Home Sweet Home!

Galland Home- Cloverleaf (H&G Expo 2016)Happy Monday!  Hope y’all had a nice Valentine’s Day.  Real life kidnapped me for a bit but I’m back with tons of post featuring items from the SL Home & Garden Expo 2016 to benefit Relay for Life of Second Life.  RFL of SL is the signature fundraising event supporting the American Cancer Society.  The Expo will run from February 14 -March 6, 2016 on 10 sims with exhibitors designing two exclusive 100% donation items and 50% of gacha proceeds are donated to RFL.  For more information on Relay for Life or to donate directly, click here.

WebWith such a large event the shopping guide page is a great resource with maps and directory for the home & garden exhibitors as well as the Breedable Fair, that is taking place at the same time on Hope 10.  Another good tools is the flickr expo preview page and blogger list.  There is a $10L hunt featuring 35+ H&G creators gifts with 100% donated to RFL (hint page & gift preview page).  Lastly, every day there is a series of events including lantern release at 4pm SLT (to honor & remember loved ones who are touched by cancer) and discussion with designers hosted by Prim Perfect Magazine.

I’m honored to participate as an official blogger for RFL Home & Garden Expo for the second year.  Each blogger was assigned a region to cover with the opportunity to feature other H&G designer on neighboring sims; my area is Hope 6 with 16 creators.  Today, I’m pleased to introduce Cloverleaf by Galland Homes (Hope 2) offered at a deep introductory discount of 50% off.  The one-bedroom home features an animated kitchen with 21 animations, 11 poses and props to prepare your favorite meals, running water and working stove.  The home also feature a 2-car garage with stable-style doors, double-hung windows, french doors and working fireplace.  The 100% mesh home is American Craftsman style but can be adapted to Colonial, Chalet or California bungalow with 112 prims (143 prims with kitchen) best for a 2048 lot.  Open floor-plan interior features baseboard, crown molding, tray ceiling and walls that can be re-textured without losing the baked in ambient shadow effect.  The Cloverleaf home is a wonderful adaptable spaces perfect for a couple or single.

Potomac Signature Homes- Wishing Well (H&G Expo 2016)Potomac Signature Homes is offering two items for 100% donation including the Wishing Well shown above (Hope 9). The adorable water well with spring flowers, willow tree and gazing deer is a delightful addition to your garden.

Lunar Seasonal Designs & Closer to the Heart Creations (H&G Expo 2016)Spring has sprung at Cloverleaf and the entry is decorated with Bird Cage Bougainvillea & Wooden Flower Box from Closer to the Heart and texture change Stacked Pots of Primroses offered at 50% off from Lunar Seasonal Designs (Hope 6).  The entry also features Circa Living Bloom Blossom Wreath in Rainbow (free gift at Flower Power event till 2/16/16) and Pestique Cat Welcome Mat ($1L on MP).

Potomac Signature Homes- Mailbox (H&G Expo 2016)Another fun offering from Potomac Signature Homes is the squirrel mailbox.  Shown behind is What Next Monaco Scooter with sidecar, available at February round of Collabor88.  Bee Designs & Lunar Seasonal Decor (H&G Expo 2016)Two more 100% donation items shown in the garden are the Romantic Willow Tree and Le Jardin Bench from Bee Designs (Hope 6).  The willow tree features single and couple poses, floor pillows and bucket of flowers.  I just love the garden bench, it reminds me of a special place from my childhood.  Bee Designs bench has couple cuddle poses and single animations.  Flanking the house is Lunar Seasonal Designs Menu Driven Spring Flower Beds (50% off), and both exclusive donation creations (Animated Multi Birdhouse and Bird Feeder).  To the left of the house with a working gate is Dysfunctionality donation item the texture change Lattice Top Fence (Hope 4).  I strongly encourage you to take some time to explore the SL Home & Garden Expo 2016, participate in the daily events, play a few gacha’s, grab some exclusive donation items and be inspired to redecorate your home knowing that your lindens are benefitting an important cause that touches all of us.Bee Designs -Le Jardin Bench (H&G Expo 2016)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

A Frozen Christmas - The SL Christmas Expo 2015The fifth annual Second Life Christmas Expo will run from December 3 to 14, 2015 and 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 donation items are paid to Relay For Life of Second Life.  Relay For Life of Second Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is a virtual version of The Society’s signature real life fundraiser – 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, spread across 8 sims!  The Expo will feature special events, including live performances, djs, skating parties, a Snowman Building Contest, Hunt For the Bells, Naughty Or Nice, a Christmas Tree Lot, holiday raffles and gotchas, and of course photos with Santa! The Holiday Of Hope Ball, for the 5th year running, will be held at the Christmas Expo.  And returning to the Christmas Expo as a special event this year is the Avi Choice Fashion Awards.

Whimsical Happenings Lopsi TreeSince there are so many activities happening within the Expo, I wanted to highlight a few in today’s post.  My dear friend, the jolly elf Earth Nirvana of Whimsical Happenings is participating in the Christmas Tree Lot with an exclusive festive and spirited upside-down garden pot tree complete with presents under the tree.  The Lopsi Tree is a modern, unique and whimsical approach to Christmas Tree!  100% of the proceeds of the sale is donated to Relay for Life of Second Life, check it out.

SL Xmas Expo- Oceane Make-up, ZOZ slink nails & Wreath RingAnother fun event at the Expo is the Hunt for the Bells ’15, a $10L hunt with 100% donated to The American Cancer Society.  This year there is a photo contest (12/5-12/15) for the Hunt for the Bells hunt, with a grand prize of $10,000L giftcard with other prizes for runners-up.  To enter you must use at least 10 hunt items, submit a NC listing the items to Earth Nirvana and send full perm picture to Leala Spire for voting & social media placement.  Please keep the picture PG & tasteful.  Good luck!  In my photos above I’m using Spyfalle Holiday Party Paper Lanterns in the windows from the Hunt for the Bells (hint: “let it go”).

SL Xmas Expo 2015- Sage Noel Sweater Dress & Oceane Make-upSo many creators have designed 100% RFL donation items including the Sage Nice or Naughty Sweater dress (pic #1 & 2) available for males & females.  Sage has also created the exclusive Noel Sweater Dress (pic #3) for 50% donation available in a variety of colors.  Gloria is wearing Oceane Body Designs Pretty 1 pack eye make-up and lip color also a 100% to RFL.  Finally, the Cookies for Santa green snowflake draped table  is from Outside the Box, with 50% donation to American Cancer Society.  The SL Christmas Expo offers daily live entertainment, tons of events, hunts, freebies, exclusives all for a great cause.  You have until December 14th to stop by and explore all the wonders of the season!

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Falling for Art in Hats!

Ghee Temptations (Full)Happy Weekend!  Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 charity event wraps up today, Saturday, November 14, 2015.  It’s your last chance to purchase amazing creations, hunt for 10 free hat gifts and donate to Team Diabetes of Second Life benefitting the American Diabetes Association.  Today’s schedule of events includes a closing ceremony with a concluding fashion show, live auction, public hat contest winners announcement and last chance shopping party with trivia and prizes, you don’t want to miss out!  At 4pm today the live auction kicks off and you will have the opportunity to bid on Sascha’s Designs Perpetual Black Hat, I blogged last Saturday and many more.  I had hoped to blog more hats and show you some of the freebie hats but my RL didn’t allow it, so be sure to pop over to the event and check out these wonderful designs.

Ghee Temptations (Closer)Today, I’m showcasing a tribute to autumn in Ghee’s Temptation fascinator, an orange maple leaf and green apple.  I paired the headpiece with Indented Reese copper silk wrap dress, Madrid Solo new November group gift Falling make-up and Scrub I sit and think to escape gold necklace to enhance autumnal glow.  Hope to see you at Art in Hats 2015 events later today!

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Sascha Hat (Chairs)Happy November!  I hope you had a nice Halloween.  Today, I’m very excited to share with you the 3rd Annual Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 charity event benefitting Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.  The mission of Team Diabetes is to raise awareness, tolerance and funds for diabetes research through the virtual reality game platform of Second Life.  The first fundraising event for Team Diabetes of SL, was the Fall Showcase in October that raised $28,009L.  The second event will be Art in Hats running from November 4th -14th with daily live entertainment performances, hat pin hunt, silent auction, fashion show and styling competition.  For a complete line up of hat designers, performance schedule, creators spotlights and more information, click here.

Sascha Hat (Crow)Art in Hats was founded by SL resident Quan Lavender in 2013 as a way for artists, designers, creators and photographers to express themselves and bring art to more people in Second Life.  In 2014, the event grew to include models and dancers with the addition of more than 100+ hats benefitting Feed A Smile charity {child organization of Live and Learn in Kenya International NGO}.

Sascha Hat (full)I have the great pleasure as one of the official blogger for Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2015 to present Perpetual Black Hat, the auction item from Sascha’s Designs.  Bursting baubles surround the black with metallic silver branch headpiece, paired with the (fashionably dead) Wicked Rose gown from the October’s Collabor88 highlighting the hard/soft edge of the fantasy styling.  Sascha’s Perpetual Black is a showstopper that can be worn with an elegant evening gown to a modern space-age vibe, so be sure to mark your calendars for the LIVE auction next Saturday, November 14th at 4pm SLT.  Bid high knowing 100% of the proceeds benefits Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official charity of The American Diabetes Association.

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Style Card:

  • Hat: Sascha’s Designs, Perpetual Black Hat (@ Art in Hats 2015)
  • Dress: (fd), Wicked Rose Dress (Black & White)
  • Make-up: Zibska, Joss 02
  • Jewelry: Zibska, Bodil Earrings (Black & Silver) & Alcmene Cuff
  • Shoes: Hucci, Minerva Sandal (Midnight)
  • Set: 22769 ~ [bauwerk], Twilight Zone Pack & Scarlet Creative, Cube in a Cube Art

Art in Hats 2015

Act today to change tomorrow!

Team Diabetes_Connie's Set

If I said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, my favorite part of Second Life are the charity fundraisers benefitting first world nonprofits.  I love seeing SL residents come together to support one another and the generosity of SL designers make it possible.  Today, I’m very excited to share with you Team Diabetes of Second Life, a new fundraiser event benefitting American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.  The ADA delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

With 100% of the proceeds of sales donated to the ADA, Team Diabetes of Second Life has a number of fundraiser events on the schedule including Fall Showcase 2015 & Art in Hat 2015 (in Nov).  The Fall Showcase 2015 will offer a different selection of creators every 3 months.  You can also donate directly on the Team Diabetes website.  This charity strikes a personal chord with me because I recently discovered both of my great-grandmas had diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.  Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar.  Hyperglycemia, or raised blood sugar, is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the body’s systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.

In 2014, 9% of adults 18 years and older had diabetes.  In 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths.  More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.  WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.

DeAnn Defaux, owner and creator of Park Place Home Decor was also touched by diabetes and has designed a living room collection in honor of her long time friend Connie, who has been living with diabetes since she was 15 years old.  The Connie Set is available until Oct 31, 2015 with 100% of all proceeds going to Team Diabetes of SL.  The set includes a blue love seat (representing the blue circle in the logo for The World Diabetes Day and the official color for the International Diabetes Federation), wooden and glass coffee table with decorative accessories, books and pussy willow vase.  The Connie love seat has male/female animations as well as couple animations.

To complete the styling of the living space, I wanted to enhance the blue color palette by using ancient Chinese blue & white temple jars placed upon a blue tiled antique Spargel & Shine Home white stone Madison Fireplace ($10L on Antique Grid Autumn Hunt) and aged Serenity Style whitewash piano creating a relaxed mood.  Pops of blue are renforced in the mug on the coffee table and handbag scarf on the piano bench.   Softer green rug draws your eyes to Serenity Style Soul Happy Chest Collection (green), discounted 25% at On9 (until 10/28/15).

Lastly, I wanted to give you an update on the Rock Your Rack 2015 event I blogged last week…drumroll please: total raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation is $658,991L or $2,500 USD.  Please continue your generosity for this very important ADA inaugural charity fundraiser, look for my blog post on Art in Hats 2015 coming soon!

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