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Fun Raft loaded with cuddles!
I had tons of fun making this, it's all mesh and the whole thing is only 3 pe, even with the umbrella! I loaded it with 77 cuddles, plus 6 "Sharing" food and drink, that as you can see also rezzes an ice bucket with a bottle of wine and a little pile of cherries and strawberries nestled atop the ice cubes. Also a bunch of solo sits for M&F. I did it in two colors, one the blue, and then textured it to match the Tiki Delight set; in fact, these pictures are taken outside my tiki hut on my homestead, with the waterfall in the background, and there's a mermaid habitat in the lagoon beneath.

Sweethearts stuff for Valentine's Day
Yessss, I know I've been bad about keeping up my journal... but better late than never, right? So I got this AWESOME heart-shaped tree and immediately saw POSSIBILITY! I hauled out my animations, and stuffed it full of 117 cuddles! There are 7 longer sequenced animations sets, from 1 minute to 4-1/2 minutes, variously. It was only 10 pe (even with the ferret! LOL!) but the picnic hamper with the wine glasses and the box of chocolates was another 10 pe, so I put those in the blanket to rez by a button, as the user wants or not. The blanket rezzes a book and laptop, and gives wine, cherries, the box of chocolate and a piece of chocolate to hold.
EbE Sweethearts Cuddle Tree ADc

THEN.... I got really random (I just love my ADHD sometimes) and made this block of letters.  Each section has 4-5 cute cuddles. Just for fun! ;)
EbE Valentine Fun ADc

The Cuddle Sled!
I'd made this last year, just 2 cuddles, with one of my mesh reindeer pulling it. And I never was quite  happy with it, but when I pulled it out and was looking at it, along with the sleigh (not sled) pulled by five reindeer, I had An Idea!!! Over the course of this last year, I'd begun  picking up various critters in mesh. So I pulled out the horses. The best had this great pose with one foreleg lifted, perfect to pull a winter sled! The only problem was.. it was ugly. Really ugly :( A kind of dirty off-white. So... I added a bit of color to her, aiming for a kind of palomino (but not quite) feel with the slightly darker coat and the flaxen mane and tail. Then... really getting into it, I decided to gussy up the mane with bows and so forth. I pulled out bows, and bells, and garlands, and even curly ribbon streamers and set to work. I had a total blast, making decorations for the mane, adn then a bow and some curly ribbons for the tail. I also added a bunch of animations to the sled, for a total of 19 cuddles. One of the cuddles rezzes a quilt to keep warm under, and another is a reading animation, and I put in the "I Believe" Christmas Treasury with... of course... the famous "Yes, Virginia..." letter. Oh yes, and there are some animated twinkling snowflake lights hanging off the front of the sled. Did I ever mention, I looove Christmas??? :)

EbE Cuddles Sled wHorse ADc

Something to sit on
Sooo I hauled out the His & Hers Christmas Chairs from last year, which by the way, I really really like. The only changes I made were upgrading the animations code and finding nicer mugs of cocoa for them to give, get new pictures taken, and they were ready to go. I did  pretty much the same thing for last year's living room suite. I'd never been entirely happy with it, but there wasn't anything actually wrong with it, and so I decided every year I would make a new Christimas Living Room, and keep the previous year's, so updating the code (and cocoa) again was all I did, although it kills me that there are so few animations in the cuddles sofa, but no fears! I plan to make up for that in the 2014 Living Room model. This, by the way, is the same Living Room set that I shrunk down (minus the fireplace) and put in the snow globes mentioned in an earlier post ;)

EbE His & Hers Christmas Chairs ADcEbE Christmas Living Room (stars) ADc

Oh right! I almost forgot. As a kind of afterthought, I needed some kind of table to display ALL that food on, and the side tables weren't big enough, so I draggedout my very favorite coffee table, of curved wood and a glass inset, and retextured it in red and green, with gold etched glass, and it turned out just gorgeous:

EbE Wood & Glass Christmas Coffee Table (red) ADcEbE Wood & Glass Christmas Coffeetable (green) ADc

And then of course, there are the fireplaces! I just loooooooooove the ones with the mantle cloth, as it has  animations in it, for sitting, reclining, and generally relaxing, including reading or drinking cocoa, all on the mantle of the fireplace. The taller fireplace is bedecked with garlands and Christmas lights .The picture frame set into the upper part is texture-change, and loaded with half a dozen really charming winter/Christmas scenes.

EbE Christmas Fireplace wMantle Sits (wood&gold)2014 ADcEbE Christmas Fireplace wPictures ADc

So I reeeeeeeeeeeally got into the mood, and spent two entire days doing Christmas baking, SL style!!! Mostly cookies... but digressed a bit into cupcakes, a Christmas pudding, and even a chocolate log!

EbE Christmas Cookie Party Platter ADcEbE Christmas Cookie Sleigh ADcEbE Christmas Pudding on Plate ADc

EbE Christmas Pudding on Tree Stand ADcEbE Plate of Christmas Cookies #1 ADcEbE Plate of Christmas Cookies #2 ADc

EbE Tier of Christmas Cupcakes ADcEbE Tier of Christmas Sweets ADc
That done, of course, we had to have a tea service! Only, the one lovely low-prim mesh tea service I had came with lovely china textures.. .but none suitale for Christmas. So I thought to myself, hmmm, let's see what I can do... and pulled out my Christmas fabrics organizer. And I think I am justifiably proud of the result I achieved!

EbE Christmas Tea Service (snowflake red) ADcEbE Christmas Tea Service (snowflake green) ADc

EbE Christmas Tea Service (Venetian red) ADcEbE Christmas Tea Service (Venetian green) ADc

Tables, Tabletop Sleighs, Musical Snowglobes
I decided to start next with smaller items, the tabletop things like the musical snowglobes and the tabletop sleighs, but I needed to have tables to display them on, so first, I hauled out my side tables from last year, and decided I could do better. I made the table in three different woods, mahogany, maple and chestnut, and each one has three different table covers, draped cloth, a runner, and a tapered runner. The covers have a texture change option, with (I think) 5 color options in the runners, and 7 in the draped cloth.

EbE Christmas Side Table wDrape (mahogany) ADcEbE Christmas Side Table wRunner (chestnut) ADcEbE Christmas Side Table wTapered Runner (maple) ADc

Those done, I started with the sleighs. There are 3 mesh ones, one just the sleigh and nothing else, with a super low prim count of 2, plus people can fill it with their own goodies. Then one with just a snowy tree from the woods, and one loaded with a lighted tree and a sack of presents. Then there is the sculpted sleigh, with very fancy runners, and lanterns off the back, for a rather ouchy 24 prims, but I love it SO much, and I figured there might be someone out there who loved it as much as I do and doesn't care about the prim count, so here it is anyway!

EbE Tabletop Sleigh wPresents&Tree ADcEbE Tabletop Sleigh wSnowy Tree ADc
EbE Tabletop Sleigh ADcEbE Tabletop Sleigh (fancy) ADc
Next, on to the musical snowglobes... one song per globe. The living room scene in two of the snowglobes is the actual living room that I made last year (minus animations, of course, LOL) and shrunk down to fit inside the globe, and I just LOOOVE it. And yes, it's abit primmy but can't be helped. I should make some more simple snowglobes with very few prims, but give me time.... I'll get there! LOL!

EbE Christmas Snow Globe (Living Room)(green) ADtEbE Christmas Snow Globe (Living Room)(red) inset

EbE Christmas Snow Globe (Living Room)(red)inset ADtEbE Christmas Snow Globe (Sleigh & Tree)(cream) inset ADt
EbE Christmas Snow Globe (Sleigh & Tree)(red)inset ADt

so then....
I pulled out some cute little trees in clay pots and began decorating! I kept one fairly simple for the low prim count, not to mention it was just adorable as it was (snowy with lights), not to mention it's my personal favorite ;) and some more loaded with decorations, as the whim struck me. I had a fine time! Prim counts range from 2 to 6, depending on the decorations.

EbE Living Christmas Tree (baubles) ADcEbE Living Christmas Tree (baubles n beads) ADc

EbE Living Christmas Tree (frosty-baubles) ADcEbE Living Christmas Tree (lights&baubles) ADc
EbE Living Christmas Tree (snowy-lights) ADc

The Holiday Building Season begins!
I know, I know, most builders start building for Christmas back in June ,but I just can't work up the enthusiasm for it that early. In fact, I spent all October telling myself, every day, TODAY I'm going to start on Christmas! And I'd go up to the Christmas build platform and look at everything I had rezzed out... last year's Christmas creations, all the new fp meshes and sculpts and textures for Christmas I'd picked up throughout the year... texture organizers everywhere, the gingerbread house and a path through a wooded snowy land... well... I'd just look at it all and slink away, mumbling "maybe after lunch" or "tomorrow! definitely, tomorrow". So finally, I decided to bite the bullet, and take baby steps... update the Christmas trees. I had two different styles of trees, twinkling lights and blinking animations, and each one offered in three different sizes. So I was changing their perms to copy, and also I was going to have to take all new pictures since I didn't ever really like last year's photos, when suddenly it came to me!!!! NOT three different sizes! I'll put a resizer script in the tree skirt! Hurray! My Muse woke up, sat up and said "oh yeah, this is good..." and off we went!

There are three of the trees with twinkling lights, dark spruce (my personal favorite), Nordic and Nordic snowy, each with a revolving golden star at the top. There's five of the blinking animations trees, wtih a pretty silver ornament at top. All have the resizer menu in the tree skirt. They're all mesh, and weigh in at 4 pe (twinkling lights) and 2 pe (blinking animations)... they do change in the land impact if you get the size up way high, but not by much.

EbE Christmas Tree Twinkling (dk spruce) ADcEbE Christmas Tree Twinkling (Nordic snowy) ADc

EbE Christmas Tree Blinking (rose twinkles) ADcEbE Christmas Tree Blinking (aqua twinkles) ADc

Curved Social Sofas
Gracefully curved sofa with lush upholstery on a carved wood base. Seats up to 7, with three singles cushions, and two bolsters with singles and cuddles. Throw pillows have 54 M&F sits; bolsters have 22 charming couples cuddles plus 54 M&F sits. Rezzes books & laptops. Gives various beverages to drink.

EbE Curved Social Sofa (aubergine) ADcEbE Curved Social Sofa (caribbean) ADc

It's Official!
It's officially finished, pics taken and it's in the vendors and on MP! Here are the final pics:

EbE The Royal Goth Mansion ADcEbE The Royal Goth Mansion - Grand Entrance Hall2EbE The Royal Goth Mansion - BallroomEbE The Royal Goth Mansion - Wing Room

Work in Progress: Gothic Mansion/manor/villa
My current Work in Progress... not sure what I'm calling it, maybe the Dark Romance Mansion. This is the entrance hallway... each floor has two long rooms along the side (you can see the double doors leading into them) and the third floor is a ballroom. Still working on ceiling and floor textures,what you see is *not* what will be there, but the walls are done, and I pretty much have the structure finished (even all mesh, it's like 120 pe... can't be helped really). Still finding areas to tweak of course.

WIP Dark Romance Mansion1
WIP Dark Romance Mansion2WIP Dark Romance Mansion4aWIP Dark Romance Mansion3

Beanbag Chairs for all! His, Hers & Cuddles
So someone came into the store looking for beanbag chairs that were copy, and of course I hadn't gotten to that yet. And so I bumped that to the top of my list to update. When I did update them, I discovered they were so old, the cuddles ones still only had the 2 original cuddles in them, so I re-did them with 3 more cuddles (it's hard to find cuddles for a beanbag chair, because of the way they fit; even cuddles made for a beanbag specifically, might not fitinto the particular shape one being used at any given time). So anyway... then I did more colors too, and updated the His & Hers beanbag chairs, and now we have lots! :)

Ebe Beanbag Chair For Her (lilac floral) ADc
Ebe Beanbag Chair For Him (rich copper) ADc

EbE Cuddles Beanbag (celtic pink) ADc
EbE Cuddles Beanbag (rich plum) ADc
EbE Cuddles Beanbag (sky blue) ADc

The Antique Tester Bed... rebuilt, all in mesh!
Something else I'd had on the back burner for a long time. The frame was mesh, but the bedding and pillows were sculpts, which drove the prim count up enormously. It took awhile to put together the right combination of mesh items, plus I added the prettiest dust ruffle that was like the finishing touch it had needed. So now this is all mesh, and came in at just 9 pe! Highly polished carved wood frame is complimented by plush velvet coverlet and fine linens. Loaded with animations... 62 erotic with 9 longer sequenced sets, 83 charming cuddles with 7 longer sequenced sets, and 25 M&F solo relaxing sits and reclines. It rezzes books and laptops, and even gives cherries for feeding cherries.

EbE Antique Tester Bed For Lovers ADc

EbE Antique Tester Bed For Lovers3EbE Antique Tester Bed For Lovers4EbE Antique Tester Bed For Lovers2

You deserve some elegance ~ Elegance by  Elysa!
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♥ Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/72425
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♥ Tranquility Grove: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Jewel/71/178/23

Now listening to Men At Work - Eye of the Tiger, on my own sim stream at http://streams.turbodj.com:9554


A Store Directory
So after getting today's new releases out in the store and notices sent, I decided to do a store directory, something I've been feeling for awhile that I needed. A couple hours later, it was pretty much ready to go! I'm sure I'll be finding things to tweak and change, but it's got all the basics! I'm pretty pleased with it :) :) I'd put in the teleporters to the outside areas and the Social Networking kiosks up a couple of weeks ago, so I just arranged everything neatly right in front of the New Releases, so you're facing it as you land near the main entrance. With, of course, a cute little star with swirly colors to show where you're standing ;)

Store Directory Pic

You deserve some elegance ~ Elegance by  Elysa!

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Now listening to Patti Austin & James Ingram - Baby Come To Me, on my own sim stream at http://streams.turbodj.com:9554


Finally! I finished the "Romantique" Bedroom Suite
Finally I got it done! After months of bumping this back on my to-do list, I finally finished the bed for the Romantique Bedroom Suite! I had everything done but the beds... and in fact,  I wound up making 2 beds... feeling whimsical (it happens), I decided to make one for the single gal... besides laptop and books, it also rezzes up a couple of cats, one calico and a haughty siamese, for petting (Siamese, remember who's in charge here) and cuddling (the calico), and gives tea, cocoa and champagne. There's also a rocking chair that plays 3 sweet lullabies, a wardrobe whose cupboard door open and closes on touch, and a nightstand with a bedside lamp on a doily. The sets also include the 2 carpets shown.

As always, my builds can be seen and tried out in-world. Larger builds are on a holorezzer outside the store, along with a meditation area, a mermaid lagoon and a Kastle Rock Affiliate store.

Visit Tranquility Grove, my park on the sim below the store! Feel free to wander about and explore. Places for wandering, dancing, cuddling. Just for fun, take the Wonkavator up to the store!

You deserve some elegance ~ Elegance by  Elysa!

♥ Main Store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Jewel/145/128/351
♥ Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/72425
♥ Designer's Blog: http://elegancebyelysa.livejournal.com/
♥ Tranquility Grove: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Jewel/71/178/23

Now listening to Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again, on my own sim stream at http://streams.turbodj.com:9554


EbE Romantique Bed for the Single Girl ADcEbE Romantique Bedroom Suite For Lovers ADc

EbE Romantique Nightstand Lamp Doily ADEbE Romantique Rocking Chair ADEbE Romantique Wardrobe ADEbE Romantique Bed for Lovers1EbE Romantique Bed for the Single Girl1EbE Romantique Bed for the Single Girl2

The Viviane Faerie Boat
The inspiration for this was from the classical art by Waterhouse (I think it was Waterhouse) of the Lady of Shalott... but my boat is lots more cheerful than the poor Lady's,with 74 really sweet cuddles, and 38 M&F solo sits. I meshed the boat after building it from prims, and even with the cushions, the drape over the seat and the little lantern, the whole thing is only 6 pe, so I'm really thrilled!

EbE The Viviane Faerie Boat ADc
EbE The Viviane Faerie Boat3EbE The Viviane Faerie Boat5

EbE The Viviane Faerie Boat6EbE The Viviane Faerie Boat7
EbE The Viviane Faerie Boat8a

An Ivory Tower for a Princess
I FINISHED IT!!!! Woot, my very own Ivory Tower!!! fit for a princess... or a fairy (Lady of Shalott). I"m sooo tickled! I have two versions, the main one, that is for a residence, and I made it hugely larger to use as my build platform, which has been officially dubbed the Ivory Tower since I never leave it... so it's fitting, I should actually be doing my building high up on on the roof of my Ivory Tower! I'm soooo pleased with myself!  There are two balcony levels, open to the center, and the stairs wind up along the wall.

EbE Fairytale Princess Tower ADcEbE Fairytale Princess Tower Roof

At the very top of the tower are two levels just below the roof, where the Princess has her living quarters. I did consider putting a balcony but it rather destroyed the overall integrity of the appearance, so I opted out on that. The lower chamber where the Princess would have her private chambers has a texture-changing wall, plus I've put in a round bed with 12 relaxing/reading/sleeping animations, a musical carousel with 3 full songs, and a marble fireplace. The top chamber has windows looking out... I may make a mirror for it (Lady of Shalott, anyone). I'm thinking of making a harp just special for the Tower, but only the bed, carpet, fireplace and musical carousel are included.

EbE Fairytale Princess Tower Princess Chambers2EbE Fairytale Princess Tower Princess Chambers3

EbE Fairytale Princess Tower Princess Chambers4EbE Fairytale Princess Tower Princess Chambers5

The stairs were a p.i.t.a. I had to mesh them, since there were so many, which brought the prim count down by half, at least, but there area LOT of stairs!
EbE Fairytale Princess Tower winding stairs
EbE Fairytale Princess Tower stairs to roofEbE Fairytale Princess Tower Princess Chambers1


A new style Trellis Swing, plus Just A Barrel
I had made this simple (but still elegant!) rope-and-wood swing seat for the balcony of my villa, and I was looking at the trellis swings, and suddenly I thought, hmmm, why not put my swing from home in there? So that's what I did! It's a carved, polished wood seat with an upholstered cushion seat... yes, you know, me, I can't do rustic if you held a gun to my head. Anyway, so I did it up in three dif. colors, and added pretty climbing flowers to the trellis. It has 17 M&F solo sits, plus 12 cuddles sits. Yes, I know the other trellis swings have 30 cuddles, but those are basically swinging benches; much harder to get cuddles that will work on this style of swing, so you're stuck with 12 :P

So then I was setting up the tiki hut on the far side of my homestead, and wanted some cute barrel seats to go on the decks over the water, and after trying everything I've had in my inventory for years, I just decided heck with it, I'll just make my own... which to be honest is how a lot of the stuff I make, comes to be made. Can't find just what I want, so I make it.  Then stick it in the store :)  Anyway! I did something different this time, which may be some kind of sign for the future, because I get *really* tired of making all those different dozens of listings for color variations. I put the sits in the barrel, and texture changer in the cushions! yep! touch the barrel to change sits, touch the cushion and change the texture!!!! :) :)

You deserve some elegance ~ Elegance by  Elysa!

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Now listening to Johnny Rivers - Baby, I Need Your Lovin', on my new sim stream!

EbE Flowering Trellis wSwing Seat (red brocade) ADc
EbE Trellis Swing Seat (blue quilted) FEbE Trellis Swing Seat (bronze floral) M

EbE Just a Barrel (fairy magic) ADcEbE Just a Barrel (Italianesque) ADcEbE Just a Barrel (shabby wood) ADc

Garden Swings in 2 styles
Two types of Garden Swings! The Trellis Swing is a new release, the Garden Swing I updated, with a better swing script and lots more cuddles! Now the swings have 30 very charming hand-picked cuddles, and it swings smoothly, nice and slow, on sit. There are 3 color styles to choose from for the Garden Swing, and 6 for the Trellis Swing, 3 on the ivory base and 3 on the mahogany base. COPY perms!

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EbE Trellis Swing (Ivory-skyblue) ADc
EbE Garden Swing (Mahogany-Celtic) ADcEbE Trellis Swing (Oak-goldsatin) ADc

Aegean Cafe Table & Chairs
I made these to match the Oriental Sky Pagoda done in white marble and my favorite panels of Chinoisserie. They were pretty enough I decided to offer them separate from the Pagoda. All mesh. Each chair has 10 M&F sits, and give cups of coffee and tea. The carpet and table are linked for only 1 pe.

EbE Aetean Cafe Set ADc
EbE Sky Pagoda (Oriental) wRotunda Furnished ADc