We are not yet quite into the middle of September and whilst the vestiges of summer might still remain here and there autumn has hit the Second Life grid with the grace of a swirling copper leaf. Perhaps spurred on by the Sounds of the Forest theme for September at Collab88 there is a distinctly rural outlook to many new products, invoking the bounty of the harvest and Keats’ season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.
I love the new Kenna Cabin by Trompe l’Oeil that was on display at Collab88. There is an open fire on the outside hearth that is perfect for entertaining although I turned it into a cosy nook with a lovely chair from Dust Bunny I picked up in a Fat Pack of a whole dining set at Collab88. I want to feature the whole set on the blog with the interior of the cabin at a later date. For the outside, I liked the idea of it being a place to relax after an afternoon sweeping leaves and picking up windfall apples.
There is a new orchard ladder from What Next and some fallen apples with a basket, to buy on their own or as part of their Fall Decor Bundle offer which saves you 20 per cent over buying the items separately. Also, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are everywhere. There is wheelbarrow of pumpkins on sale by the designer at Collab88, whilst at their Mainstore the new autumn producs have now arrived. There is a basket of pumpkins which I stood by the door as if for sale to passers by. Their Fall Decor Bundle includes the basket but also a crate of brightly decorated pumpkins which I haven’t used here. There is also an Autumn Wreath and an Autumn Garland included, both of which I placed over the hearth and an Harvest Sign which I placed round the side of the house with the wheelbarrow. All these items can be bought separately if wished.
What Next also has a new Fall Food and Drink Bundle and a new Hallowe’en Decor Bundle, both of which I will be featuring on the blog at a later date. It is worth taking a trip to their Mainstore and having a look at the abundance of autumnal goodies there, and if you are a What Next V.I.P Group Member you can also pick up their new cute Scarecrow as a free gift! What’s more, What Next V.I.P members gain 30 per cent store credit on Fall and Hallowe’en decor bought from the Fall section of the store up until 30th September 2016 (remember to wear your group tag when purchasing!)
Continuing with my autumn produce theme, I chose an apple tree with a snuggle rug and accessories like a pile of pumpkins and a basket of apples. I found this on the Marketplace.
The bench at the side of the cottage I have had in my inventory for a long time. The sunflower rattan hat was made by Zenith for this round of Collab88.
My next job is the decorate the interior of the cottage, but in the meantime, below there is a list of all the items I have used to decorate the outside of the cottage so far.
Kenna Cabin by Trompe L’Oeil for Collab88.
Pumpkin Basket by What Next at their Mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hodgepodge/117/111/33 .
Autumn Plaque and Hanging basket (petunias) by Earthdwellings by Earthstones at their Mainstore .
Doublers Lantern Ladder by Cheeky Pea available on the Marketplace at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/CP-Doublers-Lantern-Ladder/7033384.
Fall is Coming Chair a by Dust Bunny for Collab88.
Autumn Wreath and Garland by What Next at their Mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hodgepodge/117/111/33 .
Harvest Snuggle by Kitty Creations, available on the Marketplace at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Harvest-Snuggles-Set-32-animations-Apple-Tree-Pile-of-Pumpkins-Basket-of-Apples-Kitty-Creations/6421085.
Orchard Ladder and Windfall Apples on ground new from What Next at their Mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hodgepodge/117/111/33 .
Deco Old Broom by NaT by Vanilla available on the Marketplace https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/NaT-dEcO-Old-Broom/7870695.
Deco Fall Pumpkin Set by NaT by Vanilla available on the Marketplace https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/NaT-dEco-Fall-Pumpkin-Set/7846865
Heart VR Harmony Wild Meadow Autumn Fatpack available on the Marketplace here https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Grass-and-Flowers-Autumn-Harmony-Wild-Meadow-FATPACK/4004993