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Because Veetie had to drop from this year's Blind Date event (because health; and I honestly am not fussed because I had to drop out of my second Secret Santa ever), I was supposed to end up with a Super Blind Date. However, because my wishlist is patently ridiculous (I know, I know, but my theme is SO SPECIFIC that I like to give people who maybe aren't used to the Middle Ages a lot of options), Shasta instead asked literally everyone who had volunteered as a Super Blind Date if they could make me one little thing, instead of swooping in with a full pinch-hitting.

Everyone said yes, and I'm still kinda gobsmacked about it.

You can find the gifts here.

The last gift I got was from ElfPuddle, who tried very hard to figure out how to default clothing, a new skill for them. ElfPuddle didn't quite make it, but sent me all the bits they'd gathered-- and I do know how to default clothes and hair (I just don't have the time to make literally everything I want for my game, more's the pity). So ElfPuddle sent everything they got done, I did a little bit more and then discovered I don't know how to do defaults with LESS groups than the originals, but maybe somebody else knows what they're doing.

On the other hand... I got some recolors done?


Gown Swatch
Hair Swatch
Hair Turnaround

So what you have above is K8's Fairy Witch gown (2,334 polys, with AF pregmorph and TF & CF conversions by Cynnix) and Trapping's All-Ages AL Witch Hat (1,265 polys, probably requires Apartment Life) in Neder's Neutral Red Mage colors, tweaked by ElfPuddle and tweaked some more by me (I fiddled with a sleeve and some laces and made the stomacher burgundy to help break up the red). I've included what should be an extracted mesh so you can use the witch hat if you don't have Apartment life installed, but I can't check it.

This was intended to be a Matchmaker default replacement, because one of the things I've been doing lately is trying to strip as much Accidental Racism out of my game (and my brain) as I can. Job one is changing my collection of Far East stuff to a collection of Actually Japanese stuff (I'm aiming for Heian Japan but I'm not going to be terrifically picky), but coming in a very close second is clearing out the ethnic-slur-for-Roma stereotypes. (Yes, the title Scarlet Witch was chosen with my tongue so far in my cheek it almost counts as a piercing.)

But we failed at defaulting, Elfpuddle and I, so instead it's just a nice stand-alone gown-and-hat set.

Gowns are available for casual, maternity, outerwear, and formal. Hats come binned my usual way, with a gray for each color because it's easier for downloaders to remove one rather than add one if they want to re-bin (go ahead and re-bin, Shrapnel makes a nice brown and both Safety Fuse and Comburent could pass as blonds, you do you). Not compressorized because I forgot.

DOWNLOAD SCARLET WITCH


And if you think you can fix my default replacements for the Matchmaker, I welcome and encourage you to beat up my files to do so. (Maybe I screwed up starting with the FT version instead of the NL one? But everything says 'grab from the latest EP you have,' so I dunno. I swear I've defaulted this way before, just... with more groups instead of less.)

Hey guess what!



Rugrat0ne did the thing!

So you can now grab Rugs' default of my edit of ElfPuddle's edit of Neder's Red Mage textures on Cynnix's edit of K8's FairyWitch gown and change your Matchmakers from pink-and-orange Halloween costumes to crimson-clad mages of indeterminate morality! Includes a working copy of the extracted AL Witch Hat mesh for non-Apartment-Life users; apparently mine flashes blue because I don't know what I'm doing. Uploaded that one separately just in case you want witch hats in your pre-AL game, but don't want the default. (Makes my other Pooklet'd witch hats work for pre-AL games, too!)

DOWNLOAD RUGRAT0NE'S SCARLET MATCHMAKER DEFAULT

DOWNLOAD RUGRAT0NE'S WORKING APARTMENT LIFE WITCH HAT MESH
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My Blind Date was GodLimpingBy, and the goodies I made for 'em are up for download!

(Most of the content is going to end up here, either with more of the same or in an altered state, but a) I'm not up to that yet and b) I'm not reposting GLB's private hair dump unless GoS has issues again.)
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I've been meaning to get this one up for a while now, and what better time than while I'm waiting to see if my Blind Date will share their goodies?


A little hard work never hurt anyone. )
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For some time now, my ladies have had perfectly serviceable scanties, and that's just wonderful. However, whenever you're playing any kind of themed game, things like Elder Male Swimwear tends to get the short end of the stick.


No more, I say! )
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This year, for GoS's Blind Date event, I was Endymion and my partner, [community profile] junky, was Abelard. As I read and re-read Lace's application, I found myself thinking pirates-and-nautical and... then I got a song stuck in my head. A song I learned from Mom's old Girl Scout songbook. It's called The Mermaid, and you can listen to it here with Jesse Ferguson or here by the Black Irish Band.


Oh the ocean waves do roll/And the stormy winds do blow/While we poor sailors are skipping at the top... )
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In a continuing effort to back up my Garden of Shadows exclusives to Dreamwidth, without just duplicating the original posts where they're actually MEANT to be exclusive, here are the goodies that got heraldry of one sort or another.



I am an utter nut for heraldry, and when I got invited to participate in the first Garden of Shadows advent back in 2010, somehow my brain decided heraldic stuff was entirely logical. GoS already had a perfectly cromulent color scheme (that blue is azure in Medieval heraldry (when all blues were azure), but bleu celeste later on), and plenty of charges to choose from... but you'd be amazed how hard it is to find decent line-drawings of baby geese suitable for silly heraldic purposes.

Alfred Askew drew the gosling. Alfi rocks. Okay, let's get to the goodies.

There's some Pooklet'd furniture in here, too. )



In 2010, I had Plans, so many PLANS, to slap that heraldic device all over every banner, pennant, tapestry, and shield I could find. These plans... did not come to fruition. 2011 was kinder, sort of. I even built a special lot to show off everything! (Okay, I plonked down my favorite self-sufficient outpost-fortress lot and slapped bleu celeste all over it.) The following actually DOESN'T represent the full on Heraldry Project, either. Someday! Promise! In the meantime...

Welcome to Castle GoS! )
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Oh MAN I've been wanting to do this one for ages! Luckily, the longer I waited, the better the available meshes got. Patience is a virtue, AND I knew exactly how I wanted to tackle the textures by the time I got around to actually, you know, making them.


'The' ... 'tips at the end of shoelaces are called 'aglets.' Their true purposes is sinister.' )
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It says 'part three' (okay it says it in French), but this is actually something of a new beginning as chausses, hosen, and stockings go. For I have not simply done twenty colors, no!


I HAVE DONE ALL THE COLORS! )
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I really wanted to get more done for this month's GoS challenge, but between briefly coming down sick (I'm okay!), some interpersonal drama, and hitting a major snag with a good 50% of what I WANTED to upload this month... Well, I'm squeaking in under the wire and the stuff I couldn't finish will have to come later. Without further ado, the stuff that got done!


This is pretty much what I posted over at GoS, just in html instead of bbs. )
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Okay, so I really started this project for a G-rated Chris Hatch religion mod I've been working on with Larky over on GoS. (Larky did the hard work.) And in the middle of getting the fiddly bits done, my life exploded. These things happen. But I'm ready now, so I have some goodies for you this fine morning!



Nothing is working! SEND IN THE NUNS! )
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SO MANY THINGS needed pictures taken that this is the prettiest picture you get for this post. Please do enjoy it.


'Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died' --Erma Bombeck )
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I'm gonna come right out and say it, I don't feel like these are my very best work. I was proud of them when I did them, and I'll probably use them, at least until I get around to making something better, but you've got to start somewhere, right?


It's a step in the right direction after all. )
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Not exactly a hair dump, these are goodies that don't fit in any of the larger categories I have for my massive posting spree today.

Just a few little doodads, not even a cute quote in the cut. )
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Kicking off (or finishing up, depending on how you look at these entries) my back-from-hiatus posts is something I decided I wanted when I started playing with Sherahbim's textures.

I really, really like Sherahbim's Lady gown. The textures are awesome, it's spiral-laced, the neckline lends itself well to either winterwear or drapey headcoverings, but it was only available in a dark red and the heavy trim at the cuffs and hem was a little daunting.

So I cut off the trim and fought with saturation and lightness and contrast until I had something I could run through various color actions. Then I did it for teens (who are not pictured because I forgot). And now you can have seventy-two recolors if you, like me, feel a need for simple High Middle Ages gowns in far too many colors.


'It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness.' --Ninon de Lenclos )
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The thing about the Middle Ages as a period is that a lot of the things Hollywood and RenFaire makes us associate with period costume don't apply. Visible drawstring gathers and ruffles were just... not a thing prior to the Renaissance-- or at least they were not a thing you were meant to see. Drawstrings hold your braises up, gathers and ruffles are a waste of good fabric if you're not just making yourself a frilled veil.

Once I got picky enough to get frustrated by things like painted-on gathers and criss-cross lacing and nightgowns on meshes that poke through bedding, I decided it was time to update my clothing catalog. I viciously culled everything with a corset, and stared longingly at ZoeJ's nightgowns-- I liked the texture (not 100% accurate but it looked so soft and warm), but the Parsimonious AF Rengown clips bedding like crazy if you use it as a nightgown.

I got all excited when I saw this Liana mesh edit by Needlecream, but it lacked any morphs whatsoever. The inimitable Cynnix came to my rescue, and the result is before you, warm and cozy and close-fitting and ready for bed.


'Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.' --Thomas Aquinas )
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So, some time ago, I put up some much-needed Medieval men's underwear, which you can find right here. And I was really happy with it! I still am, in fact, it's just that there have been some new meshes done, plus some conversions of some meshes, and in general it was just time to expand the chausseur's stock.


I used up my one good tag about legs. )
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My favorite expansion pack for Sims 1 is Makin' Magic. There's just so much stuff about it that I miss so much now that I'm pretty well devoted to Sims 2. The spinning wheel that made golden thread, the silly mushroom chase games to get rare spell ingredients, the ability to turn your fellow Sims into frogs, pet dragons that actually set things on fire, the entirety of Magic Town...

And of course Bonehilda, who functioned much like a Servo but was actually a skeleton in a French maid costume.

When Sentate released a Servo dressed as Bonehilda, I squeed in Sims-1-loyalty delight. Awkwardly, I'm kind of a little bit in love with my own wooden Servos, but I got to talking with [personal profile] faechangeling, and... Well, this happened.


You do their work, and they shall have good luck. )

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