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Postcard from Nowhere

I wish you could hear the soothing breeze and the waves as they splash on the shore…

Larger version: koinup // flickr

Water lilies and a beach

Out of Botanical today, we got this wonderful set of Waterlily clusters. As is usual for Kriss Lehmann’s products, these beautiful water plants are richly textured and full of detail. Each mesh cluster is just 1 prim (that’s all, believe it or not; go see for yourself), and between 1 and 2 land impact only. They come in blue, yellow, white and pink flowers. Can’t get better than this… except if adding a few water droplets, but they are amazing anyway. To buy or enjoy these waterlilies inworld, visit Botanical {slurl}.


And right after I finished working on the Japanese and Western-harmonized Style house, Studio Skye released the Driftwood Beach Den  interactive scene. Because I had already taken the pictures for the blog, the small mesh islet of white sands didn’t show up in the post. But here it is. Since my sim’s ground texture is all green and woodsy, a coastal beachy corner never looked the part. Thanks to this 14-prim scenery, I –a natural-born seatizen– can have my small tropical spot without the hassle of an all-sand seamless sim.  To visit the Driftwood Beach Den inworld, follow this {slurl}.

Simple… even if it seems not

Masomaso Quan’s store, MMGraffiti’s, is one of those places I love to get back to whenever I’m in need of some inspiration. It’s not that it carries a lot of products or anything like that (though it has “grown up” steadily for the last couple of years), but there’s always something that sparks my imagination. Mostly specialized in home and garden products, it has released a new house that has saved me from keeping my lot empty for too long. Called  the Japanese and Western-harmonized Style House, (kind of big name, isn’t it?) it combines a Western-like architecture with an Asian-themed interior. Some of its appeal can be traced back to Quan’s previous home, the Small House, that to this date is still one of my favorite houses, but this one has a lot more space to decorate.

I have a smaller plot now, as you already know, so there’s not much to show you from inside the house (not enough prims for extensive furnishing), and there’s almost nothing new outside either… except for these Italian cypress trees from 3D Trees [slurl]. Originally, there are three variations in the pack, and they are taller and wider, but as they are easy to mod (they’re 1 prim each too) you can stretch them at will to fit your doings.

A look from above might help you to better picture the structure’s spatial distribution: It is a two-story building, cross-shaped, with a lot of rotating windows and a small cute terrace, which is actually one of the nice “plus” of this dwelling (I’ve only placed a couple of chairs and some potted plants on it, but there’s plenty of room to play with). At 22 x 22 in size, it’s also relatively small, so it is good for all but the smallest of plots. Have in mind, though, that the house requires 188 prims (unfurnished) when fully rezzed, so I would suggest a minimum parcel size of 2048 sq.m. (468 prims) if you want to decorate thoroughly. From this aerial view, you can also spot the new Papaya tree from Tiki Tattoo [slurl] that I’ve happily added to my greenery collection. In 5 years of monitoring SL’s abundant flora, I think this is the first time that I encounter such a tropical delight.

Two notable elements in these shots are Studio Skye’s The Willow Pond (in the first picture) and the Old Bridge (pictured here). These interactive scenes come full of single and couple animations, are 100% mesh and less that 25 prims each, so they are perfect for… hell, everything and everyone. You can use this “prêt-à-porter” mini-landscapes to fill out an entire sim if you want, and then enjoy the rest of your second life without much hassle. A warning, though: they keep adding new scenes on a “regular” basis, so that could be a pleasant problem, hehe. There are currently eight, with surely more to come. Visit this [slurl] to see them inworld.

The benefits of a waterfront plot is the serenity that SL soundless “waves” add to the atmosphere. If you’re not living in a parcel like this, there’s always the chance to dig a hole until you find the precious liquid. Don’t forget to check out your estate’s covenant for limitations on terraforming before embarking on such a feat. Some of them won’t allow you to lower the land too much (I guess they fear you will try to escape their hold by an underwater tunnel or something). If you have access to a body of water, you can always place a small pier to dock a ship, like this little nice Kick ‘n Go boat from mdrm [slurl]. Actually this model is really a four-vehicle transformer that can turn into a plane, a balloon, a scooter, a boat, and even a chair by typing a few words. The idea is wonderful and helps maintain your inventory in check.

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