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La Villa Macabre – InWorldz!

Great post and a wonderful cause!  Read more about it on Johnny Nightfire’s Blog.  Big thanks to Mera for the heads up!

Hope to see you all out at La Ville Macabre! ❤

Boudica

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And… we have video!

Novice clothing designer and hair-dresser turned movie maker!  Yeah, can we say distracted?  Alright, so I’ve been wanting to learn how to do a video for awhile now and when I came across a post by Kate Fiorell and asked how she did the video, she turned me on to CamStudio.  Thanks Kate!

Here is my very first attempt at video screen capture, using the freebie CamStudio 2.0 program, also my first attempt at putting a video on YouTube.  Hey what can I say, I’m trending with firsts!

Please forgive the video quality.  I had my graphic settings on ultra with Sailor’s Delight windlight pre-set.  My movement is clumsy and jerky, but this is to give an idea of an Orientation trail I’ve created in the 3D virtual world of KoD on Reaction Grid and also to flex my tiny new video-making muscles.

The video starts out at the welcome landing point near the arena for Kingdom of DeMolay, and I did not build any of that, or the great teleport topo-map. My part starts through the archway… I went a little wild having fun with landscaping and really think it helps bring a lot of realism to the scene. Nothing fancy here, and no music. Just a walk through the progress of my project and a couple sights along the way while I figure out how this video stuff works.

Boudica 🙂

 

Let’s not forget the fashion, eh?

Credits:

Blossome Gown by Aria’s Dream

Tayme Hair by Destiny Hair

Landscaping by moi – with BEAUTIFUL trees plants and flowers from Marmottina Taurog of Green & Wild Garden Centre (Inworldz)


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.


A Little Sightseeing!

I’m so excited!  Here’s a machinima of the special project I’ve been working on.  I made all the hair in this video!

Not only have I been exploring in a re-creation of the Medieval City of Rhodes and making hair for a really great project working with the Kingdom of Demolay creative team, but they’ve just come out with a machinima trailer highlighting everything we’ve been working on. 

It was fun being part of the actors in the making of the video.  At one point I was a young teen man roller-skating around the piano in the park concert scene.  Another time I was the goalie in the soccer scene.  Go Yellow!  Also played the skateboarding girl in the pac-man-esque hedge maze game.  I think we all had way too much fun helping put this together, but all the machinima credit goes to Ariella Furman of FramedIn3D.com who did a fabulous job on it!  You can see more examples of Ariella’s work here: http://framedin3d.com/view_our_work.php.  I especially like the video she produced for Tribe Islands.  Wow!

So since we’re going through the virtual video scrapbook, I figured I’d also share a few of my sightseeing pics that I took yesterday after I finally got my imprudence to let me see shadows!  Woot!

How does all this sight-seeing relate to fashion?  Well aside from the hair that is (check the video!), fashion is small portion of our virtual experiences.  Yes, it is part of how we express ourselves, but in and of itself it is nothing without the actors, the audience, and the stage on which we all play upon.  Here’s to all the stage-makers, the dreamers of dreams, and the creators of worlds.  My hat’s off to you!
All the (virtual) world’s a stage! 
What part will you play?
Boudica

Taming Rowena

 Oft she strayed as windflowers played,
Gathering poppies red for her bower-bed.
 Tangled tresses touseled by wayward breeze.
Brought spying suitors to their knees,
 To beg one sweet glance from maiden fair,
Rowena of the untamed hair.

Today I chanced upon a lovely gown at Evie’s Closet that was only 50I’z.  I nearly scattered the contents of my coin-purse in my flurry to procure the tiny amount of requested cents.  Ladies, if you are looking for a lovely gown for your wanderings and roleplay, you might wish to saunter over to Evie’s Closet on the Big Blue Easy sim in InWorldz to find Rowena.  The gown comes in White or Black with beautiful white embroidery on the bodice and long flowing ethereal sleeves.

Worn also are the Dark Earth necklace by Svarovski, Tomorrow skin by Pulse, Shine V2 Bluish eyes by Eye Candi, and Tayme – a new hair that I am working on for Destiny Hair.

Wishing meadows full of all the flowers your heart can hold!

Love,
Boudica


Destiny Hair Grand Opening in InWorldz!

There’s a new hair shop in town!

I am excited to announce the Grand Opening of my new hair shop, Destiny Hair, at Noon on Tuesday, June 7th in InWorldz.  Why a Tuesday?  Because it’s my RL Birthday!  I can’t think of a more fun way to celebrate with you all and have fun with some new hair!

In the spirit of FUN, I will also be holding “A Wild Hair” hunt from June 7th to June 18th in and around the shop and garden, with a collection of hair in some wild new shades.

Do you Dare to wear… Destiny Hair?  Come on down and pick up your free group gift on the wall above the front desk.  The lovely ponytail style “Cyndra” for women, and for men we have “James” in a light caramel color.  Pssst girls… the James makes a great tomboy look!

Here’s a little peek at a few styles we have ready for you.

We’ll be adding new styles soon so if you want to be among the first to know about them, please join our group “Destiny Hair” for info on gifts, updates, and special events.

Find Destiny Hair on the Big Blue Easy sim in InWorldz.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Big%20Blue%20Easy/140/118/22

Drop by and see the new place, and catch the excitement!

Love,
Boudica