Saturday, November 24, 2007

Non, rien de rien

Winter came to Caledon Wellsian, and my little garden.

I put up a number of low-prim icy trees from Heart Garden, and was fiddling with Saiyge's snowman kit when Lady Amber trotted by. She got inspired to make a snowman too -- she dressed it in Caledon tartan and gave it a carrot nose.

Strange thing, all this snow and ice makes me actually feel cold when I look at the computer screen (not joking), so I outfitted my avatar in ~silentsparrow's~ brand new outfit, "Piaf" (blogged over here). I love the warm brown! And the fluffy cuffs! And the cravat! The dress has a fabulous Lolita skirt that I decided not to wear in favor of Last Call's warm Frida jacket. Layers, you know.

In real life I'm wearing about twenty layers as well, because Georgia's finally down in the low fifties.

***Hair: Calico Creations Catherine in black, (Calico Kitty, 125, 22, 26)
***Skin: Tete a Pied Paon in cream, free group giveaway, (Nouveau, 196, 149, 22)
***Coat: Last Call Frida jacket, Last Call by Dazzle Haute Couture, (Dazzle, 68, 14, 27)
***Collar with cravat, shirt, cuffs, bloomers: ~silentsparrow~ Piaf from the desperately cute lolita set, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Boots: Shiny Things Old Boots in brown, (Shiny Falls, 224, 148, 38)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Pointy bits

There's a white castle in the middle of the strangely inappropriate sounding sim of Hogback. It's called Victorianna Castle, and it is the home of many a high minaret and steeple.

The castle is empty and white and romantic, like the carcass of a little girl's dream. I think of Gormenghast, and itch to sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.

It is also home to the gothic lolita designers' Victorianna Boutique. A fitting place to buy a cute, dark, sad little frock and then throw yourself into the sea.

***Hat: Elegance Hats Hallows eve hat, free group giveaway, (Ivalde, 60, 126, 35)
***Hair: Calico Collection Reba in Flaming Midnight, (Calico Kitty, 125, 22, 26)
***Skin: Curious Kitties Butterfly Twilight, Curious Kittes >> Skins / Body, (Curious Kitties, 219, 21, 21)
***Tattoo: Ravenwear Vectors Tats 4, (Ravens Requiem 94, 105, 28 )
***Jacket: ::: B@R ::: Black Leather Jacket Lady, (Bare Rose, 143, 27, 30)
***Shirt and gloves: ~silentsparrow~ Bloody Mary shirt and gloves from the set, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Skirt and prim skirt: Mare*Dress*Merry dress dolly skirt from the outfit, (MoonCat Izumo (95, 134, 49)
***Socks: -corduroy- gray striped (tintable) socks (they were a limited time thing), (LicoLico, 158, 33, 21)
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Estampie in dark, (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A savage place

Mr. Hotspurr O'Toole stopped in at my wood in Wellsian one day and said that he'd just been back from a journey to Black Swan.

"It is a haunted place," Mr. O'Toole said. "Ware of the traps."

I decided to go armed with my shovel.

Mr. O'Toole wasn't wrong. I saw a dessicated maiden turning from flesh to stone. A dancer trapped in the sea. And a man chained to a coil of heat.

I was not unaffected by the sight.

A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing
(From Coleridge's Kubla Khan)

Glad I can fly.

***Crown: Violet Voltaire's Lolita Crown in blue, (Peronaut, 71, 217, 36)
***Hair: Calico Creations Jack in frosted midnight, (Calico Kitty, 125, 22, 26)
***Skin: Curious Kitties Butterfly Twilight, Curious Kittes >> Skins / Body, (Curious Kitties, 219, 21, 21)
***Muff: Curious Kitties Warm Fuzzy Collar, Curious Kitties >> accessories, (Curious Kitties, 219, 21, 21)
***Coat and coat skirt: Ingenue, Baby It's Cold Outside in white (comes with those neat black fur cuffs too), (Born 99, 49, 32).
***Corset and armwarmers: ~silentsparrow~ Sorrow corset in fog from the set, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Elizabeth button-up in raindrop, (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Of steam and snow

It is winter in Babbage. There's a fine sheen of snow on the dark flagstones, icicles collect in doorways, and the trees are frozen to crystal.

I walked about the town and observed its dedication to science, especially the science of steam, from the chimneys that send black smoke to the sky to the canals that cut through the heart of the city (clearly water is a necessary part of making steam-mechanics run).

It was a city, no suburban enclave here. I wondered who might live in such a place, but I encountered no one.

***Hat: Elegance Hats, Tillie in black with white polkadots, (Ivalde, 60, 126, 35)
***Hair: Hiccup Amelieish in black, (Caribe!, Lions Shore, 14, 105, 20)
***Skin: ~silentsparrow~ and Draconic Kiss, Dans Macabre skin from the set, Draconic Kiss (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24) and ~silentsparrow~ (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Necklace: Magika Leather bow necklace, (Gormthoog, 184, 55, 26)
***Jacket: *=eat me=* Null Zone jacket in silver with the basic options, Eat Me, Glass Earth (134, 175, 23)
***Undershirt: ~silentsparrow~ Sorrow undershirt in ash from the set, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Corset and Gloves: ~silentsparrow~ Unseelie corset and gloves from the set, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Skirt and prim skirt: Mare*Dress* Merry Dress in black, (MoonCat Izumo (95, 134, 49).
***Shoes, not that you can see them: Lassitude & Ennui Chloe sculpted flats in black, (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)

Just a pawn in someone else's game

In Caledon II, there's a strangely familiar game. It has little houses, railroads, cards, an iron and a top hat...I swear I've seen it before.

Caledopoly? Maybe in a dream, but I don't think I was this small...

***Hat: Curious Kitties Osyare Kittie Hat in Silver (tinted dark green), Curious Kitties >> accessories, (Curious Kitties, 219, 21, 21)
***Hair: Calico Creations Heather in Ivory (10L hair), (Calico Kitty, 125, 22, 26)
***Skin: Curious Kitties Weeping Aura in Light, Curious Kittes >> Skins / Body, (Curious Kitties, 219, 21, 21)
***Lip ring: Magika Piercing 4, (Gormthoog, 184, 55, 26)
***Suit: ~silentsparrow~ Pointe du Lac suit in Moss, read about the pretty over here! Comes with all sorts of things, including the great scarf and cuffs, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui's Elizabeth shoes in Huntress, (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)