Snow Melt and Villager Difficulties

Being as clueless as I all too often am, I wasn’t aware of the day on which the snow melted in town. I rarely skip the date more than a week at a time (to move villagers out), and I’ve only ended up in Spring once or twice – all I knew was the grass would be back around March. This left me pleasantly surprised when I popped in my cartridge and saw my town in all the glory of Spring!

Tree

I’ve been landscaping around town for the last 2 weeks, so I was happy to see the snow gone and that Pradera was looking as vibrant and alive as ever.

Path

I should probably explain my town a little! Pradera is a forest town – trees, cedars, bamboo and clovers everywhere. The name is accidentally a little ironic; Pradera is Spanish for Meadow but right now it’s looking more like un bosque – a forest – than a meadow!

Currently, development is somewhat slow, and I absolutely love it for that. It’s kind of like Pradera is my own little project. I open my 3DS before bed and get to work on whatever it is I feel like doing today – planting saplings, laying patterns, PWP farming… It’s all my own work at my own pace.

Station

Last week Tammy suggested for me to build my favourite PWP – the bus stop. I think it looks absolutely adorable nestled away next to the station. I like to imagine my villagers sitting there on warm days while they wait for their train.
Bus Stop right Bus Stop left

I also built the police station a few days ago, although theres a clear lack of flowers in that area (and my town in general), I’m very happy with the foliage surrounding it. As for the camp site, I’m still waiting for Cookie to move out so I can place it. Once she’s gone, I’ll have a big area of empty land next to my plaza to do whatever with.

Police Station

Although I’m really liking what I’m working towards in Pradera, I’m dreading plot resetting when my town’s more constructed; Right now I’m just placing villager plots in the southernmost acres of town. I’m certain it will be painful to position a house here, for example!

Benjamin Plot

So to conclude, don’t expect a dream address any time soon – sorry! I’m working on getting one up as soon as possible though.

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Teeny, Tiny Announcement

After an hour or two of playing around with ideas and layouts in Photoshop, I’ve finally finished and published my blogroll page. It’s pretty late and my brain is elsewhere right now so it would be great if you could check that #1 I’ve included your Animal Crossing blog, #2 you’re happy with the avatar I chose and #3 the link to your site actually works!

Edit because I can’t function after 11PM: I forgot to actually link to the page. It’s on my blog’s menu under the title of “Nearby Towns“. Thanks a bunch, guys!

Festivale: A Recipe

It’s that time of the year again! Time to dress up, shake off the winter cold and experience the sensation that is Pavé. Want the occasion to be a hit? Then be sure to follow these 5 easy steps to success. ¡Viva Festivale!

You will need:
– A heaped tablespoon of patience
– To mute the day-long peppy music of death
7 Kilos 9 Kilos of spare time
– To hold in your tears

That really is all there is to it! With just a few easy steps you, too, can have the perfect Festivale. Are you excited? I certainly am not!

Method:
Step 1 – Preparation. This is it, your journey is about to begin. First things first, dress for the occasion. Be the occasion.
I’ve always hated the standard Festivale outfits on sale in The Able Sisters’ so I decided to throw together all of the colorful clothing from my catalog. The result was… Bright, and I think I channeled my inner egg rather than Festivale.

My Festivale outfit

“I must go; my people need me.”

Step 2 – A royal presence (+ shouting).
This is the hardest part – once this is out of the way you’ll be homeward bound. Prepare for plenty of shouty font, fanfare and casual insults to your appearance and overall personality. Don’t you just love this event already?!

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Step 3 – Do as the stranger tells you.
I lied; the last part was actually the easiest.
“He wants feathers? Sounds simple enough.” WRONG. This entire event is made so much more difficult because catching/trading/winning 3 of the same coloured feathers can take 5 minutes, alone, and Pavé will take it upon himself to hand out duplicate rewards as he pleases. For example, I now have 4 Pavé sofas sitting on my plaza. Great. Well… We might as well get this over with.

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Step 4 – Observe how much you look like an egg.
Laugh.

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Step 5 – Waste a further two hours of your life in search of the Pavé wallpaper.
I honestly wish I was kidding.

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HNI_0056  HNI_0079  HNI_0094

Step 6 – Cry.
I mean, who needs the wallpaper anyway?                                                                                                               Me. I need it.

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And there you have it! The best case scenario for Festivale!

Improving 3DS Screenshot Quality

I should premise this with a quick heads up; this tutorial requires photoshop so if you don’t own a copy this isn’t the post for you but I’m trying my hardest to get a second tutorial up using a freeware image editor (GIMP), as soon as possible! Thank you for your understanding.

SeperatorSo, the 3DS is a great handheld – it’s lightweight, portable and has a fantastic range of exclusive games *looks to the New Leaf cartridge sitting comfortably in my 3DS* but one thing all models of the 3DS have left to be desired is the screen resolution. With the 3D turned on, the pixelation is barely noticable but in screenshots (or simply with the 3D effect switched off) there’s a clear lack of display quality. Let’s fix that! Well, kind of… I mean the screenshots will look pretty at least!

Step 1Take your screenshot and transfer it to your computer. For the best results, use Miiverse for capturing your moment and download the image from there. For the purpose of this tutorial, I visited a dream of Citàlune, the beautiful town of Amy! Here’s the picture taken directly from Miiverse:

1 - Miiverse Copy

Step 2 – Create a new Photoshop document. Simply open Photoshop, go to File > New… and create a document of these dimensions. Name it whatever you’d like!2 - Menu - New

Copy and paste your screenshot into your new document.

Step 3 – Resize to fit. The next step is to scale your image up to fit the dimensions of your workspace. I find increasing the overall image size works better when it comes to applying the reduce noise filter. To resize, simply right click your pasted screenshot and click ‘Free Transform’ like so:
3 - Free TransformFrom here you can simply resize the image by dragging on its corners until they’re in line with the corners of your canvas. When your size seems good, hit the enter key to apply the transformation!

Step 4 – Applying the filter! We’re almost there, just one last step. Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise and take a look at the dialogue which appears:

4 - Dropdown   5 - Dialogue

The above settings are what worked best for this picture although I encourage you to mess around with the ‘strength’ and ‘sharpen details’ sliders until you find the perfect balance for your screenshot! When you play with the settings, you’ll notice both the picture in the dialogue box and your screenshot (in the background) will change. Unchecking the ‘preview’ button is an easy way to switch between your edit and the original photo without having to leave the Reduce Noise window. When you’re happy with your work click the ‘OK’ button.

Step 5 – Save and pat yourself on the back! That’s it, you’re done! Head to File > Save As… and save your new silky-smooth image in a supported format (e.g. jpeg, png…).6 - FinalThanks again to Amy for, um, having a really, really pretty town!

An(other) Apology – Valentines Day Edition

With flushed red cheeks allow me to lay my cards on the table. For those of you who aren’t aware (why would you be?!), I moved on to college September of last year and since then things have been pretty non-stop. My aim is to study medicine when I travel to university next year but that’s a lot of work and I’m sad to say it really does take up a large portion of my time – so apologies for that!

Although everything is still pretty hectic – and only getting worse as I’m nearing my exams in May – I’m making a real effort to find the time to relax during the week and New Leaf has become a huge, huge part of that. I have a habit of dedicating too much time to my studies, and not enough to what I need recreationally (it’s actually #349 on my list of bad habits), I’m still trying to fix that. So why am I writing this post after months of inactivity and totally bleaching my blog clean of content? Honestly, I’m still asking myself that as I type away, and the real reason seems to be “because I felt like it.” Just this once, I didn’t plan my post. I didn’t spend 20 minutes formatting the text. I didn’t promise this grand scheme of weekly content. I just felt like an update was necessary and as I’m writing this, I can tell you I’m really enjoying the freedom of expression a blog post like this gives, even in its most messy, unstructured form.

[I just this second realised what compelled me to write and chose an appropriate title for this mess]

So what am I promising this time ’round? I promise to try blogging, I promise to stop making deadlines for content, I promise to post whenever I have the creative urge to do so and, most importantly, I promise to have fun doing so!Isabelle Sprite

[Just thought of a witty alteration to the title heh.]

My next post will be animal crossing related, I promise. I have a bunch of photos just sitting around on my SD card waiting to be uploaded and I’m looking forward to clearing some space on there! Happy Valentines Day everyone! Spend it with those you love, or spend it doing what you love – just have a great one!

-The butt who can’t stick to a schedule (Mayor Tallo)