Hey! At first I tried making a single “End of December” post, but not only was it extremely long and messy, I felt like I had to hold back on some screenshots and things I wanted to share in order to make it less long. This has just been such a busy half-month! So now I’m dividing it into this town improvements post, along with another post I have scheduled on town events, holidays, and daily happenings.
I’ve updated my dream address now, so if you’d like to visit first without being “spoiled” on the changes I’ve made, feel free to visit without reading this post 🙂 Though I’ve never personally felt that seeing pictures of a town beforehand made me want to visit a dream town less (quite the contrary), or enjoy visiting it less. I like to have archived pictures to look back on, though, because dream addresses don’t last forever…like my Autumn update is completely gone now, so I’m glad I have some pictures of that time period to look back on!
Top half of town: (The busiest, most city-like part of town, and also the “sun” side of town if you’re familiar with my plans about that! As you’ll see, though, I took away some of the sunny flowers to look better with the snow)
One of the first flower re-arranging projects I worked on was the town hall garden. I’ve always liked how the fade goes blue>purple>pink>red>orange>yellow, imagining that it reflects the colors of the sky from nighttime to sunset. Maybe it’s just me, though, but I felt that the red>orange>yellow part of the garden (which looked lovely in Autumn) looked garish against the snow. 😐
So I removed the warmest colors and extended the pink part of the gradient:
I think it looks much better now at this time of year 🙂 I’ll add back the red, orange, and yellow lilies when the snow melts, though!
Teru gave me the idea that I could balance out the rock in front of my town hall with another rock — a “permanent” gem rock! I loved this idea, so I covered up all the spots where the gem rock could spawn with flowers/patterns, except for the one space I wanted it to go. It took a few tries to get the exact-shaped rock I wanted, but now I have it! 😀 I’m really happy about it and feel so much better about my town hall area now! Part of what bugged me before was not just the rock itself, but the imbalance the rock caused, making your eye drawn to the rock. Now the rocks are balanced, so (imo at least) it allows your eyes to travel elsewhere.
I changed the train station’s fountain garden for the same reason as the town hall garden…I liked how it was before, but it didn’t look as good against the snow :s
I arranged a garden around the Re-Tail pond of pink and blue flowers, with Reese & Cyrus in mind, since the pond is right next to Re-Tail. I imagined the two of them going to Leif’s store together to buy the seeds, going out and planting them together, and the mental image of that was really cute and was what inspired me to make this garden ^_^
Between the train station entrance, town hall entrance, and Re-Tail pond — which are all in close proximity — it might seem like there’s a lot of pink, blue and purple on this side of town, and I guess there is! 😛 But there are also other colors as well…
I’ve finished Lyra’s castle entrance now, which has lots of gold and sunny colors because I like to imagine that her castle represents the sun (in contrast to Estel’s representing the moon). As you go farther away from her castle, though, the colors fade from gold to pink to purple to blue.
I felt like I had to have these extravagant flower arrangements to make up for the fact that there isn’t room for any big PWP landscaping in front of her house, due to the pond being in the way. I think that it’s worked out okay regardless of the pond, and that it’s forced me to be more creative with the flower arrangements instead of relying on PWPs. But I might one day add a bench behind the pond!
Another colorful spot is the dirt path connecting Re-Tail and a ramp to the beach! It used to only have red, white, and yellow tulips, but I’ve been working on growing more tulip hybrids so that I could make this change 🙂 I also planted some azalea bushes here and there, which should look pretty when they bloom in the springtime!
For a long time I’ve had red, white, and yellow lilies lining this path to help in growing hybrids, but now I’ve accumulated enough lily and violet hybrids to use those instead! I didn’t use a “pattern” for the flowers lining the path; part of this is because many neighbors live near the path, so it would be hard to find a color pattern that coordinates with all of the houses. Plus I like running along the path and seeing streams and pops of unexpected color — maybe it looks messy to others, though!
Another example of a disorganized but colorful lily and violet garden — I just love lilies and violets together ^_^
On the beach on this side of town, there are some warm-colored lilies lining the cliff and banana trees only.
Once Charlise moved out (I’ll go into it more in the next post), I was able to move in a new neighbor, re-do this area, and add a lighthouse! I got the idea for a villager house near the lighthouse from Teru’s neighbor Tangy living next door to her lighthouse — I hope you don’t mind, Teru! >_< It also lines up well with my other neighbors lining the western seaside cliff.
Bottom half of town: (The quieter, less developed part of town, and also the “moon” side of town, which is especially enhanced at this time of year because of the snow and auroras)
Built a hot spring recently! I’ve built the hot spring before in two different places, but I think this is its final home now 😛 I love how the water looks at night!
Really like how this path turned out 🙂
The beach on this side of town has cool-colored violets and white lilies lining the cliff, and coconut trees only.
Bruce and Julian are the only non-human residents on this side of town, so it’s good that their houses go with the atmosphere!
The town tree is on this side of town, and I don’t think it’s looking its best at this time of year… It kind of saddens me that it went from this to this, with no leaves on the tree and a bare cobblestone pavement. 😦 If I could, I would still try to make the town tree look like a forest clearing in the wintertime by making patterns that would blend in with the snow, and then making “murals” on top of those patterns of little frozen pools. But I don’t have the time or pattern slots for that, and it’s possible I don’t have the skill for something like that either xP
Violet lives on this side of town, and she and her house have gotten a new look! To be honest, I found the concept behind Violet and her house a bit boring before; her appearance was based off of mine (you know, as much as you can with an AC chara), and her house’s concept wasn’t anything beyond a simple cottage in the woods. But I’ve decided her new concept is a magician living in a mansion in a magical forest (a tribute to a book character I like), with a taste for having many plants and flowers in her home ^^
Here are the new rooms I’ve put together for her house:
A living room/kitchen with some plants and diamond modern wood furniture (I like how that series looks with the parquet floor).
A magician’s workroom, with the few magic-themed furniture pieces that I know of (the cauldron and crystal ball), along with as many strange contraptions and gadgets I could cram in there (the fireworks prizes seemed good to me for this). If you have a different idea for how one could make a magician’s workroom, I’d be really interested to know — not sure if I’m 100% satisfied with this room!
A quiet and peaceful, old midnight garden.
I was going for the feel of a vibrant magical forest clearing, maybe the location of a fairy feast or something… I’m not sure if it’s too busy and if I should tone it down a bit, so feedback is appreciated!
[Two of the other rooms are temporary placeholders until I get certain furniture sets, so I won’t share them here]
The “entrance” to Violet’s house. Now that I think about it, probably a good portion of my town is dedicated to various entrances to buildings, lol. But I don’t mind, I really like incorporating buildings into the landscape 🙂
Center of town:
I guess this is technically the top half of town, but it’s so separated and enclosed by the river that I kind of consider this part as being on its own:
It’s a tricky peninsula to work with, and I think stuff like this is why many people prefer having straight-river maps. But I do think this has the potential to maybe be a cool spot in town eventually when I work more on it… I was thinking I could have it be a somewhat seasonal area in town, like in the spring and summer I could have a topiary garden, in the winter I could have an illumination park, and in the Fall I could have a garden of Autumn colors/a pumpkin patch.
Right now, though, it only has these two PWPs, because the two of them conveniently block houses from moving into this peninsula, making house plot resetting a lot easier!
One is the fence PWP, which used to be a faux-pumpkin patch in the Fall, but now it’s an apple orchard.
And the other is the flower clock, which probably looked better in Autumn, but for now I’m keeping it since it’s a convenient house repeller!