Love at first sight

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JoHaDeZ. Poetic furniture. Totally new for me before visiting their Home & Garden Expo shop. They have everything  – decoration, plants, furniture, wall art – and everything is high quality mesh with great animations. I just love this shop – it is fresh and poetic indeed but not too sweet.

 

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I was little afraid me going to the Home & Garden Expo because I just recently bought a new house and did not want to buy new one again. On the other hand I have not so much money to spend right now. First I was totally lost and not so very excited when I arrived Expo Area 1 AND of course I crashed few times and was almost giving up BUT when I finally made my way to the Home Expo Area 2 I was in heaven. So much great stuff: houses, furniture, plants. I spend all the money I had – not much – but it is money well spent.

homegarden_001After a long time I finally put trees and rocks and plants and grass back to my grass bubble. I don’t have lots of prims so occasionally I have to delete something if I want more furniture etc. Now I wanted to see summery green also in SL (I love tree shadows on my house floor!) and made a path to the grass/flower/plant area. These flagstone pavers from [ba] are genious, just make copies and plan your path. My path is short – prim limit again! – and I also deleted one railing of the porch that I can go straight to the pavers.

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homegarden_002Something weird is happening to me… I have recently bought pink, green and blue items. When I saw this blueish wall art piece I just had to have it. The painting and a flower vase including texture change menu (I have no idea why I have red flowers on this pic, they should be yellow) are both from wonderful shop called JoHaDeZ.

PS. My title is in swedish, meaning “summer is short”. It really is, so let’s enjoy it inworld and IRL outdoors:)

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I have celebrated two birthdays during 5 days. I need a little break and another glass of bubbly.

Designer Prims house and stuff

My temporary home and all the stuff inside it (besides a kitchen cabinet, Zigana’s Scavenger hunt item) are from Designer Prims closing sale. Temporary house this is because I absolutely love SL houses – even more than clothes – and I can never have enough. I’m gonna be so broke after Home and Garden Expo 2013.

One of my favorite places to look new houses is L2 Studio. They have detailed and versatile buildings and I admire how they are showing their houses, for example this decorated kitchen area, next to TP area.

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The (Meme) Monkey House

SS‘s new meme entry by Pics by Peep introduced me PicMonkey. I had some flower fun with it as you can see… I have been aware of PicMonkey, but I have been happily using Pixlr Express which is very easy to use, very stylish and sleek and have no ads. Pixlr Express has great adjustment tools, nice overlays and effects and HUGE collection on frames and stuff.

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I deleted my old house (or not deleted, took back to inventory) and bought a new one from Designer Prims closing sale. This summer cottage has texture change menu, you can change inside/outside walls, floor and windows and the house was only 50 L$.

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After I tested PicMonkey, I decided to do my own very quick and dirty introduction about Pixlr Express. It is rather boring without voice/music, but I did not wanted to make voice narration in english and my finnish voice over was full of  coughing and other weird noises 😀 At the same time, this is also a introduction to Camtasia Studio. I have Adobe Premiere also, but editing machinima or creating tutorials like this (usually with voice;)) CS is much more quicker to use. Trial version 30 days, pricing reasonable. So my answers to SS’s teach me meme are more like tips, not a lessons:

  1. If you want adfree online editing without any money, try out polished looking Pixlr Express – it is so easy you don’t even need any tutorials for that.
  2. If you want to make good looking tutorials or edit machinima, use Camtasia Studio.
  3. If you want to make a SL-machinima, buy 3D mouse/space navigator, film your raw material with Fraps and edit/produce it with Camtasia. And plan and practise before filming! Every pose, every movement, every camera angle…

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Monday closing sales are so exhausting and sad. Designer Prims has everything under 100 L$. I bought a house – pics later when I have modified it – and champagne on ice. I want to celebrate my RL birthday in SL too!

This modern and comfy sofa has tons of animations but I could not bought it for some reason.

Time machine

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Default avatar (of the few females). Flowerpower fairy?

Pure horror. That was my first reaction when I extempore signed up to the InWorldz. Not because of leaving SL – oh no never! – but just for curiosity. I also have Blue Mars account since 2009 and I tested it also – but hated every minute of it. It is so totally different than SL and seems like there’s absolutely nothing to see or do. I might be wrong, but learning curve after SL is too painful so I don’t think I log in to the Blue Mars any time soon.

But InWorldz. It is like old-fashioned SL… like going back in time. Being newbie again is rough! When I arrived to the welcome area there was people waiting and offering me free house and help – very friendly and nice, but it happened so quickly… 10 minutes after log in I was standing outside my 30 day free rental beach house. Had to admit I was little irritated when they gave me tips how to put my typing animation off or how to open preferences… after I had said several times I am very familiar with the viewer based on my 7 years in SL. The viewer feels to be same as SL viewer, I did not noticed any differences what so ever.

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my 30 day free beach house
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after shape and skin (not perfect, just took something) I was desperate to find something to wear. these clothes took me back to my early SL years…
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after new clothing and hair I still look rather horrible. not feeling comfy.

I have no idea if I am going back. I am not so interested, but I am curious to test other virtual worlds too and it is not fair to judge after quick testing. Nevertheless, my tip of the day: if you think SL is boring and dull and empty and stupid, try other virtual worlds and you are gonna just love love love Second Life.

Lust for the rust

I visited the most beautiful rusty place called Rust (of course).

(…) world with a strange mix of machines, chained trees, rusty mushrooms, birds, balloons, butterflies, spiders, elephants and gear flowers.

I took tons of pictures with region settings mostly. All pics are raw shots, I only added borders with Pixlr Express which btw is very quick, reliable and versatile online image editor. I do everything with it, no need to open Photoshop or Paint.net anymore.

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The creator of Rust has also a inworld shop selling trees, furniture, B/W animations, fun clothes (steampunk/witch).

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Wearing erratic carly hoodie-skirt, pose is ADORKable 25 days of poses, pose number 22.

I lost my head, I even looked under the bed

IRL I am a writer and author, published/wrote 5-6 books – depends how you do the math. My last book (about internet dating) was published 2011 and after that I have not written much. I have been little worried about my none-writing, but I know I still have ideas and passion to do things.

So today – after I made my earlier blog entry – I went shopping poses from aDORKable 50 % sale. And Oh My God I shopped! 40-50 new poses on my inventory and I think I am going back many times.

25 days of poses is a nice pack and when I tested it at my home, I soon realized I could tell something mixed reality related from each pose/pose pic. 

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My current life is 50-50 life. I have my kids living with me one week and one week I live alone – expect not. I spend my childless week with my boyfriend (can you say BOYfriend if he is over 40 LOL). When I kiss him goodbye after carefree week I have mixed feelings day or two: I enjoy being with my wonderful children but I also miss my man.

Thank god my sons have so much going on every week I don’t have time to daydream.

My RL bedroom is actually very similar with my present SL bedroom. It is quite big and there’s two major things: my bed and my writing desk with PC. Only colors are more bold and deep, not pink or peach but red and orange.

Trinity Dress Black/Pink from Purple Moon Creations. Pose aDORKable 25 days of poses, day 3 pose.