Peace And Goodwill

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This is the type of scene that I miss most, living now in Australia. I am heading for my seventeenth Christmas down under, and it just doesn’t feel like the same holiday that it was in the USA. The cold air, warmed by a crackling fire, hot chocolate and the memories as each precious ornament is unwrapped, dusted off and placed lovingly on the tree. Cramming the living room with so many beautiful, shiny things that it is an adventure to get from one side of the room to the other.

Christmas on the beach? No thank you.

At least in Second Life, with the help of some fabulous creators, I can recreate the nostalgic feelings of those Christmases gone by.

Tree Glass Jewel Ornaments by Salt & Pepper

Peace and goodwill to all who enter here.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

    Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25:
    *From {what next} by Winter Thorn:
    {what next} Christmas Wall Collage (size 1)
    {what next} Christmas Gift Box Tower
    {what next} Gold Gift Box Tower
    {what next} Holiday Eggnog Latte
    {what next} Christmas Cookie Box
    *From Salt & Pepper by xxSaltandPepperxx (gacha prizes):
    S&P tree jewel -tree topper RARE
    S&P tree jewel blue
    S&P tree jewel brown
    S&P tree jewel gold
    S&P tree jewel green
    S&P tree jewel purple
    S&P tree jewel red (showcased in 2nd photo)
    S&P tree jewel silver (showcased in 2nd photo)
    S&P tree jewel snow (showcased in 2nd photo)
    From Kalopsia by Isabeau Baragula:
    Kalopsia – Carol’s Bows Garland – White
    Kalopsia – Crackers Box
    Kalopsia – Puddle Duck – White
    Kalopsia – Spinning Top – Green
    Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Sitting – White
    Kalopsia – Pile of Gifts
    Kalospia – Winter Dome
    Kalopsia – Carol’s Christmas Garland
    From Pilot by Kaz Nayar:
    PILOT – Hanging Ornaments
    PILOT – Tiered Plant Stand [Evergreen]
    From Fancy Decor by Jake Vordun:
    Fancy Decor: Twig Tree (silver)
    Fancy Decor: Twig Tree (gold)
    From Mori. by Nalena Fairey (gacha prizes):
    Mori . beads C
    Mori . beads E
    Mori. flying key . gold A
    Mori. flying key . silver A
    Toiz. Noel jar lamp by Marinestella
    Schadenfreude Popcorn Garland Decorating Birdies RARE by Allegory Malaprop (gacha prize)
    3-Bee Designs Christmas Ornaments:.gacha Garland by Bee Caudron (gacha prize)
    tarte. crate sled – natural w lights by Alixxbella
    Myrrine cluster of candle houses by Myrrine
    Vagabond – Ida’s Tree Skirt by Shawneese Offcourse
    R(S)W Christmas Card Row by Robin Sojourner

Inside tree: Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) by Kriss Lehmann
*Outside tree: Little Branch LB_XmasTree{34th Street}V2 by Cari McKeenan
Fireplace: Apple Fall Georgian Gothic Fireplace by Warehousefifteendesigns
Rug: Kalopsia – Emily’s Faux Fur Rug by Isabeau Baragula
Small table: dust bunny . rose table . white by lxlNoel
Stockings: {what next} Nordic Stocking (White#1 & White#3) by FrankLee Anatra
Build: DaD DESIGN “Aspen Cabin” m/c V.1.0 by sheerpetal Roussel (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15)

Lazy Autumn Stroll

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Autumn is my favourite time for taking a walk. With the nip in the air, it is always best to have a big, warm guy to tag along. There is no need to hurry; dawdling is encouraged.

There are tons of new autumn-appropriate items floating around the grid this month. Starting with me, the dress from *Just BECAUSE* comes with a bolero to keep your arms nice and snug. The leg warmers from fri.day keep my legs toasty and the hat from JfL keeps the heat from seeping out of my head.

Chance has a totally new look (see below for all of his meshy wonderfulness), including the jacket/shirt combination from VRSION. Given my appalling lack of male fashion sense, I was thrilled to see this combo and sent Chance running to TMD to pick it up. He has even grown a beard for the season, compliments of an awesome group gift from NO.MATCH!

On to the scene…I am in love with the bicycle prop from {what next}. With a basket chock-full of pumpkins, it is perfect for a fall setting. With contributions from Apple Fall and Kalopsia, plus the finishing touch of the wrought iron fence from Botanical, we found the ideal spot to rest on our lazy autumn walk.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
On Peep:
*Dress & bolero: *Just BECAUSE* *JB* Jacqui Dress by Annie Melson (new main store release)
*Collar: PurpleMoon :: PM :: Teuta Collar -black- by Poulet Koenkamp (available at The Liaison Collaborative through Oct. 30)
*Hat: JfL Kufi V.8 skull cap black by Johnfrancis Laville
*Leg warmers: fri.day – Marnie.Warmers (Coal) by Darling Monday (available at Collabor88 October 2016)
*Boots: fri.day – Piper.Boots (Muddy) by Darling Monday
Hair: little bones. Vee by Nova Faerye
Head: CATWA HEAD Tumble V4.9 by Catwa Clip
*Skin & Catwa Head Applier: Elysium – Candice skin (red brow) – mocha freck by Aleida Rhode
Body, feet and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: LOTUS. Devotion Eyes – 2 by Lilanachristina (gacha prize)
Eyeshadow: Deesses Boutique : Catwa – Queen eyeshadow set (10 models) by NatalieWells

On Chance:
Jacket/shirt: VRSION RIVAL 10 Male Coat [FITTED MESH] FB by Badon Rain (available at TMD October 2016)
Jeans: SLINK – ELIAS Skinny Jeans (Light Blue) – ColdAsh by ColdAsh (available at TMD October 2016)
Shoes: Adjunct – Afterlife Men’s Hi-Top Sneakers – Black/Brown by myvegancookbook Bolissima
Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.ACCESS. by viking
Beard: NO.MATCH_NO.MISSION. by viking (group gift)
Body: Slink Physique MALE Mesh Body Release 1.2 by Siddean Munro
Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Justin V4.11 by Catwa Clip
Skin applier for body, hands and feet: L’Etre Homme – Slink Hand, Feet and Body Appliers [Golden Tone] by Dam1710
Eyes: LOTUS. Devotion Eyes – 12 by Lilanachristina (gacha prize)

*Bicycle: {what next} Autumn Bicycle Decor by FrankLee Anatra (available at Collabor88 October 2016)
Tree: Little Branch LB_YoungOak{4Seasons} by Cari McKeenan
Book: Toiz. Autumn fairy story book by marinestella
Wooden blocks: Kalopsia – 6 – Aurelia’s Wood Blocks – Apple by Isabeau Baragula (gacha prize at The Chapter Four)
Windmill: Kalopsia – 1 – Aurelia’s Windmill Decor by Isabeau Baragula (gacha prize at The Chapter Four)
Bench: Apt B // Creative Outdoors – Bench Brown by AptB (gacha prize)
Pumpkins: Apple Fall Pumpkin Assortment 3 by Warehousefifteendesigns
Hedge: Apple Fall Apple Fall Juniper Hedge – Seasonal by Warehousefifteendesigns (gift)
*Fence: Botanical – Scrolled Wrought Iron Fence by Kriss Lehmann (available at The Liaison Collaborative through Oct. 30)
Leaves: +Half-Deer+ Fallen Leaves by Halogen Magic
Grass: Little Branch LB_WildGrass*1Li{Autumn} by Cari McKeenan

Pose: RK Poses. Walking Gift by Keon Xenga (group gift)

Christmas Treasures

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When I was growing up, putting up the Christmas tree was always one of the most wondrous things to me. We always had a real tree; I grew up in the country, so we would go to a nearby neighbour’s who grew them and pick out our very own. Daddy would cut it, and would pay for the tree while he made small talk with our neighbour for what seemed forever to my sister and me, who were anxious to get our tree home so we could begin our Christmas preparations.

Mom would have the boxes of ornaments and Christmas decorations out and we would begin untangling lights and sorting through the ornaments while Daddy set up the tree. It was always like diving into a treasure trove for me, those boxes marked “Christmas Decorations” that resided for 11 months a year on a ledge in the basement. For those 11 months, they were simply a couple of cartons that gathered dust; but when December arrived, they became magical.

Inside each box, carefully wrapped in tissue paper, were a range of ornaments, handed down from my Grandmother. Handmade, they were delicate and fragile, and my sister and I were only allowed to handle them once we were nearing our teens. Two cardinals with flexible tails and adorned with dazzling glitter were two of my favourites. I always got to place them on the tree, finding the perfect boughs on which to place them , so their proud red breasts created a spark of bright colour against the deep green of the tree. There was a box of hand-painted and decorated bulbs in various shapes that had been a gift from an aunt who had shepherded them home from a visit to Germany before I was born. Each was wrapped in tissue paper and sat nestled in a separate compartment of a cream-coloured box. Opening that package, I always felt a moment of awe at the detail and beauty of each bauble. I was so excited, being given the permission to place those bulbs on the tree for the first time. I handled each one with loving reverence and care, taking the responsibility given me with a bit of breath-holding trepidation, ensuring each one was securely anchored to a branch before stepping back and looking at my parents with a smile and a great deal of pride.

While I have always had a Christmas tree in my home in Second Life, this is the first year I have decorated my own. The ornaments in the gacha machines at the Tannenbaum Winter Market are designed to fit the Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree, also found at Tannenbaum. With the tiny land impact of these mesh ornaments, I could finally decorate my own tree. And when I saw the winter ornaments in metal box from [ keke ] for The Arcade, I was flooded with memories of those Christmases with my family, rediscovering the Christmas treasures, handed down through the generations.

The best Christmas present ever.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

From Tannenbaum Winter Market (through December 25th, 2015:

Tree: Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) by Kriss Lehmann

Bunny: – Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Sitting – Brown by Isabeau Baragula

Ornaments from {anc} by aki69:
glass ornament. for tree (SNOW) 2Li RARE
glass ornament. for tree (RAIN) 2Li RARE
glass ornament. for tree (1) 1Li
glass ornament. for tree (2) 1Li
glass ornament. for tree (3) 1Li
glass ornament. for tree (4) 1Li
glass ornament. for tree (5) 1Li

Ornaments from !Ohmai by Anya Ohmai
X’mas Magic [Rae]
X’mas Magic [Fah]
Gold Star Topper
Doilie Tree Skirt

Other ornaments:
Schadenfreude Feline 2 Catmas Ornament by Allegory Malaprop
MishMish – Kitty in a box – Pastel by Amie Takaaki
RazzBerry Inc. [RI] Pearl Berry Ornament (Bubblegum) by Jayme Lorakeet
Jian Holiday Critter Baubles :: Bluebirds by JianSL

From [ keke ] by Kean Kelly
*winter landscape (available for MIX at the mainstore December 2015)
*shimmer dust [used as lights in Christmas tree] (available for MIX at the mainstore December 2015)
* shimmer stars in a jar (available for MIX at the mainstore December 2015)
*shimmer stars in a dish (available for MIX at the mainstore December 2015)
*winter ornaments in tin form (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)
*winter ornaments in metal box RARE (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)
*2 winter ornaments on string (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)
*winter metal tree – snow (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)
*winter countdown calendar (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)
*the 13th star – bright by Kean Kelly (available at Kustom9 Nov. 15 – Dec. 10 2015)
boxed glass balls – glow RARE (gacha prize)
twinkling lights log – snow wood

From [ zerkalo ] by DanielEstro
Ladder: Cozy Corner – Ladder White – PG
Gifts: Magical Christmas – Pile of Gifts#1

From Pixel Mode by Tya Fallingbridge:
Remington – Luminary – Red Green Silver (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)
Remington – End Table (gacha prize at The Arcade December 2015)

Build: Scarlet Creative Country Keep by Charlotte Barlett