Snowed in!

SnowedIn

I have always felt the need to create a home base in SL.

I also tend to pick everything up and rebuild my home environment when hard or sad times hit me. It’s a way of creating mental space, as well as starting afresh… almost a complete and utter sweeping out of negativity, I think.

This autumn I felt as if I was opening a new chapter in life. Of course my SL home had to be changed accordingly. There’s something wonderful about autumn. It’s as if the days becoming shorter and light receding make the world of my thoughts and emotions become closer, and cosier.

For where I am in my life, and particularly with all this year has thrown at me… hard… I needed to feel as if I was wrapping myself up, caring for myself and keeping the harsh and negative away from me as much as possible. My home space in SL is very much ‘me’. It’s a place where I am in a little more control of events and atmosphere. It’s a place to be calm and heal, a place to recharge and smile.

I am sure there will be more pictures taken inside my home, but of those who have so far visited, it’s been said to be “Quaint, calm and quirky”, all things I aspire to be 😉

It’s very much how I am on the other side of the screen, and a cosy cottage in the middle of a wood would be my preferred place to hide and reside.

The two visitors I have had so far found the fire burning of course, a break from the cold outside. There is always a pot of tea ready, but being me, there’s also the coffee machine ready too. Should a visitor prefer, there’s a choice of something a little stronger too. Food is ready, should it be ‘needed’. There’s a selection of cakes and biscuits, but also stew, and thanks to a gift from my friend Felipe, there is buttered toast with marmite, just to bring a smile to my face.

My SL home is very much a place for the few who are close to me to come and find a space to relax. It’s very much representative of me, my presence in a pixelated world. This offers a place of calm, a place of shelter. This is a home where there is to be laughter and conversation of any and all topics.

It’s very much the welcome I extend to those who know me on the other side of the screen too. I was told yesterday that I am very much a ‘mirror self’. It wasn’t an expression I had heard before, but the explanation was that I am just the same in SL, as I am in RL as a person. This is true, for all my issues 😉

Further self-examination this weekend made me bring the snow. I LOVE winter in SL. The snow lasts as long as we wish, as deep as possible, but never gets muddy or mushy.

So here’s the picture of my shrouded-in-snow cottage. Let me be clear, it’s in the middle of a woodland surrounded by a high wall. Unless you are invited in, you will not find it.

To those who make it past the wall, there is a set of lights to lead you to the door and a place where those few will find acceptance and warmth. A place of refuge and friendship.

However, it is not to be found by all.

Credits:

House : Noelle Cottage and snow covering – Trompe Loeil (although I modified the cottage a little.)

Falling snow: Simplest Snow – DDD

Snowman: Flakey the Snowman {What Next}

Snow-covered bushes: Soy

Snow dog: Half-Deer

Mini igloo lanterns: Soy

Stone Path: {LORE}

Twinkling Ivy : DDD

Twinkling lights log : Keke

Big Log Pile : DDD

Pheasant and Blue Tit: TLC

Fox: Jian

Birdhouse: hive

Trees and grass : 3D Trees

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration?

It’s interesting where it is to be found. There are times when life seems to throw so many curve balls at me all at once, that I end up buried under them. Sometimes these challenging times offer me much to write about, or many ideas to place in a picture.

There are also moments when inspiration can come in the form of something completely different… something fun and a pure escape.

This is the second time that I have tried one of Gingerfish’s poses and immediately seen how I want a picture with it to look.

“Baby, it’s cold outside… if only there were a way I could persuade you to stay?”

Pose and included cupcakes and dough-nuts: Sugar Rush – Gingerfish. Available at Candy Fair 2017

Skybox : Snowed in sybox – Hive

Lanterns : Silver Alpbach Tree lanterns – {What Next}

Table : Soiree Table – Tres Blah

On table:

Moonlight lounge champagne – {anc}
Champagne tulip glasses – [Keke]
Christmas Candles – GA
Raz-day cakes – [keke]

 

 

Temptation

Turn the page!

Chapter

Ever try to read late at night, and find that all you ever do is end up re-reading the same chapter over and over… night after night and all because you started off too tired to take it all in?

Ever feel like you are stuck repeating the same chapter of your life, over and over?

 

 

Credits:

POSE: Word Lust : Gingerfish. – Available at Sad November event.

SHIRT: LIT Flannel : Vinyl.

CHAISE: Amelie Swan Chaise : Trompe Loeil.

Pile of vintage books : Nutmeg

Haran Console : Lark

Harrogate Grandfather Clock, Books Occasional Table and Enamel Teapot, : Apple Fall

Gabriel’s Tin Houses : Kalopsia

Gramophone : C L A Vv.

Half-Moon Table : Fancy Decor

Lantern : .:Bee designs:.

Farmhouse Candlestick : {What Next}

Pillow Ottoman : Dust Bunny

Rustic candle holder : [ Kunst ]

Boxed cookies and coffee : Artisan Fantasy

The twilight feeling of seasons moving.

Castoff

Can you feel it?

It’s as if the world senses it’s almost time to put the year to bed, that twilight feeling of seasons moving. A time when mist mingles with wood smoke to cocoon all in a duvet of memory.

Let the crispness of air drive you inside, where the smell of fresh-baked food wakes your senses with a thirst for comfort. Light the fire, and let its glow spread round your home with the flicker of candles.

Bolt the door and shutter the windows. Banish the dark and cold. Leave them with the remnants of the year past. Cast off that of you which has died and rejoice for that which is yet to come!

Circles of Love

CirclesofLove

I admit… that I try and avoid the news these days. I don’t manage to succeed at it though, as it seems to creep into all areas of media and life. There is so much happening which has me at best shaking my head. Too much in the world seems in turmoil, or sadness, and for someone like me, it’s too easy to get bogged down in darkness and despair at it all.

So much is often made about the empty narcissism which can often fill such places as Facebook. We seem to live in an Age Of Entitlement. So often I witness an almost competition of who can shout loudest about how amazing they themselves are, that saddens me.

BUT….

LOVE is a buffer to that.There’s nothing so powerful as witnessing the love that people have for each other. I am not referring to the intimate and romantic love which exists between the lucky, oh no… for this, I am talking of the caring and deep warmth of love and friendship which exists in good times, but even more in times of hardship! That love and those people form circles of love, almost as a barrier to the darker side of life.

My faith in love has been boosted in the past few hours. I knew about the “For the love of the Devil” event which was being planned. If you don’t know about it, let me share a link to give a little more information:

https://www.facebook.com/For-the-love-of-the-Devil-186995291869902/

I heard about it from friends who were busy promoting this event which had been brought about to help a friend. People putting themselves out, giving their time to help. I saw many creators offering their items to try and help in any way. It’s the second such event in the past couple of months that I have seen…. and then shopped at. When I TPd to the event this morning, I spent a couple of moments with my mouth open, stunned by how many people were shopping there, but also just… how… many… creators had offered their crafted items for sale, just to help another.

It gave me much to think of as I shopped…

As much as times can be dark, no matter how many hardships we face, there are far more people shining their own lights, then uniting with others, to push the shadows even further away.

People… are wonderful! 😉

 

I am featuring a few items from the event in this picture:

 

Boots: Ariana Thigh High Boots – Cynful Collection by [Gos}

Dress: The Oh! Dress – Devilish Purple by [Cynful]

Pose: Devil I love 3 by Gingerfish.

Backdrop to photo: 05 Hype-Beast Backdrop by [Bad Unicorn]

All are available at ‘For the Love of the Devil’ at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Los%20Angeles%20City/130/215/42

Why not indulge in a little shopping 😉 ❤

The passing of time.

 

FOFwrite

It feels as if the last month was almost a time of everything being thrown up into the air. I tried to catch what I could, but came to the realization that some things I simply had to let fall.

I always go through times of deep introspection when milestones in time approach. Sometimes it can be a good thing.

Today is the tenth anniversary of the day I joined SL. I have known it was coming up, and whatever else has been going on, there’s been a part of my brain reflecting on how those ten years have changed me.

I was able to rake over memories, and focus on the best parts of my SL now, as I put together my SL art exhibition. Sometimes the memories brought warmth and joy, but others have touched wounds that I thought had healed, but still showed sensitivity.

I have always found SL to be an excellent way for me to examine myself. I soon discovered how scary it can be at times, to be confronted by the words I ‘speak’ appearing on the screen. How shocking it is to see how many different ways they can be misread…. and how often they are.

In a way my SL has been a place of re-inventing my virtual self, but through exploring the many facets of my real self. It’s been an amazing way at times, of creating a space of peace in SL when RL has been so hard. It’s given me respite, and allowed me to breathe, then return stronger to RL.

I have been lucky enough to experience so many things in SL over the years. I guess one of the first things was as a ‘helper’ in a centre which helped newcomers to SL. That was where I was first encouraged to learn to build, which I LOVED. That sparked a building career which only stopped once Mesh took over. I am not sad though, I LOVE what mesh has done for SL! 😀

I guess the next big part of my time in SL was when a friend and I got hooked on learning to use weapons. What started off with swords soon migrated to horses and lances. Damn, we women made good jousters! I still have some wonderful and lasting friendships formed over the times we would throw flasks to each other, smile and laugh, then try and skewer each other. Happy times! Haha

The love of weapons and a joy found in RPing grew from there. I was at a slight disadvantage, in that I had only ever RPd in SL, but for all the OOC drama that often hit us in Eternity, we did weave some impressive tales. I RPd as a human knight there. I have also RPd as a fairy for many years too. Each role I have had carried a fair amount of my reality into it. Right now I can’t see that I will return to RP. There have been too many upsets for me to want to step outside of just being wholly myself now. That element of fantasy will just be for pictures from now on, I think.

Ah… picture-taking. It’s always been such a pleasure for me in SL, as it mirrors my RL joy in drawing and painting. Capturing a visual memory is such a magical thing. To be able to look at one and remember the mindset, the thoughts… and the feelings of that time, is something beautiful. My words and pictures in SL are all honest pieces of me, and my heart. They show my past, and my present.

For all my mistakes and heartaches during the past ten years, by far the most amazing thing I have found is how much smaller the world can seem. How wonderful to be able to sit and share, even virtual coffee, with someone real-time, while they sit in a whole other country, or even continent. My true friends are those who mean as much to me as they would if I were able to sit in a coffee shop and natter for real. Either side of the screen they are real and loved friends.

Where else can we all meet at whatever time it is in our timezone and go to a concert together. Where else can I go and listen to amazing live music dressed in my fluffy bunny PJs? 😉

To all who have been present in my life over the past ten years, whether: bringing joy; or an important lesson, whether still part of it, or not… I offer my heart-felt thanks. I am by far a better, stronger and happier person now than I was back in 2007.

😀 ❤