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Dancing with myself

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How often does it happen, you´re either at home, on the bus, in your car, basically anywhere, and suddenly, that tune comes on the radio, or the shuffle on your iphone makes it´s notes ring, and for no reason at all except that you have a beat and a melody you can´t just not dance.

Culprit– Edwardia Chair Zebra and Heirloom Rug (FaMESHed)
{what next} –   Fleeftone Retro Record Player
Pixel Mode – Ashworth Armoire – Black (FaMESHed)

You sometimes start just by slowly tapping your foot, growing faster and faster as the beat speeds up and suddenly you´re dancing, and the most fun part of it is, you´re dancing like no one is watching, because even if they where, you don´t care and you would never notice. For as long as that song lasts is just you and the beat, nothing else exists or matters.

I´m pretty sure we all had moments like these, i call it the dancing with myself, and it was my inspiration for this blog post when i tried out this pose set from flowey, and the basic idea for the whole setting, it´s also how most of my blog posts start, so often with a simple contagious beat that speeds ups and grows till it´s a full 5 minute song.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Izzie’s – Asia Skin Ginger Edition 
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Lily
Skirt: Cracked Mirror – Studded Skirt (FaMESHed)
Shirt: The Secret Store – Lua’s Cropped Shirt  (FaMESHed)
Hands and Feet: by Slink updated to the new Slink Avatar Enhancement system with appliers by Izzie’s

1st pose came with the chair all others are from Flowey – psycho dance

And a simple song, becomes a lot more when i start building up on that tiny inspiration, and concept, you can´t just dance in an empty space, you need a setting a context and meaning, and then the rest of the blog post grows, with me sitting down and picking pieces and little bits that sorta fit in together not only for me but for those reading.

So i bring you today a peaceful, but at the same time busy space , i love doing furniture posts even if they take time and patience and a lot of positioning, i guarantee you  have has much furniture, if not more off frame in this picture, mostly because there is so much amazing quality available n sl these days, it becomes hard to pick from it all.

But i did my picking and as you can see is mostly part and bits from a lost of what´s available at FaMESHed this month and yet i had also to leave a lot of the awesome out, but you can´t possibly blog all the things i keep saying to myself.

Culprit– Edwardia Chair Giraffe, You’ve been Framed set (FaMESHed), Girl on a Pedestal and Antique World
Pixel Mode –  Ashworth Dresser  (FaMESHed)
Trompe Loeil –  Nine cell photo arrangement – Mist and Columns and Balance Lamp (FaMESHed)

This isn´t probably the best way either to show of the ne Slink Avatar Enhancement, and i am sure you will find a lot more, better posts out there that show you all the options, and the different appliers, including all the nail options from 1001 different stores, but i always do things my way, and i wanted to show the appliers in action and inworld as i normally use them, in my regular casual style, and with movement, free from close ups , with plenty of shadow dancing and look for the first time no seams at all on my feet or hands.

I´m sold and in love with these, and thanks to Siddean Munro for making the appliers available to other creators and also to Izzie’s for putting out matches so fast and all in a super easy to use HUD, i now wait for all the other shops that wil also follow, and all the pretty nail options i´l have soon to play with.

Culprit– Edwardia Chest and Console Table (FaMESHed) Plate of Cakes and Hatboxes
Pixel Mode –   Ashworth- Candle, Me Time Tray and Laptop Prop and  Farms Trio Picture  (FaMESHed)
[Tia]  – Mona Lisa Clock Sidetable WhiteWood and Bookbase Bookshelf
vespertine– animalia paper prints, silent emories frames
floorplan. – guitar bookcase and books (The Mens Dept.)
.lame – Kyle’s Rug (Rugged)
MudHoney –  Ryan Candelabra

LISP Bazaar– Mesh – Easel – Press wood for tex change – Sign

Skybox: RageWorks – Studio7 (FaMESHed)

And for today that is it for my usual ramblings I promise to come back soon and hopefully do more furniture posts in the future mixed in with all the amazing projects i have going on for the next few months, see you all later for some pinning news.

Confort in solitude – Ramblings about Landscaping and Decor and creating your own space

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I don´t often write landscaping blog posts, not only are they a lot of work but Pinterest also keeps me pretty busy to allow regular blog posts, nevermind long babbling ones, of course i don´t claim to be any expert, but i do love landscaping and decorating in general, and that is probably the second thing that consumes most of my inworld time, the first one being standing afk at events in ridiculous outfits.

Culprit – Victorian Gazebo (available at this month´s edition of  FaMESHed and one of my favourite furniture shops, with amazing LI on all the items and some of the best texturing and use of colour i´ve seen)

Studio Skye – Skye River Bank Building Set ( love this set and is perfect for so many things from the simple use of the premade shapes that come in it to breaking down all individual pieces and resizing them to fit your terrain better, this one along with their beach set and a few other pieces by other creators is what i use to do basically every landscaping, be it in a forest ground, an actual stream or simply around sim edges, only two things i wish i had with it is a fading transparency option for the water prim, so i could do a smoother transition when my streams meets linden water, i used several smaller pieces with different levels of transparency for that, and the basic shading and texture maps, at least an outline of the rock/grass areas so i could customize the textures to my sim ground. But hey you can´t have it all. This set is still a must have especially if you use it in creative ways.)

Botanical – Sculpted Linden Trees (I love these, because i love things that make my life easier, and when something is well done and you suddenly get an update making it ever better, i´m in heaven. They are controlled by HUD to every imaginable seasonal state, and the new update makes them mod also, which for me is always the height of my Landscaping needs, and also allows me to do a little one of my tricks, also these are the one item i never kill script from, because seriously a whole sim of them sees no performance issues, and i´m constantly looking at script time.)

KIDD Grass Garden – Meadow Wild Flowers Wild Hedgrow ( i really love these and bought a bunch of packs to scatter around they look lovely around houses, along paths and riverbanks due to the long shape  i just wish they where mod cause then they would be perfect for flower boxes also with some resizing) Pampas Grass ( i bought recently a huge pack of these to put around the sim edges, they are menu controlled  and include several texture options, making them perfect to lay around beach edges and even river edges, and they come with the option of killing scripts)

 

Whenever someone asks me about how should i get started with my parcel/sim i always say, start with the bigger pieces and then scale down, that would mean you star with buildings, making sure if they have rezz boxes that you keep the boxes out so you can do slight adjustments if necessary, terrain height is important and might be changed to fit step 3.

My second thing to do is to figure out paths ( this for me is one of the most tedious things to do to be honest) where do you want people to walk to? Where do you want to walk too? simple paths along buildings and sorting corners take time and patience and are also deeply connected to step 3 which is terrain, are you using sl land alone? Can you use mesh pieces to make it 100% times better? Do you have access to terraforming? there are so many alternatives these days to regular LL terrain, let´s be honest the textures on them are of ridiculous poor quality, and with the offer of so many more textures on the marketplace and inworld, you can change them to fit any theme you like.

I personally love mesh pieces that give a terrain the realistic bumps it should have and i´m addicted to rocks, since i first came to sl, people in sl do not use enough rocks, and creators do not make enough rock formations. Rocks can also help a lot on merging step 2 with step 3, so that all your paths are accessible where you want them to be actual paths or branching out into more private areas.

Next after paths and buildings and basic terrain shapes are done we start landscaping with actual trees and bushes, remember again to always start from bigger to smaller adding really big trees to more open areas surrounding buildings with them using tress as a natural privacy screen, and breaking down slowly a big area into small intimate spaces.

By the way i mentioned a trick above, whilst crediting the Botanical Linden trees, a way to give your setting a more immersive look be it forest floor/town square or simply paths is to have a few leaves on the ground, it makes the space more full and realistic for me, especially when the leaves match the trees above our heads, what i usually do if the trees i´m using are copy ad mod, is to take one of the leaves prims flatten it down, resize, and then copy a few about the edges, with different changes to transparency and slight tinting, this can make wonders to an area.

Culprit– Beloved Chair and Endtable set also pillow and plate (FaMESHed)
{what next} –  Cornwall Daisies Planter and Newspaper Pile
C’est la vie ! – messy bag
Trompe Loeil – books
Ginetic – Assorted baked goods

Some people do not enjoy busy, crowed looks, and yet others like Neva Crystall simply make it into their trademark look i myself like to feel a place is being lived in and used, although when people are not around it does get a little of that abandoned vibe, like suddenly all the people ran away due to some mysterious catastrophe, so think about that when designing a space, animals and even funny bots can bring a place to life, along with balanced sound effects which a lot of people forget to  add to their sims, the singing birds, the flying gulls, the water fountain quietly splashing, and the dripping of water from a hole in the roof, random crowd buzzing sounds in an environment that should be busy with people or also random mechanical sounds that seem to come from far away, can do wonders to any space.

Ages ago when me and bf where working on our now gone space station we used to have sounds everywhere, from speakers making randomized announcements, to machinery working on background to people talking, this contributes so much to full immersion and is so often forgotten.

Another thing you might notice about decorating especially when you have mod and copy items and some knowledge of how simple building is done, is that you can basically tear apart every item and reuse it in a different way, i´m kinda like that which makes me a creators nightmare customer, i will take your item and break it and use in every imaginable way that i can, and the more versatility creators give me the more i love them.

My biggest advise when decorating any space is always use it, walk along those paths, sit on every chair, cam around every little pixel, go up walls, walk into the water, and i always do this myself because it has to be a usable space, your avatar has to be able to go up stairs, walk up a wall to enter a meadow, stroll along a beach and have a way to go back on the road, walk up to objects to use them, take your time to actually enjoy and use the spaces you create so that others can do it also.

Lighting, take your time to adjust your lighting, what i usually do is go to Develop/Render Metadata/Lights, this will show you all your light sources, that you can then adjust to the areas as you wish, i tend to keep it minimal myself, and prefer Lights with timers that follow the sim night/day cycle. And speaking of day cycles, pick a good windlight for your sim, either make your own or download one of the many available ones out there, make your place/parcel stand out, that can be set in region easily, and i usually use the sim controlled windlights when walking about, which means i will have them changed according to your picks.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Izzie’s – Asia Skin Ginger Edition (Skin Fair)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Tableau Vivant –  Hathaway hair (COLLABOR88)
Dress: ColdLogic – darcy.grapes
Jeans: Zaara – Classic jeans
Flats: Tee*fy – Arden Ballerina Flats (FaMESHed)

1st and 2sd poses by !Bang 3rd pose by aDORKable

Keep your sim/parcel resources in check a sim can be beautiful but if you are constantly crashy and laggy in it what use is there to beauty that can´t be admired? Keep some spare prims for silly stuff, Land Impact changed a lot over the last year. Smart relinking of mesh objects and even regular prims can have amazing results on LI in your sim/parcel, try it out (with copy/mod stuff at least) and experiment see how small meshes with under one LI can do wonders in prim saving when linked. Play with your objects, remember they are yours to torture and mess with, I´ve found over the course of my SL years you learn the best things when tearing stuff apart.

I guess this is it my first actual piece of advise in actual Landscaping, or maybe just a silly tl. dr. rant, like i said i am no expert, and rarely believe in rules (they are there after all to be broken), there are of course no rules at all in enjoying your SL, we each do it on our own way and time.

Do you have little tricks and tips on decorating and landscaping? Share it with me i would love to learn them.

That´s all for today folks, have a lovely weekend and i´ll see you all soon. Just remember this as one last advise, whatever you do  always remember to enjoy your space, it is after all why it´s there, to be enjoyed, and don´t forget to share it with others.

Coffee Break

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I bring you guys a lot today, first a  new release a couple of not so new things, an event and a lot of pinning. So let´s get started shall we?

First let´s start with a new release, this lovely cardigan from coldlogic that comes with or without a dress, and it´s just one of the new 6 released models.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics  –  Bernadette Skin (group gift)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Truth –  Tenille
Shirt: Fishy Strawberry – Neo-Romantic Blouse
Cardigan: ColdLogic – combo – norton.coral (new release)
Jeans: Zaara – Classic jeans

Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics –  Mock and Mole (Face/upper/lower)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics –  Sarah Jane’s  Bloody Lipcolor

{what next} –  Cafe Memo Board
Wall textures by insight designs
Atelier Kreslo Mug

Pose by aDORKable  – 25 days of poses

Next i have to mention this lovely group gift from the M.O.C.K. Cosmetics the also lovely Bernadette that was sent out to group yesterday and includes Lolas appliers, another generous gift after this weekend´s gift fest from Mockie, where my inventory got loaded with new eyeshadow, makeovers and new lipstick, which i´m also wearing here.

But i did mention an event, and as you can see by my pretty coffee cup i visited Atelier Kreslo where you can find these and to go version for sale pretty cheap, and is what i usually wear when out and about around sl looking at events in general.

And i am mentioning Atelier Kreslo today because they have something new out and happening since yesterday, with the opening of a new art show by Em Larsson where 6 of her beautiful pieces will be set for sale, i promise to drop by there later and pin her amazing work for you guys.

In the meanwhile a lot is still happening on my Pinterest account with some new and additions to current boards.

Recently finished Pinboards:

– Zodiac

Preview Pinboards:

– My Attic (Will be finished today, since the event is already open)

Fifty Linden Friday (already has a preview for tomorrow)

– The Challenge (28th of February)

– The Arcade (1st of March)

Ongoing events:

– The Dressing Room Fusion

L’accessoires

The Gallery Gift Shop

Genre

The Black Market

– Atelier Kreslo

Also check my Spring Fever that as a few new editions and grows during the day as i see new releases. I might have another surprise for you guys later btw, so stay tuned for some pinning updates, when i get home.

My Funny Valentine

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I wasn´t going to blog today since i´m not  a huge valentines person to be honest, at least i prefer just some good quality time on a daily basis with my boyfriend then a bunch of roses, (i don´t evn like roses much, give me tulips anytime), but i don´t like being  a grinch, and i see Valentine´s stuff all over SL today, also today is the day i joined Pinterest, you can find me here, and right away i created a bunch of Pinboards all red and pink.

The most viewed so far is my collection of Second Life Valentines Stuff called: SL Awesome Valentines Freebies/Group Gifts and Specials , where i pinned all the promotions, Sales events, group gifts, random freebies, or special releases for Valentines Day by SL creators, be patient with me as i add more pins during the day, as i find them either on groups or flickr, or that was told of by other bloggers or creators, at the moment it stands to almost 40 pins and it´s still growing, just make sure you check the comments for more, since not all pictures on flickr are sharable.

I´n the meanwhile i´ll leave here a silly picture of my decor adventures over the weekend featuring:

HappyMood – StandingRabbit M (a lovely gift from Sonya Marmurek)

{what next} – Newspaper Pile, Coastal Coffee Cup and  Laundry Room Sign.

Tres Blah – Pastry Mania – Mustache Cup and Cuppie Teacup.

LAQ Decor – Park Bench

Kitheres and Organica – Perdu Cafe set

Simply Xed – Daisies In a Light Blue Milk Jug

So everyone havea wonderful Valentine´s with your loved ones, be it your other half, your children or your friends and just let me know if you find anymore sales out there.

Goodbye and good luck

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Well this month marked the end of The ZombiePopcorn, since 2009 they have done hunts and events some bi-weekly, some anualy all pretty much amazing, and had the wonderful chance to blog with them latelly for the last few months, but is good to see people going for new things in RL, which is what happened in this case, so this blog post is a goodbye and good luck to all of those involved in this amazing project, and a way to show of all the posts i had the pleasure of doing in their website.

Here are the pics taken and credits, for the full text and post follow the links on titles. See you all soon.

Skye

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Lara Hurley – Nuala
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Skye (Zombie Popcorn Brand)

White Swan

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Skintimate – Estelle  (ZombiePopcorn)
Eyes: MINA – Eyes (ZombiePopcorn)
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: booN – UAN168
Outfit: SoliDea FoliEs – Antonella (Vintage Fair)
Makeup: Pin Me Down – Soft Shadows (ZombiePopcorn)

Poses by Glitterati  –  Pin up girl (Vintage Fair)

Red, White and Black, Box

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair  –  Glam Affair – Spring Breeze
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Shirt: Fishy Strawberry – Neo-Romantic Blouse
Corset: Quarantine – Temptress
Boots: lassitude & ennui – Nostalgia boots
Skirt: ISON – wrap skirt
Collar: Evie´s Closet – Tuala Collar
Makeup: Mynerva – Milena M3~Eyeshadow/Lash/Lip C
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Hair: GOTZSCHE Hair –  Elizabeth(Gift)

Hair:  L+N – Utopia/Danae

Hair:  Danselfly – Bella/Tinsley

Poses by Glitterati 

The Garden Café

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: DeLa – Gamo
Bathing Suit: RezIpsa Loc – Citrus (Zombie Popcorn)
Dress: Epic – Burned Butterfly  (Zombie Popcorn)
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Sandals: Slink – Ilena Sandals

Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss

Table and chairs by {what next} Amalfi Cafe Set for Two standing pose by aDORKable

I´m not a zombie but i do love popcorns

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Glam Affair – Glam Affair – Giselle – Light Kajira (The Dressing Room)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Discord Designs– Mackenzie
Hairbase: Discord Designs – Skunk Hairbase
Top: Sassy! – Fascination halter – cherry blossom (ZombiePopcorn)
Pants: Ingenue  – Seberg Pants – French Vanilla
Sandals: lassitude & ennui – Nyrha sandals
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss

Pose prop: BENT. Seraphim Birthday Hunt

Can I haz Pose Fair? – Part 1: The North

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I must admit i haven´t slept much tonite, Pose Fair has been keeping me busy, just to show you how much, here it is a preview of all the shops on the North sim, each pic with a pose from the store pictured, a apologise at start for the lower resolution on the pictures, you can see the originals here on my Flickr.

I tried my best to show a little of every creator on this sim so far, I do apologize if your name is not included, I will try and add it as soon as possible, there are no words to show how the creativity and generosity of all posemakers just flows thru the sim, let´s hope I can get to the next sim in time before the Pose fair opens.

Here it is the longest credits list i ever did, poses by:

Sways, {what next}, POSIES, ploom, Frozen Panty POSES, Pulling Strings, Candii Kitten, Magnifique, Oomph! Poses & Stuff, Label Motion, Serenade,  Three Birds Inner Peace, BABY PRINCESS, Jillybean, Glorious Insanity, Cracked Mirror, KAMI-HITOE, .evolve., Frooti, !bang poses, Body Language, Weather! or not?, Baffle!, Cheeky Pea, Nuwiggles, BeeHive, Adorkable, .::poise::., Lolapop! , Look@me, Apple Spice Poses, PURPLE POSES, Pose Pirate, {W&R} – {Witches & Rats}, WDK, {Ms. B. Designs}, [Tillie], BehaviorBody Animations and Model Poses, Enchant3D, ::eXpression:: Poses,  =random kitten=, skin&bones, Fluke, Olive Juice, Estetica, Gaeline Creations, fri.day and finally again Olive Juice.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Kumi Mesh Hair
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural MESH Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones – Mesh Lashes
Shirt: [A]Limited – Kawaii Tee – Sashimi
Jeans: Zaara – Classic Jeans
Shoes: Vershe – Red Circus

Pose Fair 2012 now in video also

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I give you Ladies and gentlemen the Pose Fair 2012.

Ok I´ll adnit I didn´t do the video Sha did he´s awesome like that, even if I had to bribe him, i did do some pics, so you can´t call me out on being lazy really, I´ve been to every shop on the North sim and was amazingly surprised not only at the simplicity of the build which you can see on video and pics below, but also with the quality and creativity of the merchants present.

I tip my hat to all the amazing creators of SL who again show me what can be done with an avatar (or more) and a concept, this is  paradise for a blogger, like i´ve said before some poses just make photos happen, when the pose is easier to photograph you can not make it wrong.

Thank you all the amazing creators who shared their concepts with us, thank you very much.

Here it is a quick small preview of what to expect.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Hair: Wasabi Pills/ Kumi Mesh Hair
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural MESH Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones: Mesh Lashes
Shirt: [A]Limited – Kawaii Tee – Sashimi
Jeans: Zaara – Classic Jeans
Shoes: Vershe – Red Circus 

Poses by {what next} Pop-Shot Camera Props & Model Poses