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 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

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.

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.

2015 Christmas Expo Guidebook

The 2015 SL Christmas Expo is underway December 3 – 14, 2015!

In case you have not yet hit all 4 sims, you can view our official guidebook, to get a peak of what awaits you!

View The Guidebook .. Click Here

Our Bloggers Are Ready!

We are pleased to announce the offical bloggers list for the 2015 SL Christmas Expo!  This list contains our official bloggers, along with each blogger’s website.  You can find the list by Clicking Here

Blogger Day at the expo is Wednesday December 1 from 7am – 7pm SLT

Our official flicker page will be full of fantastic pictures of the SL Christmas Expo as well. Be sure to check it out at SL Christmas Expo – click here

Over 55 Exhibitors & Growing!

There are currently over 55 exhibitors at the 2015 SL Christmas Expo! This 4 sim event, which will take place December 3 to 14, has everything from clothing, shoes, jewellery, skins and nails to home and garden items, christmas trees, and of course breedables! There is something for everyone! Come for a peak and stay for a week! You can find a list of exhibitors below. Remember to keep checking back as this list is getting longer every day!

2015 SL Christmas Expo Exhibitor’s List (A to Z order):

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Athena Couture

Bands of Cypher

BattleBeast Breedables

Blush Skins

BN Designs

BMe BlueMoon Enterprise

Body Canvas

Botanica – Outdoor

Botanica – Indoor

Broken Creek Decor

BUILDABLES

CannabiSL

Digitize

DIVIAs Design

Entice

Ever An’ Angel

Feyline Fashions

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G SLOANE

-Hanaya-

Home & Garden[HC]

Hope Creations

KUNGLERS

Jian

La Boheme

LaVian&COLove

Everlasting PlantPets

M&M STYLE

M’s Avon

Mossms

Oceane Body Design

Ollies Follies

OMG! Inc.

Outside the Box!

Ozimals

Park Place Home Decor

Pearl pLarry

Peeps

Purple Moon Seasonal

Sage

Semi-Precious

Shamrock Marketplace

Spyralle

SweetRed’s Designs

TANTALUM Jewelry

Tayren’s  Fantasy Fashions

The Dark Fae

Thistle Homes

Tiffany Designs

Tres Beau

unKindness

Wood Works

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Calling All Bloggers

Calling All Bloggers!

If you’re interested in taking part in the highly anticipated SL Christmas 2015 Expo, now is your time to let us know! Applications are now open! Follow the link below:

Click Here For Blogger Application Form

 

 

Performer Application Now Open

Invitation To Perform

A Frozen Christmas – SL Christmas Expo 2015 is not just a shopping expo to raise funds for the Relay For Life of Second Life and The American Cancer Society, it is also incorporates musicians, djs, and other performance groups as part of the fundraising event.  The musical portion of the SL Christmas Expo is an important part of our fundraising and we invite interested musicians, DJ’s and performance groups to join us once again.

We are accepting applications from DJs, live musicians, dance troupes, theater organizations, tribute bands,instructional classes and more!  Please click the link below for more information or to fill out an application form.

SL Christmas Expo Performer Applications

 

 

2015 SL Christmas Expo – A Frozen Christmas – December 3 – 14, 2015

 

A Frozen Christmas - SL Christmas Expo 2015

The Second Life Christmas Expo will be celebrating its fifth year as one of Second Life’s largest holiday events!  The dates of the Christmas Expo will be December 3 to December 14, so mark your calendars!  This years theme is A Frozen Christmas and we can’t wait for you to visit!

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo is a mega event that raises funds for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL). 100% of registration fees, sponsorship fees, kiosk donations, hunt, raffle, auction, and vendor exclusive items are paid to RFL of SL. Relay For Life of Second Life is part of the American Cancer Society and is a virtual version of the real life Relay For Life. You can find more information about RFL of SL here:  http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/ .

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo  will consist of both holiday and non holiday items from some of the best creators and designers in Second Life!

There are a couple changes this year as well with the SL Christmas Expo.  The large Breedable Fair is moving and will be held in conjunction with the Home & Garden Expo in support of the RFL of SL.  But that does not mean we will not have breedables at the SL Christmas Expo.  We sure will!   Just on a smaller scale. There will still be some very wonderful Limited Edition (LE) breedables available along with the other breedables and accessories.  Who knows, we may even hold an auction or two, or just maybe Santa will bring us a OOAK Breedable in one of the stores!

The other change at the SL Christmas Expo mega event will be that every item offered for sale in the Expo shops will be in a Relay For Life Vendor.  Merchants now have the opportunity to further show their support to finish the fight against cancer by choosing whether 50%,75% or 100% of the item(s) in the vendor is donated to RFL of SL and the American Cancer Society.  We have heard from many past Expo merchants and they are pleased with this change and are looking forward to showing their support!  How exciting is that!

The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo Coordinator will be Nuala Maracas, no stranger to Relay, having been the Event Co-Chair in 2009 & 2010, and most recently the Events Coordinator for RFL of SL 2015.  The 2015 Second Life Christmas Expo Co-Coordinator will be announced very soon.

We will offer a return of some of your favorite Expo events, with a mix of new and exciting events, programs, and of course fun!

In the coming days and weeks, we will be posting information about merchant and sponsorship registration, blogger and volunteer applications, performer applications and events at the Expo. Please subscribe to this blog for updates.