There's also a gift-giving forum on www.forum.thesims3.com. Some very nice, kind-hearted people hang out here who get joy from gifting other simmers items they want. They often run contests. The first one I entered was for a 10x10 residential lot. I'd never tried building a house on a lot that small before so I decided to do it for the challenge.
Last month I discovered a contest based around the House Hunters series from Home & Garden Network (HGTV) on cable. (I love this show!) The first challenge was to build a house in Naples Italy; at the time I was busy building for and playing Monte Vista. This meant I spent time researching Italy in general and Tuscany in particular. I created some Showtime lots and a Local Watering Hole that I had the best time building! Shortly after finishing this lot, I found the House Hunters: Naples, Italy thread.
Although I discovered the thread too late to enter the contest, I ended up creating a house based on one of the inspiration photographs that was posted there. I uploaded the house to my Studio on the EA forum; here is a picture of the front exterior:
I've had a lot of fun researching the architecture of NOLA as well as the various sites to see there. Maybe one day I'll get to visit! I also had fun playing my couple. This was the first time where I played the game making an effort to invite the family members over regularly for birthday parties and seasonal holidays. It was very entertaining. :-)
First I'll be posting a backstory about the couple I made, then I will be uploading the house I created for this contest. This contest is really the reason I decided to do this blog. I started my couple as teens and have a ton of pics to share about their life and family.