Upgraded

The house had been upgraded. The destroyed decor had been replaced by a collection of mood masks from the Museum of Martian Colonization. There had been nobody around to object when the little robots rolled in to locate objects of shiny surface and ornamental purpose.

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The robot mice had burned and melted in the fire, so the house upgraded the maintenance functions into a bird model. They moved faster and could thus find replacements for furniture as well. Piece by piece they brought in usable parts from the junk yards, piece by piece they put them together again.

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The house had been upgraded: if it could, it would feel smug of its masterpiece. No more futile service, no more functions without purpose, no more echoing emptiness within its walls. What it had lacked, it had finally re-created.

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The new purpose walked within the walls silently: never eating the food the house prepared, never needing sleep despite the announcements of bedtime, never visiting a bath that was set. In the silence they continued their existence: the house of service and its created inhabitant.

I was going to make a colonist post for A Tattered Page’s The Martian Chronicles round, but as I dressed her up and began considering her surroundings, this simply happened. The setting is mostly from the story There Will Come Soft Rains, featuring the automatized robot-serviced house that keeps on functioning even when its owners have been long dead. The human-looking robotic constructions are present in several stories, for example The Long Years and Usher II. They were very clearly described well made enough to fool humans, and even having very human-like emotions.

The house by Anachron, mask shelf by Black Tulip, furniture by 22769 [bauwerk], the dress by Greymoon and the eyes by Chop Shop are all from the event. The jewelry is from Mandala’s New Year sale that was still going on at the time of this post.

A Tattered Page has a central Library now for your shopping convenience, although the items are also available in the main stores.

Scene: House: Anachron – Soft Rains House Scorched Version* | Mask Shelves: [Black Tulip] – Choose Your Emotion Shelf* | Furniture: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Spaceship Junkjard Debris Set* | Birdies: +Half-Deer+ The Mad Scientist’s Birds

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll V2 Crystal Pure BlkBrow & Eyeshadow Soft Black, Thin Gloss Pink & Harley Blush <Crystal> Pink | Hair: Magika – Written | Hands: Slink | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyes: !Chop Shop! – Rocket Summer* 

Outfit: Dress: Greymoon – Nostalgia Blues, Greens, Red Spectrum* | Jewelry: Mandala – Milky Way Set | Shoes & Socks: [Gos] Carrie Pumps

Poses: {Imeka} – Katie-Pose 3 | flowey – a twinge in your heart | (marukin) – [volition] back of a bird

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It all started on December 3rd. Addler the Butler Otter promoted the Brothers Squirrel as his Majorly Mostly Assistant Decoration Wranglers. Mostly because they had paws that could reach and grab and twist and twine, and poor Addler himself had always been somewhat paw-challenged due to his round tummy that he was extremely proud of.
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After the decorations came Addler’s favourite part: baking! Not that he could bake anything himself (see: paw-challenged), but the Hamster Baking Brigade was extremely professional and a joy to watch and sniff. One of the bunlings had taken the art of Learning Letters very seriously and could now read almost every other word from the Big Book of Noms. He told Addler every other word was ‘nom’, and who was Addler to question his learned ways.

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While the critters on the table plateau were focused on baking, a disaster struck on the lower level: suddenly everything except the rugs was lava! The Bunling learning the Art of Scribbling immediately made an alarm flag. The Bunlings had wisely divided the Arts so that one of them learned to Read, the other to Write.

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The Brothers Squirrel figured out an escape plan immediately, but only the penguins showed interest or daring to follow them across the ladder. The Squirrel in charge of Taking (the other was in charge of Keeping) even performed a small squirrel jig to show everyone it wasn’t dangerous. He knew it was the work of the Magician and surely he would not fry the critters in lava: not good barbeque!

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The brave escapades were forgotten the moment the scent of ready gingerbread cookies descended to the rug-level. Lava and adventurous challenges already forgotten, it was time to party! The Nom Fest was so thorough that the Brothers Squirrel forgot to ponder where had Addler gone.

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Addler had orchestrated the Grand Nom Feast on the main table. On many tables. After several Critter Committees were held on the decor and colour matching, defeat was admitted and the Bunling scribbled a plea for help in the flag: magician aid was required. After some patient translation work from the Ladybun, the Magician got to work to change the critter infested mess into a proper feast.

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What a feast it was! Addler could barely see to the other end of the table! The Ladybun had helped him with a bow tie (see: paw-challenged) and all he had to do now was oversee everything from his spot at the end of the table. Well, to see, and watch and sniff and approve. Extremely responsible job!

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Addler could feel his otter tummy growing from the scents alone: so round and pretty! He guarded the sacher cake of chocolatey goodness with care: if he was lucky, the Magician would eat only one piece and he could have all the rest! …to share with his friends, he reminded himself. To share with his friends, yesyes.

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The Rat Band had settled next to the cheese tray that had been promised to them, already playing festive songs such as Every Whisker Glitters and All the Red Ribbons and the critter favourite Nom Day Every Day.

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The Bunling that Knows Bun Glyphs had found tiny bunlings from a glowing jar of snow. He pressed his nose against the glass and wiggled it in hopes of communication, but the tiny figures did not move. Surely there should be another plea for the Magician to make them come alive.

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In the meanwhile, under the tree, everything was peaceful. The band played a song or two to keep in shape, the weffs practiced puppy parkour on the presents, the guest bunnies were helping with the decor and the cocoa train kept driving around the tree in slow, delicious circles.

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Everything was ready. Just one more night to wait.

I meant to simply take pictures of the hijinks and shenanigans happening home as usual and add them to Flickr for shared amusement, but this December the story just kept growing and growing and called for more words. So here: a home-ful of critters to wish everyone a delightful, happy and relaxed holiday!

Laziest Credits Ever:

Critters by Ohmai, MishMish, Half-Deer, Snips & Snails, Aisling, Intrigue Co. (fd), Offbeat, Ispachi, Lark, Balaclava, keke

Noms by Poche, Lost Junction, Schadenfreude, Tres Blah, Erratic, Vespertine, Aphrodite

Grand Nom Feast Table & Chairs by The Looking Glass (free under the tree)

Tree by ~Libertine~

A lot of noms and critters from the Arcade, the tree from the Midwinter Fair.

Under the Tree

I shouldn’t really look yet. There’s still many days until 24th. Should be good and keep it all a mystery until then. No point in spoiling your own surprises, now is there?

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But I can smell the tree, I can see the shadows the lights cast on the wall, I can almost feel the candles as warmth, there’s so many of them… what was that? There’s sounds! Small shuffling sounds… a small woof!

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Shh, this never happened! I’ll re-pack the boxes and pretend to be surprised, yesyes. Or say it was just to save the presents from the rambunctious pup. Yes, perfect excuse!

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Shinies and small critters. The very best things under the tree.

The dress by Senzafine, the jewelry by Eclectica, nails by Beautiful Freak and the Pandora gift boxes by Libertine are all available in Gothmas by Gaslight, you can find them in Cursed: straight booth slurls in the credits.

The shoes are an upcoming release by House of Rain: this particular pair will be a part of the 21 Shoe’s exclusive deals on 21st of December. Visit the main store on that day to grab two pairs at the price of one.

The tree and all its decor, the rugs under it and much more are all a part of A Libertine Christmas gacha, which is available in the Midwinter Fair. Decorating the tree is an almost game-like experience of dragging the won ornaments into the tree to unlock the textures and then simply choosing which ones you want in your tree. More information here.

Half-Deer’s helpful snow day bunny is available in Collabor88 and the birdy in The Liaison Collaborative. The lantern by Remarkable Oblivion is from The Arcade.

Scene: ~Libertine~ ~A Libertine Christmas~ Decoratable Tree 2014, ~Libertine~ Sangue Floreale, Rug [Animated], ~Libertine~ Pandora Gifting Set, Yule Ed.,* | Remarkable Oblivion – Holiday Spirit Lantern Wrought | (fd) Animals – Playful Pup Black | +Half-Deer+ Bunny helps with the Decor (Black) | +Half-Deer+ Northern Cardinal M – Static | Eclectica ‘Nightblooms’ Neckpiece | House of Rain – Horror Holiday Shoe 21 shoe exc. – black/red*

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll v2 Vamp Pure blkbrow | Eyes: IKON – Horizon Eyes v2 Dark Turquoise | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Magika – Written | Hands: Slink | Nails: Beautiful Freak – Dead of Winter Nails* | 

Outfit: Gown: Senzafine – Isadora Dress* | Jewelry: Eclectica – Gothic Pearls Neckpiece & Earrings, Nightblooms Rings* | 

Poses: !bang – mini series overcome 4 | {Imeka} – Lulu-Pose 7 | Part of the rug by ~Libertine~

Bunlings Bewildered

“Agent Aww, what was so important that the bunny signal has been lit and the whole bunny mafia has emerged out of the secret burrows and pockets? You know you’re supposed to pad in shadows.”

bb1cs“I told them that, boss, but there was no helping it. They just keep arguing!”

“We want to know what our battle cry is!”

“Bunlings Be Brave!”

“No, Burrow! Bunlings Burrow! And then we hide, see.”

bb2cs“Ah… I see. A serious matter, then. And it has to start with B, of course?”

“Of course! You don’t see Avengers gathering, now do you? Bunlings… Balance? Blossom? Brandish?”

bb3cs“Babble, because that’s what you’re doing right now. You even dragged poor phasing Nessie out and into this.”

“Banquet! And then we assault carrot fields.”

bb4cs“Fine, fine… you can all come up with a phrase each and then vote on them: raised ear yes, lowered ears no. Captain Floppy, you get to organize the ballot. Yes, you may suggest Bunlings Ballot if you wish. But until the voting is done: bounce.”

Ozimals have absolutely hilarious Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gacha going on, a separate gacha for heroes and villains. The bunny signal and super sekret weapon are from it as well. You can read more about these special bunlings in the Ozimals blog here. The boss bun-lady has a hairdo by Alice Project, available currently in Hair Fair. The outfit by GALLACTIC, skin by Pink Fuel, makeup and eyes by Pin Me Down and headphones-ears by Remarkable Oblivion are available in their respective main stores.

Scene: Rooftop: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] The Outpost* | Snake: +Half-Deer+ Baby Sea Monster Blues | Ephemera: Anc Ltd. – Ephemera | Ozimals – Super Sekret Weapon 2014 & Bunny Signal 2014 & All of the Bunny Mafia

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Harley Opaline Lid 01 dkbrow B w button nose layer | Eyes: Pin Me Down – Aniara 6* | Makeup: Pin Me Down – Darkside 5, Tiken 3, Lost, Lip Markings 6* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hairdo: Alice Project – Adore* | Hands & Feet: Slink | Nail Polish: Beautiful Freak – Black Celebration*

Outfit: Body Suit: GALLACTIC – Enyo Yellow* | Collar: GALLACTIC – Enyo collar yellow* | Bunny Ears: Remarkable Oblivion – Super Bass Rab8 Headphones Black

Poses: (marukin) [volition] back of a bird / [passion] loveless / [volition] with a back of quicksiler | Kirin – Florence Pose 1

Splashing in the Sun

“Yes, you may play with pandas, just watch out that you don’t fall… ah. Well, swimming is good in the heat, splash some extra while you’re there, I’ll pick you up in just a moment. Yes, Adler, I know your paws can’t reach the drink, just take it as a tummy cooler for now. Now someone help me liberate this poor seal pup of this outfit, surely he can’t be comfortable in this…”

critterpicnic5bs“Everyone safely out from the water and drying in the sun? Good good. What’s this… ah, sun screen spreading service hedgie, most kind of you. Mr. Squirrel, you dropped an ice cream on Adler’s head? I’m sure he’ll find it refreshing, not to worry.”

critterpicnic4bs“Yes, I do agree that my shoes make perfect perches, well spotted. …sure, you may use that as a floating device, little hedgie, or possibly a hat for two. Picnic ready and mostly not nibbled? Excellent.”

critterpicnic1bs“No, I don’t need the hat right now, feel free to play with it, I have tweeties to carry anyway. Remember to build a big guest room to the sand castle, I have a feeling we’re going to need it. Oh, and someone water the flower vases. Not you, Adler, you can’t reach.”

critterpicnic2bs“Everyone alive, relaxed and counted for? No pair of paws lost or splashing too far? Good. Countdown to otter relaxation in three… two…”

It’s summer. I poked at my inventory curiously to see what would fall out to make a post and this simply happened. There’s plenty of stuff that was from the June’s Arcade round or Summer Fest or even earlier, but a little critter picnic needs what it does, no arguments. I did manage to sneak in some things that were still current, though.

Today’s the last day of Oh My Gacha, so if you want the eyes by Pin Me Down, skin by .Birdy., panda floaties by D-LAB or the seal pup by Alchemy, hop over here in a hurry. It’s also the last day for Creation.jp, where the ruffly summer outfit by *Edelweiss* is from. The top comes with a HUD so you can click more ruffly layers on it to form a romper, but I felt the weather was too warm for that. You have more time to shop for the things from the Season’s Story like the flower vases by [ keke ], the blanket and the sketchbook by 8f8 and the summer orange tart by Poche. The hair and all the little tweeters around are of course by !Ohmai and can be acquired from Hair Fair: the separate little birdies are a freebie that comes with a cage, but it’s modable and therefore unlinkable if you want your birdies to be freeee.

Scene: D-LAB – Panda Floats | Miamai – Floatie Panda Blue | !Ohmai – Hedgehogs, Mochi Bunnies, Steampunk Squirrels, Otters | 8f8 – Our Secret Hideout Meadow Soft Spot & Little Sketchbook, Strawberry Ice Cream Please, Oops! Ice Cream | ANE – Slon Set Moka Pot & Coffee | Second Spaces – Beach Day Pale Skin (Sunscreens) | [keke] – summer tray with flowers red | +Half-Deer+ Summer Delights Waffle Cone Hat | Vespertine – Lemonade Box, Stack of Blankets, Picnic Basket, Fruit Treats, Tea Time/daylight | Zigana – Banjo Peace | Poche – Summer Orange Tart & Shaved Ice Grape| Lassitude & Ennui – Bijou Heels for Slink Med Feet Pearl* | Sari-Sari – Summer House Beach Step Ladder Rare | Botanical – T2C Campfire & Log Seat

Body: Skin: .Birdy. – Summer Skin Porcelaine Kitty Black | Eyes: Pin Me Down – All about the eyes Sapphire* | Lashes: Redgrave- 39 – Luscious | Hair: !Ohmai Salon: Eli w Tweeter & Sue’s Nesting Tweeters | Hands: Slink Casual | Feet: Gos Barefoot

Outfit: *Edelweiss* Irie | Seal Pup: Alchemy – Seal Pups Hello Sailor

Poses: Picture This! – Jewelry Model 3 | Vibe – ATRC_1202

 

Rabbit Day

It happens every spring: bunny girls appear out of nowhere, wandering around with mysterious baskets with eggs. Are they planting or are they harvesting, one might wonder. Which was first, the bun or the egg? Do they plant the eggs in spring to be harvested as baby bunlings later? Are they responsible for bun-population’s growth like the squirrels tend to trees: by forgetting where they hid their treasures?

rabbitday1bsPerhaps it’s for the best that we do not know, that we get to simply enjoy the sudden appearance of birdies and eggs, flowers and bunlings, signs of life returning.

rabbitday2bsAfter all, it’s better to be completely oblivious in case there’s cunning plots of bunnobility going on. What better time to be crowned as the Leader of All Bunkind than when the population is the largest?

rabbitday3bsThat said: do indulge your bunnies that like to hold odd things on their heads. You never know who you might be talking to!

Ozimals is hosting a wonderfully entertaining Easter-Egg Hunt in Magic of Oz. Port over here, click the poster to receive your egg basket and instructions and start hunting! You can read more about the hunt here. The dress by katat0nik, bangle by +Half-Deer+, sniffing nose by Fallen Gods Inc., burdies by Silent Sparrow and burd-fitting eggs by Schadenfreude are all hunt prizes. The bunnies in the pictures are also hunt prizes: special Easter Elites. As all Ozimals elites, the colouring is just a coat and not a gene: they won’t pass to the new bunlings and underneath the coat is a completely regular random bun.

Scene: First Picture: Magic of Oz | Rabbit Setting: Eggs: Schadenfreude – Burd’s Breakfast < 3 & @, Easter Eggs | Birdies: Silent Sparrow: Lady Burd Dovey, Boi Burd Sunny | Easter Bunnies & Cake: Ozimals – Elite Pysanka Magic & Elite Faith 2014 | Bangle-Crown: +Half-Deer+ Painted Rustic Bangle (Bunny) | Strawberry Feasting: Gumi’s Flower Shop – Table Strawberry Server, Ohmai Steampunk Squirrels & Bunnies

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Hair: Analog Dog – Schnapp Natural Black | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Classic Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Pin Me Down – Liner 1 | Blush: Zibska – YesNo Two | Hands: Slink – Casual | Nose: Fallen Gods Inc. – Just Sniffing

Outfit: *katat0nik* Cheeky Bunny Dress Black | Bangle: +Half-Deer+ Painted Rustic Bangle (Bunny) | Ears: +Half-Deer+ Velven Bunny Ears (Angelbloom) RARE | Basket: Ozimals Hunt Basket

Krampus the Yule Yak

It’s almost time. All the signs are there: the shifting colours to very specific spectrum of reds and greens, the emergence of lights in the middle of the darkness, the mistletoe and holly and all other words ending in -olly.

krampus1csWe’ll leave the reindeers to more commercial types and instead set out with yaks. Nobody expects the yak acquisition! Acquisition and re-delivery, that’s the name of the game. The Great Yak Company: bringing smiles and laughter around the world since the… era that you’ve never heard of but is surely there. Yes.

krampus2bsLittle Krampus here is a perfect candidate, ready for hours of work to find things that were lost and to bring them to people who miss them. Sometimes it’s the same people, sometimes different. We don’t mind, we’re creative about the whole distribution. It’s not about who throws money around the most, it’s about how to make the most people smile in the end.

krampus3bsSo when you have a moment to sit down in all the commercial stress and rush, listen to the clip-clop of tiny yak hooves and prepare to enjoy the spirit of Gothmas: accept yourself with all your misgivings, accept the people around you with all of theirs, take a deep breath and simply smile.

Most of the look can be found in Gothmas by Gaslight: the dress by :{MV}:, the earrings by House of Rain, the eyeshadow by Beautiful Freak and the liner by Pin Me Down are available in Cursed. The ribbony Batty necklace by lassitude & ennui is available in Sium. The delightful stripes in the hair are from the new Winter HUD by Alice Project, colouring your favourite hairdos to new tones. The yule antlers by Cerridwen’s Cauldron are available in the current round of We Love Role-play. The skin by Al Vulo is from The Dressing Room: Fusion, the house by Scarlet Creative from Collabor88, the eyes by Adoness from her Christmas Market and the rocking chair by Atelier Visconti and the yak by +Half-Deer+ from The Garden. The dresser by DIGS, the crown by Schadenfreude and the tree and wreath by Trompe Loeil can be won at The Arcade.

Scene: House: Scarlet Creative – Trilby | Chair: Atelier Visconti – Mont Blanc Rocking Chair | Krampus: +Half-Deer+ Winter Yak Black | Dresser: DIGS – Geary Dresser Moon RARE | Crown: Schadenfreude – Storybook Royalty: Crown of Skulls | Tree: Trompe Loeil – Star Tree | Wreath: Trompe Loeil – Branch Wreath 

Body: Skin: Al Vulo – Mimi Dk dark brow cleavage milk | Eyes: Adoness – Lignum Eyes Weed* | Eyeshadow: Beautiful Freak – Lua Eyeshadow Blood Red* | Liner: Pin Me Down – Julie Eyeliner 8 | Lashes: Redgrave – Luscious | Hair: Alice Project – Bella II* | Horns: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Yule Antlers*

Outfit: Dress: :{MV}: Translate Dress Crimson* | Shoes: Has Been – Betsy Bow Pumps | Stockings: ~Cannibelle~ Gothic Lace Suspender Tights | Necklace: lassitude & ennui – Batty Necklace Black* | Earrings: House of Rain – Melt Earrings Garnet/Silver* 

Poses: N/A | Kirin – Nina Pose 4 | Part of the chair.