Friday, December 30, 2011

Bringing in 2012!

Dear Diary:

Joey Adams said, "May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions!"

I would like to wish that for everyone in the coming year.  My hope for all of you is that 2012 brings you happiness and health and that we all can have a peaceful and prosperous existence in all worlds.

Good Night for now.

Formal gown: Azul Naomi (Topaz)
Shoes: GF Flower pumps Eve (chocolate)
Earrings and necklace: AB (Mood) Diamante Ensemble

Prop: Everglow (martini glass)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Boxing Day Clean-up

Dear Diary:

Yesterday was Boxing Day in Canada - a nice day off for me.  Usually on this day, people hit the stores to buy bags, paper, and bows for next year's presents.  Some stores will also honour gift cards while others will allow returns of the 4th red sweater you got.  I did none of the above.  It was my time to clean up from Christmas Day.
It always amazes me how much trash is accumulated on one day.  You spend hours taking care to wrap the gift for Aunt Joan in silver paper with the red and green tinsel ribbon; hours wrapping John's train track in Santa paper so he doesn't know what it is; and hours wrapping the tiny tiny earrings for Susan so that she won't throw them away by accident.  And when those hours have gone by, they all unwrap their presents in SECONDS!!!

I try to be environmentally aware so I always separate the paper, the food containers and the rest of the garbage.  But you can't put the Christmas paper in with the other paper.  It has to go into the garbage.  ERGGGHHHH!!!  Who would have thought my holiday would be spent with the trash?

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Hair: TM Captive

Sweater: Izzie's Reindeer Sweater (Perfect Wardrobe)
Pants: PixelDolls brown cords

Home: La Galleria (Shropshire Cottage)
Christmas mat: La Galleria (gift)
Trash bags: Urban Spirit (free)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Buon Natale, Veselé Vánoce, Hyvää Joulua, Gleðileg jól, Maligayang Pasko, मेरी क्रिसमस

Dear Diary:

No matter how you say it, or what language it comes in, or whether you celebrate this season at all, the message is the same.  It is the season of thankfulness, celebration, and joy.  It is the season to be aware of how truly we value our friends and family.

I would like to wish everyone of you the happiest of holidays.  May peace and kindness be your foremost thought and may those thoughts be passed on to all you love.

To the joy of the season.
 A very Merry Christmas to you all.

Good Night for now.

Formal gown: Baiastice gown (satin blue)
Earrings and necklace: Mood Isla Holiday (gold)
Shoes: Basevi Moda stiletto (night blue) (no longer available)

Background: PNP Christmas scene (gift)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sometimes I Deliver Presents

Dear Diary:

I don't normally need to deliver a lot of presents in my first world.  I visit friends on Christmas Eve and take their gifts over with me but most of my presents for family I leave under my tree.  Then everyone comes on Christmas Day for pressies and turkey.  But the few I do deliver provides a lot of fun.
Ah yes.  I've gone off the road a few times; had car trouble once; flat tire at least once and of course had many anxiety attacks along the way.  This year will be different.  We don't have a lot of snow so I don't think I'll run into the usual problems. you think things could run that smoothly?  Let's hope so.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Lipstick: LeLutka Lola lipstick (deep red)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Hair (with hat): MINA Meike

Sweater: SMS Winter Xmas sweater (red) (old gift)
Scarf: Royal Blue winter is coming scarf (off milk) (gift)
Leggings: Acid and Mala metallic leggings (silver)
Boots: GF Long fur cuff boots (white)
Gloves: Cover girl gloves (black)

Pose: T.Thoranua (Me with many gifts)(SL Marketplace)
Backdrop: PNP Winter 2

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Christmas baking

Dear Diary:

When the calendar turns to December, members of my family expect that I should become "Baker of the Year". Unfortunately I'm not that good but at Christmas there are a few traditional sweet things that just have to be baked.

My Grandmother used to make Scottish shortbread. You know, the kind you almost break your teeth on? I make that but not quite so hard. Then there are the rum balls that my Dad enjoyed. Yep, those have to be mixed and rolled [and of course tasted] for sure. Oh yeah and then there's the New York special that my cousin likes. It's so sweet it makes me shudder but it keeps him happy for the season. Last but not least, are the mincemeat tarts. Those are served after Christmas dinner, warmed up with a dollop of ice cream. Now those are yummy.
I really do wish I could whip up gourmet delights like some of my friends can but I do enjoy accomplishing the few things I can.

Now when it comes to the turkey - I'm Cordon Bleu at best!

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Lipstick: LeLutka Lola lipstick (deep red)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eye makeup: Mozz Cosmetics colourful winged eye with lashes (grey green)
Hair: LeLutka Seth
Nails: Candy Nail Basic red (02)

Sweater: 22769 Christmas bag x-mas boheme jumper
Pants: 22769 Christmas bag red woolen pants
Apron: Cover girl apron (white)

Earrings: LaRosa Advent Calendar (snowflake earrings)

Mixing spoon, bowl and spoon set: La Galleria Kitchens Dinner Party Kitchen (accessories)
House: La Galleria Prefab Homes (Shropshire Cottage

Pose: RNP (stirring)

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Christmas tree is up!

Dear Diary:

I always feel the Christmas season has started once I get my Christmas tree up.  I'm a tradionalist in many ways but particularly at this time of year.  I have a live tree in my living room.  I'm also an environmentalist but I feel live trees do contribute in many ways to keeping the use of plastic to a minimum.  The decorations I have on my tree, have come from grandparents, parents, and just my collections.  I love decorating but it does take me a long time.

Wouldn't it be nice if putting up a tree in our first world could be as quick, as easy and as perfect as in our second world?  I asked my friend, Eric, to help me put the star on this very contemporary metal tree.
We had a lot of fun doing it.  Unfortunately, he couldn't really see at all.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing: (Forgot to ask Eric what he was wearing)
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Lipstick: LeLutka Lola (deep red)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eye shadow: Mozz Cosmetics Glittery smokey eye (gold)
Eyelashes: Mozz Cosmetics Version 2 (09)
Hair: W&Y #01

Dress: The Secret Store (Scottish Dahlia)
Shoes: Aleida Malene pumps (Indian Summer)

Earrings and necklace: Mood Pangani ensemble

Tree: Winter PondLife Silver swirl metal Christmas tree

Home: La Galleria Prefab Houses (Shropshire House)

Pose: Sparrowtree Studio

Monday, December 12, 2011

"The Nutcracker"

Dear Diary:

It's been a tradition in my family to go as a group before Christmas, to see the ballet, "The Nutcracker".  To me it's always been the "Christmas" ballet.  I've seen it so many times since I was a kid but still enjoy the costumes, the dancers, and the music.  Christmas of 2011 will follow tradition by everyone attending a performance.

Much to my surprise, I discovered this ballet is being performed in my second world by the Ballet Pixelle.  I was thrilled to be able to attend a performance last night.  It was so well performed and although the Company changes the story slightly, it was well worth seeing.  Here, as in my real world, costuming and dancing was so well done.

The Ballet Company has been performing "The Nutcracker" for five years and can be seen at the theatre until the end of December.  Performances are on Wednesdays at 2pm slt and again on Sundays at 5pm slt.  For information on the ballet company, look at their blog here and to attend a performance, the theatre address here.  It is certainly an experience you should see.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Lipstick: LeLutka Lola lipstick (bubblegum)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eye makeup: Mozz Cosmetics winged eye with lashes (blue silver)
Hair: Oh Hair Oh my Honey (no longer available)
Nails: PXL manicure Pink #1

Dress: Snowpaws Soleil Feather dress (talc)
Shoes: GF Ribbon slingback shoes (black)

Earrings and bracelet: Mood Kaleidos Selenite

Pose: LAP

Location: Ballet Pixelle Theatre

Friday, December 9, 2011

I like to Flip the Advent Calendar

Dear Diary:

I'm not much on the hunts that go on in my other world.  And it's not that I don't like to participate but I just don't have the patience or the perceptiveness to be searching for hours for a tiny package that's hidden in the rafters.  One thing I like to do, is fly to a few select stores and flip the appropriate day on the Advent Calendar.  Maybe it's because in my first world home, I have two Advent Calendars - one that shows the remaining days til Christmas and the other does the reverse, counting down by the date.  That way, when I panic seeing how many days left, I can calm down by looking at the other showing the actual date.  I know, I intellectually deficient can I be.

I've found some great things when I open those decorated boxes each day,
and many thanks to the stores who provide me with these gifts.

I have a few more weeks to go and my closet is gradually getting full to the "can't close the door" stage.  I'll show you a few more soon.

Good Night for now.

The clothing and accesories are from 2 stores participating in the Advent Calendar adventure, LaRosa and 22769.

From LaRosa:
Beanie (boys)
Purse, with plush Santa in back
Tokyo boots
Nails (with French manicure)

From 22769:
Red jingle shirt
Red muffler

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Buying Presents can Boggle your Mind

Dear Diary:

Last night I decided to hit the mall and start to pick up a few presents for family and friends.  I love to shop - for myself of course - but when it comes to picking out for others, it sometimes gives me a major headache. 
I always agonize over the people who are difficult to buy for.  There's the guy who only likes button-down, 100% cotton shirts; the teen who only wants brand name clothing; and, of course the person who doesn't like anything you buy.  I try to get those people out of the way first but it doesn't always work that way.  Sometimes I just have NO idea of what to get.  I imagine a gift certificate would work but somehow, to me, a wrapped up piece of plastic just doesn't seem to portray the Christmas gift!

Oh well...I've just begun my struggles.  Maybe I'll get a flash of brilliance tomorrow.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Lipstick: LeLutka Lola lipstick (dark red)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eye Shadow: Mozz Cosmetics Glittery smokey eye (gold)
Eye Lashes: Mozz lashes Version 2 (09)
Hair (with hat): Truth Snow Kitty (gift)

Sweater: iBizarre Argyle jumper (sisal)
Pants: LeLutka wool pants (gray)
Coat: Molichino Blake jacket (navy blue)
Purse: Miel msg bag (gift)
Boots: Decoy Jully boot (cocoa) (under construction)
Shopping bags: (unknown)

Pose: Juicy Shopping Girl

Location: Liberty City shopping mall

Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's December! Let's start with the Lights

Dear Diary: you know I'm a complete Christmas junkie!!  I start on the 1st of December.  I get out the Christmas decorations, the Christmas plates and of course, the Christmas lights. 

I like to put up lights around the front of the house but last year I started doing the back too.  I wonder if my neighbours dislike the bright ambience spilling over into their patio doors or kitchen windows.  Bah!!  Humbug!!  It makes me happy. 

There's a down side though, to my decorating enthusiasm - it's not the cold - it's not the snow - it's not the "non interior decorating" of my method - it's getting the lights untangled from last years' put-away.  Every year I plan on rolling them properly but I must be lacking in organizational skills.
So last Thursday night, after supper, I tackled the task of getting the lights on my trees in a rather semblance of a decorating masterpiece.  I managed to get some of it done and then finished the rest off last night.  I think it all looks awesome!!

Now I'm wondering what my electrical bill will jump up to.  Ehhhhh...I'll worry about that in February.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Lipstick: LeLutka Lola liptick (deep red)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eye Makeup: Mozz Cosmetics winged eye with lashes (blue silver)

Outfit - hat with hair, sweater, pants, boots and scarf (not worn)
             Winter #3 Annabella Biedermann, Tiroler Alm

Pose with lights: /me is wrapped in cheer lights (no longer available)