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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.

By the water

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It´s not by the water really but all over SL that the Four Walls Hunt starts today, for the rest of this month at a lovely selection of stores you will find items worth 200L set for sale at 20L and hidden somewhere inside and adorable box with a tree. So go, and hunt and grabb some awesome stuff while you ignore the rest of this rambling blog post.

I wanted to do a special post with more items from the hunt, by the way you can check some previews on their website here, but sadly SL has been hating me latelly, viewers that crash, textures that will not rezz at all, shadows that are ridiculously weird and a lot of bug square, so i couldn´t do my original plan of showing has many hunt items as possible. Also January is one of the busiest and craziest months for my family, we celebrate not one, not two but three birthdays one of them including mine, so between cake and cupcakes, lunches and birthday parties i´m busy, busy.

But i was lucky with these two pics and managed to also stop at COLLABOR88 for some shopping.

I´m not much of a metalics person so this months C88 was a bit lost on me i´ll admit, but i had to grab this lovely dress from R2 i love the shape i love the way the fabric falls and how the rigging is so well done, i just wish it came with matching panties, and the bracelets from BOOM where a perfect match for it, and it all went well with my silly idea of using water, to be honest i rarelly do pics in the water, i dunno why maybe i find it´s sometimes over used, and maybe cause people always mute the skies in them a bit, but i ended up doing a lot of things i don´t usually do it seems.

And i love doing that, going out of my usual confort zone and doing things i´m not used to and i knew i would have to beacause of this chair, it´s called Somewhere Beyond The Sea Chair and it´s by [bauwerk] which is the new brand from the 22769  boys exclusevly for furniture and house decor, and mixing that with these gorgeous Pose Plastique poses called by the water and some soft as clouds and big as well hair from Magika, i was waiting to blog about for ages, i knew there was no way i could avoid water and sky, so i might as well embrace it.

So here it is what SL allowed me to do briefly and also a close up from this dreamy Glam Affair skin with one of my favourite lipstick colours so far this year, see you all again soon if i don´t overdose in cake.

Oh and if you´re still reading, go, go and rush to do some hunting.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair- Renee – Trending 03 (COLLABOR88)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer –  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Magika –  Sigh (COLLABOR88)
Dress: r2 – A/D/E metallic dress (COLLABOR88)
Cuffs: BOOM – Fearless
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet

Chair by 22769 ~ [bauwerk] - Somewhere Beyond The Sea Chair (Four Walls Hunt)

Poses by Pose Plastique – By the Water

Totally Unhinged

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Today is the 15th and the last day of Unhinged, for a month now we´ve had this amazing event up, all made possible due to the help of a lot of amazing people, there was no way i could take pictures of all these people and stick it, but i wanted to show of these pretty poses from Exposeur, and these ladies where just handy and they also put in a lot of work into making sure this event happened, so i give to you all, Sonya Marmurek, Nephilaine Protagonist, Orcsy, Axi Kurmin and Chandra Masala.

From the start when the idea come up Eku had no surgery schedule the event and all the money made it possible for her to have it a week and half ago, and she´s already home already feeling the benefits from the surgery. All because of a lot of people, some in this picture but a lot more behind the scenes, from anonymous donors, to amazing creators, to pretty cool DJ´s and some awesome bloggers we got this event started, and going for a month.

I´m honestly lost when it comes to words to thank all these people, i´m actually lost i don´t think there are enough thank yous for everyone, And now we have just a few more hours left for the event to end and like when it started, there´s no right hour for the end, and everything will be up as the music keeps flowing and the people keep stopping by, so stop over, come and dance, shop if you wanna, or just hang out, and scream welcome at Eku as soon as she´s up.

And i´ll just leave you all to go and give both Eku and Yure a big virtual hug.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Skin Monster (Unhinged)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Alice Project –  Steph II – White/Natural Red (Unhinged)
Dress: Sakide – Fashion Skull Dress (Unhinged)
Tights: Izzie’s
Boots: Schadenfreude – Leith Boot(COLLABOR88)
Necklace:  Perception – Skull Necklaces (Unhinged)
Ring: Sakide – Black Cranium Rings (Unhinged)
Makeup: Beautiful Freak – Obake (Unhinged)

Standing pose by Pose Monster – Skull all others by Exposeur – Besties (Unhinged)

This place feels empty

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I did these pics at least more then a week ago but only now did i get ready to blog them, i was planning finally a COLLABOR88 post, and also a big thank you to a few more creators who had just joined Unhinged, and who´s new releases at shops or just stuff i had away for future blogging fitted this post.

So today from the current COLLABOR8 i bring you the hair from LaViere, i´m in love with this hair colour atm slightly pinkier then my usual Wasabi Pills gingerbread tone, these fun dual coloured pants from BOOM, from an old edition i´m wearing the LaGyo earings, which i had waiting on inventory for some time now, and not from COLLABOR88 but from FaMESHed i have this Maxi Gossamer creation with plenty of colour options as usual all menu driven.

I was so happy when Damien Fate celebrating his birthday released for free this adorable friendship bear ( i simply ran to his shop and grabbed one then sent a copy to all of those on my friend list since they are copy and trans) perfect to had a lighter touch to the clearly emotional loaded Heart broken poses, a new release from Exposeur, one of the shops participating in Unhinged.

Two other shops featured here that also are part of the event are Geometry, where i got this lovely basic simple top, that  is available in so many colours and with a sheer version, the other shop i had never blogged before and it´s Scarlet Creative where i bought this amazingly simple but yet detailed prefab, i love it´s minimalist lines, mixed with a little bit of fantasy, and practical, I´ve been following Charlotte´s work for some time now, and it´s amazing the friendly, relaxed and also dedicated way in which she has embraced mesh.

Although this was to be a blog about missing someone someone, i can´t have sad words to write about any of the products in it, even while doing the pictures, the bear little smile and the soft light and shadows could not make sad at all.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and maybe a little bit more of sun over the weekend, i could sure use some myself.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Mynerva  –  Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: LaViere – Taylor (COLLABOR88)
Top: Geometry – Petunia Crop
Pants: BOOM – Threadbare Manchesters (COLLABOR88)
Earings: LaGyo – Santa Monica
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Santa Fe (FaMESHed)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics –  Clear Lipgloss
“Friendship Bear” by Damien Fate

1st Pose by aDORKable, other poses by Exposeur – Heartbroken
Building: Scarlet Creative – For absencen

Make me a star

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This blog post is a simple look, my idea for it was totally different tho, and while mixing and matching i really liked this mix of colours, and  it´s a mix of older COLLABOR88 things with one of Volstead´s dresses for Cinema.

I haven´t talked much about Volstead here yet, it´s one of my favourite clothing brands, and quite recent, with a style focused on the 20´s, but with amazing pieces that work well even today, what i do like a lot about their dresses, is the clever use of transparency on the top layers, and how all the pieces from different colours and outfits can be mixed with others, a versatility is a must, as well as pretty cute dresses that are this original.

Well like i said you can catch Volstead at Cinema, I´ve already blogged them earlier this month over at The Hottie Cooterati Experience, and speaking of the devil, a small reminder that Zodiac starts today, and i blogged a small preview here

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – Europa
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Bambi
Dress: Volstead – Empire (Cinema)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer  – Aletta Catwalk

Collaborate

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As i said on my last blog post i´ve been away and now on return i find myself spinning on all the new and regular events, regular like Zodiac which i blogged over the weekend and you can find at the official Hottie Cooterati Experience blog here, and new because Cinema is almost here and i will start soon showing you guys some previews, while we anxiously await the doors opening.

In the meanwhile another regular event just opened it´s doors yesterday, and as usual and from what i have seen at Seraphim and the multiple plurks by the creators, a lot of new and discounted goodies like every month, with a mix of dashing bright colours and quite unique items, sadly i´ve yet to get to the event, and i doubt i will be able in the next couple of days, with all the traffic, but i already have a pretty long mental shopping list.

So today i bring you some of last months items that should be available at the shops own stores, and i also bring you guys new shoes, or better new boots, these from one of my favourite brands, lassitude & ennui, that where specially made for this last edition of L’accessoires, that ended sadly yesterday but should be available at the shop soon.

So guys consider this my to late blog post, where i show of things from events ended and prepare for their new editions.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair   –  Lilith
Hair: Elikatira – Flattery
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Dress and cardigan: {u.f.o.} – you and me/cream, ribbonbon cardigan/purple
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Marrakech Heart
Boots: lassitude & ennui- Phoebe boots
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Poses by STaTUS

I was framed

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I totally was i swear and i blame it all on COLLABOR88 and Vintage Fair, that made me take these pics, and filled my month with super awesome events, even if i took a week of and then was sick for a few days, i´m still catching up on blogging, slowly getting there, and seeing next months events already about to start, while i try not to panic.

Earlier i blogged some Zodiac over at The Hottie Cooterati Experience, that you can see here: Dusting of Memories, i also did my about. me page thanks to Stranwberry Singh who was passing it about on plurk yesterday, so i haven´t been completely slacking off as you can see.

But now i bring you all a bit mix of Vintage Fair and COLLABOR88 like i mentioned, first my favourite hair this month is certainly this one by Elikatira, so you´ll probably see it again i´m sure, today i just really wanted to wear an hat, and some lace and frills, god only knows what i will wear later.

Let´s see how today goes and if i can have something later for you guys, if i don´t have a great weekend, cause friday finally arrived.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair  – Roza – BaroQ 03 (COLLABOR88)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Elikatira - Thrive (COLLABOR88)
Dress: Sakide – Vintage Frills (Vintage Fair)
Lace Jacket: Plastik – IndustryLace (Vintage Fair)

Shoes and feet: Slink  Vintage 2-Strap Pumps (Vintage Fair)
Hat: BaObA – Melancolia 

Poses by Flowey – baroque revisited (COLLABOR88)

List of direct slurls to the Vintage Fair shops

Golden Flames

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I rarely wear golden, i also rarely play so much with shadows, but this scenery box from Winx just made the outfit come together, i also rarely do more fashion looking shots, because to be honest i´m not very good at them, but it seemed natural, and i believe in doing different things and practicing your weak spots, and mostly learning.

So today i burn, in tones of Golden and red, thanks to my visit to My Attic, and a touch from all the other ongoing events that populate SL bringing us plenty of goodies, and i will focus a bit more on My Attic today, as a blogger having the right background for pictures is sometimes everything and i love these little boxes from Winx, that seemed to fit the sort of 70´s ish look i was aiming at and fit with the event theme, which is Shaken not Sitrred if i´m not mistaken.

I do hope i got the Bond look right, thanks to the also from My Attic new hair from Ploom and  Miseria poses i used here, a new store for me but looking promising, so far so hopefully i will have some new stuff from them to show you guys.

That is all for today promise and i won´t bug you guys again, just remember to check credits for the all the usual and useful linkies, to shops and events, see you all tomorrow, and with what? More Vintage of course.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Ploom – Vespa (My Attic
Dress: Sassy - Bombshell Dress (Vintage Fair)
Shoes: Ison – Miraya (COLLABOR88))
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer  – Madrah (FaMESHed)
Bracelet: Gotzsche- Plated Cuff – Vulkan (L’accessoires)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Glitter Pop eShadow (group gift)

Poses by Miseria – August ( My Attic)
Scene: W.Winx and Flair – WinxBox – Shaken ( My Attic)

List of direct slurls to the Vintage Fair shops

Follow me into the desert

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Today i bring you a mix of Vintage Fair and COLLABOR88 as i stroll thru a desert of white sand and golden skies, only available in SL of course, and it´s delitghful that you can get these sort of more different environments in a virtual world, remind us of all that is different and reaches out of the RL normality.

The location here is Dark Tears, one of the many locations available thru the Destination Guide, which is always my first options when i need a different location for pictures another is the [SL] Blogger Support  blog Locations list.

So today follow me into the desert until i find a new pretty location.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Skin: Glam Affair  – Roza – BaroQ 01 (COLLABOR88)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: D!va – Manon (COLLABOR88)
Kimono: tomoto –  vintage kingyo (Vintage Fair)
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Makeup: Black Liquid – Orient Express Harajuku (Vintage Fair)

Poses and tray by  Bent. (Vintage Fair)

List of direct slurls to the Vintage Fair shops

Location: Dark Tears

Accessorize me

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I mentioned at the start fo the month a new event L’accessoires, that would start soon it opened yesterday at midnite and this morning i had the time to visit it and do some shopping, just briefly because i was out the door, and i had no idea how much time i would have, but i did a quick picture to show two of my acquisitions there, mixed in with som COLLABOR88 goodies.

We all know how accessories are important, if you accessorize well sometimes all you need is a simple dress, a scarf, a necklace a pair of earings, a belt or even a hat can make a whole outfit, so here i´m wearing a simple and yet classic jacket by fri.day, an almost invisible in the pic simple white blouse, with two also simple but yet detailed pieces.

I´m incredibly surprised with this event and hopefully i can pop there later for some more shopping, until then have fun everyone and please remember to accessorize.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair  – Roza – BaroQ 03 (COLLABOR88)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Elikatira – Found (COLLABOR88)
Blouse – Fishy Strawberry – Neo-Romantic Blouse
Jacket - fri.day – Marie (COLLABOR88)
Flower: La Penderie de Nicole – A pale flower on my head L’accessoires)
Necklace: [HANDverk] – Pearl Necklace ( L’accessoires)

Pose by Olive Juice