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Veetie had to drop from the Blind Date event, but this is her gift anyway. I'll link to mine in a minute. Veetie and I were paired as Pongo and Perdita.


Never Work with Children or Animals )
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Over on The Big Trade-Off, I made some Piggi-wood recolors of the ATS Beachhouse Nursery for Eltanin, and I think they turned out pretty well. Here's the title card:



I'll edit this entry to be a proper full post later.
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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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The VERY LAST POST I have to make to back up my GoS advent goodies.



Let's start with the altar niche, it's cool. )



If you play a Medieval game, the best thing about the University expansion is the Medieval furniture set. Eva already slapped some Project Mayhem onto the double bed, which you can find right here, so I didn't reinvent the wheel on that one-- I just did everything else to go with it.

This set requires University, obviously. )
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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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Also known as, my GoS 2013 Egg Hunt project!

Do you know what's unfortunate?

It's unfortunate that so many of the absolutely unutterably adorable toys out there for Sim kids are look-at toys, not play-with toys. I don't know about you, but I always had problems with look-at toys-- I tended to climb up to that high shelf, pull them down, and play with them. Sim kids, if you don't have Open For Business, can get a toybox and play with exactly four toys. You can default replace these, but as far as I know nobody's figured out how to add to them yet.

Making them buyable was easy... but a few other things were kind of tricky.


Batteries not included. )
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So, when I saw Buggybooz's amazng Nooks and Niches and Folly Garden, I knew I had to put some of my favorite wall textures on there.

... "Some" turned out to be "forty-eight."


'Quid enim sanctius, quid omni religione munitius, quam domus unusquisque civium?' -- Cicero )
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Right, so the thing about Medieval windows is that a) they did not usually have glass and b) when they DID have glass, it wasn't usually a whole big sheet of glass. (Big sheets of glass are called plate glass. Even into the middle of the twentieth century, it was unusual to have large plate glass windows rather than several smaller panes mounted in mullions.) The reason for this is that glass was expensive and is fragile and difficult to transport. In smaller pieces, however, glass is actually pretty sturdy, which led to the compromise of windows made up of lots of little panes of glass held together with lead between the panes making up a glassed-in window. Not only were these smaller panes easier to transport without significant breakage, they were cheaper to replace if that horrible neighbor kid chucked rocks at your windows-- instead of replacing a pricey sheet of glass, you were just replacing a few little pieces.

Of course, my game is Sims and most Sims 2 windows are made with plate glass, so for a long time I just kind of rolled with it.

And then Mustluvcats came up with privacy film for windows, and I let out a happy little shriek, because suddenly, there were so many possibilities.


I can't think of anything witty to say about windows. )
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So, what I wanted for this project was simple, sort of; I wanted coins that functioned like coins; they needed to be worth specific amounts and never depreciate, so that I could do things like fill a treasury with real coinage, stuff a dowry (and by dowry, I mean inventory) full of riches, send wealthy kids off to college with more than their scholarships, or send good students HOME from college with a fair share of their grant runoff. I mean, sure, you can always buy random art pieces, but that didn't feel as Medieval to me.


Counting all his money; the Queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey. )
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I play Medieval. (Yes, yes, everyone knows.) My Medieval Sims have a house of worship. It's very handy, really-- I use the Gray Woman statue as a central feature. I also like to use the Spiritual Shrine of Odd Blessings from Bon Voyage as a sort of poor box or collection plate-- Sims toss a coin in and maybe get a minor miracle for their charity.

Except, well. The style of the thing doesn't really mesh with the style of my churches, and I always kind of want to stick the Gray Woman statue behind the offering bowl and... well, when I tried that, she had roof sticking out of her skirts. Not very flattering.

So I says to myself, I says, "Hat, the first object recolors you made were invisible. Surely you can do it again!" After I told myself not to call me Shirley, I set to work.


If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. )
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Ah, the joys of having stuff sitting on my hard drive and not quite having the gumption to upload any BIG sets just yet. So, hey, here's a small one!


I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. )
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Are you tired of the same old turkey, salad, and gelatin on your buffet tables? Not super-pleased with the other options available to download-- maybe you prefer your own custom food but can't ever seem to use it at your Medieval feasts, steampunk weddings, or science-fiction pot luck dinners.

Well, then you probably ought to check this out, because it completely obliterates the problem. (You download it here, but it's not like they tell you how it works.) Yeah those links are dead-- one broken, one moved. What a difference six years makes! Go here to grab the mesh, and stay tuned for basic instructions on how to use it.

"But Hat," you say, "That only solves half my problem! The concept is great, but that thing won't work for my Medieval feasts, Steampunk weddings, or sci-fi potlucks! It's so... commercial!"

Well, that's where I come in.


Sometimes, the names are clever. Sometimes they're just whatever occurs to me first. )

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