Cherry blossoms in Dafdilly

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This Dafdilly re-landscaping project has its roots back in the holiday season of 2015. Around that time I was feeling pretty burnt out from AC:NL, because I had been working on a new mosaic path for Citàlune that was proving difficult for me. And meanwhile, I have the sort of job that gets more stressful during the holiday season, so putting those factors together, you can see why I wanted to take a break from AC:NL. I found myself gravitating towards playing AC:WW instead, because it was more mindless and stress-relieving than pixeling a mosaic path in AC:NL, and easier to pick up and play in short bursts in my shorter amount of spare time.

But then, because I am the way I am, these little AC:WW sessions evolved into something much more ambitious over time, and eventually became a project to figure out what Dafdilly’s dream neighbors would be, obtain & place those dream neighbors in town through plot resetting (it works in AC:WW too!), and re-landscape Dafdilly for its first cherry blossom festival. 🙂 (Somehow, in past years I kept missing it!)

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Dipping back into AC:WW every now & then: 2014-2016

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Since New Leaf came out in summer 2013, I have been primarily focused on that game when it comes to playing Animal Crossing. Despite this, I never completely put down my Wild World game for good. It’s always been too tempting to pick it back up again every now and then, even if just to walk around town a bit and talk to neighbors, let a few days pass by, never doing anything too major. This was made possible and made all the more tempting because I left my town in a very pleasantly landscaped state, and I always recorded what date I left off on so I could load my game on that date and not have to deal with any unfortunate consequences (villagers leaving, flowers dying).

Recently though, I did do some pretty big things in my Wild World town. Before I go into all that in my next post, I wanted to dedicate this post to the odd period, mostly 2014-2015, when I would pick up my game and play a little bit, not accomplishing much, mostly just taking pretty pictures and enjoying a visit to Dafdilly again. Some of these have already been posted to Tumblr, but I consider WordPress to be my more ‘archival’ type blog, so these pictures deserve a home here too.

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A Gallery of AC:WW WiFi Memories

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I wanted to do a little tribute to the wonderful memories I’ve made WiFing with friends in AC:WW, now that AC:WW WiFi is no more. I first started WiFing in AC:WW when I started this blog and met fellow bloggers. Animal Crossing has been a special game for me, being a great way to create my own little paradise world that I can escape in and enjoy, being a bit of a creative outlet (as cheesy as that sounds), and not least of all, a way I can (and have) met lots of awesome people who I’m glad have become a part of my life, even if just in a small way like WiFing together, blogging together, seeing their posts in my Reader/Dashboard. This is a thank-you and an honor to all those people and the memories we’ve made together! 🙂 I’m sorry that not every single WiFi is included, though; I thought it would be best to be a tad selective(?). I hope you enjoy the gallery!

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Last WiFis in Wild World

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I wanted to make sure I got to WiFi a few more times in AC:WW before its WiFi was cut off today on May 20th! Instead of doing like five different posts, I thought it might be best to try to fit them into one. So expect lotsa pics! Also, I’m sorry for the less-than-stellar quality of some of these pictures; I’m much better at taking AC:WW screenshots when I’m not WiFing.

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A Wild World post: just some odds and ends since New Leaf came out

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In my last post on Dafdilly, we left off on the first day of Spring (February 25th), and I’ll admit that my town has hardly progressed at all since that post. >_< Back then I had plans to try to catch up through the rest of Spring (especially the cherry blossom festival, which I was really looking forward to, and had plans of doing a special landscaping project for the pink trees), but then two things happened: 1) my DS Lite's hinge broke, making it more of a pain to play AC:WW, and 2) New Leaf came out, which being a brand new AC game, excited me and kept me busy with all the new things to do, collect, and customize.

Meanwhile, while I was busy playing New Leaf, I would sometimes check up on my Wild World town, but I’d always set it to that same date (February 25th). This way I could walk around town in its practically flawless state (no wilted flowers), enjoy the sights of town and the gardens I’d worked hard on (without having to actually water any of them), and talk to my neighbors (without them being mad at me for my long absence, or God forbid, find out one of my favorites had moved out!).

I hope you can understand why it was so tempting to just keep my town on the same date — I could still enjoy “visiting it” every once in a while (it reminds me of the concept of visiting dream towns in AC:NL), but I wouldn’t have to do the daunting task of catching up my town to the present, or worry about maintaining it. Because that’s the thing about AC:WW: if I started playing it normally again, I’d have to do work every single day just to keep my town how it currently is. There’s no Beautiful Town Ordinance, so if I don’t water the inevitable wilted flowers, they’ll be gone the next day.

Anyway, now that you know why it’s still spring and green in my town, I’ll share some pictures from my “visits” to Dafdilly since New Leaf came out!

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Visiting Bentley

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Yay, a few days ago I got to visit another town for the first time in a while! 😀


I visited Bentley, the home of Dusty (also known as Petite D). I’ve been reading her blog for a pretty long time so it was a real treat to actually visit Bentley myself!

You won’t see Petite D in these pictures; when she opens her gates, she doesn’t like to follow guests around town (I wasn’t the only one who came). Plus, she opens her gates for several hours so she can’t be responsive the whole time. It’s not a bad format for WiFi, though! I felt at my leisure to explore the town and play in it like I would my own town — walk around seeing the gardens, visit the houses and the museum, talk to neighbors (and to certain ones I especially like over and over), shop, fish, etc. — without feeling like I’m boring my host. 🙂


First I picked up the Triforce by the museum that I’d won in a raffle giveaway, and then I headed over to Petite D’s house. The black cosmos and pink cosmos look nice together. 🙂


The main room has such a cozy, homely feel with the fireplace and villagers’ photos.


Ooh, a rare Nintendo item! When you touch it, it makes a noise and the Pikmin move around.


Aww, when I played the harp, I recognized the town tune as the beginning of the Shire theme. ♥ I have a special place in my heart for this music because I associate it most with Frodo & Sam, and I particularly love the two of them.


Love all the realistic touches in this kitchen, like the garbage pail, fan, and vacuum cleaner.


A beautiful garden room!

And upstairs…



Wow, an awesome cafe! 😀 The atmosphere in here is so nice with the warm sunset light coming in.

Next I went around meeting Bentley’s residents and chatting with them, which was fun since I’m familiar with them from her blog. ^_^ She’s had the same 8 neighbors in her town for years, and 6 out of 8 of them are locked! Also, she works hard to keep their rooms looking nicely decorated, and has completely changed up the decor of a few of the villagers.


First I visited Bob, who lives fairly close to Petite D’s house. I hope he turns up in my town one day, he’s one of my favorites. 😀 “I’m a cat. Chillin’ is in my blood, man.”


Then I met Teddy, Bob’s nearby neighbor. Hehe, it’s always interesting to hear villagers’ thoughts on my name.


A somewhat sinister greeting by Ruby o_o


Oops, I startled Chevre. But she warmed up to me quickly 🙂


Another neighbor I wouldn’t mind moving into Dafdilly, Eloise! I love her eyes and sunny coloring. 😀

Apparently she’s buddies with the cranky lion Elvis:

😮


What a simple, civil greeting. And she gave me an opulent rug that she got from the checkout counter of Nintendique, how nice 🙂


And last I met Dotty, who lives right next door to Whitney. It’s good to see her again, she was in my first AC:WW town! I still have her pic from back then.

The beautiful gardens around each of their houses:




I love how each of the different gardens coordinates well with the style of house, and even maybe with the villager’s personality, like the sun cosmos by Eloise’s house and the gold roses to give a royal feel by Elvis’s house. 🙂


And there are more beautiful flowers here! 😀 But actually, this is where she put freebie hybrids for guests to take, since she’d like to cut back on the number of flowers in Bentley with New Leaf coming out soon. I grabbed quite a few! 😳 But not all of them in case other guests wanted to take some.


When visiting another town, even little things like the different bends in the river seem interesting and refreshing. I loove this little nook in the river here ^_^


And she also had a ton of freebie items by the town hall — great stuff like Saharah carpets/wallpaper, Gracie shirts, and spotlight items! Again, I wanted to leave stuff for others to take as well, so I didn’t take too much, but I took a few things home and added others to my catalog by picking them up and dropping them.


There were also lots of cracks around town, which I had fun searching for and found a few things 😀


I was so happy to get this sweater pattern, it matches so well with the blue knit hat! I can’t wait to wear it this Fall/Winter. 🙂


I visited the museum and its exhibits, which are all complete! That was pretty cool to see, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a complete museum before.

After that, I felt like I’d explored the town to my heart’s content, and I thought I’d better go eat something for dinner. 😛

Setting off some sparklers ^_^ Thanks a lot to her for the Triforce, hybrids, and other goodies, and for letting me explore Bentley!

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First Day of Spring in Dafdilly

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I’m done with my town renovations and have finally reached the first day of spring! And finally is an understatement, my wait has actually been longer than just a few months, it’s been almost two years. >_< I remember back when I first started this town in the summer of 2011 and decided on its concept — colorful and flowery — I was already looking forward to spring the next year, thinking that it would be perfect for my desired theme and that I would have grown enough hybrids to decorate my town with by then. But for a lot of 2012, I was distracted by other things, so I missed spring that year too. 😦

I’ve grown attached to this town since its creation (back then my word to describe it was “suitable” since I wanted the blue gate and more ponds :P) and it holds so many memories, like all the WiFis with buddies I’ve gotten to know through the Animal Crossing community. I’m excited for New Leaf, but it also feels a little bittersweet for me knowing that soon I might not play in Dafdilly as much anymore (hopefully still some) after that. So finishing off with the season I’ve always looked forward to and experiencing the Flower Fest and Cherry Blossom Festival for the first time in Dafdilly will be especially wonderful and fitting. I’ll try to savor it and not rush through it to the extent that I did for January and February.

Anyway, lots of pictures ahead! Feel free to scroll quickly past 🙂


To start with my preparations for spring, I replaced some of my dress patterns with flowery patterns based on clothes in AC:WW. I think those dresses I had displayed look cute on AC:WW girl characters, and I had them up so that WiFi visitors could get them, but I don’t WiFi much in AC:WW these days, and it looks awkward when grumpy and jock characters are walking around wearing dresses with a mismatching skin color. These new patterns won’t look unnatural and they’ll help my neighbors contribute to the flowery atmosphere. ^_^

Top row: butterfly shirt by Teru, loud bloom shirt knock-off, pop bloom shirt knock-off, floral knit knock-off
Bottom row: colorful squares shirt by Teru, Twisk’s petal dress, rose dress, silk bloom shirt knock-off

I also re-decorated my rooms:

I have a library room now! 😀 I’ve always loved this wallpaper and carpet. The carpet is very elaborate, so having it in the main room does it justice.


It’s also sort of a general living room in addition to a library. I feel like there has to be multiple areas of interest in a room this big.

I might stop doing this, but for now I’m keeping up my tradition of giving all four of my characters a room that somewhat matches the current season and each of their personalities/tastes (Twisk — garden, Bell — young/playful, Harmony — elegant/regal, Melody — outdoorsy/sporty).
I brought back Twisk’s forest room after a while of having the nighttime courtyard garden instead.


Now Harmony has a courtyard, but it’s in a beautiful meadow clearing with her bed right in the middle. 😛 I love the calming music box song with the sounds of pouring water.


Bell has a backyard room with her usual toys.


And Melody has a camping room. I think I must be missing some camping items in my catalog, I didn’t have a lot to put in here…


Not gonna lie, I was a little giddy when I stepped outside and saw all this green, even though I was expecting it. One of my favorite Dafdilly moments :mrgreen:


The path connecting my house with the gate. It’s always satisfying to lay down the patterns in my own town after making them in an emulator. 🙂


My red gate was a big reason why I wanted the main path to be red bricks. Though I think white bricks, bricks on a dirt background, or some sort of wooden path pattern could maybe look good with these flowerbed border patterns as well.


I tried to arrange a rainbow rose garden by the gate pond, but I can’t do it perfectly because I only have one orange rose and I wanted to use some of my other rose hybrids elsewhere. It’s still colorful, though! 🙂


I made a lily pond (based on the outdoor bath) and rose arches (inspired by a new item in New Leaf) to go in this pastel rose garden.

A better view of the rose arches:
I wanted to make the rose arches taller, but since my paths use up a lot of slots, I didn’t have many left for additional patterns.

The museum and its white flower garden:


The road to and from Whitney’s house:






I enjoyed making the area around Whitney’s house pink and white during winter, but now with the addition of yellow and orange flowers (and green grass), I like it even more. ^_^


I’ve prevented Whitney from moving a few times now, but I’ve decided she won’t be my permanent snooty in Dafdilly, so I’ll let her move when the time comes. I’ll be sad to see Whitney and her house (with its own private beach) go. 😦 Hopefully someone else will move into this spot…


Here I have some dandelion puffs I’ve been collecting in my secondary towns (Red Bank and Imladris). Even though dandelions are borderline weeds (but I don’t think they count as either weeds or flowers for the perfect town rating), I still love having them to run through and blow the petals off.


Hehe, I remember that I didn’t even know you could do this until Teru told me while visiting her town a while back.


A picture of the lake taken on the start screen 🙂

I brought back the diagonal brick path and warm-colored flowers on my island:





The river split. I like how you can see flowers on the other side of the fork.


My island’s tiny beach 🙂


As usual, I like to have cosmos by the beach.


Samson’s beach house. He’s lived here for over a year, one of my longest staying neighbors. I never intended to keep him that long, he must like it here. xP


Red, yellow, and orange cosmos on this side…


…and red, pink, and white cosmos on the other side.


Nook’s and Ables’


Behind the shops there’s a field of pansies. 😀


Colorful tulips by the town hall. And Redd’s tent, he chose to come today…


Apollo has a large garden of tulips as well. Maybe it’ll grow me some purple ones 😛


The area behind the town hall in the upper right corner of town is supposed to have more of an unkept forest feel, with a color scheme of red, black, and white.


A house in the woods. Five out of eight of my neighbors have this green house style, which is getting ridiculous — some of them need to pack up and move already! >_< But I do think this style looks better now that it's spring and the snow's gone; it goes well with the environment.


I’ve been hoarding red turnip seeds from Joan so that I could have a turnip farm. 😀 I thought about planting them by my house, but then I thought they would be fitting on this strip of dirt.


I couldn’t decide which side of the waterfall I wanted the picnic area to be, so I did both. 😛


This side of the waterfall probably has a better view, though.


Haha, I found out on accident that you could get a close-up smiling picture of your character outdoors after they eat a fruit and wipe their mouth. It makes for a nice change from the thoughtful frown.


I just like the way the two paths meet the bridge here 🙂


Red and white roses lining the path from the bridge to the gate.

That’s all the scenery pictures I have for this post! I also made a town tour, if you’re interested:
And a gridded map:




Onto some villager news:


Saying goodbye to Jay, who moved out a few days before spring’s arrival.


After DS-to-DSing between Dafdilly and my other town Imladris, Patty moved in as Jay’s replacement. Neighbors from WiFi friends’ towns are always interesting, but she’s from my own town, and I’ve already had a Patty in Dafdilly before. T_T This should teach me to clear my 9th slot after DS-to-DSing in the future…


Oh really? I was there too and I don’t remember any tea. 😛 The snooty characters’ way of talking makes me laugh, always so sophisticated. Her impression of Liam was “festival freak.”


Then she came over to my place and we had tea together.


She had lots to say on my furniture, I guess this room does seem like it would appeal to a snooty character.


It’s been a lovefest lately, all my neighbors saying such sweet things. 🙂

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