Looking for Somewhere

I’m always looking for Somewhere, and this time I found it!

Somewhere is collection of several islands, each with a whimsical decor theme.

Pirate Island SomewhereI dubbed this one ‘Pirate Island.’  It doesn’t look as if the pirates had a terrific time here, especially since they appear to have left without their ship. 😛

Circus Island SomewhereNearby is ‘Circus Island,’ which looks like a much more fun place than Pirate Island.  There are several old circus cars, some with animals in them.

This island had lots of little nooks and crannies to explore, though of course the unicorns captured my immediate attention.

UnicornsIf you can drag yourself away from the gorgeous unicorns, there is more to explore.

Carnival WagonI’m not a huge fan of puppet shows, but I admit this one looked intriguing.  Unfortunately, I must have arrived after the show was over, because no one was there.

Fairy Tale Island SomewhereThis is ‘Fairy Tale Island.’  It just seemed a fitting name, given the Rapunzel-like tower that is so prominent.

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I didn’t find Rapunzel, but I did find the Princess’ pile of mattresses, complete with pea underneath. 😀

Somewhere was a fun place to explore with lots of hidden areas to find.  In fact, when I arrived, the Princess was napping, but I managed to snap a pic after she awoke.

Find Yourself at NorderNey

NorderNey is another sim that I kept meaning to visit – so I did and finally crossed it off my list!

I wasn’t sure what to expect – the area isn’t large, but the scenery is gorgeous.  I think some of the builds are actually resident’s homes, but they were so beautifully decorated that I couldn’t help sneaking some pictures with my zoom lens. 😛

Norderney Beach HouseI love this beach house – it’s so open and airy and exactly the kind of home I’d want if I lived on the beach.  My favorite part of the house is that the curtains were blowing in the breeze – it’s those little details that add to the feel of a build.

Beach DreamsThis little bench underneath the window would be one of my favorite spots.  Sitting in the warmth of the sun, a cool breeze blowing, while you listen to the waves crash – pure heaven.

Beach PatioOf course, one of the best parts of living on the beach is that you can spend a great deal of your time outside (something I don’t get to do enough here in the Midwest where I live). These shaggy seats and comfy pillows look so cozy, with snacks and lots of reading material nearby.

Woman on WallI think this was my favorite house on the sim. I don’t know if this house build comes with this photo already on the wall, but I thought it was a such a great idea – I love how she seems to be staring out the window at the waves.

Bistro Table with BirdThis little fellow was chirping away when I wandered by – I think he was enjoying the breakfast leftovers.

Interior Design ArtThis is such a fabulous vignette – I wish I had enough space in my RL home to have an area like this for all my art supplies.  I love the woven rug and the little space heater.

Front GardenI couldn’t resist the field of daisies in the front yard – and the little chicks wandering around were simply adorable.  The cute yellow scooter is so inviting – it was so hard to resist hopping on and going for a quick spin around the beach!

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to sit and relax, NorderNey is the ticket.

Tranquil Bay

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I was absolutely captivated by Tranquil Bay.  Tranquil Bay (Fall Trace) is the last visit in my Trace series.  It’s seriously amazing.

Tranquil Bay LandingYou land at this gorgeous spot – the colors of this sim are spectacular.  I love the soft orange of the horizon, balanced by the browns and greens of all the plant life.

Night TreeI think this is my favorite photo from my visit.  I love the glow of the lights in the tree and the fireflies – I can almost hear the cicadas and bullfrogs as I sit in front of the fire.

Tranquil Bay HouseThe pops of pink flowers here are stunning, mixed in with the earth tones of the house and surrounding plants.  That rocking chair on the porch looks so comfy – sitting there rocking, watching the sunset, sipping on my sweet tea . . . *sighs*

tranquil bay cabinCan you imagine living here? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get up every morning to a sight this gorgeous?

Tranquil Bay IndoorEven the indoor decor is fantastic – I love the woven net with the lights and the clock.  I’m not a huge fan of rustic, but this is so well-done.

Shooting StarsThere was no shortage of things to see, including these amazing shooting stars over the water.

This is definitely a place I’ll be visiting again – it’s so peaceful and beautiful.

Winter Beauty

It’s still winter here. Funnily enough, that’s ok with me.  I’ve gone from freezing all the time to being too warm a lot of the time, so winter sounds cool. It’s also keeping my heating bill down, which is nice.    😛

I don’t like being out in the snow, but I love looking at it. It makes everything look so calm and peaceful and glittery and gorgeous.

So my visit to Springfield Wood (Winter Trace) made me a happy camper.

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The rugged, snow-capped mountains in the background, the adorable and oh-so-cozy looking windmill home – it’s simply amazing. I’m always in awe of landscapers and sim designers who can make magic like this.

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I don’t see many stone houses where I live (none, really), and this one with the stone path and bench outside looks so inviting. The mix of bare deciduous trees with evergreens is fantastic, and the pops of red from the berries add to the overall look.

Winter Trace SleighI stumbled upon this fabulous sleigh and couldn’t resist taking a pic of the patient horse, just waiting to haul someone through this magical wonderland of snow.

Faithful DogI’m a sucker for animals, and this faithful dog is so adorable, sitting patiently waiting for his master to return.

Snow CartA bit off topic, but I’ve been taking photography classes and learning to play around with light, shadows, and depth of field.  Still, sometimes I stumble upon something, and this photo is one of those.  I love the soft falling snow, the crispness of the wooden cart contrasted with the blurriness of the bushes in the background.  I think it’s one of my favorite photos. 🙂

Winter Trace WindmillThis adorable windmill home is somewhere I’d love to live.  Imagine being all cozy and warm inside, snuggled up by the fire, while the snow falls outside.  Heaven!

Winter Trace MountainsI was really taken with the gorgeous mountains that were the sim surround – the craggy peaks covered with snow – simply stunning.

If you love winter (and even if you don’t), you won’t regret visiting Springfield Wood – just make sure you pack your camera!

West of the Rain

I don’t know how I discovered West of the Rain, but I do know that I have seen a ton of photographers taking amazing photos of the sim. 🙂

I’m a bit late to the party, because I took these photos last month, but better late than never, right?

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It has that old, vintage, grungy, lost to the world look that is so popular right now.  I’m old, but even I don’t remember when gas was only 27 cents a gallon. 😛

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There were lots of areas to explore, and I was just entranced when I found this camper.  I love how the vines and ivy have grown up, around, and into the camper.  I did have a peek inside, but I always feel like I might be intruding when I do. 🙂

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I love the marina with all the different boats.  I have no idea how to sail, but going out on the water on one of these looks like it would a great afternoon of fun.

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I found this covered bridge and couldn’t resist snapping a pic.  These bridges always make me think of simpler times, when nobody was in any particular hurry to get anywhere.

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There was even a general store with some fabulous produce for sale.  The watermelons looked delicious and the aromas from the spices was amazing.

There was much more to explore than I’ve shown here, so make sure you put West of the Rain on your ‘to visit’ list and soon. 😀

Exploring Nouvelles Aventures

I first heard about Nouvelles Aventures through Inara Pey’s blog.  It looked very interesting, so I headed over to check it out for myself.

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When you land, you’re greeted by this amazing vista – a huge barn framed by gorgeous sunbeams.

I’m not sure I would have picked the pink sky, but it works. 😀

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I’ve seen this piece before, but I was struck by the beam of light combined with the beautiful particles – bubbles and fireflies all swirling around. It definitely gave the scene an ethereal feel.

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And, of course, my requisite lighthouse pic!  I’ve not seen this particular lighthouse build before – I love the blue roof of the lighthouse contrasted with the thatching on the cottage roof.

It’s one of my dreams to live in a converted lighthouse – I’d put my bedroom in the top of the tower, just so I could wake up to those amazing views every day. 😀

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I was particularly taken with this beautiful tree.  Its branches were slowly moving in the soft breeze, and it looked like a fabulous place to just sit and reflect for a while.

There are lots of areas to explore and photograph, so grab your camera and head on over.  There’s a Flickr group set up for the sim if you want to share your photos.  Have fun!

 

Hestium II

While out and about looking for places to photograph, I came upon Hestium II.  The land description mentioned ‘stories,’ so as a writer, I was curious and went to explore.

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When you land, you receive a notecard about Hestium.  It states, “The houses in this tiny community are ‘inhabited’ by unseen people.  They are people from all walks of life, from different times and places – with different backgrounds and agendas.

But who are these people?
That is for you to discover. Their homes hold clues to who they might be – sometimes in plain view, sometimes hidden away. Walk in, look around – in cupboards and under beds. Examine their homes

So why are they here?
That too is for you to decide. YOU can create their stories.”

Curiouser and curiouser. 🙂

I wandered around, trying to see what clues I could find.  Inside the cottage above, there were traces of the inhabitants.

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It looks like they left expecting to come back – the table is still set for breakfast.  I’m not sure I’d want to climb up that ladder every night to go to bed, but the view out the windows is amazing!

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I tried to see if I could figure out who had been there and where they were, but no luck. 😦

The sim build is beautiful, though, so even if you’re not a sleuth, it’s still well worth visiting just to see it all.

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I found this gorgeous castle? temple? Inside was a – well, I’ll let you explore that part for yourselves. 😀

Have fun creating your own stories!