Saturday, January 31, 2015

Freebie Shopping at it's best!

Evening everyone, today has been a fun day for me. I went freebie shopping. One of Second Life's favorite past-times. I came back with over 100 quality items to share with y'all this month. I am hoping to feature a freebie item a day.   If you would like to get a head start on my posts and go shopping yourself,  I have updated my Must Stop 'n Shop List for Group Gifts and Freebies with all the locations I visited today. I plan to expand this list regularly as I find new great places to visit every month for free goodies, so check it often if you like free stuffs.

  ❀ FREEBIE FIND OF THE DAY 


!Soul | Mesh Short Tube Dress | Free Group Gift
Rumina | Jessica - Black Ombre | Free Group Gift ❁ 

AVATAR: 
Deluxe Body Factory | Poppy Skin: Honey | L$2,499
Ikon | Hope, Field | L$150
✫ Loordes of London | En Vogue earrings  #42 | L$55
Tameless | Lashes 22 | L$99
SLINK | AvEnhance Casual Hands | L$675
SLINK | AvEnhance High Feet | L$675
Mandala | Steking Ears, Season 5 | L$677

POSES:

PHOTO LOCATION:
KaTink | Photo Background |Sand Beach Pack | L$60

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Tattered Page | August 2030: The Earthmen and April 2036: Usher II

Well everyone, we have reached the end, this is the last post from me featuring A Tattered Page till the next round in March. For those who are just joining us, A Tattered Page is a special Curse event that combines the love of books with the joy of SL creation. Designers read the chosen book, find inspiration from the words within and create something that visually represents a citation from the book, which they include with their item. This round ends January 31. 

a tattered page

The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short science fiction stories written by Ray Bradbury in the 1950s. The chapters are broken up into individual tales that weave together over the span of twenty-seven years. It tells the story of the colonization of Mars by humans who are seeking a better life from a war torn and tattered out earth. In this post I am touching on two different chapters of the story.

The first presentation is from August 2030: The Earthmen. I talked about this selection in a post earlier this month, but I loved this chapter of the book so much I couldn't resist doing a few more photos to represent it. In this selection, we join the second landing after they have made it to Mr. Xxx, the man they were report to because they were from earth. Mr. Xxx is a most remarkable character in how fascinated he is by the Earth-men and their existence...

"It was noon. The day was very hot when they reached the rocket. “So.” The psychologist walked up to the ship and tapped it. It gonged softly. “May I go inside?” he asked slyly. “You may.” Mr. Xxx stepped in and was gone for a long time."


" The psychologist emerged from the ship after half an hour of prowling, tapping, listening, smelling, tasting. The psychologist shut his eyes and scratched his nose. “Yes, yes, what a lovely insanity. Metal, rubber, gravitizers, foods, clothing, fuel, weapons, ladders, nuts, bolts, spoons. Ten thousand separate items I checked on your vessel. Never have I seen such a complexity. There were even shadows under the bunks and under everything! Such concentration of will! And everything, no matter how or when tested, had a smell, a solidity, a taste, a sound! Let me embrace you!”  


“This is the most incredible example of sensual hallucination and hypnotic suggestion I’ve ever encountered. I went through your ‘rocket,’ as you call it.” He tapped the hull. “I hear it. Auditory fantasy.” He drew a breath. “I smell it. Olfactory hallucination, induced by sensual telepathy.” He kissed the ship. “I taste it. Labial fantasy!” He shook the captain’s hand. “May I congratulate you? You are a psychotic genius!"
-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 39). 

My second presentation is from the April 2036: Usher II. It is a tale of a man gone mad over the censorship and destruction of all things imaginary. He recreated Poe's House of Usher to throw a glorious party for the Society for the Prevention of Fantasy.  The visual details of this chapter were amazing to read -- to tie it all together into one house. I wish I could have come up with a better representation for this selection because it is worthy of so much more. It is a chapter you will  need to read to fully comprehend its magnificence. Until you do, I leave you this one small teaser....


"Guests poured from the booths, transformed from one age into another, their faces covered with dominoes , the very act of putting on a mask revoking all their licenses to pick a quarrel with fantasy and horror. The women swept about in red gowns, laughing. The men danced them attendance. And on the walls were shadows with no people to throw them, and here or there were mirrors in which no image showed. Eminent, eminent people, one and all, members of the Society for the Prevention of Fantasy, advocators of the banishment of Halloween and Guy Fawkes, killers of bats, burners of books, bearers of torches; good clean citizens , every one, who had waited until the rough men had come up and buried the Martians and cleansed the cities and built the towns and repaired the highways and made everything safe."
-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 174).



Mr. Xxx:
Falllen Gods Inc | Mr. K. Variant Skin | L$990 | @A Tattered Page
Deluxe Body Factory |  Carl shape | 
✫ MINA Hair, Ryan, Dark Browns, L$250 @Men Only Monthly Salesroom
Slink | Male Feet (AvEnhance), Flat | L$675
✫ Slink  | Male Hands (AvEnhance), Cigarette | L$675
✫ Slink  | Male Hands (AvEnhance), Relax | L$675
IKON | 'Sunrise' Eyes Pale Azure | L$150
✫ KC Couture | ADAM for Slink | L$50
Just Because | Modern Gatsby Collection - Grey Pinstripe | L$295
✫ !gO! | Steam Boy Jacket, Stripes | L$288

Member of the Society for the Prevention of Fantasy:
✫ Deluxe Body Factory  | Linnea S 6'3" 1.93m (S)
✫ Deluxe Body Factory | Melda Skin #2
Mandala | Steking Ears, Season 5 | L$677
Cubic Cherry Kre-ations | {Luv Me} eyes Candy | 
✫ Pale Empress | Usher II Gown | L$395 | @A Tattered Page
✫ Pale Empress | Usher II Mask |  L$195 | @A Tattered Page
 ✫ D!va Hair | Mana (Amber) | L$200 
✫ @->~ISD | Martian Fire Flower ~ Mountain Red | L$250/color, L$575/3-pack | @A Tattered Page
Maxi Gossamer, Earrings & Necklace - Selene L$399 @January UBER
✫ Slink  |  Avatar Enhancement Hands, Casual | L$675
✫ Slink  |  Female Feet (AvEnhance), High | L$675
Decorations:
✫ 22769 | Spaceship Junkyard Debris Table | L$165  | @A Tattered Page
✫ 22769 | Spaceship Junkyard Debris Chair | L$245  | @A Tattered Page
✫ 22769 | Spaceship Junkyard Debris Set | L$350  | @A Tattered Page
Grendel's Children | Repli Screens!
✫ @->~ISD | Martian Fire Flower ~ Mountain Red | L$250/color, L$575/3-pack | @A Tattered Page
✫ Black Tulip | “How are you feeling today?” Shelf | L$150 [Marketplace] | @A Tattered Page
✫ Scarlet Creative Inc. | Scarlet Creative For William Weaver Art Gallery Build | FREE





Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Tattered Page: August 2057: There Will Come a Soft Rain

Hello everyone, It's time for another set of photos featuring items from A Tattered Page* (ATP). ATP is a special Curse event that combines the love of books with the joy of SL creation. Designers read the chosen book, find inspiration from the words within and create something that visually represents a citation from the book, which they include with their item. This round ends January 31. 

a tattered page

The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short science fiction stories written by Ray Bradbury in the 1950s. The chapters are broken up into individual tales that weave together over the span of twenty-seven years. It tells the story of the colonization of Mars by humans who are seeking a better life from a war torn and tattered out earth.

In this post I want to explore a bit in the August 2057 chapter called "There will come a soft rain". It is a sorrowful, deep, haunting tale. In this selection, we observe the story of a house, this house is the last house in a blasted and torn land after a great war has occurred.


"Ten o’clock. The sun came out from behind the rain. The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles."
-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 249).


Until this day, how well the house had kept its peace. How carefully it had inquired, “Who goes there? What’s the password?” and, getting no answer from lonely foxes and whining cats, it had shut up its windows and drawn shades in an old-maidenly preoccupation with self-protection which bordered on a mechanical paranoia. It quivered at each sound, the house did. If a sparrow brushed a window, the shade snapped up. The bird, startled, flew off! No, not even a bird must touch the house! The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (pp. 249). 


"The garden sprinklers whirled up in golden founts, filling the soft morning air with scatterings of brightness. The water pelted windowpanes, running down the charred west side where the house had been burned evenly free of its white paint. The entire west face of the house was black, save for five places . Here the silhouette in paint of a man mowing a lawn. Here, as in a photograph, a woman bent to pick flowers. Still farther over, their images burned on wood in one titanic instant, a small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up , the image of a thrown ball, and opposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down. The five spots of paint— the man, the woman, the children, the ball— remained. The rest was a thin charcoaled layer. The gentle sprinkler rain filled the garden with falling light.

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (pp. 249). 

See my other posts on The Martian Chronicles.



HOME DECOR/PROPS:
✫ Anachron |  Soft Rains House  | L$399/color | @A Tattered Page

PHOTO LOCATION:
✫ The Wastelands, A post apocalyptic community.
This is the original sim of The Wastelands estate, SL's oldest post apocalyptic residential area. Ruined shops, makeshift homes, and broken buildings line cracked and sand-strewn streets, and flank the rusting, twisted tracks of a long-abandoned railroad
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wastelands/135/151/66



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Tattered Page | May 2034: The Wilderness....my version of it.

Evening everyone, I just realized how close the end of the month is and I still need to make a few more posts featuring A Tattered Page. It is a special Curse event that combines the love of books with the joy of SL creation. The Designers have made so many wonderful items after  being inspired by the book. I wanted to make sure I blogged as much as I could before this round ends on the 31st. 

a tattered page

The book this round is The Martian Chronicles. It is a collection of short science fiction stories written by Ray Bradbury in the 1950s. The chapters are broken up into individual tales that weave together over the span of twenty-seven years.  My inspiration for this post came from the May 2034 chapter called The Wilderness. After I made my photos, I realized that in the month since I originally read the story in preparation for the event, the story had morphed in my head into a totally different tale. One that mirrored the first but had a slightly different meaning.


In the tale Ray Bradbury wrote, he told the tale of two women who have answered the call to Mars. Unfortunately one of the women is terrified of the dark and all the silence it holds. So the choice to journey into space is one that will change her world and she is uncertain  she has it in her to make the journey, leaving the security of the known world behind.  During their story you follow the two women as they take a final walk around the city for the last time, memorizing the things they had lost before they eventually wander home to wait for morning to get on the rocket ship to their future.


In the tale that my mind created the story told the tale of only one women, alone without family. The one person she had in her life, already left to Mars in hope of preparing a life for them both. For the last year she has lived alone frighten in a city coming to ruin as the earth's society decays. The environment spoiled and rancid. People are unable to walk about without breathers, the air full of radioactive particles and the skies full of unexpected acid showers. 



She has been living with a frightening decision to be made, does she leave what she knows to join him on the frontier of a new land or stay where it is safe..well safe as she knows it? We join her as she leaves her apartment late in the evening, perhaps even in the wee hours of the morning. It is dark and frightening, but not as frightening as the silence in her home. Her mind is in turmoil, she has nothing here. Nothing to lose, but her fear holds her back. She is scared...so scared of the dark unknown that is space. 



It's not safe to be out so late in the streets and alleys, not safe really at all, but she can no longer take the silence and emptiness in her small apartment.  She grabs her outerwear and heads out into the city to wander in hopes the walk will alleviate her fears and bring clarity to the choice she has to make. Does she take the hand offered to her across the eons of space, take the risk to be his wife in a strange new world or stay on the decaying earth living in fear of the final war threatening to engulf the earth.


 She wanders for hours her eye mindful of her watch. The ticking matching the beating of her heart. Her chest tight and constricted with each step she takes forward. He is going to call and she must be near a communication device to receive his call. The time to answer the question is rapidly coming upon her. Will she give up her comfort to be a laborer, till the land, make a home, create a new future for herself? Or will she stay, her fear forever choking her, leaving her unable to change? She does not know...so much doubt fills her mind. There in the dense fog of the dust filled morning she sees the machine that will seal her fate...the tele-communication stand. 


Pausing before the machine her hand stretches out, shaking as she nervously presses the button and waits. Her eyes riveted on the flashing signal to wait. Wait. Wait. Wait.. her breathing come faster each gasp of the spoiled air causing her anxiety to raise. The pressure building unrelenting till, but for what feels like an eternity but is really seconds later there is a faint click and his clear strong stable voice come across the machine from eons away, "Will you join me, be my wife?" It is that moment her decision is made....and she no longer fears the shadows.

And that is what my mind twisted up from my memories of Ray Bradbury's tale, The Wilderness. I hope you enjoyed it. If you would like, feel free to check out my previous posts on  The Martian Chronicles



AVATAR:
Deluxe Body Factory, | PoppySkin & Shape Honey  
Tableau Vivant |  Celestia  | L$188 | @Collabor88

OUTFIT:
✫  ImmateriA | Soft Rains Coat, Hat, Umbrella, Boots & Shadow |  LS250  |  @A Tattered Page

POSES:
Eternal Dream Poses |  Honey Pose Set 01 (photo 2)
✫ Walking photos, taken exactly like that .. walking. 

PHOTO LOCATION:
✫ Kowloon,  Rated [G] Wonderful Urban Citiscape based on Kowloon,  an urban area in Hong Kong. Gritty, funky and fascinating. I could spend hours peeking around and taking photos here. By far one of my favorite places to visit. Tons of things to discover, interesting avatars to perv and suprises around each corner. Be aware there are some private residences on the sim, you may get gently pushed out by an orb.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/kowloon/46/130/26




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Tattered Page | A Tick in Time....

Evening everyone, I hope you are ready for another installment featuring A Tattered Page*; a special Curse event that combines the love of books with the joy of SL creation. Designers read the chosen book, find inspiration from the words within and create something that visually represents a citation from the book, which they include with their item. This round takes place January 7-31. 

a tattered page

The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short science fiction stories written by Ray Bradbury in the 1950s. The chapters are broken up into individual tales that weave together over the span of twenty-seven years. It tells the story of the colonization of Mars by humans who are seeking a better life from a war torn and tattered out earth.

In my previous posts on The Martian Chronicles I have touched on several events that occurred after first contact was made. But tonight I was was thinking...what were the Martians like before they were touched by us, it is shown by evidence found in the old ruined cities that they were once a great artistic people before they became the primitives that most Earthlings learn about when they settled upon  Mars.

My inspiration for these photos came from not just one section of the book but from through out all the chapters, as I read small passages and excerpts that caused my thoughts to spin images of a rich and beautiful culture much like ours, influenced by our thoughts, sounds and images carried by the radio waves from across the spacey depths from the other side of the sun. Ray Bradbury's words were often pure poetry creating a rich vibrant world full of a people with a culture to match.




"They had a house of crystal pillars on the planet Mars by the edge of an empty sea..."

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 2).

All night she had slept on this silent river, like a boat upon a soundless tide. Now the fog burned away, the mist level lowered until she was deposited upon the shore of wakening.

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 10).

" Ylla laid herself back in the canopy and, at a word from her husband, the birds leaped, burning, toward the dark sky. The ribbons tautened, the canopy lifted. The sand slid whining under; the blue hills drifted by, drifted by, leaving their home behind, the raining pillars, the caged flowers, the singing books, the whispering floor creeks. She did not look at her husband. She heard him crying out to the birds as they rose higher, like ten thousand hot sparkles, so many red-yellow fireworks in the heavens, tugging the canopy like a flower petal, burning through the wind."

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 8).
   

"Beyond the marble amphitheater, in darkness and distances, lay little towns and villas; pools of silver water stood motionless and canals glittered from horizon to horizon. It was an evening in summer upon the placid and temperate planet Mars."

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 19). 

" In the blowing moonlight, like metal petals of some ancient flower, like blue plumes, like cobalt butterflies immense and quiet, the old ships turned and moved over the shifting sands, the masks beaming and glittering, until the last shine, the last blue color, was lost among the hills."

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 214).  


"She did not look up at him; she looked only at the empty desert and the very bright stars coming out now on the black sky, and far away there was a sound of wind rising and canal waters stirring cold in the long canals. She shut her eyes, trembling."

-- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles (p. 18) 



AVATAR:
Falllen Gods Inc | Mrs. K. Variant Skin and Shape |  L$990 | @A Tattered Page
House of Darcy | Deardriu Face Paints | L$45 | @We <3 Role-Play
Chop Shop | Martian Eyes | L$100/color | @A Tattered Page
✫ EMO-tions | Faith Black | FREE Group Gift
May's Soul  | Annabelle dress black  |  L$120/color | @We <3 Role-Play
SLINK  | AvEnhance Casual Hands  |  L$675
SLINK  | AvEnhance High Feet  | L$675

OUTFIT:
✫ Maxi Gossamer  |  Vallari Neck Collar  |  L$299
✫ Cubic Cherry Kre-ations | Goddess Ethereal (S) Halo |  L$187   | @We <3 Role-play
Zibska | Zephyrine  Headpiece | L$280  | @We <3 Role-play

POSES:
 ✫ Eternal Dream Poses | Liberty Set 01 

PHOTO LOCATION:
Paradiso : Relax. Photography. Romance.Couple Dance.Beautiful location,Snow, Watery.





Monday, January 26, 2015

The Wastelands, A post apocalyptic community.

This is the original sim of The Wastelands estate, SL's oldest post apocalyptic residential area. Ruined shops, makeshift homes, and broken buildings line cracked and sand-strewn streets, and flank the rusting, twisted tracks of a long-abandoned railroad.

I really enjoyed wandering the sim and seeing all the unique settings. It's really amazing what they have done with the place. My windlight setting is "Calico Junction Ghost Town - Dusty". Alchemy Immortalis has it for download on their site.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wastelands/135/151/66


The dreams of a child..

Evening everyone, tonight I  would like to venture into the dreams of a child. I recently received several items that inspired me to a child like fancy. All items in these photos except for my shape are for adult avatars. I just couldn't resist making her a small adorable and cute Elven child.


Hmmm.. where to start, so much to talk about.  Lets start with the cute Fleece PJs  by Phunk. I have to say Phunk is becoming one of my favorite shops for cute stuff (along with awesome male outfits). the Fleece PJ's are unisex and come in standard sizes with eight color options available via a HUD. They fit men, women and kids. The cute bunny slippers are also by Phunk, they come for men and women. For those who want a darker pair, you should check out the evil bunny slippers... too adorably evil! They would make the perfect gift for a man with a sense of humor. 

My cute teddy bear was a gift from Kaerri Rae, owner of Kaerri. It was a Christmas teddy bear she gave out as a gift but modified it for me. If you are looking for some great furniture go check out her shop. There are some amazing displays set up so you can get a feel of what stylish set ups you can do in your home.

My photos are taken at the Chapter Four sales room (I am bad about using stores as my photo props). Most all the creatures in the photos are by ionic. Ionic have some of the most whimsical designs I have ever had the honor to stop and aww at. Do stop in and check out their store and sales room. I warn you though.. it's GACHA loaded -- control yourself!  (I never can).


My adorable whispy mess of a hair style is by Analog Dog. For my skin I chose Tir na n'Og's Kawaii skin. It was created for Cupcakes Anonymous Hunt, which will run February 1-28th. It comes with skin, shape, glasses and sparkling cheek mesh heart. Its pretty cute. Really reminded me of how a lot of little girls paint themselves up trying to look like their mommies.

The little Royal Mouse on my shoulder is a cute find from We <3 Role-Play. It is a freebie from Krystal. Perfect little shoulder pet for all ages. I loved the little crown on its head.

My ears are the newest release in ears from Mandala, steking (season 5). I love these ears...love them! They come with a hud that switches them between elven, pixie and human ears, turns on/off jewelry or eartip paint. One of my most versatile accessories I wear regularly. They may seem pricey, but totally worth it.



AVATAR:
✫ Tir na n'Og |  Kawaii skin | L$5 |  Cupcakes Anonymous Hunt, Feb 1-28
✫ Deluxe Body Factory, Little Girl Lykke Avatar, L$1,995
Analog Hair | Mash, Splash | L$275
Mandala, Steking Ears, Season 5, L$677
IKON, Eternal Eyes - Paradise, L$150

OUTFIT:
PHUNK | Fleece PJs | L$149
PHUNK | Bunny Slippers | L$49
Kaerri | Teddy Bear | Gift
✫ Krystal | Royal Mouse - Shoulder Pet | FREE | @We <3 Role-Play

HOME DECOR/PROPS:
Ionic made most all the background props.

POSES:
✫ Poses made using the Kaerri Bear and my Animare HUD (L$299)

PHOTO LOCATION:
The Chapter Four, The Chapter Four is a monthly shopping event, open every 4th day of the month .4 rooms/sections with each different theme of the sale: Gacha, Buy 1 for 2, Under 100 Ls and Half price room!



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