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I know I've been dead quiet lately, here as well as on Garden of Shadows. Sorry about that-- I think I'm caught up with comments now, but this is official notice of an unofficial hiatus.

It's summer! Summer means lots of things. Seasonally it usually means my hobbying swings away from Sims and I kick real-world content creation into high gear for a mini show on the first weekend after Labor Day (which, yep, that's a thing that's happening). This year I'm doing that with a full house-- not only me, Mom, and Penelope (who is SO BIG now oh my gosh), but my sister, her husband, their toddler, their cat, their ball python, and their two dogs. Crowded. Also slightly fraught, constantly.

Also, sales pitch, feel free to skip if you're not into doll collecting or customizing. ) that's the end of my sales pitch.

So, with any luck, I should be back to Sims 2 stuff in the fall. I have lots of plans, yes I do, and I try to keep up with the updates even when I'm not playing, just building a giant download hoard. Right now, though, everything is doll sales and family drama, and a toddler who periodically interrupts Auntie Hat while she's working because he wants to watch a couple Lindsay Sterling videos, steal a doll stand (that child has an absolute fascination with doll stands), and then run up and down the hall a few times.
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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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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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So, I wander away from Sims for a few weeks (it happens. I mean, I did a mini show, got sick, went to Disneyland, wrote a 40,000-word Aladdin fanfic, got an AO3 account, and next weekend is Halloween and my last doll show of the year, I've been busy) and GoS goes down. Alarming! So here's me late to the 'guess I better make some backup posts for my GoS exclusives' party.

This post is only for hiders, and it is a goddamn hider-y masterpost. )
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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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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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The thing about Garden of Shadows swap events like Secret santa and Christmas in July is that I am usually either insanely busy or getting my ass kicked by reality somehow. I've participated in one Secret Santa swap in 2009 (I learned to recolor objects!) and tried to participate in 2010... but had to drop out. Advent, I can usually manage (although I was on hiatus last year, so didn't get invited), mostly because I get to create a gift for Garden of Shadows, not one specific person I have to stalk.

So when the Blind Date swap was announced, I debated for like two days before I said 'hell yes lemme fill this sucker out.' A one-day doll show here in town was no sweat to get ready for-- mostly I just had to pack the car and straighten out a parking pass issue-- so I actually had the time and the lack of stress to create something.

I was Mordred, but my Blind Date was Westley, also known as Sunatharon. I really wanted to do some architectural recolors, but I ran short of time for anything but this one window I found. When I went in-game to take pictures of the window, I discovered the glass only shows from one side and the diagonal does not exist. So... yeah, no architecture. Just robes.

Most of my testerhood Sims are peasants... except the fairies. )

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