Of Summer and days

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When I started blogging waaaay back, just after the wheel was invented, I tried very hard to create decor scenes. Or scenes or whatever you want to call them. It meant patiently placing every single item in a precise spot, because if you labour under the illusion that those stunning decorating pictures ‘just happen’, you are sorely mistaken.

After hours of painstakingly fiddling around with 10, 20, 30 or more objects there usually was one thing missing. Or at least I used to think so, and that set me off on a hunt for that one special item that would make the picture complete and perfect.

And still, my pictures looked like crap compared to those who are in my not so humble opinion absolute masters when it comes to decor pictures. Then I discovered close-ups and a bit later I started to use and place decor items in different ways. The rest is history.

I still consider myself a mediocre ‘full scene’ photographer but today, inspired by the items you see in the above picture I figured I would at least try. I also had the good fortune to once again have a very good friend giving me the encouragement I needed not to trash the raw shot but use it.

And while I was editing the picture I started to realize something; I have not spent hours setting this up, I did not feel the need to find that last special item that would make it ‘perfect’. Don’t get me wrong, it still takes a bit of time to rez and place stuff, that is just how SL is, but it was easy! It was actually fun because as always whole stories unfolded while my scene grew. I won’t bore you to tears with the stories, but I think it is safe to say, I have finally learned to work with the things I was planning to use and leave it at that.

Well, hand me my big-girl panties!

So, in a way, I am rather proud of this picture. It is yet another marker in the SL journey and perhaps, who knows, I will eventually even become a half-decent blogger. Now that is a scary thought.

Anyhoo, enough of my introspection. The stuff you see on the picture comes from two designers. Nutmeg and Skye.

Since I have mixed and matched a few releases I urge you to go over to the Nutmeg main store where the new releases are on full display. That way you can see for yourself how bloody beautiful they are. While you are doing that, take a moment and zoom in on random details to see the quality of the textures and all the intricate little details. It is so worth it.

While at the Nutmeg main store, you will find information, per set, at what events you can buy the sets or separate items.

While you do have your walking shoes on, do not forget to hop over the Studio Skye sim(s) where you can see the beaches I used (hardly visible but what else is new lol) and the grasses and bushes.

Well, look at me in my big-girl panties. A picture, some ramblings, product information, bloody hell, I hope I am not becoming a good blogger because let’s face it, that would be so dull.

Toodles.

Of Apologies and Joy

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Note to self: Before pestering creators, make sure you have checked in-world if there is a store…

Apologies to Danel Kurosawa from Garden of Ku because in my impatience and partly disbelieve, I have pestered him with comments and Flickr-mails asking where I could buy his newest tattoos. The answer is pretty simple; In his store in-world.

When I first started in SL a friend introduced me to this store and after that not a day went by without me wearing one of his creations. when mesh took over, it was with regret that I said goodbye to my favorite ink and of course, others have long since stepped up to the plate. But I always missed my favorite tat. It nagged.

The last few years I checked regularly and then sort of started to forget about it, until… I saw the first pictures popping up. More waiting, hardly daring to hope and hey, I had become this pretty doll without ink. Well, now I am a pretty doll with my all-time favorite tattoo, “Kali Durga”_by GoK.

His work is excellent and I am not going to bore you to tears droning on about quality and all that, but it’s freaking epicness!! As per usual I don’t do it justice. Remember, I am the perpetual bad blogger.

On another note; Due to a shoulder that has not past the yearly inspection typing is exceedingly difficult and I am simply too impatient to type with one hand when behind the computer. So I am not on another break from SL, but severely limiting my online (or behind the computer) time. The offending part needs rest. Soon as I am capable to pull up my pants without pain I will be back full swing, post haste. So now you all know. All 3 of you who actually read this!

Short and sweet this time. Picture me with a huge smile on my face as the joy I felt finding out that this ink was available put it there.

Toodles.

Of Boys and Girls

With my shoulder still not being back to full-time duty, this will be short and sweet but I felt I had to ramble a wee bit about the latest RKKN release’s.

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first shall we?

F*CK Yes. Finally decent textured jeans for females and you guys, well you have been spoiled anyhow with good textured jeans but now you have the cherry on the cake. But I run ahead of myself. Women’s jeans in SL are outfitted like it’s spandex denim. Huge bubble asses, tight all the way down and extremely boring.  Finding a good pair of boyfriend jeans was extremely hard, don’t get me started about a pair of thoroughly ripped ones. 

My tribulations are over. When I saw the jeans I was just grinning like an idiot and actually feeling happy. (we can have a private talk about how pixels have such effect on me someday).

So let’s get down to the dirty details ok? Textures? To bloody die for. Realistic denim textures and colors that are right up my alley. The shape of the jeans, and how they hold up in various poses, is great. On top of that, if you want to reveal yourself a bit more, just don’t wear the panties add on. Also right on my alley.

The female outfit comes with a shirt, whereas the male outfit comes with an absolutely epic jacket. Epicness.

Now the jacket is very much not rigged for women. That never stopped me in the past and it didn’t today. Yes, I know my boobies are ‘gone’, big whoop. This jacket is awesome and I love it.

Either way, do yourself a favor and clickety-click on the Flickr links and follow the breadcrumbs from there.

RKKN. Jordan @Man Cave June – Jacket and pants for males

RKKN. Calvin & Ivy @Kustom9 June – Male jeans and females jeans and tops

I will you leave you here because as said my shoulder is still smarting and typing is not what the doctor ordered.

Toodles.

Of New and Fun

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Even the most devout, pale loving skin freaks do sometimes find themselves tempted by the sultry darker type skins. I am not an exception. Perhaps the truly pale skin worshipers will stay true to their religion. I am at best, a sinner who strays.

Clef de Peau has been releasing temptation after temptation and today at the Anthem event there is a stunning, truly stunning skin available but alas, it is for the Genus head.

The Genus head and I are not friends. I have the basic and the babyface, and both are absolutely stunning but the hud is fighting me all the way. I simply can’t get it to work well enough to make it a pleasant experience and I went back, post-haste to my first love, LeLutka.

I wish to emphasise that this is by no means a negative review on the Genus head. Au contraire. If I could get the sucker to work, I’d be over the moon.

Now, back to the skin. Clef de Peau. He is a magician. First things first and some of you might recall my search for a new skin. I have spent the equivalent of what could have been a small second-hand car on skins and pretty much gave up. Skins either had idiotic contours, headlight boobies, pooped-in-my-panties bums and/or I managed to look like everybody else.

Writing this post is probably not helping me staying unique, or at least a bit unique but I am so in love with these skins that I just had to ramble about them, and no I am not a blogger for this store. Just a customer who happens to love the quality and craftsmanship.

And then the skin gods smiled down on me and I rediscovered Clef de Peau.  I have the Bianca in 2 tones and the Ana in 1 tone. The tones are lovely. Not too red, not too orangy not to this that or whatever just right. Eye of the beholder and all that.

Anyway enough ramble-splut-splut drool. For the people who take this shit really serious, here is a raw screenshot. Only resized it, not tricks no whatever. Raw inworld shot.

Do yourself a favour and make sure next time you are looking for a skin you visit this skin maker because well.. it’s worth it.

Toodles

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Of Old and Older

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‘Tis been a while, hasn’t it? Well nice to see you, see you in 3 months? Or perhaps sooner if the muses of ramblings visit me.

One of those muses came to me and left me rather speechless, as a figure of speech. The muse I am talking about came to me in the form of an old battered bicycle. Now, being Dutch I have a thing for those peddling machines. When I grew up, a lot of kids were proudly showing off their brand new shiny bicycles. But they never held any kind of sway over me. I prefer mine old and with just enough rust to make them truly special.

His and Hers Bicycles from Nutmeg are once more a perfect release. The details both in design and textures are breathtaking.

Perhaps you wonder about the lack of close-ups. Perhaps you wonder about the lack of black- and white, perhaps, perhaps. After having discarded numerous shots I taken, tore down sets for this picture that could have easily doubled as a sim build and eventually found ‘it’ in this simple scene.

A deck that has seen better times, a small boat that is barely floating with beautiful rotted wood, the right pose (part of the bicycle) and here we are. A picture.

About the deck, an item I remember waiting rather impatiently for, a release from Alex Bader – Skye (see the deck in-world here on the Skye Sim.) is yet another gem that is perfect. Low LI, high LoD and for once not the rather dull brownish colours but a happy mismatch of said colours and varieties of wear and tear. Perfect.

I suck at landscaping Mostly because I am very impatient and to properly landscape takes time. I am more of the wham, bam, thank you erm… deck? and get on with it.

Now you have your homework, do yourself a favour and check these items out. It’s worth it. Just follow the breadcrumbs (aka clickety-click on the links and off you go).

Toodles.

Of Exhaustion and Disarray

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I greatly respect those who week after week make beautiful pictures and create scenes to show off this or that or all of it. Some scenes are so gorgeous and inspired they are in my not so humble opinion, art.

By now you all know I am, at best, a bad, bad blogger. My pictures usually end up having a totally different focus and feel, then that what I tried to frame, once I am done with the post processing and the cropping. But my pictures usually tell a story or relay a mood and I like to think I am not half bad in doing that.

The bed from Nutmeg, part of the Disarray Set release, is everything I wanted in a bed unless I am in a very girly mood because then I want this exact bed with a cast iron or metal frame and for the times I am in a modern mood I still want this exact bed with a modern frame. (hint, wink, wink, nudge nudge cough etc).

In other words, this bed is it. It is also how my bed in Life 1.0 usually looks unless I am in a very tidy mood, which happens about twice a year. The colours are absolutely stunning be it you are in a light mood or a dark mood or something in between. The textures have a depth and sharpness that left yours truly drooling.

As so often happens when I truly like something, I have a hard time capturing it. Because how do you capture a feeling? How do you capture a vibe or an emotion? So after a lot of ‘looking for the right angle’ late last night, this suddenly happened. And it was the perfect capture of how I felt at that moment in time.

It goes far beyond the bed. I am still trying to build a sim, yeah I know it is a standing joke by now amongst my friends. It is taking so long because none of the builds I set up relayed the mood and vibe I want to achieve. Or try to achieve. Not.Even.Close.

It is exhausting having all these ideas jumble around in your head and well the rest is almost history as I let my avatar flop down, lit up a fag and called it a day letting exhaustion and disarray rule.

Now a lot of words so here are the dirty deeds:

Nutmeg. Disarray Set, now available at Shiny Shabby

RKKN. Eva’s Set (shirt only) now available at Shiny Shabby

RKKN. Colorblock Sneakers now available at Belle

One last remark: The pose in the picture is NOT part of the menu. Why not I hear some sceptics mutter. Because I am a bad blogger remember…

Pose (slightly altered the right hand) used is from the Campina set by Ana Poses

Now sod off and do your duties!

Toodles.

Of Goggles and Chaises

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That I am a ‘bad’ blogger is well known, at least to those who pay attention and this picture is no exception. I set out to show some of the RKKN goodies that have been released and then pair them with the chaise released a while back by Nutmeg.

You’ll need to visit both stores I’m afraid if you want a good look at the shirt I am wearing, which is part of the Avalon release. A rather epic release with the robotic arm (and legs had I been wearing the trousers which I am not). The chaise I am artfully draped on is of course from Nutmeg.

Do yourself a favour and hop over to Nutmeg and RKKN (REKA Holdings) and check both items out. And oh, while you are there don’t forget to check out the goggles which are also from RKKN.

I won’t bore you with the usual drivel about quality because I do not mind being a bad blogger. I do mind being a boring one. So, shopping assignments distributed, let’s talk about stuff I have been doing besides trying to learn Affinity.

A wee trip to Mexico, visiting the stunning Basilica de Guadalupe which blew me away and experiments with watercolours, oil- and acrylic paints with varying successes. Besides the creative endeavours, I have decided to start making my own bread. Which leads to flour settling in every nook and cranny in my apartment and that in turn leads me to clean a lot. As you can see, more than enough to do.

And in between, I am still building, which by now has become a standing joke and I think there are actual bets out on whether or not I will open the sim ever again. The jury is still out.

I am still trying to juggle my more demanding schedule and finding time for SL so, for now, I ask you, my 1.5 readers, bear with me.

Toodles

An Update Rant

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Life is wonderfully hectic. Between bouts of allergies, waving paintbrushes around and sometimes actually hitting the canvas, long walks with the dog, cooking sprees and lazy, lazy days filled with books and music, SL has been taking the backseat for a bit.

In between all these wonderful ways to spent time, there is this pesky thing called day-to-day life. To top that one off, I had to re-install my computer and took the opportunity to make life very complicated.

Complicated, because after 15+ years I switched, just two days ago, from Photoshop to Affinity. Many reasons for that but the most important are, that I am sick and tired of paying way to much for functionality that is now available in other programs, and because in my not so humble opinion I think Adobe is losing the plot when it comes to customer service.

I actually own the program instead of paying a rather hefty lease fee of roughly 120 dollars per year. I paid a one-time 50 dollar fee and done.

On top of that I don’t have to go over my profile and settings with MI-6 worthy skills to try and avoid tons of shit I really do not want, primarily post my work in yet another cloud and finding buried deep in the fine print that Adobe now has the right to use it as they see fit.

Sim building is still going on. For those who contacted me requesting I bring back build X or build Y or do this or that, fuck off. If you want a certain style sim or have these ‘grand’ ideas here’s a novel idea in return: invest the money and f*cking realise it yourself.

Arrogant? I don’t know. Perhaps it is. And you know what? Since I pay for the whole damn enchilada, I get to choose what I do. Soon as someone else is footing the bill, they are in charge.

Of the SoulCollector’s Asylum

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I am stuck. Stuck with building and although I have many ideas, some good, some horrible, I just can’t get it right. It is the old problem, too many different ideas. But there is hope.

Hope in the form of truly spectacular releases from Nomad. Only today I got my greedy hands on the Asylum stuff, which is a gacha. Now those of you who know me a bit know I bloody despise gacha’s for decor stuff, but there is very good news. Nomad trades them in. And does this very graciously. It is truly a breath of fresh air to encounter a designer who not only creates gorgeous things but is also friendly and nice.

The Asylum release consists of many items but the building and the fence and gate are my absolute favorites. They are bloody gorgeous. Everything adds up and is perfectly textured and made.

Do yourself a favor and hop over to the Noman Mainstore and check out the latest releases.

The cape.. or hooded cape, I have no better word for it, is from Cinphul. Now it is a public secret that I have a soft spot for darker themed pictures and this release, combined with the Asylum from Nomad was for me the reason to quit trying to create a sim and instead try to create a half decent picture.

Be aware though: My picture might be half decent but both releases mentioned in this rather meager epos are not. They are top notch.

Toodles.

the story is sad, yet thrilling. After her mother left them, her father became her whole world. He loved his daughter. Loved, past tense as the story truly begins on that fatal night when he ran out, half mad with fear, to find a physician as his darling daughter had fallen sick. Halfway on his mission a well-aimed truncheon knocked him down, mistakenly thinking he was a murderer on the run. Whilst all that was sorted and he was proven innocent, his life as he knew it was over. He never recovered and after loving neighbors and a distant Aunt relayed the tragic story to the little girl, she didn’t either. 

Ever since that fatal night, she never spoke again and while she fully recovered physically, her mind seemed to have taken refuge in bittersweet memories.

Each night a soft, eerie wailing could be heard as she moaned and whimpered for her beloved father. It was not long until she became the youngest ever resident of the darkest place in town. The Asylum.

I am getting way ahead of myself if I tell you that every since her tiny pale foot crossed the threshold and she heard the gates creak, shutting behind her, that slowly but surely the town changed.  One can only imagine the horrors the once so bright and happy girl must have suffered inside. Her passing on should have been a release, her soul finally free to join her beloved father but somehow that didn’t happen… 

to be continued. Perhaps…