The Red Butterfly

Le Papillon Rouge_017

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The Classroom at Lotus Flower

The Classroom at Lotus Flower

This is a listing of the props that I used in this picture. From left to right they are:

HIDEKI – Bear with Guitar … made by Hideki Carami. This was a gacha item at the October 2014 round of The Chapter Four but is now available on a gacha at the HIDEKI store inworld. Luckily I got it on my very first play. 😀

+Half-Deer+ Flowerhead Goldfish – Love – Rez (S) … made by Halogen Magic. The Flowerhead Goldfish were originally available at the Water Lantern Festival in November 2013 but I purchased my set of goldfish in April 2014 at the Home Show event. They are available now on MarketPlace and you can buy the fatpack for 599 lindens, or a single colour pack for 150 lindens.

junk. fresh eggs sign. … made by Tab Tatham. I purchased this at the summer round of The Seasons Story in July 2014. Like the Half-Deer goldfish, it is a non-gacha item so I could have made a zillion copies of it if I so desired.

HIDEKI – Dress Form … made by Hideki Carami. This was a gacha item at the September 2014 round of The Chapter Four but is now available on a gacha at the HIDEKI store inworld. However I purchased my copy of the mannequin on MarketPlace through a gacha re-seller … { etinceler } store and gacha cafe.

+Half-Deer+ Flowerhead Goldfish – Love – Rez (L) … made by Halogen Magic.

*ionic* – The student mice – … made by lakua Arriaga. There are three of them in the picture. These are available on a gacha at the January 2015 round of The Seasons Story. NEW.

(fd) Cat – 12 Curious … made by Toast Bard.

*ionic* – The teacher mice – … made by lakua Arriaga. Available on a gacha at the January 2015 round of The Seasons Story. NEW.

[DDD] Icy Pond … made by Kalia Firelyte. Purchased in December 2014 and cos it’s not a gacha item, I can make innumerable copies of it and modify them also.

Listening to Warszawa

Listening to Warszawa_010

My worn details are as follows:

*ARGRACE* SHIORI – Sandy Blonde [A] (upper part) hair … made by rika Oyen. Purchased in June 2014.

(L)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
(R)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
The earrings were purchased at the August 2014 round of Collabor88. Available now on MarketPlace and inworld at the Mandala store as part of an Odyssey jewellery set which includes an accompanying necklace.

Pure Poison – Opulence Sunglasses … made by Shaleene Kenin. Available now at the January round of Uber. NEW.

~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes (Chrome – Amber) … made by Snow Frostwych. Purchased in February 2014 at the FutureWave event. Now available on MarketPlace.

-Belleza- Eyeliner 1 … made by Shyla Diggs. Purchased in July 2012.

[okkbye] Summer Freckles – Subtle – Gingerly … made by Elisaokkbye Resident. Purchased in July 2014 at the summer round of The Seasons Story.

[:T:] Parted lips 6 … made by Tuli Asturias. Free on Second Life MarketPlace.

-Glam Affair – Cassia – Pink Rose – America H skin … made by aida Ewing. Purchased in July 2014.

Zaara : Banjara silver choker … made by Zaara Kohime. Purchased at the November 2014 round of Collabor88.

#TheMeshProject (BETA) Deluxe Body(f) … made by TheShops Resident.

(Wear Me!) (Body/Hands/Feet) … made by TheShops Resident. This is the alpha layer for the mesh body.

Eva v2 shape … made by Keely Mistwood. Purchased on MarketPlace in January 2015. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/128575

[Neurolab Inc.] EV3 Cybernetic Arms+Hands V.1.5 … made by ono Zinner. My bits were:
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Hand (L) (8 Poses) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Hand (R) (8 Poses) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Wrist joint (L) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Wrist joint (R) 1.5

(BYRNE) CrackInTime White Mesh Corset (L) … made by ByrneDarkly Cazalet. Available now at the TIMEKILLER event, which is a “Gothic festival celebrating the New Year”. But be quick as the fun runs out at midnight on January 18th. NEW.

#TheMeshProject (BETA) Deluxe Feet(f) Bare/Low/Mid/High/Ouch! … made by TheShops Resident. Set in the High position.

r2 A/D/E kagetsu boots[L]sheer … made by rei2 Aya.

The pose that I used is KaTink – Orla 1 … made by Maliah Naidoo.

Too Hot for the Stove Top

Two Hot on the Stove Top

Cooking is a bit problematic in Second Life – what with our lack of taste buds and a digestive system to actually process the food. So why buy kitchen utensils I have often thought, unless you want to do something kinky with them?

And that is what I did when I purchased a stove!! 😀

Alles is wearing:

*ARGRACE* SHIORI – Sandy Blonde [A] (upper part) hair … made by rika Oyen. Purchased in June 2014.

(L)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
(R)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
The earrings were purchased at the August 2014 round of Collabor88. Available now on MarketPlace and inworld at the Mandala store as part of an Odyssey jewellery set which includes an accompanying necklace.

GizzA – Rebel Outfit [Dark] Aviator Sunglasses … made by Giz Seorn.

~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes (Chrome – Amber) … made by Snow Frostwych. Purchased in February 2014 at the FutureWave event. Now available on MarketPlace.

-Belleza- Eyeliner 1 … made by Shyla Diggs. Purchased in July 2012.

[okkbye] Summer Freckles – Subtle – Gingerly … made by Elisaokkbye Resident. Purchased in July 2014 at the summer round of The Seasons Story.

[:T:] Parted lips 6 … made by Tuli Asturias. Free on Second Life MarketPlace.

-Glam Affair – Cassia – Pink Rose – America H skin … made by aida Ewing. Purchased in July 2014.

Zaara : Banjara silver choker … made by Zaara Kohime. Purchased at the November 2014 round of Collabor88.

#TheMeshProject (BETA) Deluxe Body(f) … made by TheShops Resident.

(Wear Me!) (Body/Hands/Feet) … made by TheShops Resident. This is the alpha layer for the mesh body.

Eva v2 shape … made by Keely Mistwood. Purchased on MarketPlace in January 2015. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/128575

[Neurolab Inc.] EV3 Cybernetic Arms+Hands V.1.5 … made by ono Zinner. My bits were:
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Hand (L) (8 Poses) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Hand (R) (8 Poses) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Wrist joint (L) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Wrist joint (R) 1.5

Roxi is wearing:

*~*Damselfly*~*Owen hair Non-Rigged Mesh @ TLC (opening on the 15th)
=Zenith=Leather Corset (Rose) S

8f8 – Renaissance Horns – GLASS. These were first available at The Fantasy Collective in October 2014 but can now be purchased at the Black Kite store inworld.

{Wicked} Peach – Tracker face pain @ We ❤ Role-Play

-Belleza- Mae TLC Med 4 blonde skin (from last months TLC)

-Belleza- Venus mesh body, updated

The props that I used in this picture are:

dust bunny . small spaces kitchen . vintage stove … made by lxlNoel Resident. Purchased at the current Winter Romance round of The Seasons Story, which began on January 11th and finishes on January 31st. NEW.

The pose that we used is RACK Poses – The Hot Wrap … made by Kirsty Oherlihy. Purchased at the latest round of The Countdown Room, which is open from January 11th through to … This round is themed as Make Me Blush, cos it’s a special naughty round. NEW.

Alles with Metal Arms

Tutorial - Alles with Metal Arms

This post is all about a simple technique that I use in Photoshop to get rid of those annoying things that can happen when we take pictures in Second Life and we have our hair going through our boobs (cos it’s long and falls that way), or a host of other fashion malfunction situations that are almost as embarrassing. 😀

The picture that you see above is a screen capture from my Photoshop and is of a “blended image”. What happened here is that I shot two images of myself from the same angle, the same lighting and the same screen resolution. The only difference between the two images that I made in Second Life, is that in one image I had a complete left arm (in metal) and in the other image the upper part of my metal arm was missing cos I had detached it.

So you are probably asking why didn’t I just use the image which had my left arm intact? Well here is why …

Snapshot - Keeping Time at Black Kite_026

This is my image as it fills the screen and you can tell that my left shoulder looks a bit wonky to say the least. I could have fixed that in Second Life by editing my upper arm so that its fit onto my body was better but that would have been time consuming to say the least and I might even have made a mess of the procedure as well. So for the next picture I took (well two pictures later actually), I detached the upper arm and the image looked like this (see below).

Keeping Time at Black Kite_028

As you can see now, my left shoulder looks kinda normal although I am obviously missing the upper part of my left arm – and I would like to have that arm in my picture, thanks. So what can I do? Well the simplest way is to blend the two images in Photoshop, where they start out as two separate layers.

In this way I have the image with my full arm in shot as the Background layer and then after selecting and copying the other image in which I am “armless”, I paste that in as Layer One. Naturally once I do that, what you would see on the screen (or what I saw anyway), was the picture of me without an upper arm.

So here is where I use a simple Photoshop tool to get back part of that missing arm and at least make me look kinda normal, well as normal as a woman with metal arms can be I guess?

This tool is called a Layer Mask and it enables me to “paint over” and remove bits of the top layer (Layer One) so that what is still visible below on the Background can now be seen.

Alles with Metal Arms (Layer Mask Added + Layer Mask Button Highlighted)

To activate the Layer Mask I have to left-click on a little button in the bottom right-hand corner of my workspace – and I have highlighted where this little button is with the red circle on the workspace image above. Once I have clicked on this little button, a white box will appear next to the little thumbnail of Layer One but, and this important, only if you have Layer One active (highlighted).

Once you have activated the Layer Mask, then you can start on the fun part of fixing the image, or in may case, adding back part of my metal arm. Firstly on the left-hand side of your Photoshop workspace and right at the very bottom of the column, make sure that the Foreground colour is black – in my case I had to toggle the Foreground and Background colours, so that black and not white was the Foreground. Then move your cursor up the left-hand side column until you reach Brush Tool (B). Click on it and after making sure that it is set at 100% opacity, brush over those bits of the background image that you want to restore.

In my case I had enlarged the image to 50% on my screen and had a brush that was set at 68 pixels wide, which was perfect for the job I was doing. As I moved the brush over the image where my missing arm once was, it began to quickly re-appear as in effect the brush was erasing a part of the upper layer (Layer One). When you are doing this “painting” you will notice that in the tiny white thumbnail in the Layers panel that appeared when Layer Mask was activated, that tiny flecks of black will become visible. This is good!

But as I didn’t want to restore my wonky left shoulder, all I had to do was to paint the brush over that bit of my arm (or where my arm was) that was situated below my left breast. This looked “normal” and was a big improvement on the image that I had shot with the full arm in view. Then I simply merged the two layers and had a new Background which looked like this:

Keeping Time at Black Kite_026 (Layer One is _028 - Masking Complete)

And for the record, I must add that it has taken me a lot longer to write this tutorial than it did to fix up my picture in Photoshop. 😀

Hot Lovers at Black Kite

Hot Lovers at Black Kite

I had been wanting to do another picture with my friend Kane Kabila ever since we got all hot and bothered on my Flickr stream back in early December … and this time I even got him with his trousers off, although as you can see his er, man bits are well hidden by my body. Awww. 😀

This picture was taken in the Black Kite SIM and the worn details such as they are, have been listed below.

Alles is wearing:

*ARGRACE* SHIORI – Sandy Blonde [A] (upper part) hair … made by rika Oyen. Purchased in June 2014.

(L)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
(R)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
The earrings were purchased at the August 2014 round of Collabor88. Available now on MarketPlace and inworld at the Mandala store as part of an Odyssey jewellery set which includes an accompanying necklace.

~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes (Chrome – Amber) … made by Snow Frostwych. Purchased in February 2014 at the FutureWave event. Now available on MarketPlace.

-Belleza- Eyeliner 1 … made by Shyla Diggs. Purchased in July 2012.

[okkbye] Summer Freckles – Subtle – Gingerly … made by Elisaokkbye Resident. Purchased in July 2014 at the summer round of The Seasons Story.

[:T:] Parted lips 6 … made by Tuli Asturias. Free on Second Life MarketPlace.

-Glam Affair – Cassia – Pink Rose – America H skin … made by aida Ewing. Purchased in July 2014.

Zaara : Banjara silver choker … made by Zaara Kohime. Purchased at the November 2014 round of Collabor88.

#TheMeshProject (BETA) Deluxe Body(f) … made by TheShops Resident.

(Wear Me!) (Body/Hands/Feet) … made by TheShops Resident. This is the alpha layer for the mesh body.

Eva v2 shape … made by Keely Mistwood. Purchased on MarketPlace in January 2015. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/128575

[LF] Valyrian Chest Piece Gold Red … made by Louise Marsault. Purchased at the current round of We Love Role-Play. NEW.

[Neurolab Inc.] EV3 Cybernetic Arms+Hands V.1.5 … made by ono Zinner. My bits include:
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Forearm (L) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Hand (L) (8 Poses) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Hand (R) (8 Poses) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Wrist joint (L) 1.5
* [NeurolaB Inc.] EV3 ANDROID Wrist joint (R) 1.5

Kane is wearing:

Belleza skin Thomas in medium
Slink hands relaxed
Dura Hair (2013 group gift)
Eyes ID shades of Blue
Shape self made.

The sole prop in the picture is ISPACHI [CHERISHED MOMENTS] Polar Bears … made by Andred Qinan. This item was available at the December 2014 round of The Arcade Gacha.

The two-person pose that we used is Hidden Couple Pose from Dyer Maker … made by webmistrex Xue. Purchased in January 2015.

Swamp Bait

Swamp Bait

GizzA Creations have this marvellous mask that is now available at the new round of The Chapter Four which began on January 4th, 2015. This is a gacha item and while I am not a great fan of gacha machines, each mask that is available is magnificent and sparkly too! I am wearing the mask in pink and it’s not a RARE item either. I just loved the colour cos it kinda matched that of the lingerie that I was wearing with my Lara mesh body from Maitreya. 😀

So, apart from me doing this picture in the Sarawak SIM, what else can I say except that Alles is wearing the following:

~Tableau Vivant~ Xy – Light Brunette6 … made by M4ri1yn Magic. This hair was available at the just completed round of The Arcade Gacha (December 2014).

GizzA – Sparkle Mask [Pink] … made by Giz Seorn. Available now at The Chapter Four on a 75 linden per play gacha. NEW.

(L)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
(R)_Earring [MANDALA]Odyssey-Artemis(White) … made by kikunosuke Eel.
The earrings were purchased at the August 2014 round of Collabor88. Available now on MarketPlace as part of an Odyssey jewellery set which includes an accompanying necklace.

~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes (Chrome – Amber) … made by Snow Frostwych. Purchased in February 2014 at the FutureWave event. Now available on MarketPlace.

– Glam Affair – Shironuri lashes – coal (L) … made by M4ri1yn Magic.
– Glam Affair – Shironuri lashes 1 – coal (R) … made by M4ri1yn Magic.

-Belleza- Eyeliner 1 … made by Shyla Diggs. Purchased in July 2012.

[okkbye] Summer Freckles – Subtle – Gingerly … made by Elisaokkbye Resident. Purchased in July 2014 at the summer round of The Seasons Story.

[:T:] Parted lips 3 … made by Tuli Asturias. Free on Second Life MarketPlace.

Glam Affair – Renee – My Gitana 03 RED … made by aida Ewing. Purchased instore on a gacha machine in November 2014. I really love the tones of this skin!! 😀

Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 … made by Onyx LeShelle. NEW.

Zaara : Banjara silver choker … made by Zaara Kohime. Purchased at the November 2014 round of Collabor88.

Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara Lingerie … made by Onyx LeShelle. NEW.

The pose I used is double take: biding time … made by Valena Vacano. Purchased in April 2014 as part of a set that was available as a Fifty Linden Friday item.