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The turning of the seasons- Summer into Autumn (CIRCA and Kaerri)

Original post @ Homestuff.

So the Autumnal Equinox is here again, and our thoughts turn to— did I get enough sun? Are there mai tais sitting on the beach that I have not yet consumed? Circa has a lovely set of patio furniture available for those of us who need to soak up just a few more rays.

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This is the ‘Amazon Retreat’ set all in one place- a bird of paradise plant, a mixed bag of tropical plants, a red bromeliad, a lounger and an umbrella.  There’s about 10 poses in the lounger for you: I stuck with two of the guys’ poses.

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But there’s more to this set than just the poses in the chaise, or the lovely potted plants. There’s also the fabric and wood tone changes. By clicking on the pillow on the lounger, or the canopy of the umbrella, you can change the fabric. Both pillow and umbrella have the same fabrics, so I chose a couple different ones to show you what they look like, here:

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and here:

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There’s eight fabric colors, and five colors for the lounger’s wood. If you think you’ve had enough of the sun, then, time to move on to the next offering, from Kaerri: the ‘Garden Piano’.  This is a RFL item; proceeds of the sale go to help benefit cancer research and patients. And it’s just such a beautifully surreal piece of work!

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Perhaps not totally autumnal, with the bright green fronds of grass around it, but… it seemed to fit in perfectly well where I rezzed it up. Let’s take it inside, though, so the difference between setting and piece is a little more stark.

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Kaerri was telling me that doing this piece was a lot of fun: she doesn’t often do something whimsical and unusual. I have to say, she’s certainly got a good hand at it!
There’s several animations in the piano; one or two that face you with your back to the keys, one where you’re playing…

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and others I’ll leave as a surprise. And buying it, you can know you’re donating to a good cause.

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Doesn’t every home need a concert grand with a garden planted in it? Fun stuff. ;)

The CIRCA set is available at the store: click here to visit. Kaerri’s is at an RFL event: I will tack in a SLURL shortly!

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/09/23/the-turning-of-the-seasons-summer-into-autumn-circa-and-kaerri/ for actual post date.



A little Victorian, a little glamour (Angelic Vision Antiques & CIRCA)

Original post @ Homestuff.

Hi everyone! I got pinged earlier this week by Rhiannon Skinstad, whose shop- Angelic Vision Antiques- just joined Homestuff. She was wondering if I’d like to blog some of her wares, so of course I said ‘yes’ and went to see what her shop had to offer. The shop’s richly textured, with rezzers everywhere so you can get a look at all of the furnishings- not ‘yeah we sell this one in white and red too, but here’s the blue one to look at’. You can rezz up anything she’s selling and get an eyeful of it on demand. She specializes in Victorian decor – something I would’ve gone crazy for in the house I had a million million years ago, and something that I still love a lot. Here’s one of her livingroom sets: we chose the cream one because we felt it’d show off her texturing well without distracting from the shape and line of the furniture she does.

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Nice and proper, isn’t it? Here’s what the armchair looks like a bit closer-up… lovely texture work on the brocade, isn’t it?  It looked this good with my graphics slider down low, too- she pays attention to making sure the pieces look good even at low-rez, as everybody should have a pretty SL experience. I heartily approve!

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The cabinet here is the ‘Curio Cabinet in Applebirch’, which I thought would be fun to share.

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The items rezzed in it are optional- with a single click you can remove them and have an empty cabinet- and the doors open, as well! This piece is suitable for any of your random little knick-knacks from here there and everywhere, and is available in several different colors of wood.

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The elegant ‘Victorian Fireplace’ is what we have here (along with the Baroque Chair that I got out of her lucky chair while I was in the shop): nice textures, high-gloss finish… and it brings something to mind here: your furniture from Angelic Vision Antiques is modify, so you can alter the shine, or adjust the fabric pattern, as you see fit.

The fireplace also comes with three different options on the fire burning inside- and 3 different screens to give it that proper drawing-room air:

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Pretty, isn’t it? The area rug in these photos is also from the store, and comes with the livingroom sets that AVA offers.

But enough about how pretty the furniture is- how functional? The poses stocked in the sofa are widely varied- more than 20 each for men and women, and then another 15 or so for couples.  As I’m not quite that schizophrenic, I’ll just model the gents’ poses, to give you an idea of the variety.

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There’s a couple of reading poses, which offer you a book while you’re seated flipping pages, and several others- you can sit on the floor and drink coffee, or you can lounge on the sofa and do it!

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And if you’ve just had enough and need a nap, the sofa’s set up to help you out with that, too.

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The armchair’s also got a big bunch of poses in it as well- 30some for guys and gals altogether.

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So what else about these lovely pieces can I show you… oh right, I wanted to show you what the color brocades looked like! This is the Baroque Chair, in a gold and blue brocade:

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As you can see, the brocade’s got a real vibrancy to it: you don’t see textures like this everyday! Really lovely stuff, at Angelic Vision Antiques. I didn’t explore the non-G-rated stuff much, but I have it on good authority that the cuddles and other activities on the more adult stuff found upstairs at the shop are quite nice.
Yes, Virginia, there’s lesbian sex furniture to be had.
You should go check out Angelic Vision Antiques by clicking on their name here- the shop’s always open, and I’m sure Rhiannon would be happy to help you find whatever you need: she also told me that she does entertain the occasional commission piece!

Next we have something on the other end of the spectrum. CIRCA did a lovely modern vanity.  Just look at this thing:

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Elegant and clean lines, geometric and stark and… wait, what is all that stuff on top of it?

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Cherelle Capra has been away from SL for a bit, but she’s really come back with a vengance.  Look at all that makeup on the table; all those things you might do at a vanity. Now, I am not going to go through all of the animations that are built into the stool to allow you to do all those things, but here’s a couple for you to enjoy.

You can blow dry your hair at the vanity:

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and you can also give it a good brushing out to preserve the shine:

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How many animations did Cherelle put into this item? Well, this may give you a hint… here’s all the props that come with the vanity set.

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While sure, there’s 6 lipsticks in there (one for each hand, in 3 different shades), so you’re probably not going to need 6 different animations… there’s a couple things to do with a few of these props. And a few animations that don’t require any props.  Cherelle really knocked herself out on this one: you should go check it out at CIRCA!

 

LAST MINUTE UPDATE!

I did most of these photos last night and worked on them in photoshop (almost entirely on the surroundings to these great items of furniture), when I realized I’d overlooked something about the Angelic Visions Antiques set.  The coffee table and end table have rezzers built in- two floral bouquets, two lamps.  I got a quick picture of all four for you:

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OK. Now I’m finished, and it’s gotten rather late on me: I think I’m going to go back to sleeping on the sofa.

Once again, the livingroom set is from Angelic Vision Antiques, and the ‘Lady Divine’ vanity is from CIRCA.

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/09/18/a-little-victorian-a-little-glamour-angelic-vision-antiques-circa/ for actual post date.



-=’stuff Updates!=-

Original post @ Homestuff.

-=The Greek Isles Gacha Fair=-
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A great big thanks to the designers that participated in our first Gacha Fair! With this being our first go around, we learned some things as what to do or not to do should we choose to have this type of event again. We welcome your feedback!

-=The ‘stuff Lounge=-
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It’s that time again! We will be returning lounge gifts/items during the last weekend of September. Once everything is cleared out we will let you know when AND WHERE you can return to the lounge with a (preferably) new gift for our members. Your gift does not need to be an exclusive though, if it is, please let one of the bloggers know so that we can get it blogged for you on our website(s).

‘WHERE’ you ask? The ‘stuff lounge is moving! It will be a new building in a new location. Stay tuned for more information!

-=A hunt is coming!=-
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Yep! That’s the rumor! We are considering a womenstuff hunt in December which means applications would be available mid-October at the latest. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

-=Bloggers at your disposal!=-
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The ‘stuff groups has a team of specialized bloggers just waiting to show off your style! Feel free to reach out to them to really make your designs POP!

We are currently looking for womenstuff bloggers. If you know of anyone that might be interested, have her contact me for more information. Thanks!

menstuff bloggers – Kai Demen & Silvano Korobase
womenstuff bloggers – Now hiring!
homestuff blogger – Nathaniel Pevensey

-=Contact Info=-
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If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us!

SkinTrader Greyskin (Ahn) – co-owner
Lily Pussycat – manager

Ivy Maverick and Rob1977 Moonites are the other group owners but request that you correspond with Ahn or Lily first as they are tending to things in RL and will not be able to get back to you in a timely manner. Please respect their privacy.

With kind regards,
-=The ‘stuff Team=-

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/09/17/stuff-updates/ for actual post date.



The Greek Isle Gacha – Some Previews From Homestuff Designers!

Original post @ Homestuff.

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Hi gang!  As you probably already know, the Greek Isle Gacha event is coming up, and will be open for the whole month of August.  While the machines aren’t available for you to play yet, I thought I should give you a look at the lovely stuff our Homestuff vendors have in store for you.  So step into my skybox, and let’s have a peek!

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Here is the Serendipity Designs “Couples Hang Out Chair”: it’s not just for couples, though, as there’s about a dozen poses for a couple… and then another dozen or so for the guys, and then another dozen or so for the gals!  Also, this item includes the stack of books and the lamp sitting to the left of the chair.  Pictured above is the Indigo color: there are a lot of textures for the cushions on this one!  I particularly liked the “Skulls N Roses R”, so I got another pic of this one for you to see:
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The little lamp on the book stack is coordinated with the colors of the cushions (as you can see here).  There’s a wealth of poses in these, and at L$ 100 each, they’re well worth it!

The next item I have to share with you are the Helena chairs from {Sickly SWEET}; there are several colors of these as well, and a bunch of poses for avatars of both genders, too.  They have a cute mid-century modern shape, and some really great colors and textures.  Here’s the white one:
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and here’s me using the purple one with the white one in the foreground.  The exterior of the chair’s textured as plywood- just like you’d expect from one you found at an antique store in the real world.
Helena chair (purple)

Next we have the DaD Designs ‘Sophia Daybed’.  This one comes in several colors- as well as a rare that color-changes to all of the colors.

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There are poses galore here, as well as some nice color options:
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LOK’s did a whole suite of furniture- a kitchen, a dining area,
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(and yes, the laptop is generated with the pose for using it!), a bed, dresser, chair, and my favorite, the coatrack:
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If you look close on the shelf of the coatrack, you can also see the rare from Satus Designs, the ‘Modern Cube Clock – Carbon Nanotube’.
Lastly (for this post, anyway!) we have the O.N.E. Queen of Hearts chairs, in ‘BkRED’, ‘Skull Candy’, and ‘Voodoo (RARE)’.  They aren’t very me and yet I love them- the candy skull details are just terrific, and coming up on timely with Dia de los Muertos coming up.

O.N.E. Queen of Hearts chairs

Aaaand do I look exhausted in that last pose (which is one of the roughly a dozen in all of these chairs)?  Because that was a LOT to blog!

My thanks to all the designers who are participating, and I intend to show off more of the goods you guys have out for us!

A SLURL will be coming in the near future for the event.  Also, shoppers- if you got two of the Lok’s ‘HS Studio Table’ (for instance), and were hoping you could find someone to trade your prize with to get the ‘HS Studio Coat Rack’?  Ask on the ‘stuff channels!  Talk amongst yourselves, trade with one another! Honestly, one of my favorite things about gacha events is trading things I don’t need two of to people who want them.

I hope you all enjoy the Greek Isle Gacha event- there’s a lot of terrific stuff that’s going to be there, and at these low prices, it’s hard to argue!

 

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/07/30/the-greek-isle-gacha-some-previews-from-homestuff-designers/ for actual post date.



‘stuff’s got Gacha!

Original post @ Homestuff.

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August 1st – August 31st
Yeah, you read it right! The ‘stuff groups are putting together The Greek Isle Gacha Event! Menstuff, Womenstuff, and Homestuff designers have come together for this event and it looks to be nothing short of AMAZING!

A special thanks to the dance troupe of Dance Xcetera for the donation of the land. For more information about the group and upcoming performances, click here or contact Wild1210 Catnap or DJ Barracuda. We would also like to thank Ander Galthie, owner of Galthie’s Designs, for giving us such a fantastic build for the event! Last but not least, we thank art director AlexAvion Resident for all the pretty!

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And now a word from our sponsors…
* Ashmoot * bauwerk – 22769 * Black Label Menswear * Blue Moon Enterprise * Brocade Tiger * Curvalicious * DaD Design * Dead Dollz * Follow Us * GD Designs * Glam Dreams * GLITTER * Hanaya * Harmony Designs * Hayabusa Design * HEYDRA * HUMANOID ANIMATIONS * Kink * Lacuna * PEER * PeKaS Design * Pure Poison * RD Style * Sickly SWEET * Sky * Stone Misery * Trinite * Warm Animations * X-Sight *

Save up your lindens, ladies and gents! All machines will either be 50L or 100L.

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/07/25/stuffs-got-gacha/ for actual post date.



The Summer Collection from Elegant Environs

Original post @ Homestuff.

Hello all!  A new set of goods from Elegant Environs brings me to the blog today, for I’ve got everything you might want for your summer entertaining.  Where should we start?

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The grill seems the right place to start for an afternoon and evening’s summer fun, don’t you think?  The Malcolm Grill comes with solo grill animations (as pictured above), a few couples ones (as not pictured above), a drinks cooler, and a whole MESS of food.

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I didn’t have room for the watermelon slices!  But there’s a lot of food, as you can see.  So what do you do with yourself after you get your food? Well, you go to the dinner table, don’t you.

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This is the Avon dining pavilion (the brick wall in the background isn’t part of the pavilion! That’s the stairwell up from my skybox).  Seats six, and each place setting has a selection of various dishes…

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both entrees and desserts (I picked a few of each, for this photo).  There’s also several animations built into each chair.  Over in the corner near the table we also have a bar…

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A lovely little corner to dine in, isn’t it?  But maybe you’re not in the mood for dinner; maybe you’d rather sunbathe in a hammock?

Nadine, the creator at Elegant Environs, has you covered.  Couples and solo animations in the hammock supply you with dozens of options on where to sit and how.

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Here’s my friend Khaya and I (hi, Khaya!) showing a bit of the couples poses available on the lovely Monifa Hammock. There are, quite literally, more animations than I’d ever have expected: Nadine really doesn’t skimp on those.  Or on the natural gestures of them.

Here’s another bit of group animation: the Romantic Picnic Basket.  The whole thing starts out just as the picnic basket, but one lets the lady sit and…

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This one’s for drinking wine (for some reason SL wouldn’t let us attach the objects, darnit!): the gestures are slow and measured, and smooth as well: it looks like two people who are intimate, having a glass of wine.  This is just one of the poses in the picnic basket; there’s many more!

And lastly, there’s the lovely little Mya Cozy Cabana.  A nice place to curl up after a long day with your feet up before the fire and (if SL would’ve let me) a glass of wine:

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Pretty nice stuff, huh?  It’s all available at Elegant Environs; just click the store name and spend away!

Keep your eyes open, too: soon, I’ll be blogging some of the goodies from the forthcoming Greek Isles Gacha festival that the ‘Stuff groups are putting on all through August!

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/07/17/the-summer-collection-from-elegant-environs/ for actual post date.



Some Homestuff gifts from the ‘Stuff Lounge

Original post @ Homestuff.

While you might not know about it, there’s a Lounge where the ‘Stuff designers (meaning: the Menstuff, Womenstuff, and Homestuff designers) have gifts out for the group members.  You slap on your group tag, you click on the boxes where the gift’s creators are named, and you leave with some lovely goodies for around the house!

There is some truly terrific stuff out already, and more to come: you should swing by and pick these up.

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This console table, orchid, lamp, statuettes and artwork are all a set that Ishtari Design has been kind enough to offer for you.  The thing that this first photo doesn’t quite capture is the level of crisp detail in the textures. Here’s a closer look:

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I really like these orchids a lot-  odds are high these will stick around for a while!  Next items we’ve got are these:
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The painting hanging to the right is from The Bitten Prim, the lamp on the right is from Domus, the chair is the Sedona Wing Chair by Galland Homes, and the clock on the left is the Kimpa Tammas Japanese clock.  Again: all are gifts from the Homestuff designers for you!

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The plant and chairs are the gift in this photo: Oddz~n~Endz put together the Winter Holiday Chair (hers) and (his) for you to set up in your home, along with the Winter Holiday Silver Tree.  The chairs each have 5 poses, and the tree sits around looking silvery and pretty. :)
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The Kostal Living ‘.: Koastal :. Vintage Radio’ was also in that photo, but I thought it was a good idea to look a little closer.  This comes with a bunch of pre-set stations for your listening pleasure: just rezz it up and give it a click!

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The starkly black-and-red bed is from eXplicite Designs, and is the ‘Homestuff CUDDLE BED’.  There’s four solo poses in it, and eight couple poses.

Now we go out onto the patio, for there’s a couple gifts that are meant for out there!

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Follow Us did this lovely bench, which has a good batch of animations built in , and Aphrodite did the hot chocolate holidays tray that’s next to the bench.  There’s also a beach towel

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from Rosengarten, which comes with several poses built in for your pleasure.  And finally, we come to the last:

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The ‘Mesh Garden Bench – Emerald (5 anims)’ from RnB Designs.
Really some great stuff in the lounge: I cannot recommend visiting highly enough!  You can get to the ‘Stuff lounge by clicking here.  I hope this whets your appetite for the MEGAstuff hunt that’s coming up in March!

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/01/26/some-homestuff-gifts-from-the-stuff-lounge-2/ for actual post date.



Some Homestuff gifts from the MEGAstuff hunt!

Original post @ Homestuff.

Hello everyone!  I know I haven’t posted in ages, but there is a good reason.  In case you did not know, the MEGAstuff Hunt is coming up on the first of March!  Now, what’s a MEGAstuff hunt?
Normally, you’ll hear about the Womenstuff hunt being in the offing, or the Menstuff hunt going on right now, or that you just missed the Homestuff hunt.  For March, however, we’re doing something a little different: all three groups are going to have a hunt running at the same time! We’re calling it the MEGAstuff hunt because, well, it’s mega!

After the cut are a few of the gifts from the designers on the hunt: I’ll put up some more in a bit!

One thing I’ve found, going through the promo copies I’ve gotten, is that there’s a surprising amount of stuff that goes well with gifts from another vendor.  Here’s one example:

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The crate chair on the left is from Elegant Environs, and comes with several different poses for your pleasure while your avatar’s sitting on it.  On the right, we have the DECO Coffee Table’ that Sophie’s Choice is offering to hunters.
I was kind of tickled to find that these two items seemed so complementary to one another, and figured I’d try out finding some other pairings.  Here’s the “Elena – Hall Table” that Stone Misery’s set out for you hunters.  All the items on the bottom shelf of the table are packaged up with it, as well, so you can have some readymade tchotchkes!

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And the next hunt gift that I unpacked was the Elegant Goth “Leather Formal Chair – Black”, which really wowed me with the textures:

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This chair also comes with a stack of animations in it.  Now how do these two things work together, you might wonder? Well…

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You’d think they were intended to go together, wouldn’t you?
One thing I really love about Homestuff is the talented creators of flora that the group includes.  While I don’t own a parcel at present, I still enjoy playing around with a garden in SL (you never have to wash up after, you never have to weed, and the plants stay in bloom all year round!).  Hayabusa’s gift to us hunters was aimed squarely at my love of gardening.  There’s a low cherry plant, and what my eye thinks is a zelkova tree, photographed here with a fountain from a prior Homestuff hunt (which I STILL have sitting around in my home: every time I have people over, someone says they love it!):

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The branches of cherry blossoms are exactly what my koi pond needed.  those two items are the “MKX New Composite tree” (in the back) and the “MKO Tree B for Flower M10 v3-1 tf-2″ (in the front), and again; they’re packaged together.

Sometimes, of course, trying to put things together makes you wind up with things that are both terrific but which do not really fit together.  The DaD Design “Cactus Pouff” set seats up to 6 avatars in six different poses!  And… doesn’t quite go with cherry blossoms, hahaha:

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but the cactus make me wish I had a desert sim to give them somewhere they really would fit in.

One last view of my patio, with the idea in mind of sharing how truly big (and truly pretty!) the tree from Hayabusa is:

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All of that’s Homestuff vendor gifts from the MEGAstuff hunt, starting in about, oh… 11 hours and 9 minutes from now!  If you’re not sure how to find the hunt, scroll up and click on the bar at the top where it says ‘Hunters’! :)
Hope you all have fun with the hunt, and please be nice to the vendors: everybody’s spent a lot of time and effort getting their hunt items together!

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/02/28/some-homestuff-gifts-from-the-megastuff-hunt/ for actual post date.



More Homestuff gifts from the MEGAstuff hunt!

Original post @ Homestuff.

So I’ve dug out a couple more items from the hunt to share with you today.  First we have a beanbag chair from Pestique, which I had to give a go because I have fond memories, as a child, of a beanbag chair I grew up with.  Here’s the one that Pestique has to offer: it’s got seven poses built in (all intended for two), a texture change for the beanbag, and a couple of cats playing on the rug nearby!

pestique bag o' cats

The shelf I’m looking up at is the Fabuleux prize for the hunt, the “I love my Home Deco Shelf”.  Cute piece of work: I love the textures on it!

Then there’s the IDC gift: the Oceanside Dinette.  I took this one up to the roof, as outdoors seemed more appropriate:

IDC Oceanside set

Two chairs that each have 9 animations in for each gender (male or female), and a bowl of fruit that offers various pieces of fruit for you to nibble on, like this orange half:

idc oceanside pose

Terrific items both!  There’s more to come, too: you should, if you’re interested in these, visit the Homestuff hunters’ page for the MEGAstuff hunt, and get started hunting!

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/03/06/more-homestuff-gifts-from-the-megastuff-hunt/ for actual post date.



Megastuff Hunt Gifts from Homestuff – Sickly SWEET and [domus]

Original post @ Homestuff.

Hello gang!  I’ve got photos of two more gifts from the Homestuff portion of the MEGAstuff hunt, going on now all around the grid!

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Today’s gifts are the Olivia Stool, Sidetable and Vase from Sickly SWEET, and the [domus] Chest of Drawers, as photographed above.

The stool has 4 different poses built into it that are unisex; the side table and the plant have no poses built in, but look at how pretty they are!

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This table is definitely destined for a long life around Chez Pevensey: I have too many little knick-knacks in my skybox that need somewhere like this.

[domus] has a chest of drawers that I’m quite impressed with too – you saw it above, but here it is closer up, where you can appreciate the really fine texture work that the creator has done:

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There’s a lot of fine detail to this piece: I love how the designer chose to give us a piece of somewhat rustic unfinished wood furniture.

All of these are available from our Homestuff designers who are participating in the MEGAstuff hunt!  You can find hints for the object location and SLURLs over here.
Since someone asked earlier today: the hunt object is a brown sculpted T-shirt that says ‘homestuff’ on the chest.
Happy hunting!

Visit http://homestuff.stuff-sl.com/2014/03/11/megastuff-hunt-gifts-from-homestuff-sickly-sweet-and-domus/ for actual post date.