TS4 Download: Portable Professional Photography Studio

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While playing with the handheld cameras and the photography skill in my game this week, I randomly had the idea of making a portable version of the photo studio camera. So… I made one! I also separated out the backdrop and a lamp. All three objects are portable, can be put in an inventory, and can be dragged in live mode on lots. All three objects have their own new custom tuning.

The Camera:

The camera has the usual functionality of the photo studio minus the interactions for the backdrop. You can tend the camera, and take photos of specific individuals or groups of Sims. It has all the usual filters and settings.

The main differences are that it doesn’t have a backdrop, so you can create your own setting for the photos or take it outside and find somewhere pretty. It can now be added to your Sim’s inventory, so you can take it out to community lots or even place it off-lot in the open world (you can’t drag it into position while off-lot though and need to rely on the random placement of the ‘Place in World’ interaction, like on yoga mats). The difference between this and the handheld camera is that you have the ‘Tend’ and ‘Group’ photo interactions, and you can also earn money from taking photos of Sims.

You need to leave a bit of room for Sims to route in front of the camera when taking a photo as the positions are still in the same place, despite the footprint being smaller.

I tried to add a generic ‘take photo’ interaction for still life instead of portraits, but was unable to get it to work properly. I may update if I figure it out. If you want to take still life photos, just take a handheld camera out with you too!

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The Backdrop:

I separated the backdrop (with two large lights still attached) so it could be used as a separate item. I gave it the footprint of a rug so Sims can route through it into position, this also avoids any problems when placing it with the camera so Sims can always get into position. It is live drag enabled and inventory-able, so when on a lot you can move it about into position behind a Sim.

This gives you the option of using the backdrop with the normal handheld cameras, so instead of using the poses that come with the Photo Studio, you can use a custom pose if you like. Or catch a Sim doing something interesting like playing a guitar or posing on a chair. Just get your Sims into position, pause, slide in the backdrop, and take your photo! It just gives you a bit more freedom than when using it only with the photo studio interactions.

The backdrop still has all the different designs and the option to choose between them. All camera actions have been disabled.

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Watch out for photobombing! XD

The Lamp:

I separated one lamp from the rest of the mesh and disabled the backdrop and camera interactions. Then I made it live-drag enabled, and inventory enabled. You can drag it around into position on lots, and it can be placed and picked up off-lot using the interactions. I also gave it the functionality of normal lights, so you can choose the brightness and the colour of the light, and turn the lamp off and on.

This means that you can choose the lighting for your subject while in the studio or out on location. You can also drag the lamps around in live mode to get the lighting and shadows exactly right.

The footprint is a little off-centre but it’s still easy to move them into position. I also gave them the footprint of a rug so that you can position them wherever you like without them blocking routing or other equipment.

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Portable Professional Photography Studio Kit:

I’ve been playing around with this for quite a while in different scenarios, I find these objects much more flexible for if you are playing with a professional photographer, especially if your subject is Sims rather than scenery. Having the different pieces means that you have much more flexibility when it comes to what you want to shoot. For the full kit I recommend:

* One professional studio camera ($400)
* One backdrop ($200)
* Two lamps ($100 each)
* One handheld camera (not included, these are already in game)

I set the prices for the individual pieces to total the same price as the full photo studio ($800), and you can create the same studio set-up with the individual pieces if you want to. Handheld cameras are purchased separately, as usual, and you can choose the quality/price. These items do not override the original items and can be found separately in the creative activities tab in buy mode. The lamps are also tagged to appear in the lighting category under floor and misc.

Things to Note:

* The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion is REQUIRED for all the items to function. I did not include unnecessary tuning or resources so the expansion is essential for these items to work correctly.

* I only had one issue while playing: once when I tried to place the camera off-lot in Windenburg it mysteriously vanished. I tested it many many times after that in different worlds with different sims and the issue never happened again. If this happens, I recommend using the money cheat to add back the funds and pretend it is an insurance pay-out. I’m not sure why it happened, it seemed to be a random glitch.

* The live drag feature only works while on a lot. When off lot (in the world area) you need to use the ‘place in world’ and ‘add to inventory’ interactions on the object instead.

* Tools I used for this were Sims4Studio and Blender.

Download Here! [dropbox, no adfly]

Finally, I thought I’d already seen this mesh separated somewhere but looked everywhere I could think of and couldn’t find it again. While I was hunting, Jim Tracy kindly pointed out another set to me, which you may also like: http://kewai-dou.com/photo-studio-set-sims4-object/

If anyone knows of another creator who has separated this mesh, please let me know so I can add a link.

The Banditos Family: Pre-Stripped Poker!

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It was the weekend and the mood in the Banditos house was upbeat! Carlos was taking a day off from the new restaurant and had had a long lie-in. He went to find his wife who seemed to be going through some kind of obsessive yoga phase, not that he minded the flexibility!

(I had a GTA V flashback here so encouraged Carlos to move away quickly before he embarrassed himself by joining in!)

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Carlos was pleased to find his daughter practising the piano and his son playing chess, he’d raised a couple of smart kids there! Then he found his brother practising his dance moves, Carlos joined in happily.

‘Hey, Tony, what do you say we hit the town together later? Have a lad’s night like the old days?’

Antonio seemed a little reluctant, ‘Not tonight mate,’ he said, shaking his head, ‘I’m meeting… someone.’

Carlos chuckled, ‘You know what they say, Tony. Bros before…’

‘Not tonight,’ Antonio interrupted. ‘Anyway, the guys at the launderette are getting restless. They haven’t seen you for while and they feel like you’re ignoring them. Maybe you should go and spend some time with the old crowd, huh?’

‘This is why I appreciate you, Tony,’ Carlos exclaimed, slapping his brother on the back, ‘You tell it to me like it is. I know you’ll always be honest with me.’

‘Yeah,’ Antonio mumbled.

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Carlos arrived at the old place and breathed in the dry desert air happily, the smell of prickly pear in the breeze reminded him of his childhood playing in the dusty dunes.

He walked into the launderette first, greeted by the familiar whirring and banging of the machines. He greeted the girl behind the counter but she was bad-tempered as usual. Next time they took on a new girl he’d hire them himself and choose someone more agreeable. This was what happened when he let his brother run things!

‘I can’t talk,’ Estelle snapped, ‘we’re behind on our work because the shipment you promised us didn’t arrive on time.’

‘Then you should have called me…’ Carlos began, spreading his arms helplessly.

‘I did,’ Estelle cut him off mid-sentence, ‘I called but your phone was switched off. But no worry, you’re brother sorted it out.’

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Carlos didn’t like being spoken too like that by a mere employee. So he went next door to the gym to find Sullivan. It was busy when he walked in, the gym was a mess, and Sully looked busy. Carlos decided to use the machines while he waited. Wow, too much time tasting food and planning new cocktails at the restaurant had made him out of shape! He’d have to make time to hit the gym more often.

Eventually, Sully walked over with his usual frown fixed in place.

‘It’s been too busy since we lost the rest of the old crew,’ Sully complained, ‘There is too much work and the shipments are not reliable. We need to hire more staff.’

‘We’ve been over this before,’ Carlos huffed and turned off the treadmill, slouching over to catch his breath, ‘I invested too much money in the restaurant. We need to give it time before it starts running a profit. And it will start turning a profit soon. I just need to get it up and running properly.’

‘Well, while you’re throwing money at your new project, your family business is going down the drain.’

‘All right, look,’ Carlos said in exasperation, ‘I promise I’ll take a look at the books. I’ll see what I can do. I’m just going to grab a massage then I’ll join you in the back. Where’s Ulrike?’

‘Ulrike left weeks ago!’ Sully growled in frustration, ‘You’ll have to get one off Estelle.’

Oh, great! Carlos groaned reluctantly. Well, perhaps making her give him a massage would humble her a bit, show her who was boss!

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(This was where things got highly amusing! Sometimes glitches can be so much fun!)

Ouch! Estelle clearly wasn’t the massaging type! She was a little too rough and after much bruising and cracking Carlos finally peeled himself from the massage table. Well, Estelle had clearly taken out her aggression on him but he wasn’t the sort to let her think she’d won.

Instead of putting his clothes back on he stretched and allowed his towel to drop to the floor. Estelle gasped in shock and Carlos grinned in amusement. He strolled casually back to the office with a very awkward looking Estelle in tow, and sat down nonchalantly at the card table.

He’d invited his new girlfriend Imani over from the restaurant to join the meeting, and Katerina had also joined them. She did odd jobs for them from time to time. Carlos stretched his sore spine and wished one of these two ladies had arrived earlier to give him a more sympathetic massage. Imani noticed his nakedness and gasped! But Katerina was less easily shocked and continued to play cards with an amused smile on her lips. Estelle quickly got over her initial discomfort and went back to frowning.

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(I don’t know why Carlos decided to autonomously strut around naked but it was very funny!)

Meanwhile, back at home, Sophia was wondering where her husband was again.

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The Banditos Family: A Steamy Marriage

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Sophia was fuming.

Her husband was late home again and wasn’t answering his phone. She had prepared a meal and had been waiting since sunset for Carlos to join her. When her husband finally arrived home he found his wife was in a sour mood.

‘I’m so sorry, my darling!’ he exclaimed with an apologetic smile, ‘You know how busy I’ve been running between the two businesses! The launderette always has problems that need fixing, and the restaurant is still finding it’s feet and needs constant attention.’

Sophia looked down at her bowl and poked her food unhappily.

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‘Look,’ Carlos cajoled, ‘I left as soon as I could. In fact, a group of twelve walked through the door as I was leaving and I said to the staff “Look guys, you need to learn how to handle rushes like this.” and I came home to spend time with you.’

‘Really?’ Sophia smiled, warming to the lie.

Carlos stretched out his hand and rubbed his wife’s wrist with his thumb. ‘Of course! Why would I want to spend time in a hot kitchen when I have a hot wife at home waiting for me?’

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Then Carlos suggested they take a soak in the hot-tub. He knew how to make his wife happy (at least temporarily).

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The next morning, Carlos left early to return to the restaurant. He was soon giving his customers his charismatic personal service again.

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Sophia was feeling happier so she agreed to meet her friend Nancy at the spa. First, Nancy insisted on dragging her into a small art gallery where there was some sort of commotion around a book. Sophia didn’t know why a book was on sale in an art gallery, or why people were so interested in it. But it was clearly a desirable object so she bought it and felt smug about herself. Then she waited impatiently for Nancy to conclude whatever business it was she was doing there.

(It was actually a really lovely moment for me! I love seeing my Sims’ lives criss-cross like this when I play rotationally. The book was Pierre’s first novel and when Sophia and Nancy arrived at the lot I found the crowd gathered around the book, including Harriette Baker who works at the bookstore and who I feel has been autonomously supporting Pierre. The facial reactions of the Sims were great! Sophia looked so disinterested in the book, but smug when she purchased it from under the other customer’s noses. But Harriette looked like she tricked Sophia into buying the book, by cooing over it, then looking pleased about the sale. It was one of those magical moments in The Sims 4 where the autonomy just seems to work out really well, it was as though there was a launch party to celebrate the new book!)

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Finally the two women crossed the road to the spa. In the changing room, Sophia casually mentioned to Nancy that she was waiting for her next round of cosmetic injections. Nancy’s husband, Geoffrey, was Sophia’s doctor but he was refusing to give her the treatment. Sophia was hoping Nancy could convince him otherwise.

‘I’m sure Geoffrey has a good reason,’ Nancy said somewhat defensively as the women went to join a yoga class.

Sophia enjoyed the yoga. As a model, she needed to keep her body supple and lean, but the yoga moves also helped her to relax and feel better about herself too.

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After the workout, the women relaxed on the patio with some ‘healthy’ fruit cocktails. Sophia wanted to try and convince Nancy to speak to Geoffrey again, hoping her friend would be more agreeable after the relaxing stretches and bubbly drink.

‘Of course, Geoffrey is a great doctor,’ Sophia tried to placate her friend with compliments, ‘and I trust his professional judgement completely. But between us women, you know how important it is for me to maintain my appearance. Not just for myself and my husband, but for my job as well.’

Nancy sipped her drink with a frown, she didn’t look convinced.

Sophia pushed a little more, her voice cracking with genuine emotion. ‘You know how tough it is out there. The first sign of aging, the first wrinkle, and I’ll be dropped and replaced by a child half my age. And what will I do then? Without my career, I’m nothing!’

Nancy continued to frown, but she had softened a little, and told her friend she would speak to her husband on her behalf. When Nancy left, Sophia continued to worry… what would she do when her career was over? She was already bored in-between jobs. and her husband was always busy with his businesses. She had left school early, confident that her looks would land her on her feet, and they had served her well for a while. But without her looks she was nothing. What if her husband lost interest in her? What would she do then?

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Just then, Sophia caught sight of a familiar figure in the spa foyer. It was her husband!

‘Carlos!’ She called rushing up to him and embracing him excitedly. ‘Have you come to surprise me? How did you know I was here?’

‘Umm… yes, my dear,’ Carlos said, adjusting his collar uncomfortably, ‘Wow, it’s hot in here, should we go somewhere to cool off?’

‘How about we get a bit hotter?’ Sophia purred suggestively.

‘Ummm… sure,’ Carlos’ eyes darted around the room, ‘Yeah, let’s do that.’

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Sophia led the way to the sauna with Carlos following somewhat reluctantly. Sophia was too excited by her husband’s sudden appearance to notice his elusive behaviour, and assumed he was just a little tired from work.

‘Can you make it more steamy?’ he asked his wife as they settled down in the hot sauna.

‘You know I can!’ Sophia grinned as she poured more water onto the hot coals and they were enveloped in a cloud of steam.

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Carlos left to get showered and dressed, looking even more exhausted than when he’d arrived. Sophia felt much more relaxed and pleased with herself. She was determined to fight to keep her man!

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And then they went home to stand around in their towels on the curb because #SimLogic.

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The Banditos Family: Dirty Laundry

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The Banditos Family own several small businesses. Besides the new restaurant, they also own a launderette and gym in Oasis Springs. Although he was always welcome at the family villa, Antonio had his own apartment above the commercial units. Since Carlos had become absorbed in his new venture, the responsibility of overseeing the other businesses had fallen to Antonio.

Antonio knew he wasn’t a smart man. He struggled with reading, and numbers confused him. So he left the books to his brother. But Antonio had been working for the family businesses for a long time, since he was a kid working for his Grandpa, so he knew how to do the day to day jobs. And he knew how to manage the other employees and keep them in check.

He started with the launderette, the main business, the real money maker! For years it had been used as ‘The Office’ and was where all the business deals were made, and where the old gang used to hang out. He walked in to find Sullivan on front-desk duty. Sullivan was in a bad temper as usual, but Antonio could tell he had something important to tell him. There was a teenage girl in the building though, and she seemed happy to take her time with the large bag of laundry she’d brought in. Antonio acted inconspicuous, picking up some discarded clothes and putting them in the washer.

[They were a bit crusty, I think they’d been there for a while.]

‘Hey, Sully,’ he called casually, as he grabbed a sandwich, ‘is the new girl around?’

‘Yeah,’ replied Sullivan gruffly, ‘I’ll give her a shout.’

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The new girl was Estelle Swan and she was in a thunderous mood. She flipped a fuse as she walked past the electric box and the machines grumbled to a halt. The teenager looked surprised and Estelle apologised, explaining there had been an electrical fault and firmly telling the girl to leave the laundry with them, and they would clean it and deliver it to their home once the electrician had been called out. They would even throw in a discount coupon for her next visit.

What could the girl do? Fortunately, she saw the funny side and finally left.

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Estelle flipped the electricity back on and faced Antonio in frustration.

‘The shipment has not arrived,’ she complained angrily.

‘It hasn’t?’ Antonio pressed anxiously, ‘It was due last week, why didn’t you tell me sooner?’

‘I spoke to your brother,’ Estelle wrinkled her nose like there was a bad smell, ‘he assured me they would arrive this morning but…’

Estelle made an empty hand gesture.

‘I’ll speak to him.’ Antonio said softly, he was annoyed with his brother for not mentioning something so important.

‘Without that shipment, I won’t be able to complete the order on time,’ Estelle sighed, rubbing her temple as though she had a headache.

I know,’ replied Antonio, ‘don’t worry, I’ll get it.’

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Antonio grabbed his phone and called in a favour. He was mad that his brother had forgotten about something so important. It was always the way, when Carlos started a new project he focused all his energy on it, and the old family business was neglected. But Antonio knew where the real money was. And he wasn’t going to let his brother ruin what his father and grandpa had built from scratch.

He went next door to the gym to burn off some of his frustration. Sullivan had the same idea and was already pounding it out on the treadmill. Antonio joined him and they ran in silence for a few minutes. Sullivan was the last of the old gang. They didn’t always see eye-to-eye but in situations like this, he shared Sully’s bad temper and found it companionable.

Antonio’s phone bleeped, the package was on it’s way. He breathed a sigh of relief and continued working out while he waited. He wanted to make sure it arrived this time.

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Finally Sullivan gave him a whistle. The package had arrived.

Antonio took a deep breath and went out to meet his contact. Ulrike was one of the old gang but she’d moved on to other things. Antonio had known her since they were both kids, and he’d always felt something for her. She hadn’t felt the same. It was awkward and Antonio was embarrassed that he’d had to ask her for help. But she had helped. She’d gone out of her way to pick up the supplies they needed.

Antonio said thanks and watched her walk away into the night. It was Ulrike that had recommended Estelle for the job. He wondered which one of them Ulrike was more interested in helping out. He sulked back into the launderette, eyeing up the pin-up posters on the wall and wondering if he was destined to be alone forever.

He handed over the supplies to Estelle , who breathed a sigh of relief.

‘If anything like this happens again,’ he warned, ‘You call me, not Carlos. Got it?’

Estelle nodded. She knew who she could rely on now.

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The Banditos Family: Brains or Beauty?

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It was 3pm and Marcos and Isabella were having an argument on the front lawn.

‘Do I have to do my homework?’ Isabella whined.

‘Yes, Bella,’ Marcos replied calmly, ‘The teachers give it to you for a reason.’

‘But whyyyyyy?’ his little sister moaned, kicking at a pebble in frustration.

‘So you can practice what you learned in school today.’

‘Whyyyyyyyyyyy?’

Look, I have homework too,’ said Marcos persuasively, ‘Let’s sit on the ground and do it together. I’ll help you if you need it.’

Just then, Antonio came strutting from the house. He was dressed and ready to check on the family’s other businesses.

‘Uncle Tony,’ Isabella accosted him, ‘Do I have to do my homework? Marcos says I do but I’m tired! I had gym today and I still feel sick.’

Antonio was a sucker for that big-eyed pleading look, and he still felt guilty about losing her at the hospital. ‘What is the work?’ he asked gruffly.

‘Fractions,’ replied Bella rolling her eyes and huffing out her bottom lip.

‘What does a pretty girl like you need to learn fractions for?’ Tony reasoned, ‘Look at your mother. You’ll be beautiful, like her, when you grow up and you can get yourself a dumb schmuck like your father to do your numbers for you.’

Marcos was horrified, ‘Come on Bella, we’ll do it quickly and then we’ll watch BEtween TV together.’

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Antonio left for work and Marcos sighed.

‘Bella, listen,’ he pleaded, ‘I just want what’s best for you. When you grow up, you don’t want to rely on anyone else. You need to be smart, and to know how to look after yourself. I know it might seem like Mum has it easy, and gets by on her looks alone, but do you think she’s really happy?’

Isabella thought about this quietly for a minute, her back turned from her brother so he couldn’t see her expression. No, her mother didn’t seem happy. Not really. Not on the inside where it mattered. She didn’t understand everything about her family but she knew that something wasn’t right. Her dad wasn’t around at night to read her a bedtime story, like Doctor Khan had done.

Suddenly a shadow loomed over them. Isabella looked up to find her mother standing there with an angry expression. Marcos would say she had ‘a face like thunder’.

‘Isabella, get in the house,’ Sophia snapped, ‘go and watch TV. I need to talk to your brother.’

Isabella grinned because she’d got her own way, but feeling a tingling sense of concern for her big brother she hovered to listen to the conversation.

‘Who are you to decide if I’m happy or not?’ she demanded angrily. She’d overheard the conversation and it had struck a nerve. She’d just finished talking with Doctor Landgraab, she’d asked him for an early appointment for her collagen injections but he’d refused and told her she needed a break to let her skin ‘recover’, whatever that meant! So she was already upset before she’d overheard her son’s hurtful words.

Marcos looked down at his book, unable to look her in the eye.

‘Do you think I’m stupid?’ she demanded.

Marcos stared intently at his book and didn’t reply.

‘Listen, I pay a lot of money to that school to educate my children,’ she snapped, ‘what are you doing all day if they have to send your work home with you? I’ll be having words with your headmaster!’

Marcos bit his lip and held his temper. Luckily their neighbour Nancy arrived and broke the tension. She’d brought a fruitcake round for Carlos to try, he loved her fruitcakes! Nancy was hoping he might take an order for his restaurant. Marcos wasn’t sure why the rich wife of a surgeon needed to make a living selling a few fruitcakes, but figured she was bored or lonely or something.

Sophia instantly dropped her angry disposition, eager to talk to the wife of her doctor, hoping Nancy could talk some sense into her husband and secure her that appointment.

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Marcos gritted his teeth. He was determined to make the most of his private education and take a different path to his parents. If he couldn’t convince his sister to do the same, at least he could provide for her so she didn’t end up stuck in a situation like his mother.

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TS4 Download: Playsuit with T-shirt

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I really liked the little playsuit/dungarees outfit that came with Backyard Stuff, but I wanted a version with a t-shirt rather than the bandeau because it seems a bit sweeter and more wearable to me that way.

I made several plain versions and some patterned versions too (polka-dots, of course!). You can recolour them as well if you like, and please let me know if you do. ^__^

Backyard Stuff is required. There are two packages, one for plain and one for patterned. You can install either or both.

Download Here! [Dropbox, no adfly]

There are lots of recolours, here are a couple of examples of both plain and patterned:

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