ~ Warm Heart

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“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy”  ~ Anton Chekhov

There are some winter Home & Garden that gives me a warm glow!  22769 ~ [Bauwerk] has brought out a number of new releases this month, so I thought I’d put them altogether and do a whole scene, inside and out. It was very enjoyable and I must say I really like fiddling away until it all looks OK *laughs*… I’m only a beginner here so you’ll have to forgive me all my fellow bloggers who are much better at mass decorating 🙂

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One of those crisp, winter days when the sun is out and it can be warm behind glass. The shadows make everything seem extra pure and white.  Then inside is cosy towards evening, when you get that special glow of a copper sunset. The cottage has two rooms, one has a fireplace.  Here’s looking through the doorway from the bedroom to the lounge.

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Pretty cosy, hmm?  There’s plenty of pieces in the gacha to furnish the two rooms, add a few extras and you’d be well on your way.  You’d have to take into account that I copied some of the pieces, which you wouldn’t get in a gacha.  Here’s Christmas lunch set up – a warming soup and Christmas pud with lashings of eggnog!

 

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And so to bed – hopefully not too tipsy!  I don’t think the rabbit or the robin would much appreciate being squashed. There are some beautifully Meshed rafter in this cottage, and set into the roof – two windows which let in the light and add to the feeling of warmth.

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Just a quick close-up of the tree so you can see those beautiful, glossy glass ornaments. They are so cute with little holiday things inside, one even has a miniature tree. I changed the snowy tree to green spruce to give you a better idea of the ornaments.  Please see below for details of all items used in the pictures.

 

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Home & Garden Pieces used:

Animals
HPMD* Sitting Rabbit M
TLC Home Collection – Standing Robin, Fallow Deer Family with Manger, Pheasant Family
Storax Tree – Feline Treasures – Naptime – Calico f

Outside
Mushilu – Snow Lake, formations and rocks set
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winter dog rose- 3D Trees
KIDD – Snowy Meadow grass pieces
Mesh India – 7 MI Winter Wood Log (7LI)
Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods

Food & décor other than Bauwerk
GA – Oma’s Kitchen – Erwtensoep – gacha, try Marketplace
*FG* Christmas Pudding – Frangipani Garden
*FG* Wine Bottle
DIGS – Unadorned Christmas Tree

Bauwerk
Festive Burlwood Dining Set, pieces from:
Fur Ottoman, Goblet Horn, Festive Dinner Plates, Table Candle, Festive Wreath
(available at mainstore)

My Little Cottage gacha – Arcade Gacha
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Rustic Cottage – RARE
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Armchair – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Sloppy Cottage Rug – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Standing Stars Light – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Knit Pouf Table – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Pallet Wallart Squirrel – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] No Place Like Home – Season of Giving Gift
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Holmium – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Console – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Deer Dali – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Drapes – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Distressed Star Mirror – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Cabinet – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Console – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Daybed – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Deer Wall Art – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Side Table – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Tea and Cookies – COMMON
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Floor Star Lamp – COMMON

22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cottage Bed- REWARD

Pieces at Tannenbaum Christmas Market
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Landhaus Kitchen Table – distressed White
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Landhaus Chair Distressed White
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Christmas Cup
22769 ~ [bauwerk] No Place Like Home – Season of Giving Gift
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Porcelain Deer Head Wall decoration – white

Christmas Globes gacha – includes star decor in silver and gold as RARES

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Places – ‘Countryside’ at Habitat Springs

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Countryside - woods flowers

‘Countryside’ is a beautiful place to visit, and it’s on a sky platform at Habitat Springs so the lag is negligible.

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It’s an area created by long time resident, Dicky Spad, and he says, “Countryside is a area I created that’s a quiet place to enjoy the wildlife and the peace and tranquility of nature. It is open to the public and it’s dedicated to SL® photographers.. Please respect others while here and have fun!! Clothing is optional.”

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Added to the Second Life® Destination Guide, Dicky has found the ‘Countryside’ visitor count increasing recently, but not so much that its impossible to find a quiet place to relax or take photos. When we visited there was only one other person taking photographs and this was in the SL® daytime.

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Most of the landscaping is by Studio Skye based on the Autumnal seasonal tree sets and water prims for the pond and river. Numerous woodland animals are placed here and there and make excellent photographic opportunities. There’s also a section of cattle and farming vehicles with a red Chevy truck by the side. I took photographs on the Midday setting and got some really nice ones.  There are some nicely animated places to relax for solo and couples, including the banks of the river and a walled area containing a campfire and log seating.

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This is an Adult sim, clothing is optional beyond a certain point where a noticeboard advises visitors of same. The atmosphere is peaceful with a good variety of woodland bird song which adds to the effect. It’s not a huge place but what there is, is beautifully formed and would be perfect for a pleasant afternoon or evening spent relaxing with friends or as an inspiration for photography in a rural setting.

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Visit ‘Countryside’

Cheers, m’dears 🙂