A Christmas Carol

17 12 2013

A Christmas Carol

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

I am so PLEASED to congratulate Fabfree for winning the Avi Choice awards for best blog. I sincerely think there was no better blog for the title. (I am not being gracious here—I mean it.) I was good friends with Renee Lowenhart when she was running the blog, and I know how much work she put into building Fabfree. Love Trill and the other ladies have taken the baton and run with it, keeping up the fine standards Renee set and making it even better. They work DAMN hard on that blog, bringing people news of great items, keeping the free area at the Wash going, and running a ginormous group of freebie hunters. And they put slurls on EVERYTHING (and I know how much work that is). I know I refer new people to the blog at least three times a week. I am so pleased they got the award.

That being said, I am also pleased that I ranked in the top 5. Of course it’s not scientific and of course it’s all about some crazy poll on a website but dang, let me gloat just a little here for being in the top 5. I was thrilled to be nominated, so of course for this I am so honored. Thank you for voting for me! And congratulations to the other blogs!

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That being said, I will now take you back in time to the Victorian era when Christmases were festooned with holly and velvet and delight galore! Actually, I’ll take you over to Genre, whose theme this month is “Victorian Christmas,” and a ton of creators are participating. I am actually amazed at some of the work because I can tell it’s original mesh, not templates, and it’s been done with the event in mind.

Take for example the skirt I wear from Kaliope Karas in plaid with a green hem, which I separated from a whole outfit she is offering so I could show Kerryth Tarantal’s gorgeous jacket with her distinctive complex textures. Kerryth has grown by leaps and bounds, looking at this, having drawn in all the fine detail—buttons, shadows, piping. She’s not just laying a fractal on a prim anymore. It’s gorgeous. And you can barely see but Tiffy Vella has made the most darling mesh shoes with a Victorian brocade print and a ruffled vamp.

A Christmas Carol

The accessories at the event are exquisite. The gorgeous choker and earrings from Ellantha Larsson are simply a taste of what is being offered and Synjari Myriam’s top hat is one of many toppers up for sale. Chandra Masala offers this porcelain and pristine skin with a hark back to bygone days and I wore one of Helena Stringer’s makeup tattoos to get a deeper lip.

You will also find a variety of Victorian creations to furnish your house including this curio desk from Morgana Brid, which includes texture change features to change the wood and upholstery. And Lashae Karsin used her posing talent to make a stately Victorian chair that also has a few standing poses. Abathyr is generously offering the Christmas stocking I show with a texture change script to allow different names to be embroidered on the stocking for a mere 10L. In fact, almost every creator offers one 10L item so being Victorian this holiday won’t break the bank.

A Christmas Carol

“And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Fernanda by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Jalwa- Zahida – Victorian – Eyebrows by Chandra Masala for Jalwa, available at Genre *

Makeup: *TSM* Mistress Lips -Last Kiss by Helena Stringer for The Stringer Mausoleum, available at Genre *

Eyes: PC Eyes – Christmas Tale – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes

Jacket: Spyralle  Snowflake Lace Jacket Red by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, available at Genre *

Skirt: KaliKo – Joanie Christmas Caroling Skirt by  Kaliope Karas for KaliKo, available at Genre *

Choker and earrings: .:ellabella:. Bygone Medusa – Yule by  Ellantha Larsson for .:ellabella:., available at Genre *

Top hat: .:SF:. “Memento Mori” Mini Top Hat – Thulian by Synjari Myriam for Senzafine, available at Genre *

Shoes: Eclectica Victoriana Shoe for Genre-red by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available at Genre *

Décor:





Dear Mrs. Claus

24 12 2011

Dear Mrs. Claus

Dear Mrs Claus, I know Santa’s away
Loaded up all the toys and taken the sleigh
It gets awfully cold and lonely in the North Pole they say
Hang your Christmas stockings and I’ll be on my way

I’ll bring some sugar plums and a candy cane ;)
We’ll start a fire in the fireplace, send all the elves away
No one should be alone on this most silent of nights
Let me turn on your Christmas light

Dear Mrs. Claus

Santa, he’s out with Rudolph and the boys
Bringing all the little kids Christmas toys
I don’t want to seem too impolite
but do you really think he’s just getting milk and cookies tonight?

If anyone ever brings me milk and cookies, I sure hope he looks like my alt, Blunt. I found out as I put together this look that the business of seduction is a tricky one for men. They have to consider their “audience” and all the fine subtle cues that will gently nudge her into the sweet spot. For help, I turned to Menstuff—as Blunt—and asked in group chat for recommendations—what would a guy wear to seduce a lady? Who is it for, they asked? “Uh, a nice middle aged lady.” And what does she like—rock n roll, punk, biker? “Oh, I think something a little understated… I don’t want to scare her.” What does she like to do? “She likes to make cookies and uh… (mumbled) feed reindeer….” I finally blurted out that it was Mrs. Claus. No one blinked an eye. This is SL, after all.

Dear Mrs. Claus

Patty Tisane of Mimi’s Choice was very gracious to drag poor foolish Blunt around shopping. First a black suit jacket from Kal Rau. He has perfectly fitted the suit with a prim jacket bottom and cuffs and collar. I did find myself pulling the cuffs down a bit (and I wonder if they are still too short on me), but that might be Blunt’s apishly long arms. Wandering over to SF Designs, I found a great Christmas red shirt that comes open and even more open (which I show as Blunt leads Mrs. Claus to the bedroom).

Jeans from machang Pichot might make Mrs. Claus swoon a bit and shoes from Eponymous Trenchmouth class up this ensemble. Of course, he has to be “blunt” about his intentions, so Blunt wears a handsome Christmas hat with a bit of mistletoe pinned to the brim.

Oh Mrs. Claus, let me hold your hand
spread our warmth across this winter wonderland
No one should be alone on Christmas night
let me turn your on your Christmas light

Santa’s, he’s off with Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, too
and it’s anyone’s guess all the things they get up to
I don’t want to look impolite
do you really think he’s just getting milk and cookies tonight?

Dear Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus, aw, let me hold your hand
spread our warmth across this winter land
no one should be alone on this most silent of nights

Let me turn on your Christmas light
Hey baby
Let me turn on your Christmas light
Hohoho, hohoho
Let me turn on your Christmas light

~ “Dear Mrs. Claus” by The Barr Brothers

Hair: *Dura-Boy*24 (Black) by Chiaki Xue for Dura

Skin: -Belleza- MOH skin gift by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Jacket: <kal rau> Blazer Collection_Black_Grey by Kal Rau for Kal Rau, also available at Mimi’s Choice

Shirt: sf design chambray shirt red – mens monday mania by Swaffette Firefly for SF Design, also available at Mimi’s Choice

Jeans: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Black by machang Pichot for Aoharu

Hat: Midnight Jazz – Mistletoe Hat – Red by Erielle Deschanel

Shoes: Colbert – Black by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations and Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose

Photos taken in the amazing Log Cabin from Roscko Cobalt for Ruca Tease. See a video with Blunt and Harper both, showing all the features of this lovely cabin. *





2000 Miles

25 12 2010

Outside under the purple sky,
Diamonds in the snow,
Sparkle.
Our hearts were singing,
It felt like Christmas time.
2000 miles.
Is very far through the snow
I’ll think of you
Wherever you go.

The worst part of SL is that friends are often physically far far away. As the lyrics say, “2000 miles is very far through the snow.” I am thinking of many friends from SL with whom I can’t share this time face-to-face, and I do miss them. (Though I had the wonderful pleasure of having Eshi with me this Eve.) I did not send out an in-world holiday card. This is my card for all of you, my dear friends.

2000 Miles

This morning I will wake up in my Christmas jammies (which I can only legitimately wear one time a year) and enjoy the morning sunlight coming through the windows while we open gifts. My jammies, from Antonia Marat, are cozy and warm, and I almost didn’t get out of bed to be honest. It was so snuggly.

When can you wear bare feet in winter? Well when you’re in your jammies, of course, and Siddean Munro’s feets are perfect, especially as I can color the nails red—instant pedicure!

2000 Miles

My skin is the new fresh beautiful face offered by Mallory Cowen. She really created a beautiful set with this newest release. I love the freshness of the skins—how the make-up is not overdone. It creates a beautiful palate on which you can potentially put other make-ups later. My hair is a messy-out-of-bed piece from Truth Hawks—one of his new releases this week.

2000 Miles

2000 miles,
Is very far.
The snows falling down,
It’s colder day by day.
I miss you.
I can hear people singing,
It must be Christmas time.

~’2000 Miles” by the Pretenders, covered by Lucy Schwartz (proceeds from it’s sale go to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and their music therapy program)

Hair: >TRUTH< Kai – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Vilda 01 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Jammies: /artilleri/ Holly PJs *red* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink





All I Want for Christmas

24 12 2010

What was on your list for Santa when you were a kid? I know there were lots of dolls on mine, particularly Barbie dolls. As a budding fashionista, I was interested in the little molded plastic mules, the lilac-scented barrettes, the sparkling diamond earrings, the huge tulle skirts and tops that I would clumsily fit over Barbie’s bent arms with my little fingers. (And I loved her fruity vinyl smell.) It makes total sense that women love dressing up in SL—these are our dolls.

All I Want for Christmas

Monica Outlander has made a perfect set of dresses for holiday doll dressing (and for dancing). I show here one of the set, a beautiful deep blue ball gown with white fur accents. In monica’s typical manner, the textures are outstanding and clean and the overall look is dramatic without being overdone.

All I Want for Christmas

A beautiful updo from my darlin, Queue Marlowe, tops the look. Piles of almost white curls heap in abundant splendor with a band barely containing them. A glowing skin from Tuli Asturias completes the look. You know, I don’t Barbie ever quite looked THIS good.

All I Want for Christmas

 

I want a dolly and some clothes and a pretty house for her….

Hair: AD-kathryn creme with hibi band by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/bl) :: 04a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Miamai_ChristmasSpecial_Estaria by monica Outlander for Miamai *





Merry Freakin’ Cussmas

22 12 2010

This yuletide has been a trying time for me. First there were the putzy cookies with the chocolate that slid off when I dipped them and the jimmies that flew into every crack and crevice of my kitchen. Then there was the infamous gingerbread house that required a half hour of sanding to get the edges straight, had frosting that was like cement (which dried all over my fingers), and used gumdrops with a suspicious aftertaste. Then there were the fifty oddly-shaped gifts to wrap, the tape roll that shot under the sofa into a dusty area (I suck at housework, ok?), the huge rolls of flimsy wrapping paper to handle in a small space, the darn Pillow Pets which could not be wrapped or packaged. And I won’t even tell you about shopping in my small local grocery store during the holidays, which involves half-blind elderly ladies in fur coats steering oversized carts down the narrow aisles and picking through the stollen and pfefferneuse.

Merry Freakin' Cussmas

Since SL is a place of fantasy, I have enjoyed the fantasy of having a gift-wrapping room like Candy Spelling’s infamous room, one where all I do is wrap gifts. Gin Galtier indulged this fantasy with her Gift Wrapping Station, which I installed in a corner of my sim and merrily wrapped gifts unencumbered by mess, dust bunnies and the aggravation of finding enough room to wrap that impossibly shaped box of candies.

Merry Freakin' Cussmas

I wear a cozy sweater from salire Landar, which is very nicely textured with the prims lining up with the system piece on the avatar extremely well. This is not an easy task at all and salire pulls it off (and at a very tasty price—this was 50L). Salire meant this to be a mini dress but I am wearing jeans underneath because chances are I will get Sharpie marker all over my skin if I am not protected.

Merry Freakin' Cussmas

I still love me some Tuli Asturias. This was part of a set offered through the Skin Addiction group’s Black Friday sale. She needs to release some new skins before I really start swearing! My scarf was Machang Pichot’s offering last year in a holiday gift, and my boots are this season’s answer to looking sexy and festive all at once. Bax Coen once again hits it out of the park, with her Prestige boots offered in this color changing boot with fleecy tops. Not only do you get red and dark red, but also green and blue if you want something less.. cussmassy.

Merry Freakin' Cussmas

On my cookie tray: Repressed Rage Roundabouts and Preholiday Meltdowns (with nuts—deal!)

Station: elefantu – Gift Wrapping Station (Linked, 105 Prim) by Gin Galtier for elefantu *

Hair: [e] Melody – Red 08 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3/dk) :: 04 with []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3) red lips by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Sweater: *salire nordic knit/White by salire Landar for *salire

Jeans: Ibizarre Lolo Jeans by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre

Scarf: AOHARU_BT_KnitScarf_G2_Christmas by Machang Pichot for Aoharu

Boots: BAX Prestige Holiday Boots by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs*








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