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Meet The Volunteers – Eclair Martinek

As you walk through the Winter Wonderland, Bedford Falls, and the Streets of the city, take in the beautiful landscaping done by the Expo landscaper – Eclair Martinek.  Simply stunning this year !  Read more about Eclair on our Meet The Designer tab.

 

Ugly Sweater Day @ The Expo

It’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at the SL Christmas Expo!

You know you got it, put it on, come shop and party all day long!

Registration Now Open

2017 Registration is open- 7th Annual SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair

Holiday Windows is the theme, with a Retro setting (Think .. It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, 40’/50’s feel). New packages, new options, new pricing, new layout, new events – Christmas Showcase Collection & The Christmas Bazaar.

New url:  http://www.slchristmasexpo.com
New Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLChristmasExpo
New Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLChristmasExpo

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

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

 

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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SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight – Ever An’ Angel

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Ever Courtois of Ever An’ Angel

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 are delighted to be here! Angel and I have participated in the SL Christmas Expo since 2013. I think. it’s something that is a big part of our in world Xmas experience and we look forward to it each year. Relay for Life is a huge cause for us, having both been touched by losses and struggles among family and friends from cancer. Angel herself is also a survivor having been diagnosed in 2014. Her treatment and prevalence further cemented our commitment to the cause.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
Shopping! Our annual perusing the event gets us in the Christmas mood in so many ways. We are both as much excited by shopping it as we are by being in it. We ALWAYS wear ice skates and it’s a real event for us. You know we have been best friends for years now and while we do get together at least once or twice a year, to those of us in SL relationships and families of any kind – it is just as important to build those bonding traditions inworld as it is in RL. “EXPO” has become a very big part of that for us.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
I think we have both been in SL roughly a decade. WOW did I just say that? We met in 2010 and Ever An’ Angel opened in early 2011.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
Women’s clothing, men’s clothing to some extent and also Tone cosmetics line. We also create a lot of general mayhem and chaos and I would have to say we count these among our most successful achievements. 🙂

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
First of all, color is HUGE for me. It has to speak to the fabric concept and to the mood, era and style of the designs. I seek to make clothing in SL a very immerse experience. I often say I am not done with an outfit component until I can “feel” it on me.

I derive a lot of my base ideas from what appeals in RL and also from the input of Angel, my long time muse, and our lead Model and dear friend ESSY Luv. Lately I note the styles and tastes of my staff members and good friends subliminally popping up in my work as well. It never starts out like that, it’s just something that pops up while I am creating – “ah, this looks like something __________ would wear….”

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
While I to seek to keep Ever An’ Angel designs current and fresh, I am not trendy. I don’t watch for the latest bend in the fashion road but rather what I see appeals to my own eyes. I think we have to trust our own instincts when “arting” or we fall prey to providing a service instead of creating and then we loose track of what makes us good at what we do.

My work has a stamp and that’s not just okay – it’s a good thing. I don’t expect it to be the only thing in anyone’s closet or the only thing they wear. When someone wears my brand it should suit that particular mood or event for them. I myself am often compelled to wear other designer’s styles from time to time because I want to wear someone else’s brush strokes for a change.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
As of this time I am really enjoying my charity line of one of a kind Regency gowns. The first one for the Spoonful Of Sugar Festival to benefit MSF/Doctors Without Borders was a huge success in the auction and I have created a “Yule” version for the EXPO. Each is presented in the style of a Regency book cover, and that’s a lot of the fun too. It’s pure unapologetic fantasy to step into one of those books and I think we all want to put ourselves in the role of those heroines. Where can we if not in SL?

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes we have a HUGE in world store. We suck at Market Place. I think we have a half dozen things there. We keep saying we need to be more present there but it just doesn’t happen!

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
Oh yes.
Do it because you love the art. Be generous with your time, talents and energy but know your limits. You’re not helping anyone by saying “yes”, then ending up meaning “no” and not following through on commitments.
SL is a social platform. If your not here for the people then don’t put yourself in the middle of them by opening a business.

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?
SL: I am slowly learning to mesh.
RL: I am insatiably curious – the list is way too long.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Elizabeth Warren
HH the 14th (current) Dalai Lama
Jon Stewart

I admire them and want to know if they have good table manners.

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WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?
Ever: I don’t know you need to ask them 🙂

Angel: I would say the word to describe Ever is “dynamic”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
EVERYTHING we put in the expo is always exclusive for the duration of the event and is 50 to 100% for RFL The Annual Sheep themed PJS are only sold at the Expo then retired.
This year we have a gown, a cocktail dress and more. Also as stated above “Regency – Yule” gown will be our one of a kind contribution this year.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM EVER AN’ ANGEL?
Original Mesh designs, Omega Appliers for Tone Cosmetics possibly… and some other things we have up our sleeves we can’t talk about just yet 😉

Visit Ever An’ Angel 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!

BN Designs, OMG! Inc, Ever An’ Angel, Sass Buildz, Home Whimsey, WK Kajaera

 

Now Hiring Santa’s & Elves!

Photo With Santa

The 2016 Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair is looking for friendly individuals to play Santa and be an Elf! The dates of this 4 sim event will be December 1 to December 12, 2016.  One of the staples of the event is the opportunity to take photos with Santa and his elves! We need volunteers who are willing to spend an hour or two at a time as Santa Claus or an Elf wandering the Expo and / or being in the Photo’s With Santa Area, taking pictures upon request. It will be a lot of fun! If you are interested in being Santa or one of his elves, please fill out THE APPLICATION FORM. Thank you for your time and interest!

Calling All SL Bloggers

The SL Christmas Expo, in support of the Relay For Life of Second Life & The American Cancer Society,  welcomes all bloggers to participate and share the holiday magic.   We are looking for Official SL Christmas Expo Bloggers that truly love the Christmas / Holiday season. Who start singing Deck The Halls in November and occasionally belt out a  Fa-La-La-La-La in September. The application process is about finding the right team to be our “official Expo bloggers”. This means mostly that this team will have early access to the sims and some of the exclusive items from the Christmas merchants, as well as have some required promotion and blogging.  Visit our Blogger Opportunity page for more information.