Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Another night


I have wasted a colossal amount of time. Making houses is sooo much more time consuming when compared with tiny dresses.
I have hunted for a nice round brick window texture without success. I have played with getting a texture onto the gable wood texture. Am annoyed.
Lifted the roof, lowered the wall, lowered the roof, lifted the wall and so on... arrggghhh
But I think you will be able to see the movement...

Update


Whole new ratio of walls to roof was required. So while it may not look like, it the building has been started over. Two new textures as I work on the box bay windows Now off to sleep

Monday, December 28, 2009

Building Blitz Style

As well as working on the house... I also had a chance to build in the NCI Building Blitz!
The Theme....



Kitty Rapunzel
In her Tower with not nearly long enough hair. Darn cat wouldn't stop twitching as i tried to arrange her hair.

The winner was obvious. Mr Brick from the pad next to mine with his shiny suit of armour. I came 6th and won $150L

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Building Federation Style

Boxing Day!
After a lot of cooking, a lot of eating, a lot of planning, a lot of cleaning I have a day to myself. I am on strike. I am not getting more food. There is no more room in the fridge.
So I have spent the day building!
I have bought a new block in Victoriana. In Victoriana Pavilion. The trees in Forrest were making it a bit too hard for me to build. While I am happy to build homes at 1000m, I prefer to make clothes at ground level and enjoy watching people passing by.

Nice thing about Victoriana is seeing familiar buildings! behind me in Pavilion is the QVB from Sydney. In another Victoriana Sim, I recognised the railway station from Albury before I found out that is what it was. I love how LBD has arranged these sims and furnished them with magnificent buildings

I have started a new house based on another in Appian Way.
Have a look at
this link if you are interested in Appian Way

My house, Frankston Villa was the first from that street. The houses there are stunning and I will work my way through them. So far I have just a little of the layout. Walls are like loose teeth and jutting out all over, but I can see where I am headed :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Elves and Supermassive Black Holes

Today I was driving home and I was loving listening to Muse. I was listening to Supermassive Black Hole for about the 5th time for the day and imagining making an elf outfit when I got home.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsp3_a-PMTw

There is a strong link between listening to music and enjoying building for me. No music, no concentration.

I got home started building, fed a family, continued building... and here is the outcome.
Pretty Cute, huh?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A taste of Real Life

http://sylviastitch.blogspot.com/
It's the end of year for rl endeavours and we celebrated with show and tell. Catehrine Wheel quilts and MBOM were started in my classes and I am so proud of the ladies' achievements!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

another old favourite

Victoriana

..... by the way... I did buy more land... eeeekkkk
I think I need to swap it for another part of Victoriana though as the trees play havoc with my cameras when I am building.
I like to build at ground level, not in the sky, as I get lonesome....

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dawn

In the last year, I have seen more dawns than in my life time put together. That's a lot of dawns!
Though I never was a morning person

I have all my life been a night person.
It's when I concentrate. Its when my house is quiet. I feel creative at night.

For a year I have been watching dawns. And I have still sought those quiet times in the late hours. By gum I am tired!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Doings




I have been busy and not busy...
I did buy more land!
What a surprise!

I am very much struggling to build there as the trees are messing with my cameras at ground level, and I am too easily distracted
So I have sort of stopped building the house at the moment.


Instead I went on a little building spree for kitty winter dresses to celebrate Christmas in. Sometimes I find picking names as much trouble as making the frocks!
I start by googling something like...
frock, dress, Victorian

Then I might look for textures by googling things like:
red, Christmas, satin, brocade, lace or fabric

Then it is time for fun.
Last job is name picking.
I try to think of a name that I will remember so that I do not have to keep looking them up to work out which is which. But it hasn't worked. I simply don't remember :)
So here are the most recent ones. Peaches has been named for Peaches Latrell who was giving me some land advice while I was making it.
So the dresses have gone out into Raglan, Southend and Victoriana and I am enjoying a small trickle of funds towards all my crazy rent obligations :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Side bar

I am looking at side bar.. where it records some of who comes...
Some(s) arrived because they searched "I hate traffic Easter egg hunt"
Remarkable!

I am a baby

Yesterday I whined.....thrashed about in misery
Then Peaches Latrell mentioned that Victoriana is having a land sale... I am immediately keen to buy more
I am crazy.. never take my sulks too seriously

Thursday, November 26, 2009

How much longer?

I think I may have SL burn out.
I love my SL homes but have run out of prims. So there is no room for building.
My circle of friends has shrunk.
My time available has shrunk
I crash when I load textures
Xstreet is going to become a gamble instead of a steady, if small earner to offset my expenses.

I miss old, rude, wicked and Victorian Caledon. It is a very modern Caledon these days and that is fine, but I lament what has gone.

I am not sure if my SL will survive these feelings. Maybe it filled a need for me once, and right now, I am ready to be in RL for a bit?

Dancing in Southend

Waiting for Taz to wake, I lurked in Southend. I was looking for fabric on Google Images for another cat frock. I found one, and then needed to take off the frock I was wearing to copy and paste it.
As my kitten became entirely unclad, I noticed a pair of legs behind me! Brioni from across the tracks had come to say 'hi'. I felt somewhat at a disadvantage both in bare fur and tiny.. so I transformed into big Auds.
Brioni asked me to dance while I tried to wake sleeping tiger. As we danced, we talked about my perception of him as the local Casanova which I had just confessed to.

I don't have a clue why I am so indiscreet with my thoughts but it is the case that mostly, what is in my mind will find a way out my mouth:)

Fortunately Brioni is a nice guy and took it well and explained that a couple of the 'regulars' are in fact good friends that he chats with while dancing. Much like the one we were having, he said.
I am happy to still imagine him as the neighborhood Lothario. Any good neighborhood needs one to complete the scene :)
We parted ways when I gave up trying to subtly wake the tiger and instead pushed him from his bed....

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

..there is a Season...

We are moving from Autumn to Winter in my SL homes.
Victoriana is still enjoying the end of summer days as the softness of Autumn falls onto the sun warmed lawns.


Caledon has had a cold wind blow over bringing in early snows and a yearning for the quiet of winter spent next to the fire in the arms of some one warm.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A year

A year ago I went to a dance in SL. It was very close to hilarious in some ways. Tzaizqan was taking us to show support to a friend of his who was doing some fund raising I think.
There was an Elvis impersonator. We were being held close to giggles while he sang and we danced.
Taz had asked about partnership in SL. Just exactly what did it mean? Maybe I wasn't completely straightforward with him but I told him it could mean whatever you wanted obviously. There is no legal standing, it is obviously simply an understanding between two people defined by themselves.

So we danced and laughed and talked...

We talked about what it meant to us and Taz described it as "a commitment to get to know each other better". A year later we do :)


Friday, November 6, 2009

Caledon Vigilantes!

Ah! It has been a long time since I have blogged. A few reasons. I have been busy, disenchanted and bored. A blip on the dull radar was a bad man! I am not sure how bad but apparently causing some concern over at Oxbridge. A call of alarm went out via ISC (Caledon's chatter) and from my current place of feeling underwhelmed and bored, I figured I would go and see what was happening. I found the culprit, boarded the flying machine he had commandeered and travelled with him for some minutes before he realised I was there :)
When he disembarked, he landed and was surrounded by a handsome but polite gang of Caledonians
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In the face of such a display of good looking and well mannered people he had no option but become meek and well behaved..


The gentleman was remarkably well dressed and well versed in the use of cages etc for a person of just days in age. I hope this "newbie" will be reformed, but some how I don't think so!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Caledon Frock, Victoriana Forest


I have been building just a little.
Jay is raising money to run the mines in Caledon. As he is on the look out for gifts to be donated for the treasure hunt, I have made a tiny Caledon outfit.
I took the outfit out for a little walk through my nearby forest. It was raining when I set out but the rain cleared and moon was shining through the leaves in shafts of light.
I wonder what the colours for Victoriana are! I could make a dress for it too.

Tilba Grove



This is me moving into my new home in Victoriana Forest.
I have squeezed and pushed and added prims to one of my older buildings, Gingerbread Cottage. It is now a tiny home. Room for Taz and I to sit by the fire or have a big friend or two join us in the music room. My treadle sewing machine waits for me to find time to sew again.
When I was building a year ago, the main aim was prim limitation. I would build a room with one prims, hollowed out and a doorway. These days, the crazy camera behavior in a hollowed out cube is not worth the few prims saved so I replaced all the hollowed prims with fine and proper ones and now it is much easier to navigate the camera aound the house.


Building outside is something of a challenge.
My camera is forever caught on the planes of a tree.
Still, I will put up with that because it means I live in a beautiful tree filled grove.
Can't wait to show you some more pictures as i wander around the sim!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More News!

I was asking Miss Peaches about the lack of dawn and she mentioned that she was selling her plot in the forest.. next thing I know she has taken over my plot and will sell it instead, and I am living on the side of a stream, opposite a water fall in the best place in Victoriana!
Photos to come!

Friday, October 23, 2009

News!

I have bought a plot in Victoriana Forrest! I told you I liked it there!
Now I have a little slice!
I like that Victoriana is a bit tidier than Caledon and I like that there are dots around in the ozzie hours! I like that it is smaller. I like playing in the games room in my ozzie evening. I like having a new project that is just for the fun of it, nothing commercial.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fogwoman Gray and Vivito Volare

I met Miss Fog and Mr Volare while helping to build the Caledon exhibit for SL5BD. Mr Volare was the coordinator and Miss Fog his right hand woman.
Since then they have treated me to a few snippets of the story of their relationship which began in SL and is to continue in RL with them being married this week.
Two kind, generous people meeting and sharing interests.
It is something I watch with interest, the blossoming of an Internet friendship into a RL relationship.
It isn't something I find much acceptance of in the "real world" but I think that really it is only a matter of time before it is sufficiently common that people forget that ever there was a doubt about the validity of these relationships.
The Internet, like RL is full a mix of people. That part isn't different. Meeting and getting to know someone via TXT and not physical appearance is different. And the moment when you meet the physical person you think you already "know"... that has to be nerve wracking!
Vito and Fog have been there, done that! And on Thursday they marry!
I think anyone who knows them would agree it couldn't happen to nicer people. I wish them every scrap of happiness!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Not.... lonely


My sl has changed
No two ways about it
My rl is busier. And my SL is spent mostly on my own building.
Chatting in IM I hear from Xavier and Jayleden. I listen to ISC and throw in my few bobs worth at random, but I am not where I was 12 months ago when I felt myself in the depths of good friendships.
Is it my fault? have I isolated myself? Is it just the nature of things? Is it a change throughout SL?
I don't know, but it isn't the same anymore.
I miss the people who used to pop by to say hi.
The neighbourhood feeling of Winterfell has never eventuated in Caledon.

It seems the Southend corner is being visited often enough by strangers looking at my homes. But not my friends looking for me.

Not about to launch into a valley of tears as there is so much more going on in my life besides SL but I do pause and reflect and hanker for some aspects of the good old times. Only some mind you :P

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tinytoriana


I have fallen in love with a new collection of sims: Victoriana. I visited there first over a year ago when the first sim was fresh and new and haven't had time to go back to investigate. I went off to to see the Frankston house that was bought and placed there and i am quite taken with the place.
I roamed around in the Forest sim completely lost. i have gone back again and again and i still have no way of telling where I am. I would love to own a little place in that sim.
Meanwhile, I cant afford to. I would have to sell off one of the 4 in Caledon or the shop in Raglan and i cant quite decide to do either of those, so I have rented a small shop in Tinytoriana. I am really enjoying both the scenery and the company I have bumped into there.



I have rented the shop on the corner here and have filled it with tiny clothes. I have been having fun with tiny Halloween. This is me in my Bloody Erzsebet Moppet outfit

Friday, October 2, 2009

Dress making once more



I have a completely meaningless way of filing textures.... by month. It is hopeless if I need something unless I remembner when I made it, however, i do know when i made them if I can find them :)
So I happen to know that I haven't made any dress textures for a month. Amazing!

Well today, without actually feeling like I have been stuck into it, I have been stuck into it!
I have made two styles for Halloween. A punkin dress and a spider dress so far.
The spider dress is called Charlotte Moppet, as I was thinking of Charlotte's Web and the punkin one has a little punkin beret on her head :)

Heart and Head

I have both
Sometimes they trouble me
I would like to lay them in your hands and lap
and rest, ok?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

heart and head

I have both
Sometimes they trouble me
I want to put bread on my lap and wait for pigeons to come and eat
(the bread, not me)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Progress Report

I have been building. Naturally.
Well I had to, there are only so many skins a girl needs and my income in SL isn't so large I can be buying dresses everyday... Anyway, I am currently putting some furniture into it. Hunting through inventory, making and buying stuff. I do have the Baron's suite which I pop out any time I need a comfy chair and prims to spare.
I have photographed the two ground floor rooms.
Walk in the front door and you walk straight into the lounge. The lounge can take you through to the study on the same floor, up the stairs to the first floor or out the back through the french doors.

If you look back into the room, you will get this view of the front entry. I have since added a coat rack to the front hall.

The room off the lounge could be a formal dinning room.. but I have set it up as a study.


Tomorrow night, maybe, I will furnish the upstairs rums.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Red Sun

I have been walking around SL in the Changeant dress that I bought from Cutea of Grim Bros. I cant tell you how many compliments I have had since i have been wearing it!
So I sent Cutea an IM so that she would get the kind of positive feed back she deserves. Silly sausage sends me another dress!!
Here it is!
Gorgeous!
Harder and harder to know what to wear with new favourites...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Athena Zepp, Victoriana and the Frankston Villa!



No time to blog really, I need to get in to work as I am to fetch coffee for the workers... but briefly...
Athena is the first person to buy the Frankston Villa as it has been named ( some one really needs to give me a hand with names for things...looking pleadingly at Taz.....)


She sent me a photo of the newly erected building and I had to go and have a look.
She has done a magnificent job. It looks wonderful and she has furnished it tastefully and appropriately. I am really thrilled!
While I was there admiring her gardening she arrived and I gave her a hand and I have fixed the patio to suit her location too.



I guess in a sim built by Littleblack Duck, another Ozzie, I should hope to find an empathetic neighbourhood for my little Edwardian :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Playing with Audrey


Sometimes I just can't build. It costs me more as i tend to wander off to Pulse and buy a skin. This time I wandered and Lorac was giving away a free skin.
I bought a Gothic looking one. It actually looks quite good on Audrey in her usual gear.. (though the photo doesn't do it justice) but the one that Lorac gave me didn't suit at all.

So I have tried on another hair colour... and I think I like it.. in a blond way :)
Then I put the two notions together. Blond and Gothic...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Reality Check

I pinch my arm.... am I real?
I consider my friends... are they real?
I look to Taz..poke him with a few words to hear his soft snoring ease.. he seems real enough to me.

I am so tired of people believing because SL is a virtual world, that it isn't real.

Please get over it. That notion is so old fashioned.

I know that SL grass doesn't require photosynthesis, I know I am not actually a cat. I know that some people role play. But when I interact with someone as a friend I accept that it can be as real a relationship as I can have in "Real life".

I can be mislead. I can (unintentionally) mislead. I can misunderstand. There is lots of room for error. But if you mix with people who seek to have real relationships and work to achieve that then this whole nonsense that a virtual world leads to inferior relationships can be debunked!

Knowing the real people I mix with in sl is important to me. Not their age, colour sex etc...but their real inner self. If I suspect that I am being held from knowing them, then I have no interest in that relationship.

Relationships need nurturing. Work and effort. That goes for any world you choose to forge them in.
I hope that as a friendship deepens, I will be shown the core of the person I am spending time with. Some people are better at that and some worse. But I do not have the time of day for those who would deceive. And here is where I have trouble defining deception. It is when they manipulate my reaction to them that I feel deceived. Does that make sense?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cheese and Whiskers!!!!

Cheese and Whiskers!!!!
I have crashed again
You know.. I have been playing sl for a good long time now, and I don't understand why having been bad, and gotten better, it has to get worse again.
I have hardly logged out successfully now for days.
Either I crash or the sim crashes.
I cant post a photo of anything much for your enjoyment as asking SL to take a photo to disc is to put my SL in jeopardy. Crash crash crash
Southend has even required a trip to the doctors where any attempt to get the scripts running crashes the sim. So My doors remain locked to my houses with the scripts disabled.
I have forever been a very happy user of sl, and never felt the need to join in Linden bashing. I am not looking this gift horse in the mouth.
But i do wish i could stop crashing!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grand Odalisque.

This is not an original theme to blog, as I am a long way from the first to do so. But having been to see it, I have to share the photos with you! It is gob smacking and awe inspiring. The sim was called Black Swan

I arrived...A dazzling white room with only the minimum visible. I walked past the swan to the dark objects which turned out to be doors.

I walked through one door into the dark. I found a dimly lit room with a lit centre and was dismayed thinking that perhaps I had missed the exhibit. But I continued down dark corridors....saw light and approached

and was impressed