Spring Sparkles

Spring arrives with a flourish, with a sweep of her blossoming hems, with a dance in her step and a promise in her tone.

springsparkles2bsShe emerges overnight to seemingly barren spots, celebrating with every little peeking bud and shy leaf. She sees the truth behind the tiny marks of growth: the sparks flying, the magic happening, the nature’s energies courting each other.

springsparkles6bsEach flower grows toward the light, toward the sparkles dancing in the complicated web that is nature. It all breathes together, connected, like neurons flashing in response to the change.

springsparkles3bsThe trees speak in leaves, in blossoms, whispering their wisdom to the younger plantlife, finding their voice again after the silence of the winter. They speak of growth, of shared life, of sensations so full there’s no separation between where a small flower begins and a grand tree ends.

springsparkles4bsThe nature celebrates: it sparkles in lights and flashes, in blooms and grass, in the sweet scent of life. Human eyes might not grasp all the details, all the colours and sparkling scents, but the nature does. It plays the song of joy with the energies, influencing the mood of even the truth-blind people.

springsparkles5bsSpring has arrived, with a smile and an invitation to join the dance of nature. 

The spring nymph by Fallen Gods Inc. is available in We Love RP event and the giant puffball mushrooms by Cerridwen’s Cauldron are a new main store release. The mushrooms shoot out spores on touch, react to each other and also have a HUD to trigger the reaction with. The result is an absolutely amazing fireworks show by nature.

Scene: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Giant Puffball v2 Set* | forest feast – plume grass blue

Avatar: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Wood Nymph Spring PG* | Hair Flower: Discord Designs – Flora (Flame) | Eyes: IKON – Deadshine Eyes Quicksilver | Body, Hands & Feet – Maitreya Mesh Body Lara | Butterfly Swarm: Balderdash – Flutterbye Swarm | Ears: .:Soul:. Uni Ears Blix

Poses: [LAP] Spice – She’s Lethal PR4 | N/A | Kirin – Athena Pose 2, Athena Pose 8, Hera Pose 3

Correctional Clockwork

“For today’s interview we are approaching one of the famous Correctional Clockworks that keep the peace in the Spiral. Miss- …hm. Do you use titles at all, how should I address you?”

“Correctional Clockwork of Observation, Guidance and Parameter Control.”

redboots2cs“That’s quite a mouthful. Let’s talk about what you do: you are pretty much both the police and the military forces of the Spiral, correct?”

“Guard. Threats from the outside. Correct. Mistakes on the inside. Keep the Spiral turning. Fix malfunctions of the society.”

redboots3cs“Malfunctions such as…?”

“Disturbances in the flow of how things are scribed. Remove blocks. Keep gears turning.”

“Is it true that your dolphin companion has tesla beams installed to its eye sockets?”

“Dolphin has longer reach of correction.”

redboots1cs“Of course, of course. What about the rumour that you have red boots because it hides the blood when you um, stomp on these malfunctions?”

“The boots are red.”

“Quite right, quite right. Very red. I… shall go and …flow now. Let you… fly and observe things. Good day!”

It’s a good thing that nothing was burned in the last night’s party and the shopping continues and flows as normal today at A Clockwork Spiral! Read more about it here and catch the airship to the event here. The hat and mask by [ContraptioN], the top by Pale Empress, pants by Greymoon, hair by Discord Designs, cane by InSpired Designs, wings by Unrepentant and the steampowered dolphin (it doesn’t really have tesla beams in its eyes, alas) by Oceania Breedables are all available there.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral

Body: Skin: Secret Shelf – The Watchmaker’s Wife Skin | Eyes: Pin Me Down – Aniara 5* | Hair: Discord Designs – Codie Corroded* 

Outfit: Top: Pale Empress – Catherine Black* | Pants: Greymoon – Clockwork Bootcut Jeans Black* | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Phoebe lace-up boots red/dark wood* | Hat & Mask: [ContraptioN]  The Heretic Hat & Mask* | Chest Strap: [ContraptioN] Heart’s Pace (old hunt gift) | Wings: Unrepentant – Steampunk Seraph Wings | Hands: Bad Juju – Villainness Hand & Handsaw (old hunt gift) | Cane: InSpired Designs – Clockwork Spiral Cane* | Dolphin: Oceania Breedables – Steampowered Dolphin*

Poses: N/A | Exposeur – Underwater 2 | Musa – Fantasy Pose 048

Miss Rosabella’s Pirouette

“Miss Rosabella, is it true that tonight’s party might be hazardous to health?”

“Who told you? I mean… where did you hear such a terrible rumour? Our parties are completely safe! They’re practically healthy, counts as gymnastics, surely. Rosy blush on your cheeks and blood flowing… in a completely wholesome fashion!

ruby1cs“If not exactly hazardous to health, there are some saying that the moral of these events is drastically scandalous?”

“A glimpse of an ankle never killed anybody. Except Count Oggledon who stared too much while walking and stepped off the ship. I heard his wife refused to set the house to mourning and instead dropped the tombstone after him! Guess I should say that a glimpse of an ankle never killed anybody who watched where they’re going, huh?”

ruby2cs“Surely that is …um, rather more than an ankle?”

“Oh, you looked? And behold, you’re still alive! Besides, a lady never mentions limbs located above ankles. …if you’re about to make a comment about being a lady, I assure you that these heels are good for more than just fashion.”

ruby3cs“Ah. Um. So why the insistence on taking pictures with the Brasseleina’s Fountain?”

“Are you daft? Her pirouettes are what we all aspire to learn, she’s the very image of a graceful dancer and a role model to all of us… graceful ladies. Just look at her spin!”

Tonight there will be a party to remember at A Clockwork Spiral! September 20th, starting 8 PM SLT and continuing as long as DJ Lokii Violet will keep turning the tune gears! The theme is Best in Steampunk and there’s plenty of gift card prizes from the ACS merchants for the winner!

Speaking of A Clockwork Spiral: the outfit by Senzafine, the hat by Discord Designs, the shoes by Bliensen + MaiTai, the arbor by Roawenwood and the jewellery by House of Rain are all available in there. Read more here and catch an airship to the event here! The hair by Exile can be won at The Arcade.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral + Ebon Night Garden Arbor with poses by Roawenwood in the middle picture

Body: Essences – Sash 06 light rose brunette | Eyes: IKON – Eternal Eyes Mesa XL | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liners: Beautiful Freak – Nierika Eye Makeup Red* | Hair: Exile – Just a Reason Blacks | Hands & Feet: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 & Mesh Feet (Av Enhance) Medium

Outfit: Dress: Senzafine – Molly Sepia* | Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai – Altitude Shoes Brown* | Jewellery: House of Rain – Horror Holiday Necklace, Earrings, Bracelets Ruby/Pearl/Gold (garter is resized bracelet)* | Hat: Discord Designs – Teal (Fascinator)*

Poses: Exposeur – Back to Black 6 M | Part of the arbor by Roawenwood. | aDORKable Poses – Sunny 5

Captain Gearsworth’s Landing

“Captain Gearsworth, is it true that you have recently crash-landed to a cursed area?”

“Lies and slander. First of all, I don’t crash-land. I temporarily disengage safety protocols for the benefit of excessive speed and efficiency. We were in a hurry to land! To feel something solid beneath our feet. Something other than diving to our deaths due to stubborn propeller mal …alternative function.”

captain1cs“But the area is cursed, correct?”

“More nonsense. The area is called Cursed, you rumour-mongering journalist. Doesn’t mean it is. I wouldn’t go around after dark though. There’s things going bump in the night and eye bleach can take you only so far.”

acs2css“Speaking of rumours, I also heard that your ship has been confiscated by the locals to be used as some sort of a party area on September 20th?”

“Permitted. Permitted, not confiscated. It’s my bloody ship, no one confiscates MY SHIP. But sure, since they’re so nice to fix it all… I mean polish the surfaces, nothing major was ever wrong with it, of course, they can have their scandalous shenanigans and prancey dances there. They just damn better not break anything.”

captain2cs“And after the party is over you’ll fly off again and leave the prominent designers and the valuables in their shops alone?”

“…valuables, you say? We-ell, we wouldn’t want to be too harsh on the hangover folks. Might take a few days before we take off. Might very well indeed.”

A Clockwork Spiral has just started and the gears will keep turning for only five days! You can read more about it here and catch your airship to the event here. The Airship outfit by Pale Empress, the event-exclusive She jewellery by House of Rain and Abney hairdo with goggles by Discord Designs are all available in the event. The skin by Essences is from the Seasons Story.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral

Body: Skin: Essences – Amaterasu Lait Fall01 brunette | Eyes: IKON – Eternal Eyes Green XL | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair with Goggles: Discord Designs – Abney Brunette* | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Casual

Outfit: Coat and Pants: Pale Empress – Airship Leather Brown* | Jewellery: House of Rain – She Necklace, Earrings, Rings Carnelian/Gold SE*

Poses: N/A | N/A | Kirin – Burlesque Poses Cane Pose 5

52 Colours: Raspberry Glace

Due to lazing about, sorting inventory and watching anime at the same time recently, Miss Raspberry Glace was… influenced, to say the least. All she needs is a catch phrase now.

I think she falls into the pretend-to-be-innocent villain group that seduces and fools the main protagonist. Depending on the series, she might of course even turn before the end. Don’t get me started on TV Tropes or we’ll be here all night.

Should there be a turning point, I think this is pretty much the scene for it: facing herself after falling into water in the middle of a Meaningful Battle. Speaking of the water and the scene, the pictures were taken in Tyrehl Byk’s Almost Flat Land in a LEA13 sim.

The look-defining hat by Discord Designs is actually a hair from the earlier Crazy Hair Hunt. The mini-qipao is by ~Sassy~ and especially the top lace matched the colour of the week perfectly.

Qipao: ~Sassy!~ Mandarin Dress (plum) | Hat: Discord Designs – Flora Rich Purple | Hair: Love Soul – Hair*106*Jet Black | Shoes: G Field – Bow Strap Shoes ‘Kate’ (plum) | Skin: League – Sia Fair Bloom | Eyes: The Plastik – Oni Cumulus Lilac | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Princess Peach Mizu Makeover | Bracelets: Mandala – Lotus Chain Bracelets Black | Poses: LAP – SU-Handsup7 / Niqotine Poses – ScaryBitchSit2 / LAP – Slex-Fierce Carrie PR4

52 Colours: Pistachio

Miss Pistachio was super fun to do! All thanks goes to Nicole Twigvald of Smileyorc fame, who sent her friends random orc skins with ‘Be an orc!’ message. So now I am! I can’t pull off her effortless elegance in a green skin, but I refused to go to stereotypical loincloth + bones category, either. Therefore Miss Pistachio is a post-apocalyptic skater orc!

The skater outfit is an old hunt gift by +DV8+. I’ve been meaning to bring up the fact that they are having a closing sale for a while now, and this was the perfect time for it. Truly post-apocalyptic, an end of an era, all that stuff.

The vehicle by Michigan’s Shack, hair by Discord Designs, eyes by Mayfly and lashes by Miamai are all from the Mesh Around hunt. Slurls, hints and preview pictures can be found here. The mesh seelie ears by *~*Illusions*~* are probably more meant for elves, but post-apocalyptic orcs can have as big-and-pretty ears as they want, says I.

Most other things are old subscribo gifts like the jewelry by Finesmith, old hunt gifts like the body tattoo by YaYo or old hunt props like the crowbar from ^Re.Birth^. I think the baseball bat with poses by Diesel Works is still out as a freebie, though. She had to have one, some sophistication in clubbing, see!

Mesh Around Hunt: Hair: Discord Designs – Clint (Pillarbox Red) | Eyes: Mayfly – Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (Early Autumn Shadow w1) | Lashes: Miamai – Catwalk Lashes Orange Explosion | Vehicle: Michigan’s Shack – Rough N Ready Buggy

Other Credits: Outfit: +DV8+ – CyberJammer (Ashes) | Ears: *~*Illusions*~* Seelie Ears* | Skin: Nicole Twigwald – Be an Orc! 3 Olive | Jewelry: Finesmith – Shukran Set | Eyebrows: ^Re.Birth^- Eyebrows Dark | Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Paradiso Makeover (eye/lip) | Tattoo: YaYo – War Paint Black Full Body | Bat with pose: Diesel Works: Bat (Female) Rezz n Sit | Poses: Del May – Unseelie Greed / LAP – RCD-Feisty PR4

La Vie Kawaii~

Also called ‘how we moved from a gothic manor into a garden cottage and squeed~’. Now, I’m going to try to pretend that this isn’t a completely self-indulgent post about home and hearth and bunnies, and all the avatars who run around in the said home, but… yeah. But hey. I am filling a gaping hole in the blog-verse by blogging about garden and yard items! There is so much awesome out there on the grid and no one ever blogs about it. I shall! Oh so reluctantly, yes. *coughs*

So let us start with the girl trio running amok on the grounds, here comfortably posing on top of the bubble chairs from Happy Mood~

The background scenery you see in every picture is this awesome megaprim with windy moors on it. It’s from Two Moon Studios and keeps up our immersion of not at all being situated near random shops or other people. Noes, we live in solitude (and cuteness) somewhere far, far away. The hills with big trees on them are also from Happy Mood. As for what we’re wearing… on the left is Sonya with Rotten Toe dress, Grim Bros shoes, C&D Benelli tights, Nightshade neck ribbon, Curious Kitties hair, Bastchild wrist corsage, Djinn & Tonic skin and an umbrella from Weather! or Not?. In the middle is Loki in Frick skin, Vixen hair, Brocade Tiger pants, Grendel tattoos, Phoenix Designs boots, Rag Dollz leg pistol & strap, CatniP bracers, Haven Designs top, Manna belt, Belle Belle goggles properly on her eyes and other pair of goggles from Hat Mechanic around her neck, because you can’t have too many goggles! Athelia on the right has Trap skin, Magika hair, Manticorp goggles, Rotten Toe dress & socks, Manna belt, Katat0nik shoes, Violet Voltaire necklace and Sweetest Good-bye armwarmers.

The yard is wonderful place for lounging about and having picnics. Who needs a kitchen table when you can do this?

That’s Loki and Sonya and a poor SL-bugged Happy Mood bunny. That or he’s getting into the Ozimals-mood and has decided he’s a mutant with black ears. <.< I’ll get into what we’re noming in just a moment, but first look at the scenery. How pretty is that? There’s mushrooms from New Trails, trees from Fox Labs, sparkly bubble chairs from Happy Mood, elven light tree branch thing from Forest Floor and of course the magically lit ground which is a mix from the products of Happy Mood and iTuTu. Sonya’s pose is from Ana_mations and Loki’s from Niqotine.

Here’s a close-up that drove us all into nom-craving. @.@

The lovely Japanese lunchbox setting is from Love Soul. It has two different caterings that you pick by touching it. The sushi roll mats (one open, one rolled) are from Sanu, the cookie jar is from Magic Nook and gives cookies when you click it, the tray is from Kinema no Tsuki, the coffee pot on it from Oblonski and the apple pie slices and cups on it from Falln. Sonya is wearing frilly shorts by LeeZu, top by Sn@tch, Waka & Yuki hair, Yabusaka sandals, Djinn & Tonic skin and a nom in her mouth is from Sanu. Loki is noming on a mousie mouth cupcake by Sanu and is wearing Maschienenwerk skin, Discord Designs hair, Peppermint Blue top, DV8 capris, Truth shoes, Ginza necklace and her practically trademark tattoos from Grendel’s Children.

Not everyone is happy with all this sparkly cuteness, of course. It is not, how shall we say this… very manly. *grins* Here we have Janos sulking at the fence, refusing to go to the guuuuuuurly area. Obviously the bubbles might give him cooties.

This from a guy with a panda cupcake on his shoulder… anyways! He’s sulking behind a fence from iTuTu, the inviting lanterns are from Zacca and they frame the path from Fox Labs. The flowers are from iTuTu and the trees in the distance are from Fox Labs. You all know by now that the bubbles are Happy Mood. ^_^ Janos is wearing an awesome sad panda tee from Before Sleep, panda cuppycake on his shoulder from Sanu, GQ Fashions pants, Discord boots, Kosh belt, Nosotr@s tattoos on his arms and Sassy Kitty Designs gloves. His skin is from Corrupted Innocence, pose from Snooky’s Poses and hair from Black Maria.

Even Aleksander, who has reluctantly set all this cuteness down for us, more or less escaped to the roof when requested to pose within it. Eventually he agreed to do sort of royal pose, especially after Vanis said he’d help the impression with a bodyguard pose! He’s obviously an elven assassin protecting the Black King. <.<

They’re on the roof of the cottage from Zacca, the background showing some Happy Mood birds, summer festival decorations from Nonino and flowers from MiaSofia. Aleksander is wearing The Abyss skin, Sadistic Hacker hair, Illusions ears, KWZ suit and Treads boots. Vanis is wearing Excess skin, Sadistic Hacker hair, Buried ears, LNL suit, pocket watch & gun and hoorenbeek boots.

Now, the only exception to the rule is of course Vanis. He doesn’t object to the sparkles, he thinks they accentuate him! This is why when Aleksander turns his back, Vanis sneaks off to woo his protegee. Or some such. Yesyes, we have way too much with all of this. *grins*

Athelia called this combination of looks ‘seducing angels down from heaven’. It was pretty appropriate, I must say. Athelia is all ethereal in a gown from Evie’s Closet, wearing Trap skin, ETD hair and Illusions ears. Vanis, on the other hand, is very much flesh and blood in his Excess skin, Calico Ingmann hair, Buried ears and DeLa armwarmers. He’s also wearing RFyre pants, Blitzed belt and tattoos. The snake one around his neck is from Demise, the arm ones are from Crimson Shadow.

Here’s the inevitable result of the dancing, of course. Athelia’s gown might have turned red, but it is still from Evie’s Closet! Not that we love Evie’s gowns or anything, noes. <.< Her now-black hair is from Sky Everett, but otherwise she’s the same. Vanis returned to his demented colour palette with the Excess hat hair and League gloves. The summer festival decorations are from Nonino, the tree and hill are from Happy Mood, lantern from Zacca, white flowers from iTuTu and red flowers from MiaSnow.

It’s needless to say that I’m of course having a blast with the surroundings and enjoying the looks, no matter what the boy avis say. Who knows, we might get some sort of steampunk gear factory or scifi ship the next time Aleksander rips the whole sim apart and builds anew, so better enjoy it while we can!

Butterfly on the nose (with the pose) from LAP (I adore it <3). LeeZu dress, Dark Eden wrist roses, Exxess Designs hair, Djinn & Tonic skin. Happy Mood treestump, bunny and birdies~

And why the title? Because most of the sim is a mix of Happy Mood, iTuTu, Zacca and Nonino — all Japanese designers. If you haven’t visited them, please do. It’ll make you squee, I promise~

Steamy Twisted Demonology Hunt?

One of the things I’ve always loved about Second Life is how versatile the avatars are. If it can be imagined, someone has probably made it and is selling it. If you want to be a pixie princess one day and a hellhound the next, nothing’s stopping you. If I want to run about as a dark elf in the morning, steampunk clockwork doll in the afternoon and a Victorian lady in the evening, it’s easily done.

Another of my favorite things in SL has always been the hunts. Freebies hidden away for you to locate @.@ It appeals to me both because of the free factor as much as the challenge factor of finding the hidden things. However, what Sonya agrees to wear is …carefully selected, to put it kindly. I have casual clothes. They’re in the ‘costumes’ folder. <.< Gothic, fantasy, vintage, couture and costumes is what’s in my inventory. Thus I don’t usually wade through the hunts with normal things in them. If I can wear couture, why would I ever want to put on jeans? O.o

But when September kicked off with Twisted Hunt, Demonology Hunt and Steam Hunt, it was time to hunt like no tomorrow. I’ve still not sorted it all, but I’m getting there. And since I was taking screenshots to show some of the looks around, I decided to share some of my favorites here!

Twisted Hunt was organized by DV8 and it was absolutely perfectly organized, too. A pleasure to hunt through, despite the twisted evilness of the well-hidden cubes. Here’s the first get-up that made me squee…

DV8’s Cyber Jammer outfit and skates. So random, so awesome. Skin is from Oralune and most definitely not a freebie. Hair and mask are from DV8 as well. If you click your AO off and walk while wearing the skates, you’re actually skating. ^^

This one made me blink. I doubt I’ll be wearing it much since grunge is hardly my style, and being a puppy even less, but I had to screenshot and post it for the sheer value of someone making other kemonomimi than nekos! Plus the attitude is awesome. Boots, hair, puppy bits and outfit all from Pop Tart & Urban Assault, skin from Falln and not a part of the hunt.

I did mention it was -Twisted- Hunt, right? This is a mix-match of things to create this lovely little demented dolly with a big, big sword. Skin – Nocturnal Flesh, hair – BattleAngel, dress – Dilly Dolls, pawboots – Demotik, sword- D.H. Customs, tophat – Burning Chrome — all from the hunt.

So when someone makes a full aztec temple with sacrifice stone, and another designer makes a minidress with a knife sticking out of your chest, you know what you have to do, right? Skin – Fatal Error, eyes – Absentia, hair – Discord Designs, outfit & knife – Vexed. Cannot wait for the Halloween parties now!

When we were done with the Twisted Hunt, we started the Demonology Hunt straight away! The subject is obvious and the quality of the items was surprisingly good for such a short and new hunt. There were organizational problems, but for a first hunt of its kind it was a really good one.

I had way too much fun with these photoshoots. Now, if you’re a girl, there is absolutely one thing above others you must get from this hunt and that’s the gorgeous demon skins of Frick. I’ll show all three of them, this is the first. The claw — which is another awesome thing — is from Red Eye Shop. Tail, shoulderspikes and hoofboots are from Burning Chrome. Horns from BloodMyst, spiked wrist strap from Spider Productions. The hair from Deviant Kitties and the straps from Chaospire were not a part of the hunt nor free.

Here’s the red skin from Frick! The awesome claw staff is also made by Red Eye Shop, but it’s hidden in Mayhem Weapon Store. Satyr hooves from Lazy Places. Horns, tail and spikes from The Stringer Mausoleum. Prim fire glowing eyes from Gothic Dreams, hair from Vixen Hair. The Chaospire straps still not free.

Here’s the third Frick skin and a more modern take on a demon! Ears, horns, goggles, pants, hoofboots from Nekorotic Misfits. The shirt from The U-neek, Plasma Spikes from  DeTHGRiP, hair Vixen Hair and the glowing prim eyes from Meimu.

And after barely catching our breath from all the brimstone, it was time to breathe in some steam and head out to the Steam Hunt! It was also the first time for that subject and obviously also for the people organizing it. Some of the big steampunk designer names were missing, the organization was generally a confusion, a lot of the shops had dropped out and so forth. It was mostly furniture and interesting gadgets, so if you’re after awesome mock-victorian gowns or airship pirate outfits, you still need to get those with lindens. However, here’s some of the looks I found interesting…

There were two prizes about steampunk mer-creatures. I found this intriguing. O.o I’ve combined them in this, using the tattoo and the top of aeNigma with the brass octomer ‘tail’ of Brackish. Hair is from Vixen Hair, eyes from Occular Oddities (the only eyes in the hunt, but boy were those clockwork eyes pretty) match strangely well with Falln’s Isis skin (which isn’t a part of the hunt). The deep breather on her upper chest (plus tanks on her back) is from Never Ever and the mechanical arm is from Bare Bear Discount Store. …really, don’t they rust when they swim? So curious.

Since the Steam Hunt didn’t have any skins in the prizes, I poked my inventory for some. This is Frick’s Noir, and for some reason I loved it for these demented doll looks. Hair is from The Stringer Mausoleum, necklace from Lantian, the dress from Weird Designs and the tophat from Viv Trafalgar Outfitters.

As far as screenshots go, this one is definitely one of my favorites. Skin is still Frick’s Noir (not a part of the hunt), there’s Tesla Rose (11 prims) from Rasetsukoku on the right and ‘Undying Love’ (77 prims) from Belle Belle on the left — the top two of my favorite furniture items on the hunt. Outfit from Ali Couture, tophat from Koatic Designs, hair from The Stringer Mausoleum.

And with that I’m signing out and leaving you to hunt for the rest of September — hurry up with the Demonology Hunt, it ends already on 15th. The two others run the whole of September. In October I’ll no doubt be busy again and will post again in a year or so! ^_^