It’s been a while since I did a Fast Five. I have been irritated at folks lately. It is hard to highlight good things when I am aggravated. I have disliked browsing the feeds and Flickr thanks to the overabundance of photos that just should not be there. However, I have decided to push on through and recognize that I can’t change people, just my own reaction to them.
- Normal maps, spec maps and diffuse, oh my! Sei Minuet has a great tutorial demonstrating that the new materials work on regular old prime, too, not just mesh, so ooh la la!
- How to view multiple textures on one mesh with more than one material in Blender. Siddean Munro has a great editorial on multiple textures. Hair makers take note!
- 53 Lets the Sun Shine Through – Bodzha Elderflower has another great photo and I just love the styling. I want that hat and I want it now!
- Challenge Gallery 42: Community (SL10B Challenge): There’s a great collection of pictures for this week’s Single Frame Stories. Go check them out!
- Cat Litter - Oh, this is exciting, a preview, a hint, a possibility of a Where’s Dim Sum game….I can’t wait to see more.
When this idea popped into my head, I had to do it even though I am so far behind on so many things I had not planned to do Berry’s SL Movie Poster Challenge at all. However, when I was trying to finish things up for our Blogger Carnival at SL10B and SL would not even let me rez a wood box, I was feeling homicidal – at that moment, I could have been a serial prim killer. And that’s when I thought of doing this – and of course, just had to shoot it. It was not terribly difficult. I made a mouthie with a death head moth and that’s about it for shooting in SL. Even the editing was mostly making it black and white in parts and adding noise. Anyway, hope you like it. The skin – as much as you can see is PXL Creations, the eyes are Insufferable Dastard and the Death Head Moth was made by me.
The problem I find with most tutorials is that they are guides to enhance a skill you already have. It’s difficult to ever find a tutorial that assumes you don’t know how anything works, or what to do. So for SL10B this year, I decided my contribution would be the sort of tutorial I’m always trying to find – a tutorial for people like me who haven’t a CLUE how to do something.
For many people, there’s tweaks and adjustments that make them and their avatar unique. Some of the best bloggers though, are those who control their light and force the grid to do their bidding without the aid of PS or other tools.
You have to start somewhere, and making something simple is always the best way. So what I’m going to do is teach you the way I learned. Who knows, maybe you’ll be a new Strawberry Singh or Gogolita when you get good enough at it. Cajsa’s a pro, but this is beginner stuff. This is how to do it if you really really don’t even know where to start. Continue reading
Summer fashions often feature the crisp red, white and blues of nautical fashion. U.F.O.’s gorgeous little top for Collabor88 put me in mind of that with its white stripes. The top comes with a HUD allowing the wearer to choose an array of colors for the straps and so of course I chose red. U.F.O. also made matching skirts in several shades of denim, each with a print option with lips all over it. I think the outfit is adorable, which is why it was worth the trouble it took to get it to fit.
I had one difficulty with this outfit in that I had to do a lot more than minor tweaks to my shapet. I had to significantly reduce my body fat and shoulder width, all trying to reduce the size of my arms so they fit the sleeves. I don’t mind adjusting a shape a little for a brand, though. I simply save a copy with the brand name, so I will have it on hand the next time I wear something from them. So now I have a new Cajsa UFO shape tucked away in my shape folder. Continue reading
Posted in Casual Wear, Eyes, Fashion Community Activities, Events & Feeds, Glasses/Sunglasses, Hair, Hats & Head Scarves, iheartslFeed, Jewelry, Poses, Second Life, Shoes, Showcases & Discount Rooms, Skin, Skirts, Tops
Tagged adorkable, Cailyn's, collabor88, D!VA, Flair, Fresh Fx, Insufferable Dastard, Slink, u.f.o., UFO, yummy
Let’s talk about how hard it is to find ANYTHING miniature in SL. Making this poster was very time consuming and difficult but I’m loving the end result. I made the buildings, bridge, roads, pose, trees and grass myself. Basically, the only thing I didn’t make are the vehicles and the things I’m wearing. Post Processing involved adding the ppl and some of the background which is from the original poster. I also had to mod my shape a bit too, I made her SUPA TALL, like, I maxxed out the height stuff. Strawberry Singh issued this challenge and since I was already making movie inspired pictures for the Hair Fair Contest…I thought what the hell. I hope you enjoy my poster as much I do!
Hybie Is Wearing:
Skin: Belleza – Berry Pale 5
Hair: TuTy’s – DIVA Vintage Hair – Copper
Top: eTude – bra – white
Skirt: Happy Undead – Mini SKirt Vinyl White
Pose – Custom Made By Me
Posted in Blogger Challenges, iheartslFeed, Photo Sets, Second Life, Vintage
Tagged Belleza, blogger challenge, eTude, Happy Undead, Movie Posters, Strawberry Singh, Tuty's
I would never have thought it but it seems like I’m running a daily habit of being social . It’s a nice change from being a hermit in my own house, or out shooting on location. I have now, three days in a row, actually seen and interacted with other toons that I calls friends.
My friend Isla invited me over to her place for some night swimming and visiting. Dani was there too, but I only got half of her in the pic so I cropped her out. PLEASE LOVE ME ANYWAY DANI! Continue reading
Posted in Avatar Customization, Blogging & Photography, Casual Wear, Eyes, Fashion Community Activities, Events & Feeds, Garments, Hair, Houses, iheartslFeed, Life Style, Home and Garden, Pose Props, Shapes, Skin, Styles, Swimsuits, Tattoo Layer Makeup
Tagged Belleza, cheek pea, Flair, MiaMai, Second Life, Slink, somnia, the arcade, TRUTH
Sometimes, late at night on a high platform with no contact with anyone, human or furry or bot, I wonder why the hell I play Second Life. This thought usually comes after my sixth or seventh crash (Damn you, OSX), to the sound of my husband’s voice: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over.” “True,” I usually growl back. “But this time I changed this one setting over here so maybe it won’t cra — damnit.”
At any rate, I figured out that my raison d’etre in Second Life is to look cute in other people’s creations. So as long as I keep enjoying doing that, I’ll put up with a little insanity.
Bag: Milk Motion My glitter tote bag white/green
Stockings: Schadenfreude Opaque sky white amortentia stockings
Shoes: Schadenfreude new romantics saddle shoes
Hair: Magika Pixie – color pack
Skin: Pink Fuel Harley (peach) Arcade 10
Necklace: Katat0nik Small Alice wonderland pendant from Arcade
Outfit: Katat0nik imaginative school girl outfit in lavender, with pencil and glasses
Eyes: Plastik light collection – zoom
Poses: Lolapop! Katat0nik
Before mesh, folks often took the top from one dress and the skirt from another and made something new. In my view, one of the unfortunate down sides of mesh is the prevalence of one piece outfits that can not used for parts, so to speak. So, I was so pleased to see the Romantic Rendezvous outfit from Gizza came in parts that I could use to mix and match.
As you can see from the vendor ad, it’s actually a bodysuit with a ruffled peplum. Produced with a system top, mesh shorts and prim ruffles, it gives the user the change to play. This was particularly great because I was going to DJ some old classic jazz and wanted something more “me”.
Posted in Dresses, Eyes, Gloves, Hair, iheartslFeed, Jewelry, Poses, Second Life, Shoes, Skin, Skirts, Tattoo Layer Makeup
Tagged adorkable, bilo, Donna Flora, Gizza, Insufferable Dastard, LeLutKa, tuli
There is something to be said for Sundays away from the computer. You miss a lot of name calling and raging and shenanigans. It seems like, on Sundays, our friends are unable to defend themselves and require us to rage against people that they may or may not be mad at. It also seems like, everything and everyone can’t just like, don’t worry be happy.
I however, opt for the latter. I made jello. Jello is, in my belief, one of the finest treats around. I am considering making something that I am told Australians love, Fairy Bread. I don’t know yet, that’s a maybe. Continue reading
Posted in Accessories, Avatar Customization, Blogging & Photography, Casual Wear, Dresses, Expos, Fairs and Fundraisers, Eyes, Fashion Community Activities, Events & Feeds, Foliage, Garments, Hair, iheartslFeed, Jewelry, Leggings, Life Style, Home and Garden, Pose Props, Prim Nails and Mani/Pedis, Second Life, Shapes, Shoes, Skin, Styles, Tattoo Layer Makeup
Tagged Alouette, amacci, Belleza, collabor88, end of daze, maxi gossamer, Nylon Outfitters, Pilo, savoir faire, Second Life, Sysy's, Tableau Vivant, the arcade, TRUTH
I had just picked up this adorable manicure from Marketplace made by Alicia Chenaux when I realized OMG COLLABOR88! MUST SHOP!
After wading through the crowds of people I think I am pretty happy, after all, the 90s themed pieces released are fun and kicky, alluding to that time before greasy hair and flannel took ahold of us.
So many boxes came home with me, it was nearly tragic. Continue reading
Posted in Accessories, Avatar Customization, Blogging & Photography, Casual Wear, Cocktail, Eyes, Fashion Community Activities, Events & Feeds, Furniture, Garments, Houses, iheartslFeed, Pose Props, Poses, Prim Nails and Mani/Pedis, Review, Second Life, Shapes, Shoes, Skin, Skirts, Styles, Tattoo Layer Makeup, Tops
Tagged Alouette, ch'know, D!VA, erratic, flounce, fri.day, Poetic Colors, Pretense, Slink, Trompe Loeil, UFO