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

CannabiSL LIVE Auction for The SL Christmas Expo

Saturday, December 10  4:20pm SLT …. CannabiSL is having a special LIVE Auction for the SL Christmas Expo

There is so much going on, being given out….they just could not bring it all to the Expo sims….. so please “take a trip” with us to CannabiSL growable auction area in Petopia.

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☮ SURPRISE LE SEED ALL PANELS!☮
☮ ALL BOXED LEs ☮
☮ $1000 *INSANE* START BID ALL ☮
☮ SAT DEC 10 4:20 PM SLT ☮
☮ 8 MILES HIGH PATRON AUCTION ☮
☮ + FLOCKED UP SEED BALL ☮
☮ + M.P.P. *BOX OF ALL LES!*
☮ BONG HITTER $500 GC ☮
☮ WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN ☮

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.

Shhhh Silent Auction

So many great items up for bid in the Silent Auctions!

A few of the unique items include:

Ever An' Angle - OOAK Gown
Ever An’ Angel OOAK Gown

 

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Misfits Dance & Performance Art – Be a dancer for a show!

 

BOSL - Best Of Second Life - A Magazine Cover & A Cover Story
BOSL – Best Of Second Life – A Magazine Cover & A Cover Story

 

Captivating - OOAK Jewelry Set
Captivating – OOAK Jewelry Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here To Go To The Silent Auctions!

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

 

Opening Day – SL Christmas Expo 2016

Today is the opening day of the 2016 SL Christmas Expo! Visitors and guests will be able to shop for holiday gifts, take photographs with Santa, participate in the Stocking Stuffer Hunt and so much more! In addition to the mentioned events, 12 fun and exciting days of entertainment awaits! And MORE!!!!   Find Out More & Visit The Expo…click here

OOAK Breedables –  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.  Bidding opens Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6am SLT and Closes Sunday, December 11, 6am SLT

Holiday Exclusive Limited Edition:  A special area has been designed for items that are New, Exclusive to the SL Christmas Expo and for sale as a Limited Edition item ONLY at the SL Christmas Expo December 1 – 12, 2016.  These items are not for sale before or after the Expo!  The Merchants are showcasing some of their best work in this collection.

Silent Auctions & Raffles – many items and even special Christmas ornaments are up for auction and raffle in these events! 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life. There is a OOAK Ever An’ Angel gown in the Silent Auction Area…a must see… a must have!!

Stocking Stuffers.. look in the merchant shops for the Holiday Stocking. They have special gifts hidden in them just for you!

Breedable Auctions will take place over the 12 days of the Expo with some fantastic breedables up for auction.   Limited Editions in the shops, and special Expo exclusives can also be found.

And of course Santa and his elves will make an appearance throughout the Expo and Fair!

Take a ride with Santa and his reindeer to fly around all the expo sims or hop in one of the horse drawn carriages and enjoy a tour of each sim,  then enjoy an afternoon of ice skating on the pond. Build a snowman for the Snowman contest, write a story for our writing contest, purchase some raffle tickets, bid on silent auction items, or play the Gotya’s.

Stop and enjoy some wonderful music at the entertainment stages before heading home with your parcels. It is 12 days of jammed pack Christmas Awesomeness all in support of the Relay For Life.

 

Hosts Wanted – SL Christmas Expo

The 2016 Christmas Expo, in support of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Second Life, is looking for friendly, dedicated individuals to volunteer as Hosts at our various entertainment venues. If you like music and love the holiday season, we are looking for you!

The Expo runs Dec 1 – 12, 2016.  Please apply here 

Sponsor Spotlight!

Shamrock Marketplace

Shamrock Marketplace

 

Hi! I’m Ona Ra, of Shamrock Marketplace!  We are a marketplace for breeders to sell their items and a place for live voice Auctions. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shamrock%20Marketplace/36/126/23

I’ve been in SL for nearly 10 years. This year, we decided to become a part of the Christmas Expo. RFL is very close to the owners of Shamrock. I am a care giver to a two time cancer survivor and many members of our families are survivors. We love RFL because it gets everyone involved for a wonderful cause.

My favorite Christmas memory was watching my daughter at 4 years old finally understanding who and what Santa was and her unbridled joy on that first Christmas morning when she FLEW into our room at 5 AM screaming that Santa really had come and he brought (in her words) EVERYTHING!

Big Christmas Expo “Thanks!” to our platinum sponsor, Ona Ra of Shamrock Marketplace!

Christmas Expo Exclusives!

Featured Today:

La Boheme

La Boheme A Frozen Christmas Exclusive@@

A lovely double set of frost themed nail appliers which is compatible with the Slink and Maitreya body systems, as well as any body system with Omega support.

DIVIAs Designs

Diva's - Santa's Cuddle Sleight Pic.@@

 

Santa’s Cuddle Sleight  – 100 % mesh 6 prim with single and couple sitting and cuddle animations

Dekute Dekore

[Mesh] _Frozen_ Four Post Bed - RFL@@

[Mesh] “Frozen” Four Post Bed

100% Original Dekute Mesh. Features my own Dekute exclusive handmade animations including Couples Cuddles/Kisses (pg) & Solo Animations. Also includes the 1 Li removable Snow Landscape. Only 2 Li total for the set.

[Mesh] Winter Cuddle Bench - RFL@@

[Mesh] Winter Cuddle Bench

100% Original Dekute Mesh. Features my own Dekute exclusive handmade animations including Couples Cuddles/Kisses (pg) & Solo Animations plus Drink Giver Menu with 18 Hot, Cold & Alcoholic drinks to choose from. Also includes the 1 Li removable Snow Landscape Scene. Only 2 Li total for the set.

TANTALUM JEWELRY

~Tantalum~ Snowflake Bellychain@@

A delicate bellychain with a simple gemmed snowflake that comes full with a full 21 metal chain changer and 15 gem changer.   Complete Hud comes with options to Texture change, Brightness, Resizer, Shine, Glow, and Color.

Volunteer Spotlight on Cathy10 Longoria

Cathy10 Longoria @2015 Christmas Expo

My role in the 2015 Christmas Expo is Naughty or Nice Coordinator. The responsibilities of the position include assisting Expo merchants with their Naughty or Nice sack donation items and securing “Naughty or Nice” items from Second Life designers for sacks that can be found along the Expo sim paths, at the entertainment stages, the tree lot, snowman area, ice skating pond…all around the Expo sims!

This requires all my attention to detail, flexibility, and willingness to get the job done.

We definitely make impact through Second Life by fund raising for Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society.

I am  thankful for my family and my friends. Merry Christmas and Love those those around you!

Thank you to Cathy10 for her hard work on the 2015 Christmas Expo and continued support of Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society.

 

Christmas Expo Exclusives!

Featured Today:

Semi Precious

S-P Xue - Mega Pack@@

You will be unique as the snowflakes of winter, wearing this lovely set from Semi-Precious.  Xue embraces the crystalline beauty of the season, and brings it in to life in this jewelry set.  A choker of the softest leather, festooned with the drape of glittering chains, and a snowflake pendant, radiant, and splendid against the warmth of your skin.  The set comes in three metals to match every outfit, and a HUD, that matches the delicate flakes to your moods.  While the weather outside may be frightful, in this charming set from Semi-Precious, you’ll be absolutely delightful.

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S-P Noel Earrings - Mega Pack@@

You will not be able to stop smiling as you wear these cheerful jingle bell earrings! Pair them with sweaters, dresses, casual or dressy, you will bring joy to all who see you in Noel earrings, from Semi-Precious!   Falling in a sweet tumble from gold, silver or antique findings, the bells sway and dance merrily with every move of your head.  A color change HUD allows you to wear these with every outfit!  These whimsical earrings are perfect for the season!

Ever An’ Angel

Ever An' Angel - Incident - Burnished@@

Rich Satin tumbles in long elegant drapes and puddles like a dream at your feet creating a perfect pedestal to be put upon.  And why not?  Create an incident, just by entering the room.  Exclusive for RFL Xmas Expo 2015 – by Ever An’ Angel

Love Everlasting PlantPets

LEP ~ Winter Mini Greenhouse Display AD@@

This charming little greenhouse display window is made of mesh and prim. It features winter plants inside and out with a little evergreen tree in the back. Perfect for any outdoor winter setting. Base snow included.It is 8 land impact prim and has a 6 x 4 footprint.

Digitize

Digitize Mesh Snow Blocks Ad@@

Digitize Mesh Snow Blocks

Set of 5 mesh snow blocks with specular shine textures.

Can be scaled on on x,y, and z independently.

1 LI @ 2m , 8 LI @ 64m.

Sponsor Spotlight!

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Zozicon – {ZOZ}

I discovered SL back in 2005, but the {ZOZ} line came together about 3 years ago at the end of December. I create original mesh nails, polish appliers for various bodies and just started making other original mesh items. More of that will be released in the new year!

My in-world store is located at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chillium/182/215/3759. I’m also on the SL Marketplace https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/133050 (It so needs updating, the in world store is the best place to shop my products)

I chose to get involved with RFL and the Expo because in SL, a person finds that cancer has its hand in many many homes. People in SL become close to my heart. And it is hard to put a thought into one day losing them this way. I really believe in the power that SL has to help each other beyond SL. I try to do a RFL event every year as a small part of many who want to make a difference. Everyone who does these events, pool together like loving drops of water and make a wave. I appreciate everyone of us, buyers, merchants and volunteers who put heart and soul into these events.

I have done some exclusives for this Expo, what I feel is my most stunning work to date. I’m offering a beautiful deep, shimmering polish in rich holiday colors with a multi overlay snowflake design. Snowflakes are close to my heart, this polish in its depths really reveals the happiness of winter with the passion of the event.

I think my favorite item I’ve ever created is my original mesh nails, because they are done in such a way that really allows for some stunning polish work. Their length is beautifully long, shape curved and fitted just right. Really people try them and never look back at default body or hand nails again. Plenty of models and bloggers swear by them!

My favorite holiday memory? My favorite actually is this year. I am fortunate enough to have an extended family in SL, being the Auntie and decorating the home with the warmth and love of those close to me. Real people with smiles and hearts, dreams and desires bridging the distance of space to bring warmth into each of our RL hearts and homes. The twinkling lights, the holiday tree filled with playful ornaments, the snow drifting slowly outside, little rocking horse next to the fire waiting for its playmate to come back and ride. The sound of laughter and love filling each room is the best way I could ever dream of facing a new year. Even though cancer touches our home, and we take each holiday and savor it. The memories will last, hope will thrive and its been a beautiful rare gift.

A very special “thank you” from the Christmas Expo to our platinum sponsor, Zozicon of {ZOZ} for sharing her time and skills with us!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Expo Exclusives!

Featured Today:

Spyralle

Spyralle Holiday Wishes Magic Fax Machine@@

Victorian-style, sleigh-shaped box decorated with a holiday folk art motif starts delivering a spray of faxes with cheerful holiday messages. Messages are particles and prims that self-delete in about 15 seconds. Touch menu turns machine on and off and gives choice of ten messages. Lights flash, crank turns. Land Impact = 3 when off and up to 20 when running.

Sweet Red’s Designs

Natala ~ SRD ~ Christmas Expo@@

Natala is so named because she was born for a Blue Snowy Christmas.  A formal mesh gown featuring a buttoned corset top and long skirt in frozen deep blue swede.  The over skirt is filled with delicate snowflakes that have fallen.  Perfect for a romantic walk and dancing in a Winter Wonderland Christmas.

Wood Works

[Wood Works] Christmas Delivery copy AD@@

One of Santa’s little helpers making some rounds to help Santa out.