Archive for September, 2009



Vacation!

/me waves hi! on vacation, no internet. we stopped in a coffee shop and wheee! logged in to say hi everyone, see you soon! 🙂

My Day Job: Grounds Crew

birds' eye view

flower box and tree2Sigh. I don’t seem to have much luck with gardening for work. J gives with one hand, takes with the other. A few weeks ago I mentioned she gave me a sandbox, flowers, plants, EVERYTHING and told me to go plant. And I did. I will make this painful and sad story very short: J told me she had to take pillars2down that sim. In other words – bye, bye garden. LOL. Can you believe it????? Okay, J was totally apologetic and sorry. But still – yet another garden bit the virtual dust. This is a bit better than the first time – at least if she brings back the sim my garden will come back too.

lecternDo you read Charles Schultz’s comic strip “Peanuts”? Do you remember how Lucy will hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick? How she always PROMISES that THIS time she won’t pull the ball away? But she does. Every time. Yet Charlie Brown falls for it everytime. J went and found me a landscaping job in our virtual world. *grin* Yep, she volunteered me out to another group to landscape THEIR sim. Oh my goodness – I fell for it. They said they would love to have me landscape, I was delighted to have the opportunity. I said yes. Start the betting pool NOW, folks. How many weeks til J comes to me and says regretfully – Um, Ahuva, I’m so sorry to tell you this, but, your gardens have to go. LOL. I’m starting the betting at 4 weeks. 🙂

pillars and plantersAnyway, I have been landscaping a sim where technical meetings are held. It is a monumental build: huge 20 meter columns. Very formal – marble, columns, stark. I started off just putting some flowers at the lectern and trying to get some flower boxes and greenery up. I wanted to get something done quickly so that my client would know that I was serious about working on her sim. (The picture at the top of this blog is how the build looks at the end of today. The next 3 pictures are the first pass at landscaping.) The first flower box has something I called fire tulips (when I was given them they were called “object”, so I figure “fire tulips” is an improvement. *grin*) and yellow lilies. I used red lilies at the lectern.

close upI knew that those columns were crying out for climbing vines, however. At first I thought that I would create a texture that combined the marble and roses and I would re-texture the columns. There were a few problems with that idea. First, the columns were locked – I needed J to give me the column and she was busy. Secondly, the roses would have been flat against the pillars. Both Honour and Hell suggested building a cylinder to encase the existing columns and to put the roses on that cylinder. I did one pass that way but I used too many repeats of the texture. On further discussion with Honour, I redid the cylinder – only one vertical and horizontal repeat. The encasing cylinder is actually 3 linked cylinders. As I placed the climbing roses, I could rotate the cylinder vertically so that the texture would vary. I also rotated the cylinder horizontally so that each pillar has a different look. I’m quite pleased with the final result. I hope you are also.

peering thru the pillarThe pillars have signs on them. I wanted flowers there as well. Now one thing I learned from J was that it’s not really the quantity of prims that I use – it’s more that fact that I use so many different textures. So I have tried to use the same textures in this build, but modify them so that they look somewhat different. This is probably totally obvious to all you REAL builders out there but I was pleasantly surprised to “think up” the idea of copying and stretching the textures in a given plant and so changing the look that way: number of prims, rotation, size. I was a little stumped at first about the hanging baskets – I couldn’t figure out how to drape the flowers over the top and down the front. Honour to the rescue again. She pointed out that I should use a different style basket and the plants could grow from the basket itself. So the hanging baskets are more cascading roses, daisies and bacopa.

hanging basketI was having a very stressful day at work last week. *grin* Nothing awful – just LOTS of it. So at lunch I retreated to my virtual garden and created a second flower box. It was so amazingly soothing and fun to do. 🙂 I made this one larger than the first. I felt more yellow was needed. I love yellow in a garden – so bright and cheerful. So this flowerbox is yellow lilies and daisies.

Guest lecturerOnce the climbing roses were up, I didn’t like the look of the trees between the columns. The green was too dull. And there was too much vertical-ity, if there is such a word. So I consulted with Honour, my landscaping mentor, and pulled the trees and moved the flower boxes. I think that tomorrow I will send a note to my client, asking her to take a look. I’ll be happy to add more flowers – I’d love to stuff the whole platform with multitudes of different colored flowers. But I figure my purpose here was to enhance the meeting area, not steal attention from the presenters. I’m very interested in my client’s feedback.

Oh, and of course….. I’m waiting to hear when I lose THIS garden!! *grin*

And the Winners Are….

Most Original - Zha

Ugliest - Ravenne in liederhosenI give up. I have way too many photos to do this properly. They are all up on Flickr. Go look there. *grin* We had 4 categories for prizes. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if I got photos of all of the winners. 😦 I think I have MJ, but I’m not sure. And Elise was camera-shy – so I did the best I could. I think. LOL. Honestly – I never really got so SEE anyone – I had ten IM windows open and was passing inventory like a crazed person. If I have them wrong – someone find the right pictures in Flickr and I’ll update the post.


Sexiest - HunterBest Heels
: MJ who was wearing them and Chestnut who donated them.

Sexiest: Hunter who wore the Strawberry Holiday original dress and Zha who donated it.

Ugliest: Ravenne who wore the Santa Claus in liederhosen and Hunter who donated it.

Most Spirited: Elise who wore it (I believe it included a tentacle on her head) and Dale who donated it.

Most Original: Zha who wore the Full Metal Dragon and Dz who donated it.

Most Spirited - EliseWhat can I say? You folks are the most good-humored, fun-loving good sports I have ever met. MJ, Ravenne, Elise, Zha and Hunter – wow. You folks ROCK. What good sports to put on those outfits and wear them. I think you all are truly amazing people and I thank you for making the party so special and fun. It never would have happened without good sports such as yourselves.

And many, many thanks to all all of you who contributed outfits, wore outfits, and laughed and danced and had fun. I am so happy and proud to know such wonderful, wonderful people. (And Hunter – I WANT that dress. I NEEEEEEED that dress!)
Best Heels - MJ

No Cringing HERE!!

Oh wow! That was a blast!! Thank you all for coming and playing! Bailey Dazy – you ROCK!!! What a fantastic DJ! Winners will be posted later, including pictures. LOL. Sorting the pictures will take some doing, trust me. *grin* What a group of great sports!! You are the best, folks, you absolutely are the BEST!
No Cringing Here

Reminder: Cringe and Wear It!

Hey all – don’t forget! Tonight is Cringe and Wear It!! Hope to see you all there with a transferable outfit and a sense of humor. 🙂 I even MADE an outfit to transfer to some lucky soul!

Sorry for the lack of posts – RL has been extremely busy and I have been a bit under the weather health-wise as well. 😦 I’ve been taking lots of pictures, and have lots to tell you, but unfortunately have simply not been able to write it up. And – I am going away on vacation this week. I am NOT taking my laptop. Eating the dog’s medicine last week convinced me that maybe I do indeed need to step away from the keyboard. *grin*

So come and say hi and party tonight at 6pm SLT at the C2P! Cringe and Wear It!! I have a box just for YOU!!!!!
A Box for YOU

Cringe and WEAR It!

PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CarnivaleYes, it’s time for a party. I think we could all use a good laugh and some fun as the summer slides away and autumn begins. As I’ve told you all before – I am SO bad at details. I love to throw parties, but I get a bit overwhelmed with the SL details. (Just to prove how overworked/exhausted I have been – last night I took out the medicine for the dog and ate it myself. 🙂 Yes, this morning I have a shiny, healthy coat, bright eyes, and I think I’m rid of that pesky skin infection. *grin* I wondered why she was looking at me so oddly.) ANYWAY, because I am bad at details, Bailey Dazy is doing the heavy lifting on this. COME JOIN US!!!

The Crown and Pearl Presents:      CRINGE and WEAR it!

Music, Prizes, Bad Outfits & Fun! DJ’ing by the wonderful Bailey Dazy herself!!

When: Monday September 7th (Labor Day)
Time: 6pm slt
Where: C2P @ Angel Square

What the heck is this?!:
Full Metal DragonDon’t plan on dressing up to come to this party. Dress comfortably but be prepared to change after you arrive (and you won’t even have to pick out your own outfit)! Before the party, go through your inventory or go shopping… find the funniest, ugliest or most “interesting” transferable outfit you can! When you get to the party you will be given a new outfit to wear by the person who arrived before you and you, in turn, will give your transferable outfit to the person who arrives after you! Contests with prizes will happen, and of course fun will be had by all (except the man in the cheerleader skirt). You can see me modeling some of MY inventory. *grin* Anyone want to be a full metal dragon? And I have more…. So pretty outfits, funny outfits, unusual avatars – let your imagination go!

Rules:
Please be tasteful. We don’t want to see overly sexual outfits or any naughty bits. Please come with a sense of humor, no one means to offend you by giving you a pink bikini. Please play along otherwise the chain might break. There are no limits as to how much or how little you have to spend on the outfit. If you can find fun transferable freebies, go for it!

Cuban CutieOk, I want to come, what do I bring?:
Please bring ONE fully transferable outfit (boxed please, if you aren’t sure how to box it, please IM Bailey Dazy and send her the goods, she’ll box it and send it back to you) & your good humor!

How Will This Work (The Fine Print):
Well, I’m not really sure. *grin* I prevailed on Dale to write me a script to handle the inventory transfer. But after much discussion with Bailey we thought that maybe it would be simpler if you simply hand me your boxed outfit and I hand you a different box. So either I will rely on the script – which means you MUST box your contribution – or I will try to take and give inventory. *grin* Life is never dull.

Questions: If you have any questions about the event, please IM Ahuva Heliosense or Bailey Dazy!

We hope to see you all there!!! Come and laugh and maybe win a prize for your outfit! (Gee – really the prize should go to the person who DONATED the outfit, no??? WAY too complicated!)

Revisit to Curio Obscura

Rendervisions Isle
I am totally swamped in RL work, so I am doubly fortunate that I received this guest post from Oura Scribe. Thank you!! Glad you like the Curio Obscura build so much! (slurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rendervisions Isle/170/156/77). Thanks for filling in for me!

ballroom hatThank you to Hunter for finding this place, and to Ahuva for blogging about it. Jonah and I decided to head over and check out Curio Obscura for ourselves. Oh my! What we found was Rendervisions, a wonderful little island.

The Curio Obscura shop is everything Ahuva said and more. I think my favorite thing was the HUGE stuffed bear on the 3rd floor. I enjoyed it so much I totally forgot to take a picture. That one is something that you have to experience anyway, so go on over and experience it. It is not for the faint at heart. LOL

Oura the clockFrom the HUGE wig with its own built in ballroom, the clock with avatar hands, to the rocketship on the roof…. oh and can’t leave out the control room where you can move the “store’s” arms, this is an amazing little shop. Ohh Oh Oh Oh, I loved the blow up rubber woman avatar. Yes, that one was a good laugh, and a great avatar. I went from item to item and floor to floor laughing out loud and enjoying the unique items available.

house on fireOnce we tore ourselves away from the shop (actually we blasted off of the roof), we found ourselves in a whole island of unique and wonderful things. A very well executed build I might add. An art gallery, which I personally enjoyed looking thru, a carriage ride around the sim, and an aircraft ride over the trees, looking at the sunset.

taking offWe discovered so many interesting things and very much enjoyed this little excursion. I also discovered that my honey wants to live on a house boat. Hmmmm, time to remove the grotto and shrink the island I suppose. Good thing it’s sl and all of that is so easily done in no time. I wonder if Rendervisions will sell me a House Boat?
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