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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Homage to Caitlin Tobias

As a blogger, I hope that people will be excited about something I blog, whether it's an accessory, a place to visit, or just some fun new thing. Most of the time, I never know, so I thought this blog would be about taking another blogger's blog and showing them what I did with the information. I first became aware of Caitlin Tobias when I joined the SL Blogger Support group. At the time, she was the manager, and what a great group it was! Her latest posts have been about interesting places in SL, so I visited them.

The first is Mother Road, a recreation of a section of Route 66. This famous highway linked the US, stretching from Chicago to Santa Monica. It was opened in 1926, and was a big deal. People could drive long distances in their huge comfortable cars on a nice highway for the first time. It was celebrated in music, on tv, and was an inspiration to Jack Kerouac and other writers. Caitlin blogged it here: https://caitlintobias.com/2017/11/02/mother-road/

It is indeed a lovely sim, beautifully desolate. In real life, I've taken Route 66 from Arizona to Chicago, and can say the sim does evoke the feeling of that famous highway. In real life, we stopped at a diner at one point and the waitress told us that most of the people who come there are from Europe. Americans are taking the newer freeways. Here's sunset, on the road:

Another sim Caitlin blogged was Holiday Trace. This is a charming snow covered country sim, and the perfect place to try out my new stag which is a modification of the Water Horse Draft horse. The sim is detailed, with a train station, cottages, and a barn with Christmas trees. There are also lots of animals around. Here I am in the woods, on my stag, enjoying the shadows and light snowfall.

Later I found my stag trying to make friends with the local reindeer by offering them a candy cane:

Caitlin blogged it here: https://caitlintobias.com/2017/11/23/holiday-trace/

My final visit is to Greenland. It's another sim with lots of detail and interesting nuances, including this Christmas tree in a Fiat:

Greenland has lots of places to sit and enjoy the sim. My final photo is up in the mountains looking down on the town:

Caitlin's post is here: https://caitlintobias.com/2017/11/18/white/

I'm always amazed by the creativity in SL. Now I'd like to offer many thanks to Caitlin for blogging these places. I would never have known about them otherwise.

Happy Holidays to all!


Mother Road

Dress and hatbox were freebies from 1920s New York City
Hair is Jisu from Monso
Shoes are Oksana from Ingenue
Pose and guitar are in the bench on the sim

Holiday Trace

The stag is from Jinx and is a mod of the Water Horse Riding Clydesdale
White stag coat mod is from The Painted pony
Dress is Holiday 2015 from alpha.tribe
Hat is Sweet Pixie Cap, a gacha prize from Junbug
Hair is Daenerys from Monso


Outfit is autumn coat with skirt, a gacha prize from Go!
Hair/beret is also a gacha prize from Go!
Cozy tights are from Izzie's
Chucks by Logan Porterfield (LoPo)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Horse Evolution in Second Life

Trilby was created almost 10 years ago, in 2008. She reincarnates periodically and starts fresh. Trilby 1 was pre-mesh. Trilby 2 had a mesh body. Trilby 3 added a mesh head, and Trilby 4 is bento. Her horses have changed quite a bit too.

At the far left is Trilby 1 on her Friesian, Virgil, from AKK. Pre-mesh, this horse was state of the art, with 16 or so legs that lit up in a series to give the impression of movement. It was brilliantly done, like a film or a flip book. Trilby won the Steelhead Horse Race on this horse, sidesaddle. The size could be changed, which made it very popular during the petite craze.

Next over is Trilby 2 on her horse, Calliope, from KOT. One of its creators was in Trilby's riding club, the Mount Caledon Troopers. Trilby 2 went wild over this horse. It actually had 4 legs that moved, and had very realistic animations. One could change the color with a hud. Sidesaddle was not available, and because of the way the mesh was rigged, you couldn't wear your own shape. Still, it was a thrilling advance.

Let's skip to the far right where Trilby 3 is on her horse Dante, which is the first mesh horse from AKK. This horse was rigged so that you could wear your own shape. It was modifiable, and the color and size could be changed. Sidesaddle was also available.

Second from the right is the current Trilby on her horse, Hopkins. This horse is from Water Horse. They started out making horse avatars, and this riding horse is just as beautiful. Everything can be modified, and tons of accessories are available, including a sidesaddle AO and different gaits.

Trilby 5, not yet introduced, is already looking forward to the next innovation.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Back in the Sidesaddle Again

Since I am generally a Victorian lady in Second Life, being able to ride sidesaddle is important to me. As you know, I've devoted several blogs to this topic as methods became available. Now there's a sidesaddle set for the Water Horse Riding Horse. It's made by Mythril. To use, you switch out the animations in the custom tack AO, just like you would change animations in your own AO. The Mythril animations have the same name as the default animations, so you don't have to change the notecard. More animations are supposed to follow in updates, but it's fine for general riding now.

And what to wear? Mesh riding skirts just don't drape as well as some of the old flexi skirts, not to mention the lack of movement. Most of the old outfits with flexi skirts have not been updated for mesh bodies. To get the best of both worlds, I'm wearing a mash up here: a flexi side saddle skirt, a jacket with cravat, and a hat from still another outfit. I'm mashing up the centuries as well, with 18th-century skirt and hat and a steampunk jacket. The skirt is available in a variety of colors, and the jacket has a color change hud. The hat comes in many colors as well. This is an expensive option if you go out and buy three outfits, but I already had two of them. The 18th-century outfit comes with a tricorn hat as well as a walking skirt and a skirt for riding astride. I'm wearing a different hat because it has flowers, and I liked it with the mane.

I'm riding through Caledon Moors in the photo. My horse is wearing a third party mane and tail, as well as alternate tack. The mane and tail are color change and come with a hud. His coat and eyes have also been modified. Which brings us to the credits....


Jacket and cravat: Tainted Love from RaMp
Skirt: Brotherhood from Wunderlich (comes in other colors)
Hat: Antoinette from Ladies Pleasure (comes in other colors)
Hair: Kiara 2 from VolutptasVirtalis
Mesh body is Maitreya
Mesh head is Catya from Catwa
Khaly Skin from YS&YS

Warmblood riding horse from Water Horse (there is also a quarter horse)
Flanders mane and tail from Jinx, now at WLRP
Aerith Tack from Jinx (comes in other colors)
Coat: Almost White from Painted Pony
Eye: my own texture
Side Saddle Set from Mythril

Pose set 1from Mythril


Places Wiccan
Phototools Jessica light 4

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lots of new products have come out for the Water Horse Riding Horse. Almost everything about the horse is mod, and creators are making all kinds of things for it. I love retexturing things, so I enjoy being able to change the horse's color to compliment my riding habit. The horse can also change into a unicorn, a dragon, or a carousel horse in just a few clicks.

The carousel pattern is kind of like a tattoo. Your horse can be any color underneath, and the carousel pattern comes in 4 colors, and includes sequined hooves.

The tack can also change. One option is the Arabian set pictured above. It comes with a hud that changes the colors. One can even buy replacement AO animations from Mythril, and add them to the tack just like changing the animations in an avatar's AO. These allow the horse to perform a racking gait, among other things.

In addition there are specially made static animations available that pose both horse and rider. The first and last photos show two of them.


First photo

Trilby: Outfit is Amelka from Go!
Sylvan elf ears are from BentBox
Hair is No.Fiction from No.Match

Horse: Aerith Bridle and Saddle are from Jinx
Summer Flower mane and tail are from Jinx
Mane plaits are from jinx's Unicorn set
Pose is Cute Photo from Mythril's photo pose set 1

Second photo

Trilby: Dress is Charlotte from Hapi Rabi (gacha prize)
Hair is Pixie from Besom (gacha prize from Pocket Gacha)
Shoes are MaryJane from ClarityMoon

Horse: Country mane from Jinx
Summer flower tail from Jinx
Tack is standard with White English applier from The Texture Barn
Carousel applier is from The Painted Pony

Third photo

Trilby: Outfit is Jaya from Ala Folie
Hair is Cozy Cutie from Clawtooth

Horse: Arabian tack is from Jinx
Same mane and tail as photo #1

Fourth photo

Same as photo #2
Pose is Spanish Walk from Mythril's photo pose set 1

All photos

Trilby: Body is Maitreya Lara
Head is Catya by Catwa
Sidesaddle pose by Tapple Gao

Horse: Warmblood from Water Horse

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


The Water Horse riding horse is lovely, but the only way to ride it is astride. Consequently, many Victorian ladies were afraid they would scandalize the neighborhood if they bought one. An official sidesaddle is being worked on, but now there's a hud that puts you in the right position. The actual saddle doesn't change, but no one will notice if you wear a big enough skirt.

It works for both the warmblood and the quarter horse. The right stirrup seems to be rigged to the right leg, and it stays with the leg as it crosses over the horse. You can edit the stirrup to make it transparent, which makes both stirrups disappear. Then, if you want a side saddle stirrup, you can get one that attaches to your foot, so it's always in the right place.

Why would you buy this hud and an extra stirrup when an official sidesaddle is on the way? When you're impatient and these add ons are cheap! You can get both for $57L.


Water Horse warmblood
Gaslight riding habit in red from Ladies Pleasure

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mesh musings

Imagine finding an old photograph album in the attic. The pictures are old and a bit faded, or are they hand colored? Is that an ancestor, or is it you in another life, or you in a second life? How does mesh grass feel anyway?

If you could taste the cake, would you remember it? Do pixels have a flavor? How long have you been on this picnic? Were ants there? Did the camera make a sound?

Could you really smell the rose? And did it have thorns?


Constance Stanbury Gown and hat from Sylvan Moon Designs, now at Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Jade jewelry set by Malik's Dark Creations
The grassy furniture is from Boudoir
Gothic ruins are from Sweet Revolutions
Summer picnic is from Dust Bunny
Climbing rose is by Reid Parkin
Animated fan by CTK

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Faire Tale

The ship creaked as it sailed into the harbor at Caledon Moors. The raid had been a success and the hold was stuffed with waffles. The little panda pirate stood on deck waiting her turn to disembark. A seagull had told her that there there was a faire going on, and she was determined to see it.

She walked and walked through the forest. She wasn't afraid because she was a fearsome pirate, armed with a big sword. 

The valley was beautiful, and she kept walking along, humming a happy tune about Ramsey the waffle snatcher, who was a famous pirate hero. In mid verse, she almost collided with a very tall bunneh.

"Uh excuse me," The little panda pirate muttered as she scurried away, manners not being a necessary skill for a pirate. 

"But wait!" called the bunneh. "Wouldn't you like a magical cookie? I stand here and give them to travelers." 

The little panda pirate took two steps forward and one step back, until finally, she came within snatching distance of the cookie. She grabbed it and ran. And she ran and she ran across the bridge to the edge of the forest.

Soon she could see the city ahead of her. She walked and walked, imagining all the food that might be at the faire. Blueberry waffles maybe, and donuts with frosting, and maybe even bacon on a stick.

By the time she got to the faire, the sun had gone down, and everything was closed. Her big goth panda eyes were sad, but little panda pirates never cried, so she turned around and started back to the ship.

She wasn't sure which way to go, so she headed across a bridge that looked familiar. And she walked and walked until she came to a dark thorny forest. Suddenly a bright figure stood in her path.

"W-w-who are you?" squeaked the little panda pirate. 
"I am the Lady of the Thorn Forest," the figure replied. "Would you like a magic cookie?"
"Yes," the little panda pirate said in a small voice. Then she grabbed the cookie and ran.

The little panda pirate ran until she found a safe spot in the roots of an old tree. She curled up to rest and she ate the first magic cookie. Then she took a nap.

When she woke up, she made her way through the dark forest. She could smell the sea, and knew her ship must be close by.

She began nibbling on the second cookie and it was gone by the time she reached the ship.

That night as she lay in her hammock, she wondered what might have happened if she'd kept going in the forest. Maybe she would have found a third cookie. Those things always happened in threes in stories. Who knows what magical powers she might have by now if she hadn't eaten the cookies. "Oh well," she shrugged, "They were good!" And she drifted off to sleep.

The End


The photos were taken in Caledon Moors and at the Fantasy Faire in the following sims: Dawn's Promise, The Hill, Raven's Perch, Chaddul Ro, Fairelands Junction, and Morbus. 

The little panda pirate was played by Trilby Minotaur
She is wearing the Necromancer Outfit and Cleocatra Hair by Designs by Isaura, and the
Build-your-own-Dinkie body with the Apelez Ice-cream bunny head. Panda mod and eyes by Puppy
Pirate Hat by Solo Carrasco
Cookies by Ninety

The Bunneh was played by Poe North
She is wearing the Fairelands Traveller Dress and Cloak.
 The "Saint Patrick Shamrock Wreath" from Boudoir
DSD Rabbit with Jenny Black Pony Tail
She created her own accessories

The Lady of the Thorn Forest was played by Skye McLeod
Details for Skye's outfit can be found here

This story was written for the Blogger Challenge: Faire Folk