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Stormy Weather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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Room with a View

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I’ve got lots of products to show you in this post, and the interesting thing is how well they all go together!  The feature picture shows me settling down to a nice computer session and all the dog wants to do is to go out – typical 🙂  Back in the platform known laughingly as real life, we actually have our neighbour’s dog, Bonzo, lodging with us for a month.  He’s a black lab and is a very good ratter – which we need around this rural village because the darn things keep multiplying and looking for a warm home for the winter.  So far, Bonzo has got 2 rats for which he gets a reward of his favourite cheese, I asked Dorothy to stock up on the cheese because I suspect he’ll sort out more before the month is up.  Back to Second Life® and I’m in a very nice skybox called, “Hamptons” (which I believe is a district in New York Long Island) and it’s by Galland Homes.  This is the very first time designer, Rob, has included a couple of texture changers – you’ll see them below.

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Let’s have a look at the skybox first.  There’s a couple of interconnected rooms, one which you could use for the bedroom and there’s a lot of choice on the colour changer for the walls.  I was using one of the mocha colours here, which I think is calming.

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Now this is showing more of the lounge, which is the main room.  The fireplace can be switched on and off via the panel on the wall next to it and you can control media and store your favourite landmarks from that very panel – see the notecard that comes with the skybox.  There’s a beautiful skylight ceiling effect, double windows either side of the fireplace and panelled walls.  The wooden flooring runs through the entire skybox and I think the whole effect it makes for a posh home.

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Close-up of the fireplace showing a few of my Arcade treasures and some bargains from Apple Fall which I found on Marketplace with the resellers. That vintage white radio goes particularly well, don’t you think?  And unfortunately I left my breakfast tray there – the dog is eyeing it up!

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Here is that lovely desk set by Serenity Style again, and I took the photograph in a vintage windlight.  Now this set is called, “Inspired Space” and it’s an update of a set that appeared in a recent Deco(c)rate subscription box.  The table is functional and it has hidden compartments and drawers that you could keep your valuables in – what a good idea.  This is currently in the mainstore and has a 20% discount for group members.

Look at my fab briefcase resting by the desk. This is the latest product by Petit Chat. Now it’s actually an avatar accessory but I am using it as décor here and it’s only 2 Land Impact even at this size so why not.  There are 3 versions – denim, moire and shiny – and HUDs are included, so you can make your own “Happy Briefcase” as you wish. Nothing like choice, I always say. This is currently at The Chapter Four Half Price Room.

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Now to the bedroom.  I decided to use a pink wall colour as I had the rose sofa and bed from Scarlet Creative’s Sofia set.  Now I had this flying dove out from anc. Ltd, and managed to take a photograph with him in the right place after about 5 attempts but he does match some of the pale lemon cushions.  The gorgeous daisy basket is by Chez Moi Furnitures and is another item currently at The Chapter Four. Better visit this round, it looks good!  Finally, the Chronos Side Table is by ::Newchurch::, currently at We ❤ Roleplay and I like this table very much. The table top is a working clock on Second Life® time and the rest of it is kinda clocky too, with cogs and swirls.  Click on all the pictures for a larger version.

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Thought I’d fiddle with the wall panels to show you some more goodies.  This one features the “Mobile Library” by eTNIA. It is a lovely piece which has 6 animations with props included, so here I’m reading a book.  This will be at the new edition of The Liaison Collaborative, which starts today, I believe.

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View from above and if you enlarge the picture you’ll see that one of the books is entitled, “Second Life® Mesh for Noobs”! I’m reading, “How to successfully ignore your dog when he wants to go out all the time”. I’ll let you know if I  learn anything useful.

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And this is the new gacha by [ zerkalo ] – Antique Memories gacha, which is currently at The Imaginarium Event (Gimme Gacha Productions). This is a lovely, poignant set sprinkled with beautifully meshed keepsakes that you could use anywhere, not just in this set.  There’s even a leather bound journal. I’ll be using these pieces a lot.

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

Skybox – “Hamptons Skybox” from Galland Homes, currently at The Chapter Four
2 Texture Change HUDS – LI 45 and you’ll need 25 metres to rez this
control box by fireplace – fire on/off – set up and receive media – store landmarks for easy TP

Lounge:-

Serenity Style – “Working Space Set” – updated, mainstore, 20% discount for Group members!

Serenity Style- Working Space Desk – LI 8
Serenity Style- Working Space Chair – LI 6 – 7 great poses, I’m using the Feet Up animation, others examples are Typing and Inspiring
Serenity Style- Working Space Shelf – LI 4
Serenity Style-Working Space PC All in One – LI 1
Serenity Style- Working Space Workbook – LI 1
Serenity Style- Working Space Keyboard – LI 2
Serenity Style-Working Space Mouse – LI 1
Serenity Style-Working Space Picture Frames, 1, 2 and 3 – LI 1 each

Petit Chat – “Happy Briefcase”, currently at The Chapter Four half price room –
3 options (Denim, Moire and Shiny Colours), L$90 only! This is an accessory for women but I used it as a décor piece – LI 2. For the single briefcase you have a HUD with 8 colour options for the buckle. If you get the Fatpack, there’s a full HUD with 8 options for the buckle and 8 options for the strap.

JIAN –  ‘dorable Danes 10. Harlequin Wander Pup – this is a big pup but then Great Danes are big anyway! Another Arcade gacha prize.

Fireplace scene:-

Various Apple Fall gacha pieces – store or MP resellers
7. Apple Fall Patchwork Rug
8. Apple Fall Roses Jug
6. Apple Fall Shauna’s Chair
Apple Fall Retro Radio

22. erratic – lsm – breakfast – beans & eggs

[-BLUE SKY-] Brighton gacha – Mirror, Cactus C, Console Decor 2, currently at The Arcade Gacha

Bedroom scene:-

Chez Moi Furnitures – “Daisy Basket”, currently at The Chapter Four to October 1st
I enlarged this a bit and it’s at LI 11 for the size you see

Scarlett Creative – Sofia Set gacha – The Arcade
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade Sep 17 – Sofia Sofa Rose MT
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade Sep 17 – Sofia Bed Rose MT
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade Sep 17 – Sofia Clock Bird MT

::Newchurch:: – Chronos Side Table, White, currently at We ❤ Roleplay
The clock on this table actually works and there are 3 versions of the table – white, gold and walnut – Land Impact is 3

Duvet Day – Garden room gacha – furry rug

BUENO-Night Table-Light – from He Said, She Said gacha – September Arcade Gacha

:HAIKEI: Belong To You / GACHA / {5} – Cactus garden with HUD pink/blue

{anc} NO LIMITS gacha // flying dove.B [egg-yellow] 1 LI
Gently flaps around in a small circle

Killer’s Productions – Valentine rose petals and candles grouping

WallSaying1 by Starr Ghost

Lounge texture panel versions:-

eTNIA – Mobile Library, currently at The Liaison Collaborative from September 7th – The item includes 6 animations and props included. I used the Read 2 and received a book!

Storax Tree – Clay and Bamboo Vases Ae
Stoax Tree – Coffee Break – Black Cat B

DYNASTY – Tea Ceremony gacha – Bamboo Mat

[ zerkalo ] – from Antique Memories gacha at The Imaginarium Event (Gimme Gacha Productions)

I’ve used direct landmarks to the Arcade Gacha items, if you would like to see a shopping guide for the September Event, check out HERE.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

Natural Industrial Style

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OK, so I’ve invented a new décor style – it’s called Natural Industrial! Perfect for the city with industrial style furniture that’s combined with inspiration from Nature, herself. I’m being a bit daft but I wanted to show you the skybox from Galland Homes that is currently at The Chapter Four. It’s called the Mount Washington. Then there’s been some amazing Industrial style furniture recently, so that is part of the scene, both from Newchurch and Fancy Decor. Then there’s that magnificent wall fountain by unKindness.

I wonder if you would really get away with such an open water feature in a real life flat. Let alone a little French Bulldog leaping in and out of it, plus slurping the water occasionally, it’d be very hygenic *laughs* But fortunately, in Second Life® none of those things matters!

 

Now let me take you around the skybox.  You land in a hall and to your left is an open plan room with cosy fireplace which you can turn on and off from the panel by the side of it. The walls are beautiful plain plasterwork right now but you can tint them because the skybox is completely modify, and what’s more there’s a notecard to explain how to do it. I really like the ceilings in this skybox, the rooms have a central portion that is cut out and you almost feel that there could be a skylight window there, but even if there isn’t it does give that extra height.  The floors are a even toned warm wood parquet design.

 

So, if you now look straight ahead, that’ll lead you into a room with a view, literally.  If you click on the window frame you get a choice of real city skylines, I chose London here and you can just see The Gherkin, that iconic shaped tower that we all know and love.  I’m standing in the unfurnished version above.  You have options to use the house for assistance in inputting Second Life® compatible audio streams and/or Quicktime compatible video streams. The house will also store a list of your favourite streams if you wish.  There’s also a Teleport feature which allows you save a series of your favourite SLurl’s into the house’s memory.

 

In the room with a view, another door on the left leads to a more private room which could be a bedroom and bathroom combination.  The flooring is different in this enclosed room.  The Mount Washington Skybox has a Land Impact of only 24, and don’t forget you can tint those walls. I think it’s a very pleasant and versatile home.

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

JIAN – Fun Frenchies gacha – 18. Brindle Wanderer from The Gacha Garden until August 31st
KraftWork – Pet Shop gacha – Toys Bowls and Toys
Apt B // Zebra Hide Rug
Apple Fall – Model Plane – Large

All these at the current round of the  Whimsical Event
MONS- 3D – Leafy Photoshoot Decor (black) at Whimsical
Sway’s [Animal] Topiary gacha . Snail no lights and Bunny with lights at Whimsical

[ zerkalo ] – My Heart set – Wind Chime at The Trunk Show

Fancy Decor: Capsule Light (silver, black and lavender), currently at BLUSH
Fancy Decor: Part of Industrial Set at Man Cave until September 1st
Fancy Decor: Wren Lamp
Fancy Decor: Books and Plant
Fancy Decor: Compass Table
Fancy Decor: Industrial Mirror

Newchurch at ON9 Event until August 28th
:: N :: Duane Park Bookcase, Zinc (w/ Books)
:: N :: Collister Lounger, Antique Pine
:: N :: Varick Side Table, Antique Pine
Newchurch at mainstore
:: N :: Alpha Industrial Bar Stool, Antique Pine
and Rattan Baskets

unKindness
uK – Uptown Fountain Wall (part of Uptown Fountain Set)

Galland Homes
Mount Washington Skybox – LI 24
Currently at The Chapter Four to September 1st

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

 

A Little Bit of Zen

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This little garden by TLC Home Collection creates a state of calm where you can sit and watch the water flow, and enjoy the animals. The dragonfly can be set to “active nature” and he’ll fly from lily to lily, it’s really enchanting. The Koi are also interactive and will feed from your hand, just follow the script directions so that they will also swim around in a designated area, notecard explanations are included.

The hanging loveseat by Chez Moi is not only a beautifully detailed and observed piece of garden furniture, but it is also texture change for the pillow and cushion pieces. As with all Chez Moi pieces, the loveseat is packed with poses that everyone can enjoy.

The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (dʑjen), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna which can be approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state”. It shows in a way, the progression of that desired state through the different spiritualities. All blossoms on the same tree.

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

TLC Home Collection, currently at ULTRA Event to August 15th
Zen Minimalist Garden – 21 LI (includes Red-Crowned Crane and Dragonflies)
Koi Collector’s Edition (set 1 of 3) upgraded to make the fish feedable!
(all are Copy/Modify)

Chez Moi Furnitures
Tuareg Hanging Loveseat – 8 LI – Copy/Modify with Texture Change for pillows and cushions, packed with animations – Adult & PG versions
Potted Cactus – 1 LI – Copy/Modify
Both currently at the Indie Teepee Event to August 6th

DYNASTY – Aged Mahjong Set – Brown – this was at Summerfest, hopefully it’s in the store now!
Concept} 12. Ca’Pepe. Square carpet – gacha currently at Kustom9
Concept} 13. Ca’Pepe. Candles
Concept} 11. Ca’Pepe. Bonsai
Calm. Designs – Song . Wall Decor . Jade, currently at The Chapter Four Event

Landscaping:-

Little Branch – WildSassafras.v2 {Animated}
Dysfunctionality – Fluffy Grass – Gridular – texture change for different types of grass
unKindness – “Little Oasis” gacha – Rock Shelf Brown – currently at The Gacha Guardians Event

 

 

Hope you all have a great week!

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 🙂

Cocktails at Eight!

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I think there’s a lot more than cocktails on offer here!  The Bonham dining set by Fancy Decor, currently at FaMESHed was the starting point for this picture, with the beautiful leaf decoration on the plates and wall prints, it made me think of an indoor/outdoor theme.

There’s been a frenzy of houseplant sets from various designers, lately.  I’m using several here, most notably the set by Dust Bunny, currently at FaMESHed.  These are finely observed, and include the medinilla plant, a North American variety with exotic hanging blooms.  I remember seeing the real life version of this in a friend’s house, a most unusual houseplant.

For sheer value on the houseplant front, though, I have to take my hat off to What Next, everything in the picture was purchased at various Fifty Linden Fridays.

I’m loving the new wall panels by Calm. Everything that designer produces is beautiful made and textured.  You can pick those up at the current round of The Chapter Four.

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

Fancy Decor – Bonham Dining Set – currently at FaMESHed July Event

Fancy Decor: Orchid Blossom – 1 LI
Fancy Decor: Bonham Dining Chair – 3 LI – 8 solo sits
Fancy Decor: Bonham Dining Table – 2 LI
Fancy Decor: Bonham Place Setting (gold) – also silver and black versions – 1 LI
Fancy Decor: Bonham Rug – 1 LI
Fancy Decor: Bonham Chandelier (gold) – also silver and black versions – 5 LI
Fancy Decor: Triangle Candle (gold) – also silver and black versions – 3 LI
Fancy Decor: Geometric Placemat – 1 LI
Fancy Decor: Monstera Print A and B – 1 LI each
Fancy Decor: Turvy Wine Glass – 1 LI

Food by Poche
mugicha plate, mugicha bottle
anmitsu on tray
ujikintoki on tray
Mix juice, iced coffee, Ice lemon tea – from gacha
Strawberry pancake, strawberry on silver spoon, silver cream jug

MonkeyBanana – OBANZAI -Dengaku Server- (baked tofu)- at Japonica Event
[MB] OBANZAI -Dengaku- (baked tofu) – at Japonica Event

Air gacha – Butterfly – Air_TefuTefu_4)Green_TM – at Japonica Event

TLC Home Collection – Peacock Female* – 1 LI
TLC Home Collection – Male Peacock Tail Down* – 3 LI – from Peacock Couple

Calm. Song . Wall Decor . Dark Wood and Green wood panels – at The Chapter Four Event
Cheeky Pea – North Haven Mirror – from North Haven Collection

{what next} ‘Cocktails’ Neon Light (green)
{what next} Summer Garden Hanging Planter 1
{what next} House Plant – Eucalyptus
{what next} House Plant – Agave
{what next} House Plant – Rubber Tree
{what next} Pothos Plant (stand)
{what next} Swiss Cheese Plant
{what next} Snake Plant

dust bunny . pink medinilla plant – collection at FaMESHed Event
dust bunny . pilea peper plant
dust bunny . potted rubber tree
dust bunny . areca palm plant

Dysfunctionality – Stone-Pot Bush animated and texture change for the leaves –
L$25 special for one week

Room in reBourne Lakehouse (wooden wall & shelf by Moz)

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂