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Blogger Challenge 3 – When good Birthdays go bad

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Never one to pass up a blogger challenge (especially amongst us lot) I’m having a go at the one set for June 2019 by Wynneth of ShopSL – here.ย  It’s entitled When good Birthdays go bad, and Wynn told us about her 18th birthday in a salutary tale which I really enjoyed although I bet she didn’t the next morning ๐Ÿ™‚ย  If you’d like to take up this challenge read Wynn’s post, contact her to receive your balloon and away you go.

So this is another salutary tale about my own youth:-

 

Back in the year… ahem! (the 1800s, I know) I was very fond of my Vespa scooter and bombing around on it. I was going to University via an overseas scholarship and it was damn hard work, so I liked to take time out to relax whenever possible. Not that I could afford to do much but my grandma who lived near to the Uni let me lodge with her and keep the scooter in her shed. It was OK as long as it was out of sight, a bit like yours truly! I have NEVER been any good with alcohol despite my dad being a ill tempered whiskey loving Scots bloke, who who could down half a bottle of the finest malt, no trouble at all.

Well, one evening I met friends at a pub to celebrate a birthday and without really thinking about it (as you don’t at that age) took along the scooter. We had a great time and the pub owner had even ordered a birthday cake would you believe, free and gratis because she sometimes took pity on us students.

When chucking out time came around, everyone started to make their way home. It was unseasonably cold outside. I was left wondering if I could get away with driving home on my scooter which was parked in the road by the pub, probably not, but I was off my head on cheap cider and reckoned it would be fine. I went to get on the bike and didn’t make it. I slid none too gracefully into the gutter and could barely move. I was looking up at a very clear starry night and it was freezing. Everything was going numb and as I closed my eyes, I heard a couple of folks walk past.

It just happened to be one of my tutors and his wife out for a late evening constitutional dragging their hapless dog along with them, I could hear the dog puffing away. The wife muttered something about the young people of today and my tutor diplomatically cleared his throat and they both walked on. Fortunately one of my friends came back to see where I’d got to, chained the scooter up and dragged me to my feet. I think it took almost an hour (normally a 20 minute walk) to get back to his rooms at Uni – or so he said – he was a trainee medical man and famous for misbehaviour. Apparently I was admiring the gardens all the way up the street and he couldn’t get me to move very fast. He said he’d learned more about the sex lives of trees and plants than was suitable for a man studying human anatomy.

I retrieved the scooter in the early morning before anybody noticed. My bloody tutor made fatuous comments from then on about always donning a hat, scarf and gloves during cold weather, especially when out drinking. Nuff said!

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products and Apparel I used in the scene:-

BackBone Naughty Party Balloons – Let’s Fuck – LI 1 – this was my gift from Wynn!

Maya’s Architecture – pieces from the Twin Peaks Pub/Bar collection – LI 53

TLC Home Collection – Crow – Sound on/off on touch – LI 1

{what next} ‘Black’ Monaco Scooter – drivable if you like SL Vehicles! – LI 8

ArtiZan Postmaster (200) 1.2 (Postbox) – LI 5

Anna Erotica – Classic Street lamp II – LI 1
Anna Erotica – Cobblestone_Straight – LI 1

Animation by sake Jun – only L$10 on MP

Nero – Gabriele Sweater – Belleza Jake – Khaki

A&D Clothing – Pants -Andreas- JAKE

{kokoia} Jammer :: Male Sneakers :: for Belleza – texture change HUD

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Birds and the Bees

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“Sowing the Seeds
The birds and the bees
My girlfriend and me in love
Open hearts – feel about it
Open minds – think about it
Time to eat all your words
Swallow your pride
Open your eyes
High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast
Every minute of every hour – ” I Love a Sunflower ”
And I believe in lovepower, Love power, LOVEPOWER !!!”
~ from “Sowing the Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products shown in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Granola., TLC Home Collection, Little Branch
Others:- Landscaping by Felix, Heart Botanicals, Just Animals
Events:- The Arcade Gacha, Equal10

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Granola., currently at June Arcade Gacha Event

“The Homestead Experience”
Granola. Hen Home. RARE. – LI 12 at this size, rezzed at LI 7
Granola. Flower Trough. RARE – LI 7
Granola. Antique Water Pump Red. – LI 2 – versions in teal and white
Granola. Mossy Bee Hive 1. – LI 2 – also clean Bee Hives available
Granola. Mossy Bee Hive 2. – LI 2
Granola. Rustic Tomatoes. – LI 2
Granola. Rustic Avocados with Chiles. – LI 2
Granola. Blackberries. – LI 3
Granola. Honey & Berries. – LI 2
Granola. Farm Eggs. – LI 2
Granola. Wax and Soap Assortment – LI 2

Also Granola.
The April group gift is this lovely set called Lil’ Sprouts and it includes two sprout tins at LI 2 each and two glass misters for LI 1 each – metal and copper.

Granola. Beatrice Wooden Tray. – LI 1 – goes very well with the gacha set!

TLC Home Collection
Hens and rooster from the Chicken gacha – Transfer & Modify
TLC Rooster – LI 1, TLC Chicken Standing – LI 1 – various colours
Set their sounds from zero to 10

Little Branch, currently at Equal10 until June 5th
LB_ Elm Shrub {Animated} 4-Seasons – LI 5 – spring, summer, autumn, winter
pack also contains Wild Grass dry LI 1, Grass 1 Winter, Hill v1, Hill v1 Winter

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Landscaping by Felix
Wild Flower Way Hill Addon by Felix(#1) 9x9m – LI 11
Wild Flower Way Hill Addon by Felix(#2) 12x6m – LI 11

Wild Flower Hollyhock by Felix 1 Shape-10 Colors blue 1a – LI 1
Wild Flower Hollyhock by Felix 1 Shape-10 Colors lila 4 – LI 1
Wild Flower Hollyhock by Felix 1 Shape-10 Colours orange 2a – LI 1

Mesh Pansy With 15 Texture Changer by Felix – LI 1 – change all flowers to 15 different textures via HUD

Heart Botanicals – at the HEART Garden Center
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Clover and Daisies – Small – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Clover – Small – LI 1
HEART – Buttercups – Patch – Small – LI 1

Just Animals by Hannah Kozlowski
Bee Animated – LI 1 each – pack also contains flying Bee

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚

The Lion in Winter

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Jon Snow avenged the Red Wedding! He is the White Wolf! The King in the North!” – Lordย  Wyman Manderly proclaims Jon Snow his new king.

Heads up folks, for a new fantasy one-off, it’s “The Final Winter” Event (by the organisers who brought us “World of Magic”) which is inspired by the series, Game of Thrones, and starts May 30th!

For the history of the Kings and Queens of the North, check out the excellent Game of Thrones Wiki

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Here’s the Home & Garden products and apparel used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Serenity Style, [CIRCA], [ zerkalo ], Little Branch, 22769, TLC Home Collection
Others:- KOPFKINO, Trompe Loeil, Luna Bliss Home & Garden, ::Gabriel::, Heth Haute Couture
Events:- The Final Winter Event

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Serenity Style, at “The Final Winter” Event (by World of Magic organisers) which is inspired by our fav series, Game of Thrones, starts May 30th
The Lost Kingdom boat (PG and Adult versions available) – LI 36 – the boat includes a smooth animated movement on water via touch. Poses include various character animations for solo ladies and gents, beautiful cuddles menu and sensual adults menu in that version. It’s perfect for role-play situations.

[CIRCA]
:Norvaris: Elven Gateway Arch w/ Trees & Plants 10 – LI 79 – doors open/close

[ zerkalo ]
Modern Loft Gacha – Chest – LI 2

Little Branch
LB_BlackTree{Animated} – LI 4 at this size
LB_Snakeweed{4Seasons}- on winter setting! – LI 3
LB_Hill-v1{winter} – LI 2

22769
Rustic Lantern – COMMON – LI 2 – set light strength – gacha prize – Transfer & Modify

TLC Home Collection
TLC Animated Black Swan – LI 3 – set him to swim in a given radius
TLC Animated Crow – Sound on/off on touch – LI 1

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KOPFKINO
“Leatherized” Chest – LI 2

Trompe Loeil
Afton Barrel Closed – LI 1

Luna Bliss Home & Garden
Pond Water – 10 Texture Changes – LI 1 – beautifully animated from centre to circumference

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Wearing…

Gabriel
::GB::Warrior’s sword (R)(Hand) Silver – gacha prize! – Transfer & Modify

Heth Haute Couture
King of the North ensemble – fits mesh bodies fine as it’s an all in one piece and you simply alpha the body out except for the neck area, also includes fur cape, try Demo first

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Picnic on the Beach

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It’s going to be difficult getting back to the table with all those flamingo fellows lined up, maybe they’re going to storm the picnic any minute now!

Featuring a great new Animesh set from TLC Home Collection which also contains regular mesh and a clever hybrid alternative (see explanation below) – it’s called “Flamingo Island”.ย  Also a couple more reasons to go and visit the new Boardwalk Event – there’s that great picnic set and the realistic palm trees.ย  Go on, go on, you know you want to ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- TLC Home Collection, Salacity, Little Branch, [CIRCA], Chez Moi Furnitures
Others:- Heart Botanicals, HEXtraordinary, Dust Bunny, [we’re CLOSED]
Events:- The Boardwalk Event

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

TLC Home Collection
“Flamingo Island”
TLC Flamingo [One Leg]* – LI 2 – animated – 12 Textures – Regular Mesh
TLC Flamingo [Feeding]* – LI 3 – animated – 12 Textures – Regular Mesh
TLC Flamingo [Walking]* – LI 3 – animated – 12 Textures – Regular Mesh
The birds also have AniMesh and Hybrid versions! The AniMesh versions will animate and look real, for instance walking or walking and feeding around a given radius. AniMesh objects add an additional 15 to the Land Impact of an object and more for complex objects, so TLC are offering a Hybrid version, too. Hybrid offers a temporary rez option which once activated will randomly play a 30 second loop of the AniMesh version before it returns to the regular Mesh version.

In addition to the birds, there’s a couple of habitats for them complete with rocks, tropical plants, small waterfall from rocks with pool at base and flowing animated water surround.
TLC Flamingo Mini Island* – LI 17
The larger version – TLC Flamingo Island** – is LI 33

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The Boardwalk Event – check out the beautiful products in this 4th round – furniture, decor, garden landscaping, props ‘n poses, and prefabs. Here’s a couple more products from the round:-
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Von%20Strauss/53/75/24

(a) Salacity at The Boardwalk Event
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Von%20Strauss/33/207/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Von%20Strauss/53/75/24
“Pick-a-Nick Set”
1. Salacity – Pick-a-Nick Table – LI 5 – in either PG or Adult versions – the table is aged/sun-bleached wood, with plenty of animations for both solo and couples use. Some props are included also
2. A set of accessories is also available to make your picnic experience fuller! A tablecloth, picnic basket, drinks, condiments, and two coolers (one with simple sitting animations and the other with a drink-giver) are all included. In the scene I used:-
Salacity – Pick-a-Nick Basket – LI 1
Salacity – Picnic Tablecloth – LI 1
Salacity – Oldman Cooler (drinks) – gives drinks – animates to open up the cooler – LI 3
Salacity – Soda can (open and closed versions)- LI 1
Salacity – Beer Bottle (open and closed versions) – LI 1
Salacity – Condiments – LI 1
3. You can also get the whole set, table and accessories, in either PG or Adult ๐Ÿ™‚

(b) Little Branch at The Boardwalk Event
“Tropical Palm pack”
LB_Wild Grass *1 Li {Dry} – LI 1
LB_Tropical Palm {Animated} – rezes at LI 6 which is huge, I reduced the trees in the scene to half that and they were still more than adequate, beautifully textured, too
The pack generously comes with landscaping extras… Beach Sand V1 low impact, Grass1 {Winter}, Hill V1 low impact, Hill V1 {winter}

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[CIRCA]
[CIRCA] – “Garden Friends” Turtle Planter -Delicate Flowers (S) – LI 3

Chez Moi Furnitures
Hamburger Tray Party CHEZ MOI – LI 4 – steam particle effect

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Heart Botanicals – at the HEART Garden Center
Tropical Yucca-Cluster 5 – LI 8
Heart – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – Harvest Moon – P2 – LI 3
Heart – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – Harvest Moon – P1 – LI 3

HEXtraordinary
Tropical Tiki Fountain – LI 9

Dust Bunny
dust bunny . sweetheart lunch . strawberry salad serving bowl – gacha prize – Transfer & Modify – LI 3
dust bunny . sweetheart lunch . strawberry salad – as above – LI 2
dust bunny . sweetheart lunch . soft pretzels – as above – LI 1
dust bunny . sweetheart lunch . cheese burger – as above – LI 1

[we’re CLOSED]
Rope Fence 02 – LI 2

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Cottage Garden

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As I’ve said before, it’s not easy to create an English Cottage garden virtually and make it look realistic, this is the best I’ve done so far. It has that seemingly carefree look (which is anything but) where you’ve just scattered wild flower and grass seeds at the beginning of the season, together with a few well chosen shrubs… and it’s all come to fruition.

The beautiful stone cottage is by Galland Homes and you’ll find it at the 7th Anniversary edition of FaMESHed, don’t forget to pick up all the gifts when you visit! Stonehill Cottage has a deep stone base so will be able to go into various hilly landscapes in addition to flat ground as here. Downstairs is an open floor set-up with a welcoming old style stone fireplace with chimney going up the side of the house. There’s wooden beams, plaster walls, and stairs that lead up to an open plan bedroom. The cottage would be suitable in a modern country style community and could also double as a house or tavern within a role-play setting. Well worth checking out the DEMO at FaMESHed.

The garden wall and gate are just perfect for the stone cottage and these are quite the nicest landscaping pieces I’ve seen in this genre so far this year, they are by Serenity Style. Also featuring Raindale’s brilliant Riverbreak gacha for 6ยบ Republic and although I’ve put this in the garden it could go anywhere by a river, in a forest or wherever you want it.

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Galland Homes, Raindale, Serenity Style, Little Branch, TLC Home Collection
Others:- Heart Botanicals
Events:- 6ยบ Republic, The Liaison Collaborative, FaMESHed 7th Anniversary

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Galland Homes, currently at FaMESHed 7th Anniversary round
Stonehill Cottage – LI 86 – Copy & Modify

 

Raindale, opens at 6ยบ Republic Event with the Riverbreak Gacha
All of these beauties are Transfer & Modify gacha prizes
Rare – Pond for LI 20 – animated water
Commons – Water lily leaves – 1 – 3 LI, Floating daybed boat – 7 LI – solo and couples animations, 2 versions of candles on lily leaves – 1-2 LI – lights on/off, Rotating leaves with lamps in brown, green and blue grey – LI 4 – solo animations, Bridge versions in brown, white and black – 10 LI, Rushes – 2 LI

 

Serenity Style, currently at The Liaison Collaborative
Pieces from the Glasbury Garden Wall set
Long and Short Walls – LI 3
Posts – End Post – LI 3 with deco ball, Post – LI 1 without
Lamp – LI 2 – on/off via touch
Small Gate – LI 3 with post, LI 2 by itself
Large Gate – LI 4 each – left and right version
Large Gate with attached post – LI 7 – left and right versions

 

Little Branch
Trees -Birch Shrub {Animated} 4-Seasons – LI 3, Wild Sassafras .v2 {Animated} – LI 2
Grasses – Snakeweed {4-Seasons} – LI 1, Wild Grass *1Li {Lavender} – LI 1, Fluffy Grass {Mesh} – LI 2

TLC Home Collection
Heron – LI 1 – Animated – also on the store Marketplace

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Heart Botanicals – at the HEART Garden Center
Heart – WILDFLOWERS – Hydrangea – Lilac 1 and Lilac 3 – LI 1 – 2 each
Heart – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – White Swan – various – LI 1 – 2 each
Heart – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – Purpurea – various – LI 1 – 2 each
HEART – Wild Grasses – Flowering – Round Dense – Green – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚

Grape Expectations

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Today’s scene is all about a plate of enticing grapes!ย  Talk about luscious virtual food, those juicy, black grapes look good enough to reach into the picture and take one. Can you imagine the taste?ย  Better be quick though, it looks as though they are already on certain creatures menus!

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Chez Moi Furnitures, Little Branch, .:TM:.Creation, Fancy Decor, Duvet Day,
TLC Home Collection
Others:- JIAN, LOVE, PLAAKA, {what next}, Vespertine, Trompe Loeil
Events:- Tres Chic Event, UBER Event

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Chez Moi Furnitures, currently at Tres Chic Event to May 10th
Pieces from the beautiful “Vintage Wrought Patio Set”
Chair Eleonor – LI 2 – 15 solo sits for ladies and gents each, plus a lovely couples Menu, too!
Chair Amelie, Chair Marry and Chair Rose – details as for Eleonor, the chairs have different iron swirl designs on them making a really individual set possible
Chairs are also Texture Change for vintage, white, wrought, lilac, pink, salmon, blue, golden and green – which can make quite a difference
Cheese & Grapes – LI 5 – one piece but easy to Edit!
Vintage Wrought Table – LI 1 – texture change as for the chairs

Little Branch, currently at UBER
Birch Shrub {Animated} 4-Seasons – on Spring season – LI 3 – gently animated
Gorgeous and useful shrub, why not treat yourself!

TLC Home Collection
Also on Marketplace
3 cute birdies from the Songbirds Collection Set 2 – they are animated and only 1 LI each – chaffinch, bullfinch and blue tit

.:TM:.Creation

Ground Cover Cherry Blossoms GP18 – LI 1 – Copy & Modify
Offered as part of the GP18 Spring Bike Scene (previous post)

Fancy Decor
Fancy Decor: Potted Crocus (white/black) – LI 1

Duvet Day
[DD] Spring Trug of Tulips – LI 4 – gacha prize – Transfer & Modify

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LOVE
LOVE – COUNTRY PATH – CORNER – LI 1

JIAN
“Santa’s Samoyeds” gacha 11. White Pup Wanderer – LI 7 at this size – Transfer & resize via HUD
“Precious Ponies” gacha 17. Dapple Wanderer – LI 15 – Transfer & resize via HUD

PLAAKA
PLAAKA Hydrocharitaceae Round – LI 6 – Transfer & Modify – check MP Resellers

{what next}
{what next} ‘Spring Bloom’ Daffodil Planter #5 – LI 2
{what next} ‘Spring Bloom’ Daffodil Planter #7 – LI 2
{what next} ‘Emma’ Tulips Bouquet (white) – LI 1

Vespertine
{vespertine}- blossom cotton hanging basket – unlinked / short – LI 7 in total

Trompe Loeil
Kenna Cabin – LI 57

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚

Be careful where you camp!

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Be careful where you camp, especially when there’s a bunch of goat kids about! Just like us, these cute kids are partial to a bit of glamping ๐Ÿ™‚

Goats were amongst the first animals to be tamed by man and they were being herded some nine thousand years ago. They can be taught their name and to come when called. Their life span is around that of a dog. Mother goats carry their kids for five months and they can have two to three kids per year. Kids are standing and taking their first steps within minutes of being born! Each kid has a unique call and scent, that’s how the mother recognises it from birth and not by sight. Goats are very good at climbing and have been known to climb to the tops of trees, or even dams. In their natural habitat, goats roam mountain tops and reach up as high as possible to pick out choice bits of forage around them. Like most of us, goats get depressed if they don’t have companions so are best kept in a herd. Contrary to popular opinion they are rather picky eaters. They have very sensitive lips, which they use to โ€œmouthโ€ things in search of clean and tasty food.

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Here’s full details of the Home & Garden products I used in the scene today:-

Sponsors:- Cheeky Pea, Chez Moi Furnitures, TLC Home Collection, Duvet Day, Little Branch
Others:- HEART Botanicals
Events: – Cosmopolitan Event, Tres Chic

*NB – all products have Permissions of Copy & Modify unless stated otherwise!

Cheeky Pea – new release at the mainstore!
The Lejr Camp Set
:CP: Lejr Tent – can be rezzed for LI 28 – adding via HUD you can have extra string lights (LI 3), ribbons (LI 7) and banners with flower pot (LI 5)
:CP: Lejr Bed (PG) – LI 21 – singles and couples animation Menus, there’s also an Adult version of the bed
:CP: Lejr Chandelier – LI 2 – lights on/off via touch
:CP: Lejr Deck Loveseat (PG) – LI 2 – singles and couples animation Menus, there’s also an Adult version of the loveseat
:CP: Lejr Deck Chair (PG) – LI 2 – singles and couples animation Menus, there’s also an Adult version of the chair
:CP: Lejr Lantern Large – LI 1
:CP: Lejr Lantern Small – LI 1
:CP: Lejr Campfire Pot – LI 2 – flames on/off via touch
:CP: Lejr Table – LI 2
:CP: Lejr S’mores Table – LI 3
:CP: Jolly Chadwick Camp Flower Jar – LI 2
:CP: Lejr Decking – LI 10 – I sunk this into the grass for the scene but it actually has a step on one side and small legs to raise it off the ground

Chez Moi, currently at Tres Chic to April 10th
Mura Wall Fountain – LI 9 – texture change… royal, vintage, weather, pale, pink (this is the option I used), poppy, cream, flower, grey, B&W, blue, circle and 3 marble options

TLC Home Collection, currently at Cosmopolitan Event

TLC Little Thieves – Kid Goats – Complete Set – LI 24
TLC Goat #5 – Perched – LI 2
TLC Goat #2 – Sleeping – LI 2
TLC Goat #4 – Sleeping – LI 2

And yes, there’s also donkeys in the Little Thieves collection!

Duvet Day
Piece from the Garden Hideaway gacha (mainstore)
Garden Hideaway gacha – white walls Rare – Transfer & Modify.. modified for length on the window wall and I sunk the floor into the grass – it’s a very useful and adaptable piece

Little Branch
Magnolia Tree {Animated} – LI 4 at this size – tree also available in blue blossom
Wild Grass *1Li {Dry}* – Animated – LI 1

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HEART Botanicals – at the HEART Garden Center
Heart – Pathways – Crazing Paving with Bunchberry – ST1 – LI 2
Heart – Aubretia – Small – Lilac – FULL – LI 1
Heart – Aubretia – Small – Lilac – FULL – LI 1
Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Clover and Daisies – Large – LI 1
HEART – Grass Patch – LI 1
HEART – Wild Flowers – Petunias – Pink – D7 – LI 1
HEART – Wild Flowers – Petunias – Red – D8 – LI 2
HEART – Wild Flowers – Petunias – Yellow – D7 – LI 1

Cheers, m’dears ๐Ÿ™‚