Saturday, September 23, 2006

And the Mice Will Play...

Most the time the items, skins, clothes and projects I work on are things I have had on my BLOTTD for months or more. Things I have wanted in Second Life myself but haven't found or haven't found versions of that quite fit what I was I make em. But, on rare occassion, I get an idea on the spur of the moment and run with it. Inspiration from the muses, lightning flash of insight...whatever ya wanna call it. When it happens, it's usually one of the faster and more fun projects, and I tend to enjoy it more even if it isn't a big popular seller.

Well, these Mouse Girl Avatars from the Jungle Voodoo line are such a project.

Thursday night as I laid in bed, waiting to fall asleep, I pondered the next days work, as I usually do. But this time, something someone had said lingered in my mind, stewed and became something. I lay there and turned over this idea in my head. If wild nekos ran a at Temenos Island...who would be the natural submissives, slaves and workers for such a cat society? Well...the mice, clearly! *giggles*

So, with the idea of submissive mice scurrying about the neko temple and village, I woke and set to work.

In short order I had a black and a white mouse skin roughed out. I reworked em a few times to get the pink subtle but noticeable on the nose and belly, and decided against doing more detailed fur on thses skins after trying it out. Next I converted my Neko ears and tail to work for mice. It was surprisingly simple, and in the end I had a cute mouse tail that flicked back and forth and adorable mousy ears that used the same script as my neko ears. Some pink mouse eyes, a set of little whiskers and all I needed was clothes.

I adapted my Cute Kitty Bell Collar for a mouse girl, and added the "Cat Toy" labelas a cute extra touch. Since the collar is modifiable, a user could change the label to something else...but I thought Cat Toy was a nice generic and appropriate Mouse Girl title. *grins*

Lastly I made the flexi silk top and skirt, different colours for each avatar and it was done. Half a day in total work from start to finish and yet it was still so adorable and I was so pleased with it I haven't been able to make myself not wear it since.

So...if you are a Neko Mistress or Master, or if you just like cute avatars or mice...this new complete set may be just right for you or your subbies. Could be a cute Halloween costume too, for a change of pace. *smiles*

Each Avatar is sold seperately. You get:

Mouse Girl Skin
Mouse Girl Hair
Mouse Girl Eyes
Mouse Girl Whiskers
Scripted Flexi Mouse Ears
Scripted Flexi Mouse Tail
Mouse Girl "Cat Toy" Collar w/Bell
Flexi Silks (Top and Bottom)

They are available in the Jungle Voodoo New Releases area on the first floor of the main Temenos Island Temple.

I adored making it and had such fun with it...I hope other people will find it as fun.

=^.^= Squeek!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Sheer Naughtiness!

Yeah, I am kinda cheating this week, I know. Two new releases in one day and both are just revisions of previous work. Lame-o, huh?

Well, this set was actually created many many months ago and I kinda sat on it until now. Partly because I was too laxy to put it all together, do photo shoots and make ads...and partly because I figured I already had the original lace camisole, panties, bra, and stockings out there. Yeah, these are different, and sexy too. But, I still kinda thought maybe I should knock off the 9 bajillion versions I tend to do of stuff and just leave this one out for once. Well...willpower isn't my thing really. =P

So, I finally decided to do an ad for these collection and let people have it if they want it. More choices is good, yes? I hope so anyway, since I tend to offer lots of choices on most stuff I make. In this case, the camis, bras, panties and stocking are identical to the previous set, in all the same colours...but very sheer. this is the set for those who like to hint at a little something...or more than a little.

Unlike the previous sets I decided to bundle these up all together (mainly as I am outta room at the box = less room than 4 boxes) and offer them for a 25% discount.

So, you get:

Sheer Lace Camisoles
Sheer Lace Bras
Sheer Lace Panties
Sheer Lace Stockings

All in 8 colours...Black, White, Beige, Grey, Lilac, Rose, Sky, and Mint. The stockings come in Knee Highs and Thigh Highs, and the Camisoles are on both undershirt and shirt layers.

Just a little something extra for those who like some naughtiness. As always...available in the New Releases area of the Temenos Island main temple...

Thrift Store Rummaging Part Deux

I happened to mention in passing to a friend that I was gonna make myself some Asian fabric variations of the Thrift Store skirts and blouses...just because I adore Asian fabrics. I was promptly battered with demands for them and threatened with vile and evil things if I didn't hand them over post haste.

So, due to popular demand...and threats upon my Second Life...I am releasing a second set of Thrift Store Skirts and Thrift Store Blouses, this time in 10 different Asian fabrics. As with the first set, the skirts match the blouses, and they are even more mix and matchable than the original sets were!

They can be found in the New Releases area for Boneflower Designs on the first floor of the main Temenos Island store as always. Hope you enjoy em.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tweet @ Temenos Releases New Outfits!

The adorable and shy Sumire Mochi of Tweet has finally released two new outfits at the store in Temenos Island...after much needling, pressuring and tickling. Woot for new Tweet goodies!

I have been poking and prodding Sumire for her new stuff since the day after she released her first few outfits months ago, but she is a perfectionist and tends to rework every outfit 5000 times before she is willing to let it go. Well, last night I poked and prodded even harder and told her I expected to see some of em up today. No more hiding em, no more excuses! They are gorgeous, unique and totally fresh, and it was time the SL world saw em.

So, I was happy to log in today and see two of em at least waiting and ready. Dressy, springy Emiko, and the more casual, sunny Fukiko. If you are a fan of cute, anime, original designs, retro fabrics and looks, or just plain love unigueness and originality...Tweet is for you and these two new outfits won't disappoint.

Check em out at Temenos Island now...oh...and Sumire...I know you have others hidden. I will tickle em out of you, girl.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hoodies from Hell!

Can I scream now?

Okay, so hoodies don't seem that scary on first glance I don't suppose. Still, by the time these creatures were released yesterday afternoon, I was pulling my hair and biting my lip in frustration and insanity. Sometimes, a simple idea can become just plain horrific and a bad day can only make it worse.

I had hoodies on my BLOTTD for many months now, and kept putting them off time and again. I am an expert at procrastination, and my big list grows daily, becoming an ever more daunting monster to slay it seems. But, finally, the day of the hoodie came, the muse whispered, and I was inspired.

Sitting down and painting the textures was the easy part. When I have the muse to guide me, such things go fast and simply and the textures are ready before you can blink. When the muse is she is far to often these days...doing any painting is torture, takes forever, and the result is way below par. But, I caught a break this time, and she was ready to help. I had waited until Friday to even start on a release for this last week, but despite my procrastination, these textures were ready in short order. That left the harder part...building the hoods in world.

Saturday went something like this: Zoe logs into SL. Zoe is attacked by IMs. Zoe fends off IMs and tries to build hoods. Zoe crashes or SL falls down and breaks a leg. Zoe logs back in in frustration to find rollback of her work. Zoe redoes work on hoods. Zoe is attacked by IMs. Zoe fends off IMs. Zoe looks at hoods and hates em. Zoe starts over. Zoe crashes or SL falls down. Zoe screams.

By Saturday night I was tired, driven to total insanity, and frustrated as all fuck. I had decided to not rework the hoods for the millionth time and finally added hair to the up hood. Next came the task of texturing all the variations of hair possible on the hood. 14 hair colours were choosen from my standard hair textures and in a while, I had a passable grey hoodie with down hood and 14 hair colours of up hood.

This was where I did the stupid thing I always do. Yeah, that thing. I decided to do "variations" of the hoodie. A single, simple grey jersey hoodie wsn't good enough for had to do like I always do and get carried away and make 9 colours of the bloody arsed thing instead. Nine colours of hoodie doesn't sound bad at first. Until you realize you have 14 different hair versions of the up hood to do in 9 colours. 9 X 14 = insane Zoe.

So, I work on this tedious, mind-numbing prceedure well into the night and get 4 of 14 versions done. >.< Time to sleep. I get up and finish the rest on Sunday morning. Yay. They are done. Now I can package em and sell em, right?


No, next comes the part I hate most...the photo shoot. This excrustiating hell is made worse recently by the wonderful "crash everytime you take a screenshot if using scripted objects" bug. But, I want this done. I am nothing if not totally obsessive about finishing a project once I finally get one started, so I press on. The shoot doesn't go well. But finally it's over. I move to making the ads.

Since I use a template for my ads, plug in text and pictures is fairly simple...assuming I took the needed screenshots. Which I discover I didn't. Some colours are missing...back to SL to take them. Back to Photoshoppe to finish ads.

Finally, I am standing in the store, staring at a blank vendor, ad textures in hand. Should be down hill from here, yes? if you are Zoe.

I get attacked by Ims, customers, friends, and griefers all during this process of loading and texturing and naming the akes me almost 2 hours to do. As if that isn't bad enough...the current copy bugs make loading the vendor an exercise in self torture.

So you say, "You are done now and can rest, right, Zoe?"


I decided I wasn't offering enough options, and needed to give the customers some more for their buck. So, the one tee shirt I had turns into 5 tee shirts...wait...add a few more. Then I decide to add a pair of basic low-rise jeans just to boot...and wait...need to make a plain version of the hoodie with no Mew Uni logo...some may not like logos...and wait... *sigh*

So, I stand here, bombarded by Ims and attacked and mauled by customers and friends as I try to photoshoppe up some more stuff to include.

Finally, it's all in the vendors, it's all set up, named, priced, and for sale. Can I die now?

No. Gotta blog it. Fuck. That can wait until Monday.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Neko Madness!

After months working on getting Temenos Island built and open, and even more time working on new releases of clothing and accessories to expand Boneflower's offerings, and the even longer working on my skin line, I recently had a chance to sit back and work on some new items for the Jungle Voodoo line that I had been promising for some time.

It was a nice change of pace, hectic as it was, to work on the new Neko stuff for a while, and we have released a lot of new content for that brand in a very short time...but, for the most part, I failed to advertise it, post about it or blog it. So, now that I have a moment, I wanted to take a bit of space to mention some of the new goodies for cat girls and bois we have put up at Jungle Voodoo in the last month.

Male Neko Skins -

Okay, these were rather long in the coming I will admit. The initial female skins were released many, many months back and almost from day one I had cat bois showing up, IMing and mewing for a male version. I was at first very surprised at the number of requests from guys for these skins, but soon opened my eyes to just how many cat bois SL really does have. So, obediently...and in fear of being eaten alive if I didn't follow through...I started work on a male counterpart. Well, it wasn't as fast or as easy as I had hoped.

Many things tried to conspire against me and make me set aside these skins, including the purchase of my first island and the time involved to build and open it and move all my stores. But, as often as I thought of giving up on this project, I always had the thought of sexy cat bois running around in them to cheer me on, and the horror of what they would all do to me if I didn't deliver to light a fire under my lazy ass.

So, literally the moment I finished Temenos Island and had the grand opening out of the way, I turned my full attention to these skins. With the female skins I had used the early draft of my Divine Mystery human skin line as the base, but with the cat bois, I had no male skin in the works to use, so I first had to create the underlayer. That required a male model to test it on, and as much as I would have enjoyed taking screenies of some other sexy cat boi naked in my clutches for this, I work weird hours and on a whim, and it's best I do all my own modeling, etc. So...I made a male shape, hair (I am neurotic about being seen without hair) and turned myself into a cat boi.

Ebony Leopard
Golden Striped

Yes, that is me in the pictures on the ad, and yes it was hard getting the pictures taken with me drooling over myself so much...but I finally managed.

So, in a whirlwind week of flying fur and overloaded photoshoppe sessions, I finally got these skins where I was mostly happy with em. Enough anyway I felt I should release em and offer em up as a sacrifice to the restless and impatient neko guys pounding on my door.

All I can hope is that they like em, enjoy making mischief and catterwalling about in them...and that they don't decide to eat me anyway for being so late with em. =/

Neko Ears and Tails -

These are another project I put off forever and finally have completed. For the longest time I had no plan to make ears and tails to match my neko skins. Anisa Naumova of Outland Tech and Curious Relics had already made what are undoubtably the most comprehensively done, amazingly scripted neko ears anyone could why should I try when I will just be second best at the highest?

But, over time, the requests for ears and tails that specifically matched my skins got to me, and I decided...second best or not, I should make em anyway. But, then I had the next to design them and make a cute set of scripted neko ears and tail that didn't just look like a clone of Anisa's. Anisa is a friend of mine and someone I highly respect creatively. The last thing I wanted to do was copy her design, even unintentionally. I needed to make something cute, neko appropriate, realistic and matching my skins, but that was unique and not just my own interpretation on Anisa's work. That plagued me for months. Nothing would come to mind. I had no ideas on how to 'improve' upon her ears since they were already so damned, bloody perfect.

So...I kept putting them off. Time and again. People kept asking, but I would send em to Anisa for ears and ignore the project. A few times I started a set of ears and scrapped em...too much like Anisa's, despite using totally different shapes and prims. Why did she have to make such a perfect look? Pfft.

Then, while working on a script for a flexi tail for my friend and business partner, QuietlyCharmes Vega of Playful Kitten, I was struck by an idea. My ears needed to be flexi.

Once I had that revelations, it took me all of one day to make them, script them, and get them up for sale. It was like I became possessed. A twistie flexi shape here, a few tufts of flexi fur there, and a script to pose and move em in a few simple animations, and poof...ears!

I textured em in all the colours and designs of my skins, finished the flexi tail I was making and got em up.

In the end, I am very happy with my ears and tail. They are less detailed than Anisa's, use far less prims, and are really kinda simplistic in a way. The scripting is very basic compared to hers and doesn't offer any of the cool advanced features hers do...but they were what I had wanted...cute, unique, different, and they matched my skins to a tee.

I just hope other people like em as much as I do. *bounces around so her floppy ears floop and droop and bounce*

New Female Neko Colours -

I pondered the idea of adding some new...more unnatural...colours of neko skins when I was working on the leopard version, months back. I even made a pink Leopard at the time and offered it for sale then. But then I kinda forgot the idea in all the madness. Until I started getting requests for purple nekos, blue nekos, etc.

So, with the neko ears and tail finished and the long delayed male neko skins done, and Temenos doing well after the grand opening...just for the total "why the fuck not" of it, I went back and made 5 new colours of both the striped and leopard neko skins.

Berry Striped
Blood Striped
Blueberry Striped
Lavender Striped
Mint Striped

Which, immediately required me to go and make ears and tails to match and update the just released Ears and tail sets. =P But, in yet another whirlwind of activity (see a pattern here? Months of laziness followed by a few days of work...catlike, eh?) I messed in PS until I liked the colours and got it all out and photographed (my work part...someone slit my wrists so I don't have to do any more photoshoots please!), boxed and in the vendors.

Yay for colourful nekos!

P.S. - Yes...the new colours will be coming for the cat bois too...don't eat me please! <---is now nerotic about cat bois eating her.

Neko Clawed Feet -

This was a totally unplanned for and unexpected surprise, but one I can't rave about enough.

QuietlyCharmes Vega, my adorable kitten partner at Temenos Island, and owner of Playful Kitten is best known for her amazing hair. She was the first person to have flexi hair for sale when the servers came up after the great flexi update, and she developed a almost cult like following among those who were exposed to her tresses. But...I log in one day and here she was making neko stuff that wasn't hair! I was floored.

These Neko feet are just amazing. They aren't your mom's cutesey neko cat feet that people are used to either. These aren't anime or cartoony...these are wild, feral and oh so dangerous looking! Long, feral claws and toes and feet that use my textures from the neko skins, these feet fit so perfectly with my skins and with the wildness of Jungle Voodoo...I begged, annoyed and pressured her to release em under the Jungle Voodoo name.

You got to see em on...see how they match the skins, see the feralness of them to appreciate these wonderful works. I have never been prouder to beg someone to sell something in one of my shoppes as this.

Wonderful work, kitten, I adore em!

More Neko Ears -
Yesh, it's true...there are more than one brand and style of Neko ears and tails available at Temenos Island. Quietly started her ears before I started mine...same time she was making her amazing neko feet. She went a totally different route than me, but her results are just as wonderful and cute...totally adorable even.

Her ears are smaller, cuter, perkier, and more understated than mine or Anisa's, and they use her hair textures to make the fur...but the result is still kawaii! *purrs*

You gotta check these ears out. She offers em in all the same colours as her hair, so they match it perfectly in texture and hue. She recently changed from offering em in seperate packs to offering em in a single big bundle of neko cuteness, so for one low price (yes, cheaper than mine), you get em all, ears and tails.

The ears aren't scripted, but the tail is...same script as mine uses, though different textures. But when ya see em on someone, especially Quietly...OMG, the cuteness level is like total overload! So, be sure to check out her ears over in Playful Kitten too if you are a neko or cat girl fan, they are must haves.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Thrift Store Goodness!

This weeks new releases were inspired by one of my favorite places to shoppe in real life...the thrift stores. My daughter and I both adore thrift stores as you can find the bestest, freakiest forgotten and once-loved-but-now-disgarded treaures imaginable. Retro is always in for me, as is bohemian and funky clunky looks, and where better to find them than a thrift store, right?

So, I wanted to offer a nice bohemian long skirt...the type of I wear a lot of in real life and find very comfy...and a matching top or two. I started looking for fabric ideas and ended up finding so many cool, retro, and contemporary fabrics I adored, I just had to use em at least some of em. My one skirt and blouse became over 11 different fabric, counting the freebie plain black I tossed in at the last minute. I ended up breaking the skirts and tops up seperately in case people just wanted one or the other as they are very mix and matchable with other looks and styles, and added the Thrift Store label to the old, clunky combat boots I was making too while I was at it, ending up with what we are offering this week at Boneflower Designs in Temenos...the Thrift Store Collection...

Excuse the First...

Umm...yeah, I haven't been very good at updating this thing yet have I? I suppose I could give you some good excuses, like being too busy making new content to blog, or real life craziness, or something, but instead I will just give you the truth...purple alien kittens of Doom kidnapped me and wouldn't let me blog. Really. I mean it.

Either that or I have been lazy and not sure what to say, like usual.

But! I plan to make blogging my work here a new part of my daily life and activity! No...I mean it this time. Wait! Come back, I promise! I am serious even...please?

Really. I plan to be offerring up blog posts at least once a week or more when I release new stuff. I will force myself to do it the same as I now force myself to walk in the park every day. Well...most every day. It will become a part of my new releases habit. Honestly. It will.

So, watch here for new releases, and other general insanity, thoughts and excuses in the furture. They will arrive. Yes, really.