Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wagasa at Seasons Story

sakura foxes

Seasons Story has opened this month for a Spring round.  I am celebrating spring showers with 和傘 traditional Japanese umbrellas, bamboo frames with decorated washi paper.  Continuing my kitsune theme from Xiasumi, in some parts of Japan, a sunshower is called kitsune no yomeiri, a fox wedding.  My foxes are prepared for the wedding, with a selection of fitting wagasa: 11 decorated with playful foxes- 7 frolicking with sakura flowers, 4 with kitsune-bi ("foxfire")- and 2 more decorated with just cherry blossoms.  The open umbrellas can be held in the left or right hand, with two left hand options.  Two closed display versions are also included, one with the string up for hanging.  Unlike western umbrellas, wagasa are stored upright, standing on the handle or hanging.

Each umbrella comes with the patterned version, and a simpler solid paper cover of just the background colour.  They are texture change with HUD, which also changes all the assorted bits of the wagasa.

10 colours of zukami (the very top bit that covers the end of the frame): black, white, brown, pink, red, orange, green, teal, blue, and purple
10 colours of atama himo (the string tied around the zukami): black, white, brown, pink, red, orange, green, teal, blue, and purple
7 solid and multicolour kagari ito options (the decorative strings around the inner ribs), which can also be turned off
11 colours of frame and ribs: black, white, pink, red, orange, green, teal, blue, purple, bamboo, and darker wood
and 11 colours of handles- that can match the frames, or you can choose one that does not match

change all the bits

The HUD also lets you choose wet (shiny, requires Atmospheric Shaders) or dry, and solid or a bit see through (note: the closed umbrellas are always solid, since they are folded up!)

The wagasa can be found at Seasons Story this month!  I'm in the south-southwest spoke off the center, next to ~silentsparrow~ and across from katat0nik (Supernatural club is sticking together!  Contraption, our fearless club leader, is next to katat0nik).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pearl Mori

This month, Collabor88 is all about punk with a girly edge.  I prettied up some skulls by pairing them with pearls- or I punked up some pearls by carving skulls into them.  There are earrings and a necklace, and a set of bracelets that can be stacked and worn all together, or any can be worn separately. The skulls can match the skulls in the flowery sakura mori pieces.

pretty in punk

Punk is not dead- it's just dreaming at Collabor88!

Xiasumi School Festival

a fox and her inugami

Xiasumi School has opened its doors to the public for a spring school festival.  I'm in Supernatural club with ~silent sparrow~ (we're sharing a classroom) and katat0nik (in the classroom right next door) and a bunch of other awesome people.  Each club got to decorate the floor of its building- Supernatural club is the best club and you should vote for us.  I'm totally unbiased.

sakura mori neo kanzashi

For the event, I made a few things.  The sakura mori neo kanzashi are spooky hair flowers with skull centers, a modern interpretation of the traditional Japanese 簪 kanzashi- HUD texture options in a variety of colours for all the bits, in hair clips and hairsticks and clustered hana kanzashi hair decorations with and without danging chains with skulls.  A less spooky version of them with smaller uncarved pearls is also available.

(hair by Silvery K, eyes by S0ng, head by 6D00, kimono by amiable) 

(hair by Clawtooth, head by VCO, kimono by GUARAN-DOU)

There are also little baby kitsune, who nap in your arms, twitching little paws and tails in their sleep.  Each comes with either one or two tails, the extra tail is where they store their extra magic.

baby kitsune

And I made matching kitsune ears and tails for the donation item, all proceeds go to the Save the Children Charity for the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children fund.  There are plain ears, and ears decorated with the same skull flowers as the neo kanzashi.  There are multiple tail options included- your choice of single tails, two sets of three tails, and a set of nine tails (for the very old foxes who've lived a long time).  They are divided into sections for more flexibility, so you can customize them further if you also use the Edit menu.

Select your base ear and tail textures from the top rows, and then choose the inners and backs of the ears, and the tail tips, from the lower options.  You can also select sections and tint the overlays for even more options.  Open Edit, and Select Face.  Make sure you select the parts with the transparencies, NOT the underfur (unless you want to tint that instead!)

The ears and tails can be found in my classroom, and with the rest of the donation items in the shrine area.  My classroom is in the east wing of the south building.

If you come to my classroom, there is also a free gift, a てるてる坊主 teru teru bozu ("shine shine monk"), the little bald doll hung as a magical talisman to bring sunshine and ward off rain.  He's also got a bit of a gruesome children's rhyme to go with him, befitting his appearance in Supernatural club!

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
Like the sky in a dream sometime
If it's sunny I'll give you a golden bell

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
If you make my wish come true
We'll drink lots of sweet sake

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
but if it's cloudy and I find you crying
Then I shall snip your head off

teru teru bozu

The Xiasumi School Festival is open until April 21st.

Vote early, vote often, vote Supernatural!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ozimals Holi Hunt

(skin by fashionably dead, decor by Zaara, pose by Penny Dreadful Aracade)

The Magic of Oz sim is having a hunt!  April 1-16. collect some things and get some things!  I made shoes, a bright splattered version of the Classix Nouveaux, alternate not-messy laces and soles are also included.  There are versions to fit Slink and system feet, for boys and girls.  Unrigged mesh, so you can modify the fit if you require.

More information about how to play, and some more prize previews, can be found on the Magic of Oz blog.

Only available at the hunt!
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