Second Life home decor

When Was the Last Time?

When was the last time you said ‘I love you’ to the people that matter to you? How bout gave them a hug because you appreciate them? This is something I think of often, actually. We go through our day to day activities oblivious that time is ticking and we have no idea what the future will bring. The time to think about these things isn’t after it’s too late, the time is now. I don’t mean to say that every minute of our life has to be spent in fear of losing someone we love, but we should at least acknowledge that some things shouldn’t be put off or forgotten. I don’t really believe in regrets, we live our lives doing the best we can, with what we have at the time, so there’s no sense dwelling on something that can’t be undone. The thing to do is be mindful of what life means, that everyone has a finite amount of time here, and there’s no time to waste when it comes to saying ‘I love you’. Just think how many times someone has been left at home, while someone storms off in anger, and with no one’s knowledge it was the last time they’re seen alive. How does someone live with that, knowing the last words they heard from you were hateful. I know I never want to find out how that feels, so I’m not afraid to say how I feel, and give everyone a hug. {HUGS} are great.

Today, I’m showing you the newest release from Metamorphoses Tattoos. And I’m happy to say it’s almost a freebie! The ‘Traction’ tattoo is compatible with all, and I do mean ALL, of the major mesh bodies, plus Omega and also tattoo layers for the classic avatars. It comes in 40% ink tone, for that aged look, which is my preferred opacity. You’ll find it on Market Place and at the Metamorphoses main store.

Since I’m not one to prance around the house in nothing but my birthday suit, I have the ‘Soft Bra’ from Stories&Co. by Flowey and the ‘Nicki Panties’ from Just Because covering what needs covering.

The Boys and Girls hair 42 from Dura Hair is one of my all time favourites, I don’t think I’ll ever stop wearing it!

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, which looks gorgeous on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The ‘Stockholm Bed’ is super comfy and it’s from ~Bazar~. The night Table with Light is from Bueno, and I believe it was part of a gacha! The neon sign, ‘All you need is love’ is from floorplan, and it’s true, isn’t it! Well, water…..we need water too. 🙂 The ‘Pilea Pepper Plant’ is part of the ‘Natural Habitat’ set of plants from dust bunny. The plant is on the ‘Full metal- trunk table from [zerkalo], along with the ‘Old Books with Coffee’ from Soy. Home right now is the ‘Warehouse Loft Skybox’ from Schultz Bros., and I’m pretty sure it was part of a Builder’s Box.

This pose is ‘weary’ from Del May.

I used a little extra lighting here from my handy dandy LumiPro.

You Just Never Know What You'll See!

Have you ever wondered what goes on outside overnight? I don’t know about anyone else, but once it’s dark outside, there could be any number of things going on out there! Usually things that I’d rather not know about, like an ax murderer, aliens, or worst of all….ghosts! But, I had the bright idea a year or so ago to get a trail cam to set up in the yard to capture anything that might be wandering through. My one fear is that I’ll see something that I’d rather not know about, but so far…so good! There’s usually a deer or two, a skunk or three, or a coyote. Oh….and the odd stray cat, and sometimes a raccoon or a bunny. The coyotes are the ones I hate to see, they’ve become so brave in around the yard that it’s a little disconcerting to see them casually walk around. A couple evenings ago I stepped out onto my step and came face to face with one about 30 feet from me. He didn’t run or get scared, he just stood and stared at me. I have no doubt he was on his way to see if there was a chicken out to steal, so I tried to scare him into running away, but he just loped off a little bit and then stood looking at me again. There are guns on the premises, but I really hate guns, so needless to say the worst I could do was tell him to Eff off and try to look scary, which some people would say comes naturally to me! 😛 This morning it was a whole new ball game though……there on the camera, was a big old horse…just wandering around in the dark( I don’t have horses at the moment), and behind it….following along was a little horse! I knew whose they were once the little one showed itself, so it was just a matter of waiting for daylight and scouting around so I could tell the neighbour where he could find them. They had moved on up the field to the north and were heading east when I found them. So, if the scariest thing I capture on the camera is a little bit of wildlife or a farm animal or two…that’s fine…it’s those 2 legged monsters I really don’t want to see out there, skulking around in the dark!

There’s something in my front yard here that I’d be really shocked to see! The ‘Wicked Legs’ from {MYNX} are exclusive to the October round of The Chapter Four and add a really nice touch to your Halloween decorating! They’re 100% original mesh and they’re copy/modify so you can adjust the thigh shadows to where you need them. The Chapter Four runs until the end of the month!

October is full of Halloween events and goings on, and [QE] Designs is in a couple of them with some seasonal decor! I’m showing the ‘Wire Punkin Set’ here, which includes 4 styles of wire pumpkins and lots of options! They’re colour change via drop down menu with six colours for the pumpkin, 4 stem colours and 5 light colours. These are exclusive to the Mad Circus 3 Halloween & Gacha Fair, which runs until October 31. Also from [QE] Designs is the ‘Fall Punkin Set v2’, which includes 4 shapes with 8 colours each via drop down menu. They’re copy/mod so you can cover your whole yard in pumpkins if you want! These are available at Trick or Treat Lane, which opens today and runs until November 3, as well as Mad Circus 3.

Another event for October to be on the lookout for is Season of the Witch! It starts tomorrow(October 14) and runs until November 4, and Raindale has the ‘Charfell Cabin’ exclusive to the event. This cute cabin has a footprint of 10X15 and a land impact of 40, and it’s modifiable to be resized as needed. It comes on a platform(23X23 footprint and 8 land impact) which is HUD driven with 5 grass textures, and it can be removed if needed! I’m using it here! The cabin is scripted with the Kool Door system so you can limit access. This cabin has a really unique roof line and some great accents, so if you want to get a full view you can check out Keira’s flickr site!

I’ve used the chairs from ‘Kate’s Vintage Chairs’ from Nutmeg, which is a set of six chairs, all with really unique shapes and detailing.

The ‘Deathly Tree, orange lights’ is from Refuge and available now at Salem. It’s in a gothic style stone urn with two ravens standing at it’s base. The lights can be set to blink or to stay on.

You can’t see them well, but I’ve added the ‘Black Baby Birds’ from +Half-Deer+ on the step of the cabin. These are cute little black chicks that come with various groupings and also singles, plus some wearable ones too! These are also at Salem.

I’m using grasses from Raindale and Kidd Grass here.

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! 🙂

Living the Dream

I can’t believe it’s October already and with the Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, it’s time to take a moment and think of all the things to be thankful for. I don’t like to appreciate my blessings just once a year, I try to think of everything I have to be grateful for every day. I wonder, if more people were thankful for what they had instead of always wanting more, would the world be a happier place? We’re bombarded everywhere we look with what we need to make life more enjoyable, right from cars, beer, electronics, and even our looks. It’s all just a marketing tool to sell things that no one needs, and it works as witnessed by the rise in consumerism. There’s nothing I need in my life, I have a roof over my head, it’s not big and fancy but it keeps the warm in and the rain out. I have a vehicle to get me from point A to point B. It’s 20 years old but it runs and my truck and I have a long history together. I have food on my table……I grow and raise most of it myself, and I’m very thankful that my health allows that. I do have the extras in life like a computer, smartphone, and TV with cable, but I could live without them if I had to. I’m not rich, but I have enough…..and really….since I’ve never seen anyone’s possessions disappear when they pass on, I’m pretty sure you can’t take it with you!

This picture pretty much sums up how I think a perfect day could look like. It’s a gorgeous fall evening and my cat is keeping occupied watching the Koi swimming peacefully in the pond while the pups wait for me to give them a bath and play with them. I can’t imagine a life without animals…..they are the constant in my life that always make me smile. I’m surrounded by everything needed to bring peace to me and it’s all from │T│L│C│. I’ll start with the ‘Garden with Wings’ which is exclusive to Rock Your Rack 2017, a Second Life event that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The garden includes the pond, flower beds, bench, and the butterflies flitting carelessly around can be turned on/off by the owner. The lighting is also can also be turned on/off with a touch. It has a land impact of 87 and is modifiable, but do take care when modifying. The ‘Butterfly Watering Can’ is a hunt gift with 100% of it’s 10L$ cost being donated to the cause. And also having 100% of it’s cost donated is the ‘Butterfly Bed’, a nice little flower bed that includes lighting, butterflies, and gorgeous Hydrangeas in full bloom. While at Rock Your Rack 2017 you can also purchase the ‘Ginger Cat’, who stands on the edge of the pond and watches the fish and often playfully dips it’s paw in the water in hope of catching one of the fish. I played the ‘Animated Puppies’ gacha at the │T│L│C│ main store and scored the ‘Puppies Bathtime, RARE’ which has the 3 puppies waiting patiently for their bath. While I was at the main store I couldn’t resist Pack 3, of 4 free swimming, feedable Koi. I was a little worried that I’d have trouble with placing them in the pond and get them swimming happily, but I had no problems following the directions that are included. I know you can’t see them here, but they are really nice addition to any pond. Rock Your Rack 2017 runs until October 14.

And as for me? I’m wearing the ‘Judi Top’ from .miss chelsea. and available at the current round of ~uber~. The ‘Kaylah Jeans’ are from Just Because and also available at ~uber~. The ‘Autumn Wedges’ are a new release from Eudora 3D and available at Shoetopia. The F1124 hair is from tram. And finally, I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I’m using pose 52 from the ‘Breaking the Habit’ set of poses from Bauhaus Movement.

Heavenly

I really want this in my real life. A cute little corner all fixed up with everything I need to be completely at peace. I know exactly where I’d put it too! There’s a little spot in the pasture, on the south side of a poplar bluff that looks out over the prairie. The trees are starting to turn a bright yellow and the smell of dry grass and sage is in the air. The sky is that pale blue that only fall brings and the light breeze has a nip to it, but with this facing south I don’t feel the north west wind. I’ve finished my cup of coffee, and as I lay my book down beside me, having gotten sleepy from the warm sun shining on me, I see nothing but red through my closed eyelids. The sky is filled with migrating birds most of the day and into the night as the crows, geese, and cranes are all on the move, by the hundreds, heading for warmer climes. There was frost last night and soon there’ll be colder nights and eventually snow. But today, I rest peacefully letting all thoughts of my physical being go and enjoy this very second, for it’s the only thing that matters!

The ‘Wooden Signs’ from {MYNX} are rustic and woodsy and say pretty much everything that needs to be said! I chose the ‘Love’, ‘But first, Coffee’, ‘And so the adventure begins’, and the ‘I want to rock your gypsy soul’ signs to keep me grounded in life and to keep all the heavy stuff from clogging up my mind. These signs are available starting today at the September round of Limit 8, starting at 5 PM SLT. If Limit 8 is new to you, you can check out the website.

I wanted to have a little place where I could go to escape the world, yes…..even the virtual one, so I set up ‘The Old Shed, SUPER RARE’ from ‘The Summer is Gone’ gacha set from ..::THOR::... This gacha set is it’s part of the September round of PocketGacha, so there’s no need to leave your home to play. If PocketGacha is new to you, visit their website and find out more, I know you’ll want to get that HUD and start playing! I’m showing most of ‘The Summer is Gone’ gacha set here, including the ‘DIY Bed, RARE’, ‘The Fishbowl’, ‘The Coffee Cup’, ‘The Vintage Nightstand’, ‘The Vintage Radio’, ‘The Flying Leaves’, ‘The Stacked Blankets’, ‘The Old Fender’, and ‘The Broken Bicycle’. The bicycle and the fender both come with two versions, one for ground and one for the wall, to make it nice and versatile when decorating. I love the casual and rustic designs from ..::THOR::.., the intricate detailing and unique look are perfect additions to my SL home!

I love the soft and natural looking grasses from Raindale! This is the ‘dry’ version of the ‘Meadow Grass’.

The ‘Norway Maple’ and the ‘Wild Oak’ trees are from The Little Branch, along with the ‘Wild Grass Dry’ which is included with the ‘Wild Oak’ tree pack.