Deco Prep

Every year, I say this: “Even after (fill in the blank) years in Australia, it doesn’t feel like Christmas in the middle of summer.”

This year will be my 18th year here and that hasn’t changed one bit. On Friday at work, a couple of the women in my office started putting up small Christmas trees on their desks. Mind you, it was around 30C degrees (86F), so I just shook my American head and went back to proofing.

When I logged into Second Life today, I started putting together a room for my post. It was non-seasonal when I began, but somehow, the Christmas Spirit seemed to call my name. That led me to Tannenbaum 2017 and a little festivity began to creep into my setting. I decided that these new holiday things would compliment items already in my inventory from [ keke ], Kuro and {what next}.

I haven’t gone full-blown Festivus yet, but I’m well on my way with my Christmas deco prep.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*From [ keke ] by Kean Kelly:
*[ keke ] hygge collection vol. 2 . giga pack bx (available at Uber through December 23)
[ keke ] hygge sofa . white . sits 3 prs
[ keke ] hygge sofa table . white
[ keke ] glitter bottles
[ keke ] rainfall glitter broad
[ keke ] glitter chandelier . aged

*[ keke ] mistletoe fatpack . 15 pieces (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15
[ keke ] mistletoe . mist . mini
[ keke ] mistletoe wreath . green .
[ keke ] mistletoe wreath . frost . laying

*available at the mainstore:

*[ keke ] hygge collection . fatpack . 10 pieces . bx
[ keke ] hygge cup . hot matcha tea
[ keke ] triple tray table . white
[ keke ] bulb box . white . switch light on and off
[ keke ] hunters moon lamp . switch light on and off

*[ keke ] group gift winter 2017
*[ keke ] rosehips in pitcher . bugs
*[ keke ] winter ornaments in metal box RARE (gacha prize)
*[ keke ] winter metal box snow (gacha prize)
*[ keke ] shimmer stars in a jar

*From Kuro by Luana Dawg:
*For Sad November through December 2:
*Kuro – Antique armchair (Blue) Adult

*For District 20 through December 19:
Kuro – Nature sidetable
Kuro – Nature rugs I
Kuro – Nature rugs II
Kuro – Old lantern
Kuro – Nature plants I, II & IV
Kuro – A frame skybox

*{what next} ‘It’s Cold Outside’ Neon Light (warm white) by Winter Thorn (available at Collabor88 through December 6)

Available at Tannenbaum 2017 through December 25:
BALACLAVA!! Starlit Birch Tree & Photo Ornaments by Uriah Eulenberg
Dahlia – Finola – Ornament Basket – Assorted Gold by June Fallon
Dahlia – Finola – Mochi Sleeping Ornament – Rare 01 by June Fallon (gacha prize)
Dahlia – Finola – Mochi Looking up Ornament – Rare 02 by June Fallon (gacha prize)
Dahlia – Finola – Mercury Ornament – Blush 10 by June Fallon (gacha prize)
{anc} vintage bell chair 3Li {milk ribbon} RARE by aki69 (gacha prize)

From +Half-Deer+ by Halogen Magic:
+Half-Deer+ Favorite Sweater Clutter – Pink – Floor A
+Half-Deer+ Stringlight Clutter – Loose Coil
+Half-Deer+ Stringlights – Draped B
+Half-Deer+ Stringlights – Floor D

*Little Branch LB_GiantCedar{Animated}*Seasons by Cari McKeenan

Bubbles In The Rain

When you’re stepping out into the rain, you should do it in style. Even if you don’t have a chic raincoat, you can be fashionable in these cute Wellies from fri.day for Collabor88. In multiple colours, these boots are unrigged. They were fitted for Maitreya Lara, but by hiding your feet and making a few adjustments, you should be able to make them work for other mesh bodies. They are well worth splashing out on, come rain or shine.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*Boots: fri.day – Pepper Wellies (Cherry) by Darling Monday (available at Collabor88 August 2017)
Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Mesh body applier: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for Maitreya Mesh Body “Freckles” EASTERN by Steffi Villota

Long grass: *alirium* ItchyGrass [Brown] by Alir Flow
Short grass: MishMish – Sweet Short Grass by Aime Takaaki (recoloured)
Bubbles: {anc} bubbles by aki69
Rain: Misty Rain Emitter from Basic Elements by Klyks Klees

*Pose: an lar [poses] The Camille Series – Four by Katya Valeska (available at The Liaison Collaborative through August 30)

The Garden of Nowhere

I gave this post this title because so many of the scenes you see in my photos no longer exist. It is wonderful being able to create a setting on a whim, inventory and prim allowance withstanding. While the vast majority of the items I use still lay languishing in the depths of inventory, they may never again see the light of day, or they may be brought out, dusted off and used another day.

I have a home in Second Life. I spent about two months working on the current version, getting it just right. But I rarely ever go there. Instead, I tend to hang out on a bare platform until a new bauble or structure or plant inspires me to bring a scene to life. Unlike a lot of bloggers, my workspace is uncluttered. Once the credits have been captured, the items disappear, one by one, until I am back on my simple prim platform once again.

One designer whose work who frequents my posts – and also my permanent home – is [ keke ]. Delicate, detailed and delightful are the first words that come to my mind when I think of Kean Kelly’s creations. I am sure (if you look closely at the photo) you will recognise the butterflies, which have flittered their way through several of my recent posts. She has just released the lovely allium flowers for the July round of Collabor88 and in her mainstore, you can find the lovely garden gate and fence. If you were a subscriber of Deco(c)rate a couple of months ago when she contributed the Neverland Gate, you can now pick up the add-ons at the mainstore, as well. As ever, they are a lovely example of her talent and craft.

Close your eyes, imagine you can hear the breeze as it plays through the grass, feel the flutter of the butterfly’s wings against your cheek and feel the warmth of the late afternoon sun. It is all there, in the Garden of Nowhere. But do hurry; it will disappear before the sunset fades to grey.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*Gate and fence: [ keke ] garden gate & fence set . gold by Kean Kelly (new release at the main store)
*Allium plants: [ keke ] wild allium (blush, purpur and white) by Kean Kelly available at Collabor88 July 2017)
*Gate and fence: [ keke ] butterflies dancing – blue by Kean Kelly (available at the main store)
Garden by anc slight wildgrass {flash green} by aki69
[we’re CLOSED] grass field lush by Wendy Xeno
*alirium* ItchyGrass [Brown] by Alir Flow
KIDD GRASS*Wild Bush*Colza by doP Kidd
Mesh Plants – Full Perm Ruins Wall Pack by Reid Parkin
*The Little Branch LB_BloomingTree{Lavender} by Cari McKeenan
The Little Branch LB_AppleTree*Dark{With Apples Menu} by Cari McKeenan