SL home decor

Just One of the Guys

Having worked in male dominated jobs most of my life, I found out early on that it’s pretty darn great being just one of the guys. I mean, if I didn’t have them, who would I talk about work with when I’m the only woman there. So, I was accepted and welcomed by most of them and treated the same as the rest. There was always the older men who would look out for me and help me, even when I didn’t need it, and then there was the ones that resented having a woman in their midst. But overall, I felt a part of the brotherhood! 🙂 There’s nothing like sitting in a bar with a table of 6 or 7 men and seeing them at their best! I don’t know what that’s like when the men are all wearing suits and ties, but when it comes to truck drivers and oil patch workers, I got to the point where nothing shocked me! I learned never to leave my drink at the table when I left to pee, the story of a drink being stirred by something other than a stir stick was always present in my mind, and it wasn’t someones finger that did the stirring!! I could always dish out the jokes, but I also could take them…..because deep down I always knew they’d always stand by my side. I chose the group of guys I surrounded myself with because, although they were rough around the edges, they had kind hearts. I never felt I had to prove myself to them, they knew I could do the jobs they did, and as well as they could. I was just one of the guys, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

When I decided to create a cozy area at home, I realized that there is no cozier place to be than a ‘man cave’. I mean, a ‘she shed’ is probably fine, but there’s something about surrounding myself in games and sports related things, along with the snacks and drinks to go along with it, that’s the ultimate in creature comforts. I’ve always loved watching sports, I don’t dress up in silly things all in the colour of my favourite teams, but I enjoy a good game of hockey or football(CFL of course)! I don’t mind baseball, although it’s a bit slow for me, and I have been known to watch the ‘Master’s Tournament’ in golf. I went through a phase of watching Nascar races every weekend and I used to watch tennis, but I’ve yet to watch a basketball game, I’ll have to do that one day! So, here I sit in the man cave, the popcorn is popping, and the brewski is ice cold, so let the games begin!

I’ll start with my outfit, here. I’m wearing the ‘Boyrfriend Jeans, country’ and ‘Knit Turtleneck, navy’ from fashionably dead and available at ~uber~, right now.

The ‘My Hair, Suzy’ is from [monso].

The ‘Swear Low Top Sneakers’ are from Lapointe & Bastchild, and right now there’s an exclusive texture HUD for them as a group gift.

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

And as for my man cave? I’m sitting on the ‘Industrial Billiards Table’ from [zerkalo], which is available in PG and Adult at the current round of Kustom9. My pose is the #10 singles animation in the billiards table. Along with the exclusive Billiards table is the ‘Billiards Z’ gacha set! I’m using the ‘Cue Rack(RARE), Billiard Frame, Hanging Lamp, Wall Bar, and the Balls Set, here.

The ‘Standing Ashtray, ‘Dude’s Rug’, ‘Boho Guitar’, and the ‘Grungy Varnished Stool’ are from various gachas from ..::THOR::... The gacha area is near the landing point, which makes it way to easy to play them all! In the main store you’ll find all kinds of good stuff, the grungy and shabby are my favourite! 😀

My newest home is the ‘Tuscany Loft’ from DaD Design.

When All Else Fails..........

………hug the dog!

It’s a cure all for what ails you. Well, not for everything, but for matters of the mind or heart dog hugging is recommended by 8 out of 10 doctors. The other 2 doctors say ‘hug the cat’! I’ve always been one of those people that won’t go to other people for comfort, it’s always been an animal who understands me best. When I had cows, that’s where I went because my life always seemed better when I was with them. They accepted me completely, they were always happy to see me, and they could calm me down like nothing else. Some of you may laugh that my pet of choice has always been a cow, but anything can be a pet, mine were always just a bit bigger than most peoples. I have chickens I could go hug, but I’m not sure they’d be open to that, although I’m sure they’d get used to it if I do it enough. As they are now, they’re happiest just doing their chicken things. So, that leaves me with either the cats or the dog to hug. I like the cats, but none of them are really the hugging type, Hazel likes to just sit on my knee, Bob only likes to be petted, and poor stray Nipper, well…I can’t touch him….yet….but he’s getting much quieter. So….I guess the dog it is! I liked having a large dog for this, I could get on my knees and wrap my arms around them and rest my head on their shoulders, but since I only have my little girl, I have to pick her up and squeeze her tight against me. She doesn’t mind luckily, she’s a snuggly little thing, all 12 lbs of her. I sometimes wonder if people with significant others still have to resort to the dog for hugs, I’d like to think their partner would be the hugger of choice, but I guess there’d be times that the dog isn’t the one a person is fighting with at some point. I think the dog would be my second choice for hugs no matter what, if the dog wasn’t my only choice! 🙂

I’m a little sad today, it’s another cloudy day and life is just kind of a downer right now. But, Second Life always cheers me up….even if it’s just a little bit. I want to bring your attention to the current round of ~uber~, which ends on December 23. I know it’s getting to be near the end of the round, but the ‘Pied-a-Tere’ skybox from KraftWork is there, and it’s well worth dropping in to grab it! It’s an adorable little skybox, perfect for one or two people to live comfortably in one room. I prefer a one room build, myself, it’s a nice open floor plan and with a few privacy screens or even just using rugs, little separate areas can be created. The ‘Pied-a-Tere’ has a LI of 58 and a foot print of 15X15m, and the view outside is a very pretty one. It’s HUD driven with texture change on all the major parts so you can customize and make it your cozy little home. Also from KraftWork is the ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’ sign, which comes in a blinking and non blinking version.

The majority of the decorating in my little home is from the ‘Stockholm Bedroom‘ from ~BAZAR~. It’s a huge bedroom set including the bed(with lots and lots of adult or PG animations,whichever you prefer), chairs, lights artwork, cabinet, candle bottles, men’s and women’s clothes racks, stacks of books, rug, bicycle decor, night stands, clock, headphones, paper bag, men’s and women’s shoe decor, and typewriter. It really is an incredible set and very reasonably priced.

I’ve added house plants from {what next} and dust bunny.

The ‘ROCK’ sign is from a gacha set from .:revival:..

The ‘vintage radio’ is from the ‘Summer is Gone’ gacha set from ..::THOR::...

The ‘old radiator’ is from .junk. but I don’t think it’s available any more.

I’m wearing the ‘Sophia Bustier & Draped Dress from Asteria. The ‘NO.SHELTER hair from NO.MATCH. And as always, the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I’m in deep thought using the ‘weary’ pose from Del May.

I’ve added a bit of lighting from my much used LumiPro.

Santa's Hidey-Hole

I always dreamed of the decadent comforts that could be had in ones very own hidey-hole. That little place to crawl into when I need to escape reality for awhile. It would be all warm and cozy with lots of blankets and pillows, maybe a little wood stove to heat some milk for hot chocolate. I’d have a nice collection of books, about a wide variety of things, just in case the book I’m reading at the time doesn’t thrill me. I think I’d only wear pajamas in there, not a nightie but the pants and top men’s type pajamas with slippers….no….big wooly socks. I’d have my phone with me, but only reply to the ones I want to, which on most days is very few, so this wouldn’t be anything new. The phone would also be good to have with me in case I need to call someone to bring me something to make my little retreat a bit more comfortable, like cookies or maybe a slice of brownie, or two. I think it would also be nice to have a cat with me, for a little company. They’re not demanding like a dog, and they don’t mind if I ignore them, but it would be comforting to have a little bit of company. Oh, and of course I’d only go to this retreat in the winter, I don’t normally want a wood stove and hot chocolate on a hot summer day. At least thinking about this in December still leaves me lots of time to get something built before spring, because up here, getting to spring is a long term goal, it’s not in the near future, that’s for sure!

I’d like to thank Robert Galland of Galland Homes for building this little hut for Santa, because if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be posting any festive pictures this year. Still not in the mood, sorry all! But, I created a little area for Santa to retreat to when he has some time before the big day, or maybe on Boxing Day. I put a little wood stove in there along with a big comfy chair and a big steaming mug of hot chocolate for his enjoyment. Santa’s Hut has a 5X5m footprint and a land impact of 11, so it fits pretty much anywhere. It’s available now until December 25 at the Paying It Forward Event, which is an event based on the idea of generosity and giving, so each item there has nocopy/transfer permissions so you can give them as gifts to anyone you care to. I recommend you join the Paying It Forward group so you can pick up the numerous gifts from a lot of seriously talented designers. I love this idea, it makes it easy to spoil the ones closest to you.

And as for the rest of this little scene, well gachas play a fairly large part in it. I need some kind of reason to play gacha like I do! 😛 So, Mesh India is at the current round of Cosmopolitan with the ‘Let It Snow Winter Decor gacha 2’, and the stump with axe and separate stumps are from that one. There’s another fantastic winter gacha set at the MI main store, if you’re interested.

The trees on either side of the hut and the toboggan, which is part of the snowy planks walk way are all part of the ‘Midwinter Magic’ gacha set from DEL-ka AEDILIS. They specialize in role play buildings and furniture and have a bunch of other gachas to play at the main store.

The snowy ground, snowy meadow and snowy grasses are all from a mega snowy pack I got from KIDD Grass awhile back.

The ‘Fall Heritage Woodburner’ and the ‘Magnolia Wreath’ are both from Apple Fall.

Not All Clutter is Equal

I must admit to not being the best of housekeepers. I prefer being outside, so it gets a little bit neglected in the summer. When I think of clutter in my real life compared to my Second Life clutter, it’s like comparing apples to oranges. What I should do is recreate this photograph in real life! I do happen to have a cardboard box of books ready to go for donation, it’s waiting patiently! And believe it or not, my boots are even beside it, but they’re the boots I wear when I’m out doing animal things, so needless to say there’s a few things stuck on them that I’m sure no one wants to see. I do have a vintage radio I could set beside the boots, it’s red and still works. I don’t have a backpack though, although I could borrow one, but it’s probably almost worn out and in need of repairs. I have a couple houseplants, but the Hoya is really big and has grown into my window blind, so I can’t move it, but the Joshua Tree could sit beside the backpack, and it does look pretty good. I wonder how many Canadians have a Joshua Tree for a house plant? I’ll get one of my tea cups and saucers out to add to the collection, I love my jadeite in the ‘Alice’ pattern by Fire King! I do have a coat rack by my door, but it’s usually covered in hats, toques, and a chore coat. Anything that has the word ‘chore’ in it isn’t photograph material! Now, once it’s all gathered and placed I have to wait a week to get a light coating of dust on it, to make it look like the rest of the things in here! The trick will be getting a windlight for nice shadows, real life windlights just aren’t as good as SL’s!

I started out planning a blog post featuring the ‘Gideon Boots’ from NX-Nardcotix, but after many attempts at getting a pose I liked and an interesting angle I couldn’t seem to get it right and gave up and made them decor! A girl can’t wear her boots 24/7, even though she may want to! They fit the SLink, Maitreya, and Belleza mesh feet for the women and the feet for the men’s mesh body ‘David‘ also from NX-Nardoctix. Plus there’s an unrigged pair, so pretty much anyone can wear them. They come in 7 colours and are exclusive to Shoetopia! Also from NX-Nardcotix is the ‘Finley Backpack’! It’s rigged for the ‘David’ body and also comes unrigged and this one I’m showing is the ‘static’ version. It also comes in 7 colours of rich and smooth leather. The backpack is exclusive to Men Only Monthly, which runs until October 15.

Also shown here is the ‘Vintage Bakelite Radio’ from KraftWork, the ‘book pile, leather, brown’ from .:revival:., the ‘cardboard box with books’ from [bauwerk], the ‘coat rack’ and ‘firewood basket’ are from Dust Bunny, and the house plants from [what next]. Oh…and the tea cup is from the ‘hard to find set, mint’ from [keke].

I guess I better get working on my housework, maybe Monday! 😀

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.