Thursday, April 4, 2019

LHVW Comes Clean for Spring

Seems that every spring I get the urge to clean, not my house but my websites. This year Living History via Virtual Worlds (LHVW) is the beneficiary of my efforts.

Nothing like starting off the season with a few software upgrades, some html coding, and a new flavicon. You can get the full rundown at Site News: Construction & Clean Up 2019

Recent visitors should clear their image cache to see the fabulous new banner image, "Barks & Paddles", by Abbondio.

Good times!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Elegant Market Cart with Carved Wood Detailing

Old-timers who are familiar with Provence will recognize the wood carving for this cart. It comes from a model I made ages ago with prims and sculpts glued together. I've very happy to update this old favourite to mesh!

An elegant carved-wood Market Cart perfect for displaying your wares whether they be rustic or refined.

A lovely addition to any rural or farm setting.

This single mesh object has a LI=4 at the current generous size (approx. 1.49 x 1.6 x 0.24).

Find it on the SLM or Inworld

Market Cart w Carved Wood by  on 2018-10-11 An elegant carved-wood market cart perfect for displaying your wares.

Images: Tatiana Dokuchic

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Louis XVI "Zen" Chair Vignette

This bohemian twist on the classic Louis XVI Chair makes you happy just looking at it!

Fresh from the RFL Home & Garden Expo where I believe it generated a bit of good karma by helping to raise money for cancer research.

Zen boasts a frame of carved light oak; a cheerful silk, mandala back; and velvet chair seats. Touch the chair back to select from the four different seat fabric colours (Pink, Purple, Green, Blue).

Curl up with a good book, relax with a cup of tea, enjoy a glass of red wine or host a sing-along as you play your own guitar,. With 25 animations (unisex, female, male, chat). there's a lot to keep you occupied. You'll also find writing & dining animations making the chair a perfect companion for your own desk or table.

Find it on the SLM or Inworld

Happy Decorating!
Louis XVI "Zen" Chair Vignette by  on 2017-07-05 This bohemian twist on the classic Louis XVI Chair makes you happy just looking at it!

Images: Tatiana Dokuchic

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Charming Milk Churns

Here's a project that I've been meaning to release for awhile now; a set of five decorated milk churns perfect for roleplay or home decor.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chasing Jane: Pursuing Jane Austen is Always a Pleasure

Having first discovered Jane Austen as a child means that I've been pursuing her for many years now. I distinctly remember being enchanted by the fairy tale aspects of Emma; beautiful heroine, dashing hero, wealth, luxury. etc, etc.  I also remember trying to figure out what the heck a "fortnight" was.

Her penchant for happy endings was also appealing.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Skyrim SE: The Demure Dragonborn Level 05 Lakeview Manor

When it comes to Skyrim, I'm definitely a homebody and not a wanderer.  I know from experience that being homeless is painful; having to haul ingredients and travel to forges, alchemy & enchanter stations; having to sell my loot immediately.  As I mentioned in my last post, one of my first priorities this time around is building a home, adding all the amenities and then sticking to it.

I choose Lakeview Manor for its beautiful location.  The most southerly of the three homes that can be built, it's also close to my favourite town, Riverwood, and city, Whiterun.  Living in real-life Canada, I appreciate a place that's as far away from snow as possible!

I did hear rumblings that Lakeview Manor was also the most dangerous location for a home but I turned a deaf ear and went ahead and bought my plot.  After all, being the Dragonborn should mean being able to defend your home, shouldn't it?  Shouldn't it?!  More about fending off various attacks later ...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Skyrim SE: The Demure Dragonborn Level 01 Strategy

I love the open world of Skyrim and all the vastness of its possibilities. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my previous post I'm "a bit of this - a bit of that" kind of person.  In my first go-around I found myself spread too thin with regards to my character build and it became a tad confusing. This time I've narrowed down my focus to those things I really love and though I'll probably never follow one of the character archetypes I know it's going to be a lot of fun.

Defining My Style

Given that I've identified myself as the "Demure Dragonborn" it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that I'd much rather craft than fight. Smithing, Alchemy and Enchanting are not only a pleasure but are going to bring me both wealth and protection.

Speaking of protection, I definitely don't want to wander around Skyrim as a defenseless fool.  I also want a modicum of magic in my life, I mean who wouldn't!

I intend to be fleet of foot using light armor with a sword in one hand and spells in the other.  I'm also going to rely on my potions & enchanted items to pick up any slack where my spells and/or skills are lacking.

During my initial researching (something I never even thought to do the first time around)  I was pleasantly surprised at the wealth of Skyrim Character Builds that are out there.  The time & effort people have spent analyzing & documenting their characters is amazing.  Hopefully I've managed to incorporate some of the best ideas into my own strategy.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Vermeer: View of Delft

"Although there exists a plethora of Dutch 17th-century cityscapes, none are able to transport the viewer back in time and convey the material sense of water, air, brick and mortar as much as Vermeer's View of Delft.  When we stand in front of this picture it is almost as if we had been projected in a time capsule to the southern ramparts of Delft's city gates in the early 1660's"

Which is exactly why I picked this Vermeer masterpiece as the banner for Living History via Virtual Worlds.  What a wonderful way to provide some amazing atmosphere for a social network dedicated to historical adventurers!  Imagine yourself  talking to those people on the river bank, exploring the city, or boarding a ship for destinations unknown.