Courage

Develop enough courage
so that you can stand up
for yourself
and then stand up
for somebody else.

Maya Angelou

Good morning!

The Zelkova Serrata V.2 Tree by The Little Branch is a new release that is available at Cosmopolitan. A tall widely spreading Japanese tree of the elm family that is often grown as an ornamental and and used in bonsai. The tree is a symbol of a number of Japanese cities and prefectures. These 100% original mesh, highly detailed with realistic textures and animated foliage. A choice of four seasons are readily available upon Touch. Owner permissions allow Copy & Modify to ensure that each item can be adapted to suit your unique needs. The Zelkova Serrata v.2 has a low Land Impact rating of 3 to 7, which grows as item is modified to a larger size.

We’re entering the last day of this round of Cosmopolitan, after the event ends this item will be made available at The Little Branch mainstore and marketplace.

  • LB_ZelkovaSerrata.V2{Animated}*4Seasons @ Cosmopolitan (until Jan 25)
    • LB_Buffalograss.v2{Mesh}Animated

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.

Summer Memory

Taking another look at the Hameau Provençal by La Petite Vie before Tlalli – The Fair Around the World – France closes on December 29. La Petite Vie has a whole collection of Provence builds and items and you can find their newest addition, the Hameau Provençal, exclusively and at a 40% discount at Tlalli along with lavender, grass and potted plants. Did you pick up the gifts at Tlalli yet? There’s one from La Petite Vie! Check out their mainstore for more Provence themed items.

The Hameau Provençal is a row of three charming two-story apartments. It’s Copy/Modify, footprint is 18 x 13 x 8.5 and has a 121 Li out of the box. You get 4 different styles/colours of doors and shutters and you can manually colour the doors and shutters on the Blanc version. The shutters open/close upon Touch.

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

The Rat Hole

Looking at this building, I don’t think they serve food here anymore. Ah, it’s a small club! The Rat Hole is a new amazing build by Never Totally Dead… I’m not sure I’d eat the food here if they have any, but the music is awesome. This build is a great addition to your urban sim, 59 Li out of the box, touch it to rez a snow cap (19 Li). The Rat Hole is available right now at Cosmopolitan.

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]

The Fishing Village

Just wow… Never Totally Dead… keep amazing me with their builds and with their newest release, the Old Boat Workshop, I can add another building to my sleepy fishing village. The Old Boat Workshop is available right now at We ❤ Roleplay at a nice 25% discount! The build is Copy/Mod and 92 Li out of the box. With it you get two unlinked dock pieces (15 Li each) and a wall lamp (2 Li).

On the left of the workshop you can see a glimpse of the Seafood Market and in the background is the Old Oyster House and the Ole Captain’s booth; all by Never Totally Dead…

Unmistakable

Holding hands with you is like a promise that, if even for a brief moment or a few hours, we don’t have to face the world alone.

Holding hands. A simple act with profound impact. Once you took my hand in yours I knew I never wanted to let go.

The Hans outfit is a new mainstore release by Allure Couture. The sweater and the jeans come in 8 different colours which you can buy separate or in a fatpack. A pair of black boots are included. Hans fits: Classic L,M,S, Aestheitc, Belleza Jake, Signature Geralt & Gianni, Slink and TMP. Shoes fit: Classic (Unrigged so can be adjusted) Belleza, Signature and Slink.

The charming bridge is a previous release by CHEZ MOI. It comes with snow (21 Li) and without (18 Li). The industrial lamps are unlinked (5 Li). Bridge dimensions: 3.6 meters wide, 12 meters long and 4 meters tall.

  • Sander is wearing:
    • Allure Couture Hans Sweater, Jeans & Shoes
    • [Deadwool] Undercut hair
    • [Deadwool] Peak XV chrono – vintage
    • MINIMAL – Lovers Rings – Silver
  • Mahogany is wearing:
    • Allure Couture Freya Sweater Mini Dress @ 7Event
    • Voodoo Monkey Jeans (applier)
    • EarthStones Radiance Diamond Necklace, Earrings and Tennis Bracelet
    • MINIMAL Lovers Rings – Gold
    • DOUX Vel Hair
  • Scene:
    • Covered Bridge Seasons CHEZ MOI
    • LB_RiverBirchShrub{Animated}*4Seasons
  • Pose by Ardent Poses

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