Pumpkin Spice Everything!

Pumpkin Spice Everything!

I’m not sure when it happened, but it now seems that every time I turn around there’s something made with pumpkin spice. I get it, I really do….I love pumpkin spice as much as the next guy, but I think it’s gone overboard a little bit.The muffin is most basic, I’ve been making pumpkin spice muffins or loaf cakes for years, and the amount of pumpkin that’s grown hair in my fridge from not using the rest of the can is infinite! I always buy the biiiig can of pumpkin and take what I need out of it then refrigerate the rest and promise to make something else in the few days after. By about Christmas while I’m looking for the cream cheese I stumble upon an orange and green fur ball way in the back on the second shelf down. It’s never seen humans so it’s a little shy, but I get on my knees and coax it out, and then ponder how time flies and it seems like yesterday I put it in there. I’ve noticed that Pumpkin Spice Lattes seem to be a big thing now. I’m not really in to lattes, and even the temptation of this flavour does nothing for me, but after searching pumpkin spice recipes on pinterest it seems that pumpkin spice latte is now a flavour on it’s own. I see pumpkin spice latte oatmeal porridge, pumpkin spice latte biscotti, and believe it or not pumpkin spice latte jello shots! Just because pumpkin spice is ‘in’ this time of year doesn’t mean it should be a flavour for anything that can be cooked, baked, or concocted. I see a recipe for Pumpkin Spice face scrub, wtf! 😀 I do enjoy fall and all that comes with it, but I’ll stick with the traditional pumpkin spice recipes like muffins, cake, loaf cake, cheesecake, pancakes, cinnamon buns, cookies, bars, bundt cake, ice cream, cupcakes, martinis, doughnuts, waffles, popcorn, soup, scones, truffles, tiramisu, caramels, and fudge! If you have any pumpkin spice recipes, I’d love to see them!

So, what’s all this talk about pumpkins, well, Raindale has created the ‘Bright October’ gacha set for the October round of The Avenue. There’s been some changes to The Avenue including a new site and a new format. Now, all releases in the event will be all new and exclusive by some of Second Life’s incredible creators. This gacha set includes 7 commons(no rares) and all are perfect for fall decorating inside and out. I’m showing them all here if you look closely. The broom, candles, various pumpkins, frames on the little shack, and the apple candles make up this set and it’s this kind of gacha set that I never mind getting extras, there’s always room for another pumpkin! The Avenue runs until October 20.

The adorable ‘Sanderson Shack’ from Bad Unicorn was in the October round of Deco[c]rate and it’s really something. The shape and the details make this a perfect little hideaway, kinda like the Love Shack!

The big spooky tree to the right and the ravens are all from the ‘Raven Collection’ from Jian. The set includes ravens that wander, circle above, perch, and also accompany you around while on your shoulder, or wherever you choose to put him! The set is available now at Salem which runs until October 31.

The ‘Chippendale’ and ‘Thonet’ chairs are from Nutmeg and part of Kate’s Vintage Chairs set.

The sculpture of the tree to the left of the door is from the ‘Forgotten Garden’ gacha set from Silas Merlin. I love his work!

The pathway I’m using is from the ‘Garden Path, rustic’ set from DJ/SF, which is a collaboration between the fine creators of Decor Junction and Shutter Field. The pack includes short and long pathways and also 2 types of curves and a set of steps.

The fence in the background is the ‘Aegeas Country Fence’ from Serenity Style, and the pack includes a length of fence plus a two piece gate and posts. You can create any size or shape of fence that you like with this!

The small patch of corn is an older release from The Little Branch.

The grasses I’ve used are the ‘Meadow Grass, dry and summer, rich’ from Raindale and the ‘Sword Grass, tall’ from Kidd Creation.

The trees are ‘Aspen’, ‘Linden’ and ‘Aspen underbrush’ all from Botanical.

Oh, one more thing, the little pile of firewood beside the shack is part of it, which you’ll need with winter on it’s way! 🙂

October

October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

~L.M. Montgomery~ Anne of Green Gables

I live in the prairies which I’m sure everyone assumes is bleak, flat, and unexciting. Sure, we don’t have a leafing season like parts of Ontario does, but it’s pretty here in the fall, nonetheless. I’m in a fairly rolling area with trees sprinkled throughout, the trees being mainly quaking aspens. I just call them poplars, but no matter the name, they are pretty this time of year. The leaves turn the most vibrant yellow and when the sun hits a bluff of them it positively glows. The whole countryside is really pretty right now, the grasses have turned different shades of browns, yellows, and golds while the chokecherries turn a dark red. Unfortunately the maples we have here usually just submit to the cooler temperatures and the leaves turn an odd flesh colour and fall to the ground with a whimper. I think no matter where you live there’s something special about autumn, it’s something that inexplicably makes perfectly sane people ingest large quantities of pumpkin spice everything!

Starting yesterday and going for one week is the ForMax event, which is raising funds for one of SL’s own who has come upon some difficult times. There’s a whole lot of talented designers taking part with some really great items. Galland Homes is there with the ‘Keys Bungalow’. It’s an adorable one room home with high ceilings, lots of windows, and a roomy veranda on the front. It’s got a nice low land impact of 42 and is perfect for a beach house or, like I did here, a little retreat out in the country. I want to point out the incredible detailing the front door has, the etching on the glass really sets this little house apart. I always believe that it doesn’t take a big house to make a home…..all you need is love to do that. The ForMax event runs until October 10.

I’ve managed to clutter up the yard pretty good, but it’s all good stuff! I’ll start with the cute ‘Arya Wooden Forest Friends’ from Serenity Style and available now at Lootbox. I scored the RARE which included the two owls and a fox and then I had to play for the others, I put another fox and a bunny out here.

The ‘wagon wheel, stained’ is from tarte and available at Salem. That’s a great event for all kinds of autumn and Halloween things.

Industrie is a new event that opened the other day, it’s all things minimal and industrial! It’s a collection of designers from all genres, so there is something for everyone. I picked up the ‘Simple Ladder’ from [Isuka].

The ‘pumpkin wagon, planter, and crate all come from a gacha from dust bunny & tenshi.

The ‘lanterns and wooden post’ are from Calm. and for the life of me I can’t remember where I got it and I can’t find a land mark for their main store. I landed in a bare lot. If you find a land mark that works for them drop me a line, I like their things. 🙂

The ‘Bicycle, yella’ is from a gacha set from Bueno. It’s decor only, pretty much like my bicycle in real life!

The dog that’s laying on the veranda is some stray that’s wondered by. He’s from ‘The Freak Shelter’ gacha from .::THOR::.. All the gacha are in their own little building at the main store, so it’s way too easy to get sidetracked while blogging! I have to stay home while I write! 🙂

The ‘rocking chair’ on the veranda is from [we’re Closed].

The frame behind the owl on the left is from the ‘Secret Sanctuary’ gacha set from [Krescendo] and available at The Gacha Guardians.

The ‘farmhouse mailbox’ is from Vagabond. and the ‘Beach broken chair’ on the veranda is from a gacha from PewPew.

The ‘Little Tree, fall’ is from keke.

All of the other trees are the Aspens and Aspen saplings from Botanical.

The ‘wild sword grass’ is from Kidd Creation and all of the other grass is from the dry and summer,rich meadow grass from Raindale.

I Bring You Glad Tidings of Great Joy!

I Bring You Glad Tidings of Great Joy!

Who wouldn’t want that….and a great pair of legs! I was gifted this adorable Sad Little Tree and it may not say it in the name…but it is Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree! It’s all there, Linus’s blanket around the bottom, the red ornament hanging precariously from the top, and the tree stand that has no way to water the tree. Charlie Brown’s Christmas is one of the ‘must watch’ shows of the season, for me! I grew up seeing it every year and still manage to find it on TV at some point in December. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic too! I remember when I was really young there was another animated show that was shown at Christmas called ‘The Happy Prince”! It’s from a story by Oscar Wilde and written in 1888, but I didn’t know that back then. This show always made me so sad, but I haven’t seen it in years and years! It never seems like the Christmas season until I’ve seen the classic Christmas shows. At some point before Christmas I’ll dig out my DVD of White Christmas and sing along to all the songs. Christmas is all about tradition for me…including all the holiday TV shows!

Take a nice close look and you’ll see a lovely pair of pumps! The Lacey Pumps are a new group gift from Slipper Originals! They’re HUD driven with three colours and two metals and all you have to do is be a group member! They’re compatible with the Maitreya, SLink and Belleza mesh feet.

The Peace on Earth Hunt 9 is on for the month and [White Widow] is one of the hundred plus stores that are participating! The ‘Fences’ tattoo comes in white and black and is compatible with classic avatars and all the major mesh bodies, plus Omega compatible mesh bodies! This is a sexy little addition to a sexy outfit!

The candle and little string of lights are gifts, if you can believe that! Raindale has THE best gifts !! First off, the stringlight is part of the gift at the upcoming round of 2nd Level. 2nd Level runs from December 9-30, you just have a couple days to wait for that! You’ll want to check out the exclusive items from Raindale for this event. The candle is also a gift, available at the Raindale main store.

The Sad Little Tree is from botanical. The blanket can be removed if you prefer !

I’m using a pose from the Contemplate set from oOo Studio Poses.