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?
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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

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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WK Wild Kajaera LIVE Auction – Monday, Dec 5, 6pm SLT @ The Expo

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Santa might just have come early for all the WK Wild Kajaera breeders!  A very special LIVE WK Wild Kajaera Auction organized by the co-creator herself, jaed Cartier!!

Monday  Dec 5… 6pm SLT  at the Breedables Auction Area of the SL Christmas Expo. 

 

100% of all winning bids go to the Relay For Life of Second Life.

And… check out the OOAK RFL Tigger with OOAK Believe 2016 Eyes on display at the Silent Auction area….get your bid in!

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.

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

Volunteer Spotlight on Madonna

I’m the Merchant Support lead here for this year’s Expo. Nuala asked me if I would be willing to volunteer for the position, because of my prior experience as a coach and tool tester. My team ~Gemma Cleanslate, Michiko Avon, Stevie Basevi , Aphrodite Serin~ and I are here to help merchants get everything setup, and help out with anything else they may need during the Expo.

Madonna Expo 2015

Second Life has enabled us to have a Relay For Life without boundaries and without barriers. We are able to reach people all around the globe. We are able to do things that just aren’t possible in “first life” Relays. Thanks to this virtual world, we have been able to unite in the world’s most unique and diverse Relay. Cancer affects us all, and SL has made it possible to involve us all.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this year’s Christmas Expo. Thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Expo. Thank you to my Merchant Support team for your help. We are making it possible for cancer survivors to enjoy more Christmases. Let’s give cancer the boot!

Thank you to Madonna and her excellent Team for all they do for the Christmas Expo, Relay For Life and for their continued support of The American Cancer Society!

Volunteer Spotlight on Trouble

Trouble Dethly is on the Social Media, Marketing and Public Relations Team. Here he introduces himself to us all.trouble

My job for the 2015 Christmas Expo was to create was the guide book and visitor’s guide; essentially, one is an online publication, and the other an in-world publication. This job entailed creating a mini-magazine of sorts full of adverts, welcome letters, special areas and events to truly showcase all the amazing work the volunteers and content creators have done in support of Relay For Life. I also made an excellent Map and Teleport HUD because I’m all about ease of use and navigation.

I am heavily involved in the fashion industry as the CEO of both the fashion magazine ECLIPSE and agency .PENUMBRA. .PENUMBRA coordinated and produced the “Winter’s Dream Fashion Show.” All outfits in that show are semi-exclusives, where only 10 copies of each will be sold and a portion of all proceeds are donated to Relay for Life.

I more or less stumbled across my involvement in the Christmas Expo. The CMO of .PENUMBRA, Catalina Staheli, was asked to be the PR/Marketing lead, and it seemed natural that the rest of the organization lent their support 🙂 to the cause.

My message this Holiday season is simple: Be kind, even in situations that would typically dictate a different response.

Thank you to Trouble and everyone at Eclipse and .Penumbra for their creative productions and support of Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society!

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

Day Two and the Fun Goes On!!

Today is the second day of the 2014 SL Christmas Expo! Check out our Exhibitors & Shopping guide to find out where your favorite Second Life designers and creators are located:
https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/exhibitor-list-shopping-guide/
Visitors and guests will be able to shop for holiday gifts, take photographs with Santa, participate in Naughty Or Nice, and Hunt for the Bells! In addition to the mentioned events, 11 fun and exciting days of entertainment awaits! And MORE!!!!

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Hunt for the Bells – at this special hunt, you will be able to hunt for bells, which contain a variety of items from some of your favorite Second Life creators and designers! Each item will be for the low cost of 10 LINDENS!! 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life. In addition, after the hunt, take at least 10 of the items you have found and use them in a photo to join the Hunt for the Bells Photo Contest.
Gachas, Silent Auctions, & Raffles – many items and gift card bundles are up for auction and raffle in these events! 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life.
Naughty Or Nice – Hidden around in many of the shops and in special event areas, Santa as left special sacks.  You can click on the sacks and get a gift.  If you get the naughty gift come back later and try again to see if Santa as changed his mind.   All gifts in the Naughty or Nice boxes are 100% FREE!
And of course Santa and his elves will make an appearance throughout the Expo and Fair!

photo by Cuddly Waffle

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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-Hanaya-

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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

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Wood Works

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Holidays Of Hope Ball

A Winter Wonderland – the 2015 Holidays Of Hope Ball

6th Annual Gala to Support the Relay For Life of Second Life, and the American Cancer Society

https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/holidays-of-hope-ball/

The 6th Annual Holidays of Hope Ball will be held Sunday, Dec 13th from 3 to 7 pm SLT as part of the 2015 SL Christmas Expo. This year’s theme will be A Winter Wonderland and is open to all residents of Second Life.  Sponsored by T1Radio, the formal ball will once again feature raffles and door prizes provided by SL’s premier merchants.

The annual Holidays Of Hope Ball, established in 2010, is one of Second Life’s brightest holiday season highlights and brings together residents from all corners of the virtual community to celebrate the holidays and to support the American Cancer Society.  Holiday Gift Basket Raffle tickets, purchased via scripted kiosks, benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life. Past raffle prizes, and the door prizes which rain down on party goers, have included gift certificates and gifts donated by merchants from throughout Second Life, with values exceeding L$50,000. SL Merchants are invited to become Holidays Of Hope benefactors by providing Gifts and Gift Certificates. For more information please see below*.

This year the ball will be held at the Wonderland Ballroom, created by Darkstone Aeon of Stone’s Works, high above the Christmas Expo. There is no charge for admittance.
If you would like more information or would like more information about the Holidays Of Hope Ball please contact Trader1 Whiplash in world or email trader@t1radio.com .

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* How To Become a Holidays Of Hope Sponsor

  • If you wish to donate Gift Certificates, please be sure to enclose the certificate(s), a notecard with redemption instructions and a landmark to your store or Marketplace Link.
  • If you wish to participate in the Gift Basket Raffle, please provide a coupon to redeem the item, a graphic of the item and a landmark to your store. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OBJECTS. This will allow you to control permissions.
  • Please be sure to enclose a full perm business logo.
  • ALL COUPONS AND GIFT CERTIFICATES MUST BE TRANSFERABLE.
  • All donors will be recognized by signage at the event and either On Air by T1Radio or by “object shouts” as the items are dispensed by the random gift givers at the ball.

Contact Renee Riva or Xyza Armistice for more information or to provide a gift or gift certificate for either the Holiday Raffle Basket or Random Door Prize.