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The Night Wanderer

Life is full of little coincidences. I was reading Chestnut’s blog the other day, the one where she talked about a friend giving her a bed for free and asking her to review it. The coincidence is that that very day, *I* had received a bed from a friend of MINE. She had plurked asking for volunteers to test it out before she released it. I answered that I’d try to get in to help, but was not able to make it in time. So imagine my great pleasure to be gifted with the bed anyway. *grin* I decided that Chestnut had started a meme (although I’m not really sure this is a good use of that word), and it was my obligation to continue it. So here it is – the “I’ve been gifted with a bed” post.

I’ve mentioned my friend Thaumata Strangelove to you before – she finds great websites and plurks them to her friends. I’ve shared several of them with you already. Thau is also a VERY talented creator in SL. She builds lovely furniture and other goodies. (She’s also a great baker in RL, but I must confess I’ve only SEEN pictures of the pastries but never gotten to INGEST any.) Her store is The Grindstone in Ursa Major. Some of her recent objects are a snuggle Bed with 25 fabrics, vintage apothecary bottles and jars, octopus chandeliers and a guitar case.

Thaumata was building a bed that resembles a ship, The Night Wanderer Bed. We got to hear a lot of her comments and thoughts via Plurk as she built. The finished product is lovely, with both couple poses and single sleeper poses. I dressed up in my Pirate outfit (it seemed appropriate somehow) and Bamboo and I went aboard to try out the poses and play with the fabrics. The bed is 21 prims and only L$500. That seems like a good deal to me. /me smiles. I admit, however, that my other bed was a gift also, so I am not necessarily the most informed consumer.

What I CAN tell you, however, is that Bamboo and I LIKE this bed. It fits nicely in our beach cottage. We plan on sailing away in our dreams, secure in our Night Wanderer.

Wizard At Work

Between the brutally cold RL weather and my weighty SL obligations (such as serving on momentous juries), I need a bit of time to mellow. So I was playing cowgirl and riding my rocking horse when I began chatting with Dale. Dale is rarely idle, preferring to script, build or meander about. This time the work to hand was building a new look: new skin, new shape, new clothes. I pointed out that since Dale IS my Script Wizard, there was no reason not to come and create at my place, while I watched.

I was a bit taken aback by Dale’s new look. I’m used to having to reconfigure my pronouns depending on whether it’s g-Dale or b-Dale who comes to call. But this new look was something much different. Definitely alien. I think “stately” and “regal” capture my first impression. I liked the shade of green as well. Being the consummate back-seat-driver that I am, of course I began offering suggestions and comments. *grin*

One of the COOLEST looks Dale achieved was the result of a viewer mishap. Maybe “mishap” is too strong a word. Probably it should be called a nuance or a foible. At one stage of the creation there was a white line on the top of the outfit. Because of how it was rezzing, the line appeared to be flickering, moving horizontally across the dress (think of a ticker tape running along the bottom of screen, but more as moving white dots). It was GREAT. Unfortunately, if you adjusted your camera angle at all, the flickering stopped. Of course we immediately tried to figure out how to build or script to make that line move like that all the time. Given that it was late and we were both multi-tasking, we didn’t solve that puzzle then, but it was fun spec’ing it out.

Building in SL is such fun because you can be working hard even as you are playing. Notice that although Dale APPEARS to be riding the rocking giraffe, you can see the little dots leading from hand to prim, indicating that Serious Work Is Being Done. *grin* Alas, one of the issues with prims is often that they are not flexible, even if made flexi. Camera angles also have major impact on appearance.

What didn’t change that evening, however, was my enjoyment of my wooden pony!

The rocking giraffe is from D-LAB, created by dazai Voom.
The rocking horse is from HPMD, created by Sasaya Kayo.
The bubble chair, as you might recall, is also from Sasaya Kayo and Happy Mood. *grin* Happy Mood is a WONDERFUL place.

Combined Passion

Many many many thanks to Fricker who found THIS wonderful website: chocolate shoes! Dark chocolate with high heels!!!! What a WIN!!!

and just think….. the holidays are coming, Ahuva day is coming in March. *grin*

I Love Cheeky Pea

Just a few months ago I wrote about how Midnight Mania boards really do work. That is how I discovered Cheeky Pea, a store full of wonderful furniture and items, with some of the best pose scripts that I’ve seen in SL. Isla Gealach is the talented creator behind Cheeky Pea. I have bought many of Gealach’s items since first discovering the store. I belong to the Cheeky Pea group and head over there often to see what’s new.

The other day Oura sent me a message saying that there was a great new item, a memory board with clock. I went over to check it out. As usual, I started wandering about. I found the beach chairs. Ahhhh. You know, almost anything that uses the word “beach” will get my attention. I’m predisposed to like “beach”, “shore”, “ocean”, “coast” and more. My skybox is done as my fantasy beach house (okay, it’s missing an outdoor shower, that is true). When I saw the Cheeky Pea Beach Chairs I was hooked. I do NOT need any more inventory!!!! Isla Gealach, you must STOP making inventory that I find irresistable. I WANT those chairs. No. I NEEEEEEEEED those chairs. I made Oura come and try out the poses with me. As we were testing the various poses (there are TWO pages of options), Morgan Trevellion happened by on a hunt. I asked Morgan if she would mind posing with us. I must also say that I admire Morgan’s taste in hair, as she was wearing one of Queue Marlowe’s Analog Dog styles. I LOVE Queue’s hair and am nearly always in one of her styles. Morgan was a good sport and the three of us posed and worked our way through all the chair options. It was great fun and one of those moments of serendipity in SL.

One of the things that I particularly like about these chairs is that you can buy them with a variety of options. Although the chair is usually sold “no copy”, you ARE able to buy a copy version. I find that a BIG plus. I am grateful to merchants who sell their items with a variety of permissions, enabling me to either make copies, or to transfer or give a gift. I wish more merchants did that.

I have many pics here of us in the chairs. I also have a shot of Isla’s dock (the ducks requested that I hang out with them more) and a kitty chair. I also have a bed, a yoga mat, a photo rack, rocking chairs and of course the wonderful pillows I mentioned back in June. I find that more and more of my sky box is filled with Cheeky Pea items. I wish I could bring them into my physical house as well! Keep up the great work, Isla! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us all! And thank you Morgan, for helping out! 🙂

Neeeeeeeeeding Boots

I don’t always have to be enticed from my skybox. Sometimes I am DRIVEN out by urgent NEED. I decided I wanted a more risqué look. I have one friend whose avatar is always on what I would call the risqué end of the spectrum. *grin* I figured if she could do it, so could I. Well, okay, NO ONE can do it quite the way SHE can. But I figured I would do an Ahuva-version.

I knew what I wanted. I was going for a gold top, gold boots, gold jewelry and black pants. Except… I didn’t have any gold boots. And I didn’t have the “right” gold jewelry. I assembled what I could and called Dale in to check it out. We agreed that my boots, wonderful though they are (I LOVE my Bax boots – don’t get me wrong – they almost always work for my outfits) weren’t quite the look I wanted. Dale was playing with inventory, trying on different outfits. I liked one set of boots, so we tp’d to that store: Dark Eden in Olive.

I was in boot heaven. *grin* After much deliberation, I settled on the Vagabond boots in black. Of course in black. I ALWAYS buy black, it seems. In my atomic closet I have THREE pairs of black suede boots. Okay, I have purple also. And others in leather. But I do seem to have a special affection for black boots. After buying my boots and wearing them, I decided that I liked them with that top and pants, I no longer NEEDED gold boots. We wandered about the store which was a LOT of fun! All sorts of goodies. Dale’s inventory was increased by many indulgences, including a great mega pack of tops in many colors and variations. Had we found it again in time (that is, before I spent more money), I probably would indulged as well. It was too late for me, however, because I’d found the discount area. I indulged in another mega pack: the Nyx boots mega set – 9 pairs of boots, INCLUDING gold!

We also found the room with furniture! Dale has taught me well – always sit everywhere. LOL. So I tried out the chair. I liked it, it had some good sit selections. And you can get a good look at my Vagabond boots! I love the carton. I think I really have to go back and buy the carton, the poses are so cute. There is a pose sitting on the cushion, back against the carton. You can kneel on the cushion resting your elbows on the crate. Or, of course my favorite, lie down and relax on your belly on the crate!

I still thought I needed a gold necklace. I IM’d Calli to ask where I should shop. She sent us the taxi to come to her so she could check out the outfit first. When she saw what I was wearing she told me she would not wear gold with that. We discussed possible options and she said that my steampunk collar would be fine. *grin* (I bought the collar at Le Petit Prince on LPP, but neither the sim nor the store appear to be with us anymore. 😦 ) With that, the three of us settled down on the grass to chat. Perhaps we were tired, perhaps we were truthful, but a great deal of our conversation dealt with the lack of civility among SL (and net) citizens, and the perceived lack of honesty and clarity from LL. O tempora o mores!! But you cannot keep the three of us down for long, and we did cheer ourselves up and laugh before saying goodnight!

Hair and Shoes

Look. Say what you will. I admit it. If I don’t have hair and shoes, SL is not worth living. *grin* So when Calli IM’d me to invite me to try out a new avatar, I was a bit reluctant. But I’ve learned to trust Calli’s instincts. I don’t think she’s steered me wrong yet. So I went to see her new “look”. *grin* She still had hair – her hair. No FEET, but she had shoes. I was convinced. Calli decided that Honour needed to share in the make-over as well. I taxi’d Honour in for the viewing and she agreed that it was a look made for her as well.

Calli tp’d us over to Car Wash. I’m not sure what Car Wash is exactly. We were too busy getting ourselves unicycles – oh excuse me. Getting ourselves Jarhead Unibike Avs. Car Wash appears to be a shopping center with stores and kiosks. Calli had discovered the kiosk for Altya’s. Altya’s has some great avatars and outfits. The main store is in Archers. I stopped there briefly to take a look. It reminded me a lot of a crazy place I went to with Hunter last summer, when he treated me to my propeller hat. I would say that both Car Wash and Altya’s are worth a visit!

So Honour and I put on our Jarhead Unibike Avs and posed for Calli. The horns on the bikes actually sound, so we had great fun tooting the horns, our own and each other’s horns. /me looks at you reprovingly. Oh puh-leeeeeeze. We rolled about Car Wash, emitting puffs of smoke, until we found a spot for our portrait. Notice that *I* have feet. That is because my feet are prim feet. 🙂 They are part of the shoes. *grin* if I had been wearing just shoes, without feet, my shoes would have been there. But you know me – I neeeeeeeeeeeeed hair and shoes. *grin* And my wonderful Taboo Paris Rose shoes were what I had on at the time. I LOVE my Taboo Paris Rose shoes by Siam Quan, you may have noticed. I may have mentioned. I think I blogged about them after Nat did her post on them.

This is a difficult time of year for me, and this week has been particularly difficult, as many of you know. So some time spent relaxing and being silly and tooting my horn was just what I needed! Altya’s is running something called a Fortune Quest. It is a hunt, but very different than your usual hunt. Honour posted all the details in her blog. Go check out Car Wash, Altya’s and Taboo – from the silly to the sublime!!!

Why MM Boards Work

I hate shopping. I resist the lure. But every now and then I go on a MM board craze, tp’ing around and slapping the boards. I usually end up with all sorts of items that I don’t really need and often never even unbox. I rarely end up buying anything else, because I usually tp in and out. Last night the tp for a cuddle basket MM board came up. It was at 8/25. I was not doing anything other than chatting, so it was easy enough to head over. I was chatting with Chestnut, so I tp’d her to join me to slap the board. While I waited for her to rez, I looked about the store and realized there were lots of interesting items. What caught my eye was the pile of pillows. So I tossed myself onto them. What a great animation! The pillows have couple, single and friend poses. You can change the fabric. Chestnut and I went through all the poses. I loved it. And so….. of course…. I bought it. Ah, the beauty of shopping in Lindens….

The store was Cheeky Pea in Floyd. I bought the CP: Old Pillow Pile. It’s great fun! Ches and I sat there on those pillows and spent a good part of the evening in Girl Talk. *grin* Just like being back in high school. LOL. Ches and I seem to have been having reliving a lot of our high school behavior lately. *grin*

Go buy yourself some pillows and have fun!

Festivities and Fashion

It’s winter – for real. It snowed in RL last night. It’s still there this morning. That makes it winter. We had several friends over for warm winter dinner. We sat and shmoozed and it was wonderful. I’m so fortunate to have wonderful RL and SL friends. My SL friends are also getting me into a happy winter mood. I’m usually a summer beach gal, so getting me to enjoy winter is an arduous undertaking. 🙂

First was Honour. She was making a wreath in response to a friend’s request. She sent it to me for any comments. Oh right, like I am the person to critique Honour’s work. LOL. SHE teaches ME, remember???? *grin* Anyway, I fell in love with the wreath. So simple, elegant, just a touch of color. (Please note – “color”, not “colour”. ) As many of you know, I tend to be very rococco and ornate when left to my own devices. Yet I do really love simple lines. This wreath made me smile and immediately made me think of decorating for the season.

I’m not very experienced in decorating for the winter season. I’m VERY good at fall and summer. *grin* And I’m SUPERB for Superbowl parties. But winter? Hmmm. So it was lucky that was also the day Fricker Fraker gave away his adorable candy cane reindeer!!! OMG!!! It is so cute! I’m in love. I went out and decorated. I suspect I’m “supposed” to have more than reindeer and a wreath, but that sounds so wonderfully alliterative, doesn’t it? Notice that there is still no snow at MY house. But I suppose Bamboo, Mallory, Drake, Bill and I need to think about a season’s greeting card. Sigh, alas, poor Frenis. By the way – Fricker has launched a very cool blog – SL stuff (clothes, gadgets, guy things) for men: “Man on the Grid“. Check it out. I am having envy – I may have to create a male alt. *grin*

It wouldn’t be winter without a winter fashion show. I am actually JUST posting this in time. I am one of the model’s for Missy Lavecchia’s fashion show on Monday, Dec. 7, at 4pm SLT. As always, go to Michele’s blog for all the REAL details. But Missy has created some beautiful gowns. I got a sneak preview of the build last week. While Shenlei and Missy discussed details and such, I skated about the build, enjoying how easy and warm it is to skate in SL. *grin* I hope you come and see us all on Monday – the usual group of gorgeous, talented, fun models will be there. 🙂 Oh – and modest. *grin* We are modest as well. Missy’s gowns are gorgeous and I’m sure you have a few holiday parties on the calendar. Maybe we can convince Shen to leave the build up for a bit so we can all skate some more.

Of Earrings and Hair

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pre haircutThis weekend is another fashion show: Transformation. We are modeling the work of Fashion Research Institute Marketplace designer Yoona Mayo, whose brand is Cocoon. One of the fun parts of modeling is the free stuff we get. But I love Yoona’s jewelry so much that I already own several pieces that I BOUGHT. Yep, not freebies. I wish I could bring them into RL, they are so completely to my satisfaction and style. You can read all the details about Yoona’s work on Michele’s blog.

post haircutI will be wearing a gorgeous pearl necklace with matching earrings, Incense. Unfortunately, with my usual hair styles, you can’t really see my earrings. So that meant I needed to find new hair. Except I hate shopping. I hate making decisions. I LIKE my hair. I decided that perhaps a haircut would suffice. 🙂 I put on my hair, took out my editing scissors and began snipping. I removed the tendrils of hair in front of my ears and also trimmed my bangs. almost thereIt’s harder to see in the pictures, but I also trimmed the huge tangle of hair that is pulled back in a pony-tail. When I was finished, I thought it wasn’t half bad, but I thought the earrings still weren’t standing out. I tinted my hair a bit darker (you KNOW I like to be blonde). That didn’t seem to do justice to Yoona’s earrings, so I went darker still. What do you think? LOL – do you recognize me without my hair????

Come and see us all Saturday, November 7, at 7am SLT in Shengri La. Yoona’s jewelry is interesting, intricate and wearable. I know you will find at least one thing, if not more, that you like! this is the oneAnd the models like conversation too!!

Tiffy’s Jewelry

Ahuva in HerbalI’m so glad that I am friends with Shenlei. We are both totally consumed by our work. Our work is our pleasure. *grin* So we do understand why the other one is always too tired and too busy to play. But we chat, we laugh. And Shen makes sure that I get a break from MY work by helping out in HER work. LOL. I got to model again for an FRI fashion show, The Purple Prose show featuring Eclectica Jewelry by Tiffy Vella. For all the details, check out Michele’s blog – she always has the good write-ups on these things. *grin* She has the details about the artist and product. But I, as you know, think life is all about ME, so my blog talks about what *I* see and do at these shows.

Tiffy and KrissyI had fun! Tiffy’s jewelry is lovely. I’ve now been here in SL for nearly 16 months. I’ve seen quite a bit of jewelry. I’m very happy that I get to model Tiffy’s products and get to KEEP what I model!!! Whoooeeee! I love the set I was modeling the other day – Herbal. (So appropriate it for me – is it not? Me who has become the official landscaper/gardener of her virtual office.) Herbal is simple but elegant. I know that often I like garish things, but not in my jewelry. For jewelry – I like elegance, style, class. Tiffy combines complexity and simplicity and creates beautiful, beautiful wearable art. I do hope you get a chance to stop her store, Eclectica, in Sinaburoe and and see her work for yourself.

Calli, beautiful in EclecticaAs for the fashion show, they are always such fun!!! Here’s a litte insider-info: we models set up group chat and yak it up behind the scenes. *grin* Well, we’re not allowed to get up and move. Sometimes when a show is pulling a huge crowd, we don’t even like to cam too much. I don’t know about YOU, but lots of people do have issues with crashing when doing too much camming. So we talk and laugh and play that way during the hour or 90 minutes that we are posed and on view. It’s also a chance for me to get to see some friends that I only see when we model. Everyone is always so busy!!! 🙂 Way too much to do for work AND play. A fashion show is also a chance for me to reconnect with other friends. Eclectica jewelry showI mean – I can’t move for an hour or more. *grin* So I start looking at my Friends List to see who’s on, and I start IM’ing like mad. I got to talk with Krissy!!! We used to play all the time, then our schedules changed and we are rarely on at the same time. But there she was. I sent the taxi and she came and fell in love with Tiffy’s work also. That was an extra nice bonus – bringing together two friends. I think that I might have a chance to model again in a few weeks. I love the break from working and I love seeing friends. And I love the fun of being “on stage” in SL. Maybe next time I will remember to post in ADVANCE so that you all can come and play too!


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