J Is For Jump

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I wasn’t quite sure what to do for the letter J. I could have gone with a designer, but I wanted to do more of a theme. When “jump” popped into my head, I started looking for poses in my inventory. I found a couple, but they weren’t what I wanted. I was going to give up on the idea and try to come up with something else, then I happened to stumble across this tutorial on pose making by Gogo on JuicyBomb. Since I had an idea of what type of pose I wanted, I decided to give it a go. So, I downloaded DAZ Studio, followed Gogo’s instructions and started playing around.

Yes, that is it in my photo. Not only am I jumping, but I am joyful, jubilant and jolly-well proud of my little creation. Is it perfect? Nah. But I made it! I’m going to call it beginner’s luck, though, because I tried another one and it was a joke!

But there’s no need to be jealous because here is the surprise I mentioned yesterday – I’m giving it away!

All you need to do is visit my marketplace store or stop in my show room in world to pick it up. It is sitting on the shelf just as you walk in, so it’s easy to find.

I only have one request: if you use it in a photo for your blog, please credit it. I think that’s a small price to pay for a Poses by Peep original 😉

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress: Maitreya Wrap Dress * Pure by Onyx LeShelle (available at Collabor88 April 2014)
Shoes: ::HH:: Hucci Vinnitsa Sandal – Blush for Slink High Feet by Eboni Khan (available at Collabor88 April 2014)
Necklace: EarthStones Butterfly Necklace – Whisper by Abraxxa Anatine
Earrings: EarthStones Butterfly Earrings – Whisper by Abraxxa Anatine
Hair: *ARGRACE* Saki – True Red by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: Poses by Peep – J is for Jump by Peep Sideshow (free on Marketplace)

Location: Glanduin

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD

Supporting Calas Galadhon

1 Calas Galadhon in Spring

Spring has returned to Calas Galadhon Park so I had to pop over to pay it a visit. Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith never disappoint and the park is as lovely in spring as it was charming in winter.

One thing you may notice on your visit is that the donation kiosks have been changed to reflect a monthly target amount. As of May, Ty & Truck will have to reduce the amount they personally put toward the $1,485 US dollars cost for them to maintain the full 11 sims. Yes, you read that right. That is the total in US dollars they contribute monthly to make the park available to SL residents.

This means, in effect, that if donations don’t meet a certain level, part of the park may have to be closed.

If you visit Calas Galadhon and have a few Lindens to spare, please drop them into one of the kiosks on your favourite sim. Or split it between several sims if you are in love with more than one. They pool the money for the payment, but the donation kiosk you choose will help them decide which sims to keep and which to let go, if it comes to that. Because this park is so special I would hate to see any of it disappear, but as always, real life commitments often get in the way of our Second Life dreams so this decision is completely understandable. You can read more about this on the Calas Galadhon Park blog.

I chose this location to photograph because I have always loved this painting, The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano. Is it my favourite location at Calas Galadhon Park? Well, it is one of many. I made small donations on two of the sims, but I will be going back to add to that total. There are so many delightful spots in the park that I want to help preserve. Please, if you have a preference, head over to help out Ty and Truck. Even if you don’t have a favourite but do have a few extra Lindens tucked away for a rainy day, this is a wonderful way to help support these two people who have given so much beauty to the residents of our virtual world.

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Umbrella: *BOOM* Rain no rain umbrella. -lemon- by Aranel Ah (gacha prize at The Arcade March 2014)
Top: Tee*fy Marlene Blouse Lemon/offShoulder by Azure Electricteeth (available at Collabor88 March 2014)
Skirt: (Milk Motion) silk skater skirt – white/black by Marie Lauridsen (available at Collabor88 March 2014)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – MG Necklace – Patience – Heart Watch Pendant – Long – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer
Shoes: KIM-Mia S.Heel-(Requires Slink Feet)-Yellow by Kimberly Flagon (purchased at Slink West)
Hair: *ARGRACE* MIZUKI – Red by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Bare Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Eye Makeup: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Mid by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: aDORKable Poses: Attitude 1 by Adorkable Peapod

Location: Calas Galadhon

The Year That Was

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It is New Year’s Eve and a day to reflect on the year that has passed. For me, it has been a tumultuous year with lots of lows interspersed with a few highs. In terms of my real life I have seen so many changes that I am still attempting to process and come to terms with them. As for Second Life, it has been a better year, largely because of this blog.

And the person most responsible for it is My Cherished, Tylar. I chose to lead this post with this photo because it was largely her encouragement that led me to opening my photography business, which in turn led to this little publication that has become not just a showcase for my photographs, but also an exploration of my life in and out of Second Life. My Cherished, thank you for believing in me, standing behind me and for sharing so many of your wonderful qualities with me.

The rest of this story will be a taste of some of my favourite photos and posts. Some of them may not make a lot of sense to you; you won’t necessarily see only the best photos in terms of composition and technique. But each one of these holds a special place in my heart for one reason or another. This is going to be a long one, so if you aren’t inclined to spend a large portion of your day reminiscing with me, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and I’ll see you on the other side.

If you are willing to stick with me, just click this link to take the plunge. Continue reading