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Summer Garden Party

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The English don’t cope with the heat very well on the whole.  We get the sun so infrequently that we don’t install air conditioning (which would really help) and leave it to the last minute to purchase electric fans by which time the shops have run out of them or not bothered to stock them at all.  However, it is noticeably warmer in the south of the country and even quite humid so here we do daft things like car boot sales and garden parties at times when we’re all wilting in the heat.

Parasols or sun umbrellas or put that thing up pronto because I’m dying of heatstroke, whatever they are called, are very popular. Hence, I was pleased to see this magnificent sun umbrella by Newchurch in the latest set, entitled “Miramar”.  The clever thing about this set is the masses of texture change options on both seating and pillows (which you can arrange yourself) plus the fact that to collect the whole set, you need to visit both The Home Show 2017 and ON9 July Event.

Other goodies I managed to collect before collapsing with exhaustion, are detailed below but I’d like to point out the retro record player by FIN, a real find at The Home Show 2017.  This designer does all sorts of retro furniture and décor, a lot of it covering the 1950s period which I think was a lot more exciting in the USA than in the UK, where we were really into picnics and worrying about the impending nuclear war caused by the Cuban Missile Crisis.   Great fun 🙂

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

NEWCHURCH – “Miramar Set” which is split between the Home Show 2017 and ON9 Event

For the Home Show 2017 (until end July)
Miramar Lounge Chair – LI 3 plus 1 per pillow – single poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Small Sofa – LI 3 plus 1 per pillow – singles and couples poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Coffee Table – LI 1 – includes Caliza Long Planter – Copy/Modify

For ON9 Event
Miramar Side Table – LI 1 – Copy/Modify
Miramar Cantilever Umbrella – LI 2 – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Chaise – LI 4 – singles and couples poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
(Chaise not shown in picture but it’s equally as good as the rest)
All 100% original Mesh with Materials enabled

FIN – Fifties TEPPAZ Player YELLOW, currently at The Home Show 2017
Soy. – Clutterd records (from a huge & fab collection all to do with record players)
Frangipani Garden – Watermelon Punch Set, currently at Japonica Event

JIAN – “Munchkin Kittens” gacha – :: Calico Wandering Kitten
JIAN – “Pupper Parlor” gacha – :: 10. Black Bow Wanderer Yorkie, gacha at Epiphany Event

TLC Home Collection – Dragonfly, part of Zen Set (which I’ll be showing more of in another post) and Dragonflies on Water Lilies Set, currently at ULTRA Event

KraftWork – KraftWork Pet Shop Toys Stuff Peanut Butter Bones and
KraftWork Pet Shop Toys Stuff Woof Bowls – from “Pet Shop” gacha

[ zerkalo ] – pieces from “Cat Sweetness” Gacha – at Kustom9 Event
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Grand Cat Cake – RARE
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Bread Cat
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Ice cream
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Macaroon
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Cookie

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Babble Game (which resembles the game you all know and love)

Duvet Day – “Summer in Garden” Lantern green – from same gacha

Two Moon Gardens – Flower Bank 2a (modified)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Small but perfectly formed

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The “Stonehurst Redux” house by Galland Homes has a Land Impact of only 26 and it would  fit on a small plot. The floorplan  is beautifully thought out, with a spacious feel thanks to lots of tall windows, an outside balcony, compact internal staircase and open plan living.  Equally at home in the city or the countryside, it’s placed here within a town environment.

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I thought it would be fun to furnish the Stonehurst and see how much I could get in.  It was quite a lot as you’ll see.  This is one side of the downstairs living area which is quite adequate to fit in a gorgeous retro compact kitchen from [tia] and minimalist dining set from Cheeky Pea.  The Chihuahua is there for size comparison, at least that’s his excuse waiting on the dining table for scraps!

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Over to the opposite side and you can see the stairs going up to the first floor and a cosy lounge area furnished mostly by Revivial and MudHoney in typical Scandi style. There are a lot of windows which do give that indoors/outdoors feel but you could cover some of them with wooden blinds if you wanted to create more privacy in a particular area.

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Upstairs now and I only furnished the far side of the first floor, you could fit in loads more. For instance,  a generous sized bed , small study area and small bathroom area behind room screens – they would all slot in easily.  I was really enjoying the two main textures of the walls – wood and stone – they compliment each other and give stability to a home which has a lot of ethereal glass.

The Scarlet Creative daybed (currently part of the Daisy gacha at June Arcade) is a little gem. All that style and work for a mere L$75 play of the machine, I think it was.  It is small (look at the Chihuahua on it) but like the Stonehurst house, it’s perfectly formed!

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Here’s a close up on eTNIA‘s stunning retro Chinoiserie Vanity and Decor which is currently at the Vintage Fair and that Event runs to the end of the month. Ethnic and retro combine in this vanity set,  which isn’t always easy.  The Vase and Letters are extras from other designers. All the rest you get in eTNIA’s set and it’s reassuringly low prim.

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

OUTSIDE
Stonehurst Redux by Galland Homes – LI 26 – at the Galland Homes Mainstore

Maya’s Buildings (HQ Mesh) – Trees, benches, pigeons and lampposts
Hayabusa Design – Bush Static Beach M17-1 v1-1 Group
KIDD – WILD FLOWERS B* FLAT CAVED POT*Resizer
CJ Creations – Flowerfield Purple dragon – 16 Plants in 1 only 1 Prim
{vespertine– vintage mailbox/red}
..::THOR::.. Bicycle Beyge + Pic-Nic Set COMMON
Road and paving – Moz & Arrchie

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Boxtree Terracotta – from Little Piece of Heaven gacha
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Boxtree Bush Terracotta

INSIDE

Open Plan downstairs:-

[tia] – Olivia Kitchen Set (complete, items also available separately)
Ariskea – {Australia} Macrame Rug

From May Deco(c)rate (Minimalist round)
HEXtraordinary – Garden Fountain
MudHoney – James Console Set – Console, Mirror, Lamp, Rug – Ink
Cheeky Pea – Kaye Dining Set – table, chair, vase, pendant light

[-BLUE SKY-] “Toscana Place Setting – Olive You”
What Next – Swiss Cheese Plant
.:revival:. –  linen sofa, beanbag, light branches and rug
Shutter Field – vintner tray – wine and cheese

Bedroom:-

eTNIA – Retro Chinoiserie Vanity and Decor – Vintage Fair

[ zerkalo ] Dream Away gacha  – Curtain
Raindale ~ Birdside chandelier (from Birdside gacha)
[Tia]  – Pandora Chair with texture change HUD for fabric and pillow

From June Arcade
Scarlet Creative – Daisy Side Table, Daisy Day Bed
JIAN – Cheeky Chihuahuas gacha 7. Tan Wanderer
Fancy Decor – Royce Collection gacha – 09 Carpet Hide Rug

dust bunny . woodland dreams gacha . hedgehog planter

Ariskea – [Blush] Teapot Peonie [Fushia]

Duvet Day – Letters tied with string (from Lace gacha)

 

 

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Sakura Wedding

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Many Japanese weddings are held during the Spring and Fall. The traditional Shinto ceremony honours the kami, the spirits inherent in the natural world. After a purification ceremony using a special branch called the harai-gushi, the priest calls to the gods to bless the couple. The ceremony ends with a ritual sharing of sake from three flat cups stacked on top of one another. Popularly called san-san-kudo, this ritual can be performed any number of ways, depending on family customs. The groom may lead, taking three sips from the first cup, followed by the bride, who also takes three sips from the first cup. Then they move on to the second and third cups. The sake is then offered to the couple’s families.

Newchurch‘s elegant “Shen Wedding Tea Ceremony Set” reminded me of traditional Japanese weddings. However, that’s about the only traditional thing in this wedding! The Red Pandas are tying the knot with the Egret officiating. It’s a large picture so you can see everything so do check that out (click on it), the lacquer work on the furniture set is absolutely beautiful.

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

Newchurch – “Shen Wedding Tea Ceremony” Set

:: N :: Moon Gate Arbour, Red Lacquer – LI 13
:: N :: Double Happiness Wedding Decor – LI 3
:: N :: Shen Yoke-back Chair, Red Lacquer – LI 3 – solo sits for ladies & gents
:: N :: Shen Round Tea Table, Red Lacquer – LI 1
:: N :: Red Lacquer Vase with Roses – LI 5
:: N :: Wedding Tea Set, Red Lacquer – LI 1
All items have Permissions of Copy/Modify

[La Baguette] – Red Panda // Ground Surprised // Natural Furr – both from “Red Pandas” Set
[La Baguette] – Red Panda // Standing // Natural Furr

*LODE* Head Accessory – Eucalyptus & Roses Crown [cinnamon] – gacha at current round of ON9

:MoonAmore: Ichigo Picnic / Headress (Cloud) – gacha

TLC Home Collection – Egret

[ zerkalo ] Winter Dream – Books2 – gacha from mainstore
[ zerkalo ] Fairy Bathing – Candles – gacha

[ keke ] – even dragonflies dream, green – June Deco(c)rate

Landscaping by Felix – Sakura Pond 12 x 7 m Size

Landscape Block – Vita’s Textures – Fresh Grass, Clover Flowers

 

 

 

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 🙂

Dream Home in New Zealand

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KraftWork has a new house out – it’s called the “KraftWork Bach” and it’s available at the brand new round of Cosmopolitan.  New Zealand was the inspiration for this prefab with its sleek and elegant lines and wide deck out front.  It reminds me of loft living but with a more homely feel to it.  You could have it as a sky home or on a beach waterfront in an urban type background,  those are only two possibilities.  More details on the house in my information below.  Here, I’ve set it in some native landscaping which would have also had flowering Hebe bushes – if only I could have found some! Don’t forget, you can click on all the pictures for huge versions.

 

Nearly all of the furnishings are Donation items from Hope 4 –  RFL Home & Garden Expo 2017.  Have you been yet?  It’s a wonderful 9 sims worth of all sorts of H&G goodies and there’s also a hunt on. Each designer has provided two 100% Donation items.  Direct landmarks included in my information below.  From the Expo website, this is  a very useful guide to all the stores at the Expo so you can’t possibly get lost… can you *laughs* – HERE.

The KraftWork Bach has a delightful loft area with full views out of the glass wall. I’d find this a little too open for a bedroom myself, so have furnished it as an artist’s studio.  After all, with that excellent New Zealand light, it’d be a pity to waste it on a bedroom!

 

 

I used the back room as the preferred bedroom. Actually you could remove the divider (the other side is kitchen units) and you’d have one huge downstairs room for open living.  No sooner than I’d turned my back to check possible windlights for the photo,  the darn spaniel had leapt on the bed and gone to sleep – cheeky thing! There’ll be complaints about dog hair on the sheets now 🙂

 

 

This is a lovely area for a chillax zone! That colourful wall art you see is also included in the KraftWork Bach house.  KraftWork really spoil us with extras.  Look at the way the light falls in this picture. There’s some very clever lighting been done here, and it makes the house feel so inviting and peaceful.

 

 

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

KraftWork – “KraftWork Bach” New Zealand House – available at new round Cosmopolitan
Land Impact – 110, 26 by 56 footprint – Copy/Modify – includes house, deck, curtain and wall art in the pack! Pleas use the rezzer to rez it otherwise you’ll have trouble.

[ zerkalo ] – Seaside Treasures gacha – Lighthouse – LI 3 – currently at Shiny Shabby
[ zerkalo ] – Seaside Treasures gacha – Seashells – LI 3

JIAN – Splendid Spaniels 18. Upside Down Sleeper

Landscaping:-
Mesh Oxeye daisies (leucanthemum vulgare), Tropical Cordyline Plants (cordyline australis), Tree Ferns (dicksonia antartica) – Cube Republic

Mesh Grass 4-season – The Little Branch on MP

Vita’s 3D ground textures on- Vita Camino on MP

Heart Botanicals – WILDFLOWERS – Echinacea – various colours in pack

Home & Garden Expo 2017 items (with direct landmarks):-

Velvetena
Pieces from the Artist Loft gacha
She’s a Workaholic Desk
Hunt gifts – breakfast tray, wall sign, book pile and cacti tray

Chiana Oh – Original Digital Artwork
“Between Earth and Sky” series of three paintings on original Mesh picture frames – 1 LI each as rezzed. Materials have been enabled to give extra depth. Also check out this artist’s website

Eklektikos
PALLET BED – LI 14 – Copy only – 3 couples menus
BED LIGHT – LI 18 – Copy
PALLET CHAIR2 – PEACH – LI 4
Eklektikos offers a variety of items and they create for Biggies, Petites and everything in between.

Dark Matter
Seashell Plants gacha items – #2 and #3- Transfer only

3rd Eye Perceptions
Winds of Change Paper Birds – LI 2

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You can all rest now after that massive post!  I’ll be back again soon with some more EXPO items, and those will be a couple of the houses, I think. So until then…

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

While mum was out…

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A beautiful, feminine room and that’s just what the naughty kitten likes the most! She’s trying on tiara and earrings (with difficulty) and is just about to get her paws on the make-up. Let’s hope mum gets back soon 🙂

The star of the show (apart from the kitten) is the beautiful “Crawford set” by Fancy Decor. Designer, Jake, was inspired to make the set after he’d watched a scene in the television series “Feud” which chronicles the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford when they took part in the 1962 film, “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”. The marbled art is original and was created by Jake in Real Life using the creative method of marbling paper.

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Here’s the Home & Garden items I used and take care – I modified some of them to match the beautiful turquoise theme:-

Fancy Decor: Crawford Cabinet (white) – LI 3 – Copy/Modify
Fancy Decor: Marbled Art (gold) – LI 1 – Copy/Modify
Fancy Decor: Lucite Candlesticks Set – LI 1 each – Copy/Modify
Fancy Decor: Sphere Art Sculpture (gold) – LI 1 – Copy/Modify
All pieces from the “Crawford Set” at the Collabor88 Event

Air – Flower Lanterns gacha Enchantment Event – Water Lily White, Cherry Blossom White
SOY – Cosmetic Decor Set on Marketplace

JIAN – No. 5 Siamese Companion Kitten from Pudgy Persians gacha at The Gacha Garden

Daidem and Earrings in Sky by Yokai from Tale of Rapunzel gacha at Enchantment Event

Perfume bottles from GDit from “Art Deco Set” on Marketplace

KraftWork –  Wall System – Tropical – comes with an align script and texture changer – LI 1 for each panel – Copy/Modify

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – hanging flowers at The Liaison Collaborative Event, runs to May 30th – these have two colour versions in sets.
22769 – Hanging Plant – Style Two – LI 5 – Copy/Modify
22769 – Hanging Plant – Style Two – on Plant stand – LI 6 – Modified the wood stand

Chair Watercolor by Chez Moi Furnitures – piece from the “Watercolor Vanity Set” – modified for the colour, the chair is white. Land Impact is 1 and the set is currently at the new round of Tres Chic Event. Contains 16 interactive vanity poses, most rez props.

Cactus Bowl Terrarium by ::Newchurch::
{what next} – Stack of Books from the “Palma Set”
Apt B // Zebra Hide Rug
[ zerkalo ] Fresh Roses – White – modified one of the vases for colour
Magnolia Cupcake by Plastique – from the Sugar High gacha

Cheers m’dears 🙂