Meet the Christmas Expo Designer, Featuring Tazzie Tuque Owner of Indigenous.

Meet the Christmas Expo Designer, Featuring Tazzie Tuque Owner of Indigenous.

Hey there Lovelies!

My name is Sinful Rhapsody and I am the newbie blog manager for the Christmas Expo. As you all know, it is an amazing event that helps to raise money for RFL American Cancer Society. We have TONS of amazing Designers that literally give items to be sold and auctioned and we love them for it! What’s more, is that EVERYTHING is themed around CHRISTMAS everyone loves Christmas. In fact, I lost my own Mother to Cancer of the Esophagus and her favourite time of the year was Christmas, So this is my reason for being involved in the event…..

BUT have you ever thought why the Designers are so passionate about RFL? Well, I was lucky enough to ask our sponsors that very question and bring the answers to you, I also threw in some “Fun” questions because after all… It IS Christmas!

Go over to Our Meet The Designers tab and take a brief look into the SL of Our first Wonderful Designer Tazzie Tuque Owner of Indigenous.

Thank You !

sl-christmas-expo-thank-youThank you to all our  merchants, sponsors, entertainers, organizers, patrons, and visitors of the 2016 SL Christmas Expo for your participation and support of the American Cancer Society.

We raised $10,748 US in 12 days!  That is 100 nights at an American Society Hope Lodge for a cancer patient and their caregiver, or 1000 rides to and from treatment via the Road To Recovery Program.

Your support of this special event is sincerely appreciated.  Thank you once again for all your time, effort and generosity!

 

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight -Botanica

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Cara Cali of Botanica

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
MY brother was only 55 when cancer took him. I don’t know anyone whose life is not touched by this disease. So naturally I support the RFL in Second Life. But I don’t have the time to do a lot of events, so it makes sense that the one I do, I do in a big way.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
I always love the Christmas tree lot. I love the exhibits where artist are given a theme and then you get to see their interpretation and personal style.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
Nearly 6 years. Soon after I arrived, I joined a pirate estate to meet other people interested in history and have fun. The homestead was little more than a bare rock with a fort and garrison town on it so I asked the commander if I could have a few prims to green it up. There were historically important plants such as breadfruit and coffee trees that were either not on the market or were too high prim. I had to buy sculpted plant forms and textures to make things myself and squeeze the most green out of each prim. About the same time, I met Ample Clarity when shopping for a one prim piano. We became friends and he invited me to landscape around his new store PrimPossible. Ample was a great mentor to me; he encouraged me sell the things I had made, gave me a prim allotment to open my store and imbued the one prim philosophy into me.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I create one prim home, garden and holiday decorations geared towards the homestead market. Sometimes I have to go up as high as 2 or three prims, but that actually hurts, I feel like I am letting my customers down. Lag kills the play in roleplay, so I also work hard at keeping script and texture lag down too. Most of my items are sold copy/modify individually so customers can use them to create their own world in SL. I also make harps, clavichords and some furniture under different brand names..

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
Mostly history and literature. I try to make things as accurate as possible, and often do a lot of research into a product. I am also a great home and garden enthusiast in 1st life. Whenever I go on on vacation, I am sure to check out the local botanical gardens, I was also a decor hobbyist in 1st life. Putting this creative energy in sl has meant no more mess and glue guns on the dinning room table.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
That is hard. I have yet to learn blender, and that has decimated my tree and shrub business. I never make anything unless I can make it better than what is already on the market. Essentially I make things I like and can use in either my Linden home, roleplay life, or inworld store. Sometimes friends or customers make suggestions. I get so absorbed in building, my friends know I have to be dragged out of my workshop for my own good and take me exploring to see what’s new or simply to appreciate someone’s else creative vision.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
It’s not one item, its Walden Pond. Henry David Thoreau is one of my favorite authors, I believe being in touch with nature is important for heath and peace of mind. So many people I have met here have disabilities and can no longer take a walk in the woods on an autumn day. It’s for them and anyone else who can’t get away from the stress of modern life but can take a quick brake and refresh their spirit by visualizing themselves in nature. Including me!

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
I do. Botanica is a little different than most stores. It is set out as a botanical garden where you can buy the things you see. This can be very frustrating for customers looking for a specific item, so they are best off searching my Marketplace store. On the other hand walking around the store can be an outing in itself and will give them landscaping ideas.

We also have hunts going on throughout Botanica, and I like these to be educational. So when hunters come to Botanica for our Birding Hunt, they are bird watching and learning about each bird they have to find. I do that same thing with our Butterfly Hunt and others.

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Few SL creator’s actually make money, and most can earn more working at 1st life job. So make what makes you happy and makes other people smile. If you are not having fun you are doing something wrong.

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
Blender and Photo shop. Technology and techniques keeps improving. The people who create in second life are not graphic artists but true artist bringing their own vision into being and sharing it with others. They just more comfortable impermanence.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Buddha, Lucretia Mott and Lenard Cohen so we could sing some songs after dinner. If you don’t know who they are look them up and you will figure out why.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Supercaracalifragilisticexpialidocious.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
Oh there will be lots of interactive fun things things for Christmas.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM Botanica ?
I am currently collaborating with Merry Chase on updating her History of the the Tarot exhibit to make it a more interactive learning experience. I think virtual worlds have a huge potential for teaching by adding the dimension of immersion and intuitive layer of experience one does not have access to in real life.

 

Visit Botanica at the SL Christmas Expo

Check It Out At The Expo

The shops are full of New Items made just for the Expo .  Here are our spotlights for the day!  Click each picture for a larger view!

 

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight – KraftWork

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Nodnol Jameson of KraftWork

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR!  WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
We have been aware of the amazing work of Relay For Life in SL for some time through our good friend, Sunshine Zhangsun. We saw it as a way to be part of something that is so worthy and, as well, that is such an important part of SL for one of our dearest friends.

kraftwork-nodnol-jameson WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
We love music so DJ sets are always fun. As well, shopping and just generally getting to know this wonderful community of organizers.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
We just opened our brand and shop last month and the SL Christmas Expo is only our second event. We look forward though to being a part of many more to come.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
Homes, Home furnishings, and decorative objects. And the occasional life size snow globe. 🙂

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
As we both come from an art (Oobs) and architectural background (me) in real life – modernism, mid-century design, and contemporary art is a primary inspiration. But being human we are often tugged at the heart by items that tend more to the “cozy” as you see with the fireplace set for the event.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
In reality we are less about trends in that what we create is from our heart and the pieces we would want to own ourselves. Design for us is a personal experience and “trends” tend to cloud the path of making the things we really love and are original.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
A minimalist piece called Marfa Corner Chair and inspired by the late contemporary artist, Donald Judd. While I enjoy designing everything, minimal is a real passion. Also, this was my first ever work I released in SL and as such it is sentimental for me.
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DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE?  DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes, our main store is open at the KraftWork sim and all items are also available on Marketplace.

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Love what you do. This is a labor of love first. If a certain success comes it is a pleasant bonus. If not, you are still rewarded with the joy of design and creation that is the real underlying motivation.

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
We are interested in the many machinima creators out there in SL and the amazing and artistic work they are releasing from a 3D standpoint.. Pepa Cometa and Kanjena Sweetleaf are two that come to mind. They are doing the most inspired machinima and we would love to eventually work with them on designing and making custom sets that would be – at the start – for their work and later offered to the public.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Mies van der Rohe to talk about architecture. Charles and Ray Eames…what they did for design in the 20th century is beyond comprehension. I want to know more about what inspired them to think out of the box like they did. Finally, Walt Disney, such a visionary and his balance of creativity and project management is inspiring.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
“Herself”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO.  ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
Yes, the fireplace set called Kozy Christmas is the first. I adore Christmas so this came from the heart in expressing my love of the holidays. It is less minimal and modern than most of my designs but has a hint of it in the decorations. It’s what I would love in my home in rl. Also, for fun, we created a life size snow globe (is there anything more wintry?) that fulfills every person’s little fantasy of wanting to climb inside. With this you can and dance and snuggle with your SL friend or romantic interest.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM KraftWork ?
As a rl architect I am going to next year really dedicate myself to also doing homes and buildings. Also, we have many ideas for fun gacha and I am excited to do themed sets and release our first one in 2017.

Visit KraftWork at the SL Christmas Expo

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Interview -Rytech Industries

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Rytech Industries

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR! WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
Well the reason I became part of RFL of SL, Is because 1) the moral support the community gave me during my time of need while my father fought his battle of stage 4 Renal Cancer. 2) All the amazing things RFL of SL and of RL did for my father. 3) Im the official Programmer of the RFL of SL

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
The Fawns Breedable

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
Opened RyTech in m id 2003 and been in sl since

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I am a custom programmer, both in rl and sl

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
My Father

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
IDK i think im far behind 😀

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
My favorite… well i cant answer it because it is to come this year at relay!

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes to both! I also am developing my own marketplace currently

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Take your time, and listen to advice it will help guide you to become customer focused and more time manageable

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
What all does our RFL of SL help do in the real world

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Lieutenant General Albert H. Blanding – Help changed our freedom for ever, why not have dinner with this amazing man! If you don’t know the history of this man google him!
Dr. Gordy Klatt – Helped change cancer research – Also help find the fighting cure that slowed down my fathers cancer and allowed me time before he left us ♥
Walt Disney – Why NOT ?!?!?!!? I would love to just have a convo on how he created Disney world!!! He is a great mind!

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Giving

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO.  ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
My store at the 2016 Christmas Expo, RyTech will be displaying different education info for making the normal second life more enjoyable. We will be offering a few products at a low cost but 100% donations going to relay for life. We will be offering a simple teleport hud that will help you access a full area in a timely manner, and we will be offering a nice Avatar Data monitor, You can click this device and it will tell you, your avatar complexity weight, Script count, Script time, among other details we find that can help you reduce lag and enjoy your second life!

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM RyTech Industries?
An amazing RFL of SL 2017 Tech! We are busting out the box and bringing you tools that are out of this world! I cant want to be apart of tomorrow with American Cancer Society!

Be sure to visit Rytech Industries at the Expo

Champion Horses LIVE Auction – Sat Dec 10 11am @ The SL Christmas Expo

Champion Horses LIVE Auction at the Expo on Saturday December 10 starting 10am SLT

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A ” Perfect Horse Auction” brought to you by the creators of Champion Horses!

Second Life’s best Race and Breedeable Horses. Champion Horses is a lifestyle, not a hobby.

Get Your Christmas Tree @ The SL Christmas Expo

snapshot_001There is no better way to welcome the holiday season than by picking a Christmas Tree!

For the 6th year in a row, Expo merchants, as well as your favorite creators and designers in Second Life have made very special Christmas Trees just for the Expo.  100% proceeds of the sales go to the Relay For Life of Second Life.

Straight  from the prim farm to your home!  It’s a holiday tradition.   View The Trees Here

 

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight -DIVIAs Design

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Didi & Dina of DIVIAs Design

WE ARE DELIGHTED YOU CHOSE TO BECOME A 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO SPONSOR!  WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GET INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE OF SECOND LIFE AND THE EXPO?
First sorry, our English is very poor, but we try the best.
We are happy that all members our family’s are healthy and don´t have serious problems. But it can happen every day, you never know and this is a fact and we don´t have to forget. The second life expo is a good way to draw attention to it and to help. We first heard about the SL CHRISTMAS EXPO in 2013 and in the year 2015 our business was grown big enough to participate the first time with RELAY FOR LIFE and SL CHRISTMAS EXPO. It was a great experience and so in 2016 we are here again.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
We love to see the artists and the life performances.

dididina-divias-designHOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
We started with second Life 2013 and opened our business in 2014.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
All you need for your home and garden.

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
We are inspired by our real life. When we go for a walk, see things we like, we try to build it for our second life.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
We don´t really care about trends. We only create things that we would like to have in our garden or house.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
This is our “Romantic Garden Gazebo” and also the “Romantic Garden Winter Gazebo”. People love to decorate their homes and we tried to offer many decorations as possible in one furniture, so that the people can choose what they want.

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE?  DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes, the link to our inworld store is
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whitemud/68/203/1002
Marketplace:
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/155892?id=155892

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Honesty, kindness, many patience and the most important outstanding quality and affordable prices for everybody.

AS YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS GROWING AND LEARNING. IS THERE ANY ONE THING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT (SL or RL) AND WHY?
Learning more about scripting SL to realize better our ideas. divias-carpe-diem

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Steven Hawking 🙂 because we are fascinated by the universe.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
helpful

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO.  ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?  
We are offering 2 exclusives. First “Romantic Winter Bridge” with a nive snow cover, many romantic couple animations and decoration rezzing system. You can choose between lanterns, string lights, Santa and more.
The second is a winter garden pergola with snow cover and winter plants animated for up to 2 couples or 4 single sitter. Perfect to join friends.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM DIVIAs Design ?
New houses, like a cottage on a hill in a summer and winter/Christmas version and new furniture from the “Old Sailor´s” equipment line and much more

Visit DIVIA’s Designs at the SL Christmas Expo

OOAK Breedables – Silent Auction @ The Expo

The highly anticipated OOAK Breedables are back this year with the Winter Breedables Fair.  Breedable Creators have given generously of their time and of their hearts to create these special One Of A Kind Breedables.  Stray Cats Breedables, WK Wild Kajaera, Champion Horses, Buildables, Bands of Cypher, BattleBeast Breedables, and CannabiSL all have amazing OOAK’s up for Silent Auction Bidding.   Auctions end Sunday December 11 at 4:00pm SLT   Click Here For More Information    Click Here To See In Second Life

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