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Opposites Attract

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This is my one and only horror post for the season, I generally do one and then go all folksy/arty again! So here we have Van Helsing losing his resolve and who can blame him. It’s all the fault of McBethany, the comely vampire.

I think this is my favourite house of all time for darker pictures, it’s the Saint Vivien de Medoc by 22769. Just the right amount of Gothic styling and yet a good batch of windows for moonlight reflections. Also featuring 22769’s new set at Salem – The Messy Witch gacha. There’s some really excellent pieces in this gacha that fit in with the theme, one is the vampire bust (or is it only dessicated and able to be revived), and another is that gold candelabra. You can never find a good candelabra when you want one.

 

The other set I really appreciate is by Fancy Decor and that’s currently at Salem, too. It’s all the weapons that might be in an Exorcist’s arsenal including a glass bottle of Holy Water and the Last Rites book. I was wondering how I might display this and first I was thinking of DC Comic’s John Constantine, and then it all devolved into Van Helsing! You can blame these wretched flu remedies I’m taking, none of which are doing any good. The whole darn pharmaceutical industry needs a good exorcism if you ask me. I will point them in the direction of this excellent gacha.

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the room is Poe’s Writing Desk Set, a brilliant gacha by unKindness. First of all I thought about designer Jamie’s husband, Poe, and then I realised that even he wouldn’t be using a desk out of the early 19th Century… or would he? Duh, duh, durrrhhhh! But no, this is the desk set of none other than Edgar Allan Poe who wrote such Gothic gems as The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and the Tell tale Heart. So we have these delightful pieces such as a Raven presiding over an inkwell, complete with one of his feathers as a pen. And then some of Poe’s sketches and ramblings on pieces of paper – I so appreciate all these finer details.

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Here’s all the Home & Garden pieces I used today, in detail:-

22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Saint Vivien de Medoc – LI 63 – mainstore
22769 – Victorian Rug – from The Secluded House gacha – Arcade, try resellers
22769 – The Imaginarium – LI 13 – mainstore

The Messy Witch gacha, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
22769 – The Workplace of the Witch – LI 5
22769 – The Chair of the Witch – RARE – LI 5
22769 – Copper Cauldron – LI 1
22769 – Spell Book – LI 1
22769 – Row of Potions – LI 1
22769 – Powder – LI 1
22769 – Potion Bottles – LI 2
22769 – Candles – LI 2
22769 – Azazels Head – LI 1
22769- Vampire Bust – LI 2
22769 – Jars – LI 1
22769 – Mirror Ball – LI 1
22769 – Highdesk – LI 4
22769 – Witch Hat – LI 1
22769 – Sloppy High Shelf – LI 4
22769 – The Magic Mirror – LI 1

October Deco(c)rate
http://decocratesl.com
*HEXtraordinary* – Harvest Lantern – LI 2
Mesh India – Harvest Moon Tree Light – LI 3
Mesh India – Harvest Moon Pumpkin Light – LI 1

unKindness – Poe’s Writing Desk Set, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
uK – Poe’s Writing Desk – LI 3
uK – Raven Inkwell – LI 1
uK – Raven Feather Quill – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Writing Chair – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Sketches Parchment – LI 1
uK – Poe’s Ramblings Parchment – LI 1

Fancy Decor – Exorcism Kit, currently at Salem (Prism Events)
Fancy Decor: Exorcism Kit RARE – LI 10
Fancy Decor: Table/wall Cross – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Last Rites – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Closed Book – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Pewter Candlestick – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Small Chalice – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Holy Water – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Wafer Tray – LI `
and Holdable Cross

Storax Tree – Feline Treasures – Nap time – Siamese Pumpkin – LI 3

Cheeky Pea – :CP: Roll in the Hay Set – Firepit – LI 3

The Loft, currently at Collabor88
The Loft & ARIA – Cozi Potted Caladium
+Half-Deer+ – Nightglow Bird – Robin – Lantern (from 4 sets) at Collabor88

Trees:-
The Little Branch
LB_Canadian Red Maple {4Seasons} *Animated

KIDD Landscaping – Halloween Web Nest Tree (from Halloween Grassy Landscape Kit Theme)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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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 🙂

 

Dog Day Afternoon

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A hot, sultry afternoon at the end of August, when all you want to do is to lay down with a nice ice cold beer. It’s baking down at the garage and nothing is moving except for puppies and pigeons.

Introducing KraftWork‘s “Converted Garage” which will be at the upcoming FaMESHed event, starting September 1st.  This is a collaboration with TRIIN and if you think you’ve seen something similar, well you have!  It’s the custom build garage from The Lost Forever sim but converted so that you could also use it as a home.  Also showing the Vintage Truck Bar and Mirror by unKindness which is currently a special Marketplace offer to August 30th.

 

Now you also get that gorgeous Smith & Sons sign!  The garage doors fold up and down with a click and inside there’s a large space for the cars ‘n trucks and that opens up into a room that is plenty big enough for the essentials of a house.

 

Let’s go around the sides of the garage. Here at the back you’ve got the garage silo which is a nice piece architecturally in itself.

 

Then here you’ve got the side front elevation, showing the TV mast at the end and a side entrance into the large back room.  The base is part of the build so you don’t have to go looking for a suitable flat piece to park your garage on.

And here we are at the back.  This would be rather nice set into a landscaped garden if you were thinking of using it for a home.

Trucks and pets to finish with!  That dog’s got the right idea.

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Here’s what I used in detail:-

Vita’s Textures – Urban Ground

KraftWork Garage Conversion – LI 73
KraftWork Garage Conversion Sign – LI 24
September FaMESHed

unKindness on Marketplace

uK – Vintage Truck Mirror Red – LI 1
uK – Vintage Truck Bar Red – LI 4
Special offer on Bar FatPacks – Marketplace until August 30th, 50% off until August 30th – hurry! There’s some smashing colour options included a well worn rust version.  Also on offer are DJ Dead Chair FatPacks PG & Adult

The Little Branch_Magnolia Tree {Animated} *Blue
The Little Branch_Sweet Chestnut* 7 Li {Seasons} *Animated

~DF~ Container Trailer 40 ft Blue (LI 9) – these folks are great for static décor items
~DF~ Cabover Tractor Unit White (15 LI)
~DF~ SUV Urban White (CM)
~DecoFranzy~

CheerMaster – *CM* 1987 Chevy Silverado V 1.00

JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 14. Sleepy Adult
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds 11. Wanderer Silver Black

KraftWork – Pet Shop  Gacha – Toys Bowls and Toys

Animated Pigeon 1 (TrigiGifts)

MadPea – MGMR – Motor Oil Sign 1 (from Garage gacha)
MadPea – MGMR – Motor Oil Sign 3 – MadPea HQ or Marketplace for resellers

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

Last of the Summer Wine

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Well I can’t give up on summer just yet!  So here’s a secluded hideaway that looks like a brick wall from the outside but once you’re in there, it’s practically another room!  This is the “Garden Hideaway” gacha by Duvet Day and it’s currently at the Cosmopolitan Event.

While I’m away getting more pies and rounding up the rest of the family, the animals and birds have taken over – as usual!  That pup is either barking at the pheasant or about to take a leap straight onto the table after the apple pie, the hen pheasant has her eye on the stray apples and the robin is searching the plant pots in case there’s any unwary worms or insects. Chaos will ensue any minute now 🙂

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

Duvet Day – “Garden Hideaway” gacha, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event
[DD] Garden Hideaway pots – LI 2
[DD] Garden Hideaway bench with blanket – LI 6 – 3 textures each for pillow and blanket – 4 cuddles
[DD] Garden Hideaway bench plain – LI 4 – 4 cuddles
[DD] Garden Hideaway lantern – LI 2 – on/off/dim
[DD] Garden Hideaway table – LI 2
[DD] Garden Hideaway fountain – LI 4
[DD] Garden Hideaway brick walls – RARE – LI 12 – static door
[DD] Garden Hideaway white walls – RARE – LI 12 – static door

eTNIA – Old Tomato Bowl – LI 1
8f8 – primavera in Toscana gacha – Clay Pots (by wall)

Feather & Nest – GPg – Upside Down Pots

Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Bucket (Full)
Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Bucket (Spilled)
Jian Hillside Orchard :: Apple Tree (High LOD)

The Little Branch – Magnolia Tree {Animated} – blossom just showing
Babylonia: Hanging Ivy Set – piece 005a
Shutter Field – sf vintner tray – wine and cheese
{what next} – Country Kitchen Apple Pie
{what next} – Palma Set – Stack of Books

[ zerkalo ] – Summer Day gacha – Napkin

[Tia] Olivia Kitchen – Plates Small
La Galleria – Lavender Vintage Heart Pillow
Apple Fall Fig & Blackberry Cake
Apple Fall – Martins’ Busker Guitar
-Mint- Apples & Candles bucket

Animals & Birds:-
JIAN – Playful Pibbles gacha – 4. Red Companion Pup

TLC Home Collection – Robin (from Song Birds Collection 1)
TLC Home Collection – Male Pheasant & Female light feather Pheasant

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!

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I was looking for autumnal quotes and started off with the classic poem by Keats, of which the first line is my title and ended up with…

It’s like going back to school. You know, autumn! Time for ‘Harry Potter’ ~ Robbie Coltraine

Never really thought of it like that but I do like the quote from British actor and comedian, Robbie, since Harry is one of my characters on this blog. I don’t know what he’d say about this beautiful cottage by Raindale which was part of the August Builder’s Box subscription, might be a bit too cosy for Harry.  The premier picture shows the back of the “Avendale Cottage” which has a porch with gazebo, string lights and deck, it’s just the right place for holding tea parties!  Some pictures of the inner rooms follow.

You can just see the porch as you enter the property, and it has a lovely picture window and there’s lots of room, rafters on the ceiling and warm wood flooring.  The next picture is going up the stairs to the bedroom, and the third shows the ceiling rafters, railings and arched window of the bedroom.

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Here’s the scene on the porch, and it’s mostly prizes from Raindale’s  “Ellesmere” gacha set, matches everything so well!

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And now you can see those delicious cakes in close-up!

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I was really impressed with the new trees and bushes from Dysfunctionality. You can texture change them for many colours including all the colours of Fall – faded, red, yellow – those sorts of colours.  They have versions with and without sparkles for different environments.  These horticultural products are often on offer for daft prices like L$50 per set.  The Little Branch’s Sweet Chestnut is in the foreground here.

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

Raindale Pieces:-
Raindale – Avendale Cottage – LI 83 – Builder’s Box
Raindale – pieces from the Ellesmere Gacha set – mainstore
Raindale – Landfort Tabouret – with 10 Bento poses and 10 classic sit animations, at the Avenue Event until August 20th, then at mainstore
Raindale ~ Somerfield lemonade and glass lanterns (from Somerfield gacha)

Raindale – Flower baskets

Scarlet Creative – The Arcade Mar 17  – Cordelia Curtains Blue
Try Marketplace for resellers

JIAN :: Squirrel Feeder
JIAN Countryside Collies :: Family Rug

Landscaping: –
Dysfunctionality
Whispy Forest Tree Set
Twinkling Leafy Bushes

Vita’s Ground Textures – Autumn Dry Leaves

The Little Branch (from August Deco(c)rate)
Sweet chestnut – 4-Seasons tree
Wild Grass… dry

 

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 🙂