Spring At Last!

tylar-treasures-welcome-spring-2017Spring has come to Second Life, or at least on my sim.  I logged in the other day and to my surprise the landlord had changed the winter forest scene to springtime.  It look a little odd with my snowy cabins and patches of ice against the fresh earth.  I’m really excited that I can finally use the Brook Hill Living Chilmark House I got last year, so it will take a moment for me to change the landscaping.  In the meantime, I styled a springtime garden setting using Tylar’s Treasures   Aurora in Spring and Watercolor Garden with Waterfall offered for 50% off at Perfect Ten Event (until 3/15/17).  The Aurora Arbor has a small fence to both side, trees, moss, and a stump with a bunny.  The poses include couple dances and cuddle with texture change pillows.  The Watercolor Garden has four small rocks with wildflower and fern bordering the pond.  I also included Bluebird Garden fence, the gift for the Into the Blue Hunt (3/1-3/29).  Other decor items are KeKe Refurbished Spring Drawers and Sari Sari Repurposed Cart from the February 2017 Deco(c)rate box.  Lastly, Gloria is wearing the Saffron Necklace (#6), Loretta Dress (#4) & Sandals (#5), gifts from Purple Moon Cherries on Top Hunt 6 (ending 2/28/17).  I love this hunt, I look forward to it every year, hopefully I can take some snaps of the other gifts.  Below is the hunt information.  Have a great evening!

There are 10 hidden cherry cakes around the ground level of Purple Moon store and one at WetCat store (pose I’m using).

Instructions
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1- This hunt is free and open to public (no group membership required)
2- The object you are looking for is a SLICE OF CAKE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP (like the sample located at the entrance)
3- To receive the gift, simple touch the cake. You will be given an object that can be worn to unpack.
4- The prizes have funny names, no Area Search allowed!
5- There are no hints given. They are on plain sight. Very easy to find and this is more for the fun of it than anything else.
6- The prizes have been hidden at the GROUND LEVEL of the MAIN STORE (9 of them). Not upstairs. There is one extra prize to be found at Wetcat Main Store The balloon decorations are an indicator that there are some cherry cakes hidden in that room!
7- It is MANDATORY to HAVE FUN!

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Welcome to Silverlake Village!

winter-landscape-village-grandmasHi again, can you believe it’s the last day of January already?  I can’t!  This month sure flew by quickly.  Did you know that today is National Hot Chocolate Day, in fact I’m sipping one right now.  Any excuse for delicious chocolate works for me!  Today, I wanted to share with you my home sim, Silverlake Village.  I mentioned earlier this month that since I’m slowly returning to SL, I didn’t have a opporunity to ‘go-all-out’ for Christmas 2016, so there are just a few items in my Winterfest scene.  On my little slice of virtual heaven, I created a country village with four builds nested into the snowy mountains.  The first home {shown above} is the Home for the Holidays December 2015 arcade gacha items from What Next.  All the gacha items are displayed including the adorable five-room winter cottage I dubbed grandma’s house.  The two-story stoned build with porch, snow roof, outdoor string lights and working indoor fireplace is the perfect winter backdrop for the cute snowman, holiday bike decor and snowflake bench {some of the other gacha items}.  Grandma’s house is ideal for all seasons with a no snow option and is sure to remain on my homestead.  winter-landscape-village-shopNext is Josette Boutique {in green} by Trompe Loeil, also available in 3 other colors {red, blue and black}.  Every good village needs a coffee shop, so I converted the space into a cafe with my living quarters upstairs.  The cafe has lovely etched windows with an open floorplan in warm woods and a ladder leading up to the loft with fireplace.  So far, I spotlit the lower level and this coming week, I’ll focus on the bedroom for upcoming Valentine’s Day post.  For outside decor, I used Tylar’s Treasures Cold Winter Night Bench {3 couple cuddle poses only}, hunt gift for Ball of Yarn Hunt (ends today, 1/31/17).  Also shown is Apple Fall Farrow Garden Wall set {free}. winter-landscape-village-conservatoryMy third stop on the tour is the Iona Conservatory by Trompe Loeil which I’m transforming into a romantic spot.  Either a fancy restaurant or a small theater lends itself to the beautiful glass and brick single room copper roof architectural gem.  Also shown in the exterior is What Next Wintry Pembury Bench, Winter Harvest Lanterns and Trompe Loeil Valiano Fountainwinter-landscape-village-ski-patrol-cabinLast but not least is the Alpine Cabin by What Next, which I nicknamed the Ski Patrol Cabin because every country village burrowed in the snowtops needs a friendly snow bunny!  This home is decked out mostly in wintery decor with nods to Nordic decor, details here.  Thank you for allowing me to share my homes with you.  In the past, I’ve never had time to capture the place I call home, just whatever I was blogging at the time.  This year, I want to remember everything and have fun!

Winter White

winter-white-tylars_jan-2017Happy Tuesday!  Out here in Silicon Valley, we are having some bad weather with flash flood warning, thunder and lighting, and a snow forecast for the Santa Cruz Mountains.  I know I shouldn’t complain, but I’m worried about the creek behind my house overflowing.  Anyway, winter is still around and today I wanted to pay tribute to it featuring Tylar’s Treasures Celebrate Winter Decor collection available for sale at Color Me Happy Event until 2/6/17.  The collection includes a modern white wood and marble fireplace, white ottoman trunk with beige pillows, and three bare trees with twinkling lights and a “celebrate” mantle sign.  Color Me Happy is a small event highlighting new and upcoming designers.  This is their first event, so I’m not sure if it will be a recurring shopping experience.  I also wanted to highlight the Snowy Landscapes framed artwork above the fireplace from The Artist Shed, a free gift on the Winter Blows Hunt until 1/31/17.winter-blows-hunt-12017-prismAnother gift on the Winter Blows Hunt is Wynona by Prism, a white cable-knit turtle-neck sweater dress with black belt.  I love the detail knit on the dress with larger cable-knitting down the middle and small knit on the side and neckline.the-faun-chandelair-696x696The last item I would like to showcase is Brook Hill Living Faun Chandelier available in Gold and Silver/Black at Shiny Shabby event until 2/15/17.  The Faun Chandelier is elegant, opulent and exquisitely detailed with glorious illumination…it’s a statement piece that makes the room.  In addition, all Brook Hill Living buildings are 50% off in January, both on the marketplace and in-world store.  Stay warm, dry and safe!

Game night at Grandma’s

park-place_swank-overviewWinter has set in at Silverlake village and Glory heads over to her friendly elderly neighbor for game night.  As sheets of rain and lighting bolts strike outside the girls are happy to be safe and sound with the warm fire, cozy couch and yummy treats.  park-place_swank-12017Park Place Home Decor is participating in the January round of Swank event until 1/31/2017 offering numerous furniture pieces including the gray suede sofa with texture change pillows, comfy large gray suede armchair, ebony rocking chair with color change throw and many floor pillow options.  park-place_game-nitepark-place_cornerAlso available at Swank is the walnut drop-leaf coffee table with twig/glass decor, two gray printed area rugs and wall sconces.  A corresponding gray/gold reversible wall art, black lacquer round wire end table, white marble accent lamp and indoor house plant complete the set.  Displayed on the fireplace and next to the rocking chair is part of Tylar’s Treasures Celebrate Winter Decor items offered at a new smaller event called Color Me Happy until 2/6/17.  park-place_entryFinally, the last offering from Park Place Home Decor at Swank is the walnut wall mirror entry table with accessories that matches the coffee table.  So if you’re in need of renewing your space, head over to Swank and Color Me Happy and take advantage of these offerings.

Hope Springs Eternal

Spargel & Shines Bocas Belle CottageHappy Sunday!  The SL Home & Garden Expo 2016 will come to a close this evening.  If you haven’t stopped by yet, this is your last chance to grab some 100% donation items, hunt for home decor treats and be inspired to re-decorate for spring!  There are so many wonderful product, I wish I had more time to share.  Last night, we learned that Relay for Life of Second Life raised over $15,354 or a little under $4 million Lindens ($3,838,469L), so let’s join together and push the grand total over the $4M mark, I know we can do it!

Spargel & Shines Bocas Cottage & TMS GreenhouseFor my last post for The Expo, I wanted to showcase the lovely Spargel & Shines Homes (Hope 1) Bocas Belle Cottage and both of Tylar’s Treasures 100% donation items: Spring Chalkpaint Bench and Spring Gazing Ball.

What Next Spring Garden Gacha (Arcade 3:2016)Completing the scene is What Next Spring Garden gacha items from the current round of The Arcade and Doormat with Wellies (past FLF).

Finishing Touches For the Birds Garden Set & TMS GreenhouseAlso shown are Lunar Seasonal Designs Menu Driven Blooming Shamrocks in Basket, Finishing Touches pastel For the Birds Garden Set featuring repurposed fence & birdhouse armchairs (so cute) and The Mustard Seed Greenhouse/Cottage, Weeping Willow Tree, Hydrangea Planter and Wall Fountain, all available for 50% off at Perfect Ten (3/1-3/15).

TMS GreenhouseI converted the inside of The Mustard Seed greenhouse into a relaxing hideaway with Circa Living Bon Vivant Cafe Set in Florals & Colour Frames (50% off at The Expo -Hope 7), and Jolie spring ottoman in aqua, yellow polka-dot area rug and chest cabinet with flower vase in delight serving as a buffet table for sweets, available at the main store (pic below).  Flanking the buffet table inside and over the planter boxes outside are Finishing Touches Wall Mount Half Bird Cage (50% off at Perfect 10).  All the flowers displayed in the greenhouse in pots, milk cans or watering cans are part of the new spring garden collection from Finishing Touches available at the main store (there are some very specials items, please stop by to check them out).  Finally, at the foot of the bistro table is TMS Curious Kitties with Bunny Baskets and Carrots…..just in time for Easter.  Hope you have a nice end to the weekend, stop by the SL Home & Garden Expo and take advantage of the great deals at Perfect Ten!

Circa Living Cafe Table & Jolie Chest:Ottoman:Rug