Friday, 30 December 2016

Lot tour: Declan, Xavier and Austin's place

Remember that lot tour I was supposed to put up before Christmas? Um, well, here it is!

It feels like forever since I've played these guys and they have actually been sitting in an undecorated apartment all this time. I was on a bit of a roll with my game before Christmas though and finally went in and finished it.

The guys live in this building, which is another one of Starr's lots. I always think of it as Rob and Patience's place, even though they haven't lived in it since before they got married!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Lot tour: Daniel and Susannah's new place

I wanted to get another story update out this weekend but then I realised that a) this weekend was Christmas and I wouldn't get the time and b) a lot of you would probably be busy as well! So instead, I've got this lot tour for you today and another coming up hopefully in a few days. 

As those of you who are caught up would know, Daniel and Susannah got married recently. They're keen to have a baby but for that, they needed more space. I found this house for them and then proceeded to spend basically all their money decorating it. They have just $313 left!

The new house is this one from MTS.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

All the way down

Round 36: March 2044 (Autumn)

Brendan Lachance is 21, Matthew and Simon Lane are 19 and Aurora and Bianca Moretti are 18. 
(Alice is 18 and Gabriel is 17)

Narrated by Aurora Moretti

Moving into the dorms together has meant Bianca and I are now sharing a room again. It’s been several years since we’ve done that, so that’s been different.

Monday, 12 December 2016

You say it's your birthday, March 2044

Round 36: March 2044 (Autumn)

Sarah’s pregnancy has been taking its toll on her, so as of her 12th week, she’s been working from home.

She thought she’d be bored at home all day but she’s found that she loves it. There are absolutely no distractions (until the kids get back from school, of course) and she can easily take a break if it’s all getting too much.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pieces of what

Round 36: February 2044 (Summer)

last update/next update

Kit Royce is 84, Max Nihill is 57 and Zaria Royce-Nihill is 56.
(Josh and Elspeth are 30, Jessica is 24 and Declan is 23)

Narrated by Zaria Royce-Nihill

Max and I loved our trip to Cape Elizabeth so much a couple of years back that we bought a house there!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Satisfied mind

Round 36: February 2044 (Summer)
Lane 2 household profile

Luc Lane is 51, Asha is 47, Ruby is 17, Marcus is 15 and Felix is 13. 
(Grace is 14)

Narrated by Marcus Lane

Dad is semi-retired from touring now, so he’s been at home a lot more recently.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

You say it's your birthday, February 2044

Round 36: February 2044 (Summer)

This month, Lucy and Edward are both celebrating their 29th birthdays! Edward is exactly two days older than Lucy, which is too adorable for words.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Download: Hobby Posters

I have a little mini-update ready to go and then it'll be time for Susannah and Daniel's wedding! Yay! But until then, I have some more posters for you!

These posters were my Day 4 gift for N99's August Goodies. There's one relating to each hobby - click the pic if you're having trouble reading the text!

They're all on Pineapple, so you'll need Nightlife.

Download them here! Everything is clearly labelled, so you can delete any you don't want.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Kentucky cocktail

Round 36: January 2044 (Summer)
last update/next update

Rob Ashton is 43, Patience is 42, Felicity is 11, Patrick is 8 and Gemma is 3. 
(Lake is 87, Kendal is 68, Iris is 10, Theo is 9 and Andrew is 8)

Narrated by Rob Ashton

Felicity turns 11 this year and is just starting her last year of primary school.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Swan Swan H

Round 36: January 2044 (Summer)

Chris Draper is 29 and Anthony Moretti is 27. 
(Caleb is 62, Cara is 55, Edward and Lucy are 29)
Narrated by Chris Draper

Not seeing Edward and Lucy every day any more is a little strange, I have to admit.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Download: Pretty Quote Posters

An update is coming! I have the pictures, they're all uploaded, it's written - I just need to dump it all into Blogger and format it properly. That will happen sometime this week.

In the meantime, I bring you my Day 2 gift from N99's August Goodies. I love decorating my younger sims' rooms with posters but I was in dire need of some girlier ones. So I made some and decided to share.

They're all on Grilled Cheese, so as long as you have Nightlife, you should be good to go!

Download them here! Everything is clearly labelled, so you can delete any you don't want.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Download: BARNSLIG mirror recolours

First off, I want to apologise for my extended absence from the blog! I was hoping to get back into it regularly after Dad got out of hospital but it hasn't happened that way. It's just been one thing after another, unfortunately. This has been a really crappy year for me and my sims are suffering for it too. :( Poor Chris and Anthony are still waiting to be played! I'm going to try to at least get a vague outline of the update written today or tomorrow - that always helps me when I have a play session to finish. :)

In place of an actual update, I thought I would offer a little gift. This was my Day 1 contribution to N99's third annual August Goodies Giveaway. I'll post my other goodies over the coming weeks.

I've had this mirror by Nanashi for ages but don't think I've ever used it. By default, it only came in green and I could just never find the right place for it in any of my sims' homes. So I made some recolours of it.

In the zip, you'll find the colours pictured here, plus three bonus colours I made at the last minute. The pink and yellow ones in the pic didn't turn out quite as I wanted them to, so I fired up SimPE again and did a brighter pink, a less greenish-yellow and an orange for good measure. File names are pretty clear, so it should be easy for you to delete any you don't want.

Download them here! Mesh is included, as per Nanashi's very convenient policy.

You should definitely check out Nanashi's original post anyway though. Nanashi did a ton of mirrors for this set and a lot of them have become favourites of mine.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

You say it's your birthday, January 2044

Round 36: January 2044 (Summer)

Rebecca is due to hit Week 40 in February but as is often the case with twins, the Collins babies had other ideas. At 37 weeks, Rebecca and her husband Nathan head to the hospital, because those babies are ready!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Every day should be a holiday, 2043

Round 36: December 2043 (Summer)

Kimberly Carmody is 72, Nick Moretti is 40, Sarah is 38, Thomas is 12, Ryan is 11, Catherine is 9 and Alex is 4. 
(Caleb is 61, Abigail is 60, Anthony and Veronica are 26, Mitchell is 24 and Austin and Lauren are 22)

Narrated by Nick Moretti

The kids are all off school for their Christmas break and are looking forward to six weeks off!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Small stakes

Round 36: December 2043 (Summer)

Amar Hamilton is 42, Adrienne is 36, Beau is 5 and Elisa is 1.
(Zane and Chloe are 32, Cole is 3 and Cary is 4 months old)

Narrated by Amar Hamilton

Adrienne and I have been married almost two years now, which still feels a little insane to me.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Explanation for my absence

Hi everyone,

I really didn't intend to be away for as long as I have been, so I wanted to drop a quick note to explain. I'd planned to start simming again this week and get an update out by this weekend but that's really unlikely.

Very early Sunday morning, my dad was taken to hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. He's been in there ever since, being treated for what was ultimately discovered to be a weak heart muscle. It's irreversible but manageable with medication. He is also going to have to make some serious lifestyle changes when he gets out and he has a history of not following doctors' orders. He has said that he'll do as he's told this time but we're all on tenterhooks while we wait to see if he's had a big enough scare to actually follow through.

It's been a very stressful time for the whole family. You may see me around the community but I haven't been able to actually play. I'm not going to take a stab at when I might be back, because I don't want to pick a date and then not stick to it. It might be soon, it might take a bit longer. I hope you can all be patient with me in the meantime! :)


Friday, 13 May 2016

Lot tour: The Claudette

A little while back, there was a project at N99 where we made and fulfilled requests. At the time, I'd just realised that The Claudette, Adam Gottlieb's restaurant, was from the Exchange and now that it was closed, I had no hope of getting it back for Sullivan 2.0. So I asked if anyone would be willing to build a new version of The Claudette for me, with the same sort of style as the old one. I specified that I'd decorate the interior myself, so I wasn't too fussed about what it looked like inside. The lovely Tanja (blogger for SimsVille and now Linfort) took me up on it and built me a fantastic new restaurant. I excitedly downloaded it and then it sat in my hood for...probably two years?

But I was hit by some inspiration this weekend and finally decided to decorate it.

Tanja did an awesome job recreating the exterior (the original is here) and I changed very little. I just moved the phone outside and changed the wallpaper and some of the tiling. Although, looking at the original wallpaper, I might change it again. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lucky now

Round 36: November 2043 (Spring)

Maia Novak is 41, Ethan is 37, Willow is 8, River is 6 and Wren is 3. 
(James is 68, Madelyn is 63, Nick and Aaron are 40, Sarah is 38, Connor is 30, Amy is 8 and Natalie is 6)

Narrated by Ethan Novak

For almost two years now, Maia has been working just the one job - running Rosa Lucida. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

I'm amazed

Round 36: November 2043 (Spring)

Evan Moretti is 54, Ione is 47, Aurora and Bianca are 17 and Francesca is 9. 
(Olivia is 46, Justin and Xavier are 22)

Narrated by Bianca Moretti.

We’ve been pestering Mum and Dad for a pet for just about forever and they finally relent, just when Aurora and I are headed off to college.

Friday, 1 April 2016

You say it's your birthday, November 2043

November 2043 (Spring)

Leslie Lachance has just hit the 12 week mark of her pregnancy. She’s still working full time but already, she can’t wait for her maternity leave.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Fall away

Round 36: October 2043 (Spring)
last update/next update/Sophie's next update

Sophie Gottlieb is 30 and Elspeth Romilly and Josh Royce-Nihill are 29. 
(Lila and Camilla are 30 and Emma is 23)

Narrated by Elspeth Romilly

It’s been almost a month since Mum died now and though I’m coping a little better, it’s still really tough sometimes.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Last light

Round 36: October 2043 (Spring)

Tate Benton is 73, Zelda is 68, Jack and Audrey are 31 and Zoe is 18 months. 
(Josie is 41, Troy is 40, Adrienne is 36, Charlie is 31, Elisa is 17 months and Eliza is 11 months)

Narrated by Jack Benton.

Audrey and I now have my mum and dad living with us here at our house. We had the space, Mum and Dad were keen to spend more time with Zoe, so we went ahead and moved them in.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016

The mercy wheel

Round 36: September 2043 (Spring)

Dominic Lachance is 33, Leslie is 32 and Oscar and Stella are 3. 
(Jonas is 65, Tatiana is 60, Rebecca is 34, Nathan is 33, Chloe is 32, Audrey and Jack are 31, Edward and Lucy are 28, Zoe is 1 and Cary is 8 weeks old)

Narrated by Dominic Lachance

Audrey and I have always been close but now that she and Jack have Zoe, we see each other even more often.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New blog!

No, I'm not abandoning Sullivan (Dominic and Leslie's update is in the pipeline!) but I have started a new side blog, which might be of interest to some of you.

It's called Strike a Sim Pose and it is intended as a posebox catalog and hopefully, general posing resource. It's a very old project I started a good while ago but I never really figured out exactly how I wanted it to look or function. Finally, I do.

There are a couple of posebox catalogs out there but the I'm not sure if they're still active at all. Also, I've always preferred for my posebox pics to be totally uniform and as simple as possible, so I started taking my own. Seeing I was already doing it, I thought why not share?

Most posts will feature a pose box and pictures of each of the poses it contains. There are explanatory notes about various OMSPs and the stretchskeleton cheat, if necessary. I also plan to put up my posing tutorial from here, along with a couple of other posts on posing tips and tricks.

So if this seems like something you might be interested in, go and check it out! I'm not expecting the posing blog to be quite as interactive as here but if you do have any comments or questions, feel free to post them. I'm always happy to answer when I get the chance. Happy posing!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Silver string

Round 36: September 2043 (Spring)
last update/next update

Araminta Romilly is 80, Finn and Victoria are 42 and Keira is 12.
(Magdalena is 79, Ione is 47, Elspeth is 29, Declan is 22, Caitlin is 20 and Daphne is 12)

Narrated by Finn Romilly

This is my second year as principal of the local high school. I was happy enough at the primary school but I’ve always wanted to advance. So when the opportunity came up, I had to take it.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Static age

Round 36: August 2043 (Winter)
last update/next update
Lake Draper is 86 and Kendal is 67. 
(Rose and Joanna are 48, Rob is 42, Patience is 41, Chris is 28,  Veronica is 26, Sylvia is 17, Levi and Will are 11)

Narrated by Lake Draper

Kendal is retired now and I couldn’t be happier about it. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Bury me with it

Round 36: August 2043 (Winter)

Jessica Royce-Nihill and Emma Gottlieb are 23 and Lauren Carmody is 22.
(Abigail is 60, Louisa is 23, Austin and Declan is 22 and Caitlin is 20)

Narrated by Lauren Carmody

Not long after graduation, I got a job working as a blogger for the online version of the same publication as my mum works at. I’d rather work somewhere different but there’s not a lot of choice around here. 

Friday, 1 January 2016

Lot tour: Justin and Louisa's house

I finished decorating this place ages ago and sort of sat on this tour, saving it for a rainy day when I couldn't get a story update out. That rainy day has come (in game too, lol!). I'm dogsitting a 3-year-old beagle right now and she's so much more work than my elderly fluffy white things! I haven't had much time at all to play. 

So instead, here's a lot tour!

No idea where I downloaded this house. When I moved Justin and Louisa in, it had been sitting in my hood for ages. I changed the walls and the front door. The front door was previously the door that matches the windows, but I find those doors really hard to work with. They never seem to match well with anything on the inside of the house. 

Note to self: fix the upper part of that wall!

Layout, which I don't think I changed.