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Dogs and Parks

The Challenge - Park bench - Citrus thrift shop bell bottom jeans and jacket NEW

This is the offering from Cleo Design for this round of The Challenge. When I saw it I thought Cleom (the owner of Cleo Design) had been to my dog walking park, cause these are almost identical to the ones I sit in after I’ve huffed and puffed my way round jogging with my dog ! Really lovely poses and you can also change the texture of the shade via the menu. Singles & couples poses btw. On the side is a nicely detailed park map for added realism !

The Challenge - Park bench - Citrus thrift shop bell bottom jeans and jacket - various colours available !

My outfit is by Citrus and this is their items for the upcoming “Thrift shop” event, it opens on the 6th – so no sneaky teleporting until then! As you know I’m big into all shades of brown at the moment and I only opened this colour because of the name, I thought it WAS brown ! However, it snapped me out of my obsession and I totally adore this soft blue denim tone. The jeans and jacket are sold separately, not sure on price as it isn’t mentioned in the note but as it’s The Thrift Shop its bound to be a right good deal. The shade I’m showing is “creek” but there are several other colours to snap up. Little hint of Boho in this ensemble huh?! (Btw you can also wear the jacket on its ow without the top)

Cleo Design

The Thrift Shop

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Something for the Weekend (free gifts)

Free bench, radio,icnic,FREE hathair

I was checking out a new and upcoming event (news later) and spotted a gift from Cleo Designs whilst I was in the area. Naturally I thought Id share it with you. The bench, radio and hotdogs are all free of charge from the lovely Cleom Bailey, two poses in the bench, one that gives you an umbrella, and the other you’re laying supping a glass of pop. The whole set up is low prim so brilliant for your home or garden. My hat & hair combo is another free gift, from Ronsem. The group is free to join and once you’re in you can lay claim to a whole pile of treats, including the hair. It does come with a HUD so you get options on hat & ear colour, isn’t it cute?!

Ronsem

Cleo Designs @ The Cookie Jar

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Santa’s Helper – its got my name on it

The Promenande - American Beagle Santas Helper mesh outfit - gacha various colours When I saw this outfit by American Beagle Outfitters – I knew I had to wear it . On our home sim called Dreamworks I have been acting as Santa’s elf for a week or so now. Santa has a mail box for people to drop a letter into , telling him their Christmas wishes! He really does reply to ALL letters and sometimes he sends a gift or three ! If you havent come to see Santa yet, here’s the landmark – just follow the board walk , through the frosty tunnel and out onto the ice, Santa is waiting for you ! Anyhoooo back to my outfit, its in a gacha machine at the latest round of The Promenade, there’s squillions of colours to win and its so affordabubble. Scattered around the event are gifts for you to snap up too – get your skates on. Thanks Barb ❤ The Challenge - Cleo Design, Percent free gift boxes - Once upon a time wall decor & freamed artwork While I’ve got time – a short note about the new round of The Challenge. Sorry to be so brief but I’m running out of time before I go on my winter vacation *squeeee*, there is always SO much to share in the run up to Christmas I get giddy. This rounds theme is fairy tale – how utterly lovely! The daybed above is by Cleo Design, beautiful poses as always. Its got multi layers of mattress so its like that tale of the Princess and the pea. All the decor pieces are from %Percent, there’s a shed load more, all in various colours – btw the “once upon a time” wall art isn’t fixed to the daybed – I just placed it there ! Ohhh btw the sweet gift boxes Ive got in the photo are free gifts from %Percent – these can be found at the mainstore location.

The Promenade

American Beagle Outfitters mainstore

cleo design

%percent

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The Challenge goes Shopping

The Challenge - Shopping Black Tulip NEW!

 

The Challenge is on ! This months theme is “Shopping” and I have a few of the items that are on offer to share with you. Above is a really neat little store prefab by Black Tulip. It’s so beautifully built and a great size if you’re just starting out with an inworld store. I seem to recall its 9 prims , it has two front bay windows for displays or décor and a lovely spacious interior. At the front entrance you might just make out the security system, this is by 22769 bauwerk, just an added dash of realism for 1Li each – perfect !

The Challenge Shopping - Cleo Designs NEW!

Cleo Designs is also in this months round and has this gorgeous love seat styled arrangement on offer. Each seat has different poses, some for guys some for girls, what a brilliant little piece to place in a store for a refreshing cup of tea and a foot rest. Various colours to choose from.

The Challenge - Cleo Designs NEW!

My favourite item in this months round is also by Cleo Designs, it’s a changing room. Seriously I love to see these when I go shopping inworld. It all adds to the experience, and if a store owner provides them I use them. This little beauty has some lovely features, such as texture change curtain that actually pulls across. Poses in the mirror for males & females – it’s these lovely little details that always win my heart.

The Challenge NEW!

Must mention the range of interior shop décor that [hate this] has made. Absolutely fantastic , quite a few finishes to choose from so there should be something that will compliment your build. Wood, stone, plastic etc. Lots of sizes and variations from floor displays to hanging. Thank to  everyone at The Challenge ❤

The Challenge Blog

Cleo Designs

[hate this]

Black Tulip

22769[bauwerk]

 

 

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You’re in the army now – The Challenge

The Challenge - Cleo Design

A new round of The Challenge is upon us – and just like the white rabbit in Alice in wonderland – I’m late ! This months theme is “army” and theres a bunch of top notch deisgners showing their wares. Above is part of a set from Cleo Design. The army style chat corner is ever so cozy, you get a footstool, tea service on a tray and two marvellous chairs. I so love the wood on these, it gives them a really modern twist without losing their charm. SUPERB cushion textures also, and some nice work on the metal studs. Brilliant shelving unit is included, its got a nifty model plane and a pipe .

The Challenge - Cleo Designs details

You also get a dart board, it actually works which is groovy as Ive never owned a working dartboard in Second Life ! Thanks Cleom ❤

Cleo Design

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Last coupla days for The Domus Fair !

HED Dress NEW! Cleo Designs for the Domus Fair

The Domus Fair event ends on the 30th of this month so hurry along to take a peek. I’ve been a couple of times and still notice new items. It’s not like a traditional fair or event, but more like a gorgeously decorated home and everything is for sale. It’s really lovely to walk around and see the pieces laid out like this. Above is part of the set from Cleo Designs, the couch is so summery with its rattan body and creased cotton seat pads. You can also change the texture of the freestanding  cushions which is a nice extra. Low Li and crammed with couple, female & male poses. My dress is from HED, strappy little number with some lovely detailing on the bodice.

HED Derss - Cleo Designs for the Domus Fair

Closer view of the sundress – which comes in a beautiful selection of tones, plus the sideboard and cushions detail from Cleo Designs.

The Domus Fair

H.E.D market place store

 

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A home of your own (renting in SL)

Boathouse rental home

For six years I was a landlord in SecondLife, in fact I think I only ever rented homes/land for myself for about 3 months, then bought land and the rest is my SL history. Renting your own place is a big draw for a lot of people, a place to log into, a place to decorate, to hang out in with friends or lovers. Home rentals is a big market in Second Life, and the choices almost limitless! It can seem a bit overwhelming though , for new residents – they are encouraged to go “premium” by Linden Lab to own a home. However, you don’t need to go premium at all to get a space of your own. There are plenty of landlords in Second Life that offer all sorts of places for you to settle right into. I sent a trusted friend off with a small amount of cash, with instructions to rent a place and decorate it as cheaply and prettily as possible. I was pretty amazed actually that she found this gorgeous houseboat on day one. Its set in a realistic marina, with open access to the sea and a dock for your own boat. All for the tiny rent of 200L per week with 150 prims tossed in ! If you utilise the classifieds search function and type in something like “rental home”, a list as long as your arm will pop up for you to ponder. If you want more privacy than a land based home offers, check out the “sky homes”. Teleport over and take a peek at the homes, you’ll be able to go inside and inspect before paying rent. It’s important to also be a “good tenant” – this means paying your rent on time (the rent box should be outside the property and will probably also show you how much time you have left). If you’re unsure how many prims you have out, ASK your landlord to check for you – it’s a simple thing for them to do, they might even have a prim counter inside your home or on your rent box – so ask them ! You should be offered a group to join – this is IMPORTANT – if you’re not in the rental group you wont be able to rez any of your objects or set your space as your “home location” – so make sure you’ve got it ! If the invite didn’t come through, ask your landlord for it again.

Boathouse decor 2  Loks mesh trolley coffee table 1 prim !- Cleo Design vase with flowers, persnikety drainer, Cleo design tray & divider - Free 1 prim cupcake

Back to the houseboat, its pretty spacious and sooper adorable. I was gobsmacked at the decor that had been found. A lot from gacha yardsales, which are a really handy source of low cost items for your home. As each new round of gacha events ends, the prices do seem to drop (unless it’s a rare item). Some items were from the market place and are mostly dollarbies. (all info below) Above is a selection of items – drainer from persnickety 25L – Tray table from Cleo Designs 20l – 1 prim cupcake that gives out wearable cakes is free – Paris screen behind is one prim and only 50L , I especially liked the mesh “Barbary Coast Freight Cart Coffee Table” that she found at Lok’s – 1 prim  and SO stylish for 49L only ! The sweet votive was from Grimalkin and a gacha item for just 25L – the vase of lilacs another bargain from Cleo Designs at 40L .

Boathouse decor 3 WS Bench dollarbie ! - decor flowers

One of my favourite finds she made was this dollarbie bench by *WS* on the market place, 5 prims with couples and singles animations, you get two versions, white or dark wood.

BoatHouse decor items  - Kusshon breakfast bar

Biggest purchase was at Kusshon, but it really seems to steal the show inside the boathouse’s living space. The “coffee hour” set is a winner if your short on space , touch controlled for three wood colours, coffee machine built right in and two scrummy stools with male & female poses. You also get a couple of decor items to scatter around included. Low Li and at 240L, it really wont break the bank. All the other decorative bits n bobs were gacha yard sale purchases from 10L – 25L, seriously you need to get yardsaling ! Ohhh almost forgot – the retro telephone is from The Mustard Seed, its 30L and one prim – great buy.

boathouse upper deck - Tidbits table and chairs set dollarbie !

This fantastico patio set was a market place treat by Tidbits, a dollarbie ! Lovely poses and the whole set comes in at 11 Li.

FREE Bunny hutch with static bunnies ! Animated bunny 30L !

There was this adorable group gift from Dench Designs too, a bunny hutch ! Its got bunnies inside  (static) The bunny outside the pen is animated, for 30L you too can have your own hoppy skippy  bunneh. Group is free to join btw. The upper deck of the boathouse seems to be a perfect place for it, always makes a place more homely with pets . I think the hutch is 6Li, but you’d have to check to be sure !

Dench Designs Dog with sounds 30L and bowls 15L each ! Super low prim yay!

Speaking of pets, check out this gorgeous Bassett Hound doggy ! He is only 1 prim ! He has a sound menu, meaning he woofs and sniffs, you can alter the amount of noises and volume handy ! A real bargain at only 30L, the food & water bowls are 15L each. No laggy scripts involved, your landlord will adore you *wink*, he can be found at Dench Designs, lurking outside in the garden area.

Pro – tips for renting a home from a private landlord:

1) Pay for one week at a time – you stand to lose little if you decide it’s not what you want, or you don’t like the neighbours!

2) Check the prim allowance and stick to it. Ask about a prim counter, if you need extra prims ASK before using them and see what it will cost.

3) If you like more privacy check out sky homes.

4) If you own pets/babies etc, make sure they are permitted in your home. Some landlords have rules regarding leaving them animated while you’re not there – as they can cause lag and spoil the experience for other residents.

5) If you would like a television or media set up – talk to your landlord about “deeding” and permissions.

The Boathouse rental: Emmons-Key Marina – both Player and I have been to take a look around and I have to say – we LOVED it! Plenty of space, incredibly inexpensive to rent and a shedload of prims included. The access to water to sail on is a BIG bonus.

Gacha yardsale list at Seraphim – Look at the tabs at the top of the homepage and choose “yardsales” – literally ooodles of them to choose from, some only cover The Arcade, but plenty cover ALL gacha events. Great pickings for cheap cheap cheap decor items for your space !

Seraphim

Decor info:

az 1 prim cupcake free !

az plates free!

HCC “go away” doormat dollarbie !

WS animated bench dollarbie! 

Patio set dollarbie !

Dench Designs

Cleo Designs

Lok’s

Kusshon

Persnickity