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EA's Smooth Jam Recolors

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I recloned EA's Smooth Jam triptych onto a recolorable picture so that we could have more than one version of this nice mesh.  Credit for the mesh goes to EA and credit for the artwork goes to various artits on Etsy and the web.  Enjoy!


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Ohbehave007's Chesterfield Bed Conversion

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Ohbehave007 of Ohbehave's Junk Trunk allows conversion of her Sims2 items for Sims3, and I just had to have this gorgeous bed set for my game!  There are a total of 8 pieces:

2 Beds (found in Beds)

Chesterfield Single Bed - $300

Chesterfield Double Bed - $1000

 

3 Pillows (found in Rugs)

Single Bed Pillows - $45

Double Bed Pillows - $95

Small Pillow - $20

 

2 Quilts (found in Rugs)

Single Bed Quilt - $95

Double Bed Quilt - $125


The bed quilts have 7 versions - quilted, plain, and 5 non-recolorable overlays.  The beds come in a Chesterfield tufted texture and a plain texture that looks better with patterns.


Huge thanks to sixtyten at Awesims and baufive at B5studio for helping me fix my bloated file sizes and to baufive for showing me how to fix my UV mapping and use smoothing groups.  The beds wouldn't be nearly so nice without his help.


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 All credit goes to Ohbehave for the meshes.  I only converted them from Sims2 to Sims 3.



Eleganz Living Room Conversion

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I finally finished the conversion set!  Thanks to littlecat at LS for helping me figure out how to make the textures on the couch and chair look decent.    They're not perfect, but I'm pretty happy for my first attempt.  I learned a ton about UV mapping and  texturing.  Hopefully, I'll be able to apply this to making a mesh of my own at some point :)  For now, I hope you like this conversion set.  I'd love some feedback on it and suggestions for improving it if possible.  Visit KItkatsSimporium.webs.com to download. Thanks!


My First Conversion Set!

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I had hoped to get this set ready for release before leaving on vacation, but I have just plain run out of time :/  So, it will be released on July 4th instead.  Thanks to Roxanne at taxor4sims2.de for giving me permission to share my conversion of their original meshes for Sims 2.  There are a total of 9 pieces - 3 endtables, one coffee table, one sofa, one chair, one desk, one dining chair/stool and one hutch.  Here's a little preview -



Sorry - just realized one of the end tables is not visible. It's a shorter version of the column table in the picture above.

Summer is here!

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, I guess the official start of summer is technically still a few days away, but it's started for me :D  To celebrate the start of my summer break from teaching, I was inspired to create this series of summer prints with gorgeous art by bomobob @ Etsy.  There are a total of 20 different images on three different meshes. You'll find screenshots of the prints in-game in the Photos section of my site. 

The square prints can be found on two different meshes - SAG's medium 2-tile mesh and Armiel's smaller CAStable mesh.  Took me a bit of fiddling to figure out the overlay for Armiel's mesh since the original didn't have one, but I got it eventually.  I left one version on that mesh CAStable like her original mesh.  I wanted to put the rectangular version on one of GirlfromVerona's clipped print meshes, but the one that was the right shape is non-CAStable.  :(  I think I know how to fix that, but it would involve fiddling with the mesh in Milkshape which would have taken a lot more time.  After sulking for a bit, I came up with the idea to make them actually function as wall stickers using Aikea's half-height wall mesh and only look like a clipped mesh 8)  I like the way they turned out, but I'm still going to revisit using GirlfromVerona's mesh at some point.

Happy Summer and Happy Simming! I hope you like them.


Credit to bomobob for the art.  Credit to Aikea @ Club Crimsyn,  SAG @ Living Sims, and Armiel @ MTS for the meshes and to TSR for the tools.


Blanca Gomez Prints

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I've found a great blog called Carnival that highlights talented artists and designers.  One of their recent features was on Blanca Gomez, an illustrator and artist who also has an Etsy store.  I compiled five sets of three images by Gomez that I think work together in a grouping.  Credit for the mesh goes to Angela @ BiteTheBullet.



 

 

 

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New Content - Floral Wall Stickers

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Just a test to see if this will automatically post to my Facebook and Twitter.  One little thing I miss from Wordpress :/

I was watching Tabletop yesterday, a really cool show produced by Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, and noticed the stylish wall stickers behind their "couch of shame."  It gave me the idea to create some for my game. 


 


 I've created 12 floral wall stickers on Aikea @ Club Crimsyn's 2-tile mesh (all versions in one package or sims3pack).  Images from Sticker Brand. Visit the Front Page or Downloads to snag them.  :)

Major Lag Problem - Solved!

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been living with a major lag problem in my game for I don't know how long.  An EXCRUTIATING lag problem to be exact. Since my major in-game actions of late have been decorating and testing CC, I've limped along without too much complaint.  Monday, however,  my dcdb0.dbc file became corrupt, forcing me to do some tinkering to get my game going again. {And NO, you do NOT necessarily need to uninstall and reinstall all your games when this happens.  All I did was remove the corrupt dcdb0.dbc file and rename my dcdb1.dbc file asdcdb0.dbc.  I lost a good portion of my CC, but not all of it by anymeans.  And, more importantly, I did not have to go through the agony of several hours of uninstall/install.  Phew!}

Through this process, I noticed that without my Mods folder inplace, my game loaded in about 2 minutes, while I've been enduring nearly 10 minute load times of late with it installed.  Also, the response time in game for simple actions was noticeably slower with the Mods folder in place. So slow at times that it made completing anything virtually impossible.  So... faced with incontrovertible evidence that my .package CC was borking my game, I did a little research. I found some solid info on MTS about game lag.  I tried the ProcessMonitor part of their fix first (the MTS dl link is broken, so I have provided ithere), and it solved my problems immediately!  It turns out that I had 4 pieces of Sims2 .package CC from Mystic Rain in my mods folder.  Each .package was accessed over 300,000 times in the few minutes I let Sims 3 run for the Process Monitor test.    Thankfully, my game is running right as rain now with all my .package mods and CC.  ThanksMTS!!!

 


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