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I am trying to find a clothing tutorial I think it is mermaid diaries

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Natalia Zelmanovs (bit of a mouth-full that name!) fabulous SL Blog named Mermaid Diaries.is no more. A Blender Company now owns the domain name.

She has posts in a wordpress Blog however...

https://enlades.wordpress.com/tag/natalia-zelmanov/

Good reading...

 

EDIT: @ Rolig, Yes I finished reading the posts that were there and yeah, the information is quite dated in the advent of the various mesh changes as of late.

BTY: The blender smoothie recipies are interesting... [giggles]

 

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Natalia Zelmanovs (bit of a mouth-full that name!) fabulous SL Blog named Mermaid Diaries.is no more. A Blender Company now owns the domain name.

She has posts in a wordpress Blog however...

https://enlades.wordpress.com/tag/natalia-zelmanov/

Good reading...

 

EDIT: @ Rolig, Yes I finished reading the posts that were there and yeah, the information is quite dated in the advent of the various mesh changes as of late.

BTY: The blender smoothie recipies are interesting... [giggles]

 

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Hello, Terri --

As near as I can tell, the Mermaid Diaries have finally gone to meet their maker (Natalia Zelmanov).  Her original blog site no longer exists.  When you try it, you are redirected to http://www.mermaiddiaries.com/2006/11/build.html .  I get a 404 error (page not found) when I try that.  In fact, Natalia herself seems to have vanished, as if she has deleted her account completely.  It's a shame.  Her blog was quite dated by the last time I skimmed through it, but it was a treasure trove of historical information about what SL looked like in the "old days" (She came here barely before I did, so "old" is relative.  :smileytongue: )  Many of us started making clothing by following along in the blog as Natalia discovered how to do it herself.  She had lovely step-by-step instructions, a friendly style, and a good sense for when an illustration would teach better than words.  He store, which moved from its "original" location in early2010, has apparently also gone.  She closed the region on 3 May 2014, leaving no forwarding address as far as I can tell.

Farewell, Nalatia.  :smileysad:

I suggest you try using Google or YouTube for tutorials.  The world has changed a lot since the Mermaid Diaries, so newer tutorials will serve you better anyway.

 EDIT:  OoooO!  Nice sleuthing, KarenMichelle!  You found her updated blog while I was typing my longwinded reply.  :smileyvery-happy:  Sadly, though, even that blog is no longer current.  An entry dated in early 2012 says, "This will be the final update for Enlades. During a break from posting in the last three months; it’s become clear that myself and Thom no longer have the time and involvement in Second Life or OpenSim environments to continue with the plans we originally had for further guides and tips."

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Hi, Terri. Congratulations on your store.

Ah, that elusive mermaid. I hope this doesn't mean that all virtual mermaids turn into smoothies when they de rez. Natalia Zelmanov was done with her mermaid blog nearly a year before my first rez day in the Summer of Mesh.** What a sad surprise to learn today that that wonderful, if antiquated, resource has disappeared. Even back then her excellent tutorials were drifting into legacyland. But when I was a noob her blog was one of the first and remained one of the best resources I found for learning the basics of building (or making clothes anyway) for a long time. I felt like her mermaid spirit was my mentor. She taught me not only about building, but about exploring in SL. I always wondered what had become of her. In fact, I was just on that blog a couple of weeks ago using that very hair tutorial. So in a fit of nostalgia after I read KarenMichelle's post (thank you, KarenMichelle,) about the Enlades blog, I went to the Wayback Machine: http://archive.org/web/ and looked Natalia up.

I found you can still view many of her tutorials, including all four parts of the hair tutorial here: http://web.archive.org/web/20111224054749/http://www.mermaiddiaries.com/2006/11/build.html .

Then, following Rolig's suggestion (Thank you, Rolig,) I did my own sleuthing and found that her hair tutorials, among videos, are indeed still on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/nataliazelmanov At least for the time being. Given that this technology, on which SL is based, is in its infancy, and the speed with which things change, I wonder what it will be like looking back on these early blogs 10 years hence.

And now I have a question of my own: Now that we have all kinds of fancy sculpt and mesh hair, it would be good to know how to make a texture for curly flexi hair. I have made several attempts in Gimp, MyPaint, Krita, and even in the ArtRage software that came with my Bamboo pad, but I can't seem to get the right brush stroke. I even tried photographing my own RL hair.  All of my attempts have been less than satisfactory. I have searched for curly hair texture tutorials, but I end up back at Natalia's blog. It's like all roads lead to the Mermaid Diaries, except that now they lead to blenders. :(  I would appreciate it if someone could share a few tips on making a curly hair texture look good. Thanks.

Good Bye Natalia. You are missed.

 ** http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/History_of_Second_Life

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