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Nooks and Crannies

And now for something a little different! I made a harp!  Yeah I know… totally out of left field huh?

So… what’s gotten into me?!  I have been working hard at creating new hairstyles, but had hit a rough spot in the design process as the last two wigs just didn’t “feel” right when I got them done.  While waiting to get suitably inspired I managed to injure my back working in the barn, and well, it just plain hurt to sit too long at the computer.  That put a bit of a damper in my style…  but now I’m back in the saddle and inspired to make something I’ve never attempted in all my years in virtual worlds… A harp!

Gee a harp.  That can’t be hard right?  Well it may look simple, but there are lots of little details like strings and pegs… with 36 each of those, well it’s not easy to keep the total prim count down.

I managed to complete the harp, and a nice chair to sit on for a total of 114 prims.  Woot!  I wanted nice smooth curves and a rounded back soundbox.

Not as easy to make as it was to imagine, because I like a bit of the realistic approach.  My soundbox had to be hollow, and it had to show the strings poking through, and I wanted nice oval shaped access holes in the back for changing strings.  Now, I just need to figure out how to do a sound loop and add some of my original music into it, but that will be down the road.  And I need a good harp playing animation…

So, having been a Celtic Harpist in real life for over half my life, why did I never make a harp back in Second Life?  Mostly because of the prim limit.  I was usually only able to afford a 512 sq meter lot, which allows only 117 prims. At a total of 114 prims for the harp and chair, that would eat up a big portion of the prim budget.  Have harp, who needs house!

That’s one of the great things I love most about InWorldz and opensim grids… the higher amount of prims we get to play with!  Another thing I love, besides the clothes and fashion… is that we can open up a shop or business on a shoestring, literally pulling it out of thin air.  It’s just a dream waiting to happen for anyone with a creative bone in their body.  And with no upload fees, it’s great for people just starting out or wanting to try something new without a huge expense.

Here I am wearing the gorgeous Valdora gown by Boaz Sands of Simply Fae, standing next to my new harp, and toying with the idea of opening up an odds ‘n ends store called “The Nookery” where I will get to play with some of my more oddball ideas that don’t fit into either my other shops.  And yes, I am wearing men’s hair again. I don’t know why I’ve been on this tom-boy kick. Must be the hot summer temperatures.  I just love how playful I feel wearing it, and and yet still feminine.

So that’s it for this little peek into the nooks and crannies of Boudica’s very diverse mind.  Hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you next time!

Cheers!
Boudica

Style Credits:
Bren Men’s Sweater – Fashion Destiny
Basic Jeans – Fashion Destiny
Valdora Gown – simply Fae
Jonathan Hair – Earth – by Destiny Hair


A Stellar 4th

Just hopping in real quick to let you all know I’m back from vacation!  RL has been plowing ahead full steam so I have not been able to log in much this week, but when I saw the word come across the wire that Stellar had a new group gift out I hurried over to grab it and share with y’all.  That’s right, I said y’all.  I’m feeling spunky today.

Lexi Morgan of Stellar has created a great pair of shorts inspired by the good ole U.S. of A.  If you hurry you can get your own pair but they’re only out on July 4th, at the Stellar Mainstore on Emsland. While you’re there, why not go whole hog and get the great sneakers and baseball shirt as well.  I’ve always loved and admired Lexi’s talent and touch with details. 

And now on a more serious note…. to all my friends in the United States, wishing you a very happy Independence Day.  I’m thankful for the multitude of freedoms we still have, but also this year more than others, aware of so many of our friends around the world that are losing their freedoms.  Be thankful for what you have and remember how you got it.

Paraphrasing a quote that my boyfriend recently shared with me, from one of the more historically insightful moments:

“I will always love the elusive dream of our nations founders…. freedom coupled with spiritually aware responsibility to self and others, and no ruling class… How do we spend our spiritual energy and to whom do we pledge our sacred honor?  If anyone is unhappy with some part of our society we are given 4 “boxes” to change it…. The Soap box, The Ballot box, The Jury box,  and if those fail.. The Cartridge box! Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans. May we never need to use that last box!”

Peace,
Boudica

Style Credits:
Shoes: [Stellar] Limited Edition USA Chux – GIFT
Shorts: [Stellar] USA cropped jeans VIP GIFT
Shirt: [Stellar] Unisex Baseball Shirt (Star) Gift
Skin: Pulse Skin – Tomorrow
Hair: James – Mahogany by Destiny Hair
Pose: Posture Perfect

All items and locations found in the virtual world of Inworldz.