A Long Winter

We’re not even half way through January and I’m already waiting for Spring. It’s a while still, until April, which is when we can maybe start seeing any signs of Spring here. We might even get a couple of feet of snow in April so the patience game is real now!

The Young Ginkgo Tree by The Little Branch is lightly animated and comes with a season changer menu. You can just touch it and the menu pops up and you can change from Winter to Spring in just a couple of seconds. It’s Land Impact is 7 out of the box but as it’s Copy/Modify you can resize it to fit your needs. The Young Ginkgo Tree is available at the January round of Equal10 which opens today!

Want a small, open plan house with panorama view? The DaD Glass House is small, only 18.2x 11.2 and 37 Li (resizable, Copy/Mod). It even has a round window in the ceiling so when it’s not covered with snow you can watch the stars from the comfort of your living room. Touch any of the switches inside the house to turn on or off the snowy windows. The snow roof add on is sold separately. You can find the house and the snow add on in the DaD mainstore and marketplace.

  • LB_YoungGinkgoTree{Animated}*4Seasons @ Equal10 (Jan 10 – Feb 9)
  • LB_CrispyGrass{Animated}SeasonsSoft
  • DaD “Glass House” c/m
    • DaD “Snow add on Glass House” c/m
  • GOOSE – Snowy sidewalks
  • NOMAD // Snow Landscaping Set

January

It’s not exactly looking like winter outside my house right now, but this is how January usually looks where I’m from and if you’re wondering, yes it usually takes a while for the plow trucks to clear all the roads after the nightly snowfall. The rainstorm I’m experiencing right now is a blizzard just a little further north. I talked to my mum on New Year’s Eve and she’d given up shovelling snow for the day; she lit the fireplace and settled down indoors for the rest of the evening.

At Uber you can find a new release by The Little Branch; the Forest Pansy Tree. While it is the perfect tree for small gardens and courtyards, it is also found in open woodlands, thickets, woodland margins, limestone glades and along rocky streams and bluffs. The tree is lightly animated, 6 Li out of the box but it’s Copy/Modify so you can scale it down, or up, to fit your needs. Touch it for a season changer menu.

The Blue Hour

Twilight Hour. Indian blue, water of glass, trees glistening and liquescent.

Henry Miller

My last post this year and I’m dedicating it to a natural phenomenon which is called The Blue Hour. Where I live, we experience this light, during the Polar Night, in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest yet still below the horizon. It’s magical and no picture can do it justice.

Contemporary casual comfort is what you get with the Nolan Living Set by DaD. The set consists of a sofa, armchair and pouf and you’ll find plenty of single-, friends- and couples (PG and Adult) animations in either. Customize the look with the texture changer HUD.

Outside the big glass windows of the DaD Glass House, you can see a new release by Little Branch; the Forest Pansy Tree. It’s a beautiful addition to your garden or sim, lightly animated as if swaying to a gentle breeze and it has a season changing menu upon Touch. I will give you a closer look of it in another blog post because I already have a great idea for a picture.

You can find both the DaD Nolan Living Set and the Little Branch Forest Pansy Tree at this round of Uber.

I’d like to give a warm welcome and a huge thank you to my newest H&G sponsor, Refuge. The first time I saw the Spark Lamps, which is a previous release, I thought they looked absolutely amazing and I wanted to show them to you too in case you missed them earlier. They come in different sizes and with three choices of metal, you can even choose with or without the shimmer effect. As a center light I’ve used the Cosmo Lighting, also by Refuge; it comes in gold or silver and the light strings has the same animated shimmer effect it looks beautiful. You can find the lamps at the Refuge mainstore!

  • DaD “Nolan Living Set” @ Uber (until Jan 22)
    • DaD “Nolan Sofa” (13 Li)
    • DaD “Nolan Armchair” (8 Li)
    • DaD “Nolan Pouf” (3 Li)
  • Little Branch Forest Pansy Tree {Animated}*4Seasons @ Uber (until Jan 22)
  • Refuge – Spark Lamps
  • Refuge – Cosmo Lighting
  • Dahlia – Denmark – Blanket – Beige
  • Apple Fall West Village Large Raspberry & Almond Macarons
  • Apple Fall 1st Day of Christmas Coffee Cup
  • Fancy Decor: Magazine Stack
  • Nerenzo – dark rug
  • DaD “Glass House” c/m (37 Li, footprint 18.2x 11.2)
    • DaD “Glass House Snow Add On” c/m (5 Li)

The Executive

Contemporary, elegant and minimalistic is how I would describe the Executive, a new living room set by Aphrodite Shop/Heart Homes that is out now at the Man Cave event. The couch comes with single and couple bento animations (PG and Adult version). The set includes the couch, coffee table, table decor, rug, wall art, two decorative shelves and a chandelier.

I’ve also included the Raleigh set by Barley Home & Decor, to give my living room a touch of Christmas, without going overboard. I also wanted to mix a little bit of rustic feel into this modern space and the Raleigh Side Table and decor does just that. This set was at the most recent round of Belle and should soon be available in the Barley marketplace.

  • Aphrodite/Heart Homes Executive – Couple Couch Set @ Man Cave
  • Aphrodite “The Bestman” Large Gift box
  • Barley – Raleigh Set
  • LB_FiddleLeafFig{Mesh}*Potted
  • dust bunny . wood beaded curtain
  • Dutchie industrial double wash table
  • Dutchie bathrobe black
  • Dutchie towel on the ground
  • CONTRAST – Auckland Skybox

Snow Covered

Second post today because I have so many awesome items I’d like to show you! Yes, I’m still at work and you might think I’m still procaffeinating but I’ve actually done some work and now I can upload the other picture I took yesterday and quickly, sort of, write this post. I think I’ll have a cookie with my coffee…

The beautiful Oak Tree Shrub by The Little Branch is a new release that is now available at Equal10. The Oak Tree Shrub is an intricately branched ornamental shrub with hollylike leaves. The dense foliage makes it the perfect specimen to fill bare spots or to create a privacy barrier. This shrub will make a beautiful addition to your landscape. Season changer menu is available upon Touch, it’s Copy/Modify and has a Land Impact range of 3-6.

The lovely house is the Southern Cottage by DaD, which is a previous release but the Snow Roof addon is new and waiting for you at the DaD mainstore and marketplace! If you don’t know the Southern Cottage from before here are the specs; It has a large porch that runs along 3 sides of the house. Inside you’ll find a spacious living room, a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and dining room/living room. Touch any of the switches to change colour of the exterior or any room. Windows open/close upon Touch. Footprint is 18×33 and Land Impact is 118.

Annnnd, I’d like to give a warm welcome and thank you to my newest H&G sponsor, GOOSE! Since I’m still covering stuff up with snow, it’s just perfect that GOOSE has recently released a snowy sidewalks building kit and snow covered decor; bench, lamp and a swing. You can find the Snowy Sidewalks kit at Tannenbaum (last days!) and the Snow Covered Set at their mainstore.

  • DaD “Southern Cottage” c/m
    • DaD “Snow Roof add on Southern Cottage” c/m
  • DaD “Vintage Rocking Chair” PG v.1.0 c/m @ Collabor88
  • DaD “Vintage Sled” PG c/m v.1.0
  • LB_OakShrubTree{Animated}*4Seasons @ Equal10
    • LB_CrispyGrass{Animated}SeasonsSoft
  • GOOSE – Snowy sidewalks @ Tannenbaum
  • GOOSE – Snow Covered Set
    • GOOSE – Bench with snow
    • GOOSE – Lamp in snow
    • GOOSE – swing snow heart
  • (Milk Motion) snow pines

After Sudden Snow

There is something hauntingly beautiful about abandoned ruins that have been left to the natural state of decay. They speak of passage of time, often evoking a connection to history. You can find the DaD Byron Ruined Tower at their mainstore. It comes with single sits and couple animations (PG/Adult) and season changing climbing ivy. It also has a snow add on.

Together with the old ruins I’ve put something new – The Young Tibetan Cherry tree by Little Branch, a new release now available at Santa Inc. until December 20th.

The Young Tibetan Cherry is an ornamental tree with a truly magnificent bark and stem system consisting of a polished mahogany-red color with peeling circles. The pendulous mid-green leaves contrast well against the coppery stems making this tree a spectacular addition to your landscape. These 100% original mesh creations are highly detailed with realistic textures and animated foliage resulting in a true, life-like appearance. A choice of four seasons are readily available via an easy to use pop-up menu to keep your landscaping current. Owner permissions allow Copy & Modify to ensure that each item can be adapted to suit your unique needs. This item has a low Land Impact rating of 3 which grows as item is modified to a larger size.

  • Little Branch Young Tibetan Cherry.V1{Animated}*Blossoms @ Santa Inc.
    • LB_CrispyGrass{Animated}*Seasonal
  • DaD “Byron Ruined Tower” – c/m
    • DaD “Snow Add On Byron Ruined Tower” c/m
  • Skye Land Forms
  • Skye Waterfall
  • Skye Enchanted Pond (modified, trees removed)
  • Skye Cliffs
  • Fundati Boulders

Freezing Over

As if I don’t have enough snow and cold in real life, I went ahead and made it snow outside The Bar @ HaVen. While I was finishing up the ground cover, Little Branch released a new tree so I figured I’d take a picture of it right here before I clutter up the parcel with all sorts of wintery bushes, trees and decor.

Little Branch is at this round of Uber with another beautiful tree; the Zelkova Serrata. Delicately animated like it’s moving to a light breeze. Touch it to bring up the season changer menu. My picture shows the Winter version. The tree is at 7 Li out of the box, but it’s Copy/Mod and resizing it will change the Land Impact.

I dug up the Tree Sled Rezzer from my inventory. It’s a past release by CHEZ MOI so you can find this in their mainstore and marketplace. You and your friends can have some fun in the snow, just click the sign to rez a sled, choose either male or female animation and off you go! Be careful not to swoosh off world!

  • Little Branch ZelkovaSerrata{Animated}*4Seasons @ Uber
  • Tree Sled Rezzer CHEZ MOI
  • (Fundati) Snowy rock
  • Skye Land Forms
  • Skye Pebble Beach
  • Landscapes Unlimited HEBRIDES 1/4 Sim Corner Environment [6.0]

R & R

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend so far! Right now I’m waiting for SL’s GOT TALENT Round 2 to start because Mahogany is one of the contestants and it’s very exciting as only 6 contestants remain!

Showing you a few new things today, so let’s start off with the lovely canoe in the foreground, a pretty decor item for any parcel or sim, made by La Petite Vie and available right now at the SaNaRae event.

The gorgeous Potted Birch is the latest release by Little Branch and is available now at Cosmopolitan Event.

The beautiful and cozy Sienna Pergola Bench by CHEZ MOI is available at Sad November. The Benches has room for 1-4 people and it comes with 96 animations in PG version and 156 animations in Adult version. Texture changer HUD for the pillows and seats.

The Laguna House

At this round of Uber you’ll find this amazing build by DaD; the Laguna House is luxurious, modern, spacious and has a fantastic layout, with a beautiful infinity pool (with light system) separating the two wings. I already own a couple of homes by DaD from before I started blogging for them so I knew I was in for a treat. It still blew my mind when I rezzed it on the shore, it’s so beautifully and meticulously designed and it fit perfectly where I wanted it, between the river and the sea. Its footprint is 44,6 x 38,7 so make sure you have room for this on your parcel. It’s Copy/Mod so you can resize it down but I wouldn’t recommend reducing the size too much. The Li is only 135, which really is low for a build this size and with all its features.

For the landscape I have used all Little Branch and Studio Skye items. Here’s the full list, enjoy!

  • DaD “Laguna House” @ Uber
  • LB_FiddleLeafFig{Mesh}*Potted @ Man Cave
  • LB_CrotonPlant.v1{Mesh}
  • LB_RiverBirchShrub{Animated}*4Seasons
  • LB_WildBerryShrub{Animated}*4Seasons
  • LB_SilverBirch{Animated}*4Seasons
  • LB_FlyAgaric_Mushrooms_Cluster.v2{Mesh}
  • LB_Snakeweed{Animated}*Summer-B
  • LB_Grass.V4.1{Mesh}
  • dust bunny . areca palm plant
  • Trompe Loeil – Jiayi Lounger
  • Nerenzo couch sofa set “Kobe”
  • Nerenzo pathway
  • Skye River / Flowing
  • Skye Enchanted Pond (modified, trees removed)

Standing Out

Being stylish means standing out yet fitting in at the same time.

Bridgette Raes

Yes, that is a fashion quote but it totally applies to other stuff too! Like the colourful Croton Plant by Little Branch. It was recently out at Cosmopolitan but it should soon be available in the Little Branch mainstore.

Croton is an extensive flowering plant genus in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. Its bright colors draw the eye like a moth to a flame.

It is 100% mesh with realistic and detailed textures and would make a perfect addition to your gardens and landscapes.

There are also complimentary landscaping items included. Land Impact is just 3, but as permissions are both copy & modify can be adapted to suit your needs.

  • Little Branch Croton Plant v.1
  • Little Branch WildBerryShrub{Animated}*4Seasons
  • Little Branch Complimentary Landscaping items (included in most LB purchases you’ll find complimentary items, contents vary)
    • LB_Snakeweed{Animated}
    • LB_CrispyGrass{Animated}SeasonsSoft
    • LB_FlyAgaric_Mushrooms_Cluster.v2{Mesh}
    • LB_Buffalograss{Mesh}
  • Skye Waterfall 2
  • Skye Cliff & Tower Set