Category Archives: Housing

Deathly Decorating

For any housing aficionado the introduction of the new furniture packs was an incredibly exciting thing and given my love for the previous sets, I knew I was going to have a field day. I know this article may seem like it’s coming a little late, but I was moving…so…:p I just recently began decorating a death house, “The Incredibly Haunted House,” for reasons that will soon become clear and of course this set is the perfect fit for it.

I just wanted to talk briefly as briefly as I can which probably isn’t going to be that brief about how I’ve utilized the new death furniture in my new house, thoughts that I had whilst decorating, some suggestions, and hopefully provide some inspiration for my fellow decorator!

Note: This post isn’t intended to be a housing showcase for my death house. This is very much still a work in progress and the screenshots will attest to that. Rooms will be jumbled and in various stages of completion…so…don’t judge me

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Best Little Dorm Contest/The Musushi Kitchen

UPDATE! “The Musushi Kitchen” won third place in the Best Little Dorm in Wizard City Contest! Big thanks to Paige Moonshade for hosting it once again and for the amazing prizes!

Every year during the summer famed Wizard101 blogger Paige Moonshade hosts the “Best Little Dorm in Wizard City” contest! Every year the contest changes in theme and in requirements and this year I decided that since I really have nothing else to do I would join in the fun and report back about my experiences!

Now, I came into this really quite late which is typical, ya know so I only had two and a half days to fully decorate my dorm! Talk about a stress! This isn’t a simple decorating contest either. There are special “twists” and “turns” to consider.

“The Twist”

This year’s theme was “cold” and we had to use five semi-random items:

5 items

source: Paige’s Page

  • Balloons
  • A clothesline
  • Dog biscuits
  • A gas can
  • Some kind of flame
“The Turn”

We also had to write two paragraphs about our design: How it related to the theme “cold and how we had used the five special items.

After decorating we could only include three screenshots of our room in our entry. It’s a tall order to be sure! Now, here is how I tackled the challenge…

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The Watchtower Hall Project

Hello all! So, yesterday was actually my birthday (yay) and I decided that it was the perfect time to follow through on something that I’ve been promising for ages (literally years): My Watchtower Hall Project! This wasn’t my first house, but it is home to a lot of firsts for me: first glitches, first crafted housing items, and my first kitchen. I can’t wait to finally share this with all of you! I’ll talk a little bit about what went into each area of the home and include some links to any special items used! Brace yourself for one very long post…

The story of this Watchtower Hall began way back in 2013 when I won a housing concept contest-  you can read all about that here -where first prize was a code for the Hall. I had been attempting to craft it around that time but had stalled (It’s because I’m lazy) and this contest just fell into my lap. After the immense joy of redeeming my prize I set about decorating it. The result: Julia Lionflower’s Estate/B&B hosts the Four Season’s fair.

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The Elements of Decorating

When I began this post I had initially wanted to make it a part of the “Crafting the Treetop Getaway” series. However, when it started to really take shape it seemed much more like a standalone piece. I wanted to take you through my decorating process- somewhat -in a broader context than just the Getaway. As I mentioned in the previous edition of “Crafting the Treetop Getaway” (here) when I had finished crafting the house I had attempted to decorate it, but had stalled. It’s certainly a difficult house to decorate- mainly due to its extremely complicated map. It seems that the creators made it with the intention of it being a house for parties and tag games, but that’s not my thing. Thus, the problem I was left to solve was what to do with a house where even I couldn’t remember how to get from point A to point B. Upon revisiting the house just recently, I realized that I had finally settled on a solution: a literal treetop getaway, a spa/luxury retreat.

So, while I’m in the process of decorating this new house and writing the next edition of the series, here are just a few tips and tidbits “just a few” is deceptive, this is actually a really long post about my decorating style (note: all of these can apply to dorm rooms too!):

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Crafting the Treetop Getaway (ftMLAU) Pt. 2

Now the question that you’re probably asking is: “What in the heck hound is a ftMLAU. Like seriously. I see something in there that I recognize, but it does not fill me with hope at all! MLA!? Like MLA format in English? Because if we’re talking about that annoying format-y thing I’m just gonna click away right now because no way am I doing that during summer break absolutely not.” Well, never fear! “ftMLAU” stands for “for the More Lazy Among Us” because let’s be real here, who has time for these crazy recipes! I definitely don’t. So I wanted to share how I do some craft-y things in the most lazy manner and actually (hopefully) succeed…

So, about two years ago now, I posted this article called “Crafting the Treetop Getaway” and I talked about how I wanted to tackle the recipe, despite the fact that it would be really difficult. Flash forward to about a year later and I finally succeeded. I think when assessing how long it took me to craft this house it’s important to note that I started this series off with the “for the more lazy among us” in the title…sooo….

Treetop Getaway

  • Crafting Time (for the more lazy among us): 1 year

I’m just gonna leave that right there…

To be honest, actually it didn’t take me the whole year to specifically craft the house- to grab all the ingredients and some such things. Actually I crafted a few things, became too busy to continue, did some other things, W101 released some more content, and suddenly the rare reagents and items needed for this weren’t so rare anymore and I had more gold than I knew what to do with. I crafted this house in under a week. (Now let’s talk about how I did that…)

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Crafting the Treetop Getaway (ftMLAU) Pt.1

Now the question that you’re probably asking is: “What in the heck hound is a ftMLAU. Like seriously. I see something in there that I recognize, but it does not fill me with hope at all! MLA!? Like MLA format in English? Because if we’re talking about that annoying format-y thing I’m just gonna click away right now because no way am I doing that during summer break absolutely not.” Well, never fear! “ftMLAU” stands for “for the More Lazy Among Us” because let’s be real here, who has time for these crazy recipes! I definitely don’t. So I wanted to share how I do some craft-y things in the most lazy manner and actually (hopefully) succeed…

So, because I’m crazy I decided to craft the Treetop Getaway. In an awesome preview-article (clickie ze link) by Duelist you can also see more photos of what the house looks like and it’s gorgeous. I don’t think I can actually name my favorite thing about it because it was designed that well. When I first began playing Wizard101 the first home I ever bought was the Life House in the Crowns Shop. I mean, I had a fire character, but that didn’t matter at all. Living in a treehouse??? Count me in! This new home, the Getaway, is like the awesome upgrade to that. (have I used the word awesome too much? I don’t think so XD)

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A Concept House: The Wild Cottage

In light of the new housing tours and my “Watchtower Hall Decorating Project” that I’ve been diligently working on for the past couple of weekends, I really wanted to tell the ridiculously long long story of how my Watchtower Hall came to be before I unveil it. In addition I wanted to share this ridiculously awesome housing concept.

Once Upon a Time… Mercenaries for Hire held a contest…

“In this contest, we’ll give you the chance to create your own crafted home, show us around inside, and at the end you’ll be given a choice — will you LOVE your design or will you LIST it and go for that shiny Watchtower Hall instead (or you can do both, lol).

For this contest, here are some rules:

  • You will need to create a new crafted home. You will need to include the name of this new home, the recipe of this crafted house, and give us an example of what each room looks like either through visual graphics or written descriptions.
  • You cannot use the name or recipe of any of the existing crafted homes.
  • If you have a question about the rules, please ask before the contest deadline. We are human so we do make mistakes, but it is better for everyone involved if these issues are pointed out while there is still time to fix it. If it isn’t brought up ahead of time we have to assume everyone understands. We reserve the right to ignore rule challenges that occur after the winners are announced.

Now, for everyone’s favorite part — the PRIZES! 

  • The top five entries will receive codes for the following: a Watchtower Halla random Tapestry (let’s just say that they have created a LOT of different tapestries for the House-A-Palooza and it’d take up half this post just to list them all, lol), anda music code for one music box, two music scrolls, and a random instrument.
  • The five runner ups will receive codes for the following: a random Tapestryanda music code for one music box, two music scrolls, and a random instrument.
  • Everyone who enters will receive a code for one FOG Staff. Everyone’s a winner!

It was tough to choose from all the wonderful entries, but choose we have!

And here are the Loved homes that have made the winner’s list:

Joint first goes to cantthinkofaname and Julia Lionflower [<– That’s me!]

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