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PostSubject: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Fri May 22, 2015 9:22 pm

Hey everyone!  I was eager to join in on this challenge, because one of my favorite things about this game is sims having families and watching how the genes mix.  I agonized for 2 days on which sims to pick (Two. Days.) and finally (finally!) narrowed it down to only 12 sims - 6 couples.  There are so many, many more that I could have used, but I wanted to keep it as small as I could.

I love letting my sims choose their mates on their own because I find that exciting.  Aspirations, Astrological signs, and turn-ons/turn-offs were all rolled randomly.

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Everyone has been matched up and I have a couple of new babies to share next time I log in.  


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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sat May 23, 2015 10:39 am

Great choices, Ari! I can't wait to see how they pair up and how the kids turn out. I'm like you, I prefer it when they choose on their own. I'm excited to see Franco (I've grown quite attached to him in this project) and Aphrodite (I haven't really played with her much in my own game, so it will be neat to see what she gets up to in yours). I'm seeing a lot of sims I overlooked when I picked out the ones I used. I keep seeing Lilura, so I may need to go and grab her and maybe Xori too. So many great sims! I can see why you agonized over which ones to use, I keep finding more to add to my game.

I'm so excited that you decided to join in on the fun! dancintrio
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sat May 23, 2015 10:44 am

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(Two. Days.)

I understand that completely!

I can't wait to see what happens with this gorgeous bunch of Sims.
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sat May 23, 2015 4:36 pm

Thanks so much Em and Cher!  I'm so happy you're interested in my project and I've forgotten how fun it was to share and be a part of a sim project.

The couples matched themselves up.  I play them rotation-style, one season per family.  The first family is Rafe and Brynne Ironheart.  Brynne is even more beautiful in game, and Rafe is just a doll.  They make such a cute couple and are so fun to play.  Brynne is Knowledge (Pisces) and Rafe rolled Family (Sagittarius).



The happy couple exchange their vows.


And not long after, Brynne is pregnant with their first child.


Meet Baby Evelina - with blonde hair and daddy's bright blue eyes.  Rafe had custom hair, so I assigned him blonde.  All their babes will be fair-haired dollies.


My next couple is Thulian and Xori Amber.  When I first started this challenge, I thought it would be really cute if these two ended up together just because they are both so adventurous with their hair choices. laughin   And they actually did it on their own!  They're both Family sims, so they'll have a nice big family.  Thulian is a Capricorn and Xori a Sagittarius.  Xori is such a beauty.  Thank you, Ulli!


The couple weds.  I had to take a picture of each couple getting married - so their creators and other witnesses can enjoy their special day. I love you


Thulian talks to Xori's belly.  This pic is kind of dark because it was taken at night.  With only candles to light their homes, night is kind of....well, dark.  


A darling little boy with mommy's pretty blue eyes.  His name is Sebastian.


Xori showed up in my CAS with brown hair, and I assigned blonde to Thulian.  I'm kind of torn, though, should I give all the little girls Xori's hair and all the little boys Thulian's?

I'm having so much fun with this so far!  Thank you for dreaming up this challenge!


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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sun May 24, 2015 10:32 am

Ari wrote:
... I've forgotten how fun it was to share and be a part of a sim project.
...I'm having so much fun with this so far!  Thank you for dreaming up this challenge!

Yaaaay!
So glad that you were inspired enough by our Offspring Project to load up your game and play again, Ms Faery!

Nice mix of good lookin' Sims you've chosen for the project.
And thank you for inviting my Lilura (Cher picked her, too) to join in on the fun!
I haven't decided which of your Sims to use yet, but I know I'm wanting to add a few more couples to the mix, sooo...
We shall see who will make next cut!

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...and Aphrodite (I haven't really played with her much in my own game, so it will be neat to see what she gets up to in yours).

She's lovely, Em! I need to go further back to discover more beautiful Sims I might've missed.
Aphrodite was a gift of yours from the summer of 2012.  I love you

Look at the eyes on Evelina & Sebastian! Gorgeous!
They are both darling so far.
Looking forward to seeing them as they grow.
Thank you for participating, Ari.

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sun May 24, 2015 10:56 am

Oh, I like how they're pairing up so far. Brynne and Rafe look good together and of course, Xori Amber and Thulian had to pair up with their unique hair colors. Both babies have such gorgeous blue eyes! I think it would be fun to give Thuluan and Xori's children wild hair colors too, to go with the rest of the family. I see you're playing a themed game too. Fun!
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sun May 24, 2015 5:18 pm

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I like how they're pairing up so far.

Me too. Brynne and Rafe look happy together, and Evelina has Brynne's gentle smile. I love the bright blue eyes on both babies.

Thulian and Xori Amber look fantastic together! I'm glad they chose each other without needing a nudge by the OOOG (I forget how many 'O's I need ).

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I had to take a picture of each couple getting married - so their creators and other witnesses can enjoy their special day.

I'm glad, because it's fun to see those kinds of pictures. I also got a kick out of Rafe listening to Brynne's belly. The look on his face is all "eh, what's that you say?"
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Tue May 26, 2015 2:03 pm

Thanks, everyone!  I'm having a blast so far and I'm happy to be a part of it.

Cher - I have to admit I had to take a pic of each new Daddy rubbing or listening to The Belly, because it's just so cute.

Em - I do love my medievally-themed game.  

I've actually almost finished the second rotation, and most of the first-borns are now children.  I'll have to get you guys caught up on the pairings and all the new behbehs.

My next pairing is Franco and Lilura Morningstar.  They are both Fortune sims, he's an Aquarius and she's a Sagittarius


Awww


I love how this picture turned out with the lighting and angle, and the way Lilura's face is covered by her hair - so dreamy. I love you


They had twin boys!  Meet Nikolai


and Dimitri


Next up is Jacqui and Jael Oakenbow.  A little note about these two - when I made all these sims, I put all the ladies together on one lot, and each man in a house - then brought them over to the ladies' lot to shop   Jacqui and Jael took one look at each other and it was all over.  They were the first match made, and found a corner of the lot to hang out while I watched all the others interact.  The were inseparable.  They were the first to pair up, the first to get their relationship score up, the first to flirt, and the first to kiss.  They both just knew they found their other half and didn't even bother looking at the rest.   Anyway,  coincidentally, they are both fortune sims and both an Aries.  They have so much in common!


Exchanging their vows


Jael plays with his baby on the way.  Ahem, ignore the ugly modern stucco ceiling I forgot to change  


They have a little girl named Aliya.  She has Daddy's eyes.



More to come soon - two couples to go!


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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Tue May 26, 2015 3:39 pm

Awww! Look at the big beautiful eyes on all those darling Medieval infants!

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Jacqui and Jael took one look at each other and it was all over.

Love it when that happens! Beautiful couples! Beautiful babies!

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Tue May 26, 2015 7:56 pm

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Jacqui and Jael took one look at each other and it was all over. They were the first match made, and found a corner of the lot to hang out while I watched all the others interact. The were inseparable.

Aw! I love you I love it when that happens. It makes you feel good about it when it seems like it was meant to be.

I really like the boys' names (Nikolai and Dimitri). I can't wait to see what all of these beautiful babies look like as they get older!
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Wed May 27, 2015 7:41 am

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It makes you feel good about it when it seems like it was meant to be.



Like the stars are all aligned in the night sky over Planet Sim...
And the moon hits their eyes like a big pizza pie .. That's amore!  

Em wrote:
I really like the boys' names (Nikolai and Dimitri).

I meant to comment on that, too, Em. I really like the twins' names.

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Wed May 27, 2015 3:54 pm

Lilura looks fabulous in her medieval garb! It looks like Nikolai and Dimitri (great names) may have Lilura's eyes. She has such pretty eyes.

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They both just knew they found their other half and didn't even bother looking at the rest.

It's so fun when it happens like that, and Aliya's big, sweet eyes are gorgeous.

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Fri May 29, 2015 4:52 pm

Thank you so much, everyone!  I'm enjoying this project a lot!


The next couple to introduce is Storm and Kelia Dragonscale.  He's a Knowledge/Gemini and she's a Family/Gemini


Gittin' hitched


Talking to behbeh


A darling little boy named Kristoffer

And last but not least, and by process of elimination, the next couple is

Bramble and Aphrodite Stonehammer.  Both are knowledge.  Bramble is a Libra and Aphrodite is an Aquarius.


Saying their "I do's"


The mandatory belly picture


A sweet little girl named Iliana.  I just love the shape of her eyes.  I used to think all infants looked the same, but this challenge has really proved me wrong.

By now I'm in the 4th season (4th rotation of the families) and all the couples have had second, third, and fourth pregnancies.  The firstborns are children and all growing up well.  More pics to come of them and their siblings.


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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Fri May 29, 2015 5:03 pm

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I'm enjoying this project a lot!



Several of our participants have said the same thing, including yours truly. girlwinkin

Attractive couples! Darling babies!

Remember, Ms Faery, to limit the images you share according to the rules of the project [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], please.
Again, I'd be happy to unlock the Faery's Grove for you. Just say the word!

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Fri May 29, 2015 9:07 pm

Thank you for the offer of unlocking my other thread. I'll someday get around to getting things ready to post there.

As far as this thread goes, did I share too many 'happy couple' pictures?
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Fri May 29, 2015 11:10 pm

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As far as this thread goes, did I share too many 'happy couple' pictures?

Sent you a PM outlining the rules, sweety!

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Sat May 30, 2015 8:30 am

I'm just so thrilled to see so many of my simmies here Ari! Thank you! I create almost exclusively for sharing and don't play most of them myself, so I love seeing them in other peoples' hoods, and seeing how their lives turn out!

I must say, I'm feeling like a proud grandma!

I love Jacqui and Jael's story!!! blinkinhearts How adorable is that?!!!

What cute babies all around, I can't wait to see them when they age up! dancintrio

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:30 pm

You'll see even more of your sims to come, Toni. I've added 3 more couples to the neighborhood and will introduce them soon. You make beautiful sims, hon, you truly do. I've had a hard time not nabbing a dozen of them. Thank you for your comments.

Thank you all for your comments. I've been playing more than posting, so I'm a little behind. I'll try to get caught up soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:22 am

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You make beautiful sims, hon, you truly do. I've had a hard time not nabbing a dozen of them.


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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:19 am

Lovely couples Ari!

It´s fun to see one of my own Xori.
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:03 am

Aw, that's really cool, Ulli.  He looks a lot like his dad, Thulian.  I wonder how closely your Angus/Xori babies will be to my Thulian/Xori babies?
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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:05 pm

Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza! I love it!

I thought I'd answer your question here, to be sure you'll see my response:

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I do have a question about providing a photo (in game) of the sim couple - if we want to directly compare features to their offspring, would it be better to get a neutral face shot of them - rather than a cutesy one - like with mine, I have the couples all cuddling on the couch. It's cute because they're happy, but doesn't do anything to show off their actual features since they're grinning like, well, lovebirds laughin . I may go back and edit mine at a later date so we can all see them better.

This is an excellent point, Ari.
I know what you mean about the cutesy cuddling shots. They do tend to grin like goofy high-on-love teens.
I might suggest we use the head shots of the actual Sim models, if the creators approve.
That is, if our participants have trouble getting (in game) up close and personal, more neutral-faced snapshots.
You can always leave your lovebirds to their cuddling girlwinkin and rather than go back & edit the images later...
Perhaps we could suggest sharing side-by-side head shots of the parents with their child/children when teens?
It would make it easier for everyone to compare the facial features of the offspring with their parents'.
Don't you think?
Like I've mentioned, we're still working the kinks out of sharing this project.
What are your thoughts? I'm open for suggestions!

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:14 pm

Sugah - I like that idea, too, a comparing shot to see how much like their parents our offspring looks.

Despite my early idea to limit how many couples I used for this project, I kinda went nuts and added a whole bunch more - like 8 more couples.  But then I realized - this is for fun, why must I have limits?  Guilt solved.

One of my new couples is [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] by Toni and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] by Em.

Angus is just as yummy as can be, and I've always loved Sapphira.


Their first child is a boy, named Jaylen


Another couple:  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] by Toni and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] by Elle.  Kofi is just dreamy and Cecily is such a doll.



Their first child is also a boy, Jaxson.  He inherited Daddy's skintone and Mommy's eyes.


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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:00 pm

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Sugah - I like that idea, too, a comparing shot to see how much like their parents our offspring looks.



Now, I just have to figure out how & where to incorporate it into the Offspring rules ...

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I've always loved Sapphira.

Em's Sapphira! I've always loved her, too! I wanted to add her to the project, but have so dang many dark haired Sims already.
(So, I went ahead and added Em's Octavia, who, of course, has dark hair. Rolling Eyes )

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She is!

Look at the eyes on those babies, especially Jaxon's. WOW! (Great capture with his expression, btw.)
I can't wait to see them as they grow.

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PostSubject: Re: Astral Faery's Baby Bonanza   Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:55 pm

I love all of the couples and all of the babies. So cute! Iliana does have differently shaped eyes for a baby. I too though all babies were all pretty much the same in terms of facial features. I guess not.

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You make beautiful sims, hon, you truly do. I've had a hard time not nabbing a dozen of them.

I agree too. I tried to get a mix of sims, but I ended up with more of Toni's than anybody else's. Ari's sims caught my attention second most often, I think. There are so many wonderful sims to choose from here.

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Perhaps we could suggest sharing side-by-side head shots of the parents with their child/children when teens?

I took family photos of my sims when the kids were teens and I thought about sharing them in my thread, but maybe I'll do that when they're adults. I'd like to have headshots of them all together in a post at some point anyway and maybe personality stats, if that's part of looking at what our sims' offspring inherit. I like how Ari and some others put headshots of the sims in their first post. That's a handy way to go back for comparison without having to click on the links.
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