You’ve Been Gone Forever

1 You were gone forever sm

Most of the time I am doing a photograph for my blog, I shoot in a created space. By that I mean a set I have put together on my platform specifically for the photo. It is usually just a single room I have decorated in a house I have rezzed specifically for the purpose or in the box I have hanging beneath the platform and colour-change to suit the mood. While I sometimes use the clearing in the woods at the back of my land, I seldom photograph inside my Second Life residence.

This isn’t because I am shy about showing off the interior of my home. Rather, it is because I am usually using brand new items (interspersed with some older favourites) for my blog photos. Even though I may love each little treasure I show, my home is more stable. Many of the objects I use are ancient in Second Life terms – a month in SL being the equivalent of a dog’s year – and we all know that newness equates to relevance in the SL blogging world. As an official blogger for several events and designers, my job is to showcase their latest releases. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t surround myself with pretty things that I have held dear for a period of time.

Nothing in this photo really falls into that “old” category, yet it doesn’t meet the “hot off the presses” criteria, either. They are just things that I like and chose to make a (relatively) permanent part of my Second Life. They may be replaced at some stage, but for now, they form one of my favourite spaces in my home. The recessed windows in this house from Scarlet Creative just cry out for little vignettes to be created. Several of the puppies from Fawny frolic outdoors, but this little fella stays inside…waiting patiently for my return.

He may spend time curled up in the rocking chair or gnawing on the pom poms of the blanket in his basket, but whatever he does, he will always be watching for me to come home. Whether I’ve been away for a few minutes or overnight, his reaction is always the same – greeting me as if I’ve been gone forever.

He knows; he counted.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Puppy: Fawny – My little puppy – 9 by akirakiyoi (gacha prize)
Chair: Scarlet Creative – The Arcade Dec 15 Campbell Chair MT by Charlotte Bartlett (gacha prize)
Basket: dust bunny . pom pom blanket by xlnoel (gacha prize)
Build: Scarlet Creative Country Keep by Charlotte Bartlett
Tree: HPMD* Garden Tree05 – white 2A + 2B by Sasaya Kayo

Watching The New Year Begin

1 Watching The New Year Begin

Here is wishing everyone a happy 2016. I hope your year is full of joy and prosperity, health and good cheer. Thank you for stopping by this little space of mine; I really have enjoyed sharing my Second Life with you and getting to know those of you who have struck up a conversation on your visits.

I usually do a “year in review” post about this time, but instead, this year instead of an evaluation of the past, I’m going to focus on watching the new year begin.

I hope to see you looking back.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-SIMONE by JadenArt
Body: Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Base skin for LeLutka & Maitreya Mesh Body by Aida Ewing
Tattoo: [White~Widow] DeadMan – Henna by Julie Hastings
Hat/hair: *ARGRACE* Wide brim hat / ITO by rika Oyen
Earrings: Cae :: Elusive :: Earring by Caelan Hancroft
*Top: Salt & Pepper S&P Corsage Alina by xxSaltandPepperxx (available for MIX January 2016)
Leggings: Blueberry – Denise – Leggings Full Length – Maitreya by Blueberryxx

Pose: PF10- F – WDK by Kurt Mortensen (NLA)

Photo taken with LUMIPro 2016 by Stefan Buscaylet

I’m Not Afraid To Look Down, But I Won’t Let Go

1 On a Swing

Balancing my life is not akin to walking a tightrope; instead, it is more like teetering on a swing, not quite ready to let go, but getting to the point where I can at least look down. Slippery slopes and all that (yes, I know I’m mixing my metaphors like a Kansas farmhouse in a tornado!)

It is a challenge to keep my equilibrium and composure some days. Hell, most days. Traffic woes, work stresses, wild and sometimes frightening dreams, broken sleep and aches and pains all push me to my limits. But then a cuddle from my (usually) stand-offish cat, a chat with my sweetheart and a photo that I am happy with are the counterbalance to the distress I allow to cloud my day.

I am learning, slowly, not to fear looking down, but I still won’t let go.

Top: Addams // Sophia Tank Top // Maitreya by AmaliaRainwood (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Jeans: Vinyl – Oakley Jeans – Light Blue- Lara by Sukoshitosuto (available at Uber July/August 2015)
*Earrings: Salt & Pepper S&P hippie earrings gold (gacha prize at The Gacha Garden August 2015)
Feet wrappings: fri. – Aisling.Wraps (Blush) – Maitreya High by Darling Monday (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Hair: *ARGRACE* NAO – Ginger by rika Oyen (New Release)
Tattoo: [White~Widow] Midnight in Paris – MeshBody Appliers by Julie Hastings (New Release)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Summerv3 – America 02 E by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Chair: {anc} le cirque de reverie .8/ blanc / pink / hangingchair 2Li by aki69 (gacha prize)
Tree: HPMD* Garden Tree05 – white 2A + 2B by Sasaya Kayo (recoloured)
Daisies: The Little Branch Marketplace StoreLB_Daisy{Rounded-Field} by Cari McKeenan
Grass: [we’re CLOSED] grass field lush by Wendy Xeno

Pose by the chair

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet