Given the recent changes in format to the layout of the mypages, I've decided to create a thread dedicated to my current DNA projects. It's here that I'll be asking (and answering) questions that come up during the creation process and also sharing WIP pics so as not to spam the mypages of everyone else in the process.
Type of build (Modern, Traditional, Victorian, Gothic, etc. or leave blank): Leaning towards a cottage type lot in the feel of Spellbound Cottage but with the Supernatural lovelies of Pendle Witch cottage included. Charming early american interiors that you are so wonderful at conveying. Aspects of Spellbound that I would love: 'swimmable pond', with a slightly larger swimming area, as pool parties are in such demand with Seasons. My witches I love dearly, and they cannot resist strays (especially elder ones, the heart strings sound like a harp),so I adore the inclusion you often have of room for a dog and or cat and a single stable IN CASE a special Equine happens along. I really adored the treatment in Spellbound of the stable outbuilding with a balconied upper flooor and accesss to a large basement with minimal aged goodies like chest, nectar, nectar maker, and anything antique-like.
As for Pendle Witch, loved the entertainment downstairs, groundfloor living, and alchemic attic with all things magic.
I flow better if i continue here for a bit rather than jump too much in the form, if that is approved.
I have in mind for this home something quite special that I've been doing, namely I bred witch babies using two couples of my favorite original witches. One a boy, one a girl. They are now teens and are best friends, gorgeous, and quite smitten with one another. They finally are beginning their pursuit of magic! My best laid plans are for them to be come a wonderful witch couple living a full life and, in time, having children of their own. Thus my first Legacy has begun, all witch through and through. BTW....my idea of legacy is that the 'older generations' never age
So this build is for my first witch family created from birth. Both are already genius, artistic, charismatic, and party animals. They have skills building in alchemy, painting, guitar, logic, charisma, and are dancing fools naturally
My hope is for a very close loving marriage between my two witches when they graduate, and the rest will play itself out. I will probably add Green thumb, Gatherer, Brave, or Natural Cook, at times adventurous, to their traits, juggling with the ones I already have.
I love gardening as you do, and adore the new gardening "rack" which self waters, allows you to talk to the plants and I adore the sunflowers who not only make the plants happy and are perfect for fertilizing with their 'suns', but the suns give sims a plus 40 moodlet, very nice. And of course tying together gardening and dancing is too cute.
I'll add all spawners, as they never want to stay put, and find for alchemy purposes that a fairly small pond will fill the fishing needs, plus be pretty with the floating flower lights I love.
The pool attached to the pond may be tricky, but I don't know how limited the pool size is. I just know my sims love to dive and love the floating relaxation devices which takes a little bit more pool space. I like giving small sim parties, inviting 6 people verses the ten max. It's so much more fun dining together, swimming or dancing.
Speaking of dining, I love the Japanese grill and Pizza ovens and use them in all my own kitchens i build. I love how you make it all seem old fashioned, yet love good quality appliances and bathroom furnishings. Knowing how the sims complain, I learn what counts: good bathtubs and/or showers, good fridges and ovens, good beds, and high environmental moodlets of beautifully decorated. I love your carpets, you are so good at them showing age yet still being beautiful and classical. I like simple nicely finished wooden flooring beneath the "area rugs" (whether actual or tiled) and am not big on fancy wooden floors. You however are an EXpert in bathroom tile and wallpapers: You have done so many inspired yet classicly designed combinations it's breathtaking.
I don't need to talk to you about magic rooms it's one of your best areas. Oh, my witches always have birds, as they are great....can travel anywhere and never "escape" like turtles LOL.
I am very excited at eventually having a third generation of witches , as you do the most gorgeous, charming nurseries ever. In fact, my now teen witches spent their toddlerhoods in Fitzgeralds' Luxury lovely nursery.
Which EPs and SPs do you have? all! *would be nice to have uni. for the 3rd gen witches
If you have Showtime, which edition do you have (basic, Limited, or Katy Perry)? Basic
Lot size (dimensions): 50x50
Number of bedrooms: 4, nursery included.
Specific instructions on decorating the bedrooms (gender, age, etc.)? your call; a place to read in the master bedroom is always nice. I see the other two bedrooms as either a boy and girls, or child and guest room, so sized for either makes sense. Please no bunkbeds lol....they beg for them and then gripe as to the bad sleep quality!
Number of bathrooms: 4 sounds right
Favorite color schemes: I love your use of medium to dark woods with various blues and greens, cool colors, cream, pale yellow, old fashioned pink, sage green; you do amazing corals.
Colors you dislike: never deep or dark red, no true orange, but some peach is nice, just like the corals and pinks. I LOVE the coral rug in Blue Moon Plantation. Please, nothing either very modern or very goth (I love lilac, periwinkle...not into purple)
Do you want it furnished and decorated? Definitely!
Can patterns from Create-a-Pattern be used? no please
Please list the Store content that can be used: all
Please list the Dr. Pepper and T-Mobile promotional items that can be used: I don't have much, just the drink-me bottle and Alice's Dress from Dr. Pepper.
If you will be placing this lot in an EA world, which one? Moonlight Falls or possible Monte Vista. I don't need a house that blends in either world.
Link to specific house or plan: My favorite houses by Elle are spellbound cottage, pendle witch cottage, victorian magic, blue moon plantation and am very fond of Apothecary todd, Queen Fairy Mara, and Gypsy Hollow. For this build I think I imagine thatch roof and out buildings.
Special requirements (garden, pool, hot tub, etc.)? favorite sim hobbies are gardening, alchemy, fishing, potion making, inventing, cooking. I love "swimmable ponds" with little arched bridge as in Spellbound Cottage, lovely. a hot tub is nice if it works with the build. Please, NO laundry Treasure boxes full of goodies are adored with glee! Klorelei makes THE best kitchens in my opinion
I have so many books on Victorian childhood and toys. The puppet theater concept is wonderful (punch and judy?), dolls, so many great new teddy bears to color. I realize the collection of old-fashioned toys are limited in the game, but the feeling is what I hope to capture.
Additional instructions? Would like a broom rink on the property if possible. Elle, I Welcome your imput and trust your creative instincts
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Hi Maygin, I have a few questions before I get started on your build (I tend to like a lot of communication if that's alright with you). My goal in all of this is to get a better idea of what you're envisioning so I can create exactly what you want.
First of all, do you have a preferred town you like to play in over the others?
You also mentioned on the form that you're open to whatever color scheme as long as it flows together but if you have a favorite color or colors it'd be very helpful in giving me a good place to start with regards to the color palate.
Hi Maygin, I'm sure you've been busy as you haven't had a chance to check in here, but I thought I'd give you a preview pic of your soon to be finished house. I still have landscaping and a couple of rooms inside to finish up, but it's very close to being done. I'm hoping it's what you're looking for as I tried to make it as close to the plans you provided as I possibly could. ^_^
For some reason it's listing Showtime as one of the EPs although I did not use anything from Showtime. I did have Showtime installed while I was playtesting it, but that should not have affected it in any way. Sometimes the exchange erroneously lists things (and neglects to list other things needed) so I'm not entirely sure what's going on here. In any case, let me know if you have trouble uploading.
Other than the garage door and the couple windows from Bah Haus that I mentioned to you earlier, I only used items from the store that were free so you should be good on that front. Here are a few more pics just for fun.
As you can see in that last pic, the mailbox is tucked inside the fence post, but when you place the lot, it will be outside the gate. You can use MOO (moveobjects on) to replace it back inside the post, just make sure that all of the red flag is still showing so it remains fully functional. I didn't think the standard mailbox fit at all with the style of the house, so I wanted to come up with something that would help it blend in a little better. ^_^
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Hi SoleilStarr, I have a couple of questions for you before I get started (and quite possibly I'll have more as I go along, heh) but I'll begin with these for now.
I know you said no store content in the build but I was wondering if you owned any of the Victorian/Regency/Edwardian style content. It's of course no problem if you don't but I figured it couldn't hurt to ask since some of these items would fit in nicely with the house.
I'm going to do my best to re-create it as close to the movie version as possible, but as we both know since it was a combination of a faux exterior set piece and partial interior set pieces, it may not be exactly the same. Still, I'm going to give it my best, no my better than best shot because I'm a purist.
Oh and do you know, one of the best things about this project is that it gives me an excuse to re-watch the movie again. ^_^
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No unfortunately I do not have either of those sets, except for the flower vase.
Things I do have that might be of some use for this house (I dunno maybe not, but it doesn't hurt):
The entire magic set
Not-A-Street Floor Lamp (It's Victorian looking)
Lush Bloom Lily Vase
Festoon to the Honeymoon
Faire Wheel Barrow
Faire Frog Fountain
Lady Ravendance Spellbook thingy
B. Harvard's Water Collection Set
The Benet Phonograph
Greaves' Writing Set
Sorry if I'm being annoying by listing these things. That's everything I have from the store with a Victorian feel to it. Sometimes I just don't have the funds to get the entire sets so I pick out specific items from them I love (since I adore Victorian period furniture and what not) so thats why it's so mixed. Hope some of those are useful!
I understand it won't be able to be exact, but I appreciate you even trying! I just think the overall feel for the house is beautiful and if it cannot be replicated, I'd be fine with something close to it! My favorite rooms were the kitchen and the green room. Man I'd give anything to live in a house like that.
Edit: Thanks to sweetiepie CrescentMoonPye I have 3 more things that could be useful for this build.
Jazz Me Up! Photo Series
Steampunk Kitchen- Pre-Steam Aquarium Tank
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Hey Soleil & KL,
I got bored torturing Kylie and thought I'd come over here to see what you two were up to. I adore PM [fav romance movie] and I'm just plain interferring cuz I need to waste 5 minutes before TV show starts.
I just sent Soleil the steampunk fishtank, the romanza? candelabra, and some jazz wall photos thingie [Soleil, you'll have to add the names to your list in the last post]. Don't know if they'll help you decorate, but like I told Soleil, the fish tank water can be used to make Jimmy's Banishment Soup to open the pores.
Carry on kids - I'll likely come over here occasionally to see what youre doing when Kylie tells me to go find something to do and stop pestering her.
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Dang, youre quick Soleil! Heehee!
Are any of those sets on sale for March madness?
Now would be the time to grab them if they are. I know how frustrating it is to not just be able to buy them outright.
The african set is only 250 right now. If you can afford to go grab it, do, cuz there's only 3 more days of that sale. Not that there were african bits in the movie - but still!
Don't be silly, listing the items you do have is not annoying it's very helpful! In fact, feel free to list any and every decor/build object you own from the store (assuming that isn't a huge huge task). Anything that possilby be used gives me just that much more flexibility. You never know what can be tweaked to look period/appropriate even if it wasn't originally intended for that purpose. And I completely understand about picking and choosing your favorite or must have items from the store. The sets are quite expensive and especially if you're not sure you'll use everything, certainly not the best use of your money.
The spellbook is certainly handy though. Oh and the cauldron too of course. ^_^
I loved their kitchen and greenroom/herb garden too! So perfect. Like I said, I'm going to try to come as close as possible. I normally don't work off of floor plans, so I think that will be to my advantage here, I won't be stuck with the sections that are more vague. lol
Still, I'm fairly certain I can get pretty darn close, although sometimes small adjustments have to be made just to allow for pathing issues, etc. I'm even determined to do the attic with the stairs that lead up into the tower/widow's watch.
eta: Hey Cressie - nice of you to drop by! And that's so sweet of you to shower Soleil with gifts like that. I'm sure I can find a use for them (ok, maybe not the fishtank but we shall see, ya never know).
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Ok I'll list the furniture I have (don't worry it's not a ton, I buy more clothes generally then furni when I do get points.)
Generation Clock (Was a freebie, but it can be of use!)
Japanese Inspired Living Compilation(The whole thing)
Dr Pepper Alice in Wonderland: Arch, Table, Chair, Drink Me Bottle
Bryan and Angela (Statue toy horses, maybe for attic clutter I dunno)
I have some nursery stuff but to my knowledge theres no nursery in the movie.
Plus anything free in the store (With he exception of the bayside set I missed on Christmas day) I have.
I don't really have any build stuff, but I have now every single expansion + OLS and FLS.
Soliel, just to give you a current, state of the build report, my perfectionist tendancies are threatening to do me in, lol! Okay, not really but there are a few things that I'm driving myself crazy over because I'm determined not to settle for anything less than perfect, so I've scrapped several versions of the house because it just doesn't look "right" and I'm determinded to get it as close to the movie version as possible. I hope you don't mind that it's taking so long, but I tend to be meticulous in my methods, going over and over things to make sure everything's "just so". Hopefully you won't be disappointed with the end result. ^_^
*disclaimer: I know you said it doesn't have to be perfect, but I love this movie so much that if I'm going to build this house, well then it's got to be as close as it can be, ya know?
Hey Soleil, hope all is well with you today hon. So I've been hemming and hawing about what to do with the entrance stairs for a while now, when I realized I should just ask what you'd prefer, duh! lol
They were actually one of the first things I built in the house, sounds strange but when you have split level stairs, and in this case there are several in the house, I had to build it kind of from the inside out. Which makes for an interesting experience to say the least. Anyway, I wanted to get the exact look of the foyer stairs
and I was able to replicate the three levels and the shape of the stairs. However, with the stair build tools that we have in Sims3, which are no where near as awesome in regards to those in Sims 2, when you have the walls right next to the stairs, it makes them go all hinky and doesn't have as pretty a look. I'm not sure if how I'm describing it makes sense, but if you've ever seen a house on a foundation with an attached garage, the differing heights in the walls have to be leveled out using CFE and it makes for a kind of sloping look in the places where the two different walls join together.
Well with the foyer stairs, we're talking three heights we're dealing with. It can be done, but it makes for a situation where there's no option to play with the "walls up" without being immediately bumped to the second level. I don't know about you, but as a player, that would annoy be a bit because I like to see the whole room, not just parts of it at a time (does that make sense?).
Now one solution would be for me to move the walls away from the staircase on those three sides, which would leave the walls "normal". It's not exactly like the movie, but I think it's the option with more playability. So let me know which you prefer and if you would like a visual aid/picture before you decide, I can certainly accomodate you.