Of Tidy and Messes

As per usual I was captivated by one single item out of a release that consists of nothing but treasure. This particular item jumped out at me and that was as they say that. This is the short version so if you are in a hurry, click HERE to see the full release from Nutmeg for this round of Shiny Shabby. All others, yes you, my beloved stalkers, buckle up:

What struck me first and foremost is the detail in the texture. I have a thing for metal textures. They are, I think, one of the hardest to get right.

I am sure builders/designers will happily argue this, but as a blacksmith, I had the opportunity to see a LOT of metal textures up close and personal, and make a bit of money by selling the original photographs I took of those metals to someone (who shall remain anonymous) in SL, who converted them to textures. This was quite some years ago, so I doubt those textures will have stood the test of time, since we are way, way past simple, tile them till you can tile no more, texturing.

So after I dragged my camera away from ultra zoom, away from my, by now beloved, mirror, I studied all the objects in this release. And I found so many more details. Details worth of their own spotlight. I realize I am one of few who actually gives a blue flying fuck about those details. But since you came this far, I ask you to hang on a bit longer and ride this one out.

SL’s sceneries are so rich and detailed not because people pack the tiniest amount of space chockablock full of stuff. It looks as it does because of the details in the items. And the more detailed an item is, the richer, and often more realistic, that item is. Not only that, but it also gives depth. In case of vintage/old style items, they are given a history by every single detail in the texture. Now you might think that this stay at home shite has gotten to me. No. I have always been a sucker for textures and when I am not agonizing over the next build or hunting skins, I study textures.

Vintage effects or effects that indicate wear and tear are far past the stage of a few scratches or some dirt. It has become an art in my not so humble opinion to give an object a vintage look. An art that Nutmeg is perfecting.

Here you see the detail I am talking about.

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Here is the complete object.

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So rich in detail. These are raw shots, only cropped. Just a FYI.

I could post many more, as I took a lot of pictures and even tried a collage of items but that didn’t quite work as I had imagined it and let’s be honest, nothing can stand up to you going over to Nutmeg Mainstore yourself and zoom in and take a wee bit of time to see all these fantastic details for yourself.

Apart from the top notch textures, this release is perfect regarding LOD and LI. If you wanted that clutter for your bathroom or washroom, this is your chance.

So my dearies, thank you for riding this one out with me and thank you for your time. Stay safe and sane and all that, until next time.

Toodles.

 

 

Of Sundays and Mornings

As per usual it was quite a challenge for me to make this picture. Make no mistake, nothing is more simple then to rez an object, shoot it, and post-process the photo to show the object of in the best possible way. Or no post-processing at all if you prefer that. One could argue that most of my post-processing is over the top, but I digress.

The challenge was not so much in shooting the best possible angle, light, etc to showcase the object but the real challenge was to capture the mood. This chair, the whole release from Nutmeg, Dreamy Pastels available at Shiny Shabby, brought to mind wide-open spaces, with natural colors, comfy chairs, and sofa’s and not unneeded clutter. Airy and light.

I love making darker pictures, both in color and in black&white. But sometimes I perse want to make a light picture and perhaps I should not be so stubborn. Perhaps I should stay in my lane and do what I am really good at, but you know what? Life gets extremely dull if we only do what we are really good at and I never was good at ‘staying in my lane’. I prefer to ignore the lanes, especially when it comes to creativity and trying to relay a mood, a vibe.

But have no fear, darker-toned pictures are coming soon enough my dear stalkers and 3.5 readers, just keep your eyes peeled. But with all the craziness going on in this world at this point in time, I figured air and light are not a bad thing. But once more I digress.

I also wanted to perse use the poses that come with the furniture. Textures and quality are a given from this designer and more often then not we pick our decor items for that reason alone. Looks. But… This wee baby packs a punch.

The pose you see in the picture is not edited nor adjusted. And I can tell you there are many more poses that are just as good. I can also tell you that the adult poses are absolutely spot on. On a personal note, I do so enjoy bento in poses and seeing a hand and fingers actually curl around certain bodyparts when and if warranted instead of seeing these static hands. And these poses have it all. So if you are considering new furniture, do yourself a favor and check out Nutmeg because most of their furniture is jampacked with great poses.

I am also wearing a dress, and true to form, you can hardly see it. However, it is a new Mainstore release from RKKN.

All items are, in my not so humble opinion, very much worth a test drive. Clickety click on the links and off you go. Well look at me, a proper blog post again, I should seriously work on that or I run the risk of becoming boring. Stay safe and sane.

Toodles.

 

Of Brunch and New Year

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On the last day of 2019, a bit of confusion by having a different picture on the good ol’ blog then the one that features on Flickr. Consider it, for my 3 faithful spinach junkies, a last-ditch attempt to be actually funny in 2019 or something like that.

More confusion probably, because if you look at the upcoming release for nutmeg, you might think it will be an LI explosion. Allow me to set you straight. It is not. The Farmhouse Brunch Tray and The Brunch Bread Tray are ONLY 3 LI each and the eggs come in at 2 LI. Now, this might mean nothing to you but it means a lot to me considering I am always struggling with my allotted land-impact allowance.

If you consider the intricacy of the items, I for one am rather impressed with how low the land-impact is. Needless to say, the texturing, structure and LoD are insanely good.

Food in SL is a thing. Personally, I am very happy this is not brightly colored, barbie doll-like food but is very realistic. Please don’t misunderstand me, I have tons of happy brightly colored tarts, cookies, soups, and candy in my inventory. It is nice to have options and to go for more realistic looking items as well and this set, which has many more items, offers just that. 

Nutmeg – Farmhouse Brunch will be available on January 5th, 2020, @ The Food Court. Information about the event you can find here on The Food Court website.

After all this, there is not much more left to say, other than to wish you all a happy, healthy and inspired 2020!

Toodles.

Of Baubles and Eve’s

It is a known secret that I am a fan of Nutmeg. The end. Or perhaps I should add; epic release at the Epiphany come December 15th blabla, etc, etc, go get your stuff.

Bon voyage, bonne chance with getting the rares and have a blast.

If it were that easy because in my not so humble opinion Nutmeg is presenting a set that is yet again another triumph. It’s not just a table, chair, lamp, and seasonal clutter. No, me dearies, it is very much not. Although the aforementioned items make up the release, they are of such quality that they warrant the hassle of trying to get them.

My personal favorites are the ornaments. ‘Tis the season and all that but they are of such quality and so rich in textures, that it almost is a must-have. Of course all this in the eye of the beholder. If this style isn’t you, then well, it isn’t for you. But if this style is you, then these are the best ornaments you will find on the grid. LOD check. Textures check, LI check. Check, check check.

Vibe, style, feel or however you wish to call it. Check.

I could go on, but I won’t. It’s useless because well you better just check it for yourself.

Happy checking and happy holiday to you yours.

Of Harvesting and Lazing

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For those in a hurry, Nutmeg, Zerkalo (barely visible but I am as always true to form), Apple Fall, Anc, Maitreya, Monso, RKKN. Thnxbai enjoy.

For those with a bit more time, here we go.

Once more I am having a blast building. I have no idea if this build will make it, but after receiving several threats, ranging from exasperating sighs to full-blown ‘do-it’ or else, we will see, shall we?

What I do know is that I am in ” an autumn-state-of-mind’. Considering the temperature here is around 37 degrees Celsius or for the Americans, around 95 Fahrenheit, one can maybe imagine that I do long so bad for cool, crisp autumn weather. But just like unicorns, that won’t be happening anytime soon here. So I decided to quench my desires for autumn in SL. Why not heh?

On top of that, I am trying, emphasis on trying to build a sim once more totally based on what I like. Meaning I get lost for hours in my inventory, because trees are still hiding behind socks, pants are neatly folded behind teakettles and in between mesh body parts poke out in rather disturbing ways. It makes building a rather lengthy, though interesting affair. One day I will try to organize my inventory again. I used to do that while listening to music in a club, but my laptop is so outdated that I’m afraid it will blow if I do anything when out and about other then frantically derendering everything and everybody. You might wonder what this all has to do with the above picture? Allow me…

Zerkalo and Nutmeg both have new releases out at Kustom9, opening tomorrow but you can cam shop, which yours truly always loves. Both releases are stunning and were the inspiration for the above picture. Not only that, as the other items in the picture also are simply stunning and have been gathering dust in my inventory for far too long. I mean, that Apple Fall Outdoor Fireplace is just freaking awesome! As is the assortment of fruit, scattered around, piled high in a beautiful bowl or my favorite, stored in a cup.

A pile of blankets is a must-have in autumn as well as a comfy bench. An old sled easily doubles as a table while a stool is the perfect side-table to hold my coffee and book. All set in a garden that has grown slightly wild over the summer.

Throw this all in the mix, together with comfy slipper shoes, a just-not-too-warm-sweater and some old jeans shorts make me a very happy bunch of pixels indeed.

I won’t bore you to tears with how good it all is, I will, however, make a list for your convenience so you can take a look at all these goodies for yourself.

Nutmeg Main Store   – Fruits, sled, cups, stool

Zerkalo (link to Kustom9) – blankets

Apple Fall Main Store – Fireplace

{Anc} – (link to Kustom9) Bushes

RKKN – Shorts, slipper shoes, sweater, suspenders

Maitreya – Dahlia socks

MONSO – Hair

You have your itinerary, off you go!

Toodles.

Note: the management is not responsible for going the wrong way; hands and feet should be kept close to the body at all times. 

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 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