Friday, May 3, 2019

Fantasy Faire 2019: The Drider of Twilight Spring

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STORYLINE: Unseen high above the heads of many faire folk, in a place where dark caves part to roaring falls, hangs the stealthiest of the Faireland's guardians, The Drider of Twilight Spring. To him, the Unweaver is the epitome of evil. The Drider spends his entire life spinning beautiful webs of art, war, and intel. The opposite of him is the Unwearver who unravels life. And so the Drider swore an oath to cut down this villain if it is ever foolish enough to enter his caverns.

The Fantasy Faire is still going on and smashing records of fund raising for Relay for Life.
The Fairelands are open until May 5th.
The Quest game has began, and there is even a freebie Part 2 for you to enjoy. (Part 2 is open until May 8th) Don't miss it!
For more information on the Fantasy Faire, head to: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/
For a handy shopping guide of all donation items with links and pictures, go to:

On Him, The Drider of Twilight Springs:
Teleport effect: Talevin's Designs Portal of Purple Fire (Fantasy Faire: The Shire)(125L)
Face tattoo: Attitude is an Artform A&A Makeup Cursed Paints (Fantasy Faire: Twilight Spring)(199L)
Necklace: HarshLands FF Her High Faireness Ultrarare, gacha [mesh](Fantasy Faire: The Light of Va'loth)(49L)
Eyes: Acios Eyes of Bayounimba [mesh])(Fantasy Faire: Bayounimba)(150L)
Horns: Neverwish *NW* Dreamer Horns - Lil - RFL [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Midas)(150L)
Weapon: Deadly Nightshade .~DN~. Viduus' Scythe [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Twilight Spring)(500L)
Outfit: alpha tribe Ragged Silver belt, Pauldron [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Midas)(375L)
Hands: ANTINATURAL Post-Human Monsterhand black, gacha [mesh](75L)
Mask: A&Y Bunker CyberShop Neos Cyber Mask - multicolor [mesh](390L)
Hair: Tableau Vivant Editorial Upsidedown, Editorial Hair gacha [mesh](75L)
Spider body: Creature Comforts Drider (LHOW) Spider BENTO [mesh](800L)
Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Ebony XY +FGInc omega (990L)
Eyebrow: violetta 6doo male eyebrows applier 01, omega (180L)
Ears: Mandala STEKING_EARS_Season5 [mesh](697L)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)
Pose: sakupose+kero yzk mens pose 4 Hero3 (10L)

Setting:
Fantasy Faire 2019 "Twilight Spring" sponsored by Roawenwood, designed by Searlait Nitschke

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Fantasy Faire 2019: The Lion's Gate

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STORYLINE: The ear of Lion Guardsman twitched. He was perched high up on the shiny dark blue tile of the Lion's Gate. Far below him, the smooth limestone of Midas gleamed like gold. Oh if only he were a plant, he smiled to himself, this place would truly be paradise. But he was lion, and he was so thirsty. He looked beyond the long hanging vines spilling over the city's walls and pampered potted plants dotted town square. No, it was the gleam of water that caught the lion's eye. It was like a beautiful azure jewel in a setting of gold. It beckoned him. He licked his lips. Yes, it was his job to guard the Lion's Gate and raise the alarm if the Unweaver was sighted in the Fairelands, but surely it would be fine if he took a brief break to quench his thirst.


Fantasy Faire is back and just as wonderful, beautiful, exciting, and eventful as ever, -- it's not to be missed! Come and see what all the fuss is about and help raise money for Relay for Life. I love this event.  

For more information on the Fantasy Faire, head to: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/
 For a handy shopping guide of all donation items with links and pictures, go to:

....And I have great news, the Fantasy Faire Quest has begun. Part one went active today! 

On the Lion Guard:
Staff: Talevin Designs Lunar Staff [mesh](Fantasy Faire: The Shrine Tree)(135L)
Skin, ears, eyes, tail, shape: ND/MD Asad Lion, omega [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Faireholm)(1490L)
Cuff: David Heather David Heather-Forearm Cuff, gacha [mesh](75L)
Cuff: David Heather David Heather-Upperarm Cuff, gacha [mesh](75L)
Belt: David Heather David Heather-Horse Hair Tail, gacha [mesh](75L)
Sandals: David Heather David Heather-Pharoah Sandals/BJ RARE, gacha [mesh](75L)
Kilt: David Heather David Heather-Pharoah Waistcloth/BJ/Cream, gacha [mesh](75L)
Hair: Exile Hot, gacha [mesh]
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](325L)
Nails: Dark Passions DP - Koffin Nails - FatPack - Metallic Essentials omega(290L)
Piercings: Artificial Hallucination +AH+ Fierce Man Piercings Serious [mesh](199L)
Head: LOGO Logan v3.0 Head [mesh](2499L)
Body: Belleza Jake Mesh Body *Beta* V1.0 [mesh](2999L)


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Home & Garden Expo Design Challenge: Stone Cottage


The Home and Garden Expo this year has must-see attractions such as a preview of the NEW mesh Linden Homes for premium members, and the rideable animesh Teegle Horse, as well as excellent hunt goodies including a car in the Expo Hunt, speakers and workshops, not to mention purchasable homes, decor and garden items to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. ...And then there is what has kept me busy the past week....

The Home & Garden Expo's Decorating Competition!

It's even bigger and better this year! 16 winners drawn in a lottery compete to decorate 1 of 16 different style homes. There's a 500 prim limit and 1 week to decorate. Once the decorating period ends, the houses are voted on by visitors by paying the Kiosk in front of each house. All money goes to a good cause.

This year, I took the feedback I received from last year's competition, and applied it to this year. I paid extra attention to the garden, land impact, lived-in decor, and staying on theme with the style of the home. It's an intense challenge. Each time I try it, my decorating skills improve. Hey, ...Why not try it yourself next year?

My idea for "House 11- Stone Cottage" is French Country & Artist.
Please visit my house, and if you like it, or other houses, please vote!  Merci beaucoup!
Home & Garden Expo Design Challenge: House 11 - Stone Cottage
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%202/171/29/27


Front Garden:
House: Love Everlasting LE ~ Stone Cottage Roof [mesh](Relay For Life)
Ground cover: .Lunaria. Purple Tulip Field [mesh](Relay For Life, Hope 1)
Street Lamp: Atelier Visconti A.V. Noir Triple Street Lantern [mesh]
Grass: Fanatik Architecture: GRASS (group gift) free
Planter: Dysfunctionality [DDD] Barrel Planter - Simple Ferns [mesh]
Pathway, ground texture: HappyMood HPMD Dirt Road - brown [mesh]
Tree: 3D Trees Wisteria 6 prims M/T (80L)
Hanging Ivy: Dysfunctionality [DDD] Draping Ivy - Large Clump [mesh]
Wall: Never Totally Dead Mur Parc Lutiniere



Storyline of house: Louis couldn't believe it. He had been a lowly art student in America, but after taking a DNA test and working on his family tree, the most unlikely thing happened.... Long story short, he inherited the family's ancestral home in France. It was fully furnished too. But there was one catch to his ownership, -- he was the estate's new caretaker. If he failed to properly maintain the cottage, someone else would get the job.

Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, he learned quickly its neither easy nor cheap to maintain such an old building. So many things required urgent repair. He needed to find a way to make money quickly. At first he tried offering tours of the home, then he tried opening the house for weddings. Then one day while working in his secret artist's studio in the attic, inspiration struck. His pet cat Gigi made the most curious pose. It reminded him of a famous painting. He quickly started a remake of this masterpiece, but with a cat instead of a person.

His whimsical Cat Paintings were a hit with tourists. They were selling in Paris, and he had the waiting list of patron to paint each of their cats in their own famous painting. He was never hurting for money again. The family was so impressed, they decided his most famous painting would become a permanent part of the family estate. It would become the duty of the next generation to protect his painting, his legacy, along with the rest of the family estate.

Roof Garden:
Plants: BlossomMeshObjectShop [BMS] Hydrangea Flowerpot [mesh](Relay For Life, Hope 3)
Hedge: by Felix Gacha Hedge Set Bullet 1 Prim, gacha[mesh](Relay For Life, Hope 2)
Hedge: Botanical Seasonal Boxwood Hedge Straight 2x1x1 [mesh]
Recliner: NOMAD Garden Recliner A, gacha [mesh]
Recliner: NOMAD Garden Recliner B, gacha [mesh]
Overhang 3D Trees hanging wisteria + animated C/M (120L)
Mirror: {anc} Looking-glass oval mirror amber 2Li, gacha [mesh]
Potted Topiary: hive cone boxwood topiary[mesh](150L)
Topiary: Trompe Loeil Odette Topiary 10 Tall  [mesh]
Planter: Aethis Creations AC Modern Planter 2A metal [mesh]
Water: NEKKA 0.5LI mesh water illusion [mesh]
Gravel: textures.com


TIPS: Make your home look lived in. Add elements that you would see in a real house, and include all the necessities, even pets, but keep in mind your prim limit.

Kitchen:
Kitchen furniture: Consignment Catia Kitchen set [mesh]
Hood: Apple Fall Plantation Stove Hood (Whitewashed) [mesh]
Basket: Apple Fall Hanging Wicker Basket [mesh]
Scales: Apple Fall Neva's Antique Scales [mesh]
Bread: Apple Fall Poppy Seed Loaves [mesh]
Kitchen utensils: vespertine hanging tools /copper 3, gacha [mesh]
Stool: noctis Medieval Scholar's stool [mesh]
Plant: Apple Fall Basil Sproutlings [mesh]
Plant hanger: Organica Hanging Bamboo Herb Planter [mesh]
Scale: Apple Fall Neva's Antique Scales  [mesh]
Salt & pepper: Pixel Mode salt & pepper mills [mesh](75% off sale)
Teapot: Pixel Mode The Kitchen - Copper Kettle [mesh](75% off sale)
Bottles: Apple Fall Ceramic Bottles [mesh]
Food: 8f8 14 primavera in Toscana Gourmet Set, gacha [mesh]
Wine: Apple Fall Argentinian Malbec[mesh]
Cat: JIAN Pudgy Persians 17 Black Grubbin' Kitten, gacha [mesh]
Brick wall, floor: textures.com


TIPS: Got a problem spot? Don't be afraid to throw down prim floors, or raise a wall. Sometimes a simple fix solves many problems.

Living Room:
Table: Nutmeg Romanov's Golden Dresser [mesh]
Roses: Apple Fall 8. Roses Jug, gacha [mesh]
Armchair, sofa, coffee table, side table, candlestick: Fancy Decor Faline Fatpack - Tapestry [mesh]
Rug: Apple Fall Althea Rug - Antique Light [mesh]
Books: Apple Fall Design Books [mesh]
Books: Apple Fall AF Reading Pile, gacha [mesh]
Chandelier: Death Row 27.DRD MB halway hanging chandelier, gacha [mesh]
Wall lanterns: Death Row 33.DRD MB wall chandelier, gacha [mesh]
Wall panel: LISP Artemis Panel Wall Thin Warm [mesh]
Fireplace: Apple Fall Hampton Outdoor Fireplace [mesh]
Chimney extension: textures.com



TIPS: This can be a crazy expensive project, so keep an eye out deals like the Pixel Mode 75% off sale going on right now, or the popular Apple Fall Pancake Breakfast which sharp eye visitors will spot in almost all the houses this year! (It was part of last weekend's The Saturday Sale)

Dining Room:
Chandelier: The Looking Glass Torch Singer Chandelier, gacha [mesh](Relay For Life, Hope 2)
Armchair: Nutmeg Romanov's Golden Armchair White [mesh]
Accent Chair: Nutmeg Accent Gilt Chair [mesh]
Rug: Dutchie blue and green rug [mesh]
Plant: Soy Super long Hanging Hedera [mesh]
Table: Apple Fall Plantation Dining Table (Whitewashed) [mesh]
Pancakes: Apple Fall West Village Pancake Breakfast Board [mesh]
Tea set: Apple Fall AF Tea Time Teaset, gacha [mesh]
Tea: Apple Fall {af} Lemon Tea, gacha [mesh]
Toast: Apple Fall {af} Toast & Butter, gacha [mesh]
Lilacs: Apple Fall {af} Lustful Lilacs, gacha [mesh]
Sidetable: Apple Fall Chinese Credenza [mesh]
Bowl: Fancy Decor Faline Handled Bowl, Faline Fatpack - Tapestry [mesh]
Drapes: Opi - Mesh Curtains & Pillows Arched Drape Curtain [mesh]


TIP: Sometimes you may need to be creative over a home issue. For instance, the neighboring house has a very different style. To keep the mood and theme of my home visually intact, I used a simple one prim wall with an excellent medieval brick texture on the sides of my home. ...Another creative solution I used was use a teleport system to access areas not reachable by walking.

Hallways:
Harpsichord: Fancy Decor Harpsichord RARE, gacha [mesh]
Table: Fancy Decor Opulent Half-Moon Table RARE, gacha [mesh]
Plant: Apple Fall Hydrangea Bunch - Pink [mesh]
Drapes: Opi - Mesh Curtains & Pillows Arched Drape Curtain [mesh]
Suitcase: Apple Fall AF Worn Luggage Bag [mesh]
Coat Rack: Unlikely Designs ::UD:: Black Coat Rack [mesh]


TIPS: Link objects to save prims. Do it to ONLY to non-scultped, no script, or items that contain no poses and animations. And do NOT try this with your non-copy Gacha wins. You could explode the prim count on the item and be unable to fix it.

Bathroom:
Curtain, tub, sink, towel: Con & floorplan Bathroom set [mesh]
Caddy: Pixel Mode Ansley Bath Caddy, gacha [mesh](closing sale 75% off)
Curio: Apple Fall 4. Blanket Curio, gacha [mesh]
Toilet: Apple Fall Lange Toilet [mesh]
Mirror: Kalopsia Le Miroire de la Marquise [mesh]
Rug: [noctis] butterorange rug 1li [mesh]
Radiator: Apple Fall Apple Fall Victorian Radiator [mesh]
Wall scones: Death Row 33.DRD MB wall chandelier small, gacha  [mesh]
Cabinet: Apple Fall Petit Ami Medicine Cabinet [mesh]
Basket: Apple Fall Neva's Laundry Basket [mesh]



TIPS: Don't use sets exactly as they rez out of the box. Show your creativity by mixing and matching decor items, even combine them!

Bedroom:
Chaise Lounge: The Looking Glass The Torch Singer Chaise, gacha[mesh](Relay For Life, Hope 2)
Bed frame: Death Row 38. DRD MB bastion Bed, gacha [mesh]
Bed: Apple Fall AF Aristocrat Bed RARE, gacha [mesh]
Wall panel: LISP Artemis Panel Wall Thin Warm [mesh]
Tapestries: *paper moon* Coppen - Apollo and Daphne [mesh]
Clock: Apple Fall AF Carriage Clock, gacha [mesh]
Pillow: Apple Fall AF Pillow (Tree), gacha [mesh]
Pillow: Apple Fall AF Pillow (Horse Riding), gacha [mesh]
Pillow: Apple Fall AF Pillow (Script), gacha [mesh]
Rug: Apple Fall AF Ruffled Rug, gacha [mesh]
Sideboard: Apple Fall AF Fleur Sideboard (Mustard), gacha [mesh]
Mirror: {anc} Looking-glass. {magic mirror} HEAVEN 6Li RARE  [mesh]
Wardrobe: Bazar Glam-MALE closet 05 [mesh]
Wardrobe: Bazar Glam-MALE closet 04 [mesh]
Wardrobe: Bazar Glam-MALE closet 03 [mesh]
Wardrobe: Bazar Glam-MALE closet 02 [mesh]


Note: For my last 2 rooms, I tried to show the artistic process. It's a work space, a bit dirty and messy, but also has surreal elements to show the imagination of the artist. ...I  love including at least one really good interactive piece of furniture in a home. This room has easel and chaise lounge for artist and his muse. The drawing will gradually reveal and it'll exactly match the pose of the model! Pretty cool.

Attic:
Sketch art creator: Akaeshae RACT The Sketchbook [mesh]
Chaise Lounge: Noctis Belle Rouge Chaise Rose [mesh](255L)
Painting: [noctis] Vanitas painting 3/Ambrosius Bosschaert 1630, gacha [mesh]
Painting: [noctis] Vanitas painting 5/Edwaert Collier: 1663, gacha [mesh]
Stool: [noctis] Vanitas artist's stool wood, gacha [mesh]
Rug: Papermoon Round Rug 1 [mesh](past hunt gift)
Canvas: vive atelier 10 Artists Stack of Canvas' Clean, gacha [mesh]
Ceiling lamp: vive atelier 11 Artists Studio Ceiling Light Copper, gacha [mesh]
Sketchbook: vive atelier 09 Artists Sketchboo, gacha [mesh]
Curtains: Kalopsia Flying Curtain [mesh]
Flying paper: Moon Amore Opera Romance Burning music sheets, gacha [mesh]
Birds: {anc} NO LIMITS flock of flying doves egg-yellow, gacha [mesh]
Mirror: {anc} Looking-glass oval mirror nickel 2Li, gacha [mesh]


Note: The final secret room is my happy ending for the home's owner. I love the fun CopyCat artworks by Nylon Outfitters. I included as many as I could fit. And at the end of the hall is cool animating painting by Blue Sky.  I hope you all liked my house!

Art Gallery:
Animated painting: BLUE SKY Animated Sky Painting - Landscape [mesh]
Picture Frame: Apple Fall AF Ornate Mirror [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Cubist Cats, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Picatso, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Time to Eat?, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Birth Of Max, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Country Cats, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Orphan Kitten, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Portrait of Sasha, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Whiskers & His Feather Toy, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - Yarn Face, gacha [mesh]
Painting: Nylon Outfitters (NO) CopyCat Art - La Catnip Danse, gacha [mesh]
Mirror: {anc} Looking-glass oval mirror gold 2Li, gacha [mesh]

Thank you for your help, Fulli and Akira!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

WINTERS HALLOW: Fear is for the winter

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“Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, ...when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children are born and live and die all in darkness. ... Thousands of years ago, there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts. And women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept, and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks. ...In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders, big as hounds.” - Old Nan, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Who here is hyped for the final season of Game of Thrones? Me me me me!  I was inspired make a Whitewalker for this post by the awesome Deadly Nightshare Nityr's Staff on sale at the appropriately dark Winter's Hallow. It throws out some badass effects in mesh and particles, and you can send your friends flying off the sim with a good blast. hahaha Good times. Winter's Hallow is packed with dark and pagen winter items, and there are gifts under the tree, and hunt prizes too! You can see all the hunt prizes here:
https://darkpassionsevents.wixsite.com/secondlife/sg-2018-winters-hollow


Also shown above are a new Talon claws by Contraption at equal10. They were updated for Belleza Jake 2 too. They come with a hud to change the textures. Also shown by Contraption is the Ice Beast mesk and horns. To see just how cool it looks with its icey materials, turn on advanced lighting and have at least one local light. For some more ice, I used Izzie's body glitter tattoo over the beautiful Fallen Gods' Winter Nymph texture for men. I love the color of it! The rest of my Whitewalker outfit items are the PFC Iron Arms, and imho the best kilt for men on the grid, Cult's Male kilt with boots. it comes with a texture hud for the kilt and boots, black, denim and grey. The setting is a brand new hallway prop by CerberusXing on sale at another great dark themed event, Eclipse. .. Stay warm, Sweet Summer Children. Winter is coming....

On Him, the Whitewalker:
Staff: Deadly Nightshade .~DN~. Nityr's Staff, Spell Hud [mesh](Winter's Hallow)(350L)
Claws: ContraptioN Vulture Talons [mesh](equal10)(325L)
Mask, horns: ContraptioN Ice Beast set [mesh](250L)
Tattoo: Izzie's Body & Face Glitter applier, omega (269L)
Armbands: Pucca Firecaster's Creations PFC~Iron Arms [mesh] (300L)
Kilt, boots: Cult Male Kilt, Kilt Boots slink male, belleza, gianna [mesh](425L)
Hair: Limerence Willow hair, left side, RARE, Winds of Fall gacha [mesh](75L)
Eyes: Devae Rue Eyes/Pluto: Plutonium [mesh](250L)
Skin: Fallen Gods Wood Nymph, Winter xy +FGInc, Omega PG (990L)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Teeth: 6DOO bento vampire teeth Cuspid fangs [mesh](250L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)
Setting: CerberusXing [CX] Crucifix Corridor[mesh](Eclipse event)(450L)
Pose: VON Wrath of the Whitewalker 14




Friday, December 7, 2018

Advent Mania 2018!

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(Shown above are: 1 - Cheeky Pea, 2 - Akaesha, 3 - Yasum, 4 - Madpeas, 5 - Arcade, 6 - Bygone, 7 - Abranimations, 8 -Circa )

Happy Holidays gang! I love advents in SecondLife! Its so much fun to run around, meet people, and pick up gifts. Many of my favorites have returned this year, as well as a few new ones. My list below focuses on decor, humor, and advents with things for guys. 

Thanks to all the designers and organizers who make the season brighter! <3


Abranimations Dec 1-24 :  unisex, decor : daily only (free for all, group join required)
Join the group and touch each day's box for a fun gift from Abranimations. Wildly popular gifts each year have included fun things like penguin avatars with a frozen fish to slap people with.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Animations/89/159/25
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/1fe94b95-2686-23a9-9b94-471774fdeb57/about

Meva Dec 1-24 : male : female : Past days ok (free for all, group join required)
Excellent original mesh Male and Female Advent gifts, clothing and accessories.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Manifesto/214/47/24
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/5ea437dd-88ed-6749-375b-6cf297610c49/about

Akaesha Dec 1-24 : adult decor : daily only (free for all)
Hunt for each day's santa's gift sack, touch it to see if you are Naughty or Nice. Win store gift cards adult gifts, Animesh, and Bento animation fun. Come back in 1 hour if you are naughty.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akaesha/213/40/23
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/2ab24d9f-2c2b-94d1-8769-006a3b883faa/about

Sway's Dec 1-24 : decor : daily, past days for sale 75L (free for all)
Touch the sign to gain your hud, then hunt the store and surroundings for stars to turn on each day of the calendar in the hud. Come back daily to touch that day's gift. Past days can be bought for 75L. For more information, go to: Sway-dench.com
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/126/138/27

7 Deadly s{K}in Dec 1-31 : male, female : daily only : past days for sale 50L (75L for group join)
The 31 days advent combines the male and female gifts in one box. The advent is located in the female section of the store. Current day is 1L and refunded. Past days can be bought for 75L. For non group members, there is a Midnight mania for male and female.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wisteria%20Garden/81/215/24
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/18e33f5d-dbbe-295c-52a8-9e05930bbfef/about

CIRCA Dec 1-24 : decor : daily only (group join free,  prizes are 1-75L each)
4 gifts a day! A group join is required for the daily decor gifts. There is no fee to join. Gifts range from 1 to 75L.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurora%20Vale/209/108/38
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/a94ddb5b-df4c-6b7b-2a48-e87e586e1327/about

Yasum, Baboom Dec 1-24 : male, female, decor : past days (group join free)
When you land at Yasum, use the teleporter to shoot to Aventland. The Yasum and Baboom booths are right next to each other. Also, there are Christmas theme items for sale here for 50L, don't miss the cool dark santa hat for men and women!
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Baboom/161/36/2992
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/e6e36cdd-16ea-9c99-4313-8068290d2520/about

Cheeky Pea Dec 1-25 : decor : past days ok (group join, 500L to join)
Wonderful decor items in christmas theme, group required, 500L to join.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cheeky%20Pea/27/132/22
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/2fa959e4-0334-a5c0-7e9a-837a0e8654d7/about

!gO! Dec 1-24 : female : daily only (group join required)
The Advent display is lovely every year. In the past, gO had guy items. Not sure if there are any guy gifts in the mix this year, but its such a nice advent I keep it on my Must Visit Advents list.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sugar%20Plum/148/96/24
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/c4f8b0dd-3d1f-a442-03cb-24725c891857/about

Foxcity's Noel Express Advent Calendar Dec 1-25 : daily only, past ok
14 stores, 24 days. For two days, one store at Fox City will offer gifts, before it moves to the next store. No group required. Items for men, women, and decore depending on the participating store. After the store's 2 days have passed, gifts are moved to the sim's Christmas tree for purchase at a discounted price.
Web: https://www.flickr.com/photos/itsfoxy/32244369118
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FOXCITY/161/74/21

[.EscalateD.] Dec 1-24 : hair : past days ok (group join free)
Hair styles advent. Group is required, free to join.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chrysanthemum%20Island/172/37/22
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/52b697b7-a49f-68df-a5a0-0e33fd6aa0c6/about

ChiC buildings Dec 1-24 : decor : daily, past ok
Deocr items for your christmas, no group required, past days ok.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Trasimeno/32/83/87

AmAzInG CrEaTiOnS Dec 1-24 : men, women, unisex : daily only
There are 3 advent calendars here, one for men, women, and unisex. Advents located at the back of store. Lucky boards are also located here for mens clothing, to win on them wear a the free group tag.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Retreat/164/250/24
join group for Lucky Board: secondlife:///app/group/9d005d29-3644-8836-7153-8ee023ec2f1f/about

MoCap Dance Dec 1-24 : aniamtions : daily, past day ok
No group requires. The advent is located over the front door.
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stratus/137/13/36



The 12 Days of Christmas Advents (starting mid-month)

Ama Dec 13 - 25 : no group required, daily only
Adult themes festivate gifts, Kinkmas Advent, one gift a day
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moonspell/96/190/993

Chop Zuey Dec 12 - 25 : group required, past ok
Starts Dec 12th. male and female jewelry gifts. Group is 350L to join. Past days ok.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chop%20Zuey/127/133/25
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/4d9c522d-5aa8-7561-b54f-3d8f988d118d/about

Essenz Dec 13 - 24 : group required, daily only
Women's shoes daily from Dec 13 tp the 24th. Group is 350 $L to join.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fruitatious/50/197/24
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/de0703e3-5c9c-a94a-3399-7d612f9ad235/about

eBENTO Event Dec 10 - 25 : group required, past ok
Each day a gift from an event designer will be released, Past days are ok to get. Group is free to join.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Northern%20Creek/64/64/1504
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/75d009e8-320a-1108-042a-9e44cf85191b/about

Cosmopolitan Gifts Dec 15 - 25 : group required, past ok
Each day a new gift from participating designers. Group join required, free to join. Click stockings hung on the christmas tree by the front door.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/No%20Comment/124/19/23
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/7382cf06-a663-d569-9683-5c3f0edd968f/about

Clef de Peau  Dec 23rd - Jan 2nd : group required
One Dec 23rd, for group members will be a unique skin for women and a unique skin for men, including popular mesh body applier. (Catwa & Leluka). The Ladies skin will released later. Group is currently 100L to join, normally 150L.
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Clef%20de%20Peau/156/147/22
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/d1019aab-62ee-78d3-a407-fd42fbd92b25/about



GAMES & Hunts

MadPea Christmas Calendar (cost 500L) Dec 1-25
A new gift unlocks each day in this wearable Advent calendar. Includes 20 of Madpea's holiday best sellers and 5 band new exclusive themed items.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MadPea%20Mad%20City/71/161/33

MadPea Christmas Hunt for Enchanted (hud 100L) Dec 10-24
Catch all the escaped toys for prizes and gifts.
How to Play:  http://www.madpeagames.com/the-madpea-christmas-hunt-guide/
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MadPea%20Mad%20City/71/161/33

Linden Labs Swaginator Hunt
Go to portal park, then enter Winter Wonderland portal to get your hud. Unlock a gift each week, to unlock the final prize at the end of the hunt. Get the clues for each week here:
Web: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/blog/4-featured-news/
Web: https://twitter.com/SecondLife
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/100/156/54

Krampus Time Hunt until Jan 9th
12 dark christmas gifts can be found hidden in the garden area for 2L each, as well as booths with items on sale 50% off. Stores participating are: Cubic Cherry, Fujiwara's World, IMP TAIL, OXIDE, Neverwish, A.D.D. Andel, Llama Inc, Rekt Royalty, Faida, UniCult, The Horror!, and TeaBunny.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oblivion/185/37/2364
Web: https://socialvr.me/events/12/



GIFTS under the tree, or hidden around!

LTD gifts
Bygone Swag Pepper & Pomegranate, group membership required
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/128/128/799
Need to join group: secondlife:///app/group/cbe83c82-145e-5d2d-190e-a4bc99e09e66/about

Epiphany Gifts
Under the tree, and around the gacha event are scattered gifts for players.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fuyumi/118/99/3092

Arcade Gifts
Under the tree are gifts for gacha players.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Arcade%203/166/129/32

Winter's Hallow
Each store's booth has a gift for shoppers, look for the gift bag.
Surl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Spectacle/182/231/58

The Giving Circle: Gifts under the Tree
Gifts for fantasy fans are located under the different trees from several stores listed below:
Fallen Gods Inc. - Little Big Designs - Simply Shelby - Titans - Garden of Dreams - Solarium - Aquila III - Avilion - Whymsical Marketplace - Ghoul - The Looking Glass - Sway's - Cerridwen's Cauldron
Web:  https://fallengodsinc.blogspot.com/p/yule-2018.html

Fallen Gods
Fallen Gods' Christmas bulb hunt, and gifts at numerous events: Redux, Twisted Krissmus, Dandelion Winterdreams Factory, Winter's Hollow. Go to the website for more details:
Web:  https://fallengodsinc.blogspot.com/2018/12/a-twisted-dandelion-hollow.html

Linden Lab's Shop & Hop event Dec 17 - Jan 4
Giant 5 sim Christmas shopping event with sales anywhere from 20-50% off, plus gifts located in many stores. More information on the website.
Web:  https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2457-the-2018-shop-hop-is-here-with-deals-gifts-from-100-merchants/
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aurelian/105/120/52
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Golden/95/129/52
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gilded/148/115/52
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Halcyon/104/118/52
Surl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tinseled/122/107/52



For even more 2018 advents: 
http://nessmarket.com/advent-sales-gifts-list-second-life-2018/
https://fabfree.wordpress.com/december-advents/
http://www.teleporthub.com/freebies/advent-calendar-2018-complete-store-list/


Saturday, June 16, 2018

FATEwear, FATEplay, FATEstep Closing Sale 66% Off

 
FATE island is closing, but before it's gone you can scoop up some great deals at 66% off on FATEwear for men, FATEstep footwear, and all the cool cosplays at FATEplay!

Sale runs to June 18th.
(But it could close sooner since the island has already been sold. Don't wait!)
Take one last stroll on the island at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FATEisland/128/127/33

The good news is the FATE store itself is not closing, only the island.
All FATE products will still be for sale in the marketplace.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Home & Garden Expo Design contest: Astronaut's House


Expo Contest House #2: Astronaut House by Devin Vaughn

You guys remember the "Linden Home Challenge" I did for Prim Perfect magazine? I have some awesome news, the idea has sparked a great fundraiser event for this year's Home and Garden Expo, -- a Decorating Competition! The challenge is: Decorate one of 6 homes for prizes in 4 days, with less than 500 prims, and including 3 Relay for Life donation items from the Expo. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are determined by votes paid with Ls for the best designs. All the money from the home design votes goes to Relay for Life! You can read more about it here: decorating-competition. I love how this contest embodies the spirit of the event. Of course, I had to jump in, and I was lucky to get drawn to decorate a house, the Eco IV by Maven Homes.

Drop by to see all the houses, and vote for the ones you like before noon today! Its for a good cause!


STORYLINE: The owner is not actually an Astronaut, but people always refer to his house as the "Astronaut House." ("NASA Rover Engineer House" doesn't have the same ring to it.) The owner worked on the Mars Rover Curiosity team. All his family and baby pictures are of the rover! His new project is to design a people mover for the human mission to Mars in 2030.  JPL is not too far from his home, so he loves to commute to work in an old 50s experimental Flying Platform.

Front Porch:
House: Maven Homes Eco IV by Maven Homes [mesh](1990L)
Cat: JIAN Black Chubby Cat Bird Bus [mesh](Home and Garden Expo)(150L)
Car: Soy Flying Platform [gray metal] for decor [mesh](180L)
Movement script: How Bazaar Slower Object Hover (NEW script)(75L)
Sign: Soy. Poster for board ("My Other Car is a UFO" image by DevinVaugh) [mesh](group gift)
Lights: Trompe Loeil Iona Path Light Short Black [mesh](150L)
Grass: HappyMood HPMD* WildGrasses -green- a [mesh](180L)
Topiary: Trompe Loeil Odette Topiary 12 Tri-Square Lit [mesh](450L)
Planters: Apple Fall Square Wood Planter [mesh]


STORYLINE: ...But it's not all work with him; on the weekends he throws pizza parties. His wood oven baked pizzas made with fresh herbs are so popular, he even sells them on the side as "Space Pizza." (His parties have a mascot, "Pizza Rat" that seems to always elude the fat neighborhood cat, Luna. Even birds aren't scared of her, they often land on her back for a free ride. And his dog Cosmo is forever looking outside for a rare sighting of the mysterious Pizza Rat).

Patio:
Pots: Chic [Cb] Short Squat Greek Planters [mesh](Home & Garden Expo)(75L)
Table: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 05 - Table, gacha [mesh](75L)
Chair: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 06 - Deck Chair, gacha [mesh](75L)
Bench: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 08 - Stone Bench, gacha [mesh](75L)
Bar: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 03 - Bar, gacha [mesh](75L)
Bar stool: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 07 - Bar Stool, gacha [mesh](75L)
Pizza Oven: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 02 - Pizza Oven RARE, gacha [mesh](75L)
Herbs: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 11 - Herbs Trio, gacha [mesh](75L)
Sign: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 12 - Rules, gacha [mesh](75L)
Grill: Artisan Fantasy *AF* Grill 04 - Grill, gacha [mesh](75L)
Plant: ROIRO "Uekimuro" succulent-01, gacha [mesh](70L)
Topiary: Trompe Loeil Odette Topiary 01 Square Lit [mesh](450L)
Bench: Fancy Decor Pine Bench [mesh](free)
Pizza box: Neurolab SPACE PIZZA V.1.4 [mesh](3L)
Pizza: poche clam pizza sp, sarami pizza sp, tomato pizza sp, gacha (20L)
Rat: silentsparrow Rattie - Standard - Blaze - Pizza Rat, gacha [mesh](50L)
Parasol: Apple Fall Spring Parasol [mesh](200L)
Palm: Studio Skye Bamboo Palm, Tropical Plants Pack #2 [mesh](699L)
Water: NEKKA 0.5LI mesh water illusion [mesh](50L)
Fish: JIAN Koi Wanderer, Koi pond [mesh](400L)
Waterlily: Dysfunctionality [DDD] 4 Lily Pads, 4 li (55L)
Lights: Vespertine outdoor bulb lights / 4 building- long- shining [mesh](180L)
Hammock: Revival hammock [mesh](400L)
Tree: Little Branch LB_WeepingHoneyTree{Animated}*4Seasons [mesh](186L)
Sound: Builders Brewery Water sound and script (class, free)


STORYLINE: ...Some of the best moments in his home happen when he is alone with his sweetheart watching the Meteor Showers or looking at the stars through his antique telescope. 

Side of House:
Tree: FelixvonKotwitz Mesh Japan Pine 3 Prim [mesh](145L)
Rug: Zerkalo Persian Rugs - Reds - PG [mesh](399L)
Telescope: LISP Kepler Telescope [mesh](150L)
Deck: LISP  Bergamot Square Decking - Warm Oak [mesh](150L)
Shooting stars: {anc} shooting star magic [mesh](349L)
Sounds: [ sTp ] SOUND Emitter Suburbs / Different day & night time sounds (200L)


Hallway:
Room divider: ROIRO Cafe partition [mesh](120L)
Rug: Wild Hound Designs [WHD] -- SIngle Rug - Oriental Runner 015 (15L)
Sculpture: Culprit Invisible Bonds Male [mesh](300L)
Sign: Artisan Fantasy AF Mission Wall Hat Rack Adult - Warm [mesh](200L)
Bag: Apple Fall AF Worn Luggage Bag, gacha [mesh](25L)
Bag: Apple Fall AF Monogram Luggage Bag, gacha [mesh](25L)
Frame: Apple Fall Antique Art [mesh](175L)
Art: NASA Mars Art Series by NASA, (free for public use)
Art: NASA Mars UVMap by by NASA, (free for public use)


STORYLINE: When facing a difficult design problem, he will often sit down to play music. It helps clear his mind of distractions to find a creative solution.

Music area:
Cello: NOMAD Cello 03, gacha [mesh](75L)
Harpsichord: Fancy Decor Harpsichord RARE, Fancy Decor: Harpsichord Stool, gacha [mesh](50L)
Rug: Soy Shag Round Rug w. texture changer [mesh](100L)

Office area:
Posters: Paper Moon *pm* Visions of the Future Posters [mesh](150L)
Shelves: Fancy Decor Ladder Shelf [mesh](199L)
Rug: Tartessos Arts TA Code Rug Beige [mesh](100L)
Television: Tartessos Arts TA HD Wall TV Sytem [mesh](120L)
Desk, chair: PILOT Dellinger Desk. Stool PG [mesh](600L)
Model: Isil LT-1 Buffalo Display Model [mesh](free)
Papers: Apple Fall AF Reading Pile [mesh]
Book and map: Apple Fall Books & Map [mesh](100L)
Sketchbook: Apple Fall AF Sketchbook [mesh], gacha [mesh](25L)
Globe: Noble Creations [NC] - World Globe [mesh](group gift)
Book: floorplan handbook for the recently deceased [mesh](1L)
Telephone: floorplan antique telephone black 3, gacha [mesh](50L)
Pipes: Pixel Mode Air Duct, The Heights Studio Apartment [mesh](1450L)
Wall: Textures.com PlasterBare0127 (gift for members)


Bedroom:
Polaroids: ROIRO Polaroid deco (RFL)[mesh](Home and Garden Expo)(150L)
Rocket: Space Engineer Art Deco Rocket [mesh](99L)
Stool: BAMSE Photographer - Stool, gacha [mesh](50L)
Pictures: NASA Curiosity rover on Mars (free for public use)
Desk: DIGS Engman Desk & Chair - Black/Ash RARE, gacha [mesh](100L)
Sketchbook: vive atelier 09 Artists Sketchbook, gacha [mesh](75L)
Notebook: Apple Fall 'iFall' Notebook 2015 [mesh](free)
Books: Apple Fall Design Books [mesh](100L)
Clock: Apple Fall Large Stopwatch [mesh]
Magnifiers: Apple Fall Amelie Magnifiers [mesh](free)
Frame: Apple Fall AF Annan Reclaimed Frame [mesh](75L)
Bedroom furniture: Trompe Loeil Gramercy Bedroom Suit grey [mesh](2400L)
Table: Trompe Loeil Industrial Coffee Table [mesh](95L)
Photowall: Trompe Loeil Nine cell photo [mesh](150L)
Bench: Trompe Loeil Baroque Bench Poplar + White [mesh]
Pillows: Trompe Loeil Free Pillow Toss Wall Lengthwise, Toss Flat [mesh](free)

Living room:
Clock: NOMAD Wall Planetarium [mesh](350L)
Maps: NOMAD Antique World Map A, B [mesh](100L)
Rug: Tartessos Arts TA Trend Rug Brown [mesh](100L)
Sofa: Fancy Decor Classic Modern Sofa  [mesh](350L)
Puppy: JIAN Silly Shibes - Companion Pup, gacha (White) [mesh](50L)
Lamp: isil Planetarium Hologram (Mars) COMMON, gacha [mesh](50L)
Rug: Apt B Rug V2 [mesh](99L)
Picture frame: Apple Fall Original Artwork: L'Homme de la Nuit [mesh](250L)
Pool table: Apple Fall Tournament Billiards Table [mesh](275L)
Bar: Apple Fall Masculine Bar [mesh](375L)
Books: Apple Fall AF Books w/ Deer Head Bookends [mesh](100L)
Safe: Apple Fall Gachatopia Safe [mesh](past gift)
HangingLamp: Apple Fall Atelier Pendant Lamp [mesh]
Lamp: Trompe Loeil Steampunk Lamp RARE, gacha [mesh](25L)
Chair: Trompe Loeil Aeronaut Chair Berry & Fawn [mesh](175L)
Table: Trompe Loeil Audrey's Table Metal [mesh](175L)
Chair: Trompe Loeil Audrey's Chair Black PG [mesh](275L)
Table: Trompe Loeil Industrial Coffee Table [mesh](95L)
Game: Second Spaces backgammon set, gacha [mesh](50L)
Table: Soy worktable [mesh](group gift, free)

Reading area:
Bookcase: DIGS Stephenson Bookcase [mesh](175L)
Chaise lounge: Apple Fall Ram Chaise - Dark Chocolate [mesh](250L)
Papers: Soy Scattered papers [mesh](group gift, free)
Floor Lamp: The Hive Rusted Floor Lamp //Dark 1 [mesh](200L)
Picture frame: Trompe Loeil Frame Square Art Statue [mesh](Group Gift)
Image: NASA Curiosity rover selfie on Mars (free for public use)