Thursday, May 21, 2020

Engine Room: Revenge of the Machines

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STORYLINE: The Black Baron had spent years developing a wondrous steam powered android. But tragedy struck when he was paralyzed in a Zeppelin crash. He planned to remove the android head and attach his own to the golden mechanical body. However learning of his plan, the "wondrous creation" had other ideas and loped his master's head off first. 

On the last day of the Engine Room, Contraption dropped an awesome new item, the Thibaut Waistcoat for 25% off. I only discovered the sale late night and tried to get this posted to alert you guys. If you missed it, don't worry, it will be at mainstore now. Fortunately, in my rush to get this image is out, actually had a set ready to go. Lucky turn of events! (It was an idea I had while my computer was down.) Here are some badass items from the 2nd round of Engine Room. The next round will be in September.

This amazing robot head is by Wicca Originals, it comes in sizes for men and women and robust texture hud to change out its many textures zones. The Ear gramophone comes with it and is separate from the head. On the table is the Skeletal Globe Lamp by Schadenfreude. It comes in several base texture, and includes light options.

On Him, The Wondrous Creation:
Head: Wicca's Originals Elmstone Head, ear Gold [mesh](Engine Room)(599L)
Top: Contraption Thibaut Waistcoat [mesh](Engine Room)(400L)
Animesh: Contraption Machinist's Assistant, animesh [mesh](Engine Room)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Pants: Lapointe & Bastchild S'Wear Biker Leather Pant Set Black/silver [BOM](199L)
Skin: Fallen Gods R.U.L.K. full avatar + Fallen Gods Inc. [BOM](1200L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)

Globe: Schadenfreude Light of the World Skeletal Globe Lamp [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Head: Genesis Labs 02 Genesis_Head_Ethan_3.3 Bento RARE, gacha [mesh](100L)
Hair: Argrac NATSUME - Whites [mesh](300L)
Chair, pose: Silvery K Emperor's chair Black [mesh](300L)
Table: DeathRow 28 - DRD Bloodcroft Castle - Side Table, gacha [mesh]
Bell jar: Contraption Decor: Odd Skull Empty Bell Jar [mesh]
Candelabra: NOMAD Gothic Candelabra, Gothic Diva gacha [mesh](75L)
Skybox: Domicile The Parlour, Verne Skybox (10L)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Engine Room: Commodore of the Skies

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STORYLINE: The frontier towns floating in the lawless skies of Venus were full of scavengers, ruffians, and pirates. But that all changed when the Commodore arrived. He was determined to make it safe for the pioneers.

These are the last days of round two of the Engine Room. Be sure to head over and scoop up some badass Steampunk goodies. Shown above is the Commanders coat by Salem. It comes in several base colors. The Gasmask is by The Forge. It comes in black and brown, unrigged and mod so you can adjust it for a good fit. The gun is by Reliquary and comes with a hud to draw, fire, and holster. It has optional textures you load into it. You can also buy a shell caddy for your gun. In the background is the Irongate Wharf by Ex Machina. Its meant for the water, but hey, it can fly too if you give some propellers. lol  Other items I used, The Blackjack rare Airship, and past LindenLab premium gift the Marauder. Gloves, pants, and boots are by Contraption. And adding a little movement is the Cureless Senshi cloth from gacha.

On Him, Commodore:
Top: Salem Commanders Coat Jake, Black [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)
Gasmask: The Forge Atticus Mask, Black [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Weapon: Reliquary !R! Enemy Scattergun [mesh](Engine Room)(750L)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)
Pants, Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Cape: Cureless Senshi of the End  Senshi Cloth Mars, gacha [mesh](100L)
Collar: Artificial Hallucination +AH+ Belt Collar male [mesh](246L)
Hat: Deathrow DRD- cap unisex [mesh]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Pose: yzk mens pose 4 hero1

Dock: Ex Machina Irongate Wharf v 1.0 [mesh](Engine Room)(987L)
Rocket: D-LAB sky pirates Zucchini rocket [mesh](200L)
Airship: BJK Fantasy machines SHIP Rare, gacha [mesh]
Galleon Airship: Linden Labs Premium Gift - Linden Marauder v1 [mesh]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Engine Room: The Severed Garden

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STORYLINE: "They are waiting to take us into the severed garden. Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful comes death on a strange hour? Unannounced, unplanned for like a scaring over-friendly guest you’ve brought to bed. Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven’s claws. No more money, no more fancy dress, this other kingdom seems by far the best. Until it’s other jaw reveals incest and loose obedience to a vegetable law. I will not go."  - The Severed Garden, Jim Morrison

The Fantasy Faire was a huge success this year, lots of fun was had by all and $73,572 USD was raised for Relay for Life. Congrats to 700+ Faire staff and designers who helped make this happen, and to all the Faireland visitors who enjoyed and donated. Well done!

Several elements from both the Engine Room and Fantasy Faire inspired this post. From the Engine Room is the Lux Hair from Raven Bell. It comes in multiple fits for men and women. The from and the back are separate, so you can combine hairs or color then separately. Included is a unrigged bow with its own texture hud. Matching up nicely with the hair is the Auxentios Pass version of the Atreus coat by Contraption, which was a Relay for Life item at the Fantasy Faire. The textures for it a wonderful, you can pick out what colors you want for different fabrics from the texture hud. From the Fantasy Faire is this wonderful garden by The Looking Glass. Below I have moving clip of one section of the garden and a view of the braid in the Lux Hair.

On Him, the son of the Marquis d'Auvergne:
Hair: Raven Bell Luxe Luxe Hair [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Jacket: Contraption Atreus Frock *AUX* [mesh](400L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Pants, Boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)(Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)
Cane: Deadwool Goat cane [mesh](group gift)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Nathan - tone 1 - blond [BOM]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: Hot Dive pose repose02

Glass Coffin: {anc} forget. glass coffin [Salome]19Li RARE gacha[mesh]
Skeleton: Cureless Skeletal System / NOIR [mesh](249L)
Paths: The Looking Glass Lunafae Garden Path Edges [mesh](350L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Fountain: The Looking Glass Lunafae Fountain [mesh](250L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Hedges: The Looking Glass Lunafae Hedge Pack [mesh](350L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Plants: The Looking Glass Daisies and Ladybirds [mesh] (99L)(Lunafae: Fantasy Faire)
Bridge: The Looking Glass TLG FF2017 - DP Bridge Flat [mesh] (99L)
Waterlillies: Cerridwen's Cauldron [CC] Twinkling Duckweed Large Patch [mesh] (450L)
Rocks: Harshlands Realistic Rocks [mesh](150L)

Friday, May 8, 2020

Auxentios Pass: War of the Worlds

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STORYLINE: Above the endless mechanical heartbeat of Auxentio's Pass the sirens began to wail. The city was under attack! Detective Moth cursed under his breath. Of all the rotten days to be assigned undercover in the Red Light district...  Suddenly a trumpeting blast a shook the groundSnow and ice on the roofs above him suddenly gave way. He quickly jumped back to the facade of his favorite hangout in this frozen hellhole, Ye Olde Cigar Shop. A deadly falling ice spear missed him by mere inches. It would be been an impressive display of agility if he had not also slipped in his high heeled boots and fell on top a hot steampipe. He cried out in pain. More bad luck, and this time it was attracting the wrong kind of attention. The ground trembled under the heavy stomp of a towering behemoth as it rounded the corner of the brownstones. It aimed directly at him. "Shit!" No time to run. The Moth quickly jumped up, his mechanical wings straining under the demand. Up! Up! An angry blast of wrath shot out where he once was. ...Ha! missed him. The lumbering machine's armor was impressive, but from above, The Moth spied what must be a vulnerable spot. A smirk curled up around his cigar. Maybe it was his lucky day after all....

Have you seen all the amazing sims, cool items for sale, games, role plays, artwork, live performances, literary readings, and quest hunt at the Fantasy Faire 2020? It's always the best event of the year: lively, passionate, creative, beautiful and good hearted for an excellent cause, -- American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I was honored to work on the Auxentio's Pass for the Fantasy Faire shopping catalog. I got to see this amazing sim come together. The textures are wonderfully detailed, I'm amazed by simple things like snow on glass creating a realistic look. You can read more about the sim's creation here: Meet The Sponsors: Contraption As you explore the sim, be sure to explore around above and below! There is even music created for sim by Contraption, check out their Hyland Gramophone. There are 2 uniquely retextured coats designed with the sim mind as Relay for Life donations. Contraption fans can collect a miniature of the City's heart in the Bard Queens's Garden Quest, as well as all the sims in Fantasy Faire, and there are more Auxentio's Pass gifts for visitors in the front entrance of the Contraption store.

While you are visiting Auxentio's Pass, shown above are these cool Animesh wings by Static. And over at Raven Bell's is Crystal Fantasy hair pack. Many of of Raven's hair at the Fantasy Faire have a special Crystal Fantasy color pack. The Faire is open until May 10th! It is NOT to be missed! For more information, go to: Fantasy Faire

And in an explosion of cool happening at the same time, is the Engine Room. The Pathos skirt and top by Toksik are really interesting. The top has fits for men, women, and even v-tech. Love it! Of course I had to try to see if I could come up with an interesting character for this outfit. Also from the Engine Room is the wonderfully textured Staff by Sempiternal. It has several different hand pose positions (men & women, left or right, and 2 hands). The intricately detailed monocle by Air comes in left or right, gold or silver. And rounding out the outfit are the impossibly high and impossibly steamy steampunk boots by Eudora.

In other news, if you have been watching the blogs, you might have heard both Genus Lab and Catwa released a gift head this week. Genus Lab is fighting a DMCA now, but I expect they will be back up and running soon. The Strong Face 001 gift head is wonderfully made. I'll cover the Freya Catwa head soon, it has neck fits for male and female. TMP Classic body is back for 1L, and if you slap the board for Lucy body, you might win that too. Its been a fantastic week for the alts and those New to SL to get up to speed on mesh heads and bodies. Excellent.

On him, Detective Moth:
Hair: Raven Bell Adel Hair, Crystal Fantasy Pack [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)(250L)
Wings: Static DaVinci Faewing Old World [Animesh](Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass)(350L)
Monocle: Air Queen Victoria monocle gold [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Staff: SEMPITERNAL LUX AETERNA The Throne's Staff [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Top: toksik Pathos Blouse (V-tech) [mesh](Engine Room)(245L)
Skirt: toksik Pathos Skirt (Lara) [mesh](Engine Room)(240L)
Boots: Eudora3D Della Boots (Maitreya) [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Wrap: Junbug Holly Fur Shawl Cream [mesh](195L)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Hat: deviousMind dM VictorianGothic - RoseHat, gacha [mesh](75L)
Cigar: Fallen Gods R.U.L.K. full avatar + Fallen Gods Inc. [mesh](1200L)
Skin: GENUS Project GENUS Skin Applier ELENA - Honey MakeUp 05 [BOM](100L)
Head: GENUS Project Genus Head Strong Face GIFT001 v1.7 Mocap [mesh](group gift)
Chest: [V-Tech] Boi Chest Mod v2.2 - Maitreya [BOM](499L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Pose: Del May DM - Kick off (50L)

Fantasy Faire: Auxentios Pass Sponsored by Contraption
This post was made possible thanks to a loaned monitor. Thank you!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Engine Room: The Night Fliers

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STORYLINE: It was risky flying night time bombing runs over Berlin. Sure, the cover of night would protect the bombers but the bombs rarely landed on their intended industrial targets. Faced with this problem, Winston Churchill had an idea. He called the leader of his secret new ally for help, the Children of the Night. This is how the Crimson Bat rose to fame in the newly formed Vampire Nation. He had been a smuggler working in the Pacific with a stolen Zero, and now he was the leader of the Night Fliers, the fighter escort for the nocturnal Allied bombing raids.

This post was inspired by the Deiselpunk elements at the 2nd round of the Engine Room. This round is even larger than the first, and stuffed with amazing and creative quality items. Don’t miss it! The hat by Ungod comes in brown or black, with wrench emblem or not. The Bomber jacket by Krankhaus has fits for major bodies in both mainstream and anime styles. It has a hud to change the change the textures of many separate texture zones. To add a little more of a vampire twist to the outfit, I used the bat barrettes by Cae and earring by Supernatural like medals for a vampire airman. Lol The eyepatch is from the Military Girl gacha by Silvery K. The pants are a gacha from Riot, Bird of Prey. I wanted a unform looking top to go under the jacket, and found a great solution in the Perseo Space suit by L’Emporio&SL. Adding a bit more DieselPunk elements are the headphone by the forge and belt by Deathrow. The Gloves are by Contraption, and undersuit by Blue Falcon Industries. I had a very hard time finding a plane, thats how I ended up with a Zero instead of a B-17 Flying Fortress. HaroMotors has a lovely Zero with well made insides and outsides, and a very hud with many capabilities.

MAY 4 UPDATE: After a week of waiting, a dead monitor was confirmed to be problem. However the replacement monitor is defective. A new new-monitor will arrive May 13th. Meanwhile, here is my attempt to power-on despite the woe... Enjoy some DeiselPunk from the Engine Room! Its Half-time now, with new releases and gifts!

On him, The Crimson Bat of Night Fliers:
Hat: Ungod Iron Legion Cap [mesh] (Engine Room)(149L)
Jacket: Krankhaus Airman Jacket, Jake [mesh](Engine Room)(200L)
Top: L'Emporio&PL Perseo Space Suit, Black [mesh](430L)
Belt: Deathrow DRD Steampunk Belt [mesh](175L)
Headset: The Forge Aviator Headset steel, Head Units gacha [mesh](75L)
Bodysuit: Blue Falcon Industries Armored Undersuit, light (300L)
Medals: Cae Trick or Treat Barrettes - Set 1[mesh](325L)
Pants: RIOT Birds of Prey pants black, gacha [mesh](50L)
Eyepatch: Silvery K Military Girl(Eyepatch Silver)13, gacha [mesh](80L)
Gloves: ContraptioN Dapper Dandy's Gloves [mesh](350L)
Boots: Lapointe Bastchild L&B Swear "Drift Mesh" Leather Jacket Outfit - Mens [mesh]
Medal: Supernatural Natasha Septum Silver #6, gacha [mesh]
Medal: Supernatural Natasha Septum Silver #9, gacha [mesh]
Eyes: S0NG Sublime Eye, Vampire Eye [mesh](50L)
Eyeliner: Lovely Disarray The Guyliners : Slept in [BOM](110L)
Scar: Usagi Cafe Usagi Cafe hunt item #4 [BOM]
Hair: Action Hair Base 04 Veganic - Snow [BOM](107L)
Skin: Tableau Vivant Noctis skin - bald -Tone 01[BOM]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: [3M] standing2_m_001_1

Plane: HaruMotors HM A6M2b-Kaga [mesh](2500L)

Tulagi Seaport & WWII Central [VICE]

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Aenigma (Madness) : The Cheshire Cat

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STORYLINE: Alice: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"  Cheshire: "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." Alice: "I don't much care where."  Cheshire: "Then it doesn't matter which way you go." - Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

The Cheshire Cat in the The Bearded Guy's backdrop inspired this image along with the Tea Party Bento pose chair and table by Wet Cat. In the background, are the Whimsical mushrooms by Celeste. All times from the Madness round of Aenigma.  Over at Neo-Japan, is this awesome SUPER LONG hair by Raven Bell. It looks amazing. There 2 texture zones, inside and outside. And since it's mod, you can add a fun glow to the inside like I did here. The hair comes in fits for women, and fits for men. As you can see above, it can even tuck under you when you are sitting. I think I will be wearing it to death along with the L'Emporio&PL vampires claws. I loved them so much, I got matching Damned Claws for the feet.

On him, The Cheshire Cat:
Hair: Raven Bell Rain Hair, gradients [mesh] (Neo Japan)(250L)
Face chain: RichB Navia Face Chain [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws Jake m. [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Damned Claws For Feet-B. Jake V2.0.BENTO-V2 [mesh](340L)
Jacket, Pants: xJAx Jake Straight Jacket, Pants [mesh]
Fangs, tattoo: Gauze Nightmare  - Fangy [BOM](150L)
Ears: Murder of Ravens [M.O.R] scruffy cat ears [Bento][mesh](75L)
Collar: Artificial Hallucination +AH+ Belt Collar male [mesh](246L)
Tattoo: Catseye Tattoo "Tiger Print" + Omega Appliers  [BOM](99L)
Eyeliner: Lovely Disarray The Guyliners : Watchful Eye  [BOM]
Tattoo: Pink Fuel [PF] <All Tones> - BOM - Remove Nail Layers [BOM](1L)
Lip: random.Matter Glossy Chapstick - Mercury  [BOM]
Skin: Tableau Vivant Adam skin - no eyebrows - Tone 15 [BOM]
Eyes: FATE Oculi Cateye v1.0 [mesh](coming soon)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)

Chair, pose, table: WetCat A Little Mad Chair Prop, Bento [mesh](Aenigma)(280L)
Mushrooms: CELESTE Fantasy Mushrooms Fatpack [mesh](Aenigma)(249L)
Skybox: The Bearded Guy This is Madness Backdrop [mesh](Aenigma)(199L)
Tree: The Looking Glass TLG - The Shrine Tree Tapestry Tree Pink [mesh](350L)
Tree: The Looking Glass TLG - The Shrine Tree Tapestry Tree Teal [mesh](350L)
Tree: The Looking Glass TLG - The Shrine Tree Tapestry Tree Green [mesh](350L)
Tree: Lunaria Garden Party Tree [mesh](150L)
Skybox: Vicious Decay Down The Rabbit Hole [mesh](45L)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Aenigma (Madness) : Off with their heads!

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STORYLINE: The Prince of Hearts was furious with his mother. The Queen never listened to him. He warned her there was a swarm of Jabberwocks coming to infest Wonderland. He offered simple solutions to deal with the problem, but she refused to listen to him. She cared more about her popularity with the card soldiers, or how many heart-shaped rubies she amassed. He accused her in front of the entire court of being blind. For his crime, she had his left eye plucked out. In a fit of madness, he took out his wrath on her prized roses.

I know these times are tough during the pandemic for everyone. It seems odd to return into SL and try to refocus, but here you go! The image above is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the Shears, and Rose Blindfold at Aenigma (Madness). I used the Animesh shears by Maru Kado. They can be worn to trigger the animation, or used as a prop. It has singles poses and multiple texture options. Matching the shears, is a scraps tattoo texture by The White Crow for face and body, in light and dark, and also lips only. The Blindfold is the next of Silvery K's Cursed Rose line. You can buy it several headband colors, and each comes with a hud to change the textures of vine, rose, and metal.

On Him, the King of Hearts:
Blindfold: Silvery K Rose curse Blindfold black [mesh](Aenigma)(300L)
Shears: Maru Kado snip off the ends Animesh [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Tattoo: The White Crow -[TWC]- Need Therapy (Aenigma)(450L)
Hair: RavenBell Azren Hair, Solids [mesh](350L)
Earring: MINDS Playing Cards Earring heart, gacha [mesh](50L)
Collar: Junbug The London Ruff Black [mesh](295L)
Collar: Silvery K Neck Corset Mesh Black [mesh](150L)
Coat: Curio Obscura Luxurious Fur Coat Dalmatian RARE, gacha [mesh] (100L)
Pants: RIOT Syrio Men's Leggings - Belleza Jake [mesh](199L)
Gloves: APHORISM Leather Gloves Finger Black unrigged, RARE, gacha [mesh](50L)
Crown: Violent Seduction Madame Chevaliere Crown Red, gacha [mesh](75L)
Crown: SWaGGa Crown of Thorns [mesh]
Eye makeup: Izzie's Eyelid Changer Monolid LAQ [BOM] (149L)
Skin: KOOQLA The Knight of the Rose (BOM)
Ears: Mandala STEKING_EARS_Season5 [mesh](697L)
Eyes: FATE Oculi v0.9.7 [mesh](coming soon)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Belleza Jake 2.0 Bento Mesh Body  [mesh](2999L)
Pose: [3M]**_chair5_1 (40L)

Chess: Apple Fall Apple Fall Garden Chess Board [mesh](350L)
Hedge: Botanical Seasonal Boxwood Hedge [mesh](500L)
Roses: Mesh Plants Rose Bush Pack [mesh](280L)
Roses: Mesh Plants Climbing Rose Pack [mesh](180L)
Petals: Luna Rosarie L+R petal storm, gacha [mesh]
Sign: Enchant3D Which Way Sign Post, WAMH [mesh]
Sky: Wess4u Rose Garden 5 stock

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Aenigma (Madness) : Contagion

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STORYLINE: No one knew how it started. A sneeze in a subway car? The bite of an exotic pet? Perhaps a meal created of dubious ingredients? Surely no one would have deliberately infected over million people in Mopire City with what they call "The Blood Pox," ...that would be insane.

Oh yes, you can tell where my head is with this image. Its hard to escape our reality at the moment. I hope you all are taking precautions during the SARS2-CoV-19 outbreak. Thoughts about the pandemic leaked into my first image for the Madness theme round of Aenigma. I was inspired by the claws, and syringe to make a type of Outbreak image. Omg I love these L'Emporio&PL claws so much! They come with fits for Niramyth Aesthetic, Jake 2.0, Legacy m, and Gianni. They include a texture hud with 14 gothic and bloody textures plus alpha options to turn on and off individual nails. There is a very good chance I might wear these forever. lol  From Reliquary is a cool oversized Syringe guaranteed to make any needle-squish people weak in the knees. It comes with a pose and optional textures you can drop on it to change up its look. I used the Red textures. The bracelets from Badwolf include 4 styles in gold and silver. The are unrigged so you can edit them and move them around for the best fit.

.... Stay Safe out there peeps!

On Him:
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws LEGACY m. [mesh](Aenigma)(350L)
Syringe: Reliquary !R! Vile Syringe  [mesh](Aenigma)(275L)
Bracelets: Badwolf - Madme Bracelet, Spikeoh Bracelet [mesh](Aenigma)(250L)
Jacket: Ascend Urban High Collar Jacket - Legacy [mesh](TMD)(299L)
Pants: Gabriel ::GB::Long belt chain pants Graffiti, Indictment gacha [mesh](75L)
Boots: Gabriel ::GB::Chain Boots Black, Indictment gacha [mesh](75L)
Body, skin: TheShops [BODY] Legacy (m) (1.2) [mesh](5500L)
Pose: yzk mens pose 4 hero7

Mopire City

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Aenigma (Tainted Love) : Poltergeist

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STORYLINE: "Betrayer," a malevolent voice whispered in the dark. No, not again.... A whirlwind suddenly exploded. Books flew across the room. Rosa Rossa quickly grabbed his dagger and tried to stab the disembodied arms before they could scratch "Mine" across his body once more. He screamed and thrashed wildly. He was no longer the sleek hunter, a fiend feasting on the blood of innocents. No, it was he who was the prey. "Forever young," they said, "forever beautiful." But none of those lying Nosferatu bastards offering him the Gift bothered to mention there were other dark forces lurking in the shadows.... They gave not one word of warning that a soul who died violently could return to exact revenge.... Now there was no escape. No way to kill the monster he created. Two immortals, locked in a war of love turned to hate for all entirety.

There's a brand new event, Aenigma, full of many wonderful designers delivering creative items around a theme. The first round is "Tainted Love."  Don't miss it, it will be closing on the 15th. Hurry hurry! And keep an eye out for the next round, Madness! For more information, go to:

I'm very happy I was invited a few days ago to blog this event, so many designers I love are here.  This image was inspired by a few of the items at the event. The Ghost Hands are super cool! They are animesh by Maru Kado, and hover around you in a very creepy way before grabbing at you. I love it! Coming with it is a White Crow tattoo of scratch marks, in applier and BOM for face and body. I love this super cool Rose and Thorn hand bling by Silvery K. I had to have it! So I switched to the Maitrya body with V-tech chest to wear it. The Dagger is by Deadly Nightshade and includes several hud triggered attack animations. The heart lock collar by unstable includes a hud to change its textures. And lastly you can find this dandy hat in Insonmia Angel houndtooth gacha at Aenigma.    The RavenBell Jay hair I picked up recently at the Humpday Sale. Its awesome! Be sure to keep your eye on those sales to see if he offers any new hairs in Dystopian colors. And lastly, I want to show you a sneak peek of the new FATE Oculi eyes! They are very cool with animated irises that dilate and contract automatically. I helped beta test them. So many things on my wishlist from Fate Eyes and now these made it into the product. You guys are going to love them so much. There will be addons too, for super huge eyes, cat eyes, and a dev kit for the creation of new eye texture and appliers. It's coming soon to the marketplace near you!

On him, the Haunted Vampire Rosa Rossa:
Animesh arms: Maru Kado / The White Crow Always Mine [mesh](Aenigma)(500L)
Dagger: DeadlyNightshade .~DN~. Violent Rose [mesh](Aenigma)(500L)
Collar: unstable Everlasting Devotion [mesh](Aenigma)(200L)
Hand jewelry: Silvery K Rose curse-Bento mesh Black hands thorns [mesh](Aenigma)(300L)
Hat: Insomnia Angel stovepipe hat noir, gacha [mesh](Aenigma)(75L)
Eyes: FATE Oculi v0.9.7 [mesh](coming soon)
Hair: RavenBell Jay Hair, Dystopian [mesh](350L)
Coat: Cureless RedLabel Donatien Manteau [mesh](399L)
Corset: GRIMA Manson Corset Maitreya [mesh](300L)
Boots: GRIMA Maitreya Latex Thigh-High Military Boots Black [mesh](195L)
Pants: Happy Pants Metal Black [mesh](355L)
Collar: Lovely Disarray Personal Jesus : Collar of Thorns [mesh]
Skin: Dimbula Rose :::DR::: Knyam skin Vampire [BOM]
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Chest: [V-Tech] Boi Chest Mod v2.2 - Maitreya  [BOM](499L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara  [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Expressions: Happy Dispatch [HD] bento Facial expression HUD (600L)
Pose: yzk mens  pose8

Skybox: VARONIS Sombre Skybox [mesh](429L)
Chair: Violetility Sanguine Throne Lestat [mesh](599L)
Petals: Luna Rosarie L+R petal storm, gacha [mesh]
Flying paper: Moon Amore Opera Romance, Burning music sheets, gacha [mesh](45L)
Curtains: Kalopsia Flying Curtain [mesh](50L)
Outside view: Venexia

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Home & Garden Expo Design Challenge: The Weather Outpost 017

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STORYLINE: In a not-too-distant future where the climate and oceans are rapidly changing, few brave souls willingly live in the danger zone. Stationed at Weather Outpost 017, located in the Florida Keys, is one such person, a Climate Scientist. His mission is to collect vital data for better weather forecasting, and transmit it back to NOAA and the National Hurricane Center in New Miami. 

More than just a home, the Outpost also functions as meeting area and office space for visiting scientists, government officials, and journalists. The curved home is built to withstand extreme weather and packed with advanced Green Technology. It generates its own power for the home, appliances, and the electric truck outside using a 
wind turbine and solar panels. Water is produced thanks to a rainwater collection cistern connected to the roof. Food is grown on the roof top garden. 

Being located close to the Gulf of Mexico, the home is raised off the ground in case of storm surge. The thick LED infused glass windows are handy for Heads-Up weather alert displays, and they are also shatter-proof up to a Cat 5 Hurricane.

Unlike the old Lighthouses of a bygone era, the Weather Outpost is better able to entertain its lonely resident with satellite link internet for watching TV, holding video conference calls, and playing games against other people through the internet. 

It's a dangerous life in what was once considered paradise, but the Climate Scientist is committed to his cause to save lives.

This is my entry to this year's Decorating Competition at the Home & Garden Expo! The challenge is to decorate one of 14 homes with 450 prims in one week, and include at least 3 Relay for Life donation items for sell from the Expo. The winners are determined by votes paid with Ls to the RFL kiosks in front of each home. All the money raised from the home design challenge goes directly to Relay for Life. Voting will close at midnight SLT on March 12th (UPDATE: extended to March 20th). You can read more about the contest here: decorating-competition.

....By the way, did you catch the debut of the brand new Linden Home theme, The Lodge Cabins in the Redwoods? You can run go see them here: Linden Homes - Log Cabins

March 24 UPDATE: My home took 2nd place in the Storyteller's contest.  Thank you judges and all those wonderful people who donated to my home!

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Home & Garden Expo Design Challenge: Weather Outpost #017 by DevinVaughn
My idea for the home is Futurist style and Green Technology.
(NOTE: The gamer chair, figurine, fridge, & geosphere donated by Akira Voorhees. Thanks, Akira!)
You can visit my house and other houses and for vote for your favorites here: Its all for a good cause!
Home & Garden Expo Design Challenge: House 13 Natane

(NOTE: Please allow time for all textures to rez. The decorating challenge area is packed full of mesh and many textures from each home. I recommending letting your avatar wait 5 minutes to rez in textures before entering each home.)

This is my 3rd time at the decorating challenge. Its no understatement to say I look forward to this all year and take it very seriously! lol  Of course I took the lessons learnt from the past, and applied it to this year. And I also worked on my inventory to better fill in areas where I knew I was weak. But even the best laid plans can get destroyed! You never know, nor truly be prepared, for what style of home you will get. I carefully considered what house inspired me and what type of house I could best decorate with my existing inventory. It was Akira Voorhees who made me look again and consider a house I hadn't considered, the Natane. The more I thought about it, the more excited and full of ideas I had. This year I was determined to not suck, so I took a crash course in interior design, (thanks to many wonderful tutorials websites and videos on Youtube). I think all that hard work and cramming made a huge difference!

Tips and & Tricks:  Rather than repeat my past Tips and & Tricks, this year I want to share what new tricks I learned. The first is called 60 - 30 - 10.  What is it? Its a simplification based on Golden Mean. Basically 60% of your room should be one color. 30% is a secondary color, and 10% is the accent. Since my floor and ceiling are the same texture, that automatically determined what my 60% color would be, medium cool grey. White is my 2nd since its the other wall, and the accent is of course Green, and I have little splashes of cyan, blue, black and warm wood.

Front yard:
House: Glas Houses Natane [mesh] Hope 3 (on sale at RLF for 555L)
Fountain: solares Asian Feudal Cyberpunk - Fountain [mesh](399L)
Water lilies: Botanical Waterlily clusters [mesh](499L)
Banana Tree: Mesh Plants small palm tree [mesh](180L)
Bamboo: Skye Studios Tropical Plants Pack #2 [mesh](699L)
Palm tree: Little Branch LB_BeachPalm*Double Animated [mesh](286L)
Seagull with sound: Ohmai Franklin's Gull [mesh]
Potted Palm: hive potted fan palm plant [mesh](150L)
Chairs: Trompe Loeil Deja Hanging Lounger [mesh](375L)
Orange tree: dust bunny dwarf fruit trees clementine tree [mesh](175L)
Hedge: Botanical Seasonal Boxwood Hedge [mesh](500L)
Paving stones: what next Garden Paving Stones [mesh](75L)
Modern garden, sidewalk, stairs, Weather Outpost 017 and warning sign: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks: How do you create a room within a much larger room, aka the Open Concept space? How I did it in the entryway is the animated carpet. It clearly establishes this as a "room." To further define the space I used 2 bookcase dividers and the long hanging plants.  For the Office, I used a raised platform, and for the living room, the curved sofa.

Parlor room and entryway:
Divider: PrimPossible 1 Prim Mesh Tree Room Divider [mesh](1L)
Plant wall panel: Soy Green Plants Wall Panel [mesh](100L)
Hanging plant: Soy Super long Hanging Hedera [mesh](75L)
Chairs: Trompe Loeil Nova Chair Stardust [mesh]
Pillow: Apple Fall Cushion Satin, Peacock [mesh](90L)
Hologram: solares Tech Halo [mesh](0L)
Carpet: solares Quasar FX [mesh](0L)
Bookcase: Isil Futurist Shelf Set [mesh](350L)
Coffee Table: HILTED Xero Collection - Table [mesh](399L)
Newspaper: Apple Fall Times Newspaper [mesh](225L)
Books: Apple Fall Design Books [mesh](100L)
Elephant: Apple Fall Ornamental Elephant - Bronze [mesh](285L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 4 [mesh](150L)
Bench: Fourth Wall Entry Bench Light [mesh](group gift)
Bookcase: Fourth Wall Bookcase Divider with books [mesh](group gift)
Sleeping Cat: Jian Kitty Pillow Stripe [mesh](150L)
Stairs: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks:  Open Concept means a large room with several smaller sections in it. My house has a long space that's open concept. To unite the room areas, the professionals say to use a unified palette and the larger colors should be neutral. So thats why my entryway, office, and living room all have the same color palette.

Office space:
Desk, chairs: Isil Europa Desk, chairs [mesh](400L)
Tree: Little Branch LB_SeaAlmond Seasons [mesh](386L)
Planter: [AC] Aethis Creations Modern Planter metal [mesh](199L)
Ceiling Light: DenPaMic Ceiling Light Hexagon[mesh](50L)
Halogram: Isil Planetarium Hologram (Earth) COMMON, gacha[mesh](50L)
Bookcase: Isil Futurist Shelf Set [mesh](350L)
Icosphere: Inner Demons {ID} Icosphere Decor Small 7 [mesh](100L)
Halosign: solares Tech Sigil [mesh](0L)
Ferns: Soy Voluminous Potted Ferns [mesh](100L)
Geode: ChiMia Geode Coffee Table [mesh](100L)
Books: Apple Fall Tied Books [mesh](75L)
Books: Apple Fall Stacked Books [mesh](125L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 1 [mesh](150L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 3 [mesh](150L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 4 [mesh](150L)
Coral: Apple Fall Coral Specimen [mesh](0L)
Picture frame: esgardio Frames [mesh](0L)
Weather Station: VON  thermometer barometer hygrometer created with prims
Stairs: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks:  Focal Point. Every room should have a focal point, a point where the eye is immediately drawn to before it looks around. Focal points ground a room. My living room has a clear focal point in what is the sweetest spot of the entire house, the curved back wall. (More on that below.)

Living room/game room:
Robot: Hilted Little Bot - Decor  [mesh] (Relay for Life - Hope 8)(49L)
Sofa: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Snake Sofa Inner Ring White [mesh](350L)
Chair, figurine: BackBone Gamer Floor Rocker, FunnyBone #6 [mesh](769L)
TV, speakers, remote: Fourth Wall Curve Multimedia TV System [mesh](699L)
Rug: Soy Shag Round Rug w. texture changer [mesh](100L)
Pillow: Apple Fall Cushion Satin, Peacock [mesh](90L)
Bookcase: Isil Futurist Shelf Set [mesh](350L)
Coral: Apple Fall Coral Specimen [mesh](0L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 1 [mesh](150L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 3 [mesh](150L)
Books: Apple Fall Books - Arrangement 4 [mesh](150L)
Plants: Soy Water Mashroom Set [mesh](75L)
Table: Aluveaux Technologies AT - Scifi CoffeeTable [mesh](1L)
Drink: Dahlia Belmar Ginger Ale Soda [mesh](169)
Food: dust bunny spicy fiesta set [mesh](550L)

Tips and & Tricks:  The Golden Mean. This is something that blew my mind! This house is my first time trying it in decorating. I know the Golden Spiral well since most of my pictures use it, but it never occurred to me to use it in decorating. Every single item in my house is placed where it is by a golden mean scale, even the heights of objects. The Golden Mean also told me how much stuff I needed in a room (60%), and how much space to leave open (40%). It was so eye opening using this method. I feel this trick single handily raised my decorating abilities to the next level. One of the biggest design challenges of this house was its curved back-wall. What to do there? I knew I wanted to put a TV there and dark tall stripe, it just looked right to my eye. Well, it turns out, using the Golden Mean, that was actually the sweetest spot in the entire house! So instead of it being a problem, it turned into a wonderful opportunity, and I was able to let it shine. (You can read more about the Golden Mean on wiki.) 

Art: Strange Merchant Edge Walls -Wood- V:1.0 [mesh] (Relay for Life - Hope 4)
Hamper: David Heather Laundry Hamper His T. Rade Closet, gacha [mesh](75L)
Hanging plant: Soy Super long Hanging Hedera [mesh](75L)
Washer, Dryer: Pixel Mode Laundry Room - Black [mesh]
Dividing wall: VON created with prims  [mesh]

Tips and & Tricks:  Theme. Before you even start to decorate, you need to pick a style theme for you home and stick to it. I originally wanted to do Cyber for this home but it was impossible for me to have a cyber kitchen and bath so I switched to a more reasonable style, something too distant in the future, futurist and modern. I was able to drop a boxy modern kitchen down but add a cyber themed refrigerator and retro future computer to make it work. The Cybertruck outside and LED breaking news on the windows is a gentle reminder this is a slightly futuristic time.

Kitchen and dining:
Dining Table: Jian Saxton Dining Table (Animated) [mesh](450L)
Chairs: floorplan aden kitchen chair [mesh](25L)
Kitchen: inVerse Osoe - full furnished modern house villa hi-definition [mesh](449L)
Spices: BAZAR Toronto-Magnetic condiments [mesh]
Limes: Apple Fall Hurricane Vase w/ Limes [mesh](175L)
Food: dust bunny spicy fiesta set [mesh](550L)
Computer: BLUE SKY iHeart computer [mesh](210L)
Herb: [ keke ] paperbag herb - mint 1 RARE, gacha[mesh](50L)
Herb: [ keke ] paperbag herb - salvia 1, gacha[mesh](50L)
Herb: [ keke ] paperbag herb - coriander 2, gacha[mesh](50L)
Fridge: Violetility Intelligent Life Fridge, gacha [mesh](50L)
Lights: Pixel Mode Geometric Hanging Light  [mesh]
Exhaust hood: Pixel Mode - vent [mesh]
Salt & Pepper shakers: Pixel Mode the Kitchen Salt n Pepper [mesh]
Teapot: Pixel Mode the Kitchen Copper Kettle [mesh]
Sign: Pixel Mode the Kitchen Eat Sign [mesh]

Tips and & Tricks:  Make it yourself! Creating a bathroom in the house was a challenge, and the curve of the wall was a design challenge too. My solution to curve was adding a shelf. Originally I made a prim to fit the curve, but later switched it for a futurist shelf. Still, not the best solution, but the idea I think was sound. A second problem in the bathroom was a bold white line going down the window at the start of the curve. To fix the view, I created vertical blinds in medium grey that both covered the white line (thus toning it down) and creating visual anchors to ground the tub. 

One of the great things about Glas Houses are their creation inworld first before being converted to mesh. Because of this, I was able to add my own prims to the layout of the house and it blended in perfectly! Thanks to the home's designer, Sandi Glas, she told me where I could purchase the textures she used and I was able to match the house perfectly. Did you noticed I replaced the White brick wall upstairs with a grey painted white brick? It was so lucky for me to get a house I could customize in this way! 

Art: Strange Merchant Hollow Walls - White-#5 V:1.0 [mesh] (Relay for Life - Hope 4)
Wardrobe: BAZAR Glam-MALE closet 05 WHITE [mesh](637L)
Hanging plant: Soy Super long Hanging Hedera [mesh](75L)
Ferns: Soy Voluminous Potted Ferns [mesh](100L)
Tub: Culprit Zen Stone Tub PG [mesh]
Mirror: BackBone Darkness - Old Mirror [mesh](159L)
Table: BackBone Darkness - Console Table [mesh](159L)
Towels: N4RS Floor Towel, N4RS Bathroom Towel Rail [mesh]
Sink: BAZAR Maldives - Bathroom Sink [mesh](129L)
Toilet: BAZAR Maldives - Toilet [mesh](85L)
Toilet paper: BAZAR Maldives - Toilet paper [mesh](29L)
Razor, tissue: BAZAR Floria-Bathroom cup set-male, tissue paper [mesh](25L)
Towels: BAZAR Maldives - Folded towels [mesh](20L)
Clutter: Pixel Mode Ansley Bath Clutter [mesh]
Caddy: Pixel Mode Ansley Bath Caddy [mesh]
Bath Matt: Pixel Mode Ansley Bath Mat [mesh]
Soap: Pixel Mode Victoria's Bath Soap Basket [mesh]
Towels: Pixel Mode Victoria's Bath White Towel Stack [mesh]
Blinds: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks:  Line Rule. Lines are like arrows pointing to places for the eye to look. In the bedroom I needed to create a wall for a bathroom area. I made a divider with curved shapes to echo the home's design and add a touch of futurism. I made lighting for the bed with 3 striped lines on my focal point. I think it worked out well! Not bad for some old school prims.

Bed: Jian Saxton Bed [mesh](1100L)
Plant: Mithral Brasil Philodendron Hederaceum Pack A[mesh](125L)
Plant: Mithral String of Hearts Bottle (Hanging)[mesh](group gift)
Panel, shelf: Architect Honeycomb Wall Shelf wood,  Sideboard wood [mesh](250L)
Panel: Architect Honeycomb Panel Grunge1, Grunge2  [mesh](350L)
Panels: Apple Fall West Village Maynard Paneling, Straight Black [mesh](275L)
Table: Apple Fall West Village Eleanora Bedside Table - Chalkboard [mesh](150L)
Coral: Apple Fall Coral Specimen [mesh](0L)
Plant: Soy Potted Traveler's Palm Tree [mesh](75L)
Shoes: Apple Fall Leather Moccasins [mesh](100L)
Dividing wall and Railing: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks:  The Rule of Odds.  When displaying a set of items limit it to 3, 5, or 7 similar items along a theme, be it color or shape or texture, etc. I used 3 different terra cotta potted plants by 3 different designers. The scale and height of each is different, so even though they have a similar theme, they are each unique in a interesting way.

Roof Garden:
Planter: L2L 12. L2L French Quarter Chair Planter Vines, gacha [mesh] (Relay for Life - Hope 3)
Pergola: Blushed Living Winchester Pergola Patio [mesh] (0L)
Weather station: Ocean Side Heliport Weatherstation Vs. 1.8S [mesh](99L)
Hammock chair: BAZAR Crete- Hammock chair [mesh](189L)
Planter: Organica Hanging Bamboo Herb Planter [mesh](100L)
Potted plant large: Heart Wildflowers Ox Eye Daisies - Flowers and Buds 1 [mesh](699L)
Potted plant lsmall: Linden Labs Spring Easter Hunt - Potted Bluebell [mesh]
Bamboo: Dysfunctionality [DDD] Zen Bamboo planters [mesh](85L)
Drinks: dust bunny coconut drink, pineapple drink [mesh](75L)
Fruit: dust bunny clementines [mesh](75L)
Furniture: Pixel Mode Under the Sun, Weathered Coffee Table, Sectional White RARE [mesh]
Planter: [AC] Aethis Creations Modern Planter metal [mesh](199L)
Plants: Mesh Plants Grape Vine - Complete [mesh](150L)
Plants: Dysfunctionality [DDD] Lil' Garden Plot - Peppers [mesh](95L)
Plants: Dysfunctionality [DDD] New Tomato Garden Plot [mesh](195L)
Plants: Dysfunctionality [DDD] Lil' Garden Plot - Potato Plant [mesh](95L)
Warning sign: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks:  Now a reminder of how to decorate wisely for SL. Look for good low land impact mesh. (For example I love going to Dysfunctionality for well made low land impact items like I used on the roof, the Bamboo planters and vegetables garden plots.) Once you get all your items down, link all copy items that are not interactive. (For example, I never link gacha items or any interactive furniture.) Any prims you laid yourself, be sure to convert them to Convex Hull instead of prim in your edit menu before linking to save even more prims! ...Using these simple tricks will save you so much land impact, you will have plenty of prims to complete your home!

Sides, back yard, upper roof:
Solar panels: DBy Studio Solar Board [mesh](75L)
Wind Turbine: Apple Fall Wind turbine [mesh](0L)
Beach towel: BALACLAVA Triton Beach Towel Pineapple [mesh](120L)
Beach towel and parasol: The Dreamer Creations Beach towel 2, Sun Umbrella [mesh](495L)
Palm tree: Little Branch LB_BeachPalm*Double Animated [mesh](286L)
Beach: Skye Studios Beach Building Set [mesh](699L)
Ladder: Contraption Simple Ladder double [mesh](0L)
Sounds: Real Waves sound water ocean
Paving stones: what next Garden Paving Stones [mesh](75L)
Electric Car: S2 - Roleplay, Live, Play Cybertruck Static Prop [mesh](100L)
Roof railings: VON created with prims
Rainwater Cistern: VON created with prims
Water, Weather Outpost 017 sign, beach wedge: VON created with prims

Tips and & Tricks:
 Get advice! I would like to thank my PaleoClimatologist big sister who is working hard gather data on past climates to better predict future climates. She advised me on what items I would need for my home: Wind Turbine, Solar Panels, Rainwater Cistern, Rooftop Garden, and that the home has ability to be lifted off the ground on stilts during a storm surge. ....she also asked, by special request, for a little Elephant. I put him on the bookcase so you can see him when first entering the home.