Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Haven't you always wanted a tree house?
I have.
This reminds me a bit of the Swiss Family Robinson from TV a million years ago.
The sunsets watched from the veranda are gorgeous!

I love this slice of heaven too.

Bender on Building Blitz

Mostly I miss the NCI blitz because I am supposed to be at work when it is on. However, real life and kids means that sometimes I can actually make it. This time a broken leg... sigh... and I got to be at home in time to participate.
This weeks theme... cartoons
My choice? Bender.

I have done cartoons at least three tiems before so i am running short of ideas :)
This time I came 4th. Out of 14. Not so bad

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Recent Building Acitivity

Sigh.. I am running out of prims again!
Took a little longer than we might have thought in the past... but here we are again! 140 prims Naturally I have enjoyed building with them. So many building that by now I have accumulated a village in the sky.. have I put a photo up here of it yet? I cant remember... so here is one now. 700m above Fathom. Lots of small foot print, low prim houses for sale.

So much building!
The recent spate started with finally loading the software that Will (Wilberforce Beaumont) had been nagging about for a while. One thing I had wanted to give a try was making alpha's. Something I hadn't even heard of before SL. Basically it is the see through bit in texture that lets you see beyond the texture you are applying. Clear as mud?
Well! It turns out that while they are difficult to explain to the uninitiated, they are dead easy to make.
The first thing I made once I had mastered the skill was the Gingerbread Quilts Studio and Shop.

You see, the quilting group I belong to in SL has been trying to organise a shop hop, and I had nothing to offer. So the only sensible thing to do was to build a shop. Cute isn't it? All the white fretwork bits you can see are the alpha bits... they let you see through to the house behind, see?

The quilt shop is now full of quilts for sale, but in this back corner of my sim at an inconspicuous edge of Winterfell, the only visitors are the ones I drag there !
So having built the cutest little shop, I wondered if I shouldn't make a larger shop to sell things associated with the quilts. So far I have made a few beds and put them in the larger building, Gingerbread Furnishings.
It is such a pretty building too! I will probably put in front door and offer as a home for sale.
Will, famous now for pushing me into loading was getting close to gaging from all the pretty. Winterfell is supposed to be dark.. closer to Gothic than fairy floss. So as I have been throwing a bucket of sugar around on my sim, I felt I owed it to him to build something gloomy. So while he was doing some real life sleeping, I tip-toed over to his place and built the beginnings of a Gothic cathedral. He has bought one of the Baron's wonderful organs and needed a home for it. I hope this works. When Will finally arrived in SL, he seemed pleased with what I have been up to and we spent the rest of today working on it together.

He's gone back to sleep again, so I have snuck in and wasted a few more of his prims and added flying buttresses!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Caledon Hat

Tonight I was keeping half an eye on the Caledon chatter while building and blogging and through nothing but good fortune, heard Reghan offer to send a hat in Caledon colours to anyone who wished to IM her. Naturally I did with unseemly haste. The hat is beautiful. Mostly I would say that over the top tartan is not my thing... but this hat is a little darling. Not over the top at all, just a tasteful quantity!
I then had to go through my inventory and open boxes to find something to wear. End result is a teaming of Silent Sparrow's 'Nymphaea Ash Suit' with a Hatpins hat.

Congratulations Tayra and Arthur

Such a busy time...
Honestly I have edited so many photos, I hardly have the energy to write the story!
Tayra and Arthur got married!
It started with a toilet and an impressive organ. It turned into love. Then there was a rez day party turned engagement that I attended and blogged about.
This weekend was the hens night and wedding.
The hen's night was to be held at Kaye's but she was held up in RL and so the event was moved at short notice to my place at Fathom.

With a few quick modifications, the pavilion was made ready for the first ever dance held there since I bought the half sim!

Quite an extraordinary night. A significant amount of nudity (! pixel flesh ! ooh la la)
And generally a very silly time.

The wedding was the next day. I was the maid of honour!

I have never been even so much as a bridesmaid in RL so this was a bit of a big deal for me.
Things did not really run so smoothly. Nervous bride and crashing groom kept us all on the edge of our seats until the very end of the proceedings, but the sentiments offered in the speeches... sigh...... lovely!

The groom waited for his bride to arrive. She was having a quick change at my place after teasing us mercilessly about wearing a mini skirt for the wedding.
The guests began to arrive. All looking fine.
Here is Eleanor Anderton, looking lovely in pink.

They took their seats in the wonderful place built by Arthur and decorated by Tayra.

The wedding party assembled and we are almost ready to start, when the groom crashed.

I am sure that for just a few seconds the bride thought she had been abandoned. But with Mr Showboat, there was no need to fear!

Sadly though our computer problems were just beginning. Will, who was giving Tayra away, froze and crashed. Poor Will.

Fortunately things stumbled along and the vows were made finally and the bride and groom were declared united by Miss Bamika.


Aint love grand?

Second Life's 5th Birthday

Phew! With the spot of nastiness I mentioned, I have got a mile behind with blogging. The 5th birthday is a thing of the past and I never managed to get a finished photo up! sigh Never mind! Here are a few.

(almost finished)
This was one of the more exciting things I have been involved in and all I can say is a million thanks to Vivito Volare who gave me a chance to play solidly with a good excuse. And who had a vision!

Thank You!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Strange and Terrible

I have been absent from my bloggings for a little while because I have had a little bit of a 'thing' happen.
I guess it is, in the scheme of things, a small thing. However in the happy place I had found myself in, it really upset me quite a lot and made the happy snaps of SL seem an unworthy reflection of what was going on for me.

Basically an alt targeted me for some abuse and mind games. An alt is an alternative avatar established by some one who already has an existing persona in SL. The attack took place over two nights before I muted this person.

The attacks involved several friends names and reputations. The person I was being attacked by is clearly unwell and it was never my intention to cause further damage, nor is it my intention for me and mine to suffer at the mercy of this troubled person.

The alt marked a path that clearly lead to a certain person as the owner of the alt. The path is so clear that it seems deliberately set. Was it to ruin another person in the game? Or was it in fact, unable to disguise itself in its illness?

What happened though is that I lost some SL innocence and joy. I don't know why this person targeted me. 'It' called me collateral damage. In my whole life, I have never met such careless disregard. That must count me as fortunate. So, counting my blessings, I am moving forward and leaving this strange event behind.