Hi there! Lots of quick hits for you today!

Spruce Up Your Space in May!

HoneyLicious Spaces is happy to announce the Spruce Up Your Space May theme: Working 9 To 5!

Our designers have been asked to let their imaginations run wild with all styles of office decor, for any kind of office, including furniture, accessories, and anything else you'd put in an office!

Once again this month, we're going to have one big mega-weekend and all SUYS designers will release their animal prints at the same time! All May releases will be out on May 22 - don't miss it, they'll only be available at special discount prices for that weekend! See ya then!

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NOTsoBAD has a 20% off sale on houses and beds, going on now!

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Now available at MudHoney - Grandma's Chair set!

MudHoney [SLurl]

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Just in time for summer, La'Licious Designs has released the Family Fun Pool!

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MB-CreationZ has some gorgeous new landscaping items - I love the foliage you can use to decorate your own palm trees!

MB-CreationZ [SLurl]

Hi there! As you should know, dear readers, Home Expo 2010 is underway!

I'm slowly making my way around all the sims and snapping pics (when SL will let me :( ) of the good stuff I want to share with you. I've got some things to share today, and I'll get more posted in the next few days - there's no way I can capture all of the goodness, so I'm just highlighting things that are new(ish) to me and that I think you guys should know about! So here we go - pics and Expo locations, and the rest is up to you!

Woodshed by RH Engel [SLurl]

Trident by Poseidon Dagostino [SLurl]

Petals On the Wind by Lehlah Karu [SLurl]

Morantique by Mo Miasma [SLurl]

Little Boxes by Sesi Ackland [SLurl]

Julia Collection by Julez Odigaunt [SLurl]

Xen Style by Xenius Revere [SLurl]

More to come soon - but don't wait for me, get over to Home Expo NOW and take a look!

Just a few quick, new(ish) things from around the grid. I wanted to get this post in before all the Home Expo madness starts tomorrow. What Home Expo, you ask? Well....

[Insert squee here!!] Home Expo 2010 starts tomorrow!! Eight sims worth of houses, furniture, decor, landscaping...nirvana! Check back here in the morning, and I'll give you the LM!

NOW, on to the new(ish)ness from around the grid. First up, Jordan Giant of nordari. has released another adorable skybox - the banana.pancake . You can also find these adorable rugs FOR FREE at her shop!

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Spring has come to New Trails! New grasses, new trees, and a rainbow of mushrooms from designer Vitrail Illios!

New Trails [SLurl]

Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative has just released the Artisan Ubon house - a simple, elegant modern prefab. It's a little on the smaller side, which I really like - a living area and 2 bedrooms, and tons of natural light.

Scarlet Creative [SLurl]

Don't forget - check back here tomorrow morning for a LM to the Home Expo! Whee!

Happy Easter weekend! Here's some stuff you need -- NEED -- to make your Bunny Weekend complete!

Starlust Egg Hunt - the hunt kicks off today and ends on Sunday. My satellite store is participating -- just look for my Easter Egg! Hint: it's outside the shop. Look carefully!

Here's what you'll get - for FREE! - when you find that egg! The Easter version of the Laryn Comfy Chair!

Second Spaces @ Starlust Elliott [SLurl]

I also hopped (heh) around to a few places that I knew would have awesome Easter stuff...and I was right! Take a look at just a smidge of the goodies you'll find at MB-Creationz!

MB-Creationz [SLurl]

Over at Belle  Belle, my darling Leyla has all sorts of delicious and adorable things for you!

Belle Belle [SLurl]

Fallingwater Cellardoor of Shiny Things and Fallingwater Flowers is back with some new gorgeous flowers for your spring garden!

Fallingwater Flowers [SLurl]

Hop on over, and other bunny-related comments!

Hi there! I am currently busy with these things:

These are both amazing and awesome events, so make sure you check them both out!

Now, because of these awesome events, I am not acting the part of faithful blogger like I should. I do have stuff to share with you, and I'm gonna - it's just gonna be in a quick whirlwind of vendor pics and very few words. How's that sound? Alright? Let's go!

First, a new release from La'Licious Designs - super cute dollhouse bedroom!

La'Licious Designs [SLurl]

Next, we have a new shop - Growbox! Designed by Makaio Stygian and featured at Trompe Loeil Prefabs, a great new place for really gorgeous sculpted flowers.

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Cheap Cheap - another new shop with a precious logo and an enticing name. ;) I haven't had a chance to check out the shop yet; designer Flanelle Bebb sent me a folder of pics and things to play with, and it looks like cute, shabby chic, and sometimes silly stuff! That's my kind of stuff!

Cheap Cheap [SLurl]

And finally, the team at NOTsoBAD has been super busy! They've just released a few new series of beds - gorgeous, of course, as is everything from NOTsoBAD - and also packed with tons of really fun animations! They include the naughty stuff ;) but also lots of casual, fun, hanging out animations. You can see the menu in the first set of pics, below:

There are also a bunch of new, modern, low prim lighting options...AND, if you're in the SOM group, then you already know about the group gift, the  Nottam skybox! If you're not in the SOM -- well, you should be. So, go join. :)

NOTsoBAD [SLurl]

Talk to you soon! Now, go shop!

So we meet again. Just some quick - but always awesome! - stuff for ya today.

Mainit Hellman of Baustein sent me his newest set, De'Loire, a nice traditional living set. The set includes the chairs, ottoman, and fireplace - the fireplace includes the artwork seen here and the cute little glass votives. It's a nice job of texturing, and I really like the added touch of the plaid blanket across the ottoman. I also really like the flame texture used in the fireplace - it's glimmery and dreamy.

Stop by Baustein to see more of Mainit's designs! [SLurl]

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New from MudHoney are the Watler Sectionals! Great basics to anchor a room - they're texture changeable and include lots of cute and casual singles animations.

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Trace Osterham of {theosophy} has just released some super-cute stuff for bath time! The ducks are precious, and I LOVE the bath bombs - especially that they change the color of the water and float in the bath! Yay!

{theosophy} [SLurl]

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And now for something fun from Awesome Blossom - perfect for spring! Clementine Ishtari just released Fairy Mushrooms and the Lazy Log, and I was fortunate enough to work with her to create some silly animations for the mushrooms. Be sure to grab these for your spring landscaping!

Only available at the Albero Primavera & Art Fair, found here [SLurl]!

Good morning, dear readers - just a few new releases from around the grid today.

First, The Loft released several "New, Newish and Sorta Old but Never Announced" items yesterday. They are all delicious.

Grab these pieces of awesome at The Loft! [SLurl]

W. Winx - Whimsy Winx sent me copies of her latest releases: the Spring Time, Laze Daze, and MeadowLark Pavilions. I really like this concept - especially for those who don't have the time or patience for landscaping - this is like instant landscaping...or Landscaping In-A-Flash, for a more exciting description. :)

Just 72 prims for a total pavilion, which is nice. I would love to see a lot more shading on the furniture and architectural pieces - I think it would make the overall pavilion look a bit more "grounded". It is a great option for those who want instant gratification without sacrificing all their prims - and Whimsy is also offering separate bunny pavilions that coordinate...so if you only want landscaping for your bunny (or any pet, really), then you can grab a smaller version just for them!

W. Winx [SLurl]

Uncle Hank spends hours and hours in his potting shed - but doing what? The grass is overgrown, the flowers are dying...what could he be up to?

Second Spaces is happy to share with you the newest release: Uncle Hank's Potting Shed. The full release includes the potting shed, the bench seat outside, and all the accessories seen inside! That includes seeds, pots, fertilizer...oh, and Uncle Hank's stash of liquor and vintage girly mags. Who wouldn't spend all their time out there? ;)

The set is being released today, Jan 30th, as the SL Daily Deal - for today only, the entire set will be available for just 350L, and only 100 copies will be available!!! After the SL Daily Deal has come to a close, the set will be available for 650L, and the individual pieces will also be available for purchase on their own. It can be found in the main location of Second Spaces!

The SLDD starts at 9am SLT - that's like now! Get over there and grab your copy!

Second Spaces main location SLurl

I decided to grab a few LMs from my folder of "places I found and really like and want to blog someday" and, you know, actually blog them. The system works!

Herbalys - designer Albert Beerbaum has put together a fantastical, whimsical, and really really well-done stock of items, mostly decorative in nature. He has some really fun (almost Seussical) trees available, as well as the pond set included in the first group of pictures, below. Great use of sculpts and awesome texturing make this a must-see shop - and those purple curtains alone make it a must-buy shop! The little ceramic (or stone maybe) owl is just precious - I think I'll definitely need one of those for the windmill!

Herbalys SLurl

Kidd Garden - I am a big fan of really awesome landscaping items, and am especially drawn to grasses and wildflowers that really bring depth to a large open area. I've blogged several of my favorites in the past, and now I add Kidd Garden to the list! Created by doP Kidd, Kidd Garden offers just a ton of really amazing landscaping options. One of my favorite things is how the basic grasses are sold - you'll see in the first pic below that the grasses are offered in various shapes to give a really 3d option to your space. That pic only shows just a few of the various sizes/shapes - there are many more! In addition to great grasses and wildflowers, there are also quite a few really nice structures, stepping stone sets, and bridges. Plus, the sim is set up so  nicely with all the products on display, you'll just want to wander around in the fields picking flowers and soaking up the fresh air. Or something. :)

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As I was preparing this post, I got notice of new releases from The Loft - so, while clearly The Loft is not a new place for me to blog ;) - you know I have to share the goodness!

I believe the Krissy Shelves are completely brand new, and the Mayer Chaise was previously released in a single color for the Haiti fundraiser. Lots and lots of colors are available now, and I gotta say that this chaise is THE best I've seen on the grid. The curves are perfect, and (of course) the texturing is amazing. I bought the Haiti relief edition, which is an olive green -- and I think I'm gonna need at least one more color! The zebra stripe is sassy, I may have my eye on that one. ;)

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Some more awesome stuff from around the grid...

First, new things!

Mudhoney: Rayvn Hynes has released a ton of super cute spa items! She released the spa accessories a few weeks ago, and now the furniture sets to match so you can build your dream spa in SL! You can see all of the items on Rayvn's post here and, of course, grab a TP and go check it out in person!

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And now, new places (at least new to me!)

Picnic: Owned by nyasyousa Oh and shiroyagi Writer, Picnic has a small inventory of really cute shabby-chic style items. There are a few small furniture pieces, but mostly Picnic has stuff. I love stuff! Great accessories really make a room feel lived in, and these are all very well made and textured. The shop is currently undergoing renovation, and I'm excited to see what they do with it. Renovation or not, Picnic is definitely worth a visit!

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Picnic

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Life Is Good: Life Is Good is a very pretty sim, so you should visit for sightseeing purposes if nothing else. Owned by ino jie and porta fosse, you'll find a small furniture shop, a flower garden, and also an art gallery - all nicely laid out in a well-landscaped sim with rolling hills and curving paths. The furniture is cute, very clean-lines and a modern feel...it's the flower garden that I want to show you today. There's a very large selection of plants, flowers, grasses, and trees; there's also a ton of potted flowers and various garden accoutrements (5 points). Best of all - they have birds and pigs. :) Please see below:

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lig group 2The birds tweet, and the pigs do that cute piggy thing with their snouts. Precious!

Life Is Good

Happy Monday, dear readers!! Lots of new things released over the weekend, and I'm going to tell you about them right now. :) It's what I do.

Artilleri Home: Antonia Marat has released more superbly awesome vintage furniture that, well, you all need. Now. Go.

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Artilleri Home

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Back to my quest for awesome autumn and Halloween items - Aki Shichiroji of Organica has some wonderful creepy trees for your haunted spaces!

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Organica

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Vitrail Illios of New Trails has an absolute ton of awesome autumn and Halloween items for you to check out! Just released are several versions of spooky, ghostly pumkpins; these join Vitrail's gorgeous sculpted pumpkins (non-spooky) and all of them are adorable!

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You've got to go see these in person - some are animated, all are fun. :)

There are also some new autumn trees available, and they include all the wonders that New Trails trees offer: groundcovers, static and animated shadows, and falling leave particles! The Autumn Feast series of trees includes spanish moss in the trees, as well as strings of lights - I've got my eye on some of these as I start to decorate my sim for fall!

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And finally, here's one more reason you need to join the New Trails SOM group, if you haven't already. He gives great group gifts, and this is what I got this weekend:

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The Sinner and The Saint! They attach to your shoulders, and I love them!

New Trails

Just a quick hit of new and exciting things around the grid!! Of course, as blogged earlier, Second Spaces has a few new releases - you can see those here. In addition, check this out:

Ambiance: a SALE and a new set!

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Ambiance has also just released the Summerset Bathroom, another set created by Cheewha Palen. As always, it's packed with accessories and details, texture options, and tons of animations!

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Ambiance Interactive Furnishings

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Shade Fantasy Outfitters: I hadn't been to Shade Fantasy in a while, so I popped over to see what's new. I'll tell you what's new - awesome grasses and flowers, that's what. Ashade Sinister has some amazing sculpted grasses - they look so, so real, and come with little extras like particles and sounds - just perfect for anything where you need cool, wild grass! I also found that Ashade has added flowers, in a totally cute little nursery setup. Definitely something you need to see!

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Shade Fantasy Outfitters

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MudHoney: Rayvn Hynes has just released the Jersey Shore Beach house, a cute little cottage, great for those of us who like to keep it simple! I love that it is walled with windows - you can never have too much natural light!

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MudHoney Designs

Happy Friday! :) Just a few new(ish) cool things from some of the grid's finest!

Ambiance Furniture: Desiree Bisiani has recently released the Esmerelda Kitchen, and it is full of awesome. This is a BIG set, perfect for those with huge SL houses. The kitchen comes with fun poses and animations, for both singles and couples ;) and includes props like a sponge, spatula, etc to coordinate with the animations. It's also texture-changing with 4 color options -- my favorite two:

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What I really love about the kitchen is all the little details you see in the pics: knife block, cutting board, paper towel holder, canisters, etc. I also really like (because I'm such a geek about this stuff) that Desiree included wall shadows for some of the items. Look closely at the canisters and the spoon holder -- they cast shadows on the backsplash. I love that!!

esmerelda accessories bothThere's quite a bit of the set not shown here, including a gorgeous fireplace, so get over to Ambiance to see it all for yourself!

Winx Home & Garden - Whimsy Winx does an amazing job of 'fantastical'. Her Lotus Water Temple series is something you MUST see in person. Pictures just can't do it justice, and you need to feel these builds. Plus Oubliette is a gorgeous sim to visit and explore all on its own, and Whimsy has everything landscaped so wonderfully to complement the Lotus series...really, neither pics NOR words do justice, so just go! ...after you look at my pictures that don't do justice but that I worked hard on...

Lotus Water Temple - this is the biggest piece of the series - so many things you could do with this. It's got two seating areas built in (and you can get the Bollywood theme or the Jade Tea Garden theme) and then some empty spots you can decorate yourself. The stairs may be my favorite part -- I just love that they're all smooth and rounded.

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In addition to the temple, you'll find a Grotto, Fire Pit, and Gazebo all in the Lotus Water Temple style. When you land in Oubliette, facing the Winx sign, turn to your right and head to the water to see the temple. To see the rest of the pieces, take the TP (also at the sign) to the Winx Home & Garden display area. All gorgeous!

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Winx Home & Garden

Belle Belle - Leyla Firefly is now offering a Preferred Shopper / Gift Card program! I'm starting to see similar programs around SL, mostly with fashion designers, and I think it's a great idea for any shop, regardless whether fashion, decor, or whatever! You need to join the Belle Belle group (which you should do anyway because Leyla has really cute group freebies) and then you can grab your Preferred Shopper card from the service desk at the shop. Essentially, every time you buy something at Belle Belle, make sure to wear your card and your discount credits will begin to accrue! From there, your card will act like a  basic gift card: if you've accrued $L150 on your Preferred Shopper card, then you can turn around and use the card to buy something of that value or less. I like it!!

When I stopped by Belle Belle to grab more info about the program, I noticed a veggie garden out front that I hadn't seen before. This may not be that new...but it's super cute! I already love Leyla's flower garden, and this is the same concept - a really cute little plot of veggies, complete with gardening tool and animation. I think I really just love the little plant terrarium (or whatever we would call that) most of all!

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Belle Belle

Day 1 of the Expo was great! Good traffic, I saw lots of green dots on the map, hanging out at the main stage, and I had lots of visitors to my exhibit. Yay! I did find time to explore 2 of the 4 sims, and I'm going to share some of the cool stuff I found. :)

FIRST - let me say this: go the the Expo. :) Here's the SLurl to my exhibit -- start there and then make your way around. Be sure to spend some time at the main stage area -- there are raffle items as well as silent auction items! I have not yet checked out all the silent auction items - I'll do that soon - but I can tell you that I donated my animation services as part of the auction. :) Five custom furniture animations (single pose), of the winner's choosing. Woot!

Ok, now for the good stuff!

MarcoPolo Furniture by marcopol Oh - a new designer to me - some nice modern furniture, with a bit of a funky pop-art vibe. Two pieces I like are the Table with Wheels and the Square Diamond Dresser:

marco-allHouses for You by Kira Spaatz - another new designer for me. There are a few prefabs set up for display...it's the Arabian tent that caught my eye. Great texturing - it feels very rich!

arabian-tent-allBelle Belle by Leyla Firefly - of course, one of my favorites. :) Leyla is showing the Mystique Dreamhouse, and this is also her RFL item, so all proceeds from this purchase will go to Relay For Life! I think this may be Belle Belle's first house, and it's a great one. I didn't take pics of the inside, because I want you to go see for yourself :). It's a nice size without being too big, and has lots of nice artchitectural details.

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Another Man's Treasure by Stormy McCallister - Stormy has been very busy! I ran into her Sunday night while she was setting up...and I was snooping ;)...and we played with the poses in her new living set. It's full of really sweet, cute couples poses, so be sure to take a pal with you to try them out. :) I really love the colors she's used in the Arata Spring Collection...and, as always, her fireplace is the awesome!

amt_all2Greene Concept by Peter Stindberg & Ivanova Shostakovich - Greene Concept's exhibit is catty-corner to mine, which is nice since Peter is my pal. :) Their display looks great -- very eye-catching and modern. They've got all their staples displayed, with their multitude of gorgeous texture options, and also a few new pieces that I love! The Twisty Bench is awesome - it's like the modern "twist" on the Victorian conversation bench...and the Brushed Coffee Table is a great match for the Emphasis chairs.

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Sentiments by Sidda - Sidda Jubilee - Sidda is set up across from me, another shop that's new to me. She has several styles of really precious swings -- and you know I love a swing! - both singles and bench swings. I love the ribbon detail!

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Organica by Aki Shichiroji - dear readers, you know I <3 Organica. So I took a picture of her entire exhibit. It's all perfection and you need a little bit of everything. :) I already have most of everything, AND I picked up the pack of ferns. You can never have enough ferns.

organica That's all for now! More pictures coming as soon as I get out and explore the other two sims. Get out there yourself, and enjoy!

I realize this is like cheat-blogging, and I'm ok with that.  I wanted to get something posted, and I have a list of to-do blog spots that I will get to...but in the meantime, let me show you some things that I have and love! (SLurls are included at the end of the post)

In H&S Village, I've set up what I call our fairy garden. The sim itself isn't especially fantasy-themed, but I loved the fairy gazebo and hideaway from Winx Home & Garden so much that I decided we needed them here! And ta da:

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The gorgeous pink gloo trees and the rainbow rays you see coming from above are both from New Trail - if you still haven't been to the New Trail sim, then go! Now! NOW!

If you look closely, you'll see little white pollen dander thingies floating around the fairy garden:

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I just picked those up from Heart Garden a few weeks ago, and I love them! It's a particle generator, of course, and you get 12 in a pack, including 4 different pollen shops. The pollen floats all over the sim, just like springtime!

The grasses and flowers you see mixed in are from Organica, and I've used them all over the sim. They're perfect, and only 1 prim per grouping!

Most recently, I've fallen in love with Kunstkammer's new dreamscaping grass, seen here in green and mixed in with daisies from Organica. You can get the dreamscaping grass in grey and jellybean, too.

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More cool stuff coming soon!

Locations:

H&S Village (to see it all in action)

Kunstkammer (main location - there's a satellite shop in H&S Village, too)

Winx Home & Garden (Be sure to explore the rest of Oubliette, as well - it's gorgeous!)

New Trail

Organica

Heart Garden Centre

Thanks to everyone who took the time to peruse the 9 More Places series. It's been fun, as always, and I hope everyone found something new that they'd never seen before! There is so much amazing, creative content out there, I could probably keep doing these series forever...and I might. :) For now, I'm going to resume my regularly scheduled blogging...hopefully get some new releases out for my own shop...and, of course, keep my eyes open for new super cool stuff!

For the wrap-up, here are the links to each blog post, as well as the SLurls for the shops - all in one handy location. I'll add a link to this on the main page along with the permanent link for the Top 12 Places series, and then it's all at your fingertips. Enjoy!

9 More Places!

1. Ingrid Ingersoll’s Homestore [blog post]

2. Belle Belle Furniture [blog post]

3. Another Man’s Treasure [2nd location] [blog post]

4. Tapioca Tastes [blog post]

5. Tesh Gardens [blog post]

6. New Trail [blog post]

7. Organica [blog post]

8. Happy Mood [blog post]

9. Pillow Talk [blog post]

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Welcome to Part 8 of my 9 More Places! series. Not sure what this is about? Click here for the original post!

Happy Mood

We take a step into fantastical today with Happy Mood by Sasaya Kayo. Sasaya has put together an adorable and creative build filled with just the cutest things ever for home and garden. So, if you've been following along with these blog posts, then you know all the places you need to shop to build the perfect, most awesome garden in the history of SL. Yay, you!

Okay, first though, read my post. THEN go and shop and create.

As I like to do, let me show you a picture of the awesome build at Happy Mood -- it's straight out of a super-cool kid's fantasy book:

build2I love the feel of this place -- it's almost mystical.

Globe Lamps: These are just beautiful -- the texturing is so realistic on the metal and the glow effect is perfect. This is the butterfly version; there are also moon and snow versions, all available in small or medium sizes. They make me think of Tinkerbell. :)

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Rocking Horses: these make me giggle. I don't think I've seen rocking horses anywhere else in SL...and certainly none this well-made. They do rock, of course, and the big one comes with 7 different poses -- and my favorite pose is shown here. That's how you chill on a rocking horse. :) The small one has just one pose, and it makes me laugh -- do you remember being, like, 10 years old and still desperately wanting to ride your 3 year old cousin's rocking horse, so you folded yourself up like this pose? ...was that just me?

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Little Birds: that's exactly what they are, and they are the cutest SL birds ever. There are a lot of very nice, detailed birds to be found...these are, by far, my favorites. Each bird comes with 2 types in one package: 2 scripted to move and sing, and 2 non-scripted. All adorable. There are 14 colors available, or 1 mega pack that includes all the colors. My sim needs these!

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Bunnies: again, there are a lot of cute bunnies to find in SL -- these are definitely at the top of my list! They come in 3 sizes...they all are animated to blink, twitch their noses (omgsocute), and wiggle their ears and tails. There's also a sleepy version whose eyes slowly close...precious.

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Just to be sure you're still with me -- remember, these are all things to make your garden come to life. :) See? I'm still on theme! The last pic I want to share is what's currently in the Lucky Chair...which did not produce an E while I was able to hang around...the Bubble Chair, fairy version rather than 70s inflatable furniture version.

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Happy Mood -- there's much more to see: cute little table sets, really precious dogs, and look for the sign to TP to the garden area -- more gorgeous and massive trees! We love the big trees!

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Organica

Today's post is another filled with trees and landscaping items. Aki Shichiroji of Organica has put together a gorgeous spot filled with her trees, flowers, grasses, and other outdoor goodies. As always, you know I love a good build, and Organica is a very pleasant, peaceful oasis that you just have to wander around!

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It's also not so large that you feel like you need to leave a trail of bread crumbs, and I really like that, too. Now on to all the stuff I love!

Aki has massive sculpted trees available. Like, really massive. Her trees are a great mix of realism and fantasy -- the shapes in the largest trees just really remind me of hobbits...maybe it's just me...but they're still not so out-there fantasy that they don't fit on your average sim. I say they're great for any theme.

Elm Tree #1 with Treehouse

Anytime a treehouse is involved, I'm for it. I adore the little pieces of wood nailed into the trunk for the ladder up to the treehouse. Perfect touch. You'll see Giskard and I sitting in the treehouse, and that shows you the scale of this tree, too. MASSIVE.

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Oak Tree #3

Another great staple for any wooded sim. I love the shape and texture of the trunk -- you can tell this is a tree that's been around forever and will still be around in another forever. Giskard is showing us the scale again - and let's be honest, that guy is always looking for an excuse to be in a blog picture.

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Hollow Tree

I set my world to sunset for this one, to add that spooky glow. This tree is gorgeous, with such fun details. You can add mist by clicking on the tree...and if it's hard to tell what those little things are in the hollow of the tree -- well, they're skulls. :) When you go to Organica, be sure to zoom in closely on the skulls...you'll see some were placed more recently than others. ;)

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Cathedral Ruins

If it made sense on my sim, then I would have these ruins. Hell, if I had the time, money, patience to re-do my sim all over again, I would build it around these ruins. The shadow and beams of light are all part of the package -- beautiful.

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Curving Stream & Bridge

I am trying to find a place for this on my sim -- we love sculpted water! This is actually two copies of the stream that you see here...but the stream is sold with copy permissions, so you can have as many as you want (for just $500L)...and the bridge is only $50L (also copy)!

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Wildflowers & Grasses

As it happens, these items fit perfectly on my sim, and I'm slowly filling up the entire sim with them! I really adore the wildflower pack - I bought the mega pack that includes all the flowers, with multiple versions of each: slanted, flat, concave, convex - that makes it easier to fit to the landscape. Each swirly sculpt of flowers is just 1 prim (you have to see them to know what I mean)...and they're all copiable, yay! Same for the grasses -- 1 prim, same variations, multiple colors - combine them all, and voila, you have an awesome overgrown garden look! Instead of using a picture from Aki's sim, I'm gonna show you my sim and how I'm using the flowers/grasses. I really truly love how it's turned out so far!

wildflowers2It's like a carpet!

Be sure to check out Organica - there's much  more to see than I've shown you here. Enjoy!

Oh...and go, Steelers! ;)

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Welcome to Part 6 of my 9 More Places! series. Not sure what this is about? Click here for the original post!

New Trail

I first came across New Trail, by vitrail Illios, sometime this past autumn...and it was love at first sight. Vitrail has brought a very cool twist to his trees, which seems to have caught on very quickly! I bet you've all seen his trees in your travels -- maybe the little ones, maybe the big ones -- I've seen them all popping up frequently! I noticed in Vitrail's profile that he's moving to his own sim soon...I'm sure that means there are more great things coming!

The SLurl I provided will take you to the current New Trail location. When you get there, follow the little path to the ladder, and descend -- such a cute way to get to the shop. :) Also, be sure to join the subscribe-o-matic group! Vitrail gives out great group gifts, and you can get updates on the new sim and new releases! Now, on to my favorites:

Gloo Trees

I lovelovelovelovelovelovelove the Gloo trees. Love. They're sculpted beautifully, they have a gorgeous shine to them, and they're sparkly! They're available in about 5 colors - and you probably need all 5 ;) -- here we have the red one. Ooooohhhhh.....

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I love how Vitrail displays most of his trees on tabletops. :) It's like scale model building for trees.

Aborea

The Aborea line is so realistic -- well, realistic AND fairy tale-ish all at the same time. Remarkably well done, and the best part is that they all come with static and animated shadows (awesome), as well as sculpted groundcovers for the fallen leaves. It's those details that really make me swoon.

aboreaaborea-autumnIn the top picture, you can see the shadow and the groundcover (even on the table display, so cute!). The bottom pic is Aborea - Autumn Mood...wonderfully vibrant colors in the foliage. Gorgeous!

Abies Fir Tree

For a more alpine feel, definitely check out the fir trees. In addition to the green (below), you can also find snow-covered fir trees.

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Vitrail still has the holiday/winter section in place, and you'll love it! Here's a birds-eye view -- look at all the shine and sparkle! Also, note the rays of light - they are available for purchase! Great touch!

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My absolute favorite item in the winter section is the miniature gloo trees. They're like little shiny, glittery bonsai trees! There are 9 variations to be had -- precious!

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Go and explore New Trail -- everything is beautifully laid out and it's great for wandering. I can't wait to see the new sim and its awesomeness! Remember - join the group!

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Welcome to Part 5 of my 9 More Places! series. Not sure what this is about? Click here for the original post!

Tesh Gardens

We covered Tapioca Tastes yesterday, by designer Tequlia Tapioca; today, I want to introduce you to Tesh Gardens by Hamish Stuart, Tequlia's partner. I have a major soft spot for landscaping items, especially when they go beyond your standard greenery and flowers. Tesh Gardens is filled with beautiful plants, PLUS so many precious little extras to really provide what's needed for a full-fledged garden. Even better, it's all housed in one of the most gorgeous true-to-RL builds around. When you go, be sure to wander all around -- especially over to the other side of the hills. You'll see. :)

As you explore both locations for Tapioca and Tesh, you'll see that this is clearly a collaboration between Tequlia and Hamish, and there's a little bit of each in both locations. You'll find quite a few Tesh Gardens items mixed in with the Tapioca Tastes garden furniture (at the SLurl in Part 4), and then a few Tapioca pieces mixed in at the official Tesh Garden location. Speaking of which -- prepare to have your breath taken away.

dutch-manorinteriorconservatoryThe Dutch Manor house (top) is just beautiful - the detail, the scale, the textures -- all just perfect. The middle picture is taken just inside the Manor House, and I love how Hamish has it set up like a RL garden center -- a few shelves, the counter and cash register, gardening tools laying around. Precious. The bottom picture is the conservatory where you'll find all the plants available - be sure to walk through each room! Speaking of beautiful plants -- Tesh Gardens has 'em. I only took one picture of the plants, though...it's the buildings and the other stuff that I really want to show you. :)

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Other Stuff

When you go to visit, be sure you really look closely at everything laying around. Hamish has everything arranged so naturally, like it's a working nursery, that you tend to forget that these are actually product displays. You can find what you need to build a vineyard...a vegetable garden...a greenhouse...there are tons of planters and pots for your flowers...look at everything. My favorites:

Greenhouse: I love greenhouses. I have absolutely no RL skill with potting, planting, landscaping, etc...but I sure do love the acoutrements available for such activities. :) This greenhouse has great texture and detail - I love the worn and weathered look to it. Be sure to check out what's inside. ;)

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Organic Vegetable Garden Gift Set: Words can't describe how much I love this set. Again, it's the little things like this that make a place really look and feel like a garden! Flowers and plants are great -- I need the details! The set comes with everything you see here in the foreground -- every awesome piece of it.

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Copper Water Hose with Bucket: I think the name says it all. :) This is genius -- you can't have a garden without a spigot, right? Ta da!

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There you go -- get those gardens started! Head over to Tesh Gardens and grab your supplies. Look around thoroughly; you can find a single-domed conservatory available as a prefab, as well as a beautiful conservatory/orangerie available on the other side of the hills. Enjoy!