Crazy Chicken

… to eat or not to eat.

Crazy Chicken

A certain rainbow-kawaii-zombie-dead-girl (is that about right Rudh?) gifted me with this strange creature. As any good neko would do, I needed to decide if I could eat this crazy chicken or not.

In the end I decided I couldn’t eat it (ouch, my teeth). But I will definitely try to take a catnap on it later.

  • Hair – Lamb (lamb.bellic)
  • Skin – Al Vulo! (hlin.bluebird)
  • Lipstick – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  • Eyelashes – Mon Cheri (freya.olivieri)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – Two Cats One Cup (sei.minuet)
  • Vest – Beetlebones (suetabulous.yootz)
  • Dress – Beetlebones (suetabulous.yootz)
  • Tights – Cannibelle (annabelle.couturier)
  • Boots – Beetlebones (suetabulous.yootz)
  • Jewelry – League (nena.janus)
  • Keybird ‘S’ – {anc} (aki69.resident)
  • Pose – E.ink (empty.inkpen)

Portrait Mode

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme.

Portrait Mode

This week’s meme instructions were pretty simple: “Share a black & white portrait (headshot) of your Second Life avatar. You can post a raw shot or process the image as much as you like.”

But actually making that portrait was a little bit less simple. The black & white part of the meme, I was okay with. But the portrait part of it… I always find portraits a difficult thing to do. Which is why there are so little of them on this blog. I do take portrait-shots, but I always end up deleting them, because I just can’t make them work.

Anyway, I decided to start with a normal color snapshot and post-process it. Then pushed it through some filters and fiddled with some sliders. First in GIMP, then in PicMonkey.

Portrait Mode 2

And this is the raw shot, in case anyone is interested :)

  • Hair – Magika (sabina.gully)
  • Skin – League (nena.janus)
  • Freckles – Izzie’s (izzie.button)
  • Lipstick – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  • Eyeliner – Tuli (tuli.asturias)
  • Eyelashes – Mon Cheri (freya.olivieri)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Hands – Slink (siddean.munro)

Look of the Day

… the credits to my outfit in the previous post.

Look of the Day

I know I promised to post these soon(ish). But I guess it became more… late(ish)?

  • Hair – Wasabi Pills (missallsunday.lemon)
  • Skin – Izzie’s (izzie.button)
  • Eyelashes – Mon Cheri (freya.olivieri)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – Two Cats One Cup (sei.minuet)
  • Dress – Maitreya (onyx.leshelle)
  • Shoes – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Jewelry –  the Plastik (aikea.rieko)
  • Pose – aDORKable (adorkable.peapod)

A View to a Neko

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme

This week’s Monday Meme is all about viewer setup, helpful tools and HUDS. “Meme Instruction: Share a screenshot of your viewer setup and/or a list of tools/HUDS you guys use to make your Second Life experiences better.”

I guess I’ll start with my normal view on the world.

A View to a Neko 1

I use the Catznip viewer, because it’s the only viewer that runs stably on my computer. I tend to have quite a bit of clutter on my screen, but not a lot of HUDs. So what do I have on there?

  1. My Vista Animations AO. (bottom corner, left)The only HUD I use all the time. It has some nice features… I think. I never actually use them, so I’m not sure!
  2. The chat window. (bottom corner, left)No explanation needed I think.
  3. Camera controls. (upper corner, left)I use these so often I just leave them open permanently.
  4. Mini map. (upper corner, left) I always use this in crowded places, because you can see where people are before they’ve rezzed. That way I can avoid bumping into people.
  5. Statistics bar. (bottom corner, right)Just to make sure everything is running smoothly.

I tend to keep my graphics-setting pretty low when I’m just walking around. I definitely prefer stability over pretty shadows. Only when I’m ready to take pictures do I switch on the visual pretties. That is also the moment I dig some more tools and HUDs out of my inventory.

A View to a Neko 2

So, what extra stuff do I use when I’m taking pictures?

  1. The Edit Sky Preset Menu. Why do I use this instead of just choosing a preset? Because I never use a preset “as is”. I always fiddle around with it and I never actually save the end result.
  2. The AnyPose Expression HUD. It does what it says on the tin and it’s free. What’s not to like?
  3. A pose ball. Yes, a pose ball. Of the type that used to float above furniture. I know there are all kinds of systems around where you can pre-load poses etc., but I’m just to lazy to set those up. So I just drop my pose into my pose ball and then move the thing in edit-mode. It gets the job done.

I have more pose-tools in my inventory. But as I said, I’m just too lazy to set them up. So I can’t really tell if they’re actually any good…

And that is pretty much it. I’ll post the credits for my outfit when I actually post the look. I promise I’ll get around to it soon(ish).

New Year Meme

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme.

New Year Meme

And my blog has finally made it into the new year as well. Happy (belated) 2014 everyone!

I made this particular look while cleaning out my inventory. It is a pigsty in there and probably does take up two servers…

  1. How did you spend New Year’s Eve? As always, we spend Christmas at my hubby’s parents and New Year’s Eve at my parents. Easiest way of seeing all the family and not having either side feel left-out. Both occasions usually contain a lot of food and drink!
  2. Did you keep any new years’ resolutions? In RL I never bother. As soon as make them I forget about them. In SL: finally cleaning that inventory!
  3. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year? I know it’s more luck then achievement, but I’m happy that the people I care about were happy and healthy this year. Me included.
  4. What was the best thing you bought? We finally got a clothes-dryer in RL! I’m so happy to not have to drape the bedding over the living room furniture to dry anymore.
    And yes, I’m easily pleased…
  5. What do you wish you’d done more of? Just enjoying the small things in life I think. Between chores and other obligations, that’s an easy thing to forget to do sometimes.
  6. What do you wish you’d done less of? In short: procrastinating. Very bad habit of mine that I really really need to do less of.
  7. What was your favorite movie you watched this year? Uhm, I hardly ever watch movies. So if I did watch a good one this year, I probably forgot!
  8. What did you do on your birthday this year? Considering it was a week-day, not much. Hubby cooked for me though :)
  9. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned. Not to worry so much. Some of the things I worried about this year, really weren’t worth worrying about.
  10. What does 2014 hold for you? There are no big events planned, so as far as “happy and healthy” goes, I’m just hoping for more of the same.
  • Hair – Truth (truth.hawkes)
  • Skin – Pink Fuel (mochi.milena)
  • Eyeliner – Kyoot (saeya.nyanda)
  • Eyelashes – Mon Cheri (freya.olivieri)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – Two Cats One Cup (sei.minuet)
  • Poncho – Sakide (kinu.mayako)
  • Dress – Jane (janie.marlowe)
  • Tights – Cannibelle (annabelle.couturier)
  • Shoes – Boom (aranel.ah)
  • Pose – aDORKable (adorkable.peapod)

Aladdin and Jasmine

… Week 8 of the SL DisneyBound Challenge.

Aladdin and Jasmine

The December holidays are always a bad blogging period for me. I’m either not at home, or I’m too stuffed with food to move. This year was no exception.

I did get a few things done in Second Life though. I sorted my inventory a bit, reworked me shape (if only it was so easy in RL) and did my DisneyBounding looks. This week it’s 2 for the price of 1: Jasmine and Aladdin.

Jasmine was easy to do, but I still don’t like my Aladdin-look. Which artist at the Disney studios decided to put both red and purple in his outfit? It still makes my eyes hurt…

Left:

  • Hair – Truth (truth.hawkes)
  • Skin – Birdy (nina.helix)
  • Shirt – Boom (aranel.ah)
  • Pants – Boom (aranel.ah)
  • Shoes – fri.day (darling.monday)
  • Bracelet – Maubray (meg.nowles)

Right:

  • Hair – Maitreya (onyx.leshelle)
  • Skin – Izzie’s (izzie.button)
  • Vest – Boom (aranel.ah)
  • Shirt – fri.day (darling.monday)
  • Pants – Jane (janie.marlowe)
  • Shoes – Ingenue (betty.doyle)

On both:

  • Eyelashes – Maxi Gossamer (maxi.gossamer)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – c( Two Cats ) (sei.minuet)

Winter is Coming

… for Strawberry Singh’s Winter Season meme.

Winter is Coming

The last couple of weeks have been rather weird for me. It started with a cousin having her first baby, followed two days later with the death of my husband’s grandfather, followed a couple of days later by my sister-in-law’s wedding, followed by grandfather’s funeral.

Oh and followed by my birthday. I actually had a very intelligent “huh, what?” reaction when someone mentioned that, because I had completely forgotten about my own birthday.

But anyway, I finally found some time and energy to do some blogging. Time for another meme:

  1. What is the December/Winter season like where you live? I live in the Netherlands. This means there may be some snow, but usually we only get rain, wind or fog. This time of year is often referred to as “the dark days before Christmas”. This post describes it much better then I ever could.
  2. When you think of winter, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? – I know this probably sounds stupid, but what it makes me think of is: cold. Cold hands, cold feet, cold… you get the idea.
  3. Have you ever played any extreme winter sports? – *falls over laughing* Ahum, sorry… I don’t like sports. I especially don’t like them in the cold and I’m way to much of a coward to do anything extreme. So that would be a no.
  4. What do you like most about this season? – I like that the cold weather gives me the perfect excuse to fire up the wood burner, wrap myself in a blanket and snuggle up on the couch. Basically “warm and cozy”. Yes, those furry feline parts on my avatar do represent a certain part of my RL personality. ;)
  5. Do you celebrate Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday during this time of year? – I’m not in any way religious, but we do celebrate Christmas. For me it’s not December if there isn’t a tree in the living room. And I mean a tree, not one of those green, plastic things they tell me looks just like a tree. I don’t care if I still find needles in the carpet next July, I want a real Christmas tree.
  • Hair – Lamb (lamb.bellic)
  • Skin – Glam Affair (aida.ewing)
  • Eyelashes – Maxi Gossamer (maxi.gossamer)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – c( Two Cats ) (sei.minuet)
  • Sweater – Somnia (sanura.snowpaw)
  • Pants – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  • Shoes – League (nena.janus)
  • Pose – Kirin (carolina.sautereau)