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Status update (Fri, 03 Apr 2020)
 Configuring my new PC takes much longer than I thought, but I have my Sims game stuff sorted out :) I can create new patterns and my ts3 CC testing Any Game Starter profile is active and working. Though I wanted to cut out some CC and had to switch some hairs around, so some of my models got a little upgrade. (I ended up putting all hairs back in after all, because I need to sort through them in a different profile instead of just taking out a bunch without knowing how they look, but oh well.) I also stumbled upon a beautiful flower texture on which I had worked on in the past but then forgot about, so I finished it. Really lovely daisy petals. And those glitter stripes are so much fun! Sims 4 is also working, new CC and all. I found a lovely surprise in my paypal account today - I am very grateful to the kind person who donated for my website the other day - thank you!!! I’m almost halfway to covering my website costs this year. Oldies but goodies! Since I do not have any old patterns in my testing save, I haven’t actually seen my published patterns for quite some time, so I installed them all in my new sims 3 play savegame. There are some gorgeous patterns that I totally forgot about in there - for example, I really enjoy having the rainbow-colored woods from my wood pattern collection #2 in my game! That wood collection is one of my favorite collections I made. It’s also interesting to see how I developed my skills over the years and I think my patterns have definitely increased in quality. (Some old ones actually make me cringe, but that was to be expected. If anyone ist still playing ts3 in 5 yeas, maybe I’ll have overhauled a few of the older ones by then LOL) I’m especially proud of the quality of the patterns I am currently finalizing! I think you’ll love them.
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Oh, such a pretty shooting star!…I start a new sims 3... (Thu, 02 Apr 2020)
Oh, such a pretty shooting star!… I start a new sims 3 save in Isla Paradiso (just a spur of the moment thing) and this happens the day my sim moved in. This is only my second meteor I witnessed so far. Unless the first time, which took place in broad daylight and roasted several sims, this one merely scared my new sim Fleur ;)
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it’s frustrating! (Sat, 21 Mar 2020)
I’ve run into some trouble with my new PC. Turns out some parts are missing for my case, which I bought second-hand (seemed like such a good idea at the time - but the seller promised to resend the missing pieces, so fingers crossed). Also, I got a seemingly random system crash while sorting my bookmarks in my browser, wich turned out to be a really big deal - my brother’s old graphics card, which I wanted to use to pass the time before better graphics cards are being released at the end of the year, apparently decided to quit working. I wanted to avoid reusing my old graphics card, which is just too ancient and would totally bottleneck my new system, so I just bought a 2-year-old model with money I kinda wanted to save for a better one. Plans rarely work out as planned… Well, the card should work fairly decent for my equally ancient 23″ full-hd monitor, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue and buys me more time to save more money for a really cool, BIG monitor and potent graphics card to match. Well…someday. I decided to treat myself to the Sims 4 University addon, seeing it on sale, to take my mind off things. I’m still playing my family with single mother and teenage daughter (and 6 cats - they breed like rabbits!) with a lifespan setting on maximum, so it’s going to take a while of playtime until I really get to that. My teen is working on getting all badges for the scouts extracurricular.  Also, it’s time she had a romantic interest, as she is constantly asking people about wohoo… I play sims 4 so rarely I still have a lot to discover. Which is good :)
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Too much free time on your hands? Build your new gaming PC... (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
Too much free time on your hands? Build your new gaming PC yourself, and a month goes by like a breeze. That is if you do it like me and do extensive research on all components, hunt for the cheapest prices for weeks and watch tons of build guides on youtube :)
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Denim, glitter stripes and a mottled jersey :) 😊I am almost done... (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
Denim, glitter stripes and a mottled jersey :) 😊 I am almost done with the regular fabrics - after that, there are lots of knit patterns waiting to be reviewed! I’m really enjoying the process so far and the satisfactory feeling of getting things done!
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I love those plain old natural fiber textures. I just finished... (Mon, 16 Mar 2020)
I love those plain old natural fiber textures. I just finished off a bunch of them,  fine, grungy, coarse, thick… And I also have some colorful textured fabrics for furniture. I established a nice routine to finalize my patterns. I install a few of them (not more than 10 at once) and check them in-game, notice what needs to be done and immediately tweak them. I then close the game and load it again to see the edited results; rinse and repeat. I open and close my game at least 8 times on an average pattern session – luckily, I have a tiny world installed with just 4 lots on it that loads pretty quickly in just a few minutes. Whenever I consider them finished, I put them into a special “finished” folder. So far, I’ve got 54 pattern files in there :)
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Moar patterns 😊 I have always been quite smitten with the... (Sun, 15 Mar 2020)
Moar patterns 😊 I have always been quite smitten with the pattern on the bed and there wasn’t much to fix, but I tweaked the channels so the colors can be adjusted more easily. I also tackled a moss-stitch pattern, wich I upgraded to horizontal and vertical versions (previously, only a vertical version was made). I’m still tweaking the snowflake knit pattern to look best on clothes - gotta find that sweet spot where the designs are not cut off in weird places. It will look better on some clothes and worse on others, depending on where the clothes UV’s are placed on the texture maps, but I’m trying to optimize it for standard EA pullovers.
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So I’ve been poking around in an old harddrive and found this... (Sun, 15 Mar 2020)
So I’ve been poking around in an old harddrive and found this “gem”, a sims 2 recording, from 2006. It’s called “bad manners”. Since the original video had Skillet’s “Under my Skin” blaring all over the sim’s noises, my 20-year-old self had the glorious idea to look for *ahem* fitting replacement noises and dub it. I loved how gross Sims 2 could be. It was simply the best iteration in terms of detail and humor. Although I’m not really into bathroom humor, it still made me laugh, so I thought why not share it.
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Pattern ProgressFirst pic:I found an interesting pattern that... (Fri, 13 Mar 2020)
Pattern Progress First pic: I found an interesting pattern that featured irregular layered fabric strips, which can also be adjusted to look like paper. I also made the shadow adjustable, so it an be a subtle or more pronounced effect. It’s interesting as a wallpaper :) Other patterns include the striped linen fabric (applied to the chair), a structured heavy fabric that’s good for furniture or rugs (on the floor), a stripy herringbone pattern (on the duvet) and a very subtle grainy fabric pattern that can be adjusted for a pronounced or subtle effect (I applied it to the bedding). On the headpiece of the bed is the corduroy pattern I have shown before, recolored to look a bit different. Second pic: I edited a previously rather plain lace pattern to have awesome 3d effects! I also digged deep in my pattern folder and found a knit pattern that I made by hand (I colored all the knit stitches that made up the design - very time consuming work I did back in 2012!) I wasn’t satisfied with how it looked previously, so I made some adjustments and now have 3 different sizes and a design I’m happy to share!
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windermeresimblr: Her main difference is the hair color and the... (Sat, 07 Mar 2020)
windermeresimblr: Her main difference is the hair color and the nose. (Yes, I forgot to zoom in enough, urgh.) I’m extremely proud of how I macgyvered the look of a lace overdress over a plain, long-sleeved dress. (And technically speaking, black and white was considered Regency half mourning. In addition to the Victorians’ lavender/mauve, grey, etc.) How you, too, can have the effect of a sheer lace overdress/other article: Download @simlicious‘ lace patterns. Apply the lace pattern you like on the item of clothing you have chosen, which hopefully has an underlayer and an overlayer.  Copy or note the hex code for the underlayer portion’s color. Go into CAS and select the lace pattern. CAREFULLY adjust the backing color to match your underlayer color. Some adjustments may be required. Adjust your other colors to play off the underlayer more appropriately.  If you want to add false sleeves, there’s a variety of options–these are by OneEuroMutt, as they don’t add a false neckline. Wow, the dress looks great! I’m really glad you found such a good use for my pattern :) I actually had things like this in mind when making them - layered see-through looks and also skincolor shining through for transparent sleeves and such :)
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Feeling like superwoman (because I, a total couch potato, worked... (Sat, 29 Feb 2020)
Feeling like superwoman (because I, a total couch potato, worked out two days in a row - I am attempting a 7 day workout challenge. Don’t ask about muscle ache though, I can hardly move, ouch). I also finished a couple more old patterns which you can see here! Corduroy, anyone?
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nantucketupsnott: zevrans: The Sims (2000) No words needed. ❤ (Fri, 28 Feb 2020)
nantucketupsnott: zevrans: The Sims (2000) No words needed. ❤
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I overhauled this argyle pattern from 2012 (!). There were some... (Fri, 28 Feb 2020)
I overhauled this argyle pattern from 2012 (!). There were some problems with it and I never published it, but now it is pretty perfect (and I am satisfied with it). It has a slight wool structure, which makes it great for preppy sweaters or bedcovers.
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34 (Wed, 26 Feb 2020)
I stealthily celebrated my birthday on the 22nd of this month, ha! :-) not many can pull that off these days, hehe. My parents were on vacation, my man out of town, so I decided to break all traditions. There was no “Kaffeeklatsch” / afternoon tea and I didn’t even have a proper cake (well, I did have a slice of pyramid cake, which we call tree cake in Germany, from a grocery store). But there was no time to notice, because I actually wasn’t home for most of the day. I went to the city with one of my dearest and oldest friends and we did some window shopping :) We only see each other a few times per year, so this was extra special for me! I walked so much that my fitness app declared a new step record (still too low for normal people to get excited about, but I was proud of myself). I also want to thank that really kind soul who made a generous donation to support my website. Thank you so much, I noticed it only a couple of days ago but I was really overjoyed! I talked about the price increase of my website hosting here, so this year, I’m extra grateful for your support! In case you also want to donate for my website upkeep, you can do that here. I am slowly working my way through the mountain of patterns I want to finalize and I will eventually emerge with a collection for you all to enjoy! In the meantime, try playing around and recolor my older patterns, you’ll be surprised how different they can look! If you’re interested, I can give you some color examples to try out. Thank you all so much for your patience and support. You are the best! <3
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Solve the Mystery Challenge (Thu, 20 Feb 2020)
pitheinfinite: With the traditional sims challenges, the player must fullfill certain requirements. How about we design a world for the player to search for the answer hidden somewhere instead? Like what really happened in Woeford? And we embed a main story line there and use cc like objects containing clues, mods to activate opportunities and custom career to guide the players on their adventures. Other simmies could provide clues with their traits or looks too.  In other words, what if our talented story-writers, modders, builders and creators of all sorts of cc and characters, team up together to build a mysterious world for our player? There will be at least one main plot, but the players can also develop their own story lines along the way. Imagine a sims version of “Westworld.”  I actually have this idea for a LONG time, but I hesitant to bring this up until now ‘cause I know it will definitely require huge amount of time and effort to build such a world. I think it would be fun and worthwhile though. Anyone interested? If we start now and everything goes smoothly, maybe we can have some new games by Christmas? lol Update:   1. It’s just an idea. It doesn’t have to involve me. Whoever interested could also collaborate with other like-minded simmers! 2. I can set up a Discord for further discussion if needed. This sounds like lots of fun - what a great idea! Then the townie’s biographies would actually be useful for once, and you could go clue-hunting in their carefully and lovingly decorated homes… and in the great outdoors! I’d be happy to participate in some way :)
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Ariana (Thu, 20 Feb 2020)
Ariana
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monochromaticblack & white (inspired by the snowflake... (Thu, 20 Feb 2020)
monochromatic black & white (inspired by the snowflake obsidian pattern on the planters)
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I’m currently tweaking some older wip patterns to finish them,... (Thu, 20 Feb 2020)
I’m currently tweaking some older wip patterns to finish them, and to spice things up, I am making a few new ones in between, like the olive wood pattern you see on the chair and table in this sreenshot :)
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When you really want to show off your nails, but also your new... (Mon, 17 Feb 2020)
When you really want to show off your nails, but also your new tie-dye sweater… ;)
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I’ve been trying something different. I’m not always content... (Sat, 15 Feb 2020)
I’ve been trying something different. I’m not always content with the selection of walls EA gave us, so I am in the process of making some walls myself! These are my first two. They are identical except for the location of the trims :) to the right is the current default preset with EA patterns applied to it, and to the left are some of my patterns applied to it. I was often annoyed with how the EA’s baseboards “melted” into the floor, so I made a little shadow underneath that adds a bit of realism.
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