View Full Version : The 2nd Official Home Make Over Contest-WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
15th Apr 2006, 6:44 AM
AND THE VOTES ARE IN
You all have shown amazing skill and dedication in your lots. Very tough vote but....
The Winner of the Second Official Home Make over contest is...
Second place- Minena
Please PM me your email address so I can send you your prizes- Congrats to all of you
I hope to see all of you around for contest 3 :)
This is what we're all waiting for right?
The Grand Prize winner will recieve the JWood's Autumn Donation set-
This set includes-
Decorative Apple bobbing barrel
Barrel of cornstalks
Small pile of leaves that sims will walk through
10 outfits all autumn themed (one for all ages both genders)
Large ANIMATED pile of leaves for your sims to jump in.
Flat Placable leaves in 4 styles to cover the ground
Pile of leaves fully PLAYABLE for toddlers
3 Autumn toned terrain paints
4 floor tiles with leaves
More pics found Here (http://www.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=7584)
Second runner up recieves this Dress-Made for Marvines Alpha Mesh
Third Runner up recieves-
ALL ENTRANTS PRIZE
Thank you all for participating-
This dress requires the amazing alpha mesh by Marvine- Please if you dont have that - grab it now right
modeled after this dress
16th Apr 2006, 2:17 AM
32. Ms. Useless Knowledge
35. Miss Puff
16th Apr 2006, 3:34 AM
Hope they are correct.
16th Apr 2006, 3:57 AM
I got in 3rd place in the last contest. May I still be in this one?
16th Apr 2006, 4:17 AM
oh boy...another contest. yippeee!!!!!
Windows and Doors:
16th Apr 2006, 5:46 AM
Absolutely moonluck- everyone is welcome to enter again if theyd like :)
16th Apr 2006, 6:56 AM
Sweet here's my entry.
16th Apr 2006, 8:06 AM
Well this sounds like fun so i'll give it a go :) sry fixed now
16th Apr 2006, 8:17 AM
Well, here's my entry. Thanks for this contest, it seems like a lot of fun. :ds:
*Edited for new fixed lot and pics.
16th Apr 2006, 8:25 AM
Bluesoup your kitchen is off- please recheck- the window and archway placement and its one square too short.
riverame7- front window and door are over one space too far
16th Apr 2006, 8:41 AM
Ok, I've fixed it, sorry about that.
16th Apr 2006, 9:14 AM
Ok, I'm just uploading my photos of my entry, I'm new to the whole upload photos via Photoshack thing so be patient please!
Hoep that's right!
Please not, the extra thing next to one of my two tile windows is actually a door. ust thought i'd say, as it looks like a window!
16th Apr 2006, 10:15 AM
1. Overhead shot depicting wall/tile placement.
2. Overhead shot depicting window/door/arch placement.
3. 3-d view of overall property (with the walls down).
Other Info :
Lot size : Medium 3x2
Walls - unpainted
Flooring - Currently none
Architectural Elements - Door/Arch/Window - Currently All Maxis items used.
16th Apr 2006, 12:44 PM
I'd like to give this a go too.
I have used two one tile windows where indicated, they just seem to look like one two tile window in the picture.
16th Apr 2006, 12:56 PM
16th Apr 2006, 3:34 PM
Yay!!This is my first house makeover competition so here are the pics(I hope they are right!)
16th Apr 2006, 3:49 PM
Here is my entry, i hope it is right = )
Doors & Windows:
16th Apr 2006, 4:53 PM
LyricLee its about time my dear!!
Nobody said photography was my strong point so forgive me
Window/doorway/archway placement shot
16th Apr 2006, 5:53 PM
Have to enter so here's mine:
Anything wrong with them just let me know
16th Apr 2006, 6:13 PM
Okie dokie, I'm gonna enter this contest too! :D
1- Aerial Photo showing the layout and dimensions clearly of the lot
2- Photo Showing placement of doors and windows
The lot I've chosen is a 4X4 one, you might not see that clearly from the pic
16th Apr 2006, 6:37 PM
regarding the number of tiles windows/doors can be, if there is a two tile window, can we just use 2 one tile windows? do you understand?
16th Apr 2006, 6:42 PM
Chique- no you must replace a two tile window for a two tile window and so on. No swapping sizes this contest.
(makes it more difficult to coordinate :) :)
Note: Ive updated the contestant list.
Please do me a favor guys (as im old and my eyes dont work properly all the time lol)
If you happen to spot anything off in anyones entry- PM me so I can look it over and contatc the contestant.
From what I see so far everyones done a GREAT job on replicating the lot.
Cant wait to see your decorating skills!
16th Apr 2006, 7:06 PM
Oh yay! I missed the deadline for applications last time so i am glad you're holding a second one. Here is my entry.
Just a quick question, i have used the same windows throughout and these aren't the ones i intend to use in the rooms, are we allowed to change window style in later rounds when we know the theme?
16th Apr 2006, 7:30 PM
coolh: i think so, in the last contest we wrere allowed to change the style of windows and doors according the the style that lyric gave us to replicate.
16th Apr 2006, 7:42 PM
Here is my entry
16th Apr 2006, 8:39 PM
What types of themes do you mean?
Like modern, medievel ect. or frogs and flowers and so on?
16th Apr 2006, 9:18 PM
Ok I have everyones names up now.
1- You may change the type of window to suit the theme youre given- If you use a brown one tile window in yourl ayout- and want a white one tile window of a different style but SAME tile size you can change- You jsut can not change a one tile window for a larger one- or use two one tile windows for a two tiled window-
It must match the legend as presented in post 1- whereever there is a one tile window or a two tiled window or door or arch there must always be one, understand?
you can substitute different types of windows though.
2- The themes are the surprise part Candy- Ill give one cheat tho- Think spring :)
16th Apr 2006, 9:50 PM
I've just discovered how dificult this is going to be!I looked at the first makeover show thingy... omg!
How did those people cope!?! :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
16th Apr 2006, 11:32 PM
Here's my entry.
1. Aerial view
2. Placement of doors and windows
17th Apr 2006, 1:03 AM
This contest sounds like a total blast :) cant wait for round one :)
17th Apr 2006, 2:31 AM
wooo- i'm so glad i didn't miss this like i did the last one!!
17th Apr 2006, 3:18 AM
MrCheeks your livingroom door and window- and kitchen door and window placement is off- pelase recheck your lot against the legend photo in post 1
17th Apr 2006, 3:19 AM
Here is my entry! I had so much fun on the first circle that i can't wait for this one!!
(you arent able to see the interior doros and archways becasue i forgot to add them when i took this pic, but you can see their placement in the below picture...sorry)
17th Apr 2006, 3:55 AM
Wahh! Before 50 entries I gotta enter! Oh no oh no oh no!!!
17th Apr 2006, 4:16 AM
I do realize I messed up on the walling, but I want to get these pics in... Unless that's considered reserving?
17th Apr 2006, 4:54 AM
omg .. i'm sorry.. going to fix it now
:edit: i fixed it.. sorry
17th Apr 2006, 2:53 PM
Overhead and door/window/arch placement shots.
17th Apr 2006, 4:53 PM
Thanks for letting us play again!
I just played with Maxis doors and windows for now.
17th Apr 2006, 6:42 PM
ok i think ive got them all correct http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/dragon_tfm/contest.jpg
17th Apr 2006, 10:29 PM
hamsterball- bay window is off , protrudes too far
minena- kitchen windows spaced too far apart
the rest of you are ok so far :)
17th Apr 2006, 11:33 PM
question...i know its says u cant change walls or swap window or door sizes does that also include arch size? (srry if it was said i read all the posts but might have missed it)
18th Apr 2006, 12:14 AM
Yes dragon- you can change style for style but never swap sizes on doors, windos or arches- sorry i wasnt totally specific
18th Apr 2006, 2:08 AM
minena- kitchen windows spaced too far apart
Corrected window spacing
18th Apr 2006, 2:54 AM
Thank you :)
18th Apr 2006, 3:21 AM
Loved the last contest and now I'm back for more. :howdy:
Thank you LyricLee for doing this again.
18th Apr 2006, 5:56 AM
YAY! i was waiting for this. here is my entry
showing the whole lot
windows and doors
18th Apr 2006, 3:48 PM
18th Apr 2006, 6:57 PM
hi, this is my entry, hope this is correct, also hope i can change the style of windows and door later...
18th Apr 2006, 8:07 PM
Here is my entry-
18th Apr 2006, 8:12 PM
if i make it through i was wondering if its ok to have a sim on the lot to turn on lights as long as they are never seen in any photos?
18th Apr 2006, 8:20 PM
mrcheeks- i dont mind as long as you can hide them in your screenshots
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
18th Apr 2006, 8:31 PM
Here are my pictures. Thanks again LyricLee - last time was a blast! This one will be fun too!
18th Apr 2006, 10:21 PM
any excuse to go on wild downloading sprees is a good one
here's my entry
19th Apr 2006, 4:27 AM
Hi, I saw the thread for this contest and thought it sounded like fun. So, here's my entry:
The lot is 3x4.
20th Apr 2006, 1:39 AM
I've never entered a contest before, but the last one of these looked like fun, so I think I'll give it a shot:
20th Apr 2006, 2:24 AM
This entry round will close in 2 1/2 hours- the next round will be posted sometime tomorrow- I believe one person still has not corrected their lot (it had a bad bay window)
In 2 1/2 hours no more entries will be accepted.
20th Apr 2006, 3:15 AM
Here's Mine, not sure if I made it in time
20th Apr 2006, 2:26 PM
yep you did jessica- ok thanks everyone!
20th Apr 2006, 6:31 PM
Oh NO! I'm in the competetion, but dont think I can make monday's deadline, the PC is at the PC shop, being wiped clean! I gotta reinstall, and I only get it back on sunday! Eeek!
20th Apr 2006, 8:57 PM
SHouldn't Round 1 be up allready??
20th Apr 2006, 9:50 PM
SHouldn't Round 1 be up allready??
It is: http://www.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=14995 :)
21st Apr 2006, 2:38 PM
i was just wondering how many people are going to be eliminated each round?
21st Apr 2006, 4:05 PM
Mine looks sooooo bad.
(Go to round 1 thread and youll see what i mean!!!
21st Apr 2006, 5:13 PM
*sighs* I seem to be having some problems with my computer (using my boyfriend's at the moment). I might have it fixed in time to upload my entry, I might not, I don't really know. I guess I'll let you know closer to the deadline if I'll have to drop out.
21st Apr 2006, 10:22 PM
Rayea absolutely you can use stages- only thing i dont want touched are the locatuionso f the walls windows and doors.
boolProp allow45DegreeAngleOfRotation true
21st Apr 2006, 10:29 PM
I fixed my computer! ^_^ Should have my entry up soon.
22nd Apr 2006, 11:14 PM
Aww... I was just looking through the thread and it's amazing.. I never come over to this part of the the fourm but it's great... JUst a question so I know next time... How do I apply to enter?
22nd Apr 2006, 11:18 PM
They have an entry round (this thread was it before it turned into the chatter thread) and you just have to make the lot to spec before the deadline.
24th Apr 2006, 5:17 AM
sorry to say i have to forfeit myself, have absolutely no custom content that can be use to make the require looks, and can't use existing maxis one cleverly enuff to make them look as per requirement. will look forward to next round.
24th Apr 2006, 4:25 PM
When does round 1 end?
24th Apr 2006, 6:21 PM
24th Apr 2006, 6:24 PM
it got changed, there was an extension or something
24th Apr 2006, 8:24 PM
I'm kinda tensed up and nervous.If i go through to round 2 its the first time ever coz i get elimenated at round 1 always.lol.
I think it closes tomorrow at 8 o clock.
24th Apr 2006, 8:43 PM
Yes, the deadline got changed to 8am tomorrow (tuesday the 25th) eastern standard time.
24th Apr 2006, 8:43 PM
yes sorry i didn't notice that there had been an extension - I wonder how long we will have to wait before we find out - though i don't have high hopes - i suppose it depends on how many judges there are and how long it takes them to judge but i hope it doesn't take too long
24th Apr 2006, 8:54 PM
i agree with you coolh! I hope that i get through to the next round...i had so much fun on the first one and i did pretty well. I hope i go even farther this time though! But even if i dont make it past the first round, i will enjoy watching this contest as it goes on!
24th Apr 2006, 10:04 PM
Im gunna have to drop out, and i even had my pictures, my comp has decided to make me reboot it AGAIN so everything is going :(
25th Apr 2006, 2:02 AM
ya nixie i cant manage it either i got a beach bath pretty well but i can manage to get anything nautical..i have tons of ideas but no meshing skills and not enough time with my schedule this week....and i really wanted to try this one poo =[...well least i got my non official contests done before it got hectic =]
25th Apr 2006, 4:02 AM
Aside from the fun I have just by playing decorator in the Sims, I've really enjoyed looking at all the submissions for this round. It's not just the custom content by all the talented creators but the new and interesting ways that you all have been putting it all together. So I say, here's a round of applause and thank you for everyone for sharing their visions with all of us.
25th Apr 2006, 4:09 AM
Dragon are you withdrawing?
Sorry about the pc problems michelle :(
Have you guys tried meshkiste for some nautical items? I know they have alot of cute ones that you could recolor or what not.
25th Apr 2006, 7:50 AM
if you mean the one that hangs on the wall it came in the family fun pack
25th Apr 2006, 7:55 AM
holy wow!!! i was feeling so good about my entry til i came and saw everyone else's... there are some amazing entries over there!!!
25th Apr 2006, 9:01 AM
Yeah, I'm worried too. Everyone did a great job. And Meshkiste and/or the Family Fun Pack made an appearance in almost everyone's lol.
25th Apr 2006, 1:25 PM
Oh my i never knew about the Meshkiste site lol i'm goin on a new downloading spree as i'm typing hehe :)
25th Apr 2006, 2:41 PM
Ok waiting one one more judge- should *hopefully* have round 2 up by tonight- You guys make this judging bit IMPOSSIBLE you know
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
25th Apr 2006, 3:23 PM
I am really impressed with the great room designs. You have all put it together in so many great and different ways. I think the competition is going to be tough!
Waiting for the results. . . .
25th Apr 2006, 3:29 PM
Good luck everybody!!! Im really really nervous, I love taking part in these contests and I really don't want to have to be kicked out!!! Good luck to all!!
25th Apr 2006, 3:33 PM
Good luck everyone!!
I don't think i did well. 8-(!!!
But anyways.lol.I have taken part in 4 competition so far and i dont get further than round 1.
25th Apr 2006, 4:09 PM
I noticed some of the room pictures seem darker and thought I'd share a tip given to me. If you click the day/night option when you enter buy mode to make it night before you buy a light, it will be on when you place it in the room. (I used to think you needed a Sim living in the house to turn on lights and scoot the chairs up to a table. Now I just type boolprop snapobjectstogrid false to move chairs in and hope I don't forget to type it again with true when I'm done.) Good luck everyone.
I hope no one was upset by the reuse of Meshkiste's nautical set - it is the only one I know about. I didn't notice until I had finished that my bookcase is the same, and in the same spot, as a couple others - it was a perfect spot! I do have another bookcase that would have worked, and no one else used; but I kept getting distracted when I went looking for it and would find something else to add. Does that happen to anyone else?
25th Apr 2006, 4:12 PM
By the way what does lmao or lmoa stand for?lol...
25th Apr 2006, 4:17 PM
Yup, good luck to everyone!!!!!
25th Apr 2006, 4:37 PM
Everyone has done an amazing job. The competition will be very difficult if not impossible to judge. I'm hoping to make it further this time than I did last time (I was a 1st round cut last time) but if not it was still great to continue to do each room as they came along and I will be doing the same again.
Good luck to everyone.
25th Apr 2006, 4:43 PM
By the way what does lmao or lmoa stand for?lol...
lmao = laughing my a*s off
god when I first applied for the contest
I thought I had a good chance, but now
I've seen all those amazing rooms..
I'm freaking nervous. ]:
good luck everyone :D
25th Apr 2006, 4:45 PM
The suspense is killing me!!! I wonder what Lyric has in mind for the next round!
25th Apr 2006, 5:47 PM
lmao = laughing my a*s off
Now i am really lmao at myself...
25th Apr 2006, 5:49 PM
I cant take this anymore!!!!!!
I am so nervous!!!
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25th Apr 2006, 6:06 PM
.. but I kept getting distracted when I went looking for it and would find something else to add. Does that happen to anyone else?
ALL the time! I can go off on a completely different track browsing the "buy" areas =)
25th Apr 2006, 7:32 PM
I hope she gives the results in the next hour coz i need to go to bed.its school tomorrow.
25th Apr 2006, 7:36 PM
But i cant stand up early.lol.
Im so close to going to scool in my pajamas.I cant stand up early.
25th Apr 2006, 7:45 PM
luckily it's only 7pm here so i have 3 hours before i have to go. I really hope they're posted soon. I'm trying so hard not to get my hopes up but the longer it gets the more excited i am
25th Apr 2006, 7:55 PM
Over here it is 8:52 so I've got less than an hour.I go to sleep at 9:30 coz I take a half hour to get asleep.I not ecxited really.Im a little nervous.I wish i could go to sleep later coz i am in grade 7 (in other words im 13 years old )And i need to go to sleep that early.
But i sleep at that time coz ive learned my lesson on not doing it.
25th Apr 2006, 8:00 PM
I wonder how long it actually takes... hmmm :D
25th Apr 2006, 8:03 PM
*sings along* ''Im off the wagon and im hitchin a riiiiiide......''
Lol.Who know that song.
Sorri if im irretating.Just tell me 8-(
25th Apr 2006, 8:07 PM
Lyric said it'll be posted tonight.But ill try to stay up a teensy weensy longer.
25th Apr 2006, 8:28 PM
i know how awful i feel if i miss sleep, - i hate waiting for things - i'll have to go enter some other contests, there are 1 or 2 interesting ones at the moment - i just have to find the right sims..
25th Apr 2006, 8:31 PM
Here i go to sleep.Ill see the HAPPY or SAD stuff tomorrow.Good luck to everyone!!!!
25th Apr 2006, 8:56 PM
oh well i've just been told to get off the pc by my dad so i guess i'll have to wait until tomorrow as well.
25th Apr 2006, 10:02 PM
ok round 2 is up-
cuts were sooo hard so please know you all did fantastically!
have fun those who have moved on! and i hope to see you all for the next contest
25th Apr 2006, 10:15 PM
Well done everybody!! Im going to keep decorating the rooms as described by the rounds, just because its a cool way to find new custom content and develop my decorating skills!! Good luck to all those who continued!!
25th Apr 2006, 10:18 PM
Congratulations to all who made it to the next round! :D
25th Apr 2006, 10:58 PM
I've posted a "where can I find" for the contest, jungle themed content. Im interested but I think it'll will help those of you who are left! Everybody seemed to have the same content last time so lets try and vary the field!! Good luck all and I hope you find some nice content!
25th Apr 2006, 11:28 PM
YAY i made it! To all of those who didnt make it, you all did an excellent job. I think that everysingle contestant's room was FABULOUS! Although alot of people had the same content, we each used it in fairly diferent ways! I am so happy that i have made it and thanks to the judges and lyric for letting me go through to the next round!
25th Apr 2006, 11:37 PM
Congrats to everyone who made the cut. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of your rooms. Good luck to all. As always, thanks to Lyric for allowing me to be in this contest. :howdy:
26th Apr 2006, 1:11 AM
Well, you have to use the < and > keys to rotate the furniture, or the , and . keys.
26th Apr 2006, 9:59 AM
the cheat is boolprop allow45DegreeAngleOfRotation true, it doesn't work for me unless the capitals are in the right place.
26th Apr 2006, 12:29 PM
Why don't we set up a thread in the sims picture forum, the official home maker supporters forum, for those of us who were eliminated and for those who never took part but like to follow the contest. I think that would be so cool!
26th Apr 2006, 3:32 PM
i agree with Rayea and iampinkstar, i also wish more ppl could have got through because there were alot of ppl i thought should of got thru to the next round (i really wonder what the judges look for) coz there were reallly really good ones that didnt get thru im kinda confused to be honest but all wells, but a thread for the ppl that got eliminated is a great idea = ) good luck to everyone who made it
26th Apr 2006, 3:45 PM
Why is the number of people got through so low, its less then half! Also could you tell us what the judges were looking for in the rooms, it would all help us improve our rooms and make your job even harder next time round!
26th Apr 2006, 5:25 PM
Not that anyone asked my opinion or anything, but I assume the list was smaller because it was the price of two rounds instead of one, because doing two rooms at a time only leaves three rounds instead of six. So you end up having to cut the entrants by twice what you normally would just so you dont end up with too many entrants at the end.
26th Apr 2006, 5:49 PM
Ok last time we did this we cut half the first round as well.
What we look for ina nutshell is not the most beautiful room- but the room that truly has the most "nautical" or "beachy" feel to it. Sometimes a room may be gorgeous but it doesnt quite feel like it fits the theme properly.
Also too much clutter is bad- too little is bad too... we look for a room that youd generally be comfortable to be in.
If you all would like to post some photos here (those who have been cut) you can feel free to share your takes on further rounds.
hope that helps ya guys :)
26th Apr 2006, 6:13 PM
Hehe. I don't mind I didnt get
through, I did this for fun anyway :D
From the moment I saw those great
entries others made, I knew I didn't
have a lot of chance.
At least I'll learn a lot from y'all. -giggles.-
Congratulations to all who did get through,
and good luck in the next rounds ! You'd
better make the next rooms just as awesome. XD
So I can get some new ideas for my houses.
26th Apr 2006, 6:34 PM
1- the first round has the heaviest cut- look at the contest before-
there is always a top 5 to compete for the last round.
2- if you cant afford pay content it has no bearing on your skills- Theres no way to tell from looking at the rooms what objects are pay and what arent. and there are a gazillion free sites out there. To limit people would be ridiculous
26th Apr 2006, 7:59 PM
Oh gosh im sorry girl- absolutely- thats what i meant in the main post- you can change the style of doors for each round as many times as you need, as long as its in the same spot :) sorry about that
26th Apr 2006, 8:21 PM
Good luck everyone and remember to have fun...its supposed to be fun.
26th Apr 2006, 8:28 PM
No Pay Content.
i dont see it as fair to use pay content when some folks cant use it.
i noticed quite a few entries had some pay content, and although it never botheres me normaly, it does bother me that folks that cant afford or have no way of getting hold of pay items have a harder time of competing than those with access to it.QUOTE]
Why is it fair to not use it, pay content isn't necessarily better content just different. Why should we be penalised because we can afford it? I understand that have it and some don't and if this contest was all about the best downloads then you'd have a point. However its about room design, what you do with what you have.
26th Apr 2006, 9:31 PM
I understand that have it and some don't and if this contest was all about the best downloads then you'd have a point. However its about room design, what you do with what you have.
Have to agree with pink on this, I dont have FFS which has nautical content, so I had to hunt far and wide to find any, and to use my color scheme to give the room a nautical feel. I had exactly 5 items that were specifically "nautical".
While pay sites sometimes have nicer content, thats not a hard and fast rule and I have found a zillion things all for free.
26th Apr 2006, 9:46 PM
you guys, saying that people should use content from pay sites is like saying people with really nice graphics should turn their settings down in order to compete in the contest.... this contest is about using your skill and the tools you have available to you and doing the best that you can.
I learned all the tricks (like cheats and stuff) by surfing around and looking things up, and there are so many sites that offer amazing content that is free. I won't deny that i have used content from pay sites for my entry, but i don't really see why its such a big deal. Sites like aussietopenders, chinafansims, mango sims, reflex sims, and so many more are mostly free sites with amazing content, you should check them out.
this contest isnt about who can gather the best stuff and stick it in a room, its about design, layout and sticking to a theme.
26th Apr 2006, 10:20 PM
Okay, seriously, looking at the entries for the bathroom/den.
You people AMAZE me.
26th Apr 2006, 10:20 PM
OK lets just end this debate right now-
If you don ot like the rules of this contest then dont participate its as simple as that. I am not going to change thigns around just becuase someone can not find suitable content- There are plenty of people who created very nautical feeling rooms without pay content or family fun stuff installed. Its about fitting themes end of story.
If this contest isnt suitable for you then enter someone elses.
I ran this second one becuase so many people enjoyed the first one and wanted another. They seem to have no problem with it.
There is no bias in judging over who has what content. Its all about how you decorate your room. We dont know where you got what from. In fact the themes were set up 2 weeks before ffs even came out so theres no way we even expected those items to be used.
the point is mute now. If you cant comply with the rules in this content then dont play ok? I think every single entry in round one was amazing. And this is supposed to be fun not fighting over silly stuff.
26th Apr 2006, 11:20 PM
THanks lyric for saying that, this was getting out of control!
26th Apr 2006, 11:32 PM
:howdy: I have a question Lyric - you state we have to choose an insect for our nursery - can we have more than one? For instance bees and butterflies - or do we have to just pick one?
For those upset about pay-content. I didn't use any and I'm sure I remember one of the winners last time stating she didn't either. I'm not sure using it would make any difference - sometimes too much choice is a bad thing! I'm finding this round a real challenge because I can't recolour - I'm seriously thinking of trying to learn.
26th Apr 2006, 11:56 PM
Rascal Id like to see one dominant insect in the room. If you chose butterflies you can have a few bumblebee items but i want one main dominant insect if you understand :)
27th Apr 2006, 1:00 AM
Okay thanks - eeep!
27th Apr 2006, 1:34 AM
is it ok if we are a little vague on the insect...like could it be flying insects? or crawling insects?
27th Apr 2006, 2:02 AM
Any insect- worms, spiders, ants, moths, as long as its the overall effect felt int he room
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
27th Apr 2006, 3:26 AM
Hi all! just my 2 cents worth on the pay site discussion. I was one of the winners in the last contest, and I don't pay for any objects except Maxis ones. I actually bought FFS so my daughter could have the princess stuff, and didn't realize that there was nautical stuff in it until I got to looking through my catalogs. I just download like a maniac. One time my download files topped 15,000. I have since learned to make theme files and swap them out, so my game will respond in a reasonable time frame.
I just love all of the custom content available, and downloading seems to fulfill the same need as shopping for me, so my husband LOVES that I play the Sims 2.
He actually has been impressed with my decorating talents, since I have toyed with ideas for our basement den by doing in-game recreations. Nothing beats repainting walls with a shift-click, rather than a paint roller!
These contests are more about your creativity and having fun than anything else, so everyone, just have a great time!
Thanks for all your hard work, LyricLee and the judges! You guys are making it a challenge once again. I am off now to find more bugs.
27th Apr 2006, 3:39 AM
heey i cant wait to see all the nurseries, they are my fav thing to decorate there just so cute! :P
27th Apr 2006, 4:10 AM
I didn't enter this contest, but I used the layout and themes to build a house for myself, since I'm bad at making house layouts. I love it!! I'll probably do the same with the next one unless I decide to enter.
27th Apr 2006, 8:25 AM
OMG! The entries I've seen there are absolutely amazing! Congratulations guys! I really can't compete with that, I must do my best... :)
27th Apr 2006, 5:50 PM
Will you show us what you've created? Lyric says we can use this thread as a place to post our mock contest photos. I'll be creating my rooms tonight I think and posting them for the world to critique.
27th Apr 2006, 6:33 PM
I was talking to you yes but I didn't realise you were still in the running!! I will have a look over there now, but It was a general question to everybody.
27th Apr 2006, 7:33 PM
The rooms so far are BREATHTAKING. my god guys and girls, you are amazing! I purposely tried to pick rooms this contest that there were few items of content for- like a jungle room and the nautical bath- I wanted it to be more about the feel of the room than the content. You guys have amazed me so far- first round and now this one too.
27th Apr 2006, 8:55 PM
Woah, you guys all have done stunning rooms in this round, they all have such a good feel to them! wow!
27th Apr 2006, 9:25 PM
OK well I went and decorated the bedroom and nursery to the specifications of the challenge (more or less) so I want to show you my rooms. i really like them, they're so totally not my style normally but this challenge is good because it makes you work outside of your normal settings.
Ok the nursery first:
Next the bedroom:
and then the overhead shot - just because.
27th Apr 2006, 10:05 PM
iampinkstar! you used the same wall as me for the jungle bedroom! isn't that the coolest wall ever?! I like how you used the green lights, cuz it makes it feel more like your in an actual jungle, like the light is shining through the leaves or something. I wish i had thought of that!
27th Apr 2006, 11:24 PM
Well today I found one of the items I was looking for late last night/early this morning, so I put that in. Then I realized I forgot the hanging plants, so I put a couple of those in. Then I decided the corner had room for a few potted plants, so I added some like those outside inside. I tweaked a few things and retook my pictures. I still can't find one thing I was looking for, so I might update again later.
28th Apr 2006, 12:10 AM
WOW. Where'd you get the CC for your jungle bedroom and bug nursery, iampinkstar? It's brilliant
28th Apr 2006, 12:39 AM
what does CC mean?
28th Apr 2006, 12:54 AM
CC means Custom Content :)
28th Apr 2006, 2:27 AM
oh yeah..sorry...i wasnt rally thinking:P
28th Apr 2006, 2:40 AM
S'ok, we all have moments like that. ;) Hey, I just noticed that you're from Toronto... got relatives there. :D
28th Apr 2006, 11:27 AM
my ladybug nursery stuff came from simsquirts, at least the ladybug crib and changing table did, the little ladybug toy is from mts2 and LyricLee had it listed in her toddler/child list in where can i find. As for the jungle stuff, its MTS2, TSR (pay and free) and then I think i did a search on http://chukhin.brinkster.net/Lynne/sims/themes/wild.html for the jungle stuff, not a lot there but worth looking and again on http://chukhin.brinkster.net/Lynne/sims/themes/nursery.html for the nursery stuff, its a humungous great list!! I can't remember top of my head where the ABC comes from, I think its an MTS2 creation though. I feel bad becasue I use it in all of my nursery designs!!
Im glad people liked it and Alyaya feel free to add green lights to your room, I have no problems people taking ideas from other people, i mean thats what sharing is all about, you'd use them differently then I did anyway!
28th Apr 2006, 2:17 PM
Hisbeachgirl - I find when I put in too many folders and sub-folders, I have a bunch of folders to sort through. So I have the folders that cleaninstall lists - clothing, makeup, etc. I subdivide the objects and recolors folders into build & buy. If you have a lot of one thing, like windows or beds; then add another subfolder for that. That's my system - a seperate folder for each artist or site was just too many places to look for me, and cleaninstall (or the item's description) gives you the properties/info when you want to give credit to the originator. I also have another folder for non-object meshes and items that have been modified (such as hair and clothes).
28th Apr 2006, 6:54 PM
Ill throw my 2 cents in here for anyone asking about subfolders and what works best for me-
I have my downlaods foldered subfoldered in a systematic way-
there are certain sites that I download all the time from so I have created a folder for each of those. Then there are random objects I grab so I have folders for each, same for body shop. SO my folders look something like this
BS- Make up
hacks i have some in last and unsortable is for all of those files like 0737987nbkj43gkjh43.package that im not sure if i can throw out or not.
Then when i go on a download frenzy i dump the newest batch directly in the main downloads folder- I boot up, try everythign to be sure it works, then close the game and then subfolder that stuff into the appropriate folder.
It works well for me so far.
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
28th Apr 2006, 10:43 PM
Hi HisBeachGirl! I have a similar system to LyricLee's, but I don't have subfolders for particular sites. Mine are based on content. I download a pile, and then sort into folders using the CleanInstaller. That program is awesome.
I just looked and I have about 5.5 gigs of custom content. Yikes!
My regular Folders are:
Accessories and Makeup
Art (pictures, sculptures, etc.)
Business Stuff (OFB recolors, uniforms, etc.)
Costumes (period clothes, hair and jewelry)
Doors, Windows & Mantles (also includes fences)
Farm Stuff (mostly the Harvestable Farm stuff from MST2, plus animals)
Floors, Shingles & Terrains
Meshes (I put them all in here)
Objects and Recolors (I really need to sort this one out better - general buy mode stuff)
Plants (indoor and landscape)
Realistic touches (all the clutter that makes rooms look real)
Rug meshes & recolors
Skin, Eyes & Facial Hair
Teen, Child & Toddler Clothes
Since starting this contest, I have added the following folders:
Nautical stuff (for the beachy bath and nautical den)
Buggy Baby Room
I just take out all the stuff I won't use when playing during a particular session. When I play a family, I take out the college and room folders. When I play a college town, I take out the elder and Teen/kids clothes. The costume, farm and business folders I usually leave out of the game as well, unless I intend to play a lot needing that stuff.
Why do I do this? To decrease loading time and increase how well the game runs while I am playing. It really bogs down if I am actually playing a family with a lot of stuff in the game that I don't need. My computer is pretty maximized for playing the Sims 2 now, so the only performance improvement I get is from taking out stuff. I hate to turn down my settings, since things look so good most of the time. I love seeing the detail on lots of the great custom content out there.
Hope that long answer helps! I know, I spend almost as much time organizing my stuff as I do playing, but it is the price I pay for being such a downloadaholic. I also do regular cleaning out, especially when new meshes and better textures come out.
Good Luck everyone! This jungle room is kicking my butt so far, so I had better go looking for more downloads!
28th Apr 2006, 11:20 PM
I like your system Lyric. I had everything seperated and then combined my downloads with my friends, and found duplicates since we used different naming on our folders. Out everything came into the main DL folder to sort out the dupes. Now to redo all the folders again. Think I'll try your system as having upteen folders broken down very specifically confuses me..especially now that I am topping 14K downloads.
Your system is generalized, yet still quite organized. I also forget to switch folders if I break the categories down too much while saving DL's to my system, so I end up with hair in objects or seating, while looking for chairs, since that was the majority of what I was after, but just couldn't pass up that nice new hair texture I might not find again =)
I know these contests might be a bit of a pain for you Lyric, well maybe a big pain =), but I will do them over and over if you will. I love decorating, and now, recoloring to suit a theme. Maybe I'll go wild and try my hand at meshing, who knows.
Fantastic rooms so far everyone. So many different views on a theme, sparks the old imagination and gets the grey cells going. Love it.
29th Apr 2006, 2:54 AM
Mostly I have mine broken down by creator, and any recolors anyone does goes to the original creator folder where the mesh is. Inside each creator folder there are subfolders of what the items are, buy mode and build mode folders with thier respective subs and keeping all meshes with their recolors etc. The exception is Sim Mods, Game Mods, Vehicles and the occasional speciality folders like for this contest. Sim Mods is the only other one broken down by the way they are in cas i.e. a root folder for makeup with subs for eyeliner, blush, lipstick etc. Game mods all go in one folder to minimize conflicts, I dont have a whole lot of vehicles so I keep all those together with their recolors. I try to stay organized but its difficult with 6gigs of content...
However since OFB I "play" without CC, so the only time I play with my 6 gigs of junk (with exception to game mods which are always in) is when I enter a contest or or just feel like building something fun because I am a nutter when it comes to build items, I have so many doors, windows, stairs, fences etc it isnt funny - pretty much every one I have ever seen on some 30+ sites or so....
So this time around I am trying to be really super uber organized and put pictures in each of the item folder and by creator so I know exactly what it is and where it came from, plus renaming any funky file names along the way so they make sense. Its rather daunting and I doubt I will ever get my old cc fully organized, but going forward I am making sure to keep everything super tidy.
29th Apr 2006, 4:26 AM
Nectere - Wow, six gigs is alot. My deco was having problems with just three gigs - curtains were loading as other curtains. I am almost as bad when it comes to doors and windows - they are my soft spot, but I only download the really good ones.
29th Apr 2006, 6:04 AM
Dang girl, and I thought I was bad at 2.8gb lol.
29th Apr 2006, 11:36 AM
I don't feel half as bad now, I have only 1GB of CC! The rooms look great over there guys and girls, nice job!
29th Apr 2006, 2:23 PM
Hisbeachgirl - If you use cleaninstall to help you, you can sort by type - select from the first of that type to the last and choose move to...new...(create your new folder and away they go) or you can sort by name. (Some creators/sites start all their file names the same.) You can load all the downloads or just one folder at a time to sort. If you already knew this and were just looking at folder organization, sorry.
29th Apr 2006, 2:28 PM
That's a great idea Ciane! Thank you. :) My dl folder is also chaotic and I have a lot of them, aprox 11 100 and something...
29th Apr 2006, 3:00 PM
OMGOSH!! I have to give all of you a standing ovation! Your designs are INCREDIBLE! I have gotten so many new ideas on room layout and decor. I was gonna try my hand at this contest, but found out about it too late...gosh darnit!
I hope to goodness that you have another contest. I'd like to try it for the fun of it!
29th Apr 2006, 4:58 PM
I have a question for Simrunner... how did you place the OFB teddy bear on the dresser in your nursery? I've been trying to figure out how to do that since I discovered the moveObjects cheat. Actually, if anyone has any tips or suggestions on more advanced decorating using the various cheats for objects placement please share them. I'd love more pointers since my favorite thing to do in the Sims is to build/decorate houses and I'd really like to get better at it so I can share my work either in contests or lots on MTS2.
29th Apr 2006, 5:12 PM
julianarosalia, I put the teddy bear on an invisible table or shelf (I can't remember which--whichever was high enough to put the bear on top of the dresser :-) and used moveobjects on and boolprop snapobjectstogrid false. TSR has a set of build your own shelves (by Bitzybus, I think), and I use the invisible ones a lot to place objects on different surfaces.
29th Apr 2006, 5:20 PM
Aha, an invisible shelf! Thanks for an answer, now I'm going to have to track down those shelves. :)
*edit* Found the shelves over at TSR, they're pay items :(. I guess I have a moral dilemna on my hands now, since I don't believe in pay sites (only taking donations to pay for upkeep).
29th Apr 2006, 6:32 PM
julianarosalia - you can use non-invisible shelves and counters, and just push them far enough back into the other item that you don't see them. I placed a deco cat on a plain endtable and pushed it into a crib so that only the part that was taller than crib blanket showed. The end table looked like a pillow because it was curved on one side and I put the flat side against the crib edge. Then I had a cat sitting on the pillow in the cradle. With moveobjects, snapobjectstogrid, and allow45degreeangleofrotation, you can change almost anything. They just don't work for doors and windows, in my experience, so put those in first.
And I updated my pics for the final time. They aren't the best shots, but they show the most of the rooms.
29th Apr 2006, 6:57 PM
due to a complete and utter lack of inspiration and time,
I'm very sorry to say I'm dropping out of the contest
the rooms so far are amazing,
and I wish you all the best of luck
29th Apr 2006, 7:26 PM
Lethe, sorry to hear that. You make such awesome things. I was looking forward to seeing what you'd come up with.
And I lied before, I wasn't done tweaking my pics, but I am now. I finally got the deco items I wanted to load for me. I think I have too many again and must spend some time cleaning out the unused ones out so I have room for more to load.
29th Apr 2006, 10:03 PM
Thank you both simrunner and ciane for your words of wisdom. I'm going to go and play around with some of my houses (including the one built for this contest) and see what I can come up with.
30th Apr 2006, 3:59 AM
Okay, I have to ask an ignorant question - how do you get the lamps and hanging plants to stay in the pictures? Do you take a big far out pic and then crop it? When I change the UI settings and another one that look like they might be the ones affecting the fade out in graphic options, my plants and lights still fade out when I get too close.
30th Apr 2006, 4:07 AM
Ig you use the Tab key I believe things shouldnt fade like they do when you take your photos- I know it works with the trees. If you get used to using that key they should stick visible- correct me if im wrong
30th Apr 2006, 4:17 AM
Thats exactly how to do it lyric....at least thats how i do it. Al;l you have to do is press the tab key and everything works perfectly!
30th Apr 2006, 4:32 AM
Chique youre the last man standing you know lol
30th Apr 2006, 7:20 AM
re: fading stuff - you can open *Livecameras.txt and set objectFadeDistance to 0 if you dont mind mucking about the script files...I kept forgetting to do that, rather I made a little mod that at least stops hanging lights from fading, if interested let me know. I plan to make another for hanging plants and then one for trees eventually.
* thats in the ea games folder not the root folder - you edit it in the "my documents" path folder not the root of c: or wherever you installed the game...if you mess up your games cameras you can restore them from the root folder. I set my cameras to read only after editing them so they dont get reset, as they do occasionally for some reason. (i.e. neighborhood camera)
30th Apr 2006, 1:35 PM
I kind of don't understand what's happening...shouldn't the second round be over by now? :blink:
30th Apr 2006, 2:32 PM
Thanks for the info. I thought tab just put you in camera mode, and it often gives me almost a top down view that I have difficulty adjusting from. There's the zoom in and out and the move right and left, but I can't get the camera to adjust to a normal Sim view (lower) well. The right click and drag to adjust the camera view doesn't respond the way I'd like. I guess I need more practice. I tend to avoid it, as I always end up looking down on my Sims. But knowing that camera view will keep the lamps and plants there will make pictures better. I'm not sure I want to mess with the camera settings without a step-by-step explanation of backup procedure. Maybe you cou PM a simple, but exact explanation and I'll see what happens. Thanks again everyone.
cory g - yes, round 2 should be over and the wait to see who continues begins.
30th Apr 2006, 3:32 PM
Unfortunately the scroll (middle button) has never worked on my mouse. That could be my problem. But thank you for explaining, hisBeachGirl, it's nice to know how it's suppose to work.
30th Apr 2006, 3:34 PM
Ok, thanks you guys! I've looked on the "official" thread. There is still someone that has to submit his/her entry, so I guess this is it. :)
30th Apr 2006, 5:01 PM
:wow: i'm completely blown away by the amazing entries.... and reading through this thread and the other i'm learning so much so thank you guys ..
30th Apr 2006, 5:19 PM
That's a great smilie mrcheeks!
And since the time is up for the second round, I don't want to update my credits there and change the time hack. So I want to say that one of the african sunset pictures is by DJS sims and the bamboo bedding and tapistry is by munchkin sim (search for bamboo on mts2).
30th Apr 2006, 5:28 PM
The harder it is to decide who to cut, the longer it takes... so everyone should feel good that the cut is hard to make.
30th Apr 2006, 5:37 PM
Is Chique4591 submitting an entry?
30th Apr 2006, 5:38 PM
Don't know if she PM'd LyricLee for more time or not. I guess we'll find out later.
30th Apr 2006, 6:27 PM
o..ill get it in right now! i have the pictures, im just holding back on actually enetering:P
30th Apr 2006, 6:32 PM
Sorry guys I just woke up LOL... The 2nd round is over. We will be Judging today- and the list of top ten should be up by tomorrow sometime. Thank you all!
30th Apr 2006, 6:57 PM
Round 2 is over- judging is over- round 3 is up
Thank you all who participated.
For those wondering the ones cut all had lovely rooms but we felt that the nurseries and or jungle rooms lacked emphasis on the particular theme.
Some nurseries were lovely but the insect of choice was not predominant enough.
Congrats to all who made it through- I cant wait to see what you come up with this round.
The top 5 will make it to the final round.
30th Apr 2006, 6:59 PM
Congrats guys and girls, i think the rooms were great!! Good luck in the next round!
30th Apr 2006, 7:12 PM
o my goodness, i thought i had up untill tonight to enter...now im mad:( o well, i ccan't do anything about it.
30th Apr 2006, 8:41 PM
Wow, i made it thats so cool!
I was actually worried cuz I'm leaving tomorrow to spend a week up at my parent's house, so i guess I'll have to finnish this round early again... My pictures will be in either laaaate tonight or tomorrow morning.....
congrats to everyone else who made it all the rooms were really cool, i'm sure the judges are having such a hard time
and chique, that really sucks! i always really like what you do :(
Oh, and Lyric... one quick question: You only mentioned farm animals in the rules, but can we use any animal we want? Like... frog, panda, shark, whatever?
30th Apr 2006, 10:08 PM
Well, to all of you who wanted to see what i created...here it is. I just wich that is was able to actually be in the contest:( But as i said before, there is nothing you or i can do about it, i misread the rules....
This is on end of the nursery! I choe to make this nursery a little boy's nursery because alot of the other contestants seemed to create the room for a girl. So i wanted to be different! The bugs that were mainly focused on this room were flying ones! SO this includes, bumblebes and dragon flies!
This is the other side of the room! As you can see, this is the changing and reading nook part of the room. The changing table was placed on top of the counter, to add to the built in look of the whole wall! The diapers and clothes go into the drawers in the cabinets. The gliding chair is purposely placed next to the bookcases for those late night story times with mommy and the baby! The darkwoods of the cabinatry/built-ins are to resemble the tree trunks in the forest!
So, as you can tell, this is the bedroom. The above picture shows the seating area in the bay window and the dresser. The two chairs are placed there to look over the whole room. The dresser, area rug, green of the chairs, and table(inbetween chairs) all have the exotic feel to them which really relate to the jungle bedroom!
Yes, yes....i diduse the maxis made bedding...but i just couldn't resist! I fel tthat the leopard print worked PERFECTLY in this room! It ties together all of the colours! The fabric mesh around the bed are to make sure that those nasty mosquito's dont get into the bed and bite you while sleeping! ZThe three pictures hanging on the wall really set the tne from the room because the contained a bunch of different jungle animals, aswell as the coour scheme that i wanted in the room!
WEll, i hope that you guys liked it!
30th Apr 2006, 10:45 PM
alayaya - It says any animal, no reference to farm now.
30th Apr 2006, 11:15 PM
kay, thanks ciane.
Chique: i like your rooms, they are really neat. I like the colors you used.
30th Apr 2006, 11:27 PM
any animal at all :)
sorry chique- i had to hold to the dead lines- maybe next contest
1st May 2006, 4:56 AM
Well, I've almost finished the livingroom garden. Now I have to learn to recolor. I have read and taken notes on a tutorial that should get me through it. And I surfed for an image that I am hoping will work. I have to clean it up in photoshop and size it. I am hoping it will cut and paste okay and not require too much blending, but I may have to get another image or two if the colors don't work out. Hopefully I'll have a little beginner's luck and not mess up because I am following a step-by-step easy-to-understand tutorial.
1st May 2006, 5:49 AM
I have my livingroom pretty much nailed, just gonna let it stew, and see if I still like it tomorrow. I'm having problems with kitchen walls. Can't quite get the color I want. Good thing I have a few days. I like to put the rooms together right away, then revisit them over and over and see if they still make me smile :)
Recoloring, using either SimPE or Wizards of SimPE is easy, as far as what you actually do with them. Mostly just open a file, export it then import it back in to get the recolor into the game. The hardest part is the graphics program to get the images you are using the right size and scale. I have really been having fun with it though.
1st May 2006, 6:20 AM
All done, check them out :)
I once tried to recolor a counter, but a really strange thing happened. The color showed up fine in the game except when I zoomed in it would revert back to default colors... kind of like how trees disappear when you zoom in too close. weird eh?
1st May 2006, 10:18 AM
Your room looks great!! I love the flamingo kitchen, very cool. It is really girly, even a little too girly for me and im obsessed with pink!!! I love it though, the pool in the corner, great touch. I can't wait to see what the other rooms turn out like with all the stewing thats going on!!
1st May 2006, 2:42 PM
First of all, I want to say that I love the flamingos. Reminds me of a friend of mine who has a 'thing' for them. :) And as for your problem with the zooming that's an easy thing to fix. After you import the image back into SimPE, you need to Right-click on the imported picture and choose 'Update All Sizes'.
All done, check them out :)
I once tried to recolor a counter, but a really strange thing happened. The color showed up fine in the game except when I zoomed in it would revert back to default colors... kind of like how trees disappear when you zoom in too close. weird eh?
1st May 2006, 5:40 PM
alayaya what an orginal idea for the kitchen.. its wonderful.. and your garden living room is quite smashing as well
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
1st May 2006, 7:14 PM
Alayaya, I love the flamingo theme too - that is not an animal usually associated with a kitchen! Great creativity there! I also love your white wicker. I have to get busy on mine now - my daughter's birthday party kept me tied up yesterday, so I am getting a late start.
Good luck everyone!
1st May 2006, 8:23 PM
*whimper* I missed this one - I do hope there will be more?
2nd May 2006, 1:30 AM
This is probably to little to late but I just saw your message. I just learned to recolour for this contest because I wasn't able to find any bugs items for the nursery that I was happy with. I found 2 tutorials on MTS2 to be most helpful, they had me up and running in very short order so if the tutorial you found gives you any difficulty you may want to check these out.
This first one http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=102356 is good for recolouring Maxis objects (you will need to download the file to get the complete tutorial). The second is a little more complicated but will work with custom meshes as well as the Maxis content http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=102356. Sorry if this is to late to be of help, but perhaps it will then be helpful to others.
2nd May 2006, 2:01 AM
Gypsy - Thanks, that is the thread I used. (They are both the same.) It just hasn't been so simple. First, I couldn't find the next button. I was scrolled too low to see it. After reloading, I made several objects. I went into my game, couldn't find the cabinets or curtains; found that because I had flattened my image, my rug was now a rectangle instead of an oval; crashed my game when I looked for my lamp (that I had rotated in photoshop, and SimPE did not like that); and only had one picture and one chair (after looking in cleaninstall, the game, and simPE for the file that had a different name everywhere) because I didn't put a copy of the CEP file in my working folder (that was outside of my downloads folder). I have figured out how to correct all the stupid mistakes on my own, but I am still trying to solve the cabinet and curtain problem. I am using Maxis ones to make it easier (I thought), but I think I have to clone them first. I am rereading the posts in the thread to try and figure it out. I am glad we still have two more days. (I have packaged my lot and taken pictures of the garden room, so I have some leeway. And I have already made the cabinets and curtains in photoshop so I only need to cut and paste when I figure out what I need to do.)
2nd May 2006, 2:16 AM
You should never clone an object to recolor it- ever-
Ciane when you wentinto the game to find your curtain recolor- did you try using the color swatch tool on the curtains to bring up the panel to change colors?
2nd May 2006, 2:23 AM
No I didn't. I looked for it with the other recolors there.
I thought I read on the other thread that you needed to clone an object to pull all the associated textures with it to the new object. Then, you made a copy of that to recolor.
As I said, I haven't done this before. It's all new to me. I'll go see if the design tool will show the cabinets and curtains, but I am confused why wouldn't drop in like other cabinets and curtains.
I thought if I just made them again, I might get lucky and they'd work.
2nd May 2006, 2:25 AM
Ciane - I'm sorry, that first link should have been http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=86424. It is a much easier tutorial to follow and may be of some assistance. This is the one though where you have to download the rar file to get the complete tutorial. Hope this helps.
2nd May 2006, 2:39 AM
Here's the quote on the cloning - it doesn't really apply. I just knew I'd read something about it, and thought I'd double check that approach:
You could follow the article on the repository technique, but instead of creating the custom repository object, clone the Maxis object you want to borrow the textures from with all of the cloning options unchecked (you only need it to get the filenames to link to, and this way you'll get the deafult filenames without the usual custom object codes).
As I said, I'll just redo them if they don't show up with the design tool. And I'll check out that tutorial as well, gypsy. Thanks.
2nd May 2006, 3:06 AM
Ciane, you should never clone objects to recolor them, if you clone a custom object it will cover over the object and the original won't show. I've done a lot of recolors and if you like, your welcome to email me at [email protected]
and I will be happy to explain in detail how to do it, instead of putting everything here.
2nd May 2006, 6:21 AM
Okay I deleted the old stuff...Thanks for everyone's offers of help and helpful advice.
It's hard to believe that no one has posted here in over 20 hours...
I was pretty happy with my first recolor attempt; and then I saw your rooster cabinets, Jessica, and saw what experienced recolorers can do. Great job! Minena, you captured the essence of a southwestern kitchen. Alayaya, I love the white wicker furniture, particularly the rocking chairs.
3rd May 2006, 8:01 AM
You guys are all amazing!
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
3rd May 2006, 6:16 PM
All of these rooms are awesome. I especially love Minena's southwest kitchen, and of course the Llama kitchen. The judges will have a tough time of it!
Good Luck everyone! :beer:
3rd May 2006, 7:03 PM
Thanks, I didn't know if anyone else would like those cabinet designs, or if it was just my artistic view point.
I did change my pictures.
3rd May 2006, 7:58 PM
Thanks Ms =) I think I enjoyed making that room more than any other. Probably because I have been wanting to do a southwestern theme and already had a pretty firm picture in my head of what I wanted it to look like. Adding horses as the animal was a no brainer for the theme ;)
Everyone has done such a fantastic job. Really outstanding.
3rd May 2006, 10:38 PM
wow guys, all the rooms are looking so amazing! I was pleased with mine at first, and feeling fairly confident.... but now i'm not so sure! ah well good luck to everyone!
3rd May 2006, 11:16 PM
Alayaya I love your flamingo room, its so cute!! Don't change it will you!!
3rd May 2006, 11:16 PM
Wow! All the rooms so far are amazing! I love the llama kitchen - what a cool idea. Alayaya, I don't think you need to worry. May I ask where you got that lovely wicker furniture?
Good luck to everyone!
4th May 2006, 1:28 AM
I'm so impressed with this contest and the talent of the contestants. There's so much creativity and inspiration shown here, especially with the care and attention to the smallest details. Bravo!
4th May 2006, 3:57 AM
Alayaya actually used a donation set frmo Vitasims- go to objects- donation second thumbnail :)
4th May 2006, 4:24 AM
I have updated my pictures again. Good luck to you all.
4th May 2006, 12:37 PM
Hahah, I almost did a pig kitchen too Nectere. My best friends mom loves them and has them all over her kitchen. Great job.
4th May 2006, 1:51 PM
Just looked in on this thread again . . .been away recolouring. Sorry to be last again. Has the deadline changed? I saw your message LyricLee that I had 5 more hours, am I too late. :-(
I'm afraid I may have read the thread wrong in the first place . . . I thought I had until midnight tonight. . . . :-(
4th May 2006, 2:21 PM
Gypsy, you have missed the deadline; but LyricLee said we were waiting for you, and the thread isn't closed... You might try posting your pics; what have you got to lose?
Most of these rooms would look great in any Sim home. Have you thought of sharing those rooster sets with the rest of the Sim world?
4th May 2006, 2:55 PM
Just putting the last of my kitchen together . . . if I'm too late I understand but coming this far I have to finish it either way *shrug*
4th May 2006, 3:07 PM
Hisbeachgirl, I'm sure it will be hours yet. Surf for new downloads, take a walk, watch a movie, read a little, or play sims... The anxiety is not good.
4th May 2006, 4:14 PM
My entry is finally in. Again apologies for being late, my error. I read the deadline in the post and read as far as "round will end thursday (5/4) morning at midnight" and thought that meant between the 4th & 5th. I should have read the the whole thing and all would have been good ... but I'm afraid I didn't. Enough with the excuses, against all the amazing rooms posted before mine I really don't believe I had a chance either way. Congrats to all your rooms are outstanding.
4th May 2006, 6:19 PM
Ok waiting on one judge- Final round should be up soon :)
4th May 2006, 7:55 PM
Congrats Top 5- You all have done so well.
4th May 2006, 8:04 PM
OOPS lol let me fix that- see what i get for rushing lol
edit: fixed- sorry guys and girls
4th May 2006, 8:08 PM
Thank you so much for considering my entry. Everyone has done such an outstanding job, I'm very lucky to be considered here. I also would like to know the time frame, and am I understanding correctly, this is just the front yard not the back?
Sorry you have already answered the first question, and yes it is clear and I read all the way to the end this time. Thanks again.
4th May 2006, 8:11 PM
Time frame is posted up now- 4 days- and just the front yard
4th May 2006, 8:21 PM
Congratulations to all who made it *breathes big sigh of relief... and even for those who didn't because you all did really amazing!
And does front yard only go from the front wall of the house forward, no side yard; and all the way to the ends of the property?
Ms. Useless Knowledge_SC
4th May 2006, 8:29 PM
Congrats to the top 5 - I can't wait to see what you all do for the last round. Great job everyone!
4th May 2006, 8:31 PM
Congratulations to the top five! Great job guys and good luck for the next round! :)
Also congratulations to the 4 other ones (besides me) that didn't make it: think positive, you had made it that far! Be proud of yourselves! :D
4th May 2006, 8:47 PM
depending on the size of your lot- this is in my opinion the front region of the yard
4th May 2006, 9:06 PM
Thank you... and it is okay to change windows and front door to match the new theme?
4th May 2006, 9:13 PM
Congrats to all who made it to the final round! :D I'm looking forward to seeing what y'all come up with (and another contest at some point Lyric ;) ).
4th May 2006, 10:19 PM
Yes Ciane you can :)
4th May 2006, 11:35 PM
Thank you. I've been surfing for hours. I'll see what I have and what I can do.
5th May 2006, 12:32 AM
wonderful job everyone, I'm a bit stunned. last round was very tough competition.
5th May 2006, 8:45 PM
wow guys, everyone did so well! Congratulations to the top 5, you all did an outstanding job.
Really looking forward to the next one! (*hint hint*)
6th May 2006, 3:15 AM
Are we allowed to add walls, half walls, fences, etc.? I have finished decorating the house and front lawn except for a few finishing touches that could take another day or two...
6th May 2006, 4:15 AM
Yes you can ciane :)
6th May 2006, 5:58 AM
Yeah! I am almost finished. You will get pictures tomorrow. I am sure my idea won't be that original, but I am happy with it.
6th May 2006, 4:51 PM
Hisbeachgirl, thats fantastic, I love it!! I like the stable scene (my dad puts around 3000 lights on the front and side of our house each holiday season and we have a stable scene almost identicle to that its soo cool!
6th May 2006, 5:33 PM
His beachgirl - Sorry, I used some of the same snow people and the baby penguin in my front yard as well, though not intentionally. I was sure that several people would chose this holiday and ran a risk of repeating objects. But you'll notice (maybe) that I used snow people in the tapistries in the windows, and they are kind of a second theme - winter wonderland - for my yard. I hope you don't mind too much. If I find something to put in their place that will look as good, I'll redo it.
6th May 2006, 5:42 PM
Ciane, great use of llamas for reindeer. :)
6th May 2006, 5:55 PM
Thanks! I couldn't find reindeer, just kept chasing after Berg; and I thought Sims would use llamas anyway.
6th May 2006, 8:19 PM
Thanks. I'm not sure whatelse I would have come up with. I do love the crisp, clean feel to yours. I didn't know how to get rid of the green grass on the edges. I wasn't sure if we could crop pictures or not. Unfortunately, I built this this home next to other playable lots, so I didn't want to change all the neighbors' lots.
6th May 2006, 10:13 PM
Cinae your lot is fine- thel lamas are cute and We dont care if the neighboring lots are green its ok lol
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