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I’ve been kind of busy lately, yet I don’t have much to report. Sounds like a contradiction, but it’s not, because, after all, I didn’t plan to change things so soon again. Besides, I’ve only been “revisiting” my inventory, for the most part, trying to clean it a little bit… if possible, and controlling SL expenses in terms of land holdings. I have to say I’ve managed to do OK so far. I’ve “found” some comfort in “decorating” with what I have at the moment; that has even been interesting, indeed: replacing stuff with low prim versions while retaining as much detail as possible. It’s been a lot of fun, really, and I think I should have a SL garage sale of some sort at some point, so other people may benefit from my used wares. Non-transferable stuff gets deleted of course; there’s no other way to deal with them… unless you want to keep it for historical reasons. But I’m more practical than sentimental when it comes to cleaning the clutter, and if I have no plan of using it again, why bother keeping?

Has anybody done a garage sale before? The Marketplace has a Used Items category, some kind of a flea market, but I still prefer inworld business. But then, there’s some issues to consider too. For example: When a creator puts something for sale with transferable rights, does that automatically entitles the buyer to a licence for resell (unless specifically indicated otherwise)? You own a copy because you paid for it, and if after buying some furniture in RL you can do with it as you wish (be it resell, give away, burn up –or down–, whatever), should it be the same in SL? If so, or if it doesn’t make a difference, at what price should used wares be sold? I mean, SL stuff is eternally new, so should one go for same price as new or lower? Not that I’m looking for a way to get rich or anything, but getting something back from my investment will certainly be more than welcomed. Actually, even selling at 5L per item would help to cover some sweet weekly tier, come on. But I’m not a business man; I usually end up cluttering some of my friend’s  inventories instead, hehe.

Anyway, back to “business”. Here are some shots of what the plot looks like right now. As I said, most of this stuff is old, so I’m skipping the credits of what has been shown in previous posts. You can browse the blog if you need to, or use the tags to get some clues. I do have to highlight some products I’ve never used before, like the Lainey Park Bench from Cheeky Pea {slurl} in the first picture. It’s not exactly a low prim bench considering there are some in the market for 4 to 6 times a lower land impact (LI), but I like this one a lot, and I think it’s because its nice animation set. By the way, Cheeky Pea is having a 50% OFF sale this week, a great excuse to renew your house furnishings while saving some lindens.

Next is Zacca’s Farmer House, small version {slurl}. As usual, I did some modding to fit my size, so this is smaller than the original one. I had to ask direct help from Cross Jupiter (its creator) to adjust the garden door and the casement window because they are no-mod to prevent people from screwing the scripts up if they attempt to change any of the two. The house is pretty good if you own a small parcel. If space is not an issue, check out the two larger versions; both are awesome.

The tall bush in front of the Farmer House is a broadleaf tree (T12) I got from Sub Dimensional Studio {slurl} a long time ago. Again, the original is a huge sculpted tree that is taller than a skyscraper, and I mean it. It is mod-able so now, thanks to the new prim size limit, it’s ok to stretch it to more realistic heights; that’s why I’m using it now. In the foreground, there’s a Wood Bike from Mary’s Little Lamb {slurl} –a toy-like thingy not for riding–, and a freebie Fence from Glitterati {slurl} loaded with about 10 different poses. The bike is still available, but I really have no idea about the fence.

The “idea” behind the Farmer’s House is that I converted it into a little shoreline café; just for the looks and the fun and the challenge of adding a lot of stuff while keeping the prim allowance in check, really. I won’t be holding artsy soirées anytime soon, but you can turn in the parcel music stream if you happen to be around. Be warned, though: it’s not Beethoven coming out of the antique speakers, but some dark gothic tunes provided by the House of Avro‘s Dark Radio preset stations. The radio can’t be seen in the picture above, but you can get it following this {slurl}. It’s somewhere around the store. Be careful of vampires while you shop [grins]. The tables and stools are from mdrm {slurl}, while the Bistro Chalkboards in the background are from LISP Bazaar {slurl}. The bottles and box are from Post’s Sunnanby Harvest Hutch {slurl}. Most of the bakery stuff (mostly hidden in the pic behind the stool) is from i(TuTu) {slurl}, LISP, Kinokoko {slurl}, atmosphere works {slurl}, and Organica {slurl}.

All these changes were prompted by this enchanting Willow Tree from 3D Trees {slurl} released a couple of weeks ago. I placed it near the pond, which you can see in a more natural light in the picture accompanying a previous post.

I also found this cute Tree with Bird’s Nest in the most unlikely of places: a store named Old World {slurl}, that specializes in Medieval furniture, buildings and other wares. It’s not that it’s odd to find a tree in there, it’s just that it’s not a garden center. But well, it was a nice finding. They have some interesting stuff for a rustic look as well, so it’s worth paying a visit. I used the Cheeky Pea’s Zachary Patio set before, but the wire-like chairs and table are so thin that they didn’t show up well in the picture. This time, the shot was more favorable, so there they are.

And finally, a “cutesse” from Happy Mood {slurl}: the Stump Table set. It comes with table and tree chairs, and with or without painting utensils. The tubular thingy covering the stump table is a modified Gazebo from Cheeky Pea. By the way, don’t look up cutesse in the dictionary. I just made that up; read it as cute + finesse [winks].

Moody Grass

Happy Mood is one of those shops that should be offering new garden products in a more regular fashion; once a year or so is not enough, I say. They have been selling the cutest bunnies of all SL since 2008-09 (much, much better looking than those self-reproducing and lag inducing meanies everybody else but me loves so much). These recently released grasses are no exception. You can get them at their store, also known as HPMD, for an equally nice fee. Visit Happy Mood [slurl].