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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.

F is for Flamingos

Why not? Life is so strange and often challenging that we all could use some random things that make us smile as often as possible. It’s an important skill, being able to smile, laugh, enjoy the little oddities and quirks that the world offers us.

flamingopearls1bsThere’s something thoroughly appealing in pixel food. I am not certain if it’s the sense of making the world more real, more alive or if it ties more closely to that lure of unnecessary oddities. They’re perfect, delicious-looking and completely futile things, but yet they call to us. They apparently also call to pandas, so make sure to guard yours!

flamingopearls2bsThe quirky flamingo clutch by HANDverk and the adorable pearl collar by lassitude & ennui are both available in the current round of L’Accessoires. The romantic Flora hair by D!va can be found in Collabor88 and the Chibi Bunny skirt by The Sea Hole, Luria skin by Glam Affair and all the things on the table can be won from The Arcade.

Scene: Surroundings: Garden of Dreams – The Village* | Table: Tee*fy – Outdoor Party Table | All the Things on the Table: Schadenfreude – Tako Cake Stand | +Half-Deer+ The Sugar Battalion (Noir) | Intrigue Co. – Plushie Pals: Squee the Panda | Tee*fy – Cake Pop Maker, Cotton Candy Set, Popsicle Maker | Tres Blah – Tea Time Stacked Cups & Tea Cup

Body: Skin: Glam Affair – Luria Skin 02 & Eyebrow 01 | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Classic Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: D!va – Flora Type A Onyx 

Outfit: Top: Pale Empress – Elyria White* | Skirt: The Sea Hole – Lorette Skirt Chibi Bunny | Collar: lassitude & ennui – Viola lace collar rose/white* | Clutch: [HANDverk] Flamingo Clutch.flamingo*

Poses: PoseMonster – Stand 46 & 39

Winter in Parisian Arcade

The Arcade has opened its doors for all the gacha-crazed folks to go bankrupt in! If you want to window-shop before porting in, here’s a convenient guide to browse.

Winter Arcade 1Absolutely everything in the surrounding scene is from the Arcade. The frozen pond and the buildings are from PILOT’s christmas village, just made bigger. The table and several of the noms are by HANDverk, but there’s also noms by Tres Blah, plushies by Intrigue Co., dolls by Schadenfreude, a bunny bag by katat0nik, decorations and advent calendar by Trompe Loeil, a clock by Sway’s, the poses by !bang, arm chair by Art Dummy, a snowglobe by A.D.D. Andel… all the things!

Winter Arcade 3As for the look itself, only the hat with hair by Love Soul and the skin by Glam Affair are from the Arcade, the rest is me having fun with cutesy winterness. SAKIDE’s Winter in Paris outfit is available in RMK Gothic Frost Fair until the end of December. I added white tights and ribbony lassitude & ennui boots and felt ready to go to snow-covered cafes of Paris.

Winter Arcade 2Since it’s December, I’d like to remind you all that the advent calendars are running in several shops. These snowflake earrings for example are from Alice Project’s calendar. Yes, yes there’s been special christmas hairstyles, too. As for the other calendars, SL Blogger Support has a nifty list of them all right here, go visit!

Scene: Buildings: PILOT – Christmas Village | Table, a chair, noms: HANDverk – MadTEA Party | Noms: Tres Blah – Pastry Mania | Plushies: Intrigue Co. – Mesh Plushies | Dolls: Schadenfreude – Vouboo Gilly & Lorily | Clock: Sway’s – Pendulum Clock Night | Calendar & Decorations: Trompe Loeil – 12 Days of Christmas | Chair: Art Dummy – for winter conversations arm chair blue | Bag: katat0nik – sky/candy bunny | Snowglobe: A.D.D. Andel – Seasons Snowglobe Summer Beaches

Body: Skin – Glam Affair – Renee Fairy Tales 03 RAV | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Classic Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair & Hat: Love Soul – A-Snow White*Jet Black 

Outfit: Dress & Cape: SAKIDE – Winter in Paris* | Tights: SAKIDE – Warm Pantyhose White* | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Prudence Boots Blue* | Ring: Mandala – Milky Nails | Earrings: Alice Project – Snowflake Earrings

Poses: !bang – mini sassy1 | !bang – mini sits 1 | part of furniture 

Bad Sun: Study in Pixels

I’m not a huge fan of sunshine, more of the hiss-bright-melting variety. Not that I’m that big a fan of -30 Celsius frost either, mind you. But. This is about sun and how I suddenly knew exactly what kind of a post I’d make with the three hunts and some I’ve been meaning to blog. The hunts in question are: Seasons Hunt: Summer, Waffle Fox Hunt and Poupee Hunt, all full of awesome things that I’ll no doubt return to later.

Let’s start our story! Here’s our oblivious heroine on her way to the beach. She has a new summer dress by Paper.Doll (SH), hair covered by butterflies by Shag (SH) and a new bike by What Next (SH). What could possibly go wrong?

Skin is by AddiCt (SH) and the adorable waffle rings are by EY.NO (WFH). The house is by L2 Studio (SH), the paintings, deck chair and pillow by LISP Bazaar (SH) and the adorable puppy girl doll by Naminoke (PH).

Settling on the summer swing by Glitterati (SH) and indulging in a berry drink by Poche (RandoMuseum), lounging about in the sun, ignoring the worried looks that the lifeguard gives her, perhaps even dozing off…

Yes, I know, Gmok the Wise by Herbalys is an old hunt gift and has nothing to do with all these hunts, but he was so perfect to play the lifeguard part! The fun lifeguard tower is by Molto Bene (SH), the bikini by Doppelganger Inc. (SH), hair by Raw House (SH) and the sunglasses by Pididdle (SH). Skin is by The Plastik and it’s one of the many shades available in today’s 50L Fridays.

The next morning wasn’t so good, no. Even the bunny in the bed by Art Dummy! (PH) was listless and despairing and the nommy breakfast by Cluttered Flowey (SH) failed to cheer her up. The sunburn skin by My UglyDorothy (PH) was pretty much perfect for this, especially with the addition of extra sunburn and sun screen by Tres Blah.

The top is a part of Tres Blah’s prize and the shorts are by The Secret Store (SH). Hair is by Plume (SH) and I used Exile’s hairbase with it. The bangles are by LaGyo (SH) and the house is by Doremi (PH).

Having learned her lesson our heroine is recovered and remembers to have a parasol of some sort no matter where she goes. The adorable Totoro’s summer umbrellas are by duboo. (SH) and she shares one with a mini-Gmok who is obviously coming with her for a ride on her scooter by (pda) (SH).

Skin is by Belle Morte (WFH), top by Ingenue (SH), scarf skirt by graph* (PH) and the background is a part of the tropico skybox by Umwelt (SH). Hair with roses is a freebie by Plume and the hair decoration is by Clawtooth (SH), bangles still by LaGyo and same as earlier. Eyes in all the pictures have been by Insufferable Dastard (SH) in various tones.

What have we learned from this? Use sun screen if you’re lacking in magical parasols, sip your fruity drinks in the shade and always, always listen to strange magical creatures.