Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Find My Way!

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Another sneak peek at the fabulous creations of Ms. ColeMarie ...

I am really feeling this dress simply because it is just so darn practical and versatile. I mean come on think about it .. you are soooo tired of those pesky tourists stopping you on the street and asking if you know where the fungus and hubcab exhibit is in town ... you already have arrows pointing .. you could even label them and then just turn yourself so that your are lined up with the north pole or something and then I think that does something to the dawning of Aquarius too and you vibrate better .. at least that happened to me when I tried it .. OR it may have been that my vibrator in my purse accidentally got turned on .. happens some time ..

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You could "give direction" to wayward teens in their life simply by standing in front of them and twirling ... teens are like that they LOVE demonstrations on life lessons .. I use my hand puppets all the time with mine.

You could be a public service announcement and save lost children .... you could stand in the middle of traffic and direct it when the policeman's hand gets tired ...

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You could save a fortune on your hubby's need to have a speaking map lady gadget in his car ... you could listen carefully to where he wants to go and simply stand on your seat or even climb out on top of the hood of the car and hold a flashlight and point the way ....

You could point out the obvious, make several points at once .. the possibilities here are endless ....

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THIS is the kind of superhero costume I've been talking about. It is a superhero costume for the modern woman. It is MY superhero Costume ...People can NO longer call me pointless or dismiss me ... I am LARGE and in CHARGE ....and look how GOOD I look being bossy!!!!

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Oh wait ... I have to get off your coffee table now .. sorry about the scratches .. ColeMarie is calling .. she wants her dress back ....

(disclaimer: the lightning does not come with this dress .. it just happens sometimes when I lift my arms up ...)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Humma Momma.

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I think the beauty pageant dudettes are really talented .. I mean come on ... all that stuff they know about world peace .. AND ....stilettos with bathing suits??? WHOA!!

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I have actually tried that at the farm when I was younger ... I put on a pair of really high heels and my bathing suit and tried to walk all around the old swimming hole down by the creek .... It was really hard ... the heel kept getting stuck in the cow patties and the gopher holes .... and cows are a tough audience let me tell you .. they should play poker cause they don't give away anything .. just the straight ... "I am a cow eating grass" face ....

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The day was a complete disaster and whoa did I ever get in trouble when grandpa discovered his best heels had cow doo doo on them ....

SKIN: Exodi
HAIR: LoQ Hairs
LASHES: Garage
OUTFIT: Hucci
SHOES: Stiletto Moody
JEWELLERY: ByKay
POSES: EverGlow

Monday, June 28, 2010

New Couture Line to Launch.

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Within the next month, Cole Marie Soleil, the incredibly talented singer/songwriter/machinamist/artist/photographer/designer (I could go on and on here) will be launching her very own clothing line. She will open with 10 gowns and talks of branching out into other things like possibly hair. She is designing under the name Soleil.

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More pics here.

One of the things that is very unique about her designs is now amazing they translate to the avi wearing them. She is a tiny little fairy girl and I am an Amazon Clothes Horse ....loved the diversity.

Enjoy this special sneak preview!!

La Fleur Triste and Paper Crane.

Can't wait to see what else she comes up with.

Meanwhile check out all things ColeMarie here!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Squids and Clams and Octopi.

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My dweeby brother always got us into trouble. Like the time we were eating clam chowder and he decided it was important to open one of them up and show me the GUTS (you have to really emphasize this word and say it with such loathing and disgust .. kind of like some people in here say "breasts") of the clam that I was eating ...

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I ignored him at first ...

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And then he got so into it and graphic that even he was sick. Our mom made us sit there and look at one another until we ate every bite ... hours .. it congealed .. the afternoon passed ....supper came and went .... it was bedtime....

Funny how when the parents bring up bedtime it is all good ... but when YOU bring it up .... you are being a smartass ...

SKIN: Twilythula
HAIR: Tekeli-li
LASHES: UK currently unavailable
DRESS: Sea Hole
SHOES: Gbberish
EARRINGS: Ear Candy

Friday, June 25, 2010

Timing.

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Timing is everything ... ask my daughter. When her brothers complain she does not know how to cook because she burns everything .... she vehemently insists...

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"I do SO know how to cook ... I just struggle with how LONG to cook for."

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I try to give my kids handy little tips to help them through their lives. It is all in a handbook they get from me. In this case Tip #437002.

"Once the item you are cooking is on fire, this is a pretty good indication that it is done. "

I had to ammend that to "...is on fire or you see smoke..." as my daughter is very literal and once when she cooked brownies and we were executing the "stop drop and roll" to get out of the smoke filled house .....I asked her why on earth she didn't realize that the brownies were "done." She said she just was not sure they were done in the middle .....so she was waiting for the flames.....

After the firemen had removed the pan from the house and hosed it down in the yard ... she actually "picked off the burnt bits and iced them ....." the boys used them for hockey pucks all winter until they took an eye out ....

We are planning an intervention. She has to stop cooking ...

SKIN: Iconic
HAIR AND HAT: Beautiful Dirty Rich
LASHES: Garage LP
JEWELLERY: A&A Fashions
PANTS AND TOP: LP
CARDIGAN: Victoria Endsleigh Creations
SHOES: NX Nardcotix

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Sweater and Marital Communication Break Downs.

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I told my hubby I love this sweater.

He said, "huh?"

Oh but only after I had gone on and on and then there was heavy silence with me staring at him over my computer for about an hour.

He is really sensitive like that and picks up on those vibes ... he looked like a deer caught in the headlight when he finally looked up at me and I narrowed my eyes and hissed at him and he began to sputter ...


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"...uh...yes what I meant was, of course dear, sweater right ... what is that you love about it?"

Great recovery .. but he needed to tone down some of the enthusiasm in his voice it was overkill and a dead give away he was patronizing me ... but I never let little things like that deter me .."

"I love the way is wraps around you like it is giving you a hug ... it is just so ... you know it looks like it is made of cashmere and I can feel how soft it would be against the skin you know ..."

He nodded ..."cashmere against your breasts hanging out but you do know that those are just pixels right? And in real life you could never wear a sweater like that without anything underneath for a couple of reasons ... the most important is ... your breasts don't look like that... and secondly they would fall out all the time."

Now he was pissing me off.

"I guess I am really fortunate then that I am wearing it in SL aren't I. Do you think just once you could like close your eyes and forget the real world and just be one moment in mine and feel the magic? "

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The appropriate response would have been "yes dear," and to close his eyes ...but NO he continued ...

"No ... this is good .. I think we should embrace the ideas of SL.. like a sweater that hugs you ... like swaddling a baby. That's a great idea. In fact, imagine if I could swaddle YOU sometimes and keep you from multi-tasking every second ....so you would have to sit and just be in the real world with me ... and um ... the rest of the human race ..... Then maybe you would pay attention to what I am saying for once and not ignore ME."

"That's ridiculous!"

"What's ridiculous about it?"

"You're a man. You can be looking at me and still not listening. I am a woman .. hence the boobs. That's a neat little trick so you can tell the difference between you and I .. I am the one with the boobs ...

"AND just because I am not looking at you, I have the music going and I am typing on the computer having sex with my hubby in SL DOES not mean that I am not paying attention and am not capable of hanging on every word that you say."

We worked in silence for a few moments ... him trying to think of a good response and me working hard on something he had said ... and then I had it ...

"Aha ... SEE!! If I squish my arms together like this and prop this pillow here and lean in and the light hits just right my boobs look EXACTLY like they do in SL!!"

"Don't just sit there for crying out loud .. grab the camera!!!"

SKIN: Exodi
HAIR: Truth
LASHES: Pulse
SWEATER: fri.
PANTS: Tart
EARRINGS: Ear Candy
SHOES: Hucci

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Whole Range of Stuff.

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Sometimes it is really hard to just wander around SL and get pictures because stuff just does not co-operate.

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Like while you are waiting for the pics to unfreeze your computer while you take them someone invariably gets worried cause you are not wearing the right costume for the sim and you are just standing there and maybe you are up to no good. So just like in real life when that happens .. people say .. "Hi there, can I help you with anything?" It's not like they really mean it though .. they say that cause those are just some of those non-sensical words that people put together when they have to say something and want to speak jibberish. You know like "how are you?" and "wow sorry to hear that, if there is ever anything I can do just let me know."

Sometimes I like to try and answer those questions just for fun .. like when they ask "how are you?" I say "I am a lot better since they amputated my leg, it seems to have shrunk the brain tumor and they have now said I should have a good 4 or 5 days to live rather than just 3." And then people still say ... "That's great." as they walk away .. and me and my friends we laugh and laugh cause laughter can cure brain tumors you know ....

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Other times I like to answer the "can I help you with anything" with "...well which do you want to take .. the baby with the exploding diaper or the whiny hubby who wants me to be more sexy and try to get out of the flannel jammies at least once a month? cause I think I can handle the shopping here now ...so you get first pick of the other two ..." They always walk away ... because they really are not wanting to help they just like to annoy you alot by raising your hopes to the tops of the highest mountain so that you feel like you could just reach your hand up and touch heaven and maybe find the hand of an angel or Aunt Martha to hold ....and then dashing those hopes onto the ground so that they break into a bazillion pieces of broken dreams and you know you can never put it back together again and that life just sucks ...

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But most of the time I just say "No thanks, just looking." and I smile because that is what a good upbringing does for you. You learn how to smile on the outside even though you are crying on the inside..

More Pics here.

SKIN: Atomic
HAIR: Glam Affair
LASHES: Pulse
DRESS: AlaFolie

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's Easy Being Green.

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This design was born out of a childhood game where Drinkinstein Sorbet used to run as a child amongst the gardens of her people.

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The children would play hide and seek amongst the lettuce and the cabbage and Drinkinstein never ever won because her mother insisted she wear fluorescent orange frilly dresses to prevent shopping carts from bumping into her. As little Drinky (as her friends liked to call her) lay there crying amongst the greenery as she was "found" over and over again she swore one day she would design a dress ... as part of the ongoing therapy she would need to recover from never being able to hide ....that would allow children everywere to lie down amongst the lettuce and cabbage and hide properly .....

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So she did .. and I bought it and am now hiding in the cabbage and the lettuce .. you can't see me because I am hidden .. it is a great dress ... THE END.

OH .. pay no attention whatsoever to the name antifreeze .. that is another story about Drinky's great aunt who had NO clothes ...has nothing to do with this outfit ..

...um .. none of this is true at all .. but what a swell story huh??...

SKIN: Chic
HAIR: Truth
LASHES: KA
DRESS: Sea Hole
SHOES: Ingenue
EARRINGS: Ear Candy

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ear Candy.

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Maeve Mortlock is the wonderful designer behind Ear Candy - one of the most affordable jewellery stores on the grid. Her love for designing and for jewellery is as evident as her commitment to keeping her prices down. I found Maeve to be so much fun. She has a good sense of humour and is just a joy to talk to . Sometimes, meeting people to interview can be daunting and difficult but this is one time I definitely love my job.

Maeve answered the following questions for me:

1. Ear Candy is a great little shop full of all kinds of treats … the best kind of candy for girls actually … jewels and gems … why jewellery? How did you get into doing jewellery?

I started in SL peering over my husband’s shoulder; watching him build. It took me a month or so to actually sign up. I’m not a “joiner” in RL. I started making furniture and opened a store named Rugs and Art. Then I saw more and more sculptys becoming available and thought, " hey what else can I do with those cute little shapes? Ahhhh….jewelry!" At first I threw away more than I kept but with practice came addiction…and Ear Candy was born.

2. How did you come to pick your own personal name? Ever think about changing it? If so what name would you change it to and why?

Funny you should ask that question. I was just recently kicking myself about picking such a gender specific name. I have a male alt and it would be nice to be able to just change your shape and clothes and be “yourself” without a whole other login and inventory. I sometimes forget to log off and suddenly I’m a cross dresser. Not a good look for Maeve.

But I am happy I picked the name Maeve. It’s a name I’ve always liked. Tried to pin it on a couple of our dogs but always got vetoed. So I’m glad I kept it for SL. I’m Maeve now.

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3. What is your philosophy about being a designer in SL? How do you see your role and your relationship within the fashion community, and with your customers?

Customers HAVE to be number one. Just like in RL if you don’t place your customers first you won’t have a business. If making money is all you’re about, you’re in the wrong world. I don’t think I’ve had any problems making my customers happy. And not sure I would consider myself a designer yet; more of a creator. My role in the fashion community is more supplier than designer. Those of us making jewelry in SL know fashion means clothes and shoes. They’re number one in SL. We are but humble jewelers.

4. Your prices are incredibly reasonable for the quality of your work. Why have you kept them so low?

When I first came to SL I was a shopaholic like everyone else. I’d tp around window shopping thinking when I have more money I’ll come back and get this or that. When I did have more money I’d come back and not spend it because it just seemed like too much to spend. I saw jewelry I loved but I knew how much I was willing to spend and how much was just too much. To those people who can get hundreds for a pair of earrings or a necklace or a ring; my hats off to you. I know some pieces are so complicated they must be working for days on one piece. I’m not saying they don’t put the work into them to justify the cost but I wouldn’t spend that much myself so how do I expect other people to? There are customers for every pocketbook. 59L just seems to be the right number for me.

5. Your other stores include wall graphics, mirrors and rugs … how did that all come to be? Which of your many pursuits do you enjoy the most?

My husband has stores in Sl. One is a mirror store with a camera trick that makes it seem like you’re seeing your reflection. Texturing was one thing I did better than him so I took over the mirror store. Okay, I stole it. Then I started making rugs, furniture and the clutter that’s on most tables…mine anyway. I love jewelry in RL. My sister makes her own. I’ve tried and ruined many a piece so it was only fitting I try in SL to see if I had any better luck. I think I did and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

6. You mention custom work .. Do you get a lot of requests for that and what kind of things can you do, or are you willing to do for customers?

I’ve gotten a few requests. Nothing very complicated. I’m willing to try anything. In RL one of my talents is cheesecake baking. I’m willing to try any combination for a client and I’ve never had a complaint. You don’t know until you try what will or won’t work. Luckily you can always eat a cheesecake. lol

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7. What is the hardest aspects of being in business in SL? Do you get discouraged ever? What discourages you the most?

Staying positive is tricky for me. There are times when no one is buying. If a few large hunts are running at the same time and you’re not in them, your traffic will be way down. It can get very discouraging. Then someone will send a notecard and thank me for a hunt item or gift in a gift exchange or dollarbie and all’s right with the world. Or someone will pop in and make multiple purchases in a few minutes…well, I can live off that feeling for quite a while. Checking out a blog and seeing my jewelry is way up there too. It’s silly how giddy I get but it’s also sooooo interesting to see it on someone else besides me! I’m all like – hey, I made that. It’s very cool.

8. What single thing do you love the most about your time here in SL? Which poses the greatest challenge for you?

I love to create. Even if I end up throwing it in the trash, I’ve learned something. What you can do with a mouse, a box and a few little sculpyts! It’s incredible! My greatest challenge has to be networking. I spend too much time building and not enough interacting. I’m quiet by nature and that holds me back. I’m working on it but you know what they say about old dogs…

9. What is one thing about you that no-one knows that you think is relevant for them to understand about you?

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I’m shy not standoffish. Silly I know when I’m already hiding behind an avatar…

10. What advice would you give to someone starting out in SL? If you could start over again what would you do different, if anything?

Ask questions! I really admire the people who sign onto SL without a friend to help them learn the ins and outs. If you’re interested in building, join a builders group to help you. When someone asks for help, people fall all over each other trying to help you learn. There are other groups, too. If you’d like to try building but need free textures there are Midnight Madness groups for builders. If you’re into shopping but don’t have a lot of lindens to spend join one of the freebie groups and check out their blogs. People are more than happy to help, whatever group you decide to join. If only LL would hear our plea for more groups!!

Also take some classes. Builder’s Brewery has beginner’s classes. It’s easier to just sit back and watch someone teach how to build instead of trying by yourself and getting frustrated. You can go back to the classes over and over until you get the hang of it.

One thing I would do over is to keep a better eye on my inventory. It’s so easy to amass things and become overwhelming. I don’t believe in boxing things up to open again later (I know I’m not gonna open that box!!) so I just throw them in the trash. Then I’ll kick myself later. If I could start over I’d put every texture directly into a texture organizer AND also save it to my hard drive first thing. Even using a texture organizer, it’s so hard to find one certain texture when you have thousands. When SL is laggy, there’s little to no hope of the texture organizer working well enough to find anything. So much easier to open a file on your computer and look at those thumbnails. Working that system backwards is taking me forever.

Also, don’t hang on to every item. Try it on. If you absolutely love it keep it. Otherwise throw that puppy away so you don’t have to try it on over and over again. Hey, I need to take that advice myself!

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Maeve is one of a growing number of designers who seem to be considering the cost of items here in SL. She had the idea from the get go to keep her prices in check, but you are seeing a store here and a store there of people who either insist it is all free, or keep pricing reasonable. I think she said it well when she said there is something for every pocketbook. Not everyone who opens a store has to charge the prices they see over the grid. I have heard from several people that they do very well with reasonable prices, they love their customers, and they can look themselves in the mirror. It is really up to you and what you hope to accomplish here. Anything is possible!!

Ear Candy - (also found in the Juicy Sim and several carts around)
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The Art Of Femininininity.

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I had a teacher once who did not think it was so cool for me to be out catching frogs, killing mice and playing football with the boys. I was not ripped about playing back stabbing, suck upping and bra stuffing with the girls. She said .. "You know Bliss (I couldn't be sure here but I swear she sucked in her cheeks and her eyes crossed .. but there is every possibility that it was MY eyes that were crossing .. so I don't wanna judge .. you feel free to though ... )You know Bliss ....there is such a thing as the ART of Femininity. (big pause for effect - completely wasted on me ..)AND .... you would do well to cultivate it..."

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I assured her I was neither an artist nor a farmer so need to do farm art in a feminine way ... Did she want to see my frog collection?

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You know that is just one of the many handy little tips I learned along lifes way .. whenever some uppity old bat starts in on you about well .. just about anything ... pull out the frog collection ... you will be amazed at how quickly those types disperse.

I sent that idea into my local law enforcement agency .. no need for mace or guns ... just bring out the frog collection ...

The animal protection people came to see me the next day .. they did not use mace or guns ... but I guess technically .. a stungun .. is a gun ... so scratch that to .. they did not use mace.

I lost my frog collection. I live in total fear now that I will be approached by the uppity's. Please pray for me.

More pics here

SKIN: Clover
HAIR: Boon
LASHES: KA
DRESS: G Sloane Couture
SHOES: Kalnins
EARRINGS: LaGyo

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Barefoot.

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People in Australia wander barefoot everywhere ... into shopping malls, restaurants etc ....

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Kids go to school barefoot.

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In Canada our parents and grandparents often tell us how they had to walk to school every day .. miles of walking .. barefoot through the snow .. uphill .. both ways ....

When my grandparents would tell me that story I refused to cry for them ... it was part of something I liked to call "tough love" and I like to think I helped them grow up a little bit ...

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Oh and in Canada .. "no shoes no service" .. they don't like people coming into the stores and kicking snow everywhere with their bare feet ....we still discriminate against old people like that ...

SKIN: Chic
HAIR: Truth
LASHES: KA
OUTFIT: Woe

Friday, June 18, 2010

Etched Glass.

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I really like this cause the material kinda looks like etched glass and cause it is ballet pink and because it is cute and cause it goes with my Lelutka pumps and cause the panties/bra are maybe also a bathing suit and who knows but wouldn't that bug the heck out of my my grandma to know I was running around in bra and panties and pretending they were a bathing suit .....

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Grandma's aren't big on pretending when it errs on the side of "improper." I love her anyway. Growing up when she says things to me like "Is that your underwear you are wearing to the beach?" I used to just laugh and laugh and say ... "don't be ridonkulous grandma .....this isn't underwear ... do you see any rivets on it???"

SKIN: League
HAIR: Truth
LASHES: Silhouette
DRESS: Sea Hole
EARRINGS: A&A Fashion
NAILS: A&A Fashion
SHOES: LeLutka
POSES: Dare

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Carnival at the Boudoir.

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I used to always want long hair when I was younger .. well I did for the times I was playing the beautiful princess - when I was out playing football with my brother - not so much...

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I figured out though that you could put a skirt on your head with the waist band being the head band and the whole flick your hair over your shoulders was suddenly a reality ... well if plaid was a hair color that is .. which I found out .. it isn't ...

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Now that I am an adult I know that wearing a skirt on your head is silly and that you can have long hair and still kick your brothers butt in football. I have moved on to more grown up desires .. like I wanna go to carnival and wear one of these outfits and the cool thing is ... chances are .. being from Vitablela... she has probably made this in real life as well. One day I am going to go to her shop in real life and buy this outfit ... and wear it to Carnival ...

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as soon as I find a really good body sock/girdle/ flesh retaining wall - yet invisible and incredibly sexy and lacy - type underwear ... we will be good to go ...

SKIN: Lion Skins
HAIR: Posh
LASHES: Chaisuki
EARRINGS: Gangked
OUTFIT: Boudoir
SHOES: Bella Donna

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Ran Away Once ...

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I ran away once when I was a kid...

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I packed my things and knew straight where I was going. I didn't care if I ever came home again. I managed to haul my suitcase all the way to where I planned on staying, I got there on my own, I unpacked everything, set everything up and settled in ... I was good .. no more bossy grandparents, no stupid brother, nothing to have to do ,... I might not have had all the luxuries to which I had become accustomed to, but I was good ....

At 5 you are adaptable like that .. you roll with the punches ....

I was a tough kid living in a tough world ....

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Until this reallllly big spider crawled under the bed with me and that was it ...

I mean at some point common sense has to take over ....

Or maybe it's survival that takes over ...

Either way I went home...

I like to think that this whole episode will be studied in depth in the years to come .. that people willl speak about how it was a foreshadowing .. a metaphor for how one day .. I would go down under ... and there too ... would be big ass spiders that would scare the shit outta me ....

SKIN: B&B
HAIR: Truth
LASHES: Wasabi Pills
OUTFIT: Estravaganza
SHOES: LeLutka