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! 🙂

There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Gift!

There's No Such Thing as a Bad Gift!

I know you’re probably thinking…oh yea…what about that bad sweater that Aunt Betty gave me last year, or the gaudy lamp I got from my brother Len a few years back! Well, it may not be your first choice, but it was theirs! As long as a gift is given with love, who’s to judge what’s a good or bad gift. Although you may not need or even want it, at least thank them for their thoughtfulness, don’t judge them as a person by the gifts they give. I think too much emphasis is put on how much a gift costs or where it was purchased from, I like a gift that was made by the person, who took the time and energy to make something just for me. Or someone who spends time trying to find that one item that you lost and always wanted again. There’s no one that hasn’t given a gift that wasn’t wanted by the person receiving it, but it’s ok…..it’s the thought that was put into that gift that matters!

I’ve now set up three areas in my home with Christmas decorations! Even the barn has been decked out with Christmas finery! The barn usually sits with very little in it, so it’s nice to put it to use. It’s the Down on the Ranch Barn from Jian. It’s colour change and nice and roomy for that casual party you might want to host!.

I’ve set up a corner with a few of my favourite seasonal decorations, from a couple of my favourite creators! The Rustic Christmas Tree, Classic and the Rustic Wall Art are both from [QE] Designs and available at the main store. Both have multiple colour and design options via drop down menu, and are 100% mesh!!

And, Raindale has released an incredible variety of seasonal items including the winter vase, the Bright and Merry wall art, and string lights, just in time for Christmas! The lights come in the mirror(seen here), along with blinking, coloured, and colour change via HUD. All are available now at the December round of 2nd Level. While you’re there remember to grab the gift from Raindale….it’s the Tangerine Cake and little decorative string light with it. Also, there’s more, the candle is a gift at the Raindale main store…..so many gifts this time of year!

I’ve added the Warm Winter tray and puf from the Winter Warm set from Serenity Style that was part of the release for the December round of Deco(c)rate. I’ve been enjoying all the decorating the winter season brings!

Under all of this is the Simple Elegance Mesh Braided Manchester Rug from StoraxTree.

Do You Like What You See?

Do You Like What You See?

I’m not asking that about my blog picture! I’m referring to when you look in the mirror! What do you see when you look? I’ve always been my own worst enemy when looking at myself. I’ve gone through phases of never looking because of the shame of what I see. Is this what everyone else sees when they look at me? I’m a little kinder and gentler on myself, now! With age has come a little less focus on things I can’t change about myself. I’m beautiful inside and that’s all that matters to me. I can look in the mirror and say that I’m a good and kind person. I’d much rather have that, than a perfect nose and full lips! Now, you all are probably thinking I have a big crooked nose and paper thin lips, I don’t….but even if I did it wouldn’t have any bearing on who I really am. The shell that I use to carry my soul and spirit isn’t perfect….but it’s seen me through a lot of stuff, and I’m proud of that!

I’ve arranged a bunch of mirrors in my Down on the Ranch Barn from Jian and it’s created quite a nice atmosphere. The Radiance Mirror from Bokeh is available at the current round of Tres Chic and it’s simply gorgeous! It comes in three tones, dark, light and pastel and each version is colour change via drop down menu. The brightness of the lights is also changeable via menu. The mirror has a land impact of 5, so you can easily squeeze it into your home!

This cute outfit is the Flare Crop Top in Mango and the High Waist Denim Shorts in grey, both from [MYNX]! The top comes in eight nice summer colours and five sizes and the shorts are available in six denim tones, in five fitmesh sizes plus fitted version for the SLink Physique and Hourglass mesh bodies. I love the simple, yet so stylish, clothes from [MYNX}, they always make me feel happy!

The Liaison Collaborative runs until April 30, so time is running out to get in on the exclusive items that can’t be missed! The Sweet Reverie gacha from Le Poppycock is, as always, a pose/prop set of sheer perfection! You’re playing for 13 different poses on the crate prop, which can be resized and retextured via menu! The poses are super natural looking and all seem just a little bit wistful! Oh such sweet reverie!

The Irina skin in Bronze tone is at the current round of Designer Circle from .::WoW Skins::.! Irina comes in six tones and is classic avatar and Omega compatible!

The Junko Ponytail is from Doe and available at the main store for The Gacha Guardians until the end of the month!

Hands and feet by SLink and I’m wearing the Maitreya Lara mesh body!