Spread Your Wings

Spread Your Wings

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

~ “Butterfly” by Mariah Carey

Spread Your Wings

Soon the butterflies will be out, flitting around flowers, spreading joy. I can’t wait. In the meantime, I can fill my home with colors and butterflies, specifically this furniture Kaerri Rae is selling at the EB Awareness Event with part of the proceeds going to Debra of America for research into Epidermolysis Bullosa. I wrote about the disease and a classmate who had it yesterday, but as I was listening to this song by Mariah Carey, I was thinking about the bravery of the parents of such children. The song talks about letting some you love spread their wings and fly and for a parent of a child who is so easily injured, what a leap of faith to let their butterfly out into the dangerous world. That’s why support of the patients of EB is so important. It would be wonderful to see these Butterfly Children fly.

I wear Ivy Burner’s darling sun dress for the Monochromatic Fair. This is a kind of essential party piece in my mind—perfect for casual dances, beach parties or shopping. The flowered texture is almost retro and the lined hem and belt makes the dress pop. My shoes from Pill Kanto are his interpretation of pumps with a open sole, which he is selling at L’accessoires. (Shouldn’t it be “Les accessoires”? I keep getting tripped up by this.)

Spread Your Wings

My fresh and beautiful skin from Sawsan Secretspy was a natural for this look. The pale red lips, the gorgeously lined eyes with a touch of yellow give my red dress a bit of glamour and a little retro touch. With Circe Ishtari’s newest hair, a combo updo ponytail with click-to-tint color menu, this pretty red ensemble compliments the butterfly décor.

Spread Your Wings

So flutter through the sky
Butterfly
Spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

Hair: Tokyo.Girl Hair Ariane [all color] ~updo tail~ by Circe Ishtari for Tokyo Girl *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Leilani Tan 02 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Spring Break Fair *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Seal- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: ~Sassy!~ April dress – red by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the Monochromatic Fair *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Bright Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance)  – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: MIAMAI_Organica pumps – carmine by Pill Kanto for Miamai, available at L’accessoires *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo, available at Pose Fair 2014 *

Furniture by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at the EB Awareness Event *

Black Vase With red Hibiscus
Butterfly Cabinet
Butterfly Chair
Piero Butterfly Table R&B
Butterfly Rug
Framed Butterfly Picture

Frolic Bar Chair Left
Frolic Bar Chair Right
Frolic Modern Side Table w/ Gold Trim
Frolic Table Lamp
Modern Coffee Table w Gold Trim
Butterfly Rug 2

Downtime

Downtime

“Our culture encourages us to plan every moment and fill our schedules with one activity and obligation after the next, with no time to just be. But the human body and mind require downtime to rejuvenate. I have found my greatest moments of joy and peace just sitting in silence, and then I take that joy and peace with me out into the world.” ~ Holly Mosier

Downtime

I have been tremendously busy as of late with several projects in and out of SL as well as my RL, and sometimes I have said “Yes” when I should have said “No.” I am learning how to handle how I approach some of it, so it’s a good experience. Today’s blog is a mega blog because I just had to get in so many things—I hate not showing some of the awesome content I have seen lately and I want to share it with all my readers. And I wanted to create a refuge, the sort that would help me find some downtime.

Downtime

I just put up Trace Osterham’s new skybox made entirely of mesh with optional radiators. The build is welcoming and camera-friendly. With warm colors and textured brick walls it has a simple, open floor plan, but the layout defines spaces. With a land impact of 36 for the build only, it’s also great for low prim usage so you can completely fill it with all your favorite furnishings (most of which I show here are also ridiculously low land impact).

Downtime

Trace includes this HUD with the skybox so you can swap out textures on the walls and woodwork as you please. The accent colors give the skybox definitely different “moods” as you try them out. I went for warm and neutral, but the green, for example, could make the space look more “industrial.” The decorative “painting” you see on the walls—the modern flowers—are actually prims that Tash Porthos made to be tinted in SL. As you can see, I got kind of wild with the colors, choosing orange, red, and even a light green against the brown wall of the dining room. I love having this option to “paint” bare walls.

Downtime

I filled mine with some great new furniture from Tya Fallingbridge that she has come out with this month. First is this darling bed with little attached lamps that have derby hats for shades that she has at FaMESHed. With a texture-change sheet set and tons of great animations, it’s perfect for any couple living in a cozy skybox.

Downtime

This great little dining room set from Tya features texture change on the table runners and comes with animations in the benches. The lovely chandelier has matching wall sconces you could use throughout your skybox. And the rug, which I have used in several places in the skybox, also includes texture change. (See it in the bedroom, on the floor under Tobias Convair’s sectional sofa, in front of the fireplace and here in the dining room—same rug with different textures).

Downtime

Tya is selling this darling little bench in several versions at The Home Show 2014 with a wall-hung letter tray in complimentary woods and a lovely scrolled coat rack. This set, mixed and matched as I did, would go great in a foyer or home entryway. I have it in the bedroom opposite the bed.

Downtime

This great shelf from Cory Edo, which she is featuring at Fameshed, is great for filling a wall space, especially when you have lots of books or gacha items you want to display. (I only show the Tommy lamp from McChris Flanagan that I was unable to show the other day.) I filled the shelf with books and yarn I made myself!! (I’d pretend I made it in mesh but really, how hard is to rez a sphere and cover it with yarn texture…?)

Downtime

My outfit is easy and almost hippy, starting with the midriff-tied shirt with a decorative yoke from Ivana Canieri, which she is featuring at 100 Block. I love the pastel colors, especially since the blue goes with my beaded sandals from Maxi Gossamer, who is featuring a turquoise blue on the leather portions of the sandal but has given a great texture change for the beads (which are materials enhanced natch). My awesome jeans are Kinu Mayako’s great exclusive for the 100 Block. They come with five great denim textures in a HUD so you can pick just the shade you want. I am wearing Truth Hawks’ newest braid, a darling natural look with headband that can be switched via HUD. My skin is Aida Ewing’s offering for The Season’s Story, a natural look for a great day off with downtime.

Downtime

“It is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be.”~ Eileen Caddy

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

Skin: -Glam Affair – Brandi – America 01 B by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at The Seasons Story *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – darkest brown by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Top: F.owl – Knotted Hipster Shirt BLUE by Ivana Canieri for F.owl, available at the100 Block *

Jeans: [ SAKIDE ] Denim Worker Pants by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available at the100 Block *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 209 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Cosmetic Fair *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Sandals: MG – Sandals – Ibiza Summer Beaded by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at the Monochromatic Fair *

Poses by {Imeka} Charmy – Pose Pack by NatiWilliams for Imeka, available at Pose Fair 2014 *

 

Skybox: {theosophy} Nicholaston Skybox by Trace Osterham for {theosophy} *

 

Décor:

[PM]Pixel Mode – Wire Form Coat Rack – Copper by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Home Show 2014 *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Hallway Bench – Dark Wood by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Home Show 2014 *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Stuff Holder – Dark Wood by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Home Show 2014 *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Derby Bed – Adult by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *

+CONVAIR+ Modern Leather Sectional.black by Tobias Convair for Convair *

[dirty.little.secret] :: wall stencil :: weeds 1 by Tash Porthos for [dirty.little.secret] *

[dirty.little.secret] :: wall stencil :: weeds 2 by Tash Porthos for [dirty.little.secret] *

[dirty.little.secret] :: wall stencil :: weeds 3 by Tash Porthos for [dirty.little.secret] *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Senza Tempo Table by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Senza Tempo Seat by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Gattera Ferrero Platter by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Throw Rug by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

7 – Square Frame Wall Leaners by Agustkov for Seven Emporium

Trompe Loeil – Novel Decor – Suitcase Endtable with books by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Trompe Loeil – Birdcage Worn Copper Short by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

Trompe Loeil – Round Shelf Copper by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

DMF – Living Lamp (Tommy  – Common) by McChris Flanagan for Dew Me Furniture, available at Erotigacha

Dutchie row of books by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *

:CP: Hemmingway Book Pile by Isla Gealach for Cheeky Pea

[what next] Pile O’ Books by Winter Thorn for {what next}

{what next} Knitted Pillow (caramel) by Winter Thorn for {what next}

{what next} Laptop by Winter Thorn for {what next}

Kauri Vase 1 by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *

Kauri Vase 3 by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *

Yarn by me

Romance for Dummies

Romance for Dummies

”Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Romance for Dummies

I met him at a party. He was seated alone in front of the fireplace. At first he seemed a little wooden, a bit stiff. He responded slowly—I guessed he had a lot of girls in his IMs. We chatted a while.  He had that suaveness, those cool, distant, unmoving eyes, suggestive of a strong man deep in thought. Turns out he was a model, which impressed me. He said he posed mostly for artists but I could see his hard abdomen and broad shoulders suited him for so much more.

Romance for Dummies

As the evening wore on, we got closer and closer. “You know, Harper,” he said, putting his hand on mine, “I think we have a lot in common. I’m a model. You’re a model. I’m a poser. You’re a poser.” (I had to think about that for a moment but took it as a compliment.) “I would like to get to know you,” he smiled, or I think he did.

Romance for Dummies

I wrapped my hands around his and we talked deeply for hours. “You know, Harper, I think you get me. You’re different from the other women. You don’t treat me like a dummy, to pose and change, and make me do what you want.” At this tender moment I had to click the last animation in the sofa….

Romance for Dummies

And make him kiss me, a long deep soulful kiss, one that wore the varnish off each other and revealed our true grain.

Romance for Dummies

This romance has been embellished with several lovely items, including the sexy dress Poulet Koenkamp is featuring at the Monochromatic Fair. I have worn it to several parties with this long necklace from Maxi Gossamer, feeling very chic. I ran out at the stroke of midnight last night to get Eku Zhong’s new shoes for the 21 Shoe event. It’s ridiculously only 24 hours, so get shopping TODAY.

I highly encourage you to find McChris Flanagan’s gacha at Erotigacha, where I got the set of lamps I show on the mantle. They are animated and so dang fun and cute. Some swing their legs, some open and close so the books fall or their lampshades bow down. I am absolutely fascinated with them. Kay Weston’s posing dummies can be found at yard sales near you or at her store. And the art dummy avatar from Sylvia Cuthbertsson Blunt wore for me in these photos  can be found on Marketplace. Finally, find this awesome kissing sofa from Warmanimations Lisa at Erotigacha.

Romance for Dummies

“The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.” ~ Emil Ludwig

Hair: Magika [Hair] Shimmer by Sabina Gully for Magika

Skin: -Belleza- Ria SK 9 R by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Dress: :: PM :: Maia Dress in Red 3×1 by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at the Monochromatic Fair *

Necklace: MG – necklace – Tokyo Party Night – Long by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right  and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: KoiKoi SIren Red by eku Zhong for KoiKoi, available today only in 2 for 1 for 21 Shoes

On Blunt: .:R’s:. Art Mannequin by Sylvia Cuthbertsson for Roadrunner’s Creations

The other dummies: IE – The Dummy Gacha 5 and 4 by Kay Weston for Image Essentials

Furnishings: