I’m sorry that I haven’t been good about posting my town’s recent happenings lately! I think I’m going to go ahead and abandon my attempt at categorizing pictures into different days (like day 50, 51, etc.). I hope it it won’t be confusing to not specify each day, but after all, I never did that when posting on AC:WW.
Anyway, as the title of this post hints at, I’ve finally been getting some community project requests I can get excited about! In addition to the fairy-tale clock Melba requested a little while ago, I’ve now also now unlocked the fairy-tale bench, fairy-tale streetlight, and fairy-tale bridge! 😀
Now I can start trying to make progress on my fairy-tale city, but keep in mind that I can only build one thing a day, and I still feel too limited by certain things to really start serious landscaping. For example, Frank’s house is in annoying spot, right in the middle of a path I wanted to make on the city side of town. Also, hybrids are one of my favorite ways to decorate, but I obviously don’t have enough to decorate my whole town with at this stage of the game. And there are only so many bushes and saplings available a day, and only so much time in the day to work on paths, etc. Just trying to emphasize that it will be a work in progress for a long time — and I personally don’t mind that, I’m not eager to rush things.
Other projects I’ve unlocked recently include: the statue fountain (using), brick bridge (most likely using as a bridge to the café if I put the café near the river), bell (no immediate plans for it), illuminated heart (no immediate plans for it), balloon arch (not using), sandbox (not using), and various street signs (not using).
I’ve been trying to get one project a day by doing what’s called “the diving trick.” I swim some laps around the ocean for a little while, to waste time out of sight. Then I sneak around town looking for the right neighbor to walk in front of to trigger the “!” ding. I make sure to fill my inventory with things like money bags, tools, shells, and flowers beforehand so that they won’t try to sell something to me or buy something off of me, hopefully increasing the chances that they’ll request a community project instead. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get a request, which can be a bit boring, so I often do this while reading, watching, listening, or doing something else.
Now for pictures…
I almost built the café, but bailed on it after days of leaving it under construction. My poor neighbors managed to gather almost 5,000 bells! 😦 I’m leaning towards building the café in this river-formed nook of land, but I’ve decided to wait until Robin moves out so that I can have more options, like moving it a space or two upwards. (By the way, sorry for the mess in this area, I was using flowers and patterns to “grid” it out.)
Yay, new badge! I wonder how much of this was from dumping flowers from island tours on my town’s beaches for storage. 😳
Last week Serena from Ogygia came over! 😀 We’ve conversed through back-and-forth commenting, and it was great to meet her in-game via WiFi for the first time!
I left my gates open and some other visitors came as well: Liam from Capella, Pii (Choco) from Belltune, and Jasper from Windfall.
Unfortunately, WiFi crashes kept us from having a decent continuous time together, but it was still nice to see you all! 🙂
Meeting Lucky, who’s here to replace Sylvia. I was expecting another Uchi. 😕
Soon after, Curlos told me he was leaving town. I let him go even though there are probably other neighbors I’d rather leave sooner.
I find it a little amusing that even though there’s a lot of new selection available at T.I.Y. in general, it’s mostly just the two little bush-starts now available in the garden section that everyone’s excited about. xD Or maybe I’m just projecting 😛
According to this page, only the hibiscus bushes are in full bloom right now, though, so that’s a bit of a bummer. I was looking forward to seeing hydrangeas and azaleas.
I set up a breeding ground to grow the hybrid red roses that can breed blue roses, and I was confused to see a pink rose spawn from the patch one day.
A few days later I got my first hybrid red rose 😀 I put in my dresser for safe-keeping and so that it doesn’t get mixed up with regular red roses.
Melba had several furniture requests for me, so I took the opportunity to give her some of the pieces that were part of her original décor in her old home in Wild World and City Folk, like the cabin table, cabin dresser, green lamp, and green counter. Lately she’s been asking me for fish, though, which I’m reluctant to give her because I don’t want her room to turn into an aquarium. She’s already got three fish as it is. >_<
July 30th was Frank’s birthday, the first birthday party I’ve experienced in New Leaf. It was really cute how they were singing the whole time, and I loved that I could join in now that I have the “glee” emotion! ^_^
I went to Jasper’s town of Windfall, which was fun to visit again and to see what’s new. 😀
He ordered the rest of the regal series for me, which was incredibly generous, thank you so much!
When looking around Windfall, I was struck by the waterfall, which I hadn’t really noticed before. It’s such a gorgeous side-view! *_*
Back in my town, an important milestone:
Marking 50 days of playing, Citàlune’s town tree grew taller and I got to sit under its branches at last and watch my town’s history scroll by. Such a nice feeling! 🙂
A crown showed up at Labelle’s again, and this time I decided I wouldn’t let it go.
I went to catch beetles on the island to pay for the crown, and I ended up chopping down all the non-palm trees and removing all the flowers, so that palm tree beetles will be the main bugs spawning from now on. I even left fruit/shells everywhere to try to prevent the ground bugs from spawning, but it didn’t work, so I don’t recommend doing that. xP I know my island looks ugly now (and the opposite of the “flowery paradise” I once expressed interest in making it into), but I hope this will make beetle hunting a quicker process.
It just took a few trips to the island to gather enough money to buy the crown, so not too bad after all! ^_^
On Saturday I went to Best Buy to get the double-neck guitar DLC, and when I logged on I was greeted by several people on my friends list, making me grin stupidly as I awkwardly played in the store aisle. xP I guess this is the last of the Best Buy DLC, and I think it’s all order-able, so feel free to let me know if you want anything. 🙂
T.I.Y. has been selling some fireworks each day lately, and I was familiar with the roman candles and sparklers from Wild World, but not this one! 😮
I assume they’re being sold for the fireworks show coming up; I look forward to seeing what fireworks are like in New Leaf!
Also, I’d like to share a bit about an informational page I’m considering making. I’m starting to think about what Citàlune’s “dream neighbors” are, and for me, an important factor in deciding who I want to keep forever is what the exterior of their house looks like. It might sound silly, but for a while now I’ve felt that villagers’ house exteriors contribute to a town’s look and feel, either positively or negatively. In AC:WW I reset for four specific house exteriors (out of the 25 there are) that I thought would match the cute & colorful atmosphere I wanted for Dafdilly, and every time a new neighbor moves into Dafdilly, I know they’ll have one of those four house styles. That’s not how it works in AC:NL, though. In this game, each villager has a unique house style that matches their tastes and/or coloring, and there are some I like more than others…
An example of a house that detracts from the feel I want for my town is Drift’s:
He lives right by my town’s Re-Tail and his house is such an eyesore every time I walk by, I hate it. >_< This picture is from a different town, though, and a different Drift's house.
In general, I don’t want to have houses in Citàlune that I consider too shabby/run-down, modern, kiddie (some of my favorite lazy villagers have “kiddie” tastes, unfortunately), or wacky (like colorful, but not in a good way xP).
Some examples of houses I do like:
Bunnie’s house. I love the mix of bright colors and that it has the pink fairy-tale door. It would look great on the “fairy-tale city” side of my town.
I like Cookie’s house for the same reasons: fairy-tale door + bright colors. This pic was taken in Odd Spot 🙂
Pango’s house also has the pink fairy-tale door, but with a cool-color scheme that matches Pango’s own coloration. It has the elegant fence I like, too! (This picture was taken in a dream town, one I’ve mentioned before called Kinmokusei.)
Miranda’s simple but pretty pink house. The wooden picket fence and door add a nice touch!
This house, belonging to Marcel, has a different feel than the colorful ones above, more like a rustic cottage.
Bill’s house also has that nice cottage feel. I can imagine it fitting well in a forest-like part of town.
That’s enough houses for now! I’m not saying any of those villagers are my dream neighbors, just giving some examples of houses I like. I doubt my dream neighbors will be set in stone until my knowledge of all the houses is more complete — which it’s far from being. Still, I hope in the not-too-distant future I can post all the screenshots of houses I have, in case it would be helpful to anyone else, and I’ll continue to try to take screenshots of villager houses in dream towns and such. I hope the owners of the dream towns won’t mind!