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Oh my dears….

You know it has been far too long since I wrote to you all or paid the attention that should be to this.

I keep telling stories, the difficulties, the things that happen that keep me from expressing all of those lil tidbits or keep you coming back to see what sort of odd weird thing I might be doing and you know what.

It’s all bullshit.

@ We Love RP

@ We Love RP

I haven’t been on top of my game and it really has been due to a lot of frustration, the SL landscape, and just trying to figure out what it is I wanted to do in real life as well as my Second.

Well I think I’m getting there.

I love you guys tons yanno that?  The people who have stuck with me for so so so so, omg so long. 11 years!  I have been working and creating in SL for 11 YEARS!

Good lord.

So here I am saying, I’m done with the bullshit. I’m here, and continue to be here… doing some fun new things and I’m all over it.

This week!! So much goodness.

We Love RP opens up. (( as an aside part of my satellite store here went poof so I have to rebuild it! hah! another to do thing on my list. ))

The Liaison Collaborative opened up, and I have Swank to get out there.

Wanna see? Wanna see?

Ok I’ll let you see.

Glad Tidings Cocoa & Sweets Stand

@ The Liaison Collaborative

  TAXI for the Liaison Collaborative

For We Love RP a set of slave crates. One plain and one decorated for the season! Seasonal offering has lil gift piles, pretty little bows and accents around it. There are 27 animations in it. AND when your pretty little pet lies down in it (2 of the animations do this) the lid CLOSES over top. I just love that.

Get it at We Love RP at a 30% discount!! There is also a lil 50L cocoa tray you can get at my booth too.

The Liaison Collaborative I made up a sweet little stand tricked out with cocoa, candy, and pretty things. Places for two people to sit upon the crates with 10 animations for each sitter. Male & female sits or relaxing. Very nice.

See Pictures for the fun stuff!!

 

 

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After the Faire

Every year when I design a Fantasy Faire sim I write about it. Usually during the weeks while it is going or shortly after at the end. A wrap up sort of post explaining what I was doing and why. Each year it is something of am emotional journey that I let everyone in on.

Last year was hard. Last year was the year for my Mother.

This year I think is even harder. This year was the year that was supposed to be for me.

The concept was supposed to be a reawakening. A coming back to life. A finding myself again. This past year since my mother passed it’s been rough.

So I got with Elizabeth and we talked, I had mentioned how much I had enjoyed doing my first sim. The elves up in the trees but I was thinking of redefining them. Instead of the cold and frozen realm they had inhabited I was going to put them in a more spring like thing. The cousins so to speak of the others. Living further south and it was going to be colorful, full of life, over a mystical sort of swampy terrain with magic everywhere.  It was going to be a project where I would be coming back to life alongside it. A cross over. It was supposed to be grande in scale and design. Sort of a way for me to say, “I’m back.” after feeling like I have been away. I tend to use my builds to convey something. She loved the idea.

That was the plan. And boy did it go sideways.

What Fairelanders saw and what was intended were two very different things. I had people asking me throughout the Faire what the inspiration was, or the reasons for different things was. Why it had different styles of buildings and all. Sometimes I answered, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I couldn’t, I just didn’t have one for them.

So I was working on it, plugging away but this year it was really tough to focus. I’ll admit since my mother passed I’ve been struggling pretty hardcore, and while you all don’t need to hear the gory details it was often a get through one day at a time sort of thing. I knew before my mother was gone that when she died it would shatter me and I wasn’t wrong. It did. In more ways than one.

The sim was moving slow, I was having a hard time seeing it. When I get a build in my head I ‘see’ it. It has a life, I breathe life into it with these sort of strange half imagined feelings or visuals… I just couldn’t find it. So it was going slow and I started to worry that I had chosen the wrong thing to focus on. That I needed to find something else because focusing on my stuff was just not working.

Then I fell.  I had an unfortunate run in with a mop bucket. The bucket won.

I end up getting a wound on my leg and it got infected. All of a sudden not only was I having a hard time with the sim, now I couldn’t really sit at my desk. It hurt, I couldn’t put my leg up the way I needed to, I couldn’t sit for very long getting squirmy unable to ignore the pain or discomfort, and it just would not heal. And I was so tired, sick feeling, the infection just wearing me out. It got so bad that I was almost admitted to the hospital because of it. I was a bit scared here as you can imagine.

With the Faire not that far away, a lot still needing to be done and then these things I end up contacting Elizabeth to say I might not be able to complete it. We talked and she said to let her know after that weekend because that was when I was supposed to go into the hospital. Long story short I didn’t go in and decided to try to continue, to complete it. I know no one would have blamed me for giving it up so I could take care of myself but I didn’t want to let it go. Us world builders can be a stubborn group.

Pools of Ethuil BenchSo slowly I was getting better and would sometimes get a little message or IM or something from someone saying they heard I was sick and hoping I’d be ok. Of course I had only told Elizabeth what was going on so… *clears her throat tapping her fingers on the keyboard* yea it was a bit startling when that would happen. Since even though I am writing all this and I’m pretty open I also am VERY private and don’t like to let people know these things to begin with. To even tell her was a big deal. Well it wasn’t the end, not by a long shot.

As I continued I realized that I just couldn’t do what I wanted to do, that the concept was going to have to change dramatically.  I couldn’t put in what needed to be done to do what I had planned on so the elves who were supposed to be up in the trees all of a sudden are going to reside on the ground. I had not wanted to give up on the original partly because it had already been advertised so now the website had this description that just would not fit. But I had to accept that I just couldn’t do it. Hard for me. Hard to let it go.

Then it got worse.

As the dates for set up closed in and I was frantically trying to work on this, to stay up… I realized that I was going to need help.

*winces*

Ms. Control Freak. Ms. No one is going to touch my build or understand it like I do. Ms. Never ever ever ask for help.

Again I contacted Elizabeth to tell her I might actually need help from some of the other world builders to fill it in. I had decided to do these massive buildings that were going to be decent but the rest I just wasn’t sure I could do. I was going to make a sort of formal garden concept with a wild part below.  The main store being a temple that oversaw the magic somehow, the featured stores the upper crust of elves living near the temple and the ones below the workers, the ones who tended the gardens and kept the magic alive. It was the best I could come up with.

You have no idea how very humbling it was for me to go and tell Elizabeth I might need help from other builders, to even consider it. I have never done that, most of the time fighting and pushing through to do it myself but this was too big. The faire too important, I had to put me aside and that was not easy.

As it turns out I didn’t use their help even though I’m sure they could have done some wondrous things.

Instead I got some help from someplace else. People who were around the Faire this year would recognize her, the little pink dinkie kitty who flew around in her balloon causing chaos and munching on waffles. She offered to help knowing how much I was struggling and at first I didn’t accept it. I don’t like accepting help but then I did. I decided to let her in. So I arranged it and she came in to help me fill it in, to help build the little spots I couldn’t take the time to while I worked on the larger buildings and areas. So while I was pushing through to finish hunt gifts, items to sell for RFL, the buildings, the whole giant project there she was like a little gardener bringing to life the smaller spots. Helping to breathe life into the Faire as we brought it forward from the mists for you all to enjoy. Towards the end she asked what she could do or not do after we had gotten some done. She knew what a control freak I am over my builds. I was so tired, far more exhausted than I let on…. she knew the direction I was going in and I said. “go ahead, play. Build.” she thought I had somehow lost my mind and asked me again because she didn’t believe me, and again I said.

“Play… have fun. Build whatever you like, I trust you and… ” adding as an afterthought or smart ass comment, “anything I really can’t deal with I’ll return, as long as you can live with that and not take it personally…. go. Enjoy.”

She was of course dumbfounded, squealed with delight, off she went and I went to bed to sleep. In the morning I went to look at the sim to see what she had done. With a smile I wandered the space. I didn’t return one prim.Pools of Ethuil Dedication

If it hadn’t been for her my sim would have been a lot more empty. A lot more dead and a lot less inviting. The little benches, the little spots… most of them were her contributions. I would watch people reclining, relaxing and enjoying the sim often around the little spots she created. Sure… the temple was magnificent. I love it. But that building by itself wouldn’t have carried the sim and without her it would not have had its life.

One of the things she created was this little garden in one of the out of the way spots. It was full of color and mushrooms.  Because I had said I wanted mushrooms but didn’t have time to make any new ones. With the biggest heart she made a little easel with my picture on it and inserted a little notecard expressing a dedication to me, to my work, to my struggle, and how I never ask for anything. It was the sweetest most loving thing anyone has done for me in my Second Life. Whether she knew it or not through the Faire I would go visit that little spot to sit and I probably didn’t let her know how much it meant to me. I’m bad at these things.

So this years Faire sim which was meant to be about me and waking up from the long sleep really end up not being about me at all. Not in the way I thought it would. It became a lesson in humility, a lesson in letting go, a lesson in letting our loved ones help us when we need it the most. It became about community, love, hardship and pulling through. I am forever changed because of this experience and for the better I think.

So this year I am dedicating this experience to my Faire family. The people who each year come together to do this but more importantly I am dedicating this to the wee little pink kitty cat. Her name is Carmella, and if you see her jetting around in a balloon, on a motorbike or just poking at people with her stabby stick make sure you stop and dance with her for awhile. She is always up for a good dance.

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It took me awhile to find the way to write this. Between recovering from the Faire, other events and really just unable to find the words. But here they are, until next year.

 

 

 

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The Vilnai Bed Set – Whimsical February

Vilnai BedA new round of Whimsical started mid month and so now I’m going to share the item set that I put together for it. Something a little bigger than I usually do for a thing like this.

The Vilnai bed. It’s really a great piece and I like the way it turned out with wrought iron accents and 3 different wood shades. The wood shades are the same as the bondage star I had at ROMP. See how I’m doing that? I’m starting to create something that will work with each other alright.  I won’t mention that I’m considering creating a special bondage version of the bed too but that’s neither here nor there. Right now I’m highlighting this version.

There’s five (5) different color shades for the coverlet and pillows… I believe. I’m trying to recall, my mind sometimes. Just not what it used to be.

Fluffy, soft, looks like you could just slip right in there and snuggle up.  The bed has a lot of options. Singles animations for when you’re along, Male and female couples animation sets. 140 total to be exact. 40 cuddly, massage, talking or whatever types and then 82 different sets that are adult in nature.

The three-some menus are actually rather impressive, 35 sets for both FFM and MMF.

See?!  A lot to choose from.

You can get this now AT WHIMSICAL (TAXI) and I think I even discounted it 30% while it’s there.

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Starry Bondage for ROMP

Starry Bondage FrameJust a little bit ago ROMP opened up its doors again for some kinky goodness. There’s a lot of fun things to go find, browse, test, dress up in if you’re even a tiny bit skewed towards the naughty.

These kinds of events can be so much fun to do. Get to raise the eyebrows and do a double take if it’s a REALLY good event. hahaha

This time around I did a bondage rack but it isn’t shaped like your normal ones. Technically I was thinking of doing a St. Andrews Cross, but that didn’t seem special enough for ROMP. I like to do something a bit different for this one, it always does well and I just can’t help be fond of it having been there from the beginning.

Anyways I digress. The St. Andrews Cross while something most people will say every dungeon or play space needs is also ALL over. I can do one of these in my style of course and I will but for this… lets see what else we can come up with. I saw a star being used in a picture and thought. Ok. Yea I haven’t seen THAT done that much in here, sweet!  So that’s how we came about to be doing a bondage piece out of a star.

Check out the picture of course for how awesome it looks. It comes in three wood tones, I wanted to make it appealing to different people. 38 sets of animations for couples. Three captive sorts with some stands for the dominant to start out with, then 30 M/f couples sets.  Along with this I just so happened to dig through my massive inventory of animations and found….. a few FemDom! I was shocked, I had forgotten I even HAD them so yepp in they went into the star. Not a lot but a few, 5 sets a Domme with a guy. Sweet.

So as I was working on this and thinking it was coming out nicely I was ruminating. I’ve been meaning to start my base dungeon line. You know like the normal things you find. This is the beginning of it I think. These three wood tones are the base and now…. to build it…. and expand… have more fun…. cause more trouble…. yes, we’re on our way.

Have fun and pleaseeeeeeeeeee go to ROMP!

You won’t regret it.

My Starry Bondage friend is on a 30% discount for the round.

TAKE A TAXI TO THE EVENT!

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The Liaison Collaborative — Couples lovin and snugglin

So this month I did the Liaison Collaborative. They wanted lovey things, wintery lovin things but still. I didn’t exactly go wintery. I’m kind of getting all wintered out to be honest. I love winter but you know how it is. Right now I’m in the middle of a snow storm where it’s dumping like 9 inches on me today alone so yea…

Heartstones Lovers Dance CircleAnyhow!!!!

The Liaison Collaborative opens officially this afternoon at 3pm SLT so I can put this out there now.

For this month I kind of did a revamp.  I’ve made things similar to this a few times in the past but I haven’t had anything in store inventory for quite awhile.  Heartsy dancing spot. This one is a little nicer. Has roses, stone circles, rose petals.

I mean, sure it’s not fancy fancy but you put this down somewhere you have an instant romantic spot waiting for you. I’m actually considering adding the proposal animations I have in it. Because it would really fit into it awesomely but I wasn’t going to diddle with that right now. Time and all, needed to get done. You know how it is. Hmm, you know it could be used for outdoor weddings too. If I added the ceremony animations. Anyhow… I digress and ramble.

So take a look!

9 Couples dances. Most of them are slow swaying sorts of things where you’re nestled in with your lover or friend for awhile. A couple of them are faster. A bit more fun.

19 couples kisses, cuddles, and just talking sorts of animations. To let you in on a little secret I put the talking ones in there partly because it just seems so abrupt to insta-sit on something and be in each others arms. Where’s the build up?! Where’s the romance? And ffs what if it’s one you don’t like right? Or a little more intimate that you wanted with THIS particular person. Talk about awkward. Jump on something.. “oh yea right, I wanted to sit with you but you know, that might be a bit more than what I was looking for” while the animation set has you dipped and his lips locked to yours. Uhhuh, so yea that’s why I do that. So you can comfortably shuffle through the animations, find something and then sit nice.

See I ramble.

Sorry.

So along with the options to be all snuggle like I made two versions available. One is the red roses version. The other has the roses and petals left at their default white so you can edit and recolor them to whatever you might have in mind. Just make sure to edit linked parts, click on the ones you want to recolor and then use the color part in the texture window to play. Voila!

Hope you enjoy, it’s priced at 399L

And only at the Liaison Collaborative, after February it will be in the main store.

TP TO THE EVENT!!

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