SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight – Dekute Dekore

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Debil Skute of Dekute Dekore

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 I guess that’s a 2 part answer. When I was young I lost my grandmother to cancer. So when I first heard about the RFL expos I thought it would be awesome to be able to contribute in her memory.
Then of course I thought it would be a good way to introduce my store to a wider group of people as I was just starting out and honestly I’m not the best at the advertising side of things. /chuckles
Fast forward to now, it’s just become a tradition for me and I can’t imagine not donating.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
I really enjoy the Snowman Building Contest. It’s so much fun to see all the creativity of the community with their builds.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
I joined in April of 2009. RL friends said I should try SecondLife out, I’d love the building part of it because I was in to creating in a different game we played together. I liked being able to make my own furniture for my home here.
Of course there was so much more to SecondLife. So I decided to start selling my builds shortly after joining so I could have some money to buy nicer things, like hair or clothes to go out clubbing with said friends.
Now, building/creating is all I do, I don’t have time to “go out”. My building platform is pretty much the only place you will find me. lol
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WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
Original mesh home and garden furnitures that are interactive builds all with my own handmade animations along with home decor.

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
Usually it’s just me wanting something for my own use (again, pretty much what got me started in the business lol).
Occasionally I’ll see something in the real world and think “Yeah, I can totally do that” or me just wondering “What if I did this with that” kind of thing.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
Well, I’m not really a trend “follower” per say and I’m not really even sure if furniture falls under a trend. So, I guess I don’t keep up with trends… might be something I’ll have to look into later. =)

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
Honestly, right now it has to be my 1 Li Grand Piano. I’m just so happy with the way it turned out with all the real 3d features and still only 1 Li.
I’m pretty happy with my generic piano playing animation as it mostly works with most songs and even matches up sometimes with the current song playing which tickles me.
I hope to make a concert version in the near future where the animation will perfectly match an entire piano piece or two.

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
I’ve had my original first store at Egglebury sim since 2009 and another larger store at Lionheart Timon since 2011.
I do have a marketplace store as well although I have way more stuff in world than there. Someday I’ll get it all on the webs lol.

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
I guess I’d say do what you like, what interests you, what makes you happy. Don’t expect a huge return without lots of work first, you get out what you put in. And above all else… Have Fun! =)

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?
Right now I’m focusing on making better textures for my meshes. I think that I should be able to make them look nicer, more realistic, especially with the use of materials (which sadly, I actually just started to learn how to use). Along with improving my mesh making skills, there’s still so much to blender that I don’t know enough about.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Wow, what an interesting question. Is it all three at once or just pick three for a solo dinner date, really could change the answer. /grins
Guess I’ll just go with the one-on-ones….

1. George Washington – I’d really just like to know the whole truth about that cherry tree (can’t believe everything you read!).
2. Leonardo da Vinci – It would be really interesting to hear about what inspired him to make all his creations.
3. Nikola Tesla – Because.. Science. No really it would be really cool to hear him explain the “whys” of a lot of his stuff.

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

happy-holidays-from-dekute-dekoreTELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
I took this years theme to heart and planned on making several different living room type settings to enjoy for all those coming home for the holidays.
I made an exclusive 1 Li/Prim mesh living room with Christmas themed throw pillows for up to 4 people to sit around and enjoy some hot cocoa together (along with 17 other drinks).
I also have an exclusive Grand Piano that you can play 18 different Christmas Songs on for everyone to sing along with. It’s available in black or white and includes a removable Garland string with blinking lights and a Texture Change Bow.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM Dekute Dekore ?
I have so much planned, especially with the prim increase grid wide. I will always focus on low prim because that’s my thing. However, now I might be ok bumping it up to 2 or maybe even 3 Li (crazy.. I know!) so that I can add even more detail to my builds.
I have immediate plans for more kitchens, dining rooms and finally some bathrooms (all fully interactive of course)!

Visit Dekute Dekore 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

 

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight -Hanaya- Home & Garden

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Moriko Inshan of -Hanaya- Home & Garden

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?
I’m always open to donate my work to RfL, since I’m a cancer survivor myself.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
I’m really looking forward to wandering around at the expo, looking at how my colleagues have set up their stores and what new things they have created.

_hanaya-moriko-inshanHOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
I’ve been in Second Life for almost 9 years. -Hanaya- Home & Garden has been in operation since the Fall of 2010 and is still located in the same location as when we opened.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I made whatever I feel like, but mostly Home and Garden decor.

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
It depends. It could be something I see in real life or a magazine, something that just pops into my head when I’m reading a book, or just some random idea that appears out of thin air. But always realistic and following the seasons.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
I don’t really. I occasionally look at Plurk or Flickr, but I don’t really sit down and “investigate what is in style right now”. I do my own thing and don’t worry about what others are doing.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
I don’t really have a most favorite item. On our home sim, we make a point of featuring other people’s work, so some of those are my favourites. Especially scripted animals, fish and birds.

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE?  DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
Yes, and yes. As mentioned, my in world store is still in the same little skybox on mainland that we started on. Links to both are in my SL profile 😉

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
My store is definitely not a career – it is a hobby I suppose. Are hobbies still a thing? As far as advice – have fun and do what you are passionate about. Stop when it stars to be a chore instead of a joy.

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?
I want to take lessons in watercolor painting.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Capability Brown (a gardener from the 18th century), Julia Child (whom I’ve actually met in real life when I was a kiddo), and Roger Tory Peterson (a naturalist and famous birder).

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

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO.  ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
My space at the expo is a forested area that features 10 brand new nature-inspired products making their debut at the event. They are not exclusives, since they will all be available for sale after the event.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM -Hanaya- Home & Garden ?
More nature-inspired products.

Visit -Hanaya-Home & Garden at the SL Christmas Expo

SL Christmas Expo Sponsor Spotlight – Athena Couture

SL Christmas Expo Merchant Spotlight Interview with Rose Mikaelson of Athena Couture

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?
This is my second year participating in the Christmas Expo and it’s also my favorite holiday. I’ve also been part of Relay for a while now and mega events to me are the most fun and exciting to participate in.

WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES OR THINGS YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2016 SL CHRISTMAS EXPO & WINTER BREEDABLES FAIR?
For me it would be winter fashion because of me being a designer and a model. I always look for new fashion to add to my wardrobe and shopping at the Expo is best of both worlds.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SL? WHEN DID YOU OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
profile-photo-2016-djroseathenaI have been in Second Life for five years now and opened my first brand in 2014 but what many people do not know is I originally thought of my brand back in 2011.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?
I love to design formal so that’s what my brand became known for. However in the new year I plan on moving away from that and bring in brand new styles to the brand. I look forward to designing my next collection for Spring and Summer 2017.

TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIONS.
Inspiration is everywhere for me. Sometimes it comes to me when I shop, explore, relaxing and so on. I don’t have one specific thing because I feel that my imagination should flow not be stuck in one place.

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST TRENDS IN SECOND LIFE?
I do not keep up with trends because to me it’s a waste of time. Trends come and go every year. As a designer I want to set the trend, not follow.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST FAVORITE ITEM YOU HAVE EVER CREATED AND WHY?
My favorite formal would be Astonia because it is a special formal I had created for just the Expo. I was very honored to be one of the select few to be invited to design something special and sell at high price.

DO YOU HAVE AN IN WORLD STORE? DO YOU MAINTAIN A PRESENCE ON THE SL MARKETPLACE?
I do own an inworld store and owning one is hard work. Marketplace I only sell bridal but thinking about changing that in the new year.

IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A PERSON WHO IS STARTING OUT IN YOUR CHOSEN CAREER?
It is in a way hard to give advice when it comes to my chosen career because my chosen careers are hard. It consumes a lot of time, energy and money. So if someone wants to go into this business be ready to work harder then you ever have.

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?
There actually is many things I want to learn about but I won’t share them. I typically keep things to myself.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH THREE FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM HISTORY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?miss-kelini-2017-romantic-dinner-challenge
This is a rather interesting question but not sure what it has to do with the Expo. I also do not know and maybe wouldn’t since famous people aren’t always what they seem.

WHAT ONE WORD WOULD YOUR FRIENDS USE TO DESCRIBE YOU?

Kind, Caring, Tenacious, Determined, Crazy, Cool…as you can see kind of hard putting it into one word lol and thank you to all my amazing friends ❤

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SHOP AT THE EXPO. ARE YOU OFFERING ANY EXCLUSIVES AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY ?
This year I decided not to have a shop because I needed a holiday break. Instead I found an awesome opportunity to sponsor a special event instead. I designed a limited edition for the Holiday Exclusive Limited Edition Collection.

WHAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017 FROM ATHENA COUTURE ?
Well I can’t reveal my plans but I can say it will be different and out of my comfort zone.

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 

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!

Breedable Auction Houses / Markets @ Winter Breedables Fair 2016

If you own an auction house or  breedables market……. The Winter Breedables Fair has space for you!   We welcome all aspects of the breedables markets.

We have a specially designed area on the breedable sim just for Auction Houses and Breedables Markets.

You also have the option to book your auctions to be held at the Winter Breedables Fair and show your support.

You do not have to be a merchant to participate.

Book your space or auction today 

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.

Special Event Sponsorship At The Expo

There are several Special Events and Event Areas that are available for sponsorship at the SL Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair.  You do not have to be a registered merchant to be a Special Events or Event Area sponsor.  View Our Sponsorship’s Here

Registration Is Now Open – 2016 SL Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair

Registration for the 2016 Second Life Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair – Home For The Holiday’s- is now open!  The following is a link to the Merchant Registration page for the 2016 Second Life Christmas Expo & Winter Breedables Fair.  The expo has a variety of merchant and non merchant sponsorship’s available. You can view the additional sponsorship’s by visiting the Special Event Sponsorships.  To read more on the Expo & Fair, please CLICK HERE

SL Christmas Expo 2016

 

The days grow shorter and the trees are beginning to turn. Can December be that far off? It’s time to make your plans to head Home For The Holidays!
The Elves are back from vacation and starting to make lists….. of sponsors, merchants, performers, volunteers and all the people and things that make The SL Christmas Expo the shining star of the Holiday Season!
Registration is coming soon! Watch for Announcements!

https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/

Praise the Volunteers!!!

 

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photo by Stevie Basevi
The following is excerpted from the 2009 Praise the Volunteers! blog post by Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of The American Cancer Society

” Without our volunteers…(we can) not support our core mission, let alone survive.  We are fortunate to have many wonderful people … who are are devoted to our cause.  They are what makes the American Cancer Society such a special place for so many of us….

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photo by Stevie Basevi and setting by Lela Spire

Volunteers often labor for hours with little recognition.  They do what they do from the goodness of their hearts and their belief in a cause.   They offer their time and their skills because they want to make a difference, help someone who needs help, offer comfort to others in their time of need.

One of the ultimate stories… (is) how one volunteer can make a difference, and how one person with an idea can impact the lives of millions for years to come—both cancer survivors and those whose volunteer their time and skill to support those survivors and the mission of the American Cancer Society.

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photo by Tee Auster and setting by Leala Spire

To all of our American Cancer Society volunteers, and to all of you who volunteer in whatever way you choose, from our hearts to yours, thank you for everything that you do every day.  We are all blessed for your efforts.”