New Whimsical Creation House

So one of the things I do to relax – as in mindless building – is build houses. I build a basic house, no kitchen or bath, etc., just for fun – to see how it comes out if I expand on an idea. So I built this house, I’m calling the Tahoe City. I played around with the textures, again just for fun, to see what I could do without being careful about prims too much. I’ve put it and my other houses out in the store, because I keep getting requests for them. I have them on Xstreet, but decided to just put them out for the heck of it. My houses are well… not fancy. I’m not a scripter, and hate to bother any of my scripter friends with them, so I have a open source door script on the doors – makes them owner only lockable, entry list, etc. The windows are either chat open/close or simply touch to open/close, no fancy security ;-). But this one came out rather nice, and my plurk buddies liked it! Here’s a slurl to the store if you want to pick it up.

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Retro Daisies

Sometimes serindipity occurs and a look comes together. I found this top at Skin Flicks, one of my favorite shops (I was there replacing a skirt that vanished from my inventory), and I adore the ruffly goodness. It doesn’t even bother me that my tummy is exposed, this whole top just works for me. I paired it with a gorgeous skirt from another favorite shop, So Many Styles. The ruffles in the skirt! More outright delight with the take out bag from HOC, which has to be the best place in the world to get lovely high quality unique accessories! I added my own hair and jewelry. I love my retro daisies! I love the colors in them! I’ve been struggling with a couple of new hair styles and decided I needed to take a break and just shop – and really wanted to show off the daisies ;-). I’ve also paired this jewelry with the Jolene lingerie from blowpop because it’s sooo bloomin’ gorgeous, but it’s been on the feed so much and done so well, that I didn’t think I could contribute. This happens to me sometimes, I think someone else has taken such beautiful shots that I don’t want to try myself. I’ve also been struggling with the viewer, I’m still on 1.22, SL viewer. I will probably try a couple of alternate viewers in the next few days – I’m getting grey blotches on some of my favority skins, which really bothers me. I know that they are perfect, they are just not appearing that way in my viewer. Anyway, just having fun.

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Brygida (Pale Blond) – Dark Mouse

Skin – Seduction Cameo (Delight) – Cupcakes

Eyes – Night Forest – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Tattoo – Wild Flower – Para Designs

Glasses – Skinny Female – HOC

Jewelry – DM Retro Daisies Set – Dark Mouse

Handbag – Takeout Bag (Pink) – HOC

Top – Jane Ruffle Shirt (White) Skin Flicks

Skirt – Cloud Skirt (Black) – So Many Styles

Stockings – white stockings I found in my inventory!

Shoes – Hyasynths (Black)- Shiny Things

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

New Stuffage at Dark Mouse & SALE!

Yes I’ve got some lovely new stuff! First off – a new jewelry set. I’m calling it Retro Daisies. This set is something I’ve had in my head for while, particularly the shapes of the petals, and the colors, which are black, white and pink. Pearls to be exact, mixed with diamonds. The silver texture on these is a bit different, I’m rather fancifully calling it mithril in my head. This is a big set – I can’t imagine anyone wearing all the pieces in one outfit, rather I imagine these pieces as strong accent pieces. I’ve also done two new hairstyles. I confess it takes me a bit of time to build hair. I can spend hours tweaking the location and angle of a piece. The odd thing (or normal depending on one’s perspective) about these styles is that neither contain any sculpties. I have nothing against sculpties, and I know they are the trend, but I usually just go where the build leads me, so no sculpties in the hair this time around. The first style is Celina, and fun updo with duel crazy buns. This is one of those, it evolved over time styles. The other is a wonderfully messy do, I’m calling Brygida, which features lots of loose strands of hair. I imagine this hair style on someone running to a show or something! All these new items are available in my main store in Taber. ALSO, I’m having a sale – I plan to retire some items and they are on display in my store in the center on a display rack, you can’t miss them. Jewelry sets for $50L and bangles and belts for $10L. Click this link for a teleport directly to the store!

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Oblivious to the rose

I was thinking about optimism again, as I am wont to do when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. I realized that I am fortunate in life to be an optimist – but even for me it’s hard sometimes. I saw this quote, “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose” and realized that I was in danger of losing that quality in myself by not stopping and doing the things I truly enjoy whilst I’m in SL. Lately I’ve been focusing on some basic building, playing with shadow and light (prim shadows how gauche! lmao – sorry inside joke, inside my head that is…). The truth is that if it feels too much like work, I lose interest and drive. If I feel something is ‘coming together’ or ‘clicking’ it feels so good that I’m energized to move forward. So as a result I was spending a lot of time building stuff for me and not for sale. Which is the way it should be. Fortunately, those two needs cross paths on occasion. Okay ramble end now. I saw this dress in the Sn@tch group announcement last night and could not resist. The skirt! The bow! The vava vavoom! Love it! I wish I could capture more adequately the lovely sheen of silky texture on the skirt, but I’m just not that good a photographer. In world, it’s very noticiable! It just happened to work well with a new hair release I’m planning of my own called Celina! This is it in Pale Black, fun no? Anywho this whole outfit is Sn@tch except for the perfect accent of my Glitterati jewelry from Violet Voltaire which I’ve paired with my own vintagey goodness, the Tortoise Shell & Diamond bangles. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this is a blog post before about Sn@tch, but the value in the outfit is tremendous – it was $275L for this outfit in a variety of colors! Such a deal. Oh I should say that I’ve a variety of attachments going on here and had to do a bit of juggling. The shoes are a lovely addition to my Shinythings collection, the Hyasynths in black. The sheer artistry of these. That’s all I can say. LOL. I love them and will probably wear them for days now. The skin is an old favorite from Chai, which I particularly bought in the lightest tone because the contrast of the lips with the skin fascinated me. Anywho I stopped packing up my new releases just to do this mash up (hence the theme) and now have to get my ass in gear (as they say) to box up the happy accidents. I hope to release this hair and another, PLUS an awesome new jewelry set, later on today! And end this post on an optimistic note.

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Celina (Pale Black) – Dark Mouse

Skin – Trinket (Double Shot Tone 1-Freckle) – Chai Skins

Eyes – Summer Storm – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Bangles – DM Vintage Tortoise Shell – Dark Mouse

Necklace & Earrings – Glitterati (Black) – Violet Voltaire

Dress & Leather Socks – Gore Gore Girl – Sn@tch

Shoes – Hyasynths (Black)- Shiny Things

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

the love affair continues…

So I’ve been in full blown shopping mode of late, and while I am building, the urge seems to come and go. There is a 50% off sale at Aoharu and I purchased this lovely dress. I HAVE no idea why I like this dress. Maybe it’s the innocent collar, or the sheer ruffled skirt, I just don’t know. I like it. There’s an additional ruffle that goes in the middle but I changed it out for my FABULOUS snake skin belt from Artilleri. I bought this belt weeks and weeks ago, and have been waiting for the perfect look for it. This is it! The black clutch is a freebie from BareRose that I won on the random prize orb (YAY FOR RANDOM PRIZES!). I’m wearing my own ‘mussed up set’ ‘black beaded bracelet’ and ‘hania’ hair. The shoes are from a fashcon vendor I’ve never heard of but like the look of, Mz Shoes. Lovely plaid chunky heels, and since there seems to be a dirth of shoe makers sans toes, I decided I had to get them! The socks are a group gift from the Miel, a much loved shoe maker favorite of mine now! Aren’t they adorable? Check out the lovely sculpty flowers at the top of the sock! Comes in 5 colors or so too! And finally, the love affair continues. So…I stalked Launa Fauna. Yep, totally fan-girled, moped and whined about my not being in the tester group. I haunted her plurks in plurk, bemoaning my fate! Finally she took pity on me and found a task for me! And the pay off was the beta skin for her new NOVA line!!! I was so happy I couldn’t speak for a second! erm type. I think everyone who reads my blog knows of my ongoing love affair with Chai skins. I have seriously loved them forever. Everything about them. I have the full line of the original Chais, the full line of the double shot, and well look forward to owning the full line of the NOVA. The beta skin is lovely, and dare I say, softer and more delicate than the double shot. The make-ups that Launa does for the line are, in my opinion, stunningly original and different. My all-time favorite is antique. In particular, I want to make note of the small of the back and knees which are perfection. Right now, the skins are in beta testing! But be on the lookout for the new release, I know I will!

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Hania (Pale Brown) – Dark Mouse

Skin – Chai Nova Beta Version – Not yet available

Eyes – Summer Storm – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Diamond Girl Eyelashes – Talon Faire

Jewelry – DM Mussed Up Set and Black Bead Bangles – Dark Mouse

Dress – Tiered Doll Dress (Beige) – AOHARU

Belt – Snakeskin Sash Belt (Black) – Artilleri

Bag – Clutch Bag (Black) – Bare Rose

Socks – JANE FLOR SOCK (Creme Brulee) – MIEL JULY GROUP GIFT

Shoes – Mz. France (Pink Plaid) – Mz. Shoes

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

Sitting pretty

Oh hai. Thank you for coming by! So I’m not sure how to start this post – its sort of me hanging out in my house, sans kids, and just playing around with outfits and photoshop. I really should be working on my next release but all work and no play makes for a dull mouse. I’ve been wearing this outfit for a few days now, I’ve even changed out of it and changed back – which means I like it. So I decided I should blog it. I also played a bit with the lighting, etc. In other words the pic is truly ‘photoshopped.’ Typically I do my photos in world and don’t mess with the pic itself, other than to cut out the background, etc. The top is an adorable wrapped shirt by SWA that I picked up at their most recent sale. The skirt is my ALL TIME favorite skirt, the velvet skirt from Pixeldolls. This skirt flows like water, and spins around me in elegant waves. It’s just dreamy. I’ve paired it with a new skin I recently acquired, from League. I love the depth of this skin, it feels warm and rich. I’ve decked myself out in every piece of my own black & white drama pearls set, cause it seemed to work. I decided against a tattoo, cause I thought it would be too much. The hair is again my own (hey I’m playing here!) Krystina in pale brown. So the big news for me anyways is being recognized by Second Style magazine with a Stylie for best new jewelry designer. To say I was stunned, humbled and honored is to put it lightly. Second Life has been such an opportunity for me to be creative, something I don’t have in my real life. To be recognized in anyway makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. A big thank you and a 08a43d50691a1ed22706fc92f568fa07.gif to all the staff at Second Style!

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Hair – Krystina (Pale Brown) – Dark Mouse

Skin – Medium Misty (Bronzed) – League

Eyes – Night Forest – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Jewelry Set – DM Black & White Drama Pearls Set (necklace, earrings, bracelet, cocktail ring)- Dark Mouse

Top – CrossTop-Hawaiin-Tradewinds – Second Wave Apparel

Skirt – Long Black Velvet Skirt – PixelDolls

Shoes – Plaid Jane (Light-Color Change to Black) – Meil

Poses – Almost Always – LAP