My friend Tiffy Vella, creator of Eclectica Jewellery & Accoutrements (slurl here), has been on a design roll these days. As shown on her weblog and here, Tiffy’s latest creations are these wonderful Cloche hats. I just adore them because I do love a fun hat. But Tiffy’s hats do more than sit so prettily on the head. Her Cloche hats come with hair plus they are scripted for resizing as well as color changing options if you’d like to switch out the color of the hat itself, the band, and/or the hair.
I wear Tiffy’s knitted version first. It does come with a short sweet almost Betty Boop type hair style that isn’t visible from the side, but trust me the hair is there and it’s adorable. I wanted to highlight the texture of this hat, which is why I captured the second photo (below) in a windlight setting that popped the dimension of the flower on the side. Such an adorable hat! The knitted Cloche hat definitely can pull off a very coppertone suntan lotion look and just as easily it would compliment the flowing sundress you wear for a walk through a flower meadow or to join friends at a picnic or to attend the SL8B celebrations. This is a summer hat that is so easy and breezy to live in for the entire season.
For the Ladies Who Lunch set, Tiffy doesn’t disappoint with her Cloche felt hat (below). It too comes with hair and scripts for resizing as well as color changing options for the hat itself, the band, and the hair. With the felt version, the band changing options consists of different animal prints. I show this felt beauty first in black and then in tan. Note the large jewel and feather on the side of the band that adds such an elegant touch of panache. Perfect for being On the Town, or checking out new builds on the grid, or revisiting AM Radio’s builds as early and as often as possible while they are still inworld. (For more information on the upcoming close of AM Radio builds, check out Daniel Voyager’s weblog here.) But no matter where you go in Tiffy’s hats, one thing is certain: you’ll most definitely arrive in great style. Here’s the slurl again to Eclectica Jewellery!
Tonight, I returned to Sometimes They Rise, AM Radio’s latest build where I learned that the build is meant to change on a frequent basis. This time when I arrived wheatfields whiskered the ground around the trees. Snow sparkled its way gently down the skies, blanketing the horizon in gray-white ripples, and a HUD cast a wonderful old-worldly even other-worldly view of the build.
Sometimes They Rise viewed through the Sometimes They Rise HUD
I found and wore a wonderful Dryiad outfit that I had forgotten I had. As it turned out, several visitors approached me to study me when I was posed. Realizing that they thought I was part of the exhibit, I politely shared with them that I was not part of the art installation. But come to think of it…I think we all are part of the art when we interact with it and take pictures of the feelings that the creations stir within us. To interact in this build as a Dryiad was my good fortune. (I think I’ve had that skin and attachments for quite a while and completely forgot!) I’ve always loved trees…so being in and amongst the miracle of nature is instinctive, even if we don’t understand the full complexity of it all.
Sometimes They Rise in windlight, as viewed with the HUD
In a nod to the Impressionists painters, I played with the light by trying different windlight presets. The nice thing is I could stay in the HUD while clicking through the environmental presets:
Sometimes They Rise in windlight, as viewed with the HUD
And I could just as easily return to the standard sunset setting, one I love for its lovely warm glow:
Sometimes They Rise as viewed with the HUD
“Sometimes They Rise” is a definite must-experience visit…even moreso now that the installation will morph frequently as the trees rise through the Fall season.
The generosity of people is a wonderful thing, as is serendipity. Last night out of nowhere, several residents received a conference notification that AM Radio was giving away (last night only) his new roadster. The vehicle in this picture isn’t the roadster…I didn’t take too many pictures because the sim was so packed I didn’t want to risk crashing. Update to this entry: v wonderful good friend Dale has a great series of pictures on flickr tearing around the saltflats in the roadster.
At one point, more than 60 people were there thanking Astra and AM, picking up the roadster, and lingering while an impromptu party broke out. V wonderful and good friend Dale and I and a few others left after a brief visit to clear the sim a bit so others could enter to enjoy the wonderful spontaneous generosity, wonderful delight and surprise, artistry, and community. Which brings me back to why I wrote “…but really so very much more.” If you’re inworld for any length of time (from rez date to always), you see and experience alot of things. But what you come to see, no matter good or bad days, is an example somewhere by someone inworld of these traits. These are things that really are exhibited by so very, very, very, very many inworld. I’ve seen it in those who I know and treasure to all of the new faces, new friends, new acquaintances who volunteer their time and talents to help others. Shenlei calls it paying forward. She, Rez, Dale and so very very very many other souls have done this instinctively from the onset.
Spontaneous generosity, wonderful delight and surprise, artistry, community, caring and sharing. Even though seemingly impromptu (as some might view the roadster give-away last night), these things seem to combine together to become one of the constant, IMHO most important and defining characteristic of SL. Seems to me it permeates SL, this outward expression of an inner core value. And the coolest part is it’s a core value that the vast majority of us share and have defined for SL. Making the virtual world so very much more than that.
Before I write a post about NaNoWriMo, I wanted to dwell a bit on the visual. But before that, I just have to say that even though I don’t have 1600 words to write today, I’m still very much conditioned into pressing the “write new post” tab, whether or not the words are there to write. I suppose I could write about the strategy session today at work, which, by the end, resulted in a complete mishmash of terms…but that would just make me want to go sell pencils or paint a wall, or do anything else that is obviously tangible. (Like visiting SL builds and practicing picture taking.) But come to think of it, writing a novel can be very much like strategy…you have to envision it all. Sometimes even before the words are on the page. Oh hey, check this out…the Write or Die writing tool…now *that* little gizmo would have driven me right over the edge, particularly the feature of erasing characters when the writer stops writing. (Uh…oh my god?)
So where was I? Oh yes, the visual. Several days ago, dear friend H turned me on to this incredible outfit that she had worn during the AU V fashion show; well, I ran out and snapped it up because the outfit is really a piece of creative expression more than anything else. So feeling like a walking piece of art, I decided to explore the grid after trekking through fashion blogs and Peace on Earth locations in search of new designers, possible contenders for the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace. Like everyone, one of the things I have always loved about SL is immersing myself in wonderful SL builds and experiencing the extensive creativity inworld. Some builds, I visit on a regular basis…to watch as they change subtlely or greatly, but either way to feel as if it’s a new discovery each time. Along the way, I try my hand at improving (ideally), but more truthfully, practicing (in actuality) my camera skills. Here are some of the pictures from the AM Radio build for the U of Kentucky. (By the way, the umbrellas in the picture swirl and blow along the road…it’s a wonderful dance to watch. And the tree in the air reminded me of the upside down tree in my novel…although this build didn’t provide the inspiration. The inspiration for the upside down redwood forest came from a little Japanese shop inworld, that had an upside down tree in the center of its shop, smiles. It is so very cool.)
(Oooo…am struggling through this new WordPress dashboard, which somehow ate the photo captions after plopping the photos in the wrong spot on this post. Suffice to say, the first two photos are of the Radio build by AM Radio, I think (am not sure) also for the U of Kentucky.)