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Di
17 September 2014 @ 09:25 pm
Long time, no post.  :)  I'm doing well, and still simming, if not as much as I was, and what I am sharing/posting, I'm tending to do over on tumblr because it's so much easier to post pictures there, than here and I've gotten very lazy.  Having said that, I have a couple of posts I'm planning on making here, but in the meantime, I've posted a new object over at the Emporium.  Click the picture to go to the download.

 
 
Di
16 May 2014 @ 06:41 pm
This house over at MTS was built to the same plan I used for A&A's house.  It's very interesting to see the differences in how we interpreted it.  You can see A&A's house by clicking on the picspam: smith and picspam: simdon tags.

(Also, yes, hello.  I'm not dead.  I just managed to burn myself out completely on the sims and haven't really recovered yet.  I hope to be back and a bit more active here soon, since I would like to share some of the things I'd been doing with my game before I hit burn out with you all, but in the meantime, I've posted a few bits to my simblr in the past few months, rather than here).
 
 
Di
29 March 2014 @ 03:23 pm
I was in the main neighbourhood grabbing pictures for the previews for the elder undies, when I had the urge to play.  And well, there was a double birthday.

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Di
05 February 2014 @ 06:44 pm


Here's a little something I've made for the V&G community project, and because I need more period appropriate under things for my sim girls.  Click the picture to go to the Emporium.
 
 
Di
03 February 2014 @ 06:25 pm
So, I don't know if the hub/Hasbro are cracking down, if it's the new Youtube copyright policies and flagging system, or what, but it is turning out to be really, really difficult to find this season to watch on Youtube.  And of course, it's also not available to buy on the UK itunes store, only the US one and changing stores is a pain in the arse.  Blah.  I think I may have found a channel with them on, so fingers crossed it has all the ones I've not seen yet.  I'm quite a few weeks behind.
 
 
Di
I shared a 100 followers gift over on my tumblr here for those of you who have not seen it yet.   It's a little something that I think a lto of people might get use out of.

I have so many ideas of things I want to make lately, it's ridiculous.  I've been making new objects practically non-stop in my simming time, to decorate the lot I'm working on for Simford, and I'm pretty sure, I'm going to keep making new things as I work on building the rest of the town.  I also have ideas for 14 (!) new clothing meshes, 9 of which are for the V&G community project,  that I'm going to start on when I next feel like doing body meshes.  (I'm still a little burnt out with that aspect of cc creating from the gifts I made for the V&G gift pile.)  Plus I want to add some hats to the hairs of my most important sims, such as Eddie and Emmi, aaaand I want to have a go again at making some salt and pepper hairs.  It didn't go too well last time, but I've been watching this request over at GoS with interest and since Esotheria_D. has very kindly shared their PSD, I'm feeling a little inspired and may see what I can do with it.  Plus there's my on going projects, such as making everything seasonal (and since theChangeling shared some gorgeous plants last week, I'm now itching to make those seasonal and add them to my game too), project mesh where I fix all the things that annoy me about the clothing meshes in my game, and items I want to look at recolouring just because.   I've also failed at fixing the issue with the custom barber chair, and so default replaced the mesh instead, which looks awesome and actually works.  I'm thinking of putting it up for testing in the next couple of days to make sure everything is alright with it before I share it, possibly with the barber bits I separated off a Cashcraft mesh a couple of years ago.

So yes, when I'm simming, I'm on a real creating and building kick at the moment, rather than playing.  It's fun, but it does mean I'm still getting no where with my story or legacy.
 
 
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I've been doing some more building in Simford, and as part of that, I've been building a shoemakers/shop.  This of course has meant that I've been making more CC for it.  Click the picture above to go to the Emporium and see the details.
 
 
Di
02 January 2014 @ 06:31 pm
Happy New Year everyone.  I hope that 2014 is being good to you so far.

As I always do, I was planning on looking back at last year's goals and sharing my goals for this year, but when I went to look at last years, the post was missing.  I'm sure I made some, but I can't find the post.  'Tis most vexing.

Anyway, here are my goals for 2014:

1) Have fun simming.  I've actually spent far longer than I want to admit to myself, viewing simming as a chore, or something I am doing because I'm too bloody-minded to give up and stop.  There was a time when I really loved this game, when I played without pressure, and I'm going to try to get back to that, before I decide whether or not to just stop simming.
2) Build Simford.  I've been working on this for the past few weeks, and it is something I'm currently sorta enjoying.  I'm also making a shedload of cc to go decorate the buildings with, and again, all linked to the first goal, I'm only doing it if I feel like it, and trying not to feel pressured about it.
3) Play the game without thinking about my story.  I've done several things that I thought would help me with this, and they've not really worked, because the thought of my story was always there.  I'm going to try to get past that.  If I fall in love with my sims as sims and characters again, then maybe I'll fall in love with my story and writing again.  Which leads to ...
4) Not think or stress about the story.  I'm not abandoning it completely.  I do want to finish the storyline I've started, but it's also been stressing me out like nobody's business.  The thought of writing it, the thought of editing it, the thought of shooting it and then reading everyone's reactions is killing me.  So I'm not going to think about it.  I'll pick it up if and when I can approach it with a better frame of mind.
5) Continue and hopefully finish, reorganising and seasonifying all of the shrubs and plants I have in game.
6) Try to come back to the community and my friends.  I miss you, I really do, but I've also not been up to socialising very much recently.  I hope that will pass.
 
 
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Di
24 December 2013 @ 07:17 pm
I've finally finished my gift for the V&G gift pile.  You can find it over here. Enjoy.
 
 
Di
07 December 2013 @ 01:01 pm
*waves* Hello.  I know I've been pretty much absent lately, but I'm not dead.  I haven't however, been doing any writing.  I've not written a word since August, and although I hoped that Myshuno! would kickstart me, it hasn't.  I just don't feel like writing at the moment, and if I do feel like maybe jotting some things down, by the time I grab a notepad, or open Word, the feeling's gone.  So I have no idea when the next chapter will be out, which really, really was not my intention when I posted the last chapter.  I had such high hopes as to getting back into the habit of posting regularly and getting to the next generation, and it has just not happened, and doesn't look like happening soon.  I'm hesitant to put the legacy on hiatus, because if I do that, I can see me never getting back to it, the way I feel at the moment, so I'm not doing that.  I'm just working on it at a very, very slow pace.

I've been playing a lot of other games recently.  I finished the first part of the Burial at Sea DLC for Bioshock Infinite, and although it is still very, very flawed, I have to say the story was better for this one than the main game.  Or at least, it took me by surprise, possibly because there was less times to drop hints at the player, so although I was sure there was something going on, I didn't know what until it happened.

I've also been working my way through the Assassin's Creed games, and now I want to build SimFlorence, which is a problem given the fact that I've got so many other subhoods to finish.

Oh yes.  I am still simming, even if I'm not writing.  I played a semester at one of the uni houses last week, and I've been working on some meshing projects for my V&G gift pile gift as well as the community project and my own use.  I think I've made 7 new meshes in the past few weeks, and I now just need to work on the retextures, which are my least favourite parts of clothing creation.  I've also been doing a bit of building, and the railway station in Simford is nearly finished now, I'm just pulling my hair out over crap EA mapping whilst trying to recolour a painting to make a sign.  Really EA, it should be easy to recolour this, but no, you had to split the picture bit into 3 pieces which are completely disconnected, didn't you?  I've been sharing a few pics of it over at my tumblr, because it's so easy to share pictures there.

Umm, that's it basically.  I'm not dead, and I hope that you are all doing well.
 
 
Di
I've updated the Emporium with an offering for the V&G community project.  Toddler undies.



Click the picture for more information and to download.
 
 
Di
23 November 2013 @ 12:55 pm
Afternoon everyone.  V&G will be hosting a gift pile again this year, and I've made the announcement post here for anyone interested in contributing.
 
 
Di
31 October 2013 @ 07:35 pm
Happy Hallowe'en everyone!

Look, I did a photoshoot, for the first time in three years!  Actually, I have to admit that this nearly didn't get done, since the outfits I originally downloaded just will not show in game, and I lost interest when trying to refit them.  But never mind, new idea was born, and here we are!  A little shoot with the main part of my family, and a little spoiler for you all.

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Di
18 October 2013 @ 08:50 pm
I've finally gotten round to re-doing the fire surround I've been using in my kitchens for a while now.



I've also uploaded the items I made for a GoS theme to the Emporium  Find them here.
 
 
Di
For the past six or seven weeks, I've been working on default replacing the preparable meals in game with things that are more appropriate for my game era.  i'm finally finished and have uploaded them for anyone else who is interested at the Emporium.  Click the picture below for details.

 
 
Di
30 September 2013 @ 10:07 pm
So, I signed up for Myshuno! and then got so caught up in the cc project I'm working on, that I forgot about it.  Oops.  But anyway, here is my card.  Thank you everyone who has prompted me.  I've taken one prompt from everyone, combining a couple of prompts which went well together, and then I went back and picked other prompts that I liked the look of to get to 24 prompts.  I know I'm at a very odd place with the story at the moment, in that I'm in the middle of a very important storyline and there are still lots of things to be revealed to you all before I'm done, let alone be able to start to introduce you all to the next generation of my family, but I think that there is a mix of story driven prompts and fun prompts here, which is good.
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Di
18 September 2013 @ 06:03 pm
*waves* Hi everyone.  I'm not dead as you can see.  Work has been extremely busy and stressful lately, and I'm exhausted in the evenings, and feeling very unsocial, which is why I've been missing from LJ and AIM.  I have, however been posting over at tumblr, because I find it far easier to upload pictures there.

I'm neck deep in default replacing all of the meals that came with the game at the moment, but my story is also not dead.  I have one more section to write for the next chapter, before I can edit it, so I will get onto that at some point, once my brain decides that it likes words and forming coherent sentences again.  I've also signed up for sim_spiration's Myshuno! again this year.  My thread is here, so please feel free to prompt me.  I make no promises about how I'm going to do, but I need to kick start the ol' noggin and this should be a fun way to do it. 
 
 
Di
09 September 2013 @ 09:50 pm
Cross posted to victoria_george.

Ok, so those of you who follow my tumblr might have seen that I'm working on default replacing the food sims can prepare with more nineteenth century meals and ingredients.  Since this is something which is very new to me, I'd like to get the files tested before I upload them properly.  It's one of those things where I think I'm doing everything right, but I'd like to make sure they work for everyone and not just me.

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Di
01 September 2013 @ 10:45 am
Hi everyone, we've started a new theme over at victoria_george for September and October.


Come share with us all your lovely pictures of sims and their carriages.
 
 
Di
26 August 2013 @ 11:18 am
So, I stumbled across Edenstyle's write ups of the Sims 4 masterclass at Gamescom yesterday.  They're quite interesting to read and give a little bit more information than the video released by EA, so I recommend you look at them.  Some things that jumped out at me:
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