A new round of the Liaison Collaborative has begun, and this lovely winter sled from Sway Dench caught my eye. The winter weather is a Bernese Mountain dog’s favorite time to be outside, and to my delight Nicehoon Langer of Tomato Park has made a lovely Berner to add to my SL. There are several different breeds available from Tomato Park.
One of my favorite Christmas memories was a family visit to Alaska. During that visit all 15 of us (yes, I have a huge family) piled into a sleigh pulled by four gorgeous black Clydesdales. I have always wanted to live in a place like that, but unfortunately it would mean dealing with 6 months of darkness so I ended up in more temperate climes. During the Tour of Lights this year I visited the Elite Riding Academy sim at Tamarillo, where I saw several beautifully appointed carriage and sleighs pulled by the gorgeous horse avatars from Elite Equestrian. They are still running so you can try them out if you like. I enjoyed them so much that I wanted to put one on my homestead at Studland Bay, so I have rented one from Elite Equestrian. You can purchase all the materials and lay the trail yourself, but I found it easier and more cost effective for the time being to rent. It is an actual avatar bot that pulls the sled, but the team at Elite Equestrian will help you customize your carriage or sleigh and help you choose a horse. The other difference between this and other rides is that you cannot call the horse at will, it does a continual loop and pauses at stops for people to get on. Still, it is a gorgeous set up and the Elite Equestrian team was helpful and happy to explain the process. I do hope to learn how to do it myself eventually, but for now I am enjoying the carriage ride around the estate. Studland Bay is public access but it is not fully landscaped yet, but if you want to get a closer look please feel free to visit.
I really liked this pose from Katya Valeska of An Lar poses, but with the crazy autumn I had I never got the chance to use it. Now that the holidays are upon us I am getting a chance to get to some of the items that fell by the wayside. First of all, the Bento female hands from Vista have been so much fun to play with. You know when you’re trying to take a photo but your index finger is stuck in your sweater/coat/whatever? That happened to me with this sweet coat from Neve at the Liaison Collaborative. I used the Fate Hand Poser for Bento hands to take care of that little issue. Very cool. And of course I had to blog Stewart’s gorgeous Deadwool coat from the Signature Event.
The Tour of Lights Sponsored by Free Bird has begun, and I’ve had a lovely couple of days checking out resident’s homes and holiday decorations. This is the second year I have participated and it has become one of my favorite SL holiday traditions. So many different creators went into the decoration of my entry, but special kudos must be given to Cory Edo of Trompe L’Oeil for the stunning Noelle cottage which is at Collabor88 right now, and the magical Advent Calendar which is available at The Arcade.
Start at the Free Bird Store and click the sign for the first landmark. Each stop on the tour will have a sign where you can get the landmark for the next stop on the tour. There are 31 stops altogether. This is an open house event so feel free to wander around and admire everyone’s holiday decorations!