Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Something Wicked This Way Comes"



Carnival Street, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.

Old Europe Village is a quaint old-world place with little town shops lining the cobblestone streets. At its center is a town square hosting the annual Hallow's Eve Carnival. There are lots of hidden treasures to explore from dancing in the fog-covered graveyard, to riding the skull ferris wheel, a haunted tunnel of love ride, and even a haunted house guarded by zombies.  Old Europe Village changes with the seasons, so be sure to catch the carnival while it's still in town.

And you thought the post was going to end there?  C'mon, you know me better than that by now...

So its Halloween time and I've had a quote from my favorite movie in my head for some time.  It's what inspired this post.  Ray Bradbury wrote the book "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and Disney turned it into a movie in 1983.  While many know the quote, few are familiar with its interesting history.

Shakespeare is actually the original creator of part of the known phrase.  It derives from Macbeth, a line spoken by the second witch in reference to Macbeth himself.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to part of the rhyme borrowed from his "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day".  And Mr. Ray Bradbury put it all together in his wonderful little story of a twist of fate spoken by the character Mr. Dark.  And without further ado:

 "By the pricking of my thumbs, 
something wicked this way comes. 
Then toll the bells both loud and deep, 
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep. 
The wrong will fail, the right prevail,
With peace on Earth, good will toward men"

"Ill winds mark its fearsome flight,
and autumn branches creak with fright.
The landscape turns to ashen crumbs,
when something wicked this way comes.


Crystal water turns to dark,
where e'er its presence leaves its mark,
and boiling currents pound like drums,
when something wicked this way comes. 

A presence dark invades the fair,
and gives the horses ample scare,
for chaos reigns and panic numbs,
when something wicked this way comes."

Something Wicked This Way Comes


Shopping List:
Skin: Nomine Aether - Latte
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Ahiga Hair - Silver
Eyes: FDM-Alive-Succubus-L-Light
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01

Horns:
Sinfull Aaryanna horns Black
Wings: ::{Favole}:: Entangled *Version 3*
Tail: Chained black tail stomach attach
Gloves: ELEMENTAL glowing electric hands +Fallen Gods Inc.+ PITCH BLACK

Monday, October 24, 2011

Filters, Fashion, and Fall


The above picture was taken using the FilterCam HUD and a bit of post production work in Photoshop.  
Below you can see the raw picture, no Photoshop work aside from cropping.
All pictures in full size at my Flickr 


Thanks to the wonderful Codebastard Redgrave, loving "Codie", and her FilterCam2 HUD 
for purchase and use inside Second Life (or on the Marketplace), everyone has the ability 
to take amazing pictures even if you don't have or aren't very skilled (yet) in Photoshop. 

FilterCam2 is a HUD loaded with various textures.  
You attach it to the center HUD position on your screen and take pictures.      
Its just that easy.  
There are shaded effects, frames, keyholes, splatter effects, scope effects, 
and many more, close to 150.  
The HUD allows layering of effects up to 4 layers, so your creativity is endless.  FilterCam main version updates are included with the price of purchase, meaning free upgrades forever.  Expansion packs are purchased separately and are very reasonably priced.

Below, I have included several other pictures from today, 
both pre and post Photoshop production.  
Shopping list included below pictures.  Happy picture taking everyone!

Trypic Filter post production
Trypic Filter raw image

  Polaroid Filter raw image                                          Polaroid Filter post production







Happy Halloween everyone!





The outfit I'm wearing is by the amazing Annejoy Paine of aDiva.
The hair is from Battle Angel.
And the eyes, oh those amazing eyes, are from the recently featured 
FDM Alive Eyes by Aymeric Pelazzi, Silver Medium size, Light.




Shopping List:

Sweater: aDiva couture Tyler Sweater Blue
Jeans: aDiva couture Tyler Half Jeans Cuff L Leg
Boots: Maitreya Gold Shearling Boots
Socks: [ROCKBERRY] Knit Socks Blue/Socks


Skin: .ILLUSORY. Skin_Paige_Fair - Stained A1 (LBF)
Eyes: FDM-Alive-Silver-M-Light
Hair: Vera White Blonde *Battle Angel* JFFH
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Freckles: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan]
Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear (rebranded to Somnia)

Codebastard Redgrave FilterCam v2 + new expansion pack

New Trails 2 prim Autumn Trees
New Trails sculpted pumpkins and vines

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Eyes are Alive

Fleur du Mâle ALIVE Eyes
       by Aymeric Pelazzi

When I first got these eyes I had this idea of something fantasy and whimsical.  But what seems good in theory often doesn't work in reality.  Above all else I wanted to emphasize these eyes, so that is exactly what I decided to do. But never fear, I will be back to my story-telling days quite soon and expect to see these eyes in all their various colors show up regularly in my story posts.  Now on to the good stuff.

Aymeric Pelazzi is a real-life graphic artist and new designer in Second Life.  His first release are these amazing Alive Eyes.  Over the years I have bought many eyes but ended up wearing very few as they always looked better in the vendor than on my AV.  These however, look just as good on your AV if not better than the vendor ad (and certainly better than my picture taking ability).  


At $49L per color, you are getting an exceptional value with Alive Eyes.  There is both a Drake set (with the vertical pupils pictured here) and the Original set with natural pupils.  They come in 12 eye-catching colors, as well as minute details in both the iris and the whites of the eyes to give them an enhanced realistic look.  Each color come with 3 different sized irises, and each iris size comes in a light, medium, or darker tone, for a total of 9 eyes.  Additionally, there is a prim attachment for each eye scripted with a very faint light and texture movement to simulate how light naturally reflects off the eyes.  The Drake eyes are great for nekos, furries, demons, dragons, vampires, or any other fantasy role-play.

Catch Aymeric Pelazzi today at the Moumou’s Square’s Official Inauguration, from 12noon - 2pm SLT.  Along with Aymeric's gallery there are gardens, stores, live singers, and a mini-hunt for the grand opening celebration. And while you're there be sure to grab a pair of eyes.  You can also find his items on the Marketplace.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Caught in the act



Sunflower Fae, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.

Never before seen, this Sunflower Faerie was caught on camera planting a seed. Both the fae and photographer were equally surprised by their mutual discovery, causing that moment of startled indecision. Sadly only this single still image was captured. As soon as she realized she was spotted the fussy little fae buzzed around the camera holder furiously then flew off.

Most humans are clueless and don't realize that while the world is settling down for a relaxing evening, the fae are busy in hidden places making the world a beautiful place. So the next time you're sitting on your porch sipping your iced-cold tea and watching the sun set, see if your eyes can spot one of these busy little creatures at work. Just make sure you don't let them know you see, because as cute as they appear they aren't always so cuddly.


Pose: eMOTIONS by *SKC* - Planting Seeds

Top: *IW* Eireen Sunflower Top
Pants: *IW* Eireen Sunflower Pants
Belt: *IW* Eireen Sunflower Belt
Hat: *IW* Eireen Sunflower Hat
Skirts: *IW* Eireen Sunflower Skirt
Anklets: Evie's Closet - Ariel
Circlet: Evie's Closte - Ariel
Necklace: *GF* Sunflower Choker

Skin: .ILLUSORY. Skin_Paige_Light - Stained A1 (LBF)
Hair: Vera Blonde Angel *Battle Angel* JFFH
Eyes: poetic colors - cat eyes (white) - preview
Freckles: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan]
Wilted Elf Ears: .ILLUSORY. Elven Ear - a1
Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Nails: [ Love Soul ] Prim nails+Ring*Sunflower*
Feet: [AL] Promo Bare Tip Toe Foot

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steampunk the Bird (aka, Happy Rez Day Maxwell Graf)



A faint breeze drifted through the partially opened window carrying in the smells and sounds of the not-so-distant port. The over-sized brass hinges held the weight of the heavy stained-glass pane of abstract design. The sunlight, finished with its game of chase with the clouds, fell upon the window and a cornucopia of color burst through breaking the dusty haze of the workshop, and caused the man inside to lift his head.

Perhaps this was the first time since his day began that he found his mind no longer focused on his never-ending work, only the man himself knew. His concentration broken, he gazed around allowing his eyes to fleetingly acknowledge each of his creations then move on to another. Some were finished, many others in various stages of completeness. All crafted with genuine passion for his trade and a tender touch that comes only from one who’s work becomes so much more to them than a mere means to earn a daily copper.

His eyes focused on the open window just as a breeze picked up and ruffled his mussed dark hair. He sighed softly as the same breeze cooled his skin. Then he heard it, the faint clack-clack whir, clack-clack whir. A  repetitive sound, rhythmic, faint but seemed to be slowly intensifying in volume. Somewhere beyond he could hear the earthy cry of the gulls to the men on the wharf for a bit of food. He could hear the sharp snap of sails being pulled quickly to attention from a gust of wind. And even could hear the deeper sounds that were more thump than clack that the large corkscrew airships made as they hovered above the docks.

But there rising above all the din and bustle of the port was the clack-clack whir, clack-clack whir, and yes it was indeed getting louder. The man removed his half-moon, brass-rimmed glasses then pinched his soft wool shirt around the glass in an attempt to wipe away the dusty splotches that accumulated while he worked. When he placed them back on the bridge of his nose he gave a resigned smirk that for all his efforts, they were still dirty, however the splotches had become smudges. Tonight he’d have to wash them in the basin.

The clack-clack whir, was quite distinct and audible now, and seemed to be approaching the half-opened window. The man maneuvered around various desks and piles of work and stepped to the window to see if he could locate the source of this noisy interruption. Just as he fully opened the second pane of glass a gust of wind blew itself in ruffling his hair more and he heard several sheets of parchment take flight landing against a wall or floor behind him. Then he saw it. The little brass flyer as it mightily flapped its wings and made a bee-line for the window.

He stepped back in wonder and surprise at the flyer with its brass wings ablaze in warm colors from the late-afternoon sun. Clack-clack whir, clack-clack whir, he heard again and again until the little flyer was hovering, rather noisily, above the windowsill. There was a longer whir as the wings retracted and a slight clatter when the minuet flyer landed on the sill with its little brass feet. Much to the man’s amazement its movements were more delicate than normally seen by mechanical contraption, and such the clackity bird placed on the sill a glass-blown yellow rose with intricately crafted brass leaves.

The tiny, wondrous flyer then began a bell-clear chirping as it shook one of its legs at the man. There was a miniature scroll attached with coarse hemp binding to the little flyer's leg and he wanted it off. A single tug unraveled the bow, and the scroll rolled to the window where the man scooped it up before the wind could catch it. Opening the scroll, the man read with a smile.

Dear Maxwell Sir,

As you labor away through your various works and projects, remember to take a moment to catch a breeze, hear the birds sing, appreciate the small things, and smile at the beauty of the day. Today is your day, a mile-marker to be celebrated (or not) as you see fit. Peace and prosperity be with you my friend, as well as happiness beyond measure.

The little bird sang with its bell-like chirps once more then leapt from the sill taking flight back towards the way it had traveled. The man stood quietly, watched and listened as the clack-clack whir faded into the silence of the approaching night and smiled.  
                                                                                                       (c) sierra sugar 10/09/2011

[Just a fun post to wish Maxwell Graf, the creator of Rustica, a happy 5th Rez Day in Second Life.  His works to improve sculpt maps as well as pushing towards a better, more usable Mesh are appreciated by many throughout SL.   Thank you, Max, and very happy rez day!]

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sunshine on my Shoulders



Autumn, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
(Pose brought to you by !Bang)

Fall is such a beautiful time of year to me. It means change. The golds, the reds, and sometimes purples are so colorful and vivid. They invoke that feeling of hope. Its a time of reflection and to find some inner peace. Days grow shorter as the air become crisp and cool. And through it all the sunshine filters through inviting us to bask in its glow.

"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely.
Sunshine almost always makes me high.
"

Location:

Alirium - Beautiful sim with different levels to explore the seasons.
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/alirium/76/117/21

Shopping List:

Pose: !Bang - Girl set 150-159, stand #152

Shirt: .: Somnia :. Striped Queen {Fall} {J}
Skirt: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Frozen Plain Skirt: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Frozen
Socks: ...:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::... Frozen
Boots: SEY Layer's boots[D](Black,fur)

Skin: *League* Sia Fair Champagne -Frex -Cleavage
Freckles: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan]
Hair: *~*Damselfly*
Eyes: pc eyes by LL - poison ivy - medium
Eye Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes_N01
Nails: Mstyle Short Nails - FRENCH - (20)
Ears: *Dreams* Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear
Tail: Psychotic Neko Extreme Corset Tail ***

Life - The Greatest Show on Earth



Too Bright, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.

Tiny steps echo across a wooden floor and come to a stop.
There is a moment of silence and then the lights come up.


"Over here. No, down a little. There ya go! Kitty center stage.

They say all the world's a stage.
And I say, Forget Barnum and Bailey's, this is it folks. This is the greatest show on Earth, and we're living it.
Except there is no dress rehersal, no retakes, and no scenes left laying on an editing room floor.
Life, is live-action in real time with no commercial breaks.
Everyone has a role, and there is no part too big or too small. Every moment is a vital scene that you alone complete.
So while that spotlight is on you, give it your best, all that you've got. Because you never who's watching and who's heart you might touch, mind you might inspire, or soul you might comfort.
We've only got one chance while the camera is rolling, cause once it stops...
...the rest is silence. "

stage lights fade to black as house lights shine on the rest of the world.

(c) sierra sugar 10/6/2011

Post partially inspired by the tremendous loss of an inspirational man, Steve Jobs, and partially inspired by personal loss in my life.

NEW POSE FROM eMOTIONS - "In the Spotlight" set, "Too Bright"

Skin:[rQ]Pale@TYPE.o4-B.o2 (lightBROW)
Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Etta II White Pearl
Nails:[ Love Soul ] Prim nails+Ring*baby doll*Silver
Ears:*Dreams* (aka Somnia) Tied with a Bow Snowy White Twitchy Ear
Tail: PN Extreme Corset neko tail
Shirt: A Netherworld - Incantation Corset - Black (J)
Pants: Zaara : Ishaya Velour slacks *black
Necklace:Kunstkammer String of Tahitian Pearls (black)
Bracelet:Kunstkammer Tahitian Pearl Bracelet
Pose: eMOTIONS - "In the Spotlight" set, "Too Bright"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

In the Spotlight ad



In the Spotlight ad, originally uploaded by ~sierra sugar~.
"In the Spotlight" - new pose set out at eMOTIONS. 5 cute poses for the ones who enjoy being in the spotlight, and even those who do not.

Pose set includes:

Oh stop!
Too bright
TADA! Here I is!
Oh geeze
I'll be leaving nao.

Poses found at eMOTIONS mainstore on JJ Lanes. Can be purchased individually (copy only) or the full set of 5 (either copy OR trans)

The leaves are falling and so are the prices at eMOTIONS. As mentioned earlier, I'm cleaning up shop to make room for newness to come.

eMOTIONS Main Store:

-Everything 50% or more.
-PRO POSERS - if you are a part of this group, you get an additional 25% off from poses in the hippo vendors. Just wear your PRO POSER group tag.
-Many older poses for couples now boxed up (not in vendors) priced at 50L
-Lots of singles poses added to the dollarbie and lowbie vendors.
-"In the Spotlight" - Brand new girls pose set out now in vendor.
-Many items are now copy only in the store, but you can purchase as a gift from the -Marketplace (items on sale there too).

eMOTIONS @ Magic of Oz:

-All poses on Sale 1/2 off!!
-Exclusive poses only found at the Magic of Oz location.
-Special bunny cuddle pillows (menu driven) and cute bunny slippers only @ Magic of Oz location.

"A Gift for Everyone"

Still looking for all stores (not just poses or fashion) who will have +transfer items, gift cards, and gatchas for the holiday shopping season.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

eMOTIONS 1/2 off Sale at Magic of Oz

It's been a while since I've done any updates at either location.  But new stuff is on the way.  Time to start clearing out some of the old stuff to make room for new.

This week at the eMOTIONS annex location at Magic of Oz everything is 1/2 off.  Also, there is a new super cute bunny pillow with singles and couples poses (menu driven).  And don't forget to find the matching little bunny slippers in either red or blue.

Coming soon to eMOTIONS main store - more discounts, sales, and new items, including lots of dollarbies and lowbies

Also, its time to start gearing up for the holidays.  I will continue the "A Gift for Everyone" project again this year.  If you're not familiar with this project, please read about it here and spread the word.

Happy posing everyone.

~sierra sugar

eMOTIONS by *SKC*
Real life emotions 4 your Second Life.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Time for Project "A Gift for Everyone" 2011

Hello and happy early seasons greetings!

The holiday season is approaching and we all like to give & get gifts, Last year I compiled a list of stores in SL that offer gift cards and/or +transfer items.  Its now time to update the website with new stores and landmarks.  If you have a store yourself, or know of one that offers either gift cards or +transfer items (buy now as a gift doesn't count) please create a notecard in world and named:

"A Gift For Everyone" - Store Name - Your Name
and send to me (Sierra Sugar) with the following information:

store name:
shopping category:
Do you have +Trans items or Gift Cards?:
SLurl (or include a LM)
blog/website:
Flickr:

What does this mean for you as a shop owner?  Specific traffic and potentially increased traffic directed to your store during the holiday shopping season. 

Please do pass this notecard around to others.  The more responses I get, the more comprehensive the list will be.

I will make a notecard of these stores to be passed around in plenty of time for shopping, as well as sending out the list via various group notices.  The list will be heavily promoted through various avenues and also be updated/maintained on my blog.

 Thank you so much for your time and help.  .

~sierra sugar

http://sierrasugar.blogspot.com/
http://www.plurk.com/SierraSugar


***  If you participated last year and still qualify for the list, please return this notecard to me so I know to keep you.  Many shops sadly come and go in SL and I would like to make sure every store name, location, and category is as accurate as possible.


---------Answers to FAQs----------

1. I am aware the Marketplace allows for almost all items to be bought as a gift and sent directly to someone.  This will be mentioned on the website as well.  However, "A Gift for Everyone" project is about being able to put a gift under a christmas tree, in a stocking, or simply wrap it up in a pretty decorative container (or just in a folder) and present it the person yourself at a specific day/time.  Just like we do in real life for holidays and birthdays,

2. I am aware that breedable pets are all +transfer.  These stores and their pets will be listed as well.

3. Gatchas are new this year.  If you have a Gatcha or know of a Gatcha please include this information since all Gatcha items are +Transfer.

4. "Buy as a gift" vendors in stores are not what I am looking for.  Again, its the ability to be the gift giver, not have an item delivered instantly to someone.  "Now" may not be their birthday or anniversary.

5. I do recognize and understand the reason many items are no transfer.  This project is in no way meant to be negative in any context to content creators who do not have items that have transfer permissions.

6. This project is about sharing.  Sharing creations.  Sharing gifts. Sharing information.  Please feel free to pass this notecard along to anyone who has a store.  And once the list is created, the in-world notecard list of stores will be of course +transfer for Second Life residents to share with one another.

7. Yes I am open to suggestions on other ways to share this information with people.  Please feel free to IM me or send a notecard with questions or comments anytime.

8.  You can take a look at last year's list here: http://sierrasugar.blogspot.com/2010/12/gift-for-everyone.html

9.  The website contains a list of stores by category, then alphabetically by name, then SLURL to the store, and whether the store carried +Transfer items, Gift Cards, or both, as well as a blog and/or Flickr if the store/designer lists one. 

10.  I will continue to update this page and advertised through various means through the holidays.