The Sims 4 – Legacy

Since The Sims House Party I’m playing the popular franchise. I was obsessed. When The Sims Hot Date was announced, I even made a calendar where I could tick off every day till the release. From classmates I got the question if I could shut up about it. So, yeah, I love the game.

With The Sims 2 it became possible to create generations and with that someone made the Legacy challenge.
There where different Legacy challenges with each their own rules. But for me it was with The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and now with The Sims 4 always like this;

  • No cheats. No money, no fulfilling needs, no skill upgrades, and so on.
  • If it is possible, the whole family stays in the same house with all the generations. But it isn’t a hard rule. Especially when it became possible in The Sims 3 that households you aren’t playing still can age, it’s not that super important anymore.
  • And ofcourse; get many generations!

The highest number of generations I achieved was with The Sims 2 and I got to generation 6. With The Sims 3, I had problems with my save file so I didn’t come that far (and I didn’t feel like starting a new family).

Because of my physical problems with being on a computer I didn’t play The Sims 4 much. But I try when I have a good day and play with yet another Legacy family!

I want to use my blog to record a little what happens with my Legacy family. I will try to support the stories with screenshots, but since I already played quite a bit before writing this blog I couldn’t do that for this blogpost.

This is what happend upon now!

Family Dawkins

Jay Dawkins, the founder of the family, was download from the gallery and I adjusted the clothes to my liking.

My intention was to explore the Jungle from ‘Jungle Adventures’ by sending him as much as possible. But in the end I enjoyed playing with him so much that he became my new Legacy Sim… and because he worked so hard to climb the ladder at his work as Astronaut, I didn’t find the time anymore to send him to the jungle.

His house was situated in Windenburg. A small but cozy home, that through time was rebuild and expanded. When he met his love Marcus and they got married, a shed in the garden followed where Marcus could do his woodwork.

The big garden also was a good place to build a rocket, so next to his work as an Astronaut, Jay worked on that in his spare time. He managed to finish and upgrade the rocket to the max and travel to Sixam with it.
Next to working on his rocket and gardening, Jay also wrote some books.

The two lovers wanted a child (otherwise the Legacy would be over way to soon) and adopted a son, Simon. The house was upgraded with another level so there would be a bedroom for Simon, but also a room to workout for Marcus.
Simon had ups and downs in his youth, but he was a well-behaved child in general and worked hard at school.
When he became a young adult, he choose to pursue a career as a scientist.

In the meantime, Jay and Marcus became both elders and Jay worked quite a bit before he finally retired. Marcus still worked in the sport career.
It became time to move to a bigger house, since the old house wasn’t sufficient anymore.

The old home from the Dawkins family. This is the ground floor, there where 2 more floors.

They moved to Brindleton Bay where they bought an empty lot and where I build a new home from scratch.
It isn’t my best build, but I wanted enough rooms, a good floorplan and enough space in the garden to build a greenhouse and place the rocket from Jay somewhere.
At the attic there is space for storage and there is a science lab for Simon. Everybody has his own bedroom, there is a study room, fitness room and there is an empty room on the groundfloor to fill in later.

Jay enjoyed the home and went on a camping trip with the family before he passed away of old age.
Marcus and Simon are mourning him, but with the thought that Jay had a good life they moved on with their life.
Simon reached the highest branch of the science career (and was abducted by aliens countless times, but till today he didn’t become pregnant). He decided to celebrate his promotion with… cloning himself?!

So, there was his ‘brother’; Maarten.
Maarten seemed all fun and games (because, well, he is a clone from Simon) but he has put his mind to a criminal career, is the founder of a club called ‘The thugs” (you figure out for yourself what the club activities would be…) and made several enemies (which one of them is Bella Goth as an arch enemy, while his ‘brother’ has put his mind to steal her away from Mortimer…). So he basicly became his ‘evil twin’…

Now you’re all caught up. In the next update there will hopefully be more screenshots, so you will get a better image with the story. ūüôā

Summer bucket list

There are always things I like to do in a season. A few years ago I decided to draw the things I like to do in summer. Yes, that’s right. A few years ago. The drawing itself went fast. But the coloring… It just didn’t want to go as I imagined it to go. And then the summer past and my attention was lost. This went on a few summers. Till a few months ago (so way before it would become summer) I decided to just finish it already. I decided to not do it digitally (because that didn’t work out before) but do it by hand. And that went well, till I had to color the BBQ. It needed a few tries… But. I. Did. It. And it’s still summer! Yay!

What’s missing is making pavlova with strawberries (and eat if, of course) but that drawing didn’t turn out as I wanted it so I skipped that in the drawing, haha.

What do you like to do in summer? Let me know in the comments!

Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 32

I really wanted to participate in the Lawn Fawnatics challenges in the past. But I was to late every time to make anything for it. Mostly because other cards where needed first (for someones birthday for example). I participated in challenge 31 just a few hours before it closed and after that I got the taste of it… So I was eager to join the new challenge when it came online!

This time the challenge was something I did for myself in the previous challenge; make something based on a color scheme.There where six colors in the challenge, but Coolors only let you use five colors in a scheme and that are mostly the colors used. The sixth color was a turquoise color.

Color scheme

I decided to browse through my many paper pads first. Maybe there was something there for a good start of my card. And there was! One of the paper pads had exactly the colors that are in the scheme. Isn’t that a coincidence?

After I choose two papers, with one of them having ocean waves, my decision was easily made; I’ve got a lot of nautical themed Lawn Fawn stamps and those are my favorite! I saw the star shaped die and the star fish stamp…

What do you think? I’m very happy with the result. At first I felt sad I didn’t have the orange color in my Copic collection. But I happen to have the color in my basic paper stash. So I’m happy with the result after all!

BewarenBewaren

Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 31

Today I felt like casually stamping some backgrounds. I decided to use some stamps from the (Dutch) store ‘Action’ that I bought a while ago. I searched on www.coolors.co for a colour scheme I liked to use with my background.

Colour scheme
Random colour scheme from Coolors

Because I don’t own a large Copic collection (yet), I choose the colours that matched the most and went with that.
After that I thought… I can use ‘Easter Party’ from Lawn Fawn to make a card out of it for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge!

Lawn Fawn bloemenkaart

At the challenge page I saw an example with three flower girls, so I made a variation based on that. I think it turned out very cute!

Lawn Fawn Random Sets Challenge!

As I mentioned earlier in my bucket list post, my interest in Lawn Fawn has grown a lot last year and with that my collection grew too.
When we where on honeymoon to New York we made a trip to Boston. On the way back to New York we stopped over at Papercraft Clubhouse to buy a lot of Lawn Fawn! Since sets are cheaper for meto buy in dollar then in euro, it saved me so much money.

Because my collection grew rapidly by buying so much new sets, the idea came to me to let Jordy choose 2 or 3 sets at random with which I had to make a card. You’ll get so much more creative with this. When we where home again, I thought of this challenge!

Lawn Fawn Random Sets Challenge!

  • Let somebody else choose 2-3 sets that not directly correspond together (like¬†‘Mermaid For You’ ¬†and¬†‘Fintastic Friends’ do.)
    Note:¬†2 sets works best, with possible the third giving you some supporting things (like a little critter) or when you’re up for an extra challenge.
  • You’re gonna craft a card with the sets. What kind you choose is up to you!
  • You have to use at least one ‘big’ stamp per set. With that, I mean that you can’t just use an exclamation point from a sentiment or so).
  • You can use other sets,¬†but only if it is for small things!¬†Think of wanting a cake in your cardif you’re making a birthday card, but the cake isn’t in your sets. Also, you may use background themed sets like¬†‘Let’s Bokeh’.
  • Optional: post your card on Instagram with the hashtag¬†#lawnfawnrandomsetschallenge¬†so other people and me can see the result of the challenge!

Here you can see how my first challenge attempt turned out.
This are the sets I used. The right sets are the sets Jordy choose for me; ‘Village Shops’, ‘Costume Party’ and ‘Easter Party’ and on the left you can see the set (‘Party Animal’) which I needed for a small item.

On the right the sets that Jordy picked, on the left the set that I used for a small item

The two ‘Costume’ sets are obviously matching with each other, but that’s the reason Jordy gave me 3 instead of 2. But you can’t really link them to the shops, except for ‘they have bought the clothes there’ kind of way.

My eye fell on the unicorn, the dragon/dinosaur and the bunny. I wanted to do something with that trio. But what was the story behind the card? Then, my eye fell on the ice cream truck. And then I decided I had to use ‘Party Animal’ as well.

Are you ready for the final result? Here it comes;

Jordy suggested he would be the bunny, because he would go for two horns of ice cream…

Isn’t it super cute?
Maybe the end result seem logical now you see the card, but I think I wouldn’t have come up with this combination on my own! So, the challenge did his thing! ūüôā

By the way, Jordy already choose new sets for me to do the challenge again. This time, he choose some harder to combine sets for me… When it’s done, I’ll share the result!

Don’t forget that when you go crafting with the challenge yourself to share the end result in the comments or to post them on Instagram with the hashtag¬†#lawnfawnrandomsetschallenge.¬†You could also tag me in the post! (My username is @PetersTreasury)

Have fun with the challenge!

Lady Gaga

I don’t have a very wide music taste. I mostly like pop and singer-songwriter. That doesn’t mean I don’t like anything outside of that, though. But my preference is mostly between those two categories.

At school I didn’t really had a favorite artist, like most of my peers did. For example, I liked Beyonc√©, but outside of the top hits I didn’t know any other song.

When I started to listen to Lady Gaga 8/9 years ago, I finally found a favorite artist! Yay!
I don’t equally like every song, but in general I like most of her songs (and they stick quite fast).
I’m not an obsessed fan-boy. I like her, but at the same time I don’t know much about her. I also don’t like everything she does (I don’t like her grungy yelling party side she has at her concerts) but she managed to get a spot in my heart.

When I’ve visited a concert from Mother Monster (that’s Lady Gaga, if you don’t know anything about that) I always need a few days to get back on earth again.
Thats because she inspires me. She stands for equality and she always tells you to keep on doing what you like, love and believe in. Because you will get somewhere if you do.
Everyone has dreams and only few make them come true. I see an extra hurdle in my body having disabilities. But I always try to stay positive about that. And a Lady Gaga concert gives me an extra shot of positive vibes that I can certainly use.

Selfie on the floor of the ‘Joanne World Tour’.

We where meant to visit a concert again in October 2017, from the ‘Joanne World Tour’ but because she was sick (With this, you can see I’m not such a big fan because I can’t tell you what was going on (EDIT: Wikipedia tells me that it’s fibromyalgia)) and it was pushed to January 2018.
Every Lady Gaga concert I’ve visited, we had seats, but this time those where sold out very very quick. So I had standing tickets. I didn’t look forward to that part, because of my disabilities, but afterwards it turned out to be doable as long as I didn’t do it every day. And boy-oh-boy, it was so cool being on the floor!
Finally we got to see her from a few meters distant, when she was on one of the mini stages that was close by (Ok, once before, we saw her like three seconds on a very short distance because her tourbus drove right by and she pulled up the blinds of the bus, but that doesn’t really count.)
And by coincidence, she played her song ‘Joanne’ up there, a song that really touches my heart every time I listen to it. That really was something special. <3

Close by Lady Gaga at ‘Joanne World Tour’.

Apparently she canceled the rest of the tour (again because of fibromyalgia) so well wishes to Mother Monster and hopefully she can do a tour again in the future so I can get another shot of positivity (and I’m getting standing places!)

Bucket list 2018

Today, on the first day of the new year, it is time to make my bucketlist for 2018.
Well, can I call it a bucket list? It aren’t necessarily things for on a common bucket list like bungee jumping. But it’s more of a list of things I did too little in 2017. But fine, let’s call it a bucket list. Here it is, in a random order:

BUCKET LIST 2018

  • Read 12 or more books
    I like to read, but I don’t always find the time to do so. Last year was a ‘bad’ year reading wise, hopefully it wil get better this year! (check my Goodreads profile to see how far I am!)
  • Making illustrated bucket lists per season
    For years I have the drawing of my summer bucket list ready to go, but it still needs coloring. Go big or go home; let’s do all the seasons this year!
  • Play more The Sims
    I love playing The Sims, but I don’t play it often. Not always my own fault. Because of the muscle and joint problems I just can’t always play. But I want to put it on my list anyway.
  • Exercise, eating balanced and feel more comfortable in my own skin
    A few years back I started with this. With our wedding in November last year I put in some extra effort. With result, because I felt good at my wedding! But 2018 will be the year I will feel more and more comfortable in my own skin.
  • More miniature furniture making
    Last year I started making miniature furniture (1:12, for the people who care) but because of the wedding prep I didn’t have much time for it.
  • Crafting more cards
    It’s so relaxing to make cards! I’m sure things will show up on the blog about making cards. I used to make cards before, but because of Rosana I discovered Lawn Fawn in 2017 (she owned stamp sets before, but I didn’t figure out yet you can make cards with it) and the quality of my cards got better with 300%.
  • Peter’s Treasury
    Also important; spending some more time with my blog and YouTube channel. Of course within the boundaries of my muscles and joints.

Of course there are more things I want to do more or maybe even less. But these things I wanted to write down as a short list. I can look it up through the year and see what I found was important at the begin of the year!

The Treasury is open!

treasury

[trezhuh-ree]

noun, plural treasuries.

  • a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable objects.
  • a collection or supply of excellent or highly prized writings, works of art, etc.: a treasury of American poetry.

Bron: Dictionary.com


Daily I’m creating things. In various ways. Being creative with different materials and techniques, preparing a dish, baking cakes and bread, graphic design or being in a world of fiction by playing a game or reading a book.

Everything I do and create is part of my Treasury. For a while I was looking for a way to share my ‘treasures’ with others. To share experiences. To receive feedback.

My intention is that I regularly update my blog with new content. Unfortunately I got physical problems with my muscles / joints which prevent me of creating things or typing a blogpost. (This blog post has already been in concept since 2015…) But I will do my best and I hope you find it interesting enough to check my blog time to time to check if there is something new.

I declare my Treasury opened!