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Draughtsman

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draughtsman-square-whiteI visited Draughtsman today. It’s a new sales event focusing on architectural design in particular. There’s around 20-25 merchants in the event. I’ve taken quite a few pictures  but must admit not everything piqued my interest enough to buy.

If you want to go and have a look, then here’s the SLURL for Draughtsman (which I love – the sim is called Time Travel!)

So, what is there in the first round?

Details and SLURLs (my comments in italics):

One Décor – Wine & Beer Fatpack – LI57 total, L$1750 – I bought this, beautifully detailed set (and it includes the shabby cabin as well as the décor).
cheakypea – Wander Sofa Set – LI43 total, L$1050 (PG) L$1350 (Ad)
Wazzer Works – Industrial Set – LI17+ total, L$1050 (total, sold separately)
ninety (MP Link) – Tacos Place, LI35, L$250 total – I bought this as well, I don’t have anywhere to use it at the moment but I’m sure that I’ll find somewhere!
ionic – A Strange Day – LI9, L$400 – I didn’t buy these as I have a lot of sheds, these are very pretty though and only 9 LI!
Astralia – Victorian Greenhouse – LI30, L$299 – A detailed and beautiful build, I currently use the simpler Provincial Greenhouse by [DDD] but if I were to create a Victorian themed parcel then this would certainly be considered!
ChiC Buildings – Sunrise Beachhouse – LI86 (+extra for footpath & lighting), L$950 (+100) – I had high hopes for this one as it’s beautiful outside. Inside however I found to be quite plain, only one room and a really thin mezzanine. The doors were also very low for a tall Avi like me.
Meshworx – Rodeo Shop D – LI124, L$3200 – For quite a small floorplan on only two floors this feels like a high price and prim count. It’s beautifully detailed though.
epia – Downtown Bricks – LI46 (inc Doors), L$1250 – This is a rather simplistic store, single floor (although there are other floors, but only accessible by TP, with very low ceilings), not what I would usually expect from epia.

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Sayo – Birdcage Gazebo – LI40, L$400 – A high LI for a gazebo, however detailed, I decided this one wasn’t for me.
Galland Homes – Hanover Barn – LI73, L$495 – I was really excited by this, thinking that it would be a home, unfortunately it’s a standard barn – again, beautifully constructed but a mezzanine or other use for the high ceiling would be nice.
Pillows – Tiny Little Home – LI??, L$300 – I tried to find the LI, but no ability to select the item in world (it’s in multiple parts) and no info at all on the signs, it’s a pretty and small build.
Stockholm&Lima – Community Table – LI9, L$300-L$1800 – I like, I tried to buy the basic version as Ethan Explores’ new parcel is in a G Rated sim, but it didn’t let me buy it. I’m going to have to pop to the store to grab a copy.
Violetility – Quaint Cottage – LI50, L$325 – Less a cottage and more of a large shed, this is a super detailed distressed building and I love the string light details…
Big Bully – Grid Pavillion – LI26 (inc Furniture), L$?? (the Buy Now item didn’t work) – this is a really interesting and unusual build and I really like the concept.
Panavia – Fagas Winter Trees – LI10, L$199 – It’s a (relatively high LI) tree, pretty, but I wouldn’t want to waste the extra prims that I could easily save. Then again, I don’t build woods.
Blue Sky – Propeller Set – LI Variable, L$ Varies – This is a gorgeous set. I really wanted to buy more but I couldn’t work out how it would fit in any of my aesthetics, so I just went for the coat rack and pictures. 😉
Newchurch – Alpha Industrial Dining Set – LI15, L$375 – It’s pretty, but too high an LI for what amounts to a picnic set with a screen in my opinion.
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Autumn Days

Autumn is my favourite time of the year. The leaves, the weather (rain – I love the rain!) and Hallowe’en. This year I’ve been playing around a lot in my garden (feel free to visit if you want – you’re welcome to make use of the facilities!), and I think that I’ve made a good way to show off some of the best of SL. So here’s my standard garden:

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Trees & Bushes:
Mesh Plants by Reid Parkin

Leaves, wooden pathways, Mountain Lodge home, and barn:
DDD – Dysfunctionality Designs

Garden Tool Shed
Velvet Whip & Ginger Line

TARDIS (6LI Mesh Prop)
Damaged Goods

Rain
Ante Flan

Clothing
FATEwear

Umbrella
Land Of Nodd

I also set up a bonfire for the 5th of November and a Remembrance Day monument for 11th November and Remembrance Sunday.

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Time to Deco(c)rate

 

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Charmed Archway & Fence set by Raven Wood (LI13 & 2ea)

 

So, after the success of the SwagBagsMadPea have released another mystery crate. It’s the same price as the SwagBag (L$1,500 before release, L$3,000 after release) and it’s filled with great stuff from some of SL’s Top Designers.

This month’s theme was “November Rain” and the designers really ran away with the theme, designing everything from gazebos and umbrellas to set pieces and furniture to cuddle up and watch the rain through the window from. They’re all absolutely beautiful, however – one word of warning, quite a few of them will eat up your extra prim allowance that LL have provided us with!

Anyway, let’s get some links to the designers:

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.random.Matter.
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Cheeky Pea
[keke]
[Schultz Bros.]
ARIA
BackBone
Botanical
{anc}
GOOSE
Ex Machina
Pewpew!
Raven Wood
Second Spaces

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SwagBag November

So, the November SwagBag came out a few days ago and I completely forgot to open it. I rather like this one, it’s not my usual type of purchase, but it works really well with the new look that I’m giving to the Ethan Explores site.(SLURL)

The building is the Dark Corporation Boardwalk Shop, but everything else is from this month’s SwagBag. The theme for this month was Man Cave (and I think that you’ll understand why it’s not my usual thing). And there wasn’t much clothing in the box.

There was however a fantastic selection of décor from some really big names (you’ll see who in a second!) And I must admit, although I loved the others, I think I’m going to get more use out of this one than any of the others. The items aren’t just beautiful, they have some fantastic poses attached to them, not just the usual sitting, there’s a lot of longing available in this set! But first, let’s get the pictures:

Drot – Harvest Hair, Breath – Man cave knit shirt, Etham – Lazy Days Pants, 22769 [Bauwerk] Mancave Lounger chair & sidetable,  Thor Mancave set with fridge, sofa, coffee table and more, and last but not least, Pewpew! Bat Bed and Flag.

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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

remember-rememberThis poem is very well known, not just because of the film “V for Vendetta”. It’s a poem about the Gunpowder Plot, when Guy Fawkes and a group of Catholics planned to overthrow (Protestant) King James VI and the government.

They were going to do this by blowing up the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament. The plan was actually led by a man called Robert Catesby. Guy Fawkes was the explosives expert and was going to set off the explosion and then escape to the continent.

The plot was thwarted and the group arrested and put to death. Since then Brits have celebrated Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night every year on 5th November. For the first couple of years this was by law, although now it’s just a tradition.

To celebrate it in SL I wasn’t able to find a guy (I have an old no-copy one made in the days of flexi prims, but that’s not great on a bonfire). So I asked in the Homestuff Group (it’s a great group if you’re looking for help and advice on Decoration) and had a few suggestions I opted for the Fyreworks Bonfire – L$250 (It’s NC I’m afraid) with the Bad Katz Mesh Scarecrow – L$145, Land of Nodd Mesh Guy Fawkes Mask (Free) and the Bad Katz Fireworks (L$400).

I think it turned out OK…

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For Science! 

Isil Designs is a fantastic shop for a clean, futuristic look in your sci-fi creations. And Beth Delaunay is a charming, friendly and all around lovely person. I’ve been using her Callisto and Europa desks for a while now, as well as some of her other furniture. She’s just created a whole new set for the Arcade gatcha event and it is a thing of beauty (yes, the light shining off the computer screen is actually reflected!).

It’s called Science! and is a small research station that matches the same style as her other creations. There are 3 rares available in the set, and if you send them to her she’ll exchange them for copy/mod/no trans. It’s a fantastic little set, and I can highly recommend it. This is the first (and probably last) gatcha set that I’ll recommend, and that’s simply because I don’t do gatchas. But there was someone in the Isil chat who got my dander up, so I ended up buying it in the Marketplace.

I don’t regret it at all (especially as it gave me an excuse to buy this funky Science t-shirt from Dankest!), although I do hope that the gatcha fad runs its course soon, as I’m tired of being worried that I’m going to lose one of the items. Thankfully Beth has agreed to swap all three of the rares for Copy/No Transfer versions if you send them to her.

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The Book of Daniel

I visited the Book of Daniel today, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it’s a small shopping area put together by some of SLs fantastic content creators in support of Daniel Estro who’s involved in Zerkalo, Shiny Shabby and The Crossroads. Daniel has cancer and needs financial help for his treatment. The full story is available on a notecard that you can collect from the welcome area.

There are some beautiful things to buy, with donations going directly to Daniel and his partner. It’s running from 10th – 20th September and is well worth a visit. Even if there are very few mens clothes, the decor is beautiful.

These Are The Voyages

I mentioned previously my love of Black Bishop Innovation‘s static spaceship, the Epsilon. While buying the Epsilon I also bought a couple of shuttles. Well, I say shuttles, but the level of detail and intricacies that I love in the Epsilon are mirrored in the Calliope and the Sojourner.

Delta_FlyerThe Calliope is related to the Delta Flyer made famous in Star Trek: Voyager. I must admit that I found it very difficult to fly, but it looks great sat on the ground, waiting to be used. With its access ramp at the back, two small bunks, a multi-functional seating area (which seats 4),  the total number of seats is 10 plus the two bunks. As I said, I’m not currently using it for flying due to its bulk and difficulties flying it. But it’s sat on my parcel in Sebastian and you’re welcome to come and see it.

It’s the first item that I’ve bought which rezzes from a HUD rather than a rezbox. But even that HUD is breathtaking, allowing you to change the colour scheme, livery, and also the moving parts such as the nacelles, the ramp and even the built in shadow. And my favourite part? The HUD attaches to the top right corner, instead of the usual top left.

This really is one of those things (like all things BBI) that needs to be seen to be believed, so if you want to have a look for yourself, why not visit them in Forsetti?

 

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Gatcha Resale Room

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of Gatchas – I’d rather buy what I want, when I want it. Every so often though, I give it a try. And I never seem to get what I really want. So I’ve set up a Gatcha Resale Room on the Ethan Explores Marketsquare in Sebastian. At the Moment there are a couple of pieces from Apple Fall as well as some clothes from Gabriel. But I’m sure that more will find their way there.

I’m not trying to make money, just recoup losses – so they’ll always be sold for cost.

If An Apple Falls

I’ve seen a huge change in the landscape of Second Life over the years. As the population fluctuates and we see swathes of Abandoned land that takes months to go up for auction I think that many of us feel sad.

Apple-Fall-Logo-JPGBut then there are the changes to the quality of things that creators are making. From the smaller stores like By Chiana Oh! to the larger builders like Dysfunctionality Designs. And every time I see what they’ve created I’m just in awe. Thinking back to the days of prim only builds, the beautiful creations made by these talented people are amazing. Especially considering the tiny prim counts.

I’ve mentioned a couple before, but one that that really deserves to be discussed is Apple Fall by Warehousefifteendesigns. Apple is a UK designer and I was rather lucky to be able to chat to him a couple of months ago. He’s really friendly as well as being super talented. He creates loads of mesh bashed decor items as well as a few prefab buildings. My only frustration with his stores is the amount of Gatchas – but I’ve never been a fan of them. I’d rather pay more initially and know what I’m getting rather than hoping that I get what I want for a cheaper price.

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