First Frost

Icy Princess Bedroom FR

I know what some of my loyal readers are thinking, doesn’t she live in California, has she ever seen snow?  Yes, you are right, I live in the great Golden state and you’re partial correct in your thinking, I can’t appreciate winter unless I’ve been snowed-in and my legs buried deep in snow banks.  For the record, I did see snow once, that was on the same trip to the Sierra when I attempted skiing, for the first and only time, which resulted in a broken leg.  Having said that, I live in the Silicon Valley, where we have our own version of winter and don’t panic at the sight of rain like our southern neighbors.  Speaking of rain, it’s been raining cats & dogs for a few days and last week we had our first ever rain day, almost all schools were closed and most business.  According to the weather folks, we were suppose to get huge gust of winds and heavy rain, they were concerned that the creeks would overflow.  Honestly, seemed like a bunch of smoke and no fire, so to speak, but I can’t complain, California been in a drought for a few years and every drop helps.  When I was a kid, we had a drought and had to extremely cut back our water usage, saving dish water to water house plants and letting our lawns turn brown.  One year, I can remember it like it was yesterday, it was right around Christmas, we had a deep frost and my backyard citrus trees were covered in icicles.  I broke a few off and saved them in the freezer, I guess I thought every drop counts! 🙂

The Mustard Seed Icy Fireplace FR

I was inspired by the colors Winter, specific the frost palette of soft blues, shimmering teals, creamy whites, and sparkling silvers for today’s interior design post using a number of items (some free) from current events.  I created an icy princess bedroom hideaway complete with a stacked mattress daybed from Cleo Designs for The Challenge Fairytale theme, frosted Winter Trees from Trompe Loeil (**FREE**), snowflake winter decor, and a cozy fireplace from The Mustard Seed.  I also wanted to showcase Sassy Ripples Gown (POE7 Gift), a sexy sequined aqua and black number with a low-cut back and peek-a-boo side.  I paired the gown with Chop Zuey Sultaness Set, available on the 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar (gifts for members and non-members) and Belleza’s new Christmas Group Gift skin, Mae.  I hope you have some time this weekend to pick up some of these deals and are inspired by all the magic of the season.

Icy Princess Bed FR

Finishing Touches Snowglobe FR

On a side note, my blog Hidden Gems in Second Life turns two today.  I honestly can’t believe that something I started on a whim has now become a part of my life for the last few years.  As I grow and expand my brand, I reflect back on all the post, looks, comments and suggestions, and all I can say is thank you.  Thank you for your support and readership. Hopefully, I can stop time and post a top 10 list before 2015, but if we don’t meet again till the new year, I wish you a glorious and bright holiday season filled with love, lights, good food and joyous smiles!

Belleza X-mas Group Gift Skin FR

POE7 Hunt | Sassy Gown FR

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Let There be Peace on Earth

POE7 Hunt | Circa Living & Flowerdreams Framed

Are you ready for another POE Hunt preview?  Yes, oh good!  Today, I designed a pastel snowflake themed alcove in quintessential shades of winter.  I wanted to showcase a non-denominational holiday decor in a non-traditional color palette.  To create my secluded slice of wintertime, I used a collection of freebies from the Peace on Earth Hunt (12/1/14-1/6/15) and one from the Christmas Cookie Hunt (12/1-23).  Snuggled between a snow-dusted window and burl-wood paneled walls, Circa Living Winter Peace Set (console table, blue chair & twig wreath) grounded the space, while Domus shingles wood tree, Zen’s Creations Peace on Earth Art, assorted lanterns and candles produced a warm and cozy feeling.  Binding the pale and muted tone nook together is Sickly Sweet Small Christmas Tree (gift on Christmas Cookie Hunt) with pink and blue mini ornaments.  Now the recess has a soft feminine mood ideal to watch snowflakes from the window or unwind.

POE& Hunt | Flowerdreams Gown Framed

Keeping with the soft rose, pink and blue hues of the cranny, I slipped on Flowerdreams Felicia, an elegant rose sequined windowpane skirt and shimmer tulle layer gown.  I paired the Felicia gown with Chop Zuey Glorianna, a soft blue Kalahair diamond in white gold set comprise of a necklace, bracelet and ring.  I also thought the Cotton Candy Collection, pink sapphire and diamond necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring from DDM Designs would match nicely with the Flowerdreams gown.  These are wonderful prizes, I highly suggest you get hunting and start decorating.  Good luck!

POE7 Hunt | Chop Zuey Set Framed

POE& Hunt | DDM Designs Framed

Hark! The Hearld Angels Sing…

POE7 Hunt | FT Angel Set Framed

The 7th Annual Peace on Earth Hunt has official started (December 1, 2014 – January 6, 2015) and I hope you are enjoying seeing some of the gift previews.  Today, I’ve designed a peaceful respite using Finishing Touches Angels Among Us POE gift and the complementary Angel Trees in two styles, primitive and in burlap sack.  The Angels Among Us set includes hickory farmhouse table, painted wood peace on earth blocks, primitive angel display, and angels quilted wall hanging.  I added The Mustard Seeds Crouching Puppy display, available at Mieville Thames Frost Fair (11/28 -12/28), and Cleo Designs Cookie Stand, advent calendar gift #1, to create the perfect holiday nook; a place where you can relax after a long day shopping the grid, or a spot to curl up and enjoy a good book.  I was looking forward to that comfy chair and angelic decor after a dizzying night, so many events so little time.  As soon as I got home, I threw on my new Glam Dreams Chunky Natural Sweater and Leggings outfit (POE gift), and started to write my letter to Santa, yes…of course I still believe and we have been pen pals for years, so what’s a girl to do, can’t disappoint the jolly fella.

POE7 Hunt | Glam Dreams Framed

Dear Santa,

Hope your tummy is filled with yummy treats and I promise to leave my recipe for Thumbprint cookies next to the milk and cookies this year.  I know how you and the ‘Misses’ like them.  Let’s get down to business, I’ve been a very good girl. Niki, well not so much but she’s working on it.  I don’t need a lot just maybe the usual gift cards to my favorite home stores, new shoes, warm hugs, and peace on earth.  I designed a new area for you to leave all my goodies, if you would be so kind.  Oh yes, I left some organic carrots and apples for Rudy and the gang in the kitchen.  Same time next year!

Hugs and kisses,

Glory

POE7 Hunt | Glam Dreams (Headshot) Framed

After I wrote my letter to the silver whisker chap, I placed it safely in my new Pelletteria Morrisey Letters to Santa Handbag and will mail it tomorrow.  Hope he likes the tranquil haven I made.  Stop by Finishing Touches for some wonderful holiday decor and don’t forget to enjoy the advent calendar gifts from Cleo Designs and Sway’s (not shown).  Best of luck on the POE hunt.  My eyes are getting heavy, bye for now, Snow Angel and I need our cat nap.

POE7 Hunt | FT Angel Set & Glam Dreams Set Framed

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