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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 🙂

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Merry-go-Round

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Ragnar does the Great Viking Bake Off

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Ragnar’s been watching way too much television lately, especially the Bake Off competition series which in his case should really be banned.  This is his idea of a darn good feast and it’s held in Odin’s Hall by unKindness who so thoughtfully provided Ragnar with his ideal home.  There’s been lots of blogging pictures of the outside of this Hall and it really is magnificent with prizes of scenery and landscaping as well as the building and contents.  So here’s  picture of the inside of said Hall.  Gorgeous isn’t it? Click on the above picture for a huge version – a bit like Ragnar’s axe 🙂

The other unKindness gacha I’m featuring today is the La Confiserie gacha, and I’ve rarely seen such an amount of yummy cakes and display cases.  I’m sure Ragnar could have gone mad on the products but he wanted to make sure the extra deer got baked as well.

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

unKindness– 2 sets


“Odin’s Hall” – currently at Lootbox ends January 20th
uK – Odin’s Hall Drinking Horn 1 and 2 versions
uK – Odin’s Hall Feast Table
uK – Odin’s Hall Fire Pit (spit roast is my build)
uK – Odin’s Hall Gold Shield Throne – naturally Ragner has a gold throne!
uK – Odin’s Hall Gold Cloud
uK – Odin’s Hall Long House RARE – LI 33

“La Confiserie” – mainstore gacha
uK – La confiserie With Love Board
uK – La confiserie Happiness Board
uK – La confiserie Life is Board
uK – La confiserie Trio Box Stacked
uK – La confiserie Donut Display w/Goodies RARE
uK – La confiserie Donut Plate Icing
uK – La confiserie Trio Box w/ Goodies
uK – La confiserie Choco Tower Cake RARE
uK – La confiserie Unicorn Macaroons RARE
uK – La confiserie Lollipop Cake
uK – La confiserie Cupcake Birthday
uK – La confiserie Candy Apples Gold
uK – La confiserie Candy Apples Blue
uK – La confiserie Donut Plate Sprinkles
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Orange
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Purple
uK – La confiserie Apple cup Yellow

[ zerkalo ] – from “Coffee on the Porch” gacha – Dishes – LI 3

Little Branch – Lemonade Promenade – LI 25 at that size – beautiful tree that includes extra plants around the base. This tree has both tiny lemon flowers and the lemon fruits and lends itself to both indoor (conservatories and sun houses) and outdoor use.

The Mustard Seed – lazy lemonade dispenser_lilac – LI 1 (part of a set)

Baltic – Viking Axe (old piece)

JIAN
JIAN Fallow Doe Static – Blink – from Fallow Deer Set (mainstore)
JIAN Dashing Dalmatians 15. Held Pup Liver – at Epiphany gacha Event

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Branching Out

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I took a visit out to the Little Branch mainstore and sim today, took loads of photographs and really enjoyed the afternoon wandering around. Little Branch specialises in beautiful trees, shrubs, plants and flower fields from all over the world. They are realistically textured and faithfully reproduced virtually.

The new mainstore opened in December 2017, but it’s much more than a place to sell wares, it’s a whole sim that’s been decorated both for photography and for the sheer enjoyment of the natural world.

You land in the main shopping area which is on an island in the middle of a lake with hills rising in the background. Plenty of room in the warehouses, they’re styled exactly like a good Garden Centre would be, there’s even trucks waiting to transport your purchases to your car! I really appreciated all the detail. You have the possibility to check out the trees close-up away from the landscape outside and I think this helps with seeing exactly what you’re getting.

The detail is very good, Little Branch always says that their trees are realistically textured but if you look closely at the actual product you’ll see all the finer details that words cannot convey. For instance, with the Lemonade Promenade tree you not only get lemons but also the tiny white flowers and the beautiful blue-green leaves, it’s so well observed.

Here is a close-up of the trunk of a KingKo Tree V2. Ivy wraps around the trunk and as this tree is set into an Autumn landscape, it’s set to that season. In fact, Little Branch trees are 4-season trees – that means you can click on each tree and you’ll have a choice of textures to suit your seasonal landscaping. This makes them much more versatile since it works out that you’re purchasing four trees in one package.

You’ll get some excellent landscaping ideas on the sim. Here, a Red Poppy Field and Bouton d’or Yellow Field are mixed to give a beautiful and colourful ground cover. In the background, there are dry grasses and daisy fields, too. No more placing individual flowers into a landscape, you can place whole sets of them (fields) at low Land Impact.

From the mainstore warehouse section, take the bridge out towards the landscaped part of the sim and enjoy the scenery! Riverbanks rise up from a turquoise river and they are fully landscaped with animated trees, flowers and plants.

There’s areas of coniferous forest, masses of trees in their Autumn livery, as well as a dock for boats complete with small working boatyard. The photographic possibilities are many, both for photographers and bloggers, but why not enjoy the scenery as well.

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Here’s your TAXI for a nice day out!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Swanery

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I have some new additions to my menagerie – the Swan Family!  They are well spoiled, having their own “Enchanted Swans” lake.  So while I was cuddling the only cygnet in the world that doesn’t like water, I took some photos to show you.

All by TLC Home Collection, the lake is gorgeous and quite large at 20 by 15 metres. It does contain quite a lot though. As well as the lake, there is manicured lawns all around, pots of lavender and petunia, a nice two person seat in one corner and pink camellia (or they could be rambling roses) wrapping themselves around the architecture.  Two sides of the perimeter is walled with balustrade effect and two archways to enter with stone steps up to the lake.  You could put the lake on one side of a garden and allow the rest of the garden to be seen from the non-walled sides.  It’s just idyllic.

 

The “Swan Family” contains – a swan on nest with cygnets, swimming swan, swimming cygnet and swimming swan carrying cygnets on her/his back.  Now you can rez these and they will stand still for photographs *laughs* but you can also set them to swim within a certain square and also you can assign cygnets to particular swans by numbers.  The cygnets will then swim alongside their parent swan. It’s so cute! Instructions are included and it’s not difficult because even I could do it. Here are my swans actually swimming in formation for once.

 

This little chap likes sunbathing and who can blame him? Look at the detail on that stone wall and the camellias wrapped around that balustrade.  It’s really fine work.

 

Home & Garden items used:-

Outside the build –
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] The Relaxing Tree – LI 11 – C/M – altered to spread around the grass
available at mainstore
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias – White – D8
TLC Home Collection – nesting Swan with cygnets – LI 5 C/M

Inside the build – 

TLC –  ‘Enchanted Swans’ – LI 57 – size is 15 by 20 metres

TLC –  cygnets riding on back – LI 5
TLC  – Cygnet Swimming – 1 LI
TLC –  Swan Swimming Adult – 4 LI

22769 – Muted Relaxing Rug – LI 6 – From Little Piece of Heaven set at Shiny Shabby until April 15th, then back at mainstore

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field} – LI 7

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home for the Holidays – Chez Moi Furnitures New Releases

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Think I’m likely to be virtually home for the holidays all of December, what with the plethora of new releases recently!  Chez Moi Furnitures is no exception and I’m featuring three beautiful sets from them today, along with other Home & Garden goodies – see details below.

First up is the “Iron Patio Set” and yes, you’ve seen this before but not in holiday colours.

 

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All in 100% original Mesh, the pieces will amount to only 15 LI when used as a set.

♥ Iron Sofa: 3 LI
♥ Iron Armchair: 3 LI (each)
♥ Ottoman: 1 LI (each)
♥ Bucket Flower: 2 LI (each)

♥ + 35 single poses (female and male)
♥ 12 alone poses (female and male)
♥ 36 animations for couples in love (18 x 2)
♥ 36 intimate animations (18 x 2) – Only in Adult version.
♥ Automatic Rezzing Props – attaches when an animations is chose (wine, book, newspaper)

You can get this set from the SaNaRae Event which runs up to December 18th.

Next, we’ve got the “Xmas Wrap Station” set, which includes all the vintage toys displayed.

 

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This is a realistic booth to wrap your gifts and enjoy a pleasant time with your beloved one. The Wrap Station has 65 animations in PG version and 105 animations in Adult version. Here I am playing board games with the Osprey. Don’t play with him, he can spot when you’re cheating 🙂

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♥ Xmas Wrap Station Booth: 9 LI
♥ Wrap Station Board: 6 LI
♥ Xmas Gifts Wagon + Toys: 11 LI  – in total your scene will be 26 Land Impact

♥ 19 single animations (female and male)

♥ 32 couple poses (16 x 2)

♥ 14 fun animations (7 x 2)

♥ 40 intimate animations (20 x 2) in the Adult version

Automatic Rezzing Props – attaches when an animations is chosen.

Pick up your copy at at the Tres Chic Event, which runs until December 10th.

 

Lastly, here’s the gorgeous “Wintery Fountain” which is available at the mainstore and on Marketplace. Not every winter’s day has grey skies above. The ducks and the deer can’t quite believe there is only ice in the fountain, time for me to break out the hot water!

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A variation of the summer fountains, it’s offered in a PG version and looks perfect as a feature in winter landscaping scenes.

♥ Room for 1-2 people
♥ 19 single animations (female and male)
♥ 28 couple poses (14 x 2)
♥ Automatic Rezzing Props – attaches when an animations is chosen (juice, book)

Specifications: 15 LI | Mesh

 

Here’s details of the other H & G items, animals and landscaping used in the pictures :-

 

DaD DESIGN “The New Old Cabin Snow Add On” m/c V.1.0
DaD DESIGN “The New Old Cabin” m/c V.1.0

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Garden wall short, long, pillar
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Snowmen gacha – Quicksand

[zerkalo] Shiny Shabby Christmas Tree – at Crossroads Event

Jian :: Hearthside Fire Pit – from camping set
JIAN :: Duck – Posed (Preen) – from Duck Family pack
JIAN :: Duck – Posed (Peck)

TLC Home – Fallow Deer [Female] +B – from the Fallow Deer with Manger pack
TLC Home – Fallow Deer [little Fawn]
TLC Home – Osprey – on his own, there’s a perch in the pack

+Half-Deer+ Shiba Inu – Sleepy – gacha
*HEXtraordinary* Nope Cat – Siamese Cuddle – Arcade gacha

Snowball Fight Sign CHEZ MOI
Vintage Hot Soups CHEZ MOI

GA Home – Oma’s Kitchen – Erwtensoep – gacha 6 Republic
Apple Fall Fig & Blackberry Cake

Winter landscaping items from The Little Branch
Amoena 1_Potted_Topiary 1
LB_Mimosa 1_Winter
LB_Amur_4 seasons+Extras
LB_fern 1_Beige_winter
LB_Spruce_Winter_v3.1_snowy bark
LB_Red Maple_4 seasons_v2
LB_Cedar 2_Winter
LB_Angelica 1_double_winter

Visit Chez Moi Furnitures mainstore for lots more decorating ideas!

Chez Moi web logo

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Hello Tuesday 104 – Fe Style, Minimal, Goose, The Little Branch

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Hello Tuesday - Fe Style, Minimal, Goose, The Little Branch

 

Lots of one day bargains!  Hello Tuesday sales day on the Cosmopolitan sim has fashion and furniture aplenty – check it all out on the blog – here.

Fe Style – the Koslov shirt 50% off at 55L each, choice of 11 great colours. I was wearing the mid grey which is a useful colour for a lot of mix n match. There’s 2 Fitmesh sizes plus a small and medium standard size.  I really liked this t-shirt because it drapes well both sides, goes with heaps of jeans/pants and reminds me of the distant summer lol

Minimal – Lugia unisex necklace in gold 50% off at 99L… try it – you might be pleasantly surprised! It has a wonderful adjust feature that includes alterations on many axes so you can fit it just right… anywhere on the neckline. You can even get away with wearing tattoos n all 🙂

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Goose – a nice gacha here and it’s only 25L per pull. Cube Sitters gacha.  The cubes have a good batch of poses where you can sit and enjoy the view or simply sit! According to the vendor photo, there’s some great Rares with colour theme choices and prizes for singles, couples and friends. I got one with flowers on which was most appropriate 🙂

The Little Branch – white flowers 1 field – masses of white flowers which come in two shapes… the rounded field and the square field. Love these, they look so opulent. It’s 50% off at 168L. I used only 2 of the rounded field pieces and it was more than enough to fill half the greenhouse.

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‘The Little Greenhouse’ is from 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] and I sunk this into the ground, it does have a nice neutral coloured stonework base and there’s all that wrought iron work and glass – makes a smashing landscape piece.

Windlight was – Annan Adored Santaurio

Cheers, m’dears 🙂