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MakeOver Monday part 2

HeyHey Fab Free! It’s Monday so that means it’s more of “The Big Make Over”. Today I’m focusing on Alistar and our Fabulous Guys. I do want to note that all of these pictures are totally untouched and unedited.  This is goning to be a looong post so let’s not dither about and jump right in.

So, I I first said I was going to do a male make over avatar I had NO idea how much different it would be from doing the female. But dang, it’s so much more difficult and frustrating. With the girls, I had loads of choices of heads and bodies but the guys really don’t have that much in free choices. I almost threw in the towel and said I’d have to do a limited Lindens make over for the guys. And granted…. using Lindens would be much easier. But I wanted to do free. 

So, let’s remember where we started. This is the Second Life starter, “Greg” in his birthday suit. Not all together awful but certainly more ‘human-like’ than human. Why the designers for LL didn’t spend more time and care and artistry for the male population is beyond me.

And Greg close up.

 

I added this next pic because I wanted to show that the Greg skin is not horrible. In fact it’s not bad at all. It’s just the clunky shape that makes it bad.

 

The first and only free body I could find was the “Robert” body from Altamura located at the London City Freebie Center. The good and frankly, bad thing about Altamura is that the head comes attached to the body. While this means you don’t have to track down a mesh head. It also means you can’t use a different head if you already have one or find one you like better. Altamura does offer headless bodies and bodiless heads but only as paid items. The other quirk for the free Altamura bodies is they are not Omega or BoM friendly. With the return of BoM I find this rather frustrating. I can only assume that this is because these are all older versions.

This is the Robert right out of the box. Not my favorite look. He looks angry… like axe murderer angry.

“But me back in the box”

So knowing I couldn’t change the head I focused on the shape. A note here, I did change the shape of the body and head using the System sliders to suit my own taste, your mileage may vary.  However, I couldn’t get it just right. So I took to the MarketPlace for shapes. Where I found Sweet’s.  Several free shapes for Robert and others. Loads of 1Ls skins, some free hair, and even their own Bento Bom mesh body for just one Linden. I would have likely picked this based on the quality of their other products but I was set on absolutely free. There are several other Mesh Bento and BoM ready bodies on the Marketplace and the Grid that are under 10L each. And the minimum amount of Lindens you can buy is 2.50$ USD which will net you about 600L. So it’s not like you’d break the bank.

At any rate, I picked “Sweet’s Free! Shape for ROBERT by Altamura” and ran with it. I was able to adjust with the System sliders and got it pretty close to exactly what I wanted. The Sweet’s shape even came with mesh eyes. Alistar is getting closer!

Look’it them cheek bones!

One note, none of the free or 1L male bodies I found came with genitalia. Another drawback for the guys. You can find free male genitals on the Marketplace. However I can’t review them here as we are ‘family friendly’.

So, let’s talk briefly about AOs (Animation Overrides) for both the new kids. There are some basic AOs on the Marketplace for free and one, Bright’s Spunky Girl was the one I used for Julianna for a loong time. It’s basic but really all you need starting out. The female walk cycle is a bit exaggerated in the hip sway but not horrible. And at least the idle poses aren’t like a cat in heat.  It’s not on their MarketPlace, you can only grab it in world -> Here.

There are also two basic AOs (Among others) at Free Dove Listed as “AX oo2 Basically a Boy and Basically a Girl” that I tried. I found them… ok. I liked a lot of the stand animations and they worked well. I found the idles to be too restless and hyper. In fact, that was my issue with a ton of AOs free and paid. You can find all types for free and just need to try them to find one you like. Just pay attention… lots of free AOs are NOT bento rigged. Which means they work… but your hands are going to stick out stiffly and not move well.

Ultimately, I chose the AOs “Daily sLife Free Male Bento” and “Lucky Girl” from Tuty’s for both of our new kids. It’s got Bento right there in the name, the hands move well, the walks are not overly ‘cartoony’ and best the idles are smoothly animated and move from one stand to the next very realistically. This choice didn’t surprise me as I use Tuty AOs for both Juli and Gabe. 

SO there we have it for the new kids. We have Mesh Bento rigged bodies and Mesh heads, good skins and they walk less like ducks and more like Egyptians.  (2 internet point for you if you get the reference )

Next week… HAIR! Maybe some clothes and we’ll talk about how to set up your Inventory so it doesn’t catch fire.  

Also… if you have questions or comments, please let me hear ’em! There was a great question last week about making Lindens in world and I am still checking out my research on that and hope to have something to say about it next week.

 

Links for products

Altamura @ London City Freebie Center – Robert Mesh head and body 

Sweet’s – MarketPlace Shop for loads of freebies and dollarbies. Shapes, Hairs etc.

Free Dove – Charity shop with tons of free gifts for Male and Female Avatars. Some AOs, Hair, Clothes, Shoes, Skins, etc

Tuty’s – AOs, poses, etc. Two free AOs one for men and one for women.

 

 


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Ocean Eyes

Coming Soon to Fab Free
Hey, Fab Free! I like making new avatars/looks, and I made this one in the spirit of Billie Eyelish with the green and black hairsyle. Do you think it looks like her? It kinda succeeded but I think she ended up having her own unique look… this new avatar I created is super cute either way.

Let’s get down to the details which are a beautiful 1 L mesh body and this great free sweater!

Sweet’s Ruth Mesh Body

As many of you know, I have been working on the Fab Free Mesh body and Head Listing. I recently made a few updates to the page so you may want to look at some of the new bodies I posted. I decided to show off a body from that list, which is one of Ruth mesh bodies. This one is Sweet’s Ruth. Isn’t the body gorgeous? It fits many Maitreya clothes and shoes, although you will need to use the alpha hud to make many of the clothes fit. To use the alpha version of the body, just open up the box included in the folder that has the alpha HUD! This body is BOM and works with all BOM skins and other products. The Sweet’s Ruth mesh body costs only 1 L on the marketplace.

Here are some more details about the body:

Fits: Maitreya clothes and feet (flat, mid, and high) for the most part, with the use of the alpha hud provided.
Omega/Bakes on Mesh (BOM)?  This body is BOM only.
Bento? Yes.
Other Notes: Includes mesh nails with a nail colour hud. There is no mesh head included with this body.

You may also want to be aware of the following known issues about the body that the creator makes a note of:

“- A small glitch can appear between neck and head
(usually on high ground)
– A small glitch can appear with feet and hands in extreme poses.
– Medium High feet often need an alpha to fit Maitreya Shoes (provided!)
– Older skins with painted on nails will not match mesh feet. Use a nailfix! (provided!)”

Just as a side note, I used the Ariel head from LOGO to create this avatar. The LOGO group is free to join and every month in 2021 they are going to sell an older head of every month to group members for only 300L. In order to use the head, you need the 3.1 version LOGO customization hud. I was pleased to hear about this sale and grabbed the Ariel head up for that low price. The head is BOM compatible. There is NO mesh head included with the Sweet’s Ruth body, so you will need to use another mesh head of your own with it or get one of the mesh heads listed on the Fab Free Mesh body and Head Listing to complete a mesh look. Alternatively, you can wear the Sweet’s Ruth body with a classic system head if you prefer.

Beatrix

Another item I am showcasing today is the Beatrix Sweater Dress, which you can grab at the zOOm Mainstore. I found this gift by using the Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News group, and they have many gifts that were available for free during the Christmas train event this group ran over the holidays. Technically, the event ended around Christmas time, but a lot of designers still have their gifts out at their store. You can look at the gifts using this page, although some of them may not be available still. It’s worth a look though because I found that quite a few of the gifts are still out! I had my eye on this lovely sweater by zOOm on the list and to my delight, it was still available! Simply join the Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News (MSGN) group for free and the sweater is yours. zOOm has 2 free MSGN gifts out at the moment so grab them while you’re there!

Sizes Included

  • Maitreya
  • Isis
  • Freya
  • Hourglass
  • Physique

Thanks for reading, Fab Free! Have fun!

xx
-Caroline

Caroline is Wearing…

Clothes & Accessories

Dress– zOOm Beatrix Sweater Dress (Group Gift/ Group is Free to Join)
Boots– Blueberry FLF 1/17 Boots Pack

Body

Hair – Kuni Lisa
Mesh Body and Nails – Sweet’s Ruth 2.0 BoM Bento Mesh Body (1 Linden on the Marketplace)
Mesh Head, eyes, eyebrows, and makeup – LOGO Ariel (On sale for the month of January for 300L as a promotion/ Group is free to join)
Skin – 7 Deadly Skins Elivira Snow Browless
Backdrop – PALETO Backdrop Knox-03 

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Steampunk Sweets and Envious Love

Coffee & Cakes

There are few things that I enjoy more than coffee and sweets. A close runner up would be finding great deals that include sweets and coffee! So I might have spent an afternoon indulging my sweet-tooth and my desire to play gacha machines at The Gacha Garden recently. The Gacha Garden has a fun setting to wander through and will be running through the end of November.

These decadent pastries and the delicious looking coffee are a few of the gachas from the Roawenwood machine at Gacha Garden. There is a complete set to be had of fun steam-punk themed items from chairs with poses to a checker board. The Roawenwood gacha machine is just 50 lindens per play.

Donuts in hand, I also stopped to play the Doe machine also at Gacha Garden. This gorgeous hairstyle was just too pretty to pass up. I love the half up/half down long flowing style with the braid at the top. The Doe machine is just 75 lindens per play and worth every linden!

Very near the Doe machine at Gacha Garden I found myself unable to resist the OXI gacha machine. I’m not sure how, but somehow my purse addiction like my shoe addiction has seeped into Second Life. I see a cute purse or clutch and I can’t help myself! The OXI machine is full of adorable round clutches for just 30 lindens per play, they really are too cute to resist.

Wanna see more from the Gacha Garden? Check out these posts from Love here, and Julianna here, and here too!

Envious Love

To round out my day of gacha-ing I also stopped by Envious and picked up this very cute sweater dress. The dress is a current FREE group gift at Envious. This cute little sweater dress with the word “LOVE” across the top comes in standard mesh sizes and includes fit mesh and body-specific mesh sizes. There’s certain to be a size that suits just about everyone. The Envious group is FREE to join at this time, and there are other gifts to be had as well.

Here are the details, Enjoy!

Hair – Doe: Lesli (Two-Tone) – Candy RARE – 75L/play @Gacha Garden

SkinLumae  :: Adore – 4 – Peach // Darkling

HeadCATWA HEAD Annie Vampire

Dress – ::Envious Group Gift:: Love Dress – FREE Group Gift/Group is FREE to Join 

Clutch – OXI Clutchorama – Spiked – 30L/play @Gacha Garden

Body –  Maitreya – Lara

Hands – Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Elegant 1

Boots – REIGN.- Not Your Momma’s Knit Boots *Past Group Gift Originally Shown Here!

Table & Props – Roawenwood – {RW} Steampunk Gacha – 50L/play/item @Gacha Garden

*Pose by Don’t Freak Out!

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Behind you!

Behind you!

Avatar: Utilizator – Avatar 2.0
Skin mod: Free! – Spooky skin mod (5L$)
Faun set: Sweets! – Fluffy faun (1L$)
Dress: The little bat – Skully jumper (Pay what you want)
Pose: Starry heaven – Lolita (Candy fair gift, Coming soon)

You might notice I look a little different today. That’s because I’m wearing the Avatar 2.0 mesh avatar from Utilizator (300L$) so that I can show you this halloween- themed skin mod by Free!. The base avatar itself can look repetitive around the grid but the avatar is extremely easy to modify. You just rez the avatar on the ground and drag and drop your texture onto it and boom, you have a completely different look! Free! makes a lot of skin mods for the Avatar 2.0 but the halloween one is available for just 5L$. The skin is not for regular avatars, it is a texture made for Utilizator’s Avatar 2.0 only.

Since we’re now into the month of Halloween, I thought I’d show you this dress from The Little Bat! It’s a ‘pay what you want’ item so you can pay as little as 1L$ for it or if you’re feeling generous or just have a little bit more money to throw around then you can pay more for it if you wish. It’s entirely up to you! While you’re there, be sure to play the Guess & Win, camp at the luckyboards and give the Midnight Mania boards a tap!

Behind you!

Hair: Chemistry – Tamora
Collar: Pekka – Spiked collar (Candy fair, Coming soon)
Headpiece: Aisling – Xanthe N1 black (Fantasy Gacha carnival)
Bracers: The forge – Viking bracer common (Fantasy Gacha carnival)
Plushies: Birdy – Bert & Tod (O.M.G)

Finally, my little faun set is just 1L$ on the marketplace by Sweets!. Care first showed you these back when they were 10L$ but I thought I’d show them again since they’ve gone down in price significantly! In the set you get horns, nubs, hooves and a tail. I tinted mine a little to make them darker but they come in a fluffy tan colour which is pretty too.

*X*

 


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The Spring Festival Hunt @ The Cookie Jar

So, as it is 32 degrees outside, I am sitting in my PJs wishing it felt more like “Spring”…

SPRING, YOU HAVE ONE JOB!!!

(that’s the whole… bringing me warmth thingie.. Oh and some rain for those happy May flowers… I guess that means it has two jobs… Oh well… I digress… )

So how can you make yourself a nice Springy place to hang for under L$40 total?
Try the Sim Based hunt called “The Spring Festival Hunt“, it is at The Cookie Jar.

I really wanted to make sure I was able to show quite a few of the items you can get from this, but MAN!!! that is a challenge. Hope yoose guys don’t hate it ❤

The Spring Festival Hunt_a

First, Let me say, that I bought the greenhouse on the Marketplace for L$10.   YES!! I said L$10.  I was really impressed with the quality of it and it made a great stage for all these great gifts.  It is sculpted and made by “The Black Forest”  (They seem to have quite a few items for L$10 and under, so check them out!!!

I have labeled the hunt gift insert pictures so I could tell you all in order where they came from 🙂

Insert A

Stonewood Interiors:  Rose Lamp, Small Table and Anterium Plant (L$1)

Painted Petals Decor Shoppe :  Cabinet, Grass Plant in tin bucket, Carpet, Shabby Chic Chair (can change cover texture), candle and books on cabinet. (L$1)

Zinnia’s:  The Cactus in the corner wasn’t a hunt prize, but it was a freebie there and I thought it was cute 🙂

Insert B

Morningstar Gallery: Elk Dreamer Print (L$1)

The  Willowinds:  Spring Moods Couch, Retro Lamp and Rug (L$1)

LOK’s Low Prim Furniture: Mesh Flower Prints (L$1)

Finishing Touches: Woodland Spring Tree Swing (Wild Roses) (L$1)

Zinnia’s:  Chiminea (Easter Gift) (by the way, their hunt prize is really great, it’s a small table, floor cushions and flowers and yeah, I ran out of room on my staging)

Kaerri: Woodland Table (mesh) (L$1)

Insert C

Boathouse: Male and Female in Springtime Prints (L$1 each)

LOK’s Low Prim Furniture:  Small dresser with flowers (you get with the print in insert A)

Bumbershoot:  Mini Greenhouse Lamp (this is a very bright lamp…) You get the mini greenhouse separate as well… it is what gave me the idea to look for a greenhouse to set up stage (L$1)

The Strawberry Box:  Saffron Daybed with rug and books (everything about this store is mad cute… You should totally check them out) also, the animations on the daybed… great .. total win for the (L$1)

The Spring Festival Hunt_b

Insert D

The Strawberry Box:- (Yes!! a second hunt gift here!! ) Wood Lamp with Fireflies (L$1)

Cleo Designs:  Outdoor Picnic set (not showing the actually table & chairs, just the food/candles/dishes but you get it all 🙂  Really well made and beautiful.  (L$1)

Zoe’s Garden:  Butterfly Chairs and Table (has really adorable sits)  (L$1)

Soul Effects Home & Garden:  Field of Daisies (these are copy / mod) (L$1)

Insert E

Michigan’s Shack:  Cuddle Rug (has a bunch of animations for couples/single… naughty and sweet)  (L$1)

Roawenwood:  Forest Canopy Hang Out – I’ve been buying stuff from this place for years.. it’s still great, totally check out their main store as well 😀 (L$1)

Insert F

Trident:  they had me hoeing their watermelon patch (comes with scripted and non-scripted, gives you hoe) (L$1)

Impertinences: Terracota + bee emitter (right side / back) (L$1)

“Hey Care, what the heck are you wearing… “

Wow, did you hear that too?  well to answer that question….

hair: ( r e d ) M i n t ~ gG 12’12 – Can be bought on Marketplace (L$1)

skin:  .daemora – Eve (goblin) (FREE)

boots: Koko – MESH Knit Boots – Brown (L$5)

dress: :: Masha :: Cute Simple dress / Promo Pack (comes with 6 different mesh dresses with 5 different sizes)  (L$10)  Wearing one in both pictures

horns/ears:  Sweets!:  Fluffy Fawn  (hooves shown in picture two, tail not shown) (L$10)

left eye /lower lip tatLittle Pricks – Twisted Hunt Prize (I do not think it is still available, but they have some really great stuff as check them out, plus the sim they are on.. gorgeous!!)

Flowers in Hair:  These are made from a sculpt pack that Jabberwocky  gave as the hunt prize for this hunt (L$1)

 Omygosh.. I’m finally done with this post.  I wasn’t able to put ALL the hunt prizes up but gives you all something to look forward to 😉  IF you don’t wanna wait to see…. their website has them all posted..

You can find it ——>     (((   HERE – THE COOKIE JAR   )))

Oh, one FINAL note…. HUGE thanks to “Builder’s Brewery” who has an amazing sandbox where I could rez all this stuff and take pictures without any drama…

*big hugs* Till next time……………………….Care.