Friday, February 21, 2014

Melbury Manor

A while ago I was looking through a site of historical buildings...cause that is what I do....and this picture caught my eye.  Turns out it is a house that, in addition to being built by a famous Victorian architect, has also been owned by several celebrities including Richard Harris (that's the original Dumbledore to you young 'uns) and Jimmy Page, and is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a little boy. Cool house.

This build is NOT an exact copy of this house.  It is just inspired by it.  Even though I actually found an old copy of the first floor plan on line, it doesnt work for our simmies at all so things had to change.

The resulting home includes the following:
5 bedrooms
4 baths
master suite with private study
large dining hall/reception room for entertaining
attic work room 
2 gardens with herbs and vegetables

This build was made in Dragon Valley and does use several of those items.
$250k on 40x40 lot

Friday, February 14, 2014

Free Stuff.....sweet!

Head over to The Sims 3 Store and nab this free Valentine's Day set to liven up your Sim celebration:

Grab it HERE


Have a fantastic Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Sims!

Hard to believe its been 14 years!  I came to the party late...during the Sims 2.  Our spring break vacation got cancelled due to an unavoidable business trip so I was looking for something to entertain my daughters.  I picked up a 2 pack: The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 Nightlife.  Together we made our first family, a husband and wife team of Hunter and Janine Ruthless.  We would all sit around the computer together and watch their lives unfold.  Oh the schemes we came up with when we caught Hunter flirting with Andrea Hogan!  "Try having Don Lothario flirt with Andrea when Hunter is there and he will get mad and go back to Janine!" one daughter suggested.  The other was all for getting rid of Hunter and finding Janine someone new.  It became a springboard for a much deeper conversation.

Once they got into the game, we played together less.  They would still want me to sit with them while they played every now and then and when it came to making houses for the Sims, they had no patience at all.  "make me a good house for this guy!" they would say....and I would. Pretty soon, I was constantly making lots....sets for the little dramas of the game.  I had no idea what a creative tool The Sims franchise actually could be.  Building and creating was something I loved to do as a child...and The Sims offered a much richer and detailed tool for creating than Legos ever could.  (Sorry Legos...I still love you but let's be honest here)  So I was hooked....beyond hooked...and I have been ever since.  For me personally, The Sims is an opportunity for me to be artistic and imaginative.  I cant draw to save my life..but with The Sims, I can virtually "draw" all sorts of things.  I can create.

Over the years, my daughters have drifted away from The Sims a little.  One still plays but she builds for herself and the other has no interest in gaming ( gasp!  how did that child come out of my body?) at all.  I cherish those days of the three of us huddled around the computer together plotting and scheming.  I still build lots...not for my daughters, but to share with hundreds of thousands of people in The Sims community. It is a constant source of satisfaction that by doing something I enjoy, I can also help others enjoy this game I love so much.  So Happy Birthday to The Sims!  And many, many more!

About Me

I build lots for people to use in the Sims. I have created hundreds of lots that have been downloaded by people all over the world. My work has been featured on the official Sims 3 site, several Sims 3 fan sites and in Game Informer magazine.
I am a mom...a gamer...a book worm...a worrywart...a fan of architecture, interior design, and all things Grumpy Cat.