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Monday, 15 January 2018


HangOut owner and dj Janis Short is having a great party at her club tonight! Janis says:

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Life's A Beach!

I'd been over to creator Alex Bader's Store called Studio Skye a few months ago and I bought some fantastic products there, Alex makes fairytale castles and exquisite landscaping items, woodland paths, dry-stone walls, river kits and all sorts.  You can walk down from the store into the wonderful countryside Alex has created so you can see the samples before you buy them.  Right at the bottom of the sim there is a virtual beach. It's in kit form, so if  you haven't got a beach texture already in your sim you can add your own beach.  Well I decided to buy it as my parcel of land is just grass and I wanted to put my virtual house right next to the ocean on a golden sandy beach.  In the kit you get a sand textured prim as a base, which I stretched until it covered the area I wanted. The other pieces are 100% mesh shaped into sand drifts with moving waves attached, plus some lovely natural looking rocks.  There are wedge shaped parts to fill in those awkward corners and bends as well, so putting it together was quite easy.  You can also modify the pieces.  I wanted some more rocks so I unlinked one of the parts and took the rocks to use them in another area of the beach.  I also bought some cliffs from the store, massive structures to separate the beach from the flat grassy area of my land. You can shrink the cliffs to suit your landscaping, there is also a splendid rock archway attached to one of the cliffs which looks great.  To make the area where the grass meets the sand a little more natural I added some mesh Gravel Ground, made by HPMD, to soften the hard lines. The Gravel Ground pieces are really handy if you are building a pond as they finish off the edges nicely.  So I'm really happy with my virtual beach and it was great fun to put together. Now I have to plan the rest of the land.  I love to make it up as I go along, so I never know what theme I will end up with eventually.

Janey Bracken

Friday, 5 January 2018

Take Your Christmas Decorations Down, it's Twelfth Night

It's the Twelfth Night of Christmas tonight and time to take those festive decorations down.  I really enjoyed decorating my virtual land for Christmas and I added bits and pieces to it all the time over the festive season, especially after seeing some beautiful things in the shops that I couldn't resist buying.  So not only was I taking down decorations in real life, but I also had to clear my SL parcel of any hint of Christmas today.  (I try to make things easy by opening  another inventory window by using the menu at the top of the inventory where it says 'new window' which opens a copy of your inventory so you can have the copy and the original inventory windows open together. From the new window  I create a new folder from the menu at the top and call the folder 'Christmas 2017'  I then type Christmas 2017 in the search area at the top and this shows only the folder I have created below without the rest of my inventory items getting in the way.  Once I've collected all of the objects back into my inventory I go to the 'Recent Items' tab in the original inventory window and simply drag the items over to the Christmas 2017 folder in the copied inventory window.  The new folder will appear in your original inventory under the Recent Items tab as soon as you drag an item into it.)  

Since Victorian times it's been a tradition to take down the decorations on the Twelfth Night; Twelfth Night falls on the 5th of January and Epiphany on the 6th of January. Epiphany marks the end of Christmas when the Three Kings came to visit bearing gifts for the baby Jesus after they followed the star to Bethlehem. It's said to be unlucky to take the decorations down a day before or a day after Twelfth Night. although until the 19th Century people would keep their decorations up until Candlemas Day, which is on the 2nd of February.  So traditions have changed over the years.  I must say, although I love the decorations and everything about Christmas, it is nice to take them down and to know you are entering into a new year.  Now I've cleared everything away I'm left with this empty piece of SL land and I have to plan for the Spring, no doubt with lots of flowers and trees everywhere, and of course constant sunshine (only offered by SL), so the terraforming begins.......

Janey Bracken

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Exquisite New Year Gift From The Hayabusa Design Team

I had a beautiful New Year's gift from the Hayabusa Design Team today.  It's a work of art, pink blossoms sculpted into a figure eight with silver and gold streams of lights flowing around the shape. Many thanks to Mitsuko Kytori and Hiroshi Seoung of Hayabusa for this exquisite gift.

Janey Bracken

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy Birthday Troy and a Great 2018 New Year's Day Party at the HangOut

Happy Birthday Troy

We had double celebrations tonight at the HangOut, a New Year's Day party and it was the lovely Troy Finkler's Birthday as well!   HangOut owner and dj, Janis Short had made the club look amazing with its gold and black interior to honour the first day of 2018, and the guests in their formal dress looked awesome!  Janis played some great tunes and the club was rocking. Happy Birthday Troy and a Very Happy 2018 to everyone.

Janey Bracken