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Frankenlandscape…

Right now I’m practically full time in mainland, but I’m still holding onto my remaining plot in Lionheart Estate for the time being. I don’t know exactly why, but it feels like it’s a peaceful and safe little corner to be if I’d need to escape from anything or anywhere. The estate has a better sense of “neighborhood” too, with regular town meetings and committees to organize local events.

Larch islet

Landscaping in this little corner is different from doing it in other places of this estate, because the parcel is located in the heart of the tropical strip, where sandy beaches dominate the scenery. And frankly, these new Larch conifers from 3D Trees needed something better as substrate for a healthy growth, so I’m using Studio Skye’s Land Forms Building Set to give parts of the islet a more suitable look. Call it a frankenlandscape (grins).

The larch set is quite nice, as is usual for a 3D Trees product. The conifers are still made of sculpts instead of modern mesh, and each one has an equivalency of 2 to 3 prims. On the contrary, The Loft’s Watcher’s Cabin (red version) is a mesh construction and materials ready. I bought this house during October’s The Garden event, but I guess it should be available in store right now (I haven’t checked, though).

Watcher's Cabin

What is nice about his cabin is that it’s a one-room building (and includes an animated chimney–no way to set the fire on and off, that I know of) so it’s easy to decorate. Here I’m using Cheeky Pea’s Quinn sofa and chair, (currently available in this month’s FaMESHed),  CP’s Deconstructed table with bowl planter, tray candles and tea cups; Zigana’s Red carpet, Mimmi’s Little tree, and Trompe L’Oeil’s Hanging lane with photos and Baybrooke framed print (Pond) on the chimney. Take a look at the fire’s reflection on the floor: it’s not painted, that’s the materials thingy at work, it makes that glow dynamic!

Desk and closet

From another angle, you can see the cabin’s closet, where I have placed Cleo Design Daybed, in case I need a quick reboot, and Standby Inc.’s detailed Huckleberry Desk, available at this month’s Collabor88 round (if you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up Sawyer Shelf as well).

From the daybed

Here’s a look of the living room from the daybed’s solitary space and…

Chimney

…a weird view of the same room from Santa Claus’ perspective.

Spiderman look

And to finish the post, a spider privileged view of the same scene. (I just wanted to do something with these extra shots, lol).

Apple Fall and The Loft industrial chairs

De-Looks

To the left, Apple Fall’s Tolix Inspired Industrial Chair, a rare gacha item from the current The Arcade September 2013 event. With luck, you can get it for 75L only (which is the base price) directly from the gacha machine. Right now, access to the Country Club sim is an act of pure luck too, so be ready to try, and try, and try until someone crashes and that fact lets you in, lol. If you prefer to look for it on the numerous Arcade related yard sales, prices seem to start at around 650L (the cheapest I’ve seen) and up to 2,000L, depending on avarice… I mean, on the lucky winner’s good will. Land impact is a nice 2LI, and it’s a non-copyable but transferable item. A single unit comes with 6 colors to choose from by way of a simple click.

To the right, there’s an army of The Loft’s Newcombe Stools, available at this month’s faMESHEd event. The set price for a single, copyable but non-transferable unit is 475L, with no luck involved, so if you want it, you only have to pay to get it. Land impact is twice that of Apple Fall’s, at 4LI, and if you wish different colors, be prepared to pay 475L for each, uff!

So which is best? I’d say, it depends on how lucky you are. I was fortunate enough to get 2 of Apple Fall chairs in my first few tries at the gacha machine (woot!), so that would be the way to go, but if you’re not that lucky and will go yard sale hopping, then maybe you should take a closer look at The Loft’s: you’ll save time and money. Though both chairs have a very similar (and quite nice) industrial look, I have to admit the rusty appeal of some of The Loft’s variety have a significant advantage over Apple Fall’s one (click the picture to enlarge it and have a better look). Yet, it’s only one color per chair…

Here are events’ slurls:

  • The Arcade – hype is going down so, it’s going to be easier to get in
  • FaMESHed – same as above

And here’s two collection of Arcade yard sales (slurls may coincide), and a shopping guide:

Ouchi-Ya House 6

A parcel that is no more

Today is the last day of my largest parcel (2912 sq.m.); tier will expire in a few hours (maybe even before I finish this post) and the land will revert to its pseudo-owner. From now on I’ll be trying to live in a smaller plot while I wait for a chance to get a decent waterfront parcel with direct access to the open seas in Nautilus… if ever that comes true. Anyway, here are a few shots of the soon-to-be former plot for the “family album”.

House

The house is #06 from Ouchi-Ya ++HY’s++, a small store and cafe based on Bay City. I’ve been a fan of their buildings for quite some time now since they design small structures with a low prim count. The buildings are mostly prim-based, though they have started to add mesh elements recently. In its original state, this one is basically a one-room, single floor house, but I modified it a little bit, and created four separate rooms to accommodate a living room, dining room, kitchen and full bathroom in the first floor, and a bedroom in an upper level.

Backyard

I wasn’t going to post these pictures since (1) they don’t include any new garden product, which is the main topic of this blog, (2) I’m hardly a decent interior decorator –not to be so rude with myself and say that I suck big time in that department–, and (3) I’ve been concentrating in other matters as to spend too much time on this subject, yet there are a few products worth pointing out, such as, in the picture above (from left to right):

  • Trompe L’oeil – Pallet chair (brown, with blanket)
  • Dysfunctional Designs – round garden bed with yellow flowers (group freebie)
  • PILOT – Potted plant shelves, Garden tools & Garden supplies
  • MudHoney – Standing pillows
  • Cheeky Pea – Sara picnic basket (spring)
  • Tatty Soup – Lowe rug (plum; Tatty Soup is no more, but you can find this designer’s stuff at her new store, Junk)
  • Alouette – Homemade tent (I think this was a Lazy Sunday release, but it’s on her store at regular price)

Bathroom

And here we have the most “unnatural” thing in SL: a bathroom (unless it’s for cybersex of course), but I love both that toilet and the shower, so why not put them out of my inventory? The toilet in particular, with all that decoration, is just 2 LI, so now you know why it’s a must show.

  • Dutchie – Vintage copper shower, bathrobe (white, modified to look blue-grey), classic medicine cabinet & bathroom mat
  • LAQ Decor ~ Toilet (white)
  • bitter vanilla – Disinfection bowl

Bedroom up

This is how the house interior looks like, with the improvised second level and bedroom.

LISP Summerhouse

And this is part of the”backyard”, with LISP’s Persimmon Summerhouse and Cheeky Pea’s Deconstructed chairs dominating the scene. Other elements:

  • Cheeky Pea – Bowl planter, Deconstructed side table, Ansel wall art frames & Ansel console table
  • MudHoney – Melissa drink tray
  • The Loft – Wagon table (bleached)
  • Culprit – Heirloom rug
  • Trompe L’oeil – Steampunk lamp (gacha)
  • M&M Deco – Calathea #3
  • 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Fabric lamp (ceiling mounting)
  • what next – Vintage poster (Libraire) & Row of books
  • keke – Summer bottle
  • MonkeyWorks – Potted plant
  • Anaconda S – Pot plant #7
  • LISP – Ygritte reclaimed divider (natural mirror, modded to add transparency effect)
  • Tartessos Arts – Panorama telescope

If I were normal like most people, I would keep this house and plot for a long time. But no, I couldn’t stay in the same plot for more than three months… The hell!