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Why You Need The Sims 4 in Your Life {Sims 4 Review – Part 1}

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I want to start off by saying that I have been a Sims fan ever since The Sims 1 came out. I’ve loved all the crazy sim moments. It truly is one of my favorite game series of all time. Now I will proceed with this blog post which is only part one of the sims 4 blog post series I plan to do. I hope you enjoy. ^_^

Below is a pic of the “Candy” Residence. These are the first sims I made in The Sims 4. Their house is the first house I built in The Sims 4 as well. I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out. I’d like for there to be more detail / visual interest on the facade of the house, but I think it’s a decent mansion.

Sims 4 Candy Residence and Fam

Below is an up close shot of Ulta and Elli Candy. They are sisters who have decided to room together until they start their own families. The house was an inheritance, given to them by a late relative. Otherwise, they would have settled for something much smaller — more like an apartment. :)

Sims 4 Ulta and Elli CLOSEUP

Next up is the Philips residence, home of Jay and Leana Philips. Leana is a genius and Jay aspires to be a standup comedian.

Sims 4 Philips Residence and Fam

Sims 4 Philips fam CLOSEUP

Ironic thing is, Jay is a comedian…and his house was on a lot where many strange (and funny) things happened. First of all, they had some odd glitches in the kitchen, with weird fires that made no sense and with trying to fix a fridge only to be feet away from it…and here’s my personal favorite…

Sims 4 GLITCHES BE LIKE

The happy couple really did become one…just to walk up the stairs! XD I love how his skin is a little darker than hers and makes it look like she has facial hair. Do you see it? Tell me you see it! Anyway, this was GREAT! I love finding silly (not frustrating) glitches like this one. Makes. my. day.

Sims 4 MACEY image and neighbor

Above on the right is the sim version of me that my hubby made! If you know me in real life, you know I have mustard pants EXACTLY LIKE THAT! Spot on, Derek! The girl on the left is a REALLY AWESOME pre-made sim…wish I could take credit for making her…but I can’t. You know what the best part is?? She has the snob trait..and she totally looks like a hipster. I LOVE IT! Her glasses just MAKE the look. Ya know? :)

Then there’s this image…

Sims 4 MUH COOKIN SKILLZ

This is a pic of Vinita Noir, the girl who looks nothing like me, but has the EXACT same lack of cookin’ skillz! Had to make a meme of it. It’s great! This pretty little sim has a heart tattoo on her shoulder and star tattoos on her back. She’s the third household I made. And the only sim I’ve made so far that has tattoos. I just LOVE the hair! Also, she’s the only household I’ve created so far on sims 4 where I did NOT use cheats. Obviously I used cheats on the others to give them loads of money to build those giant houses, but not with this girl! I wanted at least one family / household that would be cheat-free from the very beginning. And you know what? I think she’s my favorite family to play so far. Her house is VERY small. Very basic. But it’s pastel friendly on the inside, so it’s unicorn worthy…right?! I think it’s an awesome tiny house. It only has 3 rooms: living / dining / kitchen (all in one), bedroom, and bathroom. It features a tiny porch and a cabin-like feel. I plan to add a forest of trees around it when she gets enough $$$.

Sims 4 Noir House FLOORPLAN

Below is Vinita Noir in front of her cabin-like exterior (unicorn pastel amaze-house interior) humble abode. And did I mention how much I love HER? She’s a curvacious beauty with cute retro shorts and bright teal hair. What’s not to love?

Sims 4 Noir Residence and Sim

It’s time to talk about an interesting feature that may or may not exist…but I’m thinking it does. I haven’t researched this FULLY just yet, but I THINK time in the sims 4 is standard for all sims, meaning if Vinita wants to go visit with her friends down the street, she can’t if they are currently at work. If I’m not mistaken (feel free to correct me if I am mistaken, really, I could be way off), I don’t remember this being a feature of sims 3 exactly…definitely not in 1 or 2 either, right? Or am I going crazy?! I feel like in 2, you just went to visit them and they were there…maybe…and same for sims 3, except sometimes in sims 3 they wouldn’t be home, but it seemed more random, like they were just randomly either home or not home. I could be way off on all of this, but it appears like sims 4 is more realistic in that the sims might actually be at work at fixed times, and your unemployed sim who visits during the other sim’s working hours will get no answer when knocking on the door…I am simultaneously excited and frustrated by this. I LOVE the realism of it, but I also got disappointed that she couldn’t visit with them. haha. Can’t have it both ways, MACEY! DUH! I know. I know. Let me know what you all think in the comments.

Sims 4 Vinita to visit Philips House

Create-A-Sim is SO SO SO much more fun and better than in the previous sims. This I most definitely have an opinion on. Just give it a go. You can click the part of the sim you want to edit. You can tweak the face, head, neck, arms, legs, stomach, sides, butt, chest, (LOL), EVERYTHING individually — and with a click on that part, as well as with a click and drag motion. It’s awesome! In previous sims games, you had to click on a menu item to get to the detailed editing. NO MORE! This feature is one of the best features in the game (that I’ve come across so far).

Another change, is the sims 4 is not exactly open world. Why did I word it that way, you ask? Because it is sort of open…what I mean is, on your little street that your sim lives on, you can have them walk around and discover things, down the street, a couple houses down, etc. HOWEVER, you cannot just walk around the whole “neighborhood” (bigger zone than the street your sim lives on). You must wait for loading screens to go to any other house (even on your street) as well. This means the street and the exterior lots of your sim’s street their house is on, is sort of an “open world” type area…but I guess the definition of “open world” is not just “open street”. Either way, I understand part of the logic with this. They probably did this to give us some openness yet not bog down the game as much. Yes, it’s annoying to go to the house next door and click “visit residence” and then have to wait on a loading screen, BUT the loading screen isn’t too long. And you have to admit, it’s cool that the sims aren’t completely limited to just their lot only. Also, the loading is understandable, considering the house interior needs to load, and you actually see furniture through the windows now instead of just an empty house. That’s an upgrade in my opinion.

You know what’s NOT an upgrade? There’s.no.pool. I was so sad when I was building one of these houses and I wanted it to have a pool in the backyard. No pool. However, I hear that they plan to create a FREE patch for pools. That makes up for it, I think. It’s not ideal, but it’s free at least.

One other complaint I have is when I was trying to take screenshots of my sims in front of their houses, it was more difficult than expected. Here’s why: there are SO many sims walking around on the sidewalks, and they LOVE stopping right in front of your sims houses and talking to each other (a lot of times not even talking to your sims). I’ve tried to find the “ask to leave” option and it’s nowhere…even if I try to “invite inside”. I think I tried inviting inside, so I could ask to leave. I could be wrong though. It’s hard to remember what exactly I did, but I think I tried that because I eventually became so desperate to get rid of some of these stupid auto sims, that I made them into an enemy. HAHA! Anyway, it’s not really a big deal, though, and I DO really like that there is so much availability for social interaction because of the loads of sims out and about. :)

So, I will leave you all with some FREE content! You can dowload my sims that I featured in this blog post today! I wanted to give you the ability to download the houses / lots as well, but I have not figured that out yet. I’m still a sims 4 noob. BUT I’m not a sims noob. :) I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Oh, that’s another thing I love! I love the community and how easy it was for me to make my sims available for download. Not sure why I couldn’t figure out how to do that same thing for the houses, but we’ll see if I can figure that out for next time.

Download my sims by following these steps:

1. Load into the sims 4 game.

2. Click the gallery icon (looks like photographs and is in the upper right hand corner of the screen).

3. Click “community” if you are not already there.

4. In the search bar in the upper right hand section, choose “origin ID” from the dropdown and type in “derekbrown700”. My husband’s username is the one on the account in case you were curious. Haha! Now you should see all 3 families that I’ve featured in this post! :) {See the screenshot below.} Unfortunately, like I said, not the houses. I will try to figure out how to do that soon!

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So far, I rate the sims 4 a 4.5 out of 5 stars. We’ll see if that rating shifts any.

xoxo – MaceyLou

What Has MaceyLou Been Up To?

Hello My Lovely Friends!

I just want to take a moment and thank each and every person who reads my blog, watches my videos, listens to my music, or appreciates my artwork. THANK YOU! ^_^ From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you’re reading this right now, you mean a lot to me, and I want you to know that. Because of you, I get to write my heart out. I get to talk about the good times as well as the bad, and there is nothing that can replace that. No matter how long I go on hiatus and no matter what my URL is, the core group sticks with me on my journey. Hopefully this blog theme / template I’ve chosen will stick for a while. Hopefully my URL will finally stick for a while. I’ve gone from blogspot, to wordpress hosted, to self-hosted using wordpress…and I’ve changed URL’s even more times than that. In fact, I can’t recall how many times. I’m hoping this sticks……finally. Haha!

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For the theme of this blog post, I want to talk about what I’ve been up to lately…I’ve been working on many things. First, I’ve finally gotten re-acquainted with Minecraft, and I’m loving it again. I doubt I could play it each and every day, but I’ve been playing several times a week, and it helps that I have lots of friends to play with me and help me find new ways to have fun in the game.

I play pranks…

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minecraft google hangout 1

In the screenshots above, I basically just confused everyone by flying as high as I could where they couldn’t see me. I got a chuckle out of it, as I looked down at their base like it was but a mere ant hill. Karma came back at me later, though, when someone released an Ender Dragon into the world, which destroyed my house. Lately we’ve been playing on a really fun survival server instead, which I LOVE. We found a beautiful biome, full of flowers, islands in the sky, waterfalls, and rivers.

pretty biome

And here’s a random pic I took of a creeper // zombie romance…I thought you all would love it. Kisses for the Creeper! XD

romance slide

On to a completely different topic…

Apparently on Instagram, I am addicted to showing you guys / gals my shoes…I just realized the pattern today. I have especially mastered the “feet up on the dashboard” pose…

shoes comparison

And I think I’ll leave you all with a very odd collage I just made. I call it “MaceyLou’s World.” I guess it represents those moments where I feel kinda weird and different from everyone else and I space out…this must be what the inside of my imagination looks like! :3 I also am guessing that me and my car race each other around a minecraft-type landscape, with a barbie house to go home to, under a strange but beautiful sky. Ah, yep, that’s what my head looks like inside it! Haha! ^__^

Macey's World

Well, that’s all for tonight. Goodnight, friends! Talk to you next time.

Hugs,

MaceyLou

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….-*DIY Fairy Blythe Wings Tutorial!! *-….

Hello My Lovely Friends!

So I’ve put together a little DIY Tutorial for you. This Tutorial explains how to take wire-trimmed ribbon and create fairy wings for a doll. In this case, it’s for a blythe doll, but the concept can really care over to any doll I think! So first things first:

#1}…Take the wire-trimmed ribbon of your choice. I have many colors of this stuff from years of Christmas gifts. I planned to reuse them for my own gift-giving ventures, but I was needing to create some fairy wings for a blythe doll I was working on. I was wondering how I could possibly accomplish this. Then, I remembered this ribbon! :) First, you want to twist the ribbon to create a bit of a fairy wing-like point like shown below. Use the doll’s body that you are intending it for, so you can get an idea of the proportions that you want to achieve.

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#2}…Next, do the same thing on the other end and create a twist in the center as well. This is where the body will lay on top of the wings.

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#3}…Now do a small set for the bottom half of the wings. Your wings should look similar to the picture below (but, really the possiblities are endless and you can make many different styles of these, I’m sure.):

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#4}…Now put the doll body on top to get an idea of what she might look like…

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#5}…Now, what I did was I cut near the wire-trim edge of a spare piece of the ribbon, so that I could use the scraps to attach the top and the bottom of the wings together:

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#6}…Now, you can take that piece of wire from the ribbon (it will be the same color as your ribbon, so it will match.) ^_^ Take that wire and twist it around the top and bottom wing pieces so they can be one piece:

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#7}…Next, you will have excess wire hanging off the wings, so use this to your advantage and twist it in front of the waist of your doll like a belt. :) This will be how the wings stay put.

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YAY! Now that’s what I’m talking about!! ^.^ Below you will see two different ways to wear the wings. The first one is with the belt hidden inside the dress. On the second example, the belt is on the outside and showing. I didn’t like the way the belt inside the dress looked. It changed the shape of her dress in an awkward way, so I decided to just go with the second look, keeping the belt shown:

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I have a new youtube series coming up on my YouTube channel which will show you all my custom process for my dolls. I’m currently uploading Part One as we speak. My youtube name is “maceyloubrown” in case you wanted to check those videos out! Below are some photos showing some things I’ve worked on lately, some recorded in video and some not:

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Below are some new shots of my studio. ^_^ It’s finally coming along nicely. I still have some cleaning//organizing to do, which you can’t see here because I am really good with the crop tool, lol, but soon I hope to have a fully functional and practical (as well as beautiful) studio! Hope you enjoy these photos!! :)

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Below is a “Lomo” wall I created by taping some instagram photos together. To print my photos from my phone, I used an app called Kicksend. My photos didn’t make it to my house at first, but I contacted the app company and they resent them quick! AND the photos look AMAZING!! Love the quality of these. ^_^

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Well, goodnight my lovelies! Talk to you soon! xoxo – MaceyLou

♥ ☆ .• Our New Home! ☆ .• ♥

Hello Lovely Friendzies!

So, on December 13th, we closed on a house!! It’s an exciting time! But you know what wasn’t an exciting time?…the moving part…but that’s over now, and it’s time to get things organized! It’s also time for a little home-warming inspiration! I’ve been pinning and pinning away on pinterest, which as we all know, means that I’ve been sitting on my toosh not doing a thing in the minutes (*cough* HOURS) that I’ve been pinning. So I thought today, I’d start to tackle my studio. Well, the kitchen is pretty much done, except a bit of clutter left on the far end of the counter, so I’m happy with the cleanliness of that room so far. The living room is like 90% complete when it comes to things being put away. There are only one medium sized box and a small box left, as well as the Christmas tree to be put away. But I’ll show you a sneak peek of the living room later in this post.

First, let’s talk about my studio. It needs a LOT of work! I have lots of nice built-ins, shelves, desks, and even a closet! I have no excuse not to find room for all this stuff! I must focus on deciding what will be housed where…

Studio Clutter to be Cleaned and Organized soon

I have a place for my sewing machine, but I haven’t moved the pull-out shelf yet.

Sewing Machine and pullout shelves

There’s a really pretty light fixture in this room: a floral light fixture fan. I usually hate fans and the light fixtures that accompany them (but LOVE them in the summer heat. haha), but this one I think I like as is for now.

floral light fixture fan

Then there’s the barbie dollhouse. The barbie dollhouse I grew up playing dolls with. My mom found it, and took it out of storage for me about a year ago or so. Maybe 2 years ago now. Trying to decide if I should paint such a sentimental piece, or keep it exactly as it is. I’ve seen what people with the right skills can do by painting a dollhouse exactly like this one, but not sure if I should…thoughts?

Barbie House

On to the living room! I’m only showing you a small part of it for now…gotta keep you in suspense. (Haha, you can actually see additional photos on my instagram page. Just search for: maceyloubrown).

This first photo is of one of the two built-in cabinets in our living room. I definitely want to paint it at some point. Haven’t decided on the color yet, but it will most likely be a light one.

cabinet full of cute things such as a little kiddles lunch box filled with crayons, a blythe doll with big eyes, and pretty books

And below is one of the many pretty fake candles my mom got me for Christmas this past year. (She also got me some exterior Christmas lights and mini candles, too!) These things actually flicker! :)

fake candle that flickers like a real one

On to the dining room…I love our placemats. It’s too bad we are one short though. Got them at Pier 1 for a steal! I think they were 50 cents or 25 cents each a few years back!

Cute Cup With Floral Design WHITE

Oh, and no Macey-fide anything would be complete without something to do with macaroons! Yes, I have a baking book just on how to make different flavors of macaroons!

Macaroons and Cute Cup With Floral Design WHITE

And here’s my hubby, Derek, who decided this was the best and laziest way to socialize (his words, not mine) on his various social networks:

my hubby on social networks while laying in bed his smart phone propped up on blankets

Goodnight everyone! Sleep tight! Don’t let the ladybugs bite! (Did I mention our house is home to lots of ladybugs? haha)

my hubby all cute pretending to be sleeping in bed

xoxo, – MaceyLou

Dollies, Clothes, & Craft Tutorials…Oh My!

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Hello Friends,

It’s been far too long since we’ve spoken. I’m sure some of you have left this blog behind, never to think of it again, and that’s fine. It’s my fault for not bringing you fresh content any longer, but that’s about to change.

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I’m happy to announce that I will be doing  regular YouTube channel videos as well as regular blog posts right here on “Macey’s Misadventures.” I’ve really missed it, and the only reason I stopped was because there was a lack of time and inability to devote what little I had of it to this blog. In short, I’m back. :)

I'm back

I just want to introduce the new goodies I’ll be serving up, fresh, for you. I will be regularly updating my blog with the details I feel some of you may desire to read about. I’ll also be posting regular videos on YouTube, ranging from dolly videos, to crafting tutorials, to clothing and beauty hauls. All of this is for your entertainment and enjoyment.

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Your feedback will be critically important for the next few weeks, months, and hopefully for years to come! Let me know if you enjoy my videos or if you have any criticism and/or advice on how to improve the quality of your experience.

Thanks so much friends & dolly pals alike!

Hearts & Stars…

-MaceyLou

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/maceyloubrown {Remember, the current videos are old. New ones coming within the week!}

Wednesday! : Blythe Couch Progress

Hi My Lovelies!!

Sorry I’m been MIA lately. I’ve been working around the house, cleaning, rearranging furniture, as well as working on a little couch for my blythe doll.

I saw a cute modern couch on the internet which was very boxy and straight edges. It was also a solid color. I decided to mimic the design, but instead of a solid color, I’m using a blue plaid fabric (from an old button up shirt my husband had). I think it’s going great. I sewed the main pieces so far, and slipped them over the rectangular foam pieces I had.

I still need to attach all the pieces together, and I think I will use a glue gun. I’m not sure though, because I worry about the fabric not sticking well. I also still need to give the sofa a base, legs, and pillows.

  • Couch {pieces not attached yet}

  • Above is Koral on the couch so you can see the scale.

Let me know what you all think. :)

Until next time, readers, HEARTS & STARS!

-MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #2: Relax After Work On A Tree Swing

Hi My Lovely Stars,

Today, I’m pinning some new pins as well as couple not-so-new ones. When I saw this swing above this water, my jaw almost dropped. It’s gorgeous! My dream place to be is there. Right there on that little swing, dangling my feet above the water.

When I think of this group of pins, I think of being at work most of the day in this cute outfit and shoes, then retreating home to this lovely swing in a tree. I’m too eager to change, so I just get straight on the swing in my work clothes, only kicking my heels off before going outside.

You can find me on Pinterest and view more of my pins here.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #2: Jonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Hi My Beautiful Starfish,

Last Saturday we went on another adventure. This time we went to downtown Jonesborough. It was a very beautiful and friendly place. Unfortunately we got there after 5:00, so most shops were closed. However, that didn’t stop us from walking around and exploring, taking plenty of photos along the way of course!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Adventurous Friday & my little adventure collage below!:

Below is a photo of me in front of a really neat looking old door in Jonesborough:

I hope you all enjoyed this adventure! Have a great weekend, my lovely friends! Thanks so much for reading!

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou