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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 🙂

 

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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 🙂

A Writer’s Summer

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I’m not really being lazy, I did set up the typewriter *laughs*, but that was before making the summery drinks 🙂 The picture shows the porch area of Raindale‘s “Kenward Summer House”, currently at Cosmopolitan Event. It’s a small building, footprint is 14 by 16, but you can fit a lot in if you extend the porch to a garden room. Versions are available with and without lights, with a difference of 6 Land Impact so there isn’t that much in it. There’s also a “Welcome Post” in the set with sign and lantern and you can change the lettering of the board if you want – there’s a blank texture – so you could have ‘Please Sod Off!’ if you wanted peace and quiet. Errr… LIZ!

The chairs and table set are eTNIA‘s contribution to the Home Show 2017. I just love them – they are so detailed and would look great in real life in my lounge! That rug underneath is also eTNIA (at Cosmopolitan) and it has a texture change for 8 Persian rugs, you know the sort – well loved and faded a bit in the sun and most likely too expensive to drop your tea on. It’s quite a 3D rug, so be careful when you place items on top of it. Finally, the dogs and hummingbirds bring the whole thing to life.

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The next picture shows the garden and more of the lovely Kenward Summer House. I think the landscaping turned out New Zealandish again but I can’t resist the tree ferns and they go well with Raindale’s texture change Tree. Now this tree is rather dramatic, don’t you think? It’s at the Home Show 2017 and has scripted and non scripted versions. You can have five different leaf textures and same for the bark, then there’s glow options and 5 presets plus an alpha mod switch. It’s really a garden statement piece because I don’t think you could have more than one and get away with them all leaning over in the same direction with the same branch arrangement, so here it is undermining the foundations of the Summer House in a very spectacular way.

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Now here I am really chillaxing on Fancy Decor‘s “Modular Outdoor Living Kit”, which is currently at Summerfest 2017. I just adore this set because you really can make up the furniture into whatever space you have to spare. This is quite a small arrangement here, and there are single chairs with two arms as well so you could go all suite-ish if you like. Fancy Decor have this set out in two wood colours, I chose the lighter one with blue pillows, the darker kit will have cream and chocolate pillows, and the furniture is more like cream and mid toned wood. And those gorgeous summer drinks? You can gacha those at the Okinawa Summer Festival and they are by Poche. As far as I’m concerned, Poche are the Bees Knees when it comes to food and drink décor… maybe even the whole of the honey bee.

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

Writer’s Nook:-
Raindale – Kenward summer house (+ lights) – LI 43 – currently at Cosmopolitan Event until July 15th

Raindale ~ Salford tray – LI 1

Soy. – Reed Screen [Sudare] Light
Dysfunctionality – Blooming Trellis – texture change flowers on click

[ETNIA] Persian Rugs – LI 2 – texture change for 8 rugs – Cosmopolitan
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Chair – LI 3 – 10 poses – set at the Home Show 2017
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Chair w/ Blanket – LI 4 – 10 poses
[ETNIA] Rustic Summer – Rattan Table – LI 3

TLC Home Collection –  Hummingbird bush – LI 10

[Tia] Churchill Typewriter and [Tia] Churchill Paper Basket – Typed
Currently at FaMESHed

{what next} Palma Stack of Books – from Palma Collection
Stockholm & Lima – Boho Sun Catcher – from Deco(c)rate March Bohemian Round

JIAN Countryside Collies :: Family Rug

Outside:-

Raindale – Garden tree – LI 5 with texture change for bark and leaves – currently at The Home Show 2017

Raindale – Kenward welcome post – LI 1

Fancy Decor – Modular Outdoor Living Kit – Summerfest
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Corner I – LI 2 – 3 poses
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Middle I – LI 2 – 13 poses
Fancy Decor: Modular Seat Right Arm I – LI 2 – 13 poses
Fancy Decor: Mod Table I – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Mod Lantern I – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Succulent Bowl I – LI 5
Fancy Decor: Palm Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Blue Pillow – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Outdoor Rug I – LI 1

JIAN Lively Labs :: Srs Bsns Work Pup
Poche – from summer drinks gacha – Refreshing Sangria, Enchanted milk chocolate, Gentle watermelon – Okinawa Summer Festival

Landscaping:-

[ Organica ] Cobblestone & Moss Framed Landscaping Tile
Cube Republic – Ox eye daisy
Dicksonia Antarctica Cubensis M and Dicksonia Antarctica Cubensis Juvenile 1p
Little Branch_WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
Little Branch_WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
Landscaping by Felix – 1 Prim Mesh Stone Cluster with ivy+Shadow
Studio Skye
Skye Alligator Apple Bush (small leaf)
Skye Zingiberaceae Alt Leaf
Skye Zingiberaceae
CJ Creations – Flowerfield Chives Pink – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim
Flowerfield Baptisia Fuchsia – 16 Plants in 1 – 1 Prim
Flowerfield Purple dragon – 16 Plants in 1 only 1 Prim

 

 

 

 

 

You can get back to your sunbathing now!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

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 🙂

Peachy Keen

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I was fiddling with Windlights again (dangerous, Moz) and came up with this extraordinary one which is a peach dawn as far as I’m concerned. I have seen peach dawns in the East, not so much in the UK, but any dawn on a clear day has the most wonderful feel to it. Birdsong is so lucid at that time of day and meditation, profound.

Very happy to display such beautiful furniture, some of it is time sensitive, however! There’s a couple of pieces here, one from Fancy Decor called the “Whiteout Bed” and one from HEXtraordinary called the “Silver Garland Chandelier” – both of those are specials for Fifty Linden Friday. The Fancy Decor bed will be available at the discounted price through to Sunday and there’s also a Blackout Bed in, yes you’ve guessed it, all black 🙂

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

Fancy Decor for Fifty Linden Friday
Whiteout and Blackout Beds (PG) – 6 sleeps and 5 cuddles poses
Fancy Decor: Potted Crocus (white/silver)
Fancy Decor: 09 Carpet Hide Rug – The Royce Collection gacha currently at The Arcade 

dust bunny . woodland dreams . branch curtain – gacha at Rosendale

*HEXtraordinary*  – Silver Garland Chandelier – Fifty Linden Friday

Cheeky Pea – Veil Seat – Group Gift

The Little Branch – WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
JIAN  – Pudgy Persians 9. White Wander Kitten – Pudgy Persians gacha

TLC Home Collection – Male White Peacock Tail Up – currently at The Cosmopolitan Event

[ zerkalo ] Wooden Butterflies gacha – currently at The Liaison Collaborative
[ zerkalo ] Faded Charm – White Roses – following are gacha at the mainstore
[ zerkalo ] Britain’s Bedroom – Lace Pillow
[ zerkalo ] Britain’s Bedroom – Pillow w/Roses
[ zerkalo ] Distant Memories – Book of Poems
[ zerkalo ] Hidden Gems – Books
[ zerkalo ] Halloween in White – Tea Set

Upper room in Galland Homes – “Stonehurst Redux”
Stonehurst Redux by Galland Homes – LI 22
(I’ll be showcasing this beautiful small home with a huge amount of light next week!)

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you have a great weekend!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – My Little Department Store

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What a beautiful store this is, it’s “Verdalina’s Department Store” and is a new release by Spargel & Shine Homes, currently at the RFL Home & Garden 2017 Expo . It’s a classically styled building with three floors, four side rooms, three balconies and a nifty elevator to get you there. It would be great for a shop, business, boutique hotel or even a home! Land Impact is 257 when rezzed and the Footprint is 16 by 24 metres. A chrome light is included so you can put as many copies around as you like. The Elevator is a joy and such fun to use. It’s animated, and does not need reprogramming for every new location. Simply step through the doors and click on the control panel. You’ll automatically go into a pose and a menu will appear asking you which floor you want. Once there, you just click on “stand” at the bottom of your screen and walk out through the doors.

 

Now I bet you could make an excellent home of this. The rooms would be cosy and not too big and you wouldn’t have stairs to worry about. So, I thought I’d decorate some of the rooms with furniture from the Expo… see what you think!

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Here we are on the ground floor which is open plan and contains a central lift. Both sides have large picture windows and side arch windows. This is just a section, really, because there is more space in the opposite direction. I was using the Moroccan set from Bazar. And yes, herons live in Morocco too, I checked!

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Here’s a close up with the fire off. Still looks beautiful with the cool, white stones. You can use the suite with gold or silver hints via texture change. I love the tassels on the sofa and carpet.

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On every floor, you’re going to have a lift area (at least in the main section). There are sliding doors to the smaller side rooms that go off the main sections. So why not make a feature of this area? The Heron has already pecked the lift doors so that they are opening, revealing the control panel on the wall.

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One floor up and we’re in the main section here, with three French windows that open onto a balcony. There’s a lovely feeling of light that flows into the room and it feels airy if you leave a couple of doors open. His and Hers day beds, perhaps!

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Finally we’re on the top floor and you can see one of those sliding doors to the side room. The windows have that beautiful wrought iron panel work that casts fancy shadows into the room. Silly me left cookies on the table so you can’t really blame the dalmatian! This makes a nice drawing room or lounge but could equally be a main bedroom.

I hope that’s given you some decorating ideas!

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Here’s the Home & Garden items I used in detail, including direct SLurls to the Expo stalls. Items not in the Expo, I’ve noted.

OUTSIDE

Verdalina’s Department Store by Spargel & Shine Homes on Hope 9

~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter
Wishing Fountain – By Dorian

All from The Little Branch (not Expo)
WildSassafras.v2{Animated}
WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
WildGrass*1Li{Green}

Botanical by Kriss Lehmann – Summer Linden Small (not Expo)

INSIDE ONE
Verdalina’s Department Store – ground floor looking towards front of the building
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky I’ -Picture-
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky II’ -Picture-
~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter – modified for colour
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter – modified for colour

BaZar – “Morocco” lounge set
~BAZAR~Morocco-6 table-hunt item
~BAZAR~Morocco-Curtain
~BAZAR~Morocco-Chandelier (gold) – also silver version
~BAZAR~Morocco-Sofa – PG and Adult versions
~BAZAR~Morocco-books
~BAZAR~Morocco-Cactus
~BAZAR~Morocco-Candle lamp
~BAZAR~Morocco-Side table – texture change for gold/silver
~BAZAR~Morocco-Carpet
~BAZAR~Morocco-Fire table – can be on or off
~BAZAR~Morocco-Potted plant
~BAZAR~Morocco-Tea set
(set also has a Pergola)

Fancy Decor – Floor Globe (gold) (not Expo)
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE TWO
Verdalina’s Department Store – Half-open lift to all floors! –
Mesh India – Pillow Rug Decor – LI 4
~aKa~ – City wall art – LI 1
ChiC Buildings – Tall Circle Shelf with Plant – LI 2
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE THREE
Verdalina’s Department Store – Second Floor looking towards balcony
Papillon – Catnip Basket Fairy Shelter – LI 6 – this is a Home for Papillon Breedables Fairies!
ChiC Buildings – Butler Table and Garden Candle Trio
Bee Designs – Iron day bed – LI 16 – Friends & Cuddles Menus

Raindale ~ storage bench – LI 5
Raindale ~ storage ottoman – LI 2
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 – texture change flowers
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G expo hunt)

~aKa~ – Industrial Pendant Lamp Black & Copper – LI 2 – this is long and I had some of it in the next floor. Can be Modified!
~aKa~ – Four Seasons Daybed – LI 4 – Male & Female sits and Romance menus
~aKa~ – Tubular Barstool – Black&Leather – LI 1

INSIDE FOUR
Verdalina’s Department Store – Top Floor
Spargel & Shine Homes  – Lucero Cabinet & accessories and Rug Multi-Floral 1, rug is not Expo

::Newchurch::
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair – LI 4 – girls & guys solo sits
:: N :: Gemma 2 Sofa – LI 6 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair-and-a-Half – LI 3 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu

House Shelf with Tall Legs Trendy by Feather & Nest – texture change inside & out

Twisty Twigs Vase Duo L – Pinstripes As – Storax Tree (not Expo)

TLC Home Collection – Dalmatian looking at cookie on table from Animated Puppies gacha (not Expo)

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That’s all for today, folks. I’ve shown the majority of the Expo blogger items that I picked up in my posts this last week. Of course there are many more sets, pets, landscaping and home items to be seen over the 9 Sims. You’ve got until June 4th – Happy Shopping!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂